XDC Group Acquires Bewegte Bilder

Added 12/2/2012

XDC Group Acquires Bewegte Bilder

13/02/2012 à 19:17

Liege, Belgium—Feb 12, 2012

XDC Group Acquires Bewegte Bilder to Expand and Offer Premium Pan-European Content Service Network

XDC, leading digital cinema service company in Europe, announced to join forces by investing in 100% of the renowned German-based content service provider BEWEGTE BILDER Medien AG.

After having successfully committed over 5,000 digital screens all across Europe, and being one of the major service providers to exhibitors, XDC Group, following its strategy to expand its content services, will now own BEWEGTE BILDER company founded by pioneer Carsten Schuffert.

Fabrice Testa, Vice President Distribution Services at XDC stated: "Having known Carsten for so many years, it's a tremendous pleasure to welcome him and his team within the XDC family. BEWEGTE BILDER will be an important pillar within our Content Services & Delivery Unit that Carsten will lead from now onwards."

The Content Services & Delivery Unit is aimed at the preparation of digital content and its dispatch to the cinemas via satellite, hard drive or cable. By adding new services through BEWEGTE BILDER, the company will now also be able to offer a wide range of postproduction services, as scanning, color timing etc.

Among the satellite delivery solutions, BEWEGTE BILDER has been a fundamental contributor to the expansion of the Eutelsat DSAT-network, and creator of the well-known distribution platform DirectCinema.

Carsten Schuffert, Vice President Content Services & Delivery at XDC said: "The joined forces with XDC will bring a significant improvement to all customers by adding the pan-European scope to our services. Our team is happy to bring its expertise to XDC Group and also to share XDC's long term experience."

This acquisition will open up new possibilities for XDC Group as Serge Plasch, CEO of XDC concluded: "We are really happy to have been able to achieve this deal which will reinforce significantly our content service proposition. We are one of the major European digital content labs, able to offer one-stop, fast, reliable and quality services to major and independent distributors. We have now 3 major content hubs in Belgium, Germany and France, with logistical relays in 13 other European territories. Before the end of 2012, we should have 3 to 5 additional content hubs. No other company is able to offer such unique local service!"

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Monaco renews heritage with EVS

Added 10/2/2012

Monaco renews heritage with EVS
February 10th, 2012 Posted in News Roundup by Andy Stout, Editorial Director

The Audiovisual Archives of the Principality of Monaco has selected MediArchive Director, EVS’ asset management solution, for the digitisation and showcasing of up to 8,000 hours of video archives.

Created in 1997, the Audiovisual Archives of the Principality of Monaco collects and preserves media content relating to the Principality and its heritage, including, of course, a significant amount of sporting action. In doing so it has embarked on a significant media digitisation project, which has lead to the request for an asset management solution that not only increases the speed and flexibility of the referencing, browsing and sharing of digital media processes, but also integrates seamlessly with the existing database and third-party systems.

After reviewing several offers, the Audiovisual Archives of Monaco opted for MediArchive Director. The EVS solution will allow the archivists to oversee and manage the entire ingest process, including the ingestion and digitisation of up to 6,000 hours of video content from multiple sources as well as the digitisation of over 2,000 hours of audio material via a NOA Ingest Line system. The media files will be stored on LTO tapes via a Spectra Logic robot controlled by XenData.

Due to the MediArchive Director’s API, instant access to media via the browser and “aapmflow” database developed by Mixio is made possible. As a result, operators will be able to select and retrieve media content in a flash due to the system’s speed. The EVS solution will also handle the distribution process, as the MediArchive Director allows users to generate duplicates in multiple formats and deliver media via multiple platforms.

Vincent Vatrican Director of the Audiovisual Archives of the Principality of Monaco comments: “With the MediArchive Director, all steps of the archiving process, from digitisation to distribution, are continuously monitored and made simple with a central interface. The system’s flexibility and ability to control third-party solutions is also an asset for this ambitious project, which is vital for the Principality’s audiovisual heritage”.

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Sky Golf uses tOG-Sports via iPad

Added 8/2/2012

Sky Golf uses tOG-Sports via iPad
February 8th, 2012 Posted in Headline News by Andy Stout, Editorial Director

RT Software has added iPad support to tOG-Sports, allowing for the use of the tablet as a hand-held touchscreen device that delivers the full range of telestration, analysis and VT control. Sky Sports Golf has been one of the first shows to use it.

The iPad connects wirelessly to the main tOG Sports graphics system that combines delivery of live broadcast quality HD SDI output with HD clip control and content from remote video servers such as EVS. This is important, states the company, as it gives presenters a tool they are immediately familiar with both in the iPad itself and the tOG-Sports style of interface. It also frees them from the shackles of traditionally mounted touchscreens, making it easier to face camera and even share the telestrator with guests and co-presenters.

“What you need as much as possible is for the presenter to engage with the viewer, and if they’re stuck behind a desk it’s easy for that to turn into disengagement,” says Jason Wessely, Exec Producer Sky Sports Golf.

The programme moved into a new purpose built set in the recently built BSkyB Studios facility in London, with its first TX on 6th January 2012. This meant an opportunity for a complete rethink of the studio content for the channel and the adoption of new technology. Already a user of tOG Sports, the production team were using a desktop mounted touchscreen for swing and play analysis, selecting clips on EVS video servers, jogging them backwards and forwards as required and using the interactive touchscreen to add graphics such as swing angles or distances from the pin.

“We wanted to move the telestration element of the show away from a desktop mounted touchscreen and literally put it in the presenters’ hand, opening up the ability for presenters to combine live analysis on VT with actual examples of golfing techniques in the studio,” says Wessely. “tOG Sports’ new support for the iPad delivers this, and it’s on screen integration with EVS clips makes it easy and fits into our workflow.”

Sky Golf’s new studio features the iPad based tOG Sports telestrator, a giant video projection back wall and a golf simulator for taking actual shots based on technology from Pinpoint. Everything is seamlessly integrated on air – the studio based analyst can select a VT clip of a swing from the iPad, play it on the giant screen, jog back and forth and draw on it to discuss aspects of the swing and then switch to a virtual view of a fairway or approach to demonstrate with an actual swing. RT Software’s support for the iPad meant this could be achieved quickly and at almost zero cost, preserving the existing investment in tOG Sports and its proven telestration capability for golf.

The system has evolved with use too. “The presenters wanted the shuttle wheels to be slightly bigger and they wanted a jog button, a frame by frame button, as golf swings are high speed and if you push your finger on that three or four times it gets you to the point you want to be more precisely,” says Wessely. “We get a good idea everytime we use it and we’re learning what works and what doesn’t work. Mainly it’s the protocols of how we do it presentation-wise that are changing though rather than the actual technology of the tOG; it’s where we come to the Pinpoint then to the tOG then back to VT, where we cut full frame, where we don’t …it’s the TV grammar rather than the technology that needs fine tuning.”

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The Principality of Monaco Renews its Audiovisual Heritage with EVS’ MediArchive Director Paris, 7 February 2012 – The Audiovisual Archives of the Principality of Monaco has selected MediArchive Director, EVS’ asset management solution, for the dig

Added 7/2/2012

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The Principality of Monaco Renews its Audiovisual Heritage with EVS’ MediArchive Director

Paris, 7 February 2012 – The Audiovisual Archives of the Principality of Monaco has selected MediArchive Director, EVS’ asset management solution, for the digitisation and showcasing of up to 8,000 hours of video archives. Created in 1997, the Audiovisual Archives of the Principality of Monaco collects and preserves media content relating to the Principality and its heritage. In doing so it has embarked on a significant media digitisation project, which has lead to the request for an asset management solution that not only increases the speed and flexibility of the referencing, browsing and sharing of digital media processes, but also integrates seamlessly with the existing database and third-party systems.

Archive de Monaco

After reviewing several offers, the Audiovisual Archives of Monaco has opted for MediArchive Director. The EVS solution will allow the archivists to oversee and manage the entire ingest process, including the ingestion and digitisation of up to 6,000 hours of video content from multiple sources as well as the digitisation of over 2,000 hours of audio material via a NOA Ingest Line system. The media files will be stored on LTO tapes via a Spectra Logic robot controlled by XenData.

Due to the MediArchive Director’s API, instant access to media via the browser and “aapmflow” database developed by Mixio is made possible. As a result, operators will be able to select and retrieve media content in a flash due to the system’s speed. The EVS solution will also handle the distribution process, as the MediArchive Director allows users to generate duplicates in multiple formats and deliver media via multiple platforms.

Vincent Vatrican Director of the Audiovisual Archives of the Principality of Monaco comments: “With the MediArchive Director, all steps of the archiving process, from digitisation to distribution, are continuously monitored and made simple with a central interface. The system’s flexibility and ability to control third-party solutions is also an asset for this ambitious project, which is vital for the Principality’s audiovisual heritage”.

 


About EVS (www.evs.tv)

EVS designs leading broadcast and media production systems for sports, news and TV entertainment. Its innovative Live Slow Motion system revolutionized live broadcasting, and its reliable and integrative tapeless solutions are now widely used for non-linear editing and 3D HD productions across the globe.

The company’s dedicated systems offer a complete production platform: live slow motion (LSM), super and ultra slow motion, clips creation, fast turnaround editing, production and archive asset management, time delay, multi-camera and multi-feed recording, logging, live graphic analysis, digital transmission, multi-format ingest and play-back, second screen delivery. Main software applications like the IPDirector® or MulticamLSM® are designed to control the industry’s most robust and flexible production platform, the XT series server. The world’s leading broadcasters, such as NBC, BSkyB, FOX, RTBF, RTL, NHK, CANAL+, ABC, ESPN, TF1, CCTV, PBS, CBS, BBC, ZDF, Channel One, Channel7, RAI, TVE, NEP, MEDIAPRO, EUROMEDIA, BEXEL, ALFACAM and many others use EVS’ solutions.

The company is headquartered in Belgium and has offices in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America. Approximately 400 EVS professionals from 20 offices are selling its branded products in over 100 countries, and provide customer support globally.

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AMP VISUAL first to install I-MOVIX X10

Added 6/2/2012

AMP VISUAL first to install I-MOVIX X10
February 6th, 2012 Posted in News Roundup by Andy Stout, Editorial Director

France’s AMP VISUAL TV Group has become the first outfit to purchase the X10, the new ultra-slow motion system from I-MOVIX that delivers 300fps realtime continuous streaming at 1080i.

“The I-MOVIX X10 solution provides ultra-slow motion with the ease and flexibility of a traditional broadcast camera — which is essential in all shooting sessions,” said François Valadoux, chief technical officer of the AMP VISUAL TV Group. “I-MOVIX has developed a product that is fully integrated with the OB van, with features that are fully compatible with our setup, and easy–to-use functionalities such as the new joystick-equipped control panel, the OLED viewfinder, and the return video inputs. The X10 system is also 3D-ready and equipped for other future developments.”

For those that haven’t been paying attention, the X10 system is a fully broadcast-integrated solution and includes the latest high-speed HD camera, a camera control unit, an operational control panel, and a slow-motion remote panel (for use in ultra-slow-motion replay mode). X10 is used with the industry-standard EVS XT3 production server and LSM remote-control recorder. The camera connects to the camera control unit (CCU) via a SMPTE hybrid fiber cable, enabling long-distance optical fibre transmission and control through a single connection.

“Our relationship with I-MOVIX has developed over several years, through collaborations based on fruitful exchanges on technical and operational matters,” said Gilles Sallé, chief executive officer of the AMP VISUAL TV Group. “This summer, AMP will be the first to offer the brand-new X10 system to broadcast customers. This is an important innovation and part of the new generation of services we are developing at AMP. We will continue to provide producers and television channels with technologically innovative products, such as the X10, that will help them to enrich their coverage.”

http://svgeurope.org/blog/blog/2012/02/06/amp-visual-first-to-install-i-movix-x10/

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