Benro Video Monopods Are a Problem Solver for “Run and Gun” Video Crews

Benro #1Tripods haven’t changed much over time, but Benro has introduced a monopod that functions as a tripod and can save time for “on the move” video crews. The Benro S6 Video Monopod is a three-leg folding base monopod combined with Benro’s S6 Video Head for increased weight capacity.

Designed for the “run and gun” type videographer who needs mobility when shooting news, live events or documentaries, the new video monopod provides solid support, flexibility and portability.

This S6 Video Monopod provides a 13.2 pound payload capacity as well as a four-step counterbalance that is necessary when working with heavier cameras and longer lenses.

The S6 head includes an independent pan lock, which allows the user to pan smoothly without having to turn the entire monopod.

s6_tilt-lockEquipped with a 65mm flat base with a 3/8-inch thread, the S6 video head can be removed from the monopod allowing users to mount the head separately on sliders, jibs or half ball adapters.

The monopod features a three-leg base with pan cartridge for smooth and stable shots along with reverse folding legs for compact travel.

Pairing the proper video head, monopod and travel case, each Benro Video Monopod Kit is based on an eighth-generation design of single leg tubes and the option of flip lever or twist leg lock mechanisms.

The S6 kits utilize aluminum alloy legs in combination with strategically select cast and machined aluminum and magnesium alloy components.a48tbs6_folding-base

The Benro S6 Video Monopod is available now in both flip leg lock (A48FBS6) and twist leg lock (A48TBS6).

Suggested retail price for the new Monopod is $249.

Linear Acoustic Introduces AERO.x

Linear Acoustic has introduced AERO.x, a light-weight, half-rack IP-audio interface that combines  dual independent HD-SDI paths and processes up to 16 channels of audio.

The unit has built-in AEROMAX loudness processing and dual compensating video delay to maintain audio/video synchronization.


Dual, independent HD/SD-SDI I/O plus Livewire/AES67 audio over IP provides flexible local and networked audio connectivity. Compensating video delay for each SDI input ensures that audio/video synchronization is maintained.

AERO.x is designed for high-density installations and can also be used where only a few processors are required or even as a stand-alone desktop unit. High quality audio is provided in a compact, feature rich, cost effective and expandable manner.

The device contains up to two processing engines, each of which can be either 2+2+Dual ITU Meters or 5.1+Upmix+Downmix+Dual ITU Meters. Audio sources can be applied to either or both engines from any channels present on the SDI inputs or via Livewire/AES-67 audio over IP.

AEROx-2Outputs can be from either or both engines. Audio channel pairs can also be shuffled and passed between any input and any output. Audio/video timing can be matched using the built-in video delays.

AERO.x includes the AEROMAX adaptive wideband and multiband, multistage ITU compliant loudness control algorithm. Upmixing is provided by the Hollywood-approved UPMAX algorithm which provides a 5.1-channel audio experience while AutoMAX-II automatically bypasses upmixing for 5.1 channel content.

Broadcast facilities have been using Axia Livewire AoIP (audio over IP) technology to route hundreds of audio channels using standard Ethernet switches, cables and other components.

Livewire conforms to the AES- 67 standard. It is the technology upon which Ravenna is built. It also significantly reduces the number of cables and wires needed to transport and share audio throughout the broadcast plant.

Nearly any audio source — analog, AES and SDI — and myriad equipment from phone systems to codecs to satellite receivers — can be made a part of a Livewire network.

The AERO.x is a 1RU half-rack width audio interface that includes two BNC SDI Inputs, two BNC SDI outputs and a pair of 100Base-T Ethernet connections for network connectivity. PoE (Power over Ethernet) from the network switch can be used as a backup for the internal auto-ranging power supply.

Loudness, spectral balance and image shifts are controlled while preserving more of the original content than previously possible. AERO.x is also compatible with Dolby Evolution, part of its new Intelligent Media Framework.

LynTec to Show Power Control and Distribution Systems at PLASA Focus

LynTec, a manufacturer of customized electrical power control equipment for professional video, audio and lighting systems, will show its Remote Power Control Mobile (RPCM) power distribution panel at PLASA Focus in Baltimore next month.LynTec_RPCM

The RPCM was designed for temporary live events in venues such as stadiums and other venues. It provides direct on/off control for LED lighting and takes loads out of standby mode by directly shutting down circuits — reducing energy and system maintenance costs and facilitating more sustainable setups — within a portable roadcase design.

The RPCM’s switch-grade motorized circuit breakers provide remotely managed electrical protection and on/off control within a single enclosure. In addition, the unit offers current monitoring at the branch circuit level to enable real-time current draw on a branch breaker, phase or panel basis.

A built-in Web server enables users to monitor and control distribution with ease, directly on the network, from a Web interface on any browser-enabled smart device. The RPCM also interfaces with most third-party control systems using IP, DMX and sACN protocols.

LynTec_RPC_v2Also on display at PLASA Focus will be LynTec’s Remote Power Controller (RPC) series panel version 2 combines the latest motorized breaker technology with a new and improved controller featuring more memory, a faster processor for real-time monitoring down to the circuit level and the capacity to use multiple control protocols simultaneously. It now includes sACN.

These new features complement the device’s onboard server with network or smart-device access, load-specified switch-grade motorized circuit breakers, built-in auto-off brownout protection using controlled circuit breaker shutdown and restart, optional sequential circuit level on/off capabilities and the ability to interface with third-party control systems via contact closure, TCP/IP, DMX or RS-232.

LynTec will display its RPCR relay panel, built specifically for the entertainment industry. Based on LynTec’s popular RPC series panel, the RPCR brings branch circuit control and monitoring to any existing breaker panel, regardless of brand, make or model.LynTec_RPCR

The unit combines relay functionality with a built-in Web server to provide remote electrical control to applications, including LED lighting, powered amplifiers and energy management programs.

Additionally, a Web-enabled browser-based interface allows users to set up, troubleshoot, control and monitor relay status remotely across existing networks. It allows more efficient power management from any computer, tablet or handheld smart device.

The show runs May 8-9 at the Reitz Arena of Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore.

Megacable, the Mexican TV Provider, Deploys Harmonic Headend Technology

Harmonic has announced that Megacable, one of the largest cable TV providers in Mexico, has deployed its integrated headend technology to power its cable TV services.

Employing an architecture that includes Harmonic’s Electra 9200 universal multiservice encoder, ProStream 9100 with ACE high-density stream processor and transcoder and NMX Digital Service Manager video network management solution, Megacable delivers SD and HD video content to set-top boxes located in more than 110 cities throughout Mexico.

Since deploying the Harmonic technology, Megacable has consolidated more than 110 headends situated in cities across its service area down to two main headends — located in Guadalajara and Veracruz — which feed approximately 20 regional headends.HarmonicElectra9200

From the Guadalajara headend, Harmonic’s Electra 9200 encoders provide low-bandwidth MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC encoding of SD and HD video content for Megacable’s television services. Harmonic’s ProStream 9100 stream processors with DiviTrackIP technology work with the Electra encoders across a LAN or WAN, allowing for management of the encoders’ statmux pools. The Electra supports up to 64 channels per statmux pool.

By simultaneously generating both an HD AVC and an SD MPEG-2 down-converted output signal from a single HD input, the Electra 9200 allows Megacable to reach HD AVC and legacy SD MPEG-2 set top boxes. The encoder features a scalable architecture that can grow as Megacable adds more channels and services in the future.HarmonicProstream9100

In addition to the Electra encoders, Megacable has deployed Harmonic’s ProStream 9100 with ACE in its backup headend in Veracruz. The ProStream 9100 with ACE performs transcoding of 60 SD or 20 HD MPEG-2 and AVC broadcast channels. The device features enhanced socket redundancy capabilities that enable triggering of Megacable’s disaster recovery site based on a set of predefined conditions.

The NMX Digital Service Manager video network management solution supplies a powerful set of tools for monitoring and managing Megacable’s cable TV services.

NEP Upgrades Mobile Video Fleet With Embedded Audio

NEP has begun phase two of its large-scale, fleetwide technology enhancement with major audio infrastructure upgrades for seven of the company’s U.S.-based mobile broadcasting vehicles.

The enhancement includes router upgrades to support 16 channels of embedded audio across all recording and playback devices, as well as inbound and outbound paths to remote outside broadcasting locations.NEP

Although the audio will eventually be upgraded on NEP’s entire fleet of U.S. mobile broadcasting units, the company is planning to complete the upgrade on seven HD vehicles over this summer.

They include PESA router upgrades for full embedded audio with LED legend-able panels in SS18, SS16, SS20, ND5 and ND6. The audio upgrade is a full-featured retrofit that will enable channel swapping, shuffle, delay and phase adjustments for each path while maintaining full sample accuracy.

This audio enhancement project will also include Calrec audio console upgrades to NCPX and NCPVII, including the addition of BlueFin technology.

Nep 2Since announcing the massive fleetwide enhancements in January, NEP has made significant progress on the first phase, upgrading 30 HD vehicles to state-of-the-art Grass Valley K-Frame modular video processing engines with Kayenne Video Production Center switcher platforms.

In addition to the switcher and embedded audio retrofits, NEP will launch other phases of the enhancement program in the coming months. These include improving the vehicles’ slow-motion replay capabilities using EVS XT3 servers, replacing copper cable with fiber-optic cable to interconnect multiple vehicles on larger productions and new monitor walls in several mobile units.

NEP has also begun a refurbishing and upgrade program for its “B” units and a project to install The Wall, the company’s new Apple iPad app for fast and easy configuration of complex monitor walls. The fleet upgrade will take place in cycles over the next three years in order not to disrupt scheduled productions.

Digigram’s Codec Fleet Manager Manages AoIP Contribution Codecs 

Digigram has announced its new Codec Fleet Manager, a Web-based application that can be hosted privately on any virtual machine or operated as SaaS in the cloud. It enables structured management of all deployed audio-over-IP (AoIP) contribution codecs.

Accessible from anywhere through the Web browser of Internet-connected devices such as PCs, tablets and smartphones, the application automatically synchronizes phone books, connection profiles and “favorite” groups of codecs to dramatically simplify deployment and day-to-day operation of the full codec fleet.logo_digigram_horizontal_lg

Codec Fleet Manager allows authorized users to preconfigure and edit contact settings for all codecs and then apply those settings across all the codecs at once. Read/write access is managed by the administrator.

As a consequence, at the codec level, the user interface mimics simple mobile phone operation, assuring ease of use regardless of the complexity of underlying IP protocols, profiles, N/ACIP signaling modes and quality of the supporting connection.

The release of the Codec Fleet Manager is the first step in Digigram’s larger rollout of cloud-based AoIP solutions.

“Our new Codec Fleet Manager offers a significant improvement over the labor-intensive and time-consuming technical processes once required to maintain a fleet of AoIP contribution codecs,” said Pascal Malgouyard, head of product marketing at Digigram. “This secure application keeps each codec up to date and enables access from any location, whether by the studio administrator or a remote technician.

“By encapsulating the complexity of intricate AoIP protocols and cryptic specialized IP audio parameters, this application makes codec operations as straightforward as placing a phone call.”

SMPTE Asks for Student Papers and Louis F. Wolf Memorial Scholarship Applications 

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) has announced a call for papers for a special student issue of the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, as well as for the SMPTE Student Paper Award. The organization is also accepting applications for the Louis F. Wolf Memorial Scholarship.

SMPTE’s Student Paper Award honors an outstanding paper prepared and submitted by a SMPTE Student Member that deals with some technical phase of motion pictures, television, photographic instrumentation or their closely allied arts and sciences.

SMPTE-2014NABIceCreamSocialThe paper receiving the award will be published in the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, providing recognition both for the author and the institution at which the work was done. The application form and requirements are online here. The deadline is July 15.

The Louis F. Wolf Memorial Scholarship is open to SMPTE Student Members who are full-time students enrolled in an accredited high school or two- or four-year college or university. The scholarship offers as much as $2,000 toward the cost of tuition at the student’s educational institution.

The application form and requirements are online here. As with the Student Paper Award, the application deadline is July 15.

Each paper must describe work done by the author as a student, and each paper must address technical theory, research, innovation, application or practice specific to any of the evolving technologies associated with the media technology industry.

Papers that are commercial or promotional in nature will not be considered, nor will those that have already been published. The deadline is Sept. 1, and all papers will be reviewed by the SMPTE Board of Editors.SMPTE-PatGriffis

“Education is one of SMPTE’s three pillars, and there is no better way to demonstrate our commitment to education than by recognizing and supporting students, who are the future leaders of our industry and our future members,” said Pat Griffis, education vice president at SMPTE.

“We look forward to reading the submissions every year because they highlight the insight and vision of up-and-coming innovators in the field, which gives us all an indication of where the industry is headed.”

The award winner and the scholarship recipient will each receive a full conference registration to the SMPTE 2014 Technical Conference & Exhibition, Oct. 20-23 in Hollywood, Calif., where they will be recognized during the SMPTE 2014 Honors and Awards Ceremony.

Lectrosonics Introduces Digital Secure Wireless System

Lectrosonics, a manufacturer of wireless microphone systems and audio processing products, has announced its Digital Secure Wireless system.

Featuring AES-256-CTR (Advanced Encryption Standard) encryption technology, the new Digital Secure Wireless system was designed for use in environments where privacy is of paramount concern.UntiDSW-release

AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) encryption technology employing a 256-bit key was approved as a government standard encryption algorithm in 2001 [FIPS 197]. The CTR (Counter) Encryption mode as found in the new Lectrosonics Digital Secure Wireless system maintains low latency (2.5 ms overall) while keeping channel noise at a minimum.

Key management is user selectable in one of two modes: “persistent,” where the key is kept from session to session and “one-time,” where the key must be generated for each session (most secure).

The system utilizes a special chip for entropy generation in order to ensure the key is generated in a truly random manner—thus complying with another government standard [FIPS 140-2]. The key transfer requires a simple cabled download, thus avoiding security issues with easily detected infrared key transfer systems.

The new Lectrosonics Digital Secure Wireless system consists of the DR digital wireless receiver frame, the individual DRM digital receiver modules and the DB digital wireless beltpack transmitter.

The DR digital wireless receiver frame supports up to six channels / modules in 1RU. Analog and digital (AES/EBU) XLR outputs are selectable on the device menu. The frame supports wideband reception (470.100 to 691.175 MHz), 50 ohm BNC antenna inputs and outputs for cascading up to three additional frames (24 channels total) on one set of antennas, without an external multi-coupler.

The clock input and output enables the DR to be the master clock in a digital audio system or to be the slave to an external master clock. A quarter-inch headphone output can be fed from a mixture of channel signals, or from isolated channels.

The DRM digital receiver module docks into the DR digital wireless receiver frame and up to six modules can be docked per a single DR frame. Each receiver module has a 25.5 MHz bandwidth. The new DRM digital receiver modules are available on all standard Lectrosonics frequency blocks.

The Lectrosonics DB digital wireless beltpack transmitter features wideband tuning (470-698 MHz), a highly linear RF output stage for reduced intermodulation distortion and for this reason, high channel counts are possible even with minimum RF spectrum available.

The transmitter provides true 50 mW transmission RF power for excellent range and resistance to dropouts. The TA5M mic/line input found on the DB digital wireless beltpack transmitter accepts all lavaliere and headworn microphones wired for Lectrosonics transmitters.

The new Lectrosonics Digital Secure Wireless system will become available in the third quarter of this year. Pricing has not yet been determined.

Solid State Logic Introduces New Digital Broadcast Consoles

Solid State Logic has launched its C100 HD PLUS and C10 HD PLUS digital broadcast consoles.

The company’s digital broadcast console range has refined user control interfaces, added software features and streamlined integration within networked and automated broadcast infrastructure. The “Plus” versions of the C100 and C10 consoles bring together additional features and added value to the SSL Production Assistant software to offer users the most powerful and flexible systems SSL has ever produced.C100HDPLUS-overview-large

The C100 HD PLUS Large Format Broadcast Console is designed to offer a complete production solution for news and sports in a single standard high power configuration. Whether the application is an automation controlled web channel through to the largest of sports productions, SSL said the new standard processing configuration of the console delivers more processing than ever before in an SSL broadcast console.

SSL’s third generation digital broadcast console has redundant Blackrock Processor cards in a 2U rack. It processes 588 audio mix paths with 256 channels of six band EQ and 284 channels of dynamics with 512 channels of integrated MADI I/O.

The console features a new 10-inch screen, which can be used to display any HDMI video source and enables the user to select from a wide range of metering options. The console can be specified with SSL’s LMS-16 Loudness Monitoring system to provide highly configurable 16 x 5.1-channel Loudness and True Peak monitoring. The control surface has also been re-designed to facilitate clearer channel identification in a wider range of lighting conditions.

C10HDPLUS_right_largeSolid State Logic said the new C10 HD PLUS is the world’s most powerful Compact Digital Broadcast Console. With frame sizes from 16 to 48 faders, the self-contained fanless console can be built into vans for ENG operations, specified for network scale sports productions or is ideal for all-round production demands in mid-scale broadcast facilities.

The button-driven surface is easy for new operators while a new feature set provides all a broadcaster needs for the most sophisticated production.

Integrated into the C10 HD PLUS, the Blackrock Processor card offers 216 audio paths with 160 channels of six band EQ and 188 channels of dynamics with 512 channels of integrated MADI I/O. The C10 HD PLUS also features a redesigned fader panel color scheme.

Fluendo Launches Oneplay Multimedia/Streaming Product Suite

Fluendo, a company that enables multimedia and video on a wide variety of devices and operating systems, has launched its new Oneplay product suite.

Now available for download by corporate users and resellers/OEMs, Oneplay provides a secure multimedia playback solution, the only professional multimedia suite compliant with numerous patents.

Screen Shot 2014-04-21 at 12.12.20 PMThe new Oneplay suite is comprised of Player, an all-in-one playback application able to play all formats and platforms, including Linux, Windows, Mac, Android and iOS, integrated with various DRM options. It includes all necessary patent licenses and fully certified and licensed DVD playback capabilities.

It also includes Oneplay engine, a media player API leveraging the GStreamer SDK (an Open Source framework) and a codec pack which makes it easy to add GStreamer powered media playback on applications for all supported platforms (Android, Windows, Linux, MAC OS X and soon iOS)

Oneplay codecs offers a compilation of GStreamer plugins for the GStreamer SDK that can be bundled with a user’s preferred application. There’s hardware accelerated video decoding support on GStreamer and accelerated video decoders support on VDPAU (NVIDIA), XVBA (AMD), VAAPI 8INTEL), DXVA (WINDOWS) and VDA (OS X).

Oneplay Player includes DASH, Smooth Streaming and HLS, as adaptive streaming is becoming a mandatory requisite for TV solutions.

“Fluendo enables digital media engagement worldwide by directly empowering devices and desktops,” said Muriel Paumier-Moscardini, CEO of Fluendo.  “Our new Oneplay suite is built on the GStreamer platform, which allows us to support the open community while helping users and businesses experience optimal, legal multimedia consumption.”