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NIM Labs launches NIM 2.7

2017-10-12 21:07:38 ccwire-staff

LOS ANGELES, CA – NIM Labs has officially announced the launch of NIM 2.7 – a feature-rich update that enables increased time management flexibility alongside numerous performance and infrastructure improvements.

NIM is a creative management tool designed to visualise production studio workflows. NIM was incubated in a real production setting and is designed from the ground up for effective communication – from bidding/budgeting through production management and final delivery.

Version 2.7 equips teams with greater control over time card functionality, enabling producers to better manage staff’s time and deliver projects to pressing deadlines with total efficiency.

Andrew Singara, NIM Labs co-founder, comments: “Time is a producer’s most vital resource. 2.7’s updates are designed to support the management of that time, ensuring it is spent in the most effective way possible across any project.”

NIM 2.7 key features

  • Flame Connector – NIM’s Autodesk Flame integration is now available in the full NIM suite of connectors. The Flame connector provides integration with NIM from within Flame or Flare to create published shots in NIM, add exported elements to NIM shots, export clips to NIM dailies and edits, and roundtrip NIM elements back to the Flame timeline and batchFX.

  • Time Card Day View – Access a bird’s-eye view over producer and artist hours, with an at-a-glance perspective on users’ regular time (RT) and also users who may be going into overtime (OT) or double time (DT). The Time Card Day View enables users to monitor the sum total of hours in two distinct views: a heat-map style grid view and the list view, which displays cumulative time per user in a filterable and exportable list. The Time Card Day View also flags days on which a time card was entered on two jobs, enabling producers to determine where OT/DT should be negotiated between jobs.

  • Modify RT/OT/DT per time card – Time cards automatically calculate RT/OT/DT based on per-crew member rules, ensuring everyone works to appropriate schedules. Any time cards outside of job rules can be manually overridden with RT/OT/DT hours, if needed.

  • Enhanced time card design – The time card design has been updated, providing a clear, unambiguous entry to form with information at a glance.

  • Estimated task time – NIM 2.7 enables users to set estimated time on tasks, giving greater organizational control over their day. The task estimated time is actualized against time cards entered for that tas, and visualized on the Task Gantt chart as a color coded representation of time utilized per task. Users can immediately see which tasks are under or over planned time.

  • Task throughput & burn rates – The Task Gantt chart now visualizes task throughput and burn rates based on estimated task time, providing producers and studio owners with daily insight into efficiency around tasks being completed.

  • Actualize Jobs by Time – NIM 2.7 includes a permission option that hides sensitive financial information in job actuals, meaning users only view actualization against time.

NIM 2.7 performance and infrastructure updates

  • Updated NIM Virtual Machine infrastructure for PHP 7.1 and MySQL 5.6, providing a significant speed increase across the board

  • Improved performance when loading large sequences with many custom keys per shot

 

NIM 2.7 is available now. Current NIM customers can upgrade to NIM 2.7 for free. New users can access a free 30-day trial at nim-labs.com


About NIM Labs
NIM Labs was founded in 2014 by Ntropic founder Nate Robinson and creative director Andrew Sinagra. Robinson and Sinagra first developed NIM ten years ago at Ntropic in an ever-growing production environment. Having an internal management tool helped their creatively-driven minds manage the post-production process across multiple offices from start to finish. Realizing they had developed a one-of-a-kind tool, Robinson and Sinagra stripped down the internal build and rebuilt NIM from the ground up as a flexible tool for other studios to utilize.

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AMIA Webinars Address Important Topics on the Latest Media Preservation Practices

2017-10-11 20:59:33 ignite

LOS ANGELES  – The Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) will present a series of online webinars in partnership with the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC). The webinars, designed to educate professionals in the archive and preservation communities on the latest processes impacting their work, begin October 12 and run through November 2, and are priced individually. To register, visit www.amiaonline.org.

“Our members are cultural caretakers, responsible for preserving collections for future generations,” said Andrea Kalas, AMIA President. “AMIA Online educational webinars serve to present expert perspective and experience for an array of users, from entry level to working professional. These webinars provide a practical way for us to help those tasked with managing collections to stay abreast of the latest methods. We are grateful to NEDCC for partnering with us to present this series.”

AMIA webinars are led by respected experts in the industry. Each online session will take place at 1 p.m. Eastern. Topics and dates for the upcoming series include:

  • The Environmental Impact of Archives (October 12) – Led by Linda Tadic, CEO of Digital Bedrock and former AMIA president, this webinar will explore how institutions that house audiovisual collections can mitigate their environmental impact while also preserving their collections according to professional best practice.
  • Processing of Oral Histories (October 17) – This webinar will offer guidance to archivists charged with maintaining these important recordings and will present a workflow—from beginning to end—for how best to process, preserve, and make accessible oral history materials. The session will be taught by Mary Larson, Associate Dean for Special Collections at Oklahoma State University Library and former President of the Oral History Association, and Sarah Milligan, Associate Professor and Head of the Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at Oklahoma State University.
  • Fundamentals of Copyright Part I (October 24) – Guided by Hope O’Keeffe, Associate General Counsel at the Library of Congress, this webinar is an introductory session–offering a basic discussion of copyright law, the public domain, and the implications for collections.
  • Fundamentals of Copyright Part II (October 26) – The second webinar on copyright will be a “deep dive” into some of the broad concepts presented in Session 1, and expand upon issues such as creator and transfer rights and open access. Greg Cram, Associate Director of Copyright and Information Policy at the New York Public Library, will lead the presentation.
  • Storage of Audiovisual Collections (November 2) – Providing an introduction and overview of best storage practices for magnetic tape, motion picture film, and photographs, this webinar will identify appropriate packing and storage containers and include a detailed discussion of proper environmental standards. This session is taught by Jean-Louis Bigourdan, Senior Research Scientist at the Image Permanence Institute.

The deadline to register is one day prior to each webinar. For more information, visit http://www.amiaonline.org.


About AMIA

AMIA is a nonprofit, international association dedicated to the preservation and use of moving image media. As the world’s largest association of professional media archivists, AMIA brings together a broad range of experts and institutions in a single forum to address the best ways to preserve our media heritage. For more information, visit www.amianet.org, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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MAXON Adds New Dimension to Design with Cineware for Illustrator

2017-10-10 13:55:05 ccwire-staff

Friedrichsdorf, Germany – MAXON, the leading developer of the professional 3D modeling, animation, painting and rendering solution Cinema 4D, today announced the release of Cineware for Illustrator. This new plugin allows artists and designers to add and edit 3D objects directly within Adobe Illustrator CC, the industry-standard vector graphics application included in the Adobe Creative Cloud.

Cineware for Illustrator uses the same powerful 3D engine as Cinema 4D, MAXON’s industry-leading, intuitive, professional 3D application. Users can import any Cinema 4D file, and tweak the view, lighting and textures in order to integrate 3D elements with 2D designs or use 3D elements as templates when creating vector artwork in Adobe Illustrator. MAXON has partnered with Turbosquid, the leading online source for 3D models, to provide Cineware for Illustrator users a “jump start” into the third dimension with a collection of ready-to-use 3D models including common product packaging and other 3D objects. And, of course, users of Cinema 4D can create and share their own custom 3D content for use in Adobe Illustrator.

Motion designers have enjoyed similar integration of Cinema 4D technology within Adobe After Effects CC since the introduction of the Cineware bridge in 2013. Cineware for Illustrator offers even more power, allowing designers to adjust object visibility, textures and lighting from within Adobe Illustrator. This introduces a powerful workflow for designers to visualize product labels, incorporate rich 3D content into Illustrator composites, or even arrange 3D elements as guides for form and perspective when creating vector artwork.

“Cinema 4D has long offered a fantastic, easy-to-learn toolset for product visualization and graphic design,” says Harald Egel, managing partner at MAXON Computer GmbH. “With Cineware for Illustrator we’re making both the Cinema 4D toolset and 3D in general more accessible to designers, and plan to develop this workflow even further in the future.”

Cineware for Adobe Illustrator Feature Highlights

  • 3D Objects: Rotate, position and show/hide individual 3D objects from any Cinema 4D scene, all within Adobe Illustrator.
  • Materials: Adjust the color, reflection, luminance, transparency, and bump directly within Adobe Illustrator. Users can even apply vector artwork to the surface of 3D models.
  • Cameras: Switch between pre-set cameras or use simple navigation tools to choose preferred viewing angle.
  • Lights: Enable or disable lights, and change their color to set a mood and emphasize shapes.
  • Integrate: Workflow allows easy removal of the background by choosing the automatically created alpha map so 3D elements can be integrated into existing vector artwork.

Availability
Cineware for Illustrator is available at no cost for MacOS and Windows 10 on the MAXON web site.

Cineware for Adobe Illustrator at Adobe MAX and NAB Show New York
MAXON Cineware for Illustrator will debut in the MAXON booth in the Community Pavilion at Adobe MAX (October 18-20, 2017 in Las Vegas) and NAB Show New York, Booth N264 (October 18-19, 2017 in New York City).

Cineware for Adobe Illustrator Image
An image link to Cineware for Adobe Illustrator is available here.

Cinema 4D Upgrade Path
For Adobe Illustrator CC users that desire a rich, full-features 3D content creation experience, MAXON offers an attractive upgrade path to Cinema 4D.

About MAXON
Headquartered in Friedrichsdorf, Germany, MAXON Computer is a developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions. Its award-winning Cinema 4D and BodyPaint 3D software products have been used extensively to help create everything from stunning visual effects in top feature films, TV shows and commercials, cutting-edge game cinematics for AAA games, as well for medical illustration, architectural and industrial design applications. MAXON has offices in Germany, USA, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Japan and Singapore. MAXON products are available directly from the web site and its worldwide distribution channel. MAXON is part of the Nemetschek Group.

Additional information on MAXON can be obtained as follows:
Website: http://www.maxon.net/
Cineversity: http://www.cineversity.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maxon3d
Twitter: https://twitter.com/maxon3D
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/MaxonC4D
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/791366
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+maxoncinema4d/posts
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maxonc4d/

All trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

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RED Digital Cinema® Introduces New Cinematic Full Frame Sensor for WEAPON® cameras, MONSTRO™ 8K VV

2017-10-05 19:19:52 ignite

Irvine, CA —  MONSTRO is an evolutionary step beyond the DRAGON 8K VV sensor with improvements in image quality including dynamic range and shadow detail.

This newest camera and sensor combination, WEAPON 8K VV, offers full frame lens coverage, captures 8K full format motion at up to 60 fps, produces ultra-detailed 35.4 megapixel stills, and delivers incredibly fast data speeds — up to 300 MB/s. And like all of RED’s DSMC2 cameras, WEAPON shoots simultaneous REDCODE® RAW and Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD/HR recording and adheres to the company’s dedication to OBSOLESCENCE OBSOLETE® — a core operating principle that allows current RED owners to upgrade their technology as innovations are unveiled and move between camera systems without having to purchase all new gear.

“RED’s internal sensor program continues to push the boundaries of pixel design and MONSTRO is the materialization of our relentless pursuit to make the absolute best image sensors on the planet,” says Jarred Land, president of RED Digital Cinema. “The Full Frame 8K VV MONSTRO provides unprecedented dynamic range and breathtaking color accuracy with full support for our IPP2 pipeline.”

The new WEAPON will be priced at $79,500 (for the camera BRAIN) with upgrades for carbon fiber WEAPON customers available for $29,500. MONSTRO 8K VV will replace the DRAGON 8K VV in RED’s line-up, and customers that had previously placed an order for a DRAGON 8K VV sensor will be offered this new sensor beginning today. New orders will start being fulfilled in early 2018.

RED has announced a comprehensive service offering for all carbon fiber WEAPON owners called RED ARMOR-W. RED ARMOR-W offers enhanced and extended protection beyond RED ARMOR, and also includes one sensor swap each year.

“‘Good’ has never been ‘good enough’ for RED,” says Land. “We put ourselves in the shoes of our customers and see how we can improve how we can support them. RED ARMOR-W builds upon the foundation of our original extended warranty program and includes giving customers the ability to move between sensors based upon their shooting needs.”

Additionally, RED has made its enhanced image processing pipeline (IPP2) available in-camera with the company’s latest firmware release (v7.0) for all cameras with HELIUM and MONSTRO sensors. IPP2 offers a completely overhauled workflow experience, featuring enhancements such as smoother highlight roll-off, better management of challenging colors, an improved demosaicing algorithm, and more.

Visit red.com for details or find an authorized dealer or rental house in your area.


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 HELIUM sensor, set the new image quality standard with the highest DxOMark score ever.

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L-com Launches New USB 3.0 High-Flex Cable Assemblies

2017-10-05 09:21:52 ccwire-staff

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – L-com Global Connectivity, a preferred manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, announced today that it has introduced a new series of high-flex USB 3.0 cable assemblies for use with PC peripheral interconnects, data acquisition, test and measurement and portable data storage applications.

These new USB 3.0 high-flex cables are rated for 10,000 flex cycles, making them ideal for applications where standard USB 3.0 cables fail. They are available with three connector options: Type-A male to Type-A male, Type-A male to Type-B male and Type-A male to Micro-B male. These high-flex cables feature a TPE cable jackets and 30 AWG high strand count conductors. Additionally, a foil plus braid shield provides maximum protection against EMI/RFI.

The Type-A to Type-A and Type-A to Type-B cables are available in 0.3, 0.5, 0.75, 1 and 1.5-meter lengths and the Type-A to Micro-B cables are available in 0.3, 0.5, 0.75-meter lengths.

“These exclusive, ultra-flexible USB 3.0 cables were specifically designed to address applications where ordinary cables fail due to excessive flexure. They can withstand 10 times as many bend cycles as a standard cable while retaining their durability and performance,” said Brian Gates, Product Manager.

L-com’s USB 3.0 high-flex cable assemblies are in stock and available for immediate shipment.


About L-com Global Connectivity
L-com Global Connectivity, a leading 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, antennas, enclosures, surge protectors and more. L-com is headquartered in North Andover, Mass., is ISO 9001: 2008 certified and many of its products are UL® recognized. L-com is an Infinite Electronics company.

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Sigma Reveals its PDN PhotoPlus Expo 2017 Line Up and a Brand New Lens

2017-10-04 20:14:29 ccwire-staff

Ronkonkoma, NY – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, will showcase its full line up of Sigma Global Vision lenses, including a brand-new addition to the line, at the upcoming PDN PhotoPlus Expo 2017 Expo held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City from October 26-28, 2017 (booth 837). The company will also have on hand its breakthrough optics for the cinema market – the Sigma Cine high-speed Primes and Zooms – as well as the Foveon sensor-based sd Quattro and Quattro H cameras. “Sigma has had a landmark year with the introduction of seven new lenses across our Global Vision and Cine product lines,” states Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “Our research and development team is dedicated to creating superior optics that meet the ever-growing requirements of today’s high resolution cameras, taking advantage of every possible design and element to capture the greatest picture detail for both still and moving images. We look forward to showcasing the culmination of what has been a remarkable year in optical advancements for Sigma at this year’s PPE event.” Sigma 2017 introductions include the award-winning 14mm F1.4 DG HSM Art, 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art, 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art, 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM ContemporarySigma Global Vision lenses and the new Sigma Cine FF High Speed 14mm T2 and 135mm T2 prime lenses.

Sigma Special PPE Presentation – Sigma Pro Phenom Jen Rozenbaum
Sigma Pro Jen Rozenbaum will take the PPE stage on Wednesday, October 25, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM to deliver a PPE Master Class on “How to make every woman look amazing.”Jen will share with attendees her vast experience in boudoir photography, providing top tips and secret tricks – from wardrobe to posing – that flatter all women. Jen’s presentation will help attendees understand how to best dress and pose any woman of any size and shape as well as gain confidence behind the camera whether they are shooting boudoir, wedding or seniors!

Master Photographers Take the Sigma Stage
Showcasing the very best in photography craft, the expanded Sigma Pro family will headline the Sigma stage and offer attendees a behind the lens look at the techniques and technology that captured some of the year’s most outstanding photographs in the areas of aviation, editorial, glamour, landscapes, travel and weddings.

This year’s prestigious Sigma Pro PPE stage line-up includes outdoor sports and adventure travel photographer Liam Doran, aviation photo expert Jim Koepnick, renowned bird and travel photographer Roman Kurywczak, fearless woman photographer Jen Rozenbaum, and glamour and wedding photographer Jim Schmelzer.

The exciting topics include (listed by Sigma Pro) and showcase lenses from Sigma Global Vision Art, Contemporary and Sport lines:

The Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 Contemporary telephoto zoom lens

For the Sigma Pro presentation schedule days and times, please visit: https://blog.sigmaphoto.com/event/photoplus-2017/

Sigma’s ultra-wide-angle 14mm F1.4 Art lens

Sigma Super Giveaways at PPE 2017 
PPE 2017 attendees who visit Sigma at booth 837 will have a chance to enter and win a Sigma grand giveaway – a 24-70mm F2.8 Art – an MSRP value of $1299.00 USD!

Re-engineered and introduced in 2017, the newly updated 24-70mm F2.8 Art lens is Sigma’s workhorse zoom lens. It touts a brand new Optical Stabilizer (OS), Hypersonic Motor (HSM) for highly efficient and fast autofocus, as well as a dust- and splash-proof mount with rubber sealing.

The 24-70mm F2.8 Art lens embodies all the technical qualities and finesse that define the high-performance Sigma Global Vision Art series. A popular industry focal range covering a wide array of shooting scenarios, the 24-70mm’s optical design also includes three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements and four aspherical elements to ensure image accuracy and sharpness. The 24-70mm F2.8 Art aspherical elements use Sigma’s thicker center glass design and highly precise polishing process, delivering stunning images and bokeh effects. The lens’ purpose-built structure boasts a new metal barrel for optimal durability with TSC composite internal moving components designed to resist thermal contraction and expansion. Available for Canon, Nikon and Sigma camera mounts.

The Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 workhorse zoom Art lens

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 still photo and cinema camera lenses, DSLR and mirrorless 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 the needs of advanced 6k and 8k cinema production.

Sigma’s portrait-perfect 135mm F1.8 Art lens

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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Swiss Broadcaster RSI Relies on WCPMedia Services to Market Content to World Market

2017-10-04 19:53:52 artisanspr

LOS ANGELES —  Swiss public broadcaster RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera has adopted WCPMedia Services’ cloud-based media management platform to market television content to broadcast partners worldwide. RSI’s sales department is using WCPMedia’s proprietary Screening Room feature to allow potential buyers to preview hundreds of productions from its library ranging from documentaries and sports coverage to children’s programming. Buyers can instantly view broadcast-quality content from virtually any device with access controlled by RSI through a secure web portal.

“RSI is at the forefront in spreading Swiss culture by commercializing original content and archival media,” said RSI Sales Manager Eleonora Maraffi. “WCPMedia Services is helping us to optimize sales and the monetization of our catalogue by streamlining the process of sharing content with buyers in a secure environment.” RSI original content marketed through the platform includes the web series Arthur, the children’s series PEO Gallery and the science series Albert’s Garden

RSI makes content available for previewing simply by uploading it to the WCPMedia platform and organizing it into Screening Rooms. “Last year, we set up approximately 100 individual screening rooms, each containing from one to 100 titles,” Maraffi recalled. “If a customer wished to preview 100 titles, it would be unthinkable to handle the request via online links, temporary passwords, ftp or other non-professional tool.”

Maraffi added that RSI selected WCPMedia both for its ease of use and for its security features. Assets are stored in a Tier IV Swiss Data Center with ISO 9001, ISO 27001 and PCI-DSS certification and designed in accordance with the Swiss Regulation for Banking Outsourcing (FINMA). RSI controls access to content by file and user through a simple interface.

RSI’s customers find the process simple and convenient. “Buyers who need to browse and stream many titles find it extremely useful to have them all in one place,” Maraffi noted. “Our returning clients, who have a semester or yearly buying cycle, enjoy the added benefit of retaining, in their dedicated screening room, the full history of their acquired and rejected titles along with new offerings to be reviewed.”

Data collected by the WCPMedia platform is very valuable to RSI’s sales team. “It allows for a more discrete approach in our follow up,” Maraffi said. “Sales processes can be quite long and last several months. Since we can see who has accessed our content, we know exactly when it’s the right moment to solicit an answer and when to sit still and let our client take his time.”

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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Frame.io Announces Series B Growth Round of Funding Led by FirstMark Capital

2017-10-03 13:45:38 ccwire-staff

New York City, NY – Frame.io, developers of the video review and collaboration platform for content creators, has raised $20 million in Series B growth funding led by FirstMark Capital. The latest round of funding was also supported by return backers Accel Partners, SignalFire and Shasta Ventures. This latest infusion of capital brings Frame.io’s total funding to date to $32 million, which the startup will use to develop in key areas including the core video review and collaboration product, cloud and content security, and the Frame.io developer ecosystem. Founded in 2014, Frame.io is also backed by Hollywood heavyweights Jared Leto and Kevin Spacey.

“We’re excited to continue to work with our existing partners at FirstMark Capital, Accel Partners, SignalFire and Shasta Ventures,” states Emery Wells, co-founder and CEO of Frame.io. “The round is an exciting milestone for our team, and more importantly our community, and will help us in elevating our mission from reimagining video collaboration to reimagining post production itself.”

“In today’s digital ecosystem, video is becoming an integral part of nearly every company’s media and content strategy,” said Amish Jani, a founder and Managing Director of FirstMark Capital. “Frame.io is transforming the way companies approach the business of creating video. This latest investment will help Frame.io scale and continue developing a world class product for a creative community that has traditionally been underserved by technology.”

Frame.io makes the process of sharing and collaborating on video projects incredibly simple, through an intuitive user interface where users can upload and organize projects, then share internally or with clients to review and add feedback. Used by leading media and entertainment companies including TechCrunch, BBC, Vice, The Onion, Facebook and many more, Frame.io has helped countless organizations in the transition to video, as more and more companies implement video into their branding strategies.

With the Series B funding, Frame.io will be making a sizable investment in iterating the core product, with a significant focus on cloud and content security. Trusted by some of the world’s largest media corporations, security is top of mind for leaders in the industry; as such, security has become a core pillar of the Frame.io product offering, and will continue to expand with features such as watermarking and a host of new security/compliance certifications including MPAA. This investment in security will also extend to the inclusion of artificial intelligence and machine learning into the core and enterprise product roadmap.

“Artificial Intelligence is going to play a huge role in Frame.io’s future,” states Matthew Ruttley, Head of Data at Frame.io, who spearheads the company’s Data Science initiatives. “Enterprise customers will benefit from a whole host of powerful, proprietary Machine Learning systems. These apply to everything from streamlining video review workflows, to robust, all-important security features.”

Read Emery Wells’ blog for more details on how Frame.io will use its latest round of funding to continue to build a hyper-secure, cloud-based platform that centralizes all tools and services needed for the creation of world-class video. Join the growing community of video creatives who are collaborating every day by signing up at Frame.io.

2017 has been a year of milestones for the New York City-based Frame.io, with the release of Frame.io 2 followed by the official launch of Frame.io Enterprise – the company’s enterprise-grade product designed to help the largest media clients, including Turner Broadcasting Systems and Buzzfeed, collaborate at scale. With over 370,000 users (and increasing every day) in over 170 countries, Frame.io will be using this investment to double down on strategic product innovation, offering content creators a platform that connects the many different creative tools, publishing tools, stock services, asset management and storage systems, and many other specialty products involved in the business of creating video.

The new funding will also help Frame.io expand its rapidly growing team, which has doubled in the past year, across the board. For more information on open roles, please visit the Frame.io careers page: https://jobs.lever.co/frame.io .

Frame.io Dashboard

About Frame.io
Frame.io is powering the future of creative collaboration. Today’s leading media companies use Frame.io to streamline their video review and collaboration process with teammates, clients and a variety of stakeholders. Frame.io is all about what happens before distribution. Before you reach the finish line. We make getting there faster, smoother and more efficient with a single platform that works seamlessly across web and mobile. Frame.io for iOS is the winner of a 2016 Apple Design Award.

Frame.io is backed by industry heavyweights including FirstMark Capital, Accel Partners, Jared Leto, and Kevin Spacey. To learn more please visit www.frame.io.

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Polaroid Announces the Polaroid Flexible LED Lighting Panel; Brings Bendable, Controlled Lighting to Photographers and Videographers

2017-09-30 20:33:38 ccwire-staff

Edison, NJ – Polaroid today announced the Polaroid flexible LED lighting panel, an incredibly lightweight, bendable light source that is a must-have accessory for any photographer or videographer. Mold the light to the desired form and position, as the pliable flat-mat material can be reshaped to give focused control over the light’s direction and fall-off. Anyone from professional photographers to casual enthusiasts can use the simple wireless remote control to quickly dim the daylight balanced light source, making it perfect as a main light or as a versatile fill light in larger set-ups.

The Versatile Light That Fits Any Situation
Perfect for both indoor and outdoor use, the 5600K color temperature light source delivers flicker-free brilliant light wherever you take it. Bright and flexible enough to be part of a larger professional shoot, the Polaroid flexible LED lighting panel is also light enough for use at solo outings, weddings and location shoots. The compact design and bendable material make this the perfect accessory for the photographer on-the-go.

Perfect Lighting for Portraits, Products or Macro Photography
Measuring at 12×12” and just 16mm wide, the super slim Polaroid flexible LED panel mat weighs a mere one pound, making it easy to arrange and mold the light into your ideal position. Even at this ultra-portable size, the Polaroid flexible LED lighting panel delivers superb color reproduction similar in comparison to a natural light source; with 256 LEDs it can produce up to 4500 Lumens – nearly the brightness of direct sunlight. For those looking to achieve a softer look, the included special diffusion filter turns the brilliant LED light into a dreamy glow – perfect for portraits and product shots!

Photographers and videographers can purchase the Polaroid flexible LED lighting panel from Amazon for 124.99 USD.

Request a Media Review Kit
Members of the media are invited to review the Polaroid flexible LED lighting panel. To request a media review kit, please contact Karlie Fitzgerald at karlie@zazilmediagroup.com.

The Polaroid Brand
Polaroid is one of the world’s most trusted, respected and recognizable brands, with a rich 80-year history built primarily on Polaroid instant cameras and film.  The company’s complete range of products was designed to deliver the fun, instant gratification and creative freedom for which the brand has long stood. Today, the Polaroid Classic Border Logo, rooted in the instant photo sharing that Polaroid pioneered, is the mark of genuine Polaroid branded products.  For more information, visit Polaroid.com.

Polaroid, Polaroid & Pixel, Polaroid Color Spectrum and Polaroid Classic Border Logo are trademarks of PLR IP Holdings, LLC, used under license.

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Dalet Showcases Xtend Panel for Adobe Premiere Pro CC

2017-09-13 09:55:40 ccwire-staff

Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, will showcase the new Dalet Xtend integration panel for Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC at IBC2017. Dalet Xtend connects Adobe Premiere Pro users to the Dalet Galaxy MAM & Orchestration platform, providing a direct gateway to metadata-rich assets and facilitating cross-enterprise collaboration for video editors journalists, prep editors, sports producers and others.

The latest version of the Dalet Xtend panel for Adobe Premiere Pro CC adds full support for project file management in Dalet Galaxy, including new Adobe project locking, multi-sequence export, locator inheritance, configurable metadata forms when exporting content, and support for growing files when exporting from Adobe Premiere Pro to Dalet Galaxy.

Media organizations of all types and sizes – global media & entertainment leader’s STARZ (USA) and FOX International (UK, Italy, Germany), sports broadcaster’s Fox Sports 1 (USA), media conglomerates’ SBS (Australia) and Mediacorp (Singapore), post-production house’s Colortime (USA), new generation radio’s KEXP (USA) and fast-paced news broadcaster’s Mediaset (Italy) to name a few – have selected Dalet and the Adobe creative tools to connect artists with their the workflow, streamline operations and maximize the value of their assets.

“Together, the Adobe creative tools and the Dalet platform provide everything media organizations need to produce exceptional content, boosting collaboration and simplifying workflows so that their users can fully focus on high-quality storytelling,” noted Arnaud Elnecave, VP Marketing at Dalet.

“The Dalet content management solutions, in concert with the Adobe apps like Adobe Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC, provide an integrated production environment that enables media organizations to work efficiently and maximize creativity,” said Sue Skidmore, partner relations for Adobe professional video.

Attend Dalet Pulse at IBC and learn more with Dalet & Adobe

As an exclusive event that brings together the entire Dalet Community, Dalet Pulse is the perfect platform to celebrate creativity and collaboration. Join us for an evening of inspiration and celebration at the ESCAPE Club!

Space is limited, click here to register.

Download the Dalet Xtend Module Brief

Learn more about Dalet and Adobe’s seamless technology integration and download the module brief: http://www.dalet.com/sites/default/files/Dalet%20Xtend%20for%20Adobe%20Premiere%20Pro%20-%20Module%20Brief.pdf

Meet Dalet at IBC in Amsterdam

IBC Show attendees can book a private workflow consultation with a Dalet expert to learn how Dalet and Adobe solutions boost creativity and collaboration within media organizations. Book a meeting via http://www.dalet.com/events/ibc-amsterdam-2017and meet us on stand 8.B77.

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 Media Asset Management (MAM) & Orchestration platform 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. Adopted by leading broadcasters, Dalet Cube is a suite of applications to create, manage and deliver graphics in a newsroom scenario.

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 Adds Comprehensive Auditing Capabilities to Scale-Out Shared Storage, Emphasizing Security for Media Organizations at IBC2017

2017-09-13 08:52:57 ccwire-staff

Basingstoke, UK — EditShare, a technology leader in intelligent shared storage and media management solutions, will give IBC2017 attendees a sneak peek at the new shared storage auditing capabilities due out in the next major release of its EditShare XStream EFS platform (stand 7.C27). The new capability provides comprehensive auditing and reporting of all file system activity, including file creation, deletion, modification, opens and reads as well as general media space access. The new auditing feature will be available in all XStream EFS scale-out storage models including the recently released single-node XStream EFS 200 and EFS 300 models as well as the brand new XStream EFS 40 NL parking storage and flagship XStream EFS 450 enterprise solution.

“EditShare’s new auditing capabilities are aimed at deterring unauthorized usage and leakage of high-value content and confidential data. Knowing that you will get caught will undoubtedly protect against crises such as the recent attempted blackmail and release of ‘Orange is the New Black’ episodes and the well-publicized hack of HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones,’” comments Andy Liebman, CEO, EditShare. “The new EFS auditing capabilities assure EditShare customers and their clients that valuable assets are being watched over continuously. So in the event of unauthorised activity, the time, date, user, IP address and action can be traced immediately. This new feature, which is important to so many of our customers, will provide full accountability for all digital assets and peace of mind for EditShare customers and their clients.”

The intuitive EditShare XStream EFS Auditing Dashboard provides system administrators a high-level view of activity down to individual users and files, enabling them to perform a stringent audit on each EFS storage pool and every user and, in real time, analyse which users carried out which action, to what file or directory, and when it took place. Unlike other auditing approaches, EFS auditing does not impact the real-time operations or system performance. EditShare XStream EFS auditing data are easily exported to third parties and other auditing applications.

IBC2017 attendees can book a private demonstration with an EditShare expert to discuss their shared storage needs and how EditShare solutions can help at: http://www.editshare.com/book-demo-ibc.

ABOUT EDITSHARE EFS STORAGE SOLUTIONS
EditShare XStream EFS

The premium XStream EFS storage platform is a powerful distributed scale-out file system combined with a highly resilient architecture, specifically developed for media-intensive workflows. It’s designed from the ground up to support large-scale workgroups requiring high-bandwidth, high-volume media ingest, transcoding, online collaborative editing and multiplatform distribution of HD, 2K, 4K and beyond. Whether a one-node or multi-node system, every XStream EFS model can easily be expanded to increase capacity and bandwidth. For ease of use and administration, all XStream EFS systems present a single namespace, regardless of the system size. And unlike many SAN storage solutions, the performance of XStream EFS does not decrease as storage use increases. Its continual optimal performance and outstanding reliability are backed by RAID 6 technology.

XStream EFS 450
EFS 450 is tailored for intensive media environments with key benefits including one namespace that eliminates management of multiple storage volumes, Native Client drivers for improved bandwidth performance, plus “SwiftRead” data contention management. Based on 16-drive storage nodes, each with its own motherboard, CPU and hardware RAID 6 configuration, every individual storage node has read/write performance that can exceed 2GB/sec, as well as redundancy that can survive the loss of any two drives.

XStream EFS 200
The XStream EFS 200 is a single-node configuration with 12 enterprise-grade HDDs offering 24, 48, 64, 96 or 128 TB of raw storage capacity in a 2U space-saving form factor. The XStream EFS 200 is “EFS Native Client” compatible. Client workstations connect via a lightning-fast, multi-threaded client to achieve a performance boost of 20% or more compared to legacy SMB and AFP network protocols. In addition to media management capabilities such as advanced project sharing, the XStream EFS 200 ships with five Flow production asset management licenses and an Ark archiving application.

XStream EFS 300
For customers who need greater capacity and lower cost per TB (usable) than is available with XStream EFS 200, they can step into the XStream EFS 300. Equipped with 16 drives, the XStream EFS provides 28, 56, 84, 112 or 140 TB of usable capacity in a 3U chassis. Along with increased capacity, the EFS 300 has additional processor power delivering increased bandwidth capability and stream counts. Like the EFS 200 series, the EFS 300 is “EFS Native Client” compatible and benefits from a performance boost of 20% or more compared to legacy SMB and AFP network protocols. In addition to media management capabilities such as advanced project sharing, the XStream EFS 300 ships with 10 Flow media asset management licenses and an Ark archiving application.

XStream EFS 40NL
New for IBC2017. The new XStream EFS 40NL scale-out storage model is designed to deliver the performance and economics of traditional nearline storage with the scalability, fault-tolerance and ease-of-use of the proven EditShare EFS shared storage solution. Administrators can easily add one or more EFS 40NL nodes of cost-optimized storage to an existing XStream EFS storage cluster as well as configure the EFS 40NL as an independent storage cluster for disaster recovery or media backup purposes. Each XStream EFS 40NL 4U storage node provides 240TB of raw capacity and, when configured appropriately, can protect against the loss of one or more nodes.

EditShare Press Briefings at IBC2017
Members of the media are invited to contact Alex Molina at alex@zazilmediagroup.com to schedule a press briefing with an EditShare expert during IBC2017.

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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ShareGrid Brings the Production Community the Ultimate Anamorphic Lens Test

2017-09-12 09:04:40 mgalas

ShareGrid has made the life of cinematographers a whole lot easier.  In the company’s earliest days, they collaborated with Duclos Lenses and Old Fast Glass to put together a test of 40 vintage lenses, calling it “The Ultimate Vintage Lens Test.”  Their results had just reached the ShareGrid audience when discussions began to take shape for their next massive undertaking.

“Ever since our last test, we knew we wanted to make another one, and we were pretty sure it would be anamorphic glass,” said Brent Barbano, co-founder of Sharegrid.

One hundred thirty 4K videos later, “The Ultimate Anamorphic Lens Test” is now available to the public.  The test was co-produced by ShareGrid and Old Fast Glass along with key team members Barbano (executive producer), Mark LaFleur (director), Kyle Stryker (DP), Nick Ferreiro (post supervisor/editor) and Matthew Duclos (contributor/consultant).  The lens test team recruited 29 crew members who worked over the lens tests’ three-day shoot.  With utmost dedication and care, they gathered the results of 42 different lenses.   Here are a few other stats to blow your mind: there were 518 tests conducted in total broken down over 131 main tests, 131 color chart tests, 131 focus tests, 47 distortion tests and 78 projection tests.

The thirteen brands were reviewed in the test.  There were ten prime lens with varying focal lengths including Arri/Zeiss Master Anamorphic (35mm, 50mm, 75mm, 100mm), Atlas Lens Co. Orion Series Anamorphic (65mm), Cineovision Anamorphic (25mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm), Cooke Anamorphic / iSpecial Flare (32mm, 50mm, 75mm, 100mm), Elite Anamorphic (24.5mm, 40mm, 50mm, 75mm, 100mm) Hawk V-Life Vintage 74 Anamorphic (28mm, 55mm, 80mm, 110mm), Kowa Cine Prominar Anamorhic (32mm, 40mm, 50mm, 75mm, 100mm), Lomo Round-Front Anamorphic (35mm, 50mm, 75mm, 100mm), Panavision Auto-Panata Anamorphic (40mm, 50mm, 75mm) and Todd AO High-Speed Anamorphic (35mm, 55mm, 75mm).  There were two zoom lens manufacturers: Angenieux Optimo 44-440mm T4.5 AS-2 Anamorphic Zoom (44mm, 50mm, 75mm, 100mm) and P+S Technik 35.70mm T3.2 Cinemascope Zoom (35mm, 50mm, 70mm).  There was also one anamorphic Adapter manufacturer tested: the Iscorama pre-36 Anamorphic Lens Adapter with Nikon AI (50mm, 85mm, 105mm)

“Anamorphic is a very popular choice for DPs, but I still find that there are many cinematographers that aren’t aware of the choices and how widely different they are from one another,” said LaFleur.  “Even more than spherical lenses, these lenses are radically different from set to set, lens to lens within a set and even T stop to T stop.”

In addition to the lens test videos, viewers may also find some education videos on the ShareGrid page.  These include a page dedicated to learning the basics of anamorphic: https://learn.sharegrid.com/what-is-anamorphic and a flare chart video: https://learn.sharegrid.com/sharegrid-lens-test-flare-chart

To obtain The Ultimate Anamorphic Lens Test, please see the links below:

Homepage: https://learn.sharegrid.com/lenstest

4x Video Comparison Player (200 videos)

http://join.sharegrid.com/ultimate-lens-library.html

Released Tuesday, August 29th, the test is already securing fans in the esteemed cinematography community.  Greig Fraser, ASC, Oscar nominee and winner of the 2016 CameraImage Golden Frog and ASC’s Outstanding Cinematography in a Theatrical Release for “Lion” found the test a massive time saver.  He felt the test captured “the bigger picture”, allowing him more time to finesse details.

“I’m about to shoot on film.  I don’t have the luxury of seeing immediate high res digital results of the different T stops,”  said Fraser.  “When I do my own more refined tests, I can compare my results to the results (The Ultimate Anamorphic Lens Test) got shooting digitally.”

Source: Variety411

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DVEO Launches Secure Accelerated File Transfer Solution Based on Patented Technology

2017-09-07 08:27:27 dveo

San Diego, California — DVEO®, a well respected supplier to leading telco TV/OTT and cable operators around the world, is now shipping their real time high speed file transport solution. DVEO will feature the Faster File: Secure AFT with RIFT™ at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC), September 15-19, in Amsterdam, at stand 2.A34.

The Faster File: Secure AFT (Accelerated File Transfer) with RIFT (Real-time Internet File Transfer) enables fast, dependable, and secure IP file transfer of large size digital assets. It utilizes DVEO’s patented DOZER™ ARQ (Automatic Repeat Request) UDP packet loss correction technology to ensure error-free delivery over long distances, over private or public wired or wireless Internet.

“FTP, the standard protocol for IP file transfer, is adequate for transferring smaller data sets but breaks often when very large files need to be transferred between computers. It is also slow and not secure,” stated Laszlo Zoltan, Vice President of DVEO. “The Faster File: Secure AFT with RIFT solves these problems. It corrects packet loss and jitter, accelerates file transfer by utilizing larger packets, and secures the file transfer via AES-128 encryption. And it automatically retries and resumes if an internet connection is interrupted.”

Industries that require accelerated file transfer with security include entertainment, government, financial services, oil and gas, teleradiology, and publishing. The Faster File: Secure AFT with RIFT is suitable for transferring video, digital movie dailies, radiological data, CAD files, maps, and more.

The Faster File: Secure AFT with RIFT ships as a pair of two compact Linux® based systems. Both units can be placed behind firewalls. The solution is also available as a software license via an SDK option.

DVEO, DOZER, and Faster File: Secure AFT with RIFT are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

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. The DVEO solutions enable multi-screen service delivery to any device, anytime, anywhere in the world. Deployment models include turnkey installations and cloud-based service delivery. All solutions are built on Linux OS and Intel Xeon-based platforms to ensure 24×7 reliability, and feature DVEO-developed software for maximum flexibility and upgradability, ensuring long term investment protection. These ultra-reliable products are matched by valuable pre-sales consultancy, outstanding post-sales service and support, and — not least — unusual affordability.

For more information on DVEO, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@dveo.com. To download the DVEO press releases and product images, visit the news section at www.dveo.com.

DVEO®, 11409 West Bernardo Court, San Diego, California, 92127
Web: www.dveo.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

 

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IBC 2017; BBright introduces scalable multichannel playout solution

2017-09-05 08:04:04 bbrightvideo

 

FRANCE – Rennes – At IBC 2017, BBright will be introducing its second generation of transport stream playout solution with multiple programs delivery in a single box necessary for cost-effective distribution applications in linear broadcast or IPTV head-ends.

BBright is leveraging on its existing Ultra HD market success to currently propose a 24/7 SPTS distribution solution for multiple SD, HD, Full-HD and UHD channels to network operators, broadcasters, premium TV channels and IPTV telco’s.

  • The new Multi-TS platform is a direct evolution of the market leading software-based UHD-TS Transport Stream files, pre-encoded with HEVC, AVC/H.264, MPEG-2 Codec’s, can be easily streamed over redundant IP networks according to (by channel) playout event schedulers and fully embedded playout automation.
  • Advanced TS processing features such as PID re-mapping, PTS/DTS re-stamping, Continuity Counter, PCR realignment, GOP cleaning offer the insurance of seamless TSoIP output streams leading to the best consumer viewing experience. In addition, all popular HDR standards, namely HDR10-PQ and HLG are supported.
  • The Multi-TS playout solution has been designed, from the ground-up, for remote operations where the TV channel is not physically present close to the video server. Embedded scheduler provides integrated playout automation. Individual channel licensing allows to scale-up SPTS delivery layout according to customer’s needs.

BBright CEO, Guillaume Arthuis explained: ” For the past two years our legacy UHD-TS has been qualified and operated daily by Terrestrial, Satellite and Telco operators in Europe and Asia. Listening to the requests of our main customers, we are now introducing a multi stream TS playout solution, again fully software-based on pure CPU, and that will be ported soon onto Virtual Machine and into the Cloud. “.

Meet with BBright at IBC on the FRANCE Pavilion; HALL 2 – B39

About BBright.

BBright company focuses on rapid market transitions around 4K – Ultra HD, HEVC, multiscreen and content delinearization. BBright develops high-end 4K and HEVC technologies including software-based broadcast appliances such as reference video baseband player, playout servers, live ingest recorder and decoders for the UHD video ecosystem. BBright serves various customers worldwide which are broadcast equipment manufacturers, video network operators (satellite, terrestrial), telco operators (IPTV), public or private TV channels and content owners.

The company is privately held and was founded in 2013 in Rennes, France. www.bbright.com

Media contacts:

BBright
Laurent Appercel
laurent.appercel@bbright.com
Tel: +33 (0)2 99 12 17 65

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Internet Video Archive Revolutionizes Entertainment Data

2017-08-31 09:52:08 ccwire-staff

Haddon Heights, NJ – In a world saturated by digital entertainment, audiences crave exceptional content discovery solutions.  Everyone  who wants to participate in the modern entertainment eco-system must provide an exciting user interface. Building a customized discovery experience can be a complex and daunting task. Maintaining one with the most current and up to the minute data is endless and expensive with data packages running as high as $800,000 per month.

Internet Video Archive (IVA) has moved to ensure that startups and established players have low cost access to the curated data they need to create exceptional content discovery solutions. The company’s intuitive suite of APIs, Entertainment Express, offers the most developer friendly way to access the highest quality movie and TV metadata, images and trailers/clips to build exciting entertainment experiences. The pricing structure is a significant challenge to existing multi-billion dollar data providers and in house data collection because the new suite of APIs offers data, images and video with packages starting as low as $250 and never higher than $12,000 per month.

Developers can access:

  • 1.55+ million detailed metadata records for movies, TV series and TV episodes
  • 1.65+ million images related to movies and TV content including poster art, production photos and backdrops
  • 160,000 movie and TV trailers, clips, featurettes, interviews, etc. including language and country specific versions
  • 1 million+ celebrity data records including birth dates, social media links, images
  • Movie and TV ratings
  • Movie showtimes and movie theatre information
  • Theatrical movie ticketing
  • Content availability on OTT platforms including Netflix, Hulu, and others
  • Content recommendations

Internet Video Archive’s award-winning APIs are used by its clients to increase purchase of entertainment products and movie tickets as well as grow engagement rates with their audiences. Entertainment Express has been featured at numerous hackathons to help foster innovative experiences that address the challenges consumers face when trying to decide what movies or TV shows to watch.

Bob Kolo, VP of Technology, says “our goal is to provide services that help our clients’ development teams accelerate their time to market and conserve internal resources. Entertainment Express already has hundreds of developers signed up and is entirely cloud-based and built for scalability. We offer a developer portal that has visual documentation, dozens of SDKs, as well as analytics. The APIs support the new Open API specification which reduces the implementation logic needed to work with the service.”

IVA assists online publishers, retailers, MVPD/OTT operators, digital newspapers/magazines, theatre owners and consumer electronic companies in building the next generation of content discovery interfaces.

Developers can test the API for free at https://developer.iva-api.com

For more information, please visit http://www.internetvideoarchive.com or call 856-310-1981


About Internet Video Archive (IVA) – IVA is a data husbandry company, offering the world’s best promotional video library, integrated with celebrity images, complete entertainment metadata, and mission critical support. IVA has been a technology pioneer in the entertainment ecosystem for over a decade, offering one of the first entertainment based APIs and one of the first companies to deliver trailers on smartphones, tablets, and connected TVs. The company’s mission is to provide all the data needed via the best technologies at the lowest possible cost to power entertainment content discovery for its clients. IVA is a trusted vendor to Fortune 500 companies and start-ups around the globe.

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DVEO Introduces Video Network Management Server to Monitor, Manage, and Control Multiple DVEO Streaming Devices

2017-08-29 15:40:27 dveo

San Diego, California — DVEO®, a well respected supplier to leading telco TV/OTT and cable operators around the world, is now shipping their scalable network management server. The DASHBOARD II™ enables control and monitoring of multiple DVEO streaming devices and file based transcoders across an enterprise or a network via a single dashboard residing on a DVEO server at a highly connected central point. It will make its debut at stand 2.A34 at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC), September 15-19, in Amsterdam.

The DASHBOARD II is DVEO’s centralized network based resource management hardware/software solution designed to manage Cloud, Telco, or Enterprise deployments of clusters of encoders, transcoders, decoders, and video servers.

The software provides a single “dashboard” to start and stop streaming devices on an as-needed basis. It automates error handling and if needed instantly alerts management via text or email alerts. The software resides on a low end server which features extra redundancies.

“With the DASHBOARD II, one person can oversee and control the operational status of an unlimited number of devices. With today’s powerful computers we can in real time also automatically analyze the streams and fix the streams in real time as well,” commented Laszlo Zoltan, Vice President of DVEO. “The system is suitable for use with both traditional hardware clusters and cloud based resources.”

The DASHBOARD II logs events and can store a history of output bitrate, jitter and packet loss errors up to one year. Later on it will provide scheduling.

The DASHBOARD II software is scanned by the Qualys® professional security auditor. It can be configured with different user log-ins for control of specific servers.

DVEO, DASHBOARD II, and UPTIME II IP/IP are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc.
All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

Supplemental Information for Press Release

Features — General:

  • Scalable to any size system
  • Designed for intuitive operation
  • Designed for use with both traditional hardware clusters and cloud based resources
  • Enables control and monitoring of multiple DVEO streaming devices across an enterprise or across a network
  • Adjust resources as demand fluctuates
  • Provides service configurations
  • Secure application that is scanned by QUALYS® professional security auditor
  • Captures and manages all logs for historical purposes
  • Email notifications on alarms
  • Resides on 1 RU highly redundant server running Ubuntu® Linux®

Features — Monitoring:

  • Video Preview
  • Codec statistics
  • System health
  • Event logging
  • Auto Text or Email alerts of designated events
  • Displays current output bitrate, jitter and packet loss errors
  • Displays current CPU load, CPU Temp, Memory status
  • History of output bitrate, Jitter and packet loss errors up to one year

Features — Management:

  • Supplements UPTIME II IP/IP™ application for N+1 redundant configurations
  • Remote activation
  • Stop, Start, and Edit outputs
  • Update encoders
  • Delete encoders
  • IP routing
  • Query device status
  • Captures device logs for analysis
  • Different User logins Admin, User read, User control for specific servers

Suggested Retail Price:
DASHBOARD II: $9,995 U.S.

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. The DVEO solutions enable multi-screen service delivery to any device, anytime, anywhere in the world. Deployment models include turnkey installations and cloud-based service delivery. All solutions are built on Linux OS and Intel Xeon-based platforms to ensure 24×7 reliability, and feature DVEO-developed software for maximum flexibility and upgradability, ensuring long term investment protection. These ultra-reliable products are matched by valuable pre-sales consultancy, outstanding post-sales service and support, and — not least — unusual affordability.

For more information on DVEO, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@dveo.com. To download the DVEO press releases and product images, visit the news section at www.dveo.com.

DVEO®, 11409 West Bernardo Court, San Diego, California, 92127
Web: www.dveo.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

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NDR Moves Its Foreign Studios to EditShare

2017-08-28 10:15:04 ccwire-staff

Basingstoke, UK  – EditShare, a technology leader in intelligent shared storage and media management solutions, announced that ARD German Public News Broadcaster, Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), has implemented EditShare high-performance XStream EFS shared storage and Flow media asset management (MAM) for its Foreign Studios in Tokyo, Stockholm, Singapore and Beijing media infrastructure. The EditShare-driven workflow, which was designed and deployed by EditShare business partner MoovIT, features advanced automation and integration with the new HelmutFX Enterprise Service Bus solution (ESB) and Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC, simplifying asset tracking and migration from acquisition to archive.

MoovIT, an expert in broadcast workflows, developed HelmutFX specifically for NDR. “NDR required a platform that would automate many repetitive tasks and in turn support a much faster turnaround on media packages as well as better integration with its Adobe Premiere CC editors,” comments David Merzenich of MoovIT. “We leveraged the Flow API to integrate HelmutFX ESB with EditShare solutions. This allowed us to deeply automate everything from importing clips and adding metadata to triggering projects right within Adobe Premiere Pro CC. NDR journalists never have to leave the Premiere Pro interface. HelmutFX handles the administrative tasks while, behind the scenes, Flow automatically manages transcoding, project setup, file synchronization and even media space creation on the EditShare shared storage platform, giving journalists the benefits of media asset management and shared storage right from their editing application.”

The automated workflow eliminates repetitive manual tasks and with them, mistakes such as copying files to wrong media spaces or using non-standard metadata indexing. The MoovIT developers leveraged the EditShare Flow API to create extensions that control metadata templates, file ingest and manage the AME render server. Howard Twine, director of software strategy, EditShare adds, “The Flow API is very easy to work with; the level of integration and automation our partners can achieve with applications such as Adobe Premiere and HelmutFX is extensive. At NDR specifically, MoovIT has been able to automate content movement exactly the way NDR wants it from the time it is ingested onto the server until it reaches the NDR archive and back into production. Taking it a step further, MoovIT leveraged the Flow API to custom automate the movement of media to the point that the NDR journalists power up Adobe Premiere and have their projects already created in the right media spaces and tagged accordingly. They just focus on creating the story itself, with EditShare Flow and XStream EFS working in concert with HelmutFX.”

Thanks to a near-identical workflow and advanced automation across studios, employees can move flexibly between sites without having to acclimate or train on a new system setup. Mr. Bruder, head of NDR Foreign Studios production, comments, “We have fulfilled the requirements for a standardised system at our overseas studios, with reliable tools and programs. As a result, small units with limited numbers of staff can deliver perfect-quality reports using an end-to-end workflow that is tailored to our needs – with easy-to-manage processes.”

The NDR workflow will be demonstrated on the EditShare IBC stand 7.C27. For more information or to book a private briefing to learn more about the NDR workflow, please email http://www.editshare.com/book-demo-ibc.

EditShare Press Briefings at IBC2017
Members of the media are invited to contact Janice Dolan at janice@zazilmediagroup.com to schedule a press briefing with an EditShare spokesperson during IBC2017.

About EditShare XStream EFS with Integrated Flow Media Asset Management
Based on a distributed, parallel and fault-tolerant file system, XStream EFS is designed to manage large volumes of media, ultra-high data rates and the complexities of collaborative media environments, leveraging key technologies like SwiftRead to mitigate resource contention. XStream EFS seamlessly integrates with EditShare Flow production asset management and Ark nearline and archiving solutions to facilitate an end-to-end media workflow across departments, facilities and remote production locations.

For more information on EditShare XStream EFS, please visit http://www.editshare.com/products/xstream-efs. For more information on EditShare Flow, please visit http://www.editshare.com/products/flow.

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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MAXON Receives Industry Accolades for Cinema 4D Release 19 at SIGGRAPH 2017

2017-08-23 14:02:56 ccwire-staff

Newbury Park, CA  – MAXON is pleased to announce Cinema 4D Release 19 (R19), the next generation of its acclaimed 3D animation, graphics, VFX, and visualization software, has been honored at SIGGRAPH 2017 – the leading annual conference and exhibition dedicated to computer graphics and interactive techniques – with two prestigious industry awards: the Computer Graphics World Magazine (CGW) Silver Edge Award is presented to companies with products or offerings that represent the best of show and have the potential to greatly impact the industry. This year marks the fifth time CGW has recognized MAXON with the award. MAXON is also a recipient of the postPerspective Impact Award honoring innovative products and technologies for the post production and production industries that will influence the way people work.

MAXON debuted Release 19 at SIGGRAPH 2017, designed to serve individual artists as well as large studio environments, with a fast, easy, stable and streamlined workflow to meet today’s challenges in the content creation markets: especially general design, motion graphics, VFX, VR/AR and all types of visualization. A number of re-engineered foundational technologies were also announced which the company will continue to develop and bring to maturity in future versions of Cinema 4D. A complete list of feature highlights in R19 is available here.

For over 40 years, CGW continues to provide exclusive in-depth editorial coverage of the cutting-edge technology used in the latest animation, VFX, 3D, game development, film, CAD and medical industries.

“MAXON’s Cinema 4D always has been an important tool for those working in professional digital content creation,” commented Karen Moltenbrey, CGW chief editor. “And during the past few years, the company has added robust features and tools that have made the software a mainstay across the industry, making the software indispensable across the DCC realm. With the most recent version, Release 19, MAXON continues to up its game with developments to the viewport, a new Sound Effector and more features for Voronoi Fracturing within the MoGraph toolset, a new Spherical Camera, and integration of AMD’s ProRender technology. In fact, at the recent SIGGRAPH conference, AMD highlighted its partnership with MAXON’s technology at the AMD Capsaicin event.”

Since its launch in 2013, postPerspective has emerged as the premier source of creative and technology intelligence for the post production and production industries.

“The postPerspective Impact Awards are special because they were voted on by people who will be potentially using these tools in their day-to-day workflows,” said Randi Altman, postPerspective’s founder and editor-in-chief. “Our anonymous judges are all respected industry professionals, as we feel awards for products targeting pros should be voted on by those who use these types of tools everyday. These awards celebrate those companies who have listened to users’ wants and needs and then produced tools designed to make their working lives easier and projects better. We are very proud to honor our winners from this year’s SIGGRAPH show.”

“The SIGGRAPH convention is an ideal setting to present future technologies in Cinema 4D,” says Paul Babb, president and CEO, MAXON US. “We are delighted CGW and postPerspective – two of the industry’s most respected news resources – have awarded our development efforts in Release 19.”

Cinema 4D R19 is scheduled for release September 2017. (Note: MAXON will debut R19 to European audiences at IBC 2017, September 14 -19, at the RAI Amsterdam, Hall 7, Booth K30.)

About MAXON

Headquartered in Friedrichsdorf, Germany, MAXON Computer is a developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions. Its award-winning Cinema 4D and BodyPaint 3D software products have been used extensively to help create everything from stunning visual effects in top feature films, TV shows and commercials, cutting-edge game cinematics for AAA games, as well for medical illustration, architectural and industrial design applications. MAXON has offices in Germany, USA, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Japan and Singapore. MAXON products are available directly from the web site and its worldwide distribution channel. MAXON is part of the Nemetschek Group.

Additional information on MAXON can be obtained as follows:

Website: http://www.maxon.net/
Cineversity: http://www.cineversity.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maxon3d
Twitter: https://twitter.com/maxon3D
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/MaxonC4D
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/791366
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+maxoncinema4d/posts

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IBC News: Hawk-Woods to Debut Mini V-Lok

2017-08-18 11:05:49 artisanspr

Ashford, Kent, UNITED KINGDOM—Hawk-Woods, innovative developer of broadcast power solutions, today announces Mini V-Lok, a new ultra-small and lightweight addition to its V-Lok battery line.

The smallest battery of its type in the world to date, Mini V-Lok fits comfortably in the palm of a hand. It is flight-safe, available in two sizes, 100Wh and 150Wh, and capable of powering cameras, monitors, lights and other types of broadcast equipment. When used in tandem with an optional dual, hot-swappable adaptor, Mini V-Lok can deliver up to 300wh of power—double that of a standard V-Lok—in a device profile only fractionally larger.

 

Mini V-Lok was developed as an alternative to standard, travel-size batteries for power-hungry broadcast equipment. “Ordinary batteries have to be swapped out every hour or so,” explains Hawk-Woods sales manager Jason Stewart. “Mini V-Lok is also an improvement over stackable batteries that result in cameras carrying lots of dead weight.”

Hawk-Woods will be demonstrating Mini V-Lok for the first time at IBC 2017, Stand 8.A32. It will also showcase several other new and updated products:

VL-AS1 Is a new V-Lok fitting for Atomos monitors used with Shogun Flame and Inferno systems. The adaptor fits into the monitor’s original battery compartment and uses a dual, dummy MDV fitting to accommodate a V-Lok battery. It also includes two power-con outputs that are ideal for powering transmitter/receivers and other accessories. Shown for the first time ever at IBC will be VL-AS2, a V-Lok adaptor for the new 19” Atomos Sumo monitor.

In the United States, Hawk-Woods products are available through Manios Digital & Film.

About Hawk-Woods

With more than 25 years of experience and expertise in the broadcast industry, Hawk-Woods offers a wide range of products for camera operators, sound recordists and lighting engineers including broadcast camera batteries, chargers, power adaptors, cables and plugs.

http://www.hawkwoods.co.uk

 

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DVEO Launches Price Competitive 4K Ultra HD H.265/HEVC Live Video Decoder & Server for Video Walls, Digital Signage, Broadcast Testing, and Post-Production

2017-08-16 16:41:32 dveo

San Diego, California — DVEO®, a well respected supplier to leading telco TV/OTT and cable operators around the world, will demonstrate their new H.265/HEVC 4K Ultra HD video player at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam, September 15-19, at Stand 2.A34.

Now shipping, the Mavio™ 4K IP/IP: HEVC Live Out can be used as a single channel live HEVC 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 resolution) video player or a 4 channel Full HD video player. It ingests HD or H.265 based 4K compressed video files on to its local hard drive via Gigabit Ethernet or a USB port. Output for UHD is delivered via the built-in HDMI port, with multiple output frame rates up to 30 fps.

“The Mavio decodes live streams and plays back directly from stored compressed files in real time, with 10-bit color depth for High Dynamic Range content,” stated Laszlo Zoltan, Vice President of DVEO. “It stores content in a compressed form, although playout is always uncompressed.”

“The Mavio features a playlist scheduler and can be configured for ‘looping’ playback,” Laszlo Zoltan went on to say. “This makes it a perfect 4K HEVC video source for video walls, museums, sports arenas and concert venues, and 4K Ultra HD broadcast services.”

The Linux® based system ships with a one terabyte SSD. Systems with additional SSD or HDD storage or an optional RAID are available.

Features:

  • Outputs: 4K Ultra HD (2160p) or 4 independent channels of Full HD (up to 1080p) on HDMI
  • Supports multiple output frame rates up to 30 fps
  • File to IP – playlist play out with schedules
  • 10 bit output precision supports high dynamic range imaging (HDR)
  • Real time decode and play back from compressed video files
  • Up to 16 channels of embedded PCM or pre-compressed audio output
  • Supports Dolby Digital® and DTS passthrough
  • Multi-viewer mode that combines 4 HD video as a single 4K Ultra HD output
  • NewTek NDI™ enabled
  • Convenient web browser user interface with proxy video display for monitoring during playback
  • Playlist with looping option for continuous playback of multiple hours of Full HD/Ultra HD Video programs
  • Includes playlist scheduler
  • Vertical Ancillary Data output
  • Test Pattern Generation
  • Supports closed captioning
  • Dual Ethernet port for content upload and video server management
  • One gig Ethernet Interface for fast file upload
  • HDMI 2.0 is an option

Suggested Retail Price:
Mavio 4K IP/IP: HEVC Live Out with one TByte SSD: $9,995 U.S.
Additional SSD, HDD, or Optional RAID: Contact DVEO for prices

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. The DVEO solutions enable multi-screen service delivery to any device, anytime, anywhere in the world. Deployment models include turnkey installations and cloud-based service delivery. All solutions are built on Linux OS and Intel Xeon-based platforms to ensure 24×7 reliability, and feature DVEO-developed software for maximum flexibility and upgradability, ensuring long term investment protection. These ultra-reliable products are matched by valuable pre-sales consultancy, outstanding post-sales service and support, and — not least — unusual affordability.

For more information on DVEO, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@dveo.com. To download the DVEO press releases and product images, visit the news section at www.dveo.com.

DVEO and Mavio are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

DVEO®, 11409 West Bernardo Court, San Diego, California, 92127
Web: www.dveo.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

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