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Pilat Media’s IBMS Multiplatform Enhancements

At IBC2013, Pilat Media will demonstrate the latest enhancements to its flagship Integrated Broadcast Management System (IBMS), the industry’s most comprehensive, functionally rich, robust, and scalable software system for enterprise-wide management of broadcasting, VOD and airtime sales operations.

IBMS Express
Pilat Media’s recently launched IBMS Express is a modular and flexible entry-level business management system based on the Company’s award-winning, robust, and proven broadcast management solutions. IBMS Express addresses the full spectrum of broadcast business management functions. Deployable as a cloud based SaaS solution, the quickly mastered IBMS Express lowers training requirements and shortens implementation projects. IBMS Express minimizes IT investment and maintenance as well as reducing up-front deployment capital through a pay-as-you-grow’ pricing service that is perfect for smaller and developing media businesses.

At IBC2013, Pilat Media Will Highlight its IBMS Express Product Suite, Which Includes:

Content Express — Will allow users to schedule and manage media assets throughout the broadcast lifecycle.

Sales Express — Offers a tool for advertising sales activities such as inventory and revenue planning, proposals and orders, preemptions, make goods, and billing.

Rights Express — A platform for capturing multidimensional rights to support a wide range of delivery platforms and interactive services.

OnDemand Express — A solution offering powerful tools for managing nonlinear services including catalog offers and service navigation.

IBMS Omnicast — Nonlinear Service Management for Multiplatform Operations
At IBC2013, Pilat Media will highlight powerful enhancements to IBMS Omnicast, its business management solution for nonlinear next-generation on-demand services such as VOD, over-the-top (OTT) TV, and catch-up TV across all delivery platforms. IBMS Omnicast combines the latest IBMS nonlinear services management features in a sophisticated, stand-alone back office system addressing everything from acquisition and multiplatform service scheduling to workflow orchestration and business dashboards. Meeting the challenges of increasing asset volumes and refresh rates, as well as multiplicity of services, the latest version of IBMS Omnicast includes a service matrix for multiplatform delivery, linking together all service offerings in a hierarchy. With this tool, broadcasters can schedule content once at the top level, and the system will automatically create offers on each linked delivery outlet, applying appropriate rights checks and media assignment for each platform. This feature is also available as IBMS:OnDemand, an add-on nonlinear content management module for IBMS-managed environments.

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Photo Caption 1: IBMS Omnicast Navigation Tree
Photo Caption 2: IBMS Omnicast OnDemand Planner
Photo Caption 3: IBMS Omnicast Requests Gauges

IBMS Rights — Advanced Rights Management for Linear and On-Demand Multiplatform Content
Available as either a stand-alone solution or as an addition to IBMS-managed environments, IBMS Rights delivers centralized rights management across all broadcasting operations, covering contract management, program finance, and distribution licensing. At IBC2013, Pilat will showcase additional IBMS Rights functionality for distribution licenses, which includes the identification of revenue shares and management of the associated payments back to the original content providers. Pilat will also highlight enhancements to cost-allocation functionality with IBMS Rights now supporting manual allocation of costs across any number of business units at the individual license window level. This extends existing functionality that allocates costs based on a predefined expense-allocation template.

OTTilus Business-Integrated OTT Solution — Now Available
OTTilus, a new Pilat Media subsidiary, enables modular end-to-end OTT deployments that encompass all major solution components from content acquisition to player applications. The OTTilus video platform seamlessly integrates with broadcast operations and is compatible with all security, streaming, device, and monetization options. OTTilus provides a highly compelling and consistent viewer experience with player applications that support major end-user devices such as smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs. The solution can be deployed quickly as a cloud service or to drive a local OTT headend. Broadcasters also benefit from an out-of-the-box, catch-up service provision.

At IBC2013, OTTilus Will Highlight Several New Enhancements to its Video Platform:

Content Factory Enhancements — Solution offers improved content uploading for greater efficiency, increased automation and availability. Enhancements include automatic failback to alternative encoding methods if the primary fails; automated thumbnail and image generation during content upload; and a new user interface based on user feedback that provides pertinent data such as available disk storage and predicated duration for transcode.

Secure Delivery — Secure solution for displaying premium content on all Android(TM) phones and tablets with the addition of comprehensive digital rights management for Android devices.

New Monetization Options — New pricing options including individual video asset pricing and “season pass” pricing (package pricing for a season of episodes).

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Photo Caption: OTTilus

Company Quote:

“In today’s multiplatform era, managing a profitable broadcast operation has become much more complex — especially for media companies steeped in traditional, linear content-delivery workflows. With new enhancements to IBMS as well as the introduction of IBMS Express and the OTTilus video platform, Pilat Media is making it easier than ever for media operations large and small to deliver compelling services, realize new monetization potential, and efficiently scale their multiplatform operations.”
– Ron Bar-Lev, Executive Vice President of Product Strategy, Pilat Media

Company Overview:

Pilat Media Global plc (AIM: PGB) develops, markets, and supports business management software solutions for content and service providers in the media industry. Designed with the direct involvement of top-tier broadcasters, Pilat Media’s systems improve business performance; accelerate time to market; and enable diversification and growth of content programming, advertising sales, traffic, and media operations for multiplatform linear and on-demand services. More than 60 blue-chip media companies around the world use Pilat Media solutions, including CBS, Bell Media, Discovery, BBC Worldwide, SABC, Chellomedia, Showtime, Sky Italia, AT&T, Globosat, and FOXTEL. These and other deployments represent the management of billions of dollars in advertising revenue and programming that reaches hundreds of millions of viewers. Through its new subsidiary, OTTilus, Pilat Media also offers a modular, end-to-end enterprise class OTT service platform that seamlessly integrates with broadcast operations. More information is available at www.pilatmedia.com.

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Snell at IBC2013

Snell solutions are used worldwide in broadcast media operations of every size and scale. At IBC2013, the company will feature new and enhanced products for a vast range of live TV and TV Everywhere applications. These powerful systems offer the highest levels of automation, reliability, and quality, with the flexible control, monitoring, and media handling required in today’s SD/HD/1080p environments as well as future cloud, IP, and 4K UHDTV-based operations.

PRODUCTION SWITCHING
Kahuna 360 — New Totally Customizable Control Panels
With its exclusive FormatFusion3 technology that supports a mix of SD, HD, 1080p, and now 4K, Snell’s Kahuna 360 is the ultimate live production switcher — providing unmatched creative power and flexibility. At IBC2013, Snell is launching a new set of control panels for Kahuna 360 that provide a flexible, quick, and reliable access control interface for all types of television programming, and utilize the features within the advanced Kahuna 360 electronics frame. The new panels feature innovations such as OLED buttons with user-assignable thumbnails, a touch screen at the M/E level rather than on the separate GUI for quick navigation, and the ability to assign RGB values to buttons for clear, confident operation. Built around a groundbreaking new architecture, the control panels are fully customizable — allowing customers to tailor them to suit production requirements and add to or modify panel segments as systems change.

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Photo Caption: Kahuna 360 Control Panels

CHANNEL-IN-A-BOX
ICE Channel-in-a-Box — Three Versatile New Configurations Pack Even More Functionality into Less Space
Snell has added three new configurations to its industry-leading ICE channel-in-a-box solution. The core ICE product is now available as a standard 2-U system, requiring a third less space than the previous hardware platform with no sacrifice in functionality; in fact, the new box has twice the 2D or 3D graphics capability as was previously available. In addition, ICE is now shipping with Version 4.0 of the software, offering powerful new features such as Nielsen audience tracking capabilities, a “Variplay” feature option for speeding up noncritical material to compress time and make space for more essential playout, and integrated loudness control for compliance with international regulations. ICE LE is a new 1-U version of ICE that provides the advanced functionality of the Version 4.0 software in a smaller, more cost-effective footprint and with a streamlined feature set — making it ideal for smaller operations or simple video server technology refresh projects. Also, in partnership with Quantum, Snell is introducing ICE SAN. ICE SAN provides large-scale shared content storage to give multiple ICE units instant access to media. ICE SAN is available in two versions: a high-performance enterprise model that offers premium levels of storage centralization and resilience, and a lower-cost option that provides high performance for smaller operations in which cost is a major factor.

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Photo Caption: ICE Channel-in-a-Box

MEDIA ASSET MANAGEMENT
Momentum — Expanded Features for Powerful Workflow-Automated Media Asset Management
Momentum is a breakthrough in workflow-automated media asset management and resource planning. At IBC2013, Snell will unveil new features for Momentum that provide even greater value and flexibility. These include an HTML5 browser-independent interface to give users the broadest choice among Web browsers, a Published Web Services API to allow simple interactions among business systems, and complete integration with Snell’s ICE channel-in-a-box and Morpheus automation systems. Momentum also now includes support for an even broader range of external systems including: Emotion EFF loudness detection and correction for compliance with the latest global loudness standards, Pitch Blue and Javelin support for streamlined delivery of file-based content, Telestream Vantage for integration of QC and transcode workflows. Also, Vidchecker has been added to the library of supported quality control systems. Configurable sidecar XML export allows increased interoperability with external systems, and Enhanced FTP watch folder support simplifies electronic delivery workflows and reduces media transfers.

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Photo Caption: Momentum

CONVERSION
Alchemist OnDemand — Alchemist Quality Now Available in Software Form
At IBC2013, Snell will demonstrate the Snell OnDemand software framework, a new approach that offers Snell products in software form. With Snell OnDemand software solutions, customers can rapidly enter new markets and create services to capture new opportunities, achieve cost savings through the use of standard IT hardware, and benefit from highly efficient operations that enable 24/7 asset use. The first software product available within the framework is Alchemist OnDemand (Alchemist OD), offering software for rapid, anytime frame-rate conversion of media files. Supporting content in standards from QCIF to 4K UHDTV and utilizing Snell’s unique Ph.C (phase correlation) technology, Alchemist OD converts incoming files into the standards and formats required by customers, and on their chosen deployment platform. From international program delivery to integration of movies or user-generated content into content schedules, Alchemist OD provides the world’s highest-quality frame-rate conversion in software.

KudosPro Platform — Expanded Processing Functionality Via IQ Modules
At IBC2013, Snell will highlight a new hardware configuration for its KudosPro signal processing and conversion solution — enabling users to extend the system’s functionality by adding up to two single-width modules from Snell’s IQ Modular line. Choosing from a wide range of IQ modules, users can add extra audio processing capability, additional channels of format conversion, distribution amplification, signal monitoring, and many other functions, conveniently housed within the same chassis to save even more space, power, and cost while increasing processing capability. Extending KudosPro with IQ modules further enhances conversion workflows by providing outstanding conversion quality at an affordable price.

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Photo Caption: KudosPro

Alchemist Ph.C-HD LIVE — World-Leading Conversion Quality for Live TV Applications
Alchemist Ph.C-HD LIVE will be on display at IBC2013, demonstrating the gold standard in frame-rate conversion for live TV applications. Alchemist Ph.C-HD LIVE offers HD and 3Gbps conversions for 50Hz and 59Hz signals, with options available for SD, Dolby E, and enhanced timecode management. Thanks to Snell’s cost reduction initiatives, Alchemist Ph.C-HD LIVE is available at a surprisingly affordable price.

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Photo Caption: Alchemist Ph.C-HD LIVE

ROUTING
Luna Series Router Control Panels — High Density in 1RU
For the first time at IBC, Snell will feature its new, and already award-winning, Luna Series of 1-RU router control panels, including four LED models and two LCD models. The LED panels include a high-density version with 78 button keys, 72 of which can be configured as source or destination keys for increased flexibility. The LCD panels include a rotary encoder control knob for user-friendly “paging.” The new Luna Series models are compatible with all current Snell routers, feature an ultra-shallow rack mounting depth of less than 2 inches (50 mm), and can be powered from mains, low-voltage DC, or Power over Ethernet (PoE).

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Photo Caption: Luna Series Router Control Panels

Sirius 800 Series Hybrid Routers — Wealth of New Functionality Takes Routing/Processing to a Whole New Level
The Sirius 800 family of enterprise-class routing switchers now features frame synchronization on the units’ Advanced Hybrid Processing (AHP) input and output modules. The resulting router architecture enables synchronization, clean switching, and independent routing and processing of audio and video signals with no restrictions on signal formats, timing, or number of audio channels. A line synchronization mode allows retiming and clean switching with minimal delay. Unique audio phasing control ensures constant delay and guaranteed co-timing of multi-channel audio for all “same format” signals across the whole router. In addition, a single reference for switching all formats simplifies system design.

Numerous control updates include full dial-up support for audio track routing and control from a wide range of BPX, XY, dial-up and LCD button panels.

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Photo Caption: Sirius 830 Router

Vega Asymmetric Router — Now Available With AES Digital Audio I/O
Snell’s Vega can now route AES digital audio with the introduction of a new I/O card. The new rear module has 24 bidirectional and user-programmable ports available with either “D type” connectors for balanced AES signals or HD-BNC connectors for unbalanced signals. Features include AES data rates up to 96 KHz, full-channel routing capability, and rate conversion on all ports. Each rate converter can be independently enabled or bypassed. In addition, Vega can now be configured as an all-audio router or with a mixture of both SDI video and AES audio. The Vega 2-RU 96-Port and 4-RU 192-Port provide highly compact video and audio routing solutions for applications such as OB vehicles or small edit suites.

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Photo Caption: Vega 2-RU 96-Port and 4-RU 192-Port

MODULAR INFRASTRUCTURE
IQ Modular Range of Format Converters Including Dual-Channel Conversion
At IBC2013, Snell is introducing a new range of IQ Modular format converters to provide a balance of broadcast quality conversion at an affordable price, with space-efficient dual-channel options. This range of 14 cost-effective video format converter modules combines high-quality conversion of common SD, HD, and 3Gbps formats along with a host of video, audio, and metadata functions, with flexible input and output options to suit most applications.

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Photo Caption: IQ Modular Infrastructure

3Gbps Intelligent Monitoring and New A/V Timing Solutions
At IBC2013, Snell is highlighting its range of 3Gbps-capable intelligent monitoring and lip-sync detection solutions engineered to meet the need for increasingly advanced and automated monitoring. Suitable for both local and remote site applications, Hyperion is a signal-monitoring technology that helps operators monitor content more efficiently. Snell is now adding to this technology with the IQSAM Signal Assurance Monitor, an automated system for detecting audio/video timing errors in a live environment.

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Photo Caption: Hyperion

Quad-Split Monitoring
For local monitoring applications, Snell is unveiling the IQQSM range of 3Gbps/HD/SD-SDI quad-split monitors. Ideal for monitoring with LCD displays using HDMI, these IQ modules can tile four 3G/HD/SD-SDI input signals along with bar graph displays of eight channels of embedded audio onto a single HD output. Perfect for monitoring studio or outside broadcast camera feeds where the power of a multiviewer is not cost-effective, the IQ Modular quad-split monitors also have an SDI output that allows the signal to be routed to other areas in the facility or to storage.

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Photo Caption: IQQSM

Company Quote:

“IBC2013 is a prime opportunity for us to showcase our industry-leading solutions that support the complex multi-format, multi-platform media operations of today and tomorrow. We’re looking forward to showing attendees our latest innovations, such as the new control panels for Kahuna 360 that offer flexibility and ease of use in studio settings as well as reduced size, weight, and power consumption for OB vehicles; and an even broader range of options for implementing our ICE channel-in-a-box. Of particular interest is Alchemist OD, the first in our series of Snell OnDemand software-only solutions that make advanced digital media technologies more affordable, versatile, and accessible than ever before.”
– Robert Rowe, Managing Director, Live TV and Chief Technical Officer, Snell

Company Overview:

Snell is a leading innovator in digital media technology, providing broadcasters and global media companies with a comprehensive range of solutions for creating, managing, and streamlining the distribution of content for today’s multi-screen world. Specializing in TV Everywhere and Live TV applications, Snell provides the necessary tools to transition seamlessly and cost-effectively to 4K UHDTV, file-based, and 3Gbps operations, while enabling broadcasters to monetize and deliver their media assets across multiple distribution platforms. Headquartered in the U.K., Snell serves more than 2,000 broadcasters, post facilities, and global media companies in more than 100 countries through its worldwide team of sales and support personnel. More information is available at www.snellgroup.com.

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IABM Technology Event Panel Addresses Significance of Higher Resolutions in the Broadcast Industry

GLOUCESTERSHIRE, U.K. — July 18, 2013 — The IABM (International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers) today announced the success of the latest IABM Technology Event, a panel titled “Higher Resolution — Do We Need It?”. Hosted June 6 by IABM Director of Business Development and Technology John Ive, the expert panel addressed how resolutions beyond HD have caught the imagination of professionals and consumers, as well as the benefits and limitations that such resolutions present from acquisition to production to delivery. IABM members can view complete video of the panel discussion on the IABM website.

“There is no doubt that high resolution beyond HD was the most talked-about topic at NAB this year, but away from the hype of the industry’s largest trade show, we will be discussing the issues that matter,” said Ive, introducing the topic and panel. “It’s a controversial topic, coming close on the heels of HD and potentially requiring even more end-user investment. Are we on the curve of diminishing perceived quality benefit? Do consumers really care about quality? These questions and many more make higher resolution far from a done deal.”

Panelists included Stan Moote, vice president of business development at Harris Broadcast Communications; Richard Salmon, lead research engineer at the BBC; Alan Bright, director of operations at Presteigne Charter Ltd; Peter Sykes, strategic technology manager, at Sony Professional; and David Crawford, professor at the University of Essex. The group quickly jumped into the technical and pragmatic considerations it viewed as critical to the adoption of higher-resolution formats.

Bright agreed with fellow panelists that sports and “vanity projects” were the leaders in HD and again a sweet spot for the use of higher resolutions. He noted both similarities and differences in the shift to 4K and other high-resolution formats. “There is the issue of acquiring the best quality for future-proofing an archive, which is what we experienced before with the upgrade to HD, but unfortunately, 4K is much more limiting than when we moved to HD,” Bright said. “Factors such as how to acquire it and how to record it, frame rates, depth of field — these sorts of issues are very restrictive at the moment and are not allowing the progression to be the same as it was from SD to HD.”

“For me, it’s that excitement of a new technology, combined with a commitment to a huge existing customer base,” added Sony’s Sykes, stressing a recognition to support broadcasters who are currently evaluating technology for 4K services, and those that are looking to utilize new 4K production tools to future-proof and add excitement to existing HD services. “For a manufacturer, the important thing is to allow a step-by-step migration to a new technology at the customer’s own pace.”

“As we take a look at television and it starts to move a little bit more towards 4K and even 8K, I think there will be a convergence because, ultimately, it allows television people to start doing film-type productions, and vice versa,” said Moote, discussing the shift of both film and broadcast industries toward higher resolutions. “As far as equipment manufacturers go, this is a very important aspect to think about because it actually opens up new markets.”

A five-minute preview of the most recent IABM Technology Event is online at www.theiabm.org/technologyevents and available to non-members as well as members. Future events and their dates are continually updated on the IABM Technology Event calendar (www.theiabm.org/iabmcalendar). Further information about the IABM and its activities is available at www.theiabm.org.

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About the IABM
The IABM, the International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers, is the authoritative voice of the broadcast and media technology supply industry worldwide. Its wide range of services to members encompasses market research and intelligence, training, expert representation at standards bodies and broadcasting unions, executive networking opportunities, and preferential purchasing. A presence at every major broadcast tradeshow, the IABM also provides a valuable channel for communication among broadcast manufacturers, government, and regulatory bodies. Additional IABM activities include awards programs for innovation and scholarships designed to stimulate the development of the broadcast and electronic media industries on an international basis. For more information, please visit www.theiabm.org.

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Riedel Hires Franck Berger as Sales Manager for France and North Africa

WUPPERTAL, Germany — July 18, 2013 — Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that Franck Berger has joined the company as sales manager responsible for France and the French-speaking regions of North Africa. In this role with Riedel, Berger will hone the company’s focus on target market segments while contributing to continued overall growth of the business across his sales territory.

“Franck has a remarkable track record in building and developing strong, successful relationships,” said Rik Hoerée, head of sales at Riedel Communications. “As we extend our reach in France and other French-language markets, we are confident that his skill in assuring customer satisfaction also will be valuable in retaining existing customers and in extending our customer base. We’re very pleased to welcome him to the company.”

Berger began his career as a sound engineer at Radio France and subsequently moved to a sales role with leading French distributor/integrator Systèmes Audiofréquence Vidéonique (SAV). He next joined service provider Arqiva to look after the company’s new business in TV satellite transmission, headend, and playout services. During his time with Arqiva, Berger engaged not only with the French market, but also with customers in Benelux and Poland.

Berger is based in Paris and can be reached at +33 (0) 6 32 93 20 18 or at franck.berger@riedel.net

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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NUGEN Audio Adds Timecode Feature to Its VisLM Visual Loudness Metering Plug-in

Timecode Capability Within VisLM Enables Sound Engineers to Locate Specific Audio Points Quickly

LEEDS, U.K. — July 17, 2013 — NUGEN Audio, creator of intuitive tools for audio professionals, has added a timecode feature to its VisLM visual loudness monitoring plug-in. The timecode feature makes it possible to relate the loudness parameters directly to timecode references, giving audio engineers and editors a clear frame-accurate position for any alerts, true-peak overs, maximum values, and other indicators to picture. VisLM will now also include support for 64-bit iLok protection for AAX, VST, and audio units.

“Sound editors have a long list of items to consider in the midst of the editing process, so anything that can accelerate that process makes the job much easier,” said Jon Schorah, creative director of NUGEN Audio. “With this new feature, the timecode now matches the NLE timeline for rapid location of specific points of interest, and users also have the option to write to the text file log for postmortem analysis. These capabilities greatly enhance convenience when referencing loudness to images in video content.”

When the timecode setting is selected in VisLM, an indicator will display in the UI, and the timecode information can be stored in the log along with other information. In addition to a report showing elapsed time or system time, there is now a timecode report available as well. The timecode report logs can be used to indicate where in a program loudness events occur.

The timecode update is free for all current users.

More information about VisLM and other NUGEN Audio products is available at www.nugenaudio.com.

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About NUGEN Audio
NUGEN Audio creates innovative, intuitive professional audio tools for high-end music producers, post-production engineers, and broadcasters. Reflecting the real-world production experience of the design team, the company’s products make it easier to deliver better quality, save time, and reduce costs. NUGEN Audio’s tools for audio analysis, loudness metering, mixing/mastering, and tracking are used by the world’s top names in broadcast, music, and audio production. For more information, visit www.nugenaudio.com.

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Benchmark Telecast Integration to Serve as Snell Broadcast Systems Integration Partner in Asia-Pacific

READING, U.K. — July 17, 2013 — Snell today announced that Benchmark Telecast Integration will serve as a Snell broadcast system solutions provider to customers in Asia-Pacific markets. Through this partnership, which represents an extension of the companies’ already successful business relationship, Benchmark will offer local service and consulting, with an emphasis on Snell’s TV Everywhere and workflow solutions.

“While Snell has been ramping up its own service and support staff in APME, we also work closely with our channel partners and system integration partners to support our customer base,” said Naresh Subherwal, president, APME, at Snell. “We have enjoyed many successes with Benchmark, and its technical team, service, and care are top-notch. The Benchmark team is already very familiar with Snell’s solutions, so naturally the company is an ideal fit and a strong partner with which to move forward.”

“Our highest ambition is to provide regional broadcasters with best-of-breed designs, coupled with the highest standards of build quality and follow-through, as well as superb managed support services over the life of the system,” said Benchmark Telecast Integration CEO Ashish Mukherjee. “We know, from our previous experience with Snell, that the company offers reliable and forward-looking technology and solutions, backed by strong sales and service teams, which will enable us to maintain a high standard in meeting our customers’ needs. As consumers move from traditional TV sets to multiple devices, broadcasters need to do the same, and Snell provides tools that are valuable in facilitating that shift.”

Benchmark is based in India and Singapore and will work with the Snell regional team to provide services to Snell customers. In their work together, Snell and Benchmark already have earned wins at TV5 in the Philippines, Ch3 in Thailand, and P7 in India.

Information about Snell’s full product line is available online at www.snellgroup.com.

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About Benchmark Telecast Integration:
Benchmark Telecast Integration has more than 20 years of Broadcast Systems Integration experience, with a proven track record in traditional broadcast systems, file-based workflows and software-based new media solutions. As an independent systems integrator, Benchmark does not deliver off-the-shelf solutions. We know that each broadcaster has different needs, perspectives, target segments, programming, workflows and commercial requirements. We design, install, integrate and implement systems and workflows that meet these current needs and allow for smooth expansion paths to grow as their business grows. Our project consultancy team, which adheres to the strict project management processes, leads the industry in delivering live and on-demand broadcast television solutions for a wide range of clients. Our strong customer relationships have set us apart from our competitors for the past 20 years and will continue to do so for many years to come.

About Snell:
Snell is a leading innovator in digital media technology, providing broadcasters and global media companies with a comprehensive range of solutions for creating, managing, and streamlining the distribution of content for today’s multi-screen world. Specializing in TV Everywhere and Live TV applications, Snell provides the necessary tools to transition seamlessly and cost-effectively to 4K UHDTV, file-based, and 3Gbps operations, while enabling broadcasters to monetize and deliver their media assets across multiple distribution platforms. Headquartered in the U.K., Snell serves more than 2,000 broadcasters, post facilities, and global media companies in more than 100 countries through its worldwide team of sales and support personnel. More information is available at www.snellgroup.com.

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Trollbäck + Company Creates Show Open for AICP Next Awards

Strategic design agency Trollbäck + Company (T+Co) recently debuted a live multimedia show open for the 7th annual AICP Next Awards in New York City in June. T+Co conceived the film and visual assets to set the stage for the inaugural AICP Week and the AICP’s bold new direction with the Next Awards growing from an afternoon session to its own night and a new venue: NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. The show open will screen in major cities throughout the U.S. during the 2013 AICP Awards Tour.

Watch it on Vimeo: 70529158

“Jakob Trollbäck and his team have always delivered interesting and fresh concepts and executions in the past for the AICP Show and the AICP Conference,” says Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP. “For the AICP Next Awards, Trollbäck created an innovative, multi-screen platform in partnership with McCann Systems. The motion graphics and design work was wonderfully appropriate for navigating the audience through our forward-looking industry showcase. Everyone was blown away from the opening titles – which is what we asked for, and what Trollbäck delivered.”



Led by Executive Creative Director Jakob Trollbäck and Creative Director Brian Bowman, T+Co worked closely with the AICP to develop a live-integrated show open that conceptually captured the spirit of AICP Next and the caliber of work it represents across all media-making disciplines.

The show open uses five 40 x 40-inch LED cubes and a 25-foot screen to create an immersive experience and a dynamic stage for graphic treatments throughout the evening. The AICP Next logo was configured in the five LED cubes in a row. For the opening, quick-cutting shapes and words draw the viewer in with vortex-like motions in a black and white palette. For navigation, each cube activates digitally styled graphics on the big screen, including nametags, titles and award categories.

Jakob Trollbäck, who initiated the cube concept says, “We wanted the show open to drive up the tempo and excite people. Conceptually, it propels the idea that new media is everywhere and as with this open, you’re almost assaulted by it. We wanted people to question what they just witnessed and experienced.”

Aesthetically, T+Co chose a black and white palette to complement the red AICP logo. Bold and graphic visuals, such as the digitized versions of the LED cubes, also visually supported both the brand identity and the overall concept.

Trollbäck worked closely with Bowman, who created and animated the visuals, so that they would be reacting to sound. The duo tapped Sacred Noise for the sound design with composer/sound designer Michael Montes scoring the original track based on an early cut of the film, which was animated to a temp track.



“We wanted to keep the graphics minimal and have the sound design lead,” says Bowman. “Michael loved the idea that audio structured the entire experience and he was crucial to tying the whole concept together. The background loops we created had a musicality, too, while also creating the effect of cubes projecting on the screen.”

“The Next Awards celebrates non-traditional interactive work,” concludes Bowman. “It’s progressive and forward-thinking. We felt an off-kilter design would be most appropriate. The AICP was open to our design interpretation and from day one they loved what we presented. It was an honor to work with them because they represent everything that’s important to our industry, especially the bold ideas, creative and storytelling that is forging new media frontiers.”

Client: AICP

Strategic Design Agency: Trollbäck + Company
Executive Creative Director: Jakob Trollback
Creative Director and Lead Designer: Brian Bowman
Producer: Dina Chang
Animation: Daniel Blanco, Sean Eno, and Brian Bowman

Technology: Cinema 4D (3D), After Effects & Premiere

About Trollbäck + Company:
Trollbäck + Company is an award-winning strategic design agency communicating engaging ideas in the simplest, smartest and most visionary ways. Led by executive creative director Jakob Trollbäck, the collaborative group directs television commercials, designs opening titles, brands networks and creates experience-based content for global brands. Trollbäck + Company is the recipient of numerous awards including a primetime Emmy, and is regularly featured in publications and exhibits around the world.

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LEVA Offers Courtroom Testimony Seminar for Forensic Video Analysts at Annual Conference

(MIDLOTHIAN, TEX.) – Someone who is skilled at forensic video analysis is not automatically a good expert witness. To help prepare analysts for the witness stand, the Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA) will offer a comprehensive seminar during the 2013 LEVA Digital Multimedia Evidence Training Symposium, which runs Sept. 9-13 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Asheville, N.C. With a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and moot courts, “Courtroom Testimony for Forensic Video Analysts” will cover topics that are essential to understanding the role of an expert witness.

Designed to teach experts how to give effective testimony, both in direct and in cross, the three-day seminar will define the role and limits of the expert witness, present keys to effective communication with juries, and offer best practices for delivering testimony. Jonathan W. Hak, Q.C., Crown Prosecutor for Alberta Justice in Alberta, Canada, will teach the course. A major crimes prosecutor, he has been leading and challenging expert testimony for more than 25 years, and has been teaching a variety of courses for police officers and forensic specialists since 1989.

“The courtroom can be a very intimidating place,” Hak explained. “The skills required to be an expert in forensic science are completely different from the skills required to be an expert witness. Understanding the dynamics of courtroom testimony will help an expert to be more comfortable in the witness stand, give better evidence, anticipate lines of questioning, know how to handle difficult cross examination, and stay within proper limits.”

“Courtroom Testimony for Forensic Video Analysts” runs Sept. 9-11 and is open to anyone who testifies in an expert capacity, not just forensic video analysts. The seminar also fulfills the 24-hour Courtroom Training requirement for the LEVA Forensic Video Analyst Certification Program, but enrollment is limited.

LEVA’s 24th annual conference offers a mix of hands-on workshops, case studies, and interactive seminars focused on forensic video and audio technologies, as well as video production and editing tools. Many sessions throughout the five-day conference have limited availability, and pre-registration is required. For travel information, as well as the conference schedule and pricing options, visit leva.org.

ABOUT LEVA

LEVA is a nonprofit corporation committed to improving the quality of video training and promoting the use of state-of-the-art, effective equipment in the law enforcement and emergency services community. Our mission is to serve as a key resource to the global public safety community by focusing on the needs of video production and forensic imaging disciplines by providing opportunities for professional development through quality training and informational exchange. We make a positive contribution to a more competent public safety establishment. Find out more at leva.org.

Shotgun Production Management Platform Drives “White House Down” VFX Pipeline

Uncharted Territory Production Team Collaborates and Manages Ten Visual Effects Vendors Via The Shotgun Platform

Venice, CA — The Shotgun production management platform played a pivotal role in helping Uncharted Territory manage the White House Down visual effects pipeline, which was distributed among ten different companies across North America and Europe.

White House Down co-producers Marc Weigert and Volker Engel set up Uncharted Territory in 1999 to serve as the production and visual effects hub on films they’ve been involved with including 2012, Anonymous and others. Due to the very tight, 12-month delivery schedule for White House Down, Weigert and Engel, who also served as co-VFX Supervisors on the film, recruited ten visual effects vendors around the world—all using Shotgun to push and pull shots.

“Most of the vendors were already using Shotgun internally, so we decided to use it to connect all the studios together into a single, cohesive multi-company pipeline. Shotgun provided us and the effects houses with a clear, organized system to find whatever assets were needed, and for artists, supervisors and our VFX producer, Julia Frey, to stay totally up-to-date with the latest iterations, notes and approval status on any given shot,” said Weigert.

The vendors recruited to create the stunning White House Down visual effects include Method Studios in Vancouver, Prime Focus in London and Vancouver, Hybride in Montreal, Luxx in Germany, Scanline in Germany and Vancouver, Image Engine in Vancouver, Crazy Horse Effects in Venice, Calif, Crafty Apes in Los Angeles, FuseFX in Los Angeles and Factory Effects, in Santa Rosa, CA.

“We knew that managing a multi-vendor pipeline of this magnitude would require a very meticulous pipeline to keep supervisors and artists updated and the overall project on schedule and budget. Shotgun sat at the heart of that pipeline and was essential for making this show work,” explained Weigert.

From the outset, Shotgun was used to help manage a centralized hub that held all essential assets for the film including information from the data wranglers on set to actual dailies and final DPX files. On a typical film project, the process of handing off shots and assets to vendors is incredibly time-consuming and requires a lot of manual file preparation. Using a Shotgun-managed asset hub, Weigert and team were able to assign different permission levels and access to certain files depending on which vendor needed them. Effects houses could then plug into Shotgun to pull out whatever they needed directly from there via an Aspera connection and secure ftp. This process also enabled immediate turnover of new shot edits as they were put online, as well as the transfer of any reference images to accompany director or supervisor ‘look’ guidelines. While Shotgun delivers a very robust toolset out of the box, the included pipeline toolkit makes it easy to build custom tailored tools as well.

“The Shotgun pipeline we adopted for White House Down worked incredibly well, and we anticipate applying it for all of our films,” continued Weigert. “I have been advocating for some time that building more standardization into the VFX process will be one step towards making this industry more sustainable. To that end, we will be sharing some of the custom tools that we built on the Shotgun platform for management of White House Down with all filmmakers in the hope that this could serve as a model for the future of VFX productions, which will surely continue to involve multi-vendor, geographically distributed teams.”

“We’re starting to invest more into helping studios collaborate to develop multi-studio, script to screen pipelines, and we’re excited to see that deployed as a proof-of-concept on White House Down,” said Don Parker, CEO and Co-Founder, Shotgun Software. “We are building sets of tools with and for Shotgun customers that will allow other studios to follow a similar production methodology and model that worked so well on this film. Almost all of our 400+ customers in film and animation are using Shotgun to collaborate with outside partners, and we’re pleased that our tools are being used at the front and back end of productions to make that process more efficient.”

Weigert plans to deploy this project management pipeline on his upcoming project, another collaboration with director Roland Emmerich, ID Forever Part I, and is building new customizations into Shotgun to further streamline the budget and financial end of their pipeline. “Every visual effects vendor has their own format for bidding sheets, and so on the production side, what you end up with are collections of Excel spreadsheets, and a mix of data that is very difficult to cross reference,” said Weigert. “What we built into Shotgun recently is a bidding sheet that will give vendors fields in which to enter bid data, with pull down menus that will allow for a much simpler way to manage that material and save time on both the front and back end of the process.”

White House Down opened nationwide in theatres on June 28, 2013. Directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, the film is an action-thriller about an assault on the White House by a paramilitary group.

Shotgun Software will be demonstrating Shotgun’s production management, tracking, review and asset management toolsets at the SIGGRAPH Conference (July 21-25th in Anaheim, Calif at the Anaheim Convention Center) and will be showcasing unique customer pipelines at its user group meeting on Tuesday, July 21 at 2:00PM, Room 213A. Please visit www.shotgunsoftware.com for more details.

About Shotgun
Shotgun Software was founded in 2006 by a group of visual effects professionals to build production tracking and pipeline solutions. The founding members worked together on a major studio animated feature and develop Shotgun to fill the mounting industry need for a commercially viable system for managing complex projects spread across multiple locations. Shotgun is actively developing the system with more than 400 industry studios including Double Negative, Blue Sky, Laika, Framestore, Illumination, Prime Focus, EA, Playstation, Blizzard and Zoic Studios. For more information and an online demonstration visit http://www.shotgunsoftware.com

Tweak Software To Unveil RV 4.0 at SIGGRAPH 2013

RV 4.0 Built on Top of RVX Core, a New Hardware Accelerated Image Processing Architecture Adding a New Dimension to Customized RV Workflows

San Francisco, CATweak Software will unveil RV 4.0 at the SIGGRAPH conference, in Anaheim, Calif. Version 4.0 is a major update to RV, the image and sequence viewer for VFX and animation professionals currently powering image playback and review at industry leading facilities ILM, MPC, WETA Digital and many more. Tweak will be demonstrating RV 4.0 in the Shotgun Software booth, #737 from July 23-25 at the Anaheim Convention Center during exhibit hours.

RV 4.0 combines established industry leading features for playback, review, and collaboration with a new generation of features to enable artists, production teams, and studios to review film resolution digital imagery accurately, in context, and integrated seamlessly with modern workflows and far-flung production models. An in-depth preview of RV 4.0 will be presented at the Tweak User Group Meeting, Tuesday, July 23, 11:45AM-1:15PM in room 213a at the Anaheim Convention Center (RSVP to tweak@tweaksoftware.com).

RV 4.0 is built on top of the RVX Core, a new hardware accelerated image processing architecture that combines fast IO, resolution-independent image handling, hardware accelerated floating point image processing, and advanced color management. The RVX Core also adds a major new dimension to RV’s customizability–user programmable GPU image processing operations (GLSL shaders) that can be integrated into custom RV workflows.

“RV 4.0 is already proving to have great new capabilities. During our extensive beta testing, we developed a custom GLSL shader to display any out-of-gamut pixels when converting images between different color spaces,” said Damien Fagnou, Global Head of Software, MPC.

“Two years ago, we started work on the RVX Core, a major new rendering and image processing architecture designed to exploit the next generation of hardware. RV 4.0 is the first product based on the new architecture. Now that the RVX Core is here, we feel like kids in a LEGO store. We can easily create all kinds of great new features for our existing tools RV, RV-SDI, and RVIO, and we have a really powerful platform on which to build a new generation of artist’s tools. On top of that, we decided to open up the RVX Core to our users, so they can build on it too. The next few years are going to be exciting,” explained Seth Rosenthal, Co-Founder, Tweak Software.

RV 4.0 Key Features

Helps artists see their work accurately and in context
– Mix formats, resolutions, color spaces, frame rates
– Editorial transitions and time-warps
– Linear floating point, HDR image processing and compositing

Enables productions to get the color right
– Support for CDL, ACES, LUTs, Open Color IO, and user-programmed GLSL shaders
– PipelineGroups enable completely custom color pipelines
– Secondary color correction on any RV view

Empowers studios to build seamless collaboration, approval and review workflows
– Python scripting, Web integration and open source session file format
– User-programmable image processing operations using GLSL shaders
– Nuke, Maya, Shotgun integration out of the box
– Remote sync review among two or more locations

Pricing and Availability
RV 4.0 will be available to existing users under maintenance or for $299, or bundled with RVIO for $399. Licenses can float among workstations or be installed on a single computer. Authoring custom shaders will require a separate development license of RVX ($995 USD). This will enable users to author and publish shaders for use in any other RV based product (RV, RV-SDI, RVIO). RV, RV-SDI, RVX and RVIO are available directly from Tweak Software, www.tweaksoftware.com.

About Tweak Software
Tweak Software was founded in 2007 to develop tools that address real-world production needs of VFX and animation professionals. The Tweak partners Jim Hourihan, Seth Rosenthal and Alan Trombla spent many years at Industrial Light and Magic where they developed tools and techniques still in use at that facility today. Jim Hourihan is the recipient of two Sci-Tech Academy Awards and is best known for developing Dynamation, the first commercial particle system that was subsequently incorporated into Autodesk’s Maya software. RV drives playback and review at world leading facilities including ILM, MPC, WETA Digital, Bad Robot, Framestore, LAIKA, MacGuff Illumination, Method Studios and more. For more information, visit www.tweaksoftware.com

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