Registration Opens For AirWorks Drone Conference

Drone maker DJI today announced it has opened registration for the company’s AirWorks enterprise drone conference, Nov. 7-9, in Denver.

The three-day conference offers workshops, training and networking aimed at helping attendees put drones to work.

The conference will present insight on current and future trends in commercial drone use. While the event does not specifically offer a track on the use of drones in media applications, it will give attendees a chance to obtain hands-on experience as well as an opportunity to hear from DJI executives.

To register, visit the AirWorks website.



Artel Launches Board Of Advisers

Brian Cabeceiras.

Artel Video Systems today announced the establishment of a board of advisers and participation of Brian Cabeceiras and Eric Pfaff as its first members.

With 36 years of executive experience in sales and marketing, systems, strategy and technology in the media and entertainment technology industry. Cabeceiras joins the advisory board after most recently serving as chief strategy officer for Imagine Communications and CTO for Harris Broadcast Communications.

Eric Pfaff.

Pfaff has more than 36 years in executive experience in the media broadcast industry. Before joining the new board, Pfaff was co-founder of Beers Enterprises/The Switch, and served as EVP and treasurer.

More information is available on the Artel website.

Broadcast Pix Adds Support For JVC PTZ Cameras

Broadcast Pix today announced it has added support for JVC’s KY-PZ100 PTZ network video production cameras so they can be controlled via IP or serial connection from the company’s integrated production switchers.

The switchers support control for pan, tilt, zoom, focus, iris, gain and preset recall for up to 12 cameras, Broadcast Pix said.

More information is available on the Broadcast Pix website.

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New Research IDs Top Video Trends In An IP World

Guess which IP-based television broadcasting standard didn’t make the Parks Associates list of the top five video trends in an IP-based world.

What’s that you say? There is only one IP-based TV broadcasting standard in the entire world at the moment –or at least there will be in the next few months when the final “i’s” are dotted and “t’s” crossed—so it must be ATSC 3.0. You would be right.

A press release popped into the in-box today from Parks Research announcing its “Top 5 Video Trends in an IP-based World,” which was sponsored by Ooyala.

The trends identified in the research include:

  • Users expect opportunities to interact with their content.
  • Global, IP-based video services will be the next big revenue pool for content makers.
  • Live TV is not dying; it is shifting to connected devices.
  • Consumers will demand new, diverse types of content.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) will play a key role in the future success of video services.

The author, Brett Sappington, senior director of research at Parks Associates, is quoted in the press release as saying: “Increased viewing on connected devices, emerging OTT services, and struggles by traditional players in a new video marketplace are all changing the value chain in content creation.”

Maybe the new IP-based next-gen TV standard didn’t make the list because it’s not entirely complete, although it is close.

Or, maybe ATSC 3.0 didn’t make the list because it must still win FCC authorization. Or, because the only place sets are currently for sale is in South Korea.

Fair enough. But if Parks Associates puts together a similar list next year, ATSC 3.0 better be on it because if the list has to do with trends in reaching connected devices, it’s hard to imagine any new means offering greater potential than the next-gen TV standard.

To download a copy of the new research, visit the Parks Associates website. Registration is required.

Ben Hawker Joins Presteigne Broadcast

Presteigne Broadcast Hire has appointed Ben Hawker as senior supervisor of RF and special cameras.

Before joining the company, Hawker was a senior RF engineer at Broadcast RF where he worked on international news and sporting events, such as the London Summer Olympics and the Royal wedding.

More information is available at the Presteigne website.

SMPTE Annual Conference To Tackle Next-Gen Media

The Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers today announced its 2017 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Oct. 24-26, will take the deep dive on next-gen media.

The tech conference will include 70 paper presentations, two exhibit halls and session rooms at the Hollywood & Highland Center, an Oktoberfest reception and the society’s annual awards gala at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.

The day before the event officially opens, SMPTE will hold its annual symposium, co-chaired by SMPTE Fellow Michelle Munson and Yvonne Thomas of Arvato Systems. This year’s symposium topic is “Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning in Media Creation: The Promise, The Reality, and The (Scary?) Future.”

More information is available on the SMPTE website.

PMI-TV Replaces Video Servers With CloudNine

PMI-TV in Pittsburgh has replaced its video server system with new NVerzion CloudNine broadcast video servers, the company announced today.

The syndicated TV distribution company decided to replace its video servers when the maker of its existing severs discontinued support, NVerzion said.

One requirement of the new installation was to work with its existing automation system, which NVerzion engineers were able to deliver without interrupting the PMI-TV workflow.

More information is available on the NVerzion website.

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WUSF To Cease TV Broadcasting In Mid-October

WUSF, the public broadcaster in Tampa, Fla., will go dark at the end of Oct. 15, following the sale of its broadcast license in the FCC spectrum incentive auction, the station said today.

The public broadcaster will continue its radio transmissions, it said.

In addition to WUSF TV, WUSF Public Media operates the region’s NPR station, WUSF 89.7 and Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9.

More information is available on the station website.

Joseph Electronics Names John Cleary President

John Cleary.

Joseph Electronics has promoted John Cleary to president, effective immediately, the company announced today.

Cleary takes over the position from owner Yohay Hahamy, who will continue as CEO.

In 1982, Cleary started at JE on a part-time basis while attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He has worked at JE on the inside sales department, ran operations and strategic-planning, became an officer of the company as VP of operations and most recently has held the position of SVP.

Cleary will report to Hahamy.

More information is available on the company’s website.

Ooyala White Paper Examines The Integrated Video Platform

What are IVPs, and what role will they play in the future of video production workflow?

Those are among the questions Ooyala has set out to answer in its new “IVPs are the Future: Workflow Control” white paper.

An IVP, or integrated video platform, is a new data-driven approach to video production and delivery, according to the company.

IVPs leverage data sets and metadata to orchestrate workflows, reduce labor and publish to various screens. The goal is to boost profits, Ooyala says.

To access the white paper, visit the Ooyala webpage set up for the download. Registration is required.