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Understand NewTek Talkshow Skype TX in 7 minutes [Video]

NewTek's TalkShow VS 100 is a rackable hardware solution that converts a Skype call from any device into a professional-quality video signal, removing the need for a scan converter. Built upon Microsoft's Skype TX software platform, the turnkey box features HD/SDI input and output and gives studio and live event producers automatic aspect ratio conversion and color correction, balanced audio and a full set of studio-level controls to improve picture and sound quality on the fly. 

NewTek TalkShow Features Include:

  • Broadcast-style video from regular Skype calls
    With automatic aspect ratio conversions and balanced audio, and without requiring a scan converter.
  • Optimized on-air video
    NewTek’s proprietary, real-time video processing engine incorporates superb scaling, format conversion, aspect, and color correction routines; limit return video resolution in order to prioritize quality of incoming call video.
  • Built-in video quality checks
    Failover to custom, still image when unforeseen bandwidth constraints occur below operator-defined preset value.
  • SDI I/O
    Output a live video call to any production switcher and input from router or any production source to send a return image back to remote caller over IP.
  • Multiple Skype calls
    Add TalkShow units and manage all within a single, user-friendly interface.
  • Access to anyone with a Skype Account
    ...and to anyone else who downloads and signs up for the standard desktop client.

If you have any additional feature or purchasing questions about TriCaster Advanced, do not hesitate to contact Key Code Media (The #1 Worldwide NewTek TriCaster Reseller).

HDR 2015: An Update On Broadcast Standards And The Marketplace

HDR SDR TV CompareRemember the old debates of Betamax vs. VHS, HD-DVD vs. Blu-ray. Welcome to the 2015 quagmire, High Dynamic Range (HDR) standards. Only, if you pick the losing standard in this race, it may make your television obsolete. In Jan Ozer’s article, "HDR Is Here—But Don't Rush Out to Buy a New TV Just Yet,” find out how HDR is currently being implemented both in production and the marketplace.

Read The Full Article
via streamingmedia.com

Important Facts About HDR:
(via Jan Ozer / streamingmedia.com)

  • Increased contrast delivered by HDR, along with the expansion of the color gamut from Rec 709 to Rec 2020, means that each compressed pixel in a stream will require more data to define. Delivery file size may increase by 20%.
  • Various standards will likely be selected via a simple check-box or drop-down list. It’s very simple from a user perspective, but the development effort required to support the different standards will be substantial.
  • Dolby has two approaches to HDR delivery: a single layer would deliver the full HDR experience to compatible TVs, but wouldn’t be backwards compatible to older sets. However, a second layer of data, transmitted with the initial layer, could enable backwards compatibility.
  • Technicolor announced a single-layer approach that provides HDR to compatible sets and is backwards compatible in a single stream.
  • HDR TVs range in brightness from 700-1000 nits, but most current TVs peak at 400 nits - You’ll need a new HDR TV to see the difference.
  • For Blu-Ray: support for four HDR standards, including two from SMPTE—ST 2084 and ST 2086, which are mandatory—and technologies from Dolby Vision and Philips, which are optional. newxlu-ray spec supports up to 3840x2160 resolution, a wider color gamut (up to Rec 2020), and a digital bridge file that should enable playback on many older devices.
  • We seem to be entering a world where the set you buy is determined by the content you want to watch—Samsung for Amazon, LG and Sony for Netflix, and Vizio for Vudu. As TV set dealers make exclusive dealers with OTT HDR services, the consumer loses.

Key Code Media is actively evaluating HDR / 4K workflows for post production facilities. The cost of transitioning to offering HDR and 4K services can be daunting on a post/broadcast business. Key Code Media is offering KSP 360, a best practices audio for facilities. Our process would include an audit of software, hardware, practices of the workflow and level of knowledge to maximize usage of the tools and systems within a production. Contact us to learn more.

Adobe Premiere With CatDV: MAM power in Adobe (On Demand)

CatDV, and JB&A Distribution recently held a webinar on Adobe Premiere integration with CatDV Media Asset Management. Adobe MAM with CatDV allows editors to be more organized, and thus more productive on set. Watch the webinar to see how you can be more effecient at professional editing with Adobe Premiere.

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Low Cost 3 Camera Production Set Up

TriCaster Mini Low CostThe cost of starting a live video production is at an all time low. NewTek introduced a blog covering entry-level HD cameras, low cost video switchers, lighting and other necessary pieces of a kick start production. 

The timing couldn't be better. Corporate video is becoming increasingly important for internal and external messaging, educators are teaching student live production, concerts and television shows are streaming on YouTube Live and Ustream are at an all-time-high. This is a must read for anyone entering the live production world.

Key Code Media is the #1 Worldwide Reseller of NewTek TriCaster and live production technology solutions. Contact us to get more information on the right technology for your production.

The most basic online video production is a lecture or webinar – one guy in front of a camera, perhaps with slides or graphics. Universities, hospitals, corporations and even garage mechanics are making these shows and many are making money. But audiences are starting to demand more quality. Soon, multi-cameras, animated graphics and remote video reporting – the domain of network TV, not YouTube or Vimeo – will be the benchmark that will define success in online video.

All of this might sound far beyond your financial capability to achieve, but not so. You can easily surf this new wave simply by drastically downsizing the equipment. And that’s just what TV networks did after decades of monopolizing the business. Here’s how you can be big – by getting small. Read The Full Article

NAB 2015: NewTek Introduces TriCaster Advanced Software and 3Play Mini

NewTek annoucements include:

NEW! TriCaster Advanced Edition
Unlock Your Production Potential


Tricaster Advanced Software Upgrade

Right out of the box, your TriCaster is the most complete multi-camera production system on the planet. And now you can advance it even further. With no additional hardware needed, power up your productions with TriCaster Advanced Edition software. Unlock your TriCaster’s potential with more than 60 production-enabling capabilities that will push your shows way beyond expectations.

TriCaster Advanced Edition allows you to take even greater creative control of your show—with no additional hardware. 60+ operator-centric capabilities grow your audience, elevate your brand standards, and help you save valuable time that can be spent on other in-show needs.

Starts at: $1,495

Learn more: pdfTriCaster Advanced Software PDF
Get a quote: Complete A Contact Us Form

NewTek TalkShow NOW IN STOCK

After much anticipation, we are happy to announce that NewTek TalkShow is now shipping! Your customers will find that there is no other turnkey studio-grade Skype TX system designed specifically for television studios and live event producers that compares to TalkShow. So, go ahead and make those calls.
if you’re a broadcaster or live producer who wants to include more expert analysis and perspective in your show, you no longer have to spend big budgets on live shots, truck uplinks and heavily equipped newsgathering crews, or waste valuable time coordinating remote live shots and low-quality phone recordings.

NewTek TalkShow is the easiest, highest-quality production solution for delivering live Skype video calls in broadcast-ready, full-frame HD. It’s a compact, 1RU system that easily integrates Skype TX software from Microsoft with professional production workflows using SDI I/O directly into any switcher. TalkShow brings the control of higher-quality Skype calls into the control room—and leaves nothing to chance out in the field.

Operators can enhance picture and sound quality of calls with broadcast-standard video and audio control tools and manage them just like any other in-studio source, immediately connecting you with anyone you can reach online, anytime—in distraction-free, broadcast-ready HD.

Starts at: $3,995.00

Learn more: pdfNewTek TalkShow PDF
Get a quote: Complete A Contact Us Form

Introducing the NewTek 3Play Mini
Produce Sports Like a Pro. Anywhere

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Sports video producers can deliver a top-level fan experience from any location with the ultra-portable 3Play Mini. With instant replay, hi-resolution slow motion replay, transitions, high-end graphics, and more, the 3Play Mini live sports production suite is as powerful as it is portable.

Create audience-engaging coverage with a multi-camera replay and slow-motion system that fits in a backpack and captures all the action, wherever it’s happening. With 3Play Mini, home court advantage is yours!

• Produce instant replays, super-resolution slow motion, highlights, and more
• Add pro-level transitions and graphics into your programs
• Do much more than expensive replay systems for a fraction of the price—and size
• Plug into a switcher or video board and serve up every angle of excitement
• Control via a Web browser—just use a mobile device; no bulky hardware controller or additional cabling to pack
• Save time with a quick and easy set up
• Hand-carry size makes even the smallest or most extreme venues accessible

Starts at: $9,995.00

Learn more: pdfNewTek NewTek 3Play Mini PDF
Get a quote: Complete A Contact Us Form

Key Code Media is the #1 NewTek Reseller Systems Integrator Worldwide! To learn more about NewTek products sold & supported by Key Code Media visit:Complete a contact us form

NAB 2015: Partner Announcements From The Show Floor

Key Code Media’s Matt McClain and Jennifer Urbaniak team up to get the scoop from the show floor of NAB 2015. It’s Jennifer’s first tradeshow, and she is full of excitement. Matt spent too much time at the Imagine Communications party, and could use a little hair of the dog that bit him.

We hope you enjoy this fun take on covering the NAB 2015 announcements.

Key Code Media Partner Announcements Include:

Adobe Systems (booth SL5110)

Adobe Premiere Pro CC will see new color workspace, morph cut - automatically smooth out unsightly jump cuts, Time Tuner makes adjusting duration easy. After Effects CC will see addition of Face Tracker and Uninterrupted Preview. Project sharing only version of Adobe Anywhere for local workgroups.

Avid (booth SU902) #1 Worldwide Reseller Key Code Media

Avid will introduce ISIS 1000 20TB storage for $17,995, new Media Composer, and the Everywhere platform updates. For audio, a new version of Sibelius and updates to Pro Tools S6 console line.

CatDV by Squarebox (booth SL5025)

CatDV introduces Advanced Panel for Adobe Premiere, asset management for Adobe Anywhere, CatDV Web 2.1, and an exclusive distribution partnership with Akomi.

EMAM (booth SL13913)

eMAM’s latest version 3.6 unites Media, People, Environments, and Day-to-Day Processes in a scalable, accessible, and flexible system to build complete integrated digital workflows.

Facilis (booth SL8811) #1 Nationwide Reseller Key Code Media

Facilis introduces a 24D/HA SSD Hybrid Array shared storage system for heavy-duty 4K Post, along with an all-new media tracking product that combines search, management and access to project assets in a simple interface. Demonstrating Terrablock v6.5, and a brand new affordable compact storage.

MOG - mxfSPEEDRAIL Xpress 

The new mxfSPEEDRAIL Xpress offers you the ultimate level of flexibility for your production environment. The Xpress is designed to increase your production workflow performance, ensuring interoperability between platforms and breaking every incompatibility barrier through the production chain.

NewTek (booth SL3312) #1 Nationwide Reseller Key Code Media

NewTek will have an all new 3Play Mini, enabling anyone to create network-style sports production. TriCaster will be receiving an Advanced Edition Software update with fantastic new features.

ProMAX (booth SL5821)

Promax will have an all new 288TB Platform Nearline, under $45k. Platform Portable will turn local hard drives into shared storage.

Quantum (booth SL8416)

Quantum to showcase Artico - a new intelligent archive appliance that provides the benefits of StorNext optimized tape, cloud and object storage archive to NAS based production outside of StorNext environments

Ross Video (booth N3906)

New Carbonite Black 3ME production switcher with 36 Inputs and 22 outputs including 3G and 4K / UHD support. XPression graphics new Studio 4K. Inception Live is introduced for game day and live events, while Inception News now offers instant messaging and columns customization.

Sony (booth C11001)

Sony ODA announces partnership with storageDNA, creating a turnkey nearline and archive storage solution that enables direct access to file-based content without restores.

Studio Network Solutions (booth 12413)

The new EVO v5.7 offers increased NAS performance, 6TB disk support, NAS recycle bin, XML exports for FCP 7, FCP X and CatDV, Cloud integration for Adobe Creative Cloud, direct connection of USB drives and card readers.

Spectralogic (booth SL11816)

Spectra BlackPearl™ Deep Storage Gateway enables users to easily store massive amounts of content forever at a flat to declining cost, while streamlining the archival workflow.

storageDNA (booth SL10621) #1 Worldwide Reseller Key Code Media

StorageDNA will showcase DNA Evolution 4.0 for faster 4K media workflows, with new features including: automated Avid® and Adobe® project backup and archiving, LTO LTFS conform and partial restore workflows.

Telestream (booth SL3305) #1 Nationwide Reseller Key Code Media

Telestream introduces new Dynamic Ad Insertion tools, cloud-based transcoding with Vantage, and will demonstrate Episode 6.5. A new product, Tempo, helps modify running time of media assets while maintaining program quality.

 Additional Show Floor Interviews:

Please reach out to Key Code Media for any additional information about these product announcements, and how they pertain to your production, broadcast, or post production workflow! Key Code Media sells and supports live production, editorial, storage/archive, media management and automation solutions. Our promise is to provide expert consultation with the highest degree of customer support for your digital media solutions. Keeping you ahead of technology because our business is to understand yours. Our commitment is to continuously improve our capacity to deploy proven solutions that maximize our clients' success.  



NAB 2015: Avid New Product Announcements

Since Avid launched the Avid MediaCentral Platform at NAB 2014, the company has continued innovating with the rollout of new tools and partner integrations that extend capabilities across live sound, music composition, video production, media asset management, and shared storage.

Avid NAB 2015 Announcements (seperated by platform):

Artist Suite Innovations

VENUE | S6L—The next stage in live sound

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Avid introduces the flagship VENUE | S6L live sound mixing system, enabling audio professionals to easily handle the largest, most complex tours and events. VENUE | S6L builds upon the strengths of its system predecessors, which changed the live performance industry. Now reborn in a more powerful and modular solution, S6L offers unprecedented processing capabilities, delivers unrelenting performance and reliability through its advanced engine design, and backs it up with modern touchscreen workflows and scalability to take on the world’s most demanding tours and events with ease. S6L will be available in the second half of 2015.

Get further details:
VENUE | S6L brochure
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The New Sibelius—The fastest, smartest, easiest way to write music

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Avid introduces the new Sibelius, the latest version of the world’s most popular music composition software, giving composers more choice over how they acquire and use their tools, create music scores, and collaborate with others. Sibelius will now be available through a monthly or annual subscription, available later this quarter, as well as through the traditional perpetual license. And it’s designed to accommodate new requirements for both the mobile classroom and the mobile lifestyles of the next generation. The new Sibelius is coming later in Q2 2015.

Get further details:
Sibelius datasheet
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Media Composer | First—Your road to the red carpet

Avid Media Composer First NAB 2015

Announcing Media Composer | First, a completely free version of Media Composer. This “First” edition of our industry-leading non-linear editor will make it possible for ANY aspiring visual storyteller to begin their journey to the top using many of the same tools used by the world’s top video, television, and film editing professionals. Media Composer | First will be available later this year.

Get further details:
Product web page
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Media Composer—new software update

The latest Media Composer software update adds improved high-res ProRes and XAVC-I support, closed caption monitoring, performance improvements, custom raster support, and more. This update is coming in Q2 2015.

Get further details:
NAB 2015 Updated Media Composer datasheet
NAB 2015 Updated Media Composer | Cloud datasheet
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Pro Tools | S6 Master Joystick Module

This master module is an option for Pro Tools | S6 systems and offers dual non-motorized, touch-sensitive joysticks for surround sound mixing, enabling sound to be positioned anywhere within a room. The module also features a 3.2-inch TFT display, four OLED displays, two encoders, 16 panning mode switches, and other switches for controlling positioning, divergence, and more. The S6 Master Joystick Module will be available in Q4 of 2015.

Get further details:
S6 datasheet
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Pro Tools | Control—Tech preview of the upcoming iOS app at Musikmesse

Pro Tools | Control is a free new iOS mixing control app for iPad. Combining the best of iOS and EUCON technology, the app enables intuitive, streamlined, and fast mix and wireless remote control touchscreen workflows with Pro Tools, Media Composer, and other EUCON-aware audio and video applications. It also extends Pro Tools | S3 and Artist Series control surface workflows. Pro Tools | Control is coming this summer.

Get further details:
Web landing page with sign-up form
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Media Suite Innovations

Interplay | MAM 5

Open, end-to-end, integrated media asset management—Avid introduces Interplay | MAM 5, enabling organizations both large and small to manage the entire content lifecycle and reduce media operation costs. With this latest release, Interplay | MAM is fully integrated on the Avid MediaCentral Platform, focusing on journalist workflows and others who need easy access to archived media. Interplay | MAM 5 is available now.

Get further details:
Interplay | MAM product pages
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Interplay | Production 3.3

The upcoming Interplay | Production 3.3 release introduces a software-only option for Interplay | Production in addition to current HW/SW bundle, customers supply their own server hardware, all required Interplay Production components are supported in a virtualized environment using VMware. Avid is also announcing the replacement of the AS3000 server in the Interplay Production HW/SW bundle with a commercially available server from a leading hardware vendor. In addition, Interplay | Production will support Integrated Caption Workflows with MediaCentral | UX and will also provide first phase integration of Avid DNxHR workflows.

Get further details:
Interplay | Production product pages
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Storage Suite Innovations

ISIS | 1000—Proven. Real-time Collaboration. For Everyone.

Avid introduces ISIS | 1000 shared storage, bringing small production teams the same collaborative power proven on blockbuster films and prime-time television—customized for their needs, at a price they can afford (under $18K). For over 25 years, Avid has pioneered real-time collaborative storage with our Unity and ISIS lines, and now we’re excited to introduce a low-cost yet high-performance solution designed for collaborative workflows, whether using Media Composer, Pro Tools, Adobe Premiere, and/or Apple Final Cut Pro X.

Get further details:
ISIS | 1000 datasheet
ISIS | 1000 cutsheet
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MediaCentral Platform Innovations

MediaCentral | UX 2.2

MediaCentral | UX 2.2 delivers new features and functionality, such as the Producer role, that will help transitioning customers migrate to and new customers to adopt MediaCentral | UX successfully. In addition, this release includes Media | Index search improvements and adds Interplay | MAM workflow improvements.

Get further details:
MediaCentral | UX datasheet
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Key Code Media is the #1 Avid Reseller Systems Integrator Worldwide! To learn more about Avid products sold & supported by Key Code Media visit: http://www.keycodemedia.com/Products/avid-technologies

[RECAP] Interactive Video Technology for Live Production


Sponsors Interactive Video

Technology discussed on the Interactive Video for Live Production Webcast:



Social TV tools to make your broadcast more interactive. Jenni Hogan discussed how Tagboard TV gives talent and producers easy tools to use so they can show safe, moderated social media live content live on air. With Tagboard TV, talent and presenters now have the tools to choose what social media content makes it to screen, while maintaining ultimate control. Easy to use, beautiful, safe, and easily talent driven.

Tagboard is new way to experience the great content from any major social network. Each tagboard is a collection of social media posts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and others) that share a common hashtag. Tagboards can be embedded on websites, integrated in to mobile apps, and shown on large displays.

Learn morehttps://tagboard.com/



Have you ever attended a live event such as a ballgame, concert, or graduation, and wished you could control your experience from multiple vantage points? PESA XSTREAM Live is the first broadcast product that will alllow you to do this!

PESA XSTREAM Live is a streaming app for iOS and Android devices that works with the PESA XSTREAM family of hardware and software to allow viewers to select between different video sources to watch during a live event. The PESA XSTREAM hardware takes a variety of input sources and streams out a unique quad screen that is viewed and controlled by the PESA XSTREAM Live application.

Sports venues, stadiums, arenas, concert halls, and all places that host live entertainment can now package and create new services to enhance the spectator experience. Owners, operators, and managers of these events can recognize new revenue streams from app advertisements/announcements about special offers to their VIP fans.

Learn morehttp://www.pesa.com/portfolio/pesa-xstream-live/

 NewTek - Talkshow

Talkshow for broadcast

Live Skype interviews that look great ‒ and sound amazing. Don Ballance introduced NewTek TalkShow, a production system for video calls that television stations and live event producers can use to manage and adjust full-frame Skype calls just like any other HD-SDI video source.

TalkShow allows you to initiate or receive calls from any video-enabled desktop, laptop, mobile device, conference room, Internet TV or game console running Skype software. You can operate all aspects of a live Skype video call in the control room like any other video source, and work free of audio/visual distractions such as secondary call notifications and advertisements.

Learn morehttp://www.newtek.com/products/talkshow.html

For any additional information on any of these products or workflows, please do not hesitate to contact Key Code Media! We have highly trained technical staff that can demonstrate how these products will work within any type of production or post production environment.

From enterprise integrated live production systems to smaller boutiques just starting out, Key Code Media has unparalleled experience integrating live streaming into your media pipeline. We create a more seamless end user experience via specific technologies that will enable productions to reach that next level of customer interaction. We invite you to discuss your project with our Consulting and Design Division to construct a solution for you. Contact us for more information:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Broadcast & Post Technology Trends in 2015 (On Demand)

The must see webcast to kick off 2015 broadcast!

A fantastic line up of industry leaders in broadcast & post workflow. This is the must see webcast for people evaluating new technology in 2015. Covering all aspects of technology; cameras, dailies, post, asset management, and more. After the webcast, get your questions answered live! Use hashtag #VideoTechTrends2015 to submit questions.

Sponsors Tech-Trends2015


Michael Cioni
CEO, Light Iron
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“Dailies Cloud Workflow in 2014”
Michael’s passion for digital cinema has helped shape the landscape of the rapidly changing media ecosystem. As the CEO of Light Iron, he has supervised the Digital Intermediate and workflows on hundreds of feature films including Gone Girl, Muppets Most Wanted, Ender’s Game, 42, and The Social Network. An industry leader of mobile dailies post production, Michael will discuss the tech & techniques that will be essential to your 2015 television or film production.

Bryson Jones
Founder, NSA
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“What the DAM?: Asset Management”
After a long career in Post Production Support, Bryson Jones founded North Shore Automation (NSA) to focus on software development and system design for Digital Asset Management, focused on the video industry. NSA created Approval-Q, it's first product for web video sharing and review / approval. Bryson Jones will be cutting through the marketing fluff of asset management, breaking down distribution & repurposing media assets.

Greg Story
Canucks Sports & Entertainment

"A More Organized Sports Broadcast in 2015"
In today’s sports broadcast, winning involves more than just the game. Greg Story of Canucks Sports & Entertainment realized it was time to grow a successful brand, by optimizing the value of their media assets, and streamline their production distribution. Greg took on the challenge, and reinvented the way stadium sports production is done in Vancouver. See how he did it!

Shawn Hendrix
Consultant, Electronic Sports League

"The Video Game Live Stream Revolution"
Shawn Hendrix is a long-time Producer, specializing in Live Stream and Online Content for E-sports Video games Clients include Redbull, Blizzard, Intel, Twitch and more. He will be discussing the unexpected growth in e-game live streaming via twitch.com. Shawn will also cover what it takes to host a professional live stream, and the audiences engagement people will come to expect in 2015.

Michael Kammes 
5thingsseries.com / Key Code Media inc.

In his current role as Director of Technology & Marketing at Key Code Media, Michael consults on and demonstrates workflows benefiting the post industry: acquisition, stereoscopy, storage, editorial, audio, finishing, and encoding. His background of integration and configuration of both hardware and software, coupled with his production experience, gives him a keen insight into the future of the post industry.

Top Tech Product Announcements of 2014

TopTechnologyAnnouncementsProductions are constantly looking for the next gadget, software, or hardware solution that can take their project to some next level. Wrapping up 2014, we look back at some of the biggest and most important announcements that happened this past year. While some products are not necessarily shipping, everything on the list will have an impact on production in the near future.

1) JVC launches streaming camera service powered by Zixi

JVC Americas announced the new GY-HM890 and GY-HM850 ProHD shoulder-mount cameras, as well as its new BR-800 ProHD Broadcaster server powered by Zixi, which serves as the central component to JVC's new Professional Streaming Services. ProHD Broadcaster (powered by Zixi) receives live video from a GY-HM850, GY-HM890 or updated GY-HM650 3.0 camcorders, transcodes the signal for a variety of delivery platforms, and provides reliable transmission of the signal. A built-in matrix switcher with unlimited I/O makes it easy to manage signals for distribution, and content can be directed to multiple destinations, including off-the-shelf HD-SDI decoders for live broadcast or almost any Web-based content provider.

This builds the foundation for a complete wireless production. The ability for anyone within the production to login, through a web browser, and receive a live feed of each JVC cameras being used. Pretty cool!

2) Avid releases UHD/4K ready Media Composer; introduces optional SAAS model

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 work in larger than HD frame sizes to complement newer cameras on the market.  It also allows the creative freedom to reframe when releasing in HD, and futureproofing your project’s visual quality into the future. 

At NAB 2014, Avid Technologies also 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.  

3) AJA announces CION, its first camera!

The biggest shock this year was the announcement of AJA’s CION professional camera. AJA is known for putting excellent design & engineering towards their products, so an AJA professional camera perked many peoples interest. Priced at only $8,995, the CION in packed with features including in-camera ProRes 12-bit 444 recording, up to 4K raw output, and an uncomplicated user interface. The CION teaser reel left us wanting more; we’re excited to be selling this product in the new year.

While the CION camera ship date has been pushed back a few times, it is expected to be released by year-end; that means you have 13 days left AJA! ;)

4) NewTek releases Talkshow, standardizing how broadcast uses Skype

NewTek™ unveiledTalkShow™ 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.

Talkshow has a host of Skype management for broadcast features that have the potential of replacing current method of using mini-converts and laptop for Skype.  Each VS-100 handles a single Skype call. This product should be shipping by end of this year.

5) Avid, Adobe, and Forbidden get serious about remote collaborative editing

Avid Media Composer Cloud with Avid Everywhere, Adobe Anywhere, and other newer remote editorial collaboration tools like Forscene, are starting to gain traction. Here’s a breakdown of some announcements: 

Adobe Anywhere – Using the centralized storage & asset management based in a facility, users can access & edit media, securely, using Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Prelude, from remote locations via VPN. While this product was initially announced in 2013, people are starting to use it, and finding the ease of use to uncomplicate the creative process. One thing that is exciting about Adobe Anywhere is a road map that includes adding Adobe After Effects, and the entire Creative Cloud suite in future implementations. This could be a killer deal for production trying to manage collaboration of creative workwithin one suite.

Avid Media Composer CloudPreviously named Interplay Sphere, Media Composer Cloud gives professional productions the ability to ingest, edit, and move media from any location. Media Composer Cloud strengths are with its robust production & broadcast features, including asset management and shared projects that most major facilities require.

Forbidden Forscene – Forbidden has made significant improvement to their Forscene Cloud editor. Adding new media management features and improving editorial functionality, and a facelift, Forscene is now a viable alternative to Avid and Adobe’s remote solutions.

6) Wohler automatically cuts or extends timeline up to 10% with Wormhole

TV Technology named Tachyon Wormhole best in show at NAB 2014.The Tachyon WormholeAppliance is designed to be a turnkey solution for operations desiring to shorten or lengthen video projects by ±10%. Using the latest Cinnafilm algorithms, Tachyon Wormhole does something no other technology can: altering the running time of your project without affecting video, audio, or closed caption integrity, allowing for additional revenue generation. Wormhole is about to make trimming/extending shows and film a whole lot easier.

7) VidiGo aims to automate man-power consuming process with Studio Automation

VidiGo's Studio Automation solution, won the 2014 IABM Design & Innovation award for System Automation & Control. This impressive all-in-one solution for multi-camera live production solution, allows broadcaster to fully automate their live newscast or broadcast. Eight major TV studios have quickly adopted this innovative technology to strengthen their production & cut costs.

Imagine having the ability to seamlessly push social media content to broadcast, automate camera changes based on gestures, all in one professional broadcast switchers.  This combination of broadcast functionality, automation, and new media tools creates an extraordinarily unique solution.

8) Quantum gets serious with M&E archive & management. Stornext 5 & Lattus

The StorNext 5 data management software creates a unified common storage environment that all the workstations can use, so instead of working from local copies scattered around different workstations, everyone uses the same resources. What’s particularly interesting is StorNext’s ability to handle large render UHD formats, and is 100% compatible with Xsan. 

Quantum’s Lattus Object Storage might become the new standard for large-scale, long-term archive next year. Built on next-gen object storage, Lattus can scale to hundreds of petabytes, all while ensuring data is protected, and eliminating unscheduled maintenance. 

Do not dismiss Quantum has being only for high-end broadcaster either. The price of entry for StorNext has lowered significantly in 2014, and is now viable for small & mid-size production companies.

9) Blackmagic Design acquires eyeon Fusion 7, releases for free

The Key Code Media editorial team have been huge fans of eyeon Fusion, enough to do a webinar tutorial on version 6. The Fusion product has gained steam, used heavily in editorial finishing for Gravity, The Amazing Spiderman 2, and more. That’s why we were excited to see Blackmagic purchase the company, and release Eyeon Fusion 7 free to the public.

Blackmagic did something similar in 2009, when it purchased DaVinci and released a powerful version of Resolve for free. This leaves us wondering, what other editorial/finishing company will they acquire next? 

Fusion (now Fusion 7), is a node-based advanced composition toolfor high-end motion graphics and visual effects. This powerful tool includes comprehensive paint, rotoscope, keying, layering and titling tools, along with an amazing particle generator system. It can create new original elements (ie. text & particles) from scratch, or import geometry from some of best render based programs. 

10) Amazon Web Services brings your machine room into the cloud 

Amazon S3 is not a new product, but in 2014 it solidified itself as low cost solution for encoding, streaming, and storage. Tighter partner integrations with Telestream Vantage, Wowza Server (and many others), means production facilities can reduce the need of on-site servers and grow and shrink in scale as production requirements change. As cloud storage continues to grow in popularity, it will be interesting to see Amazon’s next cloud offerings. Could all of production be moved to the cloud within 5 years? Only time will tell.

For more information on any of these product solutions, contact Key Code Media. Contact Us or email: sales (at) keycodemedia.com

[Video] What is new in CatDV 11? Asset Management For Media Production

Every production has its own unique workflow. With that comes the need for better organization of assets, employee productivity, and automation of time-consuming processes. Asset Management software companies are focused on these pain-points, looking to find ways of easing process, so that production can focus more on the creative.

In the last few months, there has been a shift towards asset management systems becoming more than just ‘a place to organize media & meta-data.’ Easing search process of production assets; NLE built-in media organization panels, and automating transcode processes, all are groundbreaking features productions have needed for years.

Squarebox’s CatDV is one of the leading brands in asset management software. Key Code Media sat down with Dave Clack (President of Squarebox), and discuss their latest approach to asset management tools. Here’s the interview:

What’s New in CatDV 11?

Dave Clack: CatDV 11 is the next evolution in Squarebox’s Asset Management product line. Some of the new features include, a new playback engine (which supports RED R3D, AVCHD), as well as a slick updated user-interface that is easier to use, for those new to the product.

CatDV11 has a new playback engine supports RED R3D files, AVCHD files, straight off the disk. That means you can save a huge amount of time, avoiding transcodes, so you can see your “2TB” card immediately on the screen, without waiting for transcodes.

What is CatDV’s Web 2.0?

Dave Clack: While CatDV 11 is the next evolution, Web 2.0 is a REVOLUTION. CatDV Web 2.0, is a discoverable, intuitive interface to CatDV; still powerful, with subclip, markers, sequences, but it is much more accessible to less technical-oriented production staff.  It looks like YouTube!

How does CatDV help find & reuse content?

Dave Clack: CatDv helps people find and reuse their content.

One of our sports customers, a NFL team, uses this management software to change the psychology of their content creation process. After they shoot a game (on the plane home), they’ll log that content- not just to make “tonight’s show, but as an asset that can be used for the future of that organization. So, the next time one of their athletes gets nominate for an awards, it is a mater of a “one-minute” search, in CatDV, to show the best clips. They’ll have a ‘half-hour’ worth of segments, within a few moments.

How does the worker node automate workflows?

Dave Clack: CatDV Automation engine, the worker node, has the power to string together complex workflows, saving productions time & money.  Automation Engine’s transcoder can pick up content off camera cards, store that content on a SAN, move media to transcode proxy (or mezzanine formats), and even send assets to archive, so content can be securely stored.

How does CatDV 11 work with Avid?

Dave Clack: When discussing Avid & CatDV, we need to discuss Pegasus. Our built-in Media Composer AI integration includes ‘round-trip’ meta-data between Avid & CatDV. Client-side scripting, in Pegasus 11, allows automation, on the client-end of CatDV. This is quite transformational, in terms of power & flexibility of the Pegasus tool.

How does CatDV 11 work with Adobe?

Dave Clack: Newly announced to CatDV11,  we’re bringing integration to both Adobe Premiere & Adobe Anywhere.  The Premiere integration, features a new panel, which is a fully featured CatDV search engine, right within Premiere. The Adobe Anywhere integration, uses that same technology, but with enhanced features, allowing the creation of new productions, and interact with the Adobe Anywhere system. 

How does CatDV scale?

Dave Clack: We understand, from many implementations, that customer requirements for ‘year one,’ are very different from ‘day-one.’ CatDV uniquely enables customers to start slow and grow. Have the flexibility to adjust to new & changing requirements, really scaling out their asset management needs.

What are some lesser-known features of CatDV?

Dave Clack: There are several great features in CatDV that you may have not heard of, including:

Verbatim Logger:

Gives users ability to log, in real-time, along side the footage, as the media plays in CatDV.


Other tools, allow for users to view disk space, network speed, built into the CatDV client.

And…a shameless plug: When deploying CatDV: Why Key Code Media?

Dave Clack: Using an asset management system is much more than just plug-in-play software. Customers need partners that understand workflow and have an excellent level of support and customer service. To be able to put in asset management successfully, you need to know ‘how’ to implement the tools; not just which tools to implement. Key Code Media (that’s us!) has a great mix of consulting, workflow, and support experience to support asset management customers the best!

From enterprise integrated asset management systems to smaller boutiques just starting out, Key Code Media has unparalleled experience translating media related management challenges into complete facility solutions. We create seamless integration with your tapeless formats and surrounding technology infrastructure into a complete turnkey solution. We invite you to discuss your project with our Consulting and Design Division to construct a solution for you. Contact us for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A Letter From Mike Cavanagh: Making Sense of the Avid Media Composer Licensing & Upgrades

Dear Avid Customers,

This year, Avid announced a brand new purchasing model for the Media Composer family. The post production community was left confused, trying to figure how this will effect their business. Whether you choose perpetual, subscription, or floating license pack, Avid Support is now the key factor, determining how much you spend upgrading version. 

"What if I already have support?", "What about the December 2014 upgrade deadline?", "What does this all mean?" Avid's recent article, Media Composer licensing and upgrades: What you need to know - and do- before the year is out, addresses a majority of customer questions about the new licensing & upgrades.

To be clear, all licenses of Media Composer come with one year support. With the new model, Media Composer users (with Avid support) will have the option to upgrade Media Composer for free. But, if support is left to expire, you will need to buy a full license ($1299) to receive the latest version. 

Avid is currently offering a grace period, until December 31, for users without support to get back on. For $299, Media Composer users guarantee the next year of Media Composer updates; including support of DNxHR, the new resolution independent codec for high-res Avid editing. We put it on our webstore, to make it easier to purchase.

Lastly, it's worth mentioning that users that choose to upgrade now, will still be able to back-rev to previous version of Media Composer. This is great, for editors that have existing projects running on older version of Avid.

Ultimately, businesses will need to make the decision on their own. Do you save money now, and renew Avid Support for Media Composer? OR - do you hold off until there is an absolute need for the latest version, and pay more?

Key Code Media is focused on the needs of our clients, providing the most accurate information possible, so you can execute better. We have trained staff, ready to answer businesses questions about Media Composer licensing and upgrade plans. Please reach out at anytime: 818-303-3900 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Mike Cavanagh
President, Key Code Media

Key Questions To Consider When Purchasing 4K Storage

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Storage requirements very considerably depending on key decisions made in the preproduction process. What will be the standard frame rate? Bitrate? Is it a multi-cam shoot? How many hours of footage? What codec? Answering these questions is crucial to any shoot. But, does shooting 4K mean you simply multiply the storage by 4x? Not necessarily.

Many codecs exist to edit in 4K – but they are not created equal. 4K RAW and uncompressed formats take up more storage, and require faster drives with faster connections. Compressed 4K takes up less storage and bandwidth, but the computers need to be much more powerful to handle the images. In addition, multi-camera edits require pulling multiple video streams from the SAN or NAS. We decided to look at the top questions people should consider when choosing 4K storage.

What is the best way to determine the amount of storage required for a 4K shoot?

Before making the decision to shoot 4K on your next project, it would be wise to first calculate the total GB or TB of storage required. The good news is our partner AJA created an app, called AJA DataCalc, that can calculations for you. Remember, storage requirements grow rapidly depending on bitrate & codec choices made in acquisition or post.

If you're dead set on manually figuring out the numbers, it's not hard either. Here's an example of the formula:

  1. Approx. bit rate / 8) x 3600s = KB per hour / 1000 = GB (Gigabytes) per hour
    Explained: Approx. bit rate / 8(converting Megabits to MegaBytes) x 3600s (seconds in an hour) = KB per hour / 1000 = GB (Gigabytes) per hour
  2. GB per hour x hours of operation per day (count all cameras!) =GB per day
  3. GB per day x requested period of storage = Basic RAW storage required (*+40%)

*Notes: render files and other associated media will increase your storage needs. If your storage is RAID formatted, some of your storage may be unavailable due to the protection RAID formatting offers. Lastly, many storage solutions see performance dips if more than 80% of your storage is full. Key Code Media recommends that using the above formula still requires an additional 40% extra storage space. For more information, see: http://michaelkammes.com/storage/choosing-the-right-shared-storage-solution-part-1-of-3-bandwidth-connections/

Before figuring out the numbers it's best to find answers to the following questions:

  • Amount of cameras
  • Number of hours cameras will be recording
  • Frames per second recording
  • Image resolution (HD, 2K, UHD, 4K, 6K, etc.)
  • Video compression type used: RED RAW, DPX, XAVC, ProRes, DNxHD,etc.
  • How long data must be stored
  • Offline / online workflows will require additional storage for the proxy media.
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We highly recommend using the AJA DataCalc App when first estimating the amount of storage space needed on a project. DataCalc is able to estimate storage needed factoring in the amount of hours, video resolution, audio formats, and codecs being used. Did we mention it's free?

Is it possible to edit 4K in a shared storage environment?

Absolutely! Traditional editorial departments rarely edit only in uncompressed or lightly compressed camera formats, such as uncompressed, DPX, and RAW. The additional expense in storage solutions to edit this way would far exceed the benefits. Instead, most people would recommend keeping a high-res master (& back up), then do all the editing in a lower-res proxy. This offline / online workflow has been around since the first NLE, and will no doubt be essential to many workflows for the foreseeable future.

The recent announcement of Avid's DNxHR, a resolution independent codec, will allow people to edit in resolutions above HD – including UHD and 4K, and paves the way to edit in even higher resolutions inside Avid Media Composer. DNxHR is compressed, relieving storage space, but may require more GPU processing from the editing workstation.

If you are looking to edit an entire project with uncompressed or lightly compressed media, even the most high-end storage currently limits editors to 1, and rarely 2 streams of uncompressed/raw. That means, only one editor will be able to access high-res media from the system. This is a big reason why new compressed codecs, such as DNxHR & the new flavors of ProRes, will be so important to editing 4K.

Do I need solid state drive (SSD) to edit 4k?

Solid State Drives certainly offers great speeds for boot drives & project drives, and offers fantastic speeds for data movement.

SSD storage – SAN and NAS included can be many times more expensive than traditional spinning hard drives. For smaller projects, SSD drives are a great solution. But if capacity is of paramount importance, SSD may not be your best choice.

What are the minimum storage requirements for 4K editing?

Be aware of minimum requirements to consider when choosing shared 4K storage, such as throughput, connection, etc. For example, choosing incorrect spindle speed could leave your editor with a very unpleasant editing experience. Here are some bare minimum requirements to consider:

Connection – 1GigE minimum. 10GigE or 4/8/16 Fibre recommended

NLE/Finishing Support – Your NLE needs to handle the codec you are onlining and/or offlining with. If a finishing system, the system needs to handle the EDL from your NLE. The NLE also has to allow media to be utilized from shared storage.

Speed – 7200rpm (rotational speed) minimum! Stay away from green drives, or other power saving drives. These drives can spin down to conserve power, but can cause playback issues within your NLE.

Throughput – (Your codecs data rate/8) x amount of concurrent tracks with video in your NLE = MB(MegaBytes) per second. This number must fit within the speed provided by your Ethernet or fibre connections. Key Code media recommends a 25% overhead to account for real world throughput values.

How many streams of 4K can be pulled from my storage?

The amount of streams than can be pulled from a share file system is heavily dependent on what file formats you're using. Using DPX, RAW, or uncompressed? You'll get less streams of these formats than compressed streams. These formats typically have huge file sizes, and require lots of bandwidth.

ProMAX Platform Stream Count Performance (By Codec):

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How much more does 4K storage cost?

Numbers can vary wildly –depending on the quality of the drive, if it's meant for enterprise or home use, and if it's an off the shelf single drive, or provided by a storage manufacturer. If we look at drives which are rated for professional use, the rule of thumb for storage cost is $1.20/GB for SSD, and $0.75/GB for a spinning disc. While 4K media does not necessarily mean 4x cost of HD, there is a significant increase in cost of storage.

According to Videomaker, " One hour of standard definition DV footage requires approximately 12.7GB of storage; approximately 217MB per minute. By comparison, one hour of RAW 4K content requires close to 110GB of storage; approximately 2GB per minute." Assuming that's correct, you're looking at around $1 per minute, per camera.

With hundreds of vendor choices, it becomes easy to get lost in all the various technical details when selecting video production storage. Specific choices like volume locking or file locking, SAN or NAS, and RAID types will likely shape the way your video production operates. Learn more about how Key Code Media can help you make the right storage choices for your given workflow. Click here


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