Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Ooyala and Akamai are sponsoring a big party at the Beatles Revolution Lounge April 13th from 10pm to Midnight



The Ooyala team is heading to Vegas for NAB. We'll be giving daily presentations in the Akamai booth (SL527) and holding meetings in our private suite. On Tuesday evening, we'll be co-sponsoring a big party at the Beatles Revolution Lounge in the Mirage Hotel. If you're attending the conference, are an existing customer/partner or would just like to learn more about Ooyala, come out and join us. Send me an email (jeanette@ooyala.com) to RSVP.

Join us on Tuesday, April 13th from 10pm to Midnight at the Beatles Revolution Lounge for the hottest NABparty featuring a premium open bar and dancing.




To learn more about Ooyala visit their website


To learn more about Akamai visit their website

 

Friday, March 26, 2010

Countdown To Adobe CS5----- Launch day set for first day of NAB!

I've been buzzing around looking for interesting NAB news (trying to avoid 3D buzz right now - more to come on that) And I ran across the Studio Daily Blog article by Scott Simmons. 

We all knew it was only a matter of time before Adobe delivered the next update to its suite of applications. The launch date has been announced: We can expect Adobe CS5 on Monday, April 12, at 8 am PT, 11 am ET. Astute observers will notice that that date is the first day the exhibit floor will open at NAB 2010. Coincidence? Obviously not. Adobe is going all out with this launch as they’ve also launched a website where you can keep track of all the buzz and even log in with your Adobe ID to get even more CS5 goodness.

It's not the whole article, you can read the rest and view the CS5 preview "HERE" on their blog. 
Adobe has set up a countdown to CS5, it's worth a look.
As far as money is concerned Adobe seems to be doing well enough. That couldn't be the fact that almost all of us use at least l of their products throughout our professional lives. 
In case you are interested in the read, I've included part of the first quarter financial results press release that came out this week.

Adobe Delivers Strong Q1 Financial Results

New Product Launches Expected to Fuel Company’s Revenue and Earnings Growth
SAN JOSE, Calif. — March 23, 2010  Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported financial results for its first quarter fiscal year 2010 ended March 5, 2010.
In the first quarter of fiscal 2010, Adobe achieved revenue of $858.7 million, compared to $786.4 million reported for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 and $757.3 million reported in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009.  This represents 9 percent year-over-year revenue growth.  Adobe’s first quarter revenue target range was $800 to $850 million.
“Stability in our creative business, combined with strength in our Acrobat and Omniture solutions, helped drive strong financial performance in Q1,” said Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO of Adobe.  “The market trends enabling our diverse business remain strong and we are bullish about the upcoming launches of Flash Player and Creative Suite.”
~For the whole report you can see it here~

Thursday, March 25, 2010

NewTek at NAB 2010 Event - Stream or Die: How to Capitalize on Portable Live Production


Stream or Die: How to Capitalize on Portable Live Production

Join broadcast minds from MTV, NBA, the New York Giants and more as they reveal the art and science of next generation live production.

Presenters include:
Jeff Jacobs, vice president, production planning and strategies, MTV
Shawn Smith, vice president of business development and CMO of the NBA Development League
Don Sperling, vice president and executive producer of Giants Entertainment - New York Giants
Peter Himmelman, GRAMMY® nominee and host of the "Furious World" 


Event moderator:
Tim Siglin, contributing editor, Streaming Media
When: Tuesday, April 13th, cocktail reception starting at 5:30PM
Where: Ballroom One at the Renaissance Hotel

Cocktails, wine, beer and delicious treats will be served. Two free drink tickets will be provided to the first 200 guests. 


Seats are limited, sign up here

IN[FOCUS] Vegas Gathering during NAB




IN[FOCUS] Vegas Gathering during NAB

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 from 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM (PT)



ONLY 100 People can attend, To register Visit This Site

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Ups and Downs of the Las Vegas Monorail - my favorite way to get to the convention









The Vegas Monorail has to be my favorite way to travel to and from the convention. I know that it's a little pricey, but to me it's worth it.
NAB organizers do have free transportation for convention goers with the bus system that will take you too and from your hotel. I must admit, I'm not a fan. Not for any problems in the execution of pickup or delivery, but for personal reasons. I don't do well on buses, and we'll leave it at that.

In the past I have attempted the whole drive your own vehicle to the Convention Center, find parking, pay for parking, pull hair out sequence. Yeah it works, if your willing to show up at the convention center at 7am. ~not worth it to stand around for 2hrs~
And since a cab to and from sounds like and exciting thrill ride, (too many cabbie short cuts for me) the monorail offers a speedy and efficient mode of transport.  I encourage as many as I can to take advantage of it. As with any solution, there are a couple of down sides I'll discuss.

But first the ups.

~ Speedy – Even with the stops at different stations, on a rough day the monorail is roughly 20 minutes from the MGM to the convention center

~ Air Conditioned – I know this is a given in vegas, but if you've never been on a over crowded bus with a struggling air conditioner........ I hope you never experience it.

~ Traffic Free – Anyone who has tried to get through the strip via roadway during the rush hours of 3p-midnight remembers the deja vu feeling of watching the same pedestrians passing your vehicle over and over again.

~Day Pass – Don't waste your cash on a single trip pass, get the day pass, then after the convention you can buzz up and down the strip if you don't want to walk.

~Green – I'm not going to go in a green tangent, but it's good for the environment.


Now the downers

~ The Expense – Lets be honest, 40$ - 60$ over the course of the convention (depending on number days purchased, and kind of tickets) is kinda up there for a ride back and forth from the convention.

~ Casino's Hide the Terminal – Ok maybe hide is a little extreme. They do post signs, and they will kindly point you in the correct direction. But casinos are designed to hide exits and lure patrons to stay on the casino floor. (Fun game – walk into the strip entrance of the MGM or any casino and find the monorail unassisted. ~good times~ something to do on Sunday before.)

~Rush Hour – Don't be fooled the Monorail can and will become very crowded during peak entrance and exodus hours of the convention. Sheer knowledge of the event can save you, but there are tricks to getting not only a seat, but a good one. – those tricks later.

Getting too and from the convention center during NAB can be maddening, for me anything I can do to prevent any more hustle and jostle than necessary is something I'm gonna do. Besides what's more fun than a quick tour of the backside of a couple of casinos, then an elevated view of a plush green golf course. Defiantly not the same view from the road.

How to get a great seat leaving the convention center.” (Those that use this trick already might get upset)
When leaving the convention center don't use the convention center terminal, use the Hilton terminal next door. It's not that far to walk because the convention center and Hilton are connected. If you play your cards right you will catch an incoming train close to empty of passengers, find a seat, pull out your camera and snap a pic of the mad rush to grab a seat at the convention center terminal. It sounds dastardly but I've seen it and done it before. Only problem is that every year more and more people are doing it. So as a solution to figuring it out, I'll let the secret out now. Have Fun, See you at the convention.   

Sunday, March 21, 2010

MF Digital will be Partnering with Disc Makers at the NAB show


MF Digital Partners with Disc Makers at NAB Show; Stop by for a Chance to Win a Musicm8 Entertainment Server


MF Digital will be Partnering with Disc Makers at the NAB show, April 12-15 to demonstrate CD, DVD, & Blu-ray Disc Duplication, Print and Content Conversion Solutions.


Farmingdale, NY (PRWEB) March 21, 2010 -- MF Digital, a division of Formats Unlimited, Inc., will be partnering with Duplication Industry Partner, Disc Makers, at the National Association of Broadcasters Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 12th though April 15th.

Both companies will be exhibiting in the South Hall Lower Level, Booth Number SL8806 for live demonstrations of advanced Disc Duplication/Print and Content Conversion / Ripping Technologies. Disc Makers and MF Digital representatives will both be on hand to answer your questions, demonstrate hardware, and discuss any disc technology questions you might have.
Come see MF Digital’s class leading disc duplication and print solution, the Scribe 9000 Series, providing the industry’s most affordable and heavy, lights-out CD, DVD, & Blu-ray burn and print production. This multi-drive Scribe 9000 Series provides high-capacity 300 Disc Duplication with fast asynchronous Disc Printing. The Scribe Series is also available in a Flexcell, a redundant array of copier printers.
Advanced Scribe Series Features Include:
-   Built-in PC: simply connect Keyboard, Video monitor & Mouse and go to work
-   Plug and Play Printer Options: choose from fast Color Inkjet, cost-saving Thermal, and highest quality Dye-sublimation Disc Printing Technologies
-   Mission Critical Quality: high-speed 24/7 autoloader mechanism for trouble free operation
-   Intelligent Spindle Select: auto selects CD or DVD media for uninterrupted production
-   Network Ready: license free network software to centralize disc duplication and printing
-   Asynchronous Technology: advanced disc handling allows for faster throughput
-   Optional Software Modules: software add-ons allow disc ripping & batch job submission
"At MF Digital, we have dedicated ourselves to developing only the finest products in the industry and the Scribe Series is no exception," explains CEO Tony Cosentino. "With a wide range of options, high level specs and our renowned best in class support, the Scribe Series offers the best solution for in-house, lights-out disc Production,” added Cosentino.
Also on demonstration will be the Ripstation series of CD and data ripping solutions designed to automate the archiving process of CD based audio libraries. As broadcasters move to disc based systems and make archives available on line, Ripstation has proven to be the most effective way to automate the entire process with its emphasis on quality and its flexible approach to workflow. For archives, the DataGrabber range represents the same automated approach for file based data from traditional physical media such as CD, DVD and Blu-ray.
There will also be chance for booth visitors to win a musicm8 Media Server for their home – just for stopping by! musicm8 is the advanced, dedicated entertainment server that lets you serve your music collection, photo memories, movie clips and more to any device throughout the home. The simple Plug and Play unit opens a world full of rich applications all designed to let you control all your media in an easy way. A $999 Value!
MF Digital products are available through a world-wide network of authorized resellers. To find out more or to find a dealer in your area, contact us at 631-249-9393 ext 205. You may also visit MF Digital Web Site at www.mfdigital.com

About MF Digital
MF Digital, based in Farmingdale, NY, a division of Formats Unlimited, has been developing optical disc solutions for over a decade. The company's extensive line of high quality manual and auto-loading duplicators, publishers, Blu-Ray products, disc ripping solutions, and USB/SD duplicators are used throughout the A/V, graphic arts, medical and data/enterprise networking industries. For more info, visit
http://www.mfdigital.com


About Disc Makers
In business since 1947, Disc Makers is the nation’s leading independent CD and DVD manufacturer, offering a wide variety of products and services, including state-of-the-art automated printers and duplicating systems as well as complete CD and DVD replication and custom packaging for independent musicians, filmmakers and businesses. For more info, visit 
http://www.discmakers.com

Saturday, March 20, 2010

FOR-A to Introduce Lightweight VFC-7000 HD Variable Frame Rate Camera at NAB 2010


FOR-A will introduce the VFC-7000 HD Variable Frame Rate (Super Slow Motion) Camera at the 2010 NAB Show in Las Vegas



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PR Log (Press Release) – Mar 15, 2010 – Fort Lee, N.J. – FOR-A, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, will introduce the VFC-7000 HD Variable Frame Rate (Super Slow Motion) Camera at the 2010 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nev., April 12-15 (Booth C5219). It offers high-speed play out and recording in full frame HD (1280x720) at up to 700 fps, and allows for the recording speed to be varied from 125 fps to 700 fps. 


“Super Slow Motion video is an essential part of many creative projects in medical and sports applications,” said Hiro Tanoue, president, FOR-A Corporation of America. “We’ve designed the VFC-7000 to be extremely easy to use, so anyone can capture the desired rich detail of action video in uncompressed HD.” 



With its light weight, the VFC-7000 is easy to carry with the integrated handle. It comes complete with camera head, main body, an F lens mount, and recording component in one integrated package. With its high-sensitivity CMOS color sensor, it features an electronic high-speed shutter that can operate as fast as 1/200,000 second for filming fast moving events and subjects without blur. 


The unit also includes internal storage memory for 2.3 seconds of HD recording (full frame), which is expandable to about nine seconds with optional maximum memory installed. The Ethernet interface offers high-speed transfer of footage to an external storage or production system. The VFC-7000 is equipped with two channels of HD-SDI output, which also allows the user of the camera to provide a live video output while at the same time outputting recorded video stored in the camera in parallel. 


The VFC-7000 will be available in August 2010. 





About FOR-A 


FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 201-944-1120 visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

It's Alive- New 5DmkII firmware- 24p at your fingertips.

New Canon 5DmkII Firmware has arrived and Just the man to test it - Philip Bloom. 

I must admit I was a little hesitant to jump into the HDSLR fan base. The audio issues, focus, and iris complaints. The list seemed too tall. 
Well to their credit Canon listened and has addressed a lot of the original issues with the camera, thus drawing me closer to drooling over it. But this last step pushed me over the edge, the much awaited Native 24p acquisition.

If you follow the HDSLR chatter at all then you know Philip Bloom. An outspoken advocate is probably an understatement at best. Bloom a 20 year film making veteran has produced some absolutely astonishing videos using only the 5dmkII. His blog gives a clear example of what the camera can do, and if you were on the fence about HDSLR he'll knock you off of it. So if you're Interested in learning more or getting your 24p update visit his site. As an example of the level of quality the 5dmkII can bring i'm posting a music video from his site using the latest firmware. when you read how simply the video came together and the process to make it, it'll blow your mind.



Monarchs "Miles away" from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

Monday, March 15, 2010

"Have You Met BOXEE?" No Seriously, Have You? You Might Want To.


What the Heck is Boxee and why should you care? 
Well the what is BOXEE? To answer what is BOXEE is easy, I've listed the entire description, in their words below the BOXEE logo at the bottom. 

As for the why you should care... well that one is a little more complicated. The easiest answer is CONTENT. 
BOXEE is positioning themselves to become the content facilitator that you've dreamed of, unless of course you want anyone to see your local ads, or want to look at ratings. 
I myself (as a consumer) find BOXEE a breath of fresh air when it comes to video content and the abilities of this simple to use software.
As a broadcaster I find BOXEE terribly intimidating, and so do others.  - In reality BOXEE doesn't do anything to your content. It allows you to have all of the video you like to watch, neatly organized in one place making it more user friendly. (isn't that cable's job) oh and here's the best part, wanna watch a show you missed, *BLAM-O * If you can watch it online, it's probably on BOXEE. (there goes Tivo, and the DVR ) 
In reality I'm unsure how it will play out with BOXEE and their future.(Gonna Be HUGE!) But I can spot a trend, and this one looks like it could be a tsunami headed to shore. I only wonder how the broadcasting world is going to re-shuffle. accept the reality that consumers really wanting to have a choice in content, both what the watch and when they watch it. 
This time it's not the imaginative, "wow that will be cool when it happens." or maybe when people can just plug in and be as easy as cable.  Because as we know until they make it easy for "average Joe" no one will really want it, right..... right did i mention the BOXEE box, coming soon.
Well, I've said enough. BOXEE has the potential to give television and content creation a much needed face lift. As for the rest of us it's our job to keep up and give the people what they want.
Boxee is the first "social" media center, whose free, open source, downloadable software is changing the way consumers experience media.
On a computer or connected to an HDTV, Boxee gives people a truly connected digital entertainment experience to enjoy movies, TV shows, music and photos, as well as streaming content from websites like Netflix, MLB.TV, Comedy Central, Pandora, Last.fm, and flickr. Not only that, but you can share information about what you’re watching with friends so they can find it legally and enjoy it too. You can even post things you like to social networks like Twitter, Last.FM, or Tumblr. All this from within a visually driven interface that makes media come to life.

Supported Platforms

Boxee runs on the following computer platforms:
Apple Macintosh
Mac OS X (Tiger 10.4, Leopard 10.5, Snow Leopard 10.6)
Linux
Ubuntu (9.04 Jaunty Jackalope, 9.10 Karmic Koala)
Windows
Windows (XP, Vista, 7)
Apple TV
Additionally a 3rd party developer has made Boxee available for the Apple TV

History

The idea for Boxee was born when founding friends Avner, Gidon, Idan, Tom, and Roee, came up with the idea for boxee in 2004 when they began using Xbox Media Center, open source software for the original Xbox that allowed people to play digital media on their TVs. They became members of XBMC’s open source community and in 2007 imagined a way to take the platform even further. Since 2007, Mr. Ronen and a team of 11 others have worked to extend the base code for XBMC with online sources like hulu and Netflix as well as social networking in boxee.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

CHYRON REPORTS FINANCIAL RESULTS





CHYRON REPORTS FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR THE
FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR 2009

 
 MELVILLE, N.Y., March 11, 2010 -- Chyron (NASDAQ: CHYR), a leading provider of Graphics as a Service for on air, online, out of home, and mobile applications, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2009.
Financial Highlights:
  • Revenues of $7.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2009, up 7% over the prior year’s fourth quarter and up 13% over the third quarter of 2009; revenues of $25.6 million for fiscal year 2009, down 25% from the prior year;
  • Operating expenses of $5.0 million for the fourth quarter, down 3% from the prior year’s fourth quarter; operating expenses of $21.1 million for fiscal 2009, down 7% from fiscal 2008;
  • Net Loss of $0.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2009, as compared to a net loss of $0.2 million for the prior year’s fourth quarter; net loss of $3.1 million for fiscal 2009, as compared to net income of $17.8 million for fiscal 2008 after a net tax benefit of $16.6 million;
  • A basic and diluted loss per share of $0.02 for the fourth quarter of 2009, the same as for fourth quarter of 2008; a basic and diluted loss per share of $0.20 for fiscal 2009, as compared to basic earnings per share of $1.14 and diluted earnings per share of $1.08 for fiscal 2008;
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $0.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2009 versus an adjusted EBITDA loss of $0.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2008; an adjusted EBITDA loss of $1.0 million for fiscal 2009 versus adjusted EBITDA of $3.4 million for fiscal 2008.

Friday, March 12, 2010

~PRESS RELEASE ~ France Brings Largest Group to Date to NAB Show this April

FRENCH PAVILION WILL HOST LARGEST GROUP TO DATE AT NABSHOW IN LAS VEGAS FROM APRIL 12-15, 2010
The world’s major broadcasting and audiovisual get-together, NAB Show, will be held in Las Vegas from April 12 to 15, 2010. Now in its 80th year, this show is unquestionably a reference in the world of broadcasting.

The world’s major broadcasting and audiovisual get-together, NAB Show, will be held in Las Vegas from April 12 to 15, 2010. Now in its 80th year, this show is unquestionably a reference in the world of broadcasting. A delegation of French companies will be presenting French industry’s achievements on a 1,600-quare-foot pavilion, organized by UBIFRANCE, the French Agency for International Business Development, in partnership with the Paris Chamber of Commerce. For the pavilion's second year, Ubifrance will host 19 companies on the French Pavilion -- 40% more companies than last year.
The audiovisual sector in France is mainly driven by the development of digital technology that has led to radical changes both in industry and in the services development. The major event of recent years is the unexpected success of digital terrestrial television. Since the beginning of 2010, 89% of the population has been covered. The deployment of DTTV is continuing to grow with a goal of reaching 95% of the French population by 2011.
In 2008, there was a sustained rate of growth in access to digital media. 57.8% of households had access to digital television (DTTV, satellite, ADSL or cable). Nearly 45% of French households have taken advantage of that access and have gone fully digital. DTTV is responsible for much of the growth. The reception of TV via ADSL also accounts for significant growth.
For all these reasons, French audiovisual companies want to go worldwide present their cutting edge technology. This is why, for the second year, Ubifrance, the French agency for international business development, has organized a French pavilion for NAB Show.
Located in North Hall, the French Pavilion will present 19 exhibitors coming from the world of radio or television, electronic media and content industry. French know-how will be well showcased: 3-D images with or without glasses, 3-D animation production, archiving and digital media asset management, conditional access solutions, virtual sets, secured content management, as well as audio and video broadcast solutions, TV and radio broadcast systems, etc. The companies are sure to unveil their latest innovations over the four days.
Come and meet the French exhibitors at the trade show and enjoy breakfast every morning on the French pavilion booth N1005.
Ubifrance is hosting a networking cocktail reception at NAB Show for Tuesday, April 13 at 6 p.m. Invitations will be available at the pavilion.
A full list of exhibitors within a French Pavilion catalogue is available upon request.
For more information, please contact:
UBIFRANCE
Marie-Fran├žoise Nolet
International Project Manager
77, boulevard Saint Jacques
75014 Paris
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 1 40 73 35 67
E-mail: marie-francoise.nolet@ubifrance.fr
Web: www.ubifrance.fr
or:
FRENCH TECHNOLOGY PRESS OFFICE
205 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 3740
Chicago, IL 60601
Tel.: (312) 327-5260
E-mail: contact.ftpo@ubifrance.fr


NAB Show Launches New ‘Post Pit’ on Show Floor


– Digital workflow hub to feature top talent, innovative technology, educational and networking opportunities–
WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)– NAB announced today the debut of a new digital video workflow presentation stage, complete with a networking lounge and series of mini sessions, which will be held on the show floor at the 2010 NAB Show, April 12-15. Located in the South Lower Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Post Pit brings together user groups and individuals who use post-production and other digital story-telling software and hardware products on display at the NAB Show.
Produced in partnership with Final Cut Pro User Group (FCPUG) Network SuperMeet, fxguide, Digital Production Buzz and Future Media Concepts (FMC), Post Pit will offer attendees and exhibitors an interactive experience in which to showcase creative content, while top talent take the stage to share tips and tricks to aid digital video creators and editors in navigating the various tools used in the trade.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

b-roll.net BASH 2010 – April 12 @ NAB



In the spirit of parties, I bring yet another party during NAB 2010. This is grabbed from their website ~HERE~ where you can register for the event.



There’s nothing like a group of photogs hanging out with some good barbecue and frosty brews. We’ve been doing b-roll.net meetups at NAB since my first trip to Sin City in 2001.miller The parties didn’t truly take off until a few Aussie’s from Miller Camera Support decided to join the BASH.
The parties continue to grow and  the b-roll.net BASH is becoming an NAB must-attend party.
Check out some stories from last year’s party – and video from Philip Bloom.
2420049298_d1de78c7af_bLET’S DO IT AGAIN!
Monday, April 12 from 6-9pm at the Harley Davidson Cafe on the Las Vegas Strip.
Long-time friends, Miller Camera Support are sponsoring us again this year. Join us for free beer, food, stories and laughs.
Space is limited, and we want room for as many “b-rollers” as possible. Please REGISTER and ARRIVE EARLY. We can’t let anyone in that has not registered in advance, and even if you register, it’s first-come-first-serve.
Please register today by filling out the form below. If you’re bringing multiple people,please fill out the form for each person separately.
See you in Vegas…