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NAB 2019: Adder To Debut 4K IP KVM Matrix

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 17:04:44 -0400

Adder Technology (Booth SL8620) will debut its dual-head high performance, 4K IP KVM matrix over a single fiber at NAB 2019.
 
It is predicted that the global 4K display market will be worth $52bn by 2020 (up by 188% vs 2015) and by the end of 2019, half of US homes will own a 4K TV. As the adoption of 4K technology continues to rise, so does the need for 4K content which in turn places unprecedented demand on broadcasters and media production houses.
 
The launch of the ADDERLink INFINITY 4000 Series (ALIF4000) is perfectly timed to support IP KVM users as they transition their broadcast and production environments to 4K.
 
“The launch of the ALIF4000 series gives us the opportunity to take control and add 4K functionality to our existing infrastructure, as and when we need it, without having to rip and replace; meaning we can continue to meet our customers’ growing need for 4K output,” says John Stevens, director of engineering at Los Angeles-based post-production house The Foundation.
 
“We are really excited to bring the new ADDERLink INFINITY 4000 series to North America and NAB is the ideal event to showcase its capabilities,” adds Tim Conway, VP Americas, Adder. “The introduction of the ALIF4000 into the INFINITY range means our customers can continue to reap the rewards of their existing network but now with the addition of 4K video support.”
 
The ALIF4000 delivers pixel-perfect, color accurate video quality, audio, and USB to single or dual 4K screens – benefitting broadcasters, post-production professionals or VFX specialists looking to improve their workflow and increase flexibility by making 4K content accessible from a single position or location.
 
Full compatibility with the existing INFINITY range means the ALIF4000 can be phased into an existing network without disruption, downtime or the costly need to rip and replace – giving media and broadcast professionals the access to 4K IP KVM when and where they need it most.
 
Joining the ALIF4000 at NAB 2019 will be the latest addition to the ADDERLink ipeps range of remote access solutions. The ADDERLink ipeps+, launched in January 2019, gives broadcasters the ability to securely manage out-of-band servers and remotely access HD video, in real-time, from anywhere in the world at up to 30 frames per second (fps).

FCC Opens Spectrum Horizons for New Services & Technologies

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 17:17:26 -0400

The Federal Communications Commission adopted new rules to encourage the development of new communications technologies and expedite the deployment of new services in the spectrum above 95 GHz. This spectrum has long been considered the outermost horizon of the usable spectrum range, but rapid advancements in radio technology have made these bands especially ripe for new development.
 
There are substantial opportunities for innovation in these frequencies, especially for data- intensive high-bandwidth applications as well as imaging and sensing operations. Prior to this decision, the Commission had no rules for authorizing communications above 95 GHz, other than by amateur operators or through experiments of limited duration and scope.
 
To enable innovators and entrepreneurs to most readily access this spectrum, the Spectrum Horizons First Report and Order creates a new category of experimental licenses for use of frequencies between 95 GHz and 3 THz. These licenses will give innovators the flexibility to conduct experiments lasting up to 10 years, and to more easily market equipment during the experimental period.
 
The item also makes a total of 21.2 gigahertz of spectrum available for use by unlicensed devices. The Commission selected bands with propagation characteristics that will permit large numbers of unlicensed devices to use the spectrum, while limiting the potential for interference to existing governmental and scientific operations in the above-95 GHz bands, such as space research and atmospheric sensing.
 
The First Report and Order provides unprecedented opportunities for new experimental and unlicensed use in the frequencies above 95 GHz and will help ensure that the United States stays at the forefront of wireless innovation. Moreover, study of these uses could ultimately lead to further rulemaking actions and additional licensing opportunities within the Spectrum Horizons bands.

NAB 2019: MultiDyne's BULLET Series Adds Dante, Ethernet Option

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 17:06:42 -0400

MultiDyne Fiber Optic Solutions (Booth C5013) will introduce its new BULLET series (formerly SilverBULLET) of miniature, rugged fiber-optic link products. In addition to the 12G-capable BULLET for high-bandwidth video launched at IBC, MultiDyne will introduce Dante-enabled BULLET for digital audio — also capable of Ethernet transport.
 
The latest BULLET transmitters and receivers unveil a significant design transformation that accelerates deployment and streamlines systems management. These improvements include patented interlocked mounting, centralized power, and built-in OLED monitoring — all dramatic design enhancements from previous generations that improve ease of use. All BULLET products remain highly portable and economical, making them equally useful for fixed links or last-minute video and audio feeds.
 
Shipping soon, MultiDyne’s 12G BULLET solves the problem of high-bandwidth, single-link transport to and from any video source. At only three inches in length, the 12G BULLET connects to the back of any camera, monitor, or other video source, with the ability to add more units without additional power cabling. A camera operator with four video outputs can interlock four units together, and support a multichannel production off of a single power supply without the need for multiple wall warts.
 
The new BULLET for Dante and Ethernet adds another layer of efficiency to field and mobile production teams managing digital audio feeds over long-distances. The common interlocked mounting capability across both products means that users have a quickly scalable and problem-solving option for video, audio and Ethernet feeds in the field. That patented interlocked mounting innovation, along with centralized power distribution, are key differentiators from previous BULLET generations and competitive products.
 
The 12G BULLET integrates cable equalization and re-clocking techniques to optimize signal integrity across all short- and long-distance transport needs, removing the presence of jitter from existing signals. Integrated OLED monitoring adds value through consistent readings of jitter rates, signal type, optimal power and more. BULLET products are also available with a special 1RU tray capable of housing up to 24 devices, and support 12G SDI rates down to 5Mbps. This makes the BULLET series ideal for virtually any broadcast and AV-related field acquisition need, from high-end sports production and pre-fibered venues to courtesy feeds, confidence monitoring, and distance learning.

Cobalt Digital, Starfish Technologies Teams Up for Transport Stream Splicing

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 17:07:44 -0400

Cobalt Digital and Starfish Technologies, a U.K.-based broadcast technology company, are partnering to provide transport stream splicing using the Starfish Technologies TS Splicer software and the Cobalt SCTE-104/35 insertion system. The new solution creates an affordable, automated ad insertion or media replacement system for broadcast, IPTV, satellite, and cable TV applications.
 
Designed to be a complete replacement for ad insertion or content blocking applications, the TS Splicer combines the functionality of an integrated ad server, SCTE-35 opt-out signal decoding, input stream switching, and transport stream splicing. It takes in transport streams with SCTE-35 triggers and inserts advertisements based on the embedded control signals. The fully configurable TS Splicer performs a technically clean media switch with minimal propagation delay.
 
Cobalt offers a range of MPEG encoders and decoders, as well as a series of frame synchronizers and scalers, with SCTE-104 injection support. Compatible units include the BBG-1002 Series of standalone encoders, 9902 and 9904 Series openGear cards, and the new 9992-ENC-HEVC (H.265) card, which offers upgradable multi-channel MPEG-2/AVC encoding.
 
“Ad insertion is a vital part of any content distribution system, and we are excited to work with Starfish Technologies to add transport stream splicing to our offerings,” says Chris Shaw, executive vice president of sales and marketing, Cobalt Digital. “This partnership adds further functionality to meet the needs of our customers.”
 
“Starfish are delighted to be working with such a highly respected supplier. Forming this partnership allows both Cobalt Digital and Starfish Technologies to share their expertise and develop leading solutions which will undoubtedly benefit a wide range of customers,” adds Peter Blatchford, sales and marketing director, Starfish Technologies.

NAB 2019: LYNX Technik AG Debuts HDR Evie Video Image Engine Powered By greenMachine Processor

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 17:08:33 -0400

At NAB 2019, LYNX Technik AG (booth N2827), a provider of modular interfaces for broadcast and professional AV signal processing applications, will introduce HDR Evie, an enhanced video image engine powered by the greenMachine multi-purpose processing platform.
 
Identified as one of the top key trends for 2019 and beyond, HDR (High Dynamic Range) provides viewers with a brilliant visual experience unlike any other. The demand for more realistic and vibrant colors and enhanced dynamic range is ever-increasing. This creates a demand for broadcasters and media professionals to implement HDR solutions into their workflows to not only deliver enhanced content to the new HDR equipped displays, but more importantly to provide equally stunning content to the vast installed base of standard SDR displays.
 
HDR Evie uses advanced algorithms which automatically analyze and apply optimal corrections in real time on a frame by frame basis. This capability is a production tool for sports or any live broadcast event needing high-quality real-time HDR to SDR conversions.
 
Typically, HDR to SDR conversion is achieved using a single static correction for the entire production, which can be accomplished with LYNX Technik’s greenMachine HDR Static Conversion solution. This is effective for fixed, predictable applications such as TV studio production. However, for more dynamically demanding and unpredictable content, such as live sports or news broadcasts, the analysis and corrections must be adapted on a frame by frame basis to cope with challenging lighting conditions, brightness levels, and image composition. Until now “frame by frame” corrections were only possible by manually applying correction metadata to each frame which is then utilized during live playback; a non-real-time process, both time consuming and expensive.
 
HDR Evie is powered by the greenMachine titan platform, a compact self-contained AV processing appliance. Along with dynamic HDR conversions, greenMachine is also equipped with integrated frame synchronization, up/down cross conversion and a suite of powerful audio processing capabilities.
 
greenMachine HDR Evie supports single channel 12G SDI 4K/UHD conversions or can be configured as a four channel device for 3G (HD) applications. 4K Quad 2SI inputs and optional 12G fiber I/O connectivity makes it compatible with almost any system. A wide array of conversion possibilities are supported including: 4K HDR to 4K SDR, 4K HDR to HD SDR, and even conversion between HDR standards. HDR Evie supports a range of open standards for conversion, tone mapping, and color gamut including HLG, PQ, SDR, and SLog3.
 
HDR Evie’s advanced technology is proprietary and patented, following years of research and development in close cooperation with the Technology team led by Professor Mike Christmann at Hochschule RheinMain University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden, Germany.

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