Monthly Archives: March 2011

DREWRY COMMUNICATIONS GROUP STATIONS STANDARDIZE ON JVC PROHD CAMERAS FOR ENG

KFDA Is First Station in Group to Launch Local HD Newscast

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced that Lawton, Okla.-based Drewry Communications Group has standardized on JVC ProHD cameras for electronic newsgathering (ENG) for all five of its television stations.

On Feb. 23, KFDA-TV, the Drewry CBS affiliate serving Amarillo, Texas (DMA #131), was the first station in the group to launch its local newscast in HD. Brent McClure, KFDA general manager, said the station is using seven GY-HM790U cameras in the field for local news and sports coverage.

Last month, KFDA’s new JVC camcorders literally had a trial by fire, covering range fires that blanketed some of the new ENG cameras in dirt and soot. McClure said he was very satisfied how the cameras performed in the adverse conditions. “The picture to the marketplace is great,” he added.

Mike Lee, vice president and general manager of KXXV, the Drewry-owned ABC affiliate serving Waco-Temple-Bryan, Texas (DMA #89), said the group’s choice of JVC ProHD camcorders, particularly the GY-HM790U, was a result of several factors. “First and foremost, the camera makes a great picture,” he said. “Plus, it looks and feels like conventional ENG cameras that we used for years.”

Lee did not want to commit to an expensive, proprietary recording media when the stations transitioned to HD production. JVC’s ProHD cameras use inexpensive SDHC media cards, which fit the bill perfectly. Lee also said the JVC cameras were a cost-effective solution that helped the station group maximize its budget.

KFDA maintained a very structured migration to HD. Starting in December, all new elements of its HD workflow – from master control to graphics – were individually introduced into the workflow. Even field production was converted one camcorder and one edit bay at a time. By the time the station launched its HD newscast, all its new equipment and workflows were established.

The current workflow at KXXV involves ingesting tape-based footage to its Adobe Premiere CS5 NLE systems for post, then dubbing completed packages to tape for playback. With the move to a file-based system (along with its HD upgrade), the station will save on maintenance costs for its aging VTRs and camcorders. Plus, with JVC’s native file recording, there is no need for ingesting or transcoding footage, which will save significant editing time. “Better product and we save money – it’s a wonderful combination,” Lee said.

KXXV is expected to make its own transition to local HD news on April 25. It has purchased 10 GY-HM790Us and three GY-HM700Us with Canon lenses for its main facility in Waco and KRHD, its digital low-power satellite station in Bryan/College Station, Texas. Drewry’s other stations that have not yet made the transition to local HD news are KSWO and KAUZ, serving the combined market of Lawton, Okla., and Wichita Falls, Texas (DMA #146), and KWES in Odessa-Midland, Texas (DMA # 151).

Lee said the GY-HM790U is “the most impressive product JVC has put on the market for many, many years. I think it’s a well thought-out design, and the layout is very familiar, especially for veteran ENG shooters.”

JVC will demonstrate its full line of ProHD camcorders, including the GY-HM790U and the new GY-HM750U, at the 2011 NAB Show, which runs April 11-14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. (Booth C4314).


ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Victor Company of Japan Ltd. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800)582-5825.

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Vizrt to Demo Integration with Stergen Live 2D to Stereo 3D Conversion Software at 2011 NAB

Bergen, Norway, Vizrt Ltd. (Oslo Main List: VIZ)

In the same way that sports was the “killer app” that fueled early interest in HDTV, many sports networks such as ESPN 3D and Sky 3D are betting that live sports will drive the fledgling 3DTV medium. With many sports aficionados among the early adopters of 3DTV, broadcasters are hustling to produce as much live 3DTV sports as possible, and they need stereo 3D production tools that make the job faster, easier, and more cost-effective.

To answer that need, Stergen, a strategic partner of Vizrt, will show its new and groundbreaking Stergen Live software for live 2D to stereoscopic 3D conversion at Vizrt’s booth (#SL5408) at the 2011 NAB show, to be held from April 11-14 in Las Vegas, Nev. Unlike many of its rivaling options in the market, the software does not compromise on quality, making the end-product a real treat – even for the pickiest of eyes.

Stergen products can also be used for after-the-fact conversion of 2D footage, processing select game segments for 3D highlight programs and turning legacy archive materials into stereoscopic 3D content.

“Stergen software enables broadcasters and sports production companies to produce games in stereo 3D with their existing HD broadcast equipment,” said Dr. Miky Tamir, founder of Stergen. “This spares them the huge operational costs associated with the transition to stereo 3D, especially for live stereo 3D HD acquisition. Aside from adding the Stergen 2D to stereo 3D conversion software, their existing HD production infrastructure remains practically unchanged. This presents a very compelling value proposition for those seeking to expand their stereo 3D program offerings as simply and cost-effectively as possible.”

Stergen Live, which receives an HD signal via its SDI input and outputs the conversion results from dual SDI outputs, generates a realistic 3D stereoscopic video program of the event. Stergen Highlights executes 2D to stereo 3D conversion on video that’s already been produced, making it ideal for the conversion of existing 2D media assets, such as highlights programs, and for legacy archive materials.

“Stergen Live offer sports producers a compelling alternative to expensive, logistically complex live stereo 3D production,” said Gerhard Lang, Vizrt’s Chief Engineering Officer. “The ease and cost-effectiveness this provides will prove a game changer for 3DTV sports production. We’re extremely pleased to partner with Stergen to offer this exciting 2D to stereo 3D conversion technology as an integrated capability within our digital graphics and production environment.”

Designed specifically for 3DTV sports, Stergen’s software takes advantage of sports- specific features, such as the planar and uniformly colored playing field, enabling accurate segmentation of objects like players, balls, and goal posts. A known geometry is then assigned to those objects; for example, players and goal posts are vertical, the field is horizontal, and stands have a known slope.

On–the-fly calculation of the scene’s geometry and its stereoscopic 3D image rendering are then performed. This stereo information can be used by various 3D graphics systems for positioning their graphics in the image depth dimenstion. The in-booth video displays will showcase the tight integration between the Stergen software and Vizrt’s own stereo 3D digital production workflow.

Stergen offers high operational flexibility: in-stadium conversion of a single camera or a number of cameras connected through a matrix switcher, in-studio conversion of a live program feed and after-the-fact converison of pre-recorded footage.

Stergen Live is currently available. Several broadcasters and sports production companies have already conducted their own successful real-time demonstrations. The first field trials are set to begin in April.

About Stergen
Stergen is an Israeli startup company founded on January 2010 by Miky Tamir, Avi Klinger, Itzik Wilf and TheTime Investment Company. Stergen develops 2D to 3D video conversion technologies for the TV sports market.

About Vizrt:
Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry and media houses – from award-winning animations & maps to online publishing tools. Vizrt’s products are used by the world’s leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, the BBC, BSkyB, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, Times Online, The Telegraph, and Welt Online. Furthermore, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions such as the Stock Exchanges in New York and London use Vizrt systems.

Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154.

HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC TO DEMO BROADCASTER INFRASTRUCTURE SOLUTION SET AT NAB 2011

WOODBURY, NEW YORK – Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd., a leading manufacturer of high performance digital cameras, will demonstrate the new Hitachi Professional Media TV Broadcaster Core Infrastructure Solution Set at the 2011 NAB Show in Las Vegas (Central Hall, Booth C4309). The system, which includes storage solutions from Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), is designed to support automated workflows that repurpose content and allow media outlets to deliver it to multiple vertical markets.

Broadcasters are no longer exclusively in the broadcast business. Traditional outlets, from television stations to newspapers, are no longer restricted to a single medium for distributing information. The only way to manage this media convergence effectively is through a business-driven enterprise architecture with an infrastructure that can share content between various markets. The Hitachi Kokusai and Hitachi Data Systems Infrastructure Solution Set delivers a stable and scalable solution for broadcasters in the changing professional media marketplace.

The integrated solution is based around the concept of ingesting and storing one master copy of all content and associated metadata in a standardized mezzanine file format on enterprise-grade storage. Content can then be used and distributed many times via multiple channels through a software media transcode grid running on a converged platform. The system is designed to avoid the traditional technology bottlenecks associated with launching new services, so media outlets can focus on business service models.

The transcode grid makes any resolution or file format available on the fly for video-on-demand (VOD), IPTV, and other applications, which reduces the size requirements of the storage infrastructure and simplifies digital rights content management and asset management. Plus, it alleviates playout file format inconsistencies and incompatibility concerns.

For content storage, HDS promotes the use of a multi-tiered hybrid cloud infrastructure, which is economically superior to legacy infrastructures and helps professional media organizations potentially generate revenue from assets through VOD and other services. Content used frequently is housed in Tier 1 storage, such as Hitachi NAS Platform network attached storage (NAS) in a private cloud at the organization’s facility, while less frequently used content would be stored in cost-effective, deep archive data warehouses, as supported by Hitachi Content Platform.

About Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd.
Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. designs, manufacturers and markets digital video cameras, transmission, processing and recording devices for the broadcast television, cable, video production, and industrial vision markets. For more information, please call (516) 921-7200 or visit Hitachi’s web site at http://www.hitachikokusai.us. Hitachi Kokusai Electric, Inc., is a Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT) group company.

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DIAQUEST DEBUTS QUEMANAGER AT 2011 NAB SHOW

New Software Add-On for Apple Final Cut Server Provides Seamless Transition for Proximity Artbox Installations

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Diaquest Products, a software development firm with a focus on the video and film industries, will showcase QueManager, its affordable graphics order management system (OMS), for the first time at the 2011 NAB Show, which runs April 11-14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. The software add-on, which can be integrated via plug-ins with Avid® iNEWS® newsroom computer systems, will be demonstrated in the Integrated News area in Avid’s booth (South Hall, Booth SU902).

Designed for Apple Final Cut Server 1.5 in newsroom applications, QueManager provides a Web-based order system that can be integrated with iNEWS or ENPS. Through a simple GUI, it offers easy access to the most needed tools for asset searches and browsing, as well as order requests, job assignment, review and approval, and publishing. The system can be set to operate based on deadlines or a broadcast schedule, coordinate multiple stations within one system, and automatically deliver approved graphics.

Built as a robust replacement for Proximity Artbox software, which is no longer available, QueManager can be setup to directly import Artbox databases and assets for a seamless transition. It also offers new workflows that utilize Final Cut Server, including integration with Apple Xsan and other centralized storage systems, as well as support for image sequences, editorial applications, and a wide range of CODECs.

QueManager has already been successfully integrated into several broadcast facilities. Last year, Cox Media Group (CMG) adopted QueManager to replace its Proximity Artbox installations in seven stations and duopolies, and is expected to implement the software in some of its smaller stations this year. The software can be integrated with the station group’s iNEWS and Deko® graphics systems, providing an efficient workflow for managing over-the-shoulder and other broadcast graphics. QueManager also offers support for other broadcast CG systems, including Chyron and Pixel Power.

“We are excited to demonstrate QueManager for NAB attendees for the first time,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of Diaquest Products. “With simplified searches and order requests, as well as delivery of approved assets for broadcast, QueManager adds the OMS that makes Final Cut Server an indispensible tool for newsroom graphics. We are very excited to be in Avid’s booth as their partner.”

Bill Hadsell, product manager for Avid On-Air Graphics, said, ”This is the solution that our customers have been waiting for ever since the Artbox end of life was announced. We look forward to working with Diaquest and the QueManager product to support specific needs in the market around graphics asset and order management.”

Avid, iNEWS, Deko, Interplay, Media Composer, Pro Tools, ISIS, Sibelius and Pinnacle Studio are trademarks or registered trademarks of Avid Technology, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries.

About Diaquest:
Based in Emeryville, Calif., Diaquest Products LLC has been developing mission critical software for the video, film, and broadcast industries since 1982. The company develops software as an OEM for several manufacturers, as well as custom software tools for a variety of clients. In addition to software development, Diaquest provides professional-level support of related software and hardware products. Find out more at http://www.diaquest.com or call (510) 547-4544.

T-VIPS Video Gateways enable live 3D opera transmission

T-VIPS TVG450 JPEG2000 Video Gateway transmits the world’s first live 3D opera transmission over fibre in Stockholm

Oslo, Norway – T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video contribution and distribution solutions, announced that its TVG450 JPEG2000 Video Gateway helped make possible the live 3D transmission of Gounod’s Faust from Stockholm’s Folkoperan opera house to the city’s Filmhuset digital cinema. The event was produced by Public Live AB, and T-VIPS’ transport solution was chosen by technology provider TwentyFourSeven. Prominent guests at the live 3D opera premiere, included Sweden’s Minister of Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth and the Mayor of Stockholm, Sten Nordin. By employing new 3D technologies the cinema audience experienced a richer performance – almost as though they were present in the opera house.

Public Live AB wanted to make sure that the picture quality was at its very best. The T-VIPS TVG450 JPEG2000 Gateway provides full resolution for both the left and right eye images, which maintains the quality of picture and the feeling of depth. “The TVG450 gateway was an obvious choice for this 3D contribution project,” said Roger Allstedt, Technical Manager at TwentyFourSeven. “The visually lossless JPEG2000 compression solution with stereoscopic program-slave function ensured that outgoing left and right eye images and multi-channel audio were guaranteed to be in sync, which was critical for the success of the transmission and the viewer experience. The intuitive user interface made using the equipment very simple, which is important when you have a short time to set up the link and T-VIPS provided us with excellent support throughout the project. Technically the project was a complete success and the quality and reliability of T-VIPS’ solution played a large part in that.”

The transmission of the 3D opera content required a maximum bandwidth of 250Mbps and was sent over a fiber-based IP network.

“We’re delighted to have been involved in making such a landmark 3D transmission possible,” said Helge Stephansen CTO, T-VIPS. “3D is becoming increasingly popular for high profile broadcast events, from live sports to music concerts and opera, the possibilities are endless. T-VIPS’ JPEG2000 compression solutions are reliable and ensure the best 3D picture quality so that viewers can watch these events the way they were intended to be viewed.”

David Bramley or Sally Brown, Platform PR, Tel: +44 (0)20 7486 4900, Email: david@platformpr.com , sally@platformpr.com

About T-VIPS
T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video transport solutions for contribution, distribution and Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), offers a comprehensive portfolio of powerful, efficient and intelligent solutions for processing and transporting high-quality video. T-VIPS’ close involvement in video standards bodies, leadership in JPEG2000, expertise in IP and transport stream multiplexing, processing and monitoring results in state-of-the-art technology that makes complex broadcast network operations simpler and preserves the integrity of high-end video streams. T-VIPS solutions are utilized in many demanding applications, including 1080/60p, 3DTV, alternative content for digital cinema, live HD sports and news back-haul, and the transport of HDTV programming over IP networks. T-VIPS is leading the IP-based video network revolution by empowering high-profile network operators, broadcasters and post-production customers in over 50 countries with innovative solutions that deliver significant operational and financial benefits. The privately-held company is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with Americas’ headquarters in New Jersey.
For further information, visit: http://www.t-vips.com

FOR-A DEBUTS SERIES OF COMPACT 3G/HD/SD/ASI ROUTING SWITCHERS AT NAB 2011

Fort Lee, N.J.FOR-A, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, will debut four compact multi-format routing switchers at the 2011 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nev., April 11-14 (Booth C5219). Designed for small and medium-scale systems, the MFR-3232, MFR-3216, MFR-1616R, and MFR-1616 offer a variety of inputs and outputs. All four automatically recognize and support 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, SD-SDI, and ASI signals.

Housed in 2 RU cabinets, the MFR-3232 (32 inputs/32 outputs), MFR-3216 (32 inputs/16 outputs), and MFR-1616R (16 inputs/16 outputs) offer optional redundant CPUs. The MFR-3216 (16 inputs/16 outputs) is housed in a 1 RU cabinet. All four models offer the option of redundant AC power.

Despite their compact size, the new units include features from the large-scale MFR-5000 Series routing switcher that was introduced at the 2010 NAB Show, such as: tally connections with peripheral devices, automatic source name tracking, and an interface function that allows synchronous operation by linking multiple routing switchers. An Ethernet connection also makes it possible to link and interface the new routing switchers with the MFR-5000 Series. Beyond ordinary crosspoint switching, the new routing switchers also offer various crosspoint controls to prevent incorrect operation.

“Complex digital production environments are not restricted to large-scale operations,” said Pedro Silvestre, Sales Director, FOR-A Corporation of America. “Our new routing switchers offer the reliable multi-format support required by smaller facilities in affordable, compact configurations.”

The new routing switchers include a built-in Web server that enables external control using a browser. FOR-A also offers optional remote control units, including the basic MFR-40RU with 40 buttons and the MFR-18RU, which features 18 buttons with LCD display to show the source name and settings. The MFR-39RU is a 2 RU model with 39 buttons, LCD display and 10 function buttons. It is ideal as a main control unit that can cover all crosspoints. An optional GPI unit (MFR-GPI) is also available.

The MFR-3232, MFR-2116, MFR-1616R, and MFR-1616 will be available at the end of this month.

About FOR-A
FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 201-944-1120 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

NAB Launch of T-VIPS TVG425 Provides Maximum Flexibility and Resiliency for Transmission of MPEG Transport Streams over IP

Oslo, Norway – March 28, 2011

T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video contribution and distribution solutions, today announced that it is to launch the TVG425 Transport Stream Gateway at NAB (Las Vegas Convention Centre, SU7807, April 11-14). This new product, which is based on an entirely new and advanced technology platform, has been developed in answer to high-level customer demand. The TVG425 is the newest member of the T-VIPS Video Gateway suite of compact, powerful and cost-effective products that are designed for the real-time contribution and distribution of video over IP networks.

TVG425 Transport Stream Gateway

The TVG425 is the result of long pioneering experience in video over IP solutions. The product has been designed for applications including professional broadcast contribution, distribution and live event coverage. Broadcasters, network operators and other video professionals will typically deploy the TVG425 for:

– Contribution and distribution of MPEG-2 transport streams

– Transport Stream interface adaptation (ASI, IP, SONET/SDH)

– IP-to-IP applications, such as multicast to unicast conversion and smallcasting, a critical feature for network operators who need to combine multicast and unicast IP connectivity

-Redundancy – output diversity on ASI and IP, as well as automatic input switching between redundant Transport Stream sources.

“As IP becomes pervasive throughout the professional video world, it’s more important than ever to provide products like the TVG425 Transport Stream Gateway that combine IP and video expertise to ensure that IP transport delivers the highest possible quality and answers the need for innovative workflows and improved business practices for broadcasters and video professionals,” said Johnny Dolvik, CEO, T-VIPS.

“A major reason for the success of the T-VIPS Video Gateway line is that our design philosophy takes a video-centric approach to IP video transport. As the industry moves increasingly to architectures based on islands of video expertise in a sea of IP, we find that customers increasingly need IP solutions, such as the TVG425, that are optimized for professional video transport,” concluded Dolvik.

Transport Stream Gateway Features

The TVG425 provides transparent handling of MPEG Transport Streams over ASI, IP/Ethernet and SONET/SDH. It includes advanced features such as input signal monitoring, flexible output diversity, dual network interfaces, input switching between redundant sources and bidirectional operation.

Key Features of the TVG425:

Transmission of MPEG-2 Transport Streams (TS)
– Transmission of up to eight independent Transport Streams
– Output diversity (up to eight copies on ASI and 64 on IP)
– Input switching between redundant TS sources
– Bidirectional operation
– Fast and accurate locking of Transport Streams
– Integrated 1PPS/10MHz input for clock resynchronization (SFN operation).

Flexible Transport Stream interfacing
– Support for DVB-ASI and MPEG-2 TS on IP
– Two Gigabit Ethernet interfaces for Transport Streams on IP
– IP multicast, unicast and multiple unicast (smallcast) support
– Optional support for Optical Gigabit Ethernet, Fiber and SONET OC-3 / SDH STM-1.

Industry-leading support for IP video technologies
– IP wrapping of Transport Streams using SMPTE 2022-2
– Forward Error Correction according to SMPTE 2022-1
– Support for multiple VLANs (IEEE 802.1Q)
– IP QoS and VLAN CoS/802.1P for per-flow traffic priorization
– IP routing of management traffic between network interfaces.

Transport Stream Monitoring
– ETSI TR 101 290 Priority 1 monitoring of all input signals
– Service and table listing for DVB and ATSC DTV signals.

Input redundancy
– Automatic failover switching between redundant ASI and/or IP inputs.

Best-in-class web-based user interface
– Simple and easy-to-use dynamic web-based graphical user interface
– SNMP and XML support for integration with 3rd party systems
– Out-of-band and in-band management on IP.

For further information: David Bramley, Platform PR, Tel: +44 (0)20 7486 4900, Email: david@platformpr.com

About T-VIPS
T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video transport solutions for contribution, distribution and Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), offers a comprehensive portfolio of powerful, efficient and intelligent solutions for processing and transporting high-quality video. T-VIPS’ close involvement in video standards bodies, leadership in JPEG2000, expertise in IP and transport stream multiplexing, processing and monitoring results in state-of-the-art technology that makes complex TV network operations simpler and preserves the integrity of high-end video streams.

T-VIPS solutions are utilized in many demanding applications, including 1080/60p, 3DTV, alternative content for digital cinema, live HD sports and news back-haul, and the transport of HDTV programming over IP networks. T-VIPS is leading the IP-based video network revolution by empowering high-profile network operators, broadcasters and post-production customers in over 50 countries with innovative solutions that deliver significant operational and financial benefits. The privately-held company is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with Americas’ headquarters in New Jersey. For further information, visit: www.t-vips.com