2019 IBC Awards Roundup: Grass Valley, Quantum, Blackbird, and More Take Home Show Honors

IBC 2019 is officially in the books, and there is plenty of praise to go around. Here is a roundup of some the big award winners from the show, including Grass Valley, Quantum, Blackbird, and many more.

Best of Show

Grass Valley Comes Home With Award Win
At IBC 2019, Grass Valley’s GV STRATUS One, which made its European debut at the show, secured a Future Best of Show award, highlighting Grass Valley’s commitment to continued technology excellence. The Future Best of Show awards honor innovation and outstanding product development at IBC.

“At IBC 2019 we have reiterated our ability to deliver advanced solutions that meet the real-world needs of our customer, are highly agile, and are easily and quickly deployed. This latest award is a testament to our continued commitment to innovation and R&D investment and demonstrates how we help customers produce captivating content that brings viewers closer to the action,” commented Pete Semerak, vice president of production, Grass Valley. “With GV STRATUS One we are reducing complexity with affordable, turnkey simplicity and empowering broadcasters of all sizes to leverage high-end production opportunities and deliver first-class content.”

GV STRATUS One combines the next-generation technology of GV STRATUS software with applications from GVRE transcoding, GV I/O servers, and EDIUS editing into a comprehensive, versatile single box solution. This compact 2RU system streamlines collaborative workflows, allowing customers to expand content creation without adding headcount.

The system handles every aspect of the content management workflow from ingest, playout and recording through to transcoding and asset management. It also supports streaming to the web client and helps broadcasters overcome resource constraints to get content to viewers fast.

GV STRATUS One was among a number of solutions making their IBC debut at this year’s show.

Quantum’s F-Series NVMe Storage Garners Two Industry Awards
Quantum’s F-Series NVMe storage arrays received two industry awards during the IBC2019 Show in Amsterdam. The F-Series garnered Best of Show from TVB Europe and received the CSI Award 2019 for Best Data Storage Solution. The awards add to accolades the F-Series earned at NAB earlier this year, where it was named Best New Storage Technology winner in the 2019 NAB Show Product of the Year Awards, and also received the ProductionHUB Award of Excellence.

“It’s great to see the Quantum F-Series continue to get recognized by the media and entertainment industry,” said Jamie Lerner, President and CEO, Quantum. “It is a truly innovative product line that enables our customers to complete high-end VFX and render work in minutes rather than hours, edit and finish Ultra HD content in real-time, and achieve industry-leading throughput over fiber channel or Ethernet with RDMA, all at the lowest cost per gigabyte per second.”

Making its European debut at IBC2019, the Quantum F-Series is a high-performance, highly available and reliable storage array designed for studio editing, rendering, and other performance-intensive workloads for large unstructured data sets. Unlike other NVMe storage arrays, the F-Series was designed specifically for video and video-like data sets, so it can easily handle the performance requirements of ultra-high-def content, high-resolution images, and other forms of unstructured data. The Quantum F-Series provides enough performance in a single 2U chassis to reliably edit in real-time 8K 60FPS content without dropping frames.

Incorporating Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) networking technology, the F-Series provides direct access between workstations and the NVMe storage devices, delivering predictable, fast network performance. By combining these hardware features with the new Quantum Cloud Storage Platform – a software-defined block storage stack tuned specifically for video and video-like data – and the StorNext file system, the F-Series delivers end-to-end storage capabilities for post-production houses, broadcasters, and other rich media environments.

Blackbird Receives Top 6 ‘What Caught My Eye’ Award
Blackbird plc received a ‘What Caught My Eye’ award at IBC 2019 – one of just 6 products to win the prestigious accolade from over 1700 on display during the show.

The ‘What Caught My Eye’ awards are given to the most exciting, innovative and important products at IBC. They focus on leading, unique products that are changing the face of broadcast and on-demand publishing and driving the media technology revolution.

Blackbird was selected for the coveted award on behalf of IBC by guest expert, Renard Jenkins – a 30 year veteran of the television and film industry and VP of Operations, Engineering and Distribution at the Public Broadcasting Service in the US.

Blackbird is the world’s only video editing platform developed from the ground up specifically for the cloud. The fastest video clipping, editing and distribution platform on the market, Blackbird provides rapid access to live and non-live video for the creation of clips and highlights to multiple devices and platforms including web, broadcast, OTT and social. Accessed through any browser, easy to learn and needing only limited bandwidth to use, Blackbird delivers significant productivity and efficiency benefits to any enterprise-level company working with video.

Blackbird is driving major awareness, engagement and reach for brands in the sports, esports, news, entertainment and enterprise sectors. Customers include IMG, Deltatre, MSG Networks, Gfinity, Peloton, TownNews, and A+E Networks.

Other Best of Show winners include:

  • Cobalt Digital – 9992-DEC-4K-HEVC
  • EditShare – EFS 2020
  • Ross Video – Ross Ultrix IP Software Defined Platform and Ross PIERO Sports Graphic Analysis
  • LiveU and Griiip – LiveU and Griiip Unveil Unique Motorsports Live Viewing and Data-Driven Media Solution Platform
  • AWS Elemental, an Amazon Web Services company – AWS Elemental MediaConnect
  • Adder Technology – ADDERLink INFINITY 4000 Series (ALIF4000)
  • Cloudian – Cloudian HyperStore Xtreme, Powered by Seagate
  • Telestream – OptiQ Monitor
  • Primestream – Elastic Data Viewer for AI
  • Ncam Technologies – Ncam Mk2
  • Ross Video – Ross PIERO Sports Graphic Analysis
  • Zixi – The Zixi Platform
  • Haivision – SRT Hub

Innovation Awards

Content Creation: SailGP
SailGP has delivered an innovative and environmentally considerate solution to provide high-quality and consistent TV coverage of the new, annual global sailing championship. The project enables live world feeds to be fully produced in London. The television director, more than 10,000 miles away, has access to over 40 video and data sources including; the award-winning, LiveLine FX technology for impactful on-screen graphics and data derived from a total of 1,200 sensors placed on the boats and athletes.

Key innovations in this landmark remote production include the integration of super-low latency technologies and the in-house design of bespoke equipment such as IP controlled waterproof cameras.

Content Distribution: Seychelles Ocean Mission
Associated Press transmitted live, broadcast-quality video from submersibles operating 200 meters below the surface of the Indian Ocean – creating broadcasting history. Using cutting edge optical technology, footage was sent through the waves using LED light within the “blue” region of the electromagnetic spectrum – removing the need for submersibles carrying scientists from the UK-led Nekton Mission to be tethered to fiber optic cables.

Viewers were taken on a journey through a never-before-seen ocean kingdom using technology engineered by sub sea communications specialist Sonardyne with satellite transport courtesy of Inmarsat.

Content Everywhere: News app at massive scale
ETV Bharat and Aveco combined to automate news production and playout to 24 studios and 24 full time news channels for mobile phone and tablet live and on-demand viewership. Launched in 21 March 2019, ETV Bharat has 5,000 mobile journalists across India equipped and empowered with the latest news production technology. Aveco automates the live production, recording, and playout of these 24 mobile TV channels and provides the workflow automation to optimize on-demand version production. Together with other TV technology partners serving ETV Bharat, a new world-standard in mobile news production and distribution has been achieved.

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