Barix joins Wowza Media Systems’ Partner Program

Audio over IP provider, Barix has become a Wowza Media Systems Tech Alliance partner, to give customers an interoperable solution for live and on-demand audio streaming. The interoperable …


Audio over IP provider, Barix has become a Wowza Media Systems Tech Alliance partner, to give customers an interoperable solution for live and on-demand audio streaming. The interoperable platform brings together the Barix Instreamer IP audio encoder with Wowza Streaming Engine media server software. Wowza Streaming Engine transports the real-time input stream from the Instreamer in support of live radio streams, on-demand podcasts and other audio content.

“As broadcasters evolve how they deliver content to reach more listeners and support new business models, it’s vital that hardware manufacturers and software companies address interoperability across networked audio systems,” said Reto Brader, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Barix. “Barix is working with a variety of industry-leading streaming providers to simplify the technology adaptations of content providers worldwide. Our partnership with Wowza is a prime example of two innovators coming together to help broadcasters design effective and comprehensive streaming networks from the input point through to the delivery and playout phase.”

Although the main focus is to support online and mobile delivery to consumers, the integrated Barix and Wowza solution can support many networked audio transport requirements in broadcast and beyond.

“We’re invested in helping our customers establish reliable end-to-end systems for delivery of broadcast-quality audio to multiple locations, in many formats, and over varied transport architectures and distribution networks,” said David Stubenvoll, CEO and co-founder, Wowza Media Systems. “Partnering with Audio over IP experts like Barix allows our customers to more effectively and cost-efficiently architect networked audio systems tailored to their specific content delivery needs.”

The Barix and Wowza Media Systems partnership was initially explored through a customer request, according to both companies. That customer, SportsLabs, is using the integrated Barix and Wowza solution to power its Advanced Media Platform, which today manages more than 15,000 live video and audio events; and ingests more than 950 unique content feeds associated with online and mobile streaming of sports content.

Avid delivers effortless music composition with Sibelius 8.2

The new Sibelius 8.2 music notation software from Avid offers composers significant engraving and workflow enhancements to effortlessly create accurate, easy-to-read scores. Dana Ruzicka, VP and Chief Product …


The new Sibelius 8.2 music notation software from Avid offers composers significant engraving and workflow enhancements to effortlessly create accurate, easy-to-read scores. Dana Ruzicka, VP and Chief Product Officer at Avid said that the update introduces some great notation improvements, including several enhancements requested by customers since the 8.1 release. “And thanks to the analytics and error reporting we introduced in 8.1, Sibelius is now more stable than ever,” he added.

With the new updates to Sibelius 8.2, music composers can now re-spell notes in parts, making it possible to have the same pitched note to have a different accidental in a part versus the score. It is also feasible for time signature changes to now appear after the barline, but before repeat barlines. Additionally, notes and rests can now be moved horizontally in the score, with new keyboard shortcuts that simplify the process, eliminating time spent cutting and pasting music around staves.

Software update helps composers to create the
high quality music scores quickly and easily

In addition, Avid has added two new Sibelius bundles, offering composers even greater value by adding powerful capabilities to their notation workflows at a reduced price. The Sibelius + PhotoScore & NotateMe Ultimate Bundle enables music content creators to scan sheet music into Sibelius and handwrite music and notes using a pen and tablet. The Sibelius + AudioScore Ultimate Bundle also allows them to turn recorded audio or live mic performances into transcribed music notation.

What’s to note in Avid Pro Tools 12.5 and Cloud Collaboration

Avid’s Cloud Collaboration for Pro Tools, which is now available, helps artists and audio professionals to compose, record, edit, and mix projects from any location worldwide. In conjunction …


Avid’s Cloud Collaboration for Pro Tools, which is now available, helps artists and audio professionals to compose, record, edit, and mix projects from any location worldwide. In conjunction with the Artist Community, an online community designed to foster creative connections and professional opportunities, Pro Tools with Avid Cloud Collaboration connects artists and media professionals to a premier community of collaborative music creation and audio production.

Until the release of Avid Cloud Collaboration for Pro Tools, there’s never been an elegant and efficient way for artists and audio professionals to work together on the same project.

Instead of using manual file management systems for using generic cloud storage, Avid Cloud Collaboration synchronizes revisions and files in Pro Tools automatically. Customers can find and invite their connections to collaborate within the application or discover new collaborators through the online Avid Artist Community. They can then compose, record, edit, and mix tracks collaboratively with other Pro Tools users, just like they were working together in the same studio.

Furthermore, the Artist Community enables customers to share and promote their work with top artists, musicians, producers, engineers, and other media professionals.

With the new Cloud Collaboration features, customers can create cloud-based projects and invite others to collaborate on projects in real-time or offline. They can also share audio and MIDI tracks, edits or mix changes automation, besides communicating with collaborators through text chat. They can also minimize cloud storage up to 70% and accelerate transfers using lossless compression.

Video Clarity unveils RTM 4K

Video Clarity, provider of audio and video quality measurement and analysis systems, released RTM 4K, a 4K-capable version of the company’s RTM real-time audio and video monitoring solutions. …


Video Clarity, provider of audio and video quality measurement and analysis systems, released RTM 4K, a 4K-capable version of the company’s RTM real-time audio and video monitoring solutions. The company claims that RTM 4K is the first quality-monitoring solution that can apply 4K video sources and compare them with encoded/decoded 4K video to test for video quality, audio quality, lip sync, and loudness. It also performs those tests using full-reference methods and correlates results to accepted scales of human perception.

“4K, real-time, full-reference, perceptual-quality functionality has never been done before. Now manufacturers and entertainment networks with new 4K delivery functions can set up real-time monitoring with the unique functionality of automatic, time-based quality measurements that are highly correlated and meaningful to the audience’s quality of experience,” said Blake Homan, President and Founder of Video Clarity. “Understanding the quality of experience is crucial as companies deploy their UHD services. RTM 4K lets them run a full performance evaluation on the delivery chain automatically, which saves them time and money when evaluating their UHD deployments.”

Whether monitoring an existing service or perfecting the workflow of a future service, content originators and delivery networks can use RTM 4K to measure the quality of delivered 4K video over time and do it by comparing the 4K source with the downstream versions, with audio quality, lip sync, and loudness included. The solution alerts and records a degraded A/V signal if it falls below user-set limits, enabling users either to make adjustments as the content is playing out, or to study and correct the problem later.

The 3-RU RTM 4K is built with a variety of applications in mind, such as testing new 4K HEVC encoders for audio and video performance over time, and testing the performance of origination channels and automatically recording and logging faults in video, audio, lip sync, and loudness. Content providers can also deploy RTM 4K — both in advance and during a broadcast — for long-haul performance testing of special large-audience live programming, or in any instance where 4K content quality monitoring and measurement are required.

Lawo debuts RƎLAY virtual radio mixer

Lawo unveiled its RƎLAY virtual radio mixer at the 2016 NAB Show, which the company calls a ‘radio in a bag’, that runs in a virtualized PC environment …


Lawo unveiled its RƎLAY virtual radio mixer at the 2016 NAB Show, which the company calls a ‘radio in a bag’, that runs in a virtualized PC environment and run on a standard PC or laptop. It is a fully-featured portable studio, complete with analog and digital I/O and 4- or 8-fader virtual mixer. Audio professionals can just tuck their touchscreen laptop loaded with the RƎLAY software into the heavy-duty RƎLAY backpack along with their OnAir4 audio interface, grab their favorite mic and headset, and they are ready to make great radio from just about anywhere.

RƎLAY Virtual Radio Mixer bundles will include the RƎLAY VRX4 and VRX8 (4- and 8-fader mixer) software, a compact Lawo On-Air 4 audio interface equipped with mic, line, AES3 and RAVENNA / AES67 I/O, and a heavy-duty RƎLAY backback with space for a laptop and other on-air accessories like mics and headphones.

“When we introduced the idea of virtualized radio to broadcasters, they understood the benefits immediately,” says Michael Dosch, Director of Virtual Radio Products. “Just look at your smartphone: nearly everything you want to do can be accomplished using an ‘app’. Why shouldn’t radio also benefit from this approach?”

“Broadcasters can now run the equivalent of an entire radio studio’s worth of equipment on a laptop,” notes Dosch. “Not only mixing, but voice processing, codecs, phone systems and much more. Best of all, this software approach reduces the price of obtaining all these tools to a fraction of that of their hardware counterparts. That’s what the RƎLAY Virtual Radio Mixer is all about: giving radio the power to do more, and spend less.”

“RƎLAY isn’t just a console remote-control. Those are cool, but they’re very limited,” says Lawo’s radio marketing specialist, Clark Novak. “RƎLAY is different — it is a software-defined radio mixer, which means you can easily add to its capabilities. Want voice processing? Just plug in a software module. Declipping? Plug that in, too. Need to do a remote over IP? Plug in codec software. Take phone callers, using a multi-line VoIP plugin. Best of all, mixing and additional tools are all controlled within an intuitive, multi-touch onscreen GUI. Just try that with any traditional mixing console!”

Novak notes that “RƎLAY lets you replace a physical console and entire racks of accessory gear using a single laptop — with truly astonishing cost savings. RƎLAY is perfect for grab-and-go remote kits, field journalists, fast setup of on-location studios, webcasting, a replacement for aging studio hardware, or as a permanent personal studio at home.”

Bringing Human History To Life

Kolkata’s Science City explored a 360-degree digital projection of human evolution as an innovative way to ensure more visitor footfalls to the museum Museums the world over are …


Kolkata’s Science City explored a 360-degree digital projection of human evolution as an innovative way to ensure more visitor footfalls to the museum

Museums the world over are continuously figuring out newer and creative ways to attract visitors. After all, at a time when people can easily get all sorts of information on their digital devices – with video and even virtual reality experiences thrown in – ensuring that those footfalls keep coming in can be quite a challenge.

The evolution of mankind exhibition – displayed in a purpose-built cylindrical hall – was conceptualised as a digital panorama.

Kolkata’s Science City still manages to clock over 1.5 million visitors each year and it remains one of the most popular attractions in the Indian metropolis. It is not hard to see why: dedicated to bringing science to the general public, the centre spares no effort to amaze its audience.

To succeed in this endeavour, Science City continually tries to present various subject matters in an attractive manner. Having realised that putting traditional sculptures on display would not be enough, it has decided to use technology as leverage. In the past, it was the first in the country to introduce a large-format theatre, which was a huge success.

The immersive projection solution includes eight blended, geometry-corrected
Barco HDX-W20 FLEX projectors,
mounted on a specially designed canopy with surround sound system

Recently, the centre decided to explore the possibilities of a digital projection with a 360-degree visual on human evolution at its Science Exploration Hall. The objective behind this venture was to cater less to the already well-educated and more to the masses who were keen to learn about mankind, albeit in a format that was not dreary or long-winded – characteristics that the public at large sadly attribute to museums.

“Throughout the years, our visitors have come to expect a truly unique experience,” said A D Choudhury, director, National Council of Science Museums (NCSM). “Our challenge is to continue meeting these expectations,” especially since the centre’s main goal is bringing science to the people – particularly young people – and stir their interest in pursuing a career in this subject.

Inaugurated in 1997, Science City comprises two facilities – the Science Centre and the Convention Centre – and is the largest science centre in India. The institution is part of NCSM, which is governed by the Ministry of Culture.

BLENDING TECHNOLOGY WITH SKILL
The exhibition on the evolution of mankind – displayed in a purpose-built cylindrical hall – was conceptualised as a digital panorama. After issuing a global tender, NCSM decided to rely on Barco’s technology for the project. Explaining the reasons why Barco, and the local technical partner, was chosen, Choudhury said, “Based on their ability to meet our technical specifications and stay within budgetary constraints, we decided to partner with VizExperts as a local technology consulting and development company. Their team of trained professionals proposed a turnkey solution featuring Barco’s HDX-W20 FLEX projectors. Barco’s reputation as a digital cinema leader and their experience with similar projects worldwide played a big role in our decision.

In the past, Science City was the first in the country to introduce a large-format theatre.

The officials at Science City were keen to have a solution that would recreate a larger-than-life panoramic image, which would leave the spectators spellbound. While discussing the project with the solution providers it was decided that the immersive projection solution would include eight blended, geometry-corrected Barco HDX-W20 FLEX projectors, mounted on a specially designed canopy with the surround sound system. The HDX-W20 FLEX is a compact and rugged projector that offers 20,000 lumens light output. It is also standard equipped with the light-on-demand option for flexible light output.

Together, the two companies created a 14-million pixel area in a single panoramic projection onto a 10 meter-high cylindrical screen (39 meters diameter). A 15-minute film produced by VizExperts in collaboration with a creative studio, Graham English & Co, included footage shot across India and South Africa. This film also included extensive computer generated imagery to transport viewers back to various eras as the evolution of mankind unfolded.

VizExperts and Barco created a 14-million pixel area in a
single panoramic projection onto a 10 meter-high cylindrical screen.

SEAMLESS INSTALLATION
To ensure that the solution would work in complete synchronization, it was essential that VizExperts and Barco collaborated closely. Fortunately for Science City, VizExperts’ VizDisplay media server together with Barco’s blending technology ensured a continuous, seamless image without distortion.

“Given the scale of the set-up, the 360-degree panorama was a technically challenging project. However, the unmatched colour and brightness consistency of Barco’s HDX projectors made this installation a breeze,” said Vaibhav Bansal, vice president-marketing for VizExperts.
Museums like Science Centre are often the perfect impetus for conversations – big or small – around subject matters that are on display. Choudhury hopes that the digital projection of the evolution of mankind might have nudged some young visitors down a scientific career path. If that happens, he can rest easy, knowing that the Centre’s mission has been successfully accomplished.

Kinepolis Group opens Europe’s first all-laser cinema theatre

Kinepolis Group will soon open Europe’s first ‘all-Barco laser’ multiplex in Breda, the Netherlands. The new 10-screen Kinepolis cinema complex will feature one Barco Flagship Laser and nine …


Kinepolis Group will soon open Europe’s first ‘all-Barco laser’ multiplex in Breda, the Netherlands. The new 10-screen Kinepolis cinema complex will feature one Barco Flagship Laser and nine Barco phosphor laser projectors. Kinepolis group has always been an early adopter of Barco’s Flagship Laser projectors: in 2014, it was the first European cinema exhibitor to introduce Barco’s Flagship Laser technology.

 

“Just like Barco, Kinepolis Group is on a constant quest to introduce new and innovative technologies that help bring back the magic of the movies. We knew that our investment in Barco’s laser-illuminated projectors would help us bring the movie-going experience to new levels and have been proven right,” said Eddy Duquenne, CEO of Kinepolis Group. Duquenne and his team have now confirmed their trust in Barco’s laser technology by going all-Barco laser in Breda.

The largest auditorium in the Breda multiplex will feature a top-of-the-range, ultra-bright Barco Flagship Laser projector (DP4K-30L). In the other cinema rooms, Kinepolis will install five DP2K-15CLP and four 20,000-lumen DP2K-20CLP laser phosphor projectors.

Duquenne stated, “We can now offer Breda’s moviegoers the best possible imaging technology. More than that, the choice of Barco’s Flagship Laser and laser phosphor projector also ensures enhanced ease of use and even cost and energy savings, thanks to the absence of lamps.”

 

“With our laser phosphor projectors, the Kinepolis multiplex in Breda is sure to enjoy superior image quality, while saving money due to the absence of xenon lamps. Our Flagship Laser projector, for its part, will ensure exceptional image quality at Kinepolis’ Laser Ultra theater. More than that, surveys confirm that moviegoers will return more often to cinema theater for a movie in razor-sharp, laser quality. Kinepolis choice of laser was therefore also a smart one from a revenue – and marketing – point of view,” said Stijn Hendrickx, Vice President-Cinema, Barco.

 

Onair makes a case for its LDMOS FM transmitter

Claims it is economically viable as compared to Mosfet FM transmitters Main article: Turkish company, Onair Medya, claims that replacing the legacy Mosfet FM transmitter with its LDMOS …


Claims it is economically viable as compared to Mosfet FM transmitters

Main article: Turkish company, Onair Medya, claims that replacing the legacy Mosfet FM transmitter with its LDMOS FM transmitter can help radio broadcasters in saving money. The 4 KW Onair LDMOS FM transmitter, FTC4K, reportedly has the similar dimensions as the 1 KW Mosfet transmitter but has higher RF power. The latter produces more heat, which impacts its efficiency, but FTC4K has 78% efficiency at 4KW RF power. “This means, less heating, less energy consumption, less complication and more reliable design,” Onair asserted.

FTC4K is designed to provide more reliability and has a built-in RDS that is programmable from the front keys of the exciter or via RS232 connecting a computer. Since it gives massive importance to low energy consumption, it has a GPIO switch that runs the air-conditioner when the room temperature or humidity reaches the limit value, letting users conserve energy.

Also, it has alarm function and interlock contact to stop the transmitter etc. It retains event logs and it can be connected to a printer. Optionally, it can be connected to a GSM modem to control and monitor all parameters via the internet and the user can listen to the audio input of the transmitter.

‘’We reduced the cost of the transmitters using the latest technology. All our transmitters have built-in RDS encoder and DDS modulator. Our new DDS modulator has L&R MPX, AES/EBU and IP audio inputs. If the current audio supply is off, the modulator connects the audio inputs to the others automatically. Not just that, we have reduced the operating and ownership cost of radio stations using LDMOS, besides protecting the environment,” said Lutfi Aysan, CEO, Onair.

Science City launches ‘Science on a Sphere’ facility

On its 19th anniversary, Kolkata’s Science City introduced a state-of the-art facility, titled ‘Science on a Sphere’, which was inaugurated by Keshari Nath Tripathi, Governor of West Bengal. …


On its 19th anniversary, Kolkata’s Science City introduced a state-of the-art facility, titled ‘Science on a Sphere’, which was inaugurated by Keshari Nath Tripathi, Governor of West Bengal. The suspended globe, which measures 6-feet in diameter, projects images of the earth through animated and dynamic images o its landmass, oceans, oceanic currents, temperature zones, clouds, snow covered areas, etc.

“I am delighted to learn that Science City, the largest Science Centre under the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), has set up ‘Science on a Sphere’, the first of its kind facility in eastern India. Here we can experience the dynamic Earth in front of our eyes and the magic of digital simulations has shrunk it to a size that fits our scale of visualization” said the governor.

A specially designed ‘Science on a Sphere’ folder was unveiled by the governor in the presence of A S Manekar, Director General of NCSM and E Islam, Director of Birla Industrial & Technological Museum and various and students. “It is our constant endeavour at NCSM to engage the audience into the understanding of complex scientific and technological issues in a simplified manner” Manekar said.

Around 250 underprivileged and differently-abled students from Manovikas Kendra participated in various contests during the launch, which was followed by a cultural program.

The ‘Science on a Sphere’ system uses 520 datasets, of which 40 are real time to cast this information. The datasets are obtained from the satellites and are constantly updated to present the latest atmospheric status on Earth.

 

 

The datasets are obtained from the US-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which supported the installation of this facility. The datasets are divided into the categories of atmosphere, ocean, land, astronomy and others. Each entry comprises a description of the dataset, a picture, a video, notable features, relevant links and source of information.

AD Choudhury, Director of Science City said, “It is a unique educative tool that simplifies the public’s understanding of our various environmental processes. One can instantly monitor the areas where earthquakes occurred during the last few hours, how the tsunami waves travel to various coastal areas, the artificial illumination pattern, air traffic in different zones and different times, etc.”

Avid MediaCentral | UX Connector available for Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Avid MediaCentral | UX Connector is now available for Adobe Premiere Pro CC, enabling users to connect into Avid’s production environment through the Avid MediaCentral Platform. Using the …


Avid MediaCentral | UX Connector is now available for Adobe Premiere Pro CC, enabling users to connect into Avid’s production environment through the Avid MediaCentral Platform. Using the Extension Panel in Adobe Premiere Pro CC in conjunction with Avid MediaCentral | UX, Adobe Premiere Pro users can now collaborate with Avid users faster, enabling them to mix and match tools to fit their workflow needs and budgets.

“The openness of the MediaCentral Platform enables us to fulfill our commitment to giving media professionals the integrated and collaborative workflows they need, regardless of the tools they choose to use,” said Alan Hoff, VP-Market Solutions at Avid. “With Avid MediaCentral | UX Connector for Adobe Premiere Pro CC, users can benefit from the enhanced flexibility, efficiency and collaboration of Avid media management systems.”

The Avid MediaCentral | UX Connector for Adobe Premiere Pro CC presents the MediaCentral | UX user interface within the Adobe Premiere Pro CC user interface, allowing customers to connect their Adobe editors to Avid workflow solutions, including Interplay| Production, Interplay | MAM and iNEWS. This enables creative services departments using Adobe Premiere Pro to benefit from access to additional production assets, and production teams to leverage the large installed base of trained Adobe Premiere Pro users. Adobe and Avid customers can boost workflow efficiency, enabling editors to easily manage any type of asset, automate non-creative production tasks, and reduce operational costs throughout the production process.

“Open, connected systems have been a goal of Adobe for many years, and this integration helps ensure an optimal experience for creatives,” said Sue Skidmore, head of partner relations for Professional Video at Adobe. “By eliminating wasted time and resources on integrating solutions from different vendors, Avid MediaCentral | UX Connector for Adobe Premiere Pro CC enables media professionals to focus on their creative endeavors and developing engaging content.”

With the Avid MediaCentral | UX Connector for Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe Premiere Pro CC editors can:

  • Register Avid Assets to Adobe Premiere Pro Projects for Editing in Place:
    • Check out master clips in Adobe Premiere Pro-supported formats
    • Check out simple sequences for in-place editing
    • Send rendered sequences back to Avid
    • Access Avid media not directly supported in Adobe Premiere Pro via optional conversion to MXF OP-1a and simple XML shotlists
  • Search for media assets via the central Media | Index
  • Chat with other MediaCentral | UX users
  • Navigate database hierarchies
  • See, add, and modify metadata