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VITEC showcased its point-to-point HEVC streaming solution at IBC 2017. The MGW Ace Encoder and Decoder is the industry’s first entirely portable, hardware-based end-to-end 4:2:2 10-bit HEVC encode/decode solution. Using VITEC’s proprietary second-generation HEVC codec (Gen2), the powerful, yet compact, MGW Ace encoder provides an unmatched level of pristine video quality. In addition to offering unprecedented HEVC bandwidth compression, the MGW Ace solution provides H.264 encoding/decoding capabilities to ensure a smooth transition to the HEVC world. Offering a wide selection of I/Os and low power consumption using VITEC’s HEVC compression chip, it’s a perfect solution for streaming video, audio, and KLV metadata while in the field or on the move. For point-to-point applications, when paired with MGW Ace decoder, the solution delivers bandwidth-efficient, error-free video streaming over any network, including the internet, with embedded Pro-MPEG FEC or Zixi™ stream protection technologies.

In addition, VITEC will demonstrate its 4K HEVC encoding/decoding solution. Using the latest HEVC compression, the MGW Vision delivers an UHD IPTV contribution solution for several markets, including broadcast, in-house IPTV, and enterprise — anywhere UHD is critical. This IPTV encoder is designed with support for 4:2:2 10-bits, providing flawless video quality that is especially important for broadcast applications. VITEC will also display its EZ TV IPTV and Digital Signage Platform, the ideal streaming solution for a range of organizations and applications; most recently, it was selected as the platform of choice for a growing number of sports arenas as well as enterprise facilities, including Notre Dame’s Campus Crossroads Project, the Kansas City Royals, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the European Space Agency.

VITEC’s EZ TV allows any organisation to centrally manage IPTV and signage content from a single interface, and automate video streaming workflows and signage campaigns over existing IP infrastructures. VITEC’s hardware-based IPTV and signage end-points benefit users by providing low-latency playback, real-time updating of the electronic program guide, video-on-demand content with new assets updating while events take place, time-shifted TV, live video access from PCs and mobile devices, and user-controlled mosaic viewing of multiple channels. The digital signage features offer easy-to-use signage authoring, administration, and analytics.

As part of its demonstration at IBC 2017 in Amsterdam, Grass Valley will be showcasing several new and upgraded products including the K-Frame V-series with GV Korona 3-stripe panel, GV STRATUS 6.0 with advanced social media management and XRE transcoder, LDX C86N Compact Series cameras, GV Matrix SDI hybrid router, K2 Dyno S Replay System, and Ignite v10 Automated Production with new innovative playlist and event manager enhancements as well as advanced signal processing for UHD and HDR. All of Grass Valley’s offerings will be demonstrated at stand 1.D11, showcasing integrated, end-to-end solutions that enable broadcasters to control the way they work with and deliver content, reflecting the changing nature of viewership and consumption today.

“It’s not enough to just show a bunch of products running independently—that’s not how our customers work. That approach applies to our presence at IBC as well as to how we interact with our customers every day in identifying their needs and designing solutions that address their individual situations,” said Jan-Pieter van Welsem, vice president sales and marketing, EMEA, Grass Valley.

While advances in content capture and workflow have opened new opportunities for broadcasters and content creators, they have also introduced a new set of challenges. 4K UHD has started to gain traction in the market for its ability to deliver much higher resolution images, but with it comes much more data to be managed and transported. High dynamic range (HDR) and wide colour gamut (WCG) are also getting more attention in the market today, particularly because they deliver visual improvement that’s easy to distinguish and require comparatively smaller adjustments to the workflow. Grass Valley makes it possible for customers to move into these new formats at their own pace, ensuring future compatibility to preserve capital investments.

At the same time, broadcasters and content creators are finding a need to incorporate more types of content in a variety of formats, even from users themselves, and package it all in a way that it can be delivered seamlessly to any device at any time. Grass Valley’s social media content management, integration and multi-platform delivery solutions make that possible with minimal effort.

“Every operation is different in scope and scale, so we have developed a portfolio that offers a range of levels,” added van Welsem. “Whether you are a large network, a national arena, a local affiliate, a university, a house of worship or something in between, you’ll find solutions that fit into your budget and deliver the capabilities you need.”

In addition to the real-world demonstrations taking place on the stand, Grass Valley will be participating in other IBC activities and initiatives. Grass Valley is supplying cameras, IP routers, multiviewing and playout equipment and will be presenting at the IBC IP Showcase throughout the event to demonstrate real-world IP interoperability based on SMPTE ST 2110 and AMWA NMOS specifications.


Cinegy, software technology developer for digital video processing, asset management, video compression and automation and playout launched two powerful new software packs – Cinegy News Pack and Cinegy Ops Pack - at IBC 2017.

Cinegy News Pack is a highly selective, all-in-one package of preconfigured software modules that provide a comprehensive workflow package that includes everything a broadcaster could possibly need to get news channels on air quickly and efficiently.

Cinegy News Pack enables news production teams to easily and swiftly collaborate on news packages. Software includes news feed management; scripting; rundown creation; review and approval; integrated video, audio and graphics editing; prompting; and automated playout and graphics insertion.

Using professional tools developed in-house that are capable of processing big data, Cinegy Ops Pack simplifies digital and IP media by providing a single, comprehensive workflow monitoring, management, and analysis package that makes even large production and playout workflows easy to manage.

Cinegy Ops Pack provides Cinegy multiviewing for 24 channels coupled with integrated Cinegy Route, which provides the essential building block for IP-based infrastructures, delivering a centralised directory for securing high volumes of programming streams. Integrated telemetry services enable visual analysis of data streams to root out any problems quickly and efficiently.

Cinegy Managing Director Jan Weigner said, “Our software engineers have worked tirelessly to ensure that the respective software module packs deliver power and reliability – coupled with ease of use and cost effectiveness – for anyone who wants to flush the sometimes painful complexities of channel production and workflow management out of their equation.”


Axle Video, developer of “radically simple” software to manage video and still image media, announced that axle Starter, a new entry-level version of its flagship media management software, is now included with all configurations of the industry-leading Avid NEXIS|PRO software-defined storage platform from Avid®. Customers receive a 2-user license for axle Starter software with each Avid NEXIS|PRO purchase, including powerful search and browser-based display, browse, shot selection, annotation, review and approval capability for up to 300,000 assets, along with their purchase of Avid NEXIS|PRO storage.

Axle Starter carries a retail value of $495 and can be upgraded to full 2-user or 5-user license blocks of axle Video’s 2016.2 media management software with Cam media ingest, 1 million asset support, and additional features. Axle media management is a particularly good complement to Avid NEXIS|PRO media storage, which targets the production and storage needs of independent professionals and smaller workgroups, and supports all the top media creation applications including Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple Final Cut Pro X editing systems.

“With the prevalence of high-resolution video, production teams of all sizes need affordable high-capacity, high-performance media storage,” said David Colantuoni, Senior Director of Product Management, Avid. “Avid NEXIS|PRO offers the ability to effortlessly store hundreds to tens of thousands of hours of high res video and support 4k production teams. With axle Starter media management now included with Avid NEXIS|PRO, media professionals can more efficiently find, share, use/reuse and review media stored on Avid NEXIS|PRO.”

“Axle Video takes a unique, radically simple approach to media management,” said Sam Bogoch, CEO of axle Video, “and axle Starter provides the simple, yet powerful capabilities customers need to take full advantage of the value delivered by their Avid NEXIS|PRO storage. With its browser-based access to every video, audio, and still image file from any laptop, tablet, or smartphone, axle Starter software complements and adds a new dimension to the excellent value proposition of Avid NEXIS|PRO storage.”

Pricing and availability

Axle Starter is available now; priced at $495 for a 2-user license, and included by Avid in all purchases of Avid NEXIS|PRO storage, effective immediately from Avid and its resellers worldwide.

Axle Starter upgrade to 2-user axle 2016 license: $800.

Axle Starter upgrade to 5-user axle 2016 license: $2,500.

Axle Starter upgrade to 5-user axle Gear license: $4,500.