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Saturday, February 27, 2021

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AIMS TechFest Puts Focus on Internet Protocol Media Experience, Remote Audio Production

Fri, 26 Feb 2021 08:46:35 -0500

The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) is hosting AIMS TechFest 2021, a live interactive virtual event on March 9-10, with each day featuring four hours of programming. Day one of AIMS TechFest 2021 will focus on the IPMX (Internet Protocol Media Experience) proposed set of open standards and specifications and the benefits for Pro AV workflows. Day two will explore remote audio production through a series of case studies and technical presentations.
 
In addition to providing presentations by industry experts, AIMS TechFest 2021 will also give attendees the opportunity for interaction and networking. Participants will be able to move freely in a dynamic, online environment including a reception area and main stage, two meeting rooms just for meeting up with industry friends and colleagues, and four rooms dedicated to lectures and discussions around AES67 and IPMX. Daily sessions will begin at 10 a.m. EST, with a coffee break at the halfway point.
 
Day one’s high-level exploration of IPMX will kick off with a look at the IPMX Stack via a tour of the suite of open standards that promises to deliver multi-vendor interoperable AV over IP in Pro AV Solutions.Andrew Starks, AIMS Board Member and Director of Product Management, Macnica Americas, will give an overview of how integrating standards-based products provides the greatest potential for scalability and infrastructure migration. Other topics on day one include:
 
-JPEG-xs: Balancing Video Compression and High Visual Fidelity
-The Pros and Cons (& Pros) of an AV-over-IP Standard
 
Day two will dive into remote audio production with a series of 35-minute segments. Experts will share their insights on underlying technologies and current standardization activities, as well as their experiences on real projects and advice on how to avoid common pitfalls. Topics include:
 
-AES67 Beyond the LAN
-PTP over WAN
-The Show Must Go WAN
-AES67 WAN Transport Utilizing the Cloud
 
To learn more about the event and register today click here.

Rosenworcel Proposes Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Rules

Thu, 25 Feb 2021 08:54:08 -0500

Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel this week circulated a Report and Order that, if adopted, would establish the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, a $3.2 billion federal initiative to provide qualifying households discounts on their internet service bills and an opportunity to receive a discount on a computer or tablet.
 
“As we work our way through a pandemic that has upended so much in our day-to-day life, we have been asked to migrate so many of the things we do online. From work to healthcare to education, this crisis has made it clear that without an internet connection too many households are locked out of modern life. It’s more apparent than ever that broadband is no longer nice-to- have. It’s need-to-have,” said Rosenworcel. “But too many of us are struggling to afford this critical service. Late last year Congress directed the FCC to establish a new Emergency Broadband Benefit Program to assist families struggling to pay for internet service during the pandemic. Today I’m proud to advance a proposal to my colleagues to implement this program so we can help as many eligible households as possible. No one should have to choose between paying their internet bill or paying to put food on the table. With the help of the Emergency Broadband Benefit, we have a new way for households to access virtual learning, for patients to connect to telehealth providers, and for those struggling in this pandemic to learn new online skills and seek their next job.”
 
The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program was created by Congress in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. Through the program, eligible households may receive a discount off the cost of broadband service (up to $50.00 per month and, on Tribal lands, the monthly discount may be up to $75.00 per month) and certain connected devices during an emergency period relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participating providers can be reimbursed for such discounts.
 
The proposed Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Report and Order:
• Opens the program to all types of broadband providers;
• Requires providers to deliver the qualifying broadband service to eligible households to receive reimbursement from the Program; and
• Encourages eligible households to affirmatively indicate their interest in the program.
Households are eligible when a member of the household:
• Qualifies for the FCC’s Lifeline program;
• Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program;
• Experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020;
• Received a Federal Pell Grant; or
• Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating providers’ existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

PTZOptics Rolls Out SuperJoy Joystick for Flexible Camera Control

Wed, 24 Feb 2021 08:38:00 -0500

PTZOptics has released the PT-SuperJoy-G1 Joystick Controller, a comprehensive solution supporting serial and network-based camera control. The SuperJoy puts multicamera production control at the fingertips of users of any ability level. Users will have fully featured control over any PTZOptics or HuddleCamHD camera, as well as control of Sony, Birddog, Newtek, and other PTZ cameras for select settings.
 
“There is no wrong use case for the SuperJoy,” says Matt Davis, Lead Engineer at PTZOptics. “We made this joystick to ‘play nice’ with users’ existing setups. We’re trying to make it universal, to work with as many devices as possible. No matter your deployment, this really should fit the scenario.”
 
The SuperJoy can be programmed with up to 255 PTZ camera presets, including 9 “quick presets.” Users can also create up to four camera control groups allowing them to easily change scenes. The SuperJoy’s four customizable buttons can be programmed to trigger “super presets” that reach beyond the camera, sending custom commands via HTTP, UART, TCP or UDP to network-based equipment including lights, speakers, and displays. Practically any device that can be controlled over IP can be triggered by the SuperJoy.
 
The SuperJoy offers control well beyond camera position and zoom. Using incremental buttons, the operator can adjust pan, tilt, zoom, and preset speed. The SuperJoy also has knobs to make minute adjustments to zoom, focus, iris/shutter settings, and red and blue gain. This power to fine tune is balanced by the ability to set guardrails on what controls are available. The built-in “basic mode” disables most control other than single-camera joystick control and presets, while “matrix mode” gives the user the ability to call presets for up to three cameras. Regardless of mode, the SuperJoy lights up available buttons for the user. Basic and matrix modes allow volunteers and novice users to participate in video production without fear of making a mistake.
 
Now available to order for $989 US MSRP, the SuperJoy is designed to address a wide range of applications, production sizes and skill sets. With its versatile presets and fine-tuning capabilities, this solution can bring even the most complex multicamera production under control.

Adder Technology Infuses Multi-Head Support to ADDERLink ipeps+

Tue, 23 Feb 2021 08:23:00 -0500

Adder Technology has introduced multi-head support to its remote access solution, the ADDERLink ipeps+. At a time when organizations need to adapt and embrace off-site access to critical IT systems and networks, Adder’s ipeps range of remote connectivity solutions continue to deliver real-time, access to HD video from anywhere in the world. The ipeps+ now allows users to visualize and control up to four monitors, from a single computer, without compromising video quality.
 
The ipeps+ operates over an existing IP network to deliver smooth-motion video at up to 30 fps together with 24-bit color depth. The hardware-based remote access solution can be configured to give users access to the same high-quality video, whether connected to a single, dual, or quad-head workstation.
 
“The ADDERLink ipeps+ is a game changer for our engineering teams,” says Trevor B., manager, production systems engineering at a leading US broadcaster. “When the pandemic began, we assessed our remote broadcasting capability to ensure that we could continue to deliver award-winning content while keeping our systems and people safe and secure. When choosing a technology, we needed something that was not only reliable, but also resilient, flexible, and easy for our engineers to support remotely. The ipeps+ continues to deliver in all these areas, allowing us to keep America up to date with daily broadcasts of our leading morning news show, all from a safe and remote distance.”
 
Adder’s remote access range gives BIOS-level access to critical computers without exposing them to the public internet, and without installing software, meaning users can see and control everything as if connected locally. By utilizing an existing IP network, users can access, manage, and control physical servers from any location.
 
“We are actively working with customers with broadcasting, transport, medical, and industrial applications who are looking to control remote, multi-head workstations in a secure, resilient and non-intrusive way,” says Martin Norman, senior product manager, Adder Technology. “While operating across different industries, their common need is to visualize multiple screens in real-time, from a single workstation, without sacrificing video quality. The recent update to the ipeps+ facilitates these demands and continues to support customers as they look to remotely control multi-head workstations in the future.”

IBC Plans for Hybrid Event From Sept. 10-13, Potential Fall-Back Option From Dec. 3-6

Mon, 22 Feb 2021 08:51:33 -0500

IBC has announced its strategic plan for 2021, focusing on the return of a live event in Amsterdam this year. IBC also revealed plans to deliver a hybrid (physical and digital) event from Sept. 10-13 and unveiled a fall-back option in early December 2021.
 
“IBC Show 2021 aims to help the industry to re-engage after a very challenging year. We have a deep sense of purpose and focus on being the catalyst for the industry to come back from the pandemic – and as always, to create an event that is ‘by the industry, for the industry.’ Our priority is to get back to doing business in a way that keeps everyone safe. We want to be transparent and fair with everyone and that’s why we are making our plans for this year clear now,” says Michael Crimp, Chief Executive of IBC. “We are all navigating the complexities of a global pandemic. While we are optimistic about the return of a live show this year, we are also realistic about the hurdles we need to overcome and are closely tracking the macro factors that will impact people’s ability and willingness to return to mass gatherings.”
 
IBC has put in place plans to address different scenarios and agreed with the RAI and IBC stakeholders to move the show to Dec. 3-6, if needed. A decision on whether the show will take place in September or move to December will be announced between the end of May and the beginning of June, ensuring exhibitors and attendees have enough time to adjust their plans accordingly and minimize cost and disruption.
 
“IBC has always been about bringing the industry together and so many people tell me how much they have missed live events, not just for the face-to-face conversations, but those chance meetings in the coffee queue or waiting for the tram or a taxi,” adds Crimp. “In the current environment, IBC 2021 will not be to the same scale as the 2019 event. We anticipate a drop off in long haul travel. However, we believe there will be a strong attendance from IBC’s core European audience. IBC 2021 won’t be as big, but we will make sure it is just as good. We are genuinely looking forward to seeing as many people as possible in Amsterdam in September, or December, this year.”
 
Those unable to travel to Amsterdam will be able to engage via IBC’s digital platforms.

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