IBC2002: Back to "normal"
By Gerald Walker
What is “normal” for IBC2002? Clearly, a year ago following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in the USA, the sharp fall-off of American attendance was not normal. This year there is another, less violent cloud hanging over the convention — the terrible state of the American and European economies and the impact on broadcasting. Setbacks in the digital terrestrial enterprises in the UK and Spain earlier this year have also caused serious rethinking.
Still, the march of digital technology goes on, and IBC continues to be the best international venue to learn, evaluate and acquire the systems driving digital television. Exhibitors are unsure what to expect in the way of attendance, primarily because of the uncertain economic climate. The optimists suggest that while actual numbers may decline as they did at NAB, visitors who do attend will arrive with a purpose. And they will be in Amsterdam to make serious buying decisions.
An American summed it up: “We are expecting a return to normalcy. Last year, like many American companies, we did not attend the show. This year, we have a good story to tell, we have a lot of new products and a good location. The European market is very important to us, and participation in IBC is a key component of our marketing effort in that region.”
Another exhibitor pointed out that despite the collapse of ITV Digital in the UK, there is still money around to launch new channels such as travel and shopping channels. These opportunities spell new business for companies specializing in asset management and automation.
Meanwhile, IBC has done its part to be the most user-friendly broadcast enclave. This year, it has a 2-pronged theme: “The Event for Content, Creation, Management, Delivery,” coupled with “A Year's Knowledge in One Show.” Does that leave anyone out?
Two user-friendly innovations designed to lure cost-conscious and time-pressed visitors are available this year. For one, it is possible to create a personal schedule of conference and exhibition attendance. So, if you haven't got enough time to come to all of the conference sessions, which this year run from Thursday, 12 September through Monday, 16 September, you can register for just one or two and fit them around time spent on the show floors or at meetings.
Another option is to pick one of the theme days covering topics of special interest. This year there are six topics — delivery, interactivity, news, content, D-Cinema and radio — during the five days of the conference featuring papers, panels and keynotes. This option can be done by choosing a single day registration.
Of course, the usual option of full 5-day registration remains. Full-time conference registrants get access to all sessions, master classes and tutorials; receive a copy of the conference papers; can go to the exhibition every day; and get a ticket to the now-famous IBC Party.
Hot topics: The sequel
Two of the hot topics returning to IBC this year are Interactivity (Friday) and D-Cinema (Monday). While these have held high hopes for the future, many issues remain unresolved.
Panels for the interactivity day take on the issues. These include: Interactive Enablers, Interactive Content and Formats, Security and Standards, Interactive Business Considerations, Getting Intimate with Consumer Data, and Debunking the Jargon — Interactive TV Unzipped. The combination of papers and panels for D-Cinema include: The Technology — Episode One; What do you make of it all; The Technology — Episode Two; and Show us the Money.
The September issue will provide a detailed look at the IBC2002 conference and a round-up of what a cross-section of exhibitors consider the key issues and market trends as IBC opens.
The exhibition runs from 13 to 17 September at Amsterdam's RAI and will occupy all 11 halls. This year, the halls will be arranged in product groups. Halls 1, 3, 4, and 5 will focus on delivery, including cable, satellite, broadband and transmitters. Hall 7 remains the post-production and graphics areas, while Hall 8 will contain playout automaton and audio for video. Halls 9 and 10 will focus on added value and consultancy, including systems integrators and asset management. Hall 11 has been expanded to include D-Cinema along with the more traditional production systems. OB vehicles will be located both inside and outside the RAI.
Sounds like a lot of space to cover, but not to worry; IBC has designed another innovation to help steer people to some of the hot products. Called “What Caught My Eye,” this 2002 newcomer will provide an additional opportunity for the creative community to hear about products introduced at the exhibition.
According to IBC, leading world figures will tour the stands and bring back reports on what producers need to know before they go. What Caught My Eye sessions will be free to all those attending IBC and will be held at 12.30 to 13.30 on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
As a further guide to the new technology being shown at this year's IBC exhibition, the Broadcast Engineering - World Edition staff has compiled a roundup below of some of the products that are not to be missed while perusing the floors of the RAI Centre. Look for more IBC product coverage in our September issue.
STUDIO CAMERA SYSTEM
High-end studio/OB 12-bit ADSP camera shell; interfaces with a high-speed command system; features a virtual mini camera containing the basis of the imaging system; includes wide-band Triax and bi-directional teleprompter.
+44 1256 55011; www.sonybiz.net
Smaller version of Pixelmetrix DVStation; includes from one to four book-size pod modules and a single 1U rack-mounted remote controller; is operated through a LAN or dial-up telephone.
+41 79742 7454; www.pixelmetrix.com
BAL Broadcast BALM44A
Features main and preview outputs with cross-fade; includes an external fill and key inputs; has a front panel, GPI and RS422 control.
+44 24 76375827; www.bal.co.uk
HD CAMERA SYSTEM
Thomson Grass Valley LDK 6000 mkII
Thomson Grass Valley LDK 6000 mkII
Built-in frame rate conversions in Worldcam; has 12-bit analog to digital conversion; features instant push button zoom, smart-cards for storage of settings and dual skin contour circuits.
+33 1 34 20 70 00; www.thomsonbroadcast.com
LOW-POWER UHF SLOT ARRAY
Dielectric Communications DL-8
Features eight radiating slots with an omnioid pattern; has a 2kW peak input power maximum; includes standard mounting brackets for side mounting to customer provided pole.
+1 207 655 4555; www.dielectric.com
DIGITAL LIVE BROADCASTING MIXER
Studer Vista 6
Studer Vista 6
Incorporates Studer's Vistonics user interface; combines instant overview with instant access to critical controls; channel bays provide a talk button and two programmable user buttons on each channel.
+41 1 870 75 11; www.studer.ch
AUDIO ROUTING MATRIX
NTP Systems Engineering NTP625
Can be installed as a master control room matrix system or associated to user surfaces and/or control panels for use in studios.
+45 44 53 11 88; www.ntp.dk
DIGITAL PROCESSING SYNCHRONIZER
Video International A/V Bridge
Offers median filter noise reduction,16:9 aspect ratio conversion and frame synchronization; includes an optional A/D-D/A conversion and audio processing;
+44 1805 625 491
Ross Video Geneos Control System
Ross Video Geneos Control System
Includes set-up screens, virtual routing and multi-level routing; features tie line and resource management; has complete system status, panel configuration and range of control panels.
DIGITAL BROADCAST CONSOLE
Calrec Audio Sigma 100
Is scalable and provides high levels of redundancy, with hot-swappable cards and panels throughout; all channels include four band EQ, separate filters, compressor/limiter/expander gate, surround and stereo panning, and mix-minus outputs.
+44 1422 842159
Irdeto Access CypherCast
Enables management of multiple IP streams; supports millions of end users; content is secured over any IP network; enables encryption through enterprise firewalls directly to end-user desktop.
+31 23 556 2222; www.irdetoaccess.com
Accom Abekas 6000
Accom Abekas 6000
Includes progressive background defragmentation with the ability to resume after power outages or other interruptions; features advanced clip searching facilities and vertical interval time code recording on MPEG material.
EVS Broadcast Equipment Clean Edit
Includes drag and drop functions; voice-over recordings are performed on desktop workstations interconnected via a standard LAN; local preview in reduced bit rate is available instantly.
+32 4 361 7000; www.evs.tv
Choose between the Compact base and the Mammoth base; all outriggers are 2m; includes the Multi-Link connector, which facilitates build-up and takedown.
+49 89 613 900 01; www.panther-gmbh.de
Incorporates a 50W camera power supply; available with either PAGlok connectors or Snap-On compatible connectors; charges PAG Li-Ion batters as well as NiCd and NiMH batteries within specified ranges.
+44 20 8540 4797; www.paguk.com
HIGH-SPEED KEY FRAME DETECTION SYSTEM
SHS Multimedia MediaIndex
Has multi-MPEG format capability including MPEG 4:2:2; enables faster than real-time processing of material with accurate key frame detection including black frame capability.
+39 030 2219400; www.shs.it
Encoda DAL Channel Manager
Monitors broadcast signals at critical points in the transmission path; provides alarms to the automation or network monitoring systems; monitors analog and encoded digital signals using set-top boxes.
Integrates with existing network operator systems; delivers a set of interactive and t-commerce applications that work with any back-end systems; can be customized by individual network operators.
+44 0870 60 10 100; www.microsoft.com/tv/
Ciprico DiMedaTM 2400
Ciprico DiMedaTM 2400
Features network file sharing solutions; includes appliance nodes, fault tolerant net array RAID storage and optional networking components; enables online volume/file system expansion; includes an intuitive Web-based management tool.
+44 1635 87366; www.ciprico.com
Scopus Network Technologies CODICO E-1700
Features low-delay mode and low-power consumption; includes 4:2:2/4:2:0 encoding profiles; has full MPEG-2 and DVB-DSNG compliance; has various modulation options and an AC-3 pass-through.
+972 3 5576200; www.scopus.co.il
Sachtler Artemis Cine/ HD
Sachtler Artemis Cine/HD
Choose between four sleds: Cine, Cine HD, EFP and EFP HD; has a built-in Tally system, three video lines for HD cameras and a dual dynamic balance, self-centering gimbal.
+49 2835 440 656; www.sachtler.com
SWITCHER PORT EXPANDER
PESA Switching Systems PRC
Offers two individual 1×4 port switches; 1RU box is designed to mount near the system controller and isolate cable runs back to the 3500 or 3500Plus Controller; front panel provides LED status for TX/RX connections.
NLE COLOR CORRECTION SUITE
Snell & Wilcox Picasso
Choose from up-, down and cross-conversion, either singularly or in any combination; able to have up to two hours of film played back and color-corrected in real-time.
+44 20 8917 4300; www.snellwilcox.com
HD CINEMA MASTERING SYSTEM
Panasonic Broadast AJ-HD3700HE
Records and plays all HDTV formats; optional built-in format converter provides up-, down- and cross-conversion; includes full 4:2:2 bandwidth; switches between 24Hz and 25Hz frame rates for PAL distribution from 1080p/24 master.
+49 611 18160; www.panasonic.com/broadcast
MASTER CONTROL SWITCHING AND CHANNEL BRANDING SYSTEM
Miranda Imagestore 3
Miranda Imagestore 3
Processor features two independent keying layers that can insert branding interstitials from integral MPEG-2 video/audio storage; can be expanded to provide video and multi-group digital audio mixing; includes automated, multi-level character generation.
+33 1 55 86 87 88; www.miranda.com
VIDEO CAPTURE CARD
AJA Video Systems KONA-HD
Supports 10-bit resolution; offers standard, cross dissolve, additive dissolve, fade-in fade-out, dip to color and non-additive dissolve with software updates.
MULTICHANNEL VIDEO SERVER
Ingest and playout two to eight channels of broadcast video while integrating with automation systems; can schedule weeks of video at a time; can playout VTRs, digital video and live events.
+31 297 380930; www.inscriber.com
All NEO products are supported by Leitch's CCS Pilot control and monitoring software; its infrastructure architecture accommodates routing, distribution, and clock and signal reference products.
+44 1344 446 000; www.leitch.com
Screen Service Italia
Features convention cooling, AGC and ALC controls and a 3-slope linearity precorrection; program local oscillator from front panel; includes multifunction digital display and soft-start circuit.
+39 030 3582225; www.screen.it
TANDBERG Television E5821
Features SMPTE 292 video output; includes single and multiple format support for DVB-T; has front-panel control for SPTS applications and hierarchical motion estimation.
+47 6711 6200; www.tandbergtv.com
Clear-Com Intercom Systems U2020
100-channel UHF wireless microphone system; puts frequency controls on the receiver and handheld/body pack transmitters; two numbered rotary controls combine to create 100 different frequencies on the U2020 over a 20MHz range
All digital method of fiber-optic cable connects between control panels and matrices for both 4000 and 3000 Digital Series intercom systems; equipment consists of the 5200 Series 1RU Module Frame, the 5210 Power Supply Module and the 5220 or 5222 range of fiber-optic interface modules.
+44 1828 871200; www.drake-uk.com
Crystal Vision SYNAD102
Includes tracking audio delay for up to two groups of embedded audio; eight mono channels of audio can be delayed to match the video from any two groups, while a fixed delay can be added to the audio.
+44 1223 506515; www.crystalvision.tv
DIGITAL AUDIO RECEIVER
Radyne ComStream ABR202
Features quick channel access using SCPC/FDM; includes mono, dual-mono (stereo) or joint stereo modes; relay control port with eight contact closures for control of downlink equipment.
+44 1420 544200
Is automatic; receives the digital signal, demodulates it down to the program stream and remodulates it; eliminates signal degradation; detects DVB-T input parameters; available in 3W and 50W versions.
+44 118 964 8000; www.harris.com
BDL Autoscript +WinPlus+
Includes the implementation of the MOS protocol; operates as a stand-alone system or can be networked to any major automated newsroom system; is fully integrated into the electronic newsroom; prompter text can be output as data for subtitles or closed captioning.
+44 207 538 1427
Panasonic Broadcast AJ-HDC27
Features 2/3-inch high-definition IT-3CCD; includes advanced digital signal processing and a built-in scan reverse function; Prime lens for 35 mm film is usable with lens adaptor; has selectable optical filters ND, CC.
+49 611 18160; www.panasonic.com/broadcast
DIGITAL SERVICE ACTIVATION METER
Is a light-weight, durable handheld meter for DOSCIS/EURODOSCSIS cable modem installation; enables technicians to install and service high-speed data and video services while on-site.
+49 7121 86 2222; www.acterna.com
AKG Acoustics C 451 B
Is fixed permanently to the preamp to eliminate the mechanical problems of the screw joint; provides protection from RF interference; is insensitive to handling noise.
+43 1 86654 0; www.akg-acoustics.com
NEWSROOM AUTOMATION SYSTEMS
Includes QNews, offers newsroom automation - runs orders, scripts, wires and on-air machine control; Qnet, which handles production, scripting and prompting; QTX is a single or multichannel transmission automation; Qmedia Media Management system which ingests automation, browse server, clip library and desktop editing.
+44 208 870 0104; www.autocue.com
Genelec Laminar Spiral Enclosure
Consists of four models; acoustic non-linearities from port turbulence are eliminated; three models feature the 6.1 bass management system which splits the six main channel input signals into low- and high-frequency components.
+358 17 83 881; www.genelec.com
Videssence SETLITE SERIES SL 110-255BX
110W compact fluorescent unit; includes two 55W Biax lamps, 2-lamp Ballast, and a 16' power cord with NEMA5-15 prong; contains a C-Clamp or 5/8-inch stand adapter plug.
+1 650 356 0921; www.videssence.tv
SERVER DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Has multi-server capability; includes automatic manual material purge functions; features search capabilities and printed reports.
+44 1483 280208; www.ibistv.co.uk
Features two-stage lightweight carbon fiber tripod; has a 100 mm and a 75 mm bowl; includes rubber shoes for spiked feet, a mid-level spreader, lower section locking, a push button, tripod leveling and universal head fitting.
+39 0439 8886000; www.manfrotto.com
Nextream ADLS SuperEncoder
Two TV channels are simultaneously broadcast in 2.5 Mbits/s in the headend; includes the SuperEncoder engine; offers video compression optimizations.
+33 1 34 20 70 01; www.nextream-online.com
TEST SIGNAL GENERATOR
Provides tools for the creation and storage of video and audio test patterns and sequences; import and export images from all common PC file formats; provides all the common test signals used in SD and HD applications.
+44 1256 881110; www.imageproc.com
NONLINEAR EDITOR TOOLKIT
Includes 16 simultaneous real-time FX on each real-time track; has unlimited video/audio tracks; export clips, storyboards, regions and EDLs; features animated titles and graphics, speed change filter and background rendering for software effects.
+41 22 308 57 57; www.inciteonline.com
WIRELESS CAMERA SYSTEM
Includes dual antenna; delivers 4:2:2 TV footage; end-to-end signal delay is 40ms; fixes to the back of any TV camera; can operate at very long distances from the receiver; is fully remote controlled
+01923 244 233; www.linkers.co.uk
MASTER CONTROL EQUIPMENT
Equipment is expanded to include: KeyEasy and Mini Key, linear keyers; MixEasy, a vision mixer for control room and OB applications; BugEasy, an on-screen bug generator for channel branding; Mascara, a touch screen controller which can be user-configured to operate the entire PresTX series.
+44 1923 256 000; www.eyeheight.com
DIGITAL STILL STORE
Stores up to 2,500 still images with the ability to record full motion video; includes composite and component video inputs and outputs; features an optional SDI video inputs and outputs, balanced audio in and out and genlock.
Scientific-Atlanta Contiuum DVP model D9030
Is 1RU high; includes advanced pre-processing (spatial/temporal pre-filtering, fast look-ahead) and statistical multiplexing capabilities.
+49 6173 928 0; www.scientificatlanta.com
CONTENT PRODUCTION SYSTEM
SysMedia PLASMA MAGENTA
Users can create, manage and transmit information services within digital TV and analog broadcasts; provides multi-format authoring and database management facilities; allows information stream to be processed for different target platforms.
+44 1293 814 200; www.sysmedia.com
Envivio Encoding Station
Prepares an MPEG-4 file that contains one encoded audio stream, one encoded video stream and the BIFS streams that contains instructions for reconstructuring the presentation; includes scene description encoding and optimized transmission for streamed files.
+33 0 158 042 574; www.envivio.com
ZOOM AND ASPECT RATIO CONVERTER
Digital Vision ZOM
For DVNR real-time image processing workstations; includes aspect ratio and zoom control and pan and scan capabilities; features independent re-positioning and user selectable blanking color.
+46 8 546 182 00; www.digitalvision.se
SLOW MOTION CONTROLLER
DNF Controls ST300
Operators can select wheel “slomo” range or T-Bar for slow motion control; features automatic mark cue advance, save the last used “slomo” speed and enable/disable freeze at record out.
+1 818 898 3380 (check number); www.dnfcontrols.com
CGI AND GRAPHICS SYSTEM
Chyron Duet Lex
Includes Chyron's Lyric software; real-time 2D and 3D animation capabilities enable graphics to be created and played out.
+44 118 986 6123; www.chyron.com
Broadcast Technology DTMD 1000
Has a 70 MHz IF output in addition to a UHF output; includes data rate monitoring on the incoming transport stream; null packets are added automatically when the data rate is below the correct rate.
+44 1264 332633; www.btl.uk.com
Pixel Power Clarity2 SD
Features dual AMD Athlon MP1900+ processors and multiple pixel processors; available in both SD and HD configurations; SD and HD outputs can be combined in a single unit; supports an optional clip player.
+44 1223 721000; www.pixelpower.com
ENCODING AND ARCHIVING SYSTEM
Axon Digital Design TX-Compliance
provides automated “operator free” server-based recording; covers compliance recording, program archiving and logging.
+31 13 511 666666; www.axon.tv
DIGITAL/ANALOG TV COMBINER UNIT
Radio Frequency Systems low power combiner
Tunable across the entire UHF band; optimized for the 20 to 250 Watt power range; optimized for low insertion loss; filters can provide critical emission masking of the transmitter signal.
+49 511 676 2731; www.rfsworld.com
Mathematical Technologies MTI IntelliDeck
Removes dust and chemical stains with Digital Restoration Services software; reduces grain, removes flicker and stabilizes images; resamples audio, pitch correct and mix audio tracks.
+1 401 831 1315; www.mathtech.com
NONLINEAR EDITING SYSTEM
Matrox DigiSuite Max
Delivers maximum editing power and creative freedom with more real-time features; analog digital inputs and outputs is supported to enable users to work in their formats of choice; users deliver in record time on tape, CD and DVD.
514 822 6000; www.matrox.com
COLOR ENHANCEMENT SYSTEM
da Vinci 2K Plus
Adds gamma curve adjust with increased gamma range; Features are now individually controlled for applying separate custom curve and gamma effects; up to 12 qualifiers can be overlapped so multiple secondary corrections can be applied to the same qualified area.
+1 954 688 5600; www.davsys.com
GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE
Product extension to AVALONidm; monitors the operations of the data management subsystem; administers both the software and the storage hardware that the subsystem manages.
+33 1 30 92 38 75; www.ava.com
COMPOSITE AND EFFECTS EDITOR
Features a full 3-D environment with an interactive effects flow graph; includes a 3-D camera model, interactive lighting with up to 24 simultaneous lights; deformations and effects are available on every layer.
+44 20 7620 4800; www.five-d.com
MODULAR SIGNAL MONITORING RANGE
Trilogy Broadcast Sentinel 600 Series SDI line monitor and changeover card
The 3U rack frame can accommodate any mix of 12,600 series cards; has provision for single or dual redundant power supplies; has automatic or manual changeover.
+44 1264 38400; www.trilogy-broadcast.com
UNDER MONITOR TALLY DISPLAYS
Television Systems Limited Tri-color six and character units
Fully modular, flexible and expandable systems suitable for large, small and mobile applications; integrates switchers, routers and multiviewers.
+44 1638 44991; www.televisionsystems.ltd.uk
MATTE EXTRACTION TOOLS
Features platform protection, automated controls and fully linear mask; includes video correction, advanced spill suppression and clean-up controls; has color conformance, roto screen correction and an external matte.
+31 297 380 935; www.ultimatte.com
Vela Argus LC
Is optimized for use in smaller streaming media, video distribution, and media asset management facilities; allows users to encode analog video and audio inputs; includes a MPEG-2 encoding board, cables and the latest Argus software.
+1 727 507 5300; www.vela.com
POV SINGLE-FIBER BIDRECTIONAL VIDEO AND DATA LINK
Telecast Fiber Systems TR5221
Available as either a rack-mounted or “throw-down” module that transports broadcast-quality video from a remote POV camera; can return video/genlock back to the camera; includes tally closure signals.
+1 508 754 4858; www.telecast-fiber.com
Silicon Graphics Media Server
Features MPEG-2, DVCPRO 25 and DVCPRO 50 formats; includes GXF and MXF file exchange and the new “Clip build” feature which builds virtual clip-based on an EDL.
+1 650 960 1980; www.sgi.com
ASSET MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
ARK-E-MEDIA ark-e-media Workgroup edition
Features advanced searching, asset check in and out and folders; has a browser-based user interface; is database and hardware independent; includes intelligence searching, keyframe editing, personalization and storyboard views.
+44 1256 869200; www.ark-e-media.com
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