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VidOvation’s AVIWEST Bonded Cellular System Rides Along During NYC Marathon’s Women’s Wheelchair Race
VidOvation today announced that AVIWEST’s DMNG PRO180-RA bonded cellular system reliably provided live broadcast coverage of the women’s wheelchair race during the New York City Marathon on Nov. 5. As AVIWEST’s exclusive distributor in the United States, VidOvation supplied the AVIWEST gear to CP Communications, the New York-based production service and digital media technology rental company whose expert technicians designed the video acquisition and transmission solutions and operated the equipment during the marathon.
“The only way to get live pictures from the course during a marathon is to use wireless technology. From there, bonded cellular is a good option for ensuring video gets where it needs to go, even in a dynamic, uncontrollable environment with millions of people taxing the network,” said Jim Malone, director of technology for CP Communications. “VidOvation’s AVIWEST system not only delivered a solid feed during the women’s wheelchair race, but its command-and-control capabilities gave us far more control over the video than we’ve had with some other systems we’ve used. Our technicians were happy with how it performed and found it to be a valuable production tool.”
CP Communications had more than 50 technicians and nine vehicles at the marathon. Teams were tracking alongside selected runners and wheelchair contestants, capturing live video from the course, and relaying that video to viewers of ABC, ESPN, and other Disney properties.
For the women’s wheelchair race, CP Communications mounted a 5.8-ounce package, provided by Inertia Unlimited and consisting of a camera, battery, and microwave transmitter, onto a wheelchair. The camera was positioned over the athlete’s right shoulder to capture the competitor’s perspective. A scooter equipped with a microwave receiver and an AVIWEST DMNG PRO180-RA unit rode along about 25 feet away from the wheelchair. The wheelchair’s POV system transmitted video to the scooter on a microwave channel, and then the scooter’s receiver handed the video off to the AVIWEST bonded cellular unit for transmission to the internet. From there, the crew in the production truck grabbed the video from the internet and passed it to the production switcher. An AVIWEST DMNG StreamHub studio receiver inside the truck accepted the signals from the scooter’s AVIWEST unit, while built-in AVIWEST SafeStreams® technology applied special stream-grooming techniques to improve link quality and reliability.
CP Communications used bonded cellular technology as a backup for the traditional microwave feeds related to the men’s and women’s lead runners and other selected athletes, but in the wheelchair race, the AVIWEST bonded cellular system was the only means of transmitting video from the scooter to the production area.
“During the women’s wheelchair race, bonded cellular proved to be the most convenient way to get the wheelchair video from the scooter to the production truck because it reduced the complexity and amount of hardware we had to put on the scooter to get the feed. All it took was the microwave receiver and the bonded transmitter,” Malone said. “Having the AVIWEST unit on the scooter made for a very simple and efficient bidirectional connection that came together quickly, and most importantly, the unit responded well and gave us very consistent video coming from the relay on the scooter.”
The AVIWEST DMNG PRO180-RA is a live-video transmission system that uses up to eight 3G/4G cellular connections, two IP Ethernet connections, Wi-Fi, and satellite. Patented antenna technology, superior cellular radios, and the SafeStreams resilient and robust transmission protocol make the DMNG PRO180-RA one of the most reliable live transmission systems on the market.
“AVIWEST’s DMNG PRO180-RA solution gave CP Communications a portable, cost-effective, and reliable transmission method for delivering high-definition footage of the women’s wheelchair race to the production crew and on to viewers around the world,” said Jim Jachetta, executive vice president and chief technology officer at VidOvation. “It is a pleasure to work with Jim Malone, Kurt Heitmann, and the CP Communications team on exciting projects such as the NYC Marathon. The broadcast industry is now experiencing bonded cellular reliability at a higher level, and we are proud to represent one of the world’s most reliable bonded cellular systems.”
SALT LAKE CITY — Nov. 8, 2017 — Wall Street Communications today announced that VidOvation, a leading provider of video, audio, and data transmission and distribution systems, has retained Wall Street Communications for public relations and content marketing services. As VidOvation‘s agency of record, Wall Street Communications will work to enhance awareness of VidOvation‘s products and services not only in the North American broadcast, cable/satellite, and sports markets in which VidOvation is already known, but also in house of worship, education, government/security, and corporate/pro AV markets.
“After months of project work with Wall Street Communications, we are pleased to sign a new agreement that lets us continue the important work we’ve been doing together. The aim is to increase our presence in markets beyond broadcast and cable, where we are best known,” said Jim Jachetta, executive vice president and chief technology officer, VidOvation. “We recently hired Craig Abrams to place renewed focus on sales and customers, particularly in new verticals, and Wall Street is a welcome extension to our team as we move into 2018 and beyond.”
Encompassing bonded cellular, wireless video, video streaming, video networking, encoding, IPTV, and fiber-optic communications systems, VidOvation solutions improve video transmissions by removing the frustrations of dropouts, latency, interference, noise, and security issues. VidOvation excels in helping its clients integrate custom solutions into existing infrastructure, with the ability to satisfy almost any application or budget. VidOvation is the exclusive U.S. distributor for AVIWEST, and the VidOvation–AVIWEST bonded cellular solution is the technology behind the new groundbreaking A&E docuseries “Live PD.”
“VidOvation serves some of the nation’s most prestigious broadcasters and cable operators, entertainment companies, sports leagues, and government and defense agencies — which is a testament to its technological innovation and expertise,” said Sunny Branson, general manager, client services, for Wall Street Communications. “Now that we’ve formalized our working relationship, Wall Street Communications will be able to move forward with a sustained marketing strategy that builds on the company’s already stellar reputation for solving video-transmission problems and alleviating frustration.”
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Video Highlight from NAB NY 2017 – HEVC 4K UHD & Quad HD Encoder Live Video Contribution & Distribution
See the latest in Live IP Video Contribution and Distribution from VidOvation & AVIWEST
2017 NAB Show New York
VidOvation is a leading provider of video, audio, and data transmission and distribution systems for the broadcast television, sports, corporate AV, and government markets. Encompassing bonded cellular, wireless video, video streaming, video networking, encoding, IPTV, and fiber-optic communications systems, VidOvation solutions improve video transmissions by removing the frustrations of dropouts, latency, interference, noise, and security issues. VidOvation excels in helping its clients integrate custom solutions into existing infrastructure, with the ability to satisfy almost any application or budget. The company applies proven expertise to the complete project life cycle — from project consulting and management to engineering and design, to warranty and support. More information about how VidOvation is moving video forward can be found at vidovation.com.
VidOvation at the 2017 NAB Show New York
VidOvation will share a booth with AVIWEST at the 2017 NAB Show New York. The two companies will showcase their latest innovations in video transmission, distribution, and digital mobile newsgathering. Highlights include:
At the 2017 NAB Show New York, AVIWEST will introduce the new A-QUAD (active quad) antenna with four internal cellular modems featuring a high-efficiency, wideband antenna array. Two A-QUAD active external wideband cellular antennas can be plugged into the USB port of the HE4000 for transmission over bonded cellular networks. The A-QUAD offers added cellular connectivity to the entire AVIWEST product line. Integrated Wi-Fi will provide users with bonded cellular hotspots and VPN connectivity anywhere, providing users with highly needed internet connectivity when working in remote locations.
AVIWEST’s HE4000 4K Ultra HD (UHD) HEVC live encoder is ideal for real-time delivery of live UHD or HD content over unmanaged IP networks. The compact, half-RU encoder combines 10-bit and 4:2:2 HEVC encoding with the latest generation of AVIWEST SafeStreams® technology for delivery of live video content over IP at low latencies and bit rates.
At the 2017 NAB Show New York, the HE4000 will be demonstrated with the latest version of the StreamHub transceiver and decoder platform, which offers integrated 4K UHD HEVC recording and decoding functions.
Photo Caption: Advanced 4K and Multi-HD HEVC Video Encoding and IP Distribution
In recognition of the industry’s transition to the HEVC video compression standard, AVIWEST’s live IP video solutions support HEVC, allowing broadcasters to deliver superior video quality at lower bit rates. At the 2017 NAB Show New York, AVIWEST, and VidOvation will showcase AIR300 and AIR320, the first two products in AVIWEST’s AIR series of high-end, powerful, and ultra-lightweight video uplink systems. Integrating best-in-class H.265/HEVC hardware encoders, the series enables flawless HD and SD encoding and delivery of exceptional video quality. This new transmitter series is the perfect tool for on-the-go video professionals who need lightweight, portable, and versatile video solutions.
Featuring up to four cellular connections, an internal Wi-Fi modem, internal battery, and AVIWEST’s SafeStreams® technology, the AIR series allows broadcasters to stream live videos seamlessly and store and forward recorded content even during unpredictable and unmanaged network conditions.
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Photo Caption: AVIWEST AIR320 Uplink System
AVIWEST’s popular PRO video uplink series has been extended with the new PRO180+.
PRO180+ supports most of the cellular networks deployed in the world, including those in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the United States, Canada, Latin America, and most of Asia. The versatility of this version gives broadcasters and video professionals the flexibility to travel everywhere in the world with a single unit, without needing to replace its internal or external cellular modems.
Photo Caption: DMNG PRO180+ Global Bonded Cellular Transmitter for Live Broadcast
The new VidOvation VidOlink Reacher family supports the wireless transmission of HDMI, HD-SDI, tally, and two-way intercom signals up to 1,500 feet with the Reacher 1500 and 3,000 feet with the Reacher 3000. The system transmits uncompressed 4:2:2 video with less than one millisecond of latency. As a result, the director can now have two-way communication with the talent and camera operator, and the transmission of tally control lets the talent know the show is live on the air. Both the Reacher 1500 and Reacher 3000 models operate on the 5 GHz band with 10 push-button selectable channels on an LED channel display. The wireless transmission timecode and triggers are extremely useful in any production workflow, especially for video assist, sports, or any application in which wires would get in the way.
Photo Caption: VidOlink Reacher 1,500-Foot Wireless HDMI and HD-SDI Video, Tally, and Intercom Transmission System
AVIWEST has enhanced its industry-leading mobile journalism (MOJO) solutions, which
include the DMNG Laptop MacBook application and the DMNG APP iOS and Android applications. The new version of the DMNG APP smartphone application offers bonded live streaming, storage, and forwarding of high-quality live video. New features include an optimized interface, advanced camera settings (e.g., focus, exposure, white balance), dynamic resolution, and video quality improvements, with the capability to transmit video over bonded 3G/4G and Wi-Fi connections in just seconds. The new DMNG APP also includes the ability to edit video clips with a mobile device. When using the DMNG Laptop and DMNG APP, journalists can forward video segments that are edited and ready for air. This can drastically accelerate the time to air in electronic journalism.
Photo Caption: Innovative Mobile Journalism (MOJO) Solutions by AVIWEST
“The world being what it is today, it’s hard to overstate the importance of being able to distribute high-quality live video reliably and with low latency — no matter what the situation or network conditions. At NAB New York this year, we’ll be highlighting some of our latest video-delivery technology and AVIWEST newsgathering solutions that will help broadcasters keep viewers informed and entertained. For example, broadcasters will get a look at the AVIWEST bonded cellular technology behind A&E’s wildly popular live reality cop show, ‘Live PD.’” — Jim Jachetta, executive vice president and chief technology officer, VidOvation
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Streamline your Remote News Gathering with AVIWEST Bonded Cellular
We encourage all News Agencies, Sports Leagues, and Live Production companies to take a closer look at the AVIWEST Bonded Cellular solution pictured above on Election Night 2016. Note the simple streamlined camera setup with the AVIWEST DMNG PRO180 mounted between the camera and battery. The DMNG PRO180 is the only bonded cellular system designed to be light weight and mount on the camera. The AVIWEST DMNG PRO family is the only Bonded Cellular System approved by Government Agencies to be safe to operate while touching the human body. Note how the reporter and camera operator are able to mingle in the crowd to get interviews. The DMNG PRO180 is also available with an optional backpack if preferred.
The AVIWEST DMNG PRO family is the only Bonded Cellular System approved by Government Agencies to be safe to operate while touching the human body.
The AVIWEST DMNG PRO180 was able to transmit up to 10 Mbps with ease. This is achieved in harsh environments such as Times Square on Election Night using 8 internal modems with patented high gain antennas. No external accessories are needed to make it work.
When you need to get your shot you cannot beat the reliability of the AVIWEST DMNG PRO180.
Don’t take our word for it.
The pictures below speak for themselves. Which setup do you prefer?
Election Night 2016 – Times Square New York
The photos above are not staged or manipulated. I simply observed and took photos of the different workflows of various news agencies on election night 2016 in Times Square using an AVIWEST DMNG PRO180, LiveU LU500 or LU600, TVU ONE and Dejero. The pictures speak for themselves. We encourage you to come to your own conclusions after you evaluate an AVIWEST DMNG PRO180 system
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Book Meeting NAB NY – Bonded Cellular – Live IP Video Contribution & Distributions – Get Free Guest Pass
Date: October 18-19, 2017 at the Javits Convention Center in NYC.
About: Come and join AVIWEST & VidOvation in Booth N819 for a quick conversation. Tell us about your projects and any issues you may be facing. See the latest Live Video Contribution & Distribution via bonded cellular, wireless, IPTV, networking, streaming and fiber optics. Register for a FREE exhibit Guest Pass with code NY9668
VidOvation — Moving Video Forward — is a leading provider of video, audio, and data transmission and distribution systems for the broadcast television and sports, corporate AV, and government markets, offering 50 years of combined experience. Encompassing bonded cellular, wireless video, video streaming, video networking, encoding, IPTV, and fiber optic communications systems, VidOvation solutions improve video transmissions by removing the frustrations of dropouts, latency, interference, noise, and security issues. VidOvation excels in helping its clients integrate custom solutions into existing infrastructure, with the ability to meet almost any application or budget. The company applies proven expertise on the complete project life cycle — from project consulting and management to engineering and design, to warranty and support.
“At the 2017 NAB NY Show, we will be showing our latest wireless, cellular, fiber optic and IP technologies that make field video acquisition, contribution, and distribution faster while enabling lower latency and higher video quality than ever before. See the AVIWEST bonded cellular technology that made the new A&E live reality cop show ‘Live PD’ possible. Learn more about our IPTV projects at Viacom and Nickelodeon where we distribute live DirecTV and studio feeds to TVs, video walls and desktops.”
— Jim Jachetta, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, VidOvation
VidOvation at the 2018 NAB Show Las Vegas
VidOvation will showcase its latest innovations in video transmission and distribution systems. Highlights include:
The VidOwave 10GigE 60G is an advanced 60 GHz millimeter-wave broadband and
wireless data connectivity solution that delivers low latency and full-duplex 10 Gigabit Ethernet transport speeds in a small ruggedized, easy-to-install enclosure. The wireless link operates in two modes; 10 Gbps direct fiber to radio connectivity and 2 x 1.25 Gbps links with an aggregated throughput of 2.5Gbps. The line of sight range is up to 1.8KM over the 60GHz license-free V-band. Typical deployments include line-of-sight data links that would otherwise be impossible or cost-prohibitive with fiber optic cable for such applications as IP video streaming and transport, connecting LANs between buildings, extending fiber backbones, and wireless backhaul for 3G and 4G/LTE mobile networks.
The VidOswitcher fully integrates with the VidOvation IPTV system by simplifying the
remote controlling of IPTV end points in many situations, ranging from TVs in common areas, video-wall TVs in lobbies, to arrays of TVs in production rooms. The VidOswitcher shows all TVs and all available channels of every location. Tuning a TV to a channel is done by simply selecting the TV, picking the channel and then clicking the tune button. Multiple TVs can be tuned to the same channel at the same time by putting them in a TV Group, selecting the group, picking the channel and then clicking the tune button. VidOswitcher can instantly tune multiple TVs to multiple channels using Profiles, which are TV to channel mappings, such as TV1 to CH10 and TV2 to CH20. Profile tuning is simply selecting a Profile and clicking the tune button. VidOswitcher leverages IP protocols to control TVs efficiently and precisely and can control smart TVs as well as TVs with set-top boxes. VidOswitcher is browser based making ideal fro any device such as smartphones, tablets, touch panels and PC monitors. No software is required.
AVIWEST’s popular DMNG PRO video uplink series expands with the new DMNG
PRO180+. DMNG PRO180+ supports most of the cellular networks deployed in the world, including Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the United States, Canada, Latin America, and most of Asia. The versatility of this version gives broadcasters and video professionals the flexibility to travel everywhere in the world with a single unit without needing to replace its internal or external cellular modems.
A key highlight at the 2017 NAB Show will be the transition to the HEVC video
compression standard. AVIWEST’s live IP video solutions support HEVC, allowing broadcasters to deliver even better video quality at lower bit rates.
AVIWEST’s HE4000 4K Ultra HD HEVC live encoder is ideal for real-time delivery of live UHD or HD content over unmanaged IP networks. The compact, half 1-RU encoder combines 10-bit and 422 HEVC encoding with the latest generation of SafeStreams® technology for delivery of live video content over IP at low latencies and low bitrates.
Thanks to AVIWEST’s SafeStreams® technology, which combines intelligent H-ARQ algorithms with IP bonding mechanisms, the HE4000 ensures the delivery of live video even in the midst of unpredictable and unmanaged network conditions, enabling broadcasters to provide seamless news and sports coverage from any location around the world. By combining HEVC encoding and AVIWEST’s SafeStreams® technology, the HE4000 dramatically reduces bandwidth costs while guaranteeing superior video quality.
AVIWEST’s live IP contribution system is mainly composed of the DMNG StreamHub
transceiver and the DMNG Manager management system. The system operates in virtualized mode to deliver all of the economic benefits of the cloud without compromising the performance required by today’s media environments.
AVIWEST will showcase at NAB their extended cloud-based capabilities. By supporting both point-to-point and point-to-multipoint distribution scenarios, the platform offers broadcasters the flexibility they need to stream live video content to any CDN and streaming platforms such as Facebook Live or YouTube.
Multiple input and output streaming protocols (e.g., RTMP, RTSP/RTP, HLS, TS/IP, AVIWEST SafeStreams®) are supported by the platform, enabling broadcasters to receive concurrent incoming streams from remote AVIWEST DMNG transmitters and encoders, MacBook and smartphone applications, or third-party systems such as IP cameras. The DMNG StreamHub now serves as a generic integrated receiver decoder or IRD in your master control
AVIWEST has enhanced its industry-leading Mobile Journalism (MOJO) solution, which
includes the DMNG Laptop MacBook application and the DMNG APP iOS and Android applications. The new version of the DMNG APP smartphone application offers live streaming, store, and forward of high-quality, live video. New is an optimized interface, advanced camera settings (e.g., focus, exposure, white balance), dynamic resolution, and video quality improvements, with the capability to transmit video over bonded 3G/4G and Wi-Fi connections in just seconds. See the latest DMNG Laptop MacBook live video application with a new HEVC video compression option that dramatically improves performance.