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Atomos Releases Ninja

Atomos, a new company in digital video solutions, is excited to announce the Atomos Ninja. This attractive external drive case has been designed in partnership with Apple and by-passes in-camera video compression to record pristine, uncompressed images straight from the HDMI connector of DSLR or camcorder directly to Apple ProRes. All while recording.

The Ninja implements Apple ProRes in hardware to give real-time, 10-bit recording anytime,
anywhere. It takes advantage of low-cost, modern technology by utilizing HDMI-capable pro-video
and consumer camcorders as well as DSLRs. Record directly to the Ninja on location in super high
quality, for the most streamlined, affordable Final Cut Pro workflow available today.

The Ninja uses ordinary, low-cost 2.5″ Notebook HDD or SSD hard drives which are housed
securely inside the Atomos Master Caddy and lock inside the Ninja. The drives are hot-swappable,
which means inserting new drives on the fly is a snap.

For more information click here.

Telestream Completes Acquisition of Anystream

Telestream, a provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Anystream, a leading provider of enterprise-class video production and management solutions. Combining the experience, strength and technologies of both companies propels Telestream to the dominant position in the video transcoding market and significantly enhances Telestream’s ability to provide a greater range of enterprise-class live and on-demand workflow applications. Together, Telestream, with its deep video transcoding, workflow design and automation expertise and Anystream, with its large-scale media production management capabilities, are able to address broader and deeper IT-based production workflows.

Anystream’s products, services, and customer base will be incorporated into Telestream to provide media and entertainment organizations with a significant wealth of complementary and synergistic capabilities, increased market presence, and expanded customer services. The acquisition adds a world-class engineering and support team, an East Coast office and a global key account sales team to Telestream’s already profitable and financially stable worldwide business.

Through this acquisition, the combined Telestream customers will benefit from:

  • The largest collective understanding of the video industry’s interoperability and workflow challenges
  • Deep transcoding, workflow design and automation expertise
  • Large-scale media production management expertise
  • More tools that allow reduced cost and increased operational efficiencies
  • Telestream will continue to sell Agility and Avalon products at the current prices. The company will also continue to provide customer service and support for all Anystream customers. Agility 2G is an enterprise-class video production and management solution optimized for scalability and reliability. Avalon expands on Agility’s capabilities by providing a metadata ingest, creation and packaging solution to automate the publishing of video to multiple outlets and devices.

    With the completion of the acquisition, the Anystream team will be integrated into Telestream with key members of Anystream’s management team maintaining leadership roles in the company. The addition of Anystream’s seasoned team of professionals grows a dedicated, world-class group within the Telestream family.

    The terms of the deal were not disclosed, as both companies are closely held private companies.

    For more information click here.

    Telestream Expands Management Team to Drive Corporate Momentum

    Telestream, a provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, announced the expansion of its senior management team to address significant corporate growth, integration of the Anystream acquisition, and a continued deep commitment to provide superior customer service and support. Kevin McCartney joins Telestream’s executive staff as vice president of Agility business; Anna Greco was promoted to vice president of client services, enterprise products; and John Pallett was promoted to director of product marketing, enterprise products.

    As a result of the recent Anystream acquisition, Kevin McCartney joins Telestream’s executive team as vice president of Agility business. In this position, McCartney will oversee Telestream’s new East Coast U.S. operations and play a key role in integrating the Anystream staff and products into the Telestream structure. McCartney brings over 18 years of key account sales and sales leadership experience in enterprise software and hardware solutions to Telestream, primarily focused in the media and entertainment industries. His background includes a proven track record in building, leading, and growing global sales teams, focused on consultative and strategic sales programs, as well as developing new key markets.

    With the continued growth of Telestream’s business, the company is increasing its strategic focus on enterprise services worldwide. With the recent promotion, Anna Greco joins the executive team as vice president of client services for Telestream’s enterprise products, In addition to leading Telestream’s worldwide services, Greco will oversee the integration and deployment of Telestream’s next-generation video transcoding and workflow management solutions. Greco’s new position will further Telestream’s true consultancy approach to customer relationships by continuing to create a unique link between customers, support and engineering teams, resulting in high-quality products and more targeted services. Prior to her new position, Greco lead Telestream’s enterprise product marketing and business development organization. Greco has over 20 years of engineering and marketing experience in the media industry.

    With Greco taking on the new role of vice president client services, John Pallett replaces Greco as director of product marketing for Telestream’s enterprise products. Prior to this position, Pallett was responsible for managing Telestream’s Vantage and FlipFactory products. Pallett has more than 12 years of experience developing and managing computer graphics and digital media software applications for entertainment and 3D design applications.

    Telestream holds a dominant position in the file-based video transcoding and workflow management market. These management changes coupled with aggressive product development and corporate growth will help to propel Telestream to a leading position in the live transcoding market.

    For more information click here.

    Telestream Debuts Vantage 2.0 at IBC2010

    Telestream, a provider of video transcoding and workflow solutions, announced Vantage 2.0, a major new release to the company’s enterprise-class workflow design and automation software. Vantage is the only product on the market that provides truly unified video workflow management, allowing media and entertainment companies to design and automate a wide variety of video workflows. Version 2.0, to be unveiled at this week’s IBC Show in Amsterdam, adds significant new features, including a visual Workflow Portal that enables operators to easily browse assets, enter metadata, and forward media; powerful, new video analysis capabilities; and an SDK that allows seamless system integration with Vantage workflows.

    The new Vantage Workflow Portal enables media and entertainment companies to design and deploy an operator-facing user interface in minutes, without the need for custom web engineering. The Workflow Portal allows the use of one workflow platform to address a variety of needs that previously required several purpose-built solutions, such as extracting web highlights from news and VOD production.

    The new SDK enables customers and third-party systems to access and control Vantage workflows through a web services interface. Media and entertainment organizations can now integrate Vantage directly into their existing software systems. New workflow features in Vantage 2.0 include support for SQL mirrored databases, Avid Interplay 2.2, and more.

    Vantage uniquely offers intelligent, run-time decision making capabilities as part of an automated workflow. Integrated analysis allows users to create dynamic, adaptive workflows that react to content properties and quality checks. New analysis capabilities in Version 2.0 include level and gamut checking, blockiness measurement, and interstitial black detection and removal. These features extend Vantage’s ability to respond to – and in many cases correct – errors, allowing users to find and fix errors without requiring operator intervention. The ability to detect and remove black segments within long-form content introduces another hands-free operation.

    Vantage is a video workflow design and automation software solution that was built from the ground up on a modular, future-proof platform that combines video capture, transcoding, analysis, metadata processing, delivery, and file management into a unified framework – all designed to meet the long-term needs of a rapidly changing video industry.

    Vantage 2.0 will be available in Q4 2010 from Telestream’s worldwide network of direct sales and distributors. Version 2.0 features, including the Workflow Portal plus Promos, VOD and Highlights workflows are being demonstrated in Telestream stand 7.D16 at the International Broadcasters Convention (IBC) Show this week in Amsterdam.

    For more information click here.

    AJA Announces Ki Pro Mini, Portable File-Based Recorder at IBC 2010

    AJA Video Systems brought production and post one step closer together with the introduction of Ki Pro Mini, a smaller, lighter version of its portable tapeless recorder that captures to the Apple ProRes 422 codec directly from camera. The highly portable Ki Pro Mini flash disk recorder mounts easily to digital cameras and accessories, enabling it to fit unobtrusively in small spaces for on-set capture of 10-bit 4:2:2 files that are immediately ready for editing.

    Ki Pro Mini offers a small form factor, support for SDI & HDMI cameras and key features including:

  • 10-bit full-raster recording to Apple ProRes 422 SD and HD formats (including HQ, LT and Proxy)
  • Recording of SD/HD files from digital video cameras to Compact Flash (CF) cards
  • Mac OS X friendly media and native QuickTime files–no log-and-capture required
  • Professional video connectivity through SD/HD SDI and HDMI I/O
  • 2 channels of balanced XLR audio with switch selectable line/mic levels
  • 8 channels of embedded digital audio over SDI and HDMI
  • Flexible control options including familiar front panel and web browser interfaces
  • Optional Ki Pro Mini Mounting Plates that attach to hot shoes, battery plates and virtually any other accessory bracket
  • Aircraft-grade aluminum construction that delivers light weight and maximum ruggedness
  • Ki Pro Mini supports a streamlined Apple file-based production-to-post workflow, recording native Apple ProRes 422 QuickTime files onto CF cards, which are formatted as HFS+ volumes that are instantly connected to a Mac computer via off-the-shelf CF card readers.
  • For more information click here.

    AJA Introduces Hi5-3D Mini-Converter For Stereo 3D Monitoring

    AJA Video Systems, a manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion solutions, announced the availability of Hi5-3D, a new mini-converter that combines dual 3G SDI inputs into various multiplexed 3D formats for output on true 3D HDMI 1.4a and SDI to enable simple, flexible stereoscopic viewing on 3D monitors and projection systems.

    The Hi5-3D’s true HDMI 1.4a output supports EDID transactions that automatically configure 2D/3D functions according to the HDMI monitor’s capabilities. Input SDI 2 is frame-synchronized to input SDI 1 in 3D modes and SDI input audio is embedded in both the HDMI and SDI outputs. Hi5-3D also supports 2-channel RCA audio output with user control of channel selection, along with AJA’s Mini-Config application for user configuration and firmware download. Other key features include:

  • Side-by-side, top-bottom and frame-packing modes
  • Complete H and V image flip control in any combination
  • Easy user control via dipswitch or USB
  • Support for both 2D and 3D inputs
  • For more information click here.

    AJA Video Systems Reveals New KONA 3G

    AJA Video Systems, a manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion solutions, unveiled its new KONA 3G capture card. The multi-format SD/HD/Dual Link/3G/2K video I/O hardware for Mac and PC-based systems is available next month, with an optional K3G-Box for additional connectivity.

    KONA 3G features 10-bit uncompressed video 3G/HD/SD SDI I/O, new HDMI 1.4a output for stereographic monitoring to consumer 3D displays, 8-channel AES digital audio I/O (16-channel AES with optional K3G-Box) and 16-channel SDI embedded audio I/O, real-time hardware-based up/down/cross conversion to support a range of SD and HD, dual-link HD, even 2K formats, a hardware-based downstream keyer and more.

    Other key features include:

  • On the Mac platform
  • Seamless integration with Apple Final Cut Studio, Adobe CS5 and more
  • Uncompressed QuickTime and DPX file format support, plus compressed file formats such as Apple ProRes 422 and ProRes 4444
  • FCP Dynamic RT Extreme and DVCPro HD / HDV hardware scaling acceleration
  • Broadcast quality hardware-based 10-bit up-, down-, and cross-conversion
  • RED Epic and ARRI Alexa workflow ease with true 2K playback and LUT support in realtime
  • 3D workflow support with discrete left and right eye output over SDI and HDMI 1.4a
  • On the PC platform
  • Seamless integration with Adobe CS5, Sony Vegas 9, Autodesk Combustion and more
  • Native real-time QuickTime, DPX, TIFF, TGA, AVI file format support
  • Real-time DVCProHD capture and playback
  • To extend the connectivity of KONA 3G even further, AJA also introduced an optional K3G-Box. This 19-inch, 1RU rack-mountable breakout box adds 8 AES audio channels, 2-channel RCA analog audio monitoring jacks and looping BNC Genlock reference connectors.
  • For more information click here.

    Digital Rapids Unveils Stream 3.4

    Digital Rapids, a provider of tools and solutions for bringing television, movie and Web content to wider audiences, unveiled a new version of the Stream software for the company’s StreamZ, StreamZHD, DRC-Stream and Flux encoding and live streaming solutions. New features in Stream 3.4 include significantly enhanced JPEG2000, H.264 and MPEG-2 encoding; robust source signal handling and AC3 (Dolby(r) Digital) audio pass-through with the new Flux hardware platform; SEI message insertion for frame-compatible 3D; and further enhancements to encoding for Apple(r) iPhone(r) and iPad(tm).

    Stream 3.4 features significant enhancements for encoding and decoding the JPEG2000 compression format. Support for the JPEG2000 format in the YUV color space and decoding of JPEG2000 sources with separated luminance and chrominance increase flexibility and compatibility with third-party JPEG2000-based solutions. Version 3.4 also incorporates further enhancements to Digital Rapids solutions’ best-in-class MPEG-2 and H.264 encoding quality, performance and deep technical configurability.

    For users of encoding and streaming solutions based on Digital Rapids’ new Flux hardware, Stream 3.4 features enhanced handling of irregularities or disruptions in incoming digital or analog source signals. An incoming SDI signal can even be switched between HD and SD sources without interrupting in-progress encoding and streaming. Flux-based systems also gain AC3 (Dolby Digital) audio pass-through with version 3.4, enabling AC3-compressed audio inputs to be combined with newly-encoded video without audio re-compression.

    Stream 3.4 extends the Digital Rapids Studio AVC Encoder module with the ability to insert Frame Packing Arrangement SEI messages during H.264 encoding for frame-compatible stereoscopic 3D applications. Frame-compatible 3D delivery combines anamorphic or sub-sampled representations of the left-eye and right-eye content for compatibility with existing television distribution infrastructures and services. Visitors to the Digital Rapids stand at the IBC 2010 exhibition are also being treated to a preview of Multiview Video Coding (MVC) 3D encoding capabilities, which will be available in a subsequent Stream software version. MVC, used in the Blu-ray 3D specification, is an extension of the H.264 video compression specification and enables the full source resolution of each eye to be preserved during encoding for 3D viewing.

    Other new features in version 3.4 include enhancements to encoding for adaptive streaming to Apple devices and a variety of minor additions and refinements.

    The Stream 3.4 software is available in two software configurations — the core Stream LE and the advanced Stream FE with expanded workflow automation, integration capabilities and format support. A comparison of feature availability between the two levels is available on our website. The version 3.4 update will be available in Q4 as a free download for registered owners of Stream version 3.0 or higher with a current maintenance agreement, and as chargeable upgrades for users of versions 2.6 or earlier.

    The complete range of Digital Rapids solutions for transforming and delivering media is being showcased in booth number 7.G41 at the IBC 2010 exhibition in Amsterdam.

    For more information click here.

    Red Announces R3D Trim

    Files can be edited one at a time in R3D Trim or an EDL from Final Cut Pro, Avid, or Premiere can be imported. R3D Trim will copy only the sections of RED media that matches the edit.

    The new trimmed down R3D media is then ready to be plugged into the rest of a RED workflow.

    How does it work?

  • Load the EDL into R3D Trim

  • Point R3D Trim to the RED media directory
  • Choose a directory for the trimmed Red media
  • Press Start
  • Great new features including 3D support and TRIM R3D.

    New Features:

  • Stereo 3D viewing and export formats (side by side, interleaved, etc)
  • REDlog Film (cineon compatible log)
  • R3D Trimming via Export
  • R3D Trimming via Snapshot
  • Bin/Browser improvements (see below)
  • Timeline: multiple display modes
  • Preferences dialog added
  • New Export Formats
  • Undo/Redo
  • 64bit Builds
  • Preset Grouping
  • Export using Redline option
  • Watermarking
  • EDL and FCP XML import support
  • Lua Console
  • Many bug fixes and improvements
  • New keyboard shortcuts:

  • Mark In/Out point now hooked up to keys I/O respectively.
  • Toggle active eye in a 3d clip with ‘V’
  • Viewer:

  • Ability to rotate the viewer image 90 degrees using the framing tool (export not enabled yet)
  • Added 3d Viewing modes when 3d clip is present in the viewer
  • Added R3D snapshot – Saves the current frame to a new R3D file
  • New Export Options:

  • 3d Formats:
  • Side by Side
  • Top/Bottom
  • Row Interleave
  • Pixel Interleave
  • Anaglyph
  • SGI
  • R3D Trimming (audio trimming is currently not enabled)
  • OpenEXR with exposure compensation
  • OpenEXR with Multi-view S3D Support
  • Handles
  • Horizontal and vertical flip
  • Software Scaling options
  • Export preset folders/grouping
  • Grading:

  • Undo/Redo on a per clip basis
  • Position in the undo/redo command history is visible in the Command History tool
  • Ability to store multiple looks to an RMD via the new Look Manager tool
  • Framing/Look preset folders/grouping
  • Simpler Color/Gamma Space menu (advanced setting in preferences exposes other options)
  • Import Options:

  • EDL (CMX 3600)
  • FCP XML (Very beta)
  • Timeline:

  • View Modes: Name + Thumbnail, Filmstrip, Name
  • Fit to window option in the view menu (Shift-Z)
  • Mouse scroll wheel controls scaling
  • Bin/Browser Improvements:

  • Create/Rename/Remove bins
  • Added tabs to the browser
  • Ability to set favorite folders in the system tree
  • Option to show folders in the browser
  • Scrub clips by holding Option (MAC) or Alt (WIN) and dragging on a clip thumbnail
  • Thumbnail caching for increased performance
  • Bins: new context menu options

  • Open in Player
  • Open in Timeline
  • Reload from RMD
  • Duplicate
  • Move To — for moving clips to another bin
  • renamed “Remove from Bin” to Delete
  • Make 3D Clip…
  • Make 3D Clips from L/R Filenames
  • Browser: new context menu options

  • Open in Player
  • Open in Timeline
  • Open in Current Bin
  • For more information click here.

    Digital Rapids Expands StreamZ, StreamZHD and StreamZ

    Digital Rapids debuted new models in the company’s StreamZ, StreamZHD and StreamZ Livefamilies of top-quality, multi-format video and audio encoding solutions. New models of the award-winning StreamZ and StreamZHD studio encoding systems andStreamZHD Live ABR adaptive streaming encoder incorporate Digital Rapids’ powerful new Flux capture and pre-processing hardware. Digital Rapids is also offering IBC attendees a preview of the new StreamZ Live IP encoder, which delivers the benefits of the StreamZ Live family in a dedicated model for transcoding live IP-based inputs.

    Powered by Flux:

    New StreamZ, StreamZHD and StreamZHD Live ABR models powered by the Flux hardware are available in digital-only and digital/analog input configurations. Digital models of StreamZ based on the Flux hardware feature standard definition SDI input, while digital/analog models offer the same capabilities plus analog component, S-Video and composite video; analog audio; and AES digital audio inputs. The new Flux-based StreamZHD and StreamZHD Live ABR models include similar input capabilities plus HD-SDI and upcoming dual-link HD-SDI and 3G-SDI video input support, plus HD analog component video on the digital/analog version. Robust source signal handling maintains continuity across irregularities or disruptions in incoming signals.

    StreamZ and StreamZHD are the industry’s most comprehensive encoding solutions, delivering high-quality, multi-format video capture, encoding, transcoding and live streaming in versatile turnkey configurations. StreamZ and StreamZHD seamlessly support the transformation of content for live and on-demand multi-platform distribution opportunities and file-based workflows with simultaneous output in multiple formats.

    StreamZHD Live ABR encodes and streams live HD and SD content with superior quality and performance for delivery through the latest generation of adaptive streaming technologies. Building on Digital Rapids’ long-standing simultaneous output abilities, StreamZHD Live ABR can create all of the multiple output streams required for adaptive bit rate delivery in a single system. StreamZHD Live ABR supports adaptive streaming technologies including HTTP Dynamic Streaming and RTMP Dynamic Streaming to Adobe(r) Flash(r) Player (including support for the newly-announced Flash Media Server 4); adaptive HTTP streaming to Apple(r) iPhone(r) and iPad(tm); and Microsoft(r) IIS Smooth Streaming.

    Inputting IP:

    The new StreamZ Live IP encoder, being shown as a technology preview at IBC, delivers the flexible, top-quality encoding and streaming capabilities of StreamZ Live for workflows using live IP-based Transport Stream sources. Single and multi-program Transport Stream inputs are supported, with input stream selection integrated within StreamZ Live IP’s software interface. StreamZ Live IP supports a comprehensive selection of standard and optional output formats including H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2 and more for devices ranging from set-top boxes and PCs to mobile phones.

    The complete range of Digital Rapids solutions for transforming and delivering media is being showcased in booth number 7.G41 at the IBC 2010 exhibition in Amsterdam.

    For more information click here.