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SMPTE Hollywood Section to Explore Real-Time Visualization for TV and Cinema at February Meeting

LOS ANGELES — The Hollywood Section of SMPTE®, the organization whose standards work has supported a century of advances in entertainment technology, will host a panel discussion this month on real-time visualization tools that are revolutionizing the way film and television productions are planned. The meeting will occur on Thursday, February 21, at SIM, Los Angeles. Aiming for greater efficiency and accuracy in preparing for production and post-production, film and television producers are increasingly forgoing storyboards, animatics and other traditional planning tools in favor of real-time visualization technologies adapted from the gaming industry. Game development engines, such as Unity 3D ...

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Arc Publishing signs broadcaster Graham Media Group

Stations will leverage Washington Post technology to manage video content February 14, 2019 — The Washington Post’s Arc Publishing today announces it has signed broadcaster Graham Media Group, a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company, giving its stations access to Arc’s industry-leading video content management system. This is Arc’s second U.S. broadcast client in as many months, following the launch of Raycom Media in December. “Arc’s video CMS equips broadcasters with the technology they need to distribute their video in real-time across a variety of digital platforms, ensuring they reach the broadest possible audience,” said Scot Gillespie, CTO at The ...

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HoverCamXCHARXs Pilot Series and ClassFusion Learning Platform Land Big Wins at TCEA 2019

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Feb. 14, 2019 — HoverCam, a leader in innovative, interactive, and engaging education solutions, announced that the companyXCHARXs digital classroom solutions received three major honors from Tech & Learning at the recent Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) 2019 Conference in San Antonio. At the show, HoverCamXCHARXs Pilot 3 digital teaching station received the Award of Excellence in the District category, while the companyXCHARXs new Pilot X podium and ClassFusion software platform both earned Best of Show honors. The awards were presented on Feb. 6 at a special ceremony held at Casa Rio restaurant in San Antonio. ...

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College Football Playoff Uses Veritone’s AI and Digital Asset Management Solutions to Enable Richer Media Coverage

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Feb. 14, 2019 — Veritone Inc. (Nasdaq: VERI), the creator of the worldXCHARXs first operating system for artificial intelligence, aiWARE™, today announced that the College Football Playoff (CFP) leveraged an expanded deployment of Veritone solutions and services for the 2019 CFP National Championship to give members of the media even faster and richer access to its content resources. In addition to the CFPXCHARXs Digital Media Hub, a white-label digital asset management portal from Veritone, the CFP also utilized VeritoneXCHARXs Live Event Services and aiWARE artificial intelligence platform for the first time. With aiWARE, the CFP was ...

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Yard Dog Forms Alliance with Elma Garcia Films

LOS ANGELES— Los Angeles-based production company Yard Dog, led by partners/executive producers Joe Piccirillo and Beth Pearson, has formed an alliance with Elma Garcia Films for advertising projects. Yard Dog will act as executive producer and provide sales support for EGF, home to award-winning director/cinematographer Elma Garcia. The two companies will produce advertising assignments jointly. The alliance adds further creative depth to the Yard Dog roster while providing Elma Garcia with access to a well-connected and highly-accomplished executive producer team and a national sales network. “Elma Garcia is a master of visual storytelling,” says Pearson. “Her work has an authenticity ...

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IntraCom Systems, LLC Releases VCOM™ WebRTC

IntraCom Systems, LLC Releases VCOM™ WebRTC: A Matrix Audio Communications Platform That Includes Multi-Channel Video Streaming and Monitoring, Geolocation, SIP Telephony Integration, Emergency Alerts, and Chat. February 14, 2019 —IntraCom Systems, LLC, a Los Angeles-area developer of highly interoperable, multi-channel software communication systems has released a new version of its VCOM™ Matrix platform that incorporates WebRTC. VCOM WebRTC brings always on, non-blocking, multi-channel communications to VCOM users’ web browsers running on virtually any Smartphone, Tablet, PC, or Mac. The leading browsers are supported including Chrome, Edge, and Safari. In addition to browser-based matrix audio communications, VCOM WebRTC incorporates live video ...

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HPA IMF UG Looks Beyond Time Code

Today, during the HPA Tech Retreat, the HPA IMF UG (Interoperable Master Format User Group) announced that the first product of the group, the Best Practices Document on Timecode in IMF, is available for download. The HPA IMF UG is the first user group formed by HPA, and serves as a forum for users and implementers of the IMF family of standards. The HPA IMF UG includes more than 100 members from around the world and this first output from the user group is considered a significant milestone. IMF is an international standard published by SMPTE, and the solution for interchange ...

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Sigma Ships U so 28mm T1.5 Full-Frame Cine Lens

Ronkonkoma, NY – February 14, 2019 –Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, today announced one of its newest additions to the cine prime lens lineup, Sigma 28mm T1.5 FF, will be available in mid March 2019 for $3,499.00 for the regular version and $4,499.00 for the fully luminous (FL) version. Sigma Cine 28mm T1.5 FF is a fast and sharp T1.5 cine lens compatible with full-frame camera sensors and optimized for ultra-high-resolution 6K-8K productions. Featuring a 180-degree focus rotation, this lens is available in EF, E and PL mounts with lens ...

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Killer Tracks Teams with Wax Ltd. to Launch New Production Music Label Audio Wax

Lead by Songwriters/Producers Wally Gagel and Xandy Barry, tracks will feature musicians from Blondfire, Family of the Year and other bands SANTA MONICA — Killer Tracks, a Universal Publishing Production Music company, has partnered with independent record label Wax Ltd. to launch new production music label Audio Wax. The Audio Wax label will be led by multi-platinum-selling producers/songwriters and Wax Ltd. founders Wally Gagel and Xandy Barry. Launching with four albums, Audio Wax’s catalog will span anthemic rock, indie/alternative, motivational and uplifting/atmospheric. For the recordings, Gagel and Barry enlisted musicians and producers associated with Wax Ltd., including from the bands ...

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Qatar’s Al Rayyan TV updates its playout infrastructure with Pebble Beach Systems Marina

Weybridge, UK, February 14th, 2019 –Pebble Beach Systems, a leading automation, content management and integrated channel specialist, today announced that Al Rayyan TV, part of the Al Rayyan Media and Marketing Company in Qatar, has deployed a Marina automation solution at the heart of its new playout infrastructure. Al Rayyan TV embarked on a major upgrade as part of its move to a new facility last year. This incorporated a complete technology refresh for the Qatari broadcaster, who elected to move away from the legacy single vendor solution they had originally launched with in 2011. The new system – which ...

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Calrec Audio Showcases the route to IP at NAB 2019

LAS VEGAS, FEBRUARY 14, 2019 — Calrec Audio (Booth: C7408) is paving the way for the next chapter in broadcasting with native IP products for fully integrated workflows. At NAB, Calrec will showcase its native IP consoles – ImPulse and Type R – along with its upgrade solutions. “Broadcasters are asking for fully integrated IP workflows that utilise open standards,” says Dave Letson, Calrec’s VP of Sales. “Calrec has always worked closely with broadcasters to enable them to create the workflows that they need. The transition to IP is no different as we have powerful native-IP solutions and a clear ...

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Magewell Pro Convert SDI 4K Plus per NDI

Magewell Expands Pro Convert NDI® Encoder Roster with Fourth Powerful Model

New 1080p60 SDI model joins HDMI-input sibling and two 4K configurations in bridging traditional video signals with IP production workflows; all four offerings now shipping February 14, 2019 — Nanjing, China: Magewell has unveiled the new Pro Convert SDI Plus standalone NDI® encoder, the fourth entry in its rapidly-expanding Pro Convert family of devices for bringing traditional video signals into IP-based production networks using NewTek’s popular NDI technology. The new model converts SDI-connected HD or 2K input sources into NDI streams with extremely low latency and is available immediately, as are all three previously-announced Pro Convert models. All four converters ...

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DigiBox at BVE 2019

Stand F30, BVE 2019, ExCel London, UK — DigiBox, one of the premier UK distributors of market-leading technologies for the broadcast, video, and pro-AV industries will showcase the latest products and solutions from DigiBox partners Avid (DigiBox is a Tier 3 distributor), AJA, BirdDog, Gefen, LMP, Loupedeck+, SNS, Theatrixx, Wowza and others on Stand F30 at BVE 2019. The DigiBox technical sales and engineering teams will combine their experience in content distribution, digital conversion, and systems integration to collaboratively address the challenges of the broadcast, post-production, and professional AV markets. This expertise also extends to applications in corporate, education, HoW, transport, ...

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vMix 22

Get graphic with vMix 22! New version of vMix now available.

vMix 22 has literally redesigned the future of live production and broadcast graphics with vMix GT. This all-new graphics engine has been built from the ground up for vMix 22 and allows for easy to use, high performance, GPU generated, on-prem graphics. Gone are the days of needing a separate graphics machine and a 4 year university degree to operate it! The new vMix GT Title Designer allows anyone to create eye-catching broadcast graphics that will send live video productions to the next level. The easy to use Title Designer can build animated lower thirds, scoreboards, tickers, data-driven content and ...

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VITEC Welcomes Bryan Reksten as New VP of Marketing

ATLANTA — Feb. 13, 2019 — VITEC, a worldwide leader in advanced video encoding and streaming solutions, today announced that Bryan Reksten has joined the company as vice president of marketing. With over 20 years of marketing experience in the technology industry, Reksten will oversee and broaden VITECXCHARXs market presence. XCHARXAs we enter our 31st year as an end-to-end video streaming solutions provider, weXCHARXre focused on strengthening our leadership and product offering to meet unprecedented market demand,XCHARX said Mark DXCHARXAddio, senior vice president, VITEC. XCHARXThis new executive role is an important step in that investment. Bryan possesses keen marketing insight, ...

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IHSE USA Products in CABSAT 2019

Draco vario Ultra HDMI 2.0 Extender IHSE brings TRUE KVM workstation management solutions to CABSAT 2019 with the latest HDMI 2.0 extenders for 4K video and USB keyboard and mouse extension over fiber or Cat-X connections. Based on the highly efficient Fraunhofer IIS Lici® codec, these new extenders enable picture-perfect transmission of video sources with resolutions up to 4096 x 2160 at 60 hertz and full color depth (10bit, 4:4:4). Offered in several module types, Draco vario Ultra includes features such as looping outputs and redundant ports for maximum efficiency whether used as point-to-point connections or integrated into IHSE’s high-performance ...

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Complex Networks Makes Leap from All-Print to All-Digital Media with Quantum StorNext

Enables Leading-Edge Content Creator to Meet Increased Programming Demands SAN JOSE, Calif. — Feb. 12, 2019 — Quantum Corp. today announced that Complex Networks, a leading provider of multi-media content geared to millennials, has deployed a StorNext-powered Xcellis workflow storage solution to support faster, more efficient collaborative content creation. The high-performance file system and storage saves time by allowing full-resolution editing of highest resolution content in native format, and the shared storage pool enables quick and easy collaboration between editors – key for this creative powerhouse. [Click to tweet: @QuantumCorp @StorNext #workflowstorage helps power greater creativity at @Complex Networks qntm.co/complex] ...

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CP Communications Establishes New Tampa-Area Headquarters

Spacious facility amplifies at-home production capabilities for streamed events, establishes developmental foundation for new Red House Streaming solutions family St. Petersburg, Florida, February 13, 2019 — CP Communications, a leader in innovative solutions and services for broadcast and live event productions, has relocated its Elmsford, NY and Orlando, FL offices to a new 31,000-square-foot facility in St. Petersburg outside of Tampa. The facility will serve as CP Communications’ official headquarters for business and technical operations, housing four 53-foot production trucks, a NOC, and a 5,000-square-foot production studio. CP Communications will retain its Fishkill, New York location, which will continue to ...

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