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FilmLight Case Study: Mining the archives for First Man

The movie First Man dramatises the story of Neil Armstrong’s famous giant leap for mankind. To give it a strong sense of authenticity, Director Damien Chazelle approached NASA to see if there was any archive footage from the Apollo era. The good news was that NASA offered complete access to their archive material and there was plenty of footage from which to choose. For the Apollo 11 launch they had multiple cameras capturing different engineering details of the Saturn V from different angles. The bad news was that it was in a unique format: an obsolete 10-perf 70mm military ...

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Alpha TV Migrates to HD with Imagine Communications

Highly resilient system meets customer expectations and lays a path for the future [MUNICH, December 10, 2018] – Imagine Communications has implemented a new multichannel playout centre for Alpha TV in Athens. This new installation gives Alpha TV the ability to meet its viewers’ demand for HD on all channels, and builds a platform for future growth plans. It also ensures business continuity by providing full redundancy, eliminating the risk of any channel going off air. The new system, designed and installed in association with local systems integrator AmyDV, is space-saving and energy-efficient, making a real difference to the broadcaster ...

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Telestream Opens New East Coast Headquarters

Westwood, Massachusetts, December 10, 2018 – Telestream, a leading provider of workflow automation, processing and quality monitoring and management solutions for the production and distribution of video, today announced the opening of its new East Coast Headquarters in Westwood, Massachusetts. Located at 247 Station Drive, the 22,000 square foot facility features a state-of-the-art customer experience center and provides bright and modern offices with access to an onsite cafeteria and gym for Telestream’s fast growing employee community. With direct access from 128/I XCHARX 95 and directly adjacent to the 128 Commuter Rail/Amtrak Station and Acela, the Station Drive facility provides easy access to ...

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Western Michigan University Broncos Turn to Envivo Replay for Slow Motion Playback on In-Stadium Screens and Streaming to ESPN Channels

Michigan University’s (WMU) Division I Broncos football program has a storied history at the Kalamazoo-based school. As the 2015 Bahama Bowl winner, 2016 Mid-American Conference (MAC) champions, and participants in the 2017 Cotton Bowl, the popular team requires production technology that keeps pace with its sports program. Video production professionals at the school determined that the slow-motion replay system used for in-arena replays and for live ESPN and ESPN+ feeds from home football, men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s basketball games was not providing a true broadcast look or an optimum training ground for students. As part of ...

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SMPTE Australia Section Issues Call for Papers for METexpo Conference

SYDNEY — 10 December 2018 — SMPTE®, the organization whose standards work has supported a century of advances in entertainment technology, and whose membership spans the globe, today announced that the SMPTE Australia Section has issued a call for papers for its forthcoming Media + Entertainment Tech Expo (METexpo) Conference, which will be held between 18-20 July 2019 at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia. XCHARXIn line with keeping fresh and relevant in the fast-changing media landscape, the SMPTE Australia Section has undertaken considerable research to make sure our biennial conference and exhibition meet the expectations of the ...

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Sigma Ships Its Most Anticipated Global Vision Lens of the Year – Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens

Ronkonkoma, NY – December 10, 2018 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, today announced the pricing and availability of the highly anticipated Sports line addition announced at Photokina – the new flagship large-aperture telephoto zoom Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports. The new lens to complete the Sigma F2.8 zoom trio, including the award-winning 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art wide-angle zoom and the 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art modern workhorse zoom – the essential tools for professional photographers, will begin shipping in Canon mount in late December for $1499.00. The advanced optical formula delivers ...

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Mike King Rejoins Bexel to Support Key Clients in Broadcast and Live Events Market

Bexel, an NEP Broadcast Services Company, has announced that industry veteran Mike King has rejoined the company as Manager, Strategic Accounts. In his new role, King will manage and support key client accounts with Bexel’s extensive range of broadcast rental equipment and engineering solutions, as well as collaborate with the NEP Worldwide Network on joint projects. With nearly 28 years of experience in the broadcast industry, King’s diverse background has included supporting high-profile clients like NFL Network, NFL Films, MLB Network, ESPN, The Tennis Channel, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, CBS Sports and ABC Sports. Most recently, King served as Project and ...

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NEP Group Acquires Broadcast Sports International, LLC

NEP Group, the leading worldwide outsourced technical production partner supporting premier content producers of live sports and entertainment, announced today its acquisition of Baltimore-based Broadcast Sports International, LLC (“BSI”). BSI is the recognized industry leader in the design and production of critical-use wireless networks and high-end wireless A/V systems supported by BSI’s reliable field service team. BSI provides world-class, broadcast-quality wireless audio-visual solutions for major television networks, sports leagues and other marquee customers around the world. The company’s market-leading solutions include wireless camera systems, wireless audio systems, wireless communications systems and digital technology to receive, decode and distribute images and ...

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Acclaimed ZYLIA ZM-1 360-Degree Sound Recording System Available for Sale in the United States

POZNAN, Poland — Dec. 7, 2018 — Zylia, the Poland-based manufacturer of multitrack audio recording technologies, today announced that its acclaimed ZYLIA ZM-1 microphone is now available for sale in the United States. Designed for bands and musical ensembles, sound engineers, podcasters, and audio creatives working in 3D audio, Ambisonics, and virtual reality, the new ZYLIA ZM-1 is an incredibly light, compact, and beautifully designed recording solution capable of delivering 48 kilohertz/24-bit resolution while capturing the full spatial sound scene. The microphone is available for purchase online in the United States through B&H: www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Shop-by-Brand-Zylia/ci/4/phd/6683/N/4294255798 XCHARXWeXCHARXre happy to share the remarkable ...

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Sigma Cine 40mm T1.5 Full-Frame Lens Now Shipping

Ronkonkoma, NY – December 7, 2018 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, today announced that its anticipated cine lens – Sigma Cine 40mm T1.5 FF – will begin shipping in December 2018 for $3,499.00, with the option to purchase a fully luminous version (FL) for $4,499.00. Sigma Cine 40mm T1.5 FF is a fast and sharp T1.5 cine lens compatible with full-frame camera sensors and optimized for ultra-high-resolution 6K-8K productions. Featuring a 180-degree focus rotation, this lens is available in EF, E and PL mounts with lens support foot ...

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DP Carmen Cabana takes Season Two of XCHARXVidaXCHARX from Cooke 5/i to Cooke S4/i to add to the environmental look of the expanded series

Vida — renewed for its second season and expanded from six episodes to 10 by Starz — continues to break the mold of what many think a Latino television series should look like. This half-hour drama chronicles two Mexican-American sisters from the Eastside of Los Angeles who couldn’t be more different or distanced from each other. Circumstances force them to return to their old neighborhood, where they are confronted by the past and shocking truths about their mother’s identity. The series earned critical acclaim upon its debut, with season one holding a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While most ...

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Media Industry Veteran Kevin Scott Joins Signiant Leadership Team

Signiant Inc, a long-time market leader in intelligent file transfer, has created a new C-level executive role to support the company’s strategy of extending its cloud-native SaaS platform to meet emerging market needs. Capping off a record year as one of the fastest growing technology companies in media, Signiant has appointed industry veteran Kevin Scott as Chief Business Development Officer to lead strategic relationships with key partners and customers. Scott’s long, successful career in media has included leadership roles at DIRECTV and Deluxe. He most recently served as an advisor to many of the world’s top M&E companies on technology ...

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Loyola University Chicago Updates Convergence Studio with Broadcast Pix BPswitch Integrated Production Switcher

Chelmsford, Mass. – Dec. 6, 2018 – Broadcast Pix today announced the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago has upgraded its Convergence Studio with a new Broadcast Pix BPswitch MX integrated production switcher. Built in downtown Chicago in 2009, the facility houses television, radio, and graphics areas designed to provide students with access to the latest technologies and workflows used by communication professionals. Jamason Chen, manager of technology, installed the new BPswitch in May, upgrading the technology from the previous Broadcast Pix Mica™ system. He was able to use the existing control panel and cabling, so it was a ...

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SVG Summit: Cobalt Digital to Demonstrate HDR Conversion Solutions for Broadcasters

Champaign, Ill. – Dec. 6, 2018 – Cobalt Digital will demonstrate its high dynamic range (HDR) conversion solutions for live sports and other broadcast content at the 2018 SVG Summit, which runs Dec. 10-11 at the New York Hilton Midtown. Using Cobalt’s flagship 9904-UDX-4K up/down/cross converter and image processor for the openGear® platform with Technicolor® HDR Intelligent Tone Management (ITM) technology, broadcasters can monetize HD and 4K standard dynamic range (SDR) content for HDR distribution, as well as provide an HDR experience to viewers through an SDR feed. For HD and 4K live sports, the 9904-UDX-4K allows production truck operators to seamlessly ...

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Pebble Beach Systems appoints Andy Giles as Sales Manager for Europe, Israel and South Africa

Weybridge, UK, December 6th 2018 –Pebble Beach Systems, a leading automation, content management and integrated channel specialist, today announced the appointment of Andy Giles as the company’s new Sales Manager for Europe, Israel and South Africa. An experienced industry professional with a strong technical background, Andy previously held senior positions at Snell Advanced Media, Snell & Wilcox Ltd and Amberfin (now part of Dalet). Tamas Vass, Senior VP of Global Sales at Pebble commented “Andy’s technical knowledge, commercial expertise, and customer focus make him the perfect choice in this role, and his experience of consulting with the end user on ...

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EditShare Gets High Marks at Liverpool Screen School

Liverpool John Moores University expands its media infrastructure; new workflow features EditShare XStream EFS Shared Storage, Flow media asset management, AirFlow for remote access, and QScan automated quality assurance Basingstoke, UK — December 6, 2018 XCHARX EditShare a technology leader in intelligent shared storage and media management solutions, today announced that The Liverpool Screen School has upgraded the existing media infrastructure to the latest EditShare XStream EFS storage platform as well as added EditShare Flow media asset management (MAM), AirFlow for remote access, and QScan automated quality assurance to support its Journalism, Media Production and Film Studies programs. Noted for their “theory and ...

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36th AmericaXCHARXs Cup: circle-O to Stage the WorldXCHARXs Most Spectacular Sailing Regatta

VIENNA — Dec. 6, 2018 — In 2021, the 36th AmericaXCHARXs Cup will set sail toward Auckland, New Zealand. Working together as circle-o Broadcast Productions, Austrian production company West4Media and German broadcast manufacturer Riedel Communications will jointly produce this major TV event. The battle for AmericaXCHARXs Cup, the oldest international sporting trophy, pits the worldXCHARXs most renowned yacht clubs against each other in a series of thrilling races. To win the right to challenge the title defender from New Zealand at the 36th AmericaXCHARXs Cup, one team must come out on top at the prestigious Prada Cup qualifying races in ...

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SMPTE Expands Virtual Classroom With Self-Study Options and a New HDR Technology and Workflows Course

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Dec. 6, 2018 — SMPTE®, the organization whose standards work has supported a century of advances in entertainment technology and whose membership spans the globe, is expanding the SMPTE Virtual Classroom offering with a new course: High-Dynamic-Range (HDR) Technology and Workflows for Media and Entertainment. Led by instructor Pierre Routhier, an advanced imaging specialist, this course will cover critical concepts and practical considerations across the HDR workflow, from mastering to production, distribution, and viewing. XCHARXSMPTE Virtual Classroom courses are a valuable resource for technologists, engineers, and practitioners involved with creating professional media, as the course offerings ...

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