Cablecast Bringing Easy Online and OTT Video Publishing to AV Users at InfoComm 2019

October 16, 2019

Automated, turnkey solution helps educational, worship, corporate and government media producers efficiently publish VOD libraries and live streams in attractive, branded content portals

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, MAY 23, 2019Cablecast Community Media is heading to InfoComm 2019 with an efficient new solution that lets video producers easily build a library of VOD and live-streaming content, and presents it attractively in controlled, customizable interfaces for online or OTT viewing. Cablecast will demonstrate the automated and intuitive offering in the booth (number 333) of fellow Tightrope Media Systems division Carousel Digital Signage at the event, taking place June 12-14 in Orlando, Florida.

The Cablecast platform’s streamlined, automated publishing workflows enable users in educational institutions, houses of worship, government agencies, corporations and non-profit organizations to easily bring video-on-demand (VOD) programming and live streams to audiences across an expanding array of viewing devices. Users can customize Cablecast’s professionally-styled, pre-built website and OTT app templates with their own logo, color scheme and content categories to quickly launch full-featured, branded content portals on the web, Apple TV® and Roku® devices. A comprehensive API is also available for customers wishing to tightly integrate Cablecast’s video presentation features within their existing website.

Adding new VOD content to the library is exceptionally simple. Authorized contributors can upload video files from anywhere through Cablecast’s web-based interface. Users can associate metadata with each clip during the upload process or after-the-fact, and can select amongst multiple frames from the video or upload a thumbnail image to represent the clip in the library. Cablecast automatically takes care of the rest, transcoding the source file as necessary for streaming and OTT delivery; dynamically updating the categorized libraries based on previously-defined metadata criteria; and publishing the clips to the public-facing website and OTT apps.

Further improving the viewer experience, VOD chapter markers can be added to pre-recorded clips or in real-time during live capture, enabling viewers to jump directly to points of interest – such as agenda topics in government meetings, or scoring plays in sports matches – without scrubbing through the entire video. Supporting documents can also be associated with VOD clips, enabling viewers to read or download related materials such as meeting minutes or lecture notes while watching the video.

Augmenting customers’ VOD offerings, Cablecast’s optional live streaming support enables users to stream programs and events in real time through the same web portal and OTT apps. Live and on-demand OTT content are delivered to viewers via the cloud-based Cablecast Reflect streaming service, while online content can be distributed through Cablecast Reflect to minimize local network bandwidth impact or using the customer’s own hosting infrastructure.

Cablecast’s content presentation environment gives publishers far more control of their viewers’ experience than is available with popularweb-based or social media distribution platforms. Unlike such free services, Cablecast does not insert advertising in front of videos, nor suggest third-party content afterwards. This ensures that customers’ programming is not shown alongside any unrelated, inappropriate, competitive, or – particularly noteworthy for public sector producers – commercial content.

“As the volume of live and on-demand video content being created by educational, government, corporate and worship media producers continues to explode, they need efficient tools to distribute it to viewers’ preferred devices while maintaining control of the presentation around their brand,” said Steve Israelsky, President, Cablecast Community Media. “Cablecast’s turnkey online and OTT templates save customers time and help them create a professional look, while our automated publishing workflows reduce turnaround time and minimize manual effort. Our latest offerings build on our more than two decades of experience in helping community media providers and content producers stay ahead of evolving trends in media consumption, and we’re excited to showcase them to InfoComm attendees.”

About Cablecast

For over 20 years, the Cablecast Community Media platform from Tightrope Media Systems has enabled community media organizations and content producers to easily and efficiently engage viewers across expanding consumer platforms including cable channels, websites, mobile devices and OTT delivery. The comprehensive Cablecast product line provides flexible, tightly-integrated solutions ranging from broadcast automation, playout servers, bulletin boards and on-air graphics to Internet VOD, live streaming and OTT distribution. For more information, visit www.cablecast.tv or call (866) 866-4118.

Hitachi Wins Prestigious Technology and Engineering EMMY® Award for Pioneering Camera Development

October 16, 2019

Company honored for ground-breaking work on single-chip color camera technology

Woodbury, NY, May 22, 2019Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. announced today that Hitachi has been honored with a Technology and Engineering EMMY® award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) for pioneering development of the single-chip color video camera.

Left-to-Right: Mr. Yoshihiro Shiwa, President and Representative Director, Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co., Ltd.; Mr. Akio Ito, Executive Vice President and Executive Officer, Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc.; Mr. Koji Takaichi, President & CEO, Hitachi America, Ltd.

The EMMY® award was accepted by Koji Takaichi, President and CEO of Hitachi America, Ltd., at the 70th Annual Technology & Engineering EMMY® Awards gala. The event was held in partnership with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) on April 7 in Las Vegas during the 2019 NAB Show. Hitachi was recognized for this award alongside four fellow video equipment manufacturers and two individual developers.

The Technology and Engineering EMMY® Awards honor development and innovation in broadcast technology. They recognize companies, organizations and individuals for breakthroughs that have a significant effect on television engineering and a material impact on the television viewing experience.

Hitachi co-developed the patented Saticon camera tube used widely in the television industry until the advent of solid-state imagers, and in 1982 released the MOS sensor based VK-C1000 camera, the first commercial single-chip product.

“The awarded technology was first commercialized in 1982, and is still operating in our professional video cameras from Hitachi Kokusai Electric, Inc.,” Mr. Takaichi said in his acceptance speech.

Hitachi Kokusai has a rich history of delivering high-performance, professional camera innovations for more than 60 years, and continues to be at the forefront of HDTV, 4K and 8K camera developments while actively championing emerging technologies such as High Dynamic Range (HDR). Its ongoing research and development of advanced camera sensors continues today, with its latest CMOS imaging technology at the heart of the new SK-HD1800 studio and field production camera that made its debut at the 2019 NAB Show.

“We are proud of our history of innovation, and we are honored to be recognized by NATAS for our role in the development of single-chip color camera technology,” said Toshihiro Matsuzaka, President and CEO, Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. “We continue to work hard on developing new technologies and offering them in practical and affordable solutions to address the evolving needs of broadcasters and video professionals in today’s dynamic media landscape.”

About Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc.

Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a company that manufactures broadcasting systems, security and surveillance systems, wireless communications and information systems. Fiscal 2017(ended March 31, 2018) sales totaled 171,791 million Yen. For more information on Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc., please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi-kokusai.co.jp/global/en/index.html.

CP Communications Partners with Vanguard LED Displays

October 16, 2019

CP Communications will provide Vanguard LED Displays solutions to power dynamic visuals and presentations in meeting spaces and other high-end commercial AV installations

St. Petersburg, Florida, May 22, 2019CP Communications, a leader in innovative solutions and services for live event productions, announces a new distribution partnership with Vanguard LED Displays. The partnership will focus on the commercial AV market in alignment with the company’s broader growth strategy. CP Communications will offer Vanguard LED Displays solutions through direct sales in addition to using them for their own productions.

Vanguard LED Displays offers an extensive range of direct-view LED solutions, including indoor, outdoor, flexible, curved and transparent displays. Based in Lakeland, Florida, Vanguard is at the forefront of LED display innovation, offering 16:9 native aspect ratio, very fine pixel pitches, chip-on-board, and common cathode solutions.

These attributes are especially appealing to CP Communications as the company expands its live production strategy from its core sports and broadcast market to corporate events, houses of worship events, an array of at-home productions and any other applications that require broadcast-quality content while maintaining reasonable production budgets. Senior Account Executive Sean Sweeney is spearheading these strategic efforts.

“Vanguard fits nicely into CP Communications’ commercial AV strategy as a high-end specialized supplier serving corporate meeting spaces and conference rooms,” said Ken Dillard, VP of North American Sales for CP Communications. “The resolution of their displays is spectacular, and the viewing distances are exactly what we need to power dynamic presentations in the meeting space sizes we target. Vanguard displays also appeal to our systems integration team, as they are modular by design, extremely scalable, and easy to assemble.”

“CP Communications’ business aligns well with Vanguard LED because of our shared commitment to superior quality and unparalleled customer support,” said Sam Spennacchio, director of business development, Vanguard LED Displays. “I look forward to working together with CP Communications to assist them in achieving many creative, reliable and visually stunning LED solutions for their clients.”

CP Communications will promote Vanguard LED products alongside other solutions, including its own STREAM family of content acquisition systems, at the upcoming InfoComm Show (June 12-14, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida). A first-time exhibitor, CP Communications will exhibit at Booth 4877. Vanguard LED Displays also exhibits separately at Booth 743.

About CP Communications

For more than three decades, CP Communications has provided high-quality, cost-effective live event production solutions to major broadcasters, sports leagues and teams, and event and production companies. Our solutions include access to experienced professionals, state of the art equipment, and innovative technologies and techniques for wireless audio & video content acquisition, transport and delivery. Our culture of innovation, coupled with the highest quality assurance standards and passion for customer service, promote collaboration with our clients to determine the best custom solution for each live event.

Visix Focuses on Organizational Tools for Campus Digital Signage at UBTech 2019

September 24, 2019

ATLANTA, GA – May 21, 2019 – Visix, Inc. will exhibit in booth 717 at the UBTech 2019 Conference, June 10-12 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, in Florida. The company will demonstrate digital signage solutions for campuses with content management software, interactive designs and meetingroom signs.

“Organizational tools are a priority for our higher education customers,” says Trey Hicks, chief sales officer for Visix. “The new products we’re showing at UBTech address the hierarchical features, organizational workflows and security policies that are crucial for today’s campuses. This lets them set up their system for success, so they can concentrate on making their communications faster, easier and more effective.”

DIGITAL SIGNAGE
Visix will demo their latest release of their AxisTV Signage Suite content management software. In addition to powerful data mapping widgets, built-in interactivity tools and customizable UI options, version 1.21 has new sort and filter intelligence, organizational hierarchy tools, and security parameters. They will also show AxisTV Alert – a stand-alone alerting application built around Common Alerting Protocols that easily integrates with third-party alerting suites like Alertus and Rave Mobile Safety.

INTERACTIVE CONTENT

Booth 717 will feature Visix’s award-winning interactive wayfinding and content designs for student and visitor engagement on campuses, featuring designs both within the AxisTV Signage Suite application and stand-alone HTML5 projects.

MEETING ROOM SIGNS
Visix will display their new Touch interactive room signs, with the industry’s most customizable user interface for schedule display, interactive prompts, and room booking features. They will also showcase wireless E Ink room signs with customizable faceplates.

UBTech highlights emerging trends in IT and AV technologies, and their applications across campuses to improve institutional and student success. Each year UBTech brings together key campus leaders from hundreds of colleges and universities for a focused, high-level conversation about technology innovation across every aspect of campus leadership and practice.

Attendees who visit Visix booth 717 can get a hands-on demonstration of Visix products and pick up free drink koozies. Parties interested in pricing or specifications for Visix products should contact salesteam@visix.com.

About UBTech

The UB Tech Conference is the leading conference for higher education leaders, technology gurus and AV professionals. It boasts three action-packed days of targeted Summits, workshops, breakout sessions and networking events where you’ll gain insights to bring back to your campus. Visit www.UBTechConference.com for details.

About Visix

Visix, Inc. offers a robust suite of digital signage software, content designs and meeting room signs for any organization wanting to engage, excite, and inform their audiences. Our products work separately or together, are competitively priced and scalable, and have powerful interactivity and data integration features for a unified, enterprise signage solution. Our award-winning service and support teams consistently rank the highest in customer satisfaction for fast, professional responses and solutions. Learn more about Visix digital signage products and services at www.visix.com.

ENCO to Showcase Automated Live Translation with Machine Learning at InfoComm 2019

September 24, 2019

Pro AV market debut of AI-enabled translation and captioning solution will highlight its ability to make live presentations and on-demand content accessible to non-native speakers

Southfield, MI, May 20, 2019 – AV professionals in all types of organizations – from educational institutions and corporations to government agencies and churches – are constantly striving to make their content accessible and understandable to more viewers, whether in-person or online. Extending the company’s rich history of innovation in automated media captioning to multi-language translation, ENCO‘s new AI-powered enTranslate system will make its AV industry debut in booth 5491 at InfoComm 2019 (June 12-14 in Orlando, Florida).

enTranslate combines the powerful speech-to-text engine from ENCO’s patented enCaption open and closed captioning solution with advanced translation technology powered by Veritone, enabling automated, near-real-time translation of live or pre-recorded content for alternative-language captioning, subtitling and more.

Helping make AV content understandable to viewers who don’t speak its original language, enTranslate offers an easy and affordable solution to automatically translate live presentations – such as keynote presentations, board meetings, legislative sessions, lectures orsermons – and recorded content such as training and learning videos. Users can choose to embed translated captions in short and long-form VOD content for subsequent on-demand consumption, or to display live, open-captioned subtitles on local video displays to assist in-person attendees. enTranslate supports 46 languages including English, Spanish, French and more.

“As media content has become an intrinsic part of modern communications across all vertical markets, AV professionals are increasingly challenged to ensure that even non-native-speaking viewers and participants can easily comprehend the material,” said Ken Frommert, President of ENCO. “For example, schools may want to better serve their ESL (English as a Second Language) students, while churches look to clearly convey their message to multi-cultural congregations and local governments strive for transparency to diverse constituents. Traditional manual translation services can be prohibitively expensive, but enTranslate makes live translation both practical and affordable for all types of organizations.”

enTranslate builds on the highly-accurate, machine learning powered speech recognition core first implemented in enCaption to interpret incoming live or file-based audio, then feeds the resulting text to its advanced translation engine. Blending artificial intelligence with sophisticated linguistics modelling, enTranslate uses a Neural Machine Translation methodology to provide high-quality translations based on the context surrounding the current words and phrases.

enTranslate offers both live and offline translation, and can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud. For file-based applications, audio or video clips can be easily ingested into the system and captioned with translations in any supported language, enabling users to quickly and affordably process large libraries of previously recorded content.

ENCO will also demonstrate the latest enhancements to enCaption4 at InfoComm, including further improvements to its already-renowned accuracy and speed. Other new features include an expanded array of sources – such as sports rosters and website news articles – from which the system can learn new vocabulary and names, and the ability to distinguish changes between different people speaking even within a mixed audio feed.

About ENCO

Founded in 1983, ENCO pioneered the use of computer-based, digital audio and program automation for radio station and TV studios. The company has since evolved its product line to cross all aspects of today’s automated broadcast and production workflows, including closed-captioning, visual radio, audio compliance, instant media playout, remote contribution, and cloud-based web streaming. Its two flagship systems, DAD and MOM, bring the industry’s best reliability, cost-efficiency and intuitive operation to automated radio and TV operations worldwide. ENCO is headquartered in Southfield, Michigan USA and retains a global distribution network, plus a growing network of partnerships with complementary industry vendors. For more information, please visit: www.enco.com.

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