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Blackmagic Design announced the new ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K, the world’s most advanced high frame rate Ultra HD 2160p60 switcher with 20 inputs, 4 M/Es and a massive 16 next generation ATEM Advanced Chroma Keyers. In addition, the ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K features 2 Ultra HD multi viewers, full 2D DVE, built in SuperSource compositing engines with 4 picture in picture DVEs, full re-synchronisation on each input and much more.

The ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K is available now for only US$5,995 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide. In addition, Blackmagic Design has also announced a free software upgrade that adds all of the same new features to the previous ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K model. That means customers using the ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K get twice as many mix effects rows and 16 new next generation ATEM Advanced Chroma Keyers added to their switcher, absolutely free.

The all new ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K lets customers create live, switched, high frame rate HD and Ultra HD programs at up to 60 frames per second. Featuring advanced 12G-SDI technology, customers can connect the latest 2160p60 cameras using a single, standard SDI cable. The multi rate 12G-SDI connections automatically switch to 6G-SDI, 3G-SDI and HD-SDI so the switcher is compatible with existing HD equipment. The ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K can be used to master programs in 2160p60 while simultaneously outputting them in HD with realtime down conversion. It’s a future proof switcher that lets broadcasters start building a library of amazing Ultra HD content, even if they need to continue broadcasting 1080HD today.

For keying and effects, the ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K gives customers a total of 16 new advanced keyers for more high end creative options than ever before. Customers get 4 new ATEM Advanced Chroma Keyers on each of the 4 mix effects rows. The new keyers feature adjustable on-screen controls for selecting and sampling a region of colour, adjustment controls for foreground, background and edges, and chroma correction tools for spill and flare suppression. That means customers can pull clean keys for professional broadcast quality composites and massive multi layer effects.

The ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K works in both HD and Ultra HD. It is designed for action filled sporting events and live concerts where smooth, crystal clear, incredibly detailed, realistic looking video is important. When combined with the extra resolution, higher frame rate and bigger colour space of Ultra HD, the ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K makes the fast paced action and incredible drama of live sports look far better than even the highest end, most expensive regular HD production switchers.

The new ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K has hundreds of advanced creative features for creating the highest quality live broadcast programs. There are 4 built in media players and a larger media pool with more memory for graphics and video clips. The ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K features 16 built in all new ATEM Advanced Chroma Keyers, dynamic transitions, a powerful DVE, SuperSource multi layering, power macros, audio mixing, camera control with colour correction and much more.

In addition to advanced 12G-SDI technology, the ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K features the highest quality professional broadcast connections. Every input has automatic frame re-synchronisation so customers can take any source, even if it’s not referenced, and make clean switches. There are also two balanced XLR audio inputs and outputs for connecting mixers and other pro audio gear. The ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K has both an Ultra HD program output as well as a down converted HD program output, along with 6 auxiliary outputs for sending clean feeds out to giant screens, projectors, recorders or monitors. Dual Ultra HD multi view outputs let customers monitor program, preview and cameras on large screen Ultra HD displays.

The ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K can be controlled using ATEM’s professional hardware control panels or using the ATEM Software Control on a Mac or Windows computer connected via ethernet.

The ATEM hardware control panels are the fastest, most professional way to control a switcher during live production. The ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Panel features high quality buttons, knobs, faders and joysticks that are built to withstand the demanding needs of live production work. The new ATEM 1 M/E Advanced Panel, which was also announced, is a compact professional panel featuring the latest broadcast technology, an updated layout designed to help customers work quickly on live productions, and built in LCD screens that display context sensitive tools and settings when you need them. The ATEM 1 M/E Advanced Panel fits in a standard equipment rack and is perfect for tight locations like outside broadcast trucks.

The ATEM software control panel, which is included free, provides a full visual control panel with parameter palettes for making quick adjustments, loading graphics, mixing audio and more. Customers can even combine multiple hardware and software control panels on the same show so different people can be working on switching, graphics, audio, camera control and more, all at the same time.

Blackmagic Design also announced a new ATEM Camera Control Panel, which is a compact remote camera control unit designed to control up to four different URSA Broadcast, URSA Mini, Blackmagic Studio or Blackmagic Micro Studio cameras. The ATEM Camera Control Panel works with any ATEM live production switcher and features LCD screens, professional joystick for iris and master black control, and control buttons that allow a single operator to adjust a wide range of technical parameters such as the black level, gain, colour balance, shutter speed and more. This leaves camera operators free to focus on the creative aspects of live production such as framing and composition. The ATEM Camera Control Panel will be available in May/June this year.

“The new ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K gives customers 4 mix effects rows and 16 amazing new ATEM Advanced Chroma Keyers in the same design as our previous 2 M/E switcher,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO.

Italian public broadcaster RAI, a long-time user of Lawo products and solutions, has taken delivery of 37 Lawo V__pro8 8 Channel Video Processing Toolkits.

The new Lawo equipment will be employed in a nationwide technical upgrade and renovation of studios and OB vans located all over Italy. System integrator and Lawo partner ARET Video and Audio Engineering, headquartered in Milan, won the tender after participating in a test procedure which scrutinized prominent brands’ ability to process video in broadcast environments.

Alessandro Asti, ARET’s VP of Sales comments: “The unique features and flexibility of V__pro8 – its ability to synchronize, convert, embed / de-embed and apply delay to both audio and video, as well as monitoring eight inputs at once – received the maximum technical marks in the tender. Thanks to the outstanding performance of the V__Pro8, it is the perfect tool for signal monitoring in RAI’s studios and OB vans.”

The RAI project is the latest in a number of successful joint projects between ARET and Lawo. Another notable project, from 2017, was the outfitting of Italian production company NVP’s OB4 OB Van. The heart of OB 4’s audio systems is a pair of Lawo mc²56 production consoles, a Nova router and DALLIS interfaces. The complete OB Van is controlled using Lawo’s VSM (Virtual Studio Manager) system; Lawo’s V__pro8 eight-channel video processing units give producers control of the complete broadcast production workflow using just 1 RU of rack space. Together, these Lawo systems deliver the versatility required for multiformat operation on Europe’s most challenging productions.

About V__pro8 eight-channel video processing toolkit: V__pro8 is a compact, fully digital eight-channel video processor with all of the “glue” features needed for today’s broadcast production workflows. It works as a flexible matrix system: using its 8 x 8 video matrix and 384 x 384 audio matrix, it is possible to switch any signal to any other. A modern GUI (based on HTML5) provides an intuitive interface for fast handling of day-to-day work.

V__pro8 connects differing video formats, with high quality format conversion, color correction and audio embedding / de-embedding capabilities. It also combines video and audio management, with a high-density MADI audio connection providing efficient video-to-audio bridging within the studio infrastructure. This combination of video and audio management in a single unit guarantees maximum operating efficiency by significantly reducing required space, wiring infrastructure and cost.

Pebble Beach Systems has confirmed that MBC Group, the Arab world’s largest free-to-air broadcast network, has now completed the process of migrating playout of all 23 channels to the company’s flagship Marina automation solution.

Originally an ADC facility, MBC initially deployed a Pebble Beach Systems Neptune playout automation solution several years ago. The phased migration across to Marina automation was completed late in 2017. Nick Barratt, Senior Manager – Broadcast at MBC Group expanded on the rationale for migrating to Marina, which presents the operator with a single unified operator interface, regardless of the underlying technology being controlled. “Unifying under the common user experience of an open system, with an extensive and evolving library of API integrations, allows us to take advantage of the technology changes currently happening in the broadcast world, regardless of manufacturer. We aim to make it totally immaterial to the operator not only what systems underpin the channel they are working on, but also if those systems are physical, virtual or even their location.”

Bassam Faour is the Broadcast Manager at MBC Group. He added “A key deciding factor in our decision to upgrade with Marina was Pebble’s track record of supporting an open approach to systems and suppliers”.

MBC and Pebble worked closely together throughout the process, starting with a six-week parallel run before the first two channels, the Al Arabiya and Al Hadath news channels, were transferred to Marina control. Pebble’s Regional Manager for the Middle East and South Asia, Samir Isbaih adds, “In this region, where Neptune is the dominant automation solution, we pride ourselves in offering a flexible but intelligent migration strategy to Marina which causes little or no disruption to the end user’s operations. Users who upgrade to Marina from Neptune benefit from a number of unique advantages. Firstly, their existing Neptune database is fully migrated onto the new platform with no information lost and, as at MBC, both systems can run in parallel so that migration can be done gradually to suit the end user’s timescale. Furthermore, Neptune playlists can be natively opened in Marina, and both Neptune and Marina can talk to the same Archive and NLS in Parallel. Crucially, operators can carry on working as usual with minimal if any training.”

LYNX Technik, provider of software-defined modular interfaces for broadcast as well as professional AV and industrial signal processing applications, announced that its highly anticipated greenMachine titan platform with 12G processing for 4K/UHD productions is now shipping worldwide.

greenMachine titan adds 12G signal processing, helping users facilitate and move toward a 4K/UHD infrastructure. Titan, a four-channel hardware device, provides 12G processing as well as the ability to convert between single link 4K video (12G) and quad-link 4K video (4x3G). For the signal processing functionality required for 4K/UHD productions, greenMachine users now have additional APPs to support a 4K workflow. These APPs include: frame synchronisation, embedding / de-embedding and up/down/cross conversion.

As the broadcast and AV industries shift and invite in technology such as UHD, HDR, virtual reality and the transition from SDI to IP among others, the requirements for signal processing continues to play a key role in facility infrastructures.

LYNX Technik products provide a unique software-defined approach to the way signal processing functions can be accomplished. Users configure and customize greenMachine hardware by downloading APPs from the greenStore™ for functionality. The “brains” behind greenMachine is the greenGUI® software, which has been designed to revolutionize the way greenMachine signal processing systems are visualised, configured and controlled. Plus, it’s complimentary to all greenMachine users. In fact, anyone can download a free and fully functional version of greenGUI software, complete with a simulated universe of greenMachines to understand and test its true power.

One of the key advantages of greenMachine is its scalability. As an APP-based processing platform it offers a future-proof investment for broadcasters to grow with evolving video and audio standards. New standards and compatible devices no longer require a new piece of hardware, but simply an exchange or adding an updated or new APP.

Etere introduces a new integration layer between Etere Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM) Archive and Grass Valley software for Newsroom and Video Production environments. The integration brings Etere’s interoperability to the next level. Etere HSM features the capability to read Grass Valley’s archival and restoration job requests through the Application Programming Interface (API).

Etere HSM Archive is a software tool that provides an integrated and complete management of all archives with a unified console, enabling a seamless integration of both proprietary and industry file systems, as well as the information of archives located in multiple locations across the world. Etere HSM Archive also provides the advantage of a streamlined setup with deep archive capabilities. Whenever an archive operation is requested, Etere HSM Archive triggers the storage of clips from Grass Valley to a digital library, for e.g. Linear Tape-Open (LTO) tapes and Optical Disc Archive (ODA) optical disks.

Designed for a superior user experience, users of Etere HSM Archive are also able to launch other workflows simultaneously, for example, the creation of proxy copies in low resolutions before archiving the content. The integration empowers users to search and preview the materials available in Etere Media Library directly from the Grass Valley system through both the Web and Win32 interfaces.

In the event where a file retrieval is requested, Etere triggers a clip’s restoration from the LTO tape/ODA disk into the Grass Valley system and delivers a notification once the job is completed. Etere HSM Archive improves the speed and ease of content connectivity and processing so that you can focus on the content creation. Etere is committed to providing continuous innovations and new capabilities that empower its users with a greater advantage.

Core SWX has announced its newest cine battery, the Nano-VBR98, exclusively designed for Panasonic cameras. With a capacity of 98wh and weighing in at 0.9 pounds, the Nano-VBR98 is a 7.4v battery pack with a 12v power tap (2A max load).

“The on-board 12v power tap is a key element in production, allowing you to power on-camera accessories, such as transmitters and monitors from companies like Teradek, SmallHD and Zacuto,” says David Isaacs, Strategic Channel Sales, Core SWX.

The Nano-VBR98 is specifically designed for select Panasonic cameras, such as the Panasonic AU-EVA1. The pack is equipped with a 4-stage LED power gauge and a power tap. The Nano-VBR98 has a typical runtime of five hours off of Panasonic EVA1 draw and charges on Panasonic chargers.

“We recognize that a large segment of filmmakers are utilizing ‘small form’ cine cameras, yet they’re relying on battery packs that are intended for the consumer market, or being forced to rig their cameras to use V-mount or Gold Mount battery power when powering accessories,” says Ross Kanarek, CEO, Core SWX. “We’re taking our Nano brick battery technology and repurposing it into a smaller form to address that segment of cine cameras. Utilizing the premier lithium ion cells in the market from Panasonic, insures this product will withstand the demands of video production.”

The Nano-VBR98 is the first battery pack to offer Core’s patent-pending SmartTap protocol. This will allow future integration with devices to utilise the smart battery data in the pack, another feature that until now, was only offered in premium brick battery packs.

LiveU is providing 4K HEVC live video coverage for the first time at a major event at next week’s Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. LiveU will support global broadcasters from over 40 countries with a record number of bonded cellular units and a dedicated team on the ground throughout the duration of the games.

Ronen Artman, LiveU’s VP Marketing said, “Over the last 10 years LiveU has supported broadcasters at every Winter and Summer Games, and this time is no exception. Demand for units has been higher than expected with bookings from broadcasters across five continents. We’re thrilled that we can offer our customers the latest 4K HEVC transmission technology so they can follow the athletes’ progress and offer behind-the-scenes coverage around the stadiums, arenas and slopes with unmatched quality and reliability. We’ll be ensuring the best possible TV and online coverage for viewers worldwide. The camera crews are being looked after too – we’re giving away a special kit to keep them warm!”

LiveU’s flagship LU600 portable transmission solution with the 4K HEVC Pro card offers the ultimate video performance in live streaming for global news and sports coverage. The solution allows professional broadcasters and content creators to benefit from unparalleled video performance with extreme bandwidth efficiency – using one of the smallest portable cellular bonding units.

LiveU first covered the Summer Games in Beijing in 2008 and has been providing live video coverage at every major international sports event since. This summer, LiveU will be supporting the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, forecast to be the largest live event ever covered in 4K.

Imagine Communications is providing a full upgrade of the central technical facilities at Abu Dhabi Media, one of the most forward-looking media companies in the MENA region. The centre, which includes playout facilities for 15 HD channels, relied extensively on Imagine technology when it was first established 10 years ago.

Central to the design of the refreshed technology platform is the flexibility to update seamlessly to meet changing market demands. The system currently supports baseband/SDI, but is future-proofed to incorporate IP connectivity, as required. It supports 4k, HDR and other potential technical developments. The hybrid architecture supports a mix of on-premises and cloud-ready solutions, including Imagine’s Broadcast Master™ and xG Schedule™ for traffic and programme scheduling. In 2017, Imagine and Abu Dhabi Media implemented a proof-of-concept cloud playout system for disaster recovery in cooperation with du Media Cloud.

“Today, the direction of technology is more towards software-defined solutions and away from hardware,” said Ahmed Al-Menhali, director of projects at Abu Dhabi Media. “The concept of software-defined technology is helping everybody. Imagine is following that direction, and that serves the roadmap we have planned to roll out.”

The new installation provides an end-to-end broadcast chain, from ingest to delivery. The new ingest and asset management system is based on the Imagine Nexio® Motion™, which manages all content workflows across the system while the Imagine Versio™ playout solution, running as software instances on Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) workstations, supports the playout automation, including Nexio+™ AMP®, branding and master control switching. The Nexio Motion also provides browse access to content and low-resolution editing. High-resolution editing software has direct access to content on Versio™ IOX storage solutions for highly efficient post production. Also incorporated into the network at the software level are other key applications, including QC, file transfer and production graphics, which reside alongside the central archival storage.

Abu Dhabi Media has elected to make a managed transition to IP, primarily to protect its capital investment in legacy equipment. “Currently we do not feel the need to invest in replacing all the existing infrastructure,” Al-Menhali said. “We have the HD-SDI infrastructure in place, and we intend to continue with this infrastructure for routing until we decided to move on, perhaps to some form of UHD. The important thing is that what we are building now will survive the coming four or five years, but is capable of shifting the underlying routing from SDI to IP without changing anything else.”

The continuing relationship between Imagine Communications and Abu Dhabi Media and the availability of support in the region were key deciding factors in awarding the contract to Imagine. “We have been working closely with Abu Dhabi Media for over a decade,” said Anas Hantash, head of Imagine for the MENA region, “and we have been extremely impressed with their initiatives to transition their business towards hybrid SDI and IP, software-defined solutions and virtualised environments. They wanted to be sure that IP was a coherent route for the future, and with Imagine they feel that this is being delivered.”

This major programme of work has now been designed, with installation starting at the beginning of 2018 for an on-air date in May.

Quicklink Video Distribution announces the launch of the Studio-in-a-box solution at CABSAT 18 for the Middle East region.

The Studio-in-a-box is designed for full remote controllable HD studio productions. It provides instant provision of broadcasting resources, from various locations, all fully remotely controlled and managed by the central studio.

Connecting to Quicklink’s globally optimised low latency infrastructure, the Studio-in-a-box delivers bi-directional video/audio between the contributor and broadcaster. This broadcast quality, bi-directional solution allows broadcasters and content producers ease of management of their resources and to optimise their workflows.

Richard Rees, Quicklink CEO explains; “The Studio-in-a-box is an ideal remote broadcast solution allowing full remote control of the camera, lighting, exposure and more. With industry leading resiliency built in, content will always get to where it’s needed, when it’s needed.”

Requiring only an internet connection, the Remote Studio-in-a-box is a simple one button operation for the contributor with everything that needed in one compact solution, including camera, lighting, microphone and headset.

The Quicklink Studio-in-a-box features the industry leading Panasonic PTZ cameras allowing production quality content to be delivered.

Nigel Wilkes, Group Manager for Panasonic UK’s Professional Camera Solutions division says, “Panasonic remote PTZ cameras are recognised as industry leading, due to their high levels of quality & reliability. Working with Quicklink and their Studio-in-a-box solution offers broadcasters and anyone who produces content the benefit of flexibility and scale without comprising on quality”.

Sinclair Broadcast Group and Imagine Communications are working to accelerate the development of a new, next-generation advertising management software platform designed to provide broadcasters with the ability to effectively exploit the potential of the new monetisation opportunities of ATSC 3.0 digital television technology.

The agreement allows SBG to play a critical role in the development of Imagine’s next-generation business process systems for traffic, ad sales and data analytics that allow for unit- and impression-based buys. SBG will provide oversight in the product development process through its unique business insights, technical and business requirements and industry expertise to help ensure the platform will effectively address the capabilities of new advanced advertising models. In addition, SBG has committed to a rollout of beta testing for both ATSC 1.0 and 3.0 models, helping to ensure that innovative solutions are applied to the new platform that accommodate the overall broadcast industry. Both companies anticipate this collaboration will help to accelerate the adoption of ATSC 3.0 by giving broadcasters the advertising management tools that enable them to fully realize the sales opportunities afforded by a multiservice delivery model.

The service delivery enhancements of ATSC 3.0, which include an IP-based backchannel, accompanied by the sophisticated monetisation capabilities enabled through the Imagine-SBG collaboration, will help to boost the competitive standing and creativity of local broadcast groups, while offering viewers a highly personalised and interactive content experience.

Imagine Communication’s xG™ platform is a modular, next-generation advertising management solution that is designed to enable broadcasters and other media companies to maximise the value of commercial airtime and optimize the efficiency of their business to sell either by traditional unit-based models or impression-based models that can be effective across all delivery platforms, including linear, nonlinear, on-demand and mobile. Imagine’s open, cloud-capable software platform provides a broad set of functionalities, including inventory and yield optimisation, inventory management and back-end business processing, as well as predictive analytics and reporting.

The xG platform is designed to work across all types of media advertising and distribution.

“ATSC 3.0 provides broadcasters with a rich palette of IP-based service offerings that enhance and complement our over-the-air capabilities,” said Del Parks, CTO of SBG.

“Our development partnership with Imagine will ensure that we maximise the monetisation opportunities these new capabilities that an IP delivery model offers by utilising business systems that provide precise targeting and geographical positioning across all distribution and consumption models.”

“SBG is a major champion of broadcast innovation — across technology and business processes,” said Sarah Foss, Chief Product Officer of Advertising Management Solutions at Imagine Communications.

“This agreement provides both Sinclair and Imagine with a unique opportunity to bring the capabilities of our ad management solutions, including zone-based targeting and dynamic ad insertion that have gained market leadership among MVPDs to the broadcast realm. It’s a win-win for both companies — and, ultimately, the North American broadcast market.”

MuxLab continues to expand its range of scalable, cost-effective AV over IP, Pro AV and broadcast distribution solutions to empower installations of all sizes. Together with Mindstec, a distributor of high-end AV systems in the Middle East, India, Asia and South Africa, the two companies are now delivering innovations to an expanding network of system integrators and dealers throughout China as well. This move represents an exclusive right for Mindstec to represent MuxLab in the China and Hong Kong markets.

“While other suppliers often provide a straight sale, Mindstec goes above and beyond by offering comprehensive technical expertise to match our product innovations,” said Daniel Assaraf, President of MuxLab. “This localized technical support has played a major role in implementing highly effective projects across the global regions that Mindstec supports. We’re certain that the benefits we’ve received are clearly translating to our customers, and are confident that the outstanding Mindstec team paired with our team’s support will create a strong partnership in these regions.”

Since its inception, MuxLab has dedicated vast resources to delivering connectivity solutions that harness leading technologies, particularly sending 4K over IP infrastructures. This strategy often translates into customer satisfaction though flexible solutions that can be up and downscaled in a customized fashion. IP infrastructures also free integrators and customers from investing in long-range cabling, thereby saving on installation costs.

“As the bridge among manufacturers, system integrators and dealers, Mindstec has been at the forefront of establishing and managing distribution networks of AV technology in different regions. Our network and local support shall help MuxLab penetrate their state-of-the-art solutions into the China and Hong Kong markets, which are full of business opportunities. We look forward to introducing MuxLab to our dealers, and showing them how the prevailing AV over IP technology can help them maximize signal transmission,” said Harry Lam, CEO of Mindstec Asia.

The introduction of the SmallHD 703 Bolt Wireless Director’s Monitor marks the first collaboration between two groundbreaking brands: renowned high definition monitor-maker SmallHD, and wireless video pioneer Teradek. The new device allows filmmakers to wander the sound stage or location untethered, with a full HD monitor to view live takes as well as previews and playback, with full stereo audio headphone output. It is the first affordable, wireless, full HD monitor on the market, and its 3,000nit, daylight viewable display is the brightest SmallHD has ever made.

“Our clients have long been requesting a monitor of SmallHD’s caliber that’s cable-free, so it made perfect sense to partner with Teradek, the industry leader in wireless technology” explains Wes Phillips, SmallHD CEO and co-founder. “And so far, we are getting great feedback from our test units in the field.”

One early-user, Luke Taylor, gave the new director’s monitor a workout on a recent feature film. “I just spent the last 2 months literally in the woods with the 703 Bolt wireless monitor. It has been an indispensable tool on our set. When our director wants to leave village, and be a part of the action, it’s ready to go. No waiting for village to be set up, no messy cables, no finicky, heavy handheld rig. It’s solid and can go where a video village can’t.”

The 703 Bolt combines SmallHD’s daylight viewable 7-inch, 1920x1080p display, with a built-in Teradek Bolt receiver, and is compatible with Teradek Bolt 500, 1000, or 3000 transmitters. The new system can receive and display video from as far away as 300 feet from the transmitter. Powered by a single Anton Bauer or V-mount battery pack, the system can be viewed and receive signals for over four hours on a single 90 Watt-hour battery.

SmallHD’s wireless director’s monitor is ruggedly built with a milled aluminium frame with a Gorilla Glass screen. Ready to go, the system measures just 8.4” (21cm) by 4.8” (12cm) by 1.21” (3cm) not including antennas, and weighs just 4.35 lbs. (2 kg), including a 90 watt-hour battery and handles.

The included handles are contoured with an ergonomic rubberised coating. Delivered with SmallHD’s groundbreaking OS3 operating system, the monitor can display two input sources simultaneously for A/B cam monitoring. Also, handy for a director is OS3’s new image gallery. It provides the ability to quickly access and organise screen captures and other images on an SD card by showing a thumbnail preview of each image file. Images can now be previewed with or without a video signal.

If wired configuration is preferred the monitor can handle two SDI inputs simultaneously or a SDI input and SDI output.

The 703 Bolt is available directly from SmallHD, SmallHD authorised dealers and has an introductory MSRP of $3499. Additionally, Director’s Kits are available, which includes monitor, handles, neck strap, battery bracket and both matte and transparent screen protectors for an introductory MSRP of $3699.

Turner International’s Digital Ventures & Innovation (DV&I) Group and Warner Bros. Digital Networks (WBDN) announced a joint venture to launch a new, multi-territory movie streaming service.

FilmStruck’s launch in the international marketplace will leverage the strength of assets at both companies, bringing together a broad and diverse movie catalogue as well as long-standing expertise in programming and curation. The service will draw primarily on the extensive Warner Bros. library and the Criterion Collection library, as well as other global and local content partners.

FilmStruck will offer film lovers a broad collection of high-quality and critically-acclaimed movies across many categories – mainstream, cult, independent, classics, art house, foreign and documentary film. The eclectic but highly accessible content will also feature curated themes, exclusive bonus material including cast interviews, Criterion original mini-documentaries and hosted introductions, and original artwork. The collection will be regularly refreshed, providing movie fans with a trusted source of quality films and a simple and engaging way to discover content.

The UK is the joint venture’s initial launch market in what is planned as a multi-market roll out over the next two years.

UK service launches as FilmStruck Curzon

The UK service will launch in association with iconic cinema brand Curzon as Filmstruck Curzon and will feature a branded Curzon area within the service curated in collaboration with Curzon including access to titles from the Curzon Artificial Eye film library. The agreement with Curzon also includes opportunities to leverage its established market position, experience, consumer base and cinema operations and to launch additional Curzon branded cinema services in other markets.

“We’re thrilled to take this significant step together as a joint venture with Warner Bros. Digital Networks, after many years of growing collaboration across various other projects with Warner Bros. as a whole,” said Aksel van der Wal, Executive Vice President, DV&I. “FilmStruck helps us realise a shared vision for what we see as a clear gap in the market for film lovers around the world. We’re also delighted to be working with a partner of Curzon’s heritage and prestige.”

“International film fans now have a new home for a wide and diverse range of movies including some of Warner Bros.’ most iconic titles,” said Craig Hunegs, President, Business and Strategy, Warner Bros. Television Group and President, Warner Bros. Digital Networks. “It’s Warner’s and Turner’s heritage to bring the best films to audiences, and Warner Bros. Digital Networks is very excited to partner with Aksel and the Turner team to do this in an even more direct and compelling way.”

“It is tremendously exciting to see Filmstruck Curzon launching in UK. We look forward to collaborating on the curation of the site and introducing this excellent service to our customers across the Curzon group. Our shared vision with Turner and Warner Bros. Digital teams has enormous potential. Curzon is thrilled to be joining at this early stage and see this collaboration as a further marker in our commitment to premium consumer services in the UK and internationally,” said Philip Mordecai, Director of Digital Ventures, Curzon.

The international expansion of Turner’s SVOD service FilmStruck marks Turner’s growing activity in the SVOD space outside of the US, and is its first SVOD service in the general entertainment space. Turner International now offers three international SVOD brands, with EI Plus in Brazil and the recently launched Nordics brand Toonix respectively providing sports and kids & family OTT products.

The addition of FilmStruck to its international portfolio of brands is also part of Turner’s wider strategy to do more in the OTT space and expand its options to create fan-centric experiences that engage new audiences. FilmStruck Curzon is expected to roll out in the UK in the coming weeks and will be available on demand on most phones and tablets, online and on TV via streaming devices, with more devices to be added.

Timeline Television is launching a second 4K UHD RF uplink truck. Due to growing demand, a second 4K RF uplink truck will be launched in 2018 to enable Timeline to support clients’ growing 4K requirements.

RF1, Timeline’s first 4K uplink truck, launched in December 2016 and completed over 80 outside broadcasts in its first year, including 3 months in Mallorca for ITV’s Love Island. The truck, designated RF2, will be the latest addition to Timeline’s 4K fleet and will be designed and built by Timeline Television. It will incorporate the very best 4K technology from manufacturers across the industry. The 5 Tonne purpose-built 4K RF uplink truck provides a dual chain 1.8m Advent Newswift antenna capable of delivering multiple UHD and HD uplinks. RF2 also has a 1m Cobham Explorer 8100 KA antenna for remote data services and video over IP. The auto-deploying and tracking KA Band antenna enables connectivity to be achieved in a matter of minutes, ensuring that bidirectional communication can be established and guaranteed.

A 196 bidirectional port Vega router enables 4K video to be managed with ease. A large monitor stack, Dolby sound monitoring and ASI/spectrum analysis provide complete confidence monitoring. RF2 is equipped with a 9m Telescopic Mast with 35Kg of headload, allowing various antenna to be mounted. As well as being a traditional RF uplink truck RF2 has been designed to be flexible and completely customisable to clients’ needs. Uses range from a complete outside-broadcast unit to a communications hub to a newsgathering uplink truck. RF2 is set to launch in quarter two of 2018.