AMSTERDAM — TV Technology Europe has announced the recipients for its STAR Awards,
presented at the 2013 IBC Show. The STAR Award (Superior Technology Award
Recipient) is designed to celebrate and showcase the preeminent technological
innovations available to the broadcast industry. TV Technology Europe’s editors and writers reviewed a
variety of products, examined the technical applications and their overall
contribution to the industry, and then chose the winners, presented in random order below.
Darim Vision VS1000 portable virtual set, above right, is a newly designed studio
production system targeting new users with an intuitive interface and multilayer
2D and full, real-time 3D virtual set production without authoring tools.
OASYS Chameleon, left, is a new product line
that consolidates relevant OASYS software into a single optimal configuration
for a variety of channel playout requirements.
Nexidia QC, a software tool for
automating closed caption and video description verification, closed-caption
alignment, and language identification for broadcast and IP workflows.
Filmlight Slate, right, uses the same
technological advances available on Filmlight’s
Blackboard 2 control surface, but in a size perfect for the demands of
today’s multi-purpose postproduction facilities.
BHV Syntax Bridge integrates the Syntax
upscaler with Microvideo’s HDB 300 bridge for providing simultaneous data management
of control signals, transcoding, decoding, bridging and copying.
Phabrix Tag, left, incorporates new video interfaces, including support for
SD-SDI and HD-SDI as standard with an option to upgrade to 3G-SDI, as well as a
D15 connector providing both balanced analog audio and AES I/O.
Forbidden Technologies FORScene enhancements & EVS Integration include two
additional timeline video tracks with support for animated alpha channels,
which can be used as overlays for cut-aways, creating picture-in-picture
effects, logo placement or voice-over recording directly onto the FORscene
AJA TruZoom, right, controls AJA’s Corvid Ultra with TruScale hardware, which supports
4K/2K/UHD/HD/Dual-link and SD workflows to produce scaled output video at
1080p, 720p or 1080i.
Blackmagic Design's ATEM 1/ME Production Studio 4Kcan switch among between SD, HD or
Ultra HD (4K) video feeds.
Archimedia Master Media Playercan playback a wide range of formats, including MXF, AVI,
MOV, DPX, ProRes and JPEG2000.
Ensemble Designs BrightEye NXT 410 Clean HDMI Router, left, can switch glitch-free among four
HDMI inputs, and the unit also includes SDI in/out capability.
EVS XT3 4K supporting Corvid, the server technology used in the successful
transmission of live 4KTV replays in Munich during the Champions League
Semi-Final between Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona.
Axon Neuron, a video product based on Audio Video Bridging technology
designed to help create a live, end-to-end audio and video production system
with monitoring, management and protection.
Miranda M3 Integration Cable, 3Gbps router integration cable replaces 16 coax cables
and connectors by assimilating them into a single, high-density cable structure,
enabling integration between Miranda Nvision routers and Kaleido-Modular-X and
Photon Beard Non Dim Pack is a
DMX-controlled variation of its IgbT silent dimmer packs DMX-controlled relays rather
than individual dimmers on each light.
TV Logic VFM-058W field monitor, an ergonomic 5.5-inch LCD monitor with full HD resolution
of 1920 x 1080 and support or several multiformats, including 3G/HD/SD-SDI and
Clear-Com remote transceiver line extender increases
the systems’ cable run by 3,000 feet, while two or more can increase it by
2,000 feet per Line Extender. A total of three can be connected to provide
coverage of up to 7,500 feet.
Zylight F8, right, is a
wireless and rugged Fresnel featuring low-power consumption LED lights.
Wohler MPEG Series monitors decode and display MPEG-2 and H.264/MPEG-4 transport
streams with the ability to quickly browse MPEG transport streams tables.
Monitors MPEG-2, H.264/MPEG-4 as well as SDI and HDMI.
Hamlet DigiScope DS9006, above, left, is a multiformat measurement device with
integral monitoring – the twist is that the electronics take up just 1U of rack
space with a high resolution 7 inch IPS monitor on a gooseneck for easy
Digital Rapids StreamZLive 4000EX, right, adds
Kayak technology to the StreamZ Live family.
MediaPower NewsTouch is an IT-based multimedia touch
system featuring multitouch technology and an HD-3D graphic engine.
Volicon Media Intelligence Platform (MIP) streams
live and logged video, complemented by metadata and is built on technology
supporting the Observer video monitoring and logging product line.
MultiDyne BullDog, a fiber-based,
video-transport system that enables camera operators to transmit any camera
Bridge Technologies’ IP-based
multiviewer (pictured right)