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IBC is the world's leading media, entertainment and technology show. Six leading international bodies are the partners behind IBC, representing both exhibitors and visitors.

Facilis Next Gen HUB Shared Storage System makes European debut at IBC2019

Facilis, a leading international supplier of cost-effective, high performance shared storage solutions for collaborative media production networks has announced that IBC2019 will see the first European presentation of its newly shipped HUB Shared Storage System, and previews of version 8.0 HUB software management. Built as an entirely new platform, Facilis HUB represents the evolution of the Facilis Shared File System with the block-level virtualization and multi-connectivity performance required for demanding media production workflows. Additionally, version 7.2 of the Facilis system software and FastTracker 3.0 is now available and included in all HUB systems.

“The newest HUB Server boasts incredible performance that, when compared to other systems of a similar performance, enters at an incredible price point. The Tyrell team have always been fans of Facilis and we are excited by the potential of this system,” said Dan Muchmore, Sales and Marketing Director, Tyrell.

Tommy Sassenberg, Technical Director, Story House, said “After successfully having used Facilis shared storage systems for a number of years, updating to the new HUB solution was a logical choice. The integration of the new system into our edit facility has been seamless and very easy. The new architecture offers not only a significant increase in speed, but we’re also seeing much improved stability and reliability. Continuing to rely with our post production on a Facilis shared storage system has again absolutely been the right decision for Story House.”

Facilis Object Cloud and FastTracker

New innovations on stand 7.B48 include Facilis Object Cloud which virtualizes Cloud and LTO storage into a cache volume on the server, available on the client desktops through the Facilis Shared File System.

“When object storage is combined with FastTracker auto-indexing and proxy generation, it becomes a very powerful way to archive, track and restore project data through a simple, familiar interface,” said Jim McKenna, VP Sales and Marketing at Facilis. “The object storage cache looks and acts like any other volume but has infinite storage behind it!”

Facilis version 7.2 new features:

  • Facilis Object Cloud – Brings Object Storage to the server and client desktop
  • Added Kernel Support for Linux – New support for Linux Kernel 5.0.x
  • Improved Web Console UI – Dark mode, more bulk actions, storage tab and much more.
  • Simplified Server Upgrade – New “one click, one reboot” server installer.

Facilis HUB Version 8 Preview
Panned to ship in late 2019, Version 8 will include new methods of data protection including software defined multi-disk parity, hybrid performance management, advanced volume spanning capabilities and portable drive groups.

Facilis HUB Version 8 is available for any HUB or TerraBlock system under a valid support contract at the time of release. Version 8 will be supported on TerraBlock systems shipped after August 2013.

FastTracker 3.0 New Features

  • New Web technology-based FastTracker Desktop Browse interface
  • Improved proxy quality options, per-catalog proxy presets, and proxy on demand
  • Unlimited Connected Users Included at No Charge
  • Add and edit metadata and catalog entry in the Adobe Panel interface
  • Quick and intuitive keyword/notes tagging
  • Launch of full resolution source material from the Adobe Panel and Desktop Browse
  • FastTracker can be configured to alert CatDV when new assets are indexed.Volume Search Filter – Records can now be browsed by specific indexed volume.

Facilis FastTracker 3.5 Preview
Planned to ship in late 2019, FastTracker 3.5 will have new automated data movement, deeper integration with Object Cloud archive, filesystem browse capabilities and improved result layouts in Adobe Panel and Desktop Browse, as well as duplicate file reporting and tracking and standalone FastTracker Server licensing.

Facilis FastTracker is available for any Facilis customer with a current support contract, and now offers unlimited seat count. You can visit Facilis at IBC2019 on booth 7.B48 and get a demonstration of the latest offerings and storage solutions.

Quantum at IBC2019: Helping customers create, share and preserve video content

This year at IBC2019 Quantum will showcase its significantly expanded product portfolio designed for end-to-end media workflows. Visit Quantum’s stand to see solutions for on-set production, processing and content transport, studio editing and finishing in 8K, and digital media archiving.

“We’ve dramatically accelerated our pace of innovation in the last year, introducing award-winning NVMe storage, distributed cloud services and analytics, removable edge storage, video surveillance storage, and more. Quantum has undergone a significant transformation, and our customers have taken notice. At IBC, visitors will see a new Quantum with more focused attention on accelerating and enhancing media workflows,” notes Eric Bassier, Head of Product and Technology Marketing.

Highlights include:

A Completely Refreshed StorNext Product Line

Quantum will demonstrate the latest version of its award-winning StorNext file system and the latest series of StorNext appliances. Quantum will show completely redesigned appliance hardware with 2x faster performance, editing and colouring of 8K content in real time, new predictive tiering and analytics capabilities, new ways to integrate with cloud, and a simplified user experience.

Quantum F-Series NVMe Storage

Making its European debut is the Quantum F-Series, an ultra-fast, highly available NVMe storage array for editing, rendering, and processing video content and other large unstructured datasets.

Designed for performance, availability and reliability, F-Series uses NVMe flash drives for ultra-fast reads and writes – up to five times faster than traditional flash-storage/networking systems – to deliver real-time editing and rendering of 4K and 8K quicker than all other previous competitive solutions. By using cutting edge RDMA networking technology, the F-Series delivers consistent low-latency performance over IP networks, eliminating the need for expensive, complex fiber channel SANs.

Any studio, post-house, or broadcaster working with high-res content at high frame rates and looking to move from fiber channel to IP-based infrastructures will want to learn more about the F-Series.

Read the full announcement here.

R-Series Edge Storage

Quantum will also showcase its R-Series ruggedised removable storage solution. Designed for mobile and remote video storage, R-Series is ideal for transporting content between on-set production and studios.

Read the full announcement here. 

Distributed Cloud Services and Cloud-Based Analytics Software

With Quantum’s new Distributed Cloud Services suite, media customers can now redirect valuable IT and engineering resources to focus on meeting business goals, improving the overall user experience and maximising return on investment for video storage.

Powered by Quantum’s new Cloud-Based Analytics (CBA) software, the Distributed Cloud Services suite provides a central hub where Quantum products send product and environmental data. Quantum’s global services team uses this data to proactively manage the customer’s environment, either as an operational service or as a pay-per-use Storage-as-a-Service offering.

Read the full announcement here.

Inaugural Rise Awards announces shortlist

Rise, the award-winning advocate group for gender diversity within the broadcast manufacturing and services sector, has revealed the shortlist for its first ever Rise Awards.

The judges saw a stellar selection of global nominations from women in a variety of roles across the industry in several categories including: Business, Engineer, Marketer/PR, Rising Star, Sales, Technical Operations, and Woman of the Year.

Rise founder, Sadie Groom, said: “We received so many amazing nominations for talented women across the broadcast and media industry that is was hard to narrow them down to the final shortlist. We’re thankful for everyone who submitted an entry on the inspiring women in their workplaces and extend a big congratulations to all those shortlisted.”

Rise director, Carrie Wootten, added: “Our judging panels which included men and women from across the global broadcast industry had a hard job deciding on the shortlist and winners due to the caliber of entries which is a testament to the female talent we have in our sectors. We’re looking forward to celebrating their achievements at the awards ceremony during IBC2019.”

The shortlist for the 2019 Rise Awards, in association with Avid, is as follows:

Business (sponsored by Adobe)

  • Marina Kalkanis, CEO and Co-Founder, M2A Media
  • Monique Ellis, Chief Operations Officer, Massive
  • Natascha Cadle, Creative Director and Co-Founder, ENVY

Engineer (sponsored by Clear-Com)

  • Carys Hughes, Design Engineer, Sky UK
  • Gemma Ebbs, Systems Development Lead, BT Media and Broadcast
  • Stefania Popescu, Systems Engineer, Sky UK

Marketer/PR

  • Allison Duval, Group Marketing Manager, Procam Projects
  • Felicity Webster, Marketing Manager, BT Media and Broadcast
  • Lucy Speed, Marketing & Communication Manager, Middle East & Africa, Discovery

Rising Star (sponsored by Avid Customer Association)

  • Lauren Ward, R&D Engineer, BBC R&D
  • Rhianna Steele, Media Manager, IMG Media
  • Shannon Albrink, Junior Editor, Therapy Studios

Sales (sponsored by disguise)

  • Charlotte Latham, Sales and Operations Manager, CueScript
  • Laura Kirkland, Sales Director, EMEA Strategic Accounts, Grass Valley
  • Nicki Fisher, Sales Director, EMEA, Clear-Com

Technical Operations (sponsored by Sundog Media Tools)

  • Emma Johnson, Head of MCR, West Digital Post Production
  • Julie Ritson, Picture Correspondent, BBC News
  • Lorraine Panman, Portfolio Project Manager, Massive

The winners, including the Woman of the Year, (sponsored by Grass Valley), will be announced at IBC2019 in Amsterdam on 14 September.

The awards ceremony is sponsored by IBC2019 and the drinks reception will be sponsored by Ross Video. Details on entry to the event will be published shortly.

For more information about Rise and the Awards, please visit here:

https://risewib.com/awards-shortlist/

Ikegami to demonstrate HQLM-3125X 4K-UHD master monitor and HDR option for HLM-60 series at IBC

Ikegami’s recently released HQLM-3125X is a 31 inch 4K-UHD master-grade monitor with a 4,096 × 2,160 pixel 10-bit resolution and high brightness (1,000 candela per square metre). Designed for critical image evaluation in broadcast production control environments, the panel employs double-LCD-layer technology to achieve a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio with true black reproduction. A layer of light-modulating cells allows pixel-by-pixel control of backlight intensity, reducing light leakage and black floating. Fully compliant with BT.2020 wide colour gamut, the monitor incorporates single-channel 12G-SDI x 2, 3G-SDI × 5, 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI inputs as standard features.  Viewing angle for critical image evaluation is a wide 178 degrees (horizontal/vertical). 1D and 3D LUTs are supported. The HQLM-3125X can be controlled remotely via Ethernet, RS-485 or locally from the front panel.

In the same series, the Ikegami HQLM-1720WR is a compact UHD HDR monitor for a wide range of broadcast applications. It is equipped with two 12G-SDI input channels as standard for efficient configuration with equipment such as cameras and switchers. 3G-SDI, HD-SDI and HDMI inputs are also provided as standard. The HQLM-1720WR employs a 16.5 inch 3840 × 2160 pixel UHD LCD panel using LED backlight and can reproduce high resolution 4K and 2K images.

Ikegami will also demonstrate an HDR option for its HLM-60 family of high-definition broadcast quality monitors. This option includes electro-optical transfer function tables for HLG, S-Log and S-Log3 in addition to conventional gamma. It can be added as a retrospective upgrade to all monitors in the HLM-60 series which currently comprises models HLM-2460W, HLM-1760WR and HLM-960WR. All three can be controlled remotely via Ethernet, RS-485 or from the front panel.

Ikegami’s HLM-2460W incorporates a 24-inch 10:9 Full-HD 1920 x 1200 pixel 400 cd, 10-bit resolution LCD panel. Multi-format SDI, 3G-SDI, HDMI, Ethernet and VBS inputs are provided as standard. Operating features include 2x and 4x zoom, dual-picture split, dot-by-dot display, timecode display, user-marker display (preset/user-configurable) and shadow function, under-monitor and in-monitor channel identification display. Test signal generation, waveform monitor and vectorscope facilities with adjustable image and test signal mixing are also provided.

A smaller version of the HLM-2460W with similar features, the HLM-1760WR has a 17-inch Full-HD 1920×1080 pixel 450 candela per square metre 10-bit resolution LCD panel.

Optimised for use in ultra-compact mobile production vehicles, Ikegami’s HLM-960WR is a highly compact multi-format LCD monitor with a 9-inch Full-HD 1920 x 1080 pixel 400 candela per square metre 8-bit resolution LCD panel. This model offers very narrow front-to-back dimensions, light weight, AC or DC operation and low power consumption. An optional battery bracket is available. A USB connector on the front panel allows setup file storage and recall as well as control-menu navigation via a plug-in pointing device.

Andy Serkis to receive IBC’s highest award

The IBC2019 International Honour for Excellence will go to Andy Serkis, the director, producer and actor who is today best known for his performance capture roles. These include Gollum, Supreme Leader Snoke, King Kong and Caesar in the Planet of the Apes series. Serkis will accept the award at the climax of the IBC2019 Awards Ceremony, on Sunday night.

“IBC is where the technology, the craft and the business of the media industry come together,” said Michael Crimp, CEO of IBC. “The International Honour for Excellence has a long history of rewarding those who have transformed our creative vision. Andy Serkis has achieved this by bringing extraordinary humanity to computer-generated characters.”

Serkis was born in England in 1964 and wanted to be an artist before becoming an actor, working in the theatre and on television. Today he is also a producer and director, with his London-based company Imaginarium Studios producing last year’s Mowgli, Legend of the Jungle, a new interpretation of Kipling’s originals adapted by Serkis, which also featured him co-starring as Baloo the bear alongside Christian Bale’s Bagheera.

His greatest achievement, though, is in making the shift from mere motion capture for CGI towards a combination of technology and the interpretive skill of the actor to create the fidelity of the performance in every detail. This is what gives the performance genuine humanity: his performance as Caesar in the three Planet of the Apes films won him an acting nomination from the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

For bringing together the highest performance standards with the latest in image recognition and CGI technology, the IBC2019 International Honour for Excellence will be presented to Andy Serkis.

“I feel incredibly honoured to have been chosen as the recipient of this year’s prestigious IBC award,” said Andy Serkis. “In tun, I must share this appreciation with the phenomenal legions of creative artists, visionaries and pioneers with whom I’ve been lucky enough to dance with on this journey of next generation storytelling.”

The IBC2019 Awards Ceremony is free to all IBC visitors. It takes place on Sunday evening 15 September at 18.30 in the RAI Auditorium, and will also see the presentation of two new awards this year, honouring achievements in social responsibility and a Young Pioneer, alongside the IBC Innovation Awards.

Earlier on Sunday Andy Serkis will feature in an IBC2019 Conference Convention Keynote, in conversation with Hollywood journalist Carolyn Giardina. They will review his career, the state of the art in motion capture, and discuss where he sees the future of technology in film and television. The Convention Keynote is at 12.30 in the Forum, and is free to attend.

Crystal Vision to introduce 16 new apps at IBC2019

At IBC 2019 Crystal Vision will be rolling out the latest software apps for its flexible MARBLE-V1 media processor hardware, with MARBLE’s mixed SDI and IP I/O making it easy to transition between SDI, ST 2022 and ST 2110. These software apps – which can be replaced as needs change – offer functionality such as video delay, synchronisation, colour correction, IP to IP processing and gateways, with different versions available to help those working in an IP, SDI or mixed SDI/IP environment. The rest of the interface and keying product range – including the Cleanit profanity delays and Safire 3 real-time chroma keyer – will all be available for demonstration at Crystal Vision’s new front of Hall 2 location.

A card housed in the Vision frame, the flexible MARBLE-V1 media processor features a powerful CPU/GPU processor, six bi-directional SDI connections, four 10GbE SFP+ network interface ports and eight bi-directional discrete AES stereo channels. MARBLE-V1’s functionality comes from the installation of a software app, with apps that are bought with the hardware able to be replaced with different apps as needs change – helping broadcast engineers to make the most of their budgets. The initial apps for MARBLE-V1 were IP gateways and IP to IP translators for making adjustments to IP flows. These are now joined by an additional 16 apps providing powerful solutions for a wide range of IP and SDI video delay and colour correction requirements.

Eight of the software apps being launched at IBC are video delays. These are available with different numbers of channels (single or dual) and delay lengths as well as either SDI, IP or both SDI and IP connectivity and all include a framestore synchroniser allowing engineers to delay and synchronise at the same time. The industry’s first video delays to offer IP connectivity, the VIVID1-IP app is a single channel IP video delay while the VIVID2-IP is a dual channel IP video delay. Four apps are available for those working in mixed SDI/IP environments: the VIVID1-IP-SDI (single channel) and VIVID2-SDI-IP (dual channel) combined SDI to IP gateways and video delays, along with the single channel VIVID1-IP-SDI and dual channel VIVID2-IP-SDI which are combined IP to SDI gateways and video delays. Finally the single channel VIVID1-SDI and dual channel VIVID2-SDI introduce an SDI video delay to the Vision frame system for the first time while offering an easy upgrade path to IP and a lower price than the Indigo frame versions. All the video delay apps are suitable for matching any 3Gb/s, HD or SD extended system delays, such as those caused by virtual studio graphics, MPEG encoders and decoders, audio processing, HD radio links and satellite links. The single channel versions provide up to 800 frames of video delay, which is 16 seconds in 3Gb/s and 32 seconds in HD and SD. The dual channel versions provide up to 400 frames of video delay per channel, therefore eight seconds in 3Gb/s and 16 seconds in HD and SD. The apps with IP connectivity work initially with SMPTE ST 2022 with future upgrade to ST 2110 video.

The other eight software apps making their debut on Stand 2.B59 are colour correctors, ideal for manipulating colours to correct for camera or lighting problems or to standardise pictures shot at different times. Like the video delays, the colour corrector apps are available in single and dual channel versions and with either SDI, IP or both SDI and IP connectivity. The single channel COCO1-IP and dual channel COCO2-IP are the broadcast industry’s first IP colour correctors. Also available are four apps which combine an IP gateway with colour corrector, with the single channel COCO1-IP-SDI and dual channel COCO2-IP-SDI providing conversion from IP to SDI, and the single channel COCO1-SDI-IP and dual channel COCO2-SDI-IP allowing conversion from SDI to IP. Two SDI versions (the single channel COCO1-SDI and dual channel COCO2-SDI) give the Vision frame system an SDI colour corrector for the first time, with the benefits of an easy upgrade path to IP as well as support for even more SDI video standards than the Indigo frame version, with 31 standards supported. The apps with IP connectivity work initially with SMPTE ST 2022 with future upgrade to ST 2110 video. All eight apps offer an extensive range of colour correction tools including RGB gain, RGB lift, YUV gain, YUV lift, Video gain, Chroma gain, Chroma hue and both overall and individual RGB Gamma adjustment, while they also include a legaliser. Uses for the colour corrector apps include adjusting the colours on in-shot monitors, being placed before an encoder to set the range of colours to be transmitted and the correction of computer-generated or post production outputs.

Other products on the Crystal Vision stand will include the new Cleanit video and audio profanity delay system, which allows a live content stream to be delayed by up to 20 seconds (in HD), giving the operator time to react and prevent the broadcast of unwanted or offensive video or audio material. Available either to buy or for short-term hire, Cleanit has already been used for protecting a diverse range of applications, from television broadcasts to the Internet transmission of eGaming events. IBC also gives visitors an opportunity to try out the Safire 3 real-time chroma keyer, with its simple intuitive workflow for setting up a key, support for resolutions from SD to 1080p and features such as lighting compensation, colour correction and video delay to help solve common real world issues.

IBC2019 to feature new Esports Showcase and live esports tournament

IBC2019, the world’s most influential media, entertainment and technology show, will explore the technical and commercial opportunities and challenges of the rapidly growing world of Esports, with its first ever Esports Showcase on Tuesday, 17 September. The IBC Esports showcase powered by ESL, EVS and Lagardère will feature a live esports tournament in the RAI Auditorium taking advantage of a unique combination of world-class tech placing spectators at the heart of the action.

ESL’s National Championship teams from Germany and Spain will go head-to head in a live Counter-Strike tournament on the big cinema screen in Dolby stereo.

Before the tournament, as part of the IBC Esports Showcase, IBC will bring together some of the most influential people in the world of esports, to explore the latest trends and development, considering the business case for esports from stretch targets, challenges and opportunities for esports players and the technical delivery of esports programs.  Speakers include Chester King, CEO – British Esports Association, Michiel Bakker, CEO – GINX Esports TV Canada, Jonas Gundersen, CCO – North A/S, Henrik Nyhuis, Head of Ran Esports – ProSiebenSat.1 Sports GmbH, Jens Fischer – EVS, Simon Eicher, Executive Producer, Director of Broadcast, eSports Services – ESL, Ryan Chaply, Senior Esports Program Manager – Twitch, Peter Emminger, VP Global Broadcast – Blizzard.

Globally, esports delivers younger audiences on digital channels unheard of in traditional sports broadcasting making this a brand-new revenue opportunity for players in the media ecosystem. Revenues are set to exceed $1billion in 2019, representing a year-on-year growth of +26.7%, and are forecast to reach $3billion by 2022. While sponsorship is currently the highest source of revenue, the fastest growing source of revenue is now media rights – estimated to reach 40% of total revenues by 2022.

“The esports focused events and activities that we presented at last year’s show were incredibly popular, underlining the unprecedented opportunities that the esports market represents,” said Steve Connolly, Business Development Director, IBC. “This year we have created a dedicated showcase with leading industry experts who will examine the state of the industry, separate the hype from the real value, highlight the production challenges and much more. It will be an unmissable day for anyone with an interest in esports.”

 

Rohde & Schwarz shows 5G Broadcast enabling technology at IBC 2019

On its booth at IBC, Rohde & Schwarz will make a number of strategic new product introductions that will impact on many sectors of the broadcast industry from 5G Broadcast core solutions to studio production, content mastering, storage and distribution over unmanaged networks.

One of the most ambitious 5G Broadcast trials worldwide is currently underway in Bavaria, Germany. Rohde & Schwarz is a moving force within the 5G TODAY project and it will update visitors on the trial’s latest findings. Feeding out of the trial, the company will showcase a revolutionary new 5G Broadcast core solution which enables Rohde & Schwarz terrestrial transmitters to deliver LTE/5G Broadcast content. This landmark new product introduction makes Rohde & Schwarz the first technology vendor worldwide to offer a complete 5G Broadcast solution.

Also, Rohde & Schwarz will introduce a new DAB+ radio transmitter. The new medium power transmitter R&S TMV9evo accompanies the R&S THV9evo high power transmitter. The DAB+ transmitters of Rohde & Schwarz help networks operators to run their networks smoothly and reliably while reducing operating costs even further, thanks to significant energy savings and build-in performance analysis capabilities.

Rohde & Schwarz will show its R&S PKU100 family of satellite solid-state Ku-band uplink amplifiers with the addition of its new 750 W outdoor variant. This model is the first one offering the highest output power with the lowest dimensions on the market. At IBC the company will demonstrate the live operation of the unit wrapped around with the latest T&M equipment to show full performance.

The family is the first on the market to combine the best of two worlds: taking solid-state amplifiers to the next level by incorporating adaptive predistortion, and having the advantages of tube amplifiers such as compactness, light weight and high efficiency.

At IBC, Rohde & Schwarz will extend its fully cloud based monitoring-as-a-service solution R&S PRISMON.cloud across further countries in the EU. The OTT monitoring solution addresses broadcasters and content providers. A flexible and scalable pricing model allows users to significantly reduce their investments (CAPEX). Based on actual requirements PRISMON.cloud now provides monitoring of SMPTE 2110 on-premise streams in the dashboard, incident notification via email and an REST API for integration of status data in network management systems.

The R&S PRISMON monitoring and IP-multiviewer family will benefit from increased capacities for SDI/ASI-I/Os, enhanced configuration for PTP and support for extended colour spaces with SMPTE ST 2110-based input signals. A number of additional new features further strengthen R&S PRISMON as a leading multiviewer solution in modern, IP-based studio and production environments.

Following its launch at IBC 2018, Rohde & Schwarz will significantly enhance its R&S SpycerNode media storage system with a compact 2U height unit version along with several new JBOD capacity extension units. The new R&S SpycerPAM a production asset management system, allows workgroup editing and seamless integration of various editing and mastering platforms such as Adobe Premier, Avid Media Composer, Apple Final Cut Pro and R&S CLIPSTER.

The latest version of R&S CLIPSTER as the DCI/IMF mastering solution includes a Dolby Vision iCMU (integrated content mapping unit), which facilitates media conversion from HDR (with high peak luminance) to HDR (with low peak luminance) or SDR on live output via SDI or HDMI as well as for file transcoding.

Further R&S CLIPSTER enhancements see Dolby Atmos Home workflows support, including IMF-compliant wrapping of Dolby Atmos Home.

The continuing development of the R&S VENICE studio production solution led to HDR optimized ProRes4444XQ support in Rec 2020, where all information of color space and HDR transfer functions will be written in the file. R&S VENICE will now support NMOS IS04 / IS05 and configuration via web service, which allows completely web services based control of R&S VENICE (incl. FIMS and MOS) from IBC on.

With R&S RelayCaster, reliability of contributing and distributing live content via unmanaged IP networks is significantly improved, as packet loss issues are efficiently resolved. At IBC, Rohde & Schwarz will feature major updates for all R&S RelayCaster products by software update: a new setup wizard significantly reduces installation and setup times. Another major new feature provides link redundancy by the use of two separate internet connections.

Dejero brings latest 5G-ready solutions and SMPTE ST 2110 support to IBC 2019

Dejero, an innovator in cloud-managed solutions that provide Emmy® award winning video transport and Internet connectivity while mobile or in remote locations, is showcasing its latest 5G-ready solutions, SMPTE 2110 support, return video solutions, CellSat blended connectivity, IronRoute for media content distribution solution, and GateWay connectivity at the upcoming IBC 2019 show (13-17 September 2019, RAI Amsterdam).

EnGo mobile transmitter
The latest version of Dejero’s renowned EnGo mobile transmitter, which is now 5G-ready, features more processing power to deliver unique content adaptive encoding technology and HEVC compression to provide even better picture quality in a wider variety of scenarios. Unlike other field transmitters, Dejero EnGo now automatically adapts to content complexity as it is captured and supports up to 20 Mb/s bitrate for live transmissions and 1080p 50/60. Additional enhancements to Dejero’s mobile transmitter line-up will be made at the show.

IBC Innovation Award Shortlist
EnGo mobile transmitters and Dejero receivers were recently deployed to assist Musion 3D in transmitting a life-sized, interactive human hologram at a live rock concert across Vodafone’s 5G network. The EnGo delivered video links from a studio in Bucharest, from which a life-size hologram of a 10-year-old guitarist was beamed live to the stage over a Huawei router and Vodafone 5G link. This world first event/project, hosted by Vodafone, has been shortlisted for an IBC Innovation Award in the Content Creation category.

CuePoint low-latency return video
Dejero’s CuePoint 100 low-latency rack-mounted return feed server simplifies talent cueing, production and confidence monitoring, and real-time teleprompting in the field. With as little as 250 milliseconds of latency, CuePoint keeps teams at the broadcast facility and remote location synchronized, by sending video and audio, alongside teleprompting feeds, to production teams in the field to facilitate the creation of compelling live content. Up to eight return video and teleprompting feeds from the broadcast center can be seen in the field by the talent on a tablet or dedicated monitor above or below the camera, or on multiple mobile devices by camera operators, field directors and technicians.

WayPoint support for SMPTE ST 2110
The Dejero WayPoint 204 receiver makes the IP transition easier for broadcasters embracing the SMPTE ST 2110 suite of standards. As the first Dejero product to support SMPTE ST 2110 standards for professional media industries, WayPoint 204 reconstructs video transported over multiple IP connections from Dejero transmitters, decodes HEVC or AVC, delivers four channels of balanced IFB, and provides four outputs supporting SMPTE ST 2110.

CellSat blended connectivity service
Available in Europe and North America, the multi-award-winning blended cellular and satellite connectivity service now comes with additional features that provide enhanced reliability, multiple antenna options including portable fly-away and vehicle-mount options, and additional connectivity plans to suit the varied needs of customers. CellSat solves challenges such as cellular network congestion or degrading performance in fringe locations by intelligently blending all available cellular connections with Intelsat’s Ku-band IP satellite network, fusing the best attributes of these transmission paths for enhanced reliability and the highest quality live shots.

IronRoute for media cloud-based content distribution
IronRoute offers a robust solution tailored to the needs of broadcasters and media organizations by combining the link diversity, service quality, and centralized management benefits of software-defined blended connectivity, with the flexibility and scalability benefits of a cloud-based workflow for cost-effective global distribution. IronRoute blends broadband, cellular (3G/4G/5G), and satellite connectivity from Intelsat’s global network. The cloud-based solution also simplifies the simultaneous distribution of live and file-based content to multiple locations anywhere in the world, whether it be network affiliates, station groups, or to other broadcasters and media organizations in point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, and multipoint-to-multipoint scenarios with a simple drag and drop interface in a web browser.

GateWay for first- and last-mile connectivity
Access to reliable connectivity has become even more critical for contribution and distribution. New features added to the Dejero GateWay solution include reliable connectivity on any type of IP connection and faster file transfer methods. Dejero will also show how the GateWay solution can be used for backup connectivity as part of a disaster recovery plan, and other use cases that solve first- and last-mile connectivity challenges of broadcasters and media organizations.

IBC celebrates young talent in the industry

The media, entertainment and technology industry is changing. Attitudes are shifting, the next generation is consuming content differently to any before them and diverse and exciting content is being created to meet that demand in innovative formats. Driving this change is a new wave of industry talent, honoured at IBC with the first IBC Young Pioneer Award.

Recognising the brightest, newest talent in the industry, this award will go to someone who has made a real impact with their passion, ambition and commitment and is making an outstanding contribution to our industry.

“What we were looking for in the shortlist was, most importantly, real talent, a stand-out individual making a real difference in the industry,” said David Levine, VP, Programming – Kids, Europe & Africa/UK & Ireland, The Walt Disney Co. Ltd and Chair of the Judging Panel. “But we were also looking for a lasting legacy, for the Young Pioneer to be a leader today and a media guru of the future.”

The call for entries sought people under 30 who have demonstrably gone above and beyond their remit to produce positive results, through their own efforts or by motivating a team. Whether creative or technical, a strategist or an engineer, the Young Pioneer will be a leader, demonstrating a strong strategic vision and the personal skills to influence others.

This year’s entrants were narrowed it down to seven finalists, each bringing their own brand of pioneering spirit. Some are technical innovators while others are creative artists; some have added business acumen to lead teams or start businesses while others are inspiring those around them.

The shortlist for the IBC2019 Young Pioneer Award is:

  • Vera Bichler, graduate of the HBS Broadcast Academy and the first woman football director for ORF in Austria
  • Oliver Janesh Christiansen, inventor and developer of Cinefade, a camera add-on which allows cinematographers to vary depth of field
  • Ahmed Al-Ghandour, host and producer of Al-Daheeh (“The Nerd”), an online science show which tackles complex concepts through comedy
  • David Harnett, formerly Head of outside broadcast engineering for sound and now Head of operations at Timeline Television
  • Samantha Kingston, CEO of Virtual Umbrella, developers of immersive content, and a mentor for the Prince’s Trust, helping young people start businesses
  • Matej Michalko, blockchain pioneer and founder and CEO of Decent, a software platform company in Slovakia
  • Dominik Wrona, Global OU Manager at BT Media & Broadcast, where he is also responsible for the business’s graduate and apprenticeship programme

“The Young Pioneer Award is looking for talent – those taking a chance and being bold with their ideas,” said Muki Kulhan, Executive Producer & Managing Director, Muki-International. “I was also looking for a young pioneer that is looking for better ways of using tech, someone who is showing really good promise in the industry. Really, I’m looking for someone I would hire for my own team!”

The finalists will have to wait to find out who takes home the first Young Pioneer Award trophy until the IBC2019 Awards Ceremony. Open to all IBC visitors, the Awards Ceremony takes place at 18:30 on Sunday. 15 September, in the RAI Auditorium.

Register for your free exhibition pass now.

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