SVG Summit Showcase Preview: A Roundup of Exhibitor Offerings, Part 1

The 2014 SVG Summit is fast approaching, and the Technology Showcase will host more exhibitors than ever before. In the weeks leading up to the Summit, SVG is highlighting the new products and latest technologies that will be on display at the New York Hilton on Dec. 15 and 16.

Visit the SVG Summit Technology Showcases on Monday Dec. 15 4-7 p.m. and Tuesday Dec. 16 8 a.m.-3 p.m., in the Mercury Ballroom, Mercury Rotunda, Petit Trianon, Rendezvous, and Lobby.

AJA Video Systems
AJA will show a powerful workflow for sports broadcast, with the combination of the exciting new CION camera and TruZoom software running on Corvid Ultra hardware.

CION is both ergonomic and lightweight with unparalleled connectivity and is capable of shooting at 4K/Ultra HD and 2K/HD resolutions direct to Apple ProRes or AJA Raw. It outputs 4K AJA Raw data at up to 120 fps via four 3G-SDI outputs. This offers compelling image source capture with vivid detail and vibrant color for a variety of sports-broadcasting needs.

TruZoom delivers high-quality region-of-interest workflows from 4K and Ultra HD video. The software and external joystick controller drive AJA’s Corvid Ultra professional video I/O platform, allowing customers to scale any 16:9 region within 4K frames delivered from the CION to HD in real time. Users can work with real-time signals or recorded uncompressed files, produce instant real-time playback, and interact at the highest quality with all parameters key-frameable.

Artel Video Systems
Artel Video Systems will exhibit its DigiLink media-transport platform. Besides a suite of solutions for transporting broadcast-quality media across fiber, IP, and optical networks, on display will be J2K compression technology. J2K, with its intra-frame compression, high quality, low latency, and low cost, is particularly suited to live sports-video transmission requiring light compression of HD-SDI for transport across IP networks.

Artel offers a five-year warranty, free firmware upgrades, and free lifetime technical support for DigiLink.

Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design will feature its lines of digital cameras, ATEM production-switcher products, and video converters, video monitoring, routers, and disc recorder products.

These new products are scheduled to be exhibited:

  • Blackmagic URSA: a high-end digital camera including 10-in. fold-out monitor, user-upgradable Super 35 global-shutter 4K image sensor, and internal dual RAW and Apple ProRes recorders.
  • Studio camera: the world’s smallest broadcast camera with the world’s largest viewfinder. It features a lightweight magnesium alloy body with 10-in. viewfinder, four-hour battery, talkback, tally indicators, phantom-powered microphone connections, and optical fiber and SDI connections. It’s available in HD and Ultra HD.
  • ATEM 2M/E Production Studio: advanced Ultra HD live production switcher handling SD, HD, and Ultra HD, with 20 6G-SDI sources, SuperSource, DVE, motion graphics, and more.

Canon
For the first time in the U.S., Canon will demonstrate its CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 ultra-telephoto zoom lens, which provides 4K performance for Super 35 large-format single-sensor cameras and accommodates either broadcast or cinema-style production due to its removable digital drive unit. Available in EF- or PL-mount versions, the lens delivering the world’s longest focal length (75-1500mm with its built-in 1.5X extender) and highest (20X) magnification among Super 35 zoom lenses as of Oct. 16. The lens is great for sports, nature documentaries, and other types of long-zoom field production, yet it’s easy to carry, has a relatively compact form factor of only 15.9 in. in length and a weight of just 14.6 lb.

ChyronHego
ChyronHego’s GS2 Multi-Touch is a feature-rich studio touchscreen system that drives some of the most responsive, technically advanced, and visually impressive interactive-presentation solutions on television today.

Paint is an advanced production tool that enables visually analysis of game play by graphically enhancing and highlighting video using a variety of telestration tools. Within a typical game, dozens of telestrated clips are quickly created for live, replay, or postmatch analysis.

Virtual Placement allows the addition of virtual graphics within live video, without the need for specialized camera encoders or a lengthy calibration process.

EVS
EVS’s C-Cast multimedia distribution platform turns multicamera content into customized multiscreen experiences — at top speed during live events. HuskerVision implemented C-Cast to give fans more ways to enjoy games, while HBS, host broadcaster of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, deployed C-Cast with record-breaking results.

Xplore is a Web-browsing interface for instantly accessing live, multicamera recording feeds and clips on XT3 servers, allowing users to work remotely and enhance content on the fly.

Epsio FX adds advanced graphics and effects to live video footage as easily as tapping a screen. Working in conjunction with the LSM and LSM Connect, Epsio FX simplifies postproduction video-effects processes.

Joseph Electronics
Joseph Electronics expands its broadcast fiber transport solutions with several innovative new products designed for the rigors of remote broadcasting. The company will be featuring its DFT-12-JR and DFT-12-EXP fiber systems. These single-fiber units can handle up to 18 bidirectional 3G-HD paths and a variety of other broadcast signals in compact, field-reconfigurable packages. The Tote and Booth Caddies work on the same premise but are housed in durable travel cases. Joseph Electronics will also showcase wireless HD solutions from ABonAir. Joseph’s new DT-12 Companion Checker and ANNA-LISA from Direct OUT are essential tools for audio mult and MADI troubleshooting.

Reality Check Systems
RCS Twitter Bullet is a social-media command center in a sturdy flightpack designed to boost viewer engagement through social media. The size of a small overhead suitcase and featuring full plug-and-play functionality, RCS Twitter Bullet lets networks and event producers mine and air relevant tweets for live broadcasts and events. Clients such as DIRECTV, Twitter-Government, Fremantle, Activision, and Microsoft have used Twitter Bullet to drastically simplify the search and integration of relevant tweets into broadcast graphics during major sport and gaming broadcasts.

RED Digital Cinema
For producing a live broadcast event or on-set streaming of live 4K images for a client, RED’s 4K broadcast module offers a solution in today’s studio and broadcast environments while future-proofing for tomorrow’s 4K markets. The RED 4K Broadcast Module allows you to record at up to 6K resolution while broadcasting in 4K and/or HD simultaneously. Users can archive 6K R3D RAW masters, handle the current 1080p live broadcast, and be prepared to support the evolution of 4K broadcast.

SGL Broadcast
SGL, a provider of content-archive and storage-management solutions, serves the archive needs of sports facilities around the world. It will showcase its flagship content-management solution, FlashNet. Designed to integrate seamlessly with a media-asset–management or automation-control system, FlashNet provides significant improvements to workflow efficiency without intruding on the users’ familiar desktop. For live sports feeds, breaking-news content, or management of sensitive assets, SGL solutions provide adaptable, flexible video-archiving solutions for organizations of any size.

VITEC
VITEC’s EZ TV IPTV system, installed in multiple stadiums and venues around the globe, is the most deployed H.264 enterprise IPTV delivery system in the world. It allows presenters to stream video and interactive signage in real-time HD with video resolution up to 1080p while providing maximum brand engagement, featuring support for live playback and recording, real-time analytics, and a framework for video-confidence and monitoring workflows. The format-agnostic EZ TV IPTV system can be quickly and easily deployed in virtually all IT environments and will allow fans to watch content anywhere on any device.

Part 2 of this series will run on Friday Dec. 5.

If your company would like to be featured in an upcoming SVG Summit Showcase Preview, please send product information to Karen Hogan at karen@sportsvideo.org.