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Blackmagic Design Van comes to Glasgow

By |October 24th, 2016|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , |

Blackmagic Design have loaded a customised van with all their latest equipment and are hitting the road to take it on a tour of the UK and Scotland. The van will be in Glasgow on Tuesday 8th November at: The Celtic Football Club from 10:00 - 12:00 Premier Inn, Pacific Quay from 13:00 - 17:30 Equipment [...]

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University Challenge

By |October 13th, 2016|Categories: Case Study, News|Tags: |

Originally published in Broadcast Film & Video (Volume 20: Issue 10) A leading supplier of technology and services to the broadcast and postproduction community, root6 has also enjoyed considerable success in the academic sector. Co-founder and Sales Director Rupert Watson goes under the BFV spotlight to highlight how the sector is responding to current challenges. [...]

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KitPlus Show at MediaCityUK, 2016

By |October 13th, 2016|Categories: Events, News|Tags: |

Come and meet us at the annual KitPlus event in MediaCityUK on November 8th. We’ll have a range of technologies on show designed to streamline operations from ingest to delivery and we’ll be on hand to discuss how we can help with systems integration, technical support and training. The latest iteration of ContentAgent, our file-based [...]

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A Race Around Scotland

By |October 12th, 2016|Categories: News|

root6 were proud to have sponsored George Eyles and Peter Thompson (both from Deluxe) on their recent "Race Around Scotland" - an epic bike ride they endured in September, to support Spinal Research and Alexander Devine Children's hospice. The challenge involved cycling over 500 miles non stop, with the equivalent of riding up Everest and then [...]

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Pro Tools | MTRX – AVID Announce New Audio Interface

By |September 30th, 2016|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, News, Press Release, Products, root6|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

      Avid announce Pro Tools | MTRX a new audio interface for Pro Tools | HDX and HD Native systems completing the range of their existing HD IOs. Developed for Avid by Digital Audio Denmark, the Pro Tools | MTRX is a powerful multi-format I/O for Pro Tools with the same sonic qualities of DAD’s AX32 [...]

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R&S VENICE 4K – put through its sporting paces

By |September 27th, 2016|Categories: Products|Tags: , , , , , |

R&S have added the next generation of VENICE to their lineup of broadcast hardware, the VENICE 4K offers Native 4K UHD-1 single file recording using the well-established Venice interface, providing a 4K UHD-1 Ingest and playout platform. The Multi-codec offering allows flexible workflows to be retained from the HD workflows when moved into the UHD [...]

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IBC in the rear view mirror

By |September 21st, 2016|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, Events, IBC, News, Opinion|Tags: |

IBC has lived up to its usual annual billing with lots of announcements, acquisitions and activities. We are going to try and grab a outline or collection of the things that we think you shouldn’t have missed from both the big and small players. Acquisition headlines:  Black Magic Design (BMD) announced that they had hoovered [...]

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Avid NEXIS version 6.2 Software and Avid NEXIS E5 High Density Storage Engine Announced at IBC 2016:

By |September 19th, 2016|Categories: Events, IBC, News|Tags: , , , , , |

On September 9th 2016, at the IBC trade show, Avid announced the release of NEXIS software version 6.2 to add support for the simultaneously released NEXIS | E5 High Density Storage Engine, and support for a new Ethernet Switch from Arista (Arista Networks 7280SE-64 Ethernet Switch). This new NEXIS version continues Avid's recent release philosophy [...]

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Rohde & Schwarz IBC Wall of Workflow

By |September 19th, 2016|Categories: Events, IBC, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Rohde & Schwarz had a strong presence at this year’s IBC focusing on what they are well known for, ingest, mastering to encoding and monitoring to broadcast and test and measurement equipment for high-definition formats such as 4K. You couldn’t escape IBC without crossing any of these acronyms covering industry formats and technologies, IMF (Interoperable [...]

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Ardis DDP at IBC

By |September 16th, 2016|Categories: Events, IBC, News|Tags: , , , |

The Ardis DDP stand seemed to have a constant stream of people at IBC this year. There also was a new tag line implemented “Here, There, Elsewhere”! So what did this mean? And where are Ardis going in the future. I had a conversation with Jan of Ardis to find out. The storage industry changes [...]

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Empress EMAM at IBC

By |September 16th, 2016|Categories: Events, IBC, News|Tags: , |

Empress could be found on the DDN stand this year showing off their intuitive and easy to use eMAM Digital Asset Management system. Empress original started life as a supplier of blank media to the US production and post production market. They quickly recognised that digital media was taking over from tape and that this [...]

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AVID Pro Tools | S6 & IHSE Draco tera | S6

By |September 15th, 2016|Categories: Events, IBC, IBC2016, News|Tags: , , , , , |

Avid and IHSE GmbH both showcased an Avid Pro Tools | S6 console integrated with a Draco tera compact | S6 KVM switch at IBC, this year. Undoubtedly my favourite pick of this year's exhibition, this impressive solution is a game changer for all the Pro Tools | S6 users allowing them to instantly access multiple Pro Tools workstations [...]

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On the approach to IBC 2016

By |August 11th, 2016|Categories: Events, IBC, News|Tags: , , |

IBC is nearly upon us, and the industry is readying itself for the annual pilgrimage to Amsterdam. Manufacturers have traditionally used the annual NAB show in Vegas to launch new products and features, and the IBC show in Amsterdam to actually ship or deliver those features and products to market when possible. There are exceptions to [...]

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Fuji IS-Mini software for colour space conversion

By |August 4th, 2016|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, tips|Tags: , |

For patch generation and LUT testing the Fuji IS-mini is hard to beat for sub-£1k. LightSpace will drive it for profiling monitors and since it has both HD/SDi and HDMI outputs it is very useful all the way to 1080 lines at 60P. […]

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Stuck pixels on LCD & OLED monitors

By |August 4th, 2016|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, tips|Tags: , |

Because they’re semiconductors (and pretty tiny ones at that!) the pixels on modern HD monitors can become “stuck” such that you get a dot that is either black or white (in the case of all three sub-pixels; R, G, and B being stuck on or off) OR a primary (or secondary) colour where less than three of the sub-pixels have stuck. It usually looks something like this; […]

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The damage 100m of good-quality coax does to a 1080i signal.

By |August 4th, 2016|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, tips|Tags: , |

I've posted measurements of the degradation that cables does to video signals before; see here, but I was grabbing a couple of screen caps for an industry colleague and here they are.    

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EVENT – How Colour Science in Mastering Impacts Distribution

By |July 14th, 2016|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , , |

Thursday 21st July, 11:00-13:00 Dolby, Soho Square Don't miss this unique opportunity to experience real world workflows demonstrated on the new R&S CLIPSTER Gen6, attached to Dolby's HDR Eclipse projector (the only one in Europe) - especially if you are involved in mastering HDR or content for Netflix, Amazon or other streaming services. Stephen Birdsong, [...]

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Now Available: MediaCentral – Adobe Premiere Pro Connector

By |July 14th, 2016|Categories: Products|Tags: , |

Through the Avid MediaCentral Platform, Avid is enabling Adobe Premiere Pro to connect into Avid’s production environment. By using Premiere Pro’s Extension Panel in conjunction with Avid MediaCentral  | UX , Adobe Premiere Pro users can now collaborate with Avid users on an unprecedented level. Customers can mix and match tools to fit their workflow [...]

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Platform 1 – Scotland 2016: Seminar Recordings

By |June 14th, 2016|Categories: Events, News, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

root6 SI - Phil Crawley root6's Head of Systems Integration explores 4K, UHD, HDR and colourimetry ROOT6 Technology - Bill Baker Bill Baker demonstrates ContenAgent's automated ingest tools and workflows Avid Technology - John-Philippe Aguer A look at the announcements made by Avid at NAB 2016 Emotion Systems - Raphael Samad An overview of Emotion [...]

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LTO7 arrives with the SXL

By |June 9th, 2016|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, Products, root6|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Data tape backup used to be the preserve of IT and database admins, seeking to manage a so called ‘tier3’ backup and offsite repository for their material. In those days data tape systems were expensive, complicated, and generally uncommon outside of large corporates and government organisations. Fast forward to the modern world of file based [...]

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Tech Breakfast – “Video Over IP”

By |June 9th, 2016|Categories: Events, News|Tags: , |

Wednesday 29th June, 8:30 for 9am Soho Screening Rooms, Berwick St Oliver Gappa,R&S, explores the evolution of Video-Over-IP, examines the options available now and highlights some of the pitfalls. Streaming video using Internet Protocols has been around years, it’s only been in the past decade that relevant technology advances have made it feasible to use [...]

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root6 to be world’s first Avid Learning Partner to offer NEXIS courses

By |June 9th, 2016|Categories: News, root6, Training|Tags: , |

We're delighted to announce that we will soon be the world's first Avid Learning Partner to provide Avid certified training for NEXIS. Personnel who will be responsible for planning, installing, supporting and administrating Avid’s new NEXIS shared storage system will be able to obtain industry recognition of their skills by taking Avid Certified training from [...]

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Avid Offers

By |June 9th, 2016|Categories: Products, Promotion|Tags: , |

Avid have successfully launched their next generation storage, NEXIS, which has been very well received.  However, for customers who are interested in adding to an existing ISIS storage estate and who don't want to go to NEXIS just yet there are some very good special offers, available while ISIS stocks last. Have a look at [...]

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An excellent little monitor

By |May 27th, 2016|Categories: Broadcast Engineering, Products|Tags: |

It seems to be a thing for small on-set/camera monitors that they should have a hi-bright mode when being used in non-edit environments. The Boland BVB7a is an excellent little monitor and can be powered from the camera's 12v battery feed as well as coming with a DC PSU. It can take SDi (single or [...]

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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: , , |

https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/miniconverters/techspecs/W-CONM-17 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 [...]