Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Toolbox

  • Tuesday, Apr. 4, 2017
Sony rolls out extended life SSDs for professional video recorders
Sony G Series SV-GS48 Professional Solid State Drive
PARK RIDGE, NJ -- 

Sony is expanding its professional media lineup with the introduction of two new G Series Professional Solid State Drives in 960GB (SV-GS96) and 480GB (SV-GS48) capacities. These SSDs were designed to meet the growing need for reliable, external video recording devices docked to camcorders or high-performance DSLRs. For content creators looking for more efficient, stable and flexible hi-bitrate recording in often unpredictable environments, Sony’s G Series SSDs deliver optimal performance for several popular professional video recording devices, while offering a far longer lifetime. 
 
Building on the reliability synonymous with Sony’s Professional Media products, the new SSDs are a solid option for respective video recorders, offering videographers stable high-speed capabilities, a sense of security and lower cost of ownership due to their longer life. Using Sony’s Error Correction Code technology, the 960GB G Series SSD achieves up to 2400 TBW (terabytes written), while the 460GB drive can reach 1200 TBW, resulting in less frequent replacement and increased ROI. 2400 TBW translates to about 10 years of use for the SV-GS96, if data is fully written to the drive an average of five times per week.
 
The drives are also designed for ultra-fast, stable data writing. While other SSDs have a tendency for data write speeds to suddenly drop after repeated re-write cycles, Sony G Series SSDs feature built-in technology preventing sudden speed decreases, while ensuring stable recording of high bitrate 4K video without frame dropping. For example, used with an ATOMOS Shogun Inferno, G series SSD is able to record video at 4K 60p (ProRes 422 HQ) mode stably.    
 
When paired with the necessary connection cables, the new G Series drives can be effortlessly removed from a recorder and connected to a computer for file downloading, making editing easier and faster with read speeds up to 550MB/s.
 
G Series SSDs also offer data protection technology that keeps content secure and intact, even if a sudden power failure occurs.  To add to the drive’s stability, it features a durable connector which withstands extreme repeated insertion and removal up to 3000 times - or 6 times more tolerance than standard SATA connectors - even in harsh conditions.
 
Sony’s SSD G Series is planned to be available May 2017 at suggested retail prices of $539 for SV-GS96 and $287 for SV-GS48.

  • Monday, Apr. 3, 2017
Revolabs appoints Yamaha’s Mick Kamihara as new CEO as JP Carney steps down
Masanori "Mick" Kamihara
SUDBURY, Mass. -- 

Revolabs®, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation, announced that co-founder and CEO JP Carney will be stepping down as the CEO. He will be succeeded by Masanori “Mick” Kamihara, who is currently the group manager of Communication System Development Group at Yamaha Corporation. Carney will remain with the company through the transition period.

“As an entrepreneur, I’ve enjoyed founding, guiding, and growing Revolabs, first as a leading audiovisual company and then becoming a successful IT solutions provider that ultimately was acquired by the global leader in superior audio, Yamaha Corporation,” said Carney. “It has been three years since the acquisition, and during that time, Revolabs has solidly positioned itself to continue executing its strategy for growth, which has given me the opportunity to step down personally and professionally. Yamaha is committed to and intently focused on the UC space, as demonstrated by our first joint audio video solution, the CS-700, which carries the Yamaha brand. Revolabs has strong strategic partnerships, an innovative roadmap for the future, and with Mick assuming the CEO role, Yamaha will unify their UC assets under one leadership to continue building into the future.”

Since founding Revolabs, Carney has set the strategic and product direction of the company. He has led the growth of Revolabs from a start-up that successfully navigated the turbulent AV market by identifying real-world audio challenges and engineering superior solutions that solved them. With his visionary leadership and entrepreneurial spirit, he built Revolabs’ global team and paved the way for the company to become a leading global unified communications provider, which was then acquired by Yamaha Corporation in 2014. Redefining the market by developing award-winning, high-quality audio products and now video products, the company continues to grow its sales and partner channels around the globe.

“I am excited and honored to be working with and lead such a visionary team at Revolabs,” said Kamihara. “I have had the distinct pleasure and opportunity to work with JP and the Revolabs management team. They have impressed me with their passion for delivering innovative solutions that solve their customers’ needs and their deeply rooted knowledge for building a network of strategic partners to ensure the best possible UC experience necessary in today’s modern collaborative environment. As part of Yamaha’s UC strategy and the Yamaha brand, we will continue to deliver exceptional support and quality to those customers and partners worldwide.”

Kamihara joined Yamaha Corporation as producer for Music Production products in 2008. In 2010, he moved to Yamaha’s Professional Audio Business group, playing an integral role as he led the strategy and product planning of the company’s Commercial Install Sound products for retail/BGM applications. He is a a major contributor to Yamaha’s successful audio business expansion.

  • Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017
Grass Valley introduces K-Frame V-series production switcher
Grass Valley' s K-Frame V-series of production switchers
MONTREAL -- 

No matter the size, location or format of a broadcast operation, switchers play an integral, technical role in creating a compelling viewer experience. To address space limitations and reduce the complexities of today’s technical directors’ production workloads, Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, developed the K-Frame V-series as an addition to the K-Frame family of production switchers. At only 3RU, this new frame is an ideal complement to the GV Korona switcher panel and fits in locations with limited space but requires no compromises on enterprise features. V-series, as part of the K-Frame family, can be used with any Grass Valley switcher panel and broadcasters can run multiple panels and shows off the same frame at the same time.

“Broadcast production has moved out of the studio to capture events where they are happening in real-time, but when it came to compact switchers, broadcasters were forced to choose: affordable, small or powerful. Never all three, until now,” said Neerav Shah, sr. VP of strategic marketing, Grass Valley. “The K-Frame V-series platform, when paired with the GV Korona switcher, offers a never-before-seen combination of power, flexibility and scalability, fitting well in locations where space is limited and providing the legendary Grass Valley high-end performance at an affordable price.”

On their own, the GV Korona 1 and 2 stripe panels support 15 and 20 assignable buttons, respectively, on each stripe (or M/E row), and have a built-in multi touch menu system, as well an innovative touchscreen in the transition area. When paired together, the K-Frame V-series and GV Korona switcher make a powerful duo. The V-series frame is modular for easy field reconfiguration and serviceability – a true convenience not offered in competitively priced switchers. The modularity also makes for an easy upgrade to an all IP or mixed SDI and IP environment in the future. The 36x18 matrix supports SD, HD and 4K UHD in quad split and 2SI modes and can handle up to three licensed M/Es and two additional video processing engines (VPEs) for added keying and mixing power.

Because it is a full-fledged member of the K-Frame family, V-series can be used with any GV K-Frame switcher panel, including Karrera and Kayenne. Additionally, shows created in any K-Frame switcher can be saved and shared among other switchers, including the new V-series. This convenience can be leveraged by customers who may already own a Kayenne or Karrera switcher and would like to share the “look” they’ve created in a different application.

A compact, high-quality, affordable switcher platform was an urgent need for many Grass Valley customers, and the introduction of V-series fills a hole not only in the K-Frame switcher line but in the broadcast production industry overall.

Grass Valley is demonstrating the features of the GV Korona K-Frame V-series at NAB in booth SL106.

  • Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2017
Samsung's Galaxy S8 phone aims to dispel the Note 7 debacle 
In this Friday, March 24, 2017, photo, a Samsung Galaxy S8 mobile phone is shown partially submerged to demonstrate its water resistance, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Samsung seems to be playing it safe -at least with its battery - as it unveils its first major smartphone since the embarrassing recall of its fire-prone Note 7.

The Galaxy S8 will come in two sizes, both bigger than comparable models from last year. To maximize display space, there's no more physical home button. The S8 also sports a voice assistant intended to rival Siri and Google Assistant.

But battery capacity isn't increasing, despite the larger sizes, meaning more breathing room for the battery. Samsung had pushed the engineering envelope with the Note 7 battery, which contributed to spontaneous combustions. That recall cost Samsung at least $5.3 billion. Though many customers remain loyal, any further misstep could prove fatal.

The phone, announced Wednesday in New York, will come out April 21. The standard-size S8 will cost about $750 and the larger S8 Plus about $850 - both about $100 more than comparable iPhones and rival Android phones.

"That's a big bet that its phones will justify a higher price, whereas it could have used these new phones as a way to drive higher sales after a couple of years of stagnation," said Jan Dawson, an analyst with Jackdaw Research.

ABOUT THAT BATTERY
Samsung has blamed the Note 7 fires on multiple design and manufacturing defects in its batteries. Inspectors concluded some of the batteries were too small for their capacity, putting pressure on the internal structure.

The company says phones will now go through multiple inspections, including X-rays and stress tests at extreme temperatures. And Samsung no longer is trying to squeeze a lot of battery power in a small space. The S8 Plus model, for instance, has 3 percent less battery power than the Galaxy S7 Edge, but the phone itself is 12 percent larger.

Samsung says software and chip improvements mean the new phones will still last all day.

BIGGER, TALLER SCREENS
The S8 phone's display measures 5.8 inches diagonally, compared with 5.1 inches on the S7. The S8 Plus will be 6.2 inches, compared with S7 Edge's 5.5 inches and the Note 7's 5.7 inches. Samsung is getting rid of the "Edge" distinction and bringing curved sides to all S8 phones.

Samsung has also made it easier to look at apps without scrolling as much. It enlarged the screen by minimizing the frame, or bezel, surrounding the display; gone is a horizontal strip with the home button at the bottom. Instead, Samsung is embedding a virtual home button in the display and moving the fingerprint sensor to the back. In addition, both S8 models are taller than their predecessors, but widths are roughly the same. That makes them easy to hold in one hand.

VOICE ASSISTANT
Samsung claims its new voice assistant, Bixby, will do much more than rivals from Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon. For one thing, Samsung says Bixby will be able to handle any smartphone task currently managed by touch. When viewing a photo, just say "send this to Bob" to pull up messaging options and contact information for the Bobs you know. Bixby will also offer information on books, wine and other products scanned with the phone's camera.

But there's a major caveat: Bixby will work only with selected Samsung apps, including the photo gallery and messages, along with Google Play Music. Not all touch commands will have voice counterparts right away. Other apps will be able to adopt Bixby, but Samsung has had a mixed track record in getting other companies to support its home-brewed functions, such as an "Air View" feature for showing pop-up previews of content. Never seen it? Exactly.

"I think the brand will struggle to compete in the longer term with the broader digital ecosystems from Google, Amazon or Apple," Forrester analyst Thomas Husson said.

OTHER FEATURES
The front camera is getting a boost to 8 megapixels, from 5 megapixels, while the rear one stays at 12 megapixels.

As with previous models, the S8 is water and dust resistant and features a memory card slot to supplement 64 gigabytes of built-in storage, which is higher than the base models of most rivals. The S8 will get an iris scanner to let people unlock the phone by looking at it ; the feature was new in the ditched Note 7 phone.

Samsung will include premium earbuds from AKG, a brand it acquired when it bought Harman International.

BEYOND THE S8
Samsung's virtual-reality camera, Gear 360, will now accommodate a higher resolution, known as 4K, and work with iPhones, not just Samsung phones.

An optional docking station will turn the S8 phone into a desktop computer when connected to a regular TV. In that mode, people will be able to resize windows and work with several apps at once. It's similar to what Microsoft offers on its Windows 10 phones. Samsung also unveiled a router that doubles as a hub for internet-connected appliances and lights.

Samsung said its previously announced Gear VR headset upgrade, which will now include a hand-held controller, will go on sale in April for about $130. Existing owners can buy just the controller for about $40. The company hasn't announced prices and release dates for the other accessories.

  • Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2017
"The Young Turks" opts for Telestream's Vantage Media Processing Platform
"The Young Turks"
NEVADA CITY, Calif. -- 

Telestream®, a provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, announced that The Young Turks (TYT) is using Telestream’s Vantage Media Processing Platform to automate high-volume editing, transcoding and distribution of its programming, as well as publishing content to social media outlets.

Produced from its Los Angeles-based studio as a live, multi-camera HDTV show, online news and politics show TYT started in 2002 on Sirius satellite radio, then migrated to YouTube in 2006. Now, with more than 25 channels in its network, TYT can be seen on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Hulu, Pluto.TV, Roku, and many more platforms.

The flagship news show The Young Turks—co-hosted by The Young Turks founder and CEO Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian—consistently ranks No. 1 among comScore rankings. As a pioneer of subscription-based membership, TYT Network currently provides special, exclusive content on TYTNetwork.com to its vast membership.

“Our goal is to continue expanding the scope of our programming and distribution channels, as well as finding more effective ways to monetize it. To accomplish this, we needed to stop relying on a hodge-podge of generic automation software that posed multiple points of failure across our system. We switched to Vantage because it’s purpose-built to support the needs of a high throughput media processing operation like ours,” explained Jonny Greenwald, post-production technical director for TYT Network.

Since this high-volume content must be edited, branded, and transcoded into numerous iterations for multi-platform distribution, TYT Network decided to migrate its operations to an automated, file-based workflow based on the Vantage Media Processing Platform from Telestream.

As part of its intensive, round-the-clock media operation, The Young Turks’ live two-hour newscast must be subsequently chunked and repackaged into video segments of varying lengths for on-demand viewing. Ten clips can easily become 30 clips with all the formats, versions and derivatives needed by their distribution platforms, which today include YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, Roku, Pluto.tv, Hulu and Amazon. The same goes for the network’s numerous specialty channels, including sports, movies, technology, and pop culture, which must also be segmented into a variety of iterations and formats for on-demand viewing across the multiplatform ecosystem.

“Since this workflow largely involves repetitive tasks—such as editing, transcoding, branding, and conforming—it lends itself very easily to template-driven automation. Vantage puts all the tools and processes we need into one cohesive automated workflow that doesn’t require any manual oversight or intervention. Once we tell Vantage where a media file needs to go—whether it’s to YouTube, Facebook, Hulu or some other platform—it picks up the file, and conforms it to the specifications required for that destination, and sends it out with uncompromised quality,” said Greenwald.

Since the Vantage platform consists of a family of products and options, Greenwald has tailored the workflow using the following: 

  • Vantage Transcode Pro, which performs intelligent media processing and transcoding according to user-determined settings
  • Lightspeed servers that provide hardware-based GPU acceleration to boost throughput
  • Post Producer, which automates the editing, assembly, branding and captioning of video programs and segments
  • Social Media Connector, which simultaneously publishes video and metadata to multiple social media channels.  
  • CaptionMaker and MacCaption desktop closed captioning software

“Vantage is at the center of our operation, virtually always processing media according to over a dozen different workflows we’ve set-up. It stands ready to pick up the next file and process it like clockwork. Without Vantage, we would not be able to manage the volume of media that’s required for the broad array of distribution outlets we serve,” added Greenwald.

Since uploading media to sites like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter is critical to the company’s business model, the Social Media Connector option was a key reason that TYT Network chose Vantage. Configured as an integrated component of the Vantage Media Processing Platform, the Social Media connector acts as a workflow portal, transcoding and uploading roughly 50 clips per day to each of the social media sites. While it currently uploads both media and metadata directly to YouTube, TYT Network is in the process of updating the system to allow it to handle direct uploads of video to Facebook, and videos over 30 seconds long to Twitter. 

“The bottlenecks and system failures we used to have are now in the past. Our employees have less stress and don’t need to babysit the equipment. We spend less time fixing problems. There are fewer delays and missed deadlines. And we’ve been able to boost productivity without fear of losing quality or sanity. Vantage is a great solution for managing and expanding our media network operations in the most cost-effective way,” concluded Greenwald.

  • Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017
Wanda to buy Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital Cinema processors for cinema screens in China
SAN FRANCISCO and BEIJING -- 

Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB) and Wanda Cinema Line Corporation Ltd. announced that Wanda Cinema Line plans to purchase 800 units of Dolby digital cinema processors, including 790 units of the Dolby® Digital Cinema Processor CP750 and 10 units of the Dolby Atmos® Cinema Processor CP850, to deploy in its new and existing cinema screens in China through the end of 2017.

“Dolby has long been a trusted partner that delivers quality products with high reliability and great performance,” said Jack Wang, general manager, Information and Technology Center, Wanda Cinema Line Corporation Ltd. “Our ongoing collaboration with Dolby shows we are committed to delivering high quality audio to our patrons. We look forward to expanding our Dolby Atmos footprint to more Wanda Cinema locations across China so audiences can truly understand what great sound brings to the moviegoing experience .“

“Dolby is committed to supporting the cinema industry through quality and innovation,” said Michael Archer, VP, Dolby Laboratories. “We look forward to offering the amazing cinema experiences to more moviegoers across China as the Dolby digital cinema processors are deployed in Wanda’s new and existing screens.”

Dolby Atmos Cinema Processor CP850
The Dolby Atmos Cinema Processor CP850 offers a complete audio solution to today’s digital cinema theatres and brings a natural, realistic, and immersive Dolby Atmos sound experience to audiences. The Dolby CP850 supports Dolby Atmos playback up to 64 speaker feeds, configurable between 16 analog outputs and a Dolby Atmos Connect output. The Dolby CP850 supports Dolby Surround 7.1 and 5.1 digital playback as well as common Dolby formats used with alternative content in cinemas: Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby E.

Dolby Digital Cinema Processor CP750
The Dolby Digital Cinema Processor CP750 provides easy-to-operate audio control in digital cinema environments while integrating seamlessly with existing technologies. The Dolby CP750 supports 5.1 as well as Dolby Surround 7.1 premium surround sound, and it will receive and process audio from multiple digital audio sources, including digital cinema servers, preshow servers, and alternative content sources.

The Dolby CP750 is ready for use by a network operations center (NOC) and can be monitored and controlled from anywhere on the network for status and functions.

  • Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017
Globecast appoints Ken Fuller as CTO in the U.S.
Ken Fuller
LOS ANGELES -- 

Globecast, a global solutions provider for media, has appointed Ken Fuller to the post of chief technology officer (CTO) of Globecast Americas. Fuller will lead all aspects of the company’s technical development and will work closely with the executive management team to establish a clear and strategic technical vision.
 
In his new role, he will oversee key vendor relationships and investigate, purchase, and implement new technologies. On top of this, Fuller will manage a team of 30 in the U.S. He reports to Globecast COO Philippe Fort who is based in Paris.
 
Eddie Ferraro, managing director, Globecast Americas, said, “Ken’s impressive experience in broadcast and satellite transmission as well as OTT, VOD and media management makes him an incredible asset to Globecast. He will successfully implement the roadmap we need to continue to deliver high caliber solutions to our customers around the world.”
 
Prior to joining Globecast, Fuller held the post of sr. VP of operations at Deluxe Entertainment Services Group in Burbank, Calif., where he was responsible for several integration groups that focused on ingest, QC, metadata management of packaging and delivery of SVOD, TVOD, and streaming content. Before then, he spent several years as sr. VP and general manager at Encompass Digital Media, Inc., where he was responsible for the company’s metro Los Angeles operations, production, engineering and facilities services. Fuller is also a past president of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers as well as an SMPTE Fellow. In addition, he was director of broadcast and network operations NBC New York. While there, he received five Technical Emmy Awards for his work on NBC’s Olympic broadcasts.
 
Fuller said, “In my new position, I’m committed to helping ensure that our customers have full visibility on the value we offer, and I’m looking forward to engaging with the industry to deliver a technical strategy that’s successful for everyone.”

  • Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017
Got camera? Facebook adds more Snapchat-like features 
In this May 16, 2012 file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Facebook is adding more Snapchat-like features to its app. The company says it wants to let your camera "do the talking" as more people are posting photos and videos instead of blocks of text.

Facebook is rolling out an app update starting Tuesday. With it, you can tap a new camera icon on the top left corner. That opens up the phone's camera to do a photo or video post. You could have posted photos from the app before, but it took an extra tap.

Once you open the camera, you'll find Facebook's other new Snapchat-like features, including filters that can be added to images.

Other effects, such as animations and other interactive filters, are a new twist to dressed-up photos.

Also new is a "stories" tool that lets you post photos and videos that stay live for 24 hours. This feature is already available on Messenger and Instagram, which is owned by Facebook.

Snapchat pioneered camera-first sharing and is wildly popular with younger users. Years ago, Facebook tried to buy the company but was rebuffed. Since then, it has been trying, with varying degrees of success, to clone Snapchat's most popular features.

It might be working: Snapchat's growth rate has slowed down since Instagram introduced its own "stories" feature.

  • Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017
Robert Legato to present keynote at NAB's “Future of Cinema Conference” produced with SMPTE
Robert Legato
WHITE PLAINS, NY -- 

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®) announced that Emmy® and Academy® Award-winning visual effects supervisor Robert Legato will present the keynote at the 2017 NAB Show’s “The Future of Cinema Conference: The Intersection of Technology, Art, & Commerce in Cinema,” produced in partnership with SMPTE. The conference will take place April 22-23 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Legato will present “Jungle Book, Photorealism, and the Bright Future of Filmmaking” on the second day of the two-day conference, which also will feature sessions delving into how technical innovation, artistic intent, and evolving consumption and business models will interact to shape the future of cinema. With computer simulations becoming so accurate that it is often difficult for even the most seasoned pros to distinguish the difference between an effect and the real thing, drawing from his experiences working on acclaimed titles such as “The Jungle Book,” “Apollo 13,” “Titanic,” and “Hugo,” Legato will explore the distinction between visual effects (VFX) and “traditional” cinematic disciplines, such as direction, cinematography, production, and design.

“Rob’s surprising and creative visual illusions help movies to resonate powerfully with audiences, and his work has enriched and enhanced some of the industry’s most beloved films,” said Cynthia Slavens of Pixar Animation Studios, who serves as program chair for the conference. “In addition to being a master of his craft, Rob is an engaging speaker who draws on his wealth of experience to provide insights into the creative process, offering a valuable perspective as we look to the future of cinema.”

Legato has been nominated for four Academy Awards and has won three. His first win was for his VFX work on “Titanic,” his second was for his work on “Hugo,” and his third for “The Jungle Book.” In 1996, he won the BAFTA Award for Best Achievement in Special Effects for “Apollo 13,” for which he also garnered his first Academy Award nomination. Prior to his work in film, he was a visual effects supervisor for “Star Trek: The Next Generation” from 1987 to 1992, and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” in 1993. His work on the “Star Trek” franchise earned him three Emmy Award nominations and two wins.

“The Future of Cinema Conference” will gather the brightest industry minds and talents to discuss the changing nature of storytelling today and into the future, as well as the industry’s role in ensuring that creative work is preserved in its highest form for generations to come. The conference will feature sessions on forward-looking techniques and challenges related to making content for theatrical release and beyond.

Complete conference details, including registration information, are available here.

 

  • Monday, Mar. 27, 2017
Snell Advanced Media sets product lineup for NAB
SAM's Morpheus UX
NEWBURY, UK -- 

At NAB 2017(Booth SL1805), Snell Advanced Media (SAM) will introduce a wide range of new technology across its product portfolio. These include the new 12G-SDI product range, demonstrating game-changing fast turnaround solutions for live 4K multi-format sports and news production, the most comprehensive range of monitoring and control solutions on the market and next generation of software defined and IP technology.
 
SAM’s CEO, Tim Thorsteinson, commented, “Eighteen months in from becoming a single entity, we are now delivering integrated technology solutions that draw on our joint heritage to develop a world-leading offering for our customers that pushes the boundaries with 4K, IP, 12G and software defined solutions. NAB will see SAM shake up perceptions in the live sports and news production space and continue to demonstrate our ability to deliver riskless and future-ready technology that is agile enough to cope with customers’ needs today, whilst being prepared for the challenges they will face tomorrow.”

Among the SAM innnovations that will be showcased at NAB are:
 
•Offering easy and familiar operations and the ability to scale to meet HD and UHD productions of any size, SAM’s live sports solutions combine immediate replay of live events with no-copy editing and postproduction. Users can publish highlights and replays straight to social media at the touch of a button.
 
•SAM will introduce the next generation of Multiviewers that span every niche in the market, including its new 12G Multiviewer and IP Multiviewer. Part of the monitoring offering on show will be its media content monitoring and control solutions based on SAM’s pioneering Media Biometrics technology. Distributed intelligent logic engines across the workflow enable exception-based and schedule-aware monitoring. SAM delivers unmatchable production monitoring density and flexibility, full integration with master control solutions and third-party integration.
 
•SAM will be showing its new IP products which use 40, 25, 50 and 100 GbE interfaces. New 12G-SDI solutions give customers the most flexibility when it comes to making investment decisions for UHD/4K projects.  SAM will demonstrate its modular infrastructure and conversion solutions and highlight UHD to SD support for IP and SDI along with integrated SDI and IP routing control and flexible IP/SDI I/O for routing, switching, conversion, multiviewers and monitoring.
 
•SAM continues its innovation in 4K and HDR with the launch of HDR file-based conversion products, FormatFusion4 HDR conversion in its Kahuna production switcher line up and support for 4K and HDR conversion in its mid-range KudosPro and UHD1000 products.
 
•Recently introduced and on show at NAB is SAM’s radical new web-based user interface for multi-channel playout control - Morpheus UX. Morpheus UX gives customers an unparalleled level of adaptability so they can precisely tailor their channel views and focus on the specific functionality they need. ICE SDC, SAM’s pure software playout solution for virtualized IP playout will also be demonstrated, allowing customers to realize full channel functionality in a software defined ecosystem. SAM will also introduce its brand new 12G-SDI Master Control system with HD/1080p and 4K 12Gps single link support providing a robust, flexible and powerful solution for the most demanding broadcast environments.
 
•SAM will show its ultra-fast, flexible multi-format news solutions at NAB, featuring integrated social media publishing workflows for delivering quality content to every platform. Multi-format, multi-aspect ratio media management capability allows users to seamlessly mix aspects and file sizes from acquisition through to delivery. SAM’s news solutions create an open, flexible and collaborative environment, allowing easy integration with newsroom partners.

•For media organizations where cost, combined with core technical capabilities, is of paramount concern, or for first-time entrants to the market with limited budgets, SAM has created a highly cost-effective production package. This space saving system includes SAM’s 1-3M/E switcher, routers, processing solutions, multiviewers and infrastructure portfolio. SAM’s low-cost suite is ideal for a variety of production environments including live sports, houses of worship, outside broadcasting and education.