Bluebell Taps MNC Software to Develop Mosaic-Based Monitoring and GUI  

Bluebell Opticom

Bluebell Opticom Ltd., provider of innovative fibre optic solutions for fixed and remote applications, today announced it has enlisted MNC Software to create an SMNP monitoring system for its fibre transport products based on MNC's Mosaic network management software platform. Bluebell will offer the new monitoring system to support its BC363 and BC364 multiformat interface cards, which link cameras and CCUs over long distances — a situation in which a quick visual check would help to confirm signal integrity and diagnose any issues. 

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Thomson Video Networks Presents Strategy for Growth and Moves Headquarters to France's First Certified Energy-Efficient Office Building

Thomson Video Networks

Thomson Video Networks, a world leader in video compression for the media and TV broadcast industry, today announced that it has relocated its head office to a brand-new 7,000-square-meter building — the first office building in France to receive the Effinergie+ certification. The move is the latest reflection of Thomson Video Networks' ongoing growth and momentum spurred by the 2011 management buyout of the company. Thomson Video Networks currently employs over 400 people and has more than 15 facilities worldwide. 

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 Elemental Insights Newsletter


Vol. IV, Issue 5 | June 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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Scrub supplies Avid S6 and S3 to Empire Design 


Scrub, a division of HHB specalising in post production, has supplied Avid S6 and S3 control surfaces for Empire Design’s London post production studios. 

Senior Sound Engineer Sam Rowland attended the Avid S6 IBC launch and immediately knew it was the crucial piece of equipment needed to upgrade Empire’s Pro Tools audio suite. The UK’s leading Pro Tools specialists, Scrub supplied and installed a 16-fader S6 M40 in Empire’s Dolby approved, 5.1-equipped mixing suite, an S3 and Pro Tools software upgrades with a package that includes training and support.   

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SGL Broadcast

Booth no: 7.J15a

SGL's FlashNet content management solution is designed to integrate seamlessly with MAM or automation control systems to provide significant improvements to workflow efficiency without intruding on the users’ familiar desktop. SGL’s Open System Architecture provides broadcasters, post production facilities, and news/sport organisations with reliable, scalable solutions with substantial cost and workflow benefits. 

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TC Electronic Introduces PolyTune plug-in 

TC Electronics

TC Electronic announces PolyTune plug-in, the new polyphonic tuner plug-in for the recording musician.

PolyTune plug-in takes some of the best features from TC Electronic's game-changing PolyTune pedals and flawlessly tranfers them to the digital recording realm. The innovative polyphonic tuning mode that gives you an instant readout of all six strings and the super fast chromatic tuner are both there, but now they're finally available in one cool plug-in compatible with the majority of music recording programs out there. On top of that, PolyTune plug-in also sports up to 5 semi-tones of flat tunings and the option of changing the pitch reference to satisfy even the most demanding tuning needs.

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Merging Technologies in Poland

Merging Technologies

The National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra has recently moved into new premises in Katowice. The NOSPR originally purchased Pyramix with a Sphynx DSD converter in 2005. A decision was made in 2011 to continue with Pyramix despite pressures to change. The impressive new building provided the perfect opportunity to increase the investment in Merging equipment by adding Horus units and more Pyramix units. Furthermore, to increase the productivity, two 8 fader Smart AV Tango 2 units were added to the installation. 

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JSTV Puts Riedel Communications and Signal Transport Solution in China's First 4K OB Truck


In building China's first 4K OB truck, Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation (JSTV) and systems integrator New Digital Technology Holdings (NDT) chose Riedel Communications' Artist digital matrix intercom, MediorNet Compact Pro media network, and RockNet digital audio network to support clear, versatile communications and to enable straightforward fiber interconnection and signal exchange among production units.

"The Riedel intercom solution supplied by NDT provides the exceptional flexibility and performance appropriate for our new 4K OB truck, which we believe will serve as a model for mobile 4K production here in China," said Shuai Sun, broadcasting section head at JSTV.

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 Akamai Releases First Quarter 2015 ‘State of the Internet’ Report

Global average connection speed increased 10% to 5.0 Mbps; Ireland takes top spot in Europe at 17.4 Mbps 

United Kingdom had the fastest average mobile connection speed at 20.4 Mbps, a 28% quarterly increase 

European countries lead the world in IPv6 adoption 

Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the global leader in content delivery network (CDN) services, today released its First Quarter, 2015 State of the Internet Report.  Based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform™, the report provides insight into key global statistics such as connection speeds, broadband adoption across fixed and mobile networks, and IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 implementation.

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 AJA CION Takes the 4K Spotlight at Pacific Producers Group

AJA Video Systems

An appreciation for filmmaking quickly turned into a full-time gig for Shawn Serdar. Channeling a passion for the craft, he took over the reigns at Pacific Producers Group (PPG) in 2007, and the Vancouver-based production company has been thriving ever since. Operating out of Gak Studio, a video and photography studio where Serdar is Partner, PPG provides multimedia services to industrial, government, legal and commercial clients. Favoring 4K capture for greater creative flexibility, Serdar and the Gak partners keep the studio stocked with an arsenal of 4K gear, including a new AJA CION camera. 

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Merging Technologies

Merging’s popular Networked Audio Interface achieves this total in less than a year

Merging Technologies is proud to announce that sales of its Hapi Networked Audio Interface has topped 400 in 11 months; rapidly catching its father, the mighty Horus with sales in excess of 600 since 2012. Both units are fully AES67 compliant but with the added features and functionality afforded by RAVENNA. Hapi is no lightweight except for its compact 1U form factor. In addition to having the huge RAVENNA I/O count, 8 x AES/EBU plus 8 x ADAT or 2 x SPDIF is standard. An optional MADI card will make Hapi into an AES67 to MADI converter with one slot left for analog I/O.

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SGL Broadcast

SGL, a leading provider of content archive and storage management software for media and entertainment, has introduced Direct Connect for use within the SGL and Avid ISIS shared storage environment. Direct Connect allows users to quickly transfer high resolution material providing significant benefits when working with longer form content. 

The advent of HD, 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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Live Demo: Rapidly Deploy a Comprehensive Multiscreen TV Service with the Cloud 

Learn how video providers can quickly and easily deploy over-the-top (OTT) services by using Elemental Cloud in combination with mpx Replay from thePlatform.

In this webcast, Dustin Encelewski, Director of Virtualization and Management Products for Elemental, will demonstrate how content programmers, broadcasters and pay TV providers can use the Elemental Cloud platform to rapidly create enhanced OTT offerings including video processing, storage, delivery and distribution services in a secure and resilient workflow.

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Scrub Expands Sales Support with the Addition of Stephen Jones 


 Scrub, a division of HHB specialising in post production, is announcing the appointment of Stephen Jones to the newly created position of Sales Administrator. 

The UK’s leading supplier of Avid Pro Tools, Scrub has expanded the team to meet the demands of significant growth in the sales of Pro Tools and the S6 control surface. Leading audio post facilities like Envy, The Farm Group, Encore, LipSync, Angell Sound and many others have chosen Scrub to upgrade to the S6.


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Latest editorial:

Firms Struggle to Gather, Manage, Secure All Your Data

Food for five years, a thousand gallons of gas, air filtration, water filtration, Geiger counter. Bomb shelter! Underground...” – Burt Gummer, “Tremors,” Universal Pictures, 1990

Today, companies (and others) swim in a sea of data. And the sea level is rising … rapidly.

Tens of millions of people are connected with computers, tablets, smartphones.

There are billions of sensors.

Trillions of transactions now work to create unfathomable amounts of data, content, information and other stuff.

It’s all a byproduct of things and your activities as you go happily, haplessly about your life doing your thing.

It’s what McKinsey has dubbed digital exhaust.

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