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The award, which takes the form of an Academy Plaque, honors ARRI for the pioneering design and engineering of the Super 35 format ALEXA digital camera system. It will be handed to ARRI representatives at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences annual Scientific and Technical Awards presentation, taking place on February 11th at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA.
This prestigious accolade will be the 19th Scientific and Technical Award presented to ARRI over the course of its long and innovative history, and is a fitting start to 2017, the company's centenary year.
ALEXA was introduced in 2010, quickly becoming the most trusted and widely used digital camera system for professional film and television production worldwide. With highly upgradeable system architecture, ALEXA has evolved through software updates and hardware upgrades to keep pace with the industry's rapidly changing needs. For the last five years, every film to win the Academy Award® for Best Cinematography has been captured with ALEXA.
In its citation, the Academy states: "With an intuitive design and appealing image reproduction, achieved through close collaboration with filmmakers, ARRI's ALEXA cameras were among the first digital cameras widely adopted by cinematographers."
Dr. Jörg Pohlman and Franz Kraus, the two Executive Board members at ARRI AG, comment, "We thank the Academy for its recognition of the ALEXA camera system -- a product line that we are proud to say has immensely strengthened our relationship with filmmakers. For us, this is the best possible opening to a year in which we are celebrating 100 years of partnership with the industry since ARRI was founded in 1917."
Ray Feeney, chair of the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee, notes, "This year we are particularly pleased to be able to honor not only a wide range of new technologies, but also the pioneering digital cinema cameras that helped facilitate the widespread conversion to electronic image capture for motion picture production. With their outstanding, innovative work, these technologists, engineers and inventors have significantly expanded filmmakers' creative choices for moving image storytelling."
Unlike other Academy Awards, achievements receiving Scientific and Technical Awards need not have been developed and introduced during 2016. Rather, the achievements must demonstrate a proven record of contributing significant value to the process of making motion pictures.

Avid announced that Social Media Hub will now offer native integration with MediaCentral UX, the cloud-based web front end to the Avid MediaCentral Platform, the industry’s most open, tightly integrated and efficient platform designed for media, giving journalists and editors a more efficient way to manage social media content that’s accessible from anywhere.
As part of Avid’s commitment to offering the most comprehensive tools and workflow solutions to create, distribute and optimize media, all Social Media Hub features are now available in the Social Media Hub pane in MediaCentral | UX. This enables journalists and editors to retrieve, modify and filter social media content within the same interface they use for all other editorial tasks. The integration gives Avid’s preeminent community of Social Media Hub users all the benefits of MediaCentral | UX, including scalability, simple management for installations of all sizes, and the ability to work in a cloud environment, from any browser-based device.
A core element of the complete Avid story-centric workflow, Social Media Hub enables broadcasters to collect, filter, moderate, and aggregate user-generated and shared content alongside their programming. It enables broadcasters to engage with audiences by providing a feedback channel that allows them to interact with the broadcast, as well as automatically publish their content to social media in parallel with the on-air broadcast. Users can monitor, filter, moderate, and prioritize incoming feeds from Facebook, Twitter, and other social channels to see what people are saying and sharing, and easily present the best posts as graphic elements on air. Avid’s graphic controllers can use on-air data filtered by Social Media Hub and generate graphics with the content. These capabilities allow news organizations to build their audiences by ensuring their brand is visible on all relevant social channels.
“In today's media environment, broadcasters need to maximize audience engagement by interacting directly with them and incorporating their perspective into broadcast programs,” said Alan Hoff, vice president, Market Solutions, Avid. “Social Media Hub’s integration with MediaCentral | UX gives broadcasters insight about viewers’ thoughts and opinions, and enables them to incorporate viewer’s social posts into their broadcasts, making their shows more personal and engaging through viewer interaction, and raising the visibility of their brand.”
Avid announced that it has signed a major framework agreement with Al Jazeera Media Network including a Global Services Agreement and Global Product Call-off Agreement. These agreements further cement the companies’ ongoing strategic relationship and enhances Al Jazeera’s significant investment in Avid’s comprehensive tools and workflow solutions to create, distribute and optimize media for its end-to-end news production infrastructure around the world. The companies also announced a joint collaboration to develop and test cloud-based technology deployments of the end-to-end Avid newsroom solution. The alliance will help Al Jazeera realize its own cloud strategy, and help shape the future of cloud-based newsrooms across the industry, paving the way for the first-ever hybrid cloud deployment of the MediaCentral® Platform across a large, global newsroom operation.
Avid’s team has been working closely with Al Jazeera on a long-term Avid Everywhere™ strategy to implement an open, integrated and efficient news workflow based on MediaCentral across its global news network to help the company realize its business priorities. By leveraging the Avid platform consistently across its global news operations, the deployment has helped Al Jazeera achieve several business and operational objectives, increasing their production of compelling content at lower costs, while extending their audience reach. The final and most complex phase of the implementation is at Al Jazeera’s Doha headquarters, which went live near the end of 2016.
Avid is currently working with Al Jazeera on the next phase of its technology strategy that will see the broadcaster introduce cloud-based capabilities into its workflows and new hybrid cloud deployment models for its global news production infrastructure to help drive even greater global collaboration and operational efficiency across the enterprise.
“Our industry is increasingly competitive, complex and is changing rapidly. Despite our success, we knew we had to overhaul our global newsgathering and delivery platforms to remain an industry leader. We needed a partner that understood the industry, could deliver innovative technology solutions to solve our strategic needs and could work collaboratively over the long term,” said Mohamed Abuagla, Executive Director of Technology & Operations (CIO/CTO), Al Jazeera Media Network. “With Avid Everywhere and the MediaCentral Platform, Avid has delivered comprehensive innovations across the media workflow using an open and extensible centralized platform to help drive efficiency. As we have embraced the Avid Everywhere solution to drive business results, over the past several years Avid has consistently shown that we made the right choice in a partner. As we move towards a cloud-based future across our global newsroom operations, we are pleased to have Avid at our side to help us navigate this important journey.”
To support this infrastructure around the world, Avid and Al Jazeera have signed a multi-year, multimillion-dollar enterprise-wide Global Services Agreement that includes the supply of a comprehensive list of advanced services. These include system support, software maintenance and an array of professional services tailored to the needs of Al Jazeera’s global operations to help optimize its significant investment.
As part of the agreement, Al Jazeera’s staff will receive regular training on the latest features and functionality to ensure that they are kept up to date and working in the most
efficient and effective way possible. Al Jazeera will also have access to Avid Labs, which provides customized Avid engineering resources to optimize integration with existing infrastructure and develop specialized capabilities unique to Al Jazeera’s operations.
The additional Global Product Call-Off Agreement the companies signed offers Al Jazeera beneficial commercial conditions for all entities across its business enterprises worldwide. This global framework agreement offers pre-negotiated pricing, terms and conditions that benefit from the long-term relationship between the companies as well as historical investments and volumes.
“Avid has been honored to work with a recognized leader in global media operations, who has been an innovator since their inception. We are very happy to deepen our working relationship with this global enterprise agreement to help Al Jazeera navigate its next phase of innovation,” said Louis Hernandez, Jr., Avid Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “The technical teams at Avid and Al Jazeera are collaborating closely to deliver the connected, open global newsroom solution that Al Jazeera needs. As Al Jazeera celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, we’re excited to continue our journey and deepen our relationship with them as we jointly design and develop the first enterprise-wide cloud deployment of Avid Everywhere across a global newsroom operation.”
Hiltron Communications, a leading specialist in satellite and wireless communication systems integration and product development, announces a key addition to its executive team with the appointment of Thorsten Peters to manage the systems and projects departments.
"Thorsten Peters has precisely the combination of technical skills, creativity and team-management ability needed for this role," says Hiltron's managing director Jan Molter. "He has excellent credentials in the broadcast satellite communication sector which forms the core of our manufacturing and systems integration activity plus a good understanding of the wider telecommunications business."
"Hiltron is one of Europe's most highly respected satellite communications specialists," Thorsten Peters adds. "It is noted both for its own-design products and the ability to deliver successful satcom project solutions on practically any scale. I look forward to working with the senior management team and my engineering colleagues as we strive to deliver the best possible hardware, software and systems to our customers."
Graduating from the Ruhr University with a degree in high frequency systems and antennas, Thorsten Peters joined Thyssen Telecom AG in 1996 as video services project manager at the group's Spaceline Communication Services division. He progressed in 2008 to the Media Broadcast subsidiary of TDF, advancing through technical and financial management roles. As an expert in business engineering, he reported directly to the CTO of the company's Cologne-based network planning section.
Octopus Newsroom computer systems have been chosen by 24-hour television channel LifeNews for its headquarters in Moscow and for its sister channel, Life78, which broadcasts from studios in St. Petersburg. Both projects are being supervised by Moscow-based system integrator Studio Systems.
Octopus Newsroom is a leading producer of newsroom computer systems in the TV broadcast industry. Founded on the principle that journalists should enjoy making news, Octopus Newsroom produces the software that broadcasters use to deliver fast, complete and captivating news in the world.
The LifeNews television channel (http://life.ru) was launched in September 2013. Part of the News Media Holding company, it transmits in 16:9 standard-definition and high-definition to a potential audience of 30 million viewers. Life78 (http://life.ru.life78) commenced broadcasting in September 2015, also in SD and HD.
"Octopus 8 is much higher level NRCS than the one we used before," says Arseny Kudryavtsev, technical advisor to the Life News CEO. "It is flexible in configuration and a functionally very powerful tool that really helped to optimise our workflow. Now we have almost unlimited expansion capabilities. We can very quickly fine-tune the system to create new departments, implement radio and internet broadcasting, configure for our regional branches and so forth. The mobile version of Octopus is very convenient for remote correspondent offices and rooms for announcers. The Octopus API allows us to integrate the NRCS more closely with our own developments and applications: web-platforms, publishing, notification systems, planning and reporting. My colleagues and I look forward to a long partnership with Octopus team, working together to advance the whole style of broadcasting."
"The management and engineering teams at Studio Systems have proved highly efficient on previous projects for Russian broadcasters so we are very pleased to be partnering with them again," says Octopus Newsroom sales direct Gabriel Janko. "They have designed and installed a complete newsroom solution for each location, closely integrated with editing, graphics and playout infrastructure. Both channels are upgrading from third-party equipment. Each newsroom operates entirely independently but has the option of connecting its respective Octopus 8 systems to allow fast and efficient sharing of content between the two sites."
Octopus 8 is a complete suite of newsroom computer software designed for use in television, radio and online news broadcasters. It allows easy ingest of all incoming source materials such as news agency wires, RSS feeds, emails, SMS messages or even faxes. Such feeds may also contain images, video files or audio files. Octopus 8 can display all content belonging to a feed in a single view. A powerful relational database with SQL enables users achieve their goals faster. With its topic-centric workflow, Octopus helps different teams within TV, radio and online portals work collaboratively on current affairs programmes and news items. Professionals from various departments can share information to deliver well sourced stories quickly and accurately. Source materials, documents, photos, contacts or emails can be attached to each task and are archived alongside the final content. Users can allocate all of the stories and elements into one central location. The Octopus assignment desk helps organise and delegate tasks to one or multiple users, based on a modern planning calendar. The assignment desk delivers notifications, allows users to communicate with each other using the built in user-to-user messaging system and share files related to the task.
Octopus 8 also offers advanced features including visual story history and version comparison plus the ability to separate the spoken script from the technical information. Octopus samples each anchor's reading speed and then calculates the on-air time accurately as it feed the teleprompter. It can be integrated into any environment and workflow that supports the MOS protocol. Octopus is designed to run natively on Apple Mac OS X, Linux or Windows so there is no need for a parallel operating system, additional licensing or remote sessions. Hot-standby servers can be added, offering automatic client switchover if the main Octopus server is offline. The hot-standby server is set up to run simultaneously with an identical primary server. An easy to use REST API allows customers to build their own applications which can communicate and exchange certain data with the newsroom system. Manual and automated exports and imports are also supported.
MAGIX Software GmbH, a German software and app provider, is acquiring a majority of the Sony Creative Software (SCS) products.
MAGIX Software GmbH is a leading creator of video, music, and photo-editing software and apps in Europe and is already well established in the US market. By purchasing Sony Creative Software products, including the full Vegas Pro, Movie Studio, Sound Forge Pro, and ACID Pro product lines, MAGIX is further cementing its position in the market and accelerating its international growth. The SCS Catalyst Browse and Catalyst Production Suite will continue to be developed by Sony for professional broadcast and production applications.
“These products from Sony Creative Software are the perfect addition to our portfolio. We have already strengthened our presence in the United States in order to propel development and sales. This autumn, we plan to release new versions of the video-editing programs Vegas Pro and Movie Studio, which are heavily oriented toward the customer requirements of today,” says MAGIX CEO Klaus Schmidt.
MAGIX will continue to support all current SCS customers who purchased products from Sony to ensure a seamless end user experience.
MAGIX is a global provider of software, online services, and digital content for the use of multimedia products and services for general and business communication. Established in 1993, MAGIX offers private and professional users a technologically sophisticated and user-friendly range of products for designing, editing, presenting, and archiving digital photos, videos, music, documents, and websites.
Based on retail sales figures, MAGIX is the market leader in multimedia software in Germany and the other most prominent European markets and is also one of the most successful market players in the United States.
Masstech – the trusted provider of innovative, advanced workflow and media asset management solutions – announced today that respected Indian news broadcaster ABP News Network (“ABP”) has selected Masstech MAM solutions to modernize and streamline its media workflows. Continuing the rapid adoption of Masstech’s powerful and easy-to-use MAM systems in newsrooms around the globe, the ABP order spans all of the broadcaster’s channels and represents Masstech’s largest sale to an India-based news organization to date.
Owned by Anand Baazar Patrika, one of the largest media conglomerates in India, ABP News Network delivers news in multiple Indian languages across four television channels – ABP News, ABP Ananda, ABP Majha and ABP Asmita – and online. ABP channels rank consistently among the most-watched regional news channels in the country, and are distributed internationally through carriers including Comcast and DirecTV in the United States, ATN in Canada and Sky in the UK and Ireland.
Spanning ABP’s headquarters in Noida and sites in Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Mumbai, the new deployment enables fully-automated workflows that maximize ABP’s efficiency and interface seamlessly with ABP’s existing production systems. This advanced workflow flexibility and deep third-party integration combine with Masstech’s intuitive, HTML5 browser-based MAM interface and native transcoding to make it dramatically faster and easier for ABP to preserve, access, move and manage its valuable content across its news production, promotions and archiving operations.
“Masstech MAM solutions are delivering tangible productivity benefits and superior ROI to all types of premium media organizations worldwide, and we’re excited to bring these advantages to one of India’s leading news companies,” said Joe French, President and CEO of Masstech. “We are honored that ABP has chosen us for their important MAM initiative, and we look forward to working closely with them as they grow and evolve.”
Masstech’s industry-leading solutions will be showcased in booth SU3202 at the 2017 NAB Show, taking place April 24-27 in Las Vegas.
Masstech – the trusted provider of innovative, advanced workflow and media asset management solutions – announced today that respected Indian news broadcaster ABP News Network (“ABP”) has selected Masstech MAM solutions to modernize and streamline its media workflows. Continuing the rapid adoption of Masstech’s powerful and easy-to-use MAM systems in newsrooms around the globe, the ABP order spans all of the broadcaster’s channels and represents Masstech’s largest sale to an India-based news organization to date.
The Munich-based company supports the festival as an official supplier. This year, Rohde & Schwarz is providing three R&S CLIPSTER mastering stations, one four-channel R&S VENICE 2U ingest and playout platform and its reliable R&S SpycerBox Cell storage solution. The systems will be installed at the Colt Technology Services data processing center as part of the core of the Berlinale's digital workflow. R&S CLIPSTER quickly and reliably generates digital cinema packages (DCP) for the screenings, ensuring that the quality of the videos keeps festival guests spellbound.
About 1100 films in total will be played at the Berlinale, including the European Film Market screenings. Some of the film material will be delivered in file formats other than final DCP, a few will even be delivered on reels. The R&S VENICE ingest and production server digitizes such material and exports it for further processing. R&S SpycerBox Cell buffers the video files to ensure that R&S CLIPSTER is able to quickly and efficiently process the immense amount of data. The mastering station supports a number of video formats, allowing previously digitized films to be quickly converted and processed. The mastering station generates high-quality DCPs faster than in realtime, so last-minute adjustments such as subtitle changes are easy to make.
Ove Sander, Technical Manager - Digital Cinema, Berlin International Film Festival: "Once again this year we are placing our trust in the systems from Rohde & Schwarz – especially due to the hectic environment during the festival. The VENICE servers help us by reliably digitizing the various input media and preparing them for further processing. With its incredible speed, the CLIPSTER mastering station lets us generate all DCPs in plenty of time before the festival starts."
Stefan Weidner, Director of File Based Media Solutions at Rohde & Schwarz: "It's our pleasure to partner with the Berlinale and to demonstrate the reliability and quality of our products to a wide audience of professionals. We have a close bond with the German film industry and want to express that with our dedicated involvement."
The Berlinale is one of the international film industry's most important events. Ticket sales hover around 325,000, and more than 20,000 industry visitors are expected from 124 countries, including some 4,000 journalists. The public program shows around 400 films each year, most of which are world and international premieres. Films of all genres, lengths and formats are presented in the various sections of the festival. The European Film Market (EFM) is the business epicenter of the Berlinale and one of the world's most important international film markets. Up to 800 more films will be presented during the EFM.
Harmonic, the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, today announced it has expanded the company's board of directors with the appointment of Dr. Tom Lookabaugh. Dr. Lookabaugh, 55, has over 30 years of experience in the semiconductor, communications equipment, and service provider industries, as well as in academia.
Dr. Lookabaugh is currently president of Thomas Lookabaugh Associates, a consultancy serving the telecommunications industry. Previously, he was an executive at Cable Television Laboratories (CableLabs), where he led cross-industry research and development efforts, and at ViaSat, where he was responsible for the commercial mobility business. Prior to ViaSat, Dr. Lookabaugh served as the CTO of Entropic Communications, a provider of semiconductor solutions for the connected home market, and as CEO of PolyCipher, a cable industry joint venture that focused on developing security products and infrastructure. Prior to PolyCipher, Dr. Lookabaugh was an assistant professor of Interdisciplinary Telecommunications and Computer Science at the University of Colorado. Dr. Lookabaugh co-founded the video equipment manufacturer DiviCom, which was acquired by C-Cube Microsystems and then by Harmonic in 2000, where he served as president of the Convergent Systems Division.
Dr. Lookabaugh holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics from Colorado School of Mines; Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Statistics, and Engineering Management; and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
"I'm delighted to welcome Tom to our board of directors," said Patrick Harshman, president and CEO of Harmonic. "Tom's deep knowledge of the cable industry, extensive background in bringing cutting-edge technologies to market and experience as an operating executive make him an ideal addition to the Harmonic board, particularly as we execute on our new CableOS growth initiative."
TV Vision Norge has upgraded its PlayBox Technology AirBox broadcast playout and channel branding system to the latest-generation Neo series.
"TV Visjon Norge was the first Scandinavian Christian television network to air 24 hours a day and is a long-established AirBox user," comments PlayBox Technology president Don Ash. "The network's programmes are very well produced and highly innovative, making full use of the facilities available within the PlayBox Technology digital workflow. TV Visjon Norge expanded its standard-definition system to high-definition in 2015 when it also launched a Gothenburg-based Swedish channel."
"This upgrade to Neo was motivated primarily by network's need to integrate a recently acquired Ross Video NK router, adds PlayBox Technology chief commercial officer Ben Gunkel. "Incoming content is stored as files on a shared central archive. Title graphics and scheduling are all performed within the Neo system and then transmitted direct from one of four AirBox playout servers."
The PlayBox Technology system at TV Visjon Norge is supported locally by Engstroms AB, one of Sweden's longest established and largest professional media companies. Founded in 1976, Engstroms AB is based in Kungsbacka near Gothenburg.
Recently announced Neo series enhancements include new control features, expanded file handling capabilities, greater input and output connectivity and Microsoft Windows 10 compatibility. Among other additions are streaming input compatibility with HTTP(S), UDP, RTMP, MMS(H) and YouTube plus streaming output support for UDP, RTSP and ATSC. The enhancements have all been implemented within the established graphic interface which is familiar to operators around the world.
AirBox Neo supports UHD, HD and SD playout from a single server. It is designed for 24/7 unattended operation and can also be operated manually, including the ability to handle live-to-air throughput. The enhanced Neo series, a together with the latest additions to the CloudAir cloud-based software-as-a-service offering, will make their first public appearance at the upcoming BVE 2017 exhibition in London.
Anevia, a global leader in OTT and IPTV software for the delivery of live TV and video-on-demand (VOD) is pleased to welcome a new shareholder in its capital. The French technology group VITEC has acquired 8% of its share capital by an over-the-counter transaction of a block of shares. Anevia is a global Leader in OTT and IPTV solution software for the delivery of live TV and video-on-demand. Anevia was founded in 2003 by the developers of the well-known VLC media-player, and has pioneered cloud DVR and multiscreen solutions
VITEC is a MPEG technology pioneer which has, from the beginning, based its strategic development on innovation. VITEC now enjoys a unique and internationally recognized position in the field of digital video technologies. It operates through all the value chain of video services from data acquisition to distribution and storage. VITEC is a leading worldwide end-to-end video streaming solutions provider for broadcast, military and government, enterprise, sports and entertainment venues, and houses of worship.
The company deploys its solutions to prestigious international clients in various sectors such as: sports with the Amway center Orlando’s Magics Basketball team stadium’s (FL, USA); Defense the Picatinny Arsenal US Army Development and Engineering Center based in New Jersey; Broadcast with NBC Universal channel and in transportation with Vancouver airport or New York City Transportation Service.
In 2016 and for the 4th time in a row VITEC was part of the TOP 100 global companies that matter in the online video industry according to Streaming Media magazine.
This operation confirms the relevance of ANEVIA's positioning and confidence in its strategic development by a company with deep expertise in its sector.
As a reminder, ANEVIA has implemented a major transformation lately, in terms of product offering solutions as well as cost restructuring including some changes in the organization. These actions have resulted in a return to growth and allowed ANEVIA to improve its profitability.
Philippe Wetzel, CEO and founder of VITEC, declares: “We are very pleased to become a shareholder of Anevia, a renowned actor benefiting from a strong know-how in the field of OTT and IPTV. Like at VITEC, innovation has always been at the heart of Anevia's development, enabling its teams to constantly offer the most advanced technologies in its sector. We hope to contribute in accelerating its development by offering our expertise and access to our network”.
Laurent Lafarge, CEO of Anevia adds: "I am very delighted to see VITEC joining Anevia’s shareholders. This is a strong sign of the international recognition of Anevia technology. I am convinced that this first step will initiate a collaboration that should contribute to the future growth of Anevia, particularly in the Enterprise market segment, building on VITEC experience in many industrial sectors, notably sport, Education, medicine and transport ".