SeaWell Networks and Civolution Announce Joint Multiscreen Security Solution

New solution features per-session watermarking, improving multiscreen and OTT video security for cable and IPTV service providers

AMSTERDAM – September 13, 2013 – IBC, stand #14.182 and stand #2.A41 – SeaWell Networks, a leader in multiscreen video delivery solutions, today announces a joint multiscreen security solution with Civolution, the leading provider of technology and solutions for identifying, managing and monetizing content. The collaboration enhances SeaWell’s multiscreen security framework by adding scalable, per-session watermarking for multiscreen and over-the top (OTT) services.

Piracy and illicit re-streaming of service providers’ linear and on-demand (VOD) content over the Internet is a major challenge for the television industry, especially regarding live sporting and other high-demand events. Answering the demand for advanced security, the joint solution combines the edge-based, per-session encryption capability of SeaWell’s Spectrum™ Session Delivery Controller with Civolution’s NexGuard forensic watermarking technology. As a result, operators can detect the watermark to identify the source of content theft, and then take action on an individual user basis.

The joint solution identifies each streaming session and creates an imperceptible, uniquely watermarked video stream at the network edge without impacting the viewer’s experience. Each stream is then repackaged for any adaptive bit rate (ABR) format, delivered to the end-user device, and encrypted and protected with DRM on a per-session basis. Through SeaWell’s dynamic manifest manipulation capability, the solution is compatible with targeted ad/alternate content insertion.

“Real-time piracy of premium content can significantly impact pay-TV service providers’ business. It limits the potential of selling high-end subscription packages, introduces a risk of subscriber churn and can lead to revenue loss, “said Jean-Michel Masson, SVP Watermarking Solutions, Civolution. “By combining Spectrum’s per-session based capabilities with Civolution’s unique stream identification, we are introducing a powerful deterrent against piracy, thereby removing this threat.”

“Civolution’s NexGuard watermarking technology has a proven track record for protecting pre-release content, digital cinema and pay-TV services,” said Brian Collie, CEO of SeaWell Networks. “Our collaboration further improves our multiscreen security framework for cable and IPTV service providers, allowing them to offer an efficient watermarking value-added service that establishes a complete chain of custody between customers and broadcast partners.”

The solution will be on display at IBC at SeaWell’s stand #14.182 in hall 14 and Civolution’s stand #2.A41 in hall 2.

About SeaWell Networks

SeaWell Networks Inc. is the leader in monetizing multiscreen TV thanks to its industry first, per-user session control solution. Spectrum™ dynamically creates and manages each adaptive bitrate video session, enabling delivery to any device or protocol and giving pay TV providers unprecedented network-side control over targeted ad insertion, policy management, blackout, QoE, and encryption. For more information visit http://www.seawellnetworks.com/.

About Civolution

Civolution (www.civolution.com) is the leading provider of technology and solutions to identify, manage and monetize media content. The company offers an extensive portfolio of cutting edge digital watermarking and fingerprinting based applications for media interaction (accurate and real-time video synchronization for 2nd screen and smart TVs), media intelligence (audience measurement and media monitoring for television, radio and internet) and media protection (content filtering and forensic marking of media assets in pre-release, digital cinema, payTV and online). Follow us on Twitter: @Civolution.

 

Fraunhofer HHI Drives HEVC Adoption with the Industry’s First Real-time Hardware Solution at IBC 2013

Fraunhofer HHI’s H.265 / MPEG-HEVC hardware decoder and new encoding and decoding software make HEVC playback and mainstream adoption a reality

Berlin, Germany/Amsterdam – September 13, 2013 – (IBC booth 8B.80) The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI), a leader in the development of mobile and fixed broadband communication networks, multimedia systems, image processing and 3D, today announces the industry’s first H.265 / MPEG-HEVC real-time hardware decoder.  This solution, in addition to Fraunhofer HHI’s latest real-time HEVC encoding and decoding software, are the most innovative solutions for HEVC playback in the industry today.

“As a joint developer of the HEVC/H.265 video standard, Fraunhofer HHI understands the opportunity and benefits HEVC can deliver, as well as the challenges associated with its implementation,” said Thomas Schierl, head of group, Multimedia Communications of Fraunhofer HHI. “The very first hardware decoder and our software solutions are important technologies to drive HEVC adoption for mainstream applications in today’s market.”

As the up and coming compression standard, which reduces bit rates by fifty percent while maintaining image quality, the industry is eager to reap the benefits HEVC. Until now, the technology to effectively implement HEVC was lacking. Fraunhofer HHI’s R&D expertise designed the industry’s first real-time hardware decoder. This coupled with its latest HEVC real-time encoding and decoding software, will accelerate the adoption of HEVC products. This includes video conferencing with low latency, mobile web streaming, and high-quality television broadcasts.

The new, HEVC real-time hardware decoder’s ultra-low delay decoder IP core supports the HEVC main profile. Even without an additional processor core, the decoder provides real-time performance for full HD resolution (1080p30) at a clock frequency below 150 MHz. The design is currently implemented in the Altera Stratix-V FPGA.

Fraunhofer HHI’s new software encoder encodes 1080p HD video in real-time and streams to clients running Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. With its efficient multithreading, the decoder software allows real-time decoding of video content at 4K/UltraHD video resolutions at 60Hz for all currently specified H.265 profiles. To complement this software, HHI offers multiple test suites with HEVC-compliant bit streams for testing of HEVC decoder chips or corresponding set-top boxes.

IBC attendees can see demonstrations of the new HEVC solutions at the Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance booth 8.B80. Fraunhofer HHI’s scientists are also available at the booth for one-one-conversations.

Fraunhofer HHI is part of the Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance. The Alliance provides a network of deep expertise and intelligence for the development of scalable technologies and international standards that allow customers to stay ahead the market.

About Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute
The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute is a world leader in the development of mobile and fixed broadband communication networks and multimedia systems. From photonic components and systems to fiber optic sensors and high-speed hardware architectures, the Heinrich Hertz Institute works together with its international partners from research and industry on building the infrastructure for the future Gigabit Society. Fraunhofer HHI is your competent partner for broadcasting, gesture controlled man-machine interaction, image processing and transmission and use of interactive media.
Further Information: www.hhi.fraunhofer.de

Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance’s Spatial-AV Project Overcomes Technical and Cost Barriers for 3D Production

Inaugural year of project delivers first-of-its-kind technologies to automate 3D production for more creative filmmaking

Amsterdam – September 13, 2013 – (IBC booth 8B.80) – The Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance, the driver of enhanced moving picture and audio experiences, today announces new developments and workflow solutions from its Spatial-AV Project, the Alliance’s initiative to automate the procedures of 3D production and provide intelligent, modular, multi-sensory recording and production systems for immersive audio-visual media. One year into the Project’s research and development efforts, Fraunhofer delivers the solutions to further combat technical production costs and enhance creative filmmaking in the era of 3D.

“At Fraunhofer, we’re dedicated to developing new, technical opportunities that let professionals return to the simplicity of cinema’s past, while achieving the highest-possible quality and standards to be competitive in today’s market,“ said Dr. Siegfried Foessel, spokesman for the Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance. “The Spatial-AV Project makes it possible to focus on creativity, as opposed to the complex technical adjustments and resources that come along with 3D production.”

Under the Spatial-AV Project, scientists from the Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance pool expertise to develop future oriented systems for the enhanced production of 3D. This includes the introduction of first-of-its-kind prototypes of cameras, computational imaging methods and audio-visual coherence. Recent developments include camera settings for auto-stereoscopic 3D recording, omnidirectional camera set-ups for 360 degree recording and promising new methods based on lightfield acquisition technologies for professional video and movie productions.

At IBC, Fraunhofer is demonstrating the Spatial-AV Project’s latest innovations including:

The most innovative lightfield camera recording system to date
Using sparse angular sampling, the new four-by-four array of Fraunhofer provides 16 slightly different views, capturing the lightfield in one shot. Key advantages include different viewing angles, focuses and the automatic creation of depth maps. In the future, this will also lead to the elimination of the need for a green screen in moving picture production. With Fraunhofer’s lightfield technology, professionals can now control artistic effects, such as the Matrix “bullet time” or vertigo effects, in postproduction. The result is a streamlined production process that alleviates costs and provides the utmost creative freedom for producers.

New easy-to-use miniaturized OmniCam-360 system
Fraunhofer’s new system enables the real-time acquisition of 360-degree ultra-high definition panoramic video. This scalable, mirror-based multi-camera rig captures ultra-high-resolution 3D video panoramas that are exhibited with a flexible multi-projection system. Viewers are provided with an immersive viewing experience, giving them the feeling of watching an event on-site live from the very best seat.

The first prototype of a microphone management solution for spatial audio
Audio-visual coherence, the joint recording, editing, and matching of acoustic and visual perspectives, is a main focus of the Alliance’s Spatial-AV Project. The microphone management solution, an interactive system of 3D audio reproduction for headphones, allows sound engineers to optimize recordings on set by facilitating rapid and intuitive control over the audioscape even with a large number of microphones. This is possible any time, during or after production.

Launched in 2012, research and development activities under the Spatial-AV Project are scheduled to last three years. Further research and development under the project will follow over the coming two years to deliver additional, future-oriented systems.

IBC attendees can experience demonstrations of the Project’s innovative solutions at the Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance booth 8.B80. Further information is available at: http://www.dcinema.fraunhofer.de/en/.

 About the Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance
The Fraunhofer Alliance Digital Cinema consists of four Fraunhofer institutes specializing in video and audio technologies. With the start of digitalization in the moving picture industry, these institutes joined forces in 2004 to offer R&D expertise with one face to the customer. The institutes are all well known in the industry for award-winning developments and standards like MP3, H.264, the DCI Compliance Test Plan for Digital Cinema, IOSONO, easyDCP software etc. In addition, they are contributing to ISO, SMPTE, ISDCF, EDCF.

Fraunhofer HHI Drives HEVC Adoption with the Industry’s First Real-time Hardware Solution at IBC 2013

Fraunhofer HHI’s H.265 / MPEG-HEVC hardware decoder and new encoding and decoding software make HEVC playback and mainstream adoption a reality

Berlin, Germany/Amsterdam – September 13, 2013 – (IBC booth 8B.80) The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI), a leader in the development of mobile and fixed broadband communication networks, multimedia systems, image processing and 3D, today announces the industry’s first H.265 / MPEG-HEVC real-time hardware decoder.  This solution, in addition to Fraunhofer HHI’s latest real-time HEVC encoding and decoding software, are the most innovative solutions for HEVC playback in the industry today.

“As a joint developer of the HEVC/H.265 video standard, Fraunhofer HHI understands the opportunity and benefits HEVC can deliver, as well as the challenges associated with its implementation,” said Thomas Schierl, head of group, Multimedia Communications of Fraunhofer HHI. “The very first hardware decoder and our software solutions are important technologies to drive HEVC adoption for mainstream applications in today’s market.”

As the up and coming compression standard, which reduces bit rates by fifty percent while maintaining image quality, the industry is eager to reap the benefits HEVC. Until now, the technology to effectively implement HEVC was lacking. Fraunhofer HHI’s R&D expertise designed the industry’s first real-time hardware decoder. This coupled with its latest HEVC real-time encoding and decoding software, will accelerate the adoption of HEVC products. This includes video conferencing with low latency, mobile web streaming, and high-quality television broadcasts.

The new, HEVC real-time hardware decoder’s ultra-low delay decoder IP core supports the HEVC main profile. Even without an additional processor core, the decoder provides real-time performance for full HD resolution (1080p30) at a clock frequency below 150 MHz. The design is currently implemented in the Altera Stratix-V FPGA.

Fraunhofer HHI’s new software encoder encodes 1080p HD video in real-time and streams to clients running Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. With its efficient multithreading, the decoder software allows real-time decoding of video content at 4K/UltraHD video resolutions at 60Hz for all currently specified H.265 profiles. To complement this software, HHI offers multiple test suites with HEVC-compliant bit streams for testing of HEVC decoder chips or corresponding set-top boxes.

IBC attendees can see demonstrations of the new HEVC solutions at the Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance booth 8.B80. Fraunhofer HHI’s scientists are also available at the booth for one-one-conversations.

Fraunhofer HHI is part of the Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance. The Alliance provides a network of deep expertise and intelligence for the development of scalable technologies and international standards that allow customers to stay ahead the market.

About Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute
The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute is a world leader in the development of mobile and fixed broadband communication networks and multimedia systems. From photonic components and systems to fiber optic sensors and high-speed hardware architectures, the Heinrich Hertz Institute works together with its international partners from research and industry on building the infrastructure for the future Gigabit Society. Fraunhofer HHI is your competent partner for broadcasting, gesture controlled man-machine interaction, image processing and transmission and use of interactive media.

Further Information: www.hhi.fraunhofer.de

SeaWell Networks and Civolution Announce Joint Multiscreen Security Solution

New solution features per-session watermarking, improving multiscreen and OTT video security for cable and IPTV service providers

AMSTERDAM – September 13, 2013 – IBC, stand #14.182 and stand #2.A41 – SeaWell Networks, a leader in multiscreen video delivery solutions, today announces a joint multiscreen security solution with Civolution, the leading provider of technology and solutions for identifying, managing and monetizing content. The collaboration enhances SeaWell’s multiscreen security framework by adding scalable, per-session watermarking for multiscreen and over-the top (OTT) services.

Piracy and illicit re-streaming of service providers’ linear and on-demand (VOD) content over the Internet is a major challenge for the television industry, especially regarding live sporting and other high-demand events. Answering the demand for advanced security, the joint solution combines the edge-based, per-session encryption capability of SeaWell’s Spectrum™ Session Delivery Controller with Civolution’s NexGuard forensic watermarking technology. As a result, operators can detect the watermark to identify the source of content theft, and then take action on an individual user basis.

The joint solution identifies each streaming session and creates an imperceptible, uniquely watermarked video stream at the network edge without impacting the viewer’s experience. Each stream is then repackaged for any adaptive bit rate (ABR) format, delivered to the end-user device, and encrypted and protected with DRM on a per-session basis. Through SeaWell’s dynamic manifest manipulation capability, the solution is compatible with targeted ad/alternate content insertion.

“Real-time piracy of premium content can significantly impact pay-TV service providers’ business. It limits the potential of selling high-end subscription packages, introduces a risk of subscriber churn and can lead to revenue loss, “said Jean-Michel Masson, SVP Watermarking Solutions, Civolution. “By combining Spectrum’s per-session based capabilities with Civolution’s unique stream identification, we are introducing a powerful deterrent against piracy, thereby removing this threat.”

“Civolution’s NexGuard watermarking technology has a proven track record for protecting pre-release content, digital cinema and pay-TV services,” said Brian Collie, CEO of SeaWell Networks. “Our collaboration further improves our multiscreen security framework for cable and IPTV service providers, allowing them to offer an efficient watermarking value-added service that establishes a complete chain of custody between customers and broadcast partners.”

The solution will be on display at IBC at SeaWell’s stand #14.182 in hall 14 and Civolution’s stand #2.A41 in hall 2.

About SeaWell Networks
SeaWell Networks Inc. is the leader in monetizing multiscreen TV thanks to its industry first, per-user session control solution. Spectrum™ dynamically creates and manages each adaptive bitrate video session, enabling delivery to any device or protocol and giving pay TV providers unprecedented network-side control over targeted ad insertion, policy management, blackout, QoE, and encryption. For more information visit http://www.seawellnetworks.com/.

About Civolution
Civolution (www.civolution.com) is the leading provider of technology and solutions to identify, manage and monetize media content. The company offers an extensive portfolio of cutting edge digital watermarking and fingerprinting based applications for media interaction (accurate and real-time video synchronization for 2nd screen and smart TVs), media intelligence (audience measurement and media monitoring for television, radio and internet) and media protection (content filtering and forensic marking of media assets in pre-release, digital cinema, payTV and online). Follow us on Twitter: @Civolution.

 

Fraunhofer HHI Drives HEVC Adoption with the Industry’s First Real-time Hardware Solution at IBC 2013

Fraunhofer HHI’s H.265 / MPEG-HEVC hardware decoder and new encoding and decoding software make HEVC playback and mainstream adoption a reality

Berlin, Germany/Amsterdam – September 13, 2013 – (IBC booth 8B.80) – The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI), a leader in the development of mobile and fixed broadband communication networks, multimedia systems, image processing and 3D, today announces the industry’s firstH.265 / MPEG-HEVC real-time hardware decoder.  This solution, in addition to Fraunhofer HHI’s latest real-time HEVC encoding and decoding software, are the most innovative solutions for HEVC playback in the industry today.

“As a joint developer of the HEVC/H.265 video standard, Fraunhofer HHI understands the opportunity and benefits HEVC can deliver, as well as the challenges associated with its implementation,” said Thomas Schierl, head of group, Multimedia Communications of Fraunhofer HHI. “The very first hardware decoder and our software solutions are important technologies to drive HEVC adoption for mainstream applications in today’s market.”

As the up and coming compression standard, which reduces bit rates by fifty percent while maintaining image quality, the industry is eager to reap the benefits HEVC. Until now, the technology to effectively implement HEVC was lacking. Fraunhofer HHI’s R&D expertise designed the industry’s first real-time hardware decoder. This coupled with its latest HEVC real-time encoding and decoding software, will accelerate the adoption of HEVC products. This includes video conferencing with low latency, mobile web streaming, and high-quality television broadcasts.

The new, HEVC real-time hardware decoder’s ultra-low delay decoder IP core supports the HEVC main profile. Even without an additional processor core, the decoder provides real-time performance for full HD resolution (1080p30) at a clock frequency below 150 MHz. The design is currently implemented in the Altera Stratix-V FPGA.

Fraunhofer HHI’s new software encoder encodes 1080p HD video in real-time and streams to clients running Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. With its efficient multithreading, the decoder software allows real-time decoding of video content at 4K/UltraHD video resolutions at 60Hz for all currently specified H.265 profiles. To complement this software, HHI offers multiple test suites with HEVC-compliant bit streams for testing of HEVC decoder chips or corresponding set-top boxes.

IBC attendees can see demonstrations of the new HEVC solutions at the Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance booth 8.B80. Fraunhofer HHI’s scientists are also available at the booth for one-one-conversations.

Fraunhofer HHI is part of the Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance. The Alliance provides a network of deep expertise and intelligence for the development of scalable technologies and international standards that allow customers to stay ahead the market.

For more information, contact Benno Stabernack, benno.stabernack@hhi.fraunhofer.de Benjamin Boss, benjamin.bross@hhi.fraunhofer.de or Gudrun Quandel, gudrun.quandel@hhi.fraunhofer.de, or visit http://www.hhi.fraunhofer.de

About Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute

The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute is a world leader in the development of mobile and fixed broadband communication networks and multimedia systems. From photonic components and systems to fiber optic sensors and high-speed hardware architectures, the Heinrich Hertz Institute works together with its international partners from research and industry on building the infrastructure for the future Gigabit Society. Fraunhofer HHI is your competent partner for broadcasting, gesture controlled man-machine interaction, image processing and transmission and use of interactive media.

Further Information: www.hhi.fraunhofer.de

Edgeware Accelerates Cloud TV and TV Everywhere Headends at IBC 2013

New D-VDN Origin Accelerator simplifies and accelerates multiscreen origin servers for OTT, Pay-TV services

AMSTERDAM – September 13, 2013 – (IBC stand 14.C10)  Edgeware, the technology leader in distributed video delivery, today announces its new solution for over-the-top (OTT) and pay-TV service providers who struggle with scaling costs in their multiscreen headends.  The D-VDN Origin Accelerator significantly reduces complexity and performance requirements and therefore costs of origin servers by accelerating both ingest and playout capacity.

Demand for operator TV everywhere and new OTT cloud TV services is creating massive pressure on video headends. These services require headends to record and store more content in more bit rates and formats than ever before, while delivering content to an increasing number of access networks. To address this issue, many vendors have developed origin servers that are able to record, store and serve programs in the different formats as needed. However, origin servers still face major issues with costs and efficiency.

Costs scale rapidly with the number of channels, the number of recordings and the number of networks served by the origin servers. While local caching in these networks provides some offload, efficiency still declines with the increasing content driven by channel choice and recording windows. Costs skyrocket even further when predictable performance is required. Recording and playout functions must use separate processors and storage resources or virtual servers must be over-provisioned with complex load balancing to make this possible.

The Edgeware D-VDN Origin Accelerator fully offloads and load balances all origin ingest and playout functions. To provide redundant storage and any content transformation needed for the different formats, simple, low-cost hardware and file systems can be used, even in services capable of simultaneously recording hundreds of channels and supporting tens of millions of consumers with highly predictable quality of experience (QoE).

“As channel line-ups and content libraries grow, it was only logical for Edgeware to package our acceleration technology to solve scalability issues in the multiscreen headend,” said Jon Haley, vice president, product marketing and business development at Edgeware. “We are very excited about the new D-VDN Origin Accelerator, particularly due to the increasing number of new cloud TV and DVR service providers that will benefit from it.”

Edgeware is demonstrating the key technologies and discussing details of the solution with existing and prospective customers at IBC in Amsterdam between September 13 and 17, 2013, IBC attendees can visit its Stand 14.C10.

About Edgeware

Edgeware is the technology leader in distributed video delivery networks, designed to allow operators to monetize video services such as video on demand (VOD), time shift TV and network Personal Video Recorder (nPVR), as well as offering wholesale Content Delivery Networking (CDN) management services. Edgeware provides the video delivery systems needed to offer video services across managed and unmanaged networks, with the ability to reach any screen, at any time, with any content. Edgeware is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with a U.S. office in Boxborough, Massachusetts.

Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance’s Spatial-AV Project Overcomes Technical and Cost Barriers for 3D Production

Inaugural year of project delivers first-of-its-kind technologies to automate 3D production for more creative filmmaking

Amsterdam – September 13, 2013 – (IBC booth 8B.80) – The Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance, the driver of enhanced moving picture and audio experiences, today announces new developments and workflow solutions from its Spatial-AV Project, the Alliance’s initiative to automate the procedures of 3D production and provide intelligent, modular, multi-sensory recording and production systems for immersive audio-visual media. One year into the Project’s research and development efforts, Fraunhofer delivers the solutions to further combat technical production costs and enhance creative filmmaking in the era of 3D.

“At Fraunhofer, we’re dedicated to developing new, technical opportunities that let professionals return to the simplicity of cinema’s past, while achieving the highest-possible quality and standards to be competitive in today’s market,“ said Dr. Siegfried Foessel, spokesman for the Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance. “The Spatial-AV Project makes it possible to focus on creativity, as opposed to the complex technical adjustments and resources that come along with 3D production.”

Under the Spatial-AV Project, scientists from the Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance pool expertise to develop future oriented systems for the enhanced production of 3D. This includes the introduction of first-of-its-kind prototypes of cameras, computational imaging methods and audio-visual coherence. Recent developments include camera settings for auto-stereoscopic 3D recording, omnidirectional camera set-ups for 360 degree recording and promising new methods based on lightfield acquisition technologies for professional video and movie productions.

At IBC, Fraunhofer is demonstrating the Spatial-AV Project’s latest innovations including:

The most innovative lightfield camera recording system to date

Using sparse angular sampling, the new four-by-four array of Fraunhofer provides 16 slightly different views, capturing the lightfield in one shot. Key advantages include different viewing angles, focuses and the automatic creation of depth maps. In the future, this will also lead to the elimination of the need for a green screen in moving picture production. With Fraunhofer’s lightfield technology, professionals can now control artistic effects, such as the Matrix “bullet time” or vertigo effects, in postproduction. The result is a streamlined production process that alleviates costs and provides the utmost creative freedom for producers.

New easy-to-use miniaturized OmniCam-360 system

Fraunhofer’s new system enables the real-time acquisition of 360-degree ultra-high definition panoramic video. This scalable, mirror-based multi-camera rig captures ultra-high-resolution 3D video panoramas that are exhibited with a flexible multi-projection system. Viewers are provided with an immersive viewing experience, giving them the feeling of watching an event on-site live from the very best seat.

The first prototype of a microphone management solution for spatial audio

Audio-visual coherence, the joint recording, editing, and matching of acoustic and visual perspectives, is a main focus of the Alliance’s Spatial-AV Project. The microphone management solution, an interactive system of 3D audio reproduction for headphones, allows sound engineers to optimize recordings on set by facilitating rapid and intuitive control over the audioscape even with a large number of microphones. This is possible any time, during or after production.

Launched in 2012, research and development activities under the Spatial-AV Project are scheduled to last three years. Further research and development under the project will follow over the coming two years to deliver additional, future-oriented systems.

IBC attendees can experience demonstrations of the Project’s innovative solutions at the Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance booth 8.B80. Further information is available at: http://www.dcinema.fraunhofer.de/en/.

About the Fraunhofer Digital Cinema Alliance

The Fraunhofer Alliance Digital Cinema consists of four Fraunhofer institutes specializing in video and audio technologies. With the start of digitalization in the moving picture industry, these institutes joined forces in 2004 to offer R&D expertise with one face to the customer. The institutes are all well known in the industry for award-winning developments and standards like MP3, H.264, the DCI Compliance Test Plan for Digital Cinema, IOSONO, easyDCP software etc. In addition, they are contributing to ISO, SMPTE, ISDCF, EDCF.

Edgeware Breaks its own Streaming Density Record

New Orbit 3080 features 80 Gbps wire speed video streaming from a single rack unit

AMSTERDAM – September 13, 2013  (IBC stand 14.C10)  Edgeware, the technology leader in distributed video delivery, today announced its Orbit 3080, the newest addition to its lineup of high-performance, high-density network video delivery appliances.

Building on the technology platform of the widely successful Orbit 3020, the 3080 is the next product increment to address customers with the need to reliably and cost-efficiently stream large amounts of video. Edgeware appliances provide deterministic wire speed performance for live, video on demand (VOD) and network digital video recorder (NDVR) applications and they support combinations of HTTP and RTSP traffic with uniformly low latency.

Comparing high-level specifications, the Orbit 3080 provides a ten-fold increase in throughput per rack unit when compared to a high-performance, generic server. In reality the difference is even more drastic as ingest operations for cache misses, as well as management system and monitoring overheads, significantly impact generic server performance. The Orbit 3080 density advantage allows significant CAPEX and OPEX savings and provides the basis for greatly simplified installation and management. It also enables deeper and more effective network caching to minimize network costs and maximize end user quality of experience (QoE).

“Today, peak audiences on the Internet are still tiny compared to broadcast TV,” says Joachim Roos, CEO of Edgeware. “If Internet and cloud TV services are to compete, a drastic change in the delivery capacity is needed and that is exactly what this solution provides.”

Edgeware is using the IBC show in Amsterdam this week to demonstrate the key technologies and to discuss details of its solution with existing and prospective customers. IBC attendees can visit its Stand 14.C10.

About Edgeware

Edgeware is the technology leader in distributed video delivery networks, designed to allow operators to monetize video services such as video on demand (VOD), time shift TV and network Personal Video Recorder (nPVR), as well as offering wholesale Content Delivery Networking (CDN) management services. Edgeware provides the video delivery systems needed to offer video services across managed and unmanaged networks, with the ability to reach any screen, at any time, with any content. Edgeware is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with a U.S. office in Boxborough, Massachusetts.

For more information, please visit www.edgeware.tv.

Integration of the Fraunhofer IIS DCP Software easyDCP with Quantel’s Post Production Environment

The Fraunhofer-Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS and Quantel announce at IBC 2013 their cooperation to innovate and facilitate the workflow for content creation in the field of DCP-generation directly in the Quantel post production environment. Dedicated to enable new creative tools and make the process more cost-effective for post production houses, the easyDCP Plug-ins from Fraunhofer IIS will be available in the latest version of Quantel’s Pablo Rio high quality color and finishing system as well as Pablo, iQ and eQ systems.

Quantel as one of the well-known companies for content creation systems for broadcast and post production facilities in the digital age is now integrating the easyDCP functionality for creation, encryption and play-out of digital cinema packages from the Fraunhofer IIS scientists in its post production toolsets.

“With the easyDCP functionality post houses can now instantly create DCPs with their Quantel systems and broaden their possibilities for a multi-format play-out and delivery,” explains Heiko Sparenberg, head of group Digital Cinema at Fraunhofer IIS.

Thanks to the KDM (key delivery message) generator integration the software can even handle sensitive data for dailies, so that encrypted data for special players and a determined play-out period can be activated. This helps to facilitate workflows during the post-production process and also for the use in the play-out.

“Fraunhofer IIS’s software is recognised as one of the industry’s most comprehensive DCP creating tools, and we have worked with Fraunhofer IIS to enable integration of its DCP API within the Quantel environment in response to customer requests,” said Quantel Marketing Director, Steve Owen.

easyDCP demos and new post production concepts will be demonstrated at the Fraunhofer booth 8 B.80. A demo version for the upcoming release of Pablo Rio high quality color and finishing system as well as Pablo, iQ and eQ systems with the easyDCP integration will be demonstrated at the Quantel booth 7.A20.

About Fraunhofer IIS

Founded in 1985 the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen,  today with more than 750 staff members, ranks first among the Fraunhofer Institutes concerning headcount and revenues. As the main inventor of mp3 and universally credited with the co-development of AAC audio coding standard, Fraunhofer IIS has reached worldwide recognition. It provides research services on contract basis and technology licensing. The Fraunhofer IIS organization is part of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, based in Munich, Germany. Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is Europe’s largest applied research organization and is partly funded by the German government. With 20,000 employees worldwide, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is composed of 60 Institutes conducting research in a broad range of research areas.

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About the Department Moving Picture Technologies

The Department Moving Picture Technologies develops new innovative imaging systems and procedures based on High Dynamic Range (HDR), Lightfield and 3D capturing methods. Main application areas are the motion picture and TV industry, but also other areas will be covered. The algorithms will be used to extend technical and creative opportunities on the set and in the postproduction. To achieve practical use specific components like image processing ASICs, software tools or complete prototypes and devices will be developed.

Well known software developments will be used, e.g. easyDCP for creation, play back and control of Digital Cinema Packages. Actual and future extensions will work for enhanced 3D distribution packages, multi-format mastering or archiving of media content. The department is well connected to other organizations and associations and is working in several international standardization organizations.