Elemental at IBC 2014

drapeau_americain_anglaisOne of the hottest topics for Elemental at IBC (Hall 4, Stand 4.B75) this year will be time-shifted services that give consumers view their video content with DVR controls like time delay, pause or repeat – on any device. The company we’ll announce a new product that will help content owners and distributors implement services that enrich live TV experiences and can be adapted for multiscreen viewing.

Elemental will have software-defined video demonstrations – from cloud demos featuring live linear encoding, non-linear TV services, and live-to-VOD apps to 4K/HEVC, MPEG-DASH, time-shifted TV services and seamless input failover solutions.

No Stress at IBC, Have Some Fun : let’s go to the 4K 4Charity !

4K 4Charity

The first annual 4K 4Charity Fun Run is being held at 07h30 (I know, it’s early but for the good cause) on Saturday 13 September close to the RAI. This is a celebration (co-sponsored by Ericsson) of all of the industry’s 4K HEVC achievements over the past several months – and an opportunity to do some good for those in desperate need. Proceeds will be designated for OXFAM International, which works to end poverty and injustice by mobilizing the power of the people against poverty. More information and online registration: www.4K4Charity.com

This event is support from leaders from across the industry, including AJA Video Systems, Broadband TV News, deltatre, Dolby Laboratories, DTS, Microsoft, the Whiteoaks Consultancy and IBC’s organisation.

Elemental Breaking News :

Las Vegas-based Roberts Communications Network, LLC (the world’s largest provider of simulcast horse and greyhound racing video services) is Elemental video processing to provide low latency and high quality of service (QoS) across its OTT, IPTV, desktop and mobile services. The interesting backstory is that elemental won an intensive six-month competitive shootout for this business with the customer moving from a legacy encoding system to Elemental.

Elemental is a finalist in two premier industry awards programs, the IBC 2014 Innovation Awards and the IABM Design &  Innovation Awards 2014.

Digigram and Kalray ready for a real-time HEVC video encoder

drapeau_americain_anglaisDigigram Expertise in Video Quality Metrics, Encoding, and Streaming Enables Use of KALRAY Manycore Processor to Facilitate High-Density HEVC Encoding

The MPPA BOARD EMB01 provides a complete environment to prototype and produce compute intensive applications and delivers the processing power of the 256 cores of the MPPA-256 processor, associated with a market standard host processor.
The MPPA BOARD EMB01 provides a complete environment to prototype and produce compute intensive applications and delivers the processing power of the 256 cores of the MPPA-256 processor, associated with a market standard host processor.

Digigram today announced that it has partnered with Kalray, a developer and manufacturer of manycore processors, to create high-quality, high density real-time HEVC video encoder solutions based on KALRAY’s massively parallel Multi Purpose Processor Array (MPPA) chip. Digigram will integrate the resulting technology into new IP-based products and solutions to offer efficient high-density HEVC HD and Ultra HD (4K) video encoding in broadcast and OTT applications.

Eric Baissus, president and CEO of Kalray, said : « Digigram’s expertise in video quality metrics, encoding, and live streaming complements Kalray’s expertise in parallel processing programming on MPPA. It also takes full advantage of both the MPPA’s unique parallel architecture and its video-optimized instruction set to bring a truly disruptive video encoding offering to the market.« 

Kalray provides a new generation of manycore processors and acceleration cards for intensive computing applications. The company’s technology can be used in a large spectrum of applications, including the video-over-IP applications supported by Digigram products.

Our technology partnership with Kalray makes it possible for us to introduce highly efficient real-time HEVC encoding to our product line very quickly and, in turn, enable our customers to dramatically reduce bandwidth requirements and accelerate their deployment of Ultra HD TV to multiscreen OTT applications

Philippe Delacroix, president and CEO of Digigram.

« Because real-time HEVC encoding remains relatively rare, our customers will be positioned to leverage this capability to increase not only revenue-generation opportunities, but also their competitive edge.« 

Dalet Releases AmberFin Version 10.4

The vision of MAM by Dalet : Collaboration and Media Convergence
The vision of MAM by Dalet : Collaboration and Media Convergenc

drapeau_americain_anglais Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of Media Asset Management (MAM) solutions, software and services for content producers, announced today the availability of AmberFin 10.4. The new update expands the versatility of the AmberFin multi-format transcode platform by adding support for new operating systems (OS), easier handling of closed captions, and enhanced codec processing that further improves interoperability. The new Dalet AmberFin version 10.4 features include:

Better Avid DNxHD Support – AmberFin 10.4 will re-wrap DNxHD among MOV, MXF OP1a and MXF OP-Atom without transcoding, accelerating Avid workflows.

Closed Captions Made Easy – Users can now insert captions during transcode, even when doing temporal conversion.

Extended AVC Intra Support – As with most formats, there are a few different variations – AmberFin 10.4 features a new decoder that enhances the interoperability of AVC Intra.

Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Support – AmberFin Version 10.4 will offer full support of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

Customers with current support contracts can upgrade at any time by contacting their local representative or Dalet support.

Attendees can see the new Dalet AmberFin 10.4 platform along with other Dalet solutions at IBC on stand 8.B77.

Motion Path | Bigstudios partner with Orad to Provide world-class creative services

drapeau_americain_anglaisThe two Award-winning top design talent agencies Motion Path and Bigstudios (BMP) team with Orad (a worldwide specialist in broadcast graphics development) to offer a special new creative services for the customers of Orad (RTL, ESPN, TF1, TV Globo, CCTV, Channel 4, HBO, DW, Canal+, Turner, Televisa and others).

Orad motion graphics

With expertise in technology and design, the trio is well positioned to offer broadcasters everywhere the very best in professionally designed graphic packages for major broadcast productions such as channel launches or re-brands, elections, large-scale sport events and specialty projects of any scale.

« Our collective expertise ensures customers receive a graphics product created by some of the industry’s most gifted designers » Avi Sharir, president and CEO of Orad

The new creative service offering from Motion Path, Bigstudios and Orad brings our customers immense value with regards to visual branding and production optimization,” says Avi Sharir, president and CEO of Orad.

Together, BMP offers more than three decades of experience in motion graphics and visual effects; network branding and show packages; real-time, data-driven graphics and custom digital displays of any scale, from sets to malls to stadiums.

Anton Maximovsky, CEO and president of Motion-Path had this to say : “We’ve participated in numerous projects together with Orad with great results. And also, after having worked on most existing real-time platforms, we realized that our best works and projects were done on the Orad platform ».

Exciting time for the growth of the BMP partnership, said Jocelyne Meinert, owner and director of Bigstudios. An alliance with Orad’s amazing technologies will create exactly the kind of new opportunities we are looking for, capitalizing on our years of creative and technical broadcast experience.” 

Goldcrest Post augmente ses capacités de finalisation d’image avec DaVinci Resolve

drapeau_francaisLa société Goldcrest Post basée à Londres continue de développer ses services de post-production (récompensés aux Oscars et aux BAFTA Awards) avec l’ajout de 3 nouvelles régies d’étalonnage DI intégrant DaVinci Resolve.


Goldcrest s’est déjà servi de ces moyens d’étalonnage pour le DI (Digital Intermédiaire) des films Kingsman : Services secrets, The Inbetweeners 2, Breaking the Bank, Suite Francaise, ainsi que le film biographique sur Lance Armstrong réalisé par Stephen Frears.

Grâce aux capacités de DaVinci Resolve 11, le département de post-production de Goldcrest (Lexington Street, Londres), qui fait appel au talent des coloristes renommés Adam Glasman, Rob Pizzey et Lee Clappison, est à présent capable d’offrir à ses clients la finalisation complète à Soho de longs métrages  pour productions les plus importantes, le tout sous le même toit.

Le workflow DaVinci Resolve installé chez Goldcrest comprend plusieurs ordinateurs Linux, équipés de 4 cartes graphiques, embarquant le logiciel DaVinci Resolve pour le montage et l’étalonnage. Il inclut également plusieurs stations Linux et Mac équipés d’une carte graphique et du logiciel Resolve pour les travaux de préparation et de laboratoire. Les deux principales salles DI  de Goldcrest sont équipées d’écran de 6,5 m de base (pour une distance de projection de 10 mètres) et accueillent le dernier projecteur conforme DCI de Barco. Toutes les stations de travail DaVinci Resolve sont connectées à un système de stockage San Media de 500 To permettant une lecture et un étalonnage en temps réel pour de multiples flux 4K.

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Le revendeur local Blackmagic Jigsaw24 a conseillé les serveurs DaVinci Resolve pour faire fonctionner les régies d’étalonnage et de montage, le tout sous Linux. « Cela a permis d’avoir une uniformité dans tous les studios et procuré des meilleures prise en charge et interopérabilité », a expliqué Jamie Allan de Jigsaw. « Les systèmes de montage et d’étalonnage ont tous été créés de manière identique, afin que la lecture online puisse être effectuée en temps réel, sans avoir à faire de rendu à partir d’un étalonnage. Tous les systèmes sont alimentés par des cartes graphiques Nvidia Titan. »

« L’étendue et l’échelle des besoins techniques exigés au sein de notre studio signifient que la gestion de notre projet doit être sans faille », a expliqué Laurent Treherne, directeur en chef de la technologie de Goldcrest qui a supervisé l’évolution du système. « DaVinci Resolve offre ici un workflow plus efficace car nous utilisons une base de données centralisée. Le DI, le montage online et la conformation peuvent à présent être effectués à l’aide des mêmes fichiers projet sans avoir à faire le rendu des fichiers ou à convertir et vérifier les données XML. Les conseils techniques sur DaVinci Resolve de l’entreprise Jigsaw se sont révélés essentiels à la réussite de ce projet. »

« Cette nouvelle infrastructure de post-production démontre notre engagement à entrer dans le monde de la post-production cinématographique au Royaume-Uni. Comme nous avons engagé certains des meilleurs professionnels de l’industrie, nous avons dû nous assurer que nos coloristes, monteurs et assistants possédaient un environnement de travail leur offrant les plus hautes qualités technologiques et esthétiques », a expliqué Patrick Malone, directeur général de Goldcrest Post.


Goldcrest Films supervise la distribution et le marketing des films produits par Goldcrest ainsi que les acquisitions tierces. De plus, la société monnaie la célèbre collection de Goldcrest qui contient plus de 100 titres. La société a récemment annoncé qu’elle financerait et distribuerait le film Brooklyn Bridge ayant pour vedette Daniel Radcliffe, qui sera projeté au prochain Marché du film européen à Berlin.

Goldcrest Post est un leader du marché dans le domaine des services de post-production primés aux Oscars et aux BAFTA Awards.

Goldcrest Finance récolte des fonds et structure des transactions dans le secteur des médias. Elle a financé des films ayant un budget de 3 à 98 millions de dollars, dont quatre ont été numéro 1 au box office américain.

Design & Innovation Awards 2014



drapeau_americain_anglaisIABM, the international association that represents the broadcast and media technology supply industry worldwide, announced the shortlists for the IABM Design & Innovation Awards. Shortlisted entries will be judged by a panel of 22 independent specialists chaired by John Ive, director of business development and technology, IABM, and winners will be announced at the IABM reception and awards ceremony at IBC in Amsterdam on Saturday, 13 September.

The ceremony will be followed by drinks and networking. Please register below to confirm your place at the ceremony.

Please join the event by registering your place here.

With an exceptionally high level of entries this year, approximately 120 judging decisions were made across the nine categories.

The shortlisted candidates include the following companies and their offerings :

Acquisition & production

Fujifilm – 4K FUJINON ZK-Series (Cabrio)

Grass Valley – LDX XtremeSpeed

Trimaran – GEORACING

System automation & control

Avid – Avid Media | Distribute

Cambridge Imaging Systems – IMAGEN

VidiGo – Studio Automation

Post production

Quantel – Genetic Engineering 2

Jünger Audio GmbH – D*AP4 VAP Edition

Telestream – Switch

Playout & delivery systems

Elemental Technologies – Elemental Video Delivery Platform

Harmonic – Harmonic Electra XVM

Grass Valley – GV STRATUS Playout

Content & communication infrastructure

Net Insight – Nimbra VA 220

NTT Electronics – Robust IP Transmission with NA8000

Dejero – Dejero LIVE+ Booster

Test, quality control & monitoring

Vidcheck – Auto QC

Cube-Tec – MXF-Legalizer

Nexidia – Nexidia QC


Sennheiser – Esfera

Clear-Com – HelixNet Digital Network Partyline Intercom System

Jünger Audio Gmbh – D*AP8 MAP Edition


SDNsquare – WARP

Ardis Technologies – DDP Superior Shared Storage Solution

Sony Professional Solutions Europe – Tape Digitisation Station PWS-100TD1


Venera Technologies – Pulsar PPU

Elemental Technologies – Elemental Cloud 2.0

Cambridge Imaging Systems – IMAGEN

Aaton-Digital, Cantar-X3 and more @ IBC 2014 in Amsterdam

Jacques Delacoux
Jacques Delacoux, CEO of Transvideo and Aaton-Digital (c) DR
Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood with the Transvideo Titan monitor shooting « Flags of our Fathers » in 2006. For his movie « Changeling », the director used the RainbowRF and the Titan as well some Rainbow5″ on the camera. (c) DR

drapeau_americain_anglaisAaton-Digital will show the new 24 track Cantar-X3 recorder and new Aaton-Digital 5” Oled monitor at IBC 2014 (12-16 september) on the Aaton-Digital /Transvideo stand 11.F31. Deliveries will begin for existing orders this fall. New orders will deliver Q1 in the new year.

The Aaton-Digital Cantar-X3 design team, many of whom were involved in the design of the Cantar –X1recorder and the legendary Aaton film cameras. Also present are some colleagues of the French DP association l’AFC, and the sound engineers association L’AFSI.

Also on show will be the new Aaton-Digital 5” Oled monitor which is multi purpose but can be used with the Cantar-X3 recorder as a video source monitor. It is the Aaton version of the new Transvideo StarliteHD monitor.
For the last ten years, the Aaton Cantar-X2 has been the ultimate benchmark for audio field recording.

Today, a totally new machine, the Aaton Cantar- X3 has been designed by the same team that created its predecessor. It combines the ergonomics of the X2 and its outstanding microphone preamplifiers which have been redesigned to improve filtering possibilities and reduce further the noise level, also new functionalities such as an optional Audinate’s Dante IP networking, while additional features are accessed through an improved human interface with new display based menu control. Sister company Transvideo has designed the display.

Aaton-Digital audio recorder Cantar-X3
Aaton-Digital audio recorder Cantar-X3

Its avionics aluminium machined housing, water and dust-proof with a durable coating coming from military industry, together with an exceptionally long run time makes it the perfect portable tool for outside location work. Extended linear faders, smooth rotary knobs and silent switches are provided for a practical working environment.

External devices can be simultaneously linked to the Cantar X3 through widely used audio and computer connectors adding new capabilities for this machine to be scalable for the next twenty years. 

Company CEO Jacques Delacoux will be present on the stand. Also there you will find Film and Digital Times editor Jon Fauer, along with representatives from Steadicam and Artemis with their respective rigs. Happy hour every day, except Sunday which is party day.

Arqiva Selects Thomson Video Networks’ ViBE EM4000 Encoder for Major Upgrade of U.K. Terrestrial Broadcast Network

drapeau_americain_anglaisThomson Video Networks today announced that Arqiva, a leading communications infrastructure and media services provider in the U.K., has deployed the award-winning ViBE EM4000 premium HD/SD encoder with the next-generation Flextream statistical multiplexer. Three new ViBE EM4000 platforms now provide DVB-T/T2 video compression for the latest upgrade of the Arqiva Digital Terrestrial TV Platform, enabling Arqiva Services to launch new TV channels on its existing multiplex while also introducing a new high-definition multiplex.

Thomson VN-ViBE EM4000 Premium Encoder

« When we signed up for the challenge of not only expanding our existing channel offering, but introducing a brand-new HD multiplex, we did so knowing the ViBE EM4000 would deliver the required performance gains, » said Stephen Foden, Arqiva Services’ head of multiplex engineering. « The EM4000 has provided us with the expansion capability that we were looking for on our MPEG-2 SD services. It has surpassed our expectations, ensuring we’re now able to launch more HD services than we had originally planned. We believe the Thomson Video Networks technology roadmap will be a key enabler for Arqiva as we further expand our business over the coming years.« 

As a complete DVB-S2, QAM, ATSC, and DVB-T2 compression system for HD live content, the ViBE EM4000 supports up to eight HD MPEG-4 AVC channels in a 1-RU chassis with many advanced features including embedded audio and subtitle transcoding. This feature set combination resolve a wide range of broadcast applications including satellite, terrestrial, cable, and IP television.

« Customers such as Arqiva choose the EM4000 because its outstanding compression performance enables them to deliver a larger number of revenue-generating channels without compromising on video quality« , said Darren Palmer, managing director Northern Europe, Thomson Video Networks.