Tiffen Pearlescent, Satin and Black Satin MPTV filters now available in ring sizes and on display at WPPI, booth 327
Las Vegas, NV – March 3, 2014 – The Tiffen Company, a leading manufacturer of award-winning imaging accessories, announced today that the Tiffen Pearlescent®, Tiffen Satin™ and Tiffen Black Satin™ filters are now available in 40.5, 43, 46, 49, 52, 55, 58, 62, 72, 77 and 82mm ring sizes. Originally developed for Hollywood cinematographers, the Tiffen Pearlescent, Satin and Black Satin filters soften excess detail and reduce wrinkles and blemishes, giving DSLR photographers and videographers more creative control over the shot. Tiffen ImageMaker and award-winning photographer Clay Blackmore, one of the first to use these Tiffen filters, comments on their versatility, “I show quite a bit of my work immediately. This means no time for touch-ups in post. With the Tiffen MPTV filters, I can add a hint of softness that takes the shot to a whole new level. The results are impressive and the workflow is incredibly fast.” Attendees to the WPPI can see Clay Blackmore demonstrate these and other Tiffen award-winning filters in booth 327.
“The Tiffen Company pioneered Optical Filter development for photographers more than 75 years ago and to this day continues to innovate with new product offerings such as the Pearlescent, Satin and Black Satin filters,” says Steve Tiffen, President and CEO, The Tiffen Company. “After decades of enjoying how Hollywood has used these Tiffen MPTV filters to achieve their visions, we look forward to seeing an entire new group of image-makers capture and enhance their subjects using the Tiffen Pearlescent, Satin and Black Satin filters for photography and videography.”
Tiffen Pearlescent Filter
Tiffen’s Pearlescent filters create a subtle new look with a slight softening of contrast and a luxurious Pearlescent halo around highlights. These new filters aid photographers in taking the edge off the image, reducing blemishes on talent while adding a softness in the images highlights.
Tiffen Pearlescent Filter Feature Highlights
• Create a special “atmosphere” by softening excess sharpness and contrast
• Generate a pearlescent halo around highlights
• Lighter grades help tone down the excessive sharpness and contrast?
• Maintains focus
• Often used to mute colors for exquisite pastel tones
• Made from water-white glass
• Available in densities of 1/2, 1 and 2
• Now available in: 40.5, 43, 46, 49, 52, 55, 58, 62, 72, 77 and 82mm ring sizes
Tiffen Satin and Black Satin Filters
Tiffen’s Satin and Black Satin filters soften excessive sharpness and add a mild contrast reduction to smooth out unwanted blemishes and wrinkles. The filters give a smooth look to textured surfaces.
Tiffen Satin and Black Satin Filter Feature Highlights
• Satins produce a cleaner, muted diffusion.
• Black Satins produce a warmer, grainier feel.
• Smooth out unwanted blemishes and wrinkles
• Give a silky smooth look to textured surfaces
• Soften details in a unique manner, while adding a mild glow to highlights
• Effect of lighter grades more subtle, with higher grades becoming gradually more noticeable
• Made from water-white glass
• Available in densities of 1, 2 and 3
• Now available in: 40.5, 43, 46, 49, 52, 55, 58, 62, 72, 77 and 82mm ring sizes
Tiffen Pearlescent, Satin and Black Satin Filters Availability
The Tiffen Pearlescent, Satin and Tiffen Black Satin filters are available today through Tiffen domestic and international dealers and distributors.
About Tiffen Award-Winning Filter Technology
A pioneer in optical filter technology, Tiffen’s ColorCore™ technology provides filmmakers with the necessary tools to create the world’s greatest images. Five years ago, Tiffen responded to the demand and developed the groundbreaking IR pollution control filters. The company has since expanded the IRND technology by combining the technical benefits of IRNDs with some of Tiffen’s best-selling special effects filters.
During its rich history, the Tiffen Company has been recognized twice by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (Oscar® Awards 1985 and 2000) and twice by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Emmy® Awards 1998 and 2012) for its outstanding development achievements in filter technology.
Tiffen has been a leading manufacturer of photographic filters, lens accessories, software, and camera accessories for the consumer/professional imaging and the motion picture and broadcast television industries for 75 years. The company has a rich history of innovative product design, superior optical consistency, and unparalleled quality. Tiffen has been recognized for its product and engineering excellence, earning a Technical Achievement Award and a Scientific and Engineering Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, as well as multiple Emmy® Awards. Today, the company offers a wide range of products, which include: Tiffen® filters, Steadicam® camera stabilizing systems, Lowel® light, Listec® teleprompters, Tiffen Dfx® digital imaging software, Domke® bags, Davis & Sanford® tripods, Zing® camera covers, Stroboframe® flash brackets, Saunders® professional trimmers, and Kodak Wratten® filters. Tiffen continues to enhance its reputation as a leading imaging accessory manufacturer through aggressive growth in the image-making accessory industry.
For more information on Tiffen, please visit http://www.tiffen.com.
Tiffen is a registered trademark of The Tiffen Company. All other trademarks and products mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.
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Dalet Galaxy platform sets the stage for converged workflows; advanced third-party integrations, versatile content production and scalability deliver groundbreaking productivity improvements
Levallois-Perret, France – February 28, 2014 – The Dalet Digital Media Systems NAB 2014 showcase highlights include the latest release of Dalet Galaxy, the enterprise media asset management (MAM) platform; Dalet News Pack, the cost-effective turnkey package for managing small to mid-size newsroom workflows; Dalet Onecut for fast multimedia editing and Dalet Brio, the flexible, high-density, high-performance broadcast server based on IT-hardware.
Attendees to NAB 2014 (Las Vegas, April 7–10) can book private demonstrations to see Dalet Galaxy, Dalet News Pack, Dalet Brio and other new Dalet technology offerings firsthand on the Dalet booth, SL2725.
Rule Your Workflow With Dalet Galaxy
The foundation for productivity-enhancing workflow solutions including Dalet Sports Factory (sports), Dalet News Suite (news), Dalet Media Life (program preparation, production and archiving), and Dalet Radio Suite (radio), Dalet Galaxy is an enterprise MAM platform featuring a powerful framework for system integration, advanced BPM capabilities, and multi-site content production and management tools.
Feature highlights of the NAB 2014 Dalet Galaxy premiere include:
• Exceptional User Experience
A redesigned user interface with configurable macro buttons gives Dalet Galaxy users a beautifully integrated workspace with tools just a click away.
• Intelligent Technology to Orchestrate Workflows
The Dalet Galaxy BPM workflow engine unifies the content chain by managing assets, metadata, workflows and processes across multiple and diverse production, distribution and archive systems. It automates many tasks and processes, and provides operational and business visibility to enable broadcasters to improve productivity.
• Unprecedented Third-Party Integration Thanks to Open IT Architecture
Developed from the ground up to meet the needs of the broadcast and media industries, Dalet Galaxy is an open MAM platform that boasts integration and support for more than 90 broadcast and IT partners. These development initiatives deliver deeper integration and complete interoperability with broadcast servers, HSM, Quality Control, traffic and automation platforms, as well as broadcast management and CMS systems. At NAB 2014, Dalet technology experts will demonstrate new advanced integrations with NLEs like Adobe® Premiere® CC.
• Extensive Support for Formats
Thanks to the redesigned SOAP API interface, Dalet Galaxy offers tremendous versatility, supporting a wide range of media including AVC Intra.
• Full Multisite Collaboration
Dalet NetXchange enables complex multisite deployments, in which each component such as ingest, production, archives, playout or distribution can be installed in any site, enabling a better collaboration between multisite organizations.
Faster Editing and Better Integration
The award-winning Dalet Onecut editor can be used as a standalone solution, or connected to the Dalet MAM platform (Dalet 3.5 MAM and Galaxy) through Dalet Xtend, or fully integrated within Dalet Galaxy. Its robust feature set, configurable workspace and easy-to-use tools let content editors, production assistants and journalists quickly perform tasks from simple trimming and cuts to more advanced functions like audio sweetening.
While packages can be completed in Dalet Onecut, it is designed to complement the post-production workflow by offloading straight forward post tasks such as storyboarding and rough cuts, freeing craft editing systems for more complex creative work. Thanks to tight integration via Dalet Xtend, Dalet Onecut seamlessly exchanges content-associated metadata and markers with industry-standard non-linear editors including Adobe®, Avid® and Final Cut Pro® to maintain workflow continuity. ??
Dalet will also demonstrate at NAB its advanced Dalet Xtend for Adobe® Premiere® CC integration. The new development, which is already deployed at several Dalet/Adobe® customer sites, lets Adobe® editors browse, access and edit media from the Dalet content catalogue, maintaining genealogy and inheritance of locators and time-code metadata between production and post.
Headlining Technology for Dalet News Solutions
Dalet will demonstrate a number of advancements in newsroom workflows including:
• Converged Workflows for Enterprise Newsrooms
Dalet News Suite installations leveraging the Dalet Galaxy platform can facilitate TV, radio, web production, broadcast and archive workflows on one platform.
• Cost-Effective Solutions for Small to Medium News Operations
For smaller news production facilities, Dalet News Pack is even more cost-effective thanks to journalist-designed tools combined with the high-performance, IT-compatible hardware platform for an end-to-end workflow.
• Access to Newsrooms Anywhere
Dalet On-The-Go, available on iOS and Android, and the web-based Dalet WebSpace give field journalists immediate access to content and newsgathering, production and planning tools.
• Stunning Broadcast Graphics
The versatile Dalet Cube broadcast graphics module comes with a comprehensive set of tools for designing, managing and distributing high-quality graphics. Dalet Cube is natively integrated with Dalet News Suite and Dalet News Pack to provide a very cost-effective solution.
• Fast News Editing
The 2013 NewBay Media Innovation Award-winning Dalet Onecut multimedia editor streamlines operations with versatile integration options and fast editing tools designed for non-technical newsroom staff to quickly assemble stories.
Game-Changing Tools In Dalet Sports Factory
Powered by the Dalet Galaxy platform, Dalet Sports Factory features a wide range of new capabilities for the sports market including:
• Logging and Highlight Tools That Make Content Even More Valuable
Dalet Sports Factory’s brand new logging and highlight tools make it easier for venues, leagues, teams and production houses to create and monetize content.
• Best-of-Breed Integration and Support
Enhanced integrations with Avid®, EVS and Quantel provide maximum interoperability across the sports workflow while support for SportsML, Opta and SMT LWS ensure compatibility with industry-standard protocols and data services.
Primetime Program Features in Dalet Media Life
Developed for program preparation, production and archiving, Dalet Media Life features tools for mass-ingest, compliance and prep editing, QC, metadata and essence file manipulation, multiplatform distribution, archiving and more. It integrates third-party solutions such as NLEs, traffic systems and automation, orchestrating file-based workflows into an efficient multimedia “factory” where repetitive tasks and background processes are fully automated.
Highlights at NAB 2014 include:
• Outstanding Workflow Task Management Tools
Dalet Media Life provides key services and functionalities that increase both operational productivity and business visibility. Its industry-standard BPM workflow engine and task order management tools let broadcasters and content producers tie together a diverse range of systems and optimize their preferred way of working, improving performance at every step of the workflow.
Chart-Topping and News-Making Features for Dalet Radio
Dalet Radio Suite, an ingest, production, playout and distribution system designed for media convergence, streamlines every aspect of the digital production chain for news and music channels. Journalists have all the desktop tools they need to ingest audio, create scripts, record and edit audio, and build and manage rundowns. DJs can exercise their creativity with easy-to-use playlists, multi-track editing with effects, and carts for jingles and liners. Remote voice tracking tools handle contributions from off-site talent. And when it comes to playout, Dalet OnAir is a proven and highly reliable automated solution used in some of the world’s largest multi-channel operations. Content repurposing and delivery can be accomplished very efficiently, as the Dalet workflow engine automates many processes in the background to facilitate distribution – from on-the-fly delivery of Program Associated Data (PAD) for DAB, DRM or HD radio to transcoding for podcasts or for online or mobile uses.
Dalet Brio, the Flexible, High-Density Server Designed to Support Every Workflow
With more than 1,000 ports deployed in 2013 alone, Dalet Brio’s tremendous track record can be linked directly to its versatility and price performance. Designed to ingest and play multiple and mixed formats, including AVC Intra, XDcamHD, Apple® ProRes and Avid® DNxHD®, the cost-effective servers are built on IT-standard components and delivered in a compact 2RU chassis with a choice of inputs and outputs (up to 12 simultaneous channels) and storage combinations (local and/or direct connection to SAN). With features such as confidence monitoring, streaming multi-viewer for monitoring, media backup, loop recording mode, ingest-once-write-many and proxy generation, Dalet Brio lets operators optimize the overall workflow and infrastructure.
Seamlessly integrated with Dalet solutions, Dalet Brio embeds critical applications that facilitate a wide range of production tasks including sports logging, highlight production, replay, gang ingest, gang playout and more. Featured applications include Multi-camera Recorder, VTR Recorder and Print-to-Tape, Basic and Loop Recorder, Basic and Time Delay Player, Multichannel Player with Graphics, and Highlights Production, making Dalet Brio an ideal workflow solution for fast-paced, task-specific productions like news, sports, programs and more.
About Dalet Digital Media Systems
Dalet solutions enable broadcasters and media professionals to create, manage and distribute content to both traditional and new media channels, including interactive TV, the Web and mobile networks. Dalet combines into a single system a robust and proven Asset Management platform with advanced metadata capabilities; a configurable workflow engine, and a comprehensive set of purpose-built creative and production tools. This integrated and open environment enables end-to-end management of the entire News and Sport and Program content chain, and allows users to significantly improve efficiency, and to maximize the use and value of their assets. Dalet’s solutions are delivered through a dedicated Professional and Integration Services Department to ensure the highest possible standards.
Dalet systems are used around the world by many thousands of individual users at hundreds of TV and Radio content producers, including public broadcasters (ABS-CBN, BBC, CBC, DR, France TV, RTBF, RFI, Russia Today, RSR & TSR, RT Malaysia, VOA, WDR), commercial networks and operators (Antena 3, Canal+, FOX, eTV, Mediaset, Orange, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros., Sirius XM Radio) and government organizations (Canadian House of Commons, The European Commission, Parliament of South Australia). Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA.
For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com
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Florian Kainz, Joshua Pines, David Reisner, and David Register Earn Technical Achievement Awards; Peter W. Anderson, ASC Earns Gordon E. Sawyer Award
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — March 3, 2014 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced that five SMPTE members have been recognized with prestigious awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). The Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards honor the men, women, and companies whose discoveries and innovations have contributed in significant, outstanding, and lasting ways to motion pictures.
“Science and technology are fundamental to the filmmaking process, and we’re so pleased to see SMPTE members recognized and honored by the Academy for their pioneering work in this area of the motion picture industry,” said Barbara Lange, executive director at SMPTE.
SMPTE member Florian Kainz is part of the team that earned a Technical Achievement Award Academy Certificate for the architecture and development of the Zeno application framework. For more than a decade, Zeno’s flexible and robust design has allowed the creation of a broad range of Academy Award(R)-winning visual effects toolsets at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM).
SMPTE members Joshua Pines, David Reisner, and David Register together earned a Technical Achievement Award Academy Certificate for their role in the development of the American Society of Cinematographers Color Decision List (ASC CDL) technology. The ASC CDL unifies color correction principles for use on- and off-set, providing for the faithful reproduction of color values across a variety of color-correction devices. This technology provides basic image-processing mathematics that translate the lift, gamma, and gain settings to a set of common color values to help preserve the cinematographer’s intent throughout production.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kristen Bell, who co-hosted the ceremony with Michael B. Jordan, said, “I might want to quit acting and work with those guys; they are so cool.”
For making technological contributions that have brought credit to the industry, SMPTE Life Member Peter W. Anderson, ASC received the Gordon E. Sawyer Award, an Oscar(R) statuette.
“Without the art, what would the science be? Without the science, what would the art be?” said Anderson, who was presented his award by Douglas Trumbull. Trumbull has been a keynote speaker at several SMPTE conferences.
The 2013 awards were presented at the Academy’s Scientific & Technical Award ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. An excerpt from the ceremony was included in last night’s Oscar ceremony broadcast.
Further information about SMPTE is available online at www.smpte.org.
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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R))
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), a professional membership association, is the worldwide leader in developing and providing motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the broadband, broadcast, cinema, and IT disciplines. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 650 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. More than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections throughout the world, sustain the Society. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.
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TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, March 3, 2014 — Waves Audio announces the availability of MetaFilter, a versatile sound-shaping filter plugin. Designed around a multimode filter with extensive modulation options and powered by Waves’ Virtual Voltage technology, Waves MetaFilter has everything users need in a sound-shaping filter. The versatile MetaFilter creative effects unit provides all the warmth, depth and fatness of classic analog filters, with the modern control and endless flexibility distinctive of Waves tools.
MetaFilter lets you individually modulate the filter’s cutoff, resonance and delay time using three separate modulators—a 16-step sequencer, an LFO, and an envelope follower with a sidechaining option—making it easy to achieve effects such as filter sweeping, tremolo, auto wah, rhythmic gating, ducking, and hypnotic modulating delays with saturation buildups.
With intuitive controls that are inviting and enjoyable to use, you can effortlessly customize and program your own presets. Thanks to its easy-to-use MIDI Learn capabilities, MetaFilter can be controlled from any MIDI control device—a great advantage for live DJ performances. Moreover, when MetaFilter is connected to a MIDI keyboard, the keyboard can actually be utilized for playing the filter cutoff.
Whether you’re creating rhythmic loops and tracks from sound bites, adding a subtle effect to a guitar part, or simply mangling a vocal track just for the fun of it, MetaFilter’s versatility and endless possibilities make it the ultimate tool for creating and producing innovative, eccentric and cutting-edge music in the studio and on stage.
Three separate modulators: 16-step sequencer, LFO, and envelope follower with sidechaining option
“Fat” analog sound quality
Intuitive MIDI Learn
Fully modulatable analog delay
Powered by Virtual Voltage technology
Endless sound-shaping possibilities
Waves MetaFilter is now available with a U.S. MSRP of $200 (Native), with a special introductory price of $99 (Native). Visit http://www.waves.com/plugins/metafilter for more information. Official product video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMW_GcqAfZY.
Small Tree, the Ethernet-based shared storage and networking specialist, will showcase its new ThunderNET2 solutions for post-production professionals at NAB 2014 (Booth SL11105). With ThunderNET2, users will be able to support 4K video file transfer and display simultaneously.
Created to support post-production pros harnessing the increased processing power available in today’s all-in-one desktop and laptop computers, ThunderNET2 opens up a whole world of possibilities. Combining high performance I/O capabilities of Thunderbolt(tm) 2 with the flexibility of PCIe, Small Tree’s ThunderNET2 provides creative media professionals a cost effective solution to integrate Thunderbolt equipped platforms into high performance storage and data networks.
ThunderNET2 features improvements to Small Tree’s ThunderNET solution introduced last year and which already has provided major performance enhancements for post-production companies. One company whose efficiency has been optimized with ThunderNET is 3-Legged Dog (3LD), a community-oriented and artist-run production and development studio for emerging and established artists and organizations that create large-scale experimental artworks of all kinds.
“Using Small Tree’s ThunderNET, we’re pushing an insane amount of data – like composites up to 20K,” said Cameron Vokey, line producer at 3LD. “If we were using straight up Gigabit, this would not be happening. It needs to be as fast as Thunderbolt. We wouldn’t be getting the read/write speeds we’re achieving without ThunderNET.”
ThunderNET2 boasts the widest range of 1 or 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity to Mac Pro, iMac, Mac Mini, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air systems, providing higher levels of network performance and connecting seamlessly to Small Tree’s Ethernet shared storage appliance, TitaniumZ, or 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches. ThunderNET2 can also provide additional Gigabit Ethernet connectivity to the user’s current network.
“With its more compact design combined with the 20% increase in performance, ThunderNET2 provides a very cost effective solution for Thunderbolt equipped systems,” said Corky Seeber, president of Small Tree. “Typically, these same systems don’t provide enough network connection flexibility for professionals in the creative fields. ThunderNET2 capitalizes on the new Thunderbolt(tm) 2 technology to create an affordable and extremely powerful solution for the post-production industry.”
Adding network bandwidth to any computer with a Thunderbolt(tm) 2 port, Small Tree’s ThunderNET2 can be configured to support specific requirements, allowing customers to select the proper amount of bandwidth to meet both workflow demands and budgets.
For more information on ThunderNET2, or any of Small Tree’s cost-effective shared storage and networking solutions, visit www.Small-Tree.com. Follow Small Tree on LinkedIn, www.facebook.com/SmallTreeComm or @smalltreecomm.
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Burbank, CA – Broadcast technology provider Reality Check Systems (RCS) recently delivered custom interactive touchscreen applications to beIN SPORTS channels around the world. Additionally, the RCS team helped the network unite channels in Doha, Jakarta, Miami and Paris under the beIN brand as part of a project that required the creation of 400 graphic elements and a cloud-based database for populating the graphics in each location.
“RCS’ solutions have simplified the way our producers and editorial teams work, and have given us a more consistent aesthetic across beIN channels,” shared beIN SPORTS Head of Brand Mohammed Al Battat. “Their team was absolutely brilliant to work with, and we’re excited to continue exploring the benefits that their innovations enable.”
RCS first created automated interactive touchscreen applications for four separate beIN studios in two different continents and in English and Arabic language versions. Culling a real-time feed of Opta Sports data and rendering with the Vizrt Engine, each system allows on-air talent to quickly and easily find, manipulate and compare real-time information on any of the touchscreens. They can also prepare or review team formations and look at standings, player and team stats and more. Originally designed for beIN’s English Premier League match broadcasts, the technology covers all major leagues in Europe as well as the Champions League and Europa League competitions. RCS is also currently rearchitecting the systems for future beIN coverage of F1, Rugby, NFL, Boxing and NBA games.
When beIN began plans for a rebrand, the network enlisted the expertise of RCS once again to design 400 integrated sports graphics that would air in four languages: English, French, Spanish and Arabic. To streamline the output of these graphics on air, RCS built a turnkey cloud-based SQL database that ingests Opta Sports data in real-time via an Internet connection. The database then populates a graphics template and leverages a custom software script to feed the information directly to operators’ workstations.
“We strive to deliver solutions that lay a solid technological infrastructure for our clients to build upon, and we’re proud of the work we’ve accomplished for beIN,” said Mike Ward, European Managing Director, Reality Check Systems. “Any project of this size and scope requires a huge effort from both our team and the client. beIN had a very clear vision and a dedicated team who were fully focused on this project. From inception through to delivery, their hands-on interaction with our team helped ensure that the project was delivered successfully; they are an incredible company with huge ambitions.”
beIN’s Paris team initiated the design of the new graphics for the rebrand, and RCS collaborated closely with the team to evolve those designs into a modern, dynamic and consistent aesthetic for all on air graphics across four regions, multiple channels and countless sports. RCS’ team then built a custom software script to generate the graphics in English, Arabic and French, change the colors of the graphics and dictate how each graphic would read on screen – left to right and vice versa. Cake Studios, a longtime RCS partner, helped design promo graphics package elements for the project.
About Reality Check Systems
Founded in 1997, Reality Check Systems is a multifaceted technology provider uniquely positioned to boost fan engagement for live broadcasts. Its customized software and hardware solutions infuse real-time data with graphics to facilitate dynamic on-air experiences. Reality Check Systems’ clients include international broadcasters, national sports leagues, video game publishers, social media giants and corporations such as beIN Sport, Bundesliga, CBS Sports, DirecTV, Eredivisie, ESPN, NFL, NHL, Microsoft, MLB, Riot Games, SKY Germany, SKY Italy, Twitter and Univision. www.realitychecksystems.com
Image: RCS’ touchscreen application for beIN’s English Premier League match broadcasts
Filmworkers Nashville Supports Award-Winning Campaigns for Lewis Communications and The Buntin Group
NASHVILLE— The advertising awards season is in full swing and Filmworkers, Nashville, is proud to have contributed to a number of local and regional campaigns that are bringing home the gold.
At the Nashville American Advertising (ADDY) Awards, Lewis Communications won Best of Show/Broadcast for its campaign for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Filmworkers’ Tim Moore was the editor and Jimmy Cadenas provided color grading services for the campaign, which employs the tagline “Your child’s very own hospital.”
Dallas’ First United Methodist Church Looks to K-array Loudspeakers for System Redesign, Citing Impressive ‘Performance to Size Ratio’
K-array Speaker Installation at Historic Dallas Church Increases Intelligibility Without Detracting From Classic Interior of Landmark Architectural Design
Dallas, TX, March 3, 2014: Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that First United Methodist Church (FirstChurch), a landmark of downtown Dallas for over 165 years, recently replaced its sound reinforcement system with K-array Installation series components. The new system, which consists of (10) custom color KP102 line array elements, (2) KK52 line array elements, (2) KMT18P passive subwoofers, (4) KA40 amplifiers and (12) custom color K-array KT22 Tornado 2-inch point source compact speakers, was designed by Dallas-based Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams, Inc. (WJHW) and installed by Electro Acoustics, Inc. of Fort Worth.
With a rich music program, congregational activities and two worship services each Sunday for roughly 1,000 congregants, FirstChurch sought to replace its existing sound system with a more current, innovative solution that could deliver greater intelligibility for both music and the spoken word. The K-array’s small footprint and no-compromise audio quality made it perfectly suited for the system redesign.
Jim Burdette of WJHW handled the overall project design, which had to be sensitive to both the architectural and acoustic requirements of the interior structure: “This was a large, high ceiling space with challenging acoustics,” he says. “The existing cluster was quite a ways up and was not able to deliver the pattern control or throw that we can now achieve with modern technology. So we looked at options and eventually decided on K-array.”
Since FirstChurch is a historic and an architecturally ornate structure, getting the aesthetics just right was of paramount importance as was the overall sound quality. “Part of the criteria and design directive was to move towards a low-profile column array like the K-array,” Burdette says. “We also wanted to have greater control over the sound dispersion while reducing any gain before feedback issues.” Burdette arranged to have the K-array KP102 line arrays brought in for a scaled demo at the church. “In use, we just loved the concept — the performance to size ratio was very impressive,” recalls Chris Jordan, president of Electro Acoustics.”
The installation itself involved a split array of the KP102s: an upper module consisting of three units, and a lower module of one unit. They were mounted at the proscenium line on the front face of the wall, with the lower array positioned approximately 6′ off the main floor directed at the main floor, and the upper array positioned approximately 21′ off the main floor and pointed towards the church’s balcony. “The precision of the KP102s afforded us the ability to throw deep into the room while staying close to structure and unobtrusive,” Burdette explains. “As well, we were able to position the speakers so they could disappear among the moldings.
In addition to the primary line array speakers for the main seating areas, Burdette also specified (12) KT22 point source compact speakers to reinforce audio directly beneath the balcony. “There were some old conventional style speakers there that they were going to reuse, but I recommended switching to the K-arrays because it was much less visually intrusive,” Burdette says. “From an audio perspective, this increases intelligibility for congregants seated under the balcony.”
In the choir loft, a pair of K-array KK52 line array speakers was mounted. “The choir wanted a little more presence and even coverage,” explains Chris Jordan. “That made it perfect, and now the choir members could not be more delighted.” The overall system was rounded out with a pair of K-array KMT18P ultra-light subwoofers, which were mounted into existing soffits within the structure: “The client didn’t want us to cut into any of the existing structure, so we found old speaker cutouts in the proscenium walls,” says Burdette. “We opened these back up, put grille cloth in front of them and mounted them. This turned out really well for the architecture.”
Since completing the installation, feedback has been resoundingly favorable among the congregation. “The church likes how the new loudspeaker system is performing,” reports Burdette. “Both speech intelligibility and music clarity have increased, and the K-array solution played an integral role in achieving this.”
Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams:
Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams, Inc. is a consulting firm offering state-of-the-art design services in sound systems, audio visual, scoreboard & video displays, broadcast provisions & video production, acoustics & noise control, theatre planning, lighting & rigging, distributed TV & satellite, video surveillance & access control, and tel/data structured cabling. Our strengths lie in the combined talents of principals and employees, our diverse technical and business skills, and experience accrued over the years from hundreds of successfully completed projects.
The incredibly thin and lightweight K-array loudspeakers are manufactured in Italy and distributed in the U.S. and Canada exclusively by Sennheiser. Despite their small size, K-array speakers deliver impressive power and sound quality for small, medium and large-scale applications, including touring, special events, installed sound and broadcast. For more information, please visit www.k-array.com.
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Suite Spot Produces 160+ Hours of Live Streaming Video Production for The 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
NEW YORK, NY – Call it the “Best In Show online.” Looking to showcase 187 breeds competing in 12 different rings at the recent 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (WKCDS), producers at USA Network and NBC turned to the full-service video production company Suite Spot to create a seamless 13-channel live streaming online broadcast experience for America’s second-oldest sporting event.
For the third consecutive year, WKCDS selected Suite Spot and the streaming video platform Ustream to help broadcast this elite happening. Led by Co-Founders Adam Drescher and Eli Heitin, Suite Spot applied its deep experience in broadcast-quality video, logistics and streaming to the storied event, providing a 40-person crew that produced over 160 hours of error-free live (archived online) broadcast for an extremely discerning audience. Viewing online and on mobile devices via a dedicated app, dog lovers worldwide received instant access to the breaking WKCDS action, held in New York City on February 10-11.
“The historical nature of the show brings an air of gravity – they’ve done this for 138 years, and the video needs to clearly show this competition is 100 percent fair and thorough,” Heitin says. “The production and streaming needs for an event like this are very complex, and there is no room for error.”
The viewer experience of the WKCDS was seamless. Anyone could simply select one of 13 channels to see action at any of the 12 rings, or the master channel switching continuously to breaking segments.
To make it happen, Suite Spot connected each of the 13 camera operators to their own dedicated, individually-manned streaming encoder at the mobile broadcast encoding station they set up onsite. Suite Spot also integrated custom graphics, encoded live to each channel, in keeping with viewer expectations for a championship sporting event. From there the HD video was broadcast on Ustream’s platform for live viewing and archived on USA Network’s site for on-demand distribution.
“That one-to-one communication is essential for successful multi-camera streaming at a live event,” notes Drescher. “All of our equipment is stress-tested, so we know that all hardware and software will perform as expected and last as long as it should. We also design for full redundancy so that all channels continue non-stop no matter what.”
High stakes to be sure – a top dog at the intensive preliminary rounds held at New York’s Pier 92/94 could go on to be crowned Best In Show. That raised the intensity on not just the 3,200 competing canines, their handlers and hardcore fans, but also with Suite Spot’s crew who were all sharing access to the limited show floor. Past experience working with elite brands such as Jet Blue, CBS, ESPN, Pepsi and American Express helped Suite Spot handle the project’s many challenges.
“The setting was very crowded with everyone on top of each other,” Heitin says, “but the client’s expectation is simply that it be flawless. For the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show that means every breed is fully represented, and nothing is ever late.”
Heitin adds, “We’re extremely proud of the fact that, despite this event’s long history, Suite Spot stands as the first company to broadcast the majority of the show – so much of it had simply never been seen by people who weren’t there live and in person. It’s exhilarating for us to execute complex projects like this. At the same time, our clients don’t even want to know how we did it – they just want to know that their production was done right.”
About Suite Spot:
Suite Spot is a full-service video production company with offices in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Founded in 2004, it provides media, entertainment, and corporate clients with award-winning services that include production, post production, original content creation, and streaming. From concept to completion, Suite Spot creates cutting edge, innovative productions for clients including American Express, CBS, Chevrolet, Coach, ESPN, GE, Intel, JetBlue, Macy’s, Panasonic, Pepsi, Red Bull, UFC, UStream, and The White House.
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Web-Based Solution Offered Collaborative On-Site Content Management
HOLLYWOOD, CA, MARCH 3, 2014 — Pronology, a developer of cutting-edge tapeless workflow solutions, was behind-the-scenes for this year’s 86th Academy Awards® telecast providing the star-studded event with its latest asset management solutions. Pronology’s user-friendly interface provided the production staff with an unprecedented level of visibility and creative control over the thousands of assets that are part of a show of this magnitude.
“There is an incredible amount of preparation that goes into making the Oscars® broadcast successful, and logistically speaking, it was a challenge in and of itself to manage the enormous amount of content that the show generated,” says Pronology Co-Founder Jonathan Aroesty. “Pronology allowed everyone involved in the show, from producers to playback operators, to efficiently organize and search through the huge number of pre-produced audio and video elements. This enabled them to instantaneously share clips, notations and approval decisions between the various content providers and edit facilities, regardless of their location. Pronology’s asset management software allowed the creative process to be a truly collaborative one.”
Pronology’s interactive interface enabled users to log, annotate, organize, view and remotely exchange content and information instantaneously, which allowed all members of the creative team to collaborate in real-time. Pronology’s innovative solution proved to be particularly significant in terms of managing the voiceovers for this year’s nominee packages, which were recorded on-site at the Dolby® Theatre, at Hollywood & Highland Center®. The use of Pronology’s asset management software offered a secure portal for the audio department to arrange, share and transfer content to Chainsaw, the edit facility charged with compositing and delivering all of the final elements.
“We have relied on Pronology’s software for the past four Oscar’s telecasts, and the company has always helped keep us organized during these large-stage events,” says Chainsaw Co-Owner Mike Polito. “In an environment in which there is large potential for miscommunication, Pronology helped bridge the gap between the many different creative parties involved, simplifying the workload and streamlining the production process.”
Prior to the broadcast, every clip must be formally “approved” by ABC Broadcast Standards and Practices (BS&P). In the past, this had been a tedious and time-consuming task; the process was made simple and effortless by Pronology. The BS&P team monitored the deliveries coming from Chainsaw in real-time, directly from its offices across town. As soon as content was created, it could be approved for air, greatly eliminating any potential workflow bottlenecks and further streamlining the process.
In addition to its innovative workflow solutions, Pronology’s asset management software also ensured data security, which is of the utmost concern. These safeguards guaranteed that all of the show content remained confidential and could only be accessed by designated, authorized personnel.
“Data security and cross platform capability are a primary concern at the Academy Awards, as it is one of the largest and most highly anticipated entertainment shows in the world,” says Academy Awards Engineer-in-Charge Tim Kubit. “It requires hundreds of playback elements, which need to be created and approved in a secure environment prior to the live broadcast. Pronology’s asset management software ensures data protection throughout the creative and approval process, allowing our team to work efficiently and securely. The software’s ample security safeguards and features provide me with flexibility and peace of mind during a show of this caliber.”
Along with the coordination of all of the pre-production elements, Pronology’s comprehensive solution proved advantageous during this year’s live broadcast as well. Heather Sabin, awards show curator at Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® (AMPAS) Film Archive, was on scene with access to the full Pronology toolset to record, log and tag this year’s broadcast for post-production and distribution purposes. Pronology then provided access to the content via its secure cloud based web-portal after the show, so that AMPAS could review the material in preparation for sharing it with interested parties.
A joint venture between Playback Innovations and WheresMyMedia, Pronology’s Digital Asset Management solution simplifies the task of content creation and distribution for today’s tapeless workflows. Designed from the ground up by actual users, the tools have been built first and foremost for ease-of-use. Pronology allows a limitless number of users to simultaneously and remotely acquire, manage, approve, log, distribute, transcode and archive content. Its user-friendly interface and format-agnostic infrastructure offer a complete all-in-one solution, while also providing the flexibility necessary to accommodate a wide range of possible workfl¬ows. For more information, please contact us at 212-660-1600 / firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us online at http://www.pronology.com.