Expensive and complicated, automation
and asset management systems
used to be the domain of the wealthiest
and most forward-thinking operations.
No more. As inexpensive and increasingly
simple-to-use automation products filter
down to even cable-access facilities, automation
is now a necessity instead of a luxury.
Likewise, with the demand for content for
both broadcast and IP delivery, asset management
is now standard business practice.
This year’s show will have plenty of new
and upgraded products for both these categories,
for all classes of customers.
Autocue/QTV will mark the NAB
debut of Production Suite, its complete
studio and channel-in-a-box that includes
everything required to produce a live or aslive
show, priced from $29,999.
Crispin will demonstrate its master
control automation, which includes DeviceServer
and EventServer. EventServer handles
up to 16 lists (or channels) of control,
and is designed to operate in a main/backup
scenario. Systems can be configured to
handle up to 100 independent channels on
a single system.
Evertz will focus on its Mediator
content management and workflow platform.
With its Web browser interface and
integrated Playtime multichannel play-out
option, Mediator can manage multiple
content streams and provide tools to repurpose
and deliver multiformat content.
Florical will be on hand to demonstrate
its AirBoss automation system, which
features improvements in cloud-based acquisition,
asset management and content
distribution. AirBoss also adds SCTE-104 capabilities
for seamless ad insertion.
Harris Broadcast will unveil
Versio, which debuted last fall at IBC. Versio
is an integrated play-out system that combines
baseband video, channel branding
and automated workflow capabilities in an
easy-to-deploy, software-based, 1RU channel-
in-a-box solution. Versio is expected to
offer fast installation, as well as simple integration
with production, traffic and billing,
scheduling, asset management, content
playout and master control functions.
will debut the iTX Render Service for Adobe
After Effects CS6 software. iTX Render
Service is a new approach to graphics creation
that inserts the creative capabilities of
After Effects CS6 into the playout workflow.
NVerzion will demonstrate its Component
Level Automation System Solutions, a flexible, scalable automation system
that integrates a broadcaster’s existing
hardware and software systems into one
platform. Elsewhere in the booth, NVerzion
will roll out the newest version of NCompass,
a software platform that streamlines the
processing and playout of file-based content,
including enhanced licensing flexibility.
Pebble Beach Systems
will launch its Stingray channel-in-a-box
system at NAB. Stingray is a full-featured
channel-in-a-box solution targeted at operations
with 1 to more than 100 channels,
and it can be deployed to a wide range of
channel types that include more complex
dynamic channels incorporating live content
and frequent schedule changes.
Pebble Beach Stingray
Pixel Power will spotlight Gallium,
which provides automated control of Pixel
Power’s transmission devices for graphics
and channel playout, including the company’s
ChannelMaster. ChannelMaster, an
integrated and scalable channel play-out
system, is a scalable approach to deploying
new channels and it also integrates with
any automation and MAM system.
Pixel Power Gallium
Rushworks will demonstrate its
A-List Broadcast affordable automation
system, available in SD and HD. With up to
four channels in a chassis, A-List Broadcast
includes an integrated “Zone” billboard display
engine with 3D DVE transitions.
Skylark Technology will offer
its Neo 3000 channel-in-a-box system that
provides broadcast quality record, ingest,
graphics and playout capabilities with a
built-in video server. Neo 3000 automates
workflows and interfaces with traffic and
business systems, as well as MAM/DAM content
distribution and management systems.
Snell will point to new features in its
ICE channel-in-a-box system that focuses
on incorporating more of the channel
into the box. ICE now includes integrated
2D/3D graphics and CG functionality with
timeline editing control, as well as the ability
to populate fields from the company’s
Morpheus automation schedule events
and external data sources.
Thomson Video Networks
will showcase its Sapphire
MPEG broadcast server, a channel-in-a-box
solution with capture, play-out and regionalization
capabilities. Operating frameaccurately
with MPEG-2 and H.264 compressed
content, Sapphire provides all the
functions needed to ingest, process, brand
and generate TV channels ready for air.
Vector 3 will spotlight its Media-
Manager workflow engine for play-out and
master control. Composed of a suite of applications,
MediaManager automatically administers
the different actions that are needed
to bring the files to the correct place at
the correct time to be aired smoothly.
Vimond will showcase new single
source, multiformat streaming and digital
rights management (DRM) capabilities as
part of the Vimond Platform. These new
capabilities allow streaming from a single
source to multiple technical platforms and
formats including Adobe Flash, Microsoft
Smooth Streaming, Apple HLS and mobile
WideOrbit will feature its broad
line of business management tools, such
as WO Traffic and WO Program. WO Traffic
automates traffic, revenue management
and billing, while WO Program has tools to
track program acquisitions, rights, scheduling
and finance. The company has many
more modules to cover all aspects of a
AP will roll out v7.0 of its ENPS system,
now with an updated UI for more
flexibile user configuration, integrated
calendar-based planning, dashboard and
an “Alert Bar” to keep users updated on
breaking news and incoming messages.
Autocue/QTV will show its Production
Suite for live production and channel
operations. It is a complete newsroom,
scripting and prompting system, a live multicamera
production system, and a complete
channel-in-a-box for automated play-out, integrated
into a single end-to-end product.
Aveco will feature its Astra Studio 2
automation solution for news and studio
production, including Astra MCR that provides
frame-accurate play-out for master
control with interfaces to popular traffic
systems. Also on display will be the company’s
standalone media asset management
tools that can run in any environment,
disaster recovery solutions to keep
broadcasters on-air during emergencies,
and the company’s regional ad insertion
solution that enables higher revenue generation
in local regions.
Bitcentral will highlight CORE:news,
a unified news production suite that enables
seamless story production from
original conception to final archiving.
CORE:news combines content capture, editing,
playout, publishing, collaboration and
asset management into one system.
Digital Broadcast will show off
a new streamlined GUI for its NewsBank
automated news system. NewsBank now
does a better job of consolidating servers
and editing functions so that news stories
can be received, edited and automatically
aired according to rundowns provided via
MOS interfaces to newsroom computer
Masstech will feature Emerald,
which allows journalists to archive, search,
find, preview and restore content directly
from within their familiar NCS interface,
without the need to open additional
browser windows or applications. Close
integration with both iNews and ENPS
means journalists need little if any additional
training, as Emerald is built to function
as an extension of the newsroom systems
with which they are already familiar.
Masstech ENPS/iNews plug-in
Ross Video will unveil enhancements
to its OverDrive news production
system, with a re-engineered newsroom
plug-in that streamlines the preparation
process. Version 14.0 adds features such
as trailing audio support, color coding to
identify incoming MOS elements, automated
multiplatform publishing and a remote
database option for multisite production.
TRAFFIC & BUSINESS
Broadpeak will debut umbrellaCDN,
which lets content providers allocate
the ideal content delivery network
for their content according to criteria
such as format, end-user location, content
provider, quality or time of day. umbrellaCDN
has advanced analytics to provide
full information about the audience and
the content consumption.
Ceiton Technologies will
unveil its Resource Scheduling system, a
Web-based scheduler that enables you to
book projects, shifts, jobs, teams, rooms,
trucks, equipment and more. Resource
Scheduling also includes external resources
such as freelancers and vendors.
Etere will highlight its Media Enterprise
Resource Planning platform,
which connects and manages a company’s
complete media lifecycle. MERP is scalable
to keep up with both new media and company
Myers, which recently dropped
the “Information Systems,” will focus
on ProTrack TV, a broadcast
management solution that interconnects
a facility’s traffic, scheduling,
sales, engineering and IT departments.
ProTrack TV integrates
seamlessly with existing products
and systems to optimize workflow
and preserve existing investments.
Pilat Media will unveil enhancements
to IBMS Omnicast, its
business management solution for
nonlinear next-generation services such as
VOD, OTT and catchup TV across all delivery
platforms. Also debuting is OTTilus OVP
(online video platform), which enables endto-
end OTT deployments that encompass all
major solution components from content
acquisition to player applications.
will highlight Louise—
a fully integrated system for managing
every aspect of programming,
media and metadata, including rights,
acquisition, budgets, production, playout
and multiplatform exposures. Also look for
Cindy, PCI’s sales and advertising management
ScheduALL will roll out ScheduALL
5 with “smart technology,” the company’s
latest version of its enterprise resource
management software. Details are a
little sketchy, but the ScheduALL promises
improved connectivity, mobility and analytics,
as well as a new media-centric workflow.
StorerTV, which was recently acquired
by SintecMedia, is expected to be
at the show featuring its CentriX business automation system. CentriX manages
workflow automation on a central
system that integrates multiple hardware
and software systems, including Oracle,
SAP, SharePoint and Microsoft Office.
AmberFin will demonstrate how
new modules for its iCR asset management
system address workflow requirements
that include ingest and transcoding to MXF
AS11 and metadata support for the Digital
Production Partnership, as well as other
industry standard formats. The company
will also spotlight how its iCR software
can help simplify captioning workflows to
meet new FCC regulations.
Avid will debut Interplay MAM Active
Archive, which gives media producers a
fast and wide-ranging media asset management
implementation that can accommodate
new and expanded workflows, system
integrations, and users. Avid will also
unveil Interplay Production 3.0 that adds
new capability for reality television and
workflows that use multi-camera projects.
Avid Interplay MAM
axle Pro will roll out its media management
software, which now includes
support for Avid workflows. Editors, assistants
and producers can use iPad browsers
to search from a common pool of media,
select scenes, make annotations, and
hand off the workflow to assigned editors.
Dalet will showcase its new Galaxy
MAM system that includes an industrystandard
BPM workflow engine tailored
for media organizations. It automates many
tasks and processes, and it is an open platform
with a variety of data exchange and
integration paths for third-party integration
with NLEs, broadcast servers, HSM,
automation systems, traffic and
broadcast management, distribution
and business systems.
EVS will feature MediArchive
Director, which offers
tools to centrally manage various
archive digitization and content
delivery platforms, including formats
that allow intelligent media
browsing based on metadata and
logging. MAD has remote access
for browsing and control, as well
as multiplatform delivery.
For-A will show MediaConcierge, its collective
name for a media management system
that supports MPEG-1/2/4 and H.264
compression standards, tapeless media files
such as DVCPRO and XDCAM, and computer
media files such as Windows Media Video
Front Porch Digital will introduce
V7.1 of its DIVArchive content storage
management system, now including AXF Explorer
for parsing AXF objects using a dragand-
drop GUI similar to the Windows operating
system. DIVArchive 7.1 also enables a
wide range of video transcoding
and workflows, and is directly
integrated with Telestream’s
Vantage Transcode and Vantage
Front Porch Digital’s DIVArchive
Grass Valley will show
its range of storage and file
management products, including
the K2 TX/MAM media asset
management system with
a central database. The K2 TX/
MAM standard IT server uses a
Web-based GUI to control all media
assets, including video/audio clips, captioning,
metadata and graphics on discrete
playout nodes. GV will also showcase the
latest version of Stratus, with new tools to
increase efficiency through automated, rulesbased
file operations. It also adds the Edius
XS nonlinear low-resolution proxy editor.
Harris Broadcast will feature its
Invenio Motion intelligent media movement
module for asset management. It now integrates
multiple functions to track, manage
and execute workflow activities, along with
the capability to quantify the value of how
every task correlates across the workflow.
Hi Tech Systems will show off
AViTA Differential, an ingest and archive system
connecting VTRs to servers for ingest,
and servers to VTRs for archive. Recordings
are carried out automatically and can have
metadata attached to video clips.
Levels Beyond will demo Reach
Engine, which enables secure and seamless
streamlining of complex workflows around
video creation, library management, packaging
MediaSilo will debut an iOS app that
provides iPad users with access to their
media assets from anywhere. The app allows
users to search for and download
content from the MediaSilo cloud library
for offline review.
MediaSilo’s iPad app
Nativ will launch Mio v5.0, a media asset
management and workflow solution with
built-in social collaboration and browserbased
editing. Mio v5.0 is a scalable platfor
that enables studios, broadcasters, networks
and production companies to manage their
entire content workflow, from creation to
consumption, in one place.
Netia will showcase the latest version
of its media asset management platform,
which allows users to manage all processes
within the global production environment
from editing through post and distribution.
With the Netia CMS, users can connect all
their partners and vendors within a single
production ecosystem, simplifying the sharing
and managing of media assets.
Orad Hi-Tec Systems is
showing iFind, a browser-based media management
product that gives users the ability
to manage servers, graphics and archive
systems. Search, workflow and management
functionality can be tailored
to individual requirements.
will show Fork Logger,
a new cross-platform
module for the FORK
Production Suite 3.5.
Fork Logger is a metadata-
tagging tool that
logs live or recorded video, letting users
log video files for searches, filtering and
organization by metadata entries inside
Primestream’s Content Navigator media asset
SGL will unveil its Notification Service,
which improves linear tape file system
workflow and permits ingest of material directly
into the archive. SGL will also show
ntegrated FlashNet workflows in both the
HP (SL9605) and EVS (SL2416) booths.
Signiant will demonstrate new features
for its Media Shuttle, including secure
file sharing that allows media professionals
to browse private file directories and
securely upload and download files to the
Tedial will debut enhanced Web-based
technology for its Tarsys asset management
system, featuring a unified interface to allow
access content from a single screen. It’s
now easier to locate content and initiate
workflows to process selected media, such
as transcoding or simple edits. Tarsys works
in many languages and character sets, making
it suitable for international operations.
TMD will highlight i-mediaflex, a digital
asset management environment that uses
standard web browsers across multiple
platforms. Users located anywhere can
search for, retrieve, browse and catalog
media content in multiple formats.
Vizrt will show the new version of its
real-time 3D compositing system, Viz Engine.
It’s capable of IP in and IP out, offering
a complete end-to-end IP solution for
broadcasters to manage all their content.
XenData will demonstrate a collaboration
with axle Video to provide an open
standard LTO archive for Avid Interplay
Production users. The archive includes
a Xendata SX-520 Series Archive Server
with near-line RAID that manages an LTO
robotic tape library.