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SGL ANNOUNCES NEW TECHNOLOGY AND KEY THIRD-PARTY INTEGRATION PROJECTS AT IBC 2015 

SGL Broadcast

SGL, a leading provider of content archive and storage management software for media and entertainment, is announcing a number of new technology and key third-party integration projects at IBC 2015 on stand 7.J15a.  SGL’s Open System Architecture provides broadcasters, post production facilities, and news/sport organisations with reliable, scalable solutions with substantial cost and workflow benefits.

SGL is presenting Direct Connect for the Avid ISIS environment at IBC 2015. Direct Connect allows Avid ISIS users to quickly transfer high resolution material providing significant benefits when working with longer form content. The advent of 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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 FUJIFILM Corporation to display the world’s first 2/3-inch Fujinon 4K Ultra High Definition Television Zoom Lenses at the IBC 2015 

Ever since the first color television content aired in 1962, FUJIFILM has been involved in the development of broadcast-quality lenses for the television industry. Then, as now, our mission is to provide production professionals with ‘high-performance, high-quality’ lenses. Fujinon’s lens commitment to quality has won the acclaim and trust of both the broadcasting and cinema

industries, recognized through three Emmy Awards for outstanding technological developments, as well as IF and Red Dot Design Awards. 

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Thomson Video Networks and Expway Join Forces to Demonstrate Live LTE Distribution With eMBMS Encoding by ViBE VS7000 

Thomson Video Networks

New Partnership Enables High-Performance, Efficient LTE eMBMS Multicast Distribution of Compelling Live Event Content

Thomson Video Networks today announced a new partnership with Expway, a world leader in delivery of live content and multimedia files in multicast mode over wireless networks, to combine the compression performance of live HEVC video with the efficiency of LTE multicast distribution technology. At IBC2015, Thomson Video Networks and Expway will showcase a full LTE distribution chain consisting of live encoding by the ViBE® VS7000 HD/SD encoder and encapsulation via Expway's BMSC multicast server and eMBMS middleware devices. 

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Riedel Solutions Support Communications for 50th National Day Parade 

Riedel

As Singapore celebrated the 50th anniversary of its first National Day, Riedel Communications equipment supported all communications for technical and production-oriented coordination of the National Day Parade (NDP). Supplied and deployed as a complete solution, the Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom system, Performer digital partyline intercom system, RockNet real-time audio network, and a variety of keypanels, beltpacks, and radios supported cueing of the cast members, as well as the light, sound, pyrotechnics, and other departments contributing to the Aug. 9 celebration. 

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HHB provides Mogami cables for Reload Sessions  

HHB

HHB Communications Ltd. has supplied numerous Mogami ‘Cable for Life’ cables for the popular Reload Sessions YouTube channel.

With over 11 million YouTube views, Reload Sessions is the premiere channel for unsigned musicians. Priding themselves on creating high-quality content, the videos are recorded in HD and only the best audio equipment used. As such, Owner Peppe Fazzolari has added numerous Mogami ‘Cable for Life’ cables to his arsenal of equipment. 

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Bridge Technologies Launches VB330V Virtual Probe with Core Network Functionality 

Bridge Technologies

Bridge Technologies (IBC 1.F68) has launched the VB330V, a virtual counterpart to the VB330 hardware probe for core networks. Like the VB330, the VB330V is for high-traffic monitoring in core networks but the VB330V operates on any standard high-performance server blade.

With the same feature set and capabilities, the VB330 and VB330V can be mixed and matched to achieve the most convenient configuration, depending on the user’s requirements. The VB330V has been developed for data center deployment, where it can be installed almost instantly on standard blade servers to allow rapid scaling of capacity, appearing identical to any hardware VB330s installed at other points in the network – for example at a point of presence (POP). The virtual VB330V is addressable by the Bridge Technologies VBC central controller-server in the exactly the same way as the hardware probe, and through its Eii (External Integration Interface) can be integrated with third-party management and data systems.

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IBC Content Everywhere Announces Highlights and New Speakers for its November MENA Event Jumeirah Beach Hotel 29 - 30 November 2015

IBC

In line with its commitment to bringing the most influential thought leaders and business minds to the region, IBC is pleased to announce that this year’s IBC Content Everywhere MENA event will embrace and examine those topics at the forefront of IBC2015. Produced and tailored especially for the MENA region, and featuring an international speaker line-up, the conference will employ cutting edge technology to deliver an unparalleled interactive experience. The event features a mixture of presentations and panel sessions with top speakers from broadcast, telecoms, media and content, offering a high-end editorially led programme together with strategic networking opportunities. 

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IBC2015 Rising Stars: The unmissable free event for students and young professionals

IBC

The IBC2015 Rising Stars Programme offers a new generation of and young professionals the chance to experience the realities of the electronic media and entertainment industry. A free event, it provides a truly unique flavour of the workplace with an unrivalled array of business personalities who have been invited to inspire, educate and challenge those attending. Delegates are part of an amazing event which includes free entry to the fourteen exhibition halls; exclusive conference sessions tackling the topics that really matter to young professionals; exclusive networking opportunities and an invitation to the IBC Hackfest party.

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Bridge Technologies Delivers Monitoring Confidence to Taiwan’s TINP 

Bridge Technologies

Bridge Technologies and Regional Business Partner, Linkwen, today announced that Taiwan Infrastructure Network Provider (TINP) has selected Bridgetech’s video quality and video service monitoring system.

Taiwan Infrastructure Network Provider (TINP), owner of fiber IP backbone and multiple cable networks in Taiwan, is an advanced digital services operator providing subscribers with a variety of services, including broadband access, digital telephony, cable PayTV and OTT video. 

To assist TINP to manage the challenges of delivering video services using a distributed headend architecture, Linkwen has supplied a comprehensive video analytics and video service monitoring system developed by Bridge Technologies. Using Bridgetech’s VBC system, service and location specific data is collated in real time data from central and remote monitoring probes, feeding back information and intelligence for fault rectification and system optimization. 

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Riedel Gear Supports Singapore's Celebration of 28th SEA Games on Republic's 50th Anniversary 

Riedel

Singapore hosted the 28th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) June 5-16 in conjunction with the republic's 50th year of independence, using Riedel Communications' Artist digital matrix intercom system and Acrobat digital wireless intercom system to ensure the smooth communications critical to coordinating the event's spectacular opening and closing ceremonies. Including more than 5,000 performers and volunteers, 7,000 athletes and officials from 11 different Southeast Asian nations, and 3,000 personnel from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), the SEA Games became the largest event ever held in Singapore's National Stadium.

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Thomson Video Networks Demonstrates ViBE VS7000 Software Encoder on HP Moonshot Platform 

Thomson Video Networks

ViBE® VS7000 Delivers Outstanding Channel Density, Broadcast-Grade Video Quality, and Industry-Leading Reliability and Performance for HP's Video Delivery Infrastructure 

Thomson Video Networks today announced an agreement with HP to develop a next-generation video delivery infrastructure based on the ViBE® VS7000 software integrated with an HP Moonshot system equipped with HP ProLiant m710 server cartridges.  

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Bluebell Launches Industry's First Stand-Alone Remote Robotic Camera Interface With Dual Ethernet Ports 

Bluebell Opticom

Bluebell Opticom Ltd., provider of innovative fibre-optic solutions for fixed and remote applications, today announced the release of their BN385, the industry's first stand-alone remote robotic camera interface with dual GigE ports. With the lightweight, compact BN385, broadcasters can easily integrate remote robotic cameras into a broadcast network or master control room, no matter where the cameras are installed. 

"Controlling robotic cameras from a remote location used to require a combination of cards or enclosures, and the distance between the cameras and control rooms was limited by the cabling. The BN385 is the first fibre interface unit to offer camera control and robotic head operation via a dual-port Gigabit Ethernet link," said Paul McCann, managing director of Bluebell Opticom. "Whether it's a fixed broadcast application such as linking the main chambers of a Parliament complex, or a mobile link such as a remote commentary position or a Spidercam, the connection is quick and easy, and placement is completely flexible."

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Scrub installs Pro Tools upgrades and Soundminer Pro to The Soundhouse 

HHB

Scrub, the division of HHB specialising in post-production, recently supplied upgrades to the latest Pro Tools HD systems for all seven of The Soundhouse’s recording studios and edit suites. A Soundminer HD Plus asset management system was also installed.

The Soundhouse specialises in radio drama and regularly works on large cast recordings for the likes of the BBC. One of London’s most experienced recording and post-production facilities, Soundhouse has been delivering high-quality audio productions for three decades.

Senior Recording Engineer and MD Phil Horne has been working with Pro Tools since version 3 and notes a major increase in speed and performance with the latest systems: “We were one of the first studios in the UK to use Pro Tools and have grown with the system. The latest version is extremely fast and offline bounce is a great new feature.”  

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 Riedel Supplies Communications Solution for Wacken Open Air Festival, the World's Largest Heavy Metal Event 

Riedel

Riedel's MetroN and STX-200 Are Rocking in Wacken

When tens of thousands of heavy metal fans descended upon the small town of Wacken, Germany, for the Wacken Open Air festival held from July 30 to Aug. 1, organizers were ready, having deployed a comprehensive communications solution built on Riedel Communications' MediorNet real-time media network and Artist digital matrix intercom system. The Riedel equipment provided the fiber backbone and communications infrastructure necessary to support security, radio communications, and audio and video transport throughout the expansive festival site.

"The world rocks with Wacken, and Wacken rocks with Riedel," said Holger Hübner one of the founders and organizers of the Wacken Open Air festival. "The signal network backbone that Riedel provided in 2015 for the 26th anniversary of the Wacken Open Air festival ensured a safe and unforgettable experience for 90,000 metalheads enjoying the show. We've been well-satisfied with Riedel's state-of-the-art equipment and highly competent crew, and we look forward to rocking on with Riedel into the future."

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Tap Into The World Around You With Wearables and Visa Versa

Memory can change the shape of a room; it can change the color of a car. And memories can be distorted. They're just an interpretation, they're not a record, and they're irrelevant if you have the facts.” – Leonard Shelby, “emento,” New Market Capital, 2000

 

It took 14 years for color TV to have 10 percent penetration in U.S. homes. It took cellphones nine years to achieve 10 percent penetration.  It took smartphones five years to achieve 10 percent penetration.

It has taken two years for wearables (primarily personalized watches, fitness bands) to achieve eight percent U.S. Internet household penetration, according to Altimeter Group. And, according to recent corporate earnings reports and analyst dissection, most are Apple Watches.

But watches and fitness bands are only a part of the silver lining future industry analysts and fortune tellers are projecting for us … just one piece of the puzzle.

Most of those folks who got their watches (75 percent Apple Watches, according to Ben Bajarin, of Creative Strategies), think of themselves as advanced techies or tech-obsessed. Heck, a lot of them probably have Google Glasses gathering dust in their treasure drawers.

 

O.K., probably not, because most users in one camp (Apple or Android) think the folks in the other camp are freakin’ idiots.

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