Advanced Television

IBC Show Previews G – H


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GB Labs – IABM Lounge

 At IBC 2022, GB Labs’ focus is on re-connecting with customers and emphasising how it can help them with the key issues facing their organisations, such as security, and business and change management. Today, broadcasters and media companies are less concerned with the underlying technology and more focused on issues that impact future growth, such as creating more content in a smarter, more efficient way. At this year’s IBC, the company will show customers how they can more effectively manage resources across multiple locations – on-premise, in the cloud and hybrid workflows.

Visitors to IBC 2022 will hear how GB Labs solutions can deliver significant performance enhancements whilst lowering environmental impact, and how ultra-high-speed data rates support fast turnaround production environments. GB Labs will illustrate solutions that can handle even the most complex multitasking storage requirements and its deep understanding of production workflows.

Customers will be able to speak to the GB Labs team about the company’s latest product innovations, including HyperSPACE Generation 3, the latest version of FastNAS (Generation 2), along with the new Unify Hub data management system, as well as GB Labs’ intelligent storage technology, such as Cloak DR, Mosaic, and the latest CORE.4.

Dominic Harland, CEO and CTO, GB Labs commented: “Today, customers need solutions that give them better performance across their creative workflows so they can remain laser-focused on creating great content. They are also looking for technology partners that understand how their business works and where the bottlenecks are. As we return to IBC for the first time in three years, we believe that engaging with our customers to show them that we can best serve them by addressing their primary challenges; for us it is more about building and strengthening relationships than showing racks of equipment or product features.”

The GB Labs team will be on hand to discuss how the new HyperSPACE Generation 3 delivers double the performance of the previous version, giving users access to the fastest data rates on the market when combined with GB Labs SPACE and SPACE+, thanks to intelligent software and hardware enhancements to the underlying HyperSPACE engine. Show attendees will be able to learn more about FastNAS Generation 2, which now delivers a 1000% boost in capability, with up to 4GBytes/sec real deliverable network performance, and the new Unify Hub platform which empowers remote production while maintaining data integrity and security, managing storage – on site or in the cloud, from GB Labs or from other vendors – to create an ultra-productive environment which is simple and fast.

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Glensound – Stand: 8.F72

Glensound, industry leader in high quality audio systems, will showcase the latest developments in its practical, road-ready systems at IBC. The additional functionality is in response to the continuing demand from users in eSports and live events as well as broadcast.

To meet the very demanding firewall challenges of audio in eSports, Glensound developed the GTM (Game, Team, Me), a networked device which ensures each player hears only his or her own game sound and communications with their team. Included in the multiple audio sources available to each player is de-embedded SDI audio: now GTM allows game audio to be embedded into the SDI feed for forward distribution.

“The GTM has really made an impact in eSports,” said Marc Wilson, managing director at Glensound. “A lot of major tournaments have adopted our managed, networked audio solution, and they specifically asked for this new function of game audio embedded into SDI. We were happy to add it, and make the system even more useful in the industry.”

Glensound was an early adopter of the Dante audio over ethernet standard, and its networked products consistently support the standard. At IBC the company will add full support for AES67 audio, which introduces functionality – like the ability to handle higher encoding rates than 48kHz – which cannot be supported by Dante.

AES67 is available in a plug-in hardware module, like the Dante networking. This also allows advanced applications: the Vittoria network bridge, for example, provides firewalled connection between two audio networks, and now one of those could be Dante, the other AES67, passing 32 channels of audio between them completely securely.

Also on display will be the Nomad portable live audio unit using standard cellular connectivity, including 4G. With an XLR input and a headphone jack, it provides an ideal solution for remote commentary or interviews with full talkback. Like all Glensound products, it is built for the rigours of life on the road, so is rugged as well as practical.

“Glensound’s mission has always been to solve real-world problems with products that work, and stand up to the demands of broadcast life,” Wilson said. “Our products are developed because we talk continually to the people in our market, so it is great to be back at IBC where the world’s broadcasters and media professionals gather.”

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Globecast – Stand: 1.B30

Using its vast global experience, in-depth market research, analysis, and discussions with customers around the world, Globecast, leader of integrated solutions for media, has identified four key strategic growth initiatives to continue to drive customers’ digital transformation, supported by significant investment: end-to-end OTT video ecosystem integration; media supply chain cloud services; remote production connectivity and production hosting; and digital platforms using Globecast Media Hub services.

OTT Winning Ecosystem

With the OTT market valued at $101bn in 2021, and expected to reach $223bn by 2026, according to Mordor Intelligence, Globecast has integrated a rich ecosystem of partners to deliver end-to-end OTT video solutions by leveraging the cloud. This Globecast ecosystem allows customers to better monetise their multiscreen offer via secure, robust and flexible technologies with optimised business and technical solutions.

Media Supply Chain

Globecast’s media supply chain strategic initiative is designed to ensure that customers get the most from their media. As a certified AWS global partner, Globecast uses its mastery of AWS’ cloud ecosystem to provide a one-stop shop for cloud playout including 4K live sports, pop-up channels, localisation and disaster recovery, alongside fully orchestrated VOD logistics and asset management. The company’s cloud-based infrastructure brings the flexibility and scalability required in today’s market, alongside powerful analytics and monitoring.

Remote Production

As is clear to see, remote production deployment, and remote production more generally, accelerated during the pandemic. Key to this is hybrid connectivity (5G, fibre, Internet, cloud) using Globecast’s unrivalled low latency, highly

resilient, large capacity networks. The company’s agile global reach is enhanced by partnerships with production facilities around the world and additional network providers when required. Remote production hosting services, via Globecast Hubs, enables the company to act as a customer’s local studio with remote commentary cabins, studios for post-production/editing and signal aggregation using the latest edge computing technologies.

Digital Platforms

The company’s digital platforms initiative, a natural extension of its traditional media customer base, is able to answer the dedicated needs of major D2C platforms, including the FAANGs, Metaverse and regional equivalents, alongside maritime and inflight video platforms. This includes contribution and advanced media management services supported by global NOCs and Globecast’s expertise in traditional and evolutionary video services.

Executives will be available at the show to provide demonstrations and customer examples across the company’s offerings.

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Grabyo – Stand: 5,F45

Grabyo, the cloud video platform that provides live production, clipping and editing tools to major sports federations, broadcasters and publishers worldwide, will debut a new cloud-based instant replay solution at IBC.

Grabyo is accessed using a web browser over public or private internet and used by production teams in multiple locations worldwide to produce live events and deliver clips in real time to social, digital and broadcast platforms.

At IBC, it is bringing major updates to its live production platform, Grabyo Producer. The company is launching instant replay, slow motion controls and a new media playout system to extend its cloud production services.

Grabyo’s instant replay solution will allow operators to create synchronised replay clips from multiple cameras for immediate playout in live productions, with speed controls for slow motion playback and motion control. The new replay service will be available inside Grabyo’s Producer Control Room, with customised views available for larger productions supporting multiple operators for a single event.

The Grabyo team has also released a number of updates for professional broadcasts in the cloud including support for key and fill inputs, custom graphic transitions, and stream ingest using AWS entitlements.

Grabyo’s new advanced media playout system allows replay operators to queue replays, VOD assets, promos and clips, and create video playlists for live productions. This update brings enhanced controls for managing and playing media during live broadcasts, including options to disable audio following video, which will benefit production teams beyond sports.

“We’re excited to be back at IBC to catch up with everyone in person. The Grabyo team is bringing some of the most advanced feature updates we’ve ever built,” comments Gareth Capon, Grabyo CEO. “Over the past three years, the team has worked hard to push the limits of cloud production, with our customers delivering some amazing things with the platform. It is such an exciting time for cloud video production, it’s an important shift for the industry and there’s still so much more to come.”

Grabyo will also be bringing a number of feature updates to IBC 2022. These include the ability to ingest and egress live video in SRT, Zixi and RIST formats, automated ISO recording, key and fill graphics support and a number of powerful user experience updates including asset snapping for video scenes and AI-powered picture-in-picture (PiP) zone detection.

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Grass Valley – Stand: 9.A01

Grass Valley, leading innovator of solutions for live productions, is announcing new product introductions across all areas of the company’s portfolio at IBC 2022.

“The one constant in our industry is change, and the rate of change continues to accelerate. It’s clear that our customers need to innovate in order to transform their businesses, and they are looking for partners who can support them on this journey” said Andrew Cross, CEO of Grass Valley. “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to make so many new introductions at IBC, not only with the AMPP platform, but across all our product lines. While we look to the future of media and entertainment, we also remain committed to delivering the best products that Grass Valley is renowned for.”

New introductions at IBC include the new LDX 135 camera — a significant upgrade to the Kula switcher — new Kaleido-IP Multiviewer, and Sirius router models.

With AMPP, Grass Valley’s software-based Agile Media Processing Platform for on-prem and native cloud deployment, the company is also announcing new introductions at scale: 24 new applications and over 80 platform enhancements.

“We are seeing the benefit of the last six years of strategic investment in AMPP — we can now deliver new applications and capabilities at an amazing rate,” explained Daniel Url, Chief Product Officer at Grass Valley. “If anyone believes they know what is achievable with AMPP, they need to look again. What we are showing at IBC demonstrates just how fast we are evolving the platform’s capabilities, leading to a rapidly growing customer base using the AMPP for top-flight productions.”

“At NAB earlier this year, I announced that Grass Valley was opening AMPP to the industry,” adds Andrew. “Since then, we have been really pleased with the strong growth in membership of the Grass Valley Alliance Program. There are 14 Alliance Members who are joining us at IBC at the Grass Valley booth. This is a great demonstration to the industry that there’s a new multi-vendor community that’s working together to meet customers’ evolving needs.”

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Haivision – Stand: 2.B36

Haivision Systems, a leading global provider of mission-critical, real-time streaming, video networking, and visual collaboration solutions, has announced that the company will showcase its comprehensive and innovative IP, cloud, and mobile broadcast video solutions at IBC.

At the RAI convention center in Amsterdam, Haivision will unveil its next-generation of 5G and cellular bonding technology for broadcast contribution along with its low latency video encoding and cloud-based workflow management solutions. At IBC, Haivision will also show its synchronized multi-camera streaming and decentralized remote production solutions for live sports, news, and entertainment.

IBC visitors will get an up-close look at Haivision’s latest technology innovations including:

Game-Changing 5G Contribution:
  • Haivision will demonstrate the latest 4K/UHD bonded cellular technology for broadcasting live events from anywhere, including an exciting new addition to its solutions portfolio. With pristine HEVC image quality and powered by both SRT and SST protocols, Haivision mobile contribution solutions, including the best-in-class PRO460 video transmitter and the versatile StreamHub transceiver, offer the greatest workflow flexibility and the lowest end-to-end latency over 5G networks.
Decentralized Remote Production:
  • Widely adopted for live remote production by broadcasters worldwide, Haivision’s Makito X4 series of low latency video encoders and decoders, enables broadcasters to cover more events at higher quality and at lower costs. Video professionals can cover all the angles with multi-camera synchronization, contribute to on-premise or cloud workflows, and collaborate seamlessly with decentralized teams.
Future-Proof Cloud Workflows: 
  • Haivision will showcase new cloud technology for intuitive central management of live streams, transcodes, and routing workflows. From a browser user interface, broadcasters can remotely manage all their mobile transmitters and wired video devices no matter where they are located, and orchestrate workflow elements, minimizing set-up time and simplifying operation for camera operators, technical staff, and talent in the field.

“At this year’s IBC we will share our vision for the future of broadcast contribution. Following our acquisition of Aviwest, our remote production solutions portfolio is more extensive and powerful than ever,” said Ghislain Colette, Vice President of Product Management, Broadcast at Haivision. “We are excited to meet with our customers face to face to demonstrate how they can benefit from our latest cloud, IP and 5G innovations and our expanded live video contribution product portfolio to make live broadcasting easier, sustainable, and cost-effective.”

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Harmonic – Stand: 1.B20

Harmonic will bring the company’s latest cloud-native and on-prem innovations for video streaming and broadcast delivery to IBC. At the show, Harmonic will highlight how its advanced solutions are addressing the critical needs of the media and entertainment industry by enabling flawless live sports streaming, targeted advertising at scale, best-in-class VOD and linear streaming, and next-gen broadcast service delivery.

“Harmonic is excited to be back at IBC2022 and share the latest innovations for accelerating streaming services and simplifying broadcast workflows,” said Shahar Bar, senior vice president, video products and corporate development at Harmonic. “We look forward to showcasing new enhancements to our on-prem appliances, along with expanded SaaS cloud offerings.”

At IBC2022, Harmonic will showcase:The market-leading VOS360 SaaS platform for a range of applications:

  • Live sports streaming: Stream secure watermarked live sports events with targeted ads reliably and at scale in UHD HDR.
  • VOD and linear streaming: Deliver outstanding VOD and linear streaming experiences with scalable targeted advertising.
  • Free ad-supported TV (FAST): Enable the creation of UHD HDR FAST channels.
  • Broadcast: Deploy complex broadcast workflows with full support for playout, branding, statistical multiplexing and affiliate distribution in the cloud.

New applications for XOS Advanced Media Processor and Spectrum X Advanced Media Server:

  • Targeted advertising for broadcasters: Unlock new revenue streams with DVB-TA support.
  • Edge media processing: Take media processing and distribution to the next level with the new generation of software-based edge devices.
  • Distribution of DVB-T/T2 signals: Optimize DTT distribution with a new DVB-SIS (single illumination system) offering.
  • Extended video-over-IP capabilities: Expand video-over-IP possibilities with NDI for production and playout workflows.

Innovative Demonstrations with PartnersThroughout the IBC2022 show floor, Harmonic will also highlight key collaborations with industry leaders that further strengthen its video streaming and broadcast offerings:

  • Microsoft Azure (stand 1.D25) and AWS (stand 5.C80) cloud support on the VOS360 SaaS platform.
  • New watermarking-as-a-service capabilities for live sports events and premium live content integrated on the VOS360 SaaS platform with anti-piracy solutions from Viaccess-Orca (stand 1.A51) and NAGRA (stand 1.C81).
  • Streamlined targeted advertising for live broadcasting, VOD and FAST through integration between the VOS360 SaaS platform and solutions from Viaccess-Orca (stand 1.A51) and Equativ (stand 5.F62).
  • FAST UHD HDR channel delivery on LG Channels platform.
  • Hybrid on-premises and in-the-cloud channel origination with Harmonic’s VOS360 SaaS platform and Spectrum X media servers controlled by Aveco’s ASTRA MCR (stand 2.B18) and SGT VEDA automation (stand 2.C58).

Must-See Conference SessionHarmonic will bring its thought leadership to the IBC Conference 2022 with “Exploring the Benefits of Dynamic Resolution Encoding and Support in DVB Standards.” Xavier Ducloux, Harmonic’s senior marketing innovation manager, will join industry experts during the technical paper session on “Advances in Video Coding,” September 10 at 12:15 pm.

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Hitomi – Stand: 10.A42

Hitomi Broadcast’s MatchBox now measures the delay between an event happening in real life and seeing it in picture – latency. Taken either from the front of multiple cameras or at various points through the broadcast chain, readings are displayed in real time with milli-second accuracy. MatchBox Latency further strengthens Hitomi’s applications for remote and virtual productions.

Typically, live broadcast workflows add delay which can vary each time. Different paths need to be synchronised for a seamless viewer experience. For example, in golf coverage graphics that show the

trajectory of the ball can take up to a second to generate. If this latency is overcompensated for, you see the flight of the ball before the golfer hits it. The same principle applies when cutting between cameras with different delays, including drones, wired, shoulder-held etc.

Latency can creep up if left unmeasured. The causes of extra latency can frequently be accidental. For example, inherited settings from the last event or pieces of equipment in the chain not actually required. Low latency is essential in order to keep a broadcast “truly live” – how annoying would it be to receive a text from a friend at the game about the goal which hasn’t been seen yet on television?

Live interviews between studio presenters and a remote correspondent require low latency links for a true two-way interactive conversation – audiences dislike long pauses waiting for replies. MatchBox Latency can measure the speed of links in order to ascertain if faster ones are necessary.

Determining offsets theoretically can take up a lot of engineering time; with MatchBox it takes just a matter of seconds. Hitomi’s system is fast, easy to use and accurate, simplifying the task of measuring latency and delivering a lip-sync reading as well.

MatchBox is a two-part solution. A timed test pattern is launched as the source with a bespoke analyser receiving and decoding it at the destination resulting in the timing measurement. This method can be thought of as a multi-meter for signal timing with a probe at each end of the section of interest.

The test pattern can originate from either MatchBox Generator or using an iOS device held in front of the camera running our free Hitomi Glass app. A licence is required to decode the latency signal but not to send it. Existing users can simply upgrade their Generator software for free to create the timed signal. This added functionality is invaluable in multivenue events across several geographic locations, where multiple broadcasters must work together.

Hitomi’s Broadcast Director, Russell Johnson, said, “The customers I have visited using latency have found it to be a game changer. Their workflow is now to check that the latency is what they were expecting first then follow it by measuring lip-sync. This is because if video latency is longer than expected then the lip-sync will be out. Audio arriving early is most disconcerting to viewers as in real life we rarely hear things before we see them.

“The need for “low latency” is much talked about, but rarely quantified,” Johnson continued. “With MatchBox it can be. As the system is already deployed worldwide with major name broadcasters, widespread adoption of this new technology can be rapid.”

This product is designed to help broadcasters prepare for live transmissions as well as virtual studios and other applications where timing needs to be known, not guessed. It can form part of a remote production toolset helping broadcasters move to more eco-friendly workflows whilst still retaining quality.

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