Z Cam E2 – A New Micro Four Thirds Camera Capable of Capturing 4K at 120fps

By Graham Sheldon

Manufacturer Z Cam is showing off a new micro 4/3rds mounted camera called the Z Cam E2 at NAB 2018. The E2 is 4K 120 fps capable and records 10bit H.264 and H.265 MOV or MP4 to Cfast 2.0 cards or to an external drive through USB-C. It’s an interesting camera aimed primarily at YouTubers or those aimed primarily at live streaming. Details and an interview with the CEO of Z Cam, Kinson Loo, is below:

Having access to 4K 120fps at a max bitrate of 1,768Mbps in a camera aimed at the Youtube community and live streaming seems slightly overpowered, but better to have the slow motion option as opposed to not having it! The E2 is built around a 4/3″ Sony WDR CMOS micro four-thirds sensor and has the following resolution options:

Beyond the recording options, a few standout features include timelapse modes, HDMI and full camera control (including monitoring) through a phone application. The camera is powered by Sony NP-F series batteries or through a DC 12V 5A, LEMO power port. You also have access to a 10-pin lemo port for timecode sync as well as a 2.5mm LANC jack and separate 3.5mm mic and headphone jack.

The aluminum alloy body feels sturdy to the touch and there are multiple 1/4 20 mounting points around the exterior frame. Oddly the CFast card slot is on the underside of the body, so you would need to remove the tripod plate to change cards if you were mounting the camera in an upright configuration. Obviously this wouldn’t be a factor if you were streaming using the → continue…

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Ooyala and MPP Global Team Up to Increase Worldwide Video Revenue for Clients

By Bob Gold

MPP Global, the provider of eSuite, the world’s smartest subscription platform, and Ooyala, a leading provider of software and services that simplify the complexity of producing, streaming and monetizing video, announce their worldwide partnership to bring a suite of services for broadcasters, operators and media companies to easily, effectively and better monetize OTT and IPTV video services.

“By working together with Ooyala, we can offer a game-changing experience for our clients,” said Paul Johnson, CEO and Co-Founder of MPP Global. “Between the capabilities of MPP Global’s eSuite platform and Ooyala’s comprehensive suite of software, we believe we can combine to help our customers deliver media experiences that are more personal, more engaging and more profitable.”

“Adding MPP Global to Ooyala’s partner ecosystem was a natural fit,” said Jonathan Huberman, CEO, Ooyala. “We’re able to build on their content monetization and customer acquisition and retention capabilities by providing an exceptional solution to help media companies build out new subscription offerings, while improving existing ones. In today’s world, where consumers demand premium video content anywhere, anytime and on any screen, every media company is looking for ways to enhance their video offerings and better engage viewers.”

Ooyala is one of the world’s largest premium video platforms and an advanced content supply chain optimization platform that removes the cost and complexity of creation, orchestration and distribution. MPP Global’s subscription management platform and Ooyala’s cloud video services have already been deployed by leading media organizations around the world, with success supporting large OTT viewership for customers in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.

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Blackmagic releases DaVinci Resolve 15 with all-new VFX and motion graphics module

In addition to the new Pocket Cinema Camera 4K announced earlier today, Blackmagic Design also released a major update to its video production software DaVinci Resolve. According to Blackmagic, DaVinci Resolve 15 comes with “hundreds of new features and improvements” but the major addition is a new Fusion module that fully integrates visual effects and motion graphics tools into the DaVinci Resolve workflow.

If you were wondering if Blackmagic is serious about making this a class-leading application, this update should help answer that. Already an industry favorite for color-correction, DaVinci Resolve 15 now includes four high-end video production applications in one: there’s a module for editing, a module for color correction, a module for audio production, and now, the new Fusion module for VFX and motion graphics as well.

Previously available as a stand-alone application, Fusion—which Blackmagic Design calls the “world’s most advanced visual effects and motion graphics software”—is now built right into DaVinci Resolve 15.

“DaVinci Resolve 15 is a huge and exciting leap forward for post production because it’s the world’s first solution to combine editing, color, audio and now visual effects into a single software application,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “We’ve listened to the incredible feedback we get from customers and have worked really hard to innovate as quickly possible. DaVinci Resolve 15 gives customers unlimited creative power to do things they’ve never been able to do before. It’s finally possible to bring teams of editors, colorists, sound engineers and VFX artists together so they can collaborate on the same project at the same time, all in the same software application!”

According to Blackmagic, the Fusion module gives visual effects and motion graphics artists a true 3D workspace with over 250 tools for compositing, vector paint, particles, keying, rotoscoping, text → continue…

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Ooyala and Avid Collaborate on Media Asset Management Solution Giving Content Companies Additional Flexibility

By Bob Gold

Ooyala has collaborated with Avid® to integrate the new Flex Media Platform into Avid MediaCentral®. The new Flex Media Platform now provides comprehensive, fully integrated media logistics functionality. With this new integration, Ooyala and Avid now offer a best-of-breed solution to get content to consumers seamlessly, rapidly and in a manner that is truly streamlined to maximize ROI.

“Media companies are managing growing inventories of high quality content, and they want a solution that eliminates the complexity of the process while increasing operational efficiencies,” said Jonathan Huberman, CEO, Ooyala. “Being an Avid Alliance Partner means customers won’t have to uproot their existing tools and systems in order to have the most comprehensive solution possible. They can now leverage the advanced Media Logistics capabilities of the Flex Media Platform seamlessly within their existing Avid infrastructure.”

Managing video assets is a common challenge for many media companies that handle large amounts of content yet lack efficient metadata capabilities. Ooyala, a leading provider of software and services that simplify the complexity of producing, streaming and monetizing video, solves this challenge with the Flex Media Platform. It is an open and extensible video production, delivery and content-supply-chain-optimization platform that simplifies and streamlines the process of managing, curating, orchestrating, publishing, measuring and monetizing video content. Among other features, the platform can automate the assignment and management of metadata across complex, fast-growing inventories of video assets.

The integration empowers customers with advanced metadata modelling using metadata aggregated from a variety of sources. Assets can be seamlessly transferred from cloud-based storage into existing Avid production environments.

“By integrating the metadata capabilities of the Ooyala Flex Media Platform, we’re powering a best-of-breed solution that provides a ‘single source of truth’ and better overall orchestration of the process,” said Ed Caracappa, Sr. Director Global Alliances at Avid. “We’re now able → continue…

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Avid’s Brave New World

By (David Shapton)

Avid's Brave New World

Avid’s been through a tough year, with an unexpected change of CEO. But that hasn’t stopped the pace of development. We report from the Avid NAB Press Conference.

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    Exclusive interview the Founder & CEO of Atomos about ProRes RAW [video]

    By (RedShark News Staff)

    Exclusive interview the Founder & CEO of Atomos about ProRes RAW

    While the world recovers from the earth axis changing announcement of ProRes RAW, RedShark News Editor in Chief David Shapton interviews the CEO of Atomos to discuss all things ProRes Raw with Atomos Founder & CEO Jeromy Young.

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      Square Box Systems to Preview New AI-Based Content Analysis Capabilities for Industry-Leading CatDV MAM

      By Dundee Hills Group

      WARWICK, U.K. April 6, 2018 — At the 2018 NAB 2018 Show, Square Box Systems is previewing a range of groundbreaking new content analysis capabilities for its flagship CatDV media asset management (MAM) solution, leveraging the latest artificial intelligence (AI) technology for speech recognition and image analysis.

      “In today’s fast-paced media environments, more new content is being created than production teams can possibly keep up with. Also, time is running out for historical content in legacy, analog formats like tape to be digitized before the content degrades. But teams have no time to log and tag the assets so they can be found and reused easily,” said Dave Clack, CEO, Square Box Systems. “AI is changing how media organizations meet these challenges, and — as usual — CatDV is at the forefront. Through our new partnerships with industry-leading providers, we’re leveraging AI capabilities that will transform media workflows and make it easier than ever for operations to access, manage, and archive tremendous volumes of content.”

      CatDV will showcase rich, AI logging, tagging, and search capabilities based on the world’s leading image and video analysis platforms.

      Through these integrations, CatDV will offer a range of advanced capabilities including:

      • Speech-to-text, to automatically create transcripts and time-based metadata
      • Place analysis, including identification of buildings and locations without using GPS tagged shots
      • Object and scene detection (e.g., daytime shots or shots of specific animals)
      • Sentiment analysis, for finding and retrieving all content that expresses a certain emotion or sentiment (e.g., “find me the happy shots”)
      • Logo detection, to identify when certain brands appear in shots
      • Text recognition, to enable text to be extracted from characters in video
      • People recognition, for identifying people, including executives and celebrities

      Square Box Systems will offer its clients a range of video and image analysis options from leading AI vendors and aggregators. Options will include the Veritone aiWARE platform → continue…

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      Ooyala Simplifies Video Operations with New Ooyala Flex Media Platform

      By Bob Gold

      Advanced Content Supply Chain Optimization Platform Vastly Reduces the Cost and Complexity of Content Creation, Orchestration and Distribution

      Ooyala today unveiled the Ooyala Flex Media Platform, an open and extensible video production and delivery platform that simplifies and streamlines the process of managing, curating, orchestrating, publishing, analyzing, and monetizing video content.

      This content supply chain optimization platform, which leverages Ooyala’s deep experience serving customers with cloud-based solutions, minimizes the cost and complexity of content creation, orchestration, and distribution. Designed specifically to meet the needs of today’s media content owners and production companies, the platform provides customizable workflows, seamless integration of third party tools, and a common data set across the entire video operation to gain deeper insights, improve customer experience, and increase content ROI.

      Unlike media asset management solutions, the Ooyala Flex Media Platform provides a unified framework that optimizes the entire content supply chain, and can be further configured and developed by customers to meet their specific needs. Ooyala’s powerful analytics solution collects data and insights at every stage of the content lifecycle, empowering customers to make more informed business decisions and ensure they deliver the best content to attract and engage audiences.

      “We are solving one of the media industry’s biggest pain points – how to get the most engaging content to market faster at a lower cost,” said Jonathan Huberman, CEO, Ooyala. “And what we’re hearing today from all broadcasters, studios, media companies, and enterprises is that they need efficient tools that easily integrate in order to produce, manage and distribute content profitably. This is today’s behind-the-scenes media revolution — a new paradigm in which no company wants to be tied to a proposed ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution, or individual solutions from multiple vendors or legacy systems that cannot be integrated.”

      Ooyala developed this holistic solution to connect and power the entire content → continue…

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      Bellus3D uses the iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera to 3D scan your face

      Bellus3D, a Silicon Valley startup that last year launched a 3D face scanning accessory camera for Android smartphones, today unveiled its FaceApp iPhone X application. The app does pretty much the same thing as the accessory camera but does not require any additional hardware as it is making use of the iPhone X’s front-facing TrueDepth camera, which Apple uses for Face ID.

      FaceApp captures more than 250,000 3D data points on a face in 10 seconds while the user slowly turns their head in front of the camera. The app then reconstructs a virtual high-resolution version of the face that can be rotated, zoomed and viewed in three dimensions. Additionally, the face model can be viewed with interactive lighting, using the device’s gyro to control viewing angles.

      The resulting 3D selfie videos can be saved, shared or posted on Facebook.

      The app is not all about 3D selfies though. Bellus3D imagines the technology being used in a range of consumer applications, including: mobile gaming, custom eyeglass design, virtual make-up sessions, medical applications and custom dolls.

      “We are thrilled to be introducing this exciting breakthrough to Apple iPhone X users,” said Eric Chen, co-founder and CEO of Bellus3D. “Our FaceApp takes full advantage of the TrueDepth camera to bring easy-to-use and professional quality face scanning capability to millions of users and will inject an entirely new level of personal presence into our daily use of digital media.”

      Bellus3D is launching a public beta program today, and version 1.0 of FaceApp will be available at no charge. Future releases will allow file export in industry standard 3D formats and the company will also release a Face SDK for iOS to enable third party developers to use the technology.

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      Sonnet Launches Powerful New macOS Compatible Thunderbolt 3 External Graphics (eGPU) Solution

      By Dundee Hills Group

      eGFX Breakaway Box 650 the Only eGPU Chassis Recommended by Apple® and Qualified by AMD to Support All Graphics Cards Compatible with macOS High Sierra

      IRVINE, Calif. April 4, 2018 — Sonnet Technologies today announced the eGFX Breakaway™ Box 650, the latest and most capable model in the company’s series of Thunderbolt™ 3 to PCI Express® (PCIe®) eGPU expansion chassis for professional graphics and gaming applications. The Breakaway Box 650 is designed and qualified specifically for large, power-hungry video graphics processing unit (GPU) cards, including the AMD Radeon™ RX Vega 64 and overclocked NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 10 series-based cards. The AMD-approved Breakaway Box 650 is equipped with a 650-watt power supply, which provides ample power for GPU cards with high transient peak power requirements.

      “With the introduction of AMD’s Radeon Pro and RX Vega Series cards, we have experienced a high demand for an eGPU chassis capable of supporting the higher standards of these GPU cards,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. “The eGFX Breakaway Box 650 meets the demand, enabling users to tap the compute power of even the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 and Radeon Pro WX 9100 cards while still providing up to 87 watts of upstream Power Delivery to support popular notebook computers.”

      The eGFX Breakaway Box 650 provides a single slot for connecting any size Thunderbolt-compatible GPU card, and features enough room for many high-performance water-cooled cards — making it ideal for professionals and gamers who need to run bandwidth-intensive graphics applications on their eGFX-compatible notebook, all-in-one, or other small-form-factor computers. The unit is equipped with a 40Gbps Thunderbolt 3 port that enables data transfers up to 2750 MB/s, and supports all Thunderbolt-compatible GPU cards — such as AMD Radeon R9, RX, RX Vega, and Pro WX models; and NVIDIA → continue…

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      Square Box Systems’ Industry-Leading CatDV MAM Now Includes Expanded Support for Enterprise Deployments

      By Dundee Hills Group

      WARWICK, U.K. April 4, 2018 — Square Box Systems today introduced several new enhancements geared to larger-scale enterprise deployments of its flagship CatDV media asset management (MAM) solution. These include expanded customization capabilities for tailored MAM workflows, new enhancements for cloud and hybrid installations, and expanded support for micro-services and distributed deployments.

      “Our enterprise customers asked, and now we’ve delivered. With these latest enhancements, we’re offering more customization options than ever before for deploying completely tailored MAM workflows based on CatDV,” said Dave Clack, CEO, Square Box Systems. “And now, CatDV can operate seamlessly in hybrid IT environments consisting of both on-premise and cloud-based resources. This enables the transparent management and movement of assets for creative workers who prefer to focus on making compelling content rather than worry about NAS, SAN, cloud, or object storage tiers.”

      CatDV’s new customization features include enhanced JavaScript support and an all-new custom user interface toolkit. Both the desktop and web versions of CatDV and the system’s Worker automation engine now support JavaScript, and the user interface toolkit enables customers to build completely new user experiences for every CatDV component. Recent CatDV customizations, built on these APIs, include a document analyzer that can extract text from PDFs, photos, and MS Office documents for indexing by CatDV; and a tool for uploading assets to YouTube.

      CatDV’s new cloud/hybrid enhancements include integrations with file acceleration tools from Aspera, as well as extended support for AWS S3 archive, such as KMS encryption and Glacier support with configurable expedited restores. CatDV has also built an all-new AWS deployment template with proxy playback from S3. Additional enhancements include support for Backblaze B2 archive and Contigo object storage.

      In addition, CatDV now includes the ability to deploy server plug-in components on separate servers. Examples include data movers for archive plug-ins such as Black Pearl, → continue…

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      Next-Gen Scaler and Frame Synchronizer From Cobalt Boasts Advanced HD/UHD Conversion and Processing

      By Dundee Hills Group

      Designed for the openGear Platform, 9904-UDX-4K-IP Supports Flexible Conversion, Emerging IP Standards, and ITM Processing Workflows

      CHAMPAIGN, Ill. April 2, 2018 Cobalt Digital today introduced its 9904-UDX-4K-IP next-generation advanced scaler and frame synchronizer for the openGear platform. The new offering from Cobalt simplifies the upgrade of HD and UHD systems, enables ongoing use of existing content libraries, and provides features such as professional Technicolor HDR Intelligent Tone Management (ITM) that are essential in next-generation production and ATSC 3.0 broadcasting applications.

      “The 9904 series is based on the latest system-on-chip technology — exactly what HDR ITM was designed to run on — so the partnership of Technicolor and Cobalt Digital is a perfect match from the start,” said Bob McAlpine, CEO of Cobalt Digital. “With its ability to process HD and UHD signals and convert between the two formats, the 9904-UDX-4K-IP is being deployed in a wide range of applications. The integration of HDR ITM gives the unit a premium feature that is unmatched in the industry.”

      Using the 9904-UDX-4K-IP with HDR ITM, Cobalt customers can upgrade their existing HD (720p/1080i/1080p) and UHD (2160p) SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) infrastructure — cameras, switchers, servers, etc. — to new HD and UHD HDR systems and workflows. In addition to adding value and longevity to existing systems, an HDR ITM-enabled 9904-UDX-4K-IP can breathe new life and revenue into HD and UHD content, allowing media companies to archive and repurpose their thousands of hours of such material for HDR distribution.

      The 9904-UDX-4K-IP not only upconverts 6G/3G/HD/SD-SDI to either UHD1 3840 x 2160 Square Division (SDQS) or Two Sample Interleave (2SI) quad 3G-SDI-based formats, but also outputs SMPTE ST 2082 12G-SDI signals for single-wire 4K transport. With its 12G-SDI and quad 3G-SDI inputs, the unit can also perform the reverse processes in downconverter mode. Four bidirectional AES ports → continue…

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      Cobalt Digital Releases Next-Generation HEVC Professional 4K and Multichannel HD/SD Encoder Series

      By Dundee Hills Group

      Equipped With 12G/6G-SDI and Quad 3G/HD-SDI Inputs, New 9992-ENC-4K-HEVC for openGear Represents Superset of New Encoding Platform’s Capabilities

      CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — March 29, 2018 — Cobalt Digital today announced the release of its new 9992-ENC series of HEVC/H.265/MPEG-5-ready encoders for openGear. These new encoders represent the state of the art both in 4K/HD baseband video processing and in compression technology — all in one highly upgradeable, future-proof platform.

      “The low-latency performance of our new HEVC encoders makes them ideal for ENG and remote studio contribution,” said Bob McAlpine, CEO of Cobalt Digital. “With their advanced processing and next-gen compression capabilities, these new encoders are what the industry has been waiting for.”

      The 9992-ENC series’ flagship product, the 9992-ENC-4K-HEVC encoder, represents the superset of the new encoding platform’s capabilities. It takes advantage of the hardware’s quad 3G-SDI and 12G-SDI inputs by accepting a full 3840×2160 signal at up to 60 frames per second and then encoding the signal to HEVC for output over IP and or DVB-ASI.

      The platform on which the 9992-ENC series is built is the convergence of Cobalt’s compression hardware and software design expertise with the company’s popular line of FPGA-accelerated production and broadcast baseband SDI products. It is extremely scalable in terms of channel capacity and with respect to the availability of software-definable feature sets that can be licensed in the field as needed. Thanks to these feature sets, 9992-ENC series encoders offer a wide range of configurations that serve as economical entry points for multiple markets.

      The flexibility of the encoding platform has enabled Cobalt to design a package of features and options that address a specific market’s basic requirements while also supporting an unprecedented choice of upgrade paths that include adding encoder channels and advanced video processing features such as up/down/cross conversion. Baseband video processing options can eliminate the need → continue…

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      Imagine Products and StorageDNA Partner to Bring Unprecedented Ease of Access to LTO Tape Files

      By Dundee Hills Group

      myLTOdna Interface Lets Users Access Files on an LTO Tape as They Would a Hard Drive, Eliminating Seek-and-Restore Time

      INDIANAPOLIS and IRVINE, Calif. — March 27, 2018 — Imagine Products, creator of software utilities for backing up, viewing, sharing, transcoding, and archiving video assets, and StorageDNA, a leader in intelligent nearline and archiving workflow solutions for media professionals, today announced a partnership resulting in a groundbreaking new product. Both thought leaders, the two companies have collaborated on an integrated solution that enables random access to files on an LTO tape, essentially turning it into a hard drive with dnaLTFS – an LTFS adaptation that was never available before. The results are time savings and easier access to assets in production and postproduction workflows.

      The new joint solution is called myLTOdna. It is an integration between Imagine Products’ myLTO tape-authoring application and StorageDNA’s HyperTape high performance direct access tape solution powered by dnaLTFS. The result is a simple and intuitive user interface with which to administrate HyperTape operating modes manually, or automatically from creative applications such as Imagine Products’ PrimeTranscoder — a process that is highly preferable to command line operations.

      “StorageDNA has been dedicated to M&E markets since 2004, and we strive to provide customers with workflow-enhancing solutions that make LTO tape a more usable storage medium. We chose to work with Imagine Products on our HyperTape user interface because the company is known for highly intuitive interfaces and well respected for LTO/LTFS archiving and workflows,” said Tridib Chakravarty (tC), CEO and president of StorageDNA. “By joining forces with Imagine Products and integrating our capabilities, we are providing media professionals with the simplest and fastest LTO workflows available today.”

      myLTOdna is the Mac-based front-end interface for HyperTape. It allows users to switch modes of operation and direct HyperTape to train, write, and read to → continue…

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