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nxtedition CTO presents improvements to Node.js streams at major international conference

Robert Nagy to discuss progress at Node.TLV.

Robert Nagy, lead developer and co-founder of production automation specialist nxtedition, has been invited to speak at Node.TLV, the international convention for the Node.js community. Node.js directs the development and management of core JavaScript technology used by all sectors of the IT industry.

Earlier this year Nagy was appointed to the Technical Steering Committee of Node.js, joining representatives of major IT players from around the world. Node.TLV, which is being held in Tel Aviv, Israel, 14-15 November 2021, is expected to welcome more than 800 developers.

“Node.js is a core part of much of today’s IT infrastructure, used by everyone from small start-ups to large global companies like Netflix and LinkedIn,” Nagy said. “It is also an essential part of the media world, a central module in the runtime used to transfer and transform data.

“I will be a part of the discussions around the latest developments in Node 14 and beyond,” he added. “This significantly improves the behavioural consistency of streams, which will be beneficial to nxtedition and the other companies developing software-centric production and delivery tools.”

As a member of the Technical Steering Committee, Nagy is closely involved with the development of Node.js core stream and http modules. His talk will discuss the challenges of streaming, how they are resolved, and present many new exciting features that make writing Node streams easier.

nxtedition is also a sponsor of the event. “We develop our platform exclusively in Node.js and JavaScript,” said Roger Persson, head of sales and marketing at nxtedition. “Taking an active and leading role in future developments like Node.js helps us stay at the leading edge in our market, and at the same time to spread our experience around every part of the IT industry. Sharing knowledge plays a key part in technical excellence, which is why we are proud to play a part in making this event happen.”

Salsa Sound Launches Software Defined and Cloud Compatible Version of AI-Based Audio Mixing Engine MIXaiR™ 2.0

Salsa Sound, an innovator in AI-based audio mixing, has launched MIXaiR™ 2.0, the latest iteration of its AI-based automated platform for live audio mixing, transitioning to a pure software, cloud-ready version. Aimed at live sports applications and built on the company’s patented AI technology, MIXaiR 2.0 allows sound engineers to automatically create the best possible mix using standard microphone set-ups.

Giving fans the most immersive and enhanced experience, regardless of whether they are accessing content on the big screen or via social media, MIXaiR 2.0 delivers multiple automated spatial audio mixes for the ultimate listening experience whether over headphones or loudspeaker setups. Unlike other automated mixing systems, MIXaiR 2.0 requires no additional tracking or manual operation. Instead, the system takes audio feeds from existing broadcast microphones at a stadium, relying on its unique AI algorithms to detect, mix in and enhance the on-pitch sounds and create engaging real-time mixes.

MIXaiR 2.0 is designed to make life easier for the sound team and speed up audio workflows, automatically rendering to multiple formats and mixing multiple language versions or crowd flavours (e.g., home/away), with each mix automatically made compliant to the requisite loudness standards and parameters required for social media platforms, linear broadcast, VOD, or OTT.

“We designed MIXaiR 2.0 to remove time-intensive, manual processes that sound engineers are faced with; instead, we give them the freedom to craft a mix, rather than chasing it," said Rob Oldfield, Co-Founder and CEO at Salsa Sound. “We want amazing sound to be accessible to as many sports fans as possible for both high and lower budget games. By removing the need for additional infrastructure, we’ve ensured that MIXaiR 2.0 can be used by clubs of all sizes to give their fans the best experience that captures all the excitement of the on-field action and makes them feel like they are actually in the stadium with the fans.”

With this newest version of MIXaiR, Salsa Sound has transitioned its technology from a 1RU hardware-based offering to a pure software solution, supporting all the major operating systems (MacOS, Linux, Windows, etc.) as well as VMs and major cloud platforms. This highly scalable solution is cost-efficient and flexible and can be deployed onsite, as part of a remote production workflow, over IP or in the cloud.

Thanks to its AI-based approach, Salsa Sound gives broadcasters and sports organisations a more robust and intelligent way to create automated mixes. MIXaiR 2.0 has been “trained” with hundreds of hours of content from English Premier League and Championship games to learn what sounds make up a great mix. The system automatically recognises the significant audio moments in the game and can even automatically reduce profanity from pitch-side mics getting into the broadcast.

As well as for football, Salsa Sound has been trialling MIXaiR 2.0 with live boxing and is working to train the system with content from American Football and other sports.

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Filmhouse Turns to Rohde & Schwarz CLIPSTER for 2021 Edinburgh International Film Festival

Festival host once again relies on R&S®CLIPSTER with upgrade to latest version.

Rohde & Schwarz, a global leader in post-production media technologies, has supplied the latest version of its R&S®CLIPSTER mastering system to Filmhouse. Scotland's leading independent cinema, Filmhouse is the home of the annual Edinburgh International Film Festival, which was established in 1947.

Alongside the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Filmhouse plays host to at least two film festivals a month, from Japanese Anime events to Spanish and French film festivals, as well as special events, such as the recent Mark Cousins collection. The team relies heavily on CLIPSTER to create Digital Cinema Packages (DCPs) of shorts during the festivals, to create film scans and put together marketing stings.

“We bought our first CLIPSTER in 2013, and we used it intensely throughout its life, so the best and most sensible decision to make was to upgrade to the new version. Speed is vital to everything we do here at Filmhouse and CLIPSTER handles all the work we need extremely quickly and reliably. It’s incredibly flexible and able to cope with the sheer range of content that we work with,” said Ally McCrum, Technical Manager CMI, Filmhouse Edinburgh, Belmont Filmhouse Aberdeen, Edinburgh International Film Festival.

“The response from Rohde & Schwarz has been amazing and the team there is fantastic at helping us transition smoothly. We had a very tight turnaround time between the system being installed just prior to the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the technical support team was able to talk us through the changes in the new system so we could hit the ground running.”

CLIPSTER is the gold standard solution for mastering and distribution of feature films and episodic TV. It is a powerful tool for editing any type of media, in any resolution, and creating a high-quality professional deliverable that meets stringent, professional delivery specifications. The CLIPSTER software supports the latest IMF standards, and delivers support for Dolby Atmos multichannel surround sound production technology and Filmhouse’s new CLIPSTER was delivered by Jigsaw24, a long-standing partner of Rohde & Schwarz products and solutions.

Andreas Loges, Vice President Media Technologies at Rohde & Schwarz commented: “Customers like Filmhouse need a reliable and robust workhorse that can handle large volumes of DCPs that have to be mastered quickly, while still being able to create high-end results. We are very proud to continue our long working relationship with them and play such a central role in the iconic Edinburgh International Film Festival.”

Garden Studios chooses Mo-Sys VP Pro XR for state-of-the-art virtual production stage

Mo-Sys technology enables set extensions for Garden Studios’ LED volume.

Mo-Sys™ Engineering, (www.mo-sys.com), world leader in precision camera tracking solutions for virtual production, has seen its latest VP Pro XR server deployed by London’s Garden Studios for its state-of-the-art virtual production (VP) stage installed in March 2021. Garden Studios is adding a second StarTracker camera and lens tracking system to support its ongoing R&D and expansion.

Garden Studios’ virtual production facility allows filmmakers to shoot real-time VFX shots on set, using virtual graphics displayed on an LED volume to create photo-realistic backdrops. The benefit being the reduction or elimination of post-production compositing and the associated costs. Garden Studios also hosts MetFilm School on-site giving students the opportunity to work with emerging VP technologies alongside industry professionals.

“We already use Mo-Sys VP Pro software with StarTracker for our main LED volume, what we wanted was set extension (XR) capability in order to offer clients additional creative capability,” said Mark Pilborough-Skinner, Virtual Production Supervisor, Garden Studios. “We chose VP Pro XR for its set extension quality and unique cinematic XR features, but also because it’s designed by a highly innovative company that understands film, television, and broadcast production.”

VP Pro XR is a purpose-built scalable XR server that enables traditional shooting techniques within LED volumes. One unique feature of VP Pro XR is Cinematic XR Focus enabling focus pulls between talent or objects in the physical studio, and virtual objects positioned deep in the virtual world displayed in the LED volume. This means that for the first time, an LED volume can be used as more than just a backdrop, and can instead deliver far greater interactivity between real and virtual elements enabling better storytelling.

“We designed VP Pro XR to deliver Cinematic XR capability, to solve known issues when shooting in LED volumes, and to deliver the specific capabilities demanded by film and broadcast creatives. We’re delighted to have such a forward-thinking company as Garden Studios as a customer, and we appreciate their continued investment in Mo-Sys technology,” added Michael Geissler, CEO, Mo-Sys. “We look forward to working closely with the team there and to help bring through the next generation of filmmakers and cinematographers from MetFilm School.”

Mo-Sys and AlfaLite collaborate on LED Virtual Production Solutions

Mo-Sys Engineering (www.mo-sys.com), a leader in virtual production and image robotics, and Spanish company AlfaLite, the only European LED tile manufacturer, are collaborating to offer complete end-to-end LED virtual production solutions. Each company will have full demonstration facilities of the complete system at their respective headquarters.

Mo-Sys has an established virtual production system, in the VP Pro XR content server and the StarTracker camera/lens tracking system. The advanced tools in VP Pro XR include the unique ability to pull focus seamlessly between real and virtual objects. By partnering with AlfaLite, Mo-Sys can now offer the ModularPix Pro LED tile modules in a one-stop package for a complete LED volume, multi-camera production system.

“Movies, television and live events all want to benefit from virtual production,” said Michael Geissler, CEO of Mo-Sys. “Getting a complete, fully functional system from one supplier makes it easy for them to seize the advantages quickly, slashing the technical time and allowing them to get right on with the creativity.”

Juan Vega, International Sales Manager of AlfaLite added “Both AlfaLite and Mo-Sys are well-known names in the virtual production market, respected for our advanced functionality and high levels of customer support in the key markets. Working together in partnership will strengthen our offering even further, and make us ever-more responsive to both experienced users and those looking to move into virtual production.”

Mo-Sys will install a ModularPix Pro P1 LED screen at its headquarters in London. AlfaLite will add a Mo-Sys VP Pro XR and StarTracker to its demonstration facilities in its factory in Huelva, Spain. The two companies will collaborate on marketing and exhibitions, as well as providing support for sales channels.

Rohde & Schwarz and ATTO Partner to Optimize Ethernet Adapter Capabilities for macOS

Mac customers gain lightning fast connectivity to the R&S®SpycerNode media storage solution via ATTO’s ThunderLink and Thunderbolt adaptors. 

Rohde & Schwarz, a global leader in post-production media technologies, has joined forces with ATTO Technology, Inc., a global leader of network, storage connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments, to optimize the new generation of ATTO 360™ Tuning, Monitoring and Analytics Software, as well as ATTO ThunderLink® N3 3102 and NS 3252 Thunderbolt™ adapters for use with R&S®SpycerNode. Now, macOS customers – in addition to Linux and Windows users – can more easily connect to the SpycerNode media storage solution, benefitting from a significant performance enhancement, without the need for additional PCI slots.

ATTO’s forthcoming software release will give customers access to three dedicated Rohde & Schwarz tuning profiles, providing automatic adjustments to system control settings with just a few mouse clicks and support for uncompressed single frame file transfers. This latest collaboration builds on an established relationship between the two companies which began with certification of ATTO solutions for the R&S®CLIPSTER mastering and distribution platform.

“Large parts of the media and entertainment industry run on macOS, and we want to make it as easy as possible for our customers to work with our media storage and enjoy the same quality experience regardless of their operating system of choice,” commented Dirk Thometzek, Product Manager Storage Solutions at Rohde & Schwarz. “We have a long working relationship with the team at ATTO and we both understand what our customers need and expect in terms of functionality. We are delighted to once again join forces to deliver a step up in performance, allowing our macOS customers to remain focused on delivering high quality creative content.”

SpycerNode storage reduces complexity while increasing ease of use. With a set of high-value features, it leverages High-Performance Computing file system features for seamless workflow integration and multiple layers of redundancy for comprehensive resilience. The highly user-oriented storage solution is fully scalable and can be adapted to capacity and bandwidth demands during operation. Multiple SpycerNode devices with different configurations can be very easily combined.

Tim Klein, CEO, ATTO Technology, Inc. commented: “We support both Windows and Linux, but a large proportion of our customer base are Mac users, so pushing the performance envelope to allow greater creative freedom is something we wanted to deliver on. Our close working relationship with the team at Rohde & Schwarz really came into its own and we have been able to achieve a level of performance for SpycerNode that is over and above what the default settings can offer.”

ATTO 360 Tuning, Monitoring and Analytics Software is a tool for optimizing and maintaining Ethernet networks. It supports ATTO Ethernet products such as ATTO FastFrame Smart Ethernet Adapters and ATTO ThunderLink Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapters, giving every user the ability to easily tune a network for the best performance. The Rohde & Schwarz profiles will be available from Q1 2022, but in the meantime, ATTO 360 is available to download here: https://www.atto.com/landing/atto360.

MO-SYS AND BROADCAST SOLUTIONS MIDDLE EAST ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP AT CABSAT 2021

Mo-Sys to detail LED and green screen virtual production solutions for sports, news, and entertainment

Mo-Sys™ Engineering, (www.mo-sys.com), a world leader in image robotics and virtual production solutions, will detail how its latest innovations enable both LED and green screen virtual production at CABSAT 2021. The company is co-exhibiting with Broadcast Solutions Middle East, one of the largest systems integrators in the EMEA region, following on from a newly inked partnership deal.

“As one of the pioneering innovators of virtual production (VP), our technology is unique in bringing functionality that is tailored to the needs of the broadcast and film markets,“ said Philippe Vignal, Mo-Sys Engineering Director of Sales and Business Development, EMEA & APAC. “We are delighted to bring our solutions to customers across the Middle East in partnership with Broadcast Solutions”.

With nearly two decades of experience, Broadcast Solutions is one of the leading systems integrators in the Middle East, with a reputation for bringing together complex systems and technology for its customers in the broadcast and media sector. The partnership will support Mo-Sys' expansion into the Middle East region and allow Broadcast Solutions to offer its customers access to cutting-edge virtual production solutions.

“The global virtual production sector saw explosive growth during 2020, which has continued into this year and shows no signs of slowing down. VP offers incredible value to broadcasters, filmmakers and production studios as we have seen from the rise in VP elements being used in live broadcast,” said Nicholas Hans, founding partner at Broadcast Solutions Middle East. “We are excited to partner with Mo-Sys and bring its market-leading solutions to our customers in the region.”

At CABSAT 2021 Mo-Sys will highlight VP Pro XR, a dedicated content server for real-time visual effects production using an LED volume, with or without set extensions (XR). This system is unique in being designed by broadcast and film technologists for creatives in these markets, and is capable of being used with green screen and LED volumes. A key feature of VP Pro XR is its unique patent-pending Cinematic XR Focus, enabling focus pulls between talent and virtual objects positioned virtually behind the LED volume.

At the Broadcast Solutions stand, Mo-Sys will additionally give CABSAT 2021 attendees the opportunity to learn about its flagship StarTracker camera tracking system. This is now the tracking technology of choice for many prestige broadcasters, including BBC Sport who used the system during its coverage of this Summer’s Tokyo Games, and featured a virtual set so convincing that viewers complained after it was revealed by a studio guest that the BBC presenters were not actually in Tokyo.

Mo-Sys can be found on booth 123 at CABSAT 2021.

MO-SYS TECHNOLOGY PLAYED STARRING ROLE IN MOOV’S VIRTUAL SET FOR BBC SPORT’S TOKYO GAMES COVERAGE

Mo-Sys Engineering, a world leader in precision camera tracking solutions for virtual studios and augmented reality, today announces that its StarTracker technology was front and centre of the innovative virtual studio production for BBC Sport’s coverage of the Tokyo Games. The entire virtual graphics production was implemented by MOOV, the UK based sports and events graphics company, with the project being shortlist as a finalist at the 2021 Broadcast Sports Awards in November.

Dock10 at MediaCityUK hosted BBC Sport and the MOOV virtual production. The innovative design was at the heart of the BBC Sport’s main presentation and featured a stunning backdrop of the host city. Five Mo-Sys StarTracker camera tracking systems, along with remote camera heads, formed a key part of this virtual reality workflow.

MOOV began work on implementing the concepts and designs for a studio that combined virtual sets, augmented reality, and real-time motion graphic well before the pandemic. The plan was to have the studio on location at the games, creating a dynamic virtual environment that provided a sense of spaciousness and enhanced both the storytelling and viewer engagement. However, with the arrival of the pandemic, the virtual studio design and workflow had to pivot to re-locate at Dock10’s Manchester facility.

Michael Geissler, CEO Mo-Sys Engineering Ltd said, “We are so proud of the central role that StarTracker played in this landmark production of the events from Tokyo, and it was a pleasure to work with MOOV and BBC Sport once again. The StarTracker system was vital in helping MOOV pivot from its pre-pandemic plans to locating the studio in the UK and in maintaining a smooth integration between CGI and live elements. In fact, it was so seamless that viewers complained because they thought the studio was actually on location in Tokyo instead of in Manchester!”

One of the biggest challenges when combining live action with computer-generated scenic elements is ensuring that the CGI knows exactly what the cameras are seeing at all times to ensure that the combined image remains precisely locked from start to finish. StarTracker is an elegant solution that makes something extraordinarily complex extremely simple, and gives a flawless end result.

In the case of the design for Tokyo, there was additional complexity from having to operate within a multi-level studio. The team from MOOV also had to ensure that the rail camera was always out of shot which they were able to do using StarTracker by applying dynamic masking to the head of the jib. StarTracker also seamlessly integrated with the Brainstorm technology that MOOV deployed for the project.

Nevil Appleton, Director and Co-founder of MOOV, commented, “We own and have used Mo-Sys technology for a few years now, and StarTracker is our go-to system because it works, and so ticks every box for us. We pick best-in-class technology for the types of projects that we work on and thanks to StarTracker, camera tracking is the thing we have to worry about least – that is invaluable for us and our clients. The BBC Sport team was already familiar with the power and reliability of StarTracker from Match of the Day and its coverage of Wimbledon, so they knew what it could do and trusted that the system would perform as we needed it to."

Due to its unique combination of innovation and robustness, Mo-Sys StarTracker has earned preferred product status in the virtual production space and is now the camera tracking technology of choice for premium live events. The solution makes set-up for virtual production fast and easy using a random pattern of reflective dots – “stars” – on the studio ceiling to map camera positions in just a few moments. Once mapped, any StarTracker camera can be precisely located in three-dimensional space, and for 6-axes of movement. In addition, precision lens data enables the CGI elements to be distorted to match the camera lens for even greater realism. StarTracker also delivers extra flexibility in terms of the range of camera angles and the types of cameras and jibs that can be used in the studio.

Intinor appoints Lina Zackrisson as its new CEO

Intinor, Sweden’s leading developer of products and solutions for high-quality video over internet, today announces that its Board of Directors has appointed Lina Zackrisson as the new CEO. Zackrisson will take up her new role in January 2022, replacing co-founder Roland Axelsson, who has been CEO since the company’s inception in 2003.

Commenting on her appointment, Intinor’s incoming CEO, Lina Zackrisson, said: "I feel inspired, honored and at the same time humbled by the trust I have received from the Board and look forward to working with the whole team at Intinor to take the company through the next phase in its development."

 Zackrisson has a long history with Volvo Trucks and its factory in Umeå, most recently serving as Production Director, and previously holding the positions of Director of Logistics and Director of Business Control. She has a master’s degree in business and economics from Umeå University.

 "We are very pleased to welcome Lina to our company, we believe that her experience and knowledge fit perfectly into the leadership we need to continue our growth journey and we have confidence that she has the vision and skills to steer the company as we push towards our next milestones," said Intinor's Chairman of the Board, Fredrik Jonsson.

 Co-founder and former CEO Roland Axelsson will remain at Intinor, focusing on driving the company’s product and market development.

 “After 18 years as CEO, I am happy to hand leadership of the company to Lina who I know will drive the company’s development to the next level. It has been a fantastic journey, not least in recent years when our vision and strategy to deliver the best complete solution for video over the internet won the trust of so many customers in our home market, in Europe, and now around the globe. I have full confidence that under Lina’s leadership we will go from strength to strength."

iSIZE Joins the Alliance for Open Media

The Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia) today announced that iSIZE, a company with a codec-independent AI technology that reduces bandwidth use and improves the video experience, has joined the organization at the Promoter level. As a member of the Alliance, iSIZE will collaborate with AOMedia members, the leading internet and media technology companies, to advance open standards for media compression and delivery over the web while promoting hardware video encoding adoption.

iSIZE specializes in deep learning for intelligent and sustainable video delivery. Its proprietary deep perceptual optimizer uses AI trained to "see with the human eye" in order to optimize video quality, and it offers significant bitrate savings for all video encoding standards, including AV1.

"We are very pleased to join AOMedia, where we can share our experience with AI-based solutions for high-quality video streaming," said Sergio Grce, CEO at iSIZE. "Like AOMedia, we are passionate about building high-impact video solutions that leave a mark on the world, and we look forward to working with our fellow members to deliver superb video streaming experiences."

As a result of AV1's improved data compression over existing standards, fewer bits need to be streamed to reach high visual quality levels and improved user experience. iSIZE's BitSave AI-based preprocessor solutions can be used in tandem with any VP9 or AV1 encoder to improve the quality of VP9 or AV1 video on client devices without requiring any change on the streaming or decoding devices.

"It's great to welcome iSIZE to AOMedia," said Matt Frost, AOMedia Chair and Director at Google. "iSIZE's expertise in bitrate and quality gains in video compression will benefit the entire video streaming ecosystem. We look forward to collaborating with iSIZE on our goal to expand hardware adoption of the AV1 standard in hardware and increase openness and interoperability of internet video."

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