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Avid Adds New EUCON Media Workflow Partners

Avid announced new additions to expand the open EUCON ecosystem of supported media applications – Avid’s open, high-speed Ethernet control protocol that allows EUCON-enabled Avid control surfaces and consoles to connect to a variety of third-party creative audio and video software solutions – providing customers with more creative options in their audio and video workflows in support of open, interoperable platforms.

Avid EUCON Media Workflow, an open, high-speed Ethernet control protocol that allows Artist Series and other EUCON-enabled Avid control surfaces and consoles to connect to a variety of third-party creative audio and video software solutions will be demonstrated at the Avid IBC 2011Booth #J20 Hall 7.

Avid announced that FilmLight’s Baselight and Colorfront’s On-Set Dailies now offer native support for Avid’s EUCON protocol. Colorists can now control the color grading features of Colorfront’s On-Set Dailies and FilmLight’s Baselight using the compact and affordable Artist Color. Today’s announcement follows April’s announcement at NAB of partnerships with Assimilate, Blackmagic Design, Image Systems and Pomfort, as well as previous EUCON support announcements by companies like Apple, Autodesk, RED and others.

The company cites the accelerated adoption of EUCON across the industry and the steady progress in developing an open ecosystem of third-party workflows based around the protocol as evidence of expanded interoperability of its audio and video solutions.

EUCON integration offers customers comprehensive tactile control over multiple applications and workstations, and is supported by a wide cross section of Macintosh- and Windows-based applications. Designed to appeal to audio engineers, video editors and colorists looking for increased tactile control of their projects, Artist Series controllers feature high-quality faders, displays, encoders, trackballs and programmable keys that provide users with tightly connected command over almost all software functions via the open EUCON protocol.

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Blackmagic Design Supports AMD’s FirePro SDI-Link

Blackmagic Design announced it will support the new AMD FirePro SDI-Link initiative and is currently working to integrate Blackmagic Design’s capture and playback products with the newly introduced FirePro SDI-Link line of graphics cards.

The AMD FirePro SDI-Link provides GPU acceleration for powering live, on-air broadcast graphics and real time video production and post production pipelines. AMD FirePro SDI-Link enables SDI I/O products and professional graphics cards to communicate directly over PCI Express and will allow fully featured SDI and GPU based solutions with ultra low latency between select AMD professional graphics cards and SDI I/O products.

Through the integration of Blackmagic Design’s product lines with AMD FirePro SDI-Link, video and broadcast professionals will be able to send and receive data between Blackmagic Design’s SDI-based devices and AMD graphics cards with extremely low latency. This is ideal for solutions that require minimal delays, such as news, weather and sports as well as video encoding and transcoding.

Blackmagic Design says the upcoming integration between these products and the AMD FirePro SDI-Link will benefit broadcasters working in areas such as weather, live news and 3D virtual sets, where high-performance graphics and extremely low processing latencies are critical.

Blackmagic Design’s capture and playback products  will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2011 booth at #7.H20.

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Blackmagic Design Announces Two OpenGear Converters 

Blackmagic Design‘s two new OpenGear Converters – one allows up, down, cross and standards conversion, and the other enables SD/HD-SDI distribution.

OpenGear Converter UpDownCross provides an easy way to convert between SD and HD video formats. It includes a full up, down and cross converter, as well as full NTSC/PAL standards conversion. OpenGear Converter UpDownCross works at the highest 10 bit SDI video quality, with superior multi tap image filtering and processing.

OpenGear Converter UpDownCross can be used on the SDI input of broadcast decks, so when a non-standard SDI video signal is routed or connected, it can be automatically converted to the correct format for the deck. If a client had a PAL Digital Betacam deck connected to a router, OpenGear Converter UpDownCross could be placed before the SDI input of the deck, so if someone connected a HD video source, the SDI video would automatically be converted to a standard definition SDI signal, delivering  stable and high-quality input video to the deck.

Even a video signal at 1080i59.94 would automatically be down converted and standards converted to PAL. Embedded SDI audio is automatically delayed to match the video processing and then passed through to the SDI output, so the deck always receives a stable SDI input with multi-channel audio. A black burst/tri sync compatible reference input is included, so OpenGear Converter UpDownCross can be used as a frame re-synchronizer for retiming video sources to house sync.

The new OpenGear Converter SDI Distribution includes everything customers need to send the same SDI video input signal to nine re-clocked outputs simultaneously. SDI Distribution supports SD-SDI, HD-SDI and ASI television standards, and switches standards automatically when the SDI input changes.

Both new Blackmagic OpenGear Converters will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2011 booth at #7.H20.

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Blackmagic Design Announces HyperDeck Shuttle Mounting Plate Attachment

HyperDeck Shuttle Mounting Plate, a new accessory that lets customers mount the HyperDeck Shuttle directly onto a professional camera, or mount accessories such as V-Lock or Anton Bauer mounts onto the HyperDeck, allows camera operators to add uncompressed quality recording to video cameras on location. Now with HyperDeck Shuttle Mounting Plate, the standard rubber base plate can simply be unscrewed from the HyperDeck Shuttle unit, and replaced with the mount plate. Once attached, the mount plate provides multiple 1/4″ and 3/8″ threads for accessories such as tripods, rail mounting kits, cold shoe mounts, articulated arms, microphone stands and more.

Designed to match the design of HyperDeck Shuttle, the Shuttle Mounting Plate is also machined out of a solid block of aircraft-grade aluminum for an extremely tough design. The major threads are reinforced with helicoils for long-term use.

HyperDeck Shuttle Mounting Plate’s hole patterns have been carefully placed to allow popular V-Lock or Anton Bauer-style battery adapter plates to be added so HyperDeck Shuttle can power from industry standard battery packs for long-duration recording.

HyperDeck Shuttle Mounting Plate will be shown on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2011 booth at #7.H20.

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Panasonic Announces AV-HS410 Live Switcher at IBC 2011

Panasonic Solutions Company announced the introduction of the AV-HS410, a new live switcher. Like its predecessor the AV-HS400A, the new AV-HS410 is a compact, all-in-one 19 type rack-size 1 ME live switcher that is only 19 inches wide but provides in its standard configuration nine signal inputs, expandable with option boards to a maximum of 13 signal inputs (HD/SD switchable). The 7 inch color LCD panel displays settings in an easy-to-read format, and ease-of-use is further enhanced by the new memory preview function, an improved multi-view function and a simple key layout optimized for live broadcasts. Excellent expandability is provided by optional board slots enabling support for a variety of input signals, including 3D cameras, and by the provision of a Software Development Kit (SDK) that makes it possible to add software-based functions.

In its standard configuration, the AV-HS410 supports HD and SD multi-format signals and the system frequency is switchable among 60 Hz, 50 Hz, and 24 Hz, enabling operation and digital cinema control worldwide. Eight SDI (HD/SD) inputs and one DVI-D input are provided as standard. By installing optional boards in the two available slots, the number of inputs can be increased to a maximum of 13 (if input boards are installed). Alternately, output boards can be installed to enable a maximum of 10 outputs.

In addition, all input channels feature a built-in frame synchronizer, and there are up-converters for four channels and video processing circuits for eight channels. Five HD/SD SDI outputs and one DVI-D output are provided in the standard configuration. In addition, there are four Aux busses, and Aux 1 comes with a mix transition function. In combination with mix effects (ME), the AV-HS410 supports a wide variety of operation scenarios.

The numerous built-in effects include standard wipe, mix and cut effects in addition to DVE transition effects such as squeeze and slide. The chroma keyer employs the powerful Primatte algorithm, which has a proven track record as plug-in software on many high-end non-linear editing systems. Primatte high-end chroma keyer technology is widely used in motion picture and TV production, as well as in the creation of music videos and commercials, and provides the high-precision compositing capabilities demanded by professionals.

New video memory and memory preview functions have been added to the existing shot memory and event memory functions. The video memory function allows recording or playback of a couple of still images or the video with appended key signals. Though the AV-HS410 is a 1 ME switcher, it supports memory preview of video effects. It is possible to confirm shot memory or event memory video effects using memory preview. This enables previewing video effects even when on the air or live operation.

The AV-HS410 also features an improved user interface. It is equipped with a 7 inch WVGA (800 × 480 pixels) color LCD monitor that, in addition to the setting menus, can show input and output video, WFM display and multi-view display. The multi-view display formats divide the screen into 4, 5, 6, 9, 10 or 16 sections and support the display of time, audio level meters and 4:3 markers. The simple panel layout features A bus and B bus rows that each have 12 crosspoint buttons (expandable up to 22 using the shift expansion function), allowing direct access to a variety of functions for smooth operation.

In addition, support is planned for switching of stereo 3D video signals from 3D cameras in 3D mode (four 3D inputs standard, maximum five 3D inputs) with the installation of the AV-HS04M7D optional board. Primatte chroma keyer compositing will be also supported.

The AV-HS410 provides 3D video adjustment capabilities, including 3D rig video Left / Right images correction and 3D video signal status monitor display functionality available on the high-end AV-HS450.

The AV-HS410 provides the SDK that makes it possible to extend the switcher’s functionality in a flexible manner. Using the SDK provided by Panasonic, third-party vendors and SI professionals can freely develop plug-in software that adds new functionality to the AV-HS410.

The new AV-HS410 will be available in winter 2011.

The optional support for stereo 3D functionality is scheduled for released in spring 2012. Stereo 3D functionality will require installation of the AV-HS04M7D optional board and an upgrade of the AV-HS410.

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Cache-A Announces Complete LTFS Capability

Cache-A Corporation was one of the first companies to demonstrate the new LTFS (Linear Tape File System) format in product form. This year at IBC 2011, all of Cache-A’s LTO-5 based products include LTFS capability, including the company’s flagship product, the award-winning Pro-Cache5, the new high-performance Power-Cache and the quiet, desktop Prime-Cache5. Cache-A is featuring all of its LTFS-capable products at Stand 7.G16 at RAI Amsterdam, September 9-13.

Once LTFS is installed in any Cache-A LTO-5 archive appliance, customers have the choice of using the mature tar format with Cache-A’s enhancements or the new LTFS format on a tape-by-tape basis.  Like Cache-A’s tar implementation, LTFS provides a self-describing file system on an LTO cartridge.  This provides application independence, transportability and protection from obsolescence.

LTFS: Improving Workflows, Asset Management, Interchange:  Based on open source software, LTFS enables users to interchange content across different operating systems, software applications and physical locations.  It combines the economy, robustness, high density and low power of tape with much of the functionality and usability of a hard drive to provide a complete archive solution for professional media and entertainment customers.  This simplifies operations, improves manageability and meets their long-term data retention requirements.

Cache-A’s LTO-5 based products with LTFS make an ideal archiving and interchange solution, enhancing both production and post-production workflows as well as improving asset management and interchange.   Because LTFS makes the contents of the tape compatible and accessible to any facility with an LTO-5 tape drive, it provides a self-contained content delivery system along every stage of the workflow.  This ensures the integrity of the shoot by creating an insurable and bondable media deliverable while providing the standard for content delivery and final archive.

Cache-A goes beyond the basic capabilities of LTFS to provide the powerful features necessary for professional video and digital film workflows:

  • The Cache-A approach eliminates the need for client-side software
  • Cache-A’s appliance provides networked hard disk storage and a layer of software that makes LTFS much easier to use
  • Cache-A archive appliances are networked and available to an entire facility or workgroup — LTFS on a workstation will only work on that workstation
  • Cache-A archive appliances have a built-in server that does not need to tie up a user workstation to perform archive and restore tasks
  • The Cache-A appliance includes a built-in catalog, maintained in a database, that enables users to keep track of every file, folder and tape ever seen by the device; content can be searched and easily located many years in the future.
  • Cache-A’s LTFS implementation can be used on tabletop and automated library configurations

Cache-A’s archive appliances also allow fast multi-user access to any archived data so that editors in a workgroup can archive or access assets from any computer on the network.  In addition, because Cache-A’s archive appliances are platform-agnostic, they provide heterogeneous workgroup compatibility between Apple Mac, Microsoft Windows and Linux/Unix systems.  They also offer workflow compatibility with Avid, Final Cut Pro and digital intermediate software systems.  Once created, an editor using a Mac OS, for example, can share the tape with a digital effects company using Linux.

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Blackmagic Design Announces ATEM Studio Converter

ATEM Studio Converter, a new rack-mount quad-independent bi-directional optical fiber SDI converter with built in talkback will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2011 booth at #7.H20.

ATEM Studio Converter is perfect for live production because it includes four independent optical-fiber converters in a one-rack unit size chassis, combined with built-in talkback. Broadcast and post-production users can install ATEM Studio Converter as a regular optical fiber SDI converter, and each of the four optical fiber converters are totally independent of each other, and bi directional.

ATEM Studio Converter also includes extra features for use with Blackmagic Design’s new ATEM Camera Converter. These features include built-in talkback, and the front of ATEM Studio Converter includes standard microphone and headphone PC style headset connections, so when a headset is plugged in, the talkback is able to communicate down each of the four optical fiber links to connected ATEM Camera Converters with the camera operators. This means each ATEM Studio Converter can allow a director to talk to four camera operators.

If more than four cameras are required, then ATEM Studio Converter also includes standard BNC unbalanced AES/EBU talkback loops that can be looped to other ATEM Studio Converters to allow four additional cameras per unit. This means a director can talk to a massive number of camera operators for the largest live production.

ATEM Studio Converter also includes both HDMI and SD/HD-SDI outputs converted from the optical fiber input, so the feed from the video camera can be connected to either HDMI or SDI connections on production switchers such as the ATEM range, or the HDMI output could be used for local monitoring. Also includes an AES/EBU audio output, de-embedded from each optical fiber input, so the embedded audio from cameras can be sent direct to audio mixers so camera audio can be easily used without the extra cost of audio de-embedders.

When running program feeds to each camera, ATEM Studio Converter also includes a global SDI input that feeds the optical fiber outputs on each converter. If any of the individual SDI inputs is plugged in, then this overrides the global program feed, so the specific converter can be used separately. However, if the user wants to send the same signal to all optical fiber connected cameras, then this global SDI input allows a single connection to feed all optical outputs if required. This input is loop-through, enabling a global feed to other ATEM Studio Converters.

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Blackmagic Design Announces Intensity Extreme

Blackmagic Design announced Intensity Extreme, a new low-cost and extremely high-quality video capture and playback product for professional videographers with HDMI and analog video based on the new Thunderbolt technology.

Intensity Extreme is the first Thunderbolt technology-based device to combine the high quality of HDMI capture and playback with the wide compatibility of analog component, NTSC, PAL and S-Video and analog audio capture and playback in a compact size that’s completely powered from the Thunderbolt connection on the computer.

Intensity Extreme features a chassis machined out of a solid block of aircraft-grade aluminum with an elegant, compact look. It enables users to capture directly from the HD camera’s image sensor, bypassing the video compression chip for true uncompressed video quality. Now users can go beyond the quality limits of HDV or AVCHD for editing, design and authoring.

Intensity Extreme can be connected to any big-screen television or video projector for enhanced edit monitoring. Current computers don’t have the processing speed to render complex multi layer real time effects in HDV playing back to FireWire cameras. Intensity Extreme solves this problem by outputting video on HDMI and analog outputs for big-screen monitoring in both SD or HD formats.

Intensity Extreme instantly switches between the 1080 HD, 720 HD, NTSC and PAL video standards and is fully compatible with Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro 7, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop and any QuickTime-based software application.

Intensity Extreme will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2011 booth at #7.H20.

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Blackmagic Design Announces Four New Mini Converters

Blackmagic Design announced a new range of super-heavy-duty Mini Converters that feature a unique design that’s machined from a solid block of aluminum for amazing strength, as well as for protecting connectors. Heavy-duty mini converters also include innovative features and technologies such as 3 Gb/s SDI. There are 4 models of Mini Converter Heavy Duty: Mini Converter Heavy Duty SDI to Analog, Mini Converter Heavy Duty Analog to SDI, Mini Converter Heavy Duty SDI to HDMI, and Mini Converter Heavy Duty HDMI to SDI.

Unlike traditional converters which are designed using standard metal boxes for indoor use, Blackmagic Design’s new heavy-duty mini converters have been totally redesigned using techniques taken from military products to allow for super strength, and are better suited for live production environments. Each converter is machined from a solid block of aluminum, and is able to withstand amazing crushing forces such as if accidentally run over by a car or truck.

To help eliminate problems with connector damage, each converter’s machined metal chassis overhangs the connector area so all connections are protected. Printing is laser etched, which helps eliminate labeling being damaged through rough outdoor handling. There is also a dust-resistant rubber boot covering the configuration switches.

The new heavy-duty mini converters also include extremely powerful features such as 3 Gb/s SDI technology, redundant SDI inputs, balanced analog and AES/EBU switchable audio, standard 1/4-inch jack audio connections and an international power supply that includes adapter plates for all international power sockets.

Redundant SDI inputs are designed to be used on live events where cables could be damaged by crowds so if video input is lost, the SDI inputs instantly change. Loop thru SDI allows the SDI input to loop to other equipment. 3 Gb/s SDI allows Mini Converters to be upgraded via the built in USB connection to support new television formats in the future. Built in mini switches allow settings to be changed for audio types, audio de-embedding channels, analog video types and more.

Blackmagic Design’s heavy duty mini converters will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2011 booth at #7.H20.

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Blackmagic Design Announces SmartView HD

Blackmagic Design announced SmartView HD, a new full-resolution HD rack monitor with a large 17-inch LCD screen, 3 Gb/s SDI video inputs and centralized network-based control to allow easy color matching when used in multi-monitor installations.

SmartView HD features a large 17-inch LCD screen in a compact 6-rack unit design that’s less than an inch thick. SmartView HD handles SD, HD and 3 Gb/s SDI video standards, and all screens can be remotely adjusted via an Ethernet network, so setup is much simpler when users need to color match all the monitors in a large video wall setup. SmartView HD can be installed into equipment racks for local monitoring in post production, for multi-monitor video walls in master control rooms or for camera monitoring for production switchers.

One of the main difficulties when installing multiple monitors is attempting to match color settings on all monitors. SmartView HD eliminates the need for more work by maintenance personnel by connecting to an Ethernet network using the included Mac and Windows software to adjust monitors from one central location. The SmartView Utility software uses Bonjour to automatically find all the SmartView HD monitors on a network. Monitor settings can be saved and copied from one monitor to another. SmartView HD also includes an identify mode to help find the monitor being adjusted, which is highlighted by a white border. All adjustments are fully digital.

Includes full tally features, benefitting live broadcasters. Unlike a simple tally light, SmartView HD includes tally borders that can be independently displayed in red, green or blue. Each screen features an independent tally in the three colors so customers can signal to the user more information than a simple on-air status, and is connected via a standard parallel pin connector on the rear of SmartView HD and provides full contact closure compatibility with all switcher and automation systems.

SmartView HD is designed to be used for broadcast as well as post production so it includes support for more SDI video standards, including all SD, HD and 3 Gb/s SDI formats. SmartView HD allows firmware updating so it’s easy to upgrade to new SDI video formats when they are invented, and updates are free from the Blackmagic Design web site. SmartView HD includes new advanced video standards used in post production, including 1080 progressive HD rates and even 2K SDI over 3 Gb/s SDI video.

SmartView HD will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2011 booth at #7.H20.

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