JVC Introduces BR-DE900 Portable ProHD Decoder at NAB 2018

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JVC Professional Video, a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, introduces the BR-DE900 ProHD decoder, a portable appliance that supports H.265 and H.264 compression standards, at the 2018 NAB Show (Booth C4315) in Las Vegas, Nev. When paired with JVC’s IP-enabled cameras, the BR-DE900 provides a bandwidth efficient, error-free streaming solution over any network, including the internet.

Designed for field use, the BR-DE900 provides optimal quality of service with low latency and versatile audio/video connectivity for ENG field reports and other video-over-IP applications. It offers reliable decoding of HEVC or H.264 streams up to 10-bit 4:2:2 1080p/60, with bit rates up to 50 Mbps. Connectivity options include dual 3G-SDI, HDMI 2.0, and composite outputs, as well as multiple audio outputs.

When paired with the JVC BR-800 ProHD Broadcaster streaming server, the BR DE900’s efficient H.264 codec and integrated Zixi or SMPTE 2022 Pro-MPEG stream protection technologies provide broadcast-quality video anywhere in the world using public networks. Completely hardware-based decoding minimizes the decoding process cycle to minimize latency without compromising video quality. The BR-DE900 also includes integrated video scaling, frame sampling, and de-interlacing for any stream to any output resolution or frame rate, and its stream forwarding feature efficiently redistributes an incoming stream within a private LAN/WAN network.

Housed in an industrial-grade aluminum case, the BR-DE900 weighs less than three pounds and includes mounting holes for seamless installation in production flypacks or master control. Setup is streamlined using an intuitive web interface. The BR-DE900, which replaces the current BR-DE800 model, has an MSRP of $2,900 and will be available in May.

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Video is a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation. The company is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video equipment, as well as D-ILA front projection systems. → continue…

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Bluebell Introduces Silhouette Combine Converters to Further Reduce Camera Cabling in Live Productions

By Dundee Hills Group

BERKSHIRE, U.K. 5 April 2018 — Bluebell Opticom Ltd., provider of innovative fibre optic solutions for fixed and remote applications, today announced the launch of Silhouette Combine4 and Combine8 converters, two new additions to the Silhouette power-insertion family for robotic-camera productions in sports, theatre, and music venues. When used with the Silhouette power-insertion system, the converters let users combine signals from four or eight cameras onto one SMPTE hybrid cable.

“Until we introduced Silhouette last year, crews had to rig one cable per camera location at an event. Silhouette changed all that, and now Combine4 and Combine8 converters are changing the game again. Using a Combine unit in conjunction with our already popular ShaxX system, crews can connect up to eight camera positions to their related CCUs using only one SMPTE cable, with Combine doing the multiplexing,” said Paul Felix McCann, managing director, Bluebell Opticom. “Thanks to those capabilities, together with a very small footprint, the benefits are obvious: Crews save cable, time, and fuel.”

Silhouette is a line of rugged, deployable, high-density mixed-technology media converters. The heart of the Silhouette power-insertion product family for robotic cameras in remote-production scenarios, the Silhouette is a fully integrated 4K UHD robotic head system that works with SD-SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, and 4K UHD cameras to provide power and control to the camera head and fibre optic connectivity for the remote-control panel. As a result, operators no longer need to rely on stadium power. Instead, they can remotely power, control, and receive 4K UHD pictures from a robotic camera head over a single hybrid fibre cable at distances up to 20 kilometres.

Combine4 and Combine8 reduce cabling even further, this time for manually operated cameras. In multicamera productions with manually operated cameras, the units fit between the camera and the CCU on up to eight camera → continue…

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SMPTE Fellows Robert Ross and Richard Friedel Earn Lifetime Achievement Awards From NATAS

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April 8 Awards Presentation in Las Vegas Will Recognize Ross and Friedel for Their Industry-Changing Innovation and Vision

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. April 4, 2018 SMPTE®, the organization whose standards work has supported a century of advances in entertainment technology and whose membership spans the globe, today announced that SMPTE Fellows Robert Ross, senior vice president for East Coast operations at CBS Engineering, and Richard Friedel, executive vice president at FOX Engineering, will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) at the 69th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards on April 8 in Las Vegas.

“Robert Ross of CBS and Richard Friedel of FOX have had a hand in many of the innovations enabling today’s advanced media formats and the availability of television anytime, anywhere,” said Chuck Dages, chairman of NATAS. “For their vision and their many significant achievements, the National Academy is pleased to honor them both with our Lifetime Achievement Award in Technology.”

The Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards honor technology companies and individuals whose innovation and vision have materially affected the way the audience views television and have set the standard for technological excellence in the industry.

“Bob and Richard have made exceptional contributions to SMPTE’s standards development work and have led the way in bringing key technological advances into the realm of reality,” said SMPTE President Matthew Goldman, senior vice president of technology, TV and media at Ericsson. “We’re proud to be closely associated with two esteemed leaders in the motion imaging field. We congratulate them both on this latest honor and look forward to celebrating with them at the 2018 NAB Show.”

About Robert Ross
Ross has served as senior vice president for East Coast operations at CBS Broadcasting since October 1998, and he has led the engineering and technical teams and overseen → continue…

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SMPTE Adds Thomas Bause Mason to Staff as Director of Standards Development

By Dundee Hills Group

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. April 2, 2018 SMPTE, the organization whose standards work has supported a century of advances in entertainment technology and whose membership spans the globe, today announced that SMPTE Fellow Thomas Bause Mason will be joining the staff as the Society’s new director of standards development. Howard Lukk, who is returning to his career in postproduction, will conclude his tenure as SMPTE director of engineering and standards in May, after assisting Bause Mason in transitioning to his new role.

“We’re pleased to be welcoming Thomas to the SMPTE team as a staff member,” said SMPTE Executive Director Barbara Lange. “Not only has he been deeply involved in the standards development process, including chairing several technical committees and study groups, but his IT background lends itself well to our ongoing need to be more software-focused. Thomas has also been instrumental in the creation and delivery of standards-focused educational programming through our Virtual Classroom course offering. I am delighted to have Thomas on board.”

Bause Mason, formerly owner and managing director of Open Media Consulting, began his career in Cologne, Germany, as a computer programmer for automation software in the nuclear and automobile industries. Before his move to Los Angeles, Bause Mason worked at West German Television (WDR) and Cologne Broadcasting Center, where he led the quality control department. In Los Angeles, he became a postproduction consultant and then built and managed the encoding operations for Ascent Media. Joining NBCUniversal in 2005, he focused on emerging digital media technology, spending two years in London to support the company’s international business. While at NBCUniversal, he was the company’s lead on the Video Services Forum (VSF) TR-03/TR-04 and SMPTE ST 2110 standardization efforts.

“SMPTE has made great strides in enabling the industry to move forward into the future of media creation and consumption, → continue…

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

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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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Chris Buchanan to Present Keynote at 2018 NAB Show’s Future of Cinema Conference, Produced in Partnership With SMPTE

By Dundee Hills Group

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — March 29, 2018 — SMPTE®, the organization whose standards work has supported a century of advances in entertainment technology and whose membership spans the globe, today announced that Chris Buchanan, director of new business development at Samsung Electronics America, will present the keynote at the 2018 NAB Show’s Future of Cinema Conference, produced in partnership with SMPTE. The conference will take place April 7-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“It’s an honor to be a keynote speaker at the Future of Cinema Conference, especially during this exciting time as new innovations shape the future of cinemagoers,” said Buchanan. “Cinemas are transforming from movie houses into immersive entertainment experiences, attracting younger generations while still delivering quality programs that appeal to longtime audiences. At Samsung, we’re eager to continue developing technologies that deepen the cinematic experience, and I look forward to sharing my perspective on the nature and impact of emerging technologies for cinema.”

Scheduled for 9:55 a.m. on Sunday, April 8, Buchanan’s keynote will speak to the future of moving pictures — as technologies ranging from LED screens to sensory immersion transform the viewing experience. Likewise exploring the future of movie-making and media consumption, additional conference sessions will dive deep into shifting models and opportunities for monetization, featuring hot topics such as next-gen cinema, high-dynamic-range (HDR), and immersive media (AR/VR/MR).

“Chris has a rich history as a media executive, having managed companies, content and artists, as well as the strategic partnerships, technologies and consumer engagement tactics critical to revenue generation in today’s media marketplace,” said Barbara Lange, SMPTE executive director. “He is a wonderful addition to a strong conference program, and we’re excited to hear his thoughts on the future of media and how we’ll get there.”

Prior to joining Samsung, Buchanan served in business development, sales and marketing roles → continue…

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