GB Labs Press Release - Aldermaston, UK, 16 March 2020: GB Labs, the leader in intelligent storage solutions, has announced that the latest version of its Analytics Centre, a dashboard that runs seamlessly in GB Labs’ SPACE, ECHO, and VAULT intelligent storage devices, will now include full access traceability.
Of interest to everyone that requires storage, Analytics Centre continuously analyses how data handled by the storage system is being used. The display provides a highly accurate and easy-to-interpret look at crucial network and storage usage, including real-time speed and data consumption. With full traceability, file access history is logged giving a complete picture of data usage.
GB Labs CEO-CTO Dominic Harland said, “Analytics Centre gives GB Labs users the visibility they need to ensure their workflow is fully optimised at all times. It takes all the time-consuming, and often incorrect, guesswork out of blindly shopping for storage in hopes that it will improve a workflow.
“Analytics Centre automates the system analysis process with carefully designed algorithms that identify not just potential problems, but precisely where to find and fix them. Moreover, it now includes a significantly updated interface that includes full data logging and full, detailed tracking capabilities that we’re excited to demonstrate for the first time.”
GB Labs will also be organising virtual demonstrations of its Media Hash List (MHL) support. MHL is essentially designed to ensure that any copy is an exact replica of the original source media. This is of particular importance to OTT media streaming services that submit files on LTFS to various service providers.
Those service providers must demonstrate their ability to ingest data, checksum it, and produce an MHL report to establish that files are being properly delivered. Once checked and approved, the media streamer can then permit the service provider to use the media.
This process typically requires several steps with software provided by most vendors, but GB Labs software does it all in a single step. It automatically ingests files to a specific location; creates an MHL; does a checksum; and has the files ready to be returned for approval in an instant.
GB Labs will also feature the latest Dynamic Bandwidth Control, which allows an active intelligent use of available bandwidth, the latest CloakDR as well as new, workflow improvement features for its SPACE, ECHO and VAULT (S.E.V) range, and the latest CORE.4 and CORE.4 Lite OS for its S.E.V., FastNAS and EasyLTO ranges.
Harland added, “FastNAS in particular has really become the go-to for major organisations like Icon Media in Los Angeles, Kingdom Creative in the UK, The Viewmasters in Amsterdam, and many others in recent months. The capacity of our HDD range combined with the ultra-high data rates that our SSD range provides, all at an incredible price, has proven to be the ideal one-box storage platform.”
About GB Labs
GB Labs is the global leader in Intelligent Media Storage, creating a shared storage ecosystem for the media industry. By understanding real-world industry problems, cutting-edge technologies have been developed for the unique "CORE" software that fulfils end users’ needs. Regardless of where the production is being filmed, how big the team is or the size of budget, GB Labs can provide a solution to ensure deadlines are met and throughout the whole process, content is secure.
Expanded capability and new efficiency includes independent routing that enables users to experience true matrixing for every AV and control signal
Gefen Press Release: Carlsbad, California, March 11, 2020 — Continuing in its quest to provide seamless, sophisticated signal distribution and control solutions for commercial applications worldwide, Gefen®, by Nortek Security & Control LLC (NSC), today announces an array of new, powerful features that facilitate independent routing of individual AV signals within its second generation of AV over IP Gefen products. The technology was previewed to overwhelmingly positive response at ISE 2020.
This new level of control gives integrators and end users the power to discretely separate and distribute any audio and video signal for whole site AV distribution and control without interrupting the current configuration of the system. This true matrixing capability also allows IR and serial control to be accurately directed for easy management of sources and displays. Integration of other features, such as advanced EDID management, helps solve many of the key issues that installers face in the field. An all new interface is integrated into each product along with updates to the EXT-CU-LAN Matrix Controller that will manage all the new features.
“We’re setting the next gen benchmark for video technology for our partners around the globe. Historically, this signal distribution required separate products,” said Richard Pugnier, Vice President of Marketing for Nortek Security & Control. “While some solutions have been able to combine various capabilities of these new functions in one product, they do not have the adaptability and scalability of AV over IP with the latest innovations and quality of Gefen products.”
“AV over IP is the most versatile AV signal management platform available today, with the ability to split, switch, matrix, convert and extend AV signals in every product,” added Jason Fitzgerald, Product Manager for Gefen products. While many AV over IP systems on the market route all their signals (e.g., video, audio, serial, IR and USB) to a single destination at once, this new update brings complete control of each signal’s route.
Key Features Include
Fifteen innovative Gefen products will benefit from the update including all second-generation AV over IP products and the Matrix Controller.
The Gefen® brand is synonymous with high-quality Audio/Video (A/V) signal processing solutions for commercial applications around the globe. With a rich heritage of practical innovation and first-to-market video products including scalers, extenders, switchers, AV over IP solutions and video wall controllers, Gefen products deliver intuitive A/V distribution solutions that bridge the gap between rapidly advancing technology and real-world applications. For more information, visit www.gefen.com.
About Nortek Security & Control
Nortek Security & Control LLC (NSC) is a global leader in smart connected devices and systems for residential, security, access control and digital health markets. NSC and its partners have deployed more than 5 million connected systems and over 25 million security and home control sensors and peripherals. Through its family of brands, NSC designs solutions for national telecoms, big-box retailers, OEM partners, service providers, security dealers, technology integrators and consumers. Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, NSC has over 50 years of innovation and is dedicated to addressing the lifestyle and business needs of millions of customers every day. For further information, visit nortekcontrol.com.
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Vantage IMF Producer enables automated IMF workflows plus support for IMSC-1 Subtitles
Telestream Press Release: Nevada City, California, February 24, 2020 – Telestream®, a leading provider of workflow automation, media processing, quality monitoring and test and measurement solutions for the production and distribution of video, today announced Vantage IMF Producer, a Vantage option that automates the creation of IMF (Interoperable Master Format) packages from Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC. IMF packages are the preferred method to deliver show masters to companies like Netflix, 20th Century Studios, Disney and many others. Through the use of automated processing, editing staff can focus on the creative functions of storytelling and pacing without worrying about the complexities of the IMF delivery format.
IMF is a SMPTE standard for providing a single, interchangeable master file format and structure for the distribution of content between businesses around the world. IMF provides a framework for creating a true file-based final master. Part of the Vantage Media Processing Platform, IMF Producer automates the creation of all files required in an IMF package from a single output render of an Adobe Premiere Pro timeline. In addition to generating the primary package, editors can create additional sequences, which become supplemental IMF packages that contain different versions of audio, subtitles, edit points, Dolby Vision HDR metadata and more.
“The ability to manage IMF workflows in an application like Adobe Premiere Pro is an economical and highly powerful way of managing IMF supplemental package requirements,” says Scott Matics, Director of Product Planning at Telestream. “Creating IMF Packages that properly conform to specifications is a complex endeavour, and by automating the task, we ensure that humans and computers focus on the skills they are best at.”
Vantage IMF Producer automatically creates well-formed supplemental IMF packages which can be sent to media management systems that can automatically extract the correct content for final distribution.
IMF Producer can process up to 4 jobs simultaneously. Using Vantage Timed Text Flip, IMF producer also provides full support for IMSC-1 Subtitles. The subtitle feature is required for IMG packages and is frequently missing from other solutions.
For over 20 years, Telestream® has been at the forefront of innovation in the digital video industry. The company develops products for media processing and workflow orchestration; live capture, streaming, production and video quality assurance; and video and audio test solutions that make it possible to reliably get video content to any audience regardless of how it is created, distributed or viewed. Telestream solutions are available on premises or in the cloud as well as in hybrid combinations. Telestream is privately held with corporate headquarters located in Nevada City, California and Westwood, Massachusetts.
For company and product information, visit www.telestream.net
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Powerful storage and asset management solution now seamlessly integrated with Adobe’s flagship editing suite for increased workflow efficiency.
Masstech Press Release: Whiteley, UK – 21 January 2020 – Adobe Premiere Pro users can now access the powerful functionality of Masstech’s intelligent storage, workflow and lifecycle management solution, Kumulate, from directly within Premiere Pro via an intuitive panel.
The Adobe panel can be quickly and easily added to any Kumulate system with minimal configuration (individual editing stations don’t need to be added as locations in the system). Storage movement and workflow tools are then presented as a plug-in within Adobe Premiere Pro, allowing users to access their entire inventory across any type of online or deeper storage tier, including cloud, local disk, optical disk, and LTO.
All assets on all storage tiers are searchable to Premiere Pro users from within the new panel, using intuitive search criteria including structured, unstructured, and time-based metadata. These powerful tools allow users to quickly access their content libraries from within Adobe Premiere Pro, dramatically speeding up workflows.
Premiere Pro and other assets can be quickly and easily restored directly to editing storage, including individual sequences, complete projects, or selected files from a project. Kumulate’s simple UI allows users to browse proxies and features familiar editing tools such as Adobe markers to define and initiate partial restores when only a portion of a file or project is required. And for customers operating multiple Kumulate systems, Kumulate’s Federated Search enables search across the content in disparate systems, and subsequent copy of remote assets to the local storage.
Other Kumulate features now accessible from within Premiere Pro include frame-accurate proxy playback of stored assets; bi-directional marker support (Adobe markers can be included within the archived asset and can be imported back into Premiere from Kumulate); and advance monitoring. Transfers, transcodes, and workflow jobs can be viewed within the Adobe Panel, enabling users to monitor progress of their own jobs as well as those initiated by other users.
“Kumulate already works with a huge range of MAMs, PAMs, NRCS systems and NLEs, but we are delighted to be able to offer additional workflow benefits to Adobe Premiere Pro users,” comments George Kilpatrick, CEO, Masstech. “Being able to access their entire video library in our next generation storage without leaving their editing application will allow Adobe users to spend more time on the core creative component of their job and less time searching for files and assets.”
About Masstech Innovations
Masstech Innovations creates intelligent storage and asset lifecycle management solutions for the Media & Entertainment (M&E) industry. Masstech combines the experience of many decades of broadcast and video content storage management with edge IT technologies and development processes to identify and address the challenges of the industry’s constantly evolving technology and business landscapes.
Today, more than 400 organizations representing every facet of M&E, around the world and across every platform, rely on Masstech solutions to keep their assets secure, and to deliver them to the right location in the correct format. For more information, please visit www.masstech.com
Theatrixx announces that the first units of the 8-Bay Rack Mount Converter and DisplayPort to Quad SDI processor are now available from stock and shipping,
The Theatrixx 8-Bay Rack Mount Converter
The rack-mount enclosure and modular version of our popular converters with reversible modules, allows the user to choose between front- and rear-facing input/outputs.
A wide range of over 20 processing and conversion modules is available now and even more models will be added shortly.
Its dual power supplyÂ ensure increased reliability and uptime.
It's the only solution on the market that doesn't rely on low-voltage adapters, velcro tape or zip-ties to secure converters in a rack. A real 24/7 solution.
Our reversible rack frame made a strong debut, earning a Product of the Year award at NAB in Las Vegas in April 2019 and another PLASA Innovation Award in London in September 2019.All our converter modules contain the same reliable electronics used in our renowned xVision Video Converters, all in a format specifically designed for the professionals of our industry. They represent an elegant way to get rid of the low-voltage DC adapters that have been plaguing too many pro AV installations for too long.
The Theatrixx Displayport to Quad SDI
The perfect companion to any media server rack, the device slices a 4K source into four Full-HD outputs, with zero configuration and minimal latency. The processor handles either 2X2 slicing or linear 4X1 slicing with a 7,860 x 1,080 pixels input. The 1U rackmount unit features four channels of DisplayPort to Quad SDI processing - for a total of 16 3G-SDI outputs and is also available as a standalone single-channel unit or reversible rack module.
Introducing the ADDERLink™ INFINITY 3000 - New Product Brings VM Access to the Multi-Award Winning ADDERLink™ INFINITY Range
Adder Technologies Press Release: Cambridge, United Kingdom (27/01/2020) – Adder Technology, a global leader in connectivity solutions and high performance IP KVM, today announced the latest addition to its highly successful ADDERLink™ INFINITY range, the ADDERLink INFINITY 3000 (ALIF3000). The new KVM receiver provides virtual machine (VM) access and delivers instant switching between unlimited virtual and physical environments, from a single human-machine interface (HMI).
The benefits of accessing virtualized environments via a single KVM are gaining momentum as organizations and software applications recognize the flexibility and growth opportunities. Yet whilst the adoption of virtualization is rising, many companies are still reluctant to move wholly away from physical machines*.
The ALIF3000 has been designed to seamlessly and securely integrate VM access into an existing ADDERLink INFINITY network without disruption, downtime or costly replacement fees. Built on the successful Intel® X-86 microprocessor architecture, the ALIF3000 delivers pixel-perfect picture quality, audio and USB 2.0 to single or dual screens over a single 1GbE link.
Adrian Dickens, CEO, Adder Technology, said, “It was important for us to ensure our customers can move to, and access, virtual environments at their own pace whilst preserving their initial KVM investment. The ALIF3000 enables exactly that, and has been developed to enable our customers to seamlessly add secure VM access into their existing workflows, at a time that is right for them, without enduring unnecessary costs.”
By integrating the ALIF3000 with the ADDERLink INFINITY Manager (AIM), IT administrators can clearly define secure user access rights to ensure that target PCs can only be accessed by permitted users - giving business owners peace of mind and assurance.
Book a demo now to experience the ADDERLink INFINITY 3000 Series for the first time on the Adder Technology stand at Integrated Systems Europe 2020 (Hall 10, Stand P180), February 11th-February 14th at the RAI Amsterdam.
About Adder Technology
A global market leader in connectivity solutions, Adder Technology enables the real-time control and management of distributed IT systems. With a presence in over 60 countries, Adder works with a network of distributors, resellers and OEMs to connect millions of devices worldwide. Adder is a thought leader and continues to deliver excellence through innovation.
Telestream Case Study: Integrated, Multi-Vendor Workflow Enabled by Telestream, Levels Beyond, and IBM Aspera
Colorfront Press Release: Budapest, December 10 2019 – Coinciding with Apple’s launch of the latest Mac Pro workstation, Colorfront , the Academy, Emmy and HPA Award-winning developer of high-performance dailies and transcoding systems for motion pictures, broadcast, OTT and commercials – today announced a new, annual rental model for Colorfront Express Dailies that dramatically reduces the cost of operating the software.
Launching in Q1 2020, Colorfront’s subscription service enables users to rent Express Dailies 2020 for an annual fee, including maintenance support, updates and upgrades. Additionally, the availability of Apple’s brand-new Pro Display XDR, designed for use with the new Mac Pro, makes on-set HDR monitoring, enabled by Colorfront systems, a more financially viable proposition than ever before.
Express Dailies 2020 supports 6K HDR/SDR workflow along with the very latest camera and editorial formats including Apple ProRes and Apple ProRes RAW, ARRI MXF-wrapped ProRes, ARRI Alexa LF and Alexa Mini LF ARRIRAW, Sony Venice 5.0, Blackmagic RAW 1.5, and Codex HDE (High Density Encoding).
Colorfront’s subscription service delivers an unrivalled price/performance proposition for those investing in the latest high-end, high-throughput Mac Pro just launched by Apple. Express Dailies 2020 is optimized for unparalleled speed of 6K HDR/SDR dailies processing on the new Mac Pro running MacOS Catalina, leveraging the performance of the Mac Pro’s Intel Xeon 28 core CPU processor and multi-GPU rendering.
Colorfront Transkoder, On-Set Dailies and Express Dailies systems have supported HDR graphical user interface monitors and HDR video output monitoring for several years. Now, Apple’s new 32-inch Retina 6K LED Pro Display XDR considerably lowers the cost of bringing professional HDR reference monitoring on-set, and this becomes even more financially viable with the combination of the Express Dailies 2020 running on the latest Mac Pro.
“Colorfront Express Dailies 2020 rental option delivers great value for money,” said Aron Jaszberenyi, managing director of Colorfront. “When combined with the new Apple Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR, Express Dailies 2020 gives very powerful new options for filmmakers wanting to take full advantage of 6K HDR/SDR workflows and HDR on-set.”
Colorfront is headquartered in Budapest, Hungary, with offices in Los Angeles, plus sales partners worldwide. The company's popular, award-winning on-set dailies and transcoding systems are utilized by small, medium and large companies alike, to process and deliver media for Hollywood blockbusters, high-end episodic TV and OTT internet entertainment. The firm was founded in 2000 by Mark and Aron Jaszberenyi, who were instrumental in the advent of non-linear DI colour grading. Combining in-depth expertise in image colour science with a pedigree in cutting-edge software development, the company's R&D team earned an Academy Award in 2010 for Lustre, Autodesk's DI grading system, and a Primetime Engineering Emmy in 2012 for Colorfront On-Set Dailies. Colorfront has since become renowned for the innovation, excellence and performance of its camera-to-post products, which include On-Set Dailies, Express Dailies and Transkoder. The company has leveraged its technology to successfully offer Colorfront Cloud Services, and also owns and operates a state-of-the-art DI and post-production facility, of the same name, in Budapest. www.colorfront.com.
Adder Technology Press Release: Cambridge, UK, 5 December 2019 – Adder Technology, a global leader in connectivity solutions and high performance IP KVM has today announced a new feature set for its multi-award-winning ADDERLink™ INFINITY 4000 Series. The 4K IP KVM matrix solution, launched earlier this year, now supports high-speed USB 2.0 for integration with third-party devices alongside simplified configuration for point-to-point extension.
Enabling high speed USB 2.0 link allows transparent USB communication up to 480 Mbps, which is beneficial for those using mass storage devices. The update also allows isochronous communication which introduces plug and play support for USB devices and third party tools, such as DaVinci Resolve Color Grading Panels.
The introduction of an internally generated browser on the receiver unit, allows users to view all end points, alter settings and configure the whole extension without having to access an external browser – simplifying the configuration and set up process.
“The new features introduced to the ADDERLink INFINITY 4000 Series are significant. Plug and play capability for third party devices means that our customers can further streamline their workflows and simplify configuration – saving both set up time and infrastructure costs.” said, Peter Jones, sales manager at Boxer Systems Ltd, approved Adder partner and leading UK IT solutions provider.
John Halksworth, senior product manager, Adder said, “At Adder, customer feedback is key to product design and development. Since its launch earlier this year, the reception towards the ALIF4000 Series has surpassed all our expectations and we are confident that these new features will further contribute to the success of the range.”
The new features are available to all existing ADDERLink INFINITY 4000 customers in firmware update 2.01.
About Adder TechnologyA global market leader in connectivity solutions, Adder Technology enables the real-time control and management of distributed IT systems. With a presence in over 60 countries, Adder works with a network of distributors, resellers and OEMs to connect millions of devices worldwide. Adder is a thought leader and continues to deliver excellence through innovation.
Marc Risby gives us an insight into what he has seen and heard whilst out and about at industry events this month.
"So it’s the end of the year and that means conference season in TV-land. Most recently that meant the DPP Tech Leaders’ Briefing and the IABM Annual Conference. Despite being aimed at different groups of people, they shared many common messages and outcomes.
The DPP had a very mixed audience of supplier and content providers and was incredibly well attended. Speakers included BBC, CBC/Radio Canada, Channel 4, DAZN, Discovery, Google, ITN, ITV, NPO, PBS, SVT, Thomson Reuters, Turner, UKTV, Viacom and Vice Media, all sharing candied insight into their future plans and direction. The key messages revolved around diversity, sustainability and improving efficiencies in the content chain.
One of the highlights from my side was the Keynote from Doctor Eliza Filby examining the difference between people of different generations from ‘Boomers’ to ‘Alpha’ and what drives them. Fascinating, scary and informative in equal measure!
On the sustainability front, the DPP in association with Atos launched a new initiative to help companies score and improve their green credentials, looking at factors like energy usage, eco-building measure and emissions. This free service looks like an excellent way to improve how your company moves forward and embraces the sustainability message and results in a score that, soon, could be used in the tender or procurement process to ensure organisations are working with like-minded suppliers. You can find out more about it here - www.thedpp.com/sustainability.
The IABM conference audience, as you would expect is more focused around manufactures, vendors and integrators but with a good attendance from several important end-users. The theme was ‘Change, Innovate and Adapt’ including a diverse range of speakers from A+E Networks, Avid, Channel 4, Disney, ITV, Reuters and Telestream.
Speakers demonstrated how they were evolving in a changing market to meet the needs of their customers. Again common themes were about how to reduce complexity and cost whilst delivering more. What can be learned from start-up cultures was examined and the Leaders Panels delved into new business models and what the state of the market is really like. If you are an IABM member and didn’t get a chance to attend I believe the sessions were filmed and will be available to members soon."