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Shemaroo Moves Its 3,400 Bollywood Show Titles to EditShare Storage Infrastructure

2017-06-22 08:05:43 ccwire-staff

Basingstoke, UK — EditShare, a technology leader in intelligent shared storage and media management solutions, announced today that Mumbai-based Shemaroo, the largest owner of Bollywood feature film and television program content, has implemented the half-petabyte EditShare XStream EFS solution to store its 3,400-plus titles. Content at Shemaroo is digitalized and repurposed for deliveries on major platforms such as broadcast, digital and direct-to-home (DTH) over modern networks. The installation of EditShare XStream EFS includes Flow media asset management as part of the configuration, bringing desktop search and retrieval of the vast asset pool as well as offering pre-production tools to accelerate Shemaroo’s media production workflow.

“More than reselling movie and TV program content rights, Shemaroo has a significant business in reselling rights to specific songs, fight scenes, love scenes and more,” states Hemant Karani, Sr. Vice President & Head of Studio and Technology, Shemaroo. “Centralizing our massive content catalog onto one storage platform was necessary from an efficiency standpoint. With so many titles and so many resale scenario’s in which we need to pull content, having a searchable online archive of titles and related sequences and clips was critical.”

“The high-performance XStream EFS platform with Flow MAM embeds smart media tools that allow us to deliver our content in the multiple formats required by our business partners, with the scalability and reliability to support our significant business demands,” states Aneri Savla, Asst. Vice President, Studio, Shemaroo.

Shemaroo is the latest and largest facility in India to install the EditShare XStream EFS solution. The installation of the enterprise platform was led by EditShare business partner Cineom Broadcast India Pvt Ltd, also based in Mumbai. “EditShare workflow solutions are proving pivotal for clients like Shemaroo who look to cost-effectively retool their infrastructure without sacrificing the investment in the latest technology,” states Peter Lambert, worldwide sales director, EditShare. “With an expansive film heritage and production community, India is one of the fastest growing markets in terms of new technology adoption. To meet the demand, we are expanding our resources and expertise with additions like technology expert Sreejith Sasidharan, who will support the needs of Shemaroo as they evolve their workflow.”

Stepping into the local sales and support position, Sreejith Sasidharan brings more than 12 years of IT and digital film infrastructure knowledge to EditShare, with a previous engineering position held at the prestigious Filmlab.

For more information on EditShare solutions, visit www.editshare.com.

About Shemaroo
Celebrating the golden jubilee, Shemaroo Entertainment Ltd is among few entertainment companies that has hallmarked several pioneering efforts with its innovative and out- of-the- box thinking. Founded in 1962, Shemaroo Entertainment Ltd is an established media content house in the country, active in Content Acquisition, Value Addition to Content and Content Distribution with a large content library of over 3400 titles.

Shemaroo is engaged in the distribution of content for satellite channels, physical formats and emerging digital technologies like the Mobile, Internet, Broadband, IPTV and DTH among others. With its partnership with the major telecom operators and other digital media platforms, Shemaroo is at the forefront of the digital age. The company has also tied up with many content providers across the country. The “Shemaroo” brand today is synonymous with quality.

About EditShare
EditShare is the technology pioneer in networked shared storage and tapeless, end-to-end workflow solutions for the post-production, TV, and film industries. EditShare’s ground-breaking products improve efficiency and workflow collaboration every step of the way. They include video capture and playout servers, high-performance central shared storage, archiving and backup software, media asset management, and Lightworks – the world’s first three-platform (Windows/OS X/Linux) professional non-linear video editing application.

©2017 EditShare LLC. All rights reserved. EditShare® is a registered trademark of EditShare LLC. All other trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

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Dalet Extends Deal with Perform Group to Deliver DAZN, Its Live and On-demand Sports Service in Japan

2017-06-15 18:23:05 ccwire-staff

Paris, France – Dalet, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, announced today that Perform, the leading digital sports content and media group, has selected Dalet Galaxy as the Media Asset Management and Orchestration platform for the launch and daily operations of its ground-breaking live and on-demand sports platform DAZN in Japan. DAZN, which launched in Japan in August last year, is a rapidly growing subscription-based OTT provider of multimedia sports content. Its offer in Japan is based around Perform’s 10-year rights agreement to broadcast the domestic premier J.League games live streams, highlights and magazine programs. To facilitate the production and distribution of highlights and magazine content, as well as share the high value assets with its UK site, Perform extended its existing relationship with Dalet and implemented an end-to-end production workflow powered by the Dalet Galaxy platform in its Tokyo facility. The agile Dalet Galaxy platform serves to connect and orchestrate the ecosystem of technologies used at DAZN, including Evertz Dream Catcher, Xendata, Qualstar, Adobe® Premiere Pro® CC and Avid ProTools, creating a seamless production and distribution workflow.

“Dalet has shown its worth in managing the large volumes of data generated daily for the J.League. Through its advanced features we have been able to craft ingest workflows that automatically fill out metadata forms based on the file extensions, move media to its allocated location, and enable retention policies based on the media type,” explains Robin Williams, Perform Group post engineering manager, Tokyo. “These workflows have allowed the DAZN team to maximize output efficiency while increasing the value of all content thanks to rich metadata collection within Dalet Galaxy.”

Dalet Galaxy manages content ingest from satellite sources via the Dalet Brio I/O environment, orchestrating all asset transactions for the DAZN VOD workflow. Web-based tools such as Dalet WebSpace let staff quickly assemble and deliver highlight packages and magazine show content to the DAZN platform and archives, while modules such as Dalet Xtend for Adobe® Premiere Pro® CC bring post-production into the main workflow with bidirectional metadata tracking. Dalet AmberFin takes care of all media processing with integrated ingest, mastering, QC and review functionality. Flexible Dalet API-based integrations with third-party systems allow Perform to design workflows tailored for its Japanese operation.

“The functionality of the Dalet Galaxy MAM and its integration with other systems and workflows meant that it was the obvious choice for the creation of highlights and promotional content for J.League post-production teams,” explains Mike Edwards, head of post engineering, Perform Group. “The expansion of the Tokyo platform and the creation of new workflows further cements Perform’s relationship with Dalet as a key partner, as Perform continues to expand and develop post-production facilities around the world.”

Deployed within three weeks, the Tokyo site is linked with Perform’s UK production hub for efficient and sophisticated content collaboration, with Aspera handling fast file transfers between bureaus.

Chris Wright, general manager, Dalet UK, Africa and Middle East comments, “By building its workflows in Dalet Galaxy, Perform automated the most time-consuming processes, allowing staff to concentrate on improving program and service quality instead of managing complicated media transactions. The automation combined with advanced applications such as Dalet WebSpace enable staff to manage content ingest, add metadata, edit clips and export them to publishing, or share them with other global branches from a laptop anywhere on the network. The friction-free workflow is necessary for Perform Group’s fast-turnaround projects.”


About DAZN
DAZN is a live and on-demand sports service that allows fans to watch their sport, their way, live or on-demand. With access to the world’s best sports, fans can watch their favorite teams, leagues and players anytime, anywhere, for an affordable monthly price. DAZN has over 8,000 live events a year and features the widest array of live sports ever offered on one TV platform. DAZN has the ability to play, pause and rewind anytime with no commercial interruptions and no long-term commitments.

DAZN is available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Japan on most connected devices including Smart TVs, smartphones, tablets and games consoles. DAZN is a part of Perform, a leading global sports media group.

Visit http://media.dazn.com/en/ for more information.

About Dalet Digital Media Systems
Dalet solutions and services enable media organizations to create, manage and distribute content faster and more efficiently, fully maximizing the value of assets. Dalet products are built on three distinct platforms that, when combined, form versatile business solutions that power end-to-end workflows for news, sports, program preparation, production, archive and radio. Individually, Dalet platforms and products offer targeted applications with key capabilities to address critical media workflow functions such as ingest, QC, edit, transcode and multiplatform distribution.

The foundation for Dalet productivity-enhancing workflow solutions, Dalet Galaxy is the enterprise NRCS and MAM that unifies the content chain by managing assets, metadata, workflows and processes across multiple and diverse production and distribution systems. Specially tailored for news and media workflows, this unique technology platform helps broadcasters and media professionals increase productivity while providing operational and business visibility.

Dalet AmberFin is the high-quality, scalable transcoding platform with fully integrated ingest, mastering, QC and review functionalities, enabling facilities to make great pictures in a scalable, reliable and interoperable way. Addressing the demanding needs of studio production, multi-camera ingest, sports logging and highlights production, the innovative Dalet Brio video server platform combines density and cost-effectiveness with high reliability.

Dalet supports customers from the initial planning stages to well beyond project execution. Our global presence includes 17 offices strategically located throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, North America and South America, and a network of more than 60 professional partners serving 87 countries worldwide. This collective experience and knowledge enables our customers to realize potential increases in productivity, efficiency and value of their assets.

The comprehensive Dalet Care program ensures deployments remain up and running with 24/7 support 365 days a year.

Dalet systems are used around the world by many thousands of individual users at hundreds of TV and Radio content producers, including public broadcasters (ABS-CBN, BBC, CBC, DR, FMM, France TV, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, eTV, MBC Dubai, MediaCorp, Mediaset, Orange, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros, Sirius XM Radio), and government organizations (Canadian House of Commons, Australian Parliament and UK Parliament).

Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA.

Dalet® is a registered trademark of Dalet Digital Media Systems. All other products and trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com.

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EditShare Parks Content at Object Matrix

2017-06-14 18:23:16 ccwire-staff

Basingstoke, UK – EditShare, a technology leader in intelligent shared storage and media management solutions, announced today that EditShare Flow, the company’s production asset management solution (PAM), now integrates with Object Matrix “MatrixStore” digital governance solutions, expanding the Flow managed storage environment to include parking storage workflows. A control layer for managing assets across systems and workflows, Flow’s new integration allows users to easily move content, including relevant metadata, between MatrixStore Vaults and EditShare XStream shared storage platforms. Further, users can utilize the Flow Automation module to fully automate movement of content between platforms, creating unmanned workflows for redundant and repetitive media migrations.

“Flexibility with regards to tools and connected workflows is key for our customers and thus expanding Flow third-party integrations and workflow scenarios is a main focus for EditShare,” comments Howard Twine, director of software strategy at EditShare. “Integrations like the one with Object Matrix optimize productions and cut costs by eliminating the need for resources to manually move valuable content between EditShare shared storage and Object Matrix parking storage systems. We will continue to work closely with leading vendors to expand the Flow eco-system and offer our customers options that improve production efficiency as well as the ability to tailor productions to their exacting needs.”

Nick Pearce, sales director at Object Matrix, adds, “The media and entertainment industry is moving away from manual processes and silos of storage and is heading towards automated workflows using best-of-breed integrated solutions. Integrating EditShare Flow with a digital content governance platform like MatrixStore ensures the market can benefit from adding security, audit and scale to production workflows.”

For more information, readers can download a workflow white paper detailing the integration between Object Matrix’s MatrixStore and EditShare’s Flow PAM solution from http://www.editshare.com/white-papers.


About Object Matrix
Object Matrix provides digital content governance & object storage platforms. The company was built on the philosophy that archive systems should be scalable and interoperable, as well as ensuring instant access to data and metadata. Its flagship product, MatrixStore, is an integrated object storage software solution providing protection and governance for the lifetime of any digital content. It’s used by global organisations that create, curate, and distribute video content, including NBC Universal, TV Globo, the BBC & BT.

For further information, please visit http://object-matrix.com/.
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About EditShare
EditShare is the technology pioneer in networked shared storage and tapeless, end-to-end workflow solutions for the post-production, TV, and film industries. EditShare’s ground-breaking products improve efficiency and workflow collaboration every step of the way. They include video capture and playout servers, high-performance central shared storage, archiving and backup software, media asset management, and Lightworks – the world’s first three-platform (Windows/OS X/Linux) professional non-linear video editing application.

©2017 EditShare LLC. All rights reserved. EditShare® is a registered trademark of EditShare LLC. All other trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

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Manios Digital & Film to Show New Cartoni Products at Cine Gear and Matthews’ Garage Sale

2017-06-03 12:09:53 artisanspr

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif.— Cartoni USA and Manios Digital & Film will demonstrate the latest additions to Cartoni’s award-winning line of camera accessories at two events this weekend in Hollywood.

Lambda 25 3rd Axis is an innovative, new accessory for Cartoni’s Lambda 25, the industry standard nodal fluid head for specialty pan and tilt shots. The new attachment allows operators to perform complete 360° rotation on a third axis, making it ideal for shooting underslung off a jib arm, dolly, crane or slider.

Total Dutch similarly builds on Cartoni’s popular Dutch head, expanding the canted angle to full 360° rotation. It can be mounted to any heavy-duty pan-and-tilt head and provides nodal settings to camera packages up to 25 kg.

 

“Lambda 25 3rd Axis and Total Dutch provide operators with new freedom to be creative,” says Manios Digital & Film President Steve Manios Jr. “It’s now possible to achieve 360-degreee rotation with perfect control. And both products provide the Italian craftsmanship and reliability that are Cartoni hallmarks.”

At Cine Gear Expo, Total Dutch will be on display in the Cartoni/Manios Digital & Film booth. At the Matthews Studio Equipment booth, Lambda 25 3rd Axis will be on display, mounted on a Dutti dolly.

Cartoni USA and Manios Digital & Film will also take part in Matthews Studio Equipment’s annual Garage Sale Party, Sunday, June 4, in Burbank. There, a Cartoni Lambda 25 head will be part of a special demonstration put on by Grip Support owner and founder Greg Flores. The head will be mounted to a classic 1964 Ford Thunderbird and used to execute a variety of creative camera moves.

Cartoni has been the industry leader in nodal camera heads for more than 25 years. The company was awarded a 2016 Technical Achievement Award from the Society of Camera Operators (SOC) for the development of Lambda 25. “Cartoni Lambda has become the go-to head for all types of special effects shots,” explains Manios. “Compete rotation and panning of the head is possible at the same time with zero gravity weight. This is achieved by balancing the camera’s weight on both the horizontal and vertical axis of the Lambda.”

Cine Gear Expo

Exhibits: June 2 – 4

The Studios at Paramount, Hollywood

Manios Digital & Film, Booth 57

Registration: https://www.speedbadge.com/sreg2.php?s=cinegear&clear=1&t=1496344237

Mathews Studio Equipment Garage Sale Party

Sunday, June 4th, 2 – 6 p.m.

4520 W. Valerio St.

Burbank, CA 91505

Free Registration: https://matthews_garage_sale_2017.eventbrite.com

 About Manios Digital & Film

A division of Ste-Man, Inc. and led by President Steven Manios, Jr.,  Manios Digital & Film has been bringing the world’s highest quality products to professional filmmakers, videographers and ENG crews in the United States since 1992. The company has longstanding relationships with leading manufacturers around the globe and an extensive dealer network spanning the United States. It is an authorized distributor for Cartoni, Vocas and Kinotehnik. By working closely with its customers, and by listening to and understanding their needs, Manios Digital & Film has become a trusted partner to film and video professionals worldwide.

Manios Digital & Film 10663 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601; 818.760.8290.

www.maniosdigital.com

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Filmotechic USA Accelerates Into 2017 at Cine Gear Expo

2017-06-01 12:19:28 rpg246

Los Angeles — An expanding fleet and other exciting options highlight Filmotechnic USA’s ride into 2017. Upgraded flight heads, additional Russian Arms, new cars and new L.A. headquarters with expanded fabrication facilities mark brisk advancement for the company, along with rounding out our locations in Atlanta, Detroit and Orlando; Filmotechnic is known worldwide for its Academy-award winning fleet of stabilized camera car systems.

Heads Up
New for 2017 are advanced electronics on the new Flight Head 6, the successor to the well-proven Flight Head 5, allowing for better control and maneuverability. The Flight Head 6 also features programmable moves and custom image stability. The introduction of the Apex Head, the sister head of the lightweight Compact Head, offers multiple mounting options, fast and smooth response for more dynamic action sequences. “It’s been a very popular option,” says Filmotechnic USA Manager, John Urso. “All of our new Flight Heads have specially designed joysticks and hand wheels to provide backlash free operation.”

More Russian Arms
Because of popular demand, Filmotechnic USA is adding more Russian Arms to its stable, bringing the total to ten in the US. Three of which are our popular Russian Arm 6’s capable of drone-like shots at 25 feet and racing through the canyons at lengths of 15, 18, or 22 feet. The lightweight, ever versatile, Russian Arm Mini gives new perspective when mounted to the picture car. “We can box it up and ship it anywhere,” says Urso.

New Cars/Cross-trained Crew
Filmotechnic USA just built out its fifth Porsche Turbo Cayenne S and is currently fabricating its second Ford Raptor, both complete with HD monitors and picture recorders. “Our in-house fabricating crew works in concert with our cross-trained teams, resulting in the newest, best handling car platforms pairing perfectly with our arms and heads. Here at Filmo, we understand and strive to bring new energy to work with our veterans. Our cross-training program demonstrates our continuing commitment to the entertainment industry,” says Operations Manager Jeanine Wojtanowski.

New HQ/Fabrication Facility
Filmotechnic USA recently moved into an expanded 11,000 square foot Los Angeles based headquarters to support our locations in Atlanta, Detroit and Orlando. “It was time, we needed a bigger facility to work on our many custom fabrication projects,” comments Urso. “At twice the space, our new facility allows us complete flexibility.”

More Options
“We’re all about options,” adds Wojtanowksi. “We understand all the variables in play; from the camera package, how heavy or light, how fast or slow do you want to go? What’s the lens height you’re looking for? You going off-road or racetrack? East Coast or West Coast? We have eight different camera cars, eight different heads and five different cranes to give you the right combination for your shoot.”

About Filmotechnic
Filmotechnic is the original in the industry and established the innovative standards with which other companies are now measured by. Over the past 25 years, Oscar Award Winner Anotoliy Kokush, along with Denis Kokush have built a legacy of advancing camera car systems. Our Academy Award winning developments coupled with other respected achievements in enabling camera movements and image stabilization, deliver a diverse range of professional camera systems, camera cranes and gyro stabilized heads for film, motion picture, and advertising industries.
For more information and or bookings at any of our locations in Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles or Orlando please contact manager John Urso at 310-418-3311 or Jeanine Wojtanowski 310-710-9454 or go direct to http://www.filmotechnicusa.com

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Panavision to Unveil Powerful New Tools at Cine Gear

2017-06-01 10:12:29 ignite

WOODLAND HILLS, CA – Panavision will reveal advanced new tools for its unprecedented, large-format Millennium DXL 8K camera at their booth in Stage 2 (#S302) at Cine Gear Expo, June 2-3. Demonstrating the evolution of their innovative approach to filmmaking, Panavision will debut a set of fast, wirelessly controlled Primo Artiste lenses that cover the full 8K HDR image; the world’s first HDR OLED Primo Viewfinder; a new color spectrum filter called PX-Pro; and DXL Control, an iPhone app for remote camera control. These new technologies support Panavision’s Millennium DXL, which was engineered to offer superior creative control over the entire imaging chain.

“The DXL was designed based on feedback from veteran filmmakers who wanted a large format digital system to serve their vision, and these new tools extend that level of innovation,” notes Panavision CEO Kim Snyder. “We are excited that the camera has been met with great enthusiasm for what it offers in terms of creative flexibility and progressive technology at the service of the artist.”

Featuring Panavision’s premier large format optics and modular accessories, advanced 8K sensor technology from RED, and unique color science and workflow optimization from Light Iron, the Millennium DXL has been the camera of choice for numerous productions since becoming available in January. “Filmmakers have chosen the camera to shoot major motion pictures, commercials and TV shows,” says Panavision and Light Iron Senior Vice President of Innovation Michael Cioni. “We’ve been listening to filmmakers and developing top-notch capabilities for the camera, as well as fine-tuning what’s next for its ecosystem. These savvy tools continue our solution-focused efforts to deliver the best in class.”

The Primo Viewfinder is the industry’s first HDR OLED viewfinder. Designed, engineered and manufactured at Panavision, the Primo Viewfinder offers Panavision optics and proprietary mechanics, an HDR OLED screen, 600-nit brightness, image smoothing, a heater, and custom Panavision glass to limit eye fatigue and make it easier to focus in very bright or dark environments. The viewfinder also boasts a theoretical contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. In creating the Primo Viewfinder, Panavision has made liberal use of customer feedback. “We have been extremely transparent with our trusted customers and shown them iterations along the way,” explains Cioni. “Their fingerprints go into this camera, because it’s their hands that touch the buttons.”

Panavision will be showcasing a prototype of its PX-Pro color spectrum filter, which ushers in a significant increase in color separation and dramatically higher color precision. The filters provide an infrared (IR) and ultraviolet (UV) cut that improves color clarity and reduces noise and IR contamination, which can corrupt or distort digitally captured images. “PX-Pro was custom made for DXL,” says Haluki Sadahiro, director of Panavision Electronics and Product Development. “It has been specially designed to allow for a wider range of precise color that supports all color palettes and flare characterizes of lenses new and old, while reducing many of the optical artifacts we see on digital cinema cameras.”

The Primo Artiste lenses, available by the end of 2017, are a full series of T/1.8 Prime lenses, making them the fastest optics available for large format cinematography. The Artiste Series is an evolutionary step in large format optics design, becoming the second series of Panavision lenses to include a fully internalized motor and complete metadata compatibility. The essence of the Artiste concept is an innovative design that takes advantage of the aesthetic flexibility available within large format digital imagers, and the resulting look evokes a quality reminiscent of vintage optics. The series incorporates modern features such as focus breathing control, even field illumination and optimized close focus performance. “The primary goal of the Primo Artiste line is to balance the intricacies of aberration control and the art of lens design to create a lens that produces images that resonate with our instinct to relate to painterly images that are identified by smooth transitions between surrounding objects,” says Panavision VP Optical Engineer and Lens Strategy Dan Sasaki. An added feature of the Primo Artiste series is a true anamorphic glass attachment that retains the spherical nature of the base lens yet induces many of the artifacts associated with anamorphic photography such as directional flares and distorted bokeh. The Artiste lenses will initially come in eleven focal lengths (27mm, 35mm, 40mm, 50mm, 65mm, 80mm, 100mm, 125mm, 150mm, 200mm, and 250mm) with expanded focal lengths available in 2018

New DXL Control software mirrors the camera menu system on the user’s Apple device, allowing wireless camera control. “It’s got all the familiar buttons and displays,” says Cioni, who notes the software is available now with a DXL camera rental, and will be available to download for free from the iTunes store starting June 2.

Cine Gear attendees will also see the Millennium DXL in action on three live sets that show different lighting conditions, mounted with the Primo Artiste and the Panavision T Series anamorphic lenses.

Also at the booth, Light Iron will have their unique post production solutions on display in a theater via an HDR Video Village Cart showcasing 8K HDR DXL footage. Light Iron representatives will be demonstrating how this system helps cinematographers evaluate their images simultaneously in high dynamic range and standard, or low, dynamic range. Having access to both image specs while in production enables cinematographers to better prepare for post-production color grading, given that distributors are frequently requiring both standard- and high-dynamic range deliverables. Light Iron colorists will also be on hand to discuss the finishing process as well as “Light Iron Color,” which is the custom color science built into the DXL.

LEE Filters will be exhibiting their ProGlass Cine range of neutral-density filters. ProGlass Cine filters are designed to meet the exacting needs of all cinematographers — whether shooting digitally or on film. They are remarkably neutral, eliminating infrared pollution and ensuring all colors remain accurate and true. This simplifies workflow, saves time and enables cinematographers to focus on their creative goals.

For more information on Panavision, visit www.panavision.com.


About Panavision
Panavision Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of high-precision camera systems, including both film and digital cameras, and lenses and accessories for the motion picture and television industries. Renowned for its world-wide service and support, Panavision systems are rented through its domestic and internationally owned and operated facilities and distributor network. Panavision also supplies lighting, grip and crane equipment for use by motion picture and television productions. For more information, visit www.panavision.com, or join the company on Instagram (panavisionofficial), Twitter (@Panavision), Facebook, LinkedIn, Vimeo, and YouTube.

About Light Iron
Light Iron, a Panavision company, specializes in dailies, digital intermediate, archival, and data services for projects originated on file-based motion cameras. With facilities in Hollywood, New York City, New Orleans, and Chicago, Light Iron serves projects at both the independent and studio level. The company distinguishes itself by providing clients with post production workflows that minimize time, maximize image fidelity, and increase creative control. Recent credits include features such as The Circle, CHiPs and Oscar-nominated Hell or High Water, commercial campaigns for Gap and Jaguar, and the television series The Walking Dead, Veep and I’m Dying Up Here. Follow the company on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Vimeo, or visit www.lightiron.com.

About LEE Filters
LEE Filters, a Panavision company, is the world’s leading manufacturer of lighting, architectural and camera filters. For more information, go to www.leefilters.com, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and their Tumblr blog.

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Sigma Presents Its Latest Cine Lens Line-up at Cine Gear Expo 2017

2017-05-31 17:31:47 ccwire-staff

Los Angeles, CA  – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading DSLR lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, is showcasing its brand new line of Cine lenses, designed for the latest, high-resolution digital cinema cameras, for the first time at the Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles, CA on June 2nd and 3rd, 2017 at booth 71A. The Sigma Cine lens lineup at Cine Gear includes the High Speed Super35 Zoom Line: 18-35mm T2 and50-100mm T2; the FF Zoom Lens: 24-35mm T2.2; and the High Speed Prime line: 14mm T2, 20mm T1.5, 24mm T1.5, 35mm T1.5, 50mm T1.5, 85mm T1.5 and 135mm T2. Sigma Cine lenses are designed for industry-standard E, EF and PL mounts, ensuring compatibility with all major digital cinema cameras.

“Sigma’s uncompromising Cine lenses appeal to a wide variety of cinematographers who need solutions for varying situations and needs,” comments Sigma Corporation of America President Mark Amir-Hamzeh. “Cine Gear gives us the perfect opportunity to connect with the Hollywood community to discuss the advancements in moving picture optics that specifically address their needs and wants whether they are shooting a feature film or TV episodic.”

100% Retained Sigma Optics, 100% New Design
Compatible with the latest high-resolution, full-frame digital cinema cameras, the Sigma Cine lenses are handcrafted in Aizu, Japan and combine 100% Sigma optics with a 100% new mechanical structure, offering an outstanding form factor with unbeatable optical performance that appeals to a wide range of cinematographers and videographers:

  • Appealing to feature film DPs, the Sigma Cine line offers unparalleled quality and versatility with consistency throughout the line, especially with its primes. Boasting great IQ, Sigma Cine features a wide range of primes for full-frame camera systems with all lenses resolving up to 8K.
  • Priced to meet the independent filmmaker budget, the lightweight and compact form factor makes it a win for one-man crews and smaller budgets.
  • The attractively priced, diverse suite of lenses makes it easy for editorial and commercial boutiques to invest in the full range of Sigma Cine lenses for a fraction of the cost of similar lens lines, without sacrificing quality, performance or versatility
  • High-quality, compact design and value price tag make Sigma Cine a natural fit forcorporate, education and house of worship productions.

Sigma Cine FF High Speed 14mm T2

What Sigma Lenses Will Be on Display
The Sigma Cine lens line-up at the Cine Gear Expo 2017 will include:

The Cine High Speed Super 35 Zoom Line: 18-35mm T2 and 50-100mm T2
The High Speed Zoom line offers the constant aperture of T2 throughout the zoom range with superior optical performance that is capable of high-resolution 6K-8K shooting. Delivering the highest image quality in its class, the High Speed Zoom Line is ergonomically compact and designed for E, EF and PL camera system mounts.

The Cine FF Zoom Line: 24-35mm T2.2 FF
Compatible with a full-frame image sensor, the FF Zoom’s outstanding optical performance also supports 6K-8K shooting. Because so few lenses cater to the requirements of the latest digital cinema cameras’ image sensors, this line provides a rare option for cinematographers. The FF Zoom is designed for E and EF camera system mounts.

The Cine FF High Speed Prime Line: 14mm T2 FF, 20mm T1.5 FF, 24mm T1.5 FF, 35mm T1.5 FF, 50mm T1.5 FF, 85mm T1.5 FF and 135mm T2 FF
The Cine High Speed Prime lineup features lenses ranging from 14mm to 135mm. Highly compact and compatible with full-frame sensors, these lenses offer superior resolution. They bring a consistent level of light to the production, offering greater consistency to any film’s color, contrast and overall look before it enters post-production. The FF High Speed Prime line is designed for E, EF and PL camera system mounts.

Sigma Cine Lens Pricing & Availability
The Sigma Cine High Speed Zoom 18-35mm T2 and 50-100mm T2 lenses are available now for a retail price of $3999.00 USD each. The Sigma Cine High Speed Prime T1.5 lenses are available now in EF and E mounts with PL mount coming in June for a retail price of $3499.00 USD each. The Sigma Cine High Speed Prime T2 lenses will begin shipping in July 2017 with pricing coming soon. Pricing and availability for the Cine FF Zoom Line will be announced later this summer.

Book a Private Press Briefing at Cine Gear 2017
Members of the media are invited to book a private press briefing with a Sigma representative. For more information or to schedule a briefing, please contact Anya Nelson at anya@zazilmediagroup.com.

About Sigma Corporation
Craftsmanship. Precision. Dedication. Since 1961, Sigma has been devoted the pursuit of advancing photographic technology. Unique to the industry, the family-owned business produces its high-quality, award-winning camera lenses, Cinema lenses, DSLR cameras, flashes, filters and accessories from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Aizu, Japan.

In 2012, the company introduced the Sigma Global Vision with three distinct lens lines: Art, Contemporary and Sport. Designed for industry camera mount systems including Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sony and Sigma, each lens is handcrafted and tested in Japan to ensure a high-performance, premium product that is purpose-built to last. In 2016, Sigma entered into the world of Cinematography lens production. Embodying the core optical DNA that has defined the Sigma benchmark of excellence, the Cine lenses meet needs of advanced 6k and 8k cinema production.

Sigma continues its tradition of imaging excellence with the mirrorless sd Quattro, sd Quattro H and the compact dp Quattro camera line. Leveraging the ultra-high resolution Foveon sensor, the Sigma Quattro cameras are designed to produce the highest quality image with every shot.

For information about Sigma, please visit www.sigmaphoto.com or follow us on Twitter,Instagram, Facebook or Blog.

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WCPMedia Services to Discuss Cloud Production Workflows at Cannes

2017-05-22 17:15:34 artisanspr

CANNES—WCPMedia Services President Cristina Molinari and Vice President of Operations Giovanni Contri will describe how more and more film and television productions are moving their workflows to the cloud in a special presentation at the Cannes Film Festival.

Presented by Augustus Color, A Cloud Hub for Global Productions will also feature representatives from Eastman Kodak and the University of Roma Tre. The event is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, 20 May, at the Cannes Film Festival’s Italian Pavilion in the Hotel Barrière Le Majestic (Salon Marta).

WCPMedia Services is leading a revolution in the way films and television are produced. Its cloud-based digital media management system can serve as a production’s workflow backbone from concept through final delivery. It provides producers, distributors, post-production facilities and others with tools to manage and share assets with partners around the globe quickly, economically and securely. Recent projects that have relied on WCPMedia Services include HBO’s The Young Pope, Disney’s Tini: The New Life of Violetta and AMBI Media Group’s Bent.

Molinari and Contri will discuss how the system can speed up dailies processing and delivery of assets to editorial and other service providers, facilitate review and approval among production partners around the globe, and reduce risks of media loss and piracy.

Eastman Kodak Vice President, Motion Picture & Entertainment, Christ Richter will discuss the enduring importance of film in a digital world. University of Roma Tre Professor Gianni Celata will give a talk entitled “Who Will Win in the Film vs Digital Waterloo?” Augustus Color General Manager will describe the cloud’s role in film restoration.

About WCPMedia Services

Founded in 2011 in Switzerland, World Content Pole SA (aka WCPMedia Services) is an entertainment software and services company based in Switzerland, USA and Canada that manages, markets and distributes content to business partners and clients quickly, easily and securely. WCPMedia Services offers a platform of smart process applications that combines proprietary software with top-tier solutions developed by proven and trusted technology companies.

For more information, visit www.wcpmediaservices.com

USA Office:  7083 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood CA 90028

Canada Office: 390 Bay Street, Suite 1706, Toronto M5H 2Y2

Europe Office: Via Peri 17, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland

Email: Sales@wcpmediaservices.com

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RED Digital Cinema to Exhibit at Cine Gear Expo 2017

2017-05-18 10:55:49 ignite

IRVINE, CA — Cine Gear attendees can find RED Digital Cinema at booth S301 in Stage 2 of Paramount Studios at Cine Gear Expo 2017 from June 2-3. Visitors to RED can interact with a range of DSMC2™ cameras, including SCARLET-W™, RED EPIC-W™, WEAPON® 8K S35 and WEAPON 8K VV. Additionally, RED will be demonstrating the latest workflow options – covering their new image processing pipeline (IPP2), HDR, and 8K.

RED will be joined in their booth by a wide variety of manufacturers of lenses, camera modules and accessories, including RT Motion, Kippertie, foolcontrol, and Offhollywood.

RED will also take attendees behind the scenes with two panels in Paramount’s Sherry Lansing Theater:

  • June 2 at 12:45pm: Director Nicholas Schrunk and key members of Red Bull Media House’s production team will discuss the making of the feature documentary Blood Road. Blood Road follows the journey of ultra-endurance mountain bike athlete Rebecca Rusch and her Vietnamese riding partner, Huyen Nguyen, as they pedal 1,200 miles along the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail. Their purpose was to reach the crash site and final resting place of Rusch’s father, a U.S. Air Force pilot shot down over Laos. Panelists will discuss the creative and technical process, and how this incredibly demanding story came together visually. Moderated by Andrew Fish of American Cinematographer.
  • June 3 at 11:45am: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director of photography Henry Braham, BSC will talk about filmmakers’ escalating preference for shooting with larger format digital cameras. Braham shot Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 entirely on the RED WEAPON 8K VV. He will be joined by well-known producer, actor, and writer Dean Devlin. Devlin will discuss how new formats are driving an evolution in filmmaking for the big screen and touch on his experience using RED, including WEAPON 8K S35. Moderated by Carolyn Giardina of The Hollywood Reporter.

 All of RED’s cameras offer superior image quality, incredible dynamic range, and simultaneous recording of REDCODE® RAW and Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR/HD, combined with cutting-edge performance in a compact, lightweight, and modular design.


About RED Digital Cinema
RED Digital Cinema is a leading manufacturer of professional digital cameras and accessories. In 2006, RED began a revolution with the 4K RED ONE digital cinema camera. By 2008, RED released the DSMC (Digital Stills and Motion Camera) system that allowed the same camera to be used on features like the “The Hobbit” trilogy and “The Martian”, Emmy-winning shows like “House of Cards”, and magazine covers such as “Vogue” and “Harper’s Bazaar”. The cameras of RED’s DSMC2 line — RED RAVEN, SCARLET-W, RED EPIC-W, and WEAPON — combine compact and lightweight design, superior image quality, incredible dynamic range, modularity, and cutting edge performance — including up to 8K resolution. In 2017, RED’s newest 8K sensor, HELIUM, set the new image quality standard with the highest DxOMark score ever.

Find additional information at RED.com. For press inquiries, contact press@red.com.

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MAXON Cinema 4D and CV-VR Cam Software InspireVirtual Reality Film Satire, EXTRAVAGANZA Virtual Reality Film Satire, EXTRAVAGANZA

2017-05-17 14:18:13 vickygc1

Newbury Park, CA – MAXON, the leading developer of professional 3D modeling, animation, painting and rendering solutions, is pleased to announce EXTRAVAGANZA, a new virtual reality (VR) short film satire directed by Ethan Shaftel, leverages the company’s acclaimed Cinema 4D software and its CV-VR Cam dedicated plug-in for rendering virtual reality (VR) content. The film, which stars Paul Scheer (The League, 30 Rock), John Gemberling (Broad City, Santa Clarita Diet), Will Greenberg (Wrecked), and Annie Tedesco (Bella and the Bulldogs), debuted to positive acclaim at the Tribeca Film Festival’s Immersive Virtual Arcade, April 19th-30th, 2017 and will make its European premiere during the Cannes Film Festival May 17th-28th, 2017 at the Marche du Film “NEXT” VR program. (Watch the EXTRAVAGANZA trailer here.)

EXTRAVAGANZA is an immersive experience where the viewer puts on a VR headset and becomes a programmed puppet forced to perform in a ludicrous show for a clueless executive (Paul Scheer). But things aren’t exactly what they seem and the viewer might yet break free of their programming. EXTRAVAGANZA asks the question, does technology change society for the better, or does it simply magnify our worst traits in new ways?

“In EXTRAVAGANZA the viewer finds themselves in the novel position of being ‘consumed’ by an audience, subjected to their insults and confronted with many of mainstream entertainment’s blind spots and prejudices,“ explains Shaftel. “Using MAXON’s 3D and virtual reality filmmaking tools allowed us to create an immersive environment so that we could bring assumptions to the surface we have about how stories are told that couldn’t otherwise be told in a traditional film medium.”

For the past five years, at his easyAction production studio, Shaftel and his lead animator Frank Stringini have relied on Cinema 4D as a visual effects and animation content creation tool on film projects, video installations for leading brands including Nike and Tokyo Disney and screen content for recording artists including Rhianna, as well as for a number of experimental or unfinished VR projects, mainly prototypes and experiments. EXTRAVAGANZA is the filmmaker’s first complete film in the nascent medium with an original cast and music.

“One of the cool things we did with EXTRAVAGANZA is to combine our live-action actor Paul Scheer, filmed with a traditional non-VR camera, within a fully 3D-animated world. When Scheer lifts up the VR puppet show where the viewer is ‘inside’ and straps it to his face, he is fully a part of their environment, staring down at them and the other VR puppets,” says Shaftel. “This required us to work out some tricky projection-mapping style techniques in Cinema 4D to blend the real footage and the animation. We also relied on the Xref tools to instance our mechanized instruments to better synch with our musical score, the Point Level Morph for our inflatable ballerinas, and various Character Constraint tags to rig-up all our puppets and the mechanized moving stage together.”

Virtual reality film content creation is challenging explains Shaftel because of the huge resolutions required in order to get a good quality render anywhere the viewer looks. “Before we discovered CV-VR Cam from the MAXON Cineversity site, we had actually developed our own completely home-brewed reflection-based VR camera system in Cinema 4D but were limited to monoscopic spherical outputs that didn’t support particles and we also experienced visual errors and glitches above and below the horizon.

“Using CV-VR Cam completely solved all the stereoscopic problems we were struggling with allowing for flawless equirectangular outputs,” added Shaftel. “The most powerful aspect of using the plug-in was that we could use the same animation and design workflow we were already comfortable with using in Cinema 4D for non-VR projects and focus on the storytelling challenges (and opportunities!) inherent in this completely new medium.”

Following the Cannes Film Festival, EXTRAVAGANZA will screen as an Official Selection of the Sydney Film Festival in Australia, June 7-18.

EXTRAVAGANZA image and video links:
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EXTRAVAGANZA trailer: https://vimeo.com/208265576
EXTRAVAGANZA behind-the scenes animation and modeling process: https://vimeo.com/216605490

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Cine Gear News: Manios Digital & Film to Show New Fluid Heads, Tripods and More!

2017-05-16 14:24:10 artisanspr

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif.—Manios Digital & Film will showcase new camera accessories from Cartoni, Vocas, Kinotehnik and Hawk-Woods at Cine Gear Expo 2017 in Hollywood. Attendees will have a chance to inspect, up close, newly-developed fluid heads, tripods, specialty rigs, matte boxes, lights and power systems, and have their questions answered by Manios Digital & Film camera professionals.

“We look forward to Cine Gear every year because it’s an opportunity to talk one-on-one with the cinematographers and camera operators who use our products in the field,” said Manios Digital & Film president Steve Manios Jr. “We are particularly excited this year as we have several great new products that directly address situations pros face in the field every day.”

See Manios Digital & Film at Cine Gear Expo, Booth 57. Cine Gear Expo is June 1-4 at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood.

Manios Digital & Film will be showing several new products from Italian camera support manufacturer Cartoni developed for film production. They include Total Dutch, a revolutionary head design for Dutch angle compositions. Based on Cartoni’s famed Dutch head, Total Dutch expands the canted angle to full 360-degree rotation. The Total Dutch head can be mounted on any heavy-duty pan-and-tilt head and provides nodal settings to any camera package up to 25 kg.

Other new Cartoni products include:

  • MAXIMA 30, a cinematography fluid head for payloads up to 66 lbs. MAXIMA 30 features Cartoni’s patented “wing” counterbalance system for perfect balance throughout the +/- 90 ° tilt range with no dead spots. Offered in a flat base, it can easily be converted to a 150-bowl base with optional adapter.
  • Lambda 25 3rd Axis is a new accessory for CARTONI’s popular Lambda 25 head. Its innovative design allows operators to perform complete 360° rotation on a third axis. With a nodal setting on three axes, it is ideal for shooting underslung off a jib arm, dolly shots, or on a slider.
  • SDS (Smart Deployment Series) Tripod is ideal for run-and-gun shooting on location. SDS adds to CARTONI’s popular Smart Stop two-stage, single-lever trigger technology with a new Smart Lock mid-level spreader for fast spreading and collapsing.

From Vocas Systems comes three new matte boxes with improvements to accommodate a wider variety of cameras and easier use. MB-216MB-256 and MB-436—each an upgrade of an earlier Vocas bestseller—can now be combined with 15 mm top bars that are a standard on the Vocas top handgrips. A top lens mount can also be added to the top bar, making it easier to change the set-up. Additionally, all three are now compatible with Vocas’ swing-away bracket.

Manios Digital & Film will also be showing Vocas’ latest accessories for the Sony PXW-FS7/FS7 II. They include three new base plates, a body and handgrip rosette adapter, and viewfinder bracket kit.

Kinotehnik’s latest is Practilite 604, a bi-color, variable beam LED light with smart control, where brightness and color adjustments are made via a smartphone app. Multiple Practilite units can now be linked in a daisy chain using Kinotehnik’s new SmartSync connectivity.

On view from Hawk-Woods will be its innovative Sticky Batteries, lightweight battery blocks that “stick” to cameras, monitors, drones, gimbal rigs and other devices via M3 dual-lock strips. Sticky Batteries are available in 38-watt and 75-watt capacities, and deliver up to 10 amps.

About Manios Digital & Film

A division of Ste-Man, Inc. and led by President Steven Manios, Jr.,  Manios Digital & Film has been bringing the world’s highest quality products to professional filmmakers, videographers and ENG crews in the United States since 1992. The company has longstanding relationships with leading manufacturers around the globe and an extensive dealer network spanning the United States. It is an authorized distributor for Cartoni, Vocas and Kinotehnik. By working closely with its customers, and by listening to and understanding their needs, Manios Digital & Film has become a trusted partner to film and video professionals worldwide.

Manios Digital & Film 10663 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601; 818.760.8290.

www.maniosdigital.com

 

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Director James Gunn and DP Henry Braham, BSC Take Us Behind the Scenes of Marvel’s "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2"

2017-05-11 11:22:59 ccwire-staff

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, a sequel to 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, made history last year when they announced it would be the first feature film captured with the ground-breaking WEAPON camera using an 8K RED DRAGON VV sensor.

The video takes us behind the scenes with director James Gunn and director of photography Henry Braham, BSC as they discuss their vision for the movie and the experience they wanted to give viewers. Their desire to display a larger-than-life adventure that is punctuated with intimate human moments made the compact form factor and large sensor size of the WEAPON 8K VV the perfect camera to capture the immersive experience they desired.

The camera’s ability to adapt to various rigs and handheld scenarios coupled with its ultra-high image quality led Braham to compliment the capabilities of WEAPON 8K VV, “It’s a large format camera, and yet it’s tiny. And that’s its brilliance.”

Watch!

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is now showing in theaters worldwide.

 


About RED Digital Cinema
RED Digital Cinema is a leading manufacturer of professional digital cameras and accessories. In 2006, RED began a revolution with the 4K RED ONE digital cinema camera. By 2008, RED released the DSMC (Digital Stills and Motion Camera) system that allowed the same camera to be used on features like the “The Hobbit” trilogy and “The Martian”, Emmy-winning shows like “House of Cards”, and magazine covers such as “Vogue” and “Harper’s Bazaar”. The cameras of RED’s DSMC2 line – RED RAVEN™, SCARLET-W, RED EPIC-W, and WEAPON – combine compact and lightweight design, modularity, superior image quality, and cutting edge performance – including up to 8K resolution. Find additional information at RED.com.

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Colortime LLC Increase Producers’ Productivity with JMR Mac Pro RAID Desktop Workstations

2017-05-04 16:58:32 ccwire-staff

Chatsworth, CA  – JMR Electronics, Inc. a leading design center and manufacturer of scalable storage solutions, announced today that Colortime LLC has purchased their latest Lightning(TM) Thunderbolt(TM) certified desktop workstations (LTNG-XQ-8-DTMP) for the Apple Mac Pro® to streamline their color correction workflow and approval process.

Colortime LLC specializes in all aspects of digital media content creation, management, and distribution. Their workflow requires the latest technologies, with 4K and HDR as standard features in all their color correction rooms, edit bays, and QC rooms. Bill Womack, CTO, Colortime LLC said, “A JMR workstation is placed in the producer’s office at the beginning of a season and each week it allows the producer and director to view final images just as if they drove across town to see them on our finishing system. They see exactly what our Senior Colorist, Russell Lynch sees in his color suite, with a modest internet connection carrying synchronization and color correction information to the remote system allowing real-time playback of the color corrected episode.”

“The JMR systems are robust enough that they can stand up to the production office environment for a whole season without maintenance and more importantly has the speed to support our very demanding data environment –12MB frames at 24 frames per second,” continued Womack. “The JMR Lightning chassis is an integrated, self contained workstation that looks like the Mac Pro tower workstation and for our purposes, contains a new Mac Pro, PCIe extender with RAID controller, and solid state RAID. Before the JMR Lightning workstation, we had systems that would overheat requiring maintenance once or twice a week. Setup was also more difficult requiring an outboard RAID with extra cables to manage.”

The JMR LTNG-XQ-8-DTMP is the only storage systems on the market featuring four full-bandwidth PCIe slots, using two independent Thunderbolt-2 20Gb/s bridge circuits. This one-of-a-kind product safely houses a new-generation Mac Pro computer, remotes its on-off power function and all of its I-O ports, and adds additional cooling to the computer to maintain lower operating temperatures. The system also includes a Thunderbolt-compatible ATTO SAS RAID controller installed in one of the PCIe slots, and an integrated, hot-swappable RAID disk storage subsystem which can be populated with any compatible 2.5” SFF drives, either rotating or SSDs – thus providing “on board” storage up to 32TB.

The top or side cover which is installed or removed with just two thumbscrews and takes 30 seconds allows access to any interior components, making new connections to the installed Mac Pro, or removing/installing different PCIe cards in the Thundebolt-PCIe card section quick and easy.

“The value of the JMR workstation for Colortime is speed, clean installation, and a rugged self-contained system with no required external wires or expansion chassis. The feedback from the producers’ is that they are very happy with the speed, the ability to view full resolution images, and that the system is quiet and unobtrusive allowing them to focus on their episode rather than negotiating LA traffic,” concluded Womack. “Next, we are considering the JMR Lightning system to do the same thing for remote editorial work.”

More details on the JMR Lightning Thunderbolt products are available at http://jmr.com/thunderbolt-storage-products-external-mac-pro-storage.

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AMIA Adds Speakers to Digital Asset Symposium

2017-05-04 16:54:07 ccwire-staff

NEW YORK – The Digital Asset Symposium (DAS), presented by the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), has added several panel discussions to its exciting 2017 program lineup. DAS brings together top experts in various fields to address the ongoing challenges facing digital asset management practitioners. The event takes place May 5 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Manhattan.

“This year’s program is a broad-based look at topics needing exploration,” notes program chair Nick Gold of Chesapeake Systems. “At DAS, everything from vault preservation to metadata to the future of machine learning and its role in asset management are part of the schedule. Our speakers are highly esteemed leaders in their respective fields and anyone working with digital content will gain a thorough understanding of the progress being made in all areas of asset management.”

Additions to the 2017 DAS program include:

  • The New Preservationists: Documentary Filmmakers Excavating Rare Media Artifacts to Tell Stories

This forum will explore the craft of the archive-inspired film and show how these films themselves are vehicles for preservation efforts. Moderator Matt White, executive director of ACSIL (Association of Commercial Stock Image Licensors), will be joined by Robert Stone, Academy Award® and Emmy®-nominated filmmaker, and Shola Lynch, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker. They have each challenged the idea of the historical film through trailblazing works that continue to enrich the public conversation.

  •  Media Asset Management in the Financial Services IndustryMoving image collections are no longer only found in media and entertainment companies and cultural heritage institutions. Financial institutions, long a leader in data quality and master data initiatives and in financial asset management, are now also creating and managing enormous audiovisual operations. Terrence A. Thomas, vice president of enterprise infrastructure at Morgan Stanley, will talk about media asset management as it pertains to audio visual operations in the financial services industry, and some of the specific challenges and requirements associated with this, including transparency.
  • It Takes a Community:  Indigitization Program — Digitization of First Nations Knowledge“Precious fragments” of indigenous knowledge are increasingly held captive in obsolete audio-visual media formats. The ethics, culture and practices of traditional information management have served as significant obstacles to media digitization at most small institutions. The innovative Indigitization Program breaks through some of these barriers that First Nations communities in British Columbia are faced with in developing information management practices appropriate to their needs. Gerry Lawson is a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation, manages the Oral History and Language lab at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Museum of Anthropology, and is the technology lead for the innovative UBC Indigitization Program. He will discuss his role in developing the resources that formed the grant program, as well as how the Indigitization team manages program evolution to become more effective and resilient.

DAS 2017 will also include discussions on Automated Metadata, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its role in managing and archiving digital assets, in addition to a conversation with MTV on archiving music television’s vaults.

“DAS is the only place where digital archiving is taken as seriously as it actually is to our work and history,” added AMIA President Andrea Kalas.

To register for DAS or for more information, visit http://www.digitalassetsymposium.com.

 


ABOUT THE DIGITAL ASSET SYMPOSIUM

DAS addresses the full life cycle of the media asset – from content creation to rights management to assuring asset preservation – with speakers and case studies that address what works in the real world. Each part of the life cycle impacts the next and DAS is the only place where everyone is part of the conversation – content creators, post-production, systems designers, archives, asset managers – where commercial meets nonprofit and corporate meets public. http://www.digitalassetsymposium.com/

 

ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION OF MOVING IMAGE ARCHIVISTS 

As the world’s largest international association of professional media archivists, AMIA is uniquely poised to bring together a broad range of experts. Members represent film studios, corporate and national archives, historical societies, labs, post production, universities, footage libraries and more. Because of this diverse membership, AMIA provides an opportunity to interact with every facet of the field and a single forum to address the best ways to preserve our media assets. Visit http://www.amianet.org/ for more information, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter (@AMIAnet) or YouTube.

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New Sigma Cine and Global Vision Lenses Swipe Major Industry Accolades

2017-05-04 16:40:01 ccwire-staff

Ronkonkoma New York –  Sigma Corporation of America, a leading DSLR and Cine lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, picked up six prestigious industry awards in the month of April for its 14mm T2 and 135mm T2 Cine Prime lenses, 18-35mm T2 and 50-100mm T2 Cine High Speed Zoom lenses, and 85mm F1.4 Art and 12-24mm F4 Art Global Vision lenses.

“Sigma design and engineering values are driven by performance and innovation. They push the boundaries of what photographic and video technology can achieve, crafting products of exceptional quality and unique capabilities that set the bar for user experience and image excellence for content creators of all kinds,” states Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America.

Sigma Cine Lens Awards
Debuting for the first time at NAB 2017, Sigma was presented awards on the show floor from notable industry media organizations NewBay Media, ProductionHUB and StudioDaily:

  • NewBay Best of Show Award presented by Digital Video went to the Sigma Cine 18-35mm T2 and 50-100mm T2 high-speed zoom lenses for outstanding new products shown at NAB.
  • ProductionHUB honored Sigma’s 14mm T2 and 135mm T2 cine prime lenses with theNAB Awards of Excellence, citing the recipients as trailblazers on the path of technological advancement, demonstrating excellence every step of the way.
  • StudioDaily Prime Awards also recognized the Sigma Cine 18-35mm T2 and 50-100mm T2 high-speed zoom lenses as some of the best new production tools, highlighting innovative and uncompromising solutions for producing content.

Sigma Global Vision Lens Awards
The company also received two coveted TIPA awards and a Digital Imaging ReporterRetailers’ 2017 Choice Award for its recent groundbreaking Global Vision lens introductions:

  • The renowned TIPA judging panel named Sigma’s 85mm F1.4 Art as the Best DSLR Prime Lens and Sigma’s 12-24mm F4 Art as the Best DSLR Wide Angle Zoom Lens.
  • Digital Imaging Reporter’s 2017 Retailers’ Choice Awards named Sigma 85mm F1.4 as the Best Prime Lens, capturing 45% of polled retailers’ votes.

In addition to the wins, Digital Imaging Reporter gave an honorable mention to the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport in the Best Long Zoom Lens category. The Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art was named a StudioDaily Prime Awards finalist in the production category.

About Sigma Cine Lens Winners
Sigma Cine FF High Speed 14mm T2, Sigma Cine FF High Speed 135mm T2
The high-performance Sigma Cine Prime product line, which now includes the all-new focal lengths and apertures – 14mm T2 and 135mm T2, is compatible with the latest full-frame camera sensor technology. Compact in design, the Cine Prime line offers outstanding optical performance and is ready for higher resolution shooting (up to 6K-8K).

Sigma Cine High-Speed Zoom Line – 18-35mm T2 and 50-100mm T2
The high-speed zoom line offers the constant aperture of T2 throughout the zoom range with superior optical performance that is capable of high-resolution 6K-8K shooting. Delivering the highest image quality in its class, the high-speed zoom line is ergonomically compact and designed for E, EF and PL camera system mounts.

About Sigma Global Vision Lens Winners
Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
The Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art lens is engineered to support the highest resolution sensors on the market with an exceptional degree of sharpness. The high-performance optical system is purpose-built by Sigma R&D to produce the attractive bokeh effect sought after by discerning photographers – ideal for portraiture.

Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art
Encompassing the long history of Sigma’s wide-angle lens development expertise, the new 12-24mm F4 Art Lens’ performance highlights include constant F4 brightness and the brand new Sigma AF system with 1.3X torque boost. With a minimum focus distance of 9.4 inches from the image sensor at 24mm, photographers can compose incredible close-up shots with expansive backgrounds.

Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art Lens
Building on the core capabilities of the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art lens, the award-winning Sigma 50-100 F1.8 Art lens covers three popular short tele prime focal lengths (85mm, 105mm and 135mm), offering a mid-range zoom that is ideal for both photographers and videographers. Key features include three FLD glass elements and one high-refractive index, high-dispersion glass element to minimize aberrations; a redesigned, enhanced Hyper Sonic Motor; a durable polycarbonate diaphragm, and a versatile inner focusing and zoom design.

Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 Sports Lens
Renowned for its superior optics and durability in fast-paced, high-action photo scenarios, the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 Sport is compact and lightweight. Performance capabilities include advanced two-mode optical stabilization, enhanced auto focus algorithm, sophisticated Hyper Sonic Motor for quiet and fast focusing, along with zoom locking at all marked focal lengths and performance.

About Sigma Corporation
Craftsmanship. Precision. Dedication. Since 1961, Sigma has been devoted the pursuit of advancing photographic technology. Unique to the industry, the family-owned business produces its high-quality, award-winning camera lenses, Cinema lenses, DSLR cameras, flashes, filters and accessories from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Aizu, Japan.

In 2012, the company introduced the Sigma Global Vision with three distinct lens lines: Art, Contemporary and Sport. Designed for industry camera mount systems including Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sony and Sigma, each lens is handcrafted and tested in Japan to ensure a high-performance, premium product that is purpose-built to last. In 2016, Sigma entered into the world of Cinematography lens production. Embodying the core optical DNA that has defined the Sigma benchmark of excellence, the Cine lenses meet needs of advanced 6k and 8k cinema production.

Sigma continues its tradition of imaging excellence with the mirrorless sd Quattro, sd Quattro H and the compact dp Quattro camera line. Leveraging the ultra-high resolution Foveon sensor, the Sigma Quattro cameras are designed to produce the highest quality image with every shot.

For information about Sigma, please visit www.sigmaphoto.com or follow us on Twitter,Instagram, Facebook or Blog.

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AccuWeather Launches Samsung Gear Virtual Reality Application, Powered by Oculus

2017-03-23 20:59:15 ccwire-staff

AccuWeather Global  Weather Center – AccuWeather, the global leader in weather information and digital media, today announced the launch of the new virtual reality application, AccuWeather – Weather for Life for Samsung Gear VR, AccuWeather Samsung Gear VR  allowing users to experience and interact with exclusive 360-degree video content, weather information, and updates in revolutionary new ways.  The new app gives users an additional platform to access the most personalized, localized weather information with Superior Accuracy™ from AccuWeather, available worldwide through award-winning AccuWeather apps, free wired and mobile Internet sites via AccuWeather.com, connected TVs, wearables, smart homes, connected cars, and more.

Through the unique and immersive VR app experience, users are not simply watching, but are in the middle of the action. Users can experience this next level of virtual reality by following a few simple steps:  First, users will install the Oculus app to their compatible Samsung Galaxy smartphone and create an account, accessing the store through Oculus App.  Next, users will download the AccuWeather – Weather for Life app. The latest compatible Galaxy smartphones are Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 edge.  Finally, users will snap their smartphone into the portable and wireless Gear VR headset so they can view their screen and begin the virtual experience.

Once in the AccuWeather app, users gain access to exclusive AccuWeather 360-degree videos for severe weather events, including the extreme close up viral video of a tornado in Wray, Colorado that had nearly 1.5 million views on YouTube.  A new assortment of videos will be added weekly to refresh the user’s experience. The immersive videos give AccuWeather viewers a new and unique perspective on weather events that can be both exciting and educational.

AccuWeather also provides users with current conditions and daily and hourly forecasts including wind speed, dew point, wind direction, and precipitation, plus severe weather alerts and warnings, RealFeel® Temperatures, and AccuWeather’s proprietary minute-by-minute precipitation forecast AccuWeather MinuteCast® for users’ exact locations.  Users can uniquely experience an array of dynamic weather conditions in real-time, immersing themselves in an array of weather animations like stormy rain, snow, thunderstorms, and clouds, all which can be accessed either through a secret weather feature called WeatherScape or experienced in the daily forecasts.

“AccuWeather is excited to partner with Samsung on the launch of the AccuWeather – Weather for Life app for Gear VR, bringing users the most accurate, most innovative weather forecasts and information available worldwide,” said Steven Smith, President of Digital Media at AccuWeather. “The app is interactive and easy for users to access immersive 360-degree video content and weather forecasts, all with the Superior Accuracy from AccuWeather they rely on, experiencing weather in revolutionary new ways.”

AccuWeather and Samsung have collaborated to bring Samsung users the world’s most accurate weather news and information through a wide range of Samsung’s best-selling devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, Samsung Gear VR, and more.  Users receive accurate and localized forecasts with current conditions and hour-by-hour forecasts for locations worldwide.

The AccuWeather – Weather for Life app is available for download at the Oculus Store.

About AccuWeather, Inc. and AccuWeather.com
Over 1.5 billion people worldwide rely on AccuWeather to help them plan their lives, protect their businesses, and get more from their day. AccuWeather provides hour-by-hour and minute-by-minute forecasts with Superior Accuracy™ with customized content and engaging video presentations available through smart phones, tablets, free wired and mobile Internet sites via AccuWeather.com, award winning AccuWeather apps, connected TVs, wearables, smart homes, and connected cars, as well as radio, television, newspapers, and the AccuWeather Network cable channel. Established in 1962 by Founder, Chairman and President Dr. Joel N. Myers – a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society who was recognized as one of the top entrepreneurs in American history by Entrepreneur Magazine’s Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs book – AccuWeather also delivers a wide range of highly-customized enterprise solutions to media, business, government, and institutions, as well as weather news, content, and video for more than 180,000 third-party websites. AccuWeather’s CEO, Barry Lee Myers, is an award winning leader in global weather information issues and one of the world’s most recognized advocates for cooperative relationships between government weather agencies and the weather industry. He is a leader in the digital weather information space.

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Broadband Satellites to Deliver OTT VOD and Linear TV Channels in Guyana -- Brings New Streaming Content Service to Market within 48 Hours

2017-03-23 08:23:15 dveo

Toronto, Canada – Broadband Satellites has launched a new streaming content service market in Guyana for a potential customer base of around 200,000 active internet subscribers and 450,000 smartphone users across the country.

The new service will offer video-on-demand (VOD) and linear TV channels, and was based on innovative OTT online video platform technology from SotalCloud. This technology enabled Broadband Satellites to develop the service from proof-of-concept, through customization to live web apps within 48 hours.

Broadband Satellites now has comprehensive VOD libraries uploaded and will be piloting the service using local linear TV channels in Guyana.

Brian Yong, CEO and CTO at Broadband Satellites said: “There is a large and untapped audience for delivering video and musical content via internet-based channels. We considered this opportunity and began to explore the technological possibilities required to set up such a service.

“SotalCloud gave us free access to a proof-of-concept instance of their platform and after a couple of hours of customization, we had our first iOS, Android and web apps working. After initially contracting with a number of vendors for our OTT deployment, we could immediately see the potential from this new solution and it’s unbelievable that we could get it working within the first two hours of trying after more than six months of no progress.

“We couldn’t have managed to get into this strong position without the intervention from SotalCloud and will continue to expand their solution as we extend our roll-out of services across the region in partnership with other regional operators,” continued Brian Yong.

SotalCloud CEO, Russell Foy added: “Broadband Satellites is a great fit for the SotalCloud OTT Platform, as we are focused on helping Tier 2 and 3 providers and content owners launch an OTT service quickly allowing them to start generating revenue without a massive up-front cost.

“With the combination of the knowledge of the Caribbean potential OTT market and how to customize and rapidly deploy our Platform, Broadband Satellites is uniquely positioned to both expand their OTT offering, and to help other Tier 2 and 3 providers launch their own service that could help transform the entire Caribbean community regarding OTT video offerings.”

The SotalCloud solution was integrated with DVEO (HLS encoder/transcoder for linear channels and catch-up, nPVR and VOD server) and a content delivery network (CDN) platform from BroadPeak.

“We are very proud to participate with Broadband Satellites and SotalCloud on this fast deployment,” comments Laszlo Zoltan, Vice President of DVEO. “Broadband Satellites installed our HCoder™ 4-16ch HDMI/IP encoder. It encodes up to 16 simultaneous HDMI inputs, then streams up to 16 IP streams to our Live/VOD server with Catch-up TV — the ATLAS™ II Packaging Server: TELCO. The ATLAS delivers thousands of simultaneous HLS streams directly to iOS and Android based end devices.”

About Broadband Satellites:
Broadband Satellites is a leading Broadband Internet Provider in Guyana. For more information, visit www.bbsatellites.com

About DVEO®:
DVEO is a well established, privately held entity headquartered in San Diego, California, since 2001. DVEO develops and sells broadcast quality video encoding and streaming products, media servers and ad insertion solutions to leading Telco TV/OTT and cable operators around the world.
For more information on DVEO, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@dveo.com or visit www.dveo.com

About SotalCloud:
The SotalCloud OTT Platform is designed for linear/live/VOD video content owners and aggregators that want to launch an OTT or IPTV service without a massive up-front cost or long-term commitment. The company’s ‘rapid deployment’ device app templates allow it to on-board new customers within days and support multiple platforms including Web browsers, native iOS and Android phones and tablets, multiple STBs, and other devices. More information on SotalCloud, please contact Russell Foy at +1-416-627-6370 or russell@sotalcloud.com or visit www.sotalcloud.com

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Electus Embraces the WCPMedia Services Cloud

2017-03-23 08:19:28 artisanspr

HOLLYWOOD— Entertainment studio Electus has seen the future of media content distribution and its name is WCPMedia Services. Distributors of such popular television series as Running Wild with Bear Gryllis, Jane the Virgin, Fameless and Style by Jury, Electus began using WCPMedia’s cloud-based platform last year through its international arm to deliver content to broadcasters around the world. What began as a pilot project, quickly became standard operating procedure. The company now uses WCPMedia Services to deliver hundreds of shows each month to customers including divisions of Sky TV, Turner, Viacom and Discovery, on six continents.

“We use WCPMedia for high-speed, high-volume file transfers, and we use it a lot,” says Electus International Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations Brad Jorgensen. “We upload master files of our shows onto the WCPMedia cloud. Our customers are then able to sign in and download them. It’s fast, easy and secure.”

Electus formerly required outside service providers to deliver content to its international customers. That meant loading show files onto hard drives and delivering them to post houses, which handled distribution to end users. “It was cumbersome and inefficient,” observes Jorgensen. “Now, we no longer have to send hard drives all over town; we can do it all from our offices.”

One factor that gave Electus confidence to switch to WCPMedia Services was its use of Aspera as its high-speed file transfer engine. Jorgensen notes that Aspera is fast, reliable and a known brand. “Broadcasters in small markets and remote areas often aren’t as technologically advanced as those in major media centers, and so they are reluctant to work with a delivery service that they’re unfamiliar with,” he explains. “But 90 percent of broadcasters around the world use Aspera and they know that it works.”

WCPMedia also delivers the near-perfect reliability required by the broadcast industry. “We can’t use a distribution service if it doesn’t have a better than 99-percent success rate,” Jorgensen notes. “We have that with WCPMedia. On those rare occasions when a customer has a question or trouble logging in, WCPMedia’s tech support quickly jumps in to communicate with the customer and resolve the issue.”

Jorgensen says that Electus’ transition to cloud distribution happened faster than he anticipated. Last fall, when Electus was evaluating WCPMedia, it set up a trial involving the delivery of 20 television episodes. It worked without a hitch. “WCPMedia passed that test,” he recalls, “and now we’ve delivered more than 1200 files.”

Although Electus primarily employs WCPMedia for file delivery, the platform also includes powerful features for media management, transcoding, media review, and marketing. As a result, it can benefit a wide variety of media companies with different requirements and applications. “Electus continues to expand its partnerships with broadcasters and content producers around the globe, and many of those companies could also benefit from WCPMedia,” Jorgensen asserts. “Some may employ the full scope of features the platforms provides; others might use one component intensively as we do. It’s a fluid tool that adapts to the user.”

About WCPMedia Services

Founded in 2011 in Switzerland, World Content Pole SA (aka WCPMedia Services) is an entertainment software and services company based in Europe (Switzerland), USA and Canada that manages, markets and distributes content to business partners and clients quickly, easily and securely. WCPMedia Services offers a platform of smart process applications that combines proprietary software with top-tier solutions developed by proven and trusted technology companies.

For more information, visit www.wcpmediaservices.com

USA Office:  7083 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood CA 90028

Canada Office: 390 Bay Street, Suite 1706, Toronto M5H 2Y2

Europe Office: Via Peri 17, 6900 Lugano, Switzerland

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L-com Debuts New Series of 802.11ac Dual-Band, Dual-Polarized 2x2 MIMO Outdoor Omni-Directional Antennas

2017-03-09 14:40:32 ccwire-staff

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.  – L-com Global Connectivity, a preferred manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, announced today that it has released a new series of dual-band, dual-polarized 2×2 MIMO antennas for use in MIMO/802.11ac devices.

L-com’s DPU2-series antennas are dual-band, outdoor, Omni-directional  antennas with dual-polarization that permits them to operate in both vertical and horizontal polarizations. One of these antennas can do the same work as two antennas by simultaneously transmitting data on one polarization while receiving data on the other polarization. These antennas also increase Wi-Fi data speed by allowing the attenuation of unwanted signals from adjacent channels and/or co-located equipment, which improves RF performance and increases data speed.

DPU2-series antennas feature both 2.4/5 GHz horizontally and vertically polarized antennas in one radome. They deliver 360-degree 302.11ac coverage while decreasing performance issues from RF interference. These antennas are ideal for enabling multi-stream communications on IEEE 802.11n/ac networks. Supported MIMO types include 1×2 systems for 802.11a/g/n protocols and 2×2 systems for 802.11ac protocols.

“Our DPU2-series antennas are essentially two antennas in one package, able to provide multi-stream communication from a single antenna instead of requiring two opposite-polarized antennas to do the same task,” said Patrick Pesa, Director of Wireless Product Management.

L-com’s DPU2-series antennas boast industrial-grade construction and are available in 6 dBi, 9 dBi and 11 dBi versions. A UV-resistant, PVC radome helps ensure long-term, reliable operation in all weather conditions. A heavy duty extruded aluminum base/mount allows the antenna to be mounted to masts up to 3.7 inches in diameter.

 

About L-com Global Connectivity
L-com Global Connectivity, a preferred manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, offers a wide range of solutions and unrivaled customer service for the electronics and data communications industries. The company’s product portfolio includes cable assemblies, connectors, adapters, computer networking equipment, and custom products, as well as their HyperLink® brand of wireless products which include antennas, RF amplifiers, coaxial lightning and surge protectors, and NEMA rated enclosures. L-com’s HyperLink® wireless products are designed for WiFi, WiMAX, SCADA, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, RFID and Bluetooth applications. In addition to HyperLink® , L-com’s other brands include MilesTek®, specialists in Military/Aeronautics connectivity solutions, Aiconics®, a leading manufacturer of electrical connector products and Point Six™ Wireless, pioneers in the design and manufacture of wireless sensors used in IoT applications. Trusted for more than 30 years, L-com, which is headquartered in North Andover, Mass., is ISO 9001: 2008 certified and many of its products are UL® recognized. For more information, please visit:  http://www.L-com.com/

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Major US News Network Moves to Dalet Unified News Operations Workflow

2017-03-08 10:25:28 ccwire-staff

Paris, France – Dalet announced today that a leading US news broadcaster has signed a large-scale, multi-site deal to migrate all of its regional news stations to the Dalet Unified News Operations workflow powered by Dalet Galaxy. The state-of-the-art solution will offer every station a centralized content repository natively accessible by the suite of user-friendly production and distribution tools. The connected, friction-free Unified News Operations workflow will provide faster and better content production and ultra-easy distribution for broadcast, web (CMS) and social outlets alike. Once this first phase is completed, all sites will be standardized on the same technology platform, setting a robust and open foundation for future multi-site federation and collaboration.

“This latest win comes on the heels of several sizeable US, European and Asia Pacific deals, confirming that the Dalet Unified News Operations workflow is meeting and exceeding the expectations of some of the most demanding news broadcasters around world,” states Arnaud Elnecave, VP of marketing, Dalet.

Replacing a legacy system built on three separate platforms, Dalet’s end-to-end, story-centric approach to news production, along with conveniences such as one-click social media distribution, are necessary capabilities to tackle new business challenges. Elnecave adds, “The agility and flexibility of the Dalet Unified News Operations workflow gives news directors and producers the ability to continuously refine content strategies and operational processes, ultimately transforming their news operation to satisfy new viewer consumption trends and seize new business opportunities.” Breaking down silos, Dalet solutions for unified news operations will connect the broadcaster’s disparate regional bureaus, bringing field journalists into the virtual newsroom through robust web and mobile apps. The interconnected toolset will support a ubiquitous multimedia content workflow that elevates collaboration and content sharing across the entire operation.

The large-scale installation will include Dalet’s award-winning Dalet Galaxy platform, which encompasses the fully integrated Media Asset Management (MAM), Newsroom Computer System (NRCS), Dalet Brio for ingest and playout, Dalet WebSpace and Dalet On-the-Go for remote news production, Dalet OneCut multimedia editor, and Dalet Social Media tools for native social media curation and distribution.

See Dalet Unified News Operations Infographic:http://www.dalet.com/misc/Dalet_UNO_Infographic_2016.pdf.

About Dalet Digital Media Systems
Dalet software-based solutions enable media organizations to create, manage and distribute content faster and more efficiently, fully maximizing the value of assets. Dalet products are built on three distinct platforms that, when combined, form versatile business solutions that power end-to-end workflows for news, sports, program preparation, production, archive and radio. Individually, Dalet platforms and products offer targeted applications with key capabilities to address critical media workflow functions such as ingest, QC, edit, transcode and multiplatform distribution.

The foundation for Dalet productivity-enhancing workflow solutions, Dalet Galaxy is the enterprise NRCS and MAM that unifies the content chain by managing assets, metadata, workflows and processes across multiple and diverse production and distribution systems. Specially tailored for news and media workflows, this unique technology platform helps broadcasters and media professionals increase productivity while providing operational and business visibility.

Dalet AmberFin is the high-quality, scalable transcoding platform with fully integrated ingest, mastering, QC and review functionalities, enabling facilities to make great pictures in a scalable, reliable and interoperable way.
Addressing the demanding needs of studio production, multi-camera ingest, sports logging and highlights production, the innovative Dalet Brio video server platform combines density and cost-effectiveness with high reliability.

Dalet supports customers from the initial planning stages to well beyond project execution. Our global presence includes 17 offices strategically located throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, North America and South America, and a network of more than 60 professional partners serving 87 countries worldwide. This collective experience and knowledge enables our customers to realize potential increases in productivity, efficiency and value of their assets.

The comprehensive Dalet Care program ensures deployments remain up and running with 24/7 support 365 days a year.

Dalet systems are used around the world by many thousands of individual users at hundreds of TV and Radio content producers, including public broadcasters (ABS-CBN, BBC, CBC, DR, FMM, France TV, RAI, RFI, Russia Today, RT Malaysia, VOA), commercial networks and operators (Canal+, FOX, eTV, MBC Dubai, MediaCorp, Mediaset, Orange, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros, Sirius XM Radio), and government organizations (Canadian House of Commons, Australian Parliament and UK Parliament).

Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA.

Dalet® is a registered trademark of Dalet Digital Media Systems. All other products and trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com.

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