HumanEyes VUZE+ 360 3D Immersive Camera Shows off at NAB 2018

By Al Caudullo

NAB 2018 was held this year in Las Vegas from April 7 – 12. Presenting the latest in 5G, 4K/8K video, UHD, and HDR video, artificial intelligence and machine learning, AR, VR, and mixed reality, live streaming, and even voice recognition!
What I’m going to do this week is show you a few new Immersive 360 cameras that caught my eye on the show floor.
First up is the new VUZE+. The first Vuze was an $800 3D VR marvel. The VUZE+ up the ante and delivers 3D 360 with improved lenses, level one ambisonic sound, and much stronger dust and water protection level of IP 65. And add to that 3D 360 live streaming. All for only top $1200.
I sat down with General Manager Jim Malcolm of North America HumanEyes who put the new VUZE plus through its paces and showed off all the improvements.
Jim went on to promise me a VUZE+ so I can give you a full hands-on review. I can’t wait to get started on it.
In the meantime enjoyed the video.
Here are the Key Features

Key Features
Record 360° spherical VR videos and photos in stereoscopic 3D
Features eight image sensors capable of capturing an Ultra HD 4K image for each eye
Broadcast live via USB connection to a computer
Multiple IMUs (inertial measurement unit) for camera orientation control
Four microphones record uncompressed 16-bit PCM spatial audio
Improved optics and audio rendering over the previous model
1/4″-20 threaded mounting hole for attaching to mini tripods and monopods
Includes Vuze Studio proprietary stitching software (Mac/Windows)
Includes Vuze mobile control app (Android/iOS)
Bluetooth connectivity
microSD card slot (card not included)
Lithium-ion battery with a one-hour runtime
Single-button operation
LED indicators
IP65 water/dust ingress resistance rating
UPC: 634041992729

In the Box
Vuze Vuze+ 4K 3D 360 Spherical VR Camera
• Hard Case
• Mini Handle
• Mini VR Glasses
• USB Cable
• USB Power Adapter
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Report: Chinese company Xiaomi may purchase GoPro

Chinese electronics company Xiaomi is considering an offer to buy action-cam makers GoPro, according to a report in The Information. This news follows GoPro’s January announcement that it would be exiting the market for drones in order to streamline business and become more profitable. At the same time, CEO Nick Woodman said in an interview with CNBC the company was open to a buy-out:

If there are opportunities for us to unite with a bigger parent company to scale GoPro even bigger, that is something that we would look at.

Details on the potential offer are sparse at this point in time, but the deal could be worth as much as $1 billion. Once valued at more than $10 billion, in its heyday GoPro was a success story in consumer electronics, but the company’s market capitalization has since fallen to about $761 million, mainly due to aggressive competition from China.

According to analysts, a buyer could leverage GoPro’s brand and make profits through device sales. Xiaomi in particular could also use some of GoPro’s camera IP in the development of camera modules for its smartphones. That said, if the Chinese company does end up buying GoPro, we hope they won’t just use the brand name and patents, and will let GoPro action-cams live on.

GoPro’s stock price has spiked 8.8 percent on the news.

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Adder KVM Technology Helping Power Pioneering IP Workflow for NewTek

By Bob Gold

Adder Technology, the IP-based, high performance KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) specialist, is demonstrating how its solutions are powering a range of global partners on booth SL4227 at NAB 2018.

Among these is NewTek, a leader in software-driven video production technology, which uses Adder’s KVM technology to help run the world’s only end-to-end IP workflow.

In particular, visitors will be able to see how the ADDERLink Range of KVM extenders is being used to power the latest version of NewTek’s iconic TriCaster® TC1, a complete production system for producing programs, performances, events and live sports in true 4K ultra high definition (UHD) resolution with support for native 2160p video at 60 frames per second.

“Adder has a passion for creating products that exceed expectations and have been recognized by NewTek as a unique solution provider when customers require complete, uncompressed and lossless extension of video data,” commented Will Waters, senior director of IP workflow at NewTek.

“The highly reliable, plug-and-play design of Adder KVM extenders makes them extremely easy to use, helping our customers with everything they need to create professional video programs up to and including UHD, 4K and multiple screen configurations,” Waters added.

“We’re delighted to be able to showcase our multi-year collaboration with NewTek by including the TriCaster technology within our NAB stand set-up – allowing us to highlight yet another broadcast solution that is powered by KVM technology. The company is using innovation to fundamentally change the way video is created and used, something that resonates with Adder, as we endeavor to support the industry with our technology to enable these changes,” says Jamie Adkin, VP sales for EMEA, Adder Technology.

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New JVC ProHD Studio Delivers Portable Production and Streaming Solution

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

JVC Professional Video, a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, announces the ProHD Studio 4000 compact live production and streaming studio. Also available as the ProHD Studio 4000S for sports production, the self-contained, four-channel system includes a complete control room solution for smaller, budget-conscious facilities. JVC will demonstrate the new systems at the 2018 NAB Show (Booth C4315), which runs April 9-12 in Las Vegas, Nev.

The ProHD Studio 4000 includes four SD/HD-SDI inputs, four IP stream inputs, and four NDI inputs. An additional HDMI/NDI input with keying can capture an external screen, so users can include content from a smartphone or PowerPoint presentation. Users can record the program output and the streaming output, along with simultaneous ISO recording of all cameras, directly to the ProHD Studio 4000.

Unique features include automatic motion tracking for JVC KY-PZ100 PTZ cameras, as well as Zero Config, which provides automatic, one-click configuration of any IP-enabled JVC camera when it joins the same LAN as other JVC cameras. The ProHD Studio 4000 also includes an integrated remote control for JVC cameras, including full PTZ control for the KY-PZ100. For live sports production, the ProHD Studio 4000S adds automated multi-channel instant replay and slo-mo, as well as an integrated sports CG for scores and timers.

“The ProHD Studio 4000 provides an affordable multi-camera live production solution with unique features you won’t find in other products in its class,” said Joe D’Amico, vice president, JVC Professional Video. “It’s the ideal integrated production switcher for a variety of markets, from small-market news and sports broadcasts to live concerts and worship services.”

A built-in H.264 encoder supports up to 1080p streaming at up to 10 Mbps, with RTMP and MPEG-TS simultaneous output and direct streaming integration to Facebook Live and other CDNs. Output choices include dedicated HD-SDI and HDMI ports, → continue…

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Riedel’s Bolero Celebrates First Birthday With New Features and Standalone Operation

By Dundee Hills Group

LAS VEGAS April 9, 2018 — Over the past year, Bolero has set the standard for what modern wireless intercoms should be. Its performance speaks for itself, and clients around the globe continue to be impressed by its range, sound quality, and beltpack density. At the 2018 NAB Show, Riedel will unveil the Bolero Standalone Application, a license-enabled upgrade that will provide several performance enhancements along with standalone capabilities.

With the Bolero Standalone Application, antennas are daisy-chained to each other in a line or a redundant ring via a low-latency, synchronized TDM network. The solution is truly plug-and-play, with no IP configuration needed. A new external power supply can power up to five antennas, so power and data redundancies are easily achieved. A new, single-RU, half-width external interface box, with six analog 4-wires and three GPIOs, can be directly connected to any antenna and then patched into an existing intercom system. The system is easily configured via a web GUI internal to the antennas.

Other new capabilities provided by the Bolero update include individual rotary programming, Bluetooth headset support, and a new beltpack QuickMute feature that allows users to easily set the volume of all channels to zero.

“The standalone version of Bolero is a perfect wireless intercom solution for rental houses, clients with smaller requirements where intercom needs can be met solely through the flexibility of Bolero, and clients who are already invested in other intercom solutions,” said Wolfgang Fritz, Senior Product Manager, Riedel Communications. “With superior sound quality, outstanding RF performance, and simple interfacing, far more users will now be able to enjoy the benefits of Bolero.”

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Riedel Communications

Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro → continue…

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Biamp Systems to Showcase Vocia Networked Paging and Voice Evacuation at ISC West 2018

By Dundee Hills Group

BEAVERTON, Oregon — April 4, 2018 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, will showcase its award-winning Vocia® networked paging and voice evacuation system in booth 22140 at this year’s ISC West 2018, April 11-13 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas. Using a decentralized network architecture, Vocia is designed to eliminate the potential for a single point of system failure and to provide the healthcare industry, corporate offices, convention spaces, and high-volume transportation environments with a reliable, future-proof emergency communications system (ECS).

Vocia’s distributed networked approach gives security personnel unprecedented flexibility, scalability, intelligibility, and reliability to meet current and future ECS requirements. Vocia uses standard IP technologies such as CobraNet® and VoIP, and it integrates with existing IP networks for multi-site installations. Vocia also meets the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) compliance requirements for voice paging in the United States, as set forth in the 2016 code revisions.

More information on Biamp’s full product portfolio is available at www.biamp.com.

Visit Biamp Systems at ISC West, Booth 22140

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About Biamp Systems

Biamp Systems, LLC is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each one with a commitment to exceptional customer service.

Biamp is dedicated to creating products that drive the evolution of communication through sight and sound. The award-winning Biamp product suite includes: Tesira® media system for digital audio and video networking, Devio® collaboration tool for modern workplaces, Audia® digital audio platform, Nexia® digital signal processors, and Vocia® networked public address and voice evacuation system. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, huddle rooms, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, → continue…

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AIMS Members to Give More Than 30 Presentations at the 2018 NAB Show

By Dundee Hills Group

AIMS Member Sessions Include Conference Papers as well as Broad Lineup of Talks in IP Showcase Theater, Booth C12634

BOTHELL, Wash. — March 29, 2018 — The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) today announced that representatives from AIMS member companies will make 33 presentations at the 2018 NAB Show. These include nine paper presentations at the broader NAB conference, covering a range of topics related to media-over-IP workflows, and 24 talks as part of the IP Showcase Theater. AIMS is a sponsor of the IP Showcase along with partners AES, AMWA, EBU, IABM, NAB, SMPTE, and VSF.

Speaking in his capacity as AIMS chairman, Mike Cronk, vice president of core technology at Grass Valley, will take part in a panel discussion titled “Is IP Real?” as part of the 2018 NAB Show’s SBE Ennes Workshop on Saturday, April 7, in LVCC meeting rooms N262-N264. The session will begin at 9:35 a.m.

In addition, AIMS member companies will present papers on topics ranging from audio over IP and networking to redundancy and timing, providing insights into hot topics surrounding implementation and usage of the standards and specifications promoted by AIMS. Papers include the following:


  • “Keep Your Packets From Crashing: AMWA IS-06 Network Control API,” Thomas Edwards, V.P. of Engineering and Development, FOX Networks Engineering & Operations Advanced Technology Group — April 7, 9 a.m., Room N260-B


  • “The Art of Conforming to SMPTE ST 2110-21 Traffic Model,” Thomas Kernen, Lead Staff Architect, Switch Software, Mellanox — April 7, 9 a.m., Room N260
  • “Redundant Multipath Time Transfer and Sync for Media Networks Using SMPTE ST2059-2,” Thomas Kernen, Lead Staff Architect, Switch Software, Mellanox — April 8, 3:20 p.m., Room N260-C

Arista Networks

  • SBE Ennis Workshop, “IP Networking for Real-Time Video,” Robert Welch, Technical Solutions Lead, Arista Networks — April 7, 9:10 a.m., Room N262/264

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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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Artel Video Systems Partners with Ward-Beck for Audio-Over-IP Demonstration at the 2018 NAB Show

By Dundee Hills Group

WESTFORD, Mass. — March 28, 2018 — Artel Video Systems, a world-class provider of innovative real-time multimedia delivery solutions, and Ward-Beck Systems, a manufacturer of equipment for the radio and television broadcasting industry, will partner at the 2018 NAB Show to demonstrate audio over IP, showcasing the companies’ SMPTE ST 2110 and AES67 solutions.

Artel will showcase an integrated, active, end-to-end network highlighting the SMPTE ST 2110 and AES67 audio-over-IP accuracy capabilities of its Quarra PTP Ethernet switches. The Quarra features the industry’s most accurate IEEE 1588 timing and synchronization for nanosecond-level timing along with synchronous (L1) Ethernet, master, and slave modes (transparent and boundary clock modes). It is also RAVENNA® AES67-approved and Dante-, QSC-, and Calrec-tested.

Audio input will come through Ward-Beck’s preMO-A1 remote microphone pre-amp for RAVENNA AES67 networks. The preMO-A1, now with NMOS discovery and SMPTE ST 2110 30 operability, is an all-in-one network on-ramp combining a microphone pre-amp, analog-to-digital converter, AES67 stream builder, and network interface controller. Ward-Beck’s AMS2-N RAVENNA/AES67 audio receiver supports ST 2110-30 and will provide audio monitoring.

The demonstration will also highlight Layer 2 and Layer 3 network routing with Artel’s SMART Media Delivery Platform for reliable and accurate video, audio, and data transport.

“With the acceptance of standards such as SMPTE ST 2110 and AES67, migrating to all IP is becoming a reality,” said Rafael Fonseca, Vice President of Product Management at Artel. “This integrated demo was specifically designed to address the interoperability and audio accuracy requirements for end users navigating toward IP ecosystems.”

Ward-Beck plans a similar interop showcasing Artel’s Quarra 1G PTP Ethernet switch.

“The Quarra serves as the PTP master clock in our system design lab, qualifying the best master clock algorithm and making it possible to tweak the timing performance of our AES67/ST 2110-30 audio devices with tremendous accuracy — which was critical to → continue…

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