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Broadcast specialist nxtedition today announces that it has taken up membership of the DPP, the media industry’s business network which connects companies from the whole media supply chain to share knowledge, solve problems and create business opportunities.

The DPP has more than 400 members from across the broadcast production chain, including start-ups and major global brands. The organisation’s recommended practices have been adopted across the world to strengthen regional digital production initiatives.

Roger Persson, head of sales and marketing at nxtedition, commented: “Collaboration and the cross pollination of ideas is increasingly valuable to any company that wants to remain an active participant in the media and entertainment sector. We put creativity and innovation at the heart of everything we do and the DPP offers us another valuable platform for connecting with our peers and customers to help drive the future of our industry.”

DPP Managing Director Mark Harrison added, “The DPP is delighted to welcome nxtedition as a new member. We are sure that, with their expertise in software defined workflows and automation solutions, they will bring enormous value to our DPP member community, especially within our Next Gen Production Network.”

Established by three major UK broadcasters, BBC, ITV and Channel 4, the DPP brings together content providers with innovative technology companies and service providers with the mission to deliver a simpler, more effective global content supply chain.

Cinegy has appointed ElectronicVerve as its exclusive master reseller for India. ElectronicVerve is a specialist in helping broadcasters and media organizations to design and implement IP workflows, ensuring a smooth transition as customers migrate from their legacy infrastructures. With its IP expertise and its strong relationships in the broadcast, gaming and corporate sectors, ElectronicVerve is strongly placed to help Cinegy meet the needs of a dynamic Indian market.

Founded by Arjun Dhawan, who continues the legacy of the late Mr. Naresh Dhawan, Managing Director of long-time Cinegy distributor Setron India P. Ltd., ElectronicVerve continues a strong history of supporting Cinegy customers in the Indian market.

“We have now irrevocably moved towards a work from anywhere model in our industry, and customers increasingly want – and need – the flexibility to leverage the best talent, regardless of their location, and implement ultra-agile workflows that take collaboration and creativity to the next level,” said ElectronicVerve’s Founder and Managing Director Arjun Dhawan. “IP is the most efficient way that these needs can be met and Cinegy is widely recognized by the market as the premium system. Cinegy delivers an unmatched combination of price and functionality, the entire workflow from acquisition to delivery is based on standard IT hardware and is highly customizable. Additionally, this is a simple plug-and-play solution that anyone with a good basic knowledge can set up and configure.”

With a raft of customer wins in the last year, Cinegy’s Air PRO software-based system for HD and UHD 4K playout automation is establishing itself as the go to for small and medium IP deployments, as well as large enterprise roll-outs. The system currently supports a wide range of industry systems including General Entertainment Channels, Travel & Lifestyle Channels, YouTube Channels, News Channels, Cable and Distribution Hubs, Monitoring Solutions and other applications in India.

Cinegy Managing Director Daniella Weigner said, “We are delighted to continue our long relationship with Arjun and the team at ElectronicVerve. India is an important market for us and with its rising demand for flexible, scalable IP-based workflows, their IT and IP expertise will be central to our efforts to best serve our customers as they transition from traditional workflows and established ways of working to the intelligent workflows that IP enables.”

ElectronicVerve is currently working on several broadcast projects where Cinegy solutions will feature.

Rohde & Schwarz, a global leader in broadcast media technologies, today announces with great regret that it has withdrawn its booth participation from NAB Show 2021. This difficult decision has been taken in light of the ongoing travel embargo to the US for many of its global customers and technology staff, along with the risks presented by the continued rise in Covid cases.

Joerg Fries, Vice President Broadcast, Amplifiers & Media said, “It is with a heavy heart that we have made the decision not to have a booth at this year’s NAB Show. We would like to show our deep appreciation of the NAB organization and the way it has handled this challenging situation; the organizers have been unfailing in the support given to us as we make these difficult decisions. We look forward to returning to Las Vegas in April 2022 and connecting with our customers and partners face-to-face once again.”

Although Rohde & Schwarz and Pixel Power will no longer have a booth presence due to the international travel embargo, senior US based sales representatives will visit NAB and be available for customer meetings. In addition, R&S will engage with customers through virtual platforms to highlight the latest innovations that would have been on display at the NAB Show 2021. More details will be issued soon.

Summary:

Rohde & Schwarz and Pixel Power will together be presenting an integrated workflow solution from ingest to playout that includes broadcast wide monitoring, multiviewing and storage solutions. These workflow solutions are available today, on premise, virtualized within a data center or the public cloud.

Studio Production – R&S will showcase their on premise and cloud functionality for ingest, transcoding and studio playout using public cloud with existing storage hardware, which will synchronise content in the facility with the cloud solution. Studio content being ingested could be passed straight to master control for scheduled or immediate playout. Monitoring and multiviewing from the cloud using SRT brings multiviewer mosaics and monitoring content back to the studio.

Post Production – R&S is releasing a new competitive CLIPSTER platform which has for many years been the gold standard solution for mastering and distribution of feature films and episodic TV. The new CLIPSTER platform brings greater functionality to a wider audience at a more competitive price. R&S also recently launched its dedicated post production storage solution, SpycerNode SC, bringing high performance computing power, speed and reliability to post production workflows.

Delivery – Again using public cloud, Pixel Power will present Master Control Playout workflows from the cloud as well as offering an on premise solution. Content ingested in the studio cloud could be made available for playout. With integrated software defined, virtualizable monitoring and multiviewing a powerful portfolio for playout and transmission suites is now available in one system. Integrated graphics and branding come with 30 years heritage and experience and offers workflow solutions for a range of sophisticated in-channel and cross channel branding and promotion as well as playout.

Distribution – Television & Radio Transmitters have been at the heart of R&S broadcast technology for more than 70 years. R&S presents the latest in software-upgradable transmitters as well as the new 5G Broadcast and ATSC3.0 technologies that redefine the future of content delivery on the move.

Starfish Technologies today announces that its Transport Stream processing products, including the TS Splicer, are now available running on a Linux operating system in addition to Windows. The latest versions of Starfish’s products provide customers with significant improvements in performance along with increased efficiency and channel density.

Starfish Marketing Director Peter Blatchford said, “Our market leading TS processing products have always offered major benefits to users as a result of the patented technology we incorporate. We have been refining our software even further in recent years to offer additional features and increased efficiency to allow even more processing channels to be installed on a generic server platform. Customers will now have the option to run the same application on either Linux or Windows operating systems, giving them even greater flexibility. The Linux implementation is particularly important to the Telecoms marketplace where it is currently the de facto operating system in use.”

The TS Splicer, a software-based solution for clean switching of encoded Transport Streams, supports MPEG2, H.264 and HEVC/H.265 encoded media and is used for media switching and content replacement for advertising insertion and slating. It now also supports SMPTE 2022-7, providing seamless input protection of redundant source signals.

iSIZE, the AI-tech company, that specializes in deep learning for intelligent and sustainable video delivery, is exhibiting as part of the Connected Media|IP at NAB 2021 and will show the latest version of BitSave, its fully artificial intelligence (AI)-powered technology. This first-of-a-kind solution leverages deep perceptual optimization in order to optimize video quality, and it offers significant bitrate savings for all video encoding standards.

ISIZE has also been selected to present a paper – entitled Perceptually-Optimized AI-Based Video Delivery Over Existing Standards – on Sunday, October 10 at 15:20, presented by the company’s CTO and Co-Founder, Yiannis Andreopoulos. Additionally, Andreopoulos is participating in a panel session entitled Meeting the Demand for a Content Everywhere Future.

The latest updates to BitSave mean it is now capable of achieving even greater bitrate savings, along with a leap forward in video quality and optimization. iSIZE is also demonstrating a new AI-based video codec de-noising technology and a degenerative video compression innovation at NAB 2021. A server-side preprocessing enhancement, BitSave gives customers an elegant way to integrate AI with existing systems and encoders to achieve the savings without moving to new codec standards.

iSIZE CEO Sergio Grce said, “The accelerating demand for higher quality video streaming and the need to deliver their video content as cost efficiently as possible are challenges that everyone who streams media now faces. We know that the amount of video content is only going to increase and that the demand for higher resolution content is on an upward trend – Cisco forecasts that 56.8 percent of the global IP video traffic will be HD and 22.3 percent will be Ultra HD by 2022. Studies also show that the growing carbon footprint of video streaming has overtaken that of the airline industry. BitSave addresses all three of these major challenges in a cost-efficient way without compromising the end viewer experience.”

iSIZE’s patent-pending technology is fully codec independent, increasing the efficiency and performance of all latest codec standards including AVC/H.264, HEVC/H.265, and VP9. This ensures seamless integration with existing media workflows, without breaking any standards or requiring any changes in the streaming process or the client devices.

Intinor Technology, Sweden’s leading developer of products and solutions for high quality video over the internet, will be showcasing its flagship Direkt series of remote production solutions at NAB 2021. The company will also demonstrate the recently released "ultra low latency" feature, which delivers less than half a second end-to-end for complex contribution links. Visitors to the show will be able to see first-hand why the Direkt series has proved itself invaluable for enabling hybrid events in recent times.

Also being highlighted at the Intinor booth is the newly added synchronised streams feature, which makes the Intinor Direkt series even more plug and play simple. This brings real, practical benefits for broadcasters looking for a way to support remote production without compromising operational flexibility or on-screen quality. Thanks to Direkt, two-way interviews are made easy; the solution eliminates the issue of people talking over each other and ensures that live sport really is live.

Intinor CEO Roland Axelsson commented: “Our Direkt series pulls together all the elements that a production needs for a seamless remote operation. We can now offer our customers the same low latency they get with a Zoom call, but with full broadcast quality audio and video. With the latest enhancements to Direkt we are giving broadcasters a simple way to handle all the practicalities of a hybrid production without having to change the way they work.”

Direkt is a highly robust, professional quality, dedicated encoder for contribution circuits and is available in an easy-to-use environment. Intinor has designed the system to be straightforward for operators and technicians to set up and has made operation easy enough so that on-screen talent can work the system from a home studio without breaking isolation.

Cinegy GmbH, the premier provider of software technology for digital video processing, asset management, video compression and automation, and playout, has appointed Mikhail Efimov as regional sales manager for Eastern Europe, Russia and CIS (the former Soviet states). He joins Cinegy from Perspectiva, and brings with him many years’ technical and commercial experience in the broadcast industry.

Efimov, a Russian native, is a graduate of the St Petersburg University of Cinema and Television, where he specialised in the acoustics of studios and control rooms. He went on to do postgraduate work in digital video processing as well as audio. He added business experience with his most recent job, at Perspectiva, which works to develop localised systems for the television industry.

“I am looking forward to bringing my technical background to customers’ projects,” Efimov said. “By developing strong relationships with our partners and users, to help them make the most of Cinegy’s software-based products and services for the broadcast industry.”

Daniella Weigner, CEO of Cinegy, said “Russia and Eastern Europe has long been a strategic market for us, and we have had an exciting 18 years of successful business driven by our long-standing partners and clients. Mikhail’s technical, commercial and communications skills are going to push relationships even further forward. He will help our partners and our customers use our innovative technologies to develop world-beating solutions, delivering business advantages reliably and cost-effectively.”

He joins Cinegy, based in Moscow, on September 1, 2021.

5G VISTA – – has welcomed a further four cutting-edge tech organisations to drive the project from proof of concept to live stadium application. The DCMS-funded project demonstrates how enhanced interactive viewing experiences can be delivered direct to devices, using 5G broadcast technology at live entertainment venues.

The existing consortium, made up of Digital Catapult, DTG (Digital TV Group), Global Wireless Solutions, Rohde & Schwarz and Virgin Media O2, now includes ATEME, Imaginary Pictures, Ori and 5GIC.

Alex Buchan, Project Lead and Strategic Technologist at the DTG said, “We’re really excited to have these four organisations on board for the next development phase for 5G VISTA. Each consortium member brings unique but complementary skills from across the whole mobile media delivery ecosystem, and the new members are no different.

“From testing the cyber security credentials of the network to creating compelling user experiences and enhancing live experiences for fans, our new partners are applying bleeding-edge tech to drive down processing power, latency, and carbon footprint.” ATEME will provide video compression and encoding solutions to enable the live content to be delivered over the 5G broadcast network, while Ori Industries brings a Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC) platform to orchestrate ATEME’s solution on Virgin Media O2’s 5G network.

The University of Surrey's 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) will be looking into multicast/broadcast security within the 5G VISTA project. The work includes the design and validation of end-to-end security for group communications using Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) and a lightweight multicast key management system.

Imaginary Pictures will provide the cameras, production and master control capability for the project's demonstrations.

5G VISTA will be holding an exclusive showcase event for press and partners in London on 15th September.

For more information, or to request an invitation, please contact Georgie Wilks-Wiffen at .

Ben Lloyd and Alexandre Rouly each bring 15 years industry experience

Rohde & Schwarz and Pixel Power have appointed two new sales executives to cover their complete media technology portfolio for broadcasters and post production, from ingest through to playout.

Ben Lloyd, based in the UK, takes over the UK and Nordic region and Alexandre Rouly, based in Barcelona, will lead sales across southern Europe and the Middle East. As the media industry transitions to software-defined workflows, these two appointments bring strength and experience that further support the companies’ leading market positions.

Lloyd comes to R&S with a wide range of experience in helping broadcasters and content providers define workflow requirements and has been at the heart of enabling technical and application solutions for customers throughout his career. A graduate of Southampton Solent University, renowned for its media technology and engineering courses, Lloyd joined Snell Advanced Media as application projects engineer and went on to build his experience and knowledge of specialist sales with a number of leading vendors, most recently at Marquis Broadcast.

Alexandre Rouly has gained a wealth of experience in the digital transformation of the broadcast content chain which fits perfectly with the Rohde & Schwarz and Pixel Power portfolio drive to virtualized and cloud-based workflows. After gaining a masters degree from Telecom Bretagne in Brest, a leading centre of excellence in digital technology, Alexandre’s career spanned the telco and media industries, most recently with Ateme and Net Insight, based in Dubai. His fluency in Arabic, French and English will be invaluable as he develops solutions for media enterprises across the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

“R&S and Pixel Power together bring passion, expertise and reliable engineering to the broadcast and media business originally in hardware but now very much in software-defined solutions,” Lloyd said. “I am very excited to help customers understand our portfolio for studio production, post and playout, that come with the R&S quality and innovation.”

Rouly said “The transition to highly automated production and delivery systems, while retaining the highest quality, has accelerated rapidly. Today media companies are keen to build scalable, responsive, practical software-based architectures, and as a group we are well placed to deliver on our customers’ expectations.”

Jörg Fries, Vice President Broadcast, Amplifiers and Media at Rohde & Schwarz, added “We are delighted to welcome Ben and Alexandre to the European sales team. Their experience, enthusiasm and determination to help customers achieve their desired workflow goals through our range of technologies will be a great asset to both us and our customers in broadcast and post production.

Ben Lloyd joined in July 2021; Alexandre Rouly at the beginning of August.

nxtedition has added a raft of new features to its nxt|edit solution, including additional audio and video tracks, a blur function and an ‘auto ducking’ feature which will automatically reduce the level of other audio tracks when a voiceover is being recorded live. The nxt|edit feature was launched with the latest software upgrade earlier this year, and the philosophy was to create a ‘flipside’ edit on any video imported into the nxtedition agile platform. This facilitates super fast cuts for news, sport, promos or digital content.

Thanks to the new features, at the flip of a switch any video imported or ingested to nxtedition instantly becomes a collaborative edit by default. Following the same intuitive UI design philosophy that is nxtedition’s hallmark, the system is easy for users to learn and super fast to put cuts together for packages, social media, Apps, websites, video walls and B-roll voice overs without ever having to exit the nxtedition UI.

All nxtedition users, with permission, can now share and adjust edits. Journalists in the field can also access the system remotely over VPN and 4G/5G mobile connection for even faster turnaround of content packages.

The new features are wrapped up in the nxtedition ecosphere, meaning users can access growing files from Baseband / NDI® / SRT / HLS / RTMP or RTSP sources through the ingest server, then publish their edits to Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter, or throw them into a rundown to playout live, publish to OTT or drop them directly into a playout channel to air. Using nxt|edit they can even do all of those tasks at the same time, manually or automatically.

“Enabling great storytelling and helping our customers get their content to every platform faster than anyone else is always at the heart of what we do,” said Robert Nagy, Lead Developer & Co-Founder. “The infinite flexibility of an agile microservices environment allows nxtedition clients to be the first notification on the phone for breaking news, action from a big game or second screen leverage during entertainment shows and these latest capabilities allow for even greater levels of productivity, collaboration and blistering speed.”

nxtedition - be fast, be accurate and be first.

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