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NASA’s Space Relay Partnership, Services Study Chooses Eutelsat as Participant

Fri, 17 May 2019 17:32:06 -0400

Eutelsat, a subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications, has been selected by NASA for the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships-2 (NextSTEP-2) as part of the NASA Space Relay Partnership and Services Study.
The NextSTEP-2 program seeks to establish partnerships with US companies to evaluate the incorporation of commercial elements into the future space relay services that will be provided by the agency’s Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Networks.
This first stage, for which Eutelsat America Corp. has been selected, is a five-month study that will examine how relay communications and navigation services can be provided on commercial platform solutions based on standards interoperable across commercial and NASA networks. The study will determine the elements required to incorporate NASA’s optical technology onto commercial spacecraft. This project could open the door to the use of Public-Private Partnerships to develop and introduce new operational capabilities for future use by NASA.
“We are delighted to have been selected for this study by NASA as they evaluate partnerships with commercial operators across the industry to foster the growth of the commercial satellite communications relay services market,” said David Bair, CEO, Eutelsat. “This project could benefit future NASA missions for new and greater scientific discovery, in alignment with the NASA envisioned Next Generation Architecture. We look forward to the success of this initial stage and to continuing to work with NASA as this project grows.”

Teradek Officially Ships New Ace 500 Wireless Video System

Wed, 15 May 2019 17:25:04 -0400

The Teradek Ace 500 zero delay wireless video system is now available. Built with the same reliable wireless technology found in the industry-standard Bolt product line, the Ace 500 offers an ultralight, streamlined experience at a more affordable price point.
The Ace 500 has compatibility with Teradek’s Bolt lineup, allowing users to transmit and receive video from any Bolt 500 or SmallHD FOCUS 500 device.
Ace 500 transmits uncompressed 1080p60 video up to 500ft. line-of-sight with less than 1ms delay. The units feature HDMI input/output and can be powered via the 3.5mm barrel input using either a PTap/2pin power source or one of several battery plate accessories.
Ace 500 is available for purchase at Markertek right now!

Grass Valley Develops Latest Version of EDIUS Editing Software

Tue, 14 May 2019 16:59:19 -0400

Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, launched the newest version of EDIUS, its versatile and fast nonlinear editing software. With consumer demand for more content on a greater number of devices, broadcasters are under increased pressure to reach ever-widening audiences on tighter budgets. This is why the need for efficient, flexible workflows that are both scalable and future-proof is critical; EDIUS 9.4 fulfills these needs by providing users with faster functionality and more creative features.
The latest update includes:
- Updated ProRes support: EDIUS now supports ProRes export from timeline, together with support for ProRes RAW decoding. ProRes export also supports smart rendering that means quick turnaround for ProRes native editing workflows.
- New Closed Caption (scc/mcc) file import/export/burn: Closed caption files can now be imported to the timeline separately, applied to the project, and together with the CEA-708/608 caption data can be also exported as scc/mcc files, or burned in to the video as open captions.
- Simple HDR/SDR conversion: New settings in the Primary Color Correction filter now allows easier conversion between HDR/SDR, with automatic gain and tone mapping applied to files for improving image quality.
- Improved Multicam workflow: With the updated workflow in 9.4, users can easily select multi-angle files and quickly switch to multicam mode.
“EDIUS is the editor of choice for major broadcast stations around the world, for its fast edit turnarounds and support for latest video formats. EDIUS has accumulated more than a decade of development work, with its optimized video processing engine and original video codecs,” said Katsushi Takeuchi, Vice President & General Manager of Editing Systems, Grass Valley. “It has also kept up with the latest PC technology including support for the latest CPUs and graphics capabilities improving speed and add support for new functionalities.”

Pro-Headphones Market Exceeds $540 Million

Mon, 13 May 2019 17:07:54 -0400

Having achieved global revenues of more than $540 million last year, the professional-headphones market is on track to reach nearly $800 million by 2023, according to a comprehensive new market report from Futuresource Consulting. The survey identified, sized, and analyzed six key verticals by product type: live and rental, DJ, professional studio, home studio, broadcast and communication, and consumer usage.
In particular, the survey found a notable synergy between professional and consumer applications within the broader category.
“The professional-headphones market is a hunting ground for pro vendors and consumer brands alike,” says James Kirby, market analyst, Futuresource Consulting. “It acts as a gateway for pro-audio vendors to step into the world of consumer headphones, one of the largest consumer-audio markets on the planet. Conversely, for consumer brands, the association with professional equipment gives a boost to brand reputation and acts as a signifier of quality. As a result, we’re seeing a groundswell of activity from both camps, as well as an increasing percentage of audiophile consumers diverting their spend to professional headphones.”
Although each subcategory offers a different level of growth potential and requires its own strategies, the subcategories are deeply interlinked, each providing an important channel of influence, the study concluded. Consumer usage, home studio, and live and rental are the three largest segments by value, accounting for 77% of total revenues in 2018. Along with the DJ market, these segments were responsible for the lion’s share of last year’s 8% revenue growth.
However, a key point of crossover is the gamer market, and the rapid ascent of professional videogames suggests yet another area of growth.
“Consumer usage leads the way, with consumers turning to professional headphones for a number of reasons,” says Kirby, adding, “Gamers are craving a more immersive experience. All this activity has propelled the consumer-usage category to the top spot for professional-headphones sales. We expect consumer usage to continue to climb beyond the forecast period, providing professional-headphones manufacturers with lucrative new areas for growth far into the future.”
In terms of headphone types, most consumer usage relates to over-ear solutions, both open-back and closed, whereas the live and rental market accrues most of its volume and value from professional in-ear monitors. In terms of revenue, custom-molded solutions take by far the highest market share due to their relatively high average selling prices compared with universal-fit in-ear monitors. However, when it comes to market volume, the live market shows similar potential for both types. For content creation, in both professional and home studios, closed-back headphones command by far the majority of spend.
“There is a wide range of macro trends impacting each of the segments by region and by end-user type,” says Kirby. “Each individual country exhibits complex and varied growth patterns for each application. While the market continues to experience stable growth, brands must seek out the appropriate marketing strategies to address both the professional market and the true consumer and audiophile markets. Success will rest with the companies that can make this happen without jeopardizing one market in favor of the other.”

NAB 2019: Teradek Unveils Entry-Level Ace 500 Wireless Video System

Fri, 12 Apr 2019 16:32:56 -0400

Teradek has introduced the Ace 500, an affordable zero-delay wireless video system for budget-conscious videographers. Built with the same reliable wireless technology found in the industry-standard Bolt product line, the Ace 500 offers an ultralight, streamlined experience at a more accessible price point.
Teradek Ace 500 allows users to transmit and receive video from any Teradek Bolt 500 or SmallHD FOCUS 500 transmitter/receiver.
“Ace 500 was designed for independent creatives beginning to incorporate wireless video into their workflows or for those operating within strict budgets who still need a reliable video link,” explained Greg Smokler, VP, products, Teradek.
Ace 500 transmits uncompressed 1080p60 video up to 500-ft. line of sight with less than 1-ms delay. The units feature HDMI input/output and can be powered via the 3.5-mm barrel input using either a PTap/2-pin power source or one of several battery-plate accessories available.
What makes Ace 500 more versatile than the competition is its compatibility with Teradek’s Bolt ecosystem, allowing users to transmit and receive video from any Bolt 500 or SmallHD FOCUS 500 transmitter/receiver.
The Teradek Ace 500 will be available in mid June, and a transmitter/receiver set will retail for $999.

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