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 AJA CION Takes the 4K Spotlight at Pacific Producers Group

AJA Video Systems

An appreciation for filmmaking quickly turned into a full-time gig for Shawn Serdar. Channeling a passion for the craft, he took over the reigns at Pacific Producers Group (PPG) in 2007, and the Vancouver-based production company has been thriving ever since. Operating out of Gak Studio, a video and photography studio where Serdar is Partner, PPG provides multimedia services to industrial, government, legal and commercial clients. Favoring 4K capture for greater creative flexibility, Serdar and the Gak partners keep the studio stocked with an arsenal of 4K gear, including a new AJA CION camera. 

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MORE THAN 400 HAPI CUSTOMERS

Merging Technologies

Merging’s popular Networked Audio Interface achieves this total in less than a year

Merging Technologies is proud to announce that sales of its Hapi Networked Audio Interface has topped 400 in 11 months; rapidly catching its father, the mighty Horus with sales in excess of 600 since 2012. Both units are fully AES67 compliant but with the added features and functionality afforded by RAVENNA. Hapi is no lightweight except for its compact 1U form factor. In addition to having the huge RAVENNA I/O count, 8 x AES/EBU plus 8 x ADAT or 2 x SPDIF is standard. An optional MADI card will make Hapi into an AES67 to MADI converter with one slot left for analog I/O.

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SGL SPEEDS UP ARCHIVE AND RETRIEVAL OF HIGH-RES MATERIAL IN AVID ISIS ENVIRONMENT  

SGL Broadcast

SGL, a leading provider of content archive and storage management software for media and entertainment, has introduced Direct Connect for use within the SGL and Avid ISIS shared storage environment. Direct Connect allows users to quickly transfer high resolution material providing significant benefits when working with longer form content. 

The advent of HD, 4k and 8k formats has made a huge difference in terms of clarity of image but the sheer size of files can cause bottlenecks, reducing transfer times and hindering system performance. Now, using Direct Connect, clips or sequences over several GBs in size can be archived and retrieved significantly faster, as can shorter clips with high bit rates such as HD trailers and commercials.  

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Live Demo: Rapidly Deploy a Comprehensive Multiscreen TV Service with the Cloud 

Learn how video providers can quickly and easily deploy over-the-top (OTT) services by using Elemental Cloud in combination with mpx Replay from thePlatform.

In this webcast, Dustin Encelewski, Director of Virtualization and Management Products for Elemental, will demonstrate how content programmers, broadcasters and pay TV providers can use the Elemental Cloud platform to rapidly create enhanced OTT offerings including video processing, storage, delivery and distribution services in a secure and resilient workflow.

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Scrub Expands Sales Support with the Addition of Stephen Jones 

HHB

 Scrub, a division of HHB specialising in post production, is announcing the appointment of Stephen Jones to the newly created position of Sales Administrator. 

The UK’s leading supplier of Avid Pro Tools, Scrub has expanded the team to meet the demands of significant growth in the sales of Pro Tools and the S6 control surface. Leading audio post facilities like Envy, The Farm Group, Encore, LipSync, Angell Sound and many others have chosen Scrub to upgrade to the S6.

Steph

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  AJA Debuts New Mini-Converters at InfoComm 2015

AJA Video Systems

HB-T-HDMI and HB-R-HDMI Mini-Converters Transmit and Receive HDMI over Ethernet, ROI-DP Provides Region-of-Interest DisplayPort to SDI, and FiDO-4T and FiDO-4R Provide 4 Channels of 3G-SDI to Fiber Conversion 

InfoComm Booth #1671 (June 16, 2015) -- AJA Video Systems today introduced five new Mini-Converters at InfoComm 2015, the HB-T-HDMI, and the HB-R-HDMI, along with the ROI-DP, FiDO-4T and the FiDO-4R. ROI-DP provides real-time region-of-interest output to HD-SDI video from any DisplayPort enabled computer. The HB-T-HDMI and HB-R-HDMI offer easy extension of UltraHD or HD HDMI signals over Ethernet cable, utilizing the industry standard HDBaseT protocol. FiDO-4T (transmit) and FiDO-4R (receive) conveniently deliver up to four channels of 3G-SDI over fiber on standard LC connectors.

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MERGING TECHNOLOGIES DISTRIBUTION CHANGES 

Merging Technologies

New partners in Sweden and South Africa reflect the changing market

Merging Technologies is proud to announce the formation of a new company to support its sales and technical support in Sweden. Merging Sweden took over distribution of the Merging professional products line at the beginning of May.  The force behind this new operation is Kjetil Laukholm who has been supporting sales in Sweden for some time now. 

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Thomson Video Networks' New ViBE 4K HEVC Encoder Enabled Successful Live 4K Streaming of 2015 French Open 

Thomson Video Networks

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Polar Graphics Newsletter

Polar Graphics

Information about the new Facilis Hybrid Shared Storage, DNA Evolution 4.0, the latest from Bluefish and Apantac New Hybrid Multiviewer.

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Live Demo: Rapidly Deploy a Comprehensive Multiscreen TV Service with the Cloud 

Elemental

Learn how video providers can quickly and easily deploy over-the-top (OTT) services by using Elemental Cloud in combination with mpx Replay from thePlatform.

In this webcast, Dustin Encelewski, Director of Virtualization and Management Products for Elemental, will demonstrate how content programmers, broadcasters and pay TV providers can use the Elemental Cloud platform to rapidly create enhanced OTT offerings including video processing, storage, delivery and distribution services in a secure and resilient workflow.

Dave Browne, Senior Technical Program Manager for thePlatform, will demonstrate how to easily create a C3/C7-enabled start-over or catch-up TV service leveraging the integration between mpx Replay and the capabilities of Elemental’s cloud based solutions.

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Viewing Distance and Consumer Adoption of 4K

 By Mark Horton, Strategic Project Manager, Encoding Portfolio at Ericsson

4K TV has been in the spotlight for the last few years and manufacturers of consumer electronics equipment now have a wide range of 4K TVs in retail stores, as a premium offering over and above HDTV. However DTH, DTT, IPTV and Cable service providers need to have a viable business model that makes 4K content delivery to consumers a profitable and sustainable enterprise.

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CTV Outside Broadcasts Relies on Bluebell Opticom to Make More Efficient Use of Dark Fibre 

Bluebell Opticom

Bluebell Opticom Ltd., provider of innovative fibre optic solutions for fixed and remote applications, today announced that European mobile broadcasting company CTV Outside Broadcasts has installed a customized fibre multiplexing system designed by Bluebell into one of its outside broadcast (OB) vans. The new system makes it possible for CTV to increase its use of the pre-existing fibre infrastructure at an event location and decrease the amount of fibre it has to lay. At the same time, the Bluebell solution gives CTV the flexibility to add to or reconfigure the system as needed for different applications, and the ability to recover a signal should the on-site fibre core fail. 

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Austrian 3G/LTE Mobile Operator Hutchison Drei Migrates and Consolidates Video Distribution Operations to Thomson Video Networks' Multi-Screen Solution 

Thomson Video Networks

Advanced Multi-Screen Video System Enables Streamlined OTT Video Services to Diverse Array of Mobile Platforms as Well as Highest-Quality Big Screen Delivery to Home Viewers

Thomson Video Networks today announced that Hutchison Drei Austria GmbH, one of Austria's most innovative telecommunications providers, has migrated to a new live video distribution platform based on the award-winning ViBE® VS7000 multi-screen video encoding platform. Working in tandem with Broadpeak streaming technology, the ViBE VS7000 enables Drei to offer OTT video services to mobile users and home viewers alike on the complete range of screens, including smartphone, tablet, PC/Mac and future-oriented TV streaming via Google Chromecast and Apple Airplay.  

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Riedel Supplies Robust Communications Solution to dock10 for Live Broadcast of U.K.'s ITV Leaders Debate

Riedel

Stepping once again into the political arena, Riedel Communications supplied a robust communications solution for the ITV Leaders pre-election debate, held April 2 at MediaCityUK. During the live broadcast event, leading broadcast and production facility provider dock10 used the Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom system and MediorNet real-time media network to enable flexible, reliable transport of video, data, and communications signals to the three main broadcasters — Sky, BBC, and ITV — as well as to the Media Hub Centre hosting more than 300 other members of the global press.  

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Latest editorial:

U.S. Needs to Catch Up with Global Mobile Wallet Marketplace

I was told to shove my thanks. He told me, "Just pay it forward." Three big favors for three other people. That's it.” – Thorsen, “Pay It Forward,” Warner Bros, 2000

 

You know Google Wallet, PayPal, bitcoin and the other digital forms have been working for years to convince you to abandon plastic with very little success. The digital solution for the cash-less society just hasn’t gotten much traction in North America and the U.K.

 

Of course, Apple introduces Apple Pay (renamed Apple Wallet at WWDC – Worldwide Developers Conference) and BAM! in no time at all, the entire world will be mobile payment-enabled.

 

Slow down folks, it takes time for miracles to happen!

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