This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
4 TVBEurope News & Analysis


Netflix uses advances in Dolby Vision


By Holly Ashford


DOLBY LABORATORIES has introduced new Dolby Vision imaging technology that aims to help deliver true-to-life brightness, colours, and contrast by augmenting the fidelity of Ultra HD and HD video signals for OTT online streaming, broadcast, and gaming applications. Netflix are among the partners “excited to take advantage of advances in picture quality throughout the delivery pipeline, from developing new programming to helping partners create consumer products that display it in stunning richness,” said Neil Hunt, chief product officer, Netflix. “By dramatically enhancing picture quality, Dolby Vision


Vision are currently expected to include Microsoft Xbox Video, Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, and VUDU. “Dolby Vision is an exciting


Dolby Vision will augment image fidelity for HD and Ultra HD video signals


will drive adoption of UHD 4K displays with a winning combination of more and better pixels,” commented Hao E, vice president, TCL Corporation, and CEO, TCL Multimedia. Most TV shows and movies


are recorded using camera technology that captures the colours and brightness of real life, though much of this richness is lost by the time consumers get to watch. Dolby


Imagineer and CoreMelt release TrackX plug-in


By Holly Ashford


THE LATEST Apple Final Cut Pro X (FCP X) plug-in from Imagineer Systems and CoreMelt has been launched. TrackX uses Planar Tracking technology to track camera motion, objects and people for visual effects and screen composites. The plug-in is the newest offering from the partnership between Imagineer Systems, creator of Planar Tracking technology and CoreMelt, provider of video plug-in effects. TrackX powered by mocha can be used for creating realistic screen inserts, set extensions and sky replacements, and lets FCP X editors track and replace objects within a video, as well as add graphics and text, including lower-thirds, to follow objects in motion. Its customisable parameters provide FCP X editors with controls to fine-tune translation, scale, rotation and perspective motion of text and video.


“We’re excited to be able


to take Imagineer’s leading mocha technology and make it available in such an affordable and easy-to-use package,” commented Roger Bolton, CoreMelt founder and director. “CoreMelt is all about finding ways to bring high- end, complex tools to as many people as possible. With TrackX powered by mocha, editors can now directly accomplish many tracking tasks that would have otherwise involved jumping into complex compositing software.” TrackX powered by mocha features three plug-ins: Simple Tracker, which offers instant tracking for quick floating lower thirds or graphics following a person or object; Track Layer, providing advanced tracking with perspective shifts, surface mapping and masking capabilities; and Track Text, which includes a text generator that can track perspective and masking capabilities. www.coremelt.com www.imagineersystems.com


PAY-AS-YOU-GO software licensing agreements for the HDC Series cameras are now available from Sony, aiming to offer Live Production users greater flexibility and cost savings. The new licensing agreements will enable Sony’s Live Production customers to purchase temporary licenses for enabling 50P, 24-25Psf, 2x Slowmotion frame rates and RGB 4:4:4 + User Gamma, reducing the level of investment required at the outset. Until now, HDC Series


camera users were required to buy long-term software licenses for shooting in different formats. This saw many users tied to long- lasting agreements and acted as a barrier to the adoption of varied formats. The new licensing model will allow users to purchase short term license keys that will enable them to switch between formats. The three new agreements for the HDC- 1700, HDC-2400, HDC-2400DF and HDC-2570 cover varying time frames: permanent, 30 days and seven days, allowing producers to purchase the specific licenses for individual productions.


Vision aims to change this by allowing creative teams to use the full gamut of colours, peak brightness, and local contrast. Dolby Vision works as a solution from content creation to distribution and playback, and is receiving support from Hollywood directors, studio executives, TV manufacturers, and operators worldwide. Partners for movies and television shows in Dolby


step forward in delivering much more compelling and realistic video, and we’re excited by the possibility of bringing this technology to Amazon customers,” said Jim Freeman, vice president of Digital Video, Amazon. “There is still work to be done to bring together the right mix of hardware, content, and streaming technology, and we look forward to working with great partners like Dolby to make that happen. Together, we will aim to give customers the highest-fidelity movie and TV experience possible.” www.dolby.com


Sony pay-as-you-go licenses for HDC Series By Holly Ashford


www.tvbeurope.com February 2014


EDITORIAL Acting Editor Neal Romanek


neal.romanek@intentmedia.co.uk


Staff Writer Holly Ashford


holly.ashford@intentmedia.co.uk


Managing Editor Joanne Ruddock


jo.ruddock@intentmedia.co.uk


Intent Media London, 1st Floor, Suncourt House, 18-26 Essex Road, London N1 8LN, England +44 207 354 6002


Editorial Consultant Adrian Pennington Associate Editor David Fox USA Correspondent Carolyn Giardina Contributors Mike Clark, David Davies, Richard Dean, Chris Forrester, Mark Hill, Dick Hobbs, John Ive, George Jarrett, Heather McLean, Bob Pank, Nick Radlo, Philip Stevens, Reinhard E Wagner


Digital Content ManagerTim Frost Office Manager Lianne Davey


Head of Design & Production Adam Butler


Editorial Production Manager Dawn Boultwood


Senior Production Executive Alistair Taylor


Publisher Steve Connolly


steve.connolly@intentmedia.co.uk +44 207 354 6000


Sales Manager Ben Ewles


ben.ewles@intentmedia.co.uk +44 207 354 6000


Sales Executive Richard Carr


richard.carr@intentmedia.co.uk +44 207 354 6000


Managing Director Stuart Dinsey US SALES


Michael Mitchell


Broadcast Media International, PO Box 44, Greenlawn, New York, NY 11740


mjmitchell@broadcast-media.tv +1 (631) 673 0072


JAPAN AND KOREA SALES Sho Harihara Sales & Project,


Yukari Media Incorporated sho@yukarimedia.com +81 6 4790 2222 Fax: +81 6 4793 0800


CIRCULATION


Intent Media, Sovereign Park, Lathkill Street, Market Harborough LE16 9EF, UK


Until now, HDC Series camera users were required to buy long-term software licenses


“The introduction of pay-as-


you-go software licensing for the HDC Series is all about offering users greater flexibility,” said Norbert Paquet, product marketing manager, Sony Europe. “We recognised that customers have varied needs and often want to be able to switch easily between formats, without incurring significant costs. Furthermore this licensing model will reduce the level of investment at the outset and change the way that licensing costs impact the balance sheet. They free up money to be spent in other areas and mean that customers can be ready for anything without it costing them the earth.” www.pro.sony.eu


FREE SUBSCRIPTIONS tvbe.subscriptions@c-cms.com Subscriptions Tel +44 1580 883848


TVBEurope is published 12 times a year by Intent Media London, 1st Floor, Suncourt House, 18-26 Essex Road, London, N1 8LN, England


Intent Media is a member of the Periodical Publishers Association


© Intent Media 2014. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means without the prior permission of the copyright owners. TVB Europe is mailed to qualified persons residing on the European continent. Subscription rates £64/€96/$120.


Allow 8 weeks for new subscriptions and change of address delivery. Send subscription inquiries to: Subscription Dept, Intent Media, Sovereign Park, Lathkill Street, Market Harborough LE16 7BR, England. ISSN 1461-4197


Printing by Pensord Press, Tram Road, Pontllanfraith, Blackwood NP12 2YA


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60