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creation to air. Order management tools allow producer- driven content to move smoothly into a rundown, and easily accessible templates enable instant and efficient collaboration in preparing graphics.


www.chyron.com Channel-in-a-Box


New features to ICE v3.0 further extend Snell’s channel- in-a-box cost benefits. With a focus on incorporating more of the channel into the box, ICE includes powerful integrated 3D graphics and CG functionality with timeline control and the ability to populate fields from Morpheus automation schedule events, as well as external data sources. Changes in broadcasters’ file-based workflows can introduce incompatibilities that’s why a new content validation feature in ICE analyzes source material as soon as it’s available to prevent invalid formats or impaired content from reaching the on-air output. Integrated SAN storage brings high-performance shared storage to the platform and aids in optimizing system performance and overall broadcast workflows.


(www.snellgroup.com) New Signal Protection Technology


Signal Sentri is a new technology that addresses the need to protect revenues by maintaining unimpaired signal transmission despite any technical difficulties or maintenance requirements within the on-air chain. Targeted at the automated playout environment, the system watches over the main and back-up signal paths, using Hyperion content monitoring system and an intelligent 2x1 changeover switch to play an essential role in signal-path decision- making and switching. Deployed within this environment, the device serves as a comprehensive video, audio, and metadata monitoring and reporting solution that can trigger the signal changeover automatically or provide detailed information for an operator-controlled decision. Packaged in a compact 19-inch, 1U form factor and offering a variety of interfaces including RS-422, GPI, and Ethernet back- up, Signal Sentri has the flexibility to integrate fully with automation or network management systems including. (www.snellgroup.com)


MAM


Momentum is a breakthrough solution for media asset management (MAM), workflow automation, and resource planning. The system delivers maximum control and flexibility to media and broadcast operators, enabling them to reduce operational costs by allocating resources more efficiently and making content more accessible. Morpheus Automation version 3.0 now boasts full virtual machine support that facilitates lower space and power requirements while improving system resilience.


(www.snellgroup.com) A Field-Based ‘Studio System’


South Korea-based Twin Pictures Specialises in shooting historical dramas for television. In order to film the shows, the company tapped Seoul -based systems integrator Besco SI to devise a compact ‘portable studio’ system. It allows the production to be shot using four Sony HD Cameras


File-based studio system


with onboard Ki Pro digital recorders for recording and monitoring.


Twin Pictures records with Ki Pro in the ProRes 422 Codec, then edits with Final Cut Pro. The Ki Pro allows them to link multiple recorders to ‘gang-record’ simultaneously with a time code synchronizer.


The Ki Pro serves as a low-cost recorder with much higher image quality and lower power consumption. Combined with the camera, it can be shot in as many different locations each day as needed, taking up a much smaller footprint and saving time and money as well Since the Ki Pro is a file-based recorder, editing multi-camera in Final Cut Pro is easier and faster, eliminating time traditionally needed for tape ingest and camera sync. The file-based system also locate; scenes much more quickly than their previous tape-based solution.


(www.aja.com) Audio Equipment


Cardioid and Hypercardioid Microphones New ATM510 Cardioid Dynamic Handheld microphone and ATM610a Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld microphones have been introduced by Audio-Technica. With the respective cardioid and hypercardioid polar patterns of the microphones, both of these are more sensitive to sound that originates directly in front of the element, giving more control of feedback and reducing pickup of sounds from the sides and rear to provide a complete isolation between performers.


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