IBC 2014 Wrap-Up: Tech Announcements From The Show Floor

     

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    Technologies for IBC 2014

    IBC 2014, hosted in Amsterdam, is the premier annual event for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of entertainment and news content worldwide. Next to NAB 2014, this show hosts the largest technology releases & announcements for media & broadcast professionals.

    This year was no different, with huge buzz around Avid Media Composer getting a 4K update, and automation/management tools that strip out waste and inefficiencies. With those themes in mind, here are some highlight announcements from the show:

    Adobe

    Adobe announced some new features for Creative Cloud, and tighter Adobe Anywhere integration.

    For the first time ever, Adobe Premiere Pro editors can automatically generate new bins based on search criteria, including Advanced Timeline Search. Search bins update automatically as you add new content to your projects. Streamline large projects with Consolidate & Transcode. Bring everything you need into one workspace with new Multi-project workflows: open media and sequences from other projects and bring existing clips, edits, transitions, or graphics directly into your current project.

    New video format support for Premiere Pro CC includes GoPro Cineform, AJA Raw, Canon Raw, and Phantom Cine.

    After Effects CC is seeing enhanced Live 3D Pipeline, allowing artists to work faster with 3D elements in their compositions, enhanced Anywhere collaboration, and usability refinements that make motion graphics and visual effects work easier and more efficient.

    All of the Adobe updates will be released within the next few weeks.

    For more information:
    http://www.adobe.com/content/dam/Adobe/en/products/creativecloud/cc/pdfs/cc-provideo-datasheet-IBC2014.pdf


    AJA

    AJA announces Adobe support for CION camera, and FS1-X v1.1 update

    The AJA CION camera will likely not be released this year, however the product team is getting closer, announcing AJA Raw format support with Adobe Premiere Pro. The Kona 4 received full Creative Cloud support as well!

    FS1-X frame synchronizer and converter, released at NAB 14', is getting a v1.1 update, with 5.1 and 7.1 stereo mix down. Updates in the FS1-X v1.1 Release include:

    • Audio Processor Enhancements—Audio 5.1/7.1 stereo mix down. Create a stereo pair from 5.1 or 7.1 audio and integrate into the audio output matrix, each with the usual gain, phase, and delay controls. Two complete 5.1 or 7.1 streams can be handled by a single FS1-X.
    • Reverse Telecine Cadence Detection—Automatically detect the 2:3:2:3 or 2:2:3:3 cadence in previously converted source material and seamlessly recreate the original frame for conversion back to Cine rate.
    • MADI 56-channel Support—Both 56- and 64-channel modes are supported in FS1-X for input and output.

    For more information:
    https://www.aja.com/en/news/top-stories


    Avid

    Avid announces resolution independence, Advantage Services, and Live Sound workflows.

    Media Composer | Software will allow video professionals to acquire, manage, edit, and deliver native 4K media. With Avid's new resolution independent architecture comes a new high-res codec, Avid DNxHR. This allows editors to easily scale files from proxy to mastering resolutions using high-res rasters. Read the full release: http://www.keycodemedia.com/Key-Code-Media-News/ibc-2014-avid-everywhere-brings-resolution-independence-to-film-and-television-production

    The new Avid Advantage Support support plan helps Avid customers get quicker & better service, by utilizing certified resellers, like Key Code Media, as front line support. This should help reduce time & cost of getting Avid support.

    On the audio front, Avid announced the VENUE | S3L-X compact live sound system, building on the success of the Avid | S3L system to deliver on the Avid Everywhere™ vision. With the new system, live sound professionals can more easily meet the increasing scope, size, complexity, and diversity of today's live sound requirements. Avid VENUE | S3L-X enables engineers to mix and record live shows with unrivaled power and efficiency, and create new material or mix down live recordings for commercial purposes.

    For more information:
    https://www.avid.com/US/press-room/press-releases


    Blackmagic Design

    Blackmagic Design acquires eyeon software, updates several products.

    One of the most surprising announcements was Blackmagic Design's acquisition of eyeon software, a high-end node based compositing software. "This is extremely exciting as, similar to DaVinci, we now have a second powerful software tool that has remarkable creative power," said Grant Petty of Blackmagic.

    Blackmagic also announced 2 new cameras, a new Ultra HD multi view, new 12G-SDI based Ultra HD monitoring and a DeckLink card, new DaVinci Resolve update, a new 40 x 40 router, new mini converters and a lot more!

    Here's a complete list of announcements:

    • Blackmagic acquires eyeon Software
    • DaVinci Resolve 11.1 Update
    • Blackmagic Production Camera PL and Cinema Camera PL
    • Blackmagic MultiView 16
    • SmartView 4K
    • Smart Videohub 40x40
    • DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G
    • Mini Converters with 6G-SDI and Ultra HD
      • Mini Converter SDI to Audio 4K
      • Mini Converter Audio to SDI 4K
    • Mini Converters with 6G-SDI and Ultra HD
      • Mini Converter H/Duty SDI to HDMI 4K
      • Mini Converter H/Duty HDMI to SDI 4K
      • Mini Converter H/Duty SDI to Analog 4K
    • New Blackmagic Videohub Software

    For more information:
    https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/press


    Brainstorm

    Brainstorm's high-end virtual set solution, Infinity Set, gains a new TrackFree feature. What TrackFree allows is a combination of tracking and trackless productions for maximum flexibility, creativity, and visual impact. 4K PTZ Virtual Set is another new Infinity feature, that will emulate a PTZ (Pan, Tilt, Zoom) head in a virtual set environment. Overall, if you're looking to create really modern graphics, and virtual sets, you should look into Brainstorm's offerings.

    See an impressive demo of Brainstorm's virtual set products:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2FXdNvE3f0 


    CatDV

    Squarebox strengthens asset management tool, CatDV, with tighter technology integration.

    CatDV has been a solid asset management product, used mostly for post & broadcast workflows. At IBC, they announced tighter integration with Adobe Premiere Pro & Adobe Anywhere (coming in 2015).

    Other integrations include:
    YouTube and Vimeo – Square Box Systems has optimised the integration of CatDV with the world's most popular online publishing/distribution platforms and video-sharing websites to streamline the upload of content with metadata.

    Aspera – CatDV can now be used to quickly pull and push content using high-speed transfer solutions from Aspera, the well-known provider of high-performance data transfer and synchronisation software.

    Autodesk Smoke – helping to boost post-production efficiency, CatDV footage and metadata can be rapidly shared with Smoke, the leading NLE and finishing package from Autodesk.

    Xendata – a brand new plug-in for Xendata, a leading developer of professional digital archive solutions, supports the seamless communication and updating of both CatDV and Xendata archive solutions.

    Archiware – broadening the possibilities for successful archiving still further, CatDV now supports the Archiware P5 Archive plug-in, which is now shipping.

    These integrations add to CatDV's already broad range of media and broadcast collaborations that encompass: Adobe, Apple, Avid, Grass Valley, Facilis, SGL, SNS, Storage DNA, ASG/Atempo, Cache-A, Promax, Quantum StorNext, GB Labs Space, Archiware, Sony Optical Disk Archive, 1 Beyond, BRU and DAX, Nexidia, FileCatalyst, Focal Point Server, NewTek TriCaster and 3Play. 

    For more information:
    http://www.squarebox.com/press-releases-and-news/


    Cisco

    Cisco announces Videoscape Virtualized Video Processing, a service delivery platform

    Cisco's Videoscape Virtualized Video Processing (V2P) hopes to address concerns & simplify multi-screen video content processes. With AnyRes, users will see full-frame 4k/Ultra HD encoding to various formats, including HEVC. At IBC 2014, Cisco previewed cloud-based Videoscape workflows.

    For more information:
    http://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1488319


    Content Agent

    Content Agent adds automated camera ingest workflow called CardAgent at IBC 2014

    Content Agent, the workflow management and automation tool by Root 6, has a few major announcements at the show. CardAgent is a new tool designed for multi-user ingest intensive environments such as news or reality shows. CardAgent features a simple user interface enabling non-technical operators to initiate a variety of workflows from commonly used cameras. Operators are able to browse, select, and playback media. Automated workflows can be triggered for transcoding and re-wrapping for the creation of proxies, high resolution copies and backups and the subsequent delivery to editorial. Really nice addition!

    Also, Content Agent will receive a resolution independent, motion compensated standards conversion feature update. This technology obviates the need to return to base band for standards conversion and was used widely by BBC Sport for its recent coverage of the FIFA World Cup.

    For more information:
    http://www.root6technology.com/blog/index.php/2014/08/new-features-enhancements-unveiled-for-contentagent-at-ibc/


    Facilis Technology

    Facilis Technology announces Terrablock integration with NewTek TriCaster & 3Play

    NewTek TriCaster & 3Play users can now archive media directly to Facilis Technology Terrablock. TerraBlock 6.0 has been tested on the TriCaster 860 model, and the full complement of eight capture streams of HD 4:2:2 video can be accommodated on a TerraBlock 24EX/16 or 24D system over the standard 1Gb connection. When using a 24D system, a total of 32 streams of 4:2:2 capture can be achieved with concurrent playout streams.

    For more information:
    http://www.productionhub.com/press-release/48396/ibc-2014-facilis-delivers-terrablock-integration-for-newtek-multi-camera-live-video-production-tools#sthash.Szq3H6JU.dpuf


    G-Technology

    G-Speed Studio adds 64TB 8-bay thunderbolt 2 storage solution

    G-Technology announced the first extension of its Studio line, the G-SPEED Studio XL. Expanding on the two-bay G-RAID® Studio and four-bay G-SPEED Studio Thunderbolt 2 storage solutions, which launched earlier this year, the G-SPEED Studio XL holds up to eight removable enterprise-class 7,200 RPM hard drives, offering colossal capacity and performance of up to 1,350 megabytes per second (MB/sec) performance for the most demanding digital content creation applications.

    For more information:
    http://www.nasdaq.com/press-release/gtechnology-extends-its-studio-line-of-external-hard-drives-20140912-00188#ixzz3Dh0vOjBV


    Imagine Communications

    Imagine Communications introduces end-to-end TV everywhere offering for communications service providers

    Imagine Communications unveiled its vision for enabling broadcasters to gain advantage in offering over-the-top (OTT) video and IPTV services. The TV Everywhere vision integrates SelenioNext™ Adaptive Bit Rate (ABR) transcoding, SelenioEdge™ Media Content Delivery Network (CDN), packaging, encryption, hyper-personal advertising, subscriber billing, ingest, automation, and storage. To integrate all components of the TV Everywhere solution together, the company's next generation Zenium™ workflow manager provides an advanced, underlying, software-based media asset management tool that stitches workflow processes together and provides the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

    See all Imagine Communication announcements:
    http://imaginecommunications.com/media-center/news.aspx


    Levels Beyond

    Levels Beyond continues to expand end-to-end management of digital content

    One of the most impressive product updates from NAB this year was Level Beyond's Reach Engine. At IBC, they continued to showcase their digital video file manager, which works to index metadata, securely manage media for all the major NLE formats. One of the most impressive features of Reach Engine, is its large list of capatable workflows, including Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Anywhere, Apple FCPX, and Avid Media Composer solutions.

    For more information:
    http://www.levelsbeyond.com/


    NewTek

    NewTek unveils TalkShow: Video calling production system for television studios and live video producers

    NewTek™ unveils TalkShow™ VS-100, a video calling production system designed specifically for television studios and live video producers. With TalkShow, any television or live video producer can easily reach 300 million monthly connected Skype users and incorporate them as guest speakers into live programs with full-frame Skype video calls.

    For more information:
    http://www.newtek.com/news-events/newsroom/press-releases/1214-newtek-unveils-talkshow-video-calling-production-system-for-television-studios-and-live-video-producers.html


    ProMAX

    ProMAX launched Platform Series 4, and introduces Platform Portable

    Platform Series version 4 adds Media Asset Management and a Browser-Based UI top a list of powerful features designed to accelerate and improve the content creation process. Large-scale increases in performance & capacity enable true collaborative production of 4K video. The Platform Series 4 demonstrates next level workflow servers for content creation.

    The Platform Portable allows creative groups to connect their existing attached storage devices and transform them into a simple, yet sophisticated, shared editing environment.

    For more information:
    http://www.promax.com/s-242-press-releases.aspx


    Quantum

    Quantum unveils low-priced StorNext Pro Storage solution for high-performance digital workflow

    Utilizing the powerful StorNext 5 platform, the StorNext Pro Studio comes in 3-series including:

    • StorNext Pro Studio is designed to easily refresh or enhance existing Apple Xsan storage environments by providing a high-performance, scalable and 100 percent Xsan-compatible solution with 48 TB of storage capacity. StorNext Pro Studio integrates the StorNext M441D metadata appliance with the StorNext QX1200 RAID storage system, making it cost-effective, easier to deploy and ideal for today's production studios.
    • StorNext Pro 4K provides high-performance storage for both new and existing StorNext deployments to support demanding 4K media workflows. With flash-based metadata performance using the StorNext M445 SSD metadata appliance and scalability provided by StorNext QX1200 RAID storage systems (144 TB raw capacity), this configuration enables efficient 4K workflows, including ingest, production and delivery.
    • StorNext Pro Production gives post and broadcast professionals a complete storage platform spanning content production to content library management. Combining the highly scalable StorNext M662XL metadata appliance, StorNext QX1200 RAID storage systems (96 TB raw) and StorNext AEL500 41-slot (102.5 TB) LTO-6 library, this unified storage foundation effectively serves production workgroups, integrated Windows/Linux review stations, proxy and transcode servers, LTFS acquisition, delivery and archive.

    For more information on all Quantum IBC announcements visit:
    http://www.stornext.com/ibc/


    Wowza

    Wowza partners with JVC to enable live video wirelessly from Pro Camera

    Wowza Media Systems, provider of Simply Powerful Streaming™ software, announced that JVC and Wowza will give content creators the ability to instantly stream video from live events including breaking news, corporate events, concerts and sports. With streaming capability built into JVC professional camcorders, joint customers can now stream over both LTE and Wi-Fi networks, providing powerful live video experiences while on the go

    For more information:
    http://www.wowza.com/news/jvc-joins-works-with-wowza-partner-program#sthash.L8iLsAyH.dpuf


     Key Code Media has extensive knowledge of products, and how it relates to broadcast, production, advertising, and corporate video workflows. For more information on pricing, capability, and features please reach out to us. Email: sales (at) keycodemedia.com

     

     

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    IBC 2014: Avid Everywhere Brings Resolution Independence to Film and Television Production

    Avid® today announced an update for Media Composer® | Software that will allow video professionals to acquire, manage, edit, and deliver native 4K media faster and more efficiently than ever, whether working on premises or in the cloud. Leveraging the newly announced Avid Resolution Independence architecture, Media Composer will offer the most complete and flexible end-to-end workflow for file-based editing of any resolution, helping content creators deliver higher quality content in more collaborative, powerful, and efficient ways—a key element of Avid Everywhere.

    Media Composer is part of the Avid Artist Suite of content creation applications—powered by the Avid MediaCentral Platform and comprised of the company's industry-standard creative tools, including video editing, graphics creation, music creation, music notation, audio post, and live sound solutions.

    "As the demand for 4K content continues to rise, content creators are struggling to efficiently manage, edit, and deliver high-res media," stated Chris Gahagan, senior vice president of Products and Technology at Avid. "Media Composer will solve these issues by enabling video professionals to work with native 4K formats in real time, and create the high quality, inspiring content that today's audiences demand—all using their existing production infrastructure and workflows."

    With support for native 4K formats, Media Composer | Software helps video professionals deal with the broadest variety of media—from SD to HD to high-res, and even tape archive media—brought in by clients. By editing 4K media natively, video professionals can reduce time-consuming, non-billable transcoding tasks, spend more time on creative storytelling, and deliver projects on time and on budget.

    Media Composer | Software with native 4K editing will enable editors to:

    • Automate the process of transcoding and moving high-res media throughout the production environment
    • View real-time 2K/4K media in its native resolution on a client monitor using third-party I/O hardware
    • Deliver a high-res master of finished projects directly from Media Composer, eliminating the need to export to other tools for finishing

    Avid DNxHR–4K beauty without the bandwidth

    Additionally, Avid introduced Avid DNxHR, a new extensible media codec that makes it possible to perform high-res editorial tasks within HD-capable infrastructures by allowing editors to easily scale files from proxy to mastering resolutions using full high-res rasters. Avid DNxHR is at the center of the Avid MediaCentral Platform's Resolution Independence architecture, and enables anyone working within an existing Avid environment to incorporate high-res workflows.

    Availability

    Media Composer with native 4K editing, and the new Avid DNxHR codec, are planned for release in Q4 2014.

    Promo: Act now! Upgrade Any Media Composer For Only $299!

    You already own the industry standard for video editing. Don’t miss out on a  full year  of new feature upgrades and support. For a limited time, when you sign up for a standard Avid Support plan for $299, you get access to the latest version of Media Composer® and all upgrades for an entire year.  You’ll also have access to Avid’s world-class, worldwide, professional support for a full year. 

    Act before the end of 2014 and upgrade your existing Media Composer license for only $299. Stay current with the latest software and gain access to Avid support experts, while ensuring your current license doesn't expire. Learn more about upgrading any Media Composer for only $299.

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    What is Adobe Anywhere? Collaborative Editing With Adobe

    What is Adobe Anywhere?

    Adobe® Anywhere for video is a workflow platform, using centralized media, across standard networks, to allow collaborative logging & editing on Prelude CC, Premiere CC, and After Effects CC. For complete control and security, Anywhere is hosted on-premises with other enterprise media storage and asset management infrastructure.

    Adobe Anywhere is a complete workflow ecosystem deployment. However, there are huge differences between Adobe & Avids approaches to collaborative editing.

    How does it work?

    Adobe Anywhere creates a private secure cloud environment that allows production to collaborate on Adobe Premiere CC, Prelude CC, and After Effects CC products. Using the centralized storage & asset management based in a facility, users can access & edit media, securely, from remote locations via VPN.

    Source files used by Adobe Anywhere are kept on a centralized storage server. By using the Mercury Streaming Engines your editors will be able to edit high-quality, full-resolution media, within the production facility or remotely. The media playback will automatically adjust, based on the available bandwidth at the editor's location.

    What is required to make it work?

    It is important to understand, that Adobe® Anywhere requires more than a software add-on to Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise. Adobe® Anywhere requires you to purchase and install on-premise hardware prior to implementation. Adobe Anywhere is an open solution, designed to augment existing infrastructure and integrate with standard IT hardware, software, and networks.

    In order to deploy Adobe Anywhere, you'll need one Collaboration Hub server, as well as three Mercury Streaming Engine servers. Depending on the number of users you may need more than three Mercury Streaming Engines. The system will also require shared storage, asset management, and appropriate network infrastructure. The experts at Key Code Media can assist with all of the necessary components of an Adobe Anywhere deployment.

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    How does licensing work?

    Although it works with Adobe Premiere CC, Prelude CC, and After Effects CC, Adobe Anywhere is a separate offering from your subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud. Anywhere is licensed per user on an annual basis. For more information contact your Adobe account representative, or request a consultation for Key Code Media (sales (at) keycodemedia.com).

    How much is the initial point of entry?

    A complete Adobe Anywhere solution, including storage, MAM, & Mercury Engine servers, starts at around $100,000.

    Is there an asset management component built into Adobe Anywhere?

    Adobe Anywhere is not a replacement for a media asset management system (MAM). Instead, Adobe Anywhere is supported through 3rd party MAM including: axle Video, Apace Media Gateway, Gallery, Levels Beyond, Vizrt, and CatDV.

    Who is using Adobe Anywhere?

    Adobe Anywhere has been installed in over 20 enterprise enviroments, including production, sports, and post production environments. Key Code Media has installed more Adobe Anywhere than any systems integrator nationwide.

    • CNN for Broadcast:

     

    • G-Men Media for Post Production:

    What new in 2.0.1?

    Hot backup- Backup the Anywhere Collaboration Hub in real-time without interrupting your work. Backups are scheduled at System Administrator-defined intervals.

    Export from client- System Administrators can now determine how users export from a Premiere Pro sequence, either by using a set of custom presets or with a Simplified Export dialog.

    Prelude rough cut support- Begin editing rough cuts in Prelude and finish your sequences in Premiere Pro.

    OMF support- Anywhere can now export sequences as Open Media Framework (OMF) files. OMF is a platform-independent file format used to transfer digital media between different software applications. This expands the open-platform capabilities of Anywhere and improves integration with third-party solutions.

    Preview rendering support in Premiere Pro and Anywhere- Preview rendering of effects and complex sequences in a Premiere Pro timeline is now supported. You can use the Premiere Pro UI to specify a range and then create preview files on the server.

    Increased performance for large productions- Work more efficiently with improved ingest performance for productions with numerous assets. The media cache database is now shared with all Adobe client applications to increase performance when reopening media files. In addition, a streamlined administrative interface is now available to configure system properties.

    Improved iPad App- In the field or on remote location, team members can view productions and play sequences from the Anywhere server on their iPads. Multiple iPad improvements include better performance, more robust scrubbing, and the ability to sort and filter large lists of productions. The Adobe Anywhere App is available as a separate download from the Apple App Store.

     See Key Code Media's Adobe Anywhere Demonstration:

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    [Video] What is Avid Everywhere? An Interview With Frank Capria

    We recently interviewed Avid's Director of Product Management – Digital Asset Management, Frank Capria. He is the lead project manager of Avid Interplay, as it relates to the Avid Everywhere vision. Frank broke down the basics of each suite, how it relates to post production & broadcast, and demystified myths in the community. Here's the interview (text-version):

    What is Avid Everywhere?

    Capria: Avid Everywhere is quite simple; it is the ability to access the media asset, everywhere you might be. The ability for others to access that same content, modify it, turn it into a story. When that story is complete, distribute everywhere it needs to go. That is all there is to Avid Everywhere.

    How do I edit remotely with Avid Everywhere?

    Capria: In the Avid Everywhere environment, remote craft collaborative editorial is handled in Media Composer | Cloud. Media Composer | Cloud is a full version of media composer, it has the full tool set. The main difference, instead of connecting to your media assets on a hard drive, it is editing off of a stream served up by Avid Media | Central.

    What are some misconceptions about Avid Everywhere?

    Capria: One of the most common misconceptions about Avid Everywhere is that it's editor-centric. Sure, Avid has made its name as an editors tools company, but Avid Everywhere is for EVERY team member to take advantage of [in a production].

    Another misconception, is the segment markets that Avid Everywhere is meant to address. Perhaps it's the name, "Avid Everywhere" makes it sounds like it's for broadcasting. It's also understandable, since Avid Interplay Production has been so successful in the broadcast space.

    The fact of the matter, Avid Everywhere is designed for all segments: post production, broadcast, and new media.

    How does Avid Everywhere benefit post production?

    Capria: Avid Everywhere, for post production, allows customers to do [projects] in parallel, that used to be serial processes.

    For example, logging can begin immediately, upon a piece of media [arriving on nearline storage], in any formatting. Even before transcoding starts, logging & editing can begin in an Everywhere environment.

    It also automates almost every non-creative aspect of the post production processes. Whether it's transcoding, copying/moving, back up/archive, Avid Everywhere can create rules that eliminate human error and labor time.

    How does Avid Everywhere benefit Broadcast?

    Capria: Avid Everywhere for broadcast enables our customers to set up a bureau, anywhere they can get a TCP/IP connection. [Avid Everywhere] includes all aspects of content creation, story creation; from ingest, editorial, to distribution.

    What is Avid Media | Central?

    Capria: Avid Media | Central is the platform in which we built all of our solutions. It allows us to author & create services once, and then all of our applications can use it.

    For example, our streaming playback service. The same streaming playback service that Media Central | UX uses, to expose Interplay Production assets, is exactly the same streaming service that is used in Media Composer | Cloud.

    By leveraging a platform to build the tools, it allows us to create API interfaces for third parties to connect to as well. Third party manufacturers can then connect, join the Avid ecosystem, using the same services and performance of Avid products.

    What are the various suites inside Avid Media | Central?"

    Capria: The artist, media, and storage suites have always been part of the Avid product line, we've just branded them that way recently., To make it clear to the customer what they do.

    The artist suites, is our content creative tools ie. Media Composer, Pro Tools.

    The media suite, is our asset management tools ie. Interplay Production, Interplay MAM, Media Director, Media Distribute, and Media Index.

    The storage suite, is anything that stores a piece of media. Ie. Avid ISIS, Airplay Playout & Ingest servers.

    What components make up Avid Interplay Production?

    Capria: Interplay production is three things:

    • Interplay Engine:
      • A powerful database, that allows to do incredible defined searches.
    • Media Services:
      • Transcode, Copy, Move, and Delivering
    • Media Central | UX:
      • The web-based view onto all of your assets, that every member in production uses to reach in work with assets

    What's the top benefit of using Media Composer with Interplay Production?

    Capria: Media Composer & Interplay Production work really well together, in Avid Everywhere. They were designed to work together.

    In a Interplay production environment, the process of conform no longer exists. If you want to go to a high-res master, you simply "click" and switch resolutions. You tell Interplay, 'give me the highest resolution version of this media,' and it will re-conform automatically in the background.

    What is the Return on Investment model for Avid Everywhere?

    Capria: Avid Everywhere #1 contribution to ROI, is it shortens the timeline for production. Story creation can begin at the moment of acquisition. Loggers can access content. Editors can access content. In fact, reviewers, producers, directors, executives, and legal can begin the process of getting the story out immediately. Processes that used to be serial, are now parallel. It's a system that built for every member of a production, not just editors.

    Learn more about Avid Everywhere

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    Key Code Media Strengthens Staff, After Rapid Growth Supporting Enterprise Production Technology In 2014

    Key Code Media strengthens its technical & sales staff, in their Burbank, California corporate office with the addition of several key team members. Additions include Matt Flaum as Senior Solution Architect, and Candace Fagan as the San Fernando Valley Account Manager. In addition, Erika Fredrick, formally Solution Sales Manager for Key Code Media, has been promoted to Vice President of Western Regional Sales.

    'Last year, Key Code Media exponentially increased our position as a production system integrator & VAR [Value Added Reseller], by expanding into the Central region. With this expansion, we discussed as a team, 'What could we do to make our customers experience even better?' said Mike Cavanagh, President Key Code Media. "Ultimately, we chose to focus on strengthening our staff on both the sales, and technician solutions level. I am confident these additions to the team will bolster our knowledge and speed for the increasing needs of our clients. Ultimately, leaving our customers with the best video system integration services experience possible. "

    Erika Frederick promoted to Vice President of Sales, Western Division:erika frederick

    After working for only one-year driving storage and archiving business, we are pleased to announce the promotion of Erika Frederick to Vice President of Western Regional Sales effective July 7, 2014. During her time here, she has been awarded the VIP Women of the Year for Outstanding Excellence and Dedication to her profession in the Achievement of Women by The National Association of Professional Women.

    Erika's exceptional quality of dedication and customer satisfaction is vital for the company's long-term success. She brings a wealth of experience to this position. In her new role she will be managing the sales team for the western region. Along with her high standards, Erika takes her responsibilities with serious attention and utmost priority.

    Please join us in congratulating her and wishing her continued success at our company.

    Matt Flaum re-joins Key Code Media as Sr. Solution Architect:matt flaum

    Working alongside Mike Cavanagh for over 13 years, Matt Flaum is no stranger to Key Code Media. With his new role, Senior Solution Architect, Matt will assist sales with video, storage, networking, and encoding/transcoding workflow demonstrations. Matt will also be using his vast engineering knowledge of postproduction workflows and infrastructures to design and facilitate ongoing large scale enterprise integration projects.

    Matt is delighted to rejoin the team, after seeing Key Code Media's ability to deploy large integration solutions. "It's fun to see Key Code Media evolve from being mainly a post production house integrator, to now supporting all areas of broadcast, corporate video, digital signage, and production. I'm looking forward to rejoining such a smart group of people" said Matt Flaum.

    Introducing Candace Fagan, Account Manager – So Cal:candace fagan

    Our Sales team is expanding our sales team to provide increased coverage and service to the Los Angeles region.

    Candace Fagan bringing  15+ years sales experience with technical solutions. Her past experience includes being Account Manager at Visual Numerics, a company that creates custom problem solving software for industry, government, engineering and education. In her free time, she is also an accomplished author, working on publishing her second novel soon.

     

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    Light Iron Bolsters 4K Post Production Capabilities with Facilis TerraBlock

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    Since launching in Los Angeles five years ago, Light Iron has emerged as a post production leader and technical innovator, lending its expertise to high-profile projects like "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "The Amazing Spiderman." Whether producing digital cinema, episodic television or commercial content, the company embraces a progressive approach to DI, on-set dailies and finishing to deliver unparalleled service to its clients. In 2013, Light Iron expanded into New York, opening a new local post production facility in which it recently installed a Facilis TerraBlock shared storage system with assistance from Key Code Media. The addition of TerraBlock to its workflow came as part of a larger effort to future proof the studio for the advent of 4K editorial.

    "We've definitely seen a spike in 4K content over the last year and have already done several 4K finishes at Light Iron in Los Angeles. It's really just a matter of time before we start seeing more 4K editorial requests, which is part of the reason we opted for TerraBlock," said Light Iron CTO Chris Peariso. "TerraBlock's bandwidth, along with the flexibility it gives us to have multiple connections – Fibre Channel and Ethernet, will allow us to better handle post on any 4K project that comes through our doors."

    Light Iron's fully populated TerraBlock 24D is situated in the center of its New York facility, where it is connected via 16Gb Fibre Channel to eight 4K-capable offline editorial rooms and seven pieces of ingest and output equipment located in Light Iron's machine room. Each edit suite runs a combination of Avid® Media Composer® 6.5, Adobe® Creative Cloud™ and Apple® Final Cut Pro® X editing software.

    Key Code Media & Facilis will be hosting a 4K performance storage demo day, featuring Facilis Terrablock. Come out and see how you can increase your 4K storage performance with Terrablock.

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    Fully Automate Visual Radio With Vidigo

    VidiGo Visual Radio can turn your radio show into an entertaining visual show. VidiGo Visual Radio is a fully automated software solution that automatically switches cameras and plays graphics by analyzing audio signals and XML data (including live social media feeds) from the radio station's automation system. This way it is able to mimic a real director, leaving the radio presenters to do what they are good at, making radio. - See more at: http://www.vidigo.tv/solutions/visualradio/

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    Behinds The Scenes: Live Streaming Technology At E3 Expo 2014 By Key Code Media

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    Last week, Key Code Media had the pleasure of exhibiting live streaming technology at E3 Expo 2014! Key Code Media showcased a full range of production tools that could help make a video competition look more like a television sports broadcast.

    The question for your company: Are you looking to make a eGaming live stream look more like a professional television broadcast?

    Background on Key Code Media & Live Streaming:


    First off, Key Code Media is NOT in the video game business; we are in the Live Production business. Our company creates custom mobile production carts, which can take any amateur production to new professional levels. Providing everything from cameras to video switchers, we have tight partnerships with major broadcast technology providers, including: NewTek (#1 TriCaster Reseller In The World), AvidAdobeSony, Panasonic and many more. Key Code integrates advanced production technology, meeting expected budgets & deadlines. We are your 1 source to quickly start a professional live production!

    With eSports viewership skyrocketing in the last few years, it is hard to deny broadcasting professional video gaming will be around for sometime. Even YouTube is looking to jump into video game live broadcasting, by acquiring Twitch.tv, a successful live streaming video game platform. 2014 is clearly the year to start a professional live streaming production of video game content!

    There is simply no better source for product sales & integration for any live streaming production. Contact Key Code Media at any of our US locations for more information.

    Technology Showcased at the Key Code Media Booth:

    TriCaster-460

    The most versatile and extensive of mobile-scale multi-camera video solutions, TriCaster 460’s any-format, any-resolution, any frame-rate I/O and amped-up production capabilities let you connect any camera, access any available video source, and go live from locations you've only imagined. And, with 3D and holographic “ESPN like” sets, you can go live from virtually any world.

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     The entry-level 3Play 425 eliminates that barrier by making professional instant replay and slow motion available to everyone who previously thought it simply out of reach.

    panasonicahe120w

    Panasonic AW-HE120W HD PTZ Camera (White) is a high definition, remotely controllable PTZ camera.  The quick and accurate pan/tilt range offers a wide variety of camera placement settings and supports wireless IP control or the wired RS-422 protocol. 20x zoom allows you to hone in on precise locations while the HD lens with a maximum f/1.6 aperture and minimum 32.5mm (35mm equivalent) focal length provides room for wide views and low lighting conditions. 

    tvu-pack-8200

    TVUPack offers a family of portable, lightweight video capture and transmission solutions that enables broadcasters to deliver professional broadcast-quality video of live news and events to audiences. Rather than relying on traditional satellite and microwave remote broadcast products, TVUPack broadcasts live video in HD or SD using multiple 3G/4G/LTE/WiFi/WiMax/BGAN connections.

    BigFootMobileRack

    Go Mobile! The Big Foot “Classic” series mobile car is know for Quick Set-up and Tear- downs, fitting any Compact Multi-user Workstation, or Combination Presentation and Recording Systems. A mobile cart, providing a Safe Transport and Lock down of expensive electronics and computer systems.

    hpz820

    For Editorial & Game Development

    HP Z Workstations deliver the 64-bit architectures, CPU and GPU options, and a wide range of 3D graphics cards to help you develop games more effectively. Better still, HP offers certification from independent software vendors, 27-inch (diagonal) monitors that help you see your work in vivid detail, Thunderbolt for M&E device connectivity, HP Z Turbo Drive to handle large files blazingly fast and tool-less chassis designs that make it easy to add cards and upgrade your system.

    Streaming services were provided by the FullView Media, a webcasting company in the San Francisco, Bay Area. 

    Next Steps:

    Contact Key Code Media! Set up a a webex or meeting to discuss production needs, budget, and timeline. The easiest way to contact us is by phone or email, located on our website.

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    Extending the TriCaster™ Workflow with Shared Storage by ProMAX Systems

    ProMAX Systems recently did a webinar on TriCaster workflows with shared storage. Learn how an integrated shared storage system can greatly enhance your TriCaster™ and 3Play™ productions by enabling more efficient, connected workflows. 

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    Important Information Regarding 2014 Changes To Avid Media Composer & Support Plans

     

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    Avid Technologies recently announced major changes to how customers can purchase & support future versions of Media Composer®.  Previously, a new copy of Media Composer® could be purchased for $999, while customers that had previous versions would be able to upgrade at a discount rate.  Customers can now purchase Media Composer® in 4 ways, including monthly/yearly subscriptions, perpetual license or floating license pack.  Regardless of purchase method, clients can either continue making monthly/yearly payments, or with perpetual licenses, pay for support (after the first year), in order to receive future versions. This new flexible method aims to simplify future MC upgrades, but also makes it imperative to renew yearly Avid support.

     

    There are Four Options available beginning May 14th, 2014:

    • monthly subscription to Media Composer® at monthly rate of $74.99 offered through the Avid webstore.
    • An annual subscription to Media Composer®, available from Key Code Media for $599.
    • A Media Composer® perpetual license (customers purchase and own the software; the license does not expire), available for purchase from Key Code Media at $1,299 and includes one year of support.
    • Media Composer® floating license packs, available for purchase through Key Code Media in packs of 20 or 50 for $1,799 per seat, also includes one year of support.

    Lets break it down:


    1) Yearly or Monthly Subscribe to Media Composer®

    Customers can subscribe to Avid Media Composer® at a monthly subscription rate of $74.99 (Avid Webstore Only) or annual subscription for $599 a year. There is a huge incentive to purchase an annual subscription, saving you $300 /year from monthly cost and is $700 cheaper than a perpetual license.

    The catch- if a customer decides to stop paying the annual subscription, the software will no longer work. This is the biggest difference between the subscription & perpetual license model. 

    An advantage to monthly subscription is that you can cancel at anytime. With yearly subscription, there is no reimbursement method for early cancellation. Customers with either subscription models will automatically receive the ability to upgrade to newer versions at zero cost.

    For subscription, the following is included in your yearly $599 payment:

    • Media Composer | Software
    • Media Composer | Symphony® Option
    • NewBlue Titler Pro v2
    • Sorenson Squeeze Lite
    • Boris Continuum Complete Lite
    • iZotope Insight (30-day trial)
    • Standard Avid Support (including all software updates/upgrades)

    2) Buy Media Composer® (perpetual license)

    Perpetual license is much like the old traditional way of purchasing Media Composer®. The software can be purchased at a flat rate of $1,299 or $1,799 including USB dongle . This includes one year of software updates & support. After the first year, perpetual support will be $299 per year. 

    It’s also worth noting that perpetual license does not include Sorenson Squeeze Lite, Symphony® Option or Boris Continuum Complete Lite and NewBlue Titler Pro is V1.  The big difference is with Symphony, since the Boris Lite is five effects and most clients use a transcoder off their SAN. Although, some 3rd party options can be purchased seperetly in the Media Composer Production Pack for $599 and now Symphony option can be purchased for $795.

    A huge advantage to perpetual licenses, is that you will be able to roll-back Media Composer to earlier version of the software. Currently, roll-back support is only for Media Composer versions 8.0, 7.0.4, and 6.5.4. 

    There clearly is a price, features & convenience incentive for people to consider the subscription method.


    3) Purchase Floating License packs

    Floating licenses is primarily targeted for large Avid Rental companies, post facilities and education institutions. Packages currently come in 20 or 50 license packs, were facilities can assign or reassign any individual license to any given staff member. This gives flexibility for facilities that are constantly bringing on different editors, pending on a specific project.

    It will cost $499, per license, to convert existing facilities licenses, or $1,799 for net new floating licenses. An additional $299 support is required to keep licenses current and not expire, similar to yearly/monthly subscription.  

    Media Composer® floating license pack purchases come with easy-to-use Avid Floating License Server software, which enables customers to distribute licenses quickly and easily across their facility—on demand—from a single, centralized server. The license server is on a Windows-based computer (see the minimum system requirements below)—they simply enter their licensing server address into Media Composer during installation and the rest of the process is automatic.

    Once installed, your customers can access the floating license server from any Windows- or Mac-based client system, making administration and management easy—and convenient when they’re physically not in the facility. And when using a disk image to install multiple Media Composer seats across a facility, simply entering the server address once in the image means the licensing process is completely transparent to end users.

     What Is Included In New Avid Media Composer® Support?

    A standard 1-year Avid Support plan is now included with all Media Composer® subscriptions and purchases. If a customer’s support needs are more demanding, he or she can upgrade to Elite support for an additional cost, either as part of a monthly/annual subscription plan or a perpetual license. (Expert and ExpertPlus support are being discontinued.)

    A huge new benefit is Key Code Media is your front line call.  We have immediate access to Avid support & can log your call, as well engage in solving the issues with your Media Composer.

    Below are the services provided in standard support* 

    Media Composer Offerings

    Included Support

    Response Time

    Standard Avid Support*

    Monthly/annual subscription 
    Standard support included either month-to-month or annually

    Media Composer perpetual license
    Standard support included the first year; plan may be renewed for $299/year thereafter

    Billing and admin cases
    Unlimited

    Within 24 hours

    Software updates and upgrades
    Included

    Available upon release

    Troubleshooting—web/email support
    Unlimited incidents

    Within 24 hours

    Troubleshooting—phone
    One phone call per month

    Within 4 hours

    Self-help access

    • Video library
    • Knowledge Base
    • Avid Forums and other community pages

    Immediate

    Add Options to Standard Support

     

    Hardware coverage
    + $200/year (may be added to annual subscription or perpetual license purchases)

    Two-business-day ship

    Avid Support Code (ASC)
    + $40/case (provides additional per-incident phone support for one troubleshooting case)

    Within 4 hours

    Upgrade to Elite Support*

    Monthly subscription
    + $30/month

    Media Composer perpetual license
    + $400/year

    Get everything in standard support, plus…

    Troubleshooting

    • Unlimited phone and web/email incidents
    • Priority phone support
    • Code Blue escalation support

    Within 1 hour

    Hardware coverage
    Included

    Next-day ship

    Additional Support Options (no Avid Support plan required)

     

    Avid Support Code (ASC)
    $40/case (provides per-incident phone support for one troubleshooting case)

    Within 4 hours

    Extended hardware coverage
    $499/year (includes advance replacement for failed hardware at no additional cost)

    Next-business-day ship

    For any additional questions about Avid new purchasing & support plans, do not hestiate to contact us.

     

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