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Ikegami (www.ikegami.eu), the leading manufacturer of specialised cameras and image processing equipment, celebrated the recent opening of its first French office in Issy-les-Moulineaux (near Paris) with an open house event, held on June 27-28, 2017.

The new office, ideally located in the heart of the French broadcasters’ district, demonstrates Ikegami’s ongoing commitment to the region. The premises feature a permanent showroom, a meeting lounge and a training centre.

During the open house event, the local team presented a range of 4K and HD cameras and monitors, including the new HDK-73 camera, which was shown for the first time in France.

Each day visitors were able to view three key technology demonstrations:

- HDR, with various curves applied for comparison; separate adjustment of simultaneous SDR and HDR camera output;

- Ultra High Sensitivity: An HDL-F3000 camera filmed a colourful object in extreme low lighting conditions, to show tone rendering;

- Auto Setup: a complete camera automatic adjustment, including optical corrections, was demonstrated on both HD and 4K cameras.

In addition the team presented the UHK-430 4K camera mounted in the SE-U430 System Expander, with an 80x 4K large lens; this allowed attendees get close-ups of the iconic Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre despite the 9km distance.

Franck Mougenot, General Manager, Ikegami France, said, “The new French office enables us to better serve our local customers, addressing their needs with a direct link to Ikegami’s experts. We were so pleased to see so many valued customers at our open days, and to share with them our expertise in 4K and HDR technology.”

Imagine Communications, empowering the media and entertainment industry through transformative innovation, introduced xG GamePlan, a next-generation, impressions-based inventory optimiser that leverages the scale and distributed nature of virtualised environments to help media companies significantly increase the value of available inventory. The xG GamePlan module, the newest member of Imagine’s next-generation advanced ad management portfolio, provides broadcasters and distributors with a cloud-native inventory optimisation engine fine-tuned to increase revenue opportunities by meeting audience targets and satisfying buy-side campaign requirements, while consuming the minimal amount of commercial airtime. xG GamePlan is a cloud-native booking optimiser designed to significantly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of airtime managers. Fronted by a powerful and intuitive user interface, xG GamePlan’s informative dashboard significantly simplifies the critical task of ensuring all ad placement opportunities are monetised without over delivery and that even last-minute campaigns can be planned simply and accurately to deliver effective results. The xG GamePlan cloud-based engine introduces advanced scalability to the optimisation process, giving airtime mangers the ability to automatically spin up any number of instances, in parallel, to find the optimal result in the minimum time. A standalone optimisation module that is compatible with third-party business systems through the provision of open APIs, xG GamePlan provides media companies with simple-but-sophisticated methods for applying quality metrics to one or more customers or campaigns, allowing inventory holders to strike the optimal balance between maximising the value of commercial airtime and meeting the expectations of the buying community. xG GamePlan’s ability to dynamically adjust to changing conditions, such as alterations to program schedules and updated viewership predictions, helps make it possible for broadcasters and other media companies to not only book their airtime in the most optimal way, but also to maintain a continuous state of inventory optimisation. xG GamePlan derives much of its power and sophistication from its cloud-native architecture. Compatible with all virtualised environments, including private and public cloud services, xG GamePlan leverages the scale and distributed nature of cloud environments to essentially throw more processing power at inventory optimisation than is currently feasible using manual processes and procedures on fixed hardware.
Adobe Systems revealed advancements to its industry-leading Adobe Creative Cloud video tools and services at IBC 2017. To help filmmakers and video professionals create standout content, Adobe will highlight the latest innovations in virtual reality (VR)/360, animation, motion graphics, editing, collaboration and Adobe Stock – all available later this year. Many of these features are powered by Adobe Sensei, the company’s artificial intelligence and machine learning framework. The new capabilities coming later this year to Adobe Creative Cloud for video include: Character Animator 1.0 is unveiled with changes to core and custom animation functions, such as pose-to-pose blending, new physics behaviours and visual puppet controls. Adobe Sensei helps improve lip-sync capability by accurately matching mouth shape with spoken sounds. Virtual reality video creation will be possible with a dedicated viewing environment in Premiere Pro. Editors can experience the deeply engaging qualities of content, review their timeline and use keyboard-driven editing for trimming and markers, while wearing the same VR head-mounts as their audience. Adobe Audition adds flexible session organization to multi-take workflows and continuous playback while editing. Powered by Adobe Sensei, auto-ducking is added to the Essential Sound panel that automatically adjusts levels by type: dialogue, background sound or music.
Ikegami Corporation has been appointed as a reseller partner for Snell Advanced Media (SAM). This sees the availability of selected SAM solutions for use with the Ikegami UHK-430 4K camera system. The agreement covers the Americas, APAC, the CIS, EMEA and most Asian countries. It includes 12G-SDI, IP connectivity and routing products offering camera crews greater freedom in system deployment. SAM’s IQMIX modular range includes 25GbE, 40GbE and 50GbE high-density IP/SDI transceiver modules providing dual ethernet ports for redundant configurations, PTP synchronisation and support for SMPTE ST 2022-6, VSF TR04 and VSF TR03 flow types – including SMPTE ST 2110, when ratified . SAM’s range of production switchers will also be available from Ikegami, including the Kahuna enterprise level series and Kula 1-3M/E range. “We are very pleased to be partnering with such a highly experienced and well regarded imaging technology company as Ikegami,” comments Vincent Eade, Head of Channel Management and Marketing, SAM. “4K and HDR are driving the broadcast media industry to new levels of quality and the reality of IP is opening up a wide arena of new workflows that content producers are embracing.” The Ikegami UHK-430 camera employs three newly-developed 4K-native 2/3 inch CMOS sensors which provide full 3840 x 2160 ultra-high definition resolution plus the depth of field required for full quality studio and outdoor production. The camera is highly expandable with optional features such as simultaneous 4K and HD outputs plus HD cut out selection from the 4K picture. These allow easy migration from HD to 4K live production. Network control can be performed via the camera’s integral Gigabit Ethernet data port. This can be supplemented by IP and 12G-SDI interface boards. The companion Ikegami CCU-430 camera control unit incorporates a switchable 4 x 3G-SDI 4K output as well as HD outputs. Dual HD outputs are provided for teleprompt and talent monitors plus return video lines from studio to viewfinder. A 40 gigabits per second optical transceiver integrated in the CCU-430 delivers full-bandwidth 4K RGB 4:4:4 component channels from camera to CCU, allowing very high quality chroma keying.
TMD and Concurrent have formed a new technology partnership to deliver integrated solutions which use the Aquari object storage platform from Concurrent, tightly integrated with TMD’s Mediaflex-UMS workflows. Aquari uses object-based storage, in which each item is stored complete with its metadata, providing a transparent and readily scalable platform for massive amounts of data. Through this integration, Mediaflex-UMS workflows will add metadata to any Concurrent media storage object, which Aquari will protect throughout the media asset’s lifecycle. At the heart of Aquari is the open source Ceph distributed storage system, designed for excellent performance, reliability and scalability. In the Aquari implementation it is designed as a “self-healing” architecture, ensuring zero downtime for unrivalled resilience. The scale-out architecture allows users to build systems up to exabyte scale. An integration is currently in development which will allow Mediaflex-UMS to access Concurrent Zephyr, scale-out transcoding software that runs on the Aquari platform. This enables TMD to offer an integrated solution as an on-premises, software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform or on a pay-as-you-use basis. With Concurrent transcoding, TMD will spin up the service as an agile, software-defined workflow solution, with the user paying only for usage.