Phil Crawley to speak at 2016 HPA Tech Retreat

By |May 24th, 2016|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, News|Tags: |

root6's Chief Engineer Phil Crawley has been invited to speak at the Hollywood Professional Association's (HPA) 2016 Tech Retreat to be held at Oxfordshire's Heythrop Park Resort in July. The HPA Tech Retreat, sponsored by SMPTE, is an informal gathering for those engaged in the many disciplines supporting the creation, management and dissemination of content [...]

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NEXIS the next gen storage from Avid

By |May 13th, 2016|Categories: NAB2016, Products|Tags: , , , |

At NAB this year Avid announced a new software defined virtual storage product family, Avid NEXIS. Although billed as new, Avid invented storage virtualisation back in 1999 with their Avid Unity storage product.  Unity became a name synonymous with shared workflows and realtime collaboration. With NEXIS Avid extend this functionality and capability in a more [...]

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BM UHD/4k converters – some gotchas

By |May 12th, 2016|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, Products, tips|Tags: , , | I've used a few of these guys recently - Blackmagic's quad HD/SDi input to HDMI 2.0 output for taking the UHD / 4k (either tile or 2SI standard) and making something that will display on a 4k domestic TV. They seem to work quite well, but here are a few things that I had [...]

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Platform1 Scotland 2016

By |May 12th, 2016|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , |

Glasgow – 25th May 2016 – Blythswood Square Hotel, Monte Carlo Suite, Blythswood Street Doors open 12.30pm. Presentations start at 1pm. Please join us for Platform1, our popular annual one-day event addressing topical industry issues, and how some of the hottest new technologies from NAB can help save time and money. As well as informative [...]

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Avid KB article published regarding QuickTime on Windows

By |April 28th, 2016|Categories: News, Support, tips|Tags: , , |

If you have been wondering what to do about the recent security concerns surrounding Windows for QuickTime then wonder no more; Avid have published a KB article with current workarounds and future plans to address this issue. Avid's Windows for QT KB article  

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Soliton sign root6 as first UK reseller

By |April 25th, 2016|Categories: News, Press Release|Tags: , |

Soliton Systems has appointed root6 as a reseller for its smart-telecaster Zao, a mobile HEVC transmitter for streaming live broadcasts direct from cameras over multiple traditional mobile 3G or 4G networks. Ideal for news and sports environments, Zao was the first global mobile H.265 hardware-based transmitter that can be mounted on the camera, or reside [...]

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So what should you do about Quicktime on windows?

By |April 21st, 2016|Categories: News, root6, Support, tips|Tags: , |

Earlier this week a story broke from Trend Micro  (echoed by America’s department of homeland security) about a current security risk in Quicktime,  advising that due to compromises, users uninstall the product from their machines as soon as possible. A lot of doubt and uncertainty has been sown around this announcement, lets take a look [...]

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Imagen version 4 sets a new standard for video management platforms

By |April 19th, 2016|Categories: NAB, News, Products|Tags: , , , , , |

The Imagen team have been busy as normal and are happy to announce Imagen 4, the latest version of its Enterprise Video Platform. We've been working with them on a few projects and seen the developments branch out of customers challenges which is always great to see. A company in-touch with its users rather then [...]

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NLTek’s Nearchive is well on the Avid Platform now

By |April 18th, 2016|Categories: NAB, News, Products|Tags: , , , , , , , |

NL Technology's Nearline/Archive Solution has just recently been Avid Certified along with adding some powerful new features which include total MediaCentral | UX integration, support for iNews workflows, and local database enhancement for easy search and restore of assets and media. Simple right-click within MediaCentral | UX allows archives & restores. Nearchive for Interplay Cost Effective and [...]

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ObjectMatrix adds a view into your MatrixStore with Vision

By |April 18th, 2016|Categories: NAB, News, Press Release|Tags: , , , , |

ObjectMatrix has officially released Vision; a browser-based tool enabling you to search and share content stored within the MatrixStore. Vision is a cross platform tool which now allows you to easily and quickly search, view and share your media assets along with additional asset management functionality such as upload or download of assets. Tightly integrated with MatrixStore which allows [...]

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Avid Announce ContentAgent as a certified Alliance Connectivity Partner product

By |April 18th, 2016|Categories: NAB, NAB2016, News, Products|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

ROOT6 Technology are proud to announce that Avid have certified ContentAgent as part of its Alliance Partnership program. Being a certified product gives customers the reassurance that Avid and ROOT6 Technology have tested interoperability between ContentAgent and the Avid Media Central platform. ContentAgent v3.5 provides the automated ingest of camera cards and file based media [...]

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A Premiere addition to the Avid MediaCentral Platform

By |April 16th, 2016|Categories: NAB, News, Press Release, Products|Tags: , , , , , , , |

From independent productions to Hollywood headliners, Adobe's Premiere has been making its mark within the post production community. I'm told 51 films debuting at the recent 2016 Sundance Film Festival used Adobe Premiere Pro CC as its primary editing software. Adobe revamped Premiere Pro CC from the ground up and since then it's been developing at [...]

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On the eve of NAB 2016

By |April 15th, 2016|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, NAB, NAB2016, News, Opinion, root6|Tags: , , |

Despite the fact that our industry trade shows are big business brands in their own right, they are also annual technological milestones that herald shifts in trends and approaches in our industry. These gatherings are good indicators of technology trends that are potentially in decline (tape decks anyone?) and equally are stages where the excitement [...]

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Ultra High Definition with High Dynamic Range (UHD + HDR)

By |April 13th, 2016|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, Opinion, Products|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Ultra high definition (UHD) is poised to be the next big industry change as we move away from our existing high definition (HD) broadcast chain. From the outset it was easy to see UHD has more longevity than stereoscopic (3D) ever did. That said, it's going to take sometime and is more complex than any of the past picture [...]

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root6 at NAB

By |April 13th, 2016|Categories: Events, NAB, News|

With NAB 2016 only days away, many of you are probably packing your suitcases and digging out your comfiest shoes in preparation for the annual trek through the labyrinth of booths and stands. Rupert, Petra, Dil and David will all be there to help you find the "must-see" technology, meet up for a chat and [...]

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Soliton – Zao provides instant H265 live streaming service over the mobile phone network

By |April 7th, 2016|Categories: BVE, Press Release, Products|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Live streaming direct from a camera on location is nothing new. From sports to news and elections, viewers enjoy seeing live action as it unfolds. However, the way HD high quality content is delivered from the camera is coming of age. The Zao product is two things. With an HDMI or SDi input direct from [...]

A review of Colour Reproduction in Electronic Imaging Systems: Photography, Television, Cinematography by Michael S. Tooms

By |April 5th, 2016|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, tips, Training|Tags: |

All of my colourimetry comes from doing it; my theoretical knowledge isn't that great as I didn't study it at university and the colour training at the Beeb, although entirely appropriate to what a TV engineer needs was just that; TV-centric. Over the last ten years I would credit the following industry colleagues for widening [...]

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Tech Breakfast – “Encryption” Seminar Recording

By |March 24th, 2016|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, Podcasts, Training|Tags: , |

Starting with the fundamentals of cryptography (difference between symmetric & public-key etc), Phil goes over the encryption techniques used in the Enigma machine (with a genuine, working example) through to HDCP and the other forms of content protection used in our industry: Symmetric vs Public-key crypto Examples – DES, AES/Rijndael etc HDCP, Blueray and the [...]

HP Announces Thunderbolt™ Support on Windows 10

By |March 14th, 2016|Categories: News, tips|

HP has confirmed that they now support Thunderbolt™ connections and products on their workstations running Windows 10. […]

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Tech Breakfast – “Encryption”

By |February 17th, 2016|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , |

23rd March, 8:30 for 9am, Soho Screening rooms, London Starting with the fundamentals of cryptography (difference between symmetric & public-key etc), resident SI "Guru", Phil Crawley will guide us from the encryption techniques used in the Enigma machine (with a genuine, working example) through to HDCP and the other forms of content protection used in our [...]

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Rohde & Schwarz at BVE

By |February 15th, 2016|Categories: BVE, Events, News|Tags: , , |

Rohde & Schwarz will be next to root6 at BVE, on stand J16.  Drop by to view their end to end 4K Broadcast solutions and see a preview of the Venice 4K, which is the future of Broadcast ingest and playout, along with the Clipster, which offers mastering excellence and is the cornerstone of the DI workflow globally. [...]

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Shooting and editing HDR via Avid using CLog gamma

By |February 12th, 2016|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, Products, tips|Tags: , , , |

We've got BVE2016 coming up and one of the things root6 will be showing is an HDR workflow via Media Composer using Canon monitors. HDR is still a bit of a crap-shoot as far as standardisation is concerned with the BBC/NHK system, Dolby Vision, Sony's SLog3 and Canon's camera-native CLog. The principle of using an [...]

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Audio over cat6a cable?

By |February 8th, 2016|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, tips|Tags: |

My podcast-partner in crime, the mighty Hugh Waters asked me how often I run audio signals over twisted-pair data cable in media facility builds. Has has a customer who is eager to do it this way. I’ve done it a few times and it’s fine with a few considerations. Earthing is still important and since [...]

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Barnfind integration with third party control panels

By |February 8th, 2016|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, Products, Support|Tags: , , |

Barnfind are one of the products I'm responsible for at Root6 and I love them for their forward looking attitude and the fact they embrace open standards; if you see an SFP hole or a BNC connector you know that it will work with any other manufacturers (unlike Evertz who re-define the standard and put [...]

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Meet us at BVE: Stand J15

By |January 20th, 2016|Categories: BVE, Events, News|Tags: , |

23rd-25th February 2016 There’s something for engineers and creatives alike on the stand, where we’ll be presenting a range of technologies addressing evolving industry trends that will become mainstream issues in the year ahead. High Dynamic Range, driven by the formidable weight of Netflix, Amazon and YouTube will be featured in an Avid HDR workflow [...]

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Media Composer 8.4.5 and DNxIO 10.5.4 are available

By |January 14th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

  Avid have announced the release of Media Composer v8.4.5. This release has important bug fixes and, together with the updated Desktop Video Software (10.5.4), includes feature enhancements  for the Avid Artist | DNxIO. This release is made available via the Avid Download Center (login and password required) and via Master Avid Accounts this week, [...]

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Gotchas with updating firmware over RS232

By |January 11th, 2016|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, Podcasts, tips|Tags: , , |

I've recently been upgrading Boland BVB25 OLED monitors over their RS232 serial ports; aside from needing a USB/serial adaptor (I use the Keyspan which mimics an old PC serial UART) you also need a null-modem cable (i.e. where Tx and Rx are swapped over). You can tell if a null-modem cable is required by the [...]

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Colour of the wall and lights in grading rooms

By |January 11th, 2016|Categories: Broadcast Engineering|Tags: , |

In the last year or so a lot of my time seems to have been taken up with getting monitors and other display devices to show the correct colours for film and TV. However, as with all other areas, context is everything and the colour of the wall behind the monitor (and the colour of the light illuminating the wall) are as important as the calibration of the monitor. […]

4k and UHD cabling and signal standards

By |December 14th, 2015|Categories: Broadcast Engineering|Tags: , , , |

I’ve had to dig into signal transport for 4k/UHD over the last week or so. Essentially I have a test-signal generator (SRI Visualizer TG100) running at a maximum raster of 4096×2160 at a maximum of 25 progressive frames/sec (and only 4:2:2 colour sampling; Y, Cr, Cb) with a 6G single-link output (so really 4 x 1.5G links) and HDMI 1.4 (so the same raster as the SDi). The monitors are the 24″ and 30″ Canon IPS 4k native monitors. […]

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MXF for Engineers – A Tech Breakfast Round-Up

By |December 10th, 2015|Categories: Events|Tags: , , |

This morning I had the pleasure of speaking to a collection of engineers from some of the leading facilities in London on the topic of MXF and some of the technical concepts behind the file format. We billed the event as being “focussed for solutions architects and engineers” and we aimed to demystify some of [...]

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Canon’s 4k Native IPS television monitors

By |December 4th, 2015|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, Products|Tags: , , , , , |

I had an excellent half day with Canon’s UK imaging display guys to look at their DP-V series 4k native displays. To my shame I had assumed that they would be like the HP Dreamcolor or Eizo ColorEdge series monitors which are advertised as being suitable for film and TV work but as I’ve often said; “ SDi BNC and a preset called Rec.709 does not a broadcast monitor make”! […]

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Avid Support Offer

By |November 25th, 2015|Categories: Products, Promotion, Support|Tags: , , |

From the 25th November for one month, you can reinstate Avid Standard Media Composer support through root6 for the reduced price of £320 ex vat. Stay current with the latest software and gain access to Avid support experts. Customers whose Media Composer Software license is not covered by an active Avid Support plan can upgrade [...]

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Automate-IT saves time and effort on trailer and promo versioning

By |November 16th, 2015|Categories: Products|Tags: , , , , , , |

We’ve recently come across an interesting piece of software for automating overlaid graphics on video.  Automate-IT enables the creation of graphics templates using After Effects then allows the templates to be populated with different text and images. Essentially this keeps the look and feel in the hands of the creatives but enables others to populate the [...]

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Tech Breakfast: “MXF for Engineers”

By |October 30th, 2015|Categories: Events|Tags: |

Wed 9th December, 8:30 for 9am, Soho Screening Rooms With the MXF standard now 11 years old, this complex and hugely powerful file format still continues to confuse and cause problems for even the most competent of engineers. However, MXF has a lot to offer, and if leveraged in the right way can become a [...]

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Understanding & Implementing IMF

By |October 8th, 2015|Categories: Events, News|Tags: |

Are you ready for IMF? The Interoperable Master Format, is an emerging SMPTE specification governing file formats and metadata for digital media archiving and B2B exchange. Initially pioneered jointly by studios and streaming retailers, IMF is designed to simplify the creation of downstream distribution packages by the standard interchange of interoperable master files and [...]

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Fibre infrastructure and CWDM developments

By |October 8th, 2015|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, Products|Tags: , , |

The most interesting things I saw at IBC last week were not software updates or new 4k workflow tools (save us from "workflow tools"!) but some developments from our good friends at Barnfind. Their current CWDM products top-out at 18-wavelengths on a single fibre, and if you need to pack more signals (synchronous broadcast; HD/SDi, [...]

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root6 launches innovative post-production software in UK

By |September 3rd, 2015|Categories: News, Press Release|Tags: |

We're excited to announce that root6 has been appointed appointed by New Zealand based Kiwa Digital to launch its recently released VoiceQ 2.0 voice synchronization software in the UK and Ireland. VoiceQ 2.0 is a streamlined postproduction cueing application designed to save time and improve accuracy with synchronized dialogue in films, television programs and games. Through [...]

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Avid ISIS 1000 is GO !

By |August 17th, 2015|Categories: News, Products|Tags: |

There is much eager anticipation here at root6 Towers; tomorrow is when our first shipment of Avid ISIS 1000 arrives. Such was our conviction that this was a winner for Avid customers, who wanted ISIS but did not have the budget for ISIS 5500 or 7500, that we placed our first order instantly while listening [...]

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Typical edit suite monitor calibration; some traps for young players

By |August 7th, 2015|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, Support, tips|Tags: , |

I spent the morning in a very typical Soho edit room with a JVC DT-V24-series LED-backlit LCD as the "front of house" monitor and an LG LED-backlit LCD as the client display. It's quite easy to get the JVC looking right - BBC style 6504k for Rec.709; I've waffled on about this a lot in [...]

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AVID ISIS|1000 – First impressions

By |August 7th, 2015|Categories: Products|Tags: , , |

At root6 we were recently privileged to be the first UK reseller to get our hands on the much heralded ISIS|1000 and held a couple of open days in London and Glasgow in July to introduce the technology to potential customers. Presenting the substantial workflow improvements that shared storage delivers, ISIS|1000 has a lot to [...]