IBC Preview: top reasons to attend IBC 2018

IBC offers an unparalleled opportunity to discover the industry’s latest technology and trends, to promote new products and services, and to engage with industry peers and leaders. As we countdown to Europe’s biggest tradeshow, Digital Studio highlights the biggest reasons to attend, and profiles some of the top exhibitor stands IBC 2018 attendees can expect to visit at the RAI Amsterdam this September.
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IBC Future Zones

The IBC Future Zone brings together the very latest ideas, innovations and concept technologies and showcases them in a single specially-curated exhibition area. This year, the focus is on showing how new technologies grow from their first inception, progress through to validation projects, to mature into the ground-breaking applications and product standards of the future. Experience ground breaking innovation from exciting startups working in a range of areas from cinematic VR to 3-D kinematics to IP distribution, UHD-HDR, Social Content and Augmented Reality.


IBC Leaders Forum

This year will see the Forum take place around the theme of 'The Search for Growth’ reflecting a time of unprecedented change in the broadcast ecosystem.

The exclusive, high-powered gathering is set to feature big names from the global media, entertainment and technology industry. This years lineup of key speakers includes stalwarts like Niel Mohan, Chief Product Officer, YouTube, Tim Davie, CEO BBC Studios, Erik Huggers, Former CEO, Vevo; Anders Jensen, EVP and CEO of Nordic Entertainment, MTG; JB Perrette, President & CEO, Discovery Networks International; Kelly Day, President Viacom Digital Studios; and from the Middle East - Martin Stewart, CEO of OSN.


Cyber Security Forum

The Cyber Security Forum is one-day, invitation-only event that will convene Chief Technology Officers, Chief Information Officers, Chief Information Security Officers and Chief Digital Officers within media and broadcasting for a conversation on the challenges and opportunities presented by cyber security for broadcasters. 150+ attendees will discuss how to anticipate the next cyber threat, how to manage a breach and how to prepare for the future of cyber security. The Cyber Security Forum sits alongside the Telco & Media Innovation Forum and Leaders’ Forum as part of IBC’s Executive Forums programme.


IBC2018 Innovation Awards

The coveted IBC2018 Innovation Awards recognise innovation within the media, entertainment and technology industry and this year celebrate excellence in sport and news, multi-lingual production, multi-national delivery, new ways of engaging audiences and new business models to maximise revenues. The three categories of Content Creation, Content Distribution and Content Everywhere, encompass the breadth of the industry. The awards, first presented in 2006, are now widely regarded as the leading recognition of innovation and collaboration in the world of media, entertainment and technology.


Vitec brings new products

Dave Dougall, Vice President of Sales, EMEA and APAC details Vitec group’s IBC plans

DS: What products will be the key focus for you at IBC 2018?

All of the brands from Vitec Production Solutions will be on display, but we’re especially excited to showcase the latest innovations from our Litepanels, Autoscript, and Anton/Bauer lines. We will present our all-new Anton/Bauer Dionic XT battery series for the first time to a European trade show audience. We’ll also highlight Litepanels’ new Gemini, the industry’s most accurate and versatile 2x1 soft panel. With its lightweight and ballast-free design, Gemini eliminates the need for color correction by offering full-spectrum white light that’s perfect for lighting talent and rendering exceptional color. We will also feature the new IPS range for Intelligent Prompting from Autoscript. Intelligent Prompting is the industry’s first teleprompting system designed around an IP-enabled workflow that can also accommodate video workflows.

DS: Will you be launching any new products there?

Our all-new Anton/Bauer Dionic XT battery series will be making its European debut at IBC2018. Dionic XT is the newest generation of Anton/Bauer’s popular Dionic battery series for broadcast and 14.4V cinema. Available in both V-Mount and Gold Mount, the high-performing and compact Dionic XT is a 14V Li-Ion battery capable of delivering up to 12 amps of continuous power for cinematographers, broadcasters, rental houses, and other customers for whom battery performance and reliability are essential. Available in two models — the Dionic XT90 and Dionic XT150 — the series features ultra-high-strength ABS and rubber construction that cushions and protects the battery and ensures industry-standard performance even in the most demanding of extreme conditions.

DS: What do you hope to achieve by attending the show?

It’s a great opportunity for us to sit down with existing customers and partners and also develop relationships with new clients and prospects. Broadcasters, and content creators rely on our brands to capture and share exceptional imagery, no matter the location, weather, or terrain. We’re looking forward to showing how these brands are continuing to stay on the forefront of technology excellence. Two great examples are Gemini, the most accurate and agile LED soft light in the industry, and our all-new Dionic XT battery range.


Capturing Real world lighting in AR graphics

Ncam gets ready to debut virtual graphics solutions in Europe.

At IBC 2018, Ncam Technologies, the developer of real-time augmented reality technology for the entertainment industries, will demonstrate its portfolio of leading products and solutions designed to enhance lighting and depth within augmented reality platforms for a more naturalistic look.

CEO Nic Hatch tells us that demonstrations will center on Real Light: “Ncam will show how the solution is designed to solve the common challenge of making virtual graphics look like they are integrated into the real-world scene, “capturing important elements of real-world lighting (direction, colour, intensity etc), and rendering those elements onto the virtual graphics in real-time. Real Light creates the right shadows and allows objects to react ‘naturally’, adapting to every lighting change.”

Additionally, Ncam will show Real Depth, Ncam’s unique automated technique for sensing depth. By extracting depth data in real-time, subjects are able to interact with their virtual surroundings for the most realistic engagement.

Also on display will be Extreme, a new option for its camera tracking products, which was first launched at NAB2018. Extreme provides enhanced camera tracking for severe lighting conditions, especially stage lighting including strobing effects.

Hatch says for Ncam IBC2018 marks the European debut of Real Light, Real Depth and Extreme: “IBC is a valuable opportunity to meet new and existing customers and discuss how our solutions can enable them to enhance their productions. It is also the perfect place to develop relationships with our partner network,” he concluded.


Lawo showcases Broadcast 3.0

Klaus-Joerg Jasper discusses Lawo’s plans for IBC, promising a spectacular new audio console product launch

Lawo will showcase solutions for efficient IP-based broadcast production workflows, covering and integrating video, audio, control and networking. We will highlight new features in our software-defined V__matrix routing, processing and multiviewing platform, which forms a backbone for IP-based workflows, says Klaus Joerg Jasper.

Jasper promises a big product launch from Lawo this year: “IBC will see the launch of a spectacular new audio product, which will push current console designs to a new level, enabling all existing and future customers to elevate their installations while securing their existing investments. We will also show an audio solution that offers significant budget savings in remote productions based on third-party audio equipment, plus the next step in Lawo’s fully integrated remote production solution for video, audio and control.”

Jasper elaborates on Lawo’s hopes for the show: “We will discuss and explain the industry’s migration to Broadcast 3.0, which is based on IP transport, software-defined processing, orchestration and seamless control of network resources, and automated workflows. We will demonstrate how customers can benefit from using IP-based solutions for live broadcast, focussing on IP-based remote production workflows. We want to learn how we can further help serve customers’ requirements in remote production, further integrating video, audio, control and networking into systems for all aspects of IP-based workflows. Of particular interest to visitors, Lawo multiviewers – based on the V__matrix routing, processing and multiviewing platform – provide significant benefits to sports OBs by significantly reducing the physical footprint and power requirements, while providing the most user-friendly mosaic configuration and source allocation via the WALL, Lawo’s drag-and-drop multiviewer configuration tool.

Lawo will also demonstrate the SMART System Monitoring and Realtime Telemetry for Broadcast Networks designed to provide full network and media visibility across an all IP, all SDI or hybrid WAN/LAN broadcast infrastructure, and smartSCOPE – a Deep Packet Inspection & Network Analyzer.


Providing workflow security

Editshare to demo file auditing technology

Lee Griffin, Head of Marketing, says EditShare will demonstrate its commitment to cybersecurity with its new XStream EFS File Auditing technology, purpose-built to mitigate cyber attacks and content theft. In addition, EditShare will showcase in-demand real-time 4K, 8K and beyond EFS scale out storage video playback. XStream EFS delivers the best of both worlds in terms of IT and media performance, mitigating low latencies which are key in bandwidth intense workflows such as editorial, VFX, and finishing. EditShare will also show its QScan Automated Quality Control family (AQC) of products, which now support automated QC of IMF (Interoperable Master Format) packages. Attendees to the show will also be able to see EditShare’s latest iteration of Flow media asset management, which has been completely re-engineered for non-EditShare storage environments such as Avid NEXIS, StorageDNA and Amazon S3.

Attendees can also catch a glimpse of the new software-defined Flow, which is now in public beta, and has been completely re-engineered for non-EditShare storage environments such as Avid NEXIS, StorageDNA and Amazon S3. Bringing critical search, browse, and retrieve capabilities as well as tools to assemble media to static media storage, the new software-defined MAM platform maximizes the value of customers’ existing storage infrastructure by adding an intelligent media management layer that can manage millions of assets across multiple storage tiers in different locations. Along with over 500 software updates, this new version of Flow features a redesigned UI, unifying the user experience across web-based and desktop apps,” Griffin concludes.


Friend MTS demos content protection

Watermarking to protect from piracy

Friend MTS has last month appointed Simon Williamson as Chief Commercial Officer to drive global business growth. “At IBC 2018, we’ll be demonstrating how live channels, PPV events and on-demand assets can be protected from the menace of streaming piracy. Our automated global channel monitoring, along with our distributor-level and subscriber-level watermarking services, can stop illegal redistribution of content in minutes by connecting directly with subscriber management systems. This maintains control over content and, critically, it protects revenues.”

“For the first time at IBC, we’ll be showing 4K/UHD support for our ASiD service, which is the most widely deployed subscriber-level watermarking for premium sports and entertainment content. This service incorporates highly responsive, global channel monitoring using fingerprint-based content recognition.” The ASiD service is an invisible, and fully scalable services designed to tackle streaming piracy by cutting it off at the source - this is done by terminating the access of the subscriber that’s redistributing the content. It’s effective against illegal streaming devices, Kodi add-ons, mobile apps, websites and social media.

“IBC is a key show for Friend MTS. It’s a great opportunity to discuss security threats and the most effective responses with our worldwide customers, partners and prospective customers.”


Crystal Vision plugs media processor product

Managing Director Philip Scofield outlines his IBC plans

Crystal Vision will be showing its flexible IP platform, the MARBLE-V1 media processor hardware. Crystal Vision’s IP products are software apps which run on MARBLE-V1 hardware, with apps that are bought with the hardware able to be replaced with different apps as needed. Featuring a powerful CPU/GPU processor that runs Linux and a Crystal Vision developed operating system layer which is the connecting fabric to the software-defined apps, MARBLE-V1 is a card housed in the Vision frame. It has six bi-directional SDI connections, four 10GbE SFP+ network interface ports, eight bi-directional discrete AES stereo channels and multiple referencing capabilities. The initial software apps – SDI6-IP-2022, IP-SDI6-2022, SDI6-IP-2110 and IP-SDI6-2110 – are IP gateways for the transport of uncompressed video over 10GbE IP networks, converting to and from SMPTE 2022 or SMPTE 2110. The unique IP to IP translators – IP-IP-2022 and IP-IP-2110 – can be used for network address translation, multicast to unicast address conversion, the creation of media firewalls and ST 2022 to ST 2110 protocol conversion – and so help broadcasters solve any IP problems. The gateway and translator apps include support for 31 SDI video standards, redundant streaming, clean switching between flows, sophisticated synchronising, PTP reference, video delay, unicast and multicast transmission, signal and flow monitoring, traffic shaping and features to ensure network security.

“IBC is always a good place to have demonstrations of the Safire 3 real-time chroma keyer, which is now the lowest cost of the industry’s best real-time chroma keyers following a significant price drop. Enhancements include new colour spill processing, as well as improved live operation following changes made to the VisionPanel control panel. The new price makes it easier for large broadcasters to justify a chroma keyer on each camera which gives the most flexible system when using a virtual set that works from different camera angles, reducing the stress levels of the operators during live applications. For smaller broadcasters who had to rely on lower quality keyers, the new pricing allows them to have better quality keying.”

“With some broadcasters expressing general concerns about being hacked, Crystal Vision will be showing the increased security it has recently added to its Indigo and Vision frames.”

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