No back link

BROADCAST TECHNOLOGY

Ross Video has unveiled new features and functionality for its Carbonite production switchers, notably UHD capability.

Carbonite UHD is the latest version that transforms Carbonite Black or Black Plus models into a UHD switcher. This is a “ground-up” design for UHD switching, not merely bus-linking and mapping of 3G – but the realization of a fully UHD production switcher, says Ross Video.

With this software version, Carbonite Black becomes a complete 1 ME UHD switcher with 4 full keyers including a UHD chroma keyer, and transition key for MediaWipes and DVE moves. Also included, are 2 channels of UHD DVE and 2 MiniME’s – each with 2 full keyers and next transition preview.

“This is an unrivalled step forward in switcher design, it simply isn’t possible to find another product at this price point that offers this level of UHD performance,” claims Ross.

Ross Video also announce the Carbonite Black Plus 12G chassis, which adds single link 4K connectivity. This features 36 x 22 I/O, all of which accept SD/HD/3G and 3G Quad signals. The pivotal feature of the Black Plus 12G is a 12G link on every fourth input or output, providing total flexibility for signal format mixing and matching.

Carbonite UHD utilizes 2SI UHD sampling, so standard Black frame UHD inputs and outputs need to be in 2SI format and not square division quad. However, Carbonite Black Plus and Black Plus 12G features input and output conversion to convert between square division and 2SI – as well as up and down conversion to HD formats.

The UHD firmware will be downloadable from the Ross website in mid-2017.

Dalet Innovations Expand Choices and Opportunities for Broadcasters and Content Producers at BroadcastAsia2017

Dalet Digital Media Systems will present its forward-thinking, agile media solutions at the BroadcastAsia2017 show (BCA), held in Singapore from May 23-25, on stand 4T3-05. Dalet solutions streamline a wide range of workflows for broadcasters and media organizations around the world, including:

• Unified News Operations– Dalet delivers a truly connected newsroom with fully integrated media logistics, newsroom computer system and news production functions, powered by the Galaxy platform, for many broadcasters including recent adopters Euronews in Europe (Lyon, Brussels, Athens and Budapest), Metro TVin Indonesia, and the brand new WION/Zee Media Corporation in India.

• Programs, promo management and multi-platform distribution– Dalet breaks silos and seamlessly connects workflows, processes, users and departments to simplify content production, versioning and delivery. Implemented by Fox Networks Group, MediaCorp and SBS Australia.

• MAM for post– Dalet improves content management, versioning and advanced file delivery, providing key automation and data access to elevate client services; recently implemented by Hollywood power house Colortime.

• Sports highlights and magazines– Dalet transforms sports production and broadcast; Mediaset (Italy) is a leading example of what can be achieved across sites, channels and an entire operation.

• Multimedia radio– Dalet offers tools designed for the way radio works in today’s digital age, from multimedia production to multiplatform delivery, helping put stations like KEXP (USA) on the global stage.

What’s New for Dalet at BroadcastAsia2017

New features and solutions shown at BroadcastAsia2017 include: the Dalet Orchestration Solution, winner of the NewBay Best of Show Award presented by TV Technology at NAB; a new range of options for cost-effective Business Continuity; a full suite of tools and data models to manage IMFpackages at scale; and enhancements to post-production workflowsenabling seamless integration with Adobe Creative Cloud and especially Adobe Premiere CC.

• Dalet Orchestrationis an enterprise, media supply chain orchestration solution that integrates content pools and automates workflows across different verticals (programs, promos, news, sport, lifestyle, etc.), providing a consolidated view of media assets across the business, and enabling easy and efficient distribution of content by the various broadcasting and publishing systems. Delivered with Dalet Report Center, the solution offers business intelligence specifically tailored for media operations in order to measure performance throughout the chain and build sound data-driven strategies.

• Dalet Business Continuity offers a range of solutions, based on a secondary site, which can be hosted in an environment of the customer’s choice including on-premise, hosted in a private cloud, or in a public cloud such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure. The secondary site provides access to back-up content (video, audio, scripts, rundowns, etc.) replicated from the primary platform – from a few hours up to days or weeks of content, depending on capacity and replication policies. Available within minutes, all operation-critical workflows defined by the customer’s contingency plan will be switched on. The pay-as-you-go and on-demand infrastructure models of the cloud require minimal upfront investment compared to classic plans that require large capital investment.

• To manage and package IMF content at scale, the need for a powerful media asset management (MAM) with integrated Workflow Engine such as Dalet Galaxy becomes critical. The enhanced Dalet Galaxy platform offers a sophisticated set of tools to manage mass IMFpackaging at the production, distribution and contribution points of a media business. The comprehensive workflow covers the full range of services for IMF package creation, from importing IMF packages natively into the MAM, to visualizing IMF structures and components with Dalet Context Maps, to building versions and supplemental packages with Dalet Track Stack and Version Editor, and eventually wrapping the compositions for distribution using a connector to an IMF-compliant transcode farm such as Dalet AmberFin.

• The recently updated HTML-5 Dalet Xtend panel connects Adobe Premiere Pro CC users to the Dalet Galaxy MAM, providing a direct gateway to metadata-rich assets and facilitating collaboration with users such as journalists, prep editors, sports producers and other production personnel on the Dalet Galaxy platform. New features and capabilities include support for multi-sequence export, locator inheritance, configurable metadata forms for exporting content, and support for the ‘while’ scenarios when exporting from Adobe Premiere Pro.

Harmonic is porting it playout server Spectrum to the cloud and highlighting the encode of a live VR rugby production.

Harmonic is bringing the playout capabilities of its Spectrum media servers to Harmonic VOS Cloud. The new functionality includes support for graphics, branding, and digital video effects for both file-based and live workflows

"Today's video content and service providers are turning to the cloud for video preparation and delivery because of the increased workflow efficiency and flexibility that it provides, along with other benefits such as scalability and agility," said Bart Spriester, svp, video products at Harmonic. "Bringing the playout capabilities found in our Spectrum media servers to the VOS Cloud opens up additional cost savings for operators, speeding up their operations and enabling additional types of monetization, such as brand reinforcement, pop-up channels, rapid platform deployment and expansion, graphic avails and more.”

The VOS Cloud solution enables content and service providers to manage the video production and delivery workflow for broadcast and OTT on a public or private cloud infrastructure.

These playout capabilities are also available for the VOS 360 SaaS, which is hosted in the public cloud and maintained and monitored by Harmonic.

Related news from Harmonic is that its Electra VS compression platform was used by PCCW Global, an operating division of Hong Kong telco HKT, to deliver live VR during the recent Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament.

Ideal Systems, a systems integrator, assisted with the provision of a 360-degree VR multicamera live sports production that included Nokia OZO cameras. The Electra VS enabled PCCW Global to distribute UHD VR content in formats including DASH UHD ABR, AVC and HEVC.

Tony Berthaud, vp of sales, APAC, at Harmonic, said, "Working with PCCW Global and our VR technology partners, we were able to transport sports fans to this premiere event, which attracts some of the world's greatest rugby players, unveiling each and every angle of the matches in exceptional UHD quality."

Lawo continues to add new capabilities to its software-defined V__matrix suite of audio and video modules and at the 2017 NAB Show it unveiled two new high-quality multiviewer components that are designed to monitor both IP and SDI sources.

The new Lawo V__matrix vm_mv24-4 and vm_mv16-4 virtual modules (VMs) work in tandem with the platform’s c100 core processing module. These VMs can monitor uncompressed 4K/UHD, 3G, HD and SD video as well as both embedded and discrete audio while generating high quality mosaic views with ultra-low latency.

The V__matrix, premiered at last year’s NAB, is a software-defined IP core routing and processing platform that takes advantage of fabric computing and the use of standard off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware. Designed to provide a completely virtualized real-time production infrastructure, V__matrix leverages multiple cores connected to a high-capacity COTS IP network with redundant 10GE and 40GE connections to form a distributed IP routing and processing matrix with frame-accurate, clean switching (much like a legacy baseband matrix).

The vm_mv24-4 can monitor up to 24 sources or a maximum of 36 Gbps of IP or SDI video while the vm_mv16-4 is capable of handling up to 16 sources or up to 36 Gbps. Both multiviewer VMs can generate up to 4 output heads (mosaics) and scale and display any source on any output head without limitation. The same source can be displayed on multiple output heads at different resolutions. The output heads can be configured as either HD, 3G or 4K and output over IP interfaces or, using the modular rear-plate I/O, as SDI.

Both VMs also optionally support SMPTE2042 VC-2 compressed video, which further increases their monitoring capabilities by allowing monitoring of more 3G and 4K/UHD signals without hitting their respective processing capacity maximums. The VC-2 option also includes the ability to compress the IP output heads that allows for 4K/UHD mosaics to be transported over a 10Gbps IP network.

The V__matrix multiviewer VMs can be controlled by Lawo’s touch-screen configuration system called “theWALL”. This HTML5-based GUI can be used to generate mosaic configurations with borders, colors, UMDs, tally etc. via a simple drag and drop method.

ProMAX Systems has released a new lineup of Platform workflow servers focused on 4K and higher finishing workflows. It has also updated software to enhance creative collaboration, asset management control, and integration with production technology.

The new ProMax systems are based on 3D NAND SSD technology.

“Collaborative finishing workflows for 4K DPX or other image sequences are particularly difficult to handle in a shared storage environment,” said Jess Hartmann, CEO. “Each of these video streams requires over 800 Megabytes per second throughput to each workstation. When you have multiple artists pulling these kinds of streams at the same time, traditional Shared Storage systems just can’t keep up. But with our new Platform Online SSD systems, we can deliver up to 4 streams, or 3.2 Gigabytes per second, to a team of content creators”.

The new Platform Online SSD product line starts at 32TB, 48TB or 64TB and can be used in conjunction with standard disk Platform servers to create a multi-tier multi-node workflow system.

As important, the new systems are fully integrated workflow servers allowing companies to offload CPU intensive work like proxy generation, rendering, transcoding.

They also provide data management capabilities like backup and replication, all built into a browser based interface.

“The Platform Online SSD was designed as the perfect add on product to the existing ProMAX Platform Online workflow servers,” says Hartmann. “Managed together through a simple to use browser interface, users can move projects from Online to Online SSD for finishing with a simple click request.”

Platform Version 5.5

The new software release includes upgrades to asset management searching, Proxy Editing for Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud and streaming for NewTek NDI devices.

Proxy Editing for Adobe Premiere enables editing of high bandwidth media in a proxy format, by utilizing proxy footage automatically generated using ProMAX’s Platform workflow servers.

Asset Management Improvements include automatically generated thumbnails, hierarchal tree view searching, faster indexing and improved metadata extraction. Additionally, the transcoding engine has been redeveloped offering more flexibility, simultaneous encodes, GPU encoding and support for additional formats.

Bulk User Management has been added specifically to address the needs of colleges and universities running student media labs.

Storage and Playback for NewTek NDI Devices makes it easy to see NDI broadcast streams, select and then begin to capture those streams on the Platform system. ProMAX capabilities also allow operators to “chop” a stream so that the current file is closed and a new file is created during the capture. This allows editors to grab a stream instantaneously and begin editing so they can respond to timely broadcast requirements.

Snell Advanced Media (SAM) has developed what it claims is the world’s first UHD master control switcher, the Masterpiece 12G-SDI.

Handling SD/HD/1080p and UHD, Masterpiece 12G-SDI provides a control interface to SAM’s Morpheus playout automation solution and can be used in combination. It receives audio signals via both SDI embedded audio and direct AES inputs and can handle a range of audio mixing tasks from audio lead and log background transitions to voice overs and voice unders.

Robert Szabó-Rowe, EVP and General Manager, Live Production and Infrastructure, SAM says, “Broadcasters today need to be able to deal with multiple formats, coming from multiple sources – including user generated footage from mobile phones – without any disruption to their live output. Masterpiece 12G-SDI has been designed and built to stand up to the most demanding of live broadcast environments and easily copes with today’s increasingly multiformat productions. It’s very important for us that we help our customer’s transition to any new formats and technologies including UHD as easily and painlessly as possible.”

Incorporating SAM’s FormatFusion 3 technology, the appliance provides broadcasters with more capacity to feed multiple format material into their channels. The system provides full support for HD, 1080P and UHD all within a 2U mainframe and with full power redundancy, eliminating the need to create multiple versions of the same material for different format channels.