NAB 2017: AJA previews FS-HDR with breakthrough HDR conversion support

NAB 2017: AJA previews FS-HDR with breakthrough HDR conversion support

AJA Video Systems is previewing FS-HDR, an exciting new product delivering breakthrough HDR workflow conversion capabilities. Building on AJA’s flagship FS4, and incorporating the latest HDR technology from Academy and Emmy Award twinning developer Colorfront, FS-HDR provides HDR and Wide Color Gamut (WCG) processing and conversion for realtime 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD workflows. It will be demonstrated for the first time as a technology preview during NAB 2017 at AJA’s booth, #SL2505.

FS-HDR, a 1RU, rackmount, universal converter/frame synchronizer, is designed specifically to meet the HDR/WCG needs of broadcast, OTT, post and live event AV environments, where real time, low-latency processing, color fidelity and metadata handling are of paramount importance. FS-HDR’s HDR/WCG capabilities leverage video and color space processing algorithms within Colorfront Engine™, specially licensed by AJA from Colorfront, and developed by Colorfront’s CTO Bill Feighter and Lead Engineer Tamas Perlaki, both of whom are Academy Award winners.

Powered by Colorfront Engine™, FS-HDR’s extensive HDR and WCG processing support enables the realtime processing of 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD, including HDR conversions, and 4K/UltraHD HDR down-conversion to HD HDR. FS-HDR also enables the conversion of popular camera formats from multiple vendors into the HDR space, plus conversion to and from BT.2020/BT.709 as needed, critical for the widespread acceptance of HDR alongside SDR in broadcast and OTT workflows.

“Our AJA FS family of products have been incredibly popular in delivering ultra reliable video and audio conversion needs for anything that comes up on-set, in an OB truck, at a facility or in a live event production scenario,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “There has been a rising demand from these markets for a path to support HDR workflows. Partnering with Colorfront is enabling us to solve our customers’ HDR workflow requirements today, backed by Academy Award-winning engineering!”
“AJA’s professional video solutions already provide robust, powerful and cost effective video output for our On-Set Dailies, Express Dailies and Transkoder products,” said Aron Jaszberenyi, Managing Director of Colorfront. “In choosing the new FS-HDR solution with Colorfront Engine™, AJA customers will instantly access many years of Colorfront’s leading-edge research into SDR/HDR and camera output format conversion, plus a sophisticated tone mapping toolset, which delivers technically-accurate and visually pleasing results that retain the creative intent of the original material.”
FS-HDR features will include:

– Realtime HDR to HDR, HDR to SDR and SDR to HDR conversions including BT.2020 to BT.709 color space conversion
Inputs
– SDR BT.709 100 Nits
– PQ BT.2020 1000 Nits
– PQ P3D65 1000 Nits
– Hybrid Log Gamma BT.2100
– Sony® S-Gamut3/SLog-3
– ARRI® Log C Wide Gamut
– Panasonic V-Log
– RED® Log3G10 Wide Gamut
– Canon Log 2
Outputs
– SDR BT.709 100 Nits
– PQ BT.2020 1000 Nits
– Hybrid Log Gamma BT.2100
– Support for two modes:
– Single channel mode for 4K/UltraHD or 2K/HD frame sync and conversion including HDR conversions.
– Four channel mode for simultaneous independent 2K/HD/SD channels for standard conversion and frame sync workflows.
– 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD/SD video processing and up, down, cross-conversion.
– A full range of I/O options for 4K/UltraHD including Quad 1.5G; Dual 3G; and Quad 3G, 6G and 12G over a range of SDI and optional fiber choices.
– SMPTE 2SI I/O support for broad compatibility with 4K/UltraHD devices.
– Four-channel 2K/HD/SD video processing and conversion.
– 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD/SD up, down, cross-conversion.
– SD/SD aspect ratio conversion.
– HD/HD cross-conversion (720p/1080i).
– A 1RU frame offering space, power and cost efficiencies ideal for broadcast trucks, and post production or broadcast settings.
– Audio I/O processing with a 272×208 matrix of audio possibilities; support for a flexible range of audio feeds from discrete AES to MADI and embedded SDI audio, with each audio input offering sample-rate conversion.
– Simple operation, a redesigned menu structure and quick access to features via front panel buttons, as well as a web-based UI offering control over a LAN or across the web.

FS-HDR is being demonstrated as a technology preview only. Pricing and availability details will be coming soon. For additional information about AJA’s existing line of FS products, please visit: www.aja.com/family/fs.

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NAB 2017: Adobe propels video forward

NAB 2017: Adobe propels video forward

Ahead of the National Association of Broadcasting (NAB) conference, Adobe today announced a major update for video in Adobe Creative Cloud to help filmmakers and video producers collaborate and streamline video workflows.

The Creative Cloud release, available today, delivers new features for graphics and titling, animation, polishing audio and sharing assets; support for the latest video formats, such as HDR, VR and 4K; new integrations with Adobe Stock; and advanced artificial intelligence capabilities powered by Adobe Sensei. Announced at Adobe Summit 2017, Adobe Experience Cloud also allows brands to deliver connected video experiences across any screen at massive scale, while analyzing performance and monetizing ads.

Technology advancements and exploding consumer demand for impactful and personalized content require video producers to create, deliver and monetize their video assets faster than ever before. From the largest studio to next generation YouTubers, a scalable, end-to-end solution is required to create, collaborate and streamline video workflows with robust analytics and advertising tools to optimize content and drive more value.

“I’ve been using all of the Adobe creative programs as part of my visualization process since the early days in movies including ‘The Aviator,’ ‘Avatar’ and ‘Hugo,’” said Rob Legato, a three-time Academy Award winner and VFX supervisor of “The Jungle Book.” “Over the years, technology has improved steadily, largely due to Adobe’s groundbreaking innovations such as Dynamic Link between Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects, Cinema 4D integration with After Effects, and native workflows. I rely on Creative Cloud to help me pre-visualize and freely experiment on all my films, creating an opportunity to take our creative process to the next level.”

“Our heritage is taking complex challenges and simplifying them so you can concentrate on storytelling and professional, quality work,” said Steven Warner, vice president of digital media at Adobe. “The newest Creative Cloud video release integrates the advanced science of Adobe Sensei to make common tasks faster and easier. All video producers – whether they’re part of the major media companies or up and coming YouTubers – can now bring their creative vision to life without having to be motion graphics or audio experts.”

Attendees at this year’s NAB can get a closer look at the newly available features and hear from industry experts at the Adobe booth (#SL4010, South Hall in the Las Vegas Convention Center) and at over 140 partner booths from April 24–27.

New Capabilities Power Creativity From Start to Finish

The new capabilities in Creative Cloud video tools include:

Motion Graphics Templates now bring the power of After Effects to Premiere Pro through easy to use templates, allowing creators to add beautiful titles, animations and lower thirds to their videos and create custom motion graphics templates which can be shared via Creative Cloud Libraries.

Essential Sound Panel in Premiere Pro lets users make audio mixes and sound improvements that in the past would have required a dedicated session by an audio engineer.

Camera Shake Deblur in After Effects rescues unusable footage by reducing motion blur that often occurs with camera shake.

Character Animator (beta) continues to invent the future of live animation with new technology that now animates multiple puppets created in Adobe Photoshop CC or Adobe Illustrator CC, and embraces full body animation with new walk cycles.

Team Projects (beta) allows Creative Cloud for teams or enterprise members to have a secure cloud-first collaborative workflow with new support for Dynamic Link and Adobe Media Encoder to streamline collaboration.

Ambisonic audio in Premiere Pro expands on its best-in-class native support for VR with positionally-aware audio for VR enabled platforms like YouTube and Facebook.

Hundreds of third-party integrations including Apple Touch Bar support for MacBook Pro and new Microsoft Surface Dial functionality in Premiere Pro with shuttle control in the timeline as well as changing hot float and text values.

Powered by Sensei

Leveraging Adobe Sensei, Adobe’s artificial intelligence and machine learning framework, users can now automatically normalize audio loudness across an entire timeline with a single click in Premiere Pro or Audition. In Character Animator, Sensei applies complex algorithms in real time to ensure a puppet’s lip synch is perfect. Within Adobe Experience Cloud, a video recommendation engine learns from hundreds of billions of online video consumption points to surface for audiences the most relevant content.

Integration with Adobe Stock

Deeply integrated into Creative Cloud workflows, customers have access to millions of Adobe Stock video assets, including 4K and HD, and the ability to search and scrub through video directly in the application. New to this release, editors looking to sell their work can now effortlessly contribute to Adobe Stock through the Destination Publish workflow inside Premiere Pro and Adobe Media Encoder, and reach millions of creative buyers. Adobe’s Destination Publishing already supports the world’s top social video sites, publishing to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Behance in one easy step.

“I have been shooting, editing and uploading stock footage for over a decade. The new ability to contribute to Adobe Stock straight from Premiere Pro is an incredibly valuable tool that makes uploading and selling stock much quicker and easier to do. This new feature is a true game-changer for stock footage producers,” said Robb Crocker, CEO of Funnelbox and author of “Stock Footage Millionaire.”

Introducing Pond5 for Adobe Stock

Additionally, Adobe today announced a partnership with Pond5 further expanding the video offering in Adobe Stock. Sourced from an international community of artists across a mix of modern, highly sought after content themes, such as lifestyle, recreation, sports, cinematic and aerial footage, the addition of Pond5 video library will give video producers and designers access to one of the industry’s largest and fastest-growing collections – all natively integrated into Creative Cloud applications. As part of the Adobe partnership, Pond5’s contributors will also be able to reach an even bigger market of creative buyers. (See blog post for more details).

Integration with Adobe Experience Cloud

As the needs of video creators – from creative agencies to media companies – change to reflect a data-driven future, Adobe Experience Cloud benefits the entire video journey, from delivery, to measurement and monetization across screens. Through Adobe’s TV Media Management platform, media companies and broadcasters can leverage analytics to give advertisers true audience-based targeting and more accurate forecasting. Adobe Analytics Cloud enables the measurement of performance video content published to social media channels within Premiere Pro and ensures video ads are targeted and forecasted with a high degree of accuracy.

Adobe Advertising Cloud bridges the gap between traditional TV and digital video advertising, streamlining the ad planning and buying process, enabling deeper collaboration with creative agencies through dynamic creative optimization (DCO), and ensuring maximum brand safety for video ads with the most third party integrations in the industry.

Pricing and Availability

The new features for Adobe Creative Cloud announced at NAB are now available with the latest version of CC 2017, which is available for £708 ex VAT per user per year. You can find out more about Creative Cloud here, and more about Adobe Stock here.

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NAB 2017: Sony goes Beyond Definition at NAB 2017

NAB 2017: Sony goes Beyond Definition at NAB 2017

At NAB 2017, Sony is highlighting innovations in imaging, High Dynamic Range (HDR), IP and media solutions that enable the creation of dynamic content and increase workflow efficiencies for a range of applications and productions.  

“In addition to driving the latest technological trends and innovations, Sony is honing our focus on the customer experience to become a long-term, strategic partner for our customers,” said Richard Scott, Head of Media Solutions, Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “At NAB we will be displaying new products, updates to current products and a range of workflow solutions that meet the ever-changing needs of customers – from 4K live to HDR to IP live production, media solutions, asset management and everything in between – allowing them to be in control of their future.”

At NAB, Sony will show products and technologies covering image capture including system cameras, handheld acquisition, ENG camcorders, motion picture cameras, interchangeable lens cameras, event production and compact production; HDR including select professional cameras and monitors: IP Live Production including live, high frame rate production servers and production switchers; and media solutions including storage, cloud and media asset management.

At NAB this year, Sony further evolves its 4K live solution adding metadata workflow to provide efficient content management over a Share Play-enabled network, allowing users to save significant time from production to on-air.

For HDR, Sony offers systems, workflows and choices of recording formats that deliver unprecedented flexibility in every HDR production. Sony has already established its SR Live for HDR workflow, a straightforward system enabling an efficient workflow for simultaneous production of 4K HDR and HD SDR.

Sony is also expanding its HDR capabilities in two enhancements, HD HDR Live broadcasting and Instant HDR workflow. Sony can offer the widest choice of video formats depending on users’ production requirements.

Sony is highlighting its IP Live Production workflow. Broadcasters around the world are increasingly embracing IP for its proven ability to deliver quality live 4K video, audio, synchronisation signals and control data through a single network cable. At NAB, Sony is highlighting its IP end-to-end capabilities, as well as its compatibility with industry standards such as SMPTE ST2110, ST2059 and NMOS IS-04.

For NAB 2017, Sony will introduce a range of new workflow solutions including:

XDCAM Air – Cloud-based ENG subscription service. This comprehensive ENG workflow platform bridges the field assets with the station infrastructure enabling speed to air. From shooting to post-production, XDCAM Air harnesses the power of cloud computing and XDCAM.

With XDCAM Air, camera operators and news crews now have the ability to work more quickly and efficiently, concentrating on the story at hand, with the camera directly integrated into the workflow.

Version 1.0, releasing in June, will provide intelligent functions such as live streaming, XDCAM mobile compatibility, and metadata workflow. XDCAM Pocket is XDCAM Air’s mobile application which can turn a smartphone into a small ENG camera by transmitting a quality live stream through the mobile device’s LTE network using QoS stream mode.

XDCAM Air will be interoperable with most of major systems, both from Sony and 3rd parties. Sony will continue to develop new features and workflow for XDCAM Air, with further versions planned to support content management, enhanced device control as well as edit integration with NLEs.

Media Backbone Hive orchestrates all phases of the familiar, tried and trusted news workflow that thousands of broadcasters depend on. Powerful yet intuitive applications are provided for planning, ingest, browsing, editing, publishing, playout, archive and management functions. Its outstanding technical achievement won the prestigious IABM Peter Wayne Award for Design and Innovation.

RTV Oost, a regional broadcaster in the Netherlands has selected Media Backbone Hive to streamline and future-proof its news operations, becoming the first European regional broadcaster to introduce the end-to-end media production solution from Sony.

Media Backbone NavigatorX delivers easier, quicker and more efficient asset and workflow management. Designed to suit multiple modern workflow environments, it allows users to manage assets in a range of formats, with flexible options for production, archiving and workflow automation.

Optical Disc Archive Generation 2 provides a secure long term archive based on Sony’s proven optical disc format, rated with a 100 year shelf life, and designed to achieve 3.3TB capacity on a single cartridge.

Acceptance of Optical Disc Archive has been steadily growing with the following new customers including Christian Broadcasting Network, Embassy Row, Golf Channel, National Film Board of Canada, The Voice, and Wells Fargo. Developers and vendors can incorporate Optical Disc Archive Generation 2 into their own compatible products, with Sony ready to provide technical support to facilitate product development. The latest partner products for Optical Disc Archive include: NLTek for Avid Interplay, QStar Archive Manager, SGL FlashNet, StorageDNA DNAfusion, Object Matrix, XenData.

Other new Sony products at NAB include:

Monitors – Sony is highlighting a range of new and upgraded OLED and LCD HD monitors.

Version 2 firmware update allows new enhancements for on-set, Cinematography, Broadcast and graphics application, such as the new ITU-R BT.2020 and Adobe RGB colour spaces, and more. Applicable models are:
– TRIMASTER EL OLED HD picture monitors: The PVM-A250/A170
– LCD HD production monitors: LMD-A240/A220/A170

The new LMD-B240 is an affordable LCD basic grade full HD production monitor, with a lightweight and slim body for easy installation with natural ventilation (no cooling fan). The monitor is equipped with two HD-SDI, one composite and one HDMI inputs, as well as HD, SD formats, different frame rates, interlace, PsF, and progressive modes. The monitor uses the same video processing as the PVM-A series providing similar accuracy and low video latency. It also shares the same user interface with a unique Sync-Free Side by Side function.

AXS-AR1 – AXS memory and SxS memory card reader using a Thunderbolt 2 interface. The Thunderbolt 2 connector also enables daisy-chain operation. This new reader is Sony’s first card reader to have a card slot which can be used for both AXS Memory A-series and SxS Memory card slots. The versatile reader supports simultaneous recording workflow, i.e., RAW (or X-OCN) and XAVC (or MPEG50) files recorded by F55/F5 and AXS-R7. The new AXS-AR1 offers ultra-fast transfer speeds to reduce time on set or during Ingest of the recorded material.

DVF-EL200 – The DVF-EL200 is a high quality full HD (1920×1080) OLED viewfinder for the F55 and F5 that offers easy focusing and framing. With nearly twice the brightness of Sony’s DVF-EL100 and enhanced usability, the viewfinder is durable and resistant and can be quickly and easily attached to the CBK-55AT viewfinder stay for use with the F5 and F55 cameras. It features an improved eye sensor for increased sensitivity and better positioning, along with enhanced brightness, contrast and peaking level settings.

– UMC-S3CA – This new model is an Ultra high sensitivity 4K interchangeable lens video camera with a full frame sensor. Its Genlock support enables users to operate multiple cameras in synchronisation and widens the camera’s range of applications, such as shooting from multiple points or Virtual Reality use. Its small and light weight size make the camera easy to install on cranes and sliders ideal for crash cam use to capture exciting images from different angles and height.

– Ruggedised HDDs – PSZ-HC1T (1TB), PSZ-HC2T (2TB) – Improving on Sony’s previous HDDs, the redesigned 1TB and 2TB shuttle drives feature an extremely durable USB Type-A tethered cable and Type-C port, ideal for memory card backup in the field. The new bus powered HDDs, come pre-formatted in exFAT, are highly shock, splash and dust resistant and come packaged with a sturdy library box for additional content protection during shipping or storage. High speed data transfer has also been increased to up to 138MB/s (read/write) making any backup or storage operations even more efficient.

Sony’s free Memory Media Utility software download available at www.sony.net/mmu extends the value proposition by providing a record / rewrite life indicator, simultaneous content backup to multiple destinations, a re-formatting tool and much more.

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NAB 2017: Sony embraces HDR production with full end-to-end solution

NAB 2017: Sony embraces HDR production with full end-to-end solution

From products, to workflow and format, Sony offers users end-to-end HDR production capabilities from acquisition to display, for cinema, live production, online video and event production. These solutions meet the industry’s growing demand for a wider colour gamut and increased dynamic range that creates more realistic viewing experiences with enhanced levels of detail.

As previously announced, Sony’s expansion of HDR production includes the addition of HD HDR Live broadcasting and instant HDR workflow in products ranging from live camera systems, servers, monitors and camcorders, via updates to software or firmware.

Along with the accelerated trend of HDR content, series of Sony 4K/HD live cameras, including the HDC-4800, HDC-4300 and HDC-P43 with HDR capability, are widely adopted by broadcasters world-wide. To enhance its Live HDR production offering further, Sony added a new XAVC recording mode to optimise encoding for HDR into its PWS-4500 4K/HD live server, available to users through a software upgrade. This new recording mode improves HDR image quality in XAVC with detailed complexity, bright skin tone, colour reproduction and more. It enables the PWS-4500 to record and replay superior HDR images at the same time maintaining the smooth XAVC file workflow that is already well known in the production industry.

Furthermore, Sony offers RAW and X-OCN recording formats. RAW is recommended for premium productions and high-end cinema, where large volumes of data can be managed and supported. X-OCN (eXtended Tonal Range Original Camera Negative) is an optimised format with a fine balance between the picture quality and data size. It can be recorded using the AXS-R7 portable memory recorder, together with PMW-F55 and F5 motion picture cameras. The X-OCN format retains everything the sensor sees, delivering tonal gradation with 16-bit precision ideal for HDR image grading. To help extend the use of X-OCN beyond Sony solutions, Sony is working with other companies to develop X-OCN supporting products.

The X-OCN supporting companies have risen to 10, as of April, 2017: ASSIMILATE, Inc. , Autodesk , Avid Technology, Inc., Blackmagic Design , Colorfront , Filmlight Ltd. , Grass Valley , nablet , Pomfort , SGO.

Sony offers systems, workflows and flexible recording formats that deliver unprecedented flexibility in every HDR production, bringing added-value to broadcasters.

*PWS-4500 version 2.3 software is planned for release in June, 2017.

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NAB 2017: Sony’s 4K/HD Live Production Workflows enhanced with Content Management Station PWS-110CM1 and updated firmware for PWS-4500 Server

NAB 2017: Sony’s 4K/HD Live Production Workflows enhanced with Content Management Station PWS-110CM1 and updated firmware for PWS-4500 Server

New solutions enable the addition of metadata management for streamlined, searchable, transferable content that saves users time.

Basingstoke, 23rd April 2017: Sony is expanding the capabilities of its 4K/HD live production workflows, with the addition of a new Content Management Station and enhanced feature set for its PWS-4500 live production server system.

With the launch of the new PWS-110CM1 Content Management Station, Sony has added a metadata-enabled workflow that lets users efficiently and easily search for content that can be seamlessly transferred for delivery.

“Sony continues to enhance its solution for 4K/HD Live Production around the PWS-4500” said Norbert Paquet, Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “We’re improving the overall ecosystem around this 4K/HD Server, to enable faster and more dynamic live productions, whether those are HD, 4K or HDR. In doing so, we’re responding to the demands of the media industry and to the consumers of Live content.”

Metadata-based workflows benefit large-scale live productions, especially for major sporting events that use numerous cameras and servers operated from OB trucks. The PWS-110CM1 and the updated PWS-4500 system, (using software version 2.3), when used together, allow a server operator to enter metadata, indicate the server’s content on a network, categorise and indicate the metadata of the clips, search the clips by metadata, keywords or star ratings and transfer clips between servers, as well as external devices. The new software for the PWS-4500 system will also enhance HDR capabilities by optimising XAVC encoding for HD S-Log3, HD HLG and 4K/HD PQ. Version 2.2 already supports 4K S-Log3 and 4K HLG.

Sony’s latest 4K/HD camera systems, the HDC-4300, HDC-4800 and HDC-P43 support 4K/HD SDR/HDR live production alongside the series of BPU, baseband processor unit and PWS-4500 server system to create a comprehensive, connected tool that is increasingly embraced by live productions worldwide.

In addition to image quality, Sony provides workflow efficiency through its Share Play operation where up to 10 servers can be linked together, allowing the operator to easily create playlists and access to any clip or record train from the network. This speeds up the editing and the output of slow-motion highlights, by using real time content sharing over a dedicated 10Gbps network that links the BPU-4800 with the PWS-4500 server systems.

The PWS-110CM1 Content Management Station is planned to be available in July 2017, while PWS-4500 Version 2.3 software is planned to be available in June 2017.

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NAB 2017: Sony announces new technical capabilities and interoperability achievements as broadcast momentum for IP Live continues to grow

NAB 2017: Sony announces new technical capabilities and interoperability achievements as broadcast momentum for IP Live continues to grow

Sony is introducing a series of new IP Live functions, interoperability milestones and customer success stories on the first day of NAB 2017. Broadcasters around the world are increasingly embracing IP for its proven ability to deliver quality live 4K video, audio, synchronisation signals and control data through a single network cable. At NAB, taking place in Las Vegas from today until April 27th, Sony is joining with customers, partners and competitors alike to demonstrate how its IP Live solution is truly ‘ready today, open for tomorrow’.

Throughout NAB Sony is appearing in the “IP Showcase” booth, hosted jointly by AES, AIMS, AMWA, EBU, IABM, MNA, SMPTE and VSF, and located in the North Hall. Visitors to the stand will be able to discuss details of the successful interoperability tests Sony has undertaken alongside leading vendors such as Grass Valley, Snell Advanced Media, and Evertz. Sony is also committing its intention to develop capabilities for complying with new technologies such as SMPTE ST2110, which governs Media transport over IP, and NMOS (IS-04), which ensures device discovery and registration. Sony is committed to providing SMPTE ST2110 compliance in the near future. Attendees will also be able to view a SMPTE ST2110 based system camera prototype on the IP showcase booth at the show.

Sony is also announcing several new capabilities within its IP Live Production System which further expand the entire IP-based ecosystem:

– New functionality has also been added to the IP Live System Manager capable of integrating with an Ember+ protocol based system such as VSM (Virtual Studio Manager) from LAWO, one of the industry’s leading control and monitoring systems, giving broadcasters greater flexibility to configure the IP system how they want it

– The new version 2.3 of Sony’s XVS-8000 multi-format production switcher introduces resource sharing capabilities as standard. This means that one processor can run dual switcher functions enabling for example 4K/HD simultaneous production

– The new NXLK-IP45F AV Multiplexer/Demultiplexer Board, available later this month, adds the ability to multiplex and de-multiplex video and audio over IP signals, ensuring both systems can be managed across the IP network

– The new NXL-IP4F SDI-IP Converter Unit, also available later this month, makes it easy to integrate any 4K or HD standalone source or destination with an IP-based production system

Live broadcasters of all sizes are implementing Live Production over IP to enjoy increased efficiency, reliability and scalability, with reduced system costs. At NAB Sony is sharing details of how it is delivering 4K over IP for a range of customers including:

– BBC Studioworks (UK): Sony is delivering 4K over IP in the BBC’s refurbished Television Centre studios in London

-TV Globo (Brazil): broadcasted live “Carnival in Rio” with Sony 4K IP OB truck. 4K HDR and HD SDR simultaneous production was successfully operated by “SR Live for HDR” solution.

– Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation (Japan): 4K IP routing system is at work to transmit and monitor 4K videos for broadcast in IP

– China Central Television (CCTV)(China): Sony will deliver CCTV’s first 4K IP OB truck in June , 2017 with all core components of IP live system for its technological researches and gaining experiences of UHD TV production.

– Zhejiang Radio & TV Group (China): has selected Sony to build a 4K IP OB truck for live broadcast in 4K and HDR. The signing ceremony is to be held in March 2018.

– China Digital Culture Group (China): has purchased a Sony 4K IP OB Truck that will hit the road in August, 2017 and it is used for live theatrical play and entertainment event broadcast.

– 4K Garden (China): the major 4K content services platform has purchased 4K IP OB Truck in China from Sony to deliver exciting live contents in 4K. The truck will be ready before Aug. 2017.

Visitors to Sony’s stand C11001 will be able to witness an operational IP-enabled remote production setup first hand networked with a Broadcast Data Centre. The demonstration system connects a remote live production team at Sony Pictures’ studio in Los Angeles with the team in Las Vegas, highlighting the way that IP Live can connect control rooms within broadcast facilities to live event venues hundreds of miles away, without compromising on latency, switching or reliability.

“The past year since NAB 2016 has been hallmarked by three things: cooperation and open innovation between vendors across the Live over IP; an industry-wide push to undertake training and adopt skills readiness for IP; and the commitment of major broadcasters to invest in IP as they look to the next generation of live content experiences,” says Norbert Paquet, Strategic Marketing Manager at Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “We’re proud to be an active party within a number of standards bodies all working to ensure a range of compatible cameras, switchers, servers, computer graphics, display devices and backbones are ready for broadcasters today as they invest in the open, innovative production facilities of tomorrow.”

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NAB 2017: NEP UK selects Sony HDC-4300s to deliver live 4K to sports broadcasting market

NAB 2017: NEP UK selects Sony HDC-4300s to deliver live 4K to sports broadcasting market

Today, NEP UK announces a significant investment in live 4K sport broadcasting, with the purchase of 85 Sony HDC-4300 4K/HD system cameras, PWS-4500 servers, and 43 TRIMASTER EL OLED monitors, including the BVM-E171.

The majority of the new investment will be used to fulfil a major sporting contract, with 85 HDC-4300s, 43 OLED monitors, and a PWS-4500 server involved in the project.

The HDC-4300 was chosen specifically for its peerless image quality, in order to deliver vibrant, true-to-life images to live sports coverage. The cameras needed to capture rich colours, superb detail, and a very low level of noise, in order to deliver enhanced picture quality.

The HDC-4300s integrate seamlessly with the world’s most advanced 4K live production workflows, providing the sports industry with a smooth path to a 4K broadcasting future. NEP has also invested in the PWS-4500 live server system, one of the key elements of Sony’s next-generation 4K live production solution which includes XAVC for both 4K and HD and HFR recording capability.

Rob Newton, Engineering and Technical Director, NEP UK & Ireland, commented: “We put the Sony HDC-4300 camera up against the competition and it led the pack in every one of our tests. It provides the flexibility and control needed for live sports and paves the way for a seamless transition from HD to 4K.”

“As it’s Sony, we already had complete confidence in the individual products and overall solution. It’s been a fantastic investment for showcasing sports in the best possible light for audiences around the globe.”

Norbert Paquet, strategic marketing manager at Sony Professional Solutions Europe, added: “By choosing Sony’s HDC-4300 cameras, NEP UK has equipped themselves with 4K/HDR ready cameras. This means seamless migration to 4K in the future, whilst reaping the benefits of reliability and flexibility today.”

The investment comes as part of NEP’s and Sony’s longstanding relationship and continues NEP’s commitment to deliver the latest broadcast solutions to the sports industry.

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Avid Connect 2017: Just the audio bits

Avid Connect 2017: Just the audio bits

Avid Pro Tools will now offer native support for Dolby Atmos mixing and expanded support for the NEXIS family, and cloud tools are on their way to Pro Tools | First.

Dolby Atmos integration

While sound mixers have been able to work on these large-scale and highly complex projects using the Dolby Atmos Panner plug-in for Pro Tools, in conjunction with the Dolby RMU hardware, the process hasn’t been as fluid as it could be. To change that, Avid has partnered with Dolby to create the deepest Dolby Atmos integration across the Pro Tools | HD ecosystem, delivering the most efficient immersive audio mixing workflows of any DAW in the industry.

The upcoming update for Pro Tools greatly streamlines multi-channel surround mixing for movies, television, music, and video games that employ the leading immersive audio format, enabling faster and easier project turnarounds. It supports Atmos 7.1.2 audio stems, native object panning, advanced automation, ADM BWAV support, and deep Avid Pro Mixing control surface integration.

You’ll now be able to work with a variety of Dolby Atmos speaker configurations for editorial and sound design, with support for 7.1.2 and 7.0.2 stem formats, as well as built-in fold-down logic. 3D object routing and panning, eliminating the need for the Dolby Atmos Panner plug-in and makes it easier to make decisions on the fly, and synchronised audio and automation punches while re-recording allow you to sial-in mixes with ultimate fluidity.

You can also monitor and route hundreds of audio inputs and outputs through Pro Tools | MTRX, which provides the bandwidth and sonic fidelity preservation required for mixing any large-scale immersive audio format, and repurpose content faster with support for ADM BWAV files, which contain embedded print master metadata.

The premium suite of Dolby Atmos mixing tools will be available in a forthcoming release of Pro Tools | HD in late Q2 2017 (although Avid advise this is subject to change).

Expanded NEXIS support

Avid Pro Tools, the industry-standard digital audio workstation, is now qualified on Avid NEXIS, enabling audio creative teams to also leverage the industry’s most efficient and powerful media storage environment. With Pro Tools combined with Avid NEXIS, users can share projects on a centralized pool of media storage, turning work around faster by eliminating the time wasted moving files between different systems.

With these updates, NEXIS users gain new collaborative audio workflows using Pro Tools in small to mid-size audio post production and small broadcast environments, so you can  increase productivity and speed up turnaround by sharing projects on Avid NEXIS, eliminating the time wasted moving files between systems.

The new Avid NEXIS features are expected to be made available in June 2017, as part of a software update to customers with active maintenance and support contracts for Avid NEXIS | FS and Avid Pro Tools. Pro Tools streaming and sharing from Avid NEXIS storage will also be available at the end of June 2017.

Avid Nexis | First

Avid is giving Pro Tools | First a major update, packing in many of the exciting new features found in the latest version of Pro Tools, so First users can always sound their best. The new features include Avid Cloud Collaboration for seamless online creative collaboration, and new music creation and editing features, including a 500 MB loop library. Users will also be able to play back and share VI and plug-in-heavy mixes more easily with Track Freeze, enabling you to freeze (render) and unfreeze all plug-ins on a track to free up processing power.

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NAB 2017: What editors need to know after Avid Connect

NAB 2017: What editors need to know after Avid Connect

We’re all of four hours into and Avid have already announced new I/O hardware, VM options for Media Composer, and the welcome return of Script Sync and Phrase Find at their Avid Connect event. Here’s a quick roundup of their post offerings so far. 

DNxIQ

Let’s talk hardware first. DNxIQ is the successor to the Artist DNxIO, and delivers extensive format support for everything from SD to 4K. Avid’s intention is to make life easier for those of you who have found yourself delivering to more and more formats, having to take on new channels and devices without reducing support for older formats.

The DNxIQ has the same features and functions of the DNxIO, but has been upgraded to Thunderbolt 3 and PCIe Gen3 host connections, and adds support for Universal Mastering. It allows you to quickly and easily ingest, monitor, and output SD, HD, 2K, UHD, and 4K media and cross-convert formats and framerates on baseband output SDI, HDMI, and analog connections with Universal Mastering (as long as you have Media Composer | Symphony Option.)

Dana Ruzicka, chief product officer at Avid, explains that “Avid Artist | DNxIQ is built to handle any project that walks through the door – SD all the way to UHD, 4K and beyond. It features the most popular connection types encountered in a professional facility, and through its real-time Universal Mastering technology, it can easily deliver final masters for virtually any format and market.”

Blackmagic Design have had a hand in the design, resulting in a sleek, sturdy unit that is ompatible with any Avid Artist Suite solution and many third-party creative tools—including Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, and more.

DNxIQ is available now. DNxIO will be discontinued on May 22nd or whenever Avid run out of stock, with support to continue until 2022.

Media Composer | First

Avid have announced that within the quarter they’ll be relaunching Media Composer | First, a free, entry-level version of the leading NLE.

With four video tracks, eight audio tracks, and a host of built-in visual effects, transitions, colour correction presets and titling templates, users can quickly cut together layers of video, dialogue, music and sound effects to produce captivating, professional-quality video content.

Media Composer | First also allows easy sharing, with one-click publishing to popular social media channels including YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook.

 

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NAB 2017: Avid ushers in next phase of Avid Everywhere with sweeping and groundbreaking innovations

NAB 2017: Avid ushers in next phase of Avid Everywhere with sweeping and groundbreaking innovations

Avid  today announced a broad and sweeping set of innovations for the Avid MediaCentral Platform. As the next phase of Avid Everywhere, the company is extending the Avid MediaCentral Platform to the cloud, showcasing end-to-end 4K/IP workflows, enhancing immersive workflows, and expanding the Alliance Partner ecosystem, with major advancements across all product suites. Avid will showcase these innovations at the Avid booth during NAB 2017 (Booth #SU902).

“After four years of intensive effort and unyielding dedication, we’ve completed the transformation of Avid Everywhere from vision to reality,” said Avid Chairman and CEO Louis Hernandez Jr. “Now we’re turning our attention to accelerating the pace of innovation – a key part of which involves extending media production to the cloud – to address the most critical challenges facing our customers.”

Today’s announcements include:

Extending MediaCentral to the cloud
With new cloud-based applications, media services and infrastructure on demand, media organisations can capitalise on the efficiency, agility, flexibility and scalability that the cloud facilitates. To enable continued cloud innovation, Avid announced Microsoft as its preferred public cloud partner.

New services on the MediaCentral Platform
Avid Dialogue Search provides a scalable search platform enabling users to locate clips based on spoken words or phrases across archives, media asset management systems and production asset management systems, while Avid Illuminate provides a file-based quality assurance system for verifying captions, video descriptions and languages.

Avid brings native Dolby Atmos mixing to Pro Tools | HD and S6
With deep integration of Dolby Atmos in Pro Tools, audio post professionals can now create massive multichannel mixes more easily in the industry’s leading immersive audio format for movies, TV shows, music, and video games.

Avid Artist | DNxIQ accelerates video workflows
With this powerful new video interface’s extensive format support, from SD to 4k and Universal Mastering, video professionals can quickly and easily respond to changing content demands and deliver to a wider range of channels and device.

Free version of industry standard Media Composer for aspiring artists
Avid Media Composer | First gives aspiring creative professionals, students, and those just starting their professional careers free access to the same creative tools used by the world’s most successful filmmakers and television program creators.

Furthering commitment to education
The new Avid Media Campus program offers a deeper partnership with Avid, and flexible volume licensing and deployment options, to help educators better prepare the next generation of creative talents and media professionals for careers in the media and entertainment industry.

Avid showcases new 4K/UHD collaborative workflows
Avid is showcasing a technology preview of next-gen server technology to enable media professionals to expand into new end-to-end 4K/UHD workflows for live sports and news production.

Avid NEXIS intelligent media storage enhancements
Avid NEXIS now offers greater bandwidth scalability and extended workflows with Pro Tools, empowering creative teams with even better speed, efficiency, and collaboration.

EVS Alliance partnership
New IPLINK for Avid MediaCentral | UX enables Avid users to browse, search, and work with EVS media on the MediaCentral platform in live sports, news, and entertainment workflows.

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