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IBC2016 show preview

IBC2016’s conference programme features high-profile keynote speakers including director Ang Lee, film producer Lord Puttnam and Sir Martin Sorrell, founder of communications services group WPP. Meanwhile, on the showfloor, there’s no shortage of technology illustrating the convergence between AV and broadcast.


Among the KVM solutions on display from Adder will be the AdderLink XDIP extender, an AV extender that offers USB and audio over a single CatX cable and enables remote access. Another featured will be the Adder C-USB LAN network extender, which can be integrated into the AdderLink Infinity Manager or used standalone; it delivers high-speed USB2.0 extension at 480Mbps.

The recently developed DP1.2-VisionXG KVM extender system from Guntermann & Drunck supports 4K resolution at 60Hz frame rate, enables the remote operation of systems and offers uncompressed pixel-by-pixel transmission of DisplayPort 1.2 signals. Fibre optics connect the KVM transmitter at the computer to the KVM receiver placed at the workstation. Users can operate their systems in a 1:1 connection without any latency over distances of up to 10,000m.

IHSE’s new Draco vario USB 3.0 KVM extender features Icron’s ExtremeUSB technology. The extender was developed to enable lossless extension of USB 3.0 SuperSpeed devices, including high-speed memory cards and cameras, over distances up to hundreds of metres over a single multi-mode fibre optic cable.

Also on show will be the Draco ultra DisplayPort Extender, which provides video quality at 4K/UHD resolution at 60Hz frame rate with 4:4:4 chroma subsampling. A new version of this extender increases the colour depth from 24-bit video to 30-bit (10 bits per colour).

Enterprise video

Among the new product lines on the ATX stand will be its end-to-end IPTV solution, which includes VidiPlay middleware. The system can include IP set-back boxes and smart TV clients to deliver IP video to large-format displays as well as clients for PCs, tablets and mobile devices. VidiPlay also manages client authentication and access control, provides client UI customisation and supports advanced features such as an interactive programme guide, VOD, nPVR, digital signage and more.

AV Stumpfl will debut a new GPU-based video decoding algorithm for its Wings Vioso RX media server line-up. The algorithm uses specialised GPU instructions instead of regular CPU processes; rather than compressed video content being decoded in the CPU and sent over the PCI bus to playout, the new algorithm sends compressed data over the PCI bus for unpacking and decoding in the GPU. This makes available much greater bandwidth and more decoding power, resulting in higher image quality, more concurrent video layers and higher resolutions on the same physical hardware platform.

Enterprise IP video technology specialist Exterity will demonstrate the latest additions to its enterprise IP video product portfolio. Mobile video compatibility supports the growing BYOD culture by extending the reach of IP video to mobile phones and tablets. ArtioPortal, the latest version of the AvediaServer middleware platform, extends the ability to create a tailored viewing interface for TV, VOD and interactive services across a broader range of devices, including smart TVs, smartphones and tablets.

Matrox Monarch LCS, a powerful stand-alone lecture capture device, makes its European debut at IBC2016. It accepts video from any SDI or HDMI camera, and presentation content from computers over HDMI. Inputs can be encoded independently and in sync, with the resulting encoded streams usable with the latest multi-stream video players. Alternatively, before encoding, inputs can be combined in a variety of layouts for use with standard video players, including picture-in-picture and side-by-side. It is said to be simple to set up and integrate into video management systems such as Opencast and Kaltura, and learning management systems such as Moodle.

Teracue will show the ENC-500-HDMI HEVC Streaming Encoder. Designed for IPTV and live streaming, it is suited to applications where single computer-based HDMI signals are distributed or published on a network or the internet. This encoder targets medical, military, control room and training applications where high-resolution HDMI signals need to be shared, published, distributed and recorded.

Video Devices (a brand of video products developed by Sound Devices) will demonstrate the new recording capabilities of its PIX-E Series of 4K-compatible recording monitors. PIX-E5, PIX5H, and PIX-E7 monitors will be on display, along with two new features: the addition of the H.264 codec and the capability of simultaneously recording a high-quality, edit-ready Apple ProRes file and a more compact H.264 MP4 file.

Vitec is to demonstrate the latest updates to its IPTV Sports Venue Solution, designed to allow users at stadiums or arenas to stream high-quality live, on-demand, or recorded video over existing IP infrastructure. By turning every display into a digital asset, this potentially creates a sponsorship inventory, claims the company.

Based on Vitec’s EZ TV platform, the IPTV Sports Venue system offers low latency across displays, synchronised playback, scalability and web-based administrative capabilities. EZ TV provides a system for managing live feeds and on-demand content and an ‘unlimited’ number of digital signage layouts, as well as distributing to thousands of IPTV and signage end-points.


BenQ will showcase two products from its range of cinematic and video post-production monitors. The PV270 is a 27in monitor that features hardware calibration, 99% Adobe RGB, 100% Rec. 709 and a 96% DCI-P3 colour gamut. It is also Technicolor Color certified, meeting strict standards for colour accuracy. BenQ’s first monitor designed specifically for video post-production, the PV3200PT is a 32in 4K UHD offers precise colour accuracy and a crisp and clear viewing quality. It has 100% Rec.709 and sRGB for optimal colour precision, hardware calibration, brightness uniformity and Palette Master Element colour calibration software.

eyevis says it is the first manufacturer to incorporate Texas Instruments’ new DLP TRP micro-mirror technology into its DMD unit, and is offering TRP rear-projection cubes for the first time at an “extraordinary favourable” entry-level price. They are also highly energy efficient. As well as the TRP series, eyevis will show the super-thin SLIM ecCUBE series.


Canford will launch its fibre termination service, located at its Washington (UK) headquarters and intended to offer a short lead time for various fibre connectors where speed is of the essence. Also on show will be its Fibre Field Termination Rackmount Case, designed to facilitate the swift installation of hybrid fibre connectors on site, eliminating the need for pre-terminated cable assemblies.

Clear-Com will be showing two components to the FreeSpeak II intercom range. The FreeSpeak II-Base II is a base station for digital signal transmission over 1.9GHz and 2.4GHz frequency bands. It supports up to 25 full-duplex wireless beltpacks and covers a large area with up to 10 distributed-antenna transceivers and two transceiver splitters spanning up to 20,000m from the base station over fibre connection.

Meanwhile, the FreeSpeak II Splitter (FSII-SPL) connects up to five FreeSpeak II transceiver modules from one of two antenna ports on the FreeSpeak II-Base II via the SFP fibre connectors; it offers five RJ-45 Ethercon connectors, LED status indicators for each connection, and a DIP switch for setting Cat5 or fibre operation.

Pliant Technologies, the professional products division of CoachComm, was given its new identity earlier this year. The company is showcasing its first new product, CrewCom, a professional wireless intercom. CrewCom is said to offer the industry’s highest user density, unparalleled range and scalability. The product also features the industry’s smallest fully featured professional full-duplex wireless radio packs, multiple simultaneous frequency bandsand a host of user features.

Sonifex will show its new range of AVN (audio/video/network) talkback, listening and paging intercoms, which aid communication between studios, stages, theatres, offices and different areas in a facility or building complex. The AVN range use the AES67-compatible Ravenna protocol, and allow simple Cat5 cabling and expansion.

The AVN-TB products are IP-audio based talkback intercom units with an advanced feature set, allowing them to be used in multiple applications. The first intercom to be released is the AVN-TB10AR, a 10-button intercom: 10 other ‘stations’ can be defined for communication. Comms can be made as a Talk action, a Listen action or a duplex Talk/Listen action to and from each station.