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HD Upgrades for Melrose Community Access Include Broadcast Pix Granite 5000 System

Billerica, Massachusetts  – Over the past decade, Melrose Massachusetts Television, Inc. (MMTV), the community access station for the City of Melrose, Mass., has been aggressively upgrading its production equipment. In January, the station made the move to a native HD production workflow with new cameras and an upgraded control room built around a Broadcast Pix™ Granite™ 5000 integrated production switcher.

MMTV produces a variety of original programs, including After Hours, a talk show that is shared with other regional stations, and Sound Stage, which showcases local musicians. The station also covers parades and other local events, and supports the local city government and educational channels. MMTV-Broadcast Pix GraniteOriginal programs are available in HD on YouTube and presented locally in letterbox SD on Comcast and Verizon FiOS.

In 2010, the nonprofit community organization upgraded to an SDI workflow and a Broadcast Pix™ Slate™ 5000 integrated production switcher. While the station researched other switcher options for the HD upgrade, it chose to stick with the reliability and flexibility of Broadcast Pix. “We wanted to keep the same abilities that we had with the Slate,” said Chris DeThomas, MMTV engineer. “It is wonderful. The hardware is a professional surface and the PixPad is great.”

Access A/V of Concord, N.H., handled the integration for the HD upgrade project. The Granite 5000 was installed in January, along with an upgraded monitor wall, Behringer audio mixer, Blackmagic HyperDeck Studio disk recorder, Clear-Com digital intercom system, Lectrosonics wireless IFB and JVC ProHD cameras. The Slate 5000 was then deployed to a local middle school for student productions.

DeThomas is very pleased with the HD upgrade. “It is everything that we have always wanted in our control room,” he said. “We have a completely professional space.”

Primarily driven by volunteers, MMTV programming is produced by people with varying degrees of production experience. MMTV uses Granite’s built-in Fluent-View customizable multi-view to accommodate both volunteers who prefer a more simplified setup and production veterans who want more information on screen.

“We customize it for different users,” DeThomas explained. “We have average folks producing for the first time, plus pros who bring that professional touch to the station. Everyone feels comfortable coming in – it makes the room not as intimidating.”

MMTV has also customized its Granite to manage productions in both of its studios. The four-camera Studio A is the default, but the control panel can quickly change to a new layout for three-camera Studio B productions. “We’re able to control two studios with one switcher and do it well,” DeThomas said. “That’s a great feature.”

About Broadcast Pix Founded in 2002, Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated production switchers, with customers in more than 110 countries. Available in several configurations, from compact systems with end-to-end integration to large-scale systems for high-end live productions, Broadcast Pix switchers include CG, dual clip stores, file-based macros, external control software, and customizable multi-view and virtual sets with patented control options. Broadcast Pix also offers ReVue next generation slow motion systems, fX3D real-time 3D graphics, Rapid CG dynamic graphic playout software, and VOX voice-automated live video production, each designed to enhance our highly integrated live production switchers. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, government, religious, sports, streaming, and visual radio studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Granite and Slate are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

 

Digital Nirvana System Ensures Confident 24/7 Monitoring of Live Feeds at Discovery Communications

Fremont, CA Digital Nirvana, a provider of monitoring, compliance and content repurposing systems for broadcast, cable, and satellite networks, has announced that Discovery Communications selected its Monitor IQ™ broadcast monitoring system. The system will be used to provide 24/7 confidence monitor IQ 5 5 14monitoring for 45 live channels for Discovery North America’s broadcast operations.

“ASI functionality means less hardware for across the North America services and provides greater data metrics with regards to DPI and CALM logging,” said Tim Mazzacua, Director, TOC Operations, Discovery Communications, Inc. “By reducing the total equipment footprint, we can free up valuable rack space. Additionally, the Digital Nirvana system gives us a much better idea of what our customers are actually seeing.”

Arco Groenenberg, director of sales and marketing for Broadcast Products, Digital Nirvana, said Monitor IQ provides unique benefits to large, subscriber-based networks: “Networks run the risk of losing subscribers if there are frequent signal losses. Often the provider doesn’t know there’s a signal loss until a customer reports the problem. Monitor IQ lets operators keep track of their channel feeds and react to any signal loss or impairment before customers call.

“We look forward to a continued successful relationship with Discovery,” he continued, “and ensuring the network’s programming is delivered to its customers at the highest possible quality 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

About Discovery Communications

Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world’s #1 nonfiction media company reaching 2.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 220 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through more than 190 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery, as well as U.S. joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and the Hub Network. Across the Nordic region, Discovery owns and operates SBS Discovery Media, a top-three portfolio of television brands that feature leading nonfiction content, as well as locally produced entertainment programs, sports and the best scripted series and movies from major studios. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools, including an award-winning series of K-12 digital textbooks, and a digital leader with a diversified online portfolio, including Discovery Digital Networks. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com. 

About Digital Nirvana

Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. The company’s product portfolio includes the industry-leading Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring system, AnyStream IQ OTT monitoring solution, and the MediaPro content repurposing system. A comprehensive service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, market intelligence and analytics, and learning management services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Fremont, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India. For more information visit http://www.digital-nirvana.com.

 

NAB 2014: Digital Nirvana’s Broadcast Monitoring System Streamlines Workflow with Powerful New Features

DN logoNewark, CA – Digital Nirvana will introduce the latest release of its broadcast monitoring software, Monitor IQ 4.0, at the NAB 2014 convention being held from April 5-10th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Digital Nirvana will exhibit in Booth #SU11017. Monitor IQ is an in-house logging and compliance monitoring solution for traditional broadcasting media.

“We continue to add innovative functionality to Monitor IQ,” said Arco Groenenberg, director of sales and marketing for Broadcast Products, DigitalMonitorIQ NAB 2014_PressImage_nologo Nirvana. “New features like transport stream recording, SmartSearch, editing, playback and advanced engineering alerts make Monitor IQ one of the smartest monitoring solutions in the industry while offering excellent price for performance.”

Monitor IQ 4.0 Broadcast Monitoring System
Monitor IQ combines signal-monitoring, loudness monitoring, aircheck-logging, ad verification, competitive analysis and content repurposing and runs on Digital Nirvana’s Open Media Appliance – a highly scalable, industrial-grade server. The Open Media Appliance accepts multiple inputs including SD/HD SDI, ASI, ASI-IP, ATSC, QAM, 50 Hz, 60 Hz and DVB-TC/S2. It exports content in a wide range of file formats for content repurposing, including Flash, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and H.264, and XDCAM.

Monitor IQ can record Multi-language Audio/Video and VANC Metadata. Designed with an efficient architecture and a simple Web interface, it integrates seamlessly with third party software. The resulting workflow is quick and easy, making the most of time and money.

With Monitor IQ, there’s no need to install ActiveX. It’s compatible with all standards-compliant web browsers. Its extensive search function can use keywords, CC text, metadata, titles, descriptions, as-run and traffic logs, imported and discrepancy reports.

Web Captioning ensures that programming complies with new FCC closed captioning mandates in the SMPTE Timed Text Format. Program Guide Extraction automatically extracts EIT data directly from the broadcast, enabling recording by program. Plus, an Infrastructure Self-Check performs more than 40 types of ongoing system checks to proactively monitor the total health of the Monitor IQ system.

Available options for Monitor IQ include: an iPad/iPhone/Android interface, NAVE Watermark Decoding, Centralized Management, Director’s Audio Track and a REST API for 3rd party development.

About Digital Nirvana
Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. The company’s product portfolio includes the industry-leading Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring system, AnyStream IQ OTT monitoring solution, and the MediaPro content repurposing system. A comprehensive service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, market intelligence and analytics, and learning management services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Fremont, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India. For more information visit http://www.digital-nirvana.com.

Sinclair Broadcast Group Orders More Than 70 New JVC GY-HM890 ProHD Cameras with Built-in Live HD Transmission

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the largest television broadcasting companies in the United States, has ordered more than 70 of its new GY-HM890 ProHD shoulder-mount cameras for local news operations. Introduced earlier this month, the GY-HM890 features a built-in streaming engine that allows live HD transmission directly from the camera.

Based in Hunt Valley, Md., Sinclair owns or operates 149 stations in 71 markets. With 85 stations producing news, the company already has almost 100 JVC ProHD cameras in the field, including GY-HM790 shoulder-mount and GY-image006HM650 handheld models. Deliveries of the new GY-HM890s are expected to begin next month, with several cameras slated for WOAI and KABB in San Antonio (DMA #36) and WJAC in Johnstown, Pa. (DMA #103).

The purchase is the first phase of the company’s planned standardization on the camera across its ENG operations. “JVC’s new GY-HM890 provides us with innovative features that save on operational costs without sacrificing quality,” said Del Parks, senior vice president of engineering and operations, Sinclair Broadcast Group. “The camera also provides built-in live HD streaming, which is the game-changing feature we’ve been waiting for in a full-sized camcorder. JVC has delivered, and we look forward to partnering with them for future product development.”

When paired with a Verizon 4G LTE modem, which is connected to the camera via USB, the new GY-HM890 transmits HD footage directly to a broadcast facility for live over-the-air or Web distribution (or FTP file transfer). JVC’s Advanced Streaming Technology (AST) provides content-aware error correction, bandwidth shaping, and real-time feedback of streaming status.

Built for uncompromising ENG environments, the 3-CMOS GY-HM890 features an interchangeable Fujinon 20x autofocus zoom lens, dual SDHC/SDXC card slots for recording HD or SD footage in a variety of native file formats, HD/SD-SDI Pool Feed input, and four-channel audio with two XLR mic/line inputs. Compatible with JVC’s full range of components and accessories, the GY-HM890 is also a versatile studio or multi-camera field production camera, with a 68-pin connection that accommodates JVC fiber or multi-core camera modules.

“Sinclair remains one of the most forward-thinking station groups in the country,” said Lawrence Librach, vice president, broadcast and public sector, JVC Professional Products. “They recognized our commitment to newsgathering operations with the cost saving features in our previous models. Now, the GY-HM890 will provide even more cost savings as well as versatile news delivery options that are unmatched in the industry.”

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY
Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, with West Coast operations in Long Beach, California, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment, D-ILA front projection systems, and Super LoLux HD video security products. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582-5825.

NAB 2014: Digital Nirvana to Showcase Next Generation Broadcast and OTT Monitoring Solutions

logoNewark, CA – Digital Nirvana will bring its innovative broadcast monitoring and content delivery solutions to the NAB 2014 convention (Booth SU11017) from April 5-10th at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“The video delivery ecosystem is expanding rapidly with the availability of content across a wide range of digital platforms,” said Hiren Hindocha, president and CEO of Digital Nirvana. “It is our vision to expand our offerings with powerful tools to help our customers monitor and manage any type of media in the entire ecosystem.”

Digital Nirvana’s latest generation tools address that challenge with broadcast and OTT media monitoring, content capture and repurposing.

Monitor IQ Broadcast Monitoring System

One highlight in the NAB booth will be the next generation of Monitor IQTM – the monitor IQ NAB 2014company’s solution for multi-channel signal monitoring, logging, compliance and archiving for traditional broadcasting. Monitor IQ provides a range of unique features including centralized management, automatic ad detection, and a director’s audio track. It accepts multiple signals, both HD and SD in full resolution, and exports them in a wide range of file formats. Its Infrastructure Self-Check performs more than 40 types of ongoing system checks to proactively monitor the total health of the Monitor IQ system. Web Captioning ensures that programming complies with new FCC closed captioning mandates in the SMPTE Timed Text Format. And Program Guide Extraction automatically extracts EIT data directly from the broadcast, simplifying program search and enabling recording by program. Several new features to be announced will be included within this new version. Monitor IQ is compatible with all standard web browsers – and does not require Active X.

AnyStream IQ OTT Monitoring System

The video delivery ecosystem is expanding far beyond broadcast with the anystream NAB 2014explosive growth of streaming content to desktops, tablets and mobile phones. As live streams increase in popularity, so does the importance of reliable OTT monitoring. Now, complementing the Monitor IQ solution for traditional broadcast content, the latest version of Digital Nirvana’s AnyStream IQTM  allows broadcasters, content creators, aggregators and distributors of streaming content to reliably monitor OTT content to ensure that live streams are up and running. AnyStream IQ monitors for quality and compliance issues like loss of video or audio, as well as loss of FCC mandated closed captions. AnyStream IQ is the industry’s first-ever cloud-based OTT monitoring solution.  There is no hardware or software to install, and it offers a browser-based interface to record, monitor and search FLV, HDS and HLS formatted streams.

MediaPro Content Repurposing System

MediaProTM is Digital Nirvana’s easy, affordable solution to repurpose and rebroadcast encrypted HD content to multiple platforms. In addition to its ability to encrypt HD content, input/output options further include: SDI, ASI, IP, QAM, and ATSC.

Multiple users in news and sports departments can collaborate; record from one mediapro NAB 2014to hundreds of channels; and then edit, annotate and publish content in real time. Search may be based on keywords, program titles, descriptions, textual metadata, time/date and channel filters. Clips are stored and sent via email or FTP for archiving or external viewing in a wide range of formats and resolutions. The next generation of MediaPro will be on hand in the Digital Nirvana booth at NAB. MediaPro is compatible with all standard web browsers – and does not require Active X.

About Digital Nirvana

Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. The company’s product portfolio includes the industry-leading Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring system, AnyStream IQ OTT monitoring solution, and the MediaPro content repurposing system. A comprehensive service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, market intelligence and analytics, and learning management services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Newark, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India. For more information visit http://www.digital-nirvana.com.

JVC Announces ProHD Broadcast with Professional Streaming Services for Live HD Content Delivery for Web, Broadcast

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced its Professional Streaming Services for delivering live HD content to the Web and broadcast facilities. The new ProHD Broadcaster server powered by Zixi is the central component to the company’s new content delivery service. Available as a physical server or cloud-based solution, Broadcaster receives live HD video from compatible JVC camcorders, transcodes the signal for a variety of delivery platforms, and provides reliable transmission of the signal.

JVC’s new services are compatible with the new GY-HM850 and GY-HM890 ProHD shoulder-mount camcorders, also announced today. The cameras feature a built-in Zixi engine that streams to a 4G LTE, 3G, or Wi-Fi network while image008recording HD to solid state memory cards. Broadcasters that use these cameras exclusively for ENG are equipped to economically transmit HD video from the field live on the air and live on their Web site.

“Reliable live HD video delivery is now a reality with JVC,” said Edgar Shane, general manager of engineering, JVC Professional Products. “Today’s high-speed and robust 4G LTE connections provide the bandwidth necessary for live HD video streaming, from the field. Through our partnership with Zixi, we can provide a stable workflow that helps broadcasters and Web content producers be first on air and first online.”

The new services rely on JVC’s exclusive dual codec design, which allows the transmission of live HD footage or file transfer in the background while shooters continue to record footage in their normal workflow. When paired with a Verizon 4G LTE modem, which is connected directly to the camera via USB, the camera transmits footage to a broadcast facility in real time.

Improving on the company’s earlier live HD streaming and file transfer technologies, JVC’s new cameras feature Advanced Streaming Technology (AST) that provides content-aware error correction, bandwidth shaping, and real-time feedback of streaming status. A built-in processor with proprietary algorithms maximizes bandwidth to ensure reliable transmission even under difficult conditions, while advanced content aware error correction compensates for up to image00730 percent packet loss. JVC’s new Streamconfidence technology provides real-time stream and LTE status in the camera viewfinder and LCD monitor.

When used in conjunction with the cloud-based service, video delivery from the cameras to the Internet is available by entering a single IP address. Content can be directed to multiple destinations, including off-the-shelf HD-SDI decoders for live broadcast. Broadcaster’s built-in matrix switching makes it easy to manage signals for distribution, and automatic transcoding allows live, direct-to-Web content delivery to almost any content provider.

With unlimited I/O and a Web control interface for easy operation, Broadcaster is a cost effective way for stations to handle multiple camera coverage at a single event. Each camera feeds into and is identified by the Broadcaster, which can be configured to provide an output signal to the station’s decoder for air. Cameras can then be chosen by station personnel and switched live. The result is affordable live coverage from multiple reporters and shooters without a multi-camera production truck.

Broadcaster also accepts video from Android and iOS devices, and handles transcoding automatically. As a result, a broadcaster can take live video from a reporter who is on site at an accident, for example, but only has a cell phone to provide video of the incident.

Beyond live video transmission, JVC’s cameras provide secure FTP file transfer from the field, plus live monitoring and camera and lens control via Wi-Fi from a smart device (iPhone, iPad, or Android) or from the studio via LTE connection. For broadcasters who use metadata, a built-in GPS allows location information to be recorded. Metadata can also be edited on a smartphone or tablet and transferred to the camera via Wi-Fi.

Available in March, the ProHD Broadcaster will have a suggested list price of $1,995 and requires a subscription to JVC Professional Streaming Services.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, with West Coast operations in Long Beach, California, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation.JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment, D-ILA front projection systems, and Super LoLux HD video security products. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582-5825.

 

Game Creek Video Trusts PESA for Routing Needs at Super Bowl XLVIII

logoHuntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video connectivity, today announced Game Creek Video, an HD mobile production company based in Hudson, N.H., will use PESA video and audio routers for FOX’s coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday, Feb. 2.

Jason Taubman, Game Creek vice president of design and new technologies, said 75 percent of the company’s fleet is in the New York area to cover the Super Bowl for various clients. The entire truck compound at the game will be connected through PESA video and distributed audio routing systems, he said.

FX, the five-truck production system, which includes five 53-foot expando trucks, Game Creek PESA DRS JPEGis in place at the stadium for the FOX game broadcast. It includes a PESA Cheetah 512×1024 digital video router with embedding/de-embedding, along with a DRS 2048×2048 distributed audio router that supports analog, AES and MADI.

Liberty, on location at MetLife for FOX pre-game programming, includes a 53-foot production unit and a 53-foot graphics and support unit. The main truck features a Cheetah 384×720 digital video router, as well as a DRS 1536×1536 distributed audio router with analog, AES, and MADI I/O. “The whole world has not gone digital,” Taubman explained. “We need a variety of connection methods.”

Northstar, another 53-foot expando, was used on Jan. 28 for Super Bowl Media Day coverage at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., then moved to MetLife for FOX Sports 1 coverage. The truck includes a Cheetah 288×576 digital video router, plus a DRS 704×576 distributed audio router with analog and AES I/O.

The game will be produced in 720p HD, with 55 cameras and 24 six-channel EVS replay systems, plus frame sync sources, 4K composites, graphics, and a “host of new toys” that FOX will reveal during the broadcast, Taubman said. “It’s a pretty straightforward crosspoint matrix,” he noted, “we just have a huge capacity needed.”

PESA has historically been one of Game Creek’s router systems of choice because of product performance and excellent customer support, Taubman said. In fact, Game Creek recently upgraded Liberty to PESA’s PERC3000 IP-based router control system. “It’s been a big plus in giving us better control over the router and providing additional configuration options for our clients,” he added. “We have a long standing relationship with PESA. Their products have been rock solid.”

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation; and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.

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