Involve Me and I Learn

Today’s students are digital natives and are inspired by multi-media content, which is driving change in the way that teaching is delivered in the classroom and how students are learning and retaining information.
 
With the right technology and equipment, students and teachers can now create visually sophisticated multi-media presentations to a professional standard, on a budget. The easy to use technology designed specifically for schools and the education sector allows for high quality video production, simultaneous recording, publishing to social media channels and live streaming from anywhere with an Internet connection to name just some of the functionality.
 
There are huge benefits to engaging students in the creation of multi-media content – it can be a classroom project, involving each and every student from planning to production; it’s a creative medium and it’s a great way of telling a story, as well as ensuring new information is retained and understood.
 
Benjamin Franklin once said: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”  Multi-media generation is an exciting and creative way for students to learn new skills and new information – and the equipment doesn’t have to be bulky or complicated. Students can create and publish great video content in minutes, stream it live, and transform presentations and educational materials into captivating network-style TV programmes, simply and effectively.
 
Speaking, writing, reading, listening and maths skills are all utilized. Real-life skills are also developed including planning and organisation, time management, cooperative learning, communication, technology skills, problem solving, information gathering, and leadership and teamwork.
 
It’s also a fun activity that can be used in several situations: sharing news, streaming sports, theatre, school plays, awards and graduation ceremonies and other events, engaging with the community and the local business world, having guest speakers call in from their webcams, and recording lessons to be watched on-demand.
 
In today's digital world, integrating live production into your school's curriculum is a must. Educators can add deep, multi-layered elements to traditional learning. And students learn valuable technological and multi-disciplinary skills.
 
Leading UK product distribution company serving the broadcast, telecommunication and multimedia markets, DigiBox, is looking forward to a stimulating start to 2017 as the brand prepares to feature a number of world-class products on its stand at BETT 2017. 
 
Appearing on Stand G380 of the exhibition, DigiBox will highlight the latest innovations from American hardware and software company NewTek, for whom it is the sole UK Distributor with dedicated sales, engineering and installation teams. 
 
Amongst the products to try out on the stand will be NewTek’s facility-class solution for adding live, full HD, distraction-free Microsoft Skype TX video interviews to your productions with unparalleled production control. It will also feature the NewTek TriCaster®, which is helping transform the way educational institutions create network-style content and share it with the world.

See DigiBox at BETT Show on stand G380.

NewTek @ IBC 2016

Major NewTek releases at IBC 2016.

MediaDS™

As you may have heard NewTek™ and Wowza™ Media Systems launched the MediaDS™ at IBC2016, a new real-time media encoding and live streaming video delivery platform.  Fully integrated hardware and software solution merging, the MediaDS™ is NewTek’s industry leading live production technology with Wowza streaming software in 1RU.  The result is the industry’s first integrated production system establishing a direct link between the producers who create the content and the viewers that consume it.

Launch your own multi-channel content networks with:

- 4 multi-format SDI inputs supporting up to 3G 1080p
- 4 independent, simultaneous streaming channels
- Integrated NDI™ technology supporting input and output over IP
- Built-in Wowza™ streaming software - NewTek’s real-time video and audio production tools
-Support for LAN, WAN, CDN, and Cloud-based workflows

Talkshow VS4000

Also announced was their latest TalkShow iteration - the VS-4000, which allows you to connect up to 4 remote Skype calls, combine them all at once or in a live sequence to produce a professional real-time live conversation.  This is compared to only 1 input on the original TalkShow VS-100.  The TalkShow VS 4000 boasts impressive independent controls allowing colour correction of the Skype users video as talk back off air, optional picture in picture views plus most importantly minimal latency allowing your guests to have a flowing conversation that is able to be easily understood by the audience.

NDI V.2

Version 2 of NDI, was big news at IBC, with many enhancements on the original.  Available in Q4 2016, NDI v.2 is compatible with all modern operating systems (Windows®, Linux®, macOS™) and mobile devices, the latter making NDI the first software IP video production standard to fully embrace the mobile industry.  NDI uses about 1/15th of the bandwidth of other IP standards, allowing it to run on existing network infrastructure.  NDI version 2 will include a high-performance codec that is resolution independent and supports alpha channel and bit-depths up to 16 bits per pixel. NDI version 2 is generationally lossless meaning that loss only occurs in the first generation of video and all subsequent re-compression steps are lossless. On an Intel® i7 CPU, NDI version 2 delivers the highest quality and best performance in any IP standard and will encode 1080p at 2200 frames per second (fps), 4k at 780fps, and 8k at 210fps. It will also include 16 or more channels of floating point audio at any sample rate, bi-directional communication with up-stream and down-stream meta-data support, and support for mobile devices in addition to shipping an SDK for iOS. NDI version 2 will also have cross subnet support to address large installation routing and security concerns, integrated fail-over support, and network-based video routing support.  Plus, all NDI developers can now have their software applications and tools available for download in the NDI IP Production Software store so users can easily locate the growing number of NDI-enabled products in one central location.

 
NewTek announced an additional update to its TriCaster Advanced Edition, a software option available for TriCaster 8000, 860, 400 and Mini series. With more than 100 operator-centric capabilities requiring no additional hardware, TriCaster Advanced Edition now enables advanced IP workflows.  Among the many new integrated features, this update of TriCaster Advanced Edition implements NewTek’s Network Device Interface (NDI) technology, letting users work seamlessly with low latency, broadcast-quality video via direct IP integration with other 

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Ki Pro Ultra Firmware Update

Avid DNxHD Recording

Ki Pro Ultra v2.0 firmware offers Avid DNxHD recording and playback of .mov files for Avid® HD workflows and more. This lets you choose the balance of image fidelity and file size that’s right for each individual production as well as recording directly to native file formats that are understood by most major editing systems.
 
• Avid DNxHD 220x
• Avid DNxHD 145
• Avid DNxHD 36

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DigiBox signs Distribution Agreement with MuxLab

London – September 1, 2016 – DigiBox, one of the UK’s leading product distribution companies in the broadcast, telecommunications and multimedia markets, has signed a Distribution Agreement with MuxLab, a world leader in audio video, broadcast and CCTV connectivity to lead growth in the UK, Ireland and the Nordics.
 
DigiBox will draw upon its existing distribution knowledge, technical expertise and support services to promote growth and interest in MuxLab products in those territories.
 
“We are proud to offer this high quality range of products through our partnership with MuxLab,” said Mike Heaney, Managing Director of DigiBox. “The flexibility of the MuxLab broadcast solutions enhances our Channel Partners’ existing portfolios, maximising opportunity for both companies.”
 
 “With an expert team of in-house sales and technical specialists, DigiBox is far more than a product distributor,” stated Aiden Jones, European Sales Manager for MuxLab. “Like MuxLab, DigiBox has a deep understanding and commitment to the needs of today’s media professionals.  DigiBox is the ideal partner to promote and support MuxLab’s range of A/V equipment, including matrix switches, splitters, switchers & extenders and new HDBaseT solutions in the UK marketplace.” 
 
As well as the extensive broadcast structured cabling solutions, DigiBox will hold MuxLab’s full range of products, including their Pro Digital line of AV and Pro Audio products and  products for the CCTV market. This opens up significant sales possibilities for DigiBox in multiple vertical markets and application scenarios that can be easily complimented by the MuxLab range of products.
 
About DigiBox
With over 19 years’ experience, DigiBox is the leading UK product distribution company serving the broadcast, telecommunications and multimedia markets. The company uses its wealth of broadcast experience to represent best-of-breed products from world-leading manufacturers.  The company has expanded into several vertical markets, including Corporate IT, Education and Pro AV, whilst continuing to invest in additional markets, such as Medical and Defence. For more information, please visit www.digi-box.co.uk. 
 
About MuxLab
MuxLab is a leading designer of value-added connectivity hardware for the Pro AV, Broadcast, and CCTV markets. Since 1984, we have continued to support our main mission to provide our customers with innovative and industry leading designs and the dependability they need.  MuxLab understands the need for quality, performance, and reliability and we design & engineer all of our products in Canada with this focus in mind. For over 30 years, MuxLab has been at the forefront of the advances in signal distribution and connectivity. Keeping up with emerging technology, our goal is to provide easy to use and affordable solutions for transferring all forms of Audio/Video, Broadcast, and CCTV signals.
 

TalkShow® VS 4000 is now shipping

NewTek today began shipping the NewTek TalkShow® VS 4000, the professional, multi-channel video calling production system for both SDI and IP workflows, designed exclusively for conducting multiple live, production-ready Skype video calls simultaneously. NewTek TalkShow VS 4000 integrates multi-channel video calling to enable instant connection and live interaction online via Skype to facilitate compelling conversation and in-depth discussion between multiple remote guests in real time regardless of location. TalkShow VS 4000 takes advantage of Skype TX 4 from Microsoft. More flexible and scalable than its predecessor, Skype TX 4 offers broadcasters and media partners the ability to integrate multiple studio-grade Skype video calls into a broadcast workflow.

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Embrionix enters into a partnership with DigiBox

Embrionix, a global leader in broadcast video, announces that it has signed a Distribution Agreement with UK based DigiBox. DigiBox will be promoting, distributing and supporting Embrionix solutions within its reseller and SI network in UK, Ireland, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Iceland.

DigiBox CTO, Marc Risby says “We are delighted to be working with Embrionix in Europe, although in some ways their dominance in the video SFP market means that we have been using their technology for years powering connections in many products that we already represent from other vendors! Their new IP products bridge the gap between broadcast signals and the off-the-shelf IT world and will enable flexible workflows that were just not possible a short time ago. Their products fit perfectly into our growing IP portfolio and will provide the platform that will power the next generation of broadcast systems. Embrionix has a truly world-class team and we look forward to celebrating success moving forward.”

Read the full press release here

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Broadcast Technology in Education

NewTek Tricaster Mini

With the NewTek TriCaster Mini, you're free to share school news, sports events and other activities—quickly and easily. It's easy to learn and operate. One person or a small team. Broadcast or webcast the action. Stream live to the Web. Deliver to projector. Record for future viewing. Do it all. All at once. TriCaster gives you the freedom and the power to deliver your school's activities to family, friends and fans. Higher learning – it's more affordable than you think.   

Educators can optimize students' live production experience with

- Systems small enough to fit in a backpack for on-the-go production
- Multi-camera live switching
- Audio mixing, with real-time output to video
- Video layers
- Titling
- Slow motion and other special effects
- TriCaster live virtual sets to deliver network-style programming from a limited space
- Easy-to-learn operation 
In today's digital world, integrating live production into your school's curriculum is a must. Educators can add deep, multi-layered elements to traditional learning. And students learn valuable technological and multi-disciplinary skills.

They also develop team-building techniques, collaborative abilities, and contribute to the overall school message by producing student news, sports, and other activities. Super simple set-up. TriCaster sets up within minutes of opening the box with an
easy-to-follow Quick Start Guide. Connect the cables. Plug in cameras. You're ready to
produce in minutes.



NewTek Talkshow

Go live to the experts in a specific field or to anyone in the world you can reach online, immediately, with the facility class video calling solution for delivering live, production-ready Skype video calls for both SDI and IP live production workflows.  Other video calling production systems just pass a studio-grade Skype call through to a switcher. With TalkShow, you can make every call higher quality, more efficient, and more like network TV along the way—and it will continue to work harder for you, even when the show is over.


 
TalkShow VS 100 enables full-bandwidth recording of any call onto external USB 3.0 or SAN storage with the click of a button—so you can capture the call while it’s happening, and use it in a later broadcast or a whole new program. 



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SNS 4 Bay EVO Prodigy Desktop

EVO is a RAID-protected NAS + SAN shared media storage server. It’s incredibly fast, easily expandable, and its flexibility is unmatched. The EVO workflow-defined digital media storage server includes powerful, in-the-box support for features like project sharing, bin sharing, and easy-to-use asset management. 

Educational facilities offering an audio and/or video production curriculum face challenges well beyond those of typical editing facilities. For instance, compatibility is very important to educational facilities. The latest operating systems, and applications, need to be supported along with legacy products to give students a broad experience. Equipment bought during different budget cycles MUST talk to the SAN. This allows students to access their files from a variety of different platforms and tools.

Every new EVO includes ShareBrowser — a new asset management and search app that ties all your storage and project/media management into a single comprehensive window. Even though budgets are always tight, the demand of many students accessing the shared storage requires the right balance between price and performance. By leveraging existing network resources, SNS offers SAN solutions that provide the necessary performance while keeping costs reasonable. In many cases, our products eliminate the need for other components in an edit suite, such as expansion chassis for workstations.



Click here to learn how SNS can streamline your storage needs.  To talk more about SNS in your education facility please contact us on 01582 469555 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AJA RovoCam

RovoCam - RovoCam is AJA’s first compact block camera for industrial, corporate, security, ProAV and broadcast applications. It is also capable of filming lectures or sports events to look back on once recorded. RovoCam’s HDBaseT interface supports control of UltraHD video, power, stereo audio and RS-232 over a single Cat 5e/6 cable. 

RovoCam is AJA’s first compact block camera for industrial, corporate, security, ProAV and broadcast applications. RovoCam’s HDBaseT interface supports control of UltraHD video, power, stereo audio and RS-232 over a single Cat 5e/6 cable. 
 
There are two companion receivers to choose from; RovoRx-HDMI offers the simplest integration with an HDMI output, stereo audio out, control and power. RovoRx-SDI offers both 6G/3G-SDI and HDMI outputs, plus Genlock and other professional features. Both units provide PoH (Power over HDBaseT) to power RovoCam from a distance. Each interfaces with RovoControl, powerful control software for Mac and PC, offering full control of RovoCam's numerous advanced features.

RovoControl is free software from AJA for Mac, Windows or Linux, designed to be a simple application for controlling one or multiple RovoCams, offering easy control of all the main camera features like zoom, iris and focus.



AJA Ki Pro Ultra

Ki Pro Ultra is a next generation file-based 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD video recorder and player with a built-in HD LCD monitor; capable of capturing edit-ready Apple ProRes files in a range of video formats and frame rates up to 4K 60p. 
 
Ki Pro Ultra offers flexible input and output connectivity including 3G-SDI, HDMI and even Fiber, for powerful and efficient large-raster and high-frame rate workflows. 

Designed to be both portable with a built in carry handle or rack-mountable with half-rack wide 2RU high dimensions, Ki Pro Ultra suits a wide range of production and post environments

Ki Pro Ultra records to five quality levels of Apple ProRes® including Apple ProRes 4444. This lets you choose the balance of image fidelity and file size that’s right for each individual production as well as having the flexibility to record directly to native file formats that are understood by most major editing systems.

Ki Pro Ultra v2.0 firmware offers Avid DNxHD recording and playback of .mov files for Avid® HD workflows and more. This lets you choose the balance of image fidelity and file size that’s right for each individual production as well as recording directly to native file formats that are understood by most major editing systems.


Wowza Streaming Engine

Cost-effective, secure Wowza Streaming Engine™ software enables schools and universities to stream live or on-demand video in multiple formats to any screen. It integrates with custom and off-the-shelf LMS and LCMS packages.  The most common uses for Wowza focused around education are; Distance learning and virtual classroom, research and training, faculty collaboration, campus TV and radio, live sports and guest speakers.
Students today are armed with many tools to enhance their learning experience. They also frequently have the luxury of being able to attend classes virtually at a university that is located out of commuting distance. As a result, people often think that streaming video and audio in higher education only involves live streaming classes in an e-learning environment. However, there are numerous other ways in which streaming can enhance the learning experience as well as boost the university’s student success rate such as on-demand services for busy students and recording campus activities like sports events and concerts. 


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AJA updates Rovocam’s capabilities

At IBC, AJA announced the new RovoRx-SDI HDBaseT receiver and updated RovoControl v2.0 software. 
 
RovoRx-SDI is a companion receiver for RovoCam with four integrated 6G/3G-SDI outputs and HDMI for UltraHD/HD support. RovoControl v2.0 adds multicam setup and control and several workflow enhancements to the RovoCam HDBaseT compact block camera ecosystem. 

Capable of UltraHD, RovoCam is integrated with an HDBaseT interface, and supports uncompressed video, audio, control and power over a single CAT 5e/6 cable at lengths of up to 100 metres. The new RovoControl update offers upgraded multicamera control for RovoCam, and new presets and features for more productive workflows in ProAV, industrial, corporate, security and traditional broadcast environments.
 
RovoControl v2.0 is compatible with Mac and Windows and is a free software that allows users to control both RovoCam from companion HDBaseT products in the RovoCam ecosystem, including RovoRx-SDI, RovoRx-HDMI and Corvid HB-R. 

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The Timecode Systems Pulse: Now Shipping!

Timecode Systems Limited, a pioneer in wireless technologies for sharing timecode and metadata, today announced that its flagship product, the :pulse, is now available to buy through the company’s international network of resellers. Powered by the company’s robust BLINK RF protocol, the :pulse is Timecode Systems’ most sophisticated workflow solution yet, offering wireless sync and remote device control capability in one compact product.  
 
Used in its simplest form, the :pulse is a highly accurate timecode, genlock, and word clock generator with an integrated RF transceiver to ensure rock-solid synchronisation with zero drift between timecode sources. As well as being a hub for timecode and metadata exchange, it’s also a powerful centre for wirelessly controlling devices on multicamera shoots. With a :pulse set as the timecode master unit, users can activate the device’s integral Wi-Fi or add a wired connection to the Ethernet port to open the free, multiplatform BLINK Hub app on their smartphones, tablets, or laptops. Enabled by the BLINK RF protocol, the BLINK Hub app allows users to not only centrally monitor and control all Timecode Systems timecode sources on set, but also any compatible camera and audio equipment to which they are connected. 
 
“Our long-range BLINK RF was initially developed for the purpose of one-way communication of timecode and genlock, but we knew that we could make fuller use of the bandwidth,” said Paul Scurrell, CEO of Timecode Systems. “By integrating enhanced two-way multiplexed status, control, and metadata exchange capabilities into the :pulse, we opened up the possibility of using the BLINK Hub app for remote transport control of third-party cameras and sound equipment.”
 
Timecode Systems has already developed a bespoke remote device control solution for Sound Devices 6-Series mixer/recorders and is working on adding to the :pulse the capability to control GoPro®, ARRI, and RED cameras remotely via the BLINK Hub app.

“With the production of the SyncBac PRO, our embedded timecode sync accessory for GoPro cameras, now in full flow, we’re very close to launching remote control of HERO4 Silver and Black cameras,” Scurrell said. “Using either the :pulse’s Wi-Fi or a wired Ethernet connection into the :pulse, SyncBac PRO users will be able to connect their GoPro HERO4 Black and Silver cameras to the BLINK Hub app. This, among other things, unlocks the capability to put a GoPro to sleep remotely and then start recording again from the app when the action starts again. It’s a great way to save the camera’s battery life when it’s gear-mounted or rigged somewhere inaccessible.”
 
In a multicamera or virtual reality environment, having this level of central control of all of the timecode, camera, and audio devices on set considerably streamlines the production workflow. The Timecode Systems team will be showing how the :pulse, in combination with the BLINK Hub app, can deliver new synergies to busy crews at IBC2016. 

To read more about the :pulse click here or contact us now for demos and pricing.

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