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SPROCKIT in your Pocket! #NABshow 2017

Download SPROCKIT Brochure HERE! Starting a company is easy.  Building a company that can scale and change the world is hard!   Having a great idea that solves a big problem, building an All Star team and raising capital is just the beginning.  You need to get your product in front of the right companies, in the right places at ...

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The Truth about True Peak Limiting for Audio with Dr. Paul Tapper of @NugenAudio

The True Peak measurement is now part of the delivery specification of legislation such as the CALM Act, which has brought audio front and center in the spotlight of the video world, but what does this actually mean? We’re all familiar with the idea of digital samples, digital audio, and digital peak level. But what is True-Peak? The smooth blue ...

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The business case for media asset management

You could argue that, so far, there have been two stages of commercial justification for asset management systems in broadcasting. First, it was a necessary evil: if broadcasters, production companies and other media organizations wanted to store content as files—at least some of the time—they needed a means of finding it again. Once broadcasters had a comprehensive index to all ...

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BEST PRACTICE: Asset Management in Broadcast and Post Production

The better Digital Asset Management products keep all sorts of things in check. They organize everything into a single interface and keep track of clips, project files, scripts (as in copy!) and some even monitor available storage. Comprised of both content (or “essence” — the actual clip) and metadata (a description of the content, which includes the title, author, creation ...

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The Importance of Meta-tagging Assets

Before going into the actual importance of properly identifying your digital assets or “meta-tagging” them with “metadata,” we should all be familiar with what it is.  The term “metadata” defines the description of content, which can include the title, author, creation date, description and other things, such as the standards used, like the bit rate or format. Meta-tags don’t do ...

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The New IT Director Versus the Old #Broadcast Engineer

Long ago, from the earliest days of media, it was recognized that there needed to be people who performed the technical workings of the studio. Aside from the inventors and photographers who tinkered with and were able to tweak cameras, the advent of radio brought the need for a true engineer who understood the inner-workings of electricity and the analog ...

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Storage: Now That You Have It, Where Do You Keep It?

Let’s face it – insufficient storage causes major performance issues and failures.  We’ve all been there.  And we’ll all be there again there is no doubt.  As the assets continue to be created, so is the eternal question: “Now that we have it, where do we keep it?” Unlike actual physical possessions, digital assets need specialized equipment for storage.  Today, ...

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File-Based Workflows in Broadcasting

Times they-are-a-changin; while file-based workflow has been around for a while, the traditional tape-based workflow is fading in popularity, as much of the recordkeeping and content management shifts to a more digitally-inclined IT-centric infrastructure. Some cloud archival sites may store content on tape that allows high density data storage; but in the studio itself, the general trend is toward automating ...

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JMR Announces General Availability of Mac Mini RAID Desktop and Rackmount Work Stations

New Thunderbolt certified desktop and rackmount adds enhanced durability, RAID capacity expansion and I-O flexibility to Mac mini – Ideal for DI carts and studio workflows JMR Electronics, Inc. a leading provider of scalable storage solutions, announced this week the general availability of their latest ThunderboltTM certified desktop and rackmount workstation for the Apple Mac mini®. The innovative one-of-a-kind workstations will prove ...

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Upstart NooBaa Debuts Frictionless Storage for Unstructured Data

NooBaa, Inc., an Israeli based ‘frictionless’ storage software company, recently made its formal debut at VMworld 2016. Founded in 2013 by storage and networking veterans Yuval Dimnik (CEO) and Guy Margalit (CTO), the company is currently seed funded through Israeli investors Jerusalem Venture Partners (www.JVPvc.com) and Ourcrowd (www.ourcrowd.com), and is seeking Series A funding later this year. NooBaa claims that ...

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TransferSoft Announces General Availability of HyperTransfer for Windows

Native Windows version accelerates network transfers to full line speed on any local, wide and global area network TransferSoft® Inc., a provider of the most efficient enterprise data transfer software to OEMs and systems Integrators, today announced the general availability of HyperTransfer® for Windows. The native Windows compilation software suite accelerates block and file transfers to full line speed across ...

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Simply SMPTE – Happy 100 Years!

For those of you not in the media trade, SMPTE stands for the “Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers,” of which I am a proud member, being a post-production studio engineer. And they celebrated their Centennial Anniversary by having Barbara H. Lange, SMPTE Executive Director, ring the Closing Bell at the Nasdaq MarketSite – 4 Times Square – 43rd & Broadway ...

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Microsoft and Facebook to Lay 160Tbps Transatlantic Cable

In an effort to meet the growing demand for high speed, reliable connections for Cloud and online services locally and abroad, Microsoft and Facebook jointly announced their latest step in building a global cloud infrastructure with the laying of “MAREA” – a new, state-of-the art subsea cable across the Atlantic.  MAREA, Spanish for “tide” will stretch from Virginia, US, to Bilbao, ...

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Broadcast Asia 2016 Overview

So I’ll get to Singapore, literally, the day before I left (16 hour time difference, you know), a few days before the 2016 Broadcast Asia Show. The Garden City has a lot to offer the intrepid traveler and I wanted to allow some time to adjust to the jet lag and soak-in some of the local sights before showing-up bright ...

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RR Media and SES Platform Services to Merge

  New company to be formed, creating a world-leading provider of innovative global media services and solutions The overwhelming access to on-demand media via the internet, satellite, IPTV, cable, online and mobile platforms to handheld devices, desktops, live venues, radio and television, anytime and anywhere, has forever changed the time-to-market and monetization model for content owners, sports leagues and right ...

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#NABShow: Day Four at 2016 NAB Show

DAY FOUR and the last day of the 2016 NAB Show!!!  It’s been a wonderful ride!!!  Our Live Blog continues today…  Don’t forget – if you’re hungry, Ryan’s top places to eat in #Vegas during the show can be found here: www.broadcastbeat.com/nab-show-foodies/  -Afterward, our very last #NABShow Party is today, Thursday, April 21 @6:00pm – it’s the End of Show ...

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