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Monitoring innovations in post-production, head-end, streaming, OTT, second-screen, UHDTV, multiscreen strategies & tools
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L2Tek appointed BBC R&D’s Stagebox HD, lossless live production enabler over IP

L2Tek appointed BBC R&D’s Stagebox HD, lossless live production enabler over IP | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Manufacturers’ representative and distributor L2Tek has become the first licensee of BBC R&D’s Stagebox HD production technology. Stagebox is a compact camera-mounted unit that takes HD video and audio from a camera or other SDI source, together with genlock, timecode, tally, talkback and camera control information, and transmits it over a time-synchronised network using standard IP protocols.

 

100Mbps AVCi programme content can be made available across a local or wide area network, integrated into the post production workflow in a format that enables direct editing or storage without loss of quality through transcoding.

 

Specs : http://www.stagebox.tv/tech.html

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For-A FT-ONE 4K super slo-mo camera

For-A FT-ONE 4K super slo-mo camera | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The world’s first full 4K super slow motion camera is due to be launched on Friday. The For-AFT-ONE will be shown at Cine Gear Expo (1-2 June) at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, writes David Fox.

 

Although the camera is primarily aimed at high-speed usage for motion picture production, its ability to record up to 1,000 frames per second at a resolution of 4096 x 2160 will also make it very suitable for sports events where producers might want the ability to crop HD frames from the 4K pictures, or for archive in anticipation of 4K transmissions in future.

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NAB 2012 - Round Up

NAB 2012 - Round Up | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

I suspected that this year's show wouldn't be as overloaded with new product as last year because most of the major players have already rolled out the flagships that will carry them for the next few years. I found this to be somewhat the case but not entirely as there were definitely a handful of "show stoppers" on display. The emphasis this year seemed to be much less on new, groundbreaking wares and more "this is what we're working with now, and here's how we can do it better."

 

While NAB is in many ways a portal of things to come, this year there were far fewer 3D announcements and a lot more emphasis on 4K which is evident in the current market as well. 3D has struggled to gain much, if any, traction outside of theatrical content and the resolution war is heating up now that all the major manufacturers are, or will be (IBC is next), intro-ing cameras offering greater than HD resolution. This is interesting because it's really not much different than the megapixel war with consumer digital cameras. Resolution while incredibly important is still relative to optics, image processing, presentation, and many other factors. Bigger isn't necessarily better though it's obviously a huge marketing opportunity for these vendors.

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iPad video journalism comes of age at NAB 2012

iPad video journalism comes of age at NAB 2012 | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Ever since I saw the 3rd-generation iPad (2012), I began to have visions of its use for video journalism. Many of ProVideo Coalition magazine readers sent me private enthusiastic comments about my pre-NAB iPad articles like Avid now lets you edit video on your iPad for US$4.99. Should you?, Why an iPad is like a 4×5 view camera, and why you’ll need a black “focusing cloth” and later part 1 of my review called 1st handheld dynamic microphones with hybrid XLR/USB/iPad connectivity from Audio Technica. While I was translating/localizing brochures for Avid Latin America just before NAB 2012, I became aware that they were going to launch iNews Command for iPad. On the NAB 2012 floor, I saw several iPad video journalists. Ahead you’ll find several photos, a few videos, and comments about various iPad video accessories.

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Harmonic promises massive efficiencies in multi-screen workflows

Harmonic promises massive efficiencies in multi-screen workflows | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Harmonic Inc says its ProMedia Capture video ingest engine, announced today, provides enormous time-savings in workflows that require real-time ingest from multiple sources such as video mastering, repurposing, archiving, and VOD. It leverages the widely deployed ProMedia (Rhozet) Carbon transcoding software.

 

Metadata and ancillary data are also supported in a number of ways. An API provides a means for users to associate metadata with ingested files. For file formats that support ancillary data, ProMedia Capture preserves non-video or audio essence data such as VBI and VANC.

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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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BBC R&D - i3DLive : instant 3D rendering from multicam live video

BBC R&D - i3DLive : instant 3D rendering from multicam live video | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Concepts and results of i3DLive explained.

 

Amazing, check out the video !

 

Archived project page : http://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/projects/2009/10/i3dlive.shtml

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BBC R&D embeds Xilinx FPGAs into New Stagebox Camera-Back Mount to Support Transmission of Video Over IP

BBC R&D embeds Xilinx FPGAs into New Stagebox Camera-Back Mount to Support Transmission of Video Over IP | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

BBC R&D and Xilinx, Inc. have demonstrated a prototype camera-back device (Stagebox) at the National Association of Broadcasters Show (NAB) that enables the transport of professional quality video over internet protocol (IP)-based networks. The BBC R&D Stagebox can be attached to the back of any broadcast-quality camera. Due to the integration of more system functionality onto a Xilinx field programmable gate array (FPGA), expensive and cumbersome SDI/audio/talkback and ancillary cabling can be replaced with a single network cable (fiber or Cat6). The small form factor device effectively expands the reach of video networks to remote production sites and studios using IP networks.

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NAB 2012 Winners and Losers

NAB 2012 Winners and Losers | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Another NAB show has come and gone and most all broadcasting professionals are back home, snuggled into their edit suites, camera storage rooms and executive offices dreaming of all that cool gear we got to play with that is not yet shipping. There’s always a ton of gear that is announced and demonstrated that won’t be shipping for months (or maybe even years) to come. Some of them even win awards.

 

I usually like to wrap up the really big show with a list of winners and losers for the NAB that has just passed … at least, I like to do that for the more post-production-centric toys and services we see mainly in the South Hall. But this year will be a bit different.

 

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Blackmagic Design’s NAB Surprise? It’s a Camera

Blackmagic Design’s NAB Surprise? It’s a Camera | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Once upon a time there was a small Australian company that made capture cards, I/O and monitoring devices, routers and converter boxes. But when Blackmagic Design purchased DaVinci three years ago and subsequently rolled out both a hardware-enhanced and software-only version of Resolve, the company made clear it was not afraid to jump into completely new product categories, upending expectations as it went.

 

It has since been in both acquisition (Teranex) and development mode (USB 3.0, Thunderbolt). And on Monday, Blackmagic took another Evel Knievel leap and introduced the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera, a 2.5K/1080HD camcorder that records uncompressed RAW, ProRes and DNxHD and features a built-in SSD recorder. Didn't see that one coming, did you? Neither did we.

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SMPTE session : Markerless Motion Imaging and Real Time 3D Tracking Data for Digital Media Production and Entertainment

Impressive demo video of a motion capture system working with 24 cameras.

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Telestream Launches Pipeline 2.5 Video Capture Systems

Telestream Launches Pipeline 2.5 Video Capture Systems | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Pipeline is an industry-first network-based video capture and playout device for moving HD and SD video in and out of file-based workflows. Pipeline version 2.5 capabilities include immediate access to media for editing while it is being captured into Avid workflows, as well as a new Controlled Playout interface that turns Pipeline into a virtual VTR. Additional new features provide support for DVCPRO 50 and ProRes LT/Proxy formats plus automated ingest of baseband video and metadata into Telestream Vantage workflows.

Pipeline Controlled Playout provides VTR-like video play out control using standard RS-422, manual control, or a custom application developed using Pipeline's Web Service API. Play out can be remotely controlled through RS422 from an automation system or an edit control device, a third-party application using the Web API, or manually from the Pipeline Control software. In addition, all Pipeline play out interfaces now support industry-standard MXF OP1a, enabling Pipeline to play out files made by nearly any professional video system.
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