LAS VEGAS—TV Technology
its Best of Show award winner list
for the 2015 NAB Show on Friday. Here, we relate what the products were and why
our team of judges liked them.
Accelerated Media Technologies
Auburn, Mass., won for the Genesis TDD
ENG Microwave System
, which offers bi-directional ENG microwave using TDD,
as well as full time IFB, telephony, ASI and IP connectivity.
“Patent pending, new way to transmit LTE
(bi-directional data) on 2 GHz BAS channels… game changer new technology,
making better use of spectrum. Can channel share
Cambridge, England won for its AdderLink
, a control suite that uses standard IP infrastructure to
route any user station to any computer attached to the network and share
multicast of video without diminishing video quality.
“AdderLink Infinity Manager delivers a
highly flexible and powerful digital matrix solution
of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,
won for CrossNET
, a digital intercom
matrix that supports AoIP multi-channel connectivity for broadcast-quality
audio and is compatible with the AES67 standard.
A “digital intercom matrix, supporting a high
number—168 x 168—of ports, 128 of them via Dante…. A really nice system
AJT Systems, Inc
. also of Fort
Lauderdale, won for its third-generation LiveBook
, a portable scorebug system that features separate preview and program
windows, full animation HD templates, a stats interface, a go-to break graphic,
Clock-DVE and a customizable generic scorebug for multiple sports.
“An excellent, low cost sports graphics system on a laptop,
priced so even a large High School could afford it
Germany, won for Adstore
, a joint
sales platform for TV, Web, mobile and VOD. Adstore Cross Media can launch ad
campaigns across multiple channels using one single process.
“Well designed and implemented
also won its Video Production Management System
media asset management system designed for all aspects of digital media
management in broadcasting and other industries.
“Appears very well conceived and
designed, complete with an impressive list of big-name users. … installations
are tailored to meet the needs of each facility, including interfaces to third-party
capabilities, such as transcode engines
of Burlington, Mass., won for
its scalable and fully customizable Interplay | MAM 5, a media asset management
system that allows for access to content across multiple tiers of storage.
“MAM 5 enables organizations to ingest,
import, manage, locate, edit and deliver media in a vendor-agnostic
environment, whether on a departmental or global level, as well as analyze
media usage and automate processes for maximum cost-efficiency. The platform is
open, extensible and highly customizable; it integrates with Avid InterPlay and
iNEWS for easy access to scripts, rundowns with associated video assets, and
archived content. It also facilitates collaboration across divisional and
of Copenhagen won for
the Pipeline Reporter Lighting Kit
with remote phosphor LED
fixtures delivering modeled lighting with a high CRI, to an on-camera reporter
under a wide range of ambient lighting conditions. The footprint of each
fixture is less than the computer mouse.
“Perfect, flexible addition to your
lighting equipment, at popular prices. Guaranteed to become a favorite
Australia won for the Micro Studio
, a tiny Ultra HD camera designed for live production and includes
built-in color correction and microphones and is fully controllable from a
switcher. It will ship in July for $1,295.
“This is a very innovative concept, in
that it is the world’s smallest fully functional studio camera. It connects via SDI to Blackmagic’s ATEM
switcher, which allows control of iris, focus, color adjustment and zoom. It can be use as an auxiliary studio camera
in multi-camera setup, or it could be used in a set to create a fully functional
studio in a small space. It accepts
Micro Four Thirds lenses.”
Blackmagic Design also won for its lightweight, miniaturized version of the
URSA camera. The URSA mini
4.6K Super 35 image sensor with global shutter and 15 stops of range.
“More than just a line extension, it adds
usability features of real value to actual users... and then there’s the price
of Oslo, Norway, won for the Gold TS Reference, which monitors digital services and
provides fault-tracking and goes beyond testing for critical conditions as
required by the ETR290 standard.
of Melville, N.Y., won for the XC10 4K digital camcorder,
a compact, lightweight camera capable
of both 4K/full HD video and 12 Megapixel digital still photography.
“For the price and size this is a very
high performing 4K camera. It’s equipped with a 12 megapixel sensor, has an
almost incredible 12 stop dynamic range and allows users to extract and deliver
8 megapixel stills from video; 12 megapixel sensor, 10:1 zoom w. 2x digital
teleconverter,12 stops of dynamic range; ideal for ENG and EFP
Melvile, N.Y.-based ChryonHego
is a new broadcast graphics
technology offering a 180-degree in-studio video display.
“It was specifically developed for action
sports coverage sets, as it’s based on the company’ s TRACAB optical player
tracking system for covering playing surfaces from multiple angles. It also
includes the ChyronHego’s Lyric64 graphics creation and playout platform
of Alameda, Calif., won
for the Agent-IC,
a mobile app that
enables Eclipse-HX Matrix users to access from an iPhone or iPad over 3G, 4G or
WiFi/IP networks, providing an intercom panel to connect studio and OB
“This is not the first product to turn an
iPad type device into an intercom panel, but it does it without a separate
of London won for
multiviewer with SDI and HDMI outputs for 3G/HD/SD and custom layouts.
“Includes custom layouts, audio meters,
graticules, dynamic UMDs and tallies.”
of Boston won for the EditShare XStream EFS
scale-out file system developed for media intensive workflows to support
large-scale workgroups requiring high-bandwidth, high-volume media ingest,
transcoding, online collaborative editing and multiplatform distribution.
“One of the most cost-effective shared
storage systems, includes built-in media management. Works with any NLE
Ore., won for its Elemental Unified Linear TV Delivery software-defined video
solutions that allow broadcasters to implement linear broadcast and multiscreen
OTT services within a unified head-end supporting advanced system management
and end-to-end redundancy.
Southfield, Mich.-based ENCO Systems
won for HotShot 2
, an instant audio
playback package that allows users to access assets anywhere via a searchable
database that supports all audio files and types.
“This version adds pre-labeled buttons on the control panel, much more
storage—2 TB—and optional surround sound support. Sure to continue to be a
standard in broadcasting
Ericsson of Stockholm, Sweden won for its Video Storage and Processing Platform,
which integrates and
virtualizes the storage and processing capabilities of COTS servers into a
unified, software-based cloud infrastructure.
seamless augmentation and replacement of legacy TV services with new
cloud-based services. This crucial consumer application is powered by the
Ericsson Video Storage and Processing Platform, a high performance,
software-based infrastructure. Priced according to custom implementations
of Burlington, Ontario, Canada won for the DreamCatcher Advanced Replay System and
replay system with rapid editing capabilities combined with enhanced production
“Though the DreamCatcher is two years
old, it has seen tremendous advances over the past year. For instance, it can
be scaled much larger to allow a team of operators to work with many channels
also took a BoS for the EXE28-VSR
offering 23 Tbps of
switching capacity and 1,152 ports of 10GE signal processing per single chassis.
“This product provides incredible
throughput. There seem to be no competing products that touch it
took a third BoS for its 7881IRD Platform
, which receives,
demodulates and decodes digital DVB-S/S2 satellite signals with support for
MPEG2 and H.264/AVC, SD or HD encoded signals.
of Gainsville, Fla., won for its acquisition and distribution
, which allows stations to acquire, QC, and catalog assets with
complete metadata from a centralized location and distribute air-ready media.
“Places content acquisition, QC and
related workflows into a network center (hub) for distribution to subordinate
facilities—client hardware and automation system agnostic—in order to reduce
individual manpower and technology requirements at the local facility level
won for LongoMatch
cross-platform that allows users to perform real-time analysis on video feeds
of sport games.
LongoMatch is now available for download. Fluendo is
headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, with U.S. offices in New York.
“This is a
software package that allows sports teams to dissect and analyze their
performance using recording, tagging and drawing features. Specialized use for
sports training, but sophisticated and valuable to its target customers. It’s a
small start-up. Price is by subscription, $500 per year or lifetime purchase.
won for its 4K
Ultra HD Premiere Series Lens line, which includes the UA80X9 field lens and
the UA22x8 zoom lens. Both lenses will be available by August of 2015. Fujifilm
is headquartered in Tokyo, with U.S. offices in Valhalla, N.Y.
“They developed a whole family of 4K
lenses…quite an accomplishment
Montreal-based Grass Valley
its GV Convergent SDN
, a control
system that manages facility routing, maintaining familiar control interfaces
as well as introducing new GUIs for configuration, management and control for
the migration from SDI to IP infrastructures.
“Makes sure all IP signals are checked
throughout a broadcast facility
won for its LDX 4K/6X HD Switchable Camera
and K2 Dyno Universe Replay System
well. Both combine to offer a 4K/XS-HD camera/replay chain, enabling any camera
or replay position to be set up for regular HD, 4K or extreme-speed
“From a simple three imager 2/3-inch 4K
camera last year, GV not only delivered a usable 2/3-inch 4K camera, but also
gave it the ability to do high-speed HD, giving great flexibility to the mobile
truck and other rental people
of San Jose, Calif., won
for Spectrum X Advance Media Server
which combines file, baseband and
transport stream ingest with comprehensive integrated channel playout
capabilities for production and playout applications.
“Simple broadcast playout server based on
proven technology and can be upgraded to UHD
of Dallas won for its LandmarkOSI 8.0
, a cloud-based
system that offers sales, CRM, traffic, billing and data analytics to
broadcasters, networks and content distributors to manage station inventory and
“A next-gen cloud-based evolution of
their existing traffic and ad sales and workflow modules; more streamlined,
fewer keystrokes and w/refreshed HTML5 GUI to help facilities optimize revenue
from their content inventory through all the various distribution channels—OTT,
won for Baton
content verification systems for file-based SD, HD and mixed workflows. Baton
is on its sixth version, while Baton+ adds workflow QC capabilities and data
analysis. Interra Systems is housed in Cupertino, Calif.
“Very impressed with the depth of the products
functionality and detail in its interface
won for RX Loudness Control
, designed for audio/video postproduction and
broadcast workflows to comply with global loudness standards. The RX Loudness
Control is currently available for pre-order from the Cambridge, Mass.-based
“Really easy to use—it seems to essentially be a
two-button-push process—and also generates a log as a .CSV file. Offers
compliance with all current global loudness standards… ideal for audio novices.
won for Matrox Monarch HDX
, a dual-channel H.264 encoder for broadcasters
and webcasters that offers 3G-SDI and HDMI inputs with frame-synchronization.
Matrox is located in Dorval, Quebec, Canada.
“Low cost even though it has selectable
3G-SDI and HDMI inputs accessible through a Web-based interface
won for TalkShow VS-100
a video calling production system that enhances Skype calls’ video and audio
for use by television studios and live event producers. San Antonio, Texas-based
NewTek is currently shipping TalkShow VS-100.
Ontario, Canada won for the Tablo
of Santa Clara, Calif., won for Ooyala
, a video analytics product that provides a complete view of video usage
Huntsville, Ala.’s PESA
the PESA Blade System
, an encoding
and decoding system for streaming video, housed in a 2RU chassis that holds up
to 10 cards and is controlled through PESA’s Cattrax for integrating IP-based
video into baseband environments. The PESA Blade System, and the specifically
designed C22 cards, will be available in the second quart of 2015.
Phabrix of Thatcham,
England, won for Phabrix
, a complete solution for testing new UHDTV formats, which offers video
and audio support with 12G physical layer analysis to test UHDTV1 and UHDTV2
“Handles very high bandwidths. Awesome
in Newbury, England, won for Media
, an intelligent monitoring by exception technology, allowing
playout centers to automatically know they are sending the correct content
across every channel.
“This is an interesting system that uses a
watermarking-like technology and allows users to inspect content at virtually
any point in the playout/transmission
chain and determine such things an incorrect commercial, providing users with
confidence that the correct content is being delivered where it has to go
of San Jose, Calif., won for Q-Cloud
, fully integrated into StorNext 5 for on-demand access to cloud
storage with no additional hardware or software required.
“Primarily a hardware-centric storage
solutions provider–offering a path to taming the cloud conundrum by integrating
it as one component of a hybrid, application-driven infrastructure. The public
cloud is treated as an off-site tier within a Quantum StorNext 5 environment
of Miami won for the ScheduALL Portal
, an online platform
for selling transmission feeds, managing transmission sales and automatically
integrating online bookings into the ScheduALL financial management system, as
well as providing real-time access to inventory.
of Wedemark, German won for its AVX
, a wireless microphone
system for video recording with a self-configuring digital transmission system
that automatically finds an interference-free channel to operate on and
optimizes audio levels to match the sound source and camera input sensitivity.
The AVX will be available in May 2015.
“Operates in the license-free 1.9 GHz range, with
pretty much fully automatic operation—auto-pairing of mic device and receiver,
auto frequency finding, auto interference avoidance. Aimed at videographers and
DSLR (there’s an adaptor) users
of Cary, N.C. won for the Sidefinder EVF
, a fully featured HD
viewfinder with a flip-out 1080p display that combines the advantages of a
field monitor and an electronic viewfinder.
“A really clever fold-out LCD monitor
that is affixed to an add-on optical viewfinder. Practical and handy
won for its HDC-4300 4K/HD Live
camera system that uses
high magnification wide zoom range lenses while maintaining the depth-of-field
needed for sports broadcasting. It also uses three 2/3-inch 4K image sensors. A
summer release is expected.
“The holy grail for broadcasters; well-executed,
of Beaverton, Ore., won for the WFM8300 Waveform Monitor
, which provides flexible options and
field-installable upgrade kits to monitor diverse video types, including
Quad/Dual/Single link 3G/HD/SD SDI and Composite Analog Video.
“This is a new instrument designed from the
ground up for 4K monitoring. This is achievable with a software upgrade,
setting the device apart from other waveform monitors. The WFM8300 allows
monitoring of video signals all the way from composite analog to 4K UHD, and as
mentioned is field-upgradable to make it obsolescent-proof.
of Mahwah, N.J. won for the TG4M
, the latest in the line of
TeleGlide Camera Track Systems and comes equipped with a newly designed,
streamlined trolley and track that minimizes space requirements and supports
straight and curved tracks. The system is also Virtual Reality and Augmented
“This systems is proving very popular and
is quite a leap ahead of previous track solutions
of Nevada City, Calif., won for its VOD Producer DAI
, which automates the assembly of CableLabs VOD
content and provisions it for Dynamic Ad Insertion with fresh, relevant
advertising for VOD assets in cable networks.
“The workflow is largely hands-free and
cost-efficient; it also provides analytics and measurements tools to gauge the
effectiveness, and is compatible with Nielsen watermarking
The Telos Alliance
won for the Linear Acoustic MT2000
handheld, portable, diagnostic tool that can monitor and generate Dolby
Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby E and PCM bitstreams.
“Impressive piece of kit—the Leatherman (as an alternative to the hackneyed
Swiss Army Knife) of muxed audio analysis tools. Compact and eminently
portable, capable of analyzing pretty much any embedded audio format, it
supports a multiplicity of metering options and also houses a pair of speakers
and headphone out. No broadcast tech should be without one
of Princeton Junction, N.J. won for the StreamScope RM-40
DTV transport stream
monitoring system, which allows operators to monitor closed-caption information
for multiple TV services to comply with FCC regulations for closed-captions in
“Great way to troubleshoot closed caption
issues, FCC required nowadays
of Mountain View,
Calif., won for the TVU Pack TM8200
, a small, lightweight mobile wireless
3G/4G/LTE uplink with the ability to capture and transmit live HD video from on
location, all in a backpack unit.
(editor's note: This quote refers to the TVU One rather than the 8200. “An impressive < 3-pound bonded
cellular module with LCD display screen, an internal battery with approximately
one hour of run-time, and no protruding antennas. It features excellent specs
and features in a 60 percent smaller form factor than TVU’s current model
without sacrificing performance or video quality
of Hemel Hempstead, England, won for its UltraCoder
, a 1RU half rack H.265 encoder capable of encoding 4K,
HD & SD video with up to 50 percent bit rate reduction compared to H.264.Vislnik’s
U.S. offices are in Billerica, Mass., and Orange, Calif.
“There were several other encoders that
did H.265, but none did 4K. Applauds to Vislink
of Haywood, Calif., won for the iAM-MVAM
, which decodes and displays MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 signals via
Ethernet IP or BNC ASI inputs while enabling users to browse PAT, PMT, EIT and
NIT data tables for each selected streams. The MPEG series monitors also
include dual 3G/HD/SD-SDI inputs and audio monitoring with on-screen level
“Wohler does things right by giving this
multi-screen monitor a touch-screen
fingertip control. Features the same decoded HDMI and SDI video output
as Wohler’s MPEG range of monitors, and has 1 Gbps IP input with full multicast
London headquartered V-Nova’s Perseus
is an encoder that offers
compression, picture quality and processing speed improvement while reducing
of Burlington, Mass., won for the Observer OTT
, an over-the-top A/V service monitoring solution that
allows broadcasters to capture content delivered over IP networks to
smartphones, tablets and computers and then verify integrity of the feed.
of New Bern, N.C., won for the IP-6
, a large-format digital mixing console designed for large,
multi-channel productions and fully compatible with the WheatNet-IP audio
has been designed to be really easy to use, even for a novice operator. (The
company describes it as eliminating the daunting “sea of knobs.”) Nicely laid
out, very easy to understand and operate, and the screens and OLEDs are clean
and crisp. This should help the company introduce networked-connected TV
consoles to a broader market, especially as IP networking appears to be catching
on fast in broadcast TV. The touchscreen functionality—which responds to
gestures popularized by Apple’s devices—can now also be added to Dimension
also won for the Gibraltar
IP Mix Engine
IP network interface that connects Wheatstone’s line of audio
consoles directly into WheatNet-IP, an AES67 compatible IP audio network with
broadcast audio tools and controls integrated into one network.
“Expands Wheatstone’s IP-64, Dimension
Three, D-8EX, Series Four, and Series Two digital mixing consoles to 1,024 channels of audio, all with DSP. More importantly, it enables
a gateway to IP networking, bringing processing, control and other
functionality to every connected device, and provides access to every source
and output on the network to the board operator
San Francisco-based WideOrbit
won for its WO Programmatic TV
marketplace that provides direct access to an ecosystem of buying partners and
advertising clients for local TV stations to help generate revenue and
“Manages and automates processes
associated with ad sales, revenue optimization, inventory availability,
opportunities, orders, etc. all the way through billing and account