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Monitoring innovations in post-production, head-end, streaming, OTT, second-screen, UHDTV, multiscreen strategies & tools
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NAB2014: Harmonic Will Demonstrate the World’s First End-to-End HEVC Solution for Delivering Live, 2160p60 10-bit, Ultra HD Content

At booth SU1210 at the 2014 NAB Show, Harmonic will demonstrate the world’s first end-to-end HEVC solution for delivering live 2160p60 10-bit Ultra HD content. In collaboration with companies including Broadcom Corporation, Sigma Designs, Vigor Systems, and ViXS, the Harmonic broadcast workflow supports the delivery of live, linear playout and VOD Ultra HD content to consumer-grade TVs and set-top boxes (STBs).


Highlights include:

  • The first consumer-grade demonstration showing live streaming of Ultra HD content, based on Harmonic’s market-leading HEVC encoding technology and the XCode 6400, a 2160p60 10-bit SoC chip from ViXS Systems, used to decode and display live content to a UHDTV via HDMI 2.0.
  • An end-to-end solution for delivering 2160p60 Ultra HD VOD content over IP networks featuring Harmonic’s ProMedia® Xpress high-performance transcoder with HEVC support, sent by the WFS™ file-based workflow engine to a MediaGrid shared storage system, and streamed using the ProMedia Origin stream packager and server to consumer devices in the MPEG-DASH format.
  • A 2160p60 Ultra HD linear playout workflow featuring Harmonic’s WFS, ProMedia Xpress, and MediaGrid solutions integrated with an Advertio transport stream playout platform from Vigor Systems, to deliver an Ultra HD linear channel.
  • An Ultra HD 120-Hz broadcast workflow powered by Harmonic ProMedia Xpress frame-rate upconverted on Sigma Designs’ high-performance and cost-effective 120-Hz Ultra HD TV platform. Sigma Design’s Ultra HD TV platform is comprised of an Ultra HD TV SoC that enables HEVC decoding (STV7603) and an innovative motion judder removal and frame-rate conversion SoC (FRC8000) for providing the best picture quality on large screen displays.
  • The first standard-compliant live 4K Ultra HD broadcast workflow, powered by Harmonic ProMedia Xpress transcoding and decoded by Broadcom’s BCM7445 Ultra HD video decoder solution.


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IBC focus : Yospace technology replaces content and advertising in realtime at the headend

IBC focus : Yospace technology replaces content and advertising in realtime at the headend | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Yospace technology replaces content and advertising in realtime at the headend, meaning that it is delivered as a single stream without buffering or freezing. The objective is that every single stream can be personalised for a specific viewer.

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New Harmonic Spectrum ChannelPort integrated channel playout platform includes on-air Flash Graphics templates

New Harmonic Spectrum ChannelPort integrated channel playout platform includes on-air Flash Graphics templates | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Harmonic today announced the release of the ChannelPort integrated channel playout device for Spectrum media server systems. Combining channel branding and master control switching with clip playout on the industry’s most trusted media server platform, the modular ChannelPort enables broadcasters, content owners, and service providers to speed the cost-effective deployment of new television channels through a simple incremental upgrade to their existing Spectrum architecture.

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Support for standard tools such as Adobe Creative Suite ensures compatibility with all standard graphical formats, as well as familiar operation for broadcast graphics designers, who can author on-air templates directly in Adobe Flash Professional. Facilitating the addition of branding elements ranging from simple logos to complex effects and “live” text — and built on Harmonic’s market-leading media server technology — the new ChannelPort device serves as a reliable and functionally complete branded-channel playout solution.


Product page : http://www.omneon.com/products/media-servers/channelport.php

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Stryme and Vitec merge playout and MAM

Stryme and Vitec merge playout and MAM | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Vienna-based Stryme and Paris-based Vitec Multimedia have merged their Genesix (Stryme) optimized, easy-to-use workflows with the efficient ProxSys (Vitec) media asset management system to create a fully integrated product, writes David Fox.


The Genesix-ProxSys package is designed to offer small and medium-sized broadcasters an end-to-end system. ProxSys’ mobile asset management ensures easy and secure access to data, and the newly-integrated system is claimed to make advanced IT-based playout and managing audio and video more affordable.

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Open-source broadcast live graphic server CasparCG Server 2.0 Beta released

Open-source broadcast live graphic server CasparCG Server 2.0 Beta released | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

CasparCG server uses flash templates for the graphic overlays - as Vidigo Graphics does - combined with usual Blackmagic or Bluefish cards.

 

V.2.0b brings lots of new features such as blend modes, image scroller (great for credits and tickers), real-time adjustments of brightness, contrast, saturation and levels of all playing media, plus blurring, deinterlacing and any many other GPU filters.

 

Download and try by yourself ! http://www.casparcg.com/casparcg20b1

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The IP revolution reaches playout

The IP revolution reaches playout | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Television facilities are gradually evolving and are becoming more IP/networking-centric in many areas. IP networking infrastructure has been built up throughout facilities primarily to handle the exchange of files from one storage device or file-based system to another. Files have been successfully navigating the IP domain within television and playout facilities for some time.

 

IP networking makes perfect sense forfile-based processes, but what about real-time program streams? There are many areas where real-time or linear program streams are in use.  Today, we commonly find IP networking used for real-time program streams on the edges of the facility, typically in the incoming feeds area or at the point of outbound transmission. At these points, the stream is encoded and compressed for transport. Take that farther, and here is the killer question: Could IP networking be used throughout a facility?

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Automation & Asset Management -- NAB Show 2012

Automation & Asset Management -- NAB Show 2012 | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Automation, once a clearly defined standalone category, is on the evolutionary fast-track to becoming a cog in the workflow wheel of content lifecycle management. Another interesting NAB awaits, as hybrid "all-in-one" boxes compete with traditional solutions for a piece of the multichannel/multiscreen pie.


Covered topics :

AUTOMATION

ARCHIVING & ASSET MANAGEMENT

NEWSROOM AUTOMATION & ASSIST

TRAFFIC & BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

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Meztura webKeyer : overlay HTML5/JS, Flash and Silverlight content on top of HD or SD video signals

Meztura webKeyer : overlay HTML5/JS, Flash and Silverlight content on top of HD or SD video signals | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Meztura webKeyer is a software + hardware solution that makes it possible to overlay HTML5/Javascript, Flash and Silverlight content on top of High Definition or Standard Definition video signals.


In other words, the system is able to overlay on top of On-air video any Web page or Web application respecting the transparency values ​​(alpha channel) defined therein.


The rendering engine of the system, based on the WebKit project, ensures speed and compatibility with present and future standards (HTML5, Javascript, WebSockets, ...) as well as Flash and Silverlight.


Video Capture Card: Black Magic Decklink Studio or Decklink Extreme 3D

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OpenHeadend: When broadcast meets computers

OpenHeadend: When broadcast meets computers | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

OpenHeadend has built an interesting range of IPTV products based on famous open-source software like FFmpeg, x264, DVBlast :

- Catch-up extraction server

- Timeshifting server for IPTV

- Playout server for IPTV

 

It works with common DVB cards and commodity hardware, and allows to quickly build complex workflows through a fluid web interface.

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