IBC Show Previews E – F
EditShare – Stand 7.A35
EditShare, the technology leader that enables storytellers to create and manage collaborative media workflows, will use IBC2022 to showcase how its latest technologies boost quality and efficiency for production and post production. Demonstrations will show how remote working and the cloud can interwork to give creative artists seamless and secure access to the tools they rely on.Central to this is the ability to use EditShare storage spaces and FLOW workflow tools to synchronize projects across the popular NLE platforms, including Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro and DaVinci Resolve. The latest release of core FLOW software allows complex projects to be moved as needed between EditShare media management and whichever edit environment the creative team needs to use. Having its first showing in Amsterdam will be the latest suite of EditShare FLEX software solutions for out-of-the-box cloud and hybrid workflows. FLEX reflects the powerful business trends in post today, including the migration to a “work anywhere” environment, with ready access to content wherever the creative staff need to be. In adopting cloud storage and processing, it also meets the move towards an OpEx financial model, with the cloud hosting and storage fees flexing to reflect the level of business. “The post industry is changing, in part reflecting the changes enforced by the pandemic, and in part because creative talent is looking to shift the work/life balance,” comments Said Bacho, Chief Revenue Officer at EditShare. “What we now present is an eco-system where editors and other post artists can choose their preferred tools, and work where they like, when they like, without it in any way compromising their creativity or limiting the quality, even as we move to 4k and higher resolutions, and to HDR.” EditShare’s EFS Multi-Site will also be on the booth for the first time this IBC. Multi-Site allows users with multiple locations to leverage built-in file acceleration to synchronize project storage between EFS clusters in different facilities. This ensures that users have ready access to content, wherever they choose to work. FLEX Cloud Sync extends the capabilities of Multi-Site to cloud storage, providing added flexibility in access as well as security in archiving. For news and sports fast turnaround editing, FLOW supports direct ingest of NDI contribution feeds for immediate editing. Working in conjunction with the Helmut orchestration platform from MoovIT, IBC will see demonstrations of practical high-pressure editing operations linking EditShare storage with Adobe software. Content security and availability is vital to professional users, and EditShare has added new hardware and software in this area. The new EFS 60NL nearline storage provides 60 drive bays and nearly 1PB of storage in just 4U of rack space. This offers secure storage for large amounts of content which is needed but not immediately worked on, ready to be transferred to the online servers with virtually no delay. The 60NL is also the first hardware platform to utilize the new EFS capability for erasure coding-based storage goals, eliminating the need for hardware based RAID. Rolling updates to EditShare’s FLOW software platform ensure that the latest raw formats from popular camera systems like RED and Blackmagic Design are accepted, with LUTs imposed in real time, both on full resolution material and on proxies, boosting remote working using intelligent proxy management. “IBC has always been very important to EditShare, a real opportunity to exchange ideas with our users and partners from around the world,” Bacho added. “The whole team is excited to be returning to Amsterdam, seeing our users and partners face-to-face, and discussing the creative and operational challenges they encounter and how EditShare can provide proven solutions today and into the future.”
Edgio – Hall 5
At IBC2022, Edgio is showcasing Edgio Streaming, which provides flexible, robust solutions that scale to handle millions of concurrent viewers, including:
Smartplay delivers ultra-personalized, TV-like quality experiences by generating unique manifests for each viewer and dynamically manipulating live events. Smartplay capabilities include server-side ad insertion (SSAI) with Prebid technology, digital rights management (DRM), content targeting, and Time Control.
Live Event Operations to support epic events, from onboarding and preparation to acquisition, in-event, and post-event services.
Curated Streaming Experiences enable streaming providers to maximize the value of their live and VOD content. Edgio Streaming can schedule Live and VOD content with ad insertion to curate virtual linear/ free ad-supported TV (FAST) channels and syndicate them out to reach wider audiences.
EMG – Stand 1.D61
EMG, a leading provider of broadcasting and audiovisual services, will use its presence at IBC2022 to share the unique world-renowned expertise that has helped it master the entire value chain from image creation to distribution. EMG’s leadership team and knowledgeable staff can be found on three stands at the show as well as presenting in several summit sessions. IBC2022 is held at the RAI, Amsterdam from 9-12 September 2022.
On Stand 1.D61, EMG created a meeting place where the team will present its full portfolio of solutions. Remote production, cloud and IP technology sit at the heart of EMG’s strategy, enabling EMG to offer customers unrivalled services to enhance and manage high value-added content and provide viewers with an even more exciting experience.
Outside on Stand 0.A09 EMG’s design division Projectbuilders shows the new NOVA105 OB truck. With 89m2 of working space, this is the biggest mobile facility in the EMG group, offering workspace for 40 people. EMG developed an insulated rack area that allows entire I/P 19″ frames to be inserted or removed. This allows for quick changes when the ‘diPloy’ set needs to be sent out as a fly-pack. At IBC, the NOVA105 will be shown as ‘rack ready’ with minimal equipment in place.
EMG’s Origins Digital brand will be on Stand 5.F52 showcasing its innovative digital services tailored for broadcasters and sports organisations, from club apps and websites to OTT platforms and enriched video players.
Es’hailSat – Stand 1.F68
Es’hailSat is exhibiting at the annual IBC exhibition in Amsterdam, the leading platform for the broadcast, content delivery, digital media and satellite sectors across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Es’hailSat will be showcasing Es’hail-1, Es’hail-2 and a wide range of services to be delivered through the new 50,000 sqm state of the art teleport in Doha. Es’hail-1 and Es’hail-2 are currently transmitting high quality, premium DTH television content from the 25.5°/26° East hotspot.
Es’hail-2, a high-performance satellite with sophisticated anti-jamming capabilities located at 26° East hotspot position for TV broadcasting, significantly adds to the company’s ability to provide high quality, premium DTH television content across the Middle East and North Africa.
Es’hailSat’s 50,000 sqm teleport provide customers with secure and independent satellite transmission. The facility supports satellite TT&C and capacity management together with a wide range of services including uplink, downlink, multiplexing, encoding, playout, VSAT and other value-added services. The high-tech teleport will also provide back-up studios for TV channels and serve as a disaster recovery facility for customers.
Mr. Ali Al Kuwari, President and CEO of Es’hailSat, said: “We have been expanding upon our gamut of services since the launch of Es’hail-1 & Es’hail-2 to grow beyond our local market, and now with the capabilities we have built from our new state of the art teleport, IBC gives us the right platform to engage with customers and partners and showcase our capabilities and achievements. We are pleased to be exhibiting once again at IBC as we see this exhibition an integral part of our business development efforts to attract international customers who seek optimal coverage while valuing broadcasting independence and quality of service”.
Evertz – Stand 1.F76
At IBC 2022, Evertz will be highlighting its evertz.io platform, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution that is helping live sports, live entertainment and linear channel customers launch new channels and monetize content across a wide range of OTT, Direct-to-Consumer (DTC), Connected TV and traditional Broadcast distribution/streaming applications.
This powerful platform, which will be demonstrated on stand 1.F76 in Hall 1, uses hyper-scalable serverless microservices to offer a level of agility and flexibility that is unique to the market. With evertz.io, customers can grow, scale and launch channels with complete confidence, knowing they will only pay for the services they use. This safeguards customers by reducing time to market and helping them avoid the costs and learning curves associated with leveraging cloud native playout, streaming and digital distribution technologies.
A key feature of the evertz.io platform is evertz.io Stream, a revolutionary streaming and playout SaaS service that meets the needs of OTT, DTC and Free Ad-Supported TV (FAST) services by delivering flexible hourly, daily and monthly pricing models.
evertz.io Stream provides all the features found in enterprise class broadcast playout systems, including live inputs, video/audio mixing, comprehensive multi-language captioning and subtitling and full graphics and branding capabilities. evertz.io Stream also delivers pre-built recipes for delivery of OTT and FAST TV channels to services like Roku, Samsung TV+, YouTube TV, Tubi and more. The simplicity of the evertz.io Stream and its user interface means that, in the space of a few minutes, content owners and broadcast launch services can start monetizing live and archive content across a wide range of distribution platforms.
“Today’s broadcasters need technology that allows them to quickly and easily distribute their content to any platform, anywhere in the world,” says Martin Whittaker, Technical Product Director, MAM and Automation at Evertz. “This is precisely what the evertz.io platform and evertz.io Stream deliver. Customers choosing our cutting-edge solutions can be much more creative with their distribution strategy because they have the freedom to take risks. Specialty, alternative and hyper-targeted channels that would previously have been too costly or too niche to launch can now be explored and monetized, enabling broadcasters and content creators to maximize their assets and increase revenues.”
Designed and built by the team behind Evertz’ Emmy Award-winning playout technology, evertz.io Stream is the only streaming service that combines the specific technological and feature requirements of both Traditional Broadcast Channels and Conventional OTT Channels into a single platform. evertz.io Stream includes support for both file-based playback and advanced live events, a wide range of video streaming inputs and outputs including 4K UHD with HDR, as well as support for common transport protocols (RIST, SRT and Zixi). evertz.io Stream is ideal for ‘Pop-Up’ Channels, “Pay-Per-View events”, limited duration Sporting Events and Disaster Recovery, among others.
farmerswife – Stand 6.A23
farmerswife, the provider of resource scheduling, project management and team collaboration software for the media industry, will be showcasing the power and flexibility of Cirkus, its new SaaS task and project management solution, and the latest version of the farmerswife tool at IBC.
At a time when team coordination and collaboration remain at their peak as a result of hybrid working, the cloud-based Cirkus solution gives media organisations access to a limitless amount of resources at the most competitive rate to address their specific project requirements.
This easy-to-use, day-to-day task collaboration tool for teams allows users to unlimitedly schedule, assign and manage projects and tasks; track status and report time; and collaborate efficiently anywhere, with anyone, including freelancers, by coordinating resources and sharing files in one central hub. It also features the ability to create custom templates, thereby improving efficiency and creating more agile workflows. Cirkus accommodates all devices and is available on macOS, iOS, Android and as a web app.
In addition, the company will be showcasing the latest version of farmerswife scheduling, management and reporting tool. The new release has been developed with updated features and functionalities to provide users with additional precision and enhance collaboration workflows.
farmerswife and the Cirkus tool can work together or as standalone products to address the specific needs of media organisations. When used together, farmerswife can provide in-house scheduling, resource management and financial reporting, while Cirkus acts as the collaboration platform to share detailed information with distributed teams both internally and externally. Together they form a true end-to-end solution for all media project management tasks.
“We are looking forward to joining the industry for IBC and unveiling our new stand where we will be showcasing lots of exciting new developments. Following our presence at Broadcast Asia and The Media Production & Technology Show (MPTS) this year, we are excited to share our Cirkus solution with the European audience,” comments farmerswife CEO, Stephen Elliott. “Our end-to-end offering is a future-proofed solution which reflects the complex workflows that operate in the modern industry, allowing media companies have complete visibility into their internal and external workflows”
Firstlight Media – Stand 5.B78
Get ready, OTT! Better, smarter FAST channels are on their way!
Free, Ad-Supported Television (FAST), which has been shaking up the streaming landscape in the past several years, is approaching its pivotal moment. At IBC 2022 next month, we’ll show how our deep relationship with Google Cloud is helping us to enable a new generation of virtual channels that are dynamically personalized to optimize engagement and monetization.
In a joint demonstration with Unified Streaming, Firstlight Media will be showing how our cloud-native OTT platform integrates their Unified Remix product to enable:
- Creating virtual channels from video assets stored within the Firstlight CMS
- Using manifest manipulation techniques eliminates the need to re-encode assets for fast and cost-effective delivery.
- Opening the possibilities for rights holders to experiment with FAST channels alongside SVOD, AVOD, and other services using a single video pipeline.
- Insertion of SCTE 35 markers for server-side ad insertion to support targeted advertising
- Running end-to-end on Google Cloud, allowing service providers to enter the fast-growing FAST market rapidly, leveraging a global scale and secure infrastructure
With subscribers often paralyzed by the overwhelming array of OTT content choices, virtual channels have proliferated by offering viewers a simple, selection-free stream of content. A Comcast Advertising report said that 60% of households are either exclusively using FAST channels or are using them in addition to other services, creating a U.S. market that nScreen Media estimates will grow to 216 million monthly active users and $4.1 billion in revenue in 2023.
Despite that rapid viewer and revenue growth, FAST channels today have overwhelmingly been inflexible linear streams that have limited experimentation. Imagine the potential of FAST channels that can be tailored on the fly with content and advertising that meets each viewer’s needs or a generic VOD playlist that can be spiced up with breaking news or local content.
As you might expect from the 2021 Google Cloud Industry Solution Media & Entertainment Partner of the Year, our personalization platform leverages Google tools such as BigQuery, Looker and Google Ad Manager to create theme-based channels, personalized content, and enable targeted advertising to maximize monetization opportunities. Our platform identifies viewer preferences and optimal insertion points for Ad markers while content and ads are stitched into a single playlist using Unified Streaming’s Unified Remix product.
Our novel approach to FAST takes personalization to a whole new level. We’re taking virtual channels to the next level by enabling the creation of dynamic, personalized FAST channels that can drive engagement and monetization. Visit us at IBC to learn more.
Flowics – Stand 5.C39
Flowics, creator of the most comprehensive platform for powering remote and in-studio production of live graphics and interactive content, will be exhibiting at IBC2022 in Amsterdam. Flowics experts will be on hand to show broadcasters of all kinds how simple it is to create engaging on-air graphics and interactive content with Flowics and how easily the Flowics platform fits into their workflow. A big focus for this year will be on creating data-driven broadcast graphics using Flowics Data Connectors with Flowics Graphics and Flowics Middleware for news, weather, sports, esports, and more.
Flowics Data Connectors Data Connectors are native integrations of external third-party data providers built into the Flowics Graphics cloud-based graphics engine. They make it possible to integrate live external data — such as live sports statistics or betting, weather, finance, and cryptocurrency data — into broadcast graphics without the time and expense of custom development or manual data entry. Instead, data flows seamlessly from third parties into Flowics Graphics and on to the designated cloud-based graphics files as directed. In this way, users can create state-of-the-art live graphics complete with the value-added information audiences expect — all within minutes and with little knowledge of graphics production.
In addition to its already robust Data Connector library, Flowics will be introducing more Data Connectors for live sports and news production.
Furthermore, the Flowics solution is flexible enough that the Data Connectors architecture can integrate on-site data sources through the Flowics Middleware. This flexibility is especially beneficial for users that deal with data sources that are only available in a local area network instead of on the internet.
Finally, through a recent update, Flowics Middleware will support Flowics Data Connectors. As a result, broadcasters that subscribe to Flowics Middleware and any of the available Flowics Data Connectors will be able to integrate live data from any of the 20-plus data providers already natively integrated into whatever third-party graphics engine they choose. That means Flowics customers will have many more options when using the connectors to create data-driven broadcast graphics. Through this plug-and-play solution, certain Flowics Data Connectors will be available for integration with on-premises graphics engines from third-party vendors such as Chyron, Ross, and Vizrt.
New Graphics Control Interface
Also at IBC2022, Flowics will highlight another major update to Flowics Graphics that will enable creative teams to reuse graphics templates and create customized rundowns of graphics quickly for their live shows. The release includes a totally redesigned graphics control interface to manage graphics playlists and Data Connectors, preview graphic overlays, and get access to social media content and audience participation in real time.
“Our goal at Flowics is to empower producers and provide technology to captivate audiences. We help broadcast engineering and graphics teams to reduce costs and effort, and to make their workflows more flexible. It will be great to show IBC attendees why so many broadcasters in Europe and around the world already rely on the power of Flowics,” commented Gabriel Baños, CEO, Flowics.
FOR-A – Stand 2.A51
FOR-A today announced that it will demonstrate a range of IP production solutions powered by broadcast-optimized transport technology from AMMUX during IBC 2022. The company will also demonstrate practical implementations of 4k Ultra HD and live event broadcast solutions built on NDI connectivity and highlight the latest product innovations across its switcher, router, server and replay solutions portfolio, as well as its Integrated Live Production System.
FOR-A’s new architecture of “Software-Defined IP Solutions,” integrated with software-based IP technology from AMMUX will form the heart of its latest REMI offering. With low latency encoding and decoding and secure RIST (Reliable Internet Stream Transport) for simultaneous video, audio, data, and equipment control streams, the AMMUX operating system is optimized specifically for broadcast applications. Built-in Web Real-time Communication (WebRTC) eliminates the need for a specific player or gateway to ensure free access to files from anywhere via a web browser.
Visitors to the FOR-A stand will be able to see its new, award-winning FA-1616 multichannel processor with software-defined architecture, which supports the latest requirements for 12G 4k and the hybrid SDI/IP environment in action. Having SMPTE ST-2110 and ST-2022 interfaces, FA-1616 would be an optimal gateway between SDI and IP as well as IP to IP and SDI to SDI – which is ideal for SDI and IP hybrid operation. Built on the upgraded versions of its popular FA-9600 multichannel processor, it seamlessly handles up, down and cross conversion, and color processing and color space management.
To meet the growing need for live events and remote productions to handle a variety of signal formats, FOR-A will have a dedicated demonstration of its live hybrid production solution, which is both SDI and NDI compatible. Built on the upgraded versions of its popular HVS-490 video switcher and installed new board HVS-NIF, the demonstration will show a live hybrid production solution which is both SDI and NDI compatible, as well as incorporating sources such as multiple Zoom feeds.