2017 NAB Show stirs buzz for IP and 4K/UHD

With the theme “The M.E.T. (media entertainment technology) Effect”, 2017 NAB Show held at Las Vegas Convention Centre last month focused on the convergence between traditional broadcast workflows and emerging IT technologies that is largely brought forth by the rise of IP.

Matrox Video, for instance, is backing broadcasters transitioning to IP with its DSX LE4 IP video card, the latest addition to the company’s DSX line of developer products. Providing on-card IP encapsulation of HD, 3G and 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) video for IP transport protocols, DSX LE4 IP features multi-channel HD video over 10GbE, with the added security of SMPTE ST 2022-7 redundancy.

At the Media Links booth, the company envisions “media without limits” with the demonstration of the 10Gbps Hitless Data feature on its MD8000 media over IP transport platform. Providing operators with enhanced data capabilities, the 10Gbps Hitless Data feature offers data transportation across long distance networks, which is enabled by Media Links’ eight-port/four-port x 1GbE line cards operating in conjunction with 10GbE trunk modules on the MD8000 platform.

Aspera, an IBM company, presented a new streaming platform service using Aspera Files and Aspera Transfer Service (ATS) software-as-a-service (SaaS) platforms. This builds on the Aspera FASPStream technology designed for transporting live broadcast-quality video and data feeds with delivery rates independent of network round trip time and packet loss, enabling streaming over IP.

Also showcasing its 4K/UHD solutions was Apantac, who exhibited the MX-32-4KDP 4K/UHD multi-viewer. Equipped with 32 inputs and four outputs, the MX-32-4KDP allows operators to monitor up to 32 independent sources — including 3G, HD, SD and SD-SDI — and provides a 4K/UHD DisplayPort output up to 3840×2160 resolution.

“The majority of broadcasters are still broadcasting in SD and HD. While more 4K/UHD and high dynamic range (HDR) content are now delivered over the top, there are still many uncertainties about 4K/UHD and IP as these technologies are not just simply converting each other,” said Thomas Tang, president of Apantac.

In managing high-resolution video editing, Comprimato, a provider of GPU (graphics processing unit) storage compression and video transcoding solutions, launched Comprimato UltraPix and UltraFlo multi-platform video processing software, a video plug-in for post-production tools. Designed for hardware running Adobe Premiere Pro CC, a component of Adobe Creative Cloud, the combined solution supports workflows for 4K/UHD, virtual reality (VR) and even 8K.

The challenge for post facilities finishing in 4K/UHD, 8K and VR, according to Comprimato, is managing the amount of data as the files are large, thus requiring expensive storage which can be slow to load, resulting in difficulties in achieving real-time editing.

To address this challenge, Comprimato designed UltraPix on the JPEG 2000 compression format to generate “smaller versions of each frame as an inherent part of the compression process”. With UltraPix, Comprimato added, the file is delivered at a size that the user’s hardware can accommodate.

For Pebble Beach Systems, it has partnered with Ross Video to offer the Ross XPression render engine as a graphics plug-in available within Pebble Beach’s channel playout products. Offering 3D graphic playout to air, the XPression motion graphics render engine enables Ross Video’s users to continue using its software tools and current workflows with playout hosted on Pebble Beach’s Dolphin or Orca integrated playout systems.

At the Cinegy booth, the company exhibited the latest version of Cinegy Air Pro, its real-time playout server and multi-channel broadcast automation software. Cinegy Air Pro integrates HEVC/H.265 stream encoding with Nvidia graphics cards, which provides the ability to offload HEVC/H.265 and AVC/H.264 stream encoding onto the Nvidia GPU.

Emphasising that tape capacity will remain a key element of the growing storage landscape is Ultrium LTO, whose linear tape-open (LTO) technology was developed jointly by Quantum, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and IBM.

According to its Media Shipment Report Q4 2016, 96,000PB of total compressed tape capacity was shipped in 2016, an increase of 26.1% over the previous year. An Ultrium LTO spokesperson explained that greater LTO-7 tape technology density and the “continuous growth” in LTO-6 tape technology shipments were key contributors to this increase.

LTO-7 features up to 750Mbps compressed transfer rate, with the capacity of up to 15TB with standard compression. For LTO-6, it supports up to 400Mbps compress transfer rate, and up to a capacity of 6.25TB with standard compression. Both LTO-7 and LTO-6 offer two generations of backward read and one generation of backward write capability, providing an archive tape recovery solution with newer generation drives.

ABox42, a Germany-based set-top box (STB) solution provider, expanded its global reach into the US with the introduction of its HD and 4K/UHD STBs. The ABox42 M30 STB platform is integrated with the BCM7250 chipset to deliver HD. Supporting the delivery of 4K/UHD content is ABox42’s M50 STB platform, which is integrated with the BCM7252S chipset.

In providing communications and connectivity solutions, Clear-Com launched two V-series lever keypanels — the V32LD 32-key intercom panel and V16LDE 16-key expansion panel — that offer higher key density and programmability in the same panel space as the company’s current models.

Providing 33% more lever keys in a 2RU intercom panel and 1RU expansion panel, the V-series is available in 1RU with 12 keys, 2RU with 32 keys, and a portable desktop unit with 12 keys, as well as a 16-key expansion panel for greater capacity.

Making its debut for Yellowtec is the WaveLab bundle, which comprises the WaveLab Edition, which is available in two different bundles. The first bundle comes with the iXm recording microphone that captures interview with audio levels right on location.

The second bundle includes the PUC2 Mic LEA, a two-channel audio interface with USB connectivity and headphone/loudspeaker monitoring. Both the iXm and PUC2 are integrated with LEA DSP engine for audio processing and level automation.

To find out more about other new technologies offered at 2017 NAB Show, be sure to pick up a copy of the APB May/June 2017 issue.

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