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NAB Show 2020 cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak

The 2020 edition of the annual NAB Show, which was scheduled to run this April in Las Vegas, has been cancelled due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus.

“In the interest of addressing the health and safety concerns of our stakeholders and in consultation with partners throughout the media and entertainment industry, we have decided not to move forward with NAB Show in April,” said President and CEO of NAB, Gordon Smith, in a letter to the NAB community. “We are currently considering a number of potential alternatives to create the best possible experience for our community.”

“For nearly 100 years, NAB Show has provided superior value and the best possible experience for exhibitors and attendees. We knew that if we could not deliver on those expectations, we would not move forward. More importantly, keeping the community safe and healthy is NAB’s highest priority; therefore, we are deferring to the developing consensus from public health authorities on the challenges posed by coronavirus…”

“I want to stress that despite our disappointment at how this year’s Show has been impacted by global public health concerns, we are more excited than ever about the future of NAB Show and our relationship with you,” Smith concluded.

TVU Networks receives NewBay Best of Show Award

TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions, has been awarded a NewBay Media Best of NAB Show Award. The company was honoured with the award from TV Technology at NAB last week for its new ultra-compact, lightweight TVU Nano with Router. Ideal for economy-minded users with high-speed network access needs, TVU Nano uses TVU Router as a network accelerator to deliver incredible Internet anywhere. Featuring the company’s proprietary Inverse StatMux Plus (IS+) and data transmission technology, TVU Router delivers highly reliable best-in-class high-speed Internet connectivity from any location. When traditional wired access is unavailable, TVU Nano with Router solves this challenge by providing access.

“TVU was excited to present its latest innovations at the NAB Show, and we’re so pleased that TV Technology has recognised TVU Nano with Router as one of the stand-out products at the show,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “The solution is useful for a wide variety of scenarios – any application where dependable, high-speed bandwidth is needed in remote locations.”

TVU Nano with Router provides users with maximum reliability and flexibility. TVU Router’s unmatched high bandwidth IP connection works by aggregating and maximising the use of multiple available communication links to ensure true channel aggregation – including 4G/LTE cellular, cable, satellite, Ethernet or WiFi – resulting in higher available bandwidth and network acceleration (up to 200Mb/s). For cellular connections, Router goes beyond basic load balancing and channel switching with support for multiple 4G/LTE connections from multiple carriers to power even the most demanding and data-intensive applications anywhere. TVU Router also features hotspot functionality for multiple user support.

TVU Router is compatible with high-speed file transfer applications, including Aspera and File Catalyst, for even greater performance. With a diversified WAN connectivity, network stability is maximised with TVU Router, while failure risk is minimised.

TVU Nano with Router allows up to three embedded modems. Powered by a rechargeable internal battery and equipped with antennas, TVU Router can be used in the field, carried, or mounted in a vehicle. With quick set up, easy configuration, and a variety of portable carrying and mounting options, TVU Router offers rapid deployment.

NewBay’s Best of Show Awards are evaluated by a panel of industry experts and are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry.

TVU Networks has over 2,500 customers in more than 85 countries. The TVU Networks family of IP transmission and live production solutions gives broadcasters and organisations a powerful and reliable workflow to distribute live video content to broadcast, online and mobile platforms. TVU has become a critical part of the operations of many major media companies. The TVU Networks suite of solutions has been used to acquire, transmit, produce, manage and distribute professional-quality live IP HD footage as an integral part of news, sports and major global events. For more information about TVU Networks solutions, visit their website.

Rohde & Schwarz expands its media server platform

Rohde & Schwarz has significantly expanded and optimised its R&S VENICE platform for live production, studio production and channel playout applications. With the use of open standards, the media server is interoperable with systems from other manufacturers and can easily be integrated into existing infrastructures. R&S VENICE uses proprietary virtual storage access (VSA) technology to ensure reliable transmission even in critical applications. The latest evolution of the platform supports the SMPTE 2110 video over IP standard, NMOS and SDI.

Broadcasters and production companies face many challenges when updating their infrastructure. The R&S VENICE platform facilitates the smoothest possible transition from SDI to IP technology. Its applications range from a stand-alone server to multi-channel installations. It is ideal for the studio, live productions, and multichannel playout applications. The new R&S VENICE uses a standard IT server and features an ultra-robust, next-generation modular software design based on a new software structure. The new proprietary VSA technology enables fail-safe ingest and playout operation.

VSA acts as a partition between software and hardware functions and virtualises two physical storage units as a single virtual storage unit. All crucial components are redundant to ensure uninterrupted operation.

To achieve the greatest possible interoperability in existing installations, R&S VENICE uses web service technologies and standard communications protocols such as VDCP, MOS and FIMS. R&S VENICE supports workflows based on SDI or SMPTE 2110 by simply exchanging the SFP+ module on the video I/O board. This modular concept allows customers to flexibly transition from SDI to IP, making R&S VENICE a future-proof investment.

The new R&S VENICE is available now from Rohde & Schwarz.

Imagine Communications Ad Tech wins NewBay’s Best of Show Award

 TV Technology has presented Imagine Communications Ad Tech with a NewBay Best of Show Award for xG Scorecard, a powerful analytics and business intelligence tool designed specifically for the media industry. Introduced at the 2018 NAB Show in Las Vegas, xG Scorecard enables media companies to maximise revenue by making smarter advertising sales and programming decisions.


xG Scorecard gives media professionals a holistic and highly organised view of performance and audience data, with industry-unique multi-source capabilities that blend data from traditional sales and traffic systems, operational databases, ratings, clickstream and social networks.  Providing real-time insights to enhance the value of commercial airtime, xG Scorecard optimises the efficiency of ad inventory across linear, nonlinear, on-demand and mobile platforms.

“This award from NewBay is recognition of our accelerated innovation in our Ad Tech business,” said Sarah Foss, SVP and GM of Imagine Communications Ad Tech.  “Our customers are strongly affirming with us that improving their top line is priority one, and xG Scorecard provides them with a multi-source consolidation of key analytics information – all in a single dashboard with drill-down analytics for precise knowledge on ad performance – enabling optimisation decisions to drive that top line growth.”

The xG platform from Imagine Communications Ad Tech is the industry’s premier next-generation advertising management solution.  Open and cloud-capable, it provides an extensive array of revenue-generating modules including inventory and yield optimisation, inventory management, analytics, and back-end business processing. It is designed to work across all types of media advertising and distribution.

NewBay’s Best of Show Awards are evaluated by a panel of industry experts and are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. Winners receive an award for display and will be featured in TV Technology, the digital television authority, serving the broadcast, cable, production, post-production, business and new media markets.

“The NewBay Best of Show Awards at NAB are now in their fifth year,” said Paul McLane, NewBay managing director, content. “The programme seeks to shine a spotlight on relevant innovations in technology as seen around the million-square-foot exhibit floor of the industry’s top trade show. The list of 2018 winners and nominees gives real insight into where and how rapidly our media tech businesses are evolving.”

For more information about the xG Scorecard, visit their website.

Atomos introduces Ninja V at NAB 2018

The latest incarnation of the famous Atomos Ninja line is here. Seven years after the world’s most popular portable Apple ProRes recorders burst onto the scene, Atomos is introducing Ninja V – an all-new compact 5.2″ 1000nit high bright HDR monitor/recorder with unrivalled advanced features. It has a sleek modern design and weighs just over 11oz (320g) – perfect for mirrorless cameras, DSLRs and gaming.

The perfect small monitor

The near edge-to-edge high bright 5.2-inch screen has a stunning 1000nits of output coupled with an anti-reflection finish – allowing users to clearly see their images even in daylight. The colour-accurate display with AtomHDR allows users to see in High Dynamic Range and load creative LUTs at the touch of a button. Ninja V gives you all the critical monitoring tools needed which include: histogram, false colour, peaking, movable 1-1 and 2-1 pixel magnification, waveform, RGB parade, Vectorscope, 8ch audio level meters and more.

Perfect 1″ thin recorder

Recording up to 4Kp60 10-bit video over HDMI 2.0 in the edit-ready Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR direct to affordable SSD drives. The Ninja V’s sleek 1″ (2.5cm) deep aluminium body is crafted for maximum portability and durability, stealthily attaching to any camera.

HDR perfection every time

The AtomHDR engine ensures perfect exposures when shooting HDR.  It delivers a stunning 10+ stops of dynamic range to the LCD in real time from Log/ PQ/HLG camera signals. Playout Log as PQ or HLG to a larger HDR-compatible screen. The display can be calibrated to maintain perfect colour accuracy over time.

Long records on an affordable storage

It allows users to record directly from the camera’s sensor and bypass the internal compression quality and recording time limits. It runs from a single Sony-type battery for hours. The new compact AtomX Drive SSD offer robust affordable storage. Available from Angelbird, G-Technology and now also Sony Storage Media Solutions. Ninja V also works with Master Caddy II.

Designed for your camera!

The Atomos HDMI control protocols allow recording to be automatically triggered, timecode matched and HDR metadata set by a wide variety of cameras. Real-time Log-to-HDR profiles allow users to take away the exposure guesswork in HDR production.

Audio inputs

Audio can be input directly from the camera digitally via HDMI or fed in analogue via a stereo 3.5mm line/mic socket – especially useful for cameras that do not have a mic input.

Endless open expansion

The capabilities of the Ninja V can be enhanced through the ingenious modular expansion slot breaking out connectivity for high-speed video, audio and power. Expansion modules will dock onto the battery slot of the unit and offer advanced features such as continuous power modules. Atomos and third-party accessories will be available in the future.

Atomos CEO Jeromy Young explains: “Ninja V is the result of years of development and expertise. It combines the best of what we do at Atomos and squeezes it into one small box. It sits stealthily on your mirrorless camera, yet it is packed with power. It’s what everyone wants! Small, sleek 5″ and future-proofed with AtomOS and the modular expansion slot – at $695 it’s a no-brainer. Put simply, Ninja V is the most versatile outdoor monitor and portable ProRes recorder ever. We can’t wait to see how it unlocks creativity for our users.”

Rotolight Anova PRO 2 wins NAB 2018 Best of Show award

Rotolight, the award-winning British LED lighting manufacturer, has announced the latest award win for the Anova PRO 2 studio and location LED as it was named ‘Best of Show’ in the StudioDaily Prime awards at the NAB Show 2018. The Anova PRO 2 was highlighted by judges as exemplifying innovation, value and reliability in the creative marketplace.

The annual StudioDaily Prime awards recognise the most outstanding production and post-production technology introduced over the last year. The judging team undertook a rigorous, independent test of the product as part of its decision-making process.

The Anova PRO 2 made its North American debut at the NAB Show on Monday. The LED is a pioneering continuous light and High Speed Sync (HSS) flash that redefines the standard for professional studio and location lighting. Not only does the light provide the best power to consumption ratio in the industry, reducing studio operating costs, but also best-in-class power output.

Described by the judges as “love at first sight”, the Anova PRO 2 has gained industry recognition for several of its features, including CineSFX™— a built-in, customisable set of special effects that enable users to simulate lighting conditions such as lightning, emergency lights, television flicker and firelight. CineSFX is an industry first, which has led to a step change in the broadcast, media and entertainment sector alongside Rotolight’s many other revolutionary differentiators, including excellent colour rendition, leading energy efficiency and versatility.

The Anova PRO 2 has already made its mark in the industry and is the light of choice for Celebro, London’s first fully 4K television studio regularly used by global broadcasters such as the BBC, MTV, and the Discovery Channel.

“The Rotolight Anova PRO 2 is the perfect light for working in the live television environment. We are able to light people accurately, very quickly, saving us time, mistakes on air and a lot of money,” says Wesley Dodd, CEO of Celebro Media.

This latest award follows on from the Anova PRO 2 being awarded Gear of the Year by Pro Moviemaker earlier this year.

“We are absolutely delighted with this award win, as it’s not just within an individual category, but an overall best in show accolade. As with all our products, we develop and design our LEDs based on the needs of the industry and with a view to making the lives of cinematographers, DOPs, lighting gaffers and photographers that much easier, pushing the limits and focusing on innovation. This latest award just reinforces our commitment to keep challenging the status quo of the lighting industry,” says Rod Aaron Gammons, MD of Rotolight.


Ross Video unveils a wave of new products

The Ross Video keynote and reception is traditionally held the night before the opening of NAB and always brings some unexpected product announcements. This year’s event was no different, as CEO David Ross charmed a full-house of almost 1000 customers, partners and press, unveiling a large number of new products.

In addition to the ten new products and significant updates announced last week, Ross also revealed a number of surprising new developments for NAB 2018:

New OGX openGear frame – a brand new openGear frame designed to meet the needs of UHD and IP with 30 per cent more chassis power and better cooling, as well as the innovative new user-programmable frame glow feature.

 Ultrix IP – a new version of the latest Ultrix-FR5 routing/AV processing platform that adds IP I/O to the already impressive feature set of this disruptive, ‘Swiss Army knife’ infrastructure solution.

Carbonite Mosaic Multi-Screen Image Processor – an innovative new compositing tool built on the Carbonite Black Plus engine that can output a canvas size of over 20 million pixels. Carbonite Mosaic provides the high resolution and layering capability needed to create epic large-screen imagery in any entertainment or sports venue.

New XPression M7 Hardware and Version 8 Software – more horsepower, scalability, and output channels for the XPression real-time motion graphics platform. New software features include HDR support, FBX Import, and Adobe Premiere CC for Windows NLE Plug-In. Plus, V8 enables XPression Tessera SE, bringing the benefits of XPression Tessera to Single Engine Applications.

Tria News – a new 4-channel newsroom playout server that supports software-based codec playback with no transcode required for the most commonly used news codecs. No transcode means dramatically reduced the time to air from content creation, to edit, to playback. Other features include record capabilities and network streaming playback.

Streamline.cloud – the first MOS-enabled, cloud-based MAM. With all the capabilities of Streamline Enterprise, Streamline.cloud lets users index and catalogue vast collections of graphics, video and other assets in the cloud. Get set up and running quickly with a single unified interface to see and manage all on-premise and cloud assets, ensuring better content reuse.

Furio S2 Lift – a new Furio S2 lift based on the same core design as the 2-stage lift used in the CamBot 600XY-S2. Featuring a linear rail design for superior linearity, repeatability and reliability, the 2-stage S2 lift provides 50 cm / 20” of extension range, almost on a par with the original Furio legacy lift.

David Ross also announced Ross Video’s new “Living Live!” branding, reflecting the company’s commitment to the live production sector. Commenting on the event, Ross emphasises the importance of customer choice. “It’s a genuine thrill to be bringing so many new products and updates to NAB this year, especially at a time when the industry is seeing manufacturer consolidation and an accompanying reduction in customer choice. Our aim is to keep providing the industry with solutions that address the creative, business and technical challenges faced by content creators, regardless of their workflow.”

For more information on the new products launched at the keynote event, visit their media site.

GatesAir launches programme to train the next generation of RF engineers

In direct response to the growing scarcity of qualified RF Broadcast engineers, GatesAir will launch its new RF training and education initiative focused on operations and maintenance for next-generation TV and radio transmission sites. Designed for today’s younger, IT-educated broadcast engineers, the new initiative from GatesAir’s Service department, will launch with an Introduction to Broadcast Transmitter Technology course.

At the 2018 NAB Show, GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, will share detailed information on this new course, and highlight its broader RF training and educational initiatives, alongside its latest high-efficiency Maxiva (TV, DAB Radio) and Flexiva (FM and digital radio) transmitters. GatesAir exhibits at Booth N3703 (April 9- to 12, Las Vegas Convention Center).

“As the industry shifts to modular, solid-state transmitters and IP-based infrastructure and networking, our broadcast customers are seeking engineers that have specialised RF transmission knowledge as well as an IT skill set,” said Bryant Burke, vice president of Operations, GatesAir. “Since many new professionals entering the field have IT backgrounds, this new introductory training programme responds to our customers’ pressing needs to find qualified engineers that can operate and maintain their next-generation, over-the-air content delivery systems. We’re addressing broadcasters’ concerns regarding the shortage of broadcast engineers, and leveraging the current crop of IT-savvy engineers for ATSC 3.0 and other next-generation DTV and digital radio networks.”

The new training programme, launching in May 2018, is an adjunct to the company’s long-standing RF:101 course, designed for trainees with a basic understanding of RF technology. Recognising a growing number of RF:101 participants lacked an RF background, GatesAir proactively implemented this new entry-level RF training course designed to prepare IT professionals for an RF transmission-centred career.

The Introduction to Broadcast Transmitter Technology course begins with three pre-requisite webinars that must be successfully completed online. Upon completion, students will attend a four-day, hands-on training workshop at GatesAir’s Quincy, Illinois campus. The programme emphasises safety and limits the workshop to groups of 8-10 trainees to ensure personalised hands-on training. It also covers fundamentals, such as operational maintenance of liquid- and air-cooled solid-state transmitters, digital modulation schemes including ATSC 3.0, DVB-T2, and DAB Radio, and troubleshooting and repair of modular transmission components.

The new programme is open to anyone, even non-GatesAir customers with the interest and drive to acquire RF transmission skills. Participants receive a certificate of completion, but in the future, the programme may be expanded to offer SBE credits.

“Our training programmes are just one of the ways we’re serving our customers and the broadcast industry,” Burke said. “We also continue to offer post-sales equipment training, as well as extensive consultation, installation and other support services related to the on-going spectrum repack.”

Prospective students can learn more about the programme at GatesAir’s NAB booth, or register HERE.   

FilmLight introduces BLG for Flame at NAB 2018

At NAB 2018, FilmLight is launching BLG for Flame as the latest product in the popular Baselight Editions range. BLG for Flame is a Linux-only plugin for Autodesk Flame that applies a Baselight grade automatically, either from Baselight Linked Grade (BLG) files or directly from a Baselight scene.

BLG for Flame applies a grade that has been authored in another FilmLight product – be it Baselight, Prelight, Daylight or Baselight Editions for Avid or NUKE. In its initial implementation for Flame 2018, grades can be exported as BLG files to a directory, where BLG for Flame will match the shots based on timecode and automatically apply the grade. In the upcoming Flame 2019 release, grades can be pulled directly and automatically from a Baselight scene – even while the scene is being graded on the full Baselight system.

BLG for Flame allows the Flame artist to see how their work will look with the grade applied. The artist can also produce graded work-in-progress renders for clients without the round trip of rendering out new images from the Baselight system. This ability means a more timely approach, as the VFX artist can easily and quickly access graded material without the assistance of the colourist.

Will Harris, Flame Family product manager at Autodesk, comments: “BLG for Flame is a great metadata-only workflow between Flame and Baselight – allowing you to apply BLGs to shots in Flame on an entire timeline or individual shots in Batch. I think it will be a fantastic new workflow enabler and a boon for Flame and Baselight users, allowing artists to quickly apply the latest colour grade on their work-in-progress conform or compositing.”

BLG for Flame will be released in Q2 2018, and visitors to NAB will be able to see the product working in Flame 2019 on the FilmLight booth (#SL4310) as well as at the Autodesk Suite at the Renaissance Hotel (#632).

Baselight Editions 5 for Avid and NUKE are also being demonstrated on the FilmLight booth at NAB2018. Baselight 5 for Avid is on the Avid booth (#SU902) too, with daily presentations from Mike Nuget, colourist and finishing editor. Mike has a rich experience in grading both high profile documentaries and series, including the recent Netflix series Rotten and the Academy Award Nominee short documentary Edith & Eddie. At NAB he will share his experiences using the new Baselight for Avid 5 tools, with HDR in mind.

“Baselight for Avid has changed the way I look at projects altogether.  Now I can approach workflows and colour correction in a whole new way,” said Nuget. “Being able to take advantage of FilmLight’s colour toolset within my platform of choice is exactly what I need to take my colour to the next level.  For Edith & Eddie, there were times when I needed to colour in both Avid and the full Baselight system almost simultaneously.  Not only was I able to do this flawlessly and quickly – I had control of the grade at every step.”


EditShare deters cyber threats with new XStream EFS Auditing capabilities

EditShare, a technology leader in intelligent shared storage, AQC and media management solutions, announced the availability of the new XStream EFS Auditing capabilities, aligning with industry standard best practices for security against cyber attacks and hacks. XStream EFS File Auditing records every log-in/log-out, media space mount, file open read, move, copy or delete. The visually intuitive EFS Auditing Analysis Dashboard makes it easy to sort through file audit logs and read summary reports on user activity which can be filtered by user, IP address, event type, media space and time interval.

“While content producers seek to gain economy and efficiency through file-based workflows, remote collaboration and cloud applications, they also expand the threat surface that is vulnerable to cybercrime,” comments Bill Thompson, storage product manager, EditShare. “EditShare developed EFS File Auditing to provide content security capabilities that align with security best practices as outlined by leading industry organisations like the Motion Pictures Association of America (MPAA) and the Content Delivery and Security Association. Ensuring that your facility is operating according to these guidelines is fast becoming table stakes for doing business with major OTT and media players.”

EditShare XStream EFS storage is the only purpose-built storage solution that supports comprehensive File Auditing and includes a roadmap to integration with leading 3rd party SIEM solutions. NAB attendees can see the new features in person on EditShare booth SL8620.

Security best practices for Media and Entertainment

The new XStream EFS File Auditing platform allows users to collect and analyse shared storage user activity. In addition to forensic purposes, data can be used to assure clients that their content is stored according to MPAA best practices, meeting security audit protocols and procedures. Detailed reports pinpoint which user carried out an action, what files or directories were affected, and exactly when these actions took place. Unlike other auditing approaches, EFS Auditing does not impact real-time operations or system performance. EFS Auditing data is easily exported to third parties and other auditing applications.

Thompson adds, “EFS File Auditing is far more than a glorified server event log file. It’s engineered for media and entertainment, combining native file system hooks, dedicated and redundant hardware resources and a powerful analytics dashboard that can sift through the tsunami of events produced in a busy production environment in moments.”

Feature highlights of the New XStream EFS File Auditing:

  • In-situ analysis makes sorting through the tsunami of logging information fast and easy
  • Leverages dedicated, redundant storage to isolate file audit logging and analysis workloads from ordinary storage read, write, metadata management and OS processes
  • All XStream EFS shared storage systems support EFS File Auditing
  • Existing XStream EFS systems can upgrade to include EFS File Auditing*
  • A native feature of the EditShare Shared Storage File System

*Existing XStream EFS upgrading to File Auditing will require a field upgrade kit that is sold separately.

For more information on EditShare XStream EFS File Auditing capabilities, please visit the EditShare website.

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