SMPTE Technical Sessions and Exhibitions from IBC2014

During IBC2014, more than 50 SMPTE members were speakers during technical sessions, and more than 107 SMPTE sustaining members exhibited products and technologies. Based in a stand within the IBC Partnership Village, the Society's own participation included support for initiatives such as the popular Rising Stars program, which gave new entrants to the broadcast industry the opportunity to meet top industry experts across a series of specially staged sessions and events.

HBO launches online streaming service - Irdeto comment?

 HBO to launch web only streaming service in the US – what this means for the television industry? Comment from Graham Kill, CEO, Irdeto
“The news on the launch of HBO`s online streaming option offering content without a pay TV subscription is likely with a view to capitalise on synergy in the business.”

Tradefair takes the best of British broadcast technology to NATEXPO - Six companies in British pavilion at Moscow exhibition

Moscow, NATEXPO 2014, 19-21 November 2014, Stand A35 – Tradefair, the overseas exhibition specialists, is once more managing, on behalf of techUK, the UK pavilion at NATEXPO, the largest broadcast technology exhibition in Russia. This year six companies are taking advantage of Tradefair’s organisation, with many receiving financial support from the UK Trade & Investment programme.

NOA to Present Video Archiving Solutions at Amsterdam’s FIAT/IFTA Conference

NOA will attend the International Federation of Television Archives conference in Amsterdam (October 22-25) to present its range of video archiving solutions.

AJA Io 4K Supports 4K Playback for "Gone Girl" VFX Review

AJA Video Systems

 AJA Video Systems' Io 4K device for professional video and audio I/O was used to facilitate 4K playback for VFX review on director David Fincher’s “Gone Girl, from 20th Century Fox and New Regency. Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn, “Gone Girl” stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tyler Perry and was released by 20th Century Fox on October 3rd. 

Scrub supplies Avid S6 consoles for Smoke & Mirrors new Audio Department


Scrub, a division of HHB specialising in post production, has supplied three Avid’s S6 control surfaces and the latest Pro Tools systems for Smoke & Mirrors’ new London audio department.

Thomson Video Networks' ViBE™ VS7000 Encoding Technology Now Qualified on Akamai Intelligent Platform for Cloud Video Delivery

Thompson Video Networks

Thomson Video Networks today announced that its cloud-enabled ViBE™ VS7000 multi-screen encoding system has been qualified on the Akamai Technologies Intelligent Platform. After rigorous testing in its laboratories, Akamai qualified the encoding capabilities of the award-winning ViBE VS7000 for seamless, high-quality delivery of its customers' multi-platform content.

Gencom Signs with Sencore in South Africa

Gencom Technologies has significantly strengthened its product portfolio by signing an International Reseller Agreement with Sencore for South Africa.

SMPTE® 2014 to Delve Into Latest Developments in UHDTV, Image Processing, Theatrical Display, and Audio Technology

Sessions to Showcase Cutting-Edge Work in Areas That Are Transforming the Experience of Video and Audio in Cinema and Broadcast
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced that the SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (SMPTE 2014) will bring renowned experts to Hollywood, California, from Oct. 20-23 to offer insight into critical industry topics including the latest developments in ultra-high definition television (UHDTV) standards and systems, as well as in image processing, theatrical display, and audio technology.


Bluefish444, manufacturer of the industry’s highest-quality uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards, introduced and announced the immediate availability of the Epoch | 4K Neutron and Epoch | Neutron video cards at IBC 2014.
The Epoch Neutron cards adopt an all new form factor, allowing for integration into a wide range of chassis. The low profile, half height form factor allows both cards to be installed into low profile servers, small form factor (SFF) computers, and low profile Thunderbolt expansion chassis. Full height shield options allow for integration in more traditional workstation computers and provide additional I/O requirements like AES/EBU, RS422 machine control, and domestic analogue audio monitoring.

Facilis TerraBlock Shared Storage Supercharges Turnaround for Buddha Jones

Polar Graphics

Buddha Jones is the entertainment-marketing heavyweight behind several film, television and game trailers for major studios like Paramount, Warner Brothers, NBC, Fox, EA and Ubisoft. With an impressive list of credits to its name and a reputation for delivering the highest-quality content, the company’s services are in high demand in Hollywood. Each month Buddha Jones’ creative team manages thousands of hours of HD and 4K footage. As its project load continues to grow, the team is banking on a Facilis TerraBlock Shared Storage System to handle the influx.


Merging Technologies

Strategic partnership with Auro Technologies responds to client demand
Merging Technologies announces that its future 3D panning and mixing engine, to be incorporated in the next release of software for Pyramix and Ovation, will work seamlessly with Auro-3D® creative tools. This new partnership with Auro Technologies means that this panning and mixing engine will allow direct import of Pyramix files to the Auro-3D® encoder, and that the plug-in decoder can be used with Pyramix to monitor the Auro-encoded stream.

Avid Everywhere Momentum Builds with Worldwide Adoption of Avid Pro Tools | S6 Control Surface


Cue Script

CueScript, a provider of creative prompting solutions with feature-rich designs for all broadcast production needs, is pleased to announce that it has signed a distributor agreement with UK-based Broadcast & Production Services (BPS). Effective immediately, BPS assumes distribution rights for all CueScript products in the UK. The agreement further expands CueScript’s global reach, giving customers in this region local access to the company’s growing portfolio of prompting products.

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Cyberworld Needs Better Personal Intelligence, Common Sense

“Remember Marine, ours is not to question why, ours is but to do or die. Semper Fi. Over” – Ben Yahzee, “Windwhisperers,” MGM, 2002
You may have noticed over the past six+ months or so that bad folks and evil doers have been exposing software, infrastructure and cloud service vulnerabilities with devastating results:
Heartbleed infecting 10s of thousands of servers
Someone burrowing into AWS management structure and wiping out a customer’s customer base
Folks building in backdoors to “handle” things
Years ago, Dave Poque wrote a piece in the New York Times about how it was amazing that computers even worked at all.
There are hundreds of different parts from a bunch of different firms put together in a device that runs on someone’s platform and uses a bunch of different programs (from different people) to do work for you and they all sorta’, kinda’ work together, clash with each other and at times go off and do weird things no one can figure out.

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Seen @ IBC 2014