IBC Exhibitors L – M

Leader
Stand 11.B27

Leader Electronics Corporation has chosen IBC 2018 as the launch venue for two powerful additions to its range of broadcast quality test and measurement products: the LV5600 true hybrid IP and SDI waveform monitor and LV7600 rasterising equivalent. Both form part of Leader’s new ZEN series.

The Leader LV5600 is a mains-powered SDI/IP waveform monitor in a compact half-rack width 3U desktop chassis with a touch-screen front panel display. It provides all the facilities needed to monitor UHD/HD/SD SDI as well as video over IP signals seamlessly in a hybrid operating environment.

A broad set of engineering-related features are provided by the LV5600 including test pattern generation, eye pattern display, closed-caption monitoring, CIE colour chart, high dynamic range measurement, focus assist, customisable screen layout, tally interface, 4K/UHD operation, 10G IP input and 12G-SDI interfaces. SMPTE 2022-6, SMPTE 2022-7 and the recently published SMPTE 2110 protocols are all supported. The LV5600 also incorporates Leader’s intuitive CINEZONE and CINELITE which are familiar to many content production staff.

IP-specific features include the ability to monitor transmission errors such as packet loss and packet jitter,  and to simultaneously measure and display SDI and IP signal sources.

The LV7600 rasteriser offers exactly the same capabilities as the LV5600 but in a low-profile 19 inch 1U form-factor for easy rack or desk mounting.

The LV5600 and LV7600 can be configured from a selection of interface and software-based feature options, enabling customers to specify the capabilities needed for their current requirements. Among the feature options are closed caption measurement, CIE chart display, HDR, SDI signal generation, ID/iris/tally display, 4K and 12G-SDI.

“Leader has helped many broadcasters and broadcast-equipment manufacturers manage their migration from analog to digital, from standard definition to high definition and from standard dynamic range to high dynamic range,” says the company’s President, Kozo Nagao. “Most broadcasters now recognise the potential of video over IP both within their studio facilities and for long distance content delivery. The majority will transition to IP via an interim SDI/IP hybrid infrastructure so they will want to handle SDI and IP in a single test and measurement product. The LV5600 and LV7600 address this concern, providing common display interfaces, irrespective of whether the source signal is SDI or IP. Both instruments conform to the Leader style of being intuitive for camera operators to use as well as for engineering staff.”

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Liveweire
Stand 5.B48c

New from Livewire Digital is SilverBlade II, a lightweight small-footprint unit that seamlessly bonds cellular and Wi-Fi services to provide a highly resilient internet connection for broadcast professionals to deliver low latency live and file based media from cameras, laptops or mobiles.

Using SilverBlade II, agile reporters can ‘go live’ rapidly and provide captivating breaking news stories and compelling content instantly from anywhere in the world to traditional TV consumers and mobile millennials. Highly cost-effective, broadcasters pay a one-off purchase fee for SilverBlade II and use their own SIM cards – side stepping the ‘per-use’ fees charged by Livewire’s competitors.

Heralded as an important new development of significant value to crews broadcasting breaking news stories, SilverBlade II features Livewire Digital’s Razorlink technology which aggregates and bonds internet bandwidth across 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, DSL cellular networks and satellite to significantly enhance data transfer rates for fast delivery of video content.  Connection dropouts – a key issue for TV crews on the move – are managed seamlessly by RazorLink which automatically migrates to alternative networks and optimises the connection so users can make use of all the available bandwidth.

Razorlink delivers on the 5G aspiration for seamless connectivity making use of current and next generation networks and enables reporters to deliver content via their own applications and infrastructure unlike competitive products which channel client content via proprietary software and eco systems.

SilverBlade II supports global cellular modems as an integral part of the unit. The unlocked modems allow the use of any service provider, reducing costs and increasing flexibility.

Commenting on SilverBlade II, Tristan Wood, Managing Director, Livewire Digital, said, “We are proud to have made SilverBlade II the most cost-effective solution for broadcasting from cameras and smart phones. Its embedded RazorLink® software has been deployed all around the world providing first class network performance and ease of use from the most extreme locations including harsh or remote environments.”

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Make.TV
Stand 14.A24

Make.TV announces a new version of Live Video Cloud, its complete solution for broadcasters and publishers of all sizes to acquire, curate, route and distribute hyper-local live video sources from anywhere in the world to any destination. Make.TV’s technology is used by world leaders in news, sport, entertainment and esports including Major League Baseball, ESL Gaming, FOX Sports, NBC Universal, MTV/Viacom and Warner Bros.

Make.TV’s Live Video Cloud opens pathways for video to be shared between content creators, producers, programmers and advertisers with scale, speed and relevance previously not possible. It makes it easy to get breaking news content quickly, handle remote production and deliver localized content across broadcast, online and social media networks.

The latest version offers updated performance, reduced latency and an enhanced user-interface. It enables broadcasters and publishers to exploit the major opportunities of cloud video:

  • Be first to get and use relevant content: acquire an infinite number of live video feeds from any source in any location including mobiles, drones, online sources, encoders and professional cameras.
  • Stay flexible and scale on demand: add inputs, see all video signals in one place and change output points whenever needed and without signal interruptions. Live Video Cloud is running in all data centres offered by major cloud providers, so users can create fast, stable connections and avoid bottlenecks. Low latency also means users have much more ‘right now’ control over live content.
  • Respond to creative production needs: allow audience engagement by re-shuffling the production cards, enabling creators and citizen journalists to participate in the production and curation process alongside organizations. Full WebRTC integration allows broadcasters to invite audiences to contribute content at a URL, before selecting video for broadcast alongside other sources.
  • Deliver content wherever it needs to be: route signals to unlimited outputs including broadcast networks, streaming platforms and social media (including YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, and Twitter/Periscope).
  • Easy integration: Live Video Cloud works with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud as well as any hardware infrastructure, avoiding any technology lock-ins.

“Our mission is to make the promise of cloud video a reality. The challenges of being the first to deliver great content, creating deeper audience engagement and delivering dynamic, personal viewing experiences across platforms just became a lot easier to address,” said Andreas Jacobi, CEO and co-founder at Make.TV. “Live Video Cloud brings content creators and broadcasters closer together to enable experiences that engage viewers longer, increase monetization opportunities and drive brand value.”

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Masstech
Stand 7.C55

Masstech Innovations, the future-led technology company that provides the media and entertainment (M&E) industry with optimised content storage management solutions, has announced its presence at IBC2018 will focus on showcasing a number of new initiatives designed to help video-centric organisations to create truly optimised storage solutions, utilising the very latest cloud and hybrid technologies.

Using the industry’s flagship storage and workflow management solutions, FlashNet and MassStore, these initiatives emphasise Masstech’s position as the only truly agnostic M&E storage vendor, offering independent and unbiased solution advice that addresses customer requirements.

“Masstech has always prided itself on providing the media and entertainment industry with the best advice to meet ever-changing, complex content storage challenges. As the proliferation of content continues, the industry needs clear, unadulterated direction on how to adopt simplified storage processes that increase the ability to share and collaborate, reduce total cost of ownership and maximize the latest technologies, all while trying to avoid unseen pitfalls and expensive vendor lock-ins,” said Joe French, CEO at Masstech.

“At IBC, we’re looking forward to discussing future-led storage solutions that are not driven by any requirement to sell specific hardware or consumables. In fact, we are inviting visitors to our stand to find out how they can even reduce their storage hardware requirements and reclaim some of their IT footprint by embracing hybrid technologies,” added French.

Demonstrations on stand 7.C55 will centre on FlashNet, Masstech’s much-trusted media object storage application that adapts readily to growing and changing organisational and business requirements. A highly scalable and secure cross-platform content management system, FlashNet integrates seamlessly with leading MAM, PAM, NRCS, automation, video server, and library systems to improve the efficiency of media organizations’ storage. FlashNet optimizes content management, using programmable, rules-based movement workflows that ensure that content is always stored in the most cost-effective and operationally efficient location.

Designed to meet today’s multi-choice storage environments, FlashNet is an agnostic solution that can be deployed on-premise, in the cloud, or in a hybrid configuration. The system’s flexibility, backed by Masstech’s expertise and experience, allows M&E organizations to implement storage environments that remain secure and fully optimized for all asset types, regardless of near- and long-term changes to content, business and operational requirements.

Also on display will be MassStore, Masstech’s media services framework for advanced applications. MassStore features a collection of services that together provides powerful media management functions and workflow automation. Built-in integration management also simplifies accommodation of disparate systems from multiple vendors.

Boasting unique agility and intelligence, the MassStore media services framework allows for rapid deployment of customisable workflows. Integrated transcoding capabilities and support for all major wrappers and codecs allow for flexible generation and management of proxies, metadata, and thumbnails. The solution can easily be scaled to meet media organisations’ varying functional and budgetary requirements.

The flexibility and power of MassStore can be seen in the Masstech News workflow, which has completely revolutionized the way that news content is archived, searched and retrieved. By integrating with common NRCS and PAM systems, MassStore automates the archive process, attaches rich metadata to news assets, and enables users to search and view their video archives directly from their NRCS user interface.

For those media companies concerned about maintaining the ongoing security of their archived content, at IBC2018 Masstech will also demonstrate the ease with which Oracle DIVA archives can be migrated to a Masstech solution, without disruption of services or constraints on content access.

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MediaKind
Stand 1.D61

Visitors to IBC 2018 (#1.D61) will be the first in the world to experience MediaKind Universe – the next-generation solution and service portfolio from MediaKind, the new identity for Ericsson’s Media Solutions business. MediaKind Universe enables content owners, broadcasters and service providers with the best of media technology to evolve, adapt and shift to the new consumption habits for everyone, everywhere.

Arun Bhikshesvaran, Chief Marketing Officer, MediaKind says: “The MediaKind Universe is about people, content and how it is consumed. As people engage with media on a variety of devices at locations of their choice, around the clock, our customers have a number of routes or trajectories they can take to deliver and monetize these new consumption habits. The MediaKind Universe presents a set of solutions that match these trajectories and enable the smooth flow of content towards the center of the media universe – consumers.”

The MediaKind Universe consists of five solutions – Cygnus, Aquila, Pictor, Orion and Vega. Each of these best in class solutions addresses a specific trajectory, which manifests in the real-world as defined workflows and pose requirements on quality, security, latency, time- and device-shift capabilities.

  • Contribution and Distribution – Cygnus enables content providers, broadcasters and service providers to securely and reliably acquire, backhaul and distribute the highest quality content anywhere, ensuring viewers around the world never miss a minute of the action.
  • Direct to Consumer – Aquila tailors content into many forms and for a variety of uses, that include both Linear and On Demand. In addition, the highly e­fficient, broadcast-grade service enables innovative consumer experience with flexible deployment and operating choices.
  • Video Delivery Networks – Pictor embodies creative thinking for today’s challenging world of media delivery. Video is no longer stagnant nor immobile and no longer comes in limited flavors. 
  • Consumer ExperienceTV Service Providers need fresh solutions to engage consumers, personalize services and dynamically monetize across many di­fferent screens. Orion provides a modern, multi-device, multi-screen platform for immersive TV service delivery. Backed by powerful analytics, UI customization and dynamic ad-insertion features, Orion is the most comprehensive consumer experience solution for Live and OTT services.
  • ServicesVega enables world class media-centric professional services to design, launch, support, optimize and manage our customers’ operations.

Angel Ruiz, CEO, MediaKind, adds: “The global launch of MediaKind Universe at IBC 2018 represents a catalyst for the industry, as we enable content owners, broadcasters and service providers to deliver next generation, immersive experiences by leveraging our complete portfolio. Our solutions allow our customers to have greater visibility of the trajectories thereby increasing revenue opportunities. By bringing our pioneering media technology solutions alongside a formalized services and support offering, we are enabling our customers to evolve and adapt to the next shift in our industry.”

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Mobile Viewpoint
Stand 14.F24

Mobile Viewpoint, a leading manufacturer in IP contribution solutions, will be bringing its suite of AI-driven live production and delivery solutions to this year’s IBC Show.  With today’s broadcasters and content owners eager to meet demands for live and online content, Mobile Viewpoint will use its on-stand studio to demonstrate how its solutions enable fast, cost-efficient content contribution—from live capture through to delivery.

AI is now proving its value in broadcasting with practical implementations that tackle the challenges facing the industry, including improving the efficiency of production and reducing costs. At NAB 2018, Mobile Viewpoint launched three AI-driven products: NewsPilot, IQ Sports Producer and HyperSense. The solutions reduce the cost and complexity of live news and sports content production by removing the need for costly camera crews, production facilities and distribution platforms.

Mobile Viewpoint’s on-stand news studio will be hosted by American comedian Pep Rosenfeld, Co-Founder of creative club Boom Chicago. Pep is a high-level event host, writer, stand-up comedian and public speaker, and hosts events such as TEDx Amsterdam, The Next Web conference and the Spin Awards. Throughout the show, Pep will be will be interviewing a number of significant industry players in Mobile Viewpoint’s studio. These interviews will be streamed live using Mobile Viewpoint’s full suite of production and delivery solutions.

IBC 2018 will also see Mobile Viewpoint showcase one of its newest products, 5GLink, the first 5G-ready bonding device. Specifically for camera crews and journalists, and designed to be compatible with any smartphone, 5GLink enables the fast transmission of live content. With broadcasters keen to deliver digital first content, especially around breaking news stories, and camera crews and journalists need to capture live content in the field, but don’t want to be held back by multiple units. Which means in the event of an emergency or unexpected incident, more and more camera crews and journalists are using smartphones to capture live content. But this doesn’t meet the quality of an SDI camera, and camera crews and journalists aren’t able to transmit files live either.  At IBC, Mobile Viewpoint will demonstrate how 5GLink connects to an SDI camera and enables the transmission of content to live newsfeeds or the studio.

Mobile Viewpoint’s solutions meet broadcasters’ and content owners’ requirements for fast, simple and cost-efficient content contribution as they adapt their strategies to meet the rapid rise in online content consumption. At IBC 2018, alongside 5GLink, Mobile Viewpoint will be exhibiting its suite of live production and delivery solutions, including:

“Traditional live broadcast set-ups are expensive, resource-intensive and not conducive to the viewer’s expectations of instant news or sports coverage,” said Michel Bais, CEO at Mobile Viewpoint. “Broadcasters and content owners must adapt to new ways of producing and delivering content if they are to meet consumers’ increasing demands for live content, online. Our product suite has been designed to be a one-stop-shop for both larger broadcasters and smaller content owners, allowing them to take a digital-first approach. We are excited to present these capabilities at IBC this year.”

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MultiDyne
Stand 11.D40

MultiDyne Fiber Optic Solutions has designated IBC2018 as the European debut of SilverBack V, the latest innovation in its popular SilverBack series of camera-mounted fiber transport solutions. The industry’s first 12G- and 4K-capable camera-back system to incorporate an IP output, the SilverBack V elegantly enables the convergence of fiber and IP-based production workflows while building on the renowned flexibility and robustness of the SilverBack family. MultiDyne will demonstrate the SilverBack V at IBC.

MultiDyne’s extensive range of SilverBack camera-back transceivers are well-known for simplifying infrastructures, enhancing connection flexibility and providing the high-bandwidth performance needed by Ultra HD formats. SilverBack V adds to this powerful fiber transport foundation by integrating an IP Gateway into the SilverBack V base station, enabling users to deliver content to studios and mobile production vehicles over both SDI and IP network connectivity.

“While point-to-point transport over dark fiber continues to offer the greatest bandwidth efficiencies for the high data rates needed in live 4K and 8K productions, the adoption of IP-based networks in broadcast and production workflows is accelerating,” said Frank Jachetta, president, MultiDyne. “SilverBack V seamlessly converges the advantages of fiber transport with a gateway to multipoint IP networking, protecting customers’ long-term investments while delivering immediate, practical benefits today.”

In addition to its future-friendly IP capabilities, SilverBack V also brings a wealth of new features and benefits to fiber users in markets ranging from electronic newsgathering (ENG) and live sports coverage to motion picture productions and other remote contribution applications. SilverBack V supports both single-link 12G and quad-link 3G SDI connectivity, maximizing 4K Ultra HD signal interface flexibility.

The SilverBack V base station supports two camera heads simultaneously, enabling exceptional cost-effectiveness and space savings. A built-in multiviewer provides live monitoring of both camera feeds, with audio monitoring available as an option.

The space-efficiency of the dual-camera base station is paralleled by the reduced width of the SilverBack V camera-back unit, which makes it the most compact unit in the SilverBack family to date. The significantly narrower design enables a much lighter camera-back load and eases operator mobility while still ensuring proper overall weight balance between the camera-back, body and lens. MultiDyne is also working closely with camera vendors including Sony, Panasonic, Canon, JVC and more to develop specific SilverBack V designs tailored to the connection points, color, texture and ergonomics of each camera.

In addition to supporting 12Gbp/s and 3Gbp/s connections, SilverBack V also combines 1.5Gb/s video, audio, intercom, camera control, tally, data and power onto a single tactical cable, SMPTE hybrid fiber cable, and/or IP network connection. Integrated expansion slots support a variety of interchangeable I/O connectivity modules for frictionless interoperability with other MultiDyne fiber transport systems and third-party products.

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