Sally Maxfield

Sally Maxfield

Sally Maxfield

Harpenden, England – May 5, 2021

Boxer Systems have appointed Marc Risby as Group Managing Director, signalling the beginning of an exciting new chapter of growth for the group.

With 30 years’ experience in the broadcast and ProAV industries, including 27 years at Boxer holding both technical and commercial roles, most recently as CTO, Marc is uniquely placed to drive the company forward.

Founded in 1990, Boxer Systems provides professional representation, distribution and systems integration services to technology leaders and manufacturers of high quality, high performance products in the broadcast, film, post-production, ProAV and media industries.

Current Managing Director Mike Heaney will remain as a director and be focusing on a new role within the Group supporting the Sales teams and maintaining his remit managing the financial aspects of the business.

Marc Risby commented “It’s a huge honour to have been appointed Managing Director at Boxer Systems, especially at such an exciting time for the company. I’m grateful to be part of such an amazing team and look forward to building on strong foundations, growing the business and taking on new challenges whilst delivering success to our customers and suppliers.”

Mike Heaney added “I am very pleased to be handing over the reins of Managing Director to Marc who I have worked closely alongside for 24 years. We have seen exceptional growth over this period and Marc is well positioned to lead Boxer Systems as we continue to evolve coming out of these uncertain times. The change in my role will allow me to focus on increasing sales and assisting our customers as we see a recovery in all sectors of our industry.”

 

About Boxer

Boxer Systems, founded in 1990, provides professional representation, distribution and systems integration services to technology leaders and manufacturers of high quality, high performance digital products in the broadcast, film, post production, ProAV and media industries.

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Synamedia Edge Media Streamer offers service providers a cost-effective, open, and scalable Content Delivery Network for streaming Live, VOD, TSTV, and CDVR Adaptive Bit Rate (ABR) video. Demand for online video continues to grow dramatically across connected devices. By 2020 we will have 11 billion connected video devices, and 82 percent of IP traffic will be video (Cisco Visual Networking Index). To meet that demand, today’s content delivery network (CDN) infrastructure must evolve to scale cost-effectively, accelerate feature velocity, and deliver simplified and open management tools. By adopting cloud architecture and agile software development methodology and using best-in-class open-source software, Synamedia® Edge Media Streamer provides an open and flexible CDN platform that delivers the multiscreen Internet video quality that consumers expect and service providers can deploy.

Edge Media Broadcaster

The Synamedia® Media Broadcaster solution provides service providers a next-generation solution for streaming HTTP ABR video to the in-home primary screen using network router IP multicast to achieve broadcast-efficient distribution. It integrates with the existing ABR delivery system without a need for any modifications to the video headend components (for example, encoder, packager, content delivery network) or to the ABR clients. The solution ingests unicast video from the origin server, converts it into multicast data, and distributes it all the way to the home router or set-top box, where it is converted back to unicast video. The solution is implemented to be fully transparent to both the ABR client and the ABR headend.

Because the solution is independent of the existing video delivery infrastructure, it can be integrated with any existing video headend or CDN provider. The solution is highly available and scalable and can support millions of viewers at once.

Digital Content Manager

The Synamedia® Digital Content Manager (DCM) represents a new generation of virtualized and software-centric video processing, providing advanced video, audio, and metadata processing for live multiformat video delivery. It enables broadcasters, content providers, and service providers to deliver best-in-class viewing experiences while meeting their service requirements for premium picture quality, bandwidth efficiency, and multiscreen transcoding. 

Implemented as video functions on a cloud-based Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) infrastructure, the DCM accelerates the support of new features and innovation in software. It optimises costs with flexible deployment options across a pool of common compute resources or optimised hardware appliances and enables service portability between both hardware and software resources. 

Synamedia are the largest global provider of video solutions, with software deployed in 220 million set top boxes and over a thousand customers using their video networking technology.

A driving force of incredible experiences and video innovation for over 30 years, Synamedia are passionate about delivering the future of infinite entertainment.

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Marc Risby joined the Kitplus TV team this week to talk about how Boxer Systems are helping organisations create new, robust workflows following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Many broadcast workflows have changed beyond recognition over the past 18 months, however even with the monumental challenges the industry has faced, broadcasters have managed to keep the show on the road, testimony to the ingenuity of engineers and technicians to find a way through even the toughest of times.

Find out how Boxer Systems are helping organisations adapt successful temporary changes from lockdown into robust new ways of working for the future with the help of AJA, Telestream, Kiloview and Qumulo in this week's Kitplus TV show.

 

KitPlusTV is a broadcast and proAV daily video tv show with technology news, guests and special industry features. Find out more and follow KitPlusTV on YouTube here.

For more information on how Boxer can help you refine your remote and hybrid workflows products call 01582 5466100.

Join Boxer Systems CTO Marc Risby on the MPTS Virtual Show event "Industry Suppliers: The Covid Consequences" with Meryl McLaren, Gravity Media's Head of Media Service and Facilities and Nigel Wilkes, Head of Broadcast & PROAV,  Panasonic UK, 

Chaired by Charlotte Wheeler, Event Director of the Media Production & Technology Show the session will cover the significant impact that Covid has had on the broadcast industry's supply chain with customers including:

  • How has the product development process been affected? New product launches on hold or push ahead as normal?
  • How have they connected with customers without the face to face opportunity to sell/demo their products and services? 
  • What has been the affect on teams and staffing levels within the business?

This event is free to attend for those working in the broadcast and media industries.

To view the programme and register for free, visit

BOXER register here

The Virtual Show will also feature Boxer System's online booth where you can catch up on all the latest Boxer news including a quick round up of the latest production, post and remote working technologies from Boxer CTO Marc Risby.

With news from Telestream, AJA, NewTek, Kiloview, Kybio, Kumulate, SNS and GB Labs our booth will get you up to speed in no time.

Give us a call on 01582 466100 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more or set up a demo for any of our brand partners.

Using the virtual event platform Hopin, the festival will offer an interactive and engaging event experience, all from the comfort of your home. Hear from leading industry speakers, contribute insight with interactive polls, meet members of your industry community via Event Chat and much more. 

Whether it's down to enterprise level corporate comms, the youtube generation or small businesses looking for ways of maintaining relationships with customers during the pandemic, video has never been more popular.

With 30 years experience of helping companies manage their broadcast, proAV and post production workflows Boxer are on hand to help you navigate an efficient, effective and secure path through today's technological challenges. 

Setting up a hybrid or cloud based workflow can be daunting and unexpectedly expensive if you have never done it before. Working with key partners like Qumulo, Boxer are able to offer a range of solutions to suit your particular needs.

A combination of the current huge demand for content, coupled with 4k productions means that organisations working with video need a robust, secure and efficient solution for managing the ever growing mountain of data this video consumes.

With attractive in-cloud and on-prem solutions Qumulo offer a flexible infrastructure that integrates with existing applications and video editing software. Organisations can also transition to hybrid cloud environments, or burst existing workflows to the cloud to accelerate productivity when needed.

Find out more here:

Qumulo corporate video

 

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TELESTREAM LIGHTSPEED K80 G8 UPGRADE PROMOTION

The Lightspeed K80 was a ground-breaking GPU-acceleration server when released in 2015. As Telestream’s first dual-GPU server, it quickly became the bestselling Lightspeed of all time. After years of service at media facilities around the world, support for the K80 will come to an end on December 31st, 2021, so we are excited to offer a great incentive to upgrade to the newest Lightspeed, the G8.

Like the K80, the G8 is a single RU server, featuring an all-new CPU and dual-GPU architecture and is up to 80% faster than a K80 for certain operations. Despite the speed increases, the G8 is also up to 50% more power efficient. More speed, less power consumption, and being a drop-in replacement for the K80 makes the G8 a perfect upgrade. 

  • Customers who purchased a Lightspeed K80 are eligible to upgrade to a Lightspeed G8 at a 20% discount 
  • Customers with existing V-LS-Silver/ V-LS-Gold/ V-LS-Pltn support on the K80 will have support transferred over to the G8

Telestream® G8 Lightspeed™ Server can be added to any Vantage Transcode product or Post Producer Vantage node to accelerate video processing and H.264 transcoding. Lightspeed Server accelerates video processing with GPUs and multicore CPUs to provide the best image quality in the least amount of time. Housed in an efficient 1 RU chassis, Lightspeed G8 Servers reduce rack space, power and cooling requirements while meeting increased output capacity needs.

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 G8 vs K80 vs G5 vs G6 Lightspeed IPTV

Accelerated Video Processing

The G8 Lightspeed is a dual-GPU NVIDIA server that accelerates computeintensive image processing within Vantage workflows, including scaling, deinterlacing, frame rate conversion, motion vector calculation, and other tasks that require computation and analysis to modify, or create new video frames. Faster video preprocessing acceleration benefits the output quality of all video output formats, for both transcoding and automated content assembly.

Deinterlacing

Deinterlacing is required when converting interlaced broadcast content for web and mobile distribution and is also the first step in high-quality frame rate conversion. High-quality deinterlacing produces far sharper and clearer image quality than is possible with simple field blending techniques. 

G8 vs K80 vs G5 vs G6 Lightspeed Multiscreen

Video Image Scaling

Advanced image scaling is crucial to maintaining high-quality results. Both up-scaling and down-scaling require significant processing to preserve image sharpness. Lightspeed image scaling eliminates banding and ringing artifacts that are associated with video upconversion. This is particularly useful when converting broadcast content into web and mobile formats.

Frame Rate Conversion 

Frame rate conversion is increasingly important for internationalisation and inverse telecine workflows. Lightspeed accelerates both standards conversion and the conversion of broadcast content to 23.976 film rates, with reliable, high-quality results. Tachyon® format conversion workflows are handled with speed and efficiency.

G8 vs K80 vs G5 vs G6 Lightspeed XD CAM

16-bit YUV Video Processing

Vantage employs Lightspeed technology to efficiently process 16-bit, 4:4:4:4, YUV video, achieving sparkling video quality and color fidelity for any Vantage output format. Lightspeed accelerates sophisticated image processing algorithms that have previously required purpose-built hardware to produce pristine video.

Accelerated x264 Encoding 

Lightspeed Server also speeds x264 video encoding. x264 is renowned for producing the best video image quality across the spectrum of bitrates needed for screens of any size. Lightspeed accelerates x264 to produce the best possible H.264 images, at any bitrate, in the shortest possible time.

Accelerated HEVC Encoding

The G8 Lightspeed supports NVENC (NVIDIA’s HEVC Encoder) for certain Vantage transcoders, enabling encoding performance that is faster than x264 (but in most cases of lower quality).

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Register here for the MPTS Virtual Festival Wednesday May 12th 2021

Following the success of the MPTS Connect Festival, the team have announced an additional one-day virtual event on 12th May, during what would have been the MPTS show week.

Each year at the Media Production & Technology Show, the agenda starts with industry overviews from panels featuring thought leaders and executives across the broadcast and media industries, known as ‘State of the Nation’ sessions.

The virtual one day event will now bring these State of the Nation sessions straight to your browser:

  • TV Production Landscape
  • Post-Production
  • CTO’s/Heads of Technology Viewpoint
  • Suppliers - Covid impact
  • VFX

This event is free to attend for those working in the broadcast and media industries.

To view the programme and register for free, visit

BOXER register here

Our online booth will give you the chance to catch up on all the latest Boxer news including a quick round up of the latest production, post and remote working technologies from Boxer CTO Marc Risby.

With news from Telestream, AJA, NewTek, Kiloview, Kybio, Kumulate and GB Labs our booth will get you up to speed in no time. Give us a call on 01582 466100 or send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more or set up a demo.

Using the virtual event platform Hopin, the festival will offer an interactive and engaging event experience, all from the comfort of your home. Hear from leading industry speakers, contribute insight with interactive polls, meet members of your industry community via Event Chat and much more. 

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