IBC 2017

SportTechBuzz at IBC 2017, Day 4: Monday’s Latest News From the Show Floor

The 2017 IBC Show is winding down, but the SVG Europe and SVG Americas editorial teams are still out in full force, covering all the latest news from the show floor. In an effort to make the tidal wave of news and announcements more digestible to readers, SVG is providing a daily “SportTechBuzz at IBC 2017” roundup. This daily rundown provides snippets of big announcements and what is on display at hundreds of stands at the RAI this year. Here is the Day 4 (18 September) SportTechBuzz roundup, featuring news from Irdeto, Harmonic, Evertz, Brainstorm, Imagine Communications, Vitec, Net Insight, Vizrt, Adobe, EVS, Canon, Vislink, Grass Valley, Intelsat, Grabyo, Nevion, SES, Prime Focus, wTVision, Ross Video, Solid State Logic, Zixi, Sennheiser, Snell Advanced Media (SAM), Calrec, Square Box Systems, MX1, VIDELIO, Dalet, Yamaha, Ericsson, AJA, Telos Alliance, Riedel, Panasonic, Media Links, and NEP. 

 

Registration sets new record as IBC continues to grow

At an IBC press conference in Amsterdam Saturday morning, Chief Executive Michael Crimp noted that the show remains on a growth path. “Registrations are 4.7% up on last year, which was a record year for IBC. We are predicting that we will be 2.5% up on 2016 overall — although it might be a little more than that.” IBC Exhibition Chairman Roger Thornton said, “53,000 sq. metres of exhibit space has been booked, a new record for IBC; this is an increase of 800 sq. metres on 2016. Over 1,700 exhibitors are here, including 264 new companies exhibiting. My message is, really, that IBC continues to grow.”

Irdeto Cloaked CA completes Cartesian review for protection of 4K UHD content

Irdeto announced that its Cloaked CA solution has completed a rigorous review by Cartesian against the stringent usage rules for 4K UHD premium content included in the Farncombe Security Audit. The audit focuses on content-security requirements, aligned with MovieLabs’ Enhanced Content Protection (ECP) requirements and industry best practices. The Farncombe Security Audit is recognized […]  More

Harmonic improves OTT delivery with VOS media-processing platform

Harmonic has announced expanded media-processing and -delivery workflow capabilities for its VOS media-processing platform to simplify OTT delivery. New workflow-orchestration and delivery functionalities — streamlined content capture, UHD support, personalized ad insertion, and multi-cloud support — are available for VOS Cloud media-processing software and VOS 360 managed services. Harmonic […]  More

Evertz launches DreamCatcher 1

Evertz rolled out DreamCatcher 1 this week, a system that Marketing Manager Bob Fung describes as another point of entry for users. “It has all of the core features and is targeted towards smaller productions that need two or three systems,” he explains. “It’s a live-production solution that uses the same hardware as the 400 series, so it is also fully upgradeable.” And Evertz also continues to put IP-based systems front and centre, including the Vue context-oriented user interface.
“Vue in its simplest form is a tool for creating custom graphical user interfaces by taking what is typically a complex orchestration layer [for IP routing] and taking a prescriptive approach to the workflow that differs from the traditional linear thinking [of baseband routing],” he says. “The GUI will represent what it is you want to accomplish without having to look at different screens, as everything is fully integrated. So you can more directly access resources and visualise the workflow.”

Brainstorm InfinitySet 3 makes European debut

Having been introduced at NAB 2017 with great success, Brainstorm’s InfinitySet 3 has made its European debut at IBC 2017. Already considered an advanced solution for virtual-set production because of the acclaimed TrackFree technology, InfinitySet 3 showcases a new set of tools and features, which further improve its graphics capabilities and transforms InfinitySet 3 into […]  More

Imagine accelerates playout with Versio Platform

Imagine Communications (Stand 4.A01) has introduced Versio Platform, a workflow platform designed to enable media companies to optimise their playout and related operations to meet finely tuned operational and business objectives. Versio Platform provides content producers and distributors with a menu of tightly integrated functional building blocks for constructing a fully modernised playout facility that can be customised to precise operational requirements. Versio Platform marks a major milestone in Imagine Communications’ ongoing modernisation of playout operations and represents the industry’s first cloud-native, microservices-based, and modular playout solution.

VITEC highlights HEVC video quality in MGW Ace Encoder

VITEC unveiled the MGW Ace Encoder firmware v2.0, the next generation of the company’s entirely portable, award-winning, hardware-based HEVC encoder. Powered by the new HEVC GEN2 codec, the MGW Ace Encoder provides excellent HEVC video quality of up to 4:2:2 10-bit HEVC encoding and surpasses the second-best competitor by 20% to meet the quality […]  More

Net Insight adds timeshift to Sye

The latest version of Net Insight’s (Stand 1.B40) Sye OTT solution live-streams with latency in sync across all devices and now has a new network-timeshift capability. Net Insight has also integrated its Nimbra platform with Calrec’s RP1 remote-production unit to create a complete audio–remote-production solution.

Vizrt, Infront roll out Viz Eclipse for 2017-18 football season

Vizrt and Infront have introduced the first version of Viz Eclipse for the 2017-18 football season. Viz Eclipse is the pioneering tool that allows sports-rights holders and broadcasters to virtually replace field-side advertising boards. Non-intrusive technology utilises a fully software- and image-based approach and does not require any modifications of […]  More

Imagine Communications, BT team up on UHD contribution demo

Imagine Communications is collaborating with BT’s Media & Broadcast division on a demonstration at IBC 2017. The two companies are showing how visually lossless, low-overhead TICO compression can be used to increase the efficiency of contribution (backhaul) circuits for demanding live UHD content.  More

Adobe reveals new VR-production tools for Premier Pro

Adobe (7.G27) is previewing several new features and upgrades to its Premier Pro NLE platform, including new virtual-reality video-creation tools. Creative Cloud for video, Premier Pro will soon feature an immersive VR viewing environment that allows editors to review their timeline and use keyboard-driven editing for trimming and markers while wearing the same VR head-mounts as their audience. In addition, audio will be determined by orientation or position and exported as ambisonics audio for VR-enabled platforms, such as YouTube and Facebook. VR effects and transitions are now native and accelerated via the Mercury playback engine.

EVS powers complete IP production for IBC TV

EVS has deployed its solutions for IBC TV for the ninth straight year — with one major new change: this year’s IBC TV infrastructure is a fully IP-connected and remote-production workflow integrating more EVS technology than ever before. The solution features an interoperable EVS live-production workflow, including […]  More

Canon intros range of professional camcorders, reference displays

Canon unveiled a new class of camcorder for video enthusiasts passionate about capturing the stories, moments, and content that matter the most. From big adventures to cherished memories, the LEGRIA GX10 is equipped to shoot it all in exceptional quality. Offering advanced capabilities and the upmost reliability, this 4K 50p video-recording device […]  More

Vislink rolls out HCAM 4K UHD wireless camera transmitter

xG Technology is at IBC for the first time since acquiring Vislink (Stand 1.A69) this year and merging its operations with xG Technology’s Integrated Microwave Technologies (IMT) division. Vislink introduced its HCAM HEVC 4K UHD wireless camera transmitter to the European market. Although no release date has been announced for HCAM, Vislink Global Sales Director David Robins says the launch is planned before the end of 2017. He adds that he sees HCAM technology being used not only for RF wireless handheld cameras but also for onboard cameras in motorsports coverage.

Grass Valley shows off value-oriented live-production portfolio

Recognizing that each broadcast operation has its own unique requirements and limitations, Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, offers a Value Production portfolio, providing an innovative combination of power, performance, and functionality without the compromises typically required in cost-efficient solutions. At IBC 2017, Grass Valley is showcasing the K-Frame V-series production […]  More

Intelsat, Dejero Debut CellSat hybrid transmission system

IBC 2017 marks the debut of Intelsat (Stand 1.C71) and Dejero’s new CellSat hybrid cellular/satellite transmission system. The joint venture, which was introduced last month, provides a new transmission option for live remote productions by leveraging Dejero’s multi-carrier cellular solution and Intelsat’s Ku-band IP connectivity. According to Intelsat VP/GM of Media Services Rob Cerbone, CellSat is ideal for sports venues with low connectivity, such as public golf courses, race tracks, smaller college venues, and even high schools.

Evertz, Ross Video showcase commitment to open IP standards

Evertz (Stands 1.D31, 1.F29) and Ross Video (11.C10, 11.B08, and 11.C23) have jointly demonstrated successful implementation of AMWA’s latest specification for open connection management in IP control systems. Show attendees can see the Evertz MAGNUM orchestration and control system directing the Ross RAPTOR-EDGE IP gateway via the AMWA IS-04 and […]  More

SES Video shows off VR, latest Ultra HD features

SES Video (Stand 1.B51) is showcasing technology developments. A demonstration in collaboration with Fraunhofer HHI offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in Luxembourg City, thanks to a live satellite transmission of 10K x 2K panoramic video content to the venue. The latest version of the Fraunhofer HHI Omnicam-360 […]  More

Grabyo, Opta Sports team up to create automated sports clips for social platforms, OTT

The rise of social video and mobile viewing has increased the focus on speeding production for clips, highlights, and video content. To meet this challenge for digital publishers, Opta Sports and Grabyo have partnered to deliver automated clip creation for live football matches.  More

Nevion launches version 6 of VideoIPath software

Nevion (Stand 1.B71) announced the launch of version 6 of its media-network-management and -service orchestration software, VideoIPath. This latest version is being showcased at IBC 2017. More

Prime Focus Technologies awarded AS-11 UK DPP certification for CLEAR Media ERP

Prime Focus Technologies (PFT), the technology arm of Prime Focus, has announced that its CLEAR Media ERP solution has been awarded the prestigious AS-11 UK DPP certification by the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA). The certification involves rigorous testing at the DPP Test Lab, which evaluates and confirms the product’s compliance to the AS-11 DPP […]  More

Net Insight aims to make live contribution to cloud a reality

Net Insight continues to make cloud-based live media contribution a reality with new pay-as-you-go pricing. The new model allows content owners to monetize their content with a balance between cost and market demand.  More

wTVision shows off ChannelMaker-in-the-Cloud

wTVision’s (Stand 7.B33) playout-automation solution is now also available in the cloud and is on display at IBC 2017. With ChannelMaker-in-the-Cloud, users can manage their playout structure from anywhere and reach a global audience instantly. More

Ross Video XPression demos next-gen software

Ross Video’s (Stand 11.C10) XPression real-time graphics engine has been announced. The new generation is the XPression real-time motion-graphics software will feature a 64-bit version of the XPression render-engine software. The next generation of XPression software will also include the […]  More

Solid State Logic delivers largest single System T configuration

Solid State Logic has delivered its largest single System T configuration to date, for immediate delivery to a large international broadcast facility.  More

Zixi intros native MPEG media-transport integration, welcomes Ericsson as integration partner

Zixi has announced availability of the Zixi software platform fully compliant with the industry-standard MMT (MPEG Media Transport). In addition, Ericsson has chosen Zixi to provide additional technology capabilities for contribution applications.  More

Sennheiser launches ‘AMBEO for VR’ partnership program

Sennheiser announced its “AMBEO for VR” partnership program, which has been created to ensure seamless production workflows for VR and AR productions. The program encompasses collaborations with acclaimed manufacturers of field recorders, VR live cameras and live-streaming software, mixing plug-ins, and VR platforms. The first participants in the program were revealed […]  More

Irdeto, Vestel launch TVs with integrated broadcast pay-TV capabilities

Irdeto announced a partnership with home- and professional-appliance manufacturer Vestel to securely deliver premium content direct to Vestel’s 4K TVs. The collaboration sees the first implementation of Irdeto’s newly launched TV Cloaked CA solution, which will allow consumers to access premium pay-TV services directly through their TVs without the need for a separate […]  More

DB Video invests in SAM Kahuna for new 4K HDR OB truck

Snell Advanced Media (Stand 9.A01) announced that Belgian OB and facilities company DB Video has invested in SAM’s flagship Kahuna 6400 multiformat production switcher to provide HDR support for live SD, HD, and 4K UHD productions. The Kahuna, along with its modular switcher interface panel, is housed in OB-11, DB Video’s new […]  More

VITEC, makes pro-grade 4K streaming, distribution pricing accessible

VITEC, known for advanced video-encoding and streaming solutions, is making it more affordable to stream and distribute 4K content at an MSRP of only US$25,000. The MGW Vision real-time encoder produces HEVC bandwidth-efficient 4K IPTV streams for use in broadcast centers, in-house IPTV applications, sports, and events.  More

Italy’s Cinevideo adds two Calrec Artemis Light consoles to 4K OB vehicle

Cinevideo, one of Italy’s foremost broadcast-service providers and rental houses, has installed two Calrec Artemis Light consoles on Dolphin 7.0, its all-new, flagship 4K OB vehicle. Supplied by Calrec distributor and systems integrator Broadcast Solutions, the two consoles are connected via Hydra2 to provide maximum flexibility, redundancy, and modularity for live productions.  More

Square Box Systems introduces new plug-in architecture for Worker 7

Square Box Systems, the company behind CatDV media-asset–management (MAM) system, is introducing a new plug-in architecture for Worker 7. As the next-generation workflow-automation solution for CatDV deployments, Worker 7 now includes plug-ins for automating a wide range of common tasks in broadcast, production, and postproduction facilities, as well as enabling third-party integrations […]  More

MX1 becomes full-service provider for German TV station eoTV

MX1, a global media-ervices company, has been chosen by German TV station eoTV to handle all content-management, playout, uplink, and distribution services via satellite for free-to-air TV. MX1 is also managing the broadcaster’s signal supply for HbbTV applications and to live-stream online platforms, such as freenet TV connect and Zattoo.  More

VIDELIO expands Fox Sports layout facilities in the Netherlands

VIDELIO is expanding Fox Sports playout facilities located in Hilversum, Netherlands. The platform, which was originally deployed by VIDELIO in 2015 and upgraded in 2016, will be made fully redundant. A staging platform will also be implemented to validate future upgrades and new workflows prior to their rollout.  More

Dalet Digital Media Systems showcases Xtend integration panel for Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Dalet Digital Media Systems is showcasing the new Dalet Xtend integration panel for Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Dalet Xtend connects Adobe Premiere Pro users to the Dalet Galaxy MAM and orchestration platform, providing a direct gateway to metadata-rich assets and facilitating cross-enterprise collaboration for video editors, journalists, prep editors, sports producers, and others.  More

Yamaha releases MMP1 studio-monitor manager

Yamaha’s new MMP1 Studio Monitor Management System offers advanced audio-routing capabilities and DSP features. Able to configure and manage monitor environments from stereo to immersive-audio, the MMP1 will play a major role in music and postproduction studios around the globe.  More

Bulgaria Sat picks Ericsson for media-processing hardware, HD 4K channels

Bulgaria Sat has selected Ericsson to deliver media-processing hardware that will help deliver SD, HD, and 4K channels to TV subscribers across the region.  More

SRT protocol adds fast file transfer, stream multiplexing

The SRT Alliance, an open-source initiative dedicated to overcoming the challenges of low-latency video streaming, has announced availability of the latest version (1.3) of the SRT video-transport protocol. The new version supports encrypted fast file transfer of VOD files and the multiplexing of streams within the same network port.  More

AJA debuts Desktop Software V14 for KONA, V2.0 firmware for Ki Pro Ultra Plus

AJA Video Systems is launching Desktop Software v14 for its family of KONA, Io, and T-TAP products and v2.0 firmware for the Ki Pro Ultra Plus multichannel HD recorder and 4K/Ultra HD/2K/HD recorder and player. Desktop Software v14 adds features that simplify 4K UHD and HDR workflows, as well as new audio capabilities […]  More

Imagine Communications’ new Versio Platform accelerates media workflows

Imagine Communications introduced Versio Platform, a modular and highly customizable media-workflow platform designed to enable media companies to optimize playout and related operations. Versio Platform provides content producers and distributors with a menu of tightly integrated functional building […] More

Mo-Sys, Grass Valley produce AR, VR solution in integrated broadcast camera

Mo-Sys Engineering and Grass Valley have teamed up to produce a broadcast camera with integrated optical tracking technology. Visitors can see the new camera in operation on the Mo-Sys Future Zone stand (8.G03) and at Zero Density (7.K31). More

The Telos Alliance presents Telos Infinity IP Intercom

The Telos Alliance TV Solutions Group (Stand 8.D47) has introduced the Telos Infinity IP intercom. A leap in scalability, ease of integration, efficiency, and total cost of ownership, it is part of a new series of Telos Infinity solutions. More

Riedel’s MediorNet decentralized routing infrastructure for Sky Sport HQ production facility

Sky Deutschland AG (Sky Germany) is placing Riedel Communications’ MediorNet real-time media network at the center of a decentralized routing infrastructure for Sky Sport HQ, its landmark new sports-broadcasting center in Munich. Featuring the MediorNet backbone, Sky Sport HQ has an advanced broadcast infrastructure for live sports production. The MediorNet infrastructure is made […] More

Blackmagic Design announces Ultimatte 12 for broadcast-quality keying, AR

Blackmagic Design has introduced Ultimatte 12, a realtime hardware compositing processor designed for broadcast-quality keying, adding augmented-reality elements into shots, working with virtual sets, and more. Ultimatte 12 is available immediately from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for US$9,995.  More

Riedel extends MediorNet MicroN capabilities, introduces MediorNet KVM

Building on the concept of software-enabled hardware, Riedel is extending MediorNet MicroN’s capabilities with a new app and has also introduced MediorNet KVM (keyboard, video, mouse), a plug-and-play solution for remoting PCs through MediorNet networks. IBC 2017 is the stage for the global launch of the MicroN IP App and […]  More

Panasonic collaborates to bring live, studio AV solutions to life

Panasonic is committed to industry collaborations to create added-value solutions for the corporate, event, and production industry. The manufacturer has announced a number of collaborations that help move it beyond hardware into multi-technology, connected solutions. Building on the success of its remote camera and Studio Camera […]  More

AJA intros Io 4K Plus with Thunderbolt 3, FIDO 12G mini-converters

AJA Video Systems announced the new Io 4K Plus capture and output device with support for Thunderbolt 3. Io 4K Plus offers the latest 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 I/O connectivity, advanced audio features, and 4K UHD support up to 50p/60p frame rates. More

Media Links launches IP media-gateway edge device

Media Links (Stand 1.C31) is launching its MDP3020, an IP media-gateway edge device, designed for remote production and IP content delivery. More

NEP Australia adds EVS XT4K servers in country-wide network

In a deal that illustrates the growing adoption of IP infrastructures for the production of major events, EVS XT4K live-production servers will be implemented into two production hubs by NEP Australia, which the facilities provider will operate for a new IP-driven remote-production network. More