A look at the product showcases and new launches planned for this year’s Broadcast Asia
Broadcast Asia returns for the 15th year on 15 – 18 June 2010 at Singapore Expo. Asia’s leading event for the digital multimedia and entertainment industries features an exhibition and conference that bring together production professionals, management and suppliers. The show focuses on TV, radio and film production as well as post-production and multi-platform streaming. Taking place alongside the main exhibition are the fourth edition of InteractiveDME, with its focus on interactive digital media and entertainment, and the Broadcast Asia 2010 International Conference.
The show also sees a number of technology demonstrations and key launches, outlined below.
Front Porch Digital migrates media content
V6.3 of Front Porch Digital’s DIVArchive content storage management (CSM) enhances integration with popular editing and production tools such as Avid Interplay, Apple Final Cut Pro and Apple Final Cut Server. Integration with Avid Interplay makes it easier for users of Avid’s media asset management system to access content stored under DIVArchive management. New DIVArchive features include multi-resolution object support, sub-clip partial restore, best-effort restore, advanced Avid asset search within the DIVArchive user interface, and full Unicode asset support.
Another new feature for DIVArchive V6.3 is full Unicode support for storage plan manager, the component that automatically manages the content lifecycle based on configurable business rules and policies. DIVArchive V6.3 also incorporates Front Porch Digital’s DIVAprotect as a standard feature.
By continually monitoring the digital storage infrastructure including connected broadcast devices, network connectivity, transcoder engine performance, and other key system parameters, DIVAprotect guards content against data tape and drive degradation.
Also new is V4.1 of DIVAdirector, which adds a revamped browser interface; support for identification and retrieval of clips with noncontiguous timecode; partial-restore format auto detection to further simplify user interaction with the complex format/wrapper challenges handled by DIVArchive; and management of remote proxies without the need for their replication specifically for DIVAdirector. DIVAdirector V4.1 also offers enhanced integration with Front Porch Digital’s SAMMA Solo system, a solution for migrating media content from videotape to digital storage.
Front Porch Digital specialises in content management, including the transfer of content from tape to digital storage systems.
Netia enables content management and delivery
Netia and its parent company GlobeCast will join up to reinforce their combined position as an integrator of broadcast technology. Together, the two companies together target the entire broadcast chain, from contribution to playout and delivery, with a wide range of products and services.
Within the GlobeCast booth, Netia will highlight its Manreo 2 asset management system. Manreo includes a rage of tools designed to simplify the cataloguing, indexing, accessing, and distribution of media. With Manreo 2, content can be repurposed and published to platforms such as Web portals and mobile devices.
Visitors will also find Netia in the booth of BCI, its master distributor for the South East Asia region. Netia will demonstrate its entire Radio-Assist 8 range of digital audio automation. The company will also illustrate the integration between Radio-Assist and Manreo.
Snell helps restore SD and HD content
Snell’s Archangel Ph.C – HD, an advanced SD and HD restoration system with real-time dirt, dust, grain, noise, scratch, instability and flicker removal, will be making its Asia-Pacific debut at Broadcast Asia 2010. First introduced at this year’s NAB exhibition, Archangel Ph.C – HD helps to ensure that SD and HD content can be distributed at optimum quality.
Snell has also introduced the Alchemist Ph.C – HD, which features 1080p capability, enabling producers to deliver content to any standard without having to reduce picture quality or clarity. In addition to the Dolby E transcoding and decoding already offered in Alchemist, the enhanced Dolby E Authoring option also enables encoding (PCM>Dolby E) with more comprehensive audio routing control.
Also on show are two additions to the Kudos Plus line of rack-mountable standards and format converters. The new CVR800 frame-rate and format converter and the TBS800 format converter and synchroniser both offer a range of features and functionality. This includes support for 3Gb/s operations and composite video I/O, designed to improve efficiency in broadcast workflow, and a range of user-controllable enhancement tools to boost effects creation.
Triveni Digital to introduce more affordable analyser
Triveni Digital, a subsidiary of LG Electronics, will showcase StreamScope RM-40 software along with its GuideBuilder DVB SI system. The company will also showcase the StreamScope MT-40LCP, a low-cost version of the company’s StreamScope MT-40 analyser.
StreamScope RM-40 is a remote monitoring instrument that monitors real-time DTV streams for the broadcast and broadband industries. The latest software release for the StreamScope RM-40 product family introduces several new features designed to minimise operating costs while addressing key issues in the delivery of a quality viewing experience.
The enhancements include a live services monitor and thumbnail views of the real-time stream being monitored; an enhanced rule set that allows rule clusters to be applied based on transport type; and automated stream comparison to ensure that signal quality, services and components are in line with business or contractual agreements.
StreamScope MT-40LCP is a low-cost version of the StreamScope MT-40 analyzer, a solution for real-time analysis and verification of DTV transport streams. The MT-40LCP facilitates end-to-end MPEG-2/MPEG-4 transport stream monitoring and analysis for DTV signals carried by cable, telco, broadcast, satellite, IPTV, or mobile networks.WW
The low-cost model of the MT-40 features two slots that enable broadcasters to select two input types best suited for their operation. The product also features a significantly reduced size and weight, as well as a battery option for field use.
Streambox introduces portable video transport box
Streambox is introducing Avenir, the newest member of the company’s family of portable video transport solutions. Designed for use in the field, Avenir is Streambox’s first hardware-based encoder to offer both 3G/4G wireless network bonding for high-quality HD or SD in a fully portable form factor, enabling live or file-based video acquisition over low-data-rate networks.
The Streambox Avenir is also the first battery operated mobile encoder designed for a reporter to file HD/SD live and file-based video content over a variety of IP networks, which allows broadcasters to replace traditional SNG/DNG systems. The Avenir uses Streambox’s ‘ ACT-L3’ codec to capture and encode high-quality HD content in 1080i or 720p format, at data rates up to 20 Mbps, and SD content in NTSC or PAL from 64 Kbps to 8 Mbps.
Streambox’s ACT-L3 software encoder now also supports HD-SDI video streaming via Apple Mac OS X platforms. The hybrid SD/HD solution enables field news teams using Mac laptops to gather, edit, and stream live or file-based HD-SDI video over IP networks from remote locations. The Streambox encoder is capable of encoding 1080i HD video at up to 6 Mbps, depending on the Mac’s processing power.
TSL monitors audio
TSL will showcase its latest branded products at Broadcast Asia 2010. The PAM2-3G16 and PAM1-3G8 are multi-standard, multi-format audio monitors designed to simplify multi-channel audio monitoring.
Both units also now include Dolby Digital Plus as well as ITU-R BS.1770 loudness measurement capabilities.
Targeted for use primarily in master control rooms, the PAM2-3G16 offers a range of user-selectable scales, ballistics, and input/output signals along with the ability to dissect and monitor any multi-channel audio signal structure
The PAM1-3G8 is a 1RU box designed for applications where space is limited, but where the user still needs to be able to affirm that all multi-channel or Dolby audio streams are present. It offers 15 user configurable and instant recall monitoring presets, multiple signal format handling and user selectable bar graph characteristics.
Another solution, the MDU12-PMi, is a system and energy management solution that provides the user with control over equipment racks. The MDU12-PMi monitors the power consumption and operating temperature of racks, providing clear warnings if variables rise above or fall below programmable limits.