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Broadcast Pix Unveils ReVue

The following article was published on Content + Technology on February 28th. The article can be viewed here.

Broadcast Pix has introduced ReVue, a new HD slow motion replay system that work with any Broadcast Pix integrated production systems or independently in other production environments. Developed in collaboration with strategic partner EditShare, ReVue will be available in March and demonstrated at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth SL6325).

Available in two and four-channel configurations, ReVue features SDI connectivity and up to eight tracks of embedded audio, with optional 1080p recording and playback. The system is housed in a 2 RU chassis and includes 8 TB of RAID 6 storage, which can be expanded up to 16 TB.

ReVue’s compact controller includes a jog/shuttle wheel for reviewing footage, with dedicated buttons for marking in and out points for playback. All video sources are played back in sync, so it is easy to cut between cameras and find the best replay angle. Playback speed is controlled manually with the fader bar, but three preset buttons allow users to assign specific speeds for more consistent slo-mo results.

“Broadcast Pix has built our reputation on reliable and affordable integrated production systems,” explained Steve Ellis, Broadcast Pix CEO. “When we decided to introduce a slo-mo replay system, our objective was to deliver a very high quality product at a price that nearly everyone can afford. ReVue provides a powerful, multi-source HD replay system that fits the budgets of schools and community channels.”

ReVue’s two output channels can be configured as preview/program or as two programs. With its built-in multi-view, ReVue provides monitors for all active sources, plus preview and program windows. ReVue’s on-screen user interface makes it easy to keep track of marked clips and replays. Plus, Broadcast Pix integrated production systems can trigger ReVue playlists directly from the production switcher.

Our customers demand solutions that improve workflow, and we focused our efforts on controlling all aspects of the production environment,” Ellis added. “The next evolution of this workflow is to move content from live production to broadcast infrastructure and post. By integrating ReVue into their Broadcast Pix live production environment, our customers can expand their workflow through seamless integration into the server, editorial, and asset management systems offered by EditShare.”

Visit http://www.broadcastpix.com

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Broadcast Pix Announces fX3D Real-Time 3D Graphics System

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today introduced fX3D, a real-time 3D graphics system designed to build dynamic graphic content for live events,Broadcast Pix fx3D Interface JPEG sports, broadcast news, or channel branding. Designed as a standalone graphics system for existing broadcast infrastructures or as an addition to Broadcast Pix Granite™ or Mica™ integrated production switchers, fX3D makes it easy to create and playout high-end graphics. fX3D will be available at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth SL6325), which runs April 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nev., and is one of several new products that will be demonstrated by Broadcast Pix.

The fX3D system includes three software modules that create a simplified end-to-end graphics workflow. fX3D Creator software provides an intuitive interface to design and create graphic content, complete with a built-in 3D modeler. Lights, shaders, movement, and materials on 3D objects can be controlled in real time and in resolution independent HD. fX3D API allows the system to be controlled through Broadcast Pix switchers, and also allows integration with third-party products, such as broadcast news systems.

fX3D Playout is a template-based rundown controller that brings completed graphics to air. Assets can be searched using a variety of parameters, including keywords and date. fX3D Playout also allows manual or automatic graphic content updates via external resources, including RSS feeds or XML files, and supports multi-resolution output.

“Many of our customers have expressed interest in a powerful but affordable high-end graphics system, and our answer is fX3D. From designing and creating Broadcast Pix fx3D JPEGgraphics to updating information within those graphics and then taking those graphics to air, fX3D does it all,” explained Steve Ellis, general manager, Broadcast Pix. “It is a complete graphics solution, so you never need to leave the application to get results that rival what you see on national networks.”

The hardware behind fX3D is the real-time fX3D Engine, which provides the power to create and repurpose 3D graphics simultaneously. Housed in a 3 RU chassis, the Windows-based, single-channel system will also be available in a dual-channel configuration. Plus, a high efficiency broadcast model with dual power supplies and support for higher pixel counts will be available in May.

fX3D system pricing starts at $15,995, though modules can be purchased separately.

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 Mica are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

Vizrt provides Lockheed Martin interactive big data visualization tools

Vizrt has collaborated with Lockheed Martin to develop a solution that visualizes big data in an interactive platform called the Multi-Touch Executive Dashboard (MED). To graphically visualize big data, MED combines Lockheed Martin’s real-time data asset management software, Microsoft’s Perceptive Pixel displays, and MED-E Interactive data JPGVizrt’s Viz Artist for 3D modeling, animation, and graphics creation, and Viz Engine for real-time 3D graphics visualization and rendering at resolutions of up to 4K.

The first large-scale big data visualization implemented is Lockheed Martin’s MED-E (Multi-Touch Executive Dashboard for Energy), designed to graphically illustrate layers of high-volume information about the status of energy resources, distribution, and supply. For example, WindOptimizer is a MED-E suite of cloud-based services that provide real-time sensor data, including weather forecast prediction and wind energy supplies, so that wind farms, power companies, and other energy companies can provide for more cost-efficient wind resource management.

Vizrt R&D teams in Europe along with designers and support in the United States worked closely with Lockheed Martin to design a system that had to meet a high-standard of quality for data visualization while at the same time be very flexible in its application. This allows for a wide range of industries to be able to utilize the product and have it customized for their specific needs.

“In developing the MED-E platform, we wanted to push the boundaries of Viz Artist and Viz Engine as a powerful live data harvester and interactive visualization platform,” said Petter Ole Jakobsen, Vizrt’s CTO, based in Bergen, Norway. “For MED-E, we’re taking multiple silos of data sources and coalescing them into one final, scalable, big picture visualization representing all these different data layers. And we are doing it live when live data is available.”

The MED platform interface allows multiple users to select icons that bring up multiple graphics and visual elements that they can then manipulate and interact with on Perceptive Pixel’s 82-inch LCD display. Viz Artist was chosen for use in MED-E WindOptimizer by Lockheed Martin JPGthe MED and MED-E visualization platforms because its 64-bit environment features advanced data gathering tools and plugins. The plugins allow designers to integrate custom logic easily into a scene, creating interactive elements such as click buttons or support for touchscreens. And, as a powerful rendering engine, Viz Engine is used as the complete graphics and video layer for applications requiring high-fidelity, low latency content and interactivity.

“The MED platform can also be adapted to a wide range of vertical markets—such as medical imaging, military defense, energy exploration, geo-intelligence, and business information/intelligence systems and supply chain analytics—where knowledge workers need to make timely decisions based upon their understanding of relevant big data,” said Matt Kier, principal project engineer for Lockheed Martin. “Lockheed Martin and Vizrt have worked together on several projects and our relationship has been mutually beneficial. The Vizrt development teams in Norway, Austria, Thailand, and across the globe have helped us develop a platform that is easily integrated for our international customers, visually intuitive and tailored for any customer language.”

“This collaboration with Lockheed Martin is incredibly exciting,” added Jakobsen. “Together we’re developing a solution to one of today’s most complex problems, that of capturing, harnessing, and managing big data using a very user-friendly, interactive, 3D graphics-rich data visualization platform.”

About Lockheed Martin:

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The corporation’s net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

About Vizrt:

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry – from award-winning animations and 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, Al Jazeera, 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. For further information please refer to www.vizrt.com.

Martin Burkhalter / CEO / +41 22 365 75 01 / MBurkhalter@vizrt.com

Håvard Myklebust / EVP Products & Marketing / +4791845602 / HMyklebust@vizrt.com

 

IBC 2013: Vizrt demoing graphics systems exclusively on HP workstations and monitors

At the IBC Show, taking place from September 12-17, 2013, Vizrt is demoing its graphics products using HP high-performance and visualization workstations and monitors exclusively at its booth, Hall 7/Stand A10, in the RAI Convention vizrt_hp_ibceventCenter in Amsterdam.

“Based on our long, rewarding relationship with HP, all of our product displays and demonstrations at IBC will be running on HP workstations, servers, and monitors,” said Gerhard Lang, Chief Engineering Officer for Vizrt. “HP desktop computing hardware is the proven, trusted solution for our customers’ demanding, mission-critical, real-time media and graphics applications.”

At its booth, Vizrt is using a wide range of HP high-performance computing products including 85 workstations, 30 monitors, and several servers. HP ProLiant DL 380p Gen 8 servers—with Intel XEON E5 2640 2.5 GHz of processing power, 16 GB of RAM, and a Matrox G200 video card, will be used to run the IP-based Viz Engine, Viz Map Server, Viz Content Pilot server, Viz Media Engine video transcoder server, and Viz Media Engine Online live transcoder.

Of the 85 workstations, Vizrt is using a mix of HP Z820 and HP Z420 workstations primarily to run Viz Engine systems, while 20 HP Z420 workstations will run other systems including the Viz Trio live graphics generator, Viz Content Pilot, Viz Weather, Viz Multichannel, and the Viz Artist real-time 3D modeling and animation tool. The HP Z820 desktop workstation has Intel XEON E5-2643 3.3 GHz four-core processing with 8 GB of DDR3 and one terabyte of HDD capacity. The HP Z420 mini-tower has the XEON E5-1600 or E5-2600 series with up to eight-core and 3.6 GHz processing power. The Vizrt exhibit is also using a mix of 30 high-resolution HP LED and LCD Z displays to showcase imagery coming from Vizrt graphics and video systems.

On Saturday, September 14 at 5pm, Vizrt and HP are looking forward to meeting visitors at the Vizrt IBC booth. Norwegian cuisine, including Aquavit (a traditional drink in Norway) and Fenalor (a popular, Norwegian dried meat dish.) will give a warm reception.

About Vizrt:

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry – 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, Al Jazeera, 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. For further information please refer to www.vizrt.com

Matrox and Vizrt Showcase 4K Workflows at IBC2013

Matrox 4K developer card selected to showcase Viz Engine realtime graphics and video renderer

MONTREAL — Sept. 5, 2013 — Matrox® Video today announced that Vizrt, the world’s leading provider of real-time broadcast graphics, has chosen the Logo_rgb 03 10 08Matrox DSX LE3 4K card to power the next generation of the Viz Engine rendering engine and compositor. Viz Engine is the heart of all Vizrt graphics and video solutions (CG, Virtual Set, Weather, and more). It renders animated 2D and 3D scenes in real time, producing high-end animations in SD, HD and 4K.

A new addition to the Matrox DSX™ Developer Products family, the Matrox DSX LE3 4K card enables realtime monitoring and output of video footage at resolutions up to 4096 x 2160 at frame rates up to 60 fps. This new 4K output card, in conjunction with the industry-leading Matrox DSX Software Development Kit and 4K codec support for ProRes and XAVC, lets equipment manufacturers create graphics systems, editing solutions and playout servers in native 4K resolutions.

“Matrox DSX LE3 4K is the ideal card to showcase the breathtaking content 4k resolutioncreated by the full 4K rendering power of our Viz Engine,” said Gerhard Lang, chief engineering officer at Vizrt. “Visitors to IBC2013 will see our products in action across the show floor.”

“Vizrt and Matrox share a rich history of providing innovative, yet affordable solutions to broadcast customers around the world,” said Alberto Cieri, senior director of sales and marketing at Matrox. “With the launch of Matrox DSX LE3 4K, we are the first hardware vendor to provide everything needed for full 4K broadcast workflow solutions including ingest, editing, graphics insertion and playout.”

Vizrt 4K solutions based on the Matrox card can be seen at IBC2013 (Amsterdam, September 13-17) on the Vizrt stand 7.A10, the Sony stand 12.A10 and the Snell stand 8.B70. Matrox DSX LE3 4K will be showcased on the Matrox stand 7.B29.

Key features of Matrox DSX LE3 4K
· 4K (4096 x 2160), QFHD (3840 x 2160), 2K (2048 x 1080), HD and SD output resolutions
· 60 fps frame rate support, even at 4K resolutions
· Provides full 4K output to drive a Sony PVM-X300 reference monitor
· Can take advantage of the integrated NVIDIA GPUDirect™ SDK to offer low latency and high throughput data transfers at 4K resolution with the NVIDIA Quadro® GPU series
· SD, HD and 3G-SDI connectivity per SMPTE 259, 292 and 424/425M Level A and Level B mapping
· 8- and 10-bit YUV output at all resolutions and frames rates
· 16 channels of SDI embedded audio support
· Bi-level and tri-level genlock input
· Five full-size BNC connectors directly on the card bracket
· Support for 4K ProRes and XAVC software codecs
· Extensive native codec support in HD and SD
· Cross platform file format support — MXF, MOV, AVI and MPG
· Application development support by a team of dedicated, experienced engineers

Availability
Matrox DSX LE3 4K is available to developers now. Developers may obtain more information about Matrox DSX LE3 4K by e-mailing video_oem.info@matrox.com.

About Vizrt

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry — 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, Al Jazeera, 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. For more information, visit www.vizrt.com.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

IBC2013: Vizrt to display new graphics workflow, non-conform video workflow, live sports interactivity, social tv integration, 4k rendering and IP streaming

At the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC), Vizrt will display tools to increase graphics and video productivity, dramatically enhance live sports broadcasts, and streamline production workflows in its booth (Hall 7, Stand viz_libero (3)A10). IBC2013 will be held from September 12-17 in the RAI convention center in Amsterdam.

Among the highlights will be new technology that allows designers to run Viz Artist with a remote connection to a powerful cloud computer. A press conference on September 13 at 8am in the RAI’s news conference room will present full details of this development and other top news from Vizrt.

Rendering power

Viz Engine, Vizrt’s real-time 3D compositing system, has increased its rendering capability beyond HD to 4k. Vizrt will display the breakthrough 4k rendering capability of the Viz Engine at the IBC show.

Viz Engine has been enhanced further with IP-streaming capability. This allows broadcasters to stream multiple formats and resolutions simultaneously, speeding the creation of online and mobile graphic and video content.

Non-conform video workflow

Merge graphics and video into a single workflow with Viz Engine and Viz Media Engine. Journalists search, edit and place graphics and video together in their multiplatform (3)native newsroom control system. Viz Engine then renders video and graphics together at the moment they are triggered to air. This non-conform workflow allows the journalist to change graphic content up until the moment the video and graphics are played on air. It also allows the graphic and video content to be played in a variety of formats in real-time from the Viz Engine for multiplatform distribution. Viewers on mobile devices, online, and on-air have the best possible viewing experience without the delay caused by transcoding.

Enhanced editing workflow

Viz Media Engine includes an extension panel to Adobe Premiere Pro CC that enables Premiere Pro users on both Mac and Windows to search and access media held within Viz Media Engine without leaving the Premiere Pro interface.

Control room automation

Vizrt will display the integration between Mosart automation and Viz Engine. When combined with the Vizrt end-to-end graphics and video workflow, the Mosart automation system provides a complete package for the entire newsroom workflow from the news editorial process to live on-air production. With the Viz Engine real-time compositing capabilities added to the Mosart automation system, an operator can drive complex transitions and studio effects from a single interface.

Redefining live sports graphics

With Viz Arena, broadcasters can superimpose animated 3D graphics, text, video, logos, images and animation over the live coverage of a sports event. The graphics remain in place, regardless of camera movement. The 3D graphics appear to be part of the live coverage.

Viz Libero, Vizrt’s 3D virtual sports enhancement and analysis system, will be presented at IBC. Version 5.5 offers Virtual SloMo, Virtual Presenter, and integration with the Grass Valley K2 Summit media server and K2 Dyno replay system. Viz Libero uses the existing camera feeds to create 3D flights and virtual perspectives. It features interactive telestration and annotation tools along with an intuitive user interface.

Social TV integration

Vizrt’s Social TV solution will be demoed at IBC with several new integrations and socialtv2 (3)enhanced developments with some of the leading social media companies including partners never.no, MassRelevance, Applicaster and Promotheus. The Vizrt Social TV solution allows broadcasters to monitor, filter, approve, and harvest user generated content —such as tweets, Facebook posts, RSS, and Instagram photos. Build playlists or carousels of selected social content to display within live Vizrt graphics and send to air.

Complete online workflow

New at IBC Vizrt will display the Vizrt Online Suite integrated with Viz Media Engine. This integration gives journalists the ability to search all assets contained within Viz Media Engine from the Vizrt Online Suite CMS. MOS rundowns can also now be viewed within the Vizrt Online suite CMS.

A cross-platform implementation between the Viz Media Engine  and Vimond’s over-the-top TV toolset will enable broadcasters to control their video content across multiple platforms and monetize their content online.

About Vizrt:

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry – 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, Al Jazeera, 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. For further information please refer to www.vizrt.com

CBC Germany chooses Vizrt for live graphics and virtual sets

CBC_largeCBC Cologne Broadcasting Center, part of Media Group RTL Germany, has elected to switch its existing live graphics systems to Vizrt. The transition, which will be phased in starting August 2013, includes new Viz Trio live 3D graphics systems Viz Content Pilot template-based graphics system and Viz Virtual Studio systems for live, immersive 3D virtual sets.

The new Vizrt graphics technology will be used at CBC’s broadcast and production center, which features several live studios and extensive post production facilities, in Cologne, Germany, with additional locations in Berlin and Munich. CBC produces a dozen different TV shows daily, for the Media Group RTL Germany companies as well as for Media Group’s external production companies. Among others, CBC is responsible for the international production and broadcast of the German soccer league (Bundesliga).

Media Group RTL Germany is one of the leading media companies in Germany. Its strong brands reach an audience of approximately 90 million viewers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

In addition to its free-to-air channels RTL Television, Vox, n-tv and RTL NITRO, the company’s portfolio also includes three digital niche channels: RTL Crime, Passion and RTL Living. For its technical broadcast operations the affiliates RTL II and Super RTL are also run by CBC. Within Media Group RTL Germany there are a number of other important functions fulfilled by the news/magazine company infoNetwork.

n-tv has been using Vizrt real-time graphics technology for many years. Now the decision is made to make it the central system for all CBC’s productions. “By centralizing graphics templates and production for all our networks and productions CBC expects to realize significant efficiencies. We are well acquainted with the quality and reliability of Vizrt systems because n-tv has enjoyed successful experiences with Vizrt,” said Andreas Fleuter, Head of Production, CBC.

About CBC

Since its establishment in 1994, CBC Cologne Broadcasting Center has become one of the leading broadcasting and television production companies in Germany. Numerous renowned TV stations such as RTL, VOX, n-tv, RTL NITRO, RTL Crime, RTL Living, Passion, RTL II and Super RTL as well as production companies rely on CBC’s know-how and state-of-the-art technology and value its wide array of individualized services. CBC is situated in Cologne, Berlin and Munich. CBC is part of the Media Group RTL Germany. More information is available at www.cbc.de.

About Vizrt:

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry – 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, Al Jazeera, 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. For further information please refer to www.vizrt.com