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Artel Video Systems at NAB Show 2020

At NAB Show 2020, Artel will feature products that simplify broadcasters’ shift to hybrid IP/SDI and all-IP operations. Visitors to the Artel booth will have the opportunity to see firsthand how new features and capabilities recently added to the company’s award-winning SMART Media Delivery Platform™ bring even greater operational simplicity, flexibility, and scalability. Artel also will exhibit the company’s Quarra IP PTP switches and FiberLink® family of media transport products.

SMART Media Delivery Platform™
Artel’s SMART Media Delivery Platform™ is a software defined, four-channel, auto-sense 3G/HD/SD-SDI-over-IP multi-function gateway with integrated nonblocking Layer 2/3 switching and routing capabilities. The software-enabled solution features four video ports for transport of video, audio, and ancillary data and four GigE data ports bridged to one or two 10G interfaces. Designed to attach seamlessly to the IP network without the need for external network elements, the SMART platform supports SMPTE ST 2022: 1, 2, 5, 6, and 7 hitless switching; J2K compression; QoS; VLAN tagging; and traffic management.

Throughout the show, Artel will offer live demos highlighting the platform’s J2K support, as well as its flexibility. Attendees will see how different software images can be selected to enable different functionality on the installed hardware system as needed. One SMART implementation will be shown running uncompressed video and another running compressed video to allow the two video streams to be compared.

Quarra PTP Ethernet Switches
Designed for audio/video broadcast, live performance environments such as opera houses, defense and security, finance, utilities, telecom, and enterprise IT applications in which accurate timing and control are required, Artel’s Quarra family of PTP-aware managed IP switches offers the industry’s most accurate IEEE 1588-compliant timing and synchronisation. Quarra switches have been modified to support live performance environments. Quarra now features quieter fans, as well as new software-based controls that vary fan speed based on temperature for less overall noise. The switches support SMPTE ST 2110 and ST 2059-2, permitting interoperable use of IP-based media equipment with conventional genlocked SDI equipment. The switches are RAVENNA AES67-approved, and Dante- and QSC-tested.

FiberLink® Family of Media Transport Products
Supporting nearly every type of video, audio, and data signal, including the FiberLink ST 2110 gateway, Artel’s FiberLink® media transport products bring much-needed flexibility to broadcast or corporate studios, OB vans, point-of-view cameras, rental and staging, auditoriums, stadiums and theaters, transportation hubs, distance learning, and other pro A/V environments. Devices in the family boast SMPTE standards support to ensure interoperability and reliability in video, audio, and data transport.

Artel is represented by Concilium Technologies (PTY) Ltd in South Africa.

LiveU demos affordable multi-camera live video production at NAB 2020

LiveU will demonstrate the latest IP technology poised to change the rules of the game for broadcasters, sports producers, and content creators at NAB this year. Visitors to the LiveU booth will be able to experience a live video production featuring a complete Wireless At-Home Production solution in the LiveU Courtside Studio. Attendees can immerse themselves in the dynamic live multi-cam basketball court and studio, shoot some hoops, and see how the entire production can be accomplished easily, affordably and in high quality using LiveU’s breakthrough IP video technology. The LiveU Courtside Studio will also host live streamed interviews with innovators in content production, plus some special surprise guests.

From Contribution to Distribution

LiveU will teach visitors about remote live video contribution with the company’s Wireless At-Home Production solution that includes everything customers need, including remote Tally Light and Return Video. Then they will see how major sports and news broadcasters including CBS, CNN, Cox Media Group, Fox Sports, Meredith Corporation, Quincy Media, and Sinclair Broadcast Group are curating their content with LiveU Matrix. For breaking news and live events, LiveU Matrix also enables live content to be shared easily and cost-effectively with multiple destinations and TV stations. We’ll even show how users can control their LiveU units from anywhere with LiveU Control app!

For the Love of the Game 

LiveU will welcome the NBA, AT&T, and Ericsson to their Courtside Studio to share how they teamed up with LiveU to bring 5G to the NBA Summer League’s live production in 2019. The breakthrough testing was a slam dunk and introduced a completely new way for fans to experience the game.

LiveU be making a breakthrough product announcement at NAB. This game-changing technology will impact how live video is acquired and produced remotely.

LiveU is represented by Concilium Technologies (PTY) Ltd in South Africa.

Telestream simplifies analysis for OTT streaming media

ABR monitoring solutions from iQ now support post-origin monitoring of content within ABR streams plus dynamic ad video quality assurance

Telestream recently announced new post-origin content monitoring capabilities for ABR streaming media within its iQ ABR monitoring solutions. Two paramount challenges for OTT streaming providers revolve around managing the customer experience and capitalising on advertisement revenue. These latest additions to the Telestream iQ ABR monitoring solution provide essential insights that enable content owners, broadcasters, and service providers to manage these critical issues that can make or break their streaming service.

Telestream’s industry leading OTT monitoring and compliance solutions now offer both content delivery network and advanced audio and video perceptual quality analytics of all leading codecs – H.264/AVC, H.265/HEVC, AC-3/Dolby Digital and E-AC-3/Dolby Digital Plus in a single easy to deploy cloud friendly platform. In addition to content accessibility, packaging analysis, and network performance, OTT monitoring provides insights to perceptual quality of the streaming content. Whether you are managing content preparation on premises, leveraging cloud infrastructure, or utilising technology partners, these capabilities allow users to track key performance indicators and alerts them of impairments that would affect customer experience.

“Our latest OTT monitoring advancements give content owners and service providers deeper visibility into video and audio quality. With media analysis monitoring, you can be assured that the OTT service is streaming smoothly, the video looks great and audio levels are hitting the mark,” commented Matthew Driscoll, Director of Product Management at Telestream.

Ad insertion is a common pain point for organisations. As streaming services shift to dynamic ad insertion, OTT service providers are under increased pressure to ensure ads are inserted free from errors and performance problems. iQ Solutions enhance visibility of ad avails from ingest to post-origin with consolidated SCTE-35 reporting that identifies when ad opportunities are accurately delivered in the streaming domain.

“OTT content preparation and distribution is a complex endeavour. Telestream’s iQ solutions maximise service performance visibility for any organisation that is part of the streaming video chain. Our portfolio of purpose-built probes and management systems for data correlation are designed to take away the guesswork and focus teams on solving real problems,” added Driscoll.

Telestream is represented in South Africa by Concilium Technologies (Pty) Ltd.

Concilium Technologies showcases latest technology offerings at Mediatech Africa 2019

Concilium Technologies, a trusted technology supplier to the broadcast Industry – providing a full spectrum of solutions and services including sales, training, consultation and installation – will be showing the latest in broadcast technology at Mediatech Africa 2019.

Concilium Technologies’ solutions encompass the latest technology platforms for a wide range of broadcast infrastructure requirements, such as ingest, editing, live production, playout, streaming, storage, graphics, encoding, transcoding, as well as multiscreen delivery in baseband, IP, cloud or hybrid solutions and more.

Exciting products on the Concilium Technologies stand this year include the LU300 – LiveU’s compact HEVC field unit for on-the-go live streaming – and DHD.audio Mixing Consoles.

Compact HEVC Field Unit

The LU300 is a small-sized, cost-effective and reliable HEVC encoder, enabling broadcasters and other content creators to transmit high-quality video on the go.

With LiveU’s professional-grade hardware HEVC technology at its core, the LU300 combines high-quality video performance with extreme bandwidth efficiency.

Unlike software HEVC solutions, the LU300 can encode in HEVC format at all times, operating in real-time with extreme low latency. The LU300 also offers longer battery time, with a three-hour internal battery. The LU300 bonds up to six connections: two LTE-Advanced internal modems, two external modems, WiFi and LAN.

Full control at your fingertips

DHD.audio’s mixing consoles are the front-end control devices of the Series 52 products. They provide full control over your desired workflow in every situation. Products on show from DHD.audio will include:

RX2 – Versatile Mixer

A Versatile Mixing Console for radio studios and TV broadcast. Developed for the highest demands in the radio and TV broadcast environments, the RX2 is perfect for modern workflows in on-air studios, main control rooms and OB vans.

SX2 – Compact Mixer

A Compact Mixer that is pre-configured and ready to use. The SX2 is a modular mixing console for radio and other broadcast applications. The price-optimised mixer is ideal for on-air studios, audio workstations and smaller OB vans.

Visit Concilium Technologies (Pty) Ltd at Mediatech Africa 2019, taking place from 17 – 19 July at the Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg.

MultiChoice moves to exceed consumer expectations with IP platform from Imagine Communications

MultiChoice, the largest satellite broadcaster in Africa, is responding to rapidly growing customer demand for superior content by building a new playout centre.

The new facility is the first stage of the broadcaster’s transformation from traditional video playout to leading-edge IP transport and modular playout technology, providing for greater business agility, technical and operational flexibility and a reduction in the total cost of ownership (TCO). This allows for an improved consumer experience and ensures faster speed to market with new broadcast offerings.

Currently broadcasting around 150 video and 180 audio channels across six platforms to over 14 million subscribers in 46 countries across Africa, the new facility, located at the company’s Randburg headquarters in a suburb of Johannesburg, is being implemented by Concilium Technologies, using Imagine Communications’ software-defined microservices products and IP interfacing technology.

“We recognised a strong consumer demand for pristine content, but need to also provide for that demand in the most cost-effective and efficient manner,” said Julian Ankiah, head of technology engineering at MultiChoice Support Services. “We needed to take advantage of the benefits of IP signal reticulation, while ensuring tight integration with our existing platforms, and particularly our business services. Imagine understood our commercial drivers, and showed how their technology could both deliver what we want now and reflect our chosen pace of transition to IP and software-centric platforms into the future.”

Ankiah continued, “By introducing a dynamic technology platform and assembling an excellent viewing bundle, built around compelling and premium entertainment and sports channels, we are adding significant value for subscribers and television consumers.”

“This is a great project, because it gives MultiChoice two big wins,” said Mathias Eckert, SVP & GM EMEA/APAC, Playout & Networking, at Imagine Communications. “First, and most obvious, it allows them to respond to consumer demand. Secondly, it provides a solid route to the future with a solution that offers a very low total cost of ownership.”

Eckert continued, “MultiChoice has a clear vision of delivering all its content across reticulated IP networks for high resilience and geo-diversity. They recognised that the Imagine microservices approach to software-defined functionality with inherent virtualisation is a good foundation on which to build future systems. We look forward to continuing to work closely with MultiChoice, as we move through the stages of this transition.”

The new playout centre provides complete playout functionality built around Versio™, a modular, microservices-based solution, hosted on the latest generation servers from HPE. It includes eight HD channels, with full redundancy on every channel. The architecture delivers the high performance and high-availability broadcast resilience MultiChoice demands with the bonus of added value functionality such as integrated graphics for channel branding. Also included in this project is the EPIC™ MV multiviewer, providing unrivalled monitoring power.

Versio modular playout and EPIC MV multiviewers are built on Imagine’s Zenium™ microservices platform, which provides an expansive library of services that run on COTS servers for a compact footprint and excellent energy performance. Microservices are not only cloud-native, but also allow users to quickly add new functionality. As an example, a request from MultiChoice to provide mirrored storage in a different location could be met quickly and simply by only adding the required microservices.

Within the centre, existing SDI signals are transported as uncompressed video-over-IP, via eight high-density, all-IP-capable Selenio™ Network Processors (SNP), providing SDI/IP encapsulation and processing for IP/IP, SDI/IP, IP/SDI for up to UHD-HDR resolution formats. As business needs evolve, the SNPs enable MultiChoice to seamlessly transform the centre from a hybrid to an all-IP architecture, while delivering cost-effective support for next-gen workflows. Imagine’s EPIC MV multiviewers provide MultiChoice with a highly scalable solution for probing IP streams and monitoring mixed signal types on a single canvas, while offering mission-critical system visibility across compressed and uncompressed IP workflows. IP signals are routed using Arista ethernet switches and management.

The new playout centre is closely integrated into MultiChoice’s existing infrastructure, which includes Imagine D-Series™ automation control, Selenio™ processing and Platinum™ IP3 routing.  It is expected to go on air in late 2019.

Concilium Technologies (Pty) Ltd is the official distributor for Imagine Communications in Southern Africa.

LiveU compact HEVC field unit for on-the-go live streaming

The LU300 is a small-sized, cost-effective and reliable HEVC encoder, enabling broadcasters and other content creators to transmit high-quality video on-the-go.

With LiveU’s professional-grade hardware HEVC technology at its core, the LU300 combines high-quality video performance with extreme bandwidth efficiency. Content creators can provide the same video quality as H.264 while using about half the bandwidth. In cases where original H.264 bitrate is maintained, the LU300 HEVC offers greatly improved video quality.

Unlike software HEVC solutions, the LU300 can encode in HEVC format at all times, operating in real-time with extreme low latency. The LU300 offers longer battery time with a three hour internal battery. Weighing just over 900 grams and available in a pouch or camera-mount configuration, the LU300 bonds up to six connections: two LTE-Advanced internal modems, two external modems, WiFi and LAN.

Live & Store functionality enables users to upload high quality copies of the live video after live sessions. The LU300 can also serve as a standalone video encoder or be used as a LiveU DataBridge mobile hotspot for general connectivity in the field.

Its new design offers an enlarged 2.2” display with improved resolution, dramatic improvement in visibility under sunlight conditions and a new JOG controller for easier control. Additional enhancements include a stronger CPU for super-fast file upload.

Technical Specifications

VIDEO RESOLUTIONS: 1080p50/60/25/30/24, 1080i50/60, 720p50/60/25/30/24, PAL, NTSC



AUDIO ENCODER: AAC-HE/LC, 2 audio channels

PORTABILITY: Professional-grade side-pouch, belt-attachment or camera mounted

SIMULTANEOUS BONDING: Up to 6 network links

2 x internal cellular modems, 2 x external cellular modems, internal WiFi and Ethernet

MULTI-TARGET OUTPUT: Diverse A/V output through SDI and H.264 streams including connectivity for CDNs (server side)

POWER SOURCES: 3 hours internal battery

LOCAL CONTROL: Full monitoring and control using local 2.2” display and user friendly rotating jog

REMOTE CONTROL: Full web-based remote control from smartphones, laptops, tablets or web browsers

DISPLAY INFORMATION: Video preview – per-network cellular connectivity status incl. throughput, network delay etc.

RESILIENCY & QUALITY: Includes LiveU Reliable Transport (LRTTM), featuring proprietary algorithms such as automatic Adaptive Bit Rate (ABR), automatic Forward Error Correction (FEC) and other lost packet recovery algorithms

MODES: Live, Store & Forward (two quality levels), File transfer (FTP), DataBridge with access point

INTERFACES: 2 x USB 2.0, micro USB, RJ-45 Ethernet, 3.5mm in/out audio jack, micro-SD card, SIM cards


WiFi 802.11 a,b,g,n,ac support with internal MIMO antennas

2 x internal 3G/4G/LTE-Advanced modems with high-efficiency antennas for worldwide support

DIMENSIONS: 112.5mm x 203mm x 54.5mm / 4.4” x 8” x 2.1” (W x H x D)

WEIGHT: 955g (2.1lbs) with two internal modems and battery

TEMPERATURE: Operating: -5C to +45C (23F to 113F)

Add-on Features

STORE & FORWARD: Additional super-high quality level

LIVE & STORE: Perfect-quality encoding to local storage in parallel to live transmission

DUAL-SIM: Dual-SIM support for the internal modems

AUDIO CHANNELS: 4 audio channels

Contact Concilium Technologies (Pty) Ltd for more information: info@concilium.co.za | +27 12 678 9200

Award-winning Ross Graphite all-in-one production vehicle on show

The new Graphite, an award-winning product introduced at NAB this year, will be on show on the Concilium stand (E17). The Ross Graphite is an all-inclusive system that combines superb big switcher performance with visually stunning 3D graphics, instant access clip servers and pristine audio clarity – with the reliability of separate system components.

The production switcher utilises real Carbonite hardware built into a dedicated hardware module in the platform. Carbonite packs major effects and keying power into two MEs. Each ME has four powerful keyers with luma, linear, chroma, and DVE key types as well as an additional fifth transition keyer for animated Media Wipes and DVE transitions. Each ME can access the two advanced Ultrachrome chroma keyers. Two advanced pattern generators per ME are available for wipes, pattern masks and colour washes. Each ME also provides a clean feed output.

Two configurable MultiViewers (up to 32 windows) are included in the Carbonite feature set. These clean, low latency MultiViewers have access to all external and internal sources. Source naming and tally assignment automatically follow window routing selections. Each MultiViewer has user selectable layouts with the individual choice of border, tally and source label display for each source.

XPression Graphite has a direct connection to Carbonite’s Media-Stores. Individual still graphics can be transferred and stored for inclusion in the production in addition to the live multi-layered graphics. It is also possible to use switcher media stores as a preview channel for the XPression Graphite application. The renowned Ross Xpression motion graphics system is used by top production studios, sports and news networks together and is supplied complete with Xpression fully featured clip server channels. With all of this great video power a great audio solution was needed so the RAVE audio engine, with a 28channel audio mixer, external embedded SDI audio from each external input, stereo audio from internal sources is also included and an optional analogue/digital audio breakout box is available for high quality live audio recording.

Graphite offers all this powerful production equipment in a compact 4RU chassis, but unlike traditional all-in-one systems – offers unprecedented performance and total reliability. Real Horsepower you just have to see!

Come see the Ross Graphite at Mediatech 2017 on the Concilium Technologies stand (E17). 

Ross Video brings Trackless Studio software application to Mediatech

At Mediatech Africa 2017, Concilium Technologies will be demonstrating how a very small space can be used to create a stunning virtual studio utilising the power of the Ross Xpression real time motion graphics system, thus enabling a single box solution for a virtual studio.

The Trackless Studio software application provides an intuitive interface and all of the tools required for virtual production. Advanced users can also access Xpression Studio when graphics manipulation is required. To keep costs to a minimum stationary cameras are used with virtual camera moves happening inside the actual scene itself, and by mounting the cameras on their sides vertical resolution is increased  to facilitate virtual zoom without losing resolution.

Xpression also includes a high performance chroma keyer and offers a range of control surfaces from the standard PC keyboard through to remote control from a Carbonite switcher panel, with basic control even possible from a web browser all helping to keep overall costs down.

Imagine having a library of stunning virtual sets allowing for dramatic camera moves, multi-camera support, transitions, live inputs, real-time 3D graphics, and updatable video clips and still images on the set. All this is done without a large studio space, and at an amazingly affordable price. The application opportunities for Trackless Studio are almost endless!

Glensound Paradiso comes to Mediatech

Paradiso is a commentator’s box for three commentators. It can be used by itself to provide commentary facilities alongside an OB truck for small events or multiple Paradisos can be used at large events that require worldwide broadcast coverage.

Audio links between the Paradiso and other equipment are by Dante (AES67 compliant) complete with redundant copper and fibre links. Analogue I/O and AES3 I/O are also provided directly from the unit for local connections and/ or another layer of redundancy.

The Paradiso has been designed to be intuitive and easy to use for commentators’ who would rather be talking about the game than working out how the equipment works, and is also built to an exacting rugged and robust standard to make it a reliable piece of broadcast equipment for the busy engineer.

The Paradiso has a unique commentator interface via ePaper Displays for quick, easy, intuitive, visible indication of individual headphone source names, levels and pan. Viewable in bright sunlight, the ePaper Displays provide an indication of headphone volume and pan position. They also display the name of the associated audio source/destination. The display name can be custom set or taken from the routed source name from within the Dante network. The bottom ePaper display that has no associated switch or encoder can be programmed to display a user’s name, but this is overridden temporarily when the associated inputs gain control is adjusted and the display shows the gain in dB of the input.

JVC introduces JVC GY-HM620 and GY-HM660 camcorders

JVC has introduced two upgraded models in its 600 Series of ProHD mobile news camcorders: the GY-HM660 and the GY-HM620. The GY-HM660 camera which replaces the current GY-HM650, and the GY-HM620 which replaces the GY-HM600, feature new CMOS image sensors for greater sensitivity, together with a brighter LCD display for improved daylight viewing.

Both new cameras feature three new 12-bit CMOS sensors with improved F13 (50Hz) sensitivity for greater low-light performance. The cameras also include an upgraded 3.5-inch LCD display, which can be swivelled for use as a talent monitor, as well as a 1.22 MP LCOS colour viewfinder. The integrated Fujinon 23x auto focus zoom lens offers a wide 29-667mm (35mm equivalent) focal range and includes three ND filters as well as manual zoom, focus and iris rings.

For more details visit the Concilium Technologies website.

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