Devtek help Turksat go live with Bluefish444 4K 50P 

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Bluefish444, manufacturer of the industry’s highest-quality uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards supplied their Epoch Supernova cards for the first European Satellite transmission of 4K 50P at Turksat in Turkey. 

Turksat is an innovative broadcaster with customers demanding the latest technology so they asked their trusted partner Devtek based in Istanbul to provide the new technology for the facility. Devtek installed their Easy on Air Media Suite, using the latest development EMS Easy OnAir4K to provide a 4K 50P HD-SDI output. Easy OnAir is a high-quality, professional, stable and reliable multiformat playout broadcast solution. The Supernova cards give a 4:2:2:4 output providing fill and key output to integrate into the system.

 Ikegami Announces World's First Hand-Held 8K UHDTV Camera System

Developed in collaboration with Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), the new SHK-810 is one tenth the size of Ikegami’s first-generation 8K UHDTV camera.

Ikegami Tsushinki Co., Ltd. (Ikegami) has collaborated with Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) to develop an 8K ultra high-definition television (UHDTV) camera. Designed for live studio and field production, the SHK-810 camera head is compact and weighs less than 20 lbs (9 kg). It can be operated in the same way as the existing Ikegami broadcast camera systems.

Ikegami introduced the first generation 8K UHDTV camera with NHK in 2002. This was followed by a second generation model in 2004 and third generation camera in 2010, each incorporating the most advanced available video technology. With further technological innovation and collaboration, Ikegami’s SHK-810 fourth generation UHDTV camera is one tenth the size of the first generation model and has significantly improved operability.

 TC Electronic Announce Clarity X for Consistent, Intelligible Mixes and Complete Monitor Control

TC Electronics

Clarity X is a multi-format monitor controller that works with any professional loudspeaker. It comes with a small-footprint remote control, measurement microphone and a full range of meters that aid taking the best mixing decisions.

TC Electronic are proud to introduce Clarity X at the NAB show in Las Vegas (booth C463) as well as at Musikmesse in Frankfurt (lobby, Hall 4.2). All attendees at these shows are invited to come by and experience the monitoring and metering system of the future.

Speech intelligibility issues are among the most common complaints broadcasters face today, and merely considering dialog level has proven an inadequate strategy. Clarity X offers a unique palette of dedicated metering and calibration tools that help audio engineers make the right mixing decisions for an optimal balance, spectrum and increased intelligibility of their final productions.

 HHB upgrades MG ALBA Stornoway to Pro Tools HDX


HHB Communications Ltd. has provided MG ALBA with major Pro Tools upgrades for its post production facilities in Stornoway, UK. 

MG ALBA provides a diverse range of high-quality Gaelic programmes in Scotland from studios in Stornoway and Glasgow. It also broadcasts Scotland's Gaelic TV channel, BBC ALBA and produces the Film G short film competition to highlight young talent in the region. 

MG ALBA made the transition to HD file-based delivery to comply with the Digital Production Partnership’s (DPP) latest AS-11 standards and subsequently upgraded two HD edit suites and a smaller Pro Tools studio. HHB configured and supplied Apple Mac Pro computers with Pro Tools HDX1 Systems and Pro Tools 11 HD. Genelec 8050 and 8020 monitors were also provided by HHB.


Polar Graphics

Bluefish444, manufacturer of the industry’s highest-quality uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards, announces extended format support for industry leading post production software, Avid Media Composer 8.3.

 GatesAir and Qligent Align for TV Quality of Experience         

Gates Air

Joint demonstration will showcase broader RF stream monitoring and compliance verification for any transmitter deployment 

GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, will demonstrate a new compliance and monitoring innovation in partnership with Qligent, a QoS/QoE expert specializing in cloud-based monitoring, at the 2015 NAB Show. The demonstrations will prove the viability of monitoring in the cloud for TV services coming into and out of the transmitter, with extendibility well beyond the RF building. As modeled, the architecture will monitor all related physical, serial transport, data and audio/video streams for standards compliance and quality of experience at any point in the air chain, and applies to single station deployments as well as large national over-the-air networks.

 Bluebell Opticom Introduces ShaxX Lite, a Lightweight Version of Its SMPTE Hybrid Cable Alternative for Power Insertion in Remote Broadcasting

Bluebell Opticom

Bluebell Opticom Ltd., provider of innovative fibre optic solutions for fixed and remote applications, today announced ShaxX Lite, a smaller, lighter version of the ShaxX system for providing full bidirectional signalling and power for broadcast cameras fitted with standard SMPTE 304M hybrid connectors. ShaxX Lite offers outside broadcast and remote production crews the same power insertion alternatives and distance benefits as the full-sized ShaxX system, but at half the weight.

Like its namesake sibling, ShaxX Lite allows crews to forgo SMPTE hybrid cables and take advantage of preinstalled fibre networks on location in order to cut rigging time and position cameras freely wherever they are needed, regardless of distance or the location of mains power sources.

 Thomson Video Networks Introduces Breakthrough ViBE® 4K Real-Time HEVC 10-Bit Encoder for Ultra HD Broadcasting

Thomson Video Networks

With 1-RU Chassis, Latest Addition to Company's Robust Portfolio of UHD Solutions Offers Industry's Most Compact Live 4K Encoder 

Thomson Video Networks today announced the launch of the ViBE® 4K real-time encoding solution for Ultra HD (UHD) broadcasting. Built on the company's award-winning ViBE EM4000 premium encoder chassis, the 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 (FPS) and in 10-bit color.

Akamai Acquires Octoshape

Octoshape to provide Akamai unique video optimization technology designed to enable superior IP broadcast experiences 

Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM) announced today that it has acquired Octoshape in a cash transaction.  Octoshape’s services are designed to help optimize the quality of video streams for over-the-top (OTT) content and to enable Internet Protocol television (IPTV) solutions. 

“As more video gets consumed over the Internet, and on devices that can display higher-quality resolution, it is important for us to develop new ways to acquire, transform and distribute the highest-quality media for broadcast-size audiences,” said Tom Leighton, CEO of Akamai. “We are working to continue to extend our platform to accommodate video throughput increases that come from the adoption of 4K, and to support a potential 100-1000X increase in network traffic in the future.”

 Comcast Selects Elemental to support Advanced DVR Services


Elemental Technologies, the leading supplier of software-defined video solutions for multiscreen content delivery, today announced that Comcast has selected its video processing software to power encoding for the X1 DVR with cloud technology. 

“Video infrastructure is moving rapidly to IP and to software-defined video solutions running in virtualized environments on customer’s own networks,” said Dan Marshall, senior vice president of worldwide sales for Elemental. “As Comcast continues to expand its X1 DVR service and sets a new bar for consumer experiences, Elemental software will enable rapid market launches.” 


SGL Broadcast

SGL, a leading provider of content archive and storage management software for media and entertainment, is unveiling a number of key features to the latest version of FlashNet at NAB 2015. Demonstrated on the SGL booth, SL5306, FlashNet is a highly scalable content storage management system that provides unrivalled levels of resilience, flexibility and adaptability.

FlashNet now includes SGL’s Asset Migration Service.  The migration of tape assets from one platform to another, or from one generation to another, is a costly and time-consuming process. The FlashNet Migration Service enables a whole migration to be set up as a single background task that optimises the use of available archiving equipment and speeds up processes, reducing migration times by half.

 Imagine Communications Enhances Landmark Platform with Predictive Analytics and Advanced Inventory Reporting

Enables media organizations to quickly identify key trends, improve profitability and business agility

Imagine Communications, a global leader in video infrastructure, advertising systems and workflow management solutions serving media networks, broadcast stations, digital media, communication service provider and enterprise markets, today introduced major enhancements to its Landmark™ Analytics business intelligence platform, a key component of the Imagine Communications next-generation advertising management platform. The enhancements, to be demonstrated at NAB and available early Q2 2015, feature advanced inventory reporting and new predictive analytics tools. Both offerings are designed to improve organizational profitability and competitive advantage by driving earlier trend identification and expense reduction.


Polar Graphics

Bluefish444, manufacturer of the industry’s highest-quality uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards, and Brainstorm Multimedia, leading manufacturer of real-time 3D graphics and virtual studio applications, have partnered to integrate the Epoch | 4K Supernova S+ video card into Brainstorm’s Aston 3D, real-time 3D graphics creator, CG and playout, and eStudio, Brainstorm’s flagship product considered the industry’s fastest 3D render engine. Bluefish444’s mentioned video cards enable multi-channel live SDI capture with fill and key SDI outputs delivering Brainstorm’s rich graphics in real-time to audiences worldwide.

  Successful Hamlet Enterprise portable streaming analyser now with RF spectrum analysis and SDI. 

Hamlet Video

 Very satisfied with the launch of the world’s first combined IP, ASI and OTT analyser of streaming services, Hamlet now launch at NAB 2015 the addition of RF spectrum analysis. This latest capability extends the level of value for money to unprecedented levels with SDI due in the third quarter.

The new capability covers both terrestrial and satellite,  ATSC and DBV-S/S2 signals making it a must for all those in the field getting the story back to base via RF links. Ideal for mobile OB, cable, satellite and terrestrial operations.

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Understand Who You Are, Not Just What You Make

 “ Oh, obviously! The moment I sat down I thought I was looking into a mirror.” – Vincent Benedict, “Twins,” Universal Pictures, 1988

A while back, I said I wouldn’t want to be Tim Cook and take the helm of Apple. You know, all the comparisons and second guessing.

I was wrong!

The way the industry is going, I wouldn’t want to head up any company that makes stuff that competes with Apple’s stuff.

People scream/brag about their Apple-like whatever.

Companies allow Everyone to compare you with what Apple did:

-        It’s better, worse, not as good as, not sold like Apple’s thingie

-        It doesn’t have the features, has too many

-        Your price is too high, profits too low

-        Your roll-out was too dull, too expensive, too low key, too…

Engineering and marketing folks spend way too much time thinking about Apple, what they’re doing/going to do instead of thinking about what their company is doing/going to do!

That’s called following!

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