Editor's note: On our August cover, we ran an image of one of the control rooms at the FOX Business Network. We would like to credit Rob Galgano at TBC Consoles for creating that computer-rendered image. In addition, we would like to credit TBC Consoles for providing technical furniture to the FOX Business Network. Needless to say, issues of ergonomics, operator efficiency, reach to critical components and sightlines to monitors are important contributions to facility workflow. We regret the omission in our August issue.
Multichannel waveform monitor designed to operate in the OB market, as well as the studio and master control areas of a facility; equipped with up to four auto-sensing HD/SD video inputs, full audio metering and audio de-embedding of up to 16 channels; available with an in-built rasterizer and quad splitter that enables the meter to provide picture preview to a single HD monitor while providing the output of the waveform and audio meters to an additional screen.
Video editing system delivers real-time performance through a new server-based architecture; offers complete timeline editing without rendering; long-form editing is available for quick program fixing, while short-form editing can be used for highlights creation; up to four audio group tracks provide flexible audio editing, including audio swap, mute and volume automation.
Rack-mount video transport system provides full-motion, full-frame 1080i/720p HD broadcast video and audio over data rates ranging from 515Kb/s to 20Mb/s; features advanced networking capabilities, including robust FEC.
In an updated version of the dolly, the steering geometry was enhanced and the drawbar improved for smooth-running steering; the body of a platform dolly can be enlarged, not only by its length and width but also height; features a strengthened push bar; six different positions for assembly on the dolly (even sideways) give additional support to the operator.
MediaPort 5220 series
Ingest module delivers all of the SD functionality of the 5320 series, with up to four channels of SD record and play in the same 1RU package; supports SD MPEG-2 encoding and decoding at rates from 3Mb/s to 50Mb/s; fully upgradable to the corresponding models in the 5320 family through a simple software upgrade; offers broadcasters full protection for their SD investment today without requiring expenditure for HD capabilities until needed.
Editing system meets the demands of news and sports applications, with an emphasis on speed and ease of use; does not require a render of the finished edit before it is taken to air, as the playback engine can render the EDL in real time, with vision and audio effects, stills and captions.
19in/1RU intercom-over-IP system converts eight bidirectional AES or analog signals into IP data and vice versa; available in three versions, offering different interface options; the Cat 5 and coax versions are for connecting panels and other AES signals, while the AIO version is ideal for the connection of four wires and other analog sources; can connect up to eight standard Artist 1000, 2000 or 3000 series control panels with full functionality to an Artist matrix via an IP network.
CopperHead Telecast Fiber Systems
Fiber-optic system mounts directly onto any portable camera, delivering both digital (SD-SDI or uncompressed HD-SDI) and analog video to a remote base station up to 20mi away; does this over a single fiber cable that is one-tenth the weight of ordinary coaxial or triax cable; transports all of the bidirectional audio, return video, sync, intercom, data and control signals required for remote broadcasts.
HD broadcast graphics system features a newly designed graphics engine; delivers 2-D and 3-D real-time graphics in SD or HD over two channels; with integrated clips, stills and DVE, the G7 drives third-party specialized applications without needing a separate playout device.
Axon Digital Design
SD logo inserter features a preset-based logo recall function through a flexible user interface and local storage; multiple logos, including animated ones, can be selected through the Synapse menu, a dedicated Ethernet port or by GPI; includes two individual logo inserters; Inserter 1 has 16 presets for full-screen 720 × 576/480 logos or 384 × 216 400 frames of animation; Inserter 2 has 32 presets for 384 × 216 400 frames of animation; can be easily upgraded to handle HD signals.
+44 118 974 04;www.axon.tv
Portal Media Center
Orad Hi-Tech Systems
Playout system enables the consolidation of live video feeds, clips, stills, 3-D graphics, text and audio within a single playout environment; identifies the on-air source and actively associates assigned textual content to that media without engaging the production switcher, multiple DVE channels, the character generator or the video server.
GefenTV HDMI v1.3 Repeater
Repeater sits between two HDMI cables, allowing the signal to be transferred beyond its 2m specified limit; high-quality visuals with all of the new HDMI v1.3 features, including deep color with DTM Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD audio formats, are delivered without delay; recommended for shorter-length installations.
Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Control panel for the company's remote camera systems expands to support up to 16 camera channels; uses the same features and interface as the company's TR-8S; includes state-of-the-art panel keys, a high-contrast LCD that indicates the current status of all cameras in the system, and clear, bright LED displays.
Kahuna 1 M/E
Snell & Wilcox
HD multiformat production switcher offers the performance of the Kahuna production switcher, but at an entry-level price; 3RU mainframe accommodates a 1M/E card set; enables seamless, real-time mixing of SD and HD video in any format; designed for live mobile, studio and news productions; provides large input and output capacity with four full effects keyers — each with chroma keyer — and resize capabilities.
Intercom system uses digital wireless technology based on a cellular architecture that offers license-free communication; can allow as many as 20 beltpacks to roam seamlessly between remote active antennas; new version doubles the system's beltpack capacity; offers increased IFB functionality and improved group operations between beltpacks, party lines and other external inputs.
Universal video switcher/scaler provides scaling in any direction between standard video, HD-SDI, DVI or analog computer and HDTV signals; includes features such as picture-in-picture, edge blending, chroma key, luma key, mixing and genlock.
Compact TV mask/filter combiner incorporates four-port directional filter/combining that can be used as a mask filter or as a constant impedance-combining module for high-power UHF TV broadcasts; has a cross-coupled design that accommodates adjacent channels, meets stringent filtering standards and provides constant impedance performance in adjacent channel applications, as well as channel separations greater than 15 channels.
Fast Forward Video
Cost-effective and easy-to-use DVR for live broadcast production; provides instant, on-the-fly access to video still/clip stores, animated graphics and audio clips in a single compact package; available for either SD or HD (SDI) broadcast; provides large touch-screen controls; supports a 16:9 aspect ratio for HD production.
Data delivery software transfers media and data files faster than FTP; new network topology increases the efficiency of transfers to multiple recipients with multiple simultaneous connections, parallel transfers and simultaneous send/receive.
AVCHD tapeless professional handheld camera incorporates the design concept of the DVX100 and features a newly developed Leica Dicomar zoom lens, providing a wide angle; weighs 4.5lb; the AVCHD format allows the camera to record HD digital AV data on SD/SDHC memory cards with the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec, providing a robust and convenient tapeless operation.
Chroma keyer features two internal video delay lines, an internal still store, and two independent, multilayering downstream keyers; includes an auto chroma key function that makes it possible for even a novice operator to produce clean chroma key effects by automatically adjusting its parameters; minimizes the need for manual fine-tuning by handling skin tones, wardrobe and hair color variations.
Multiplexer inserts and extracts digital or analog, mono or stereo, audio channels in E1/T1/J1 or Ethernet data transmission flows; the audio channels can be linear, or compressed for better use of the link; the link capacities that are not used for audio can be employed for data transport.
Luminance display system uses color coding to represent luminance values; allows efficient confirmation of lighting levels without needing complicated waveform representations; highlights are marked in red, mid-gray levels are displayed in green and shadows in blue; user-settable facilities are provided for scale adjustments, allowing the exclusion of specific zones from the display for better user visibility; optional for the LV5800 and LV5380; offered as standard on the LV5330.
Portable storage system designed for on-location video capture or remote use; now available in a 1TB version; delivers up to 134MB/s read and write sustained data transfer rates; bus-powered to enable its use when grid power is unavailable; consists of two 2.5in drives mounted sidy-by-side in a rugged, aluminum enclosure slightly larger than two stacked CD cases; the drives are individually shock-isolated to prevent cross-coupled vibration; features two eSATA data connections; draws power from a computer's FireWire port.
Audio console enables all digital signal processing, power supplies and I/O interfacing to be housed in a compact double rack, which allows the control surface to be mounted on top; available on the Omega and Zeta consoles; designed for use in places where a mobile truck cannot get or is prohibitively expensive to ship, providing high-end broadcast facilities in otherwise impenetrable locations; uses military-spec connectors to ensure fast, reliable and rugged connectivity.
+44 1422 842159;www.calrec.com
Camera control system handles demanding live broadcast or staging events; integrates PTZ camera control and multiformat HD/SD live switching with real-time graphics and effects into an easy-to-use control console; redesigned surface gives system users real-time knobs and buttons to control functions; produces only one frame of delay — a critical requirement where image magnification is used.
Studio Network Solutions
Storage area network sharing system enables computers to concurrently share massive amounts of data over high-speed fiber and iSCSI storage networks and record and edit directly onto the storage system; does not require servers or metadata controllers.
Submersible pan-and-tilt camera housing can be used to a depth of 13ft on the Polecam or independently down to 33ft; features a carbon fiber support arm that incorporates drainage holds, which allow the boom to flood and clear quickly; offers 360-degree pan capability and the same unrestricted movement as a standard Polecam dry head; allows a split O-ring cable gland to be used to seal cables without having to break existing connections.
10-channel TV audio processor features built-in Dolby Digital encoding; includes a loudness controller, upmixer and metadata manager, as well as full-time, two-channel downmixing to support legacy analog paths; built-in AutoMAX processing fixes two-channel audio that is broadcast wrongly signaled as 5.1 channels; accepts 5.1 network audio, two-channel local audio, and digital or analog auxiliary/EAS stereo audio.
Radio Frequency Systems
Center-fed colinear antennas feature 500W input power rating and 6dB gain; series' four antennas are suitable for multichannel operation and together cover the full range of UHF mobile TV frequencies from 470MHz to 806MHz.
Software upgrade provided free to existing IP-Probe owners; records transport streams into files; extends capabilities of TR 101 290 analysis to provide full ATSC, DVB and PSIP support; features protocol view that provides a breakdown into unicast and multicast streams and the number of unicast streams present.
+47 22 38 51 00
The latest version of the company's subtitle embedding software adds full broadcast-quality, open-caption subtitles in any language to a digital media file as part of a software-only file-based workflow; this new open-caption capability extends the software's functionality to cover traditional burnt-in translation subtitles as well as closed-caption formats (teletext, Line 21 and DVB); works with SD and HD MPEG-2 video files.
+44 1293 814 200
Encapsulates IP data into multiprotocol format for distribution over an asynchronous serial interface; well-suited for high-speed data applications; the unit's 1RU rack-mountable platform is equipped with two GigE inputs and dual ASI outputs; capable of network throughput up to 155Mb/s and an aggregate packet processing of 140,000 packets per second.
Camcorder offers, at the flick of a switch, the choice of shooting 50i/59.94i/23.98P/25P/29.97P pictures in DV and HD; balanced to fit a user's shoulder; uses XDCAM Professional Disc, allowing users to mark scenes manually and review scenes by selecting their thumbnail images on the color fold-out screen; using the 50GB Dual Layer Professional Disc, recording times are increased to more than three hours when shooting DVCAM and to 2.5 hours when shooting high-quality HD.
Solid State Logic
A preconfigured console and I/O system designed to meet the needs and budgets of local broadcasters; a 32-fader version of the C100 HD-S slimline console; offers up to 192 audio channels, enhanced ergonomics and more faders within space-restricted control rooms; ideal for news, sports, outside broadcast and post.
Camcorder provides expanded connectivity by incorporating HD-SDI (SMPTE 299M)/SD-SDI (SMPTE272M) output with embedded audio and time code; offers a raw, uncompressed 1.485Gb/s signal for live production environments, SMPTE time code input and output terminals, and a genlock output terminal for multicamera shooting situations.
Network video recording system supports synchronized, multistream HD recording up to 10 HD or 20 SD streams and both stream- and time-based metadata; captures multiple streams simultaneously and can replay these multistream sessions to performance decoders, set-top boxes or soft players; controllable via Web interface or remotely through third-party control systems.
Viz Video Hub v1.2
Plug-and-play media asset management system provides extended support for the Viz Link workflow and Escenic's Web publishing system; offers an integrated Viz ingest manager module, which automates the recording of incoming feeds onto Viz Engine video servers.
HD/SD-SDI RGB color corrector supports offset, gain and gamma, with YCbCr proc controls and frame synchronizer; can process HD/SD-SDI signals in all formats; color correction can be applied to an entire frame or subregion; includes on-card storage of 16 presets.
Newsroom system offers wire ingest, scripting, rundown and on-air management, as well as integration capabilities that expand journalists' choices for video production, graphics and playout systems with a network of partners such as Chyron, Dalet, EVS, HP, Orad, Sony, VCS and Vizrt; features new Event Calendar module.
+49 89 158 155 0;www.annova.de
FastBreak NXT Entry Level Edition
Automation system manages information and controls content in the broadcast master control room; integrates database management with frame-accurate control of video servers, tape transports, switchers, routers and other common peripherals; built specifically for one- or two-channel operation; ideal solution for small-scale call letter broadcasters, cable, college, government and public access channels.