Riedel Appoints Robert Pennington as U.S. Sales Manager, Broadcast, for East Coast


Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, has named Robert Pennington to serve as its U.S. sales manager, broadcast, for the East Coast. In this new role, Pennington will assist customers in selecting and implementing Riedel's broad product portfolio of networked communications and signal transport solutions. 

"With unusually rich experience across broadcast production, networked communications, systems integration, and the broadcast and pro AV technology supply business, Bob is equipped to approach each customer and application with valuable insight," said Christopher Street, general manager, North and Central America, at Riedel Communications. "For more than 25 years, he has been immersed in the East Coast media industry, and his exceptional knowledge and experience in this area will be immensely valuable as we continue to introduce innovative new communications and signal-transport solutions to North American customers."


Merging Technologies

Hapi and Pyramix pivotal to diverse sessions in August and September

August was a busy month for Juan Switalski. A Pyramix enthusiast since 2010, his Hapi Networked Audio Interface (the first delivered to Mexico) arrived just in time for three blocks of sessions featuring music from Mexican composers. All three featured the Orquesta Filarmónica 5 de mayo directed by Fernando Lozano, but in different locations. September continued with solo harp sessions with Ángel Padilla at a studio in the desert near San Miguel. Juan also learned he had been nominated for a Latin Grammy® for Best Engineered Album. This was for his recording of 21st Century Lyrical Clarinet Concertos but this category is open to all recordings popular or classical, so in the final ceremony, he sadly lost out.

The winners of an IBC Innovation Award receive international recognition for their ground breaking achievements.


Has your company accomplished a ground-breaking achievement or implemented an advance in technology in the last year? If so, then IBC want to hear about it. These unique awards praise genuine partnerships between suppliers, integrators, and end users and our judges are looking for outstanding applications in the following categories: Content Creation, Content Management and Content Delivery. 

SMPTE to Produce Documentary on Evolution of Motion-Imaging Technology and the People Behind It

Treatment Completed by Chris Kenneally, Randall Dark to Begin Production With Director Howard Lukk

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, is producing a documentary on the intriguing history of motion-imaging technology to celebrate the Society's centennial anniversary in 2016. SMPTE has named motion-imaging technology and creative visionary Randall Dark as producer. Howard Lukk, former vice president of production technology at The Walt Disney Studios, will serve as director on the initial project. Chris Kenneally, who is best known as the writer and director for the acclaimed documentary "Side by Side," produced by Justin Szlasa and Keanu Reeves, already has completed the initial treatment for the film. 

Reboot Entertainment Goes Video to Mobile with Bluefish444

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Headquartered in Culver City, California, Reboot Entertainment specializes in video database to API conversion, repurposing vintage video for mobile consumption; in particular, data basing high quality entertainment and sports content into mobile applications. 

Reboot Entertainment has a large entertainment library consisting of over 20,000 video tapes ranging from Umatic to HDcam and growing. With such large quantities of material requiring digitization Reboot needed an efficient high quality ingest path. Bluefish444’s Epoch Supernova and Fluid ingeSTore software enables Reboot’s staff to digitize up to four QuickTime uncompressed or DNXHD files simultaneously and allows for basic metadata input for each clip. 

Imagine Communications Upgrades Egyptâ??s Rotana TV to File-Based HD


Existing platforms enhanced to provide comprehensive, high-quality playout and streaming solutions

Imagine Communications, a market leader in advertising management and video infrastructure solutions serving global TV networks, broadcast stations, multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs), governments and enterprise markets, today announced that it has completed a major upgrade of the playout and asset management facilities at Rotana TV in Cairo, Egypt. The project for Rotana TV, which currently broadcasts 14 discrete channels as well as time shifts and rebrands, reflects continued innovation in the Imagine Communications technology platform which was implemented in 2009.

Riedel Supplies MediorNet Real-Time Network for BNP Paribas Masters 2014


Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that the French Federation of Tennis (FFT) worked on the BNP Paribas Masters 2014 with a Riedel MediorNet solution to interconnect the Roland Garros with the Palais Omnisports of Paris Bercy (POPB) via dark fiber. The FFT was able to distribute, in real time, HD-SDI video signals produced in Bercy to its IPTV headend in Roland Garros and then reinject IP streams onto the MediorNet network for TV distribution in Bercy.

In addition to the real-time transport of all types of uncompressed broadcast signals (video, audio, data, synchronization, and intercom), the FFT also had point-to-multipoint routing capabilities that were essential to the production. Also, integrated signal-processing tools such as embedding/de-embedding, quad-split, video test generator, and video format conversion allowed the FFT to draw all the benefit from the MediorNet solution for this event. A Riedel Artist intercom solution was integrated into the MediorNet network for the users to communicate easily between Bercy and Roland Garros.

Elemental Named Technology Leader in Global Video Market by Frost & Sullivan


Company sets new standard for vendors in the encoding and transcoding industry

Elemental Technologies, the leading supplier of software-defined video solutions for multiscreen content delivery, today announced that it has received the Technology Leadership Award in the Global Video Encoding and Transcoding Market from Frost & Sullivan. 

“Elemental, with its strong growth and focus on innovation, is a clear leader in the market, the fastest growing video processing company worldwide, and is solving urgent and critical industry needs,” said Avni Rambhia, industry principal, digital media, Frost & Sullivan. “In this highly competitive industry, companies are struggling to maximize quality of online content, monetize it, and keep pace with rapid technology advances. Software-upgradable and configurable products that don’t lock customers into proprietary hardware are growing in importance. It is here that Elemental has made its mark.”


Thomson Video Networks

WINCH Capital 3, run by Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners, has bought a 49 percent stake in Thomson Video Networks 

Thomson Video Networks is a global leader in video compression systems. Specializing in head-end networks, the company offers operators, suppliers of video services, and video broadcasters comprehensive compression and transcoding solutions to ensure top-quality video signals and optimized bandwidth whatever the network (satellite, terrestrial, IPTV, cable, or OTT). The group, headquartered at Cesson-Sévigné, has 16 sites throughout the world and employs more than 400 people. Sales amount to around USD $100 million, of which 90 percent is in exports. 

Scrub enhances Silvergladeâ??s Pro Tools workflow with Avid S6


Scrub, a division of HHB specialising in post production, has supplied London’s Silverglade Post Production with a 16-fader Avid S6 M10 control surface for its 5.1-equipped audio dubbing studio.

Following an upgrade to Pro Tools HDX and version 11 software, Scrub recently supplied Silverglade with the S6 to replace its existing D-Command console for audio mixing, voice-over and Foley recording.

Silverglade provides post production services across various workflows and productions and has been named ITV Supplier of the Year for 2013/14. This in addition to work for the likes of The Food Network, BBC, National Geographic, Al Jazeera and more. 

France's Ina EXPERT Chooses MediorNet From Riedel for Signal Distribution and Routing


 Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced Ina EXPERT, the main department for audio-video and new media of the Ina (l'Institut national de l'audiovisuel) has chosen Riedel MediorNet to interconnect its technical facilities and distribute broadcast signals and intercom for professional training purposes.

In order to provide media resource sharing between the various production areas at Ina EXPERT, MediorNet supports the real-time transport of all types of signals including 3G/HD/SDI video, cameras, audio, Ethernet, RS data, GPIO, sync, and intercom. An optical fiber ring was installed between the various control rooms and TV studios at Ina EXPERT. A MediorNet Modular frame was integrated into the main control room with MediorNet Compact frames in all other locations. 

Matrox at BVE 2015 â?? Product Preview

Video streaming and recording appliance, multi-camera recording app and 4K video monitoring card will be featured

At BVE 2015 (ExCel London, Feb. 24-26, stand J19), Matrox® Video will showcase the popular Monarch HD™ video streaming and recording appliance, the new VS4Recorder Pro™ multi-camera recording app and the Matrox Mojito™ 4K quad 3G-SDI, 4K video monitoring card for use with Adobe® Creative Cloud™. 

Also on display will be the Matrox MicroQuad™ multiviewer, the Matrox Convert™ DVI Plus HD-SDI scan converter and the Matrox MC-100™ dual-SDI to HDMI mini converter . 

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SGL Broadcast

SGL, a leading provider of content archive and storage management software for media and entertainment, has announced a contract win from Griffin Communications’, owner of TV stations KOTV News On 6 (Tulsa) and KWTV/News 9 (Oklahoma City).  Griffin Communications has purchased Marquis Broadcast’s Project Parking archive and restore solution, which will be fully integrated with SGL’s existing FlashNet archive system. Griffin Communications reaches over 90 per cent of Oklahoma households via its two TV stations, state-wide radio network, online, and mobile information distribution service.

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Two Factions Are Making M&E Better, More Available

Old Sign, New Business – With the content industry rapidly transitioning to new digital options, new opportunities have emerged for the M&E industry even though it’s sometimes hard to realize with the land seemingly shifting under your feet.

The M&E industry even though it's sometimes hard to realize with the land seemingly shifting under your feet.

As long as you don't think about it too hard, today's entertainment is great.

Think just a little and its freakin' amazing -- you can watch it in a theater; on your TV set (old- fashioned cable or Over The Top – OTT – internet); on your computer, tablet, smartphone and probably soon on your wearable.

Think about it real hard and you realize why an acquaintance of ours, Clyde Smith, Senior Vice President of New Technologies for FOX Network Engineering and Operations, straddles both Hollywood and Silicon Valley out of necessity.

Years ago, he said, "If you can't identify it, you can't operationalize or measure it; if you can't measure it you can't monetize it."

That's what old Hollywood and the new breed want ... to make money!

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