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Apantac, provider of cost-effective and award-winning multiviewers, video walls, extenders, and signal processing solutions has launched its new Video over IP Multiviewers at IBC 2017.

Apantac designed the Si-16 series of Multiviewers to address the growing demand for monitoring video and audio signals over an IP network infrastructure. At IBC, the Si-16 series will demonstrate support for the ST 2022-6 standard for encapsulated SDI over IP. Soon, these Multiviewers will support the ST 2022-7 standard for redundancy as well as the latest ST 2110 video over IP standard.

The new Si-16 series of Multiviewers accept 16 Video over IP inputs using SFP modules. The connection between the IP Switch and the Si-16 is accomplished via fibre. There are three models to choose from, sharing the same 1 RU hardware. The Si-16 is an 16x1 Multiviewer with a dual set of identical HDMI and SDI outputs. The Si-16+ consists of two 8x1 Multiviewers where the output from each of them is available as both HDMI and SDI. The Si-16# is a 16x2 Multiviewer with two sets of HDMI and SDI outputs where any input can be displayed on one or both outputs.

Pebble Beach Systems, a leading automation, content management and integrated channel specialist, announced its integration with the NDI IP video standard. Pebble’s integration was focused on removing objectionable monitoring delays that can be inherent to real-time video over IP virtualised workflows, and it has adopted NDI technology to provide low-latency confidence monitoring for its virtualised Orca software-defined integrated channel solution. This development increases Orca’s suitability for the playout of high value live, reactive channels and latency-sensitive applications. Operators can now view a confidence preview without the delays incurred by having to manage uncompressed video.

NDI provides a low-latency, light-weight, frame accurate video protocol, giving Pebble’s customers less than one frame of delay when confidence monitoring channel-in-a-box (Ciab) or virtualised playout systems over an IP network.

“If an operator is rolling a commercial break on top of a live feed, it gives them instantaneous feedback that the commercial break has actually started, the moment they press the button,” said Ian Cockett, CTO of Pebble Beach Systems. “When switching between live sources they can immediately see that they’ve made the correct selection, whereas monitoring an H.264 compressed output can mean a delay of 5 or 6 seconds before they see a picture change, which is far from ideal.”

This new development removes the classic objection from operators that require instantaneous feedback when switching live events. Using NDI as a point to point link over a TCP/IP network can deliver full quality 1080p video. However, that quality might require a 100Mb connection. For simply previewing video in the control room, a reliable confidence monitor feed can be obtained over a much smaller, 10Mb connection, greatly reducing the costs for real-time monitoring. Multiple preview streams can be enabled to simulate traditional preview and program monitors.

“A clip-based channel, complete with sophisticated graphics, can easily be put in the cloud and simply turned on,” says Cockett. “The real challenge has always been with fast-turnaround, live sports and events that require manual intervention.”

Snell Advanced Media released the FormatFusion software. This latest version, FormatFusion4, adds HDR capabilities to its Kahuna production switcher range. The FormatFusion engine is at the heart of the Kahuna switcher and is the key to its class leading multi-format capabilities. SAM’s Kahuna with FormatFusion4 technology was a key part of BT Sport and Telegenic’s 4K HDR workflow in June at the UEFA Champions League Final in Cardiff.FormatFusion4 brings HDR capabilities to all inputs and outputs on SAM’s Kahuna production switcher. The technology seamlessly handles SDR and HDR in parallel for Sports, News and Entertainment productions. FormatFusion4 supports the Electrical Optical Transfer Functions (EOTF) for:

• Realtime control of Perceptual Quantizer (PQ)
• Realtime control of Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
• Sony S-Log3 profile.

FormatFusion4 also includes colour space support for Wide Color Gamut (BT709 and BT2020) in all formats (1080i, 1080p and UHD).

EVS announced a brand-new product within its family of live production solutions - X-One. This all-in-one toolset, delivers the signature speed and reliability of EVS technology for live productions requiring six cameras or less. The new system is built with EVS’ software-defined technology foundation and puts all of the capabilities of a control room in the hands of a single production operator – all controlled from the solution’s touchscreen.

“Producers of smaller-scale live operations are challenged to find the right creative production toolset that meets their needs for professional technology at a lower budget,” explains Laurent Petit, SVP Product at EVS. “X-One is filling that gap. It offers the best compromise between quality and price and features an ultra-simplified production system that allows all aspects of live production to be managed and controlled by a single operator.

“X-One has an unrivalled level of intuitiveness and provides variable functions that users need depending on the type of production they’re working on. This is what we call contextualised production.”

The all in one solution encapsulates what’s at the core of EVS’ industry-standard technology – industry-leading speed and reliability. It allows for the ingest of six camera feeds – as well as for the media import of any other files – which operators use to create replays, control audio, cut together a live feed with the built-in video switcher and even add graphics to live programming which is output in broadcast-standard quality.

X-One is designed to be operated by one single user that can take advantage of its contextualised user interface that adapts to the type of production on which it’s deployed. Different sports or entertainment productions will have dedicated interfaces, which highlight specific features and removes unnecessary ones. This puts users in a unique production environment with pre-defined functions and simplified operation. The dedicated UIs will be available on the EVS cloud and can be quickly downloaded and installed ahead of any production.

The system natively supports AIMS-compliant uncompressed IP ST 2110 feeds and further assists production operators with functions that can be deployed through a number of apps and plug-ins which can be built and continually added into the system. X-One’s architecture can be easily configured to expand in input/outputs, as well as deliver UHD-4K formats for future needs.

And because it’s built with EVS technology, users can be sure that X-One will provide the speed expected in a production system, the reliability needed in the live environment and the after sales and ongoing support that’s always provided with EVS products. The system will be available for purchase by the end of 2017 with further software upgrades available in Q1 2018 that will provide users with a wider range of applications and features.

“X-One marks the latest step in the deployment of new EVS products which feature our newly developed software-defined architecture,” said Laurent Petit, SVP Product at EVS. “By combining this new technology with the reliability of solutions that EVS is known for, we’re ensuring that our latest solutions are future-ready and remain the best option for any production requirements in the coming years.” EVS’ software-defined architecture is built on a new foundation of GPU-based technology which opens up more creative capabilities for users who are able to customise and personalise their operation workflows. The software-defined architecture has so far been implemented into our DYVI switcher, Xeebra VAR system and several other products currently in development, due for announcement soon.

Riedel has launched MediorNet KVM (keyboard, video, mouse), a plug-and-play solution for MediorNet users interested in remoting PCs through their MediorNet networks.

“Over the years we have had many requests for the ability to easily remote KVM data through the MediorNet,” said Lars Höhmann, product manager at Riedel Communications. “MediorNet KVM provides a low-cost solution and a critical value-add for clients looking to include PCs in their MediorNet systems without adding complexity.”

MediorNet KVM comprises two compact plug-and-play boxes that provide the lossless transmission of DVI video signals up to full 1080P along with transparent USB 2.0 and stereo analog audio. The host-side box features a DVI-I input, loop DVI-I output, USB-B input, and 3.5mm jacks for audio I/O. The remote-side box has a DVI-I output, four USB-A outputs, and analog audio I/O. The KVM extenders utilize the MediorNet Ethernet tunnel capabilities and access the system via Ethernet ports available on the MediorNet frames.

Use cases for the MediorNet KVM include accessing a remote PC via Ethernet and the ability to move PCs away from desktops into properly air-conditioned areas. Switching can be accomplished by switching Ethernet tunnels via MediorWorks, the MediorNet Control App, or third-party control.

MediorNet KVM will begin shipping in the fall of 2017.