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Products for Broadcast for Education/Enterprise

A roundup of some of the latest audio, video, and signal distribution and storage devices


Triaxial cables continue to be the most common type of cabling for broadcast cameras, and many facilities have been pre-cabled to meet this need. Bittree’s CVP0115 series of low-profile mini triax patchbays can play a key role in reducing the cable bundle size in a studio or OB truck while condensing the patching of traditional camera-to-CCU circuits. Featuring 2×24 positions in 2RU, the CVP0115 uses high-bandwidth 3Ghz jacks to accommodate today’s high-definition camera systems. Each position is straight through, non-normalling, and non-terminating at 75Ω with low return loss. Jacks feature gold-plated center pins, inner-shield contacts, and two isolated copper braids for EMI/RF shielding. Custom configurations are available.


Wohler Technologies AMP1-16M dual-input SDI audio monitor provides high-performance monitoring of embedded audio in two 3G/HD/SD-SDI streams at an attractive price point. The 1RU system de-embeds, and provides metering and monitoring of any or all of the 16 audio channels in the selected 3G/HD/SD-SDI stream. It assures intuitive operation and clear display of levels and other critical information using 2.4in. LED-backlit LCD displays, enabling one-touch monitoring and summing of any selected channel pair(s) to built-in speakers, headphones, or XLR-balanced analog outputs. It features remote access for setup and storage of user-defined presets via Ethernet and USB connections, along with gain adjustment/trim of individual audio channels with the ability to assign channels as left, right, or center (both) to the internal audio system and the analog outputs. It offers both passthrough of each SDI input, and a reclocked output of the selected monitored SDI stream.


Quantum StorNext QXS-5600

Quantum’s StorNext QXS-5600 is a high-capacity, high-density disk array that provides cost-effective storage for customers managing an increasing number of large files containing high-resolution video, images, or other rich content. Part of Quantum’s StorNext solutions portfolio, the StorNext QXS-5600 is ideal work-in-process storage for a wide variety of applications, including 4K and 8K video production and postproduction, geospatial imaging, video surveillance, and seismic research and analysis. It provides up to 336TB of raw capacity in 4RU (other configuration options are 168TB and 224TB). According to the company, the QXS-5600 is particularly wellsuited for nearline work-in-process storage, where having content close by and quickly accessible for remonetization or other repurposing is essential. It also is tailor-made for non-realtime workflow operations where high-density storage provides significant productivity benefits.


Vaddio RoboSHOT 30 and RoboSHOT 12

Vaddio’s RoboSHOT 30 and RoboSHOT 12 PTZ camera systems feature tri-synchronous motion, advanced image signal processing (ISP), and Cat-5 integration system. The RoboSHOT 30 was designed for large venues with a 30X zoom and 63.7-degreewide horizontal field-of-view, while the RoboSHOT 12 is optimized for small-to-medium-size conference rooms, training rooms, or classrooms that require a wider angle-of-view with its 12X zoom and up to 73-degree-wide horizontal field-of-view. Tri-Synchronous Motion robotic design is based on a smooth, direct drive motor system that incorporates optical positioning encoders for camera control. In addition, both cameras feature a 1/2.8in. Exmor CMOS imaging sensor with true native HD resolution of 1080p/60. New ISP functions include advanced noise reduction, skin tone correction, auto-focus, and automatic light management.


Blonder Tongue HDDM

At the 2015 NAB Show, Blonder Tongue will introduce the HDDM, a low-cost professional video decoder capable of decoding MPEG-2 and H.264 video content into HD/SD-SDI, HDMI, component, and composite outputs from a digital off-air 8VSB signal, clear-QAM signal, or IP MPEG-2 /H.26 4 transport stream source. By offering video professionals a solution that decodes both digital and analog video distributed over managed networks, the HDDM increases operational efficiencies. Offering support for a wide range of inputs (e.g., 8VSB, QAM, IP) and outputs (e.g., HD-SDI, HDMI, component, composite), the HDDM is the ideal solution for broadcast and professional video applications that require high-quality decoding of video signals from a wide variety of sources, particularly live video in multiple formats. The HDDM features a Web-based GUI that is accessible via a dedicated RJ-45 control port, simplifying setup and remote management. Through its compact design, which supports two decoders in 1RU, the HDDM reduces operational and capital expenses.


Contemporary Research QMODHDMI 1.5 HDTV

Employing a new HD encoding technology, the Contemporary Research QMOD-HDMI 1.5 HDTV modulator is upgradeable for 2-channel operation and has RF and IPTV outputs; AC-3 and stereo audio; 708/608 and Line 21 captioning; two MTS language tracks; and rack-mounts two-across. It features adaptive encoding that accepts 1080p/720p 60Hz digital signage video via its HDMI (non-HDCP) and RGBHV/component inputs. Full scaling and 2-channel operation are turned on with optional upgrade keys. Dual sets of composite, stereo audio, and digital coax input support audio and captioning. GigE Ethernet enables IP control, web pages, and IPTV streaming. Closure inputs trigger EAS broadcasts.


Wohler Technologies RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform

Version 9 of Wohler Technologies RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform offers broadcasters a variety of powerful tools that boost the efficiency of file-based workflows for multiplatform media delivery. The platform enables fully compliant OTT offerings for leading formats, including MPEG-DASH, HLS, and Microsoft Smooth Streaming, and aids broadcasters and other content producers in meeting the array of target bit rates, resolutions, and frame rates necessary for today’s content delivery ecosystems. The media processing engine parallelizes complex audio loudness correction alongside the video at unprecedented speeds. Along with optimized video pipeline features such as anamorphic video handling, 2K/4K Ultra HD support, and bit depths of up to 16-bit YUV, the RadiantGrid platform has been enhanced with the RadiantGrid Detect and Correct video legalization option, which leverages Wohler’s RightHue algorithm to ensure comprehensive NTSC and PAL color compliance within the file-based domain.


Video Clarity RTM

Video Clarity is now shipping its RTM real-time audio-and video-monitoring solution and ClearView line of video quality analyzers with optional built-in decoding of Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus audio in SDI or IP video streams and files. According to the company, building this optional function into the system simplifies quality testing and saves money for any broadcast, cable, IPTV, and satellite program distributor that carries Dolby Digital audio in its programs. Built-in Dolby Digital decoding allows users to test files and streams containing Dolby audio, giving RTM and ClearView an internal ability to decode IP streams to baseband signals without first requiring external decoding. In turn, users can join and switch to any stream over an IP network, and selectively decode any of those audio/video streams serially for testing. This function enables such tasks as an AV offset test for lip sync to be performed on any kind of stream containing a mix of Dolby and other audio types, using either RTM’s real-time test inputs or the ClearView capture function on both HD-SDI and IP inputs.

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