NAB 2018

2018 NAB Awards Roundup: ATEME, JVC, Matrox, TVU Networks, and More Take Home Show Honors

NAB 2018 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 ATEME, JVC, Matrox, and TVU Networks.

ATEME’s Convergence TV Project Receives Technology Innovation Award
The NAB presents the Technology Innovation Award to organizations that have made a significant contribution to broadcasting and bring advanced technology exhibits and demonstrations to NAB. The Convergence TV consortium received this year’s award for “For Demonstrating ATSC 3.0 Transmission of UHDTV Using Scalable Coding over Hybrid Broadcast and Broadband Paths.”

At NAB 2018, the Convergence TV Project demonstrated the delivery of a full UHDTV service using an ATSC 3.0 broadcast path for distributing a regular HD service (2K + HDR) and an ATSC 3.0 broadband path for enhancing the service from HD to UHDTV (4K + HDR).

TVU Networks Receives NewBay Best of Show Award
TVU Networks was awarded the NewBay Media Best of NAB Show Award at NAB 2018 for its new TVU Nano with Router. Ideal for economy-minded users with high-speed network access needs, TVU Nano uses TVU Router as a network accelerator to deliver incredible Internet anywhere. Featuring the company’s Inverse StatMux Plus (IS+) and data transmission technology, TVU Router delivers high-speed Internet connectivity from any location.

“TVU was excited to present its latest innovations at the NAB Show, and we’re so pleased that TV Technology has recognized TVU Nano with Router as one of the stand-out products at the show,” says Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “The solution is useful for a wide variety of scenarios — any application where dependable, high-speed bandwidth is needed in remote locations.”

Matrox X.mio5 Q25 SMPTE ST 2110 Network Card Captures Best of Show Award
Matrox’s X.mio5 Q25 SMPTE ST 2110 network interface controller (NIC) card received the NewBay Best of Show Award, presented at NAB 2018 by TV Technology. Equipped with 25GbE and 10GbE interfaces, X.mio5 Q25 features multi-channel IP video I/O from HD to 4K with zero CPU usage, on-board multi-channel HDR conversions, along with motion adaptive deinterlacing, scaling, and powerful compositing engines for high-density 4K video processing. At NAB 2018, AIMS IP Showcase, the X.mio5 Q25 card demonstrated a clear, seamless path to IP broadcast workflows, feeding uncompressed 4Kp60 signals via SMPTE ST 2110 throughout the booth.

The X.mio5 Q25 was selected for its innovation, feature set, cost efficiency, and performance in serving the industry. Architected as a video-aware COTS SMPTE ST 2110 NIC card, X.mio5 Q25 delivers 24/7 reliability and interoperability required of broadcast equipment, while offering the flexibility and scalability expected of IP infrastructures including standard network stack functionality. With support for four SFP28 transceivers, X.mio5 Q25 allows for PC-based platforms to receive and transmit four 4K/UHDp60, 16 1080p60, 32 HD, or any equivalent combination of flows over 25GbE. X.mio25 Q25 also includes high-quality on-board video processing to offload CPU and GPU resources. The X.mio5 Q25 card is furthermore supported by the robust, field-proven Matrox DSX SDK, ensuring rapid application development and system deployment.

“The Best of Show Awards program seeks to shine a spotlight on relevant innovations in technology as seen around the million-square-foot exhibit floor of the industry’s top trade show,” says Paul McLane, managing director, content, NewBay. “The 2018 winners and nominees gives real insight into where and how rapidly our media tech businesses are evolving.”

JVC’s Connected Cam Named Best of NAB 2018 by Streaming Media Producer, Digital Video, and Video Edge
JVC Professional Video announced it received the “Best of NAB 2018” award from Streaming Media Producer for the new GY-HC900 Connected CAM broadcast camcorder. Editors and contributors for Streaming Media and Streaming Media Producer created the list of winning products last week at NAB 2018 in Las Vegas.

“Our editors pored over press releases and walked the floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center in search of the most exciting and groundbreaking products at this year’s NAB,” says Eric Schumacher-Rasmusse, editor of Streaming Media. “The winners reflect the innovation going on in the streaming video ecosystem, and will improve the toolbox of anyone involved with delivering video over IP, whether for production, contribution, or distribution to consumers.”

JVC also announced its GY-HC900 Connected CAM broadcast camcorder also received the “NewBay Best of Show Award” from Digital Video and Video Edge at NAB 2018. Now in their fifth year, the NewBay Best of Show Awards are judged by a panel of engineers and industry experts based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency, and performance in serving the industry.

“The program seeks to shine a spotlight on relevant innovations in technology as seen around the million-square-foot exhibit floor of the industry’s top trade show,” says McLane. “The list of 2018 winners and nominees gives real insight into where and how rapidly our media tech businesses are evolving.”

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Ericsson Media Solutions Wins Four ‘Best of Show’ Awards
Ericsson Media Solutions won three ‘Best of Show’ awards for its MediaFirst Video Processing suite. The company also went on to win an ACE (Awesome Cool Exhibits) Award, presented by NAB for ‘Best Large Island Booth’ in recognition of its innovations in stand design and execution.

Arun Bhikshesvaran, Chief Marketing Officer, Ericsson Media Solutions, said: “This year’s NAB Show was incredibly special as it represented the next step in our journey to become a global leader in media solutions in collaboration with One Equity Partners. The series of award wins coupled with our recent Frost & Sullivan Global Market Leadership Award for our MediaFirst Video Processing Platform is testament to this. These wins demonstrate that the market-leading solutions we envision are truly delivering the best possible media experiences everywhere, for everyone, at every stage of the video journey.”

MediaFirst Encoding Live won a ‘Best of NAB’ award from Streaming Media with its unique implementation of standard dynamic range (SDR) / high dynamic range (HDR) conversion technology. This award honors the best new products that are leading the industry into the future of streaming and is judged by editors and contributors to the publication.

MediaFirst Encoding Live uses real-time intelligent tone mapping algorithms to enable service providers to take control of the display of both SDR and HDR content within the same live broadcast service. This approach empowers service providers to maintain the quality of experience, regardless of the content type, rather than working around the behavior of consumer electronics.

MediaFirst Encoding Live and the SDR/HDR conversion technology was also recognized by NewBay Media in its ‘Best of Show’ awards, which are judged by a panel of engineers and industry experts on the criteria of innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry.

The NewBay Media panel also presented Ericsson Media Solutions with a second ‘Best of Show’ award for its MediaFirst Content Processing solution and its unique implementation of MPEG H for contribution applications. 

MediaFirst Content Processing offers a software and application-based design that enables operators to create a multitude of different processing functions and capabilities on a Common Off The Shelf (COTS) platform and cloud-based network.  Its unique implementation of MPEG H in collaboration with Fraunhofer IIS, for contribution applications means that the consumer experience can be enhanced even further by delivering more immersive audio capabilities and differentiating services for TV Service Operators.

VITEC’s EZ TV Video Wall Solution Wins Best of Show Award 
VITEC’s new EZ TV video wall processor, available within the award-winning EZ TV IPTV and Digital Signage Platform, was recognized with a Best of Show Award at the 2018 NAB Show from Sound & Video Contractor (SVC) magazine.

VITEC’s video wall solution is designed to simplify deployment and management of projects involving IPTV, digital signage, and video wall content, while delivering a breathtaking visual experience. The new EZ TV video wall processors are 100 percent hardware-based, feature low-latency native playback of IPTV streams up to 4K, and support interactive content, video, and imagery transformations. More than 50 displays on up to four unique walls can be managed from a single processor, including nonstandard layouts and resolutions of TVs and LED walls.

“It’s an exciting time for VITEC as we lead the IPTV revolution by introducing innovative ways to deploy video streaming solutions throughout an enterprise facility,” said Eli Garten, vice president, Enterprise Video Solutions, VITEC. “Our goal is to help our customers take advantage of their IP infrastructure by offering new video and digital signage services, an engaging user experience, and maximum efficiency. This industry recognition of our new video wall solution highlights our continued investment in the EZ TV platform and in our customers as they grow their video services and look to stay ahead of the curve within this dynamic field of digital video.”

In addition to the video wall integration, VITEC continues to enhance the EZ TV platform with new capabilities. The latest release also includes content provider DRM integration; time-shifted TV; a new mobile app that allows users to stream video from the field back to HQ; real-time enhancement of HEVC streams delivered over lossy networks; and TAA-compliant, high-performance end-points.

Other NAB 2018 Best of Show Award winners include:

  • Alteros — GTX Series L.A.W.N.
  • Avid — Avid NEXIS | ES NL
  • AWS Elemental — AWS Media Services
  • Blackmagic Design — ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K
  • Canon — 4K UHD-DIGISUPER 66 (UJ66x9B) Lens
  • ChyronHego — Paint 7.4
  • Clear-Com — E-IPA Audio and Intercom Over IP System
  • Cobalt Digital — 9904-UDX-4K-IP – 12G-SDI 4K A/V Proc +IP – OG-PC-x86 openGear Modular Computer Card
  • Dalet Digital Media Systems — Dalet Galaxy five MAM & Orchestration
  • Ericsson Media Solutions — MediaFirst Content Processing – MediaFirst Encoding Live
  • Evertz — SCORPION
  • EVS — XT-VIA Live Production Server
  • Grass Valley — GV K-Frame X Video Production – GV STRATUS 6.0 – Social Media Management
  • Hitachi-Comark — PARALLAX VHF Band 1 DTV Transmitter
  • Ikegami — HDK-99 3G Capable Full Digital HD Camera
  • Imagine Communications — xG Scorecard Business Intelligence Tool
  • Marshall Electronics — CV502-WP Weatherproof Miniature Camera
  • Net Insight — Nimbra 1060 Terabit Media Service Router
  • NeuLion — NeuLion Advanced Mobile Experience
  • NewTek — NewTek LiveGraphics
  • Prime Focus Technologies — Secure Subtitling Tool
  • Primestream — IP Ingest App and Media Framework
  • Ross Video — Ultrix FR5 Software Defined Router
  • Sportzcast — Control Room Streaming Automation System
  • Tedial — SMARTLIVE Automated Live Sport Solution
  • Tektronix — Tektronix PRISM Platform
  • The Telos Alliance TV Solutions Group — Telos Infinity IP Intercom
  • TVU Networks — TVU Nano with TVU Router
  • Vizrt — Viz Liber AR Sports Analysis System
  • Wheatstone — SCREENBUILDER 2.0

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