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Leader Electronics announces the addition of five-bar display capabilities to the LV5490 4K-UHD/HD/SD multiscreen waveform monitor. This forms part of a major software upgrade (to version 3.2) which was announced at InterBee 2016 and will make its first European appearance at Broadcast Video Expo 2017. Co-exhibiting on stand J08 with UK channel partner Boxer Systems Limited, Leader will be represented at BVE by Koichi Fukugawa and Kevin Salvidge. Designed for use by engineers or camera operators, the five-bar display is a popular feature on Leader's LV5333 and LV5770 3G/HD-SDI test instruments. Its addition has frequently been requested by LV5490 customers. Incoming SDI signals are converted into five cyan bargraphs providing simultaneous display of maximum and minimum luminance, red-component, green-component, blue-component and composite levels. Gamut errors are displayed as red excursions beyond the legal thresholds. Correct adjustment of luminance level using bar 1 as a reference provides a fast and easy way of checking that a picture is optimally exposed, avoiding highlight clipping or crushing. The R, G and B graphs (bars 2, 3 and 4 respectively) are supplemented by a highly visible alert if any colour components are out of gamut. Bar 5 provides similar warning of positive or negative levels being exceeded if the output is integrated for delivery as a composite channel. Each bar is displayed as a linear percentage scale. Supplementary features include line selection and display, a low-pass transient-error filter and a range of user presets. In its multiscreen mode, the LV5490 can display five-bar and additional user-selected reference content such as R, G and B waveforms on its internal monitor or rasterized output. Version 3.2 software is now part of all newly delivered LV5490 instruments and will be available as a free download to the existing customer base. Occupying a half-rack-width by 4U high housing, the Leader LV5490 offers 4K, UHD, 3G, HD and SD test and measurement features in a compact portable unit. Waveform, vector, five-bar and picture display can all be viewed at the same time on the LV5490's 9 inch LCD monitor. The monitor is full 1920 x 1080 HD resolution with a wide viewing angle and high colour reproduction. A 1920 x 1080 HD DVI and HD-SDI rasterized output is also provided to feed a larger monitor. Simultaneous viewing of up to four SDI inputs is possible, including overlays. The size and location of individual channels can be adjusted on the display using a USB mouse so the user is not limited to fixed-size quadrants. Leader's CINELITE II toolset (comprising CINELITE and CINEZONE) also comes as a standard feature, allowing easy assessment of relative exposure and overall luminance during production. A focus assist option allows highly accurate on-set adjustment of camera focus to match the 4K format's ability to handle very precise image detail. The LV5490 can also be controlled remotely using standard KVM tools. Additional options for the LV5490 include eye pattern with jitter measurements, digital audio I/O, Dolby decode, focus assist, CIE colour chart and 12G-SDI.
Atomos is making their on-camera HDR-enabled recorders available at a discounted price—just as YouTube gets ready for HDR video. “Atomos really invented the category of attaching external recorder/monitors to DSLR cameras about 6 years ago,” Tony Trent, GM of Atomos Global stated while talking about the release of these HDR recorders. He also further added saying that “this made life much easier for editors who did not want to wrestle with compressed MPEG files. It gave to post their preferred Pro Res or DNxHD format files and to camerafolk a decent 7-inch or greater LCD screen to look at.” Now comes the advent of HDR (High Dynamic Range) video on delivery platforms such as Google Chromecast ultra, Sony PS4 Pro, Amazon, Netflix and Vudu and, most ubiquitously, YouTube. HDR has grown so much that the CEA predicts the leading Christmas gift in 2016 will be Ultra HDR TV sets, at least for those interested in the best home video. Therefore, since Atomos is one of the few companies that has developed its own OS for its on-camera recorder/monitors, they have stepped up to create the new OS 7.12 that makes their systems HDR capable. “We could see the writing on the wall, and knew that HDR will be the next big thing,” Trent said. “After all, any camera that can record Log can record HDR. So we wanted to get ready for it by letting you see HDR in the field.” Across their Inferno, Flame and Blade Series of pro monitor/recorders, AtomHDR technology is giving users with a Log output from their camera the ability to capture 10.2 stops of dynamic range. That way, along with their patent pending HDR waveform and HDR slider, shooters can make setting exposure for HDR delivery simple and precise on the recorder’s 15 nit display screen. To make it even sweeter, Trent said that OS 7.12, is not only a free download, it also broadens Log support to include Sony S-Log, FujiFilm Log and Canon C-Log 3 in addition to previous support for Panasonic, JVC, Canon, Sony, Red Digital Cinema and Arri Log curves. With this new OS 7.12, you get HDR and SDR in one unit so that if you expose correctly in Log for HDR you can deliver in Rec709 for SDR with less noise. Along with this new OS, Atomos is reducing the cost of their pro recorder/monitors. The Shogun Flame’s MSRP $1695 down to $1395 The Ninja Flame’s MSRP $1295 is now down to $1095 The Ninja Blade’s MSRP $495 is now down to $395 Each deal comes with cash back and trade in offers. “Not only is OS 7.12 a free upgrade, but we will be offering more free upgrades to our customers as new features are developed,” Trent said. “Now that YouTube is accepting HDR, we think this will be the video format of the near and distant future.”
The Ignite integrated production solution is the industry's first and most complete link between the control room and the newsroom — one that provides an unmatched return on investment with single-operator capabilities. The leader in its class, Grass Valley Ignite allows a single operator to manage control room devices used to produce live newscasts and event programming. With Ignite technology, you'll easily control on-air timing, accommodate last-minute show changes and direct any type of production on the fly. Plus, you'll have more opportunities to repurpose content for digital multicasting and webcasts, increasing overall production value.
• Increase ROI: With Grass Valley Ignite's single workflow and multidistribution model, you can launch new digital multicast channels and webcast channels. You'll generate alternative revenue streams while also improving your on-air look and feel. • Increase efficiency: With a central point of management for control room devices, you can allocate more of your staff to the field, which translates into increased programming, 24-hour support of multicast channels, and delivery of real-time cut-ins. • Increase flexibility: When you implement the Ignite platform, you'll augment current HD capabilities, move to HD production directly or migrate from SD to HD whenever you're ready.
DJI has timed a raft of announcements for CES including a new aerial mapping app, a limited edition Phantom 4 drone and a prototype ultra-bright monitor developed specifically for outdoor aerial imaging operators. DJI's CrystalSky monitor has a peak maximum 2000 cd/m² brightness which is claimed to be more than four times as bright as typical mobile devices. The monitor supports H.264 and H.265 video decoding, allowing it to play back files at up to 30 fps and 60 fps respectively. The CrystalSky’s HDMI port allows up to 4K video to be output to FPV goggles and other display devices. The monitor’s storage can be extended, or footage recorded on a Micro SD Card can be played back directly on the monitor. It can also be used for footage backups. The embedded DJI GO app provides full access to all DJI GO features including aircraft parameter adjustment, camera control, footage management, and playback. A two-cell 4920 mAh external battery gives the CrystalSky monitor a longer operating time than comparable mobile devices. It supports quick charge, and controls its discharge rate well even in low temperatures. The external battery has been designed for more extreme temperatures. CrystalSky is able to operate in as low as -4°F (-20°C) and, with its internal cooling system, functions normally in temperatures as high as 104°F (40°C). The still in development product will come in two sizes: 7.85" and 5.5" screens, and can achieve a max operation time of 4-5 hours and 5-6 hours respectively. Ground Station Pro (or GS Pro) is an iPad app compatible with most DJI aerial platforms and Zenmuse cameras designed to plan and control autonomous flights. Its main use is in aerial mapping, architecture, precision agriculture and electrical inspections. The 3D Map Area function allows the aircraft to generate efficient flight paths after the operator has set their required flight zone and camera parameters. The aircraft will then follow this route throughout its mission. The image data captured during these flights can be input into 3D reconstruction software to generate 3D maps, while the mission itself can be saved for re-use. A Tap and Go Waypoint feature allows for up to 99 waypoints per mission and each waypoint can have up to 15 consecutive actions, including aircraft rotation, gimbal pitch, start/stop recording, photo capture, and hover. In celebration of Chinese New Year, DJI invited illustrator and designer Martin Sati to customize the Phantom 4. His limited edition U$1,199 design features the phoenix, a symbol of good fortune and happiness in Chinese mythology. He also drew inspiration from the four basic elements of nature – air, fire, water and earth – and reflected each of these elements in his design. DJI’s Osmo Mobile is a stabilizer for users of the DJI GO app to track their subject automatically, create motion timelapses, take long exposures, make 9-shot panoramas, and livestream to social media. There’s a silver version which has a run time of 4 to 5 hours and costs $299.
The Symply Pegasus3 next-generation desktop system is the perfect solution for creative professionals generating high-resolution video and rich media content on Mac and Windows systems. The jointly developed Promise and Symply desktop RAID solution features lightning-fast 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 performance, full RAID protection, and the powerful SymplyGO storage management suite. The Pegasus3 SYMPLY EDITION is available in three models: the Pegasus R4, Pegasus R6, and Pegasus R8, delivering four, six, and eight drive configurations of RAID storage. Each system is tested, performance tuned, and ready to use right out of the box. This is the perfect fit for desktop systems like the new Apple MacBook Pro. Storage system is shipped with a 1m 40 Gb/s Active Thunderbolt 3 cable. The inclusion of dual Thunderbolt 3 ports on the server enables high-speed connectivity at throughput rates up to 40 Gb/s — twice the speed of Thunderbolt 2 — as well as the ability to connect up to six daisy-chained devices. The Pegasus3 SYMPLY EDITION includes a three-year warranty, tech support, and 24/7 online media and creative user support worldwide.The Pegasus3 SYMPLY EDITION lineup is available at select resellers, on the Apple online store and at select Apple retail stores.
Rohde & Schwarz is expanding its R&S VTx video tester family to include tests for HLG-capable devices in line with the HDMI 2.0b standard. Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) is an enhancement to the high dynamic range (HDR) technique that allows good-quality replay of state-of-the-art picture material even on non-HDR-capable devices. This is a crucial factor in the successful introduction of the spectacular HDR technique for a more intensive and realistic home theater experience. The Rohde & Schwarz electronics group offers innovative solutions in all fields of wireless communications as well as in IT security. Founded more than 80 years ago, the independent company has an extensive sales and service network with subsidiaries and representatives in more than 70 countries. On June 30, 2016, Rohde & Schwarz had approximately 10,000 employees. The group achieved a net revenue of approximately EUR 1.92 billion in the 2015/2016 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and also has strong regional hubs in Asia The Rohde & Schwarz R&S VTC/VTE/VTS video tester family is an innovative solution for testing the performance and interoperability of future generations of HDR/HLG-capable video consumer electronics. It is based on the recently introduced flexible T&M module for HDMI and HDR tests. The new module offers generator and analyzer functionality for data rates up to 18 Gbit/s as well as functions such as scrambling introduced with the new HDMI standard. Now it can also test HLG-capable devices. This includes testing and emulation of the signaling function and the generation of new test patterns. The solution is downward compatible with HDMI 1.4 and supports HDCP 1.4 and HDCP 2.2. It covers realtime protocol testing and compliance testing in line with HDMI CTS 1.4/2.0, providing users with a test tool that can be used in various applications throughout the consumer electronics value chain. The generator function can be used to edit the Dynamic Range and Mastering InfoFrame specifically for HDR and HLG. It displays the Enhanced Extended Display Identification Data (E-EDID) of the connected sink, including the HDR metadata block. It also permits the playback of customer-specific, uncompressed moving picture sequences. The analyzer unit provides suitable E-EDID and displays the Dynamic Range and Mastering InfoFrame. The video analyzer functionality provides bit-accurate display of the electro-optical transfer function (EOTF) in use. HDR CTS tests are available for both the generator and the analyzer.
Osprey Video has expanded its encoder lineup once again with the addition of the Talon G1H, a stand-alone hardware encoder with nearly all of the key features of its award-winning predecessor, the Talon G1, but at a lower price and with greater ease of use. The device is designed for video operations outside of the professional broadcast market that still need to stream broadcast-grade video. Osprey Video's premium video-capture technology has long driven mission-critical video delivery in industries ranging from broadcast, internet TV, and surveillance, to enterprise, government, and aerospace. Now the technology in its flagship capture cards and drivers is the foundation for its end-to-end line of live-streaming and encoding products, which allow customers to satisfy increasingly higher expectations for online video in all environments, including more traditional A/V environments such as education, corporate communications, and houses of worship. The company is continually expanding its product portfolio to meet customer demand for high-quality, reliable tools in ever-evolving video applications — from video over IP to closed captioning, mobile streaming to 4K capture and distribution, and beyond. "We wanted to create a product that was not only more cost-effective but also easy for nontechnical people to use when sending broadcast-quality content to the web. We found that many of our customers need an encoder to deliver such content to multiple destinations, but they don't need an HD-SDI input to do it," said Scott Whitcomb, Osprey Video's business development manager. "By eliminating that one feature, we've given those users an affordable encoding option without having to sacrifice the quality viewers have come to expect, and without needing any training to operate it. They get professional-level performance and reliability in a set-it-and-forget-it device." The Talon G1H is intended for video streaming by amateur users in corporate communications, government, houses of worship, mobile broadcast, K-12 education, and small colleges and universities, all of whom tend to rely on HDMI inputs. Osprey heard from many customers in those spaces who wanted the Talon G1's encoding capabilities at a lower cost, so Osprey made the Talon G1 more affordable by simply taking away the feature this group doesn't use: the SDI input. As a result, customers still get all the benefits of the Talon G1, including the ability to encode up to three streams simultaneously and also save to a .TS file, with frame alignment across all streams for multiple-bit-rate streaming. The device also includes integrated, application-level publishing straight to the Wowza Streaming Cloud. The Talon G1H can take in video from multiple formats, encode it to H.264, and deliver it over IP, just like its older sibling. Also in response to user feedback, Osprey simplified the device by adding one-touch streaming control, making it possible for users to start or stop encoding at the push of a button without any technical intervention. The idea is for a technical staff member to configure the device and then leave it for nontechnical staff members to control by simply pushing a button. In this way, nontechnical users such as teachers can begin and end their own streaming sessions at will. This feature saves money because there's no need to assign extra technical staff to control the device, though centralized control is possible when necessary.
Whenever complex AV applications cannot be implemented using standard products, smart solutions need to step in to make the most of an IT installation. With a series of next-generation KVM products, G&D will present a variety of such smart solutions at ISE 2017 and thus will prove their position as KVM supplier with the broadest portfolio. The hunt for superlatives challenges project planners to satisfy the demands for more complex applications and defined parameters. On top of that, they need to be able to be integrated into already existing structures. Sophisticated KVM installations can be implemented with the help of G&D’s powerful portfolio. At ISE 2017, the KVM manufacturer will present new systems transmitting KVM-over-IP™ as well as installations supporting classic, dedicated cabling. Since the systems are compatible with each other, there are solutions fitting any applications: either with uncompressed or compressed video transmission for resolutions up to 8K, without any latency for top video quality and perfect hand-eye-coordination, via CAT, fibre optics or over IP. Uncompressed transmission up to 8K over distances up to 10,000 m The new KVM extender DP1.2-Vision-XG extends computer signals up to 10,000m thereby transmitting 4K or even 8K video at 60 Hz pixel by pixel. The latter is carried out over up to four synchronous video channels. Dedicated transmission takes place over fibre optics to provide sufficient bandwidth for uncompressed DisplayPort signals, video, keyboard/mouse, RS232, USB 2.0 and audio. Loss-free video transmission thanks to further improved compression mode Compared to uncompressed transmission via fibre optics, classic transmission via CAT cables offers significant advantages when it comes to costs. An aspect that can be considered for each individual project with regards to the budget. However, CAT cables allow less bandwidth and requires compression. Thus, the question whether fibre optics or CAT cables are the better medium to transmit signals can only be answered individually. The KVM extender DP-Vision1.2 is ready for both requirements and extends computer signals either via fibre optics up to 10,000 m or via CAT cables up to 140 m. G&D solve any requirements caused by lower bandwidths with their improved, in-house HDIP compression method, which is now in its latest development stage, Level 3. This method allows the loss-free transmission of video signals with a resolution of 4K at 60Hz. When it comes to large matrix installations, computer signals are better to process and switch when compressed. All G&D products as well as their variants are compatible and can be combined with each other. Therefore, the KVM extender system DP1.2-Vision can be easily implemented into G&D matrix systems. As for matrix modules, the new ControlCenter-Compact has now replaced G&D’s DVICenter. With the help of matrix switches users are able to operate multiple computers from different, simultaneous workstations. The ControlCenter-Compact is available in six expansion levels providing between 8 and 80 dynamic ports, which can be used either as input or as output. The device is compatible with both the DVICenter and the ControlCenter-Digital as well as all end devices, which makes it possible to add new systems to existing infrastructures. Customers are able to choose between the use of CAT cables or fibre optics when transmitting data. A mixed variant supporting CAT and fibre complements the portfolio. In addition, the matrix switch provides mission-critical features such as the Screen-Freeze function or a redundant power supply to maximize the system’s reliability. User-friendly functionalities Audio-visual applications are always required to be easy to operate and user-friendly. Therefore, G&D offer many functions to be able to operate the system as easy and as comfortable as possible. To fulfil these requirements, the company provides the intuitive CrossDisplay-Switching function to use the mouse to switch between computers or the Push-Get function for the optimal control of video walls and the improvement of the team work in control rooms. To take usability to a new level, G&D have improved the CrossDisplay-Switching function and perfected it so that multiple monitors can now be used from various sources. Not only are computers with multihead video supported, but any scenarios from various sources can be displayed at one workstation. The monitors can be placed in any order, which does not necessarily have to be a row or a quadrant. Integrated SNMP and monitoring make the systems even more reliable. In large, distributed installations, users are able to connect their systems via a KVM Matrix-Grid™ to satisfy the increasing demands for interconnection. As is always the case for G&D systems, users benefit from easy installation and operation. Unlimited access over IP structures With the DP-Vision-IP system, G&D will present a highly flexible KVM extender, which allows unlimited access to computers over IP structures. The system supports DisplayPort video resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz or 3840 x 2160 @ 30 Hz. G&D’s self-developed KVM-over-IP™ lifts the limitations of dedicated cabling. Existing powerful IP structures can be used and spatial limitations to bridge distances belong to the past. With these powerful expansions to their portfolio G&D cater to the AV industry’s growing complexity and provide a large selection of sophisticated solutions. Thanks to versatile KVM products that can be combined, the best possible solution considering the application, existing IT structures and the requirements of projects is always right on hand.
After the worldwide success of the StarliteHD-5 ARRI monitor which interfaces to and controls the ARRI Alexa-Mini and AMIRA cameras, Transvideo now launches the StarliteRF-a wireless monitor-recorder with advanced camera control capabilities. Transvideo presents the new StarliteRF, a 5” OLED wireless monitor based on StarliteHD5 core technologies with an built-in wireless receiver. It completes the line-up of StarliteHD monitors. Small and lightweight, it operates on the 5.8Ghz ISM band, has a top mounted antenna, and a Sony prosumer battery connection at the back. The wireless video connectivity incorporated is without latency, with low loss and without any transmission delay. Free of cables, lightweight and with all the reliability, accuracy and fine engineering that Transvideo build into their products, it is the perfect choice for directors, assistant directors, focus pullers and DOPs. The StarliteRF-a is a variation of Transvideo's 5'' Oled wireless monitor-recorder with advanced features for remote control of ARRI's Alexa-Mini and AMIRA cameras. The kit consists of a StarliteRF-a monitor and a TitanHD2 Tx-a that connects to the EXT socket of the cameras via a specific cable provided in the kit. Transvideo will demonstrate this new product on its Transvideo-Aaton Digital stand during the AFC Micro Salon in Paris, 27 and 28 January, and then soon after that on 3 and 4 February on its joint Transvideo-Aaton Digital stand at the BSC Expo 2017 at Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London. KEY STRENGTHS Small and lightweight Robust connection with TitanHD2 within a range of 200 meters LOS (distance might be affected by other transmission and/or environment) Visibility in a bright environment Ability to record dailies in H264 onto SD card