AJA Desktop Software and SDK v16.1 Debut with Native Apple® M1 Support

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AJA Video Systems today rolled out Desktop Software v16.1 for KONA, Io, and T-TAP Pro products, alongside AJA SDK v16.1 for Developer Partners. Both releases include native support for the powerful Apple® M1 chip, and feature enhancements that optimize audio, broadcast, and production and post workflows, and third-party tools built with AJA Developer Partner solutions.

Broadening system compatibility, the latest AJA Desktop Software and AJA SDK updates allow AJA KONA, Io, and T-TAP Pro users and Developer Partners to harness the power and cost-efficiency of Apple M1 compatible systems for professional video I/O tasks, in addition to existing support for Intel-based systems from Apple, as well as Windows, Linux Ubuntu and Linux CentOS systems. Desktop Software v16.1 expands the available options in AJA MultiChannel Config, enabling 12G-/6G-SDI input support as well as extended audio input support for AJA KONA, Io, and T-TAP Pro products with Telestream Wirecast. AJA Control Panel also receives an upgrade via the latest update with additional GUI feedback added for situations where “Auto” has resulted in signal modification, making it easier for creatives and technicians to understand results. V4L2 updates in AJA SDK v16.1 for KONA HDMI bring expanded controls for Developer Partners using Video for Linux, while 64-channel audio support for NTV2 SDK provides greater flexibility for Developer Partners using Corvid 44 12G or KONA 5 in 8K workflow solutions.

Magewell Introduces Centralized Encoder, Decoder and Stream Management Software

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Video interface and IP workflow innovator Magewell today announced its new Magewell Cloud multi-device management software. Available free of charge for installation on an on-premises server or cloud hosting platform, the Magewell Cloud software provides centralized configuration and control of multiple Magewell IP encoders and decoders plus powerful stream management features including protocol conversion and SRT gateway functionality.

“While Magewell streaming and IP conversion solutions all have their own intuitive user interfaces, customers with multiple Magewell devices or systems integrators supporting Magewell solutions across several end-user installations may wish to manage them all remotely from a single dashboard,” said James Liu, VP of Engineering at Magewell. “The Magewell Cloud software makes it easy for integrators, administrators, and IT staff to configure and manage multiple Magewell IP devices across any number of sites through an intuitive, browser-based interface while also providing workflow-simplifying stream management functions.”

Dielectric Prepares NextGen TV Powerlite Series for 2021 NAB Show

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Dielectric is coming to the 2021 NAB Show with NextGen TV on the mind – and a new product line that is ready to ship. Announced last year, the Powerlite TFU-WB-LP Series is built with the unique parameters of NextGen TV in mind, with a series of elevation gains, azimuth patterns with high front to back ratios, and software tools to provide broadcasters maximum flexibility in designing and deploying ATSC 3.0 single-frequency networks (SFN).

Dielectric developed the series while working with consultants on theoretical plans for SFN deployments. Although its recently introduced antenna products were ATSC 3.0-ready, customers were requesting products specifically designed for the SFN business model.

JVC PROFESSIONAL VIDEO ANNOUNCES NEW LINE OF PTZ CAMERAS

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JVC Professional Video, a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, unveils three new PTZ Remote Cameras. The new 4K KY-PZ400NW/NB and HD KY-PZ200NW/NB cameras provide optimal streaming image quality and performance for remote production over the internet and are equipped with NDI®|HX and SRT streaming, H.265/H.264/MJPEG encoding and VITC (Vertical Interval Timecode) multi-camera synchronization technologies. A third option, the new HD KY-PZ200W/B, provides an economical solution, sans NDI®|HX. All camera models are available in black or white variations to best match the ambience of the venue/project.

“This new camera line marks many firsts for us at JVC, including our first PTZ camera to feature 4K streaming as well as our first PTZ with NDI®|HX and SRT,” says Joe D’Amico, Vice President, JVC Professional Video. “With integrated NDI®|HX technology from Vizrt Group, the JVC PTZ cameras now offer a high-quality, low-latency IP video transmission standard that is ideal for streaming in an ever-evolving media landscape. We are excited to provide this functionality in our new 4K and HD PTZ production cameras and look forward to the creative streaming possibilities it will provide our users.”

Streaming Success Starts With the Camera

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Live steaming of worship services over the internet is far from entirely new to Houses of Worship, but has taken on a vastly new level of significance for them in recent months. Streaming was already a growing part of many churches’ initiatives to expand their ministries and connect with members unable to attend in person, but the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting restrictions on in-person gatherings have thrust online video delivery into the spotlight.

When choosing technical solutions for live streaming, a lot of attention is focused on the streaming encoder and delivery platform such as a CDN or social media channel – the last steps in the chain before the content reaches viewers. The cameras at the start of the chain are sometimes almost taken for granted but make a huge difference to both the quality of the results and operational considerations. Lower-end options ranging from smartphones and DSLRs to PTZ cameras and camcorders may seem attractive for their low cost, but broadcast-class cameras can significantly improve the look of your streams – as well as IMAG when congregants return to the sanctuary – and are more affordable than you might think.

Atlona Unveils Wallplate HDMI/USB-C Switcher and HDBaseT Transmitter for AV and Data

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Atlona, a Panduit company, has unveiled the latest entry in its Omega™ Series of AV integration solutions for modern workspaces and meeting environments: the AT-OME-SW21-TX-WPC wallplate switcher and HDBaseT transmitter. The successor to the company’s popular AT-HDVS-210U-TX-WP, the new device uniquely combines HDMI and USB-C switching with extension of both AV and USB data in a U.S. one-gang, wallplate form factor.

“The exponential growth of online meetings and soft-codec conferencing have reinforced the importance of USB data in today’s evolving AV workflows,” said David Shamir, Vice President of Product Management, Atlona. “The transition from shared devices to BYOD also continues to accelerate, increasing the need for inconspicuous AV connectivity even in highly-visible locations. The OME-SW21-TX-WPC builds on our proven wallplate transmitter family with single-cable, USB-C AV and data connectivity and an integrated USB hub to efficiently address these trends.”

Visix Releases AxisTV Signage Suite v.1.46 with Web-Based Player Registration

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Visix, Inc. has released version 1.46 of their AxisTV Signage Suite software. This latest update gives clients an easier way to add and license digital signage players, and lets content managers include a clickable URL for messages in HTML5 playlists.

With this release, customers can register media players in a way that’s similar to setting up apps like Netflix or Hulu on a smart TV or Roku device.Player registration is done via the web by entering a simple code into the online Visix Store, making the process faster and easier, especially for large deployments.

MAXHUB Debuts the UC M30 4K 180-Degree Panoramic Camera

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MAXHUB, a premier provider of collaborative communication and interactive class delivery solutions, is pleased to introduce the all-new UC M30 4K 180-Degree Panoramic Camera. With a rich feature set that includes a panoramic 180-degree field of view, auto tracking to following the currently speaking meeting participant, plus six video layouts to suit every meeting type from small groups to full-room presentations, the new UC M30 optimizes the meeting environment in order to achieve the most productive teleconferencing sessions.

With its 180-degree panoramic field of view, the new UC M30 enables meeting participants to maximize the visual aspects of a remote meeting session by providing full-picture immersive technology that captures every participant from far-to-the-left to all-the-way-right. Equally noteworthy, the UC M30 utilizes three 12MP cameras—each with 4K UHD resolution. Simply put, the UC M30 delivers vividly superior video conferencing functionality, thanks to MAXHUB’s advanced optics and breakthrough technology.

Digital Nirvana Announces Trance 3.2 for Closed Captioning and Transcription

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Digital Nirvana, a provider of leading-edge media-monitoring and metadata generation services, today announced Trance 3.2, the latest version of its award-winning, enterprise-grade, cloud-based application for closed captioning and transcription. Trance 3.2 has several new features that will enable faster, more efficient production of publishable closed captions and translations.

New features include upgrades to the tool’s natural language processing (NLP) capabilities that, in an industry first, make it possible to identify grammar and style regulations and configure Trance to follow them. And thanks to advancements in machine learning, there are improvements to the machine translation model that satisfy captioners’ increased need for localization in multiple languages, quickly translating the content frame by frame while retaining the entire context.

THE NEW STANDARD IN HYBRID EVENT SWITCHING

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Roland’s new V-160HD Streaming Video Switcher is the first hybrid event solution that empowers single operators to seamlessly produce event presentations for in-person and online attendees. Connect with live audiences in Full HD with comprehensive SDI and HDMI I/O and simultaneously stream to the web via USB-C. From video specialists to event volunteers, traditional automation tools—like presets, macros, and robotic PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) camera control are unified with a sequencer—allowing operators to multi-task with confidence, reducing missed cues, poor audio, or delayed video switching issues.

The Ultimate Hybrid
Hybrid events require custom content displays with the ability to tailor the experience to each audience. In-person audience members see a presentation on in-room displays, while online attendees view the presenter and their content layered on the screen simultaneously.