Teradek bullish about IBC2017

Jefferson Pichinte tells Digital Studio about his company's plans for IBC2017
Jefferson Pichinte of Teradek.
Jefferson Pichinte of Teradek.

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DS: What will be the focus for Teradek at IBC2017?

Jefferson Pichinte: We’ll be highlighting a whole range of new products and technologies released this year by Teradek.  These include our most iconic video encoder, the Cube, which has been upgraded to support next-gen HEVC/H.265 compression standard, changing the game for the video transport ecosystem. But as every broadcaster knows, the video world has yet to see widespread adoption for HEVC playback support. To circumvent this, we’ll also be showcasing Teradek’s cloud-based stream management service, Core, introducing its newest feature, transcoding within the cloud. This feature allows broadcasters to stream H.265 video (greatly reduced bandwidth) from their Core-compatible encoder directly to Core, where the feed can be transcoded to H.264 for deployment to CDNs or decoder destinations. This integrated solution saves users a significant amount of bandwidth, leading to lower costs and better QoS results.

Also on display will be our newest Bond module, which adds maximum redundancy to the Cube encoder, bonding up to five cellular USB connections for a reliable, consistent video uplink. For broadcasters, this eliminates a single point of failure and ensures a steady connection throughout the broadcast. The Node, meanwhile, is Teradek’s high-performance USB cellular modem for stronger Internet reception. Offering up to three times the strength of carrier branded modems, Nodes allows users to go live from locations with poor cellular conditions, and offers redundant support for mission-critical broadcasts over IP.

Seeing incredible demand since its launch this year, the Serv Pro is the latest addition to our cinematographer’s toolkit. This on-set monitoring device allows up to 10 iOS devices (iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches) to wirelessly monitor the shot, giving every crucial member of your team a simple, affordable, and collaborative way to view what’s being shot without crowding around video village.VUER is Serv Pro’s companion app, which offers a host of versatile monitoring tools found in professional field monitors. With VUER, every member of the team has access to features like vectorscope, focus peaking, and frame grab.

We’ll also be highlighting our newest version of our switcher app, Live: Air Action for iPads. With Live:Air Action, users can connect up to six camera feeds together for live switching, editing, and streaming. Connect any combination of iOS devices or professional cameras with Teradek encoders as camera sources to create a professional, low-cost, and streamlined multi-camera production.

DS: Will you be launching any new products at the show this year?

JP: We’ll be having a top secret launch for the cinema market at IBC. We encourage everyone to visit our booth for more info!

DS: What do you hope to achieve by attending IBC2017?

JP: IBC is incredibly important for Teradek, as it’s one of the best opportunities for us to meet face-to-face with our European partners and clients. As a result, we hope to showcase our newest technology while also meeting with our customers to develop stronger relationships in the global video industry.

DS: How has business been for Teradek so far in 2017?

JP: This year marks one of the most successful years for our company. Our market-disrupting iOS monitoring technology has caught the attention of much of the cinema world, and HEVC enhancements to the majority of our devices have been well received, with  widespread demand. It has been one of the most innovative years for us so far.

DS: Do you have any plans for expansion in the Middle East in 2017-18?

JP: The Middle East is one of the two markets we’ve identified as having the fastest potential for expansion for Teradek, and we are planning to meet with our Middle Eastern partners at IBC to discuss further growth. For now, all we can say is that HEVC will be an important asset for our expansion plans in the region.

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