Jünger Audio reached its 25th year in business this year but, unlike other broadcast equipment manufacturers hitting similar milestones, did not make a big fuss about it during IBC 2015. Instead it concentrated on two major technology announcements that tie in with major trends in the TV industry today: immersive audio and automation. These developments mark collaborations with research institute Fraunhofer IIS and graphics/studio systems developer Vizrt. They also show how Jünger Audio has moved with the technological times from its early days of designing analogue and then digital compressor-limiter units.
IBM subsidiary Aspera significantly expanded its presence at IBC this year to highlight its growth in video transport and cloud storage.
Sweden-based Net Insight, has acquired the assets of Hollywood, Florida-based resource management and software company VizuAll Inc, trading under the name of ScheduALL.
The Great Courses has partnered with ViewLift, a technology platform for delivering content to web, mobile and OTT, to introduce a new video learning service later this year.
As online video comes of age, it must match legacy broadcast services for traditional features such as consistent access to subtitles. This will be a focus of separate demonstrations at IBC 2015 from the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) and Institut für Rundfunktechnik GmbH (IRT), the research arm of German broadcasters ARD, ZDF and DLR, along with Austria’s ORF and Swiss public broadcaster SRG / SSR.
At IBC 2015, NOA will preview new entry-level audio and video ingest archiving bundles that redefine price-performance expectations and provide out-of-the-box instant archiving capability.
It is clear that the risks associated with IP’s resilience compared to SDI are exaggerated and that the real concern with using IP infrastructure to deliver time-critical broadcast signals lies in the lack of a common approach and operability between vendors. The broadcast and post production industry has lived with this issue for decades but perhaps the time has come to thrust that paradigm aside to offer true cross-vendor software-based compatibility? Ed Calverley, VP Products at Suitcase TV certainly thinks so in his views on this vital topic heading into IBC 2015.
Matrox Video has announced Monarch HDX Dev Tools, a set of tools for streaming and recording linked to the Monarch HDX H.264 encoder.
Many industry commentators seem to consider a pure cloud delivery model to be broadcasting nirvana and that hybrid/cloud solutions are simply a rung on the ladder leading to the cloud. But, what if one size doesn’t fit all?