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19 2017 May

IHSEs Draco KVM Extender Compliant With Intel’s OPS+-Equipped Displays

IHSE created the Draco OPS+ KVM to support the growing number of digital signage and command-and-control installers implementing displays equipped with Intel’s open pluggable specification (OPS+). It is based on IHSE’s Draco Ultra DisplayPort CON extender and features video and USB-HID display components for KVM.

The Draco OPS+ package design is based on OPS+, which Intel created to help standardize the design and development of ultra-high-definition digital signage devices and pluggable media players. It was launched as a way to bring standardization to a highly fragmented media player market. By utilizing an Intel-owned Arria processor and creating a simplified architecture, OPS+ has allowed for more cost-effective design, deployment and management of display devices such as IHSE’s OPS+ KVM.

As large video displays become more centralized to business operations, it becomes more critical that manufactures prioritize what works best for the end users. In many cases, users add a typical KVM extender module to connect the display back to the computer source over long distances. However, current remote extender concepts add an additional box, which increases the amount of cables and power connections needed. This adds an additional layer of hardware maintenance and more possibilities for a security breach. With the pluggable slot design of OPS+, a higher level of security is possible while reducing the need for additional power. By repackaging the Draco ultra console (CON) extender to fit the OPS+ slot, IHSE created a module design that effectively lowers the deployment and field maintenance costs associated with connecting workstations or digital signage over long distances.

From the OPS+ extender CON unit, a duplex fiber cable can increase the distance between the display and source by up to 10 kilometers. By incorporating a KVM matrix switch, multiple OPS+ extender modules can be easily managed over IHSE’s Tera Viewer GUI. The KVM switch’s built-in control methods allow permission-only access to touch-screen displays, podium presentation equipment, or an operator’s workstation before granting access to the CPU.
Normally system installers and users of large video walls are the ones who are looking for affordable and reliable extender solutions that support 4K video and KVM/touch-screen interfaces. Although many commercial enterprises are quickly moving to 4K resolutions, they are still strapped with limited bandwidth access and minimal budgets for upgrading to higher resolutions. However, new compression technologies, such as the Fraunhofer IIS lightweight image coding technology (Lici) used in IHSE’s OPS+ KVM extenders, yield higher color accuracy and improved image quality to overcome the limitations of traditional video compression techniques. IHSE’s new OPS+ Ultra DisplayPort extenders can manage up to full 4K (4:4:4) 60 hertz at 30 bits without latency.

With KVM systems like those from IHSE, it is not necessary to configure OPS+ extender endpoints on the network. Using IHSE’s flex-port technology, users simply connect OPS+ modules to the matrix switch, and the switch automatically configures them for the port assigned. There is no need to create IP-mapping structures, thus eliminating the need for IP addressing of each OPS+ device. As future displays are added, a technician can simply attach an OPS+ module to an open port on the KVM switch and be operational in minutes.

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19 2017 May

IHSE’s New Draco vario Extenders Support SDI Signal Formats

IHSE’s Draco vario KVM/SDI converters advance the capabilities of SDI-to-computer video by automatically detecting the input video format and instantly changing between SDI broadcast formats to high-definition DVI, HDMI or DisplayPort computer video formats. Traditionally KVM and broadcast systems have been considered isolated architectures, but now with IHSE’s new 486 Series, these different architectures can be shared and configured under a single matrix system. The Draco vario KVM/SDI extenders are used in TV studio, postproduction, digital cinema or audio-visual applications in which users need to show digital video from an HDMI source on a professional SDI monitor, or input an SDI source for preview and monitoring purposes through a KVM switch connected to a computer display.

KVM has become much more important for broadcast-related system design because of the increased adoption of digital video servers and computers throughout the broadcast ecosystem. As system designers continue to integrate server-based architectures for editing and playback options, they must configure systems using traditional human interface devices, such as a keyboard and mouse from each workstation. However, KVM is usually considered part of the backroom network services, so many of the latest features of a professional KVM system are missed during the original design phase.

A key benefit of the Draco vario KVM/SDI extender is its ability to connect directly to a KVM matrix switch. Previously, creating an SDI-to-HDMI conversion required a secondary converter box connected to the KVM extender. In this scenario, each display or source connection required additional cabling, power and a converter unit, thus doubling the unit cost and maintenance concerns. With the Draco vario KVM/SDI, the conversion to and from the extenders happens inside the same module, thereby reducing power consumption and cabling and eliminating the need for extra power outlets or module placement.

Video scaling and deinterlacing is included in the SDI extender, enabling conversion as required between 720p50/60 or 1080i50/60 SDI video streams and digital formats including 1080p, 1600 x 900 and 1920 x 1200. This capability ensures that the appropriate video resolution is available to suit the connected monitor. SFP modules are available to suit dual-input and dual-output configurations. In addition, the extender supports a loopback option, enabling an SDI signal to be passed on to additional SDI devices while being input into the extender for KVM distribution.

There are two models available: the L486 model that converts SDI input signals to IHSE’s flex-port technology for integration to a KVM matrix switch, and the R486 model that converts flex-port technology to SDI for connecting broadcast-style monitors. Each model offers optional redundant flex-port connections that can be used for critical-path applications where a backup system is desired or where a source needs to be shared between two separate switch systems. This capability enables an uninterrupted connection during maintenance, a backup system in fully redundant or missional-critical environments, or the ability to share CPU sources between multiple KVM systems.

Both the L486 and R486 models support optical fiber connections between the extenders and KVM matrix, and can extend video, keyboard and mouse up to distances of 10 kilometers on each side of the matrix. Often it is necessary to run a second cable to a different matrix in case the main input is lost. With an optional extender that adds dual-port links for redundancy, these converters can automatically switch over to the second input­­––a great option for operations that cannot afford to lose a signal or go off air.

 

19 2017 May

Industry Accolades for Avid Customers at BAFTA® Television Awards

British Academy of Film & Television Arts honors the creative professionals behind British television’s most captivating programs

Avid® congratulates its award-winning and nominated customers for their outstanding achievements at the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards, hosted by the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA®).

The awards recognize the very best in television broadcast on British screens in 2016 with the most prestigious British television industry accolade. With projects brought to life with industry-standard tools from the Avid Artist Suite nominated across multiple categories, Avid talent was of the highest caliber in the 2017 shortlist.

Many of Britain’s most respected creative professionals relied on Avid’s comprehensive tools for media creation to deliver a catalog of compelling and unforgettable programming. They used tools like the preeminent nonlinear editing system Avid Media Composer® and the industry-standard digital audio software Avid Pro Tools®, powered by the MediaCentral® Platform—the industry’s most open, tightly integrated and efficient platform designed for media.

Documentary series 24 Hours in Police Custody follows the trials and tribulations of the British police force, and was nominated in the Factual Series category. Brought to screens by The Garden Productions, the series was cut on Media Composer by post house Evolutions TV.

“With such a high caliber of television content creators nominated, it’s a privilege to be nominated for a BAFTA for the work we completed on 24 Hours in Police Custody,” said Simon Kanjee, Managing Director of Evolutions TV. “Media Composer is vital when our customers edit and it gives us the freedom to work at the speed our customers require to meet demand.”

The majority of nominees for the BAFTA TV Award for Soap and Continuing Drama, including iconic British soap operas EastEnders and winner Emmerdale, also relied on Media Composer. In the Drama series category, another award-winning project crafted with Avid solutions was the critically acclaimed BBC drama series, Happy Valley, which explores the grittier, darker side of everyday British society.

“Avid’s industry-leading solutions have enabled our distinguished customer community of the UK’s most talented, creative storytelling professionals to connect with their audiences more efficiently, powerfully and collaboratively,” said Avid President, Jeff Rosica. “We congratulate everyone involved on their outstanding achievements and we look forward to seeing the work that they and their peers create for all of our enjoyment in the future.”

Other award-nominated projects that relied on Avid creative tools include entertainment programming like Strictly Come Dancing and sports productions like Six Nations: England v Wales.

 

19 2017 May

Drone Cinematography

Drone usage has become a staple in cinematic television production. Each new innovation brings new decisions to be made by producers, directors, cinematographers, and drone operators. Join Michael Chambliss of Local 600 and a panel of experts as they discuss how the latest drone technology is driving innovation in television production quality, safety, and reliability.

Friday June 2, 12:30-1:30 PM Paramount Theater

Panelists:

Rodney Charters, ASC Cinematographer (The Last Ship, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, 24)

Decker Watson, Executive Producer/Showrunner, Deadliest Catch

Ernie Montagna – Drone Operator, Original Productions (Deadliest Catch, Bering Sea Gold)

Deran Sarafian, Director / Producer (Rosewood, The Strain, Rush, House M.D)

Chad Daring, Drone Pilot (Rosewood)

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19 2017 May

AMIA Presents Spotlight Award at DAS 2017

The Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) presented Dr. James Hendler with the AMIA Spotlight Award on May 5 during the organization’s Digital Asset Symposium in New York. The Spotlight Award is given in recognition of significant contributions to the organization or to the field of media preservation and access. Dr. Hendler’s visionary role in creating access to diverse content through semantic technologies and machine learning led to the AMIA Board’s decision to honor his accomplishments.

Dr. Hendler is the director of the Institute for Data Exploration and Applications, and the Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also serves as a director of the UK’s charitable Web Science Trust. A highly respected author and expert, Hendler has written over 350 books, technical papers and articles in the areas of semantic web, artificial intelligence, agent-based computing and high performance processing. His most recent book is Social Machines: The coming collision of artificial intelligence, social networking and humanity.

“Dr. Hendler’s pioneering work with semantic web, artificial intelligence and open data have been invaluable to our field and will continue to inspire and define the expanding universe of digital moving image archives,” said AMIA President Andrea Kalas. “We are indebted to him – he has helped content and metadata be available for researchers of today and dreamers of tomorrow.”

An originator of the “semantic web,” Hendler received the 1995 Fulbright Foundation Fellowship and is a former member of the U.S. Air Force Science Advisory Board, and a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, the British Computer Society, the IEEE, and the AAAS. He is also the former chief scientist of the Information Systems Office at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and was awarded a U.S. Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Medal in 2002. In 2012, he was one of the inaugural recipients of the Strata Conference “Big Data” awards for his work on large-scale, open government data. Hendler also serves as a columnist and associate editor of Big Data, a peer-reviewed industry journal that provides a unique forum for world-class research in this growing field. In 2013, he was appointed Open Data Advisor to New York State, and in 2015 he was selected to serve on the U.S. Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee. Last year, Hendler became a member of the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information.

AMIA is a non-profit professional association established to advance the field of media archiving by fostering cooperation among individuals and organizations concerned with the acquisition, description, preservation, exhibition and use of audiovisual materials. AMIA’s members range from those who work solely with moving images to organizations where media elements are only a small part of their collection and individuals who want to protect their personal collection (home movies, small gauge or video), as well as film buffs concerned with losing our visual heritage.

 

19 2017 May

ICG CineGear Panel: Telling Stories with LED Lights

Cinematographers have a new creative tool in their arsenal: high quality LED lighting sources. LEDs offer greater flexibility, control and reliability. The lights can be hidden discreetly under a table, wrapped around a pole and even floated (hung). LEDs enable greater subtlety and precision, they open the door to new kinds of lighting schemas and new ways to design and control color palettes.

Hear from leading cinematographers and gaffers discussing how they work with off-the-shelf products, custom built sources and lighting programmers to finesse traditional looks and to explore new visual territory. Learn about their artful use of LEDs to convey mood, character and plot points on highly regarded motion picture and TV projects.

Saturday, June 3, 10:15 AM-11:30 AM at the Sherry Lansing Theater

Panel participants Include:

Mike Bauman, Gaffer; Phantom Thread, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Iron Man 2

Ronald Dragosh, Gaffer; Chicago Justice, Chicago PD

Jess Hall, BSC, Director of Photography; Ghost in the Shell, Transcendence, The Spectacular Now

Erik Messerschmidt, Director of Photography & Gaffer; Mindhunter (DP), Gone Girl (Gaffer), Fantastic Four (Gaffer)

Rachel Morrison, ASC, Director of Photography; Black Panther, Dope, Fruitvale Station

Steven Poster, ASC, Director of Photography; Amityville: The Awakening, Southland Tales, Donnie Darko

James Plannette, Gaffer; The Artist, The Adjustment Bureau, Ocean’s Eleven, Traffic

Lisa Wiegand, ASC, Director of Photography; Chicago Justice, American Crime, Chicago Fire (pilot, Seasons 1-3)

 Moderator:

Michael Chambliss, Technologist & Business Representative, International Cinematographers Guild IATSE Local 600

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19 2017 May

“VFX for Episodic – Magic on the Small Screen” at Disney on June 1 at 7pm

Join VES for an insider’s look into Episodic VFX and meet the leaders who are changing the landscape of TV and VFX.

The evening includes:

  • Overview of the current landscape, the trajectory of the business and the opportunities
  • Panel of Pros, including those who make it happen (VFX and compositing supervisors, producers and VFX coordinators) and production studio executives who discuss the meteoric growth, their challenges, their goals
  • Refreshments, beer/wine and networking!

The event is open to all (just $25 for non-VES members; free to VES members).  Register Here

19 2017 Apr

American Cinema Editors Explore How Wolverine Turned Into LOGAN, in NAB Creative Master Series

In a Creative Masters Series session at  NAB, Logan’s” editorial team — the editors, assistant editor and VFX editor– take a deep dive into how they collaborated with the director and each other to tell this darkly dramatic and action-packed Wolverine story. Using illustrative clips, the editors will explain how they communicated “Logan’s” complex plot lines, how they selected what to show and not in the film’s often-brutal battle scenes, how they shaped the eruption of Logan’s character (his years of guilt, sadness, shame and anger), and much more. For more info about the session, visit here.

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19 2017 Apr

NAB 2017: Xytech Announces MediaPulse Sky for Mobile Devices

Company Focuses on Mobility with Addition of User Interface for Smartphones and Tablets

Xytech, creator of the industry-defining facility management platform MediaPulse, unveils MediaPulse Sky, a new mobile interface for MediaPulse, at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) this year. Additionally, over 400 new features are available to the innovative platform used by studios, networks, media companies and post facilities to power scheduling, asset managements, resource allotment, personnel, equipment, financials and more.

Expanding access and mobility for users, MediaPulse Sky is available for all portable devices.  Greg Dolan, COO of Xytech, comments, “This revolutionary interface brings the power and flexibility of MediaPulse to any browser, any device, anywhere you can get an internet connection. Our users absolutely need to have complete access to MediaPulse, wherever they may be. Full and timely access to data is standard in today’s media business. We developed Sky to give our clients secure access to what they need.”

MediaPulse Sky is not just a web portal. It’s a thoroughly reimaged interface for mobile devices. It is configurable through MediaPulse Layout Editor, so it is also a truly personalized experience.  No matter what device users rely upon – phone or tablet – it is available with new dashboards and charts for Key Performance Indicators. Additionally, MediaPulse Sky is optimized for cellular networks. Users can actualize orders, confirm crewing assignments, provision video feeds, schedule sessions and review assignments wherever they may be with whatever device they choose.

MediaPulse Transmission 2017 has a new, completely configurable operation screen with on-screen alerts and notifications. A new auto-routing feature allows users to quickly find the best routes between two points and leverages the MediaPulse Rules Engine to add user-defined criteria to the routing choices. MediaPulse Transmission offers enterprise-class operations and financial management tools specifically designed for the transmission environment, and the new features help to manage the complexities of circuits for the broadcast sector.

Xytech has led the industry in automation for facility management software. At NAB 2017, they are demonstrating an automated camera-to-distribution workflow encapsulating metadata management, order management, transcoding and quality control, all performed with no users’ actions required.  The Xytech team has also made a number of changes in the MediaPulse development platform.  Now, MediaPulse offers the ability to integrate easily with any other system in the client ecosystem, enabling MediaPulse to act as a single console.

Dolan concludes, “Our innovation is hard and requires dedication, focus and fearlessness. Our job is to solve our clients’ problems before they become problems. Innovation is the key to our success.”

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19 2017 Apr

NAB 2017: Sohonet, Bluescape and Optika Join Forces to Demonstrate the Cutting Edge of Visual Collaboration

Sohonet, the leading global experts in connected cloud services for the Media and Entertainment industry, today announced it will demonstrate the integration of ClearView Flex into Bluescape’s visual collaboration software using Optika’s line of Collaborate touchscreen displays at NAB this April. The combination of these three powerful technologies offers unprecedented collaboration capabilities for film and entertainment creators.

Bluescape helps entertainment companies create better films, TV shows, and other entertainment media by giving teams a virtual workspace to meet, share and develop ideas. Its cloud-based, visual collaboration software is the only solution that empowers filmmakers to storyboard, collaborate and evolve hundreds of pre-production movie frames as well as post-production assets anywhere, anytime in one persistent and secure workspace, so the creative magic is never lost. Bluescape can be used on large-format, touchscreen walls, such as those from Optika, in addition to laptop, tablet and mobile screens.

Sohonet’s CTO, Ben Roeder, said “When we first saw Bluescape running on an Optika display wall, we knew right away that it would be a great fit to work with ClearView Flex. Having solved the problem of delivering a private real-time video session to mobile viewers with virtually no lag, our customers were looking for an intuitive and powerful way to annotate and collaborate as the video played. The Bluescape environment does exactly that.”

Optika Display is the premier provider of professional grade, large-format, 4K (UHD), interactive display solutions designed specifically for the unified communications, enterprise collaboration, healthcare, government, broadcast, motion picture and entertainment markets.

Combining high-quality stylus writing capability and precise multi-touch technology – bundled with Bluescape’s visual collaboration software, Optika Display delivers Sohonet Clearview Flex motion picture and entertainment clients with a best in class, extremely reliable, intuitive collaborative digital workspace solution. As a result, the Collaborate Series bundled with Bluescape allows Sohonet’s Clearview Flex users to effortlessly collaborate with others, develop and expand on ideas as a group, team, organization, save, share, build upon, refine, review and then present those ideas in (4K UHD) Ultra High Definition quality.

Designed to help distributed creative teams continue to work together in real-time (without relying on planes, trains or automobiles), ClearView Flex gives content creators the ability to send a high-quality encrypted stream to any laptop or mobile device with the kind of performance and security that the major studios expect for their most valuable content.

Nick Brown, vice president of product and marketing at Bluescape said, “Our customers are looking for solutions to help them create better films and other forms of digital entertainment faster. When we looked for a way to add real-time video to Bluescape’s visual collaboration platform, we were happy to discover that not only had Sohonet solved the problem, but that we shared many customers in the Media & Entertainment world.”

Bob Caldarella, Senior Vice President of Optika, agreed. “We are excited to build on Optika’s success in the world of live broadcasting by working with Bluescape and Sohonet to show how our innovative touchscreen technology can enhance the remote collaboration work of directors, producers, designers, editors, and VFX artists.”

Chuck Parker, Chairman, and CEO of Sohonet, said, “The truly global nature of production today means that our customers are always looking for ways to break the laws of time and space. It’s not a question of if a director or producer will be asked to be in more than one place at the same time, it’s a matter of when. Our integration with Bluescape and Optika offers a compromise-free solution to this dilemma.”

About Optika

Optika Display is a wholly owned subsidiary of STRATACAHE – the industry leader in digital signage. As a market-leading worldwide corporation, Stratacache specialty in digital signage, content distribution and content acceleration and Optika Display’s success in UHD 4K displays brings a new level of synergy and technology expertise to the industry.

Optika Display’s Collaborate Series brings a Professional Grade, High-Performance UHD (4K) Design Center, Creative Production Studio, and Board Room Collaboration experience to your fingertips and the tip of your pen.

About Bluescape

Bluescape helps companies create better. Its visual collaboration software gives teams a virtual workspace to meet, share and develop ideas. Accessible wherever you are, Bluescape lets you see the whole picture as you ideate, design and refine concepts. Founded in 2012, Bluescape is a wholly owned subsidiary of Haworth and headquartered in San Carlos, California. Visit bluescape.com.

About Sohonet

Sohonet are the global experts in connectivity, media services, and network security for the media and entertainment industry. We allow creatives to work on content wherever they are in the world by providing an extensive range of solutions which enable them to transfer and store valuable and critical content quickly or to collaborate securely in real-time.  And all of this is backed up by our unrivaled 24/7 technical support. The Sohonet Media Network is the largest and most established private, high-performance network for the media industry and connects over 450 of the leading studios, production and post-production facilities around the world.

 

Sohonet enjoys strong partnerships within the broadcast and film industry, supporting organizations such as the BFC, SIGGRAPH, HPA, SMPTE, The Digital Production Partnership, AMWA, UK Screen Association, The Production Guild, MESA and MESA Europe, and The Visual Effects Society.