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Tactical fiber cables. Courtesy Belden.

Simplifying Fiber Transport in Mobile Production with Multidyne September 2nd 2014 - 08:10 PM

Those of us working on the technical side of broadcast and production like to have options. Certainly when it comes to equipment choices, we’re lucky to have an array of vendors to choose from for all but the most specialized products. However, when it comes to connectivity – an ever-present requirement in mobile production -the options quickly diminish.

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Converging Broadcast Distribution into ‘The Cloud’ September 1st 2014 - 04:40 PM

Digital…..the word has such broad connotations. Digital ‘gadgets’ are now affecting nearly every person on the planet today, in one form or another.

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NEP provides studio space for shows like The Colbert report (shown) and The Daily show, among others.

As Video Technology Continuously Changes, Rental and Service Houses Do Brisk Business September 1st 2014 - 03:37 PM

Like everything else in today’s economy, video rental and service companies — especially those based in New York City or Los Angeles — have moved from being small niche businesses into major global conglomerates with a who’s who of major media clients.

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Compare the two images. The right, which is much clearer, used motion estimation in an NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT graphics card. Image courtesy

Understanding Compression Technology: Motion Estimation Part 2 September 1st 2014 - 09:52 AM

Part 1 of this article covered multiple aspects of compression technology: macroblocks, DCT, quantization, and lossless compression. Part 2 will focus on motion estimation for P- and B-frames—after a review of lossless data compacting. Part 3 (next month) will detail the critical role of Predicted frames and Difference frames in maintaining image quality.

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Microphone cables come in multiple colors, but it’s the inside construction that counts. (Image courtesy

Cable and Fiber for Professional Use Spans a Wide Range of Quality, Costs and Applications September 1st 2014 - 09:00 AM

When most professionals think of copper or fiber optic cable for broadcast, studio, mobile units and computer technology, many think first of a trusted brand they know — mainly because they have learned to depend on it and feel cable is a mature, staple product.

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Today’s Media Asset Management systems can provide as much—or as little functionality as you need.

How to Maximize Your MAM September 1st 2014 - 09:00 AM

Over the last ten years, an industry that was mostly hardware based has been successfully transitioning to an IT world, bringing about huge change to technical workflows and business practices, and thereby enabling content owners to transition from tape to digital. In the past five years, we’ve developed a multi-screen, multi-channel world, where viewers can watch their favorite shows at home in HD on the TV, the internet, or anywhere they like on second and third screen devices.

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New Help for Engineers Moving to File-Based Workflows August 27th 2014 - 04:20 PM

Industry consultant and The Broadcast Bridge writer, Gary Olson, has released an in-depth tutorial book, Planning and Designing the IP Broadcast Facility, designed to help engineers and technical managers transition their facilities into the world of computer-based technology and file-based workflows.

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MAM: maximize the value of your media, minimize your costs August 21st 2014 - 04:15 PM

Funnily enough, we’re all Media Asset Managers. There’s the pile of LPs under the record player, the CDs on the shelf, the MP4s you (legally no doubt) downloaded during the glorious years of widespread downloads, and then your iTunes collection. Then there are your photos. The ones nicely organized on your drive, the ones archived using 6 different directory schemes across 7 backup drives, and the 3 sets you promised to merge in from your spouse and kids. Let’s face it, it’s wonderful, but it’s a mess. Oddly enough, this is not too different from how media is managed in major media companies. Assets are distributed across multiple locations, organized following different schemes, and it can often be hard to find and use an asset in one place if it was created in another. This is because like at home, the organization has grown organically over time to accommodate different needs.

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