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 


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'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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Thomson Video Networks to Demonstrate UHD Broadcasting of High-Dynamic-Range Content Using New ViBE 4K Encoder

Thomson Video Networks

With Upcoming HDR Support, ViBE® 4K Paves the Way for Future-Proof Live, File, and Contribution Operations

Highlighting its new ViBE® 4K real-time compression solution for Ultra HD (UHD) broadcasting, Thomson Video Networks will demonstrate encoding of a live UHD TV signal to distribute high-dynamic-range (HDR) content at IBC2015. ViBE 4K enables media enterprises to leverage high-efficiency video coding (HEVC) to provide an optimal video experience to consumers through live compression of UHD sources at up to 60 frames per second and in 10-bit color. ViBE 4K with HDR support will be commercially available in early 2016. 

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GatesAir to Unveil Next-Generation TV and DAB Radio Exciter at IBC2015

Gates Air

Unparalleled processing power, ultra-compact footprint and cross-standards compatibility among traits that keep over-the-air signals sharp, long-term value high

GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, will introduce its next-generation software-defined exciter for TV and DAB Radio broadcasters and network operators at IBC2015. Featuring unparalleled signal processing power, a smaller footprint and advanced IP capabilities, the new GatesAir Maxiva XTE exciter builds on the groundbreaking, previous-generation Maxiva M2X exciter with new efficiencies and improvements for future generations of digital broadcasting.

Like the M2X exciter, the Maxiva XTE exciter is a GatesAir innovation developed by the company’s signal processing and modulation specialists. Offering market-leading efficiency and performance for broadcast network operators, the XTE further enhances signal correction to improve modulation error ratio (MER) and address other signal imperfections in over-the-air broadcasts. 

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 Imagine Communications Takes IBC TV Everywhere - Company Delivers Live TV and Over-the-Top Streaming at IBC

Imagine Communications, a global leader in video and advertising solutions serving the media and entertainment, multichannel video programming distributors and enterprise markets, today announced it will once again be providing the encoding facilities for IBC TV, the news and information service produced on site at one of the largest international convention in the broadcasting industry. IBC TV delivers a 24-hour streaming service to all platforms throughout the event, as well as a video-on-demand (VoD) service.

IBC TV features live interviews and debates, coverage of keynote addresses and other important events, and a large number of stories about key issues emerging from the exhibition and conference. The professional team of journalists and technicians works from a production base on the show floor. Critical to the process is the ability to deliver content to all video consumption platforms in their native format using adaptive bitrate streaming. 

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Imagine Communications Automates Workflow for Botswana TV & Radio

National broadcaster implements Broadcast Master to streamline scheduling and traffic

Imagine Communications, a global leader in video and advertising solutions serving the media and entertainment, multichannel video programming distributors and enterprise markets, today announced it has implemented its Broadcast Master™ traffic and scheduling system at the headquarters of Botswana TV and Radio (BTV&R) in Gabarone, Botswana. BTV&R is embarking on a transition to a fully digital, tapeless environment, and Broadcast Master is central to delivering the transition and to developing new and efficient workflows.

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Polar Graphics - New Products for IBC 2015

Polar Graphics

This year’s IBC is sure to see a lot of talk about 4K and Ultra HD there are lots of new products and features from the manufactures we represent. 

Storage DNA & Sony Optical Disk Archive(ODA) – Revolutionary Media Storage – Stand 7.B42

With the industry facing a content wave how do we store, manage and move this data? Storage DNA will show Revolutionary Media Storage – Only Dual Purpose Storage - Random Access and Archive!

•  Sony Optical Disc Archive ?

•  Random Access (like HDD) ?

•  50 Year (Better than LTO) ?

•  No Migration (Better than LTO) ?


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RAI Leverages Riedel Communications' Real-Time Fiber Network to Support Coverage of 2015 Giro d'Italia


As the 98th Giro d'Italia cycling race wound its way from the Italian Riviera to Milan May 9-31, Riedel Communications equipment provided Italian broadcaster RAI with a flexible decentralized fiber-based network supporting real-time distribution of audio, video, and communications signals. Host broadcaster RAI deployed Riedel MediorNet Compact Pro and RockNet systems to link the announce booth, finish line, helicopters, and other key production areas to enable thorough coverage of each race stage. The equipment was supplied by Riedel partner Broadcast Solutions Srl.

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Thomson Video Networks Launches Upgrade of ViBE EM4000 Premium HD/SD Encoder  

Thomson Video Networks

Thomson Video Networks today introduced the latest release of its award-winning ViBE® EM4000 premium HD/SD encoder featuring Flextream 2.0, the company's statistical multiplexing technology. With support for Flextream 2.0, the EM4000 will enable operators to optimize bandwidth usage by including non-video components in a statistical multiplexing pool. In addition, the EM4000 now includes SCTE104 handling for targeted advertising, giving broadcasters a powerful new capability for developing new advertising revenue streams. 

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Elemental Insights Newsletter Vol. IV, Issue 7 | August 2015


Welcome to the Elemental Insights Newsletter, a regular look at news and events from the leader in software-defined video solutions for multiscreen content delivery. 

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Germany's Chooses Riedel's MediorNet and Artist for New OB Vans 


For its new OB van and three DSNG vehicles, production GmbH has invested in Riedel Communications' MediorNet real-time media network and Artist digital matrix intercom system. Among Germany's leading media production companies in satellite-based live broadcasting, as well as film and video production, has integrated 13 MediorNet Compact Pro frames, one Artist 128 mainframe, and more than 30 panels into its mobile production and newsgathering units.

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IBC Early Bird Registration Extended!

Entry to IBC2015 is FREE, but not for long! The deadline for registration has been specially extended to 21 August after which the fee will be €70. With exciting new feature areas and events announced, free-to-attend sessions in the IBC Content Everywhere Hub and Technology in Action Theatre, networking opportunities with Touch & Connect, an unmissable line-up of speakers in the IBC Conference and exciting new products on the show floor - IBC2015 is bigger and better than ever! 

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Riedel Products at BIRTV 2015 

August 26-29 In Stand of New Digital Technology Holdings Ltd. – 8B07 

MediorNet MicroN

RSP-2318 Smartpanel

Tango TNG-200 Fully Networked Platform Supporting RAVENNA/AES67 and AVB

STX-200 Professional Broadcast-Grade Interface

Artist, Performer, and Acrobat Intercom Systems

RockNet Audio Systems

MediorNet and MediorNet Compact

MediorNet MetroN Core Router

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Latest editorial:

Changing the Way Businesses, Consumers Connect

What 9,happens when the numbers run out?’ – Diane Wayland, “Knowing,” Summit Entertainment, 2009

Today, people have a few needs – just-in-time-information, constant feedback, things that do things for us and privacy.

That’s tough to achieve in our always-on world.  O.K., it’s impossible.

We have our IoT (Internet of Things) and IoE (Internet of Everything) that will soon have 50B things sending information to each other and humongous data crunching machines in the cloud.

But the industry has it all wrong.  It’s not about the IoT or IoE.  It’s the Internet of Data.

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