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Delivering Low Latency 8K Live Streaming over the Internet

Delivering Low Latency 8K Live Streaming over the Internet

A number of innovative global technology organizations aligned to demonstrate end-to-end 8K live video showcase from live production to encoding, streaming and playback on 8K TV live streaming over the internet.

SGO’s Mistika Ultima used as the backbone of groundbreaking Virtual Cinema Experience at UEFA Champions League Finals

SGO’s Mistika Ultima used as the backbone of groundbreaking Virtual Cinema Experience at UEFA Champions League Finals

UEFA®’s remarkable introductory Virtual Cinema Experience at the Champions League Finals is the ultimate expression of the latest technological trends in the M&E Industry. Virtual production, remote workflows, AI, immersive technologies, HDR, high-resolution and high-frame rate are just some of the characteristics of this avant-garde piece, extensively completed in Mistika Ultima - SGO’s complete workflow solution and full-finishing hero-suite. 

 

LaserFilm Optimizes Storage for 4K Workflows with a Scalable, High-Performance Quantum StorNext Solution

LaserFilm Optimizes Storage for 4K Workflows with a Scalable, High-Performance Quantum StorNext Solution

LaserFilm—a full-service audio and video post-production facility in Rome—is taking on an increasing number of projects in 4K resolution, mainly based on DPX format. To store large, uncompressed media files from these projects and support high-performance workflows, the studio needed a robust, scalable storage platform. By implementing the StorNext File System with Xcellis appliances, LaserFilm has accelerated post-production work and gained scalability for the future while simplifying collaborative access to files.

Laurel Canyon Live Uses Ultimatte and ATEM Constellation 8K for Live Streaming Virtual Productions

Laurel Canyon Live Uses Ultimatte and ATEM Constellation 8K for Live Streaming Virtual Productions

Recently, Blackmagic Design announced that Laurel Canyon Live is building a state of the art live streaming venue with Blackmagic Design gear, including Ultimatte 12 compositing processors, ATEM Constellation 8K live production switcher, URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 digital cameras and more.

Inside ESPN’s New 4K-Capable Video Content Factory on the Las Vegas Strip

Inside ESPN’s New 4K-Capable Video Content Factory on the Las Vegas Strip

Earlier this week, ESPN opened the doors on a brand new video production studio in Las Vegas with an eye on churning out a wealth of live and VOD sports betting-themed content starting this fall.

The studio, which will be run full time by ESPN Director of Operations Nestor Cora (who relocated to Las Vegas after running ESPN’s facility in Coral Gables, Fl. for many years), is located in The LINQ Hotel + Experience through a partnership with Caesars Entertainment and is positioned right in the heart of the Vegas Strip. The space is more than 6,000 square feet and includes three studios.

Zixi Live Streams 4K Content on the 5G Edge With AWS Wavelength

Zixi Live Streams 4K Content on the 5G Edge With AWS Wavelength

Sports fans and entertainment buffs have a high bar for their live streaming experiences, demanding outstanding performances on any device, quick start times, and no buffering. Viewers also want more live streamed content than ever, and, increasingly, in vivid 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) resolution. These applications require ultra-low latencies in order to deliver high-quality viewing experiences on an increasingly wide range of 5G capable devices. For broadcasters and over-the-top (OTT) TV service providers, meeting all these expectations with traditional network delivery technologies is a tall order.

4K Opinions & Interviews

4K/8K Workflows + Online/Color Grading Production Workflow

Video Editor + Colorist, Denis Ogorodov, shared his thoughts on 4K/8K workflows + color grading production workflow through examples of his own work in documentaries such as The Donut King, as well plenty of commercial and sports work.

Is there a difference between 4K/8K/12K? Can you talk about what each of these actually means?
Yes, 4K, 8K and 12K are three different pixel resolutions. 4K stands for “four thousand pixels,” which is usually short for 4K UHD (Ultra High Definition). 4K is rounding up the horizontal pixel count, which for 4k UHD is 3840 horizontal pixels and 2160 vertical pixels. Unlike 1080p, 720p, and 480p, which use the vertical pixel resolution as its naming “label”; starting with 4K, the horizontal resolution is used instead i.e. 4k = 3840(w) x 2160(v), 8k = 7680(w) × 4320(v), and 12k = 11520(w) x 6480(v). There is also a difference between 4k UHD and what is colloquially referred to as “Native 4k” or “True 4k,” which is 4096 (w) x 2160 (v). This wider frame is usually the preferred and default settings in cameras as well as cinema projection (DCI) standards. It scales to 8,192 x 4,320 and 12,288 x 6480 for 8K and 12K respectively. You can see that the vertical resolution stays the same, but the frame width increases in each instance.
DP Benjamin Gaskell Shoots the Latest Installment of the Witness Project Documentary Series with a Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K

In late 2015, Smock Media, a Venice Beach-based film and VR production company, and the Victims of Communism (VOC), a Washington, D.C.-based human rights organization, came together and started The Witness Project. DP Benjamin Gaskell was brought on to tackle the first episode of the second installment, which would set the tone for the rest of the documentary series. The episode focused on Anastasia Lin, Miss World Canada 2015 and 2016, and her story.

How did you get involved with "Witness Project: The Story of Anastasia Lin"?
The director / editor of the project, Adam Hawk-Jensen, asked me to come on board as his director of photography. As I understand it, the nonprofit organization “Victims of Communism,” approached him to helm a new series of documentaries that would tell the stories of these survivors. I knew going into the project that Adam needed me to bring a strong vision with a lot of creative autonomy on my end as his DP - he’s a great collaborator in that regard. I’ve worked a lot as a cinematographer on projects that explore themes of liberty and what it takes to sustain a free and prosperous society, as well as the inverse. While I have only shot three videos for the Witness Project, it’s been an absolute honor to capture the story of these heroic and inspiring individuals.

News: 4K, HDR & More

Blackmagic Design Announces New Blackmagic Web Presenter 4K
Blackmagic Design Announces New Blackmagic Web Presenter 4K

Fremont, CA, USA - Thursday, July 29, 2021 - Blackmagic Design today announced the new addition to the Blackmagic Web Presenter family. This new Blackmagic Web Presenter 4K model has an upgraded…

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Blackmagic Design Announces New HyperDeck Studio
Blackmagic Design Announces New HyperDeck Studio

Fremont, CA - Thursday, July 29, 2021 - Blackmagic Design today announced a new family of HyperDeck Studio models that feature better design, upgraded codecs and support for more media types. All…

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Blackmagic Design Announces New Blackmagic Studio Cameras
Blackmagic Design Announces New Blackmagic Studio Cameras

Fremont, CA, USA - Thursday, July 29, 2021 - Blackmagic Design today announced a new family of Blackmagic Studio Cameras for live production. The new compact all-in-one design will help a wider range…

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SIRT Powers New Virtual Production Innovation Hub with URSA Mini Pro 12K
SIRT Powers New Virtual Production Innovation Hub with URSA Mini Pro 12K

Fremont, CA – July 12, 2021 – Blackmagic Design today announced that Sheridan College’s Screen Industries Research and Training (SIRT) Centre has built its new Virtual Production Innovation Hub using…

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