The Future of Broadcast & Media
It's now been almost six months since we formalized the combination of Grass Valley and SAM into the new Grass Valley. Wow that was fast! We've made some tough decisions and answered more than a few questions from concerned customers, but on balance, we feel great about what's happening here at Grass Valley and we sense the same level of excitement from our customers.
IP in 2018 – A Growth in Market Confidence
Part one of two. Thanks to all the work done by equipment manufacturers and industry standards groups, IP is advancing and maturing in the way it enables efficiency for broadcasters. As a result, we are seeing an upturn in momentum behind IP infrastructure deployments. Broadcasters and service providers have expedited their investment plans in IP solutions whether from small- and medium-sized installations, new large-scale 4K UHD OB trucks and "green field" studio and playout infrastructure projects.
Changing the Rules of the F1 Game
The 2017 Formula One season broke new ground in more ways than one. It wasn't just Lewis Hamilton who was shaking things up, Formula One Management Ltd (Formula One) decided 2017 was the year it would get 4K UHD and HDR ready. Our solutions were at the heart of the new system, delivering new capabilities that allowed the production team to produce more creative and engaging content.
Boosting Audience Connection with Remote Production
In the age of doing more with less – and leveraging technology to make that happen – we thought that this story, from long-time industry writer Dick Hobbs, which appeared in IBC365 at IBC.org, is perfectly timed as fiscal year 2019 budgets are being worked on and project planning for remote productions is ever ongoing.
Broadcasters and Microservices – Small is the New Big
While Netflix delivers hundreds or even thousands of app software updates daily via microservices, broadcasters aren't quite there yet. But what broadcasters are ready for is the agility and efficiency microservices bring to their operation.
Top Reasons You Should Have a Support Agreement
When it comes to critical "on-air" systems, support agreements are the foundation to maximizing your technology investments, controlling operational costs, and reducing downtime.
When eSports Meets Mainstream Media
eSports is on the brink of breaking out of its traditional niche space and firmly establishing itself in the mainstream. There have been several reports and forecasts in recent months that point to significant growth for the sector. Data published by Statistica estimates that the eSports market will be worth as much as US$1.5 billion by 2020, and it will be an officially recognized competition at the 2020 Asia Games.
Five in 5 Podcast: What Does the "X" in K-Frame X Mean To You?
As video becomes more complicated with higher resolutions and faster transmission speeds, it's the production switcher that has to handle everything from archived 480i assets to today's 4K UHD HDR images, while always being ready to handle what tomorrow will bring. With Grass Valley introducing its GV K-Frame X Video Production Engine, what does the "X" mean for you?
Five in 5 Podcast: The Aim of AIMS
Still using SDI? Know that IP will be your future? Don't know how to get from one to the other? It's AIMS — the Alliance for IP Media Solutions — to the rescue.
Today's "New" News Workflow
News: Part of every day life. No longer appointment television; now viewers not only consume news via their home televisions, but also on their computers and mobile devices. But serving those viewers has become more difficult as their viewing habits have changed and advanced technologies have been introduced into the news production workflow.
We asked Pete Smerak to address the changing business model around news and its production and distribution.
Five Benefits of Supplier Consolidation
Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) continued at a record pace in 2017, according to a recent article in the Harvard Business Review. The drivers of this pace, technology advancement and globalization, will continue to reshape virtually every industry, often resulting in business consolidations. So, the question then becomes, is consolidation good for a market and customers?
Five in 5 Podcast: A Question of Digital - SDI vs IP
While IP digital is all the rage today, we've been pushing signals digitally for almost 30 years with SDI. So if IP and SDI are both digital, what's the big deal about IP?
Automated Production Control: What to Look For
Over the last five years, the newsroom has been transforming faster than any time in recent memory. Reporters who were once tasked with delivering content for the five, six or eleven o'clock news must now deliver content for traditional workflows AND social media like Facebook Live, Periscope, and plenty of others. This new layer of distribution has created intense pressure for news organizations to perform on a 24/7 news cycle. Today's reporters might get sent to cover a fire, Tweet about it on the way to the scene, and then as the photographer is setting up the bonded cell network, start broadcasting from their cell phone to Facebook Live talking about the event.
Five in 5 Podcast: Why do HDR?
While HDR is the industry's acronym of the year, the real three letters for broadcasters and media companies are W-H-Y. In this episode, we're going to talk with Dave Cohen, vice president of marketing for Grass Valley, about HDR and what it means for you... and your viewers.
HDR and the Broadcast Environment: Better Pixels Create Better Content
Consumers have long judged video content by the visible quality of the image on the screen, and are always pursuing the next breakthrough in display technology. Over the years, we've witnessed the shift from black-and-white to color, from SD to HD, the failed introduction of consumer 3D for the home and now we are seeing simultaneous interest in both 4K UHD and HDR. Content producers are embracing both technologies, while early adopter consumers are investing in new displays that can support the latest formats.
Come join us at Government Video Expo
Everyone knows – simply navigating change no longer works. That's why government agencies, defense and key government contractors have long trusted Grass Valley with their broadcast and media needs. At Government Video Expo this year, we'll be showcasing solutions across the industry's widest array of broadcast and media solutions that help you stay efficient, tell better stories and meet your mission objectives, ensuring that change will become opportunity.
Aggregation is Key to Optimizing IP Network Design
While considering IP network design can be aggravating, the key to optimizing IP network design is aggregation. Aggregation combines multiple network connections in parallel to increase throughput beyond what a single connection could sustain, or at less cost than a signal connection. By using aggregation, Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, can help you to get the most out of today's media-carrying IP networks, while protecting yourself against near-term obsolescence without necessarily adding the most expensive, highest bandwidth IP switches available. Thus, aggregation is the key to slimlined IP capital expenditures as well as future update costs, whether considered CapEx or OpEx.
Transform Your Production System for a Better Worship Experience
Putting together a new production system (or updating an existing system) can seem like a daunting challenge with endless solutions to choose from. Whatever the size of your worship facility, this guide will help you narrow down the choices and select a system that's right for you, and that can grow as your production needs change. Below are a couple of questions to keep in mind when putting together your shopping list, because it's just as important to think about tomorrow as it is to think about today.
What We Saw at IBC 2017
IBC TV, IBC 365, IBC Tech Zone everything IBC seemed bigger and better this year. Any attendee would have been hard pressed to visit 1700 exhibitors covering 15 halls, plus attend the informative conferences. And of course, not everyone can carve out time to spend 5 days in Amsterdam. To help sum it up, here are a series of blog posts from IBC 2017 that share what we saw as the latest trends and technology from the floor, and what's coming next. Click here for the IBC Blogs.
IBC 2017 — A Fresh Look in Amsterdam
With IBC 2017 rapidly (!) approaching, I'd like to provide some insight into what you can expect from Grass Valley in Amsterdam later this month. As always, we will be showcasing many of our world class products and demonstrating the innovative tools and expertise to help customers improve the efficiency of their operations while telling better stories to attract and keep viewers. Because we are so excited about these solutions, we have taken a slightly new approach this year to our exhibit at IBC.
IBC 2017 — The Pace Accelerates
With IBC around the corner, once again we are getting geared up to participate in an exhibition that demonstrates state-of-the-art media technology, providing an ideal platform for great networking opportunities. And this year, IBC has come at a particularly good time to highlight the impact of our fast changing electronic media industry.
IP for Broadcast: Competitive Advantage or Table Stakes?
It seems like everyone is talking about the adoption of IP technology for broadcast applications. It's no longer a question of why transition to IP-based platforms, but rather when and how. As with any new technology adoption, these questions can be tough to answer. Here are a few things that can help narrow the discussion.
IP Video: What We've Learned So Far
The last few years have been an exciting time for the broadcast industry. We've seen the rapid development and deployment of IP and COTS-based infrastructures introduce new workflows to streamline operations and reshape how we build facilities.
Newsroom Workflow, UI & Monetization
Over the past few years, newsrooms have accommodated the dramatic changes to viewership habits. No matter what region of the world you are in, newsrooms are expected to not only produce traditional scheduled linear newscasts, but also go live to Facebook, Twitter, Periscope and YouTube. Today, news production also requires live, mobile micro-channels and video-on-demand (VOD) for broadcaster websites and mobile apps, and syndication to major news portals. At Grass Valley we have been busy researching, monitoring and addressing many of these challenges for news organizations worldwide.
"220, 221, whatever it takes" – on Frame Rate Conversion, Video Production, and iMAG
This is an old movie reference from Mr. Mom (1983, starring Michael Keaton & Terri Garr) where Keaton's character is queried about the wiring he is adding to his home. When he smugly blurts out "220, 221, whatever it takes," he reveals his abject absence of knowledge and skill in home remodeling and especially wiring while the person he tries to impress works to stifle his giggles.
The Human Factor: A Model for the Design of IP Based Live Production Systems with Low Latency
In live production, humans are required to make real-time editorial decisions based on multiple, simultaneous streams of audio and video. If latencies between these streams become noticeable, the production can be affected. As such live production systems must be designed so as to keep latencies within tolerable levels. As broadcasters move to IP-based systems for live production, there are new potential sources of latency which must be understood and designed for.
The Dynamic Duo: SDR and HDR – Compatible Workflows for Live Production
Customer feedback on 4K UHD tells us that more pixels alone will not satisfy market expectations for a next-generation broadcasting format. Having better pixels with a higher dynamic range is therefore a hot topic of discussion.
A UHD 2/3-inch CMOS imager with Dynamic Pixel Management – an Enabler for New Format Flexibility
The broadcast market currently faces changes which are very challenging for imaging solutions; the change from HD to UHD, and the introduction of HDR. In phases of change, more flexible solutions are needed. The Dynamic Pixel Management (DPM) technology already available in some FT-CCDs offered a unique solution for lossless switching between 4:3/16:9 aspect ratios, as well as between all the different HD formats, including 2.37:1 widescreen.
Changes in Technology and Viewership – Grass Valley Is Ready
Depending on where a media organization or broadcaster is geographically located, they are dealing with a myriad of technological and viewership changes, from HD to 4K, SDR to HDR, even SD to HD, with the television set being relegated to a piece of furniture with people watching "TV" on a variety of devices (including traditional TVs) based on their own schedules.
We asked Marco Lopez to address the changing television and media business as the industry approaches NAB 2017.
The Broadcast Data Center: Changing the Way We Think About Broadcast
Looking at the success stories found in new media companies that are leveraging IT solutions to achieve new levels of agility and capturing increasing market share, you find that the agility they achieved was a direct result of the Modern Data Center technologies they were deploying. They are using distributed, scalable networks and virtualized computation to achieve this level of agility which gives them a competitive edge versus the traditional SDI based broadcasters of today. The Broadcast Data Center is a concept developed to characterize new, innovative solutions evolving in the broadcast market.
Using IP to Solve the Multiformat (HD, 4K & HFR) Truck Challenge
Today's live production space is in a state of change, again. The progression of UHD 4K deployments marches on in many geographies. Other technological changes including HDR and WCG which were seeing proof of concepts in the past year are now seeing production deployment. At Grass Valley we have been working hard behind the scenes to support those tests and bring to market products that will add value to these technologies in real world production.
Evolution of 10 GigE and Beyond
The maturity and affordability of 10 Gigabit per second Ethernet has enabled the broadcast industry to move towards an IP technology platform. The volume of conversation about IP and 10 GigE will reach a new high this year at NAB 2017.
Image acquisition for live broadcast applications faces many challenges in a multiformat landscape. The increase in spatial resolution required by 4K UHD, in combination with the additional requirements of UHD standards, including a potential increase in frame rate and high dynamic range with good sensitivity and S/N ratio will require some compromises and design decisions on the part of manufacturers, and camera selection on the part of camera users.
Raising the Drawbridge
Part two of two. To continue Scott's analogy from the last post, broadcast facilities may have once have been isolated islands, but today they are solidly linked by the bridges of technology. Let's look at why this connectivity is an advantage, the risks it brings, and what we can do to minimize them to pull up the drawbridge! We will look at three points of view: the broadcaster's, the consumer's, and the hacker's.
How Secure is Your Broadcast?
Part one of two. On November 22nd 1987, viewers in Chicago watching WGN-TV's nine o'clock news were interrupted by a strange character appearing on screen. The attacker, wearing a Max Headroom mask, had hijacked the studio link. The event lasted for less than a minute, and was the first widely publicized hack of a broadcast TV station. The hacker has never been identified.
The Content Revolution – What will the broadcast experience look like in five, ten or twenty years?
It took about 26 years to make the transition from broadcasting black and white to color TV (although color TV would not become popular for almost 10 years as the price of televisions and producing in color became more affordable). Then another 44 years to move from standard to high definition (HD). Then only 18 years to see 4K, and fast forward four years to 8K or 16K or whatever else is on the horizon. And I'm not even including markers for HFR, HDR, increased metadata…