IBC 2019 Welcomes Record Number Of Next-Generation Attendees

For an industry that is constantly changing at such a rapid rate it was delightful to meet up with key industry players and see all of the latest technology being displayed all under one roof at the RAI in Amsterdam.

The recent IBC Show featured many innovative products and IP Systems were at the forefront. The IP Showcase also returned to this year’s show which featured presentations, case studies, and panel discussions. End users, industry associations, solutions providers, and technology developers shared their knowledge and perspectives on how the developments in IP signal transport will impact the broadcast, proAV, and related industries today and in the future.

With a total attendance figure of 56,390, IBC2019 welcomed a record number of next-generation attendees. The number of under 35s increased by 10% year-on-year and also a rise in C-level attendees.

Improvements in Artificial Intelligence also featured as well as enhancements in storage and media management technology.

Here are some of my highlights from this year’s show:

Masstech announced the release of Kumulate, its new intelligent storage and asset lifecycle management platform. The result of an intensive industry consultation, Kumulate offers media and entertainment (M&E) users a route through the many industry transitions in storage, media and workflow.

Kumulate’s unique workflow orchestration enables customers to automate multi-vendor and multi-format file transformations, across unlimited storage tiers in a hybrid cloud environment. It streamlines metadata interchange between third-party systems, and metadata enrichment services to enable users to attain even more value from their assets.

The Kumulate Orchestrator module enables simple creation of powerful workflows, and features automated tools for migrating content across hardware versions, storage tiers (e.g. tape to cloud) or from legacy systems to the next generation of storage platforms.

Telestream participated in an SRT Hub demonstration with Haivision, and others at the Microsoft booth.

Haivision SRT Hub is an intelligent low latency media routing service built on Microsoft Azure that connects edge devices and systems with cloud resources for broadcast contribution, production, and distribution workflows.

SRT Hub leverages the Secure, Reliable Transport (SRT) protocol, developed by Haivision, which provides broadcasters with an alternative to costly satellite links, purpose-built fiber networks, or proprietary transport solutions. SRT Hub helps broadcasters and video service providers easily build reliable and secure live and file-based content routing workflows on-demand.

Telestream showed Vantage Cloud Port and OptiQ Channel connected to Haivision’s SRT Hub Cloud Media Routing Service running on Azure. Telestream’s OptiQ Monitor which is also an optional enhancement to the overall workflow measuring QoE and QoS at strategic points within the live streaming environment.

“SRT is truly a game-changing technology for transmitting video over unmanaged internet connections while mitigating risk from unknown variables,” commented Stuart Newton, VP of Strategy within the Corporate Development Group at Telestream. “With the addition of SRT Hub, we can now easily and confidently connect OptiQ Channel and Vantage Cloud Port orchestration to larger, globally diverse contribution and broadcast workflows in both live and live-to-VOD use cases.”

EditShare unveiled its next-generation file system and management console, EFS 2020 at the show.

EFS 2020 enables media organisations to build extensive collaborative workflows, shielding creative personnel from the underlying technical complexity while equipping administrators and technicians with a comprehensive set of media management tools. EditShare manages the entire EFS 2020 technology stack from the file system to OS drivers, which means enterprise-level stability and faster video file transfers.

EFS 2020 is incredibly secure to meet the need for increased security practices to prevent content theft. Designed to track all content movement on the server, including a deliberately obscured change, EFS 2020’s File Auditing capabilities provide a complete, user-friendly activity report with a detailed trail back to the instigator ensuring accountability. 

The company also unveiled Flow 2020 which is the digital glue of today’s fast-paced media facility. Ingesting, browsing, indexing, logging, and transcoding to more than 500 formats make it the fastest way for video professionals to search, retrieve, edit and deliver any digital asset. 

Flow 2020 represents the latest iteration of EditShare’s media asset management solution. The future-forward release features AI-powered audio transcription and video recognition services, newsroom computer system integration and an enhanced northbound facing API, providing a clever and highly extensible media control layer with embedded production tools to manage, edit media and automate fast-paced workflows. 

Combined with a subscription-based model Flow 2020 is incredibly flexible and provides customers an onramp to the cloud with extensive support for leading vendors including Amazon S3, Backblaze, Google, Microsoft Azure, and Wasabi enabling them to scale productions at will.

New Flow 2020 capabilities shown at IBC included:

Flow AI: Anew AI-powered module featuring video (object/people) recognition and audio transcription services.

Flow News: Offers MOS integration for news environments, bridging the gap between the production team and the NRCS and playout, enabling faster and more efficient news workflows.

Flow API: Bridges collaboration and workflow across multi-vendor installations. New for IBC2019 is integration with Spectra Logic’s BlackPearl®.

A Leader LV5900 HD/4K/8K multi-standard waveform monitor was chosen to monitor the signal feed of an hour-long live 8K broadcast by BT from Northampton, England, to IBC Amsterdam.

One of the world’s first broadcasts of its kind, the broadcast enabled IBC attendees to see the Gallagher Premiership Rugby 7s tournament relayed direct from the home stadium of Northampton Saints. Other partners supporting the event included Appear TV, Astro DesignAstro Design, Blackmagic Design, Fujinon, Ikegami, MOOV, Samsung and Telegenic.

Making its European launch at IBC 2019, the LV5900 is designed for content producers, broadcasters and equipment manufacturers progressing into 8K. A new Leader-developed focus detection algorithm applies nonlinear super-resolution technology even to low-contrast images for which focus errors were previously difficult to detect.

Housed in a half-rack-width by 4U high portable unit with a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution 9 inch front-panel monitor, it is compatible with the SMPTE ST2082-12 standard which receives 8K images via 12G-SDI quad link. Measurement capabilities include video signal waveform display, vector display, picture display, eye pattern display, five-bar display, CIE chromaticity display, freeze error detection, black error detection and gamut error detection.

Up to four inputs can be displayed simultaneously in various user-definable configurations, or one input signal can be displayed on multiple screens. Status display allows operators to check the status of errors at any instant or compile a record of events along a user-definable timeline. Enhanced data analysis can also be performed. Operators can graphically check the phase difference and sync status of incoming SDI video based on the external reference sync signal (black burst or tri-level sync).

HDR support is provided for HLG, Dolby PQ, S-Log3, C-Log, Log-C and OOTF. In the LV54900’s Cinezone display, the brightness of the HDR area is displayed by rendering the SDR area in monochrome and the HDR area in a brightness-dependent colour.

Eye pattern and jitter can be displayed on SDI signals from HD-SDI up to to 12G-SDI. These measured values can be measured automatically or under cursor control. In addition, the histogram can be superimposed and displayed on the eye pattern display.

The LV54900 can decode and display subtitles superimposed on SDI signals, CEA-608, CEA-708 closed captions, and Teletext OP47 subtitles.

Patterns can be output in various forms, including HD multi format colour bars, 4K multi format colour bars and HDR colour bars.

Audio measurement facilities include audio-to-SDI embedding, externally input MADI audio signals, level meter display, Lissajous display, loudness display, mute and clip error detection. Detected errors can be recorded as an event log.

A screen capture function is included to capture the display screen as still image data. Also provided is a frame capture function to capture frames including blanking periods. Frame capture data can be checked on a PC and searched for errors using the frame capture viewer. Time code can be superimposed on the SDI signal and also used to timestamp logged events.

Qvest Media showcased Qvest.Cloud, Qvest.Cloud Go!, Makalu and much more on their very busy stand at IBC.
With Qvest.Cloud, Qvest Media paves the way for virtualized and platform-based systems integration. Qvest.Cloud enables media companies to map their media workflow as a multi-cloud and hybrid infrastructure with an app catalogue of more than 60 cloud applications from leading manufacturers. Qvest.Cloud Go! offers ready-to-use app bundles, enabling media creators and creative teams to flexibly book tasks such as live production, post-production, archiving, and distribution as SaaS solutions. In addition, the company is expanding its line-up of cloud products with the software-defined playout automation Makalu, compliance recording with Infinity, and the middleware solution Fusion for accelerating newsroom workflows.
Qvest.Cloud Ultimate is aimed at companies that want to orchestrate, manage, and analyze their media technology – either on-premise, with a single cloud provider, in a multi-cloud environment or in a hybrid model. In addition, system resources can be scaled according to demand and the cost structure of production processes can be planned and evaluated. In order to be able to do so, Qvest.Cloud customers are provided with the integrated features Cloud Automation, Workflow Orchestration, User Management, Monitoring, Measuring & Billing as well as Cost Control. Thus, Qvest.Cloud Ultimate is the key to complete systems integration in the cloud and allows to virtualize the entire media workflow. More than 60 cloud applications from leading manufacturers are available in the continuously growing app catalog and can be interlinked to create an individual workflow.

Sony unveiled the PXW-FX9, its new flagship FS series XDCAM camcorder featuring an advanced 6K Full-Frame sensor and enhanced Fast Hybrid AutoFocus system. The camcorder delivers outstanding quality content that captures light and shade perfectly, thanks to its wide dynamic range. It is the ultimate documentary camcorder. Building upon the success of the PXW-FS7 and PXW-FS7M2, the FX9 offers content creators greater creative freedom to capture stunning images that truly resonate with audiences.

The company also announced the PXW-Z750, the world’s first 2/3-type shoulder camcorder to support 4K shooting with a 3-chip CMOS sensor system. The latest member of the XDCAM family is optimised for news and live production applications including sports broadcasting, live television and documentary shooting.

Video Europe were so impressed with the products they ordered 20 PXW-FX9 camcorders as well as 10 PXW-Z750 4K camcorders at the IBC Show.

“Not only are the PXW-FX9 and the PXW-Z750 impressive pieces of technology, they also offer all the key features and capabilities that are so critical to our customers. From the Z750 with its high portability and 4K sensor with global shutter technology, to the FX9 with its high versatility and 6K Full-Frame sensor. The new cameras are the perfect additions to our existing portfolio of Sony products, and we are excited to be one of the first to place an order for these incredible new camcorders,” said Matt Marner, director at Video Europe Ltd.

Rotolight introduced a ground-breaking LED soft light, Titan™ X2 utilizes state of the art RGBWW technology to provide unparalleled light output, outstanding colour accuracy for gorgeous skin tones, and a suite of industry-first features designed to enhance the creative possibilities of lighting professionals. Designed and manufactured in the UK to uncompromising aerospace standards, the Titan™ X2 represents the very latest in LED technology in a sleek yet robust package; engineered to last.

As the brightest 2×1 soft light ever made with none of the added weight, Titan™ X2 provides enough power to adapt to any lighting situation and performs excellently across the entire CCT spectrum from 2,800K – 10,000K. Perfect for high speed work, the Rotolight Titan™ X2 is entirely flicker-free at any shutter angle or intensity.

With patent pending SmartSoft™ technology, lighting professionals can now electronically adjust the light’s diffusion, focus and spread; providing unrivalled control whilst eliminating the need for gels. A revolution in lighting control, saving both time and money, SmartSoft™ can be adjusted locally on the light, via DMX or wirelessly. With the largest light aperture of any 2×1 fixture, Titan™ X2’s gorgeous soft output wraps flatteringly around subjects and avoids sharp shadows.

Featuring a toughened LCD touchscreen display with an intuitive, fast and responsive user interface, Titan™ X2 exemplifies ease of use and saves time on set. Lighting professionals no longer need to navigate through complex sub-menus, instead able to access key features with a single touch thanks to quick-start icons and up to 10 user customisable presets for instant recall. For the first time, the full-colour display enables on-screen previews of the Titan™ X2’s extensive filter library allowing cinematographers to achieve the exact colour they want and eliminating the guesswork.

Experience superior colour accuracy due to Rotolight’s expertly engineered PentaChromic Colour Engine™ that guarantees beautiful, precise skin tones and vivid colour saturation; developed using cutting-edge RGBWW technology. Excelling in both CRI and TLCI performance, the Titan™ X2 is meticulous in its colour rendition; flattering subjects in-camera and reducing the need for post-production. With a world of colour at your fingertips, harness an incredible palette of over 16.7 million vibrant colours in seconds, all accessible across five lighting modes: CCT, HSI, RGBW, XY and Filter which includes a comprehensive library of more than 1300 industry standard gels.

Titan™ X2 features Rotolight’s award-winning suite of user customisable CineSFX™ (Fire, Lightning, TV, Gunshot, Paparazzi and more) which eliminates the need for expensive, time consuming legacy ‘flicker-box’ workflows. Designed in conjunction with Stefan Lange, Visual FX veteran (Batman, James Bond ‘Skyfall’, TombRaider), the patented CineSFX™ suite utilizes Titan’s RGB colour engine to deliver realistic full colour lighting effects; providing endless creative possibilities on set.

The Future Zone is always a fantastic place to see the next generation of broadcast and media technologies.The Future Trends Theatre returned with many more presentations to give attendees an understanding of new technology. The Future Zone brought together the very latest ideas and innovations and showcased them in a single specially curated area on the IBC show floor. 

So, that’s my take on the recent IBC Show and it was great to see a 10% rise in the number of young attendees which shows that the event is a draw for the next generation of broadcast professionals.