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NAB show had something for everyone from the industry
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The self-proclaimed entertainment capital of the world once again hosted the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and as ever, the show had something for everyone from the industry. Here, Digital Broadcast Middle East has all the highlights.

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Thomson enhances VIBE VS7000 Platform
Thomson Video Networks has updated its now one-year old ViBE VS7000 with Dolby audio processing and MPEG-DASH support.

The VS7000 video system is described as a ‘anything in, anything out’ encoding/transcoding platform for Web TV, over-the-top (OTT) services, IPTV, and cable delivery.

The system was previously available with AAC, HE-AAC, and MPEG-1 Layer II audio features.

The upgrade sees Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby Digital encoding and decoding, as well as Dolby Digital to Dolby Digital Plus transcoding featured as standard, which is said to help enrich the audio processing toolbox of the ViBE VS7000 with authentic surround abilities.

Support for the MPEG-DASH (Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP) standard also extends the VS7000’s range of streaming formats. The device previously supported Adobe Flash, Apple HTTP Live Streaming and Microsoft Smooth Streaming. MPEG-DASH was only ratified in November 2011.

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Chyron shows off ‘SHOUT’ Application
Chyron talked up its new Shout application that enables broadcasters to bring social media (SM) commentary into live broadcasts.

It promises to give one or more users the ability to monitor, select, adjust, and route SM conversations to broadcast graphics systems either for on-air playback or for storage as data files for later use.

Multiple instances of Shout running across a facility can be used simultaneously by different staff members to view content and moderate the same playback list.

Users can add, remove, and authenticate multiple social media accounts, each of which has its own playback controller, playback-style settings, and filters, as well as an automated find-and-replace feature, which defines words and phrases that will be automatically replaced with new text.

Operators also have the ability to create multiple application-wide moderator messages that act as customised posts. Shout’s built-in playback controller eliminates the need to write scripts or data-bind templates on the playout devices.

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Sencore Highlights MRD 2800 Decoder
Sencore showcased its new MRD 5800, which is the latest addition to the company’s line of receiver decoder solutions.

The MRD 5800 is said to be the industry’s first modular receiver decoder to combine support of Hi422P video with up to eight audio services.

The MRD 5800 can receive and decodes both MPEG-2 and H.264 video and audio streams, and can then deliver high-quality feeds to downstream equipment in a contribution system or high-end distribution system.

The MRD 5800 is said to be ideal for many types of contribution environments, including large-venue OB productions, satellite trucks, and fixed-point contribution, as well as high-end distribution in which tools such as 4:2:2 chroma sampling are frequently used.

Sencore’s MRD 5800 supports today’s highest quality contribution video feeds and provides full MPEG-2, H.264, 4:2:0, 4:2:2, 8-bit, and 10-bit decoding in a single 1RU system.

In addition, support for up to eight audio PIDs gives operators the flexibility to tackle all of their multilanguage, multichannel, and multiformat delivery challenges. The MRD 5800 can also decode and output full HD 1080p60 video, ensuring compatibility with popular video formats in use today and well into the future.

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Primestream announces FORK3.0 suite
Primestream showed its next generation FORK Production Suite for managing and automating broadcast workflows. FORK 3.0 boasts new features, technological improvements, and integrations with third-party broadcast workflows that make it more responsive, powerful, extendable, and capable of handling multiple tasks.

FORK 3.0 is said to represent a significant leap for the platform in terms of its ability to scale and multitask. Improvements to FORK’s underlying technology claim to increase the software’s stability, reliability, and functionality.

These improvements give FORK 3.0 the ability to manage larger installations more efficiently and meet the requirements of today’s workflows for multiscreen delivery.

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Snell announces ‘MOMENTUM’
Snell unveiled Momentum, which is said to be a breakthrough solution for media asset management (MAM), workflow automation, and resource planning.

Momentum has been designed to deliver maximum control and flexibility to media and broadcast operators, enabling them to reduce operational costs by allocating resources more efficiently and making content more accessible.

“Efficient workflow management is a critical factor for the success of today’s broadcast and media operations as they tackle the requirements of ‘TV Everywhere’ delivery to the full range of distribution platforms and consumer devices, and we’ve solved this workflow challenge with Momentum,” said Neil Maycock, Chief Architect at Snell.

“Momentum aggregates MAM, workflow automation, and resource management to provide a unified platform from which all elements within a production workflow can be easily managed, from media assets to technical resources, such as editing suites and other applications.”

Momentum is based on a thin-client service oriented architecture (SOA) to control a suite of proprietary and third-party applications running on various hardware platforms.

Through a single unified interface, operations staff can access the system’s MAM, workflow automation, and resource management tools to perform complex production tasks involving different departments and personnel such as production managers, administration staff, journalists, and editors.

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Harris unwraps Megellan System
Harris has introduced what it says is the broadcast industry’s most powerful and complete network monitoring and control solution. The system aims to give customers a centralised view of every component for unrivaled system-wide flexibility.

The firm says its Magellan Network Management System (NMS) sets new standards in monitoring and control for all broadcast operations, such as video headends, production workflows and master controlcenters.

The Magellan NMS system is based on technology from Skyline Communications and offers a consolidated user interface for the monitoring and control of multiple channels or facilities, and the flexibility to interface with Harris equipment and any third-party device.

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Avid announces new MPD solution
Avid debuted its new multi-platform distribution (MPD) solution, which is said to address the demands of viewers who are driving requirements for multi-screen media consumption.

The MPD solution comes at a time when content is increasingly viewed through TV, online, social, and mobile channels, which in turn demands that producers distribute media across multiple platforms.

The solution was designed to streamline and enhance the process for journalists, producers and video editors who are creating and distributing content across multiple platforms.

Leveraging Avid’s own Interplay and iNEWS, the MPD can orchestrate the flow of assets and metadata through creation, transcode, and delivery to web CMSs, online video platforms, and social media platforms.

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Linear Acoustic launches AERO.1000
Linear Acoustic used NAB 2012 to introduce its most advanced product to date, the AERO.1000. The audio/loudness platform comprises up to eight AEROMAX audio processing engines, each with UPMAX upmixing, up to eight Dolby decoders and encoders, up to eight Nielsen Watermark encoders, 3GHz SDI with included video delay - all in a 1RU package.

The AERO.1000 is the first product to feature Linear Acoustic’s CARBON Hybrid Processing; a patent-pending hybrid between multiband techniques and metadata control.

This new process takes full advantage of the new version of the dynamic range control data already found in the Dolby Digital signal. As a result broadcasters can choose to keep permanent control over dynamic range where necessary, reserving reversible control for high-quality, trusted programming.

The AERO.1000 can handle up to 64 channels of audio - encoded or baseband - via AES, SDI, analog, or optional DVB-ASI. Compensating video delay is standard. Dolby encoding as well as decoding is optionally available on all processing engines, as is Nielsen Watermark encoding.

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Dolby unleashes new development kit
Dolby Laboratories has released a development kit to offer the full complement of Dolby Digital Plus (DDP) multichannel audio to firms that use the MPEG Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (MPEG-DASH) standard.

Online video services such as Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Apple iTunes, Samsung Acetrax, HBO Go and many more rely on Dolby technology. The kit will enable Dolby’s present and future partners, as well as DRM vendors, to implement and test DDP in their online video offerings.

The kit includes test vectors as well as specs that describe how DDP can be signaled and transported within MPEG-DASH, Microsoft Smooth Streaming, and Apple HTTP Live Streaming.

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Wohler demonstrates dvm-2443
Wohler’s DVM-2443 offers broadcasters advanced test and measurement features in a stand-alone 2-RU configuration.

It features four 4.3-inch 16:9 ratio LED backlit displays for flexible and convenient at-a-glance monitoring of content from MPEG-2/4 ASI streams, as well as PID table metadata, waveform, and vectorscope overlays, and audio-level meters.

“Our growing DVM line offers best-in-class performance and functionality that previously were available to broadcasters only in more expensive solutions,” said Don Bird, Chief Marketing Officer at Wohler.

“As we continue to roll out additional DVM monitors, we’re providing broadcasters with expanded capabilities in confidence monitoring to keep pace with the broadening content distribution landscape today.”

The DVM-2443, which is positioned as a cost-effective four-screen monitoring system also accepts two 3G/HD/SD-SDI loop-through inputs, as well as composite video, component video, DVI-I, and analog audio stereo inputs.

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