IBC Innovation Awards shortlist announced

Sports applications dominate nominated projects.
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The shortlist for the IBC 2010 Innovation Awards have been announced with sports applications leading the line.

The awards – which are given out during the IBC exhibition in Amsterdam – cover three categories, content creation, content management and content delivery.

“The seven entries on our shortlist are there because they caught the eyes of the judges in two ways: with a real spark of something new and exciting; and in a clear demonstration of the partnership between customer and suppliers. It is when the two come together that there are real benefits,” said Michael Lumley, jury chairman, IBC 2010 Innovation Awards.

The shortlist in full:

Content creation

Live 3D sport from ESPN. The particular production the broadcaster has nominated is its first live stereoscopic 3D broadcast of a top-ranked college football match, between Ohio State and USC in September 2009. This project brought together a large number of technology partners: AJT Systems, Cinedigm, Hyundai, NEP, PaceHD, PVI, Quantel, Reality Check, Sensio and Sony.

Consistent loudness from the Winter Olympics from NBC Olympics. The broadcaster was keen to create dynamic and exciting audio, originating in 5.1 surround sound, but the very different characteristics of the events meant maintaining consistent perceived loudness, across long live broadcasts, would be a challenge. NBC chose Linear Acoustics as its technology partner.

Signal distribution at the Red Bull Air Races involved bringing pictures and sound from across a huge area, and from the planes themselves. The organisers chose to carry everything – video, audio, communications and data – on one easily rigged fibre backbone. Fibre also saves shipping many tonnes of copper cables from venue to venue. Technology partners were Riedel, with support from SIVision Outside Broadcast and West4Media Production.

Content management

Multi-platform asset management at Antena 3. The Spanish broadcaster’s newsroom system puts its content on television and on the internet, mobiles, YouTube and social networks, without increasing operational costs. The principle technology partner was Dalet Digital Media Systems, with Apple, Avid, Chyron, I+3 Television, Netapp, Omneon, Quantel, Stornext and Telestream.

Digital migration and archiving at the European Parliament. The audiovisual unit has an archive stretching back almost half a century on a huge range of formats and media. To provide open access to the content, the new project not only digitises the content but creates an open database that can be searched readily. Technical partners were Front Porch Digital and Broadcasting Centre Europe.

Content delivery

Transcontinental DAB+ for Australian Broadcasting Corporation and SBS. Bringing the benefits of digital radio to every corner of this huge country sets huge challenges. The solution was not just the largest implementation of DAB+ to date, it was the first to rely entirely on IP transmission end to end. Technology partners were Broadcast Australia, Radioscape, Telstra and United Group International.

DVB-T2 for terrestrial HD, a development project led by BBC R & D on behalf of the DVB Project. As the digital terrestrial switchover in the UK unrolls, so Freeview wanted to deliver high definition as quickly as possible. The development of a second generation terrestrial broadcasting format created the huge increases in transmission efficiency, ruggedness and flexibility required. The DVB-T2 study group was led by BBC R & D but involved 70 individuals representing 40 companies from around the world.

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