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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From:: Student Filmmakers

Best 4K 60 fps Cinema Camera under $2,500? A Fun Comparison between the Blackmagic Design Pocket Camera 4K, Panasonic GH5 and GH5s, and the Z CAM E2

By Sareesh

This article is a comparison of the specifications of the following low budget 4K cameras under $2,500 that shoots 60 fps or more:

Important: Some of the information is unverified. Some are just rumors. Therefore, don’t take this comparison seriously. Don’t take the prices or the specifications seriously either. For accurate information please consult manufacturers’ websites and data. Don’t take any decisions based on this comparison.

The basics

Let’s start with the camera bodies:

Camera Price of body What you get Warranty Notes
GH5 $1,998 Battery, charger, body cap, USB cable, shoulder strap, cable holder 12 Could have added V-Log
GH5s $2,498 Battery, charger, body cap, USB cable, shoulder strap, cable holder, BNC cable 12 N/A
Pocket Camera 4K $1,295 DaVinci Resolve Studio ($299), AC Power supply, dust cap 12 Could have added a battery
Z CAM E2 $1,999 Unknown 12 Huge price jump from the E1

The Blackmagic Design Pocket Camera 4K (Amazon, B&H) is definitely looking good here. Not only is it the cheapest, but you also get the full version of Davinci Resolve ($299). But we’re just getting started.

Comparison of sensors

Here’s how the camera sensors compare:

Camera Sensor Size (mm) Native Aspect Ratio Maximum Resolution ISO Range Notes
GH5 17.3 x 13 mm 4:3 4992 x 3744 200-25600 18% larger sensor
GH5s 4:3 4096 x 2160 160-51200 (Dual Native) Best low light
Pocket Camera 4K 18.96 x 10 mm 1.89:1 4096 x 2160 Up to 25600 (Dual Native) UHD might be cropped to 17.7 x 10mm
Z CAM E2 17.3 x 13 mm 4:3 4096 x 2160 100-6400

The Pocket Camera 4K is slightly wider, which is good. But on the other hand, the other cameras have a native 4:3 sensor so it gives you extra options. With the GH5, you can almost shoot in 5K in 4:3 mode, which is a great advantage.

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From:: Wolfcrow

NEP Sweden Chooses Riedel MediorNet for Decentralized Signal Routing Aboard All-New UHD Van

By Dundee Hills Group

LAS VEGAS April 9, 2018 — NEP Sweden is the latest division of NEP Europe, one of the continent’s largest providers of outside broadcasting (OB) services, to adopt Riedel Communications’ MediorNet real-time signal transport, processing, and routing technology. NEP Sweden is installing MediorNet on board its all-new UHD/4K OB van, UHD 1, to provide a decentralized and redundant communications and signal routing backbone for coverage of a broad range of high-profile live productions.

UHD 1 features a Riedel decentralized MediorNet backbone consisting of eight MetroN core routers, a MediorNet Modular, 27 MicroN high-density media distribution network devices, and an additional 12 MicroN’s configured with Riedel’s MediorNet MultiViewer App to support comprehensive monitoring. The decentralized network conveniently allows signal I/O to be placed exactly where needed, enabling NEP Sweden to reduce cabling and overall system complexity. Two MediorNet Compact Pro frames are also available for use as stage boxes.

“We designed our new van to be a showcase for the latest in 4K and UHD broadcasting technologies, and Riedel’s MediorNet is no exception. The highly scalable MediorNet signal transport and routing system gives us new dimensions of flexibility, redundancy, and reliability, paving the way for the van to support any type of 4K production,” said Jens Envall, Technical Director NEP Sweden. “We also appreciate the simplicity of the solution. With capabilities like the MediorNet MultiViewer App and other built-in signal processing, we’re able to eliminate many external devices.”

Rik Hoerée, Sales Director at Riedel Communications, commented, “It’s a pleasure to add NEP Sweden to our growing list of NEP divisions that have embraced MediorNet for decentralized routing. With its track record of delivering first-class live broadcasts of all types and sizes, NEP Sweden’s choice is a strong endorsement of MediorNet’s power and versatility.”

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From:: Student Filmmakers

Cobalt’s New 9971 Series UHD Multiviewers Offer Flexibility, Cost Savings With Wide Range of I/O Configurations

By Dundee Hills Group


Versions Range From Six To 18 Asynchronous 12G/6G/3G/HD/SD-SDI Inputs and Provide 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 Outputs at up to Full 3840 x 2160 UHD Resolution

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. April 4, 2018 Cobalt Digital today introduced the new 9971 series UHD multiviewers for openGear® that provide a wide range of I/O configurations with respect to signal count, signal type, and signal interface options. The multiviewer base unit handles six asynchronous 12G/6G/3G/HD/SD-SDI signals at the input stage and provides simultaneous 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 outputs at up to full 3840 x 2160 UHD resolution, giving users a cost-effective means of leveraging professional and widely available consumer-grade 4K monitors to display the mosaic image output. In addition to enabling flexible configuration, units in the multiviewer series increase the pixel space available to source signals while maintaining as much original picture information as possible.

“Our new 4K multiviewers are the perfect complement to our growing line of 4K production and broadcast products,” said Jesse Foster, Cobalt Digital’s director of product and business development. “We are constantly rolling out new features, and the next-gen platform design will provide years of investment protection for our customers.”

With the additional available resolution, the six-input 9971-MV6-4H-4K can, for example, display two of the 10 total inputs at full 1920 x 1080 resolution while leaving 4096 x 1080 pixels available either for display of the other six inputs or for use as a dynamic DashBoard custom control panel workspace. In the latter example, a computer graphic UI screen is ingested, and active video inputs are displayed over or under the UI screen on the same display. This example uses the 9971-MV6-4H-4K hybrid input version, which adds four independent HDMI 2.0 inputs to the six 12G-SDI base inputs to provide as many as 10 picture-in-picture displays in the combined mosaic output. This → continue…

From:: Student Filmmakers

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…

From:: Student Filmmakers