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New Decade; New Codec

Those of you in the television broadcast industry will know that once in every decade a new video compression scheme appears that delivers even greater efficiencies over previous generations.  MPEG-2 held the crown through the 1990’s, H.264 (AVC) took centre stage during the mid-2000’s, then H.265 (HEVC) promised to depose all others from around 20 ...

The Esports Opportunity for the Broadcast, Pro AV and IT Industry

The esports phenomenon continues to gain momentum with a business expected to reach over a billion dollars in revenue this year, comprising games publishers revenues, media rights, event ticket sales and merchandise, advertising and sponsorship, this figure is expected to triple over the next five years. With a growing fan base of over 450 million ...

Is it too soon to be talking about 8K?

The ongoing drive for ever-higher resolutions has been a familiar story in the world of video acquisition for many years. But, after IBC 2018, talking about the practical application of 8K is no longer taboo. Japan’s state broadcaster, NHK, has long been the driving force behind 8K. Manufacturers have been committed to developing an ecosystem of p ...

The Evolution of Professional Video Acquisition

Professional video acquisition is undergoing a revolution as the production industry takes advantage of the wide range of advanced camcorders and cameras at their disposal. The image quality available in contemporary products is far in excess of what was exclusive to just high-end TV and movie productions a decade ago, but the jump in quality and f ...

The Convergence of AV & Pro Video

Alongside the usual topics of IP, 4K, HDR and IP, another trend was prevalent at NAB 2018, one that we fully expect to see explored at IBC this year: diversification. The realities of the traditional broadcast/pay-TV industry mean that the potential of the market is limited. The business is changing. Cord-cutting, the rise of SVOD services such as ...

The 5 Pro Video Acquisition Trends that Defined NAB 2018

April marked the annual return of the National Association of Broadcasters’ Show to Las Vegas, Nevada. The show is an opportunity to see the latest innovations in broadcasting technology and learn from thought-leaders and content creators on how they will use the developments to move the industry forward.  Looking back at the show, we’ve picked out ...

Realising the Potential of Cloud in the Pro Video Industry

IT, software, Cloud, IP: these words have been at the forefront of the marketing messages of vendors at tradeshows for years now. There has been much talk about the potential of such technologies and about how they will revolutionise the broadcast industry in terms of the way content is created and delivered. There have been case studies and testi ...

The Continuing Democratisation of Video

As price points of what were once referred to as “broadcast” products continue to fall, manufacturers of professional video equipment are starting to cater more and more to the wider “AV” market. This market, with its myriad verticals, is growing globally and is only just starting to embrace professional grade video on a large scale. There are a n ...

1" Sensor Pro Camcorders Take Centre Stage in 2017

The global pro camcorder market is currently undergoing the largest shift in dynamic since the introduction of the large sensor product in 2010. The 1" sensor segment is gathering momentum in the global pro camcorder market. Pitched at the low end of the market with models ranging in price from roughly $2000- $3500, this relatively new category of ...

Embrace Change or Fall by the Wayside: The New Reality of the Broadcast Market

The world of professional video production and delivery is changing at a remarkable rate. Advancements in technology have always meant that consumers have had an increasing number of options of how to watch “television”, but OTT is taking this fragmentation to a whole new level. Historically, technology changes in the broadcast industry have been ...

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