Kicking off on 8 September, Europe’s premier broadcasting technology show is back. Here’s an early primer of what you might see at the RAI
Brokeback Mountain and Life of Pi multi Academy-Award winning director Ang Lee (pictured above) will deliver the keynote address at the IBC2016 Conference in Amsterdam, which is being held from 8-12 September.
Lee will speak as part of the IBC Big Screen Experience, where more than 300 speakers will share insights on key issues in the entertainment, media and technology sector under the conference theme, Transformation in the Digital Era: Leadership, Strategy and Creativity in Media and Entertainment.
Julian Pinn, executive producer, IBC Big Screen Experience says: “For over two decades, Ang Lee has shown true mastery in utilising cutting-edge science and cinematographic techniques towards his creation of some of the very finest works of cinematic story-telling art.”
Lee’s keynote will focus on his latest work — Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and the revolutionary new cinematographic technique used. It unlocks a new level of story-telling power and emotional connection with the on-screen characters. It also offers greater control with preserving artistic integrity over the increasing range of delivery formats, both within cinema and to the wider electronic entertainment market.
There are fifteen exhibition halls, themed by creation, management and delivery. A number of exhibitors will be at the show from 9-13 September.
Calrec Audio’s new Brio console (pictured) will take centre stage at IBC2016. The compact digital broadcast audio console is the smallest in the Bluefin2 family and is 892mm wide, with dual-layer and a 36-fader surface. Calrec’s RP1 remote production unit also makes its IBC debut, while the company will unveil a number of technologies that offer simultaneous interfacing with multiple protocols and unique and comprehensive flexibility across various audio and video standards. “IBC is the ideal forum to introduce our innovative new products to the European market. We first revealed these products at the NAB Show, and they were met with great enthusiasm. Alongside Brio, RP1, and our new networking interfaces, we will also launch some exciting new additions to our product range. We’re not talking about them yet, but there will be more details in the run-up to the show,” says Dave Letson, vice president of sales, Calrec Audio.
Dalet will showcase enhancements to Brio and AmberFin platforms (pictured). Dalet offers embedded, as well as federated tools to plan, collect, research, write, edit and distribute text, audio and video to television, radio, web and social media. Ben Davenport, director of marketing for Dalet Digital Media Systems, says, “Dalet will feature its effective solutions for today’s end-to-end news production and distribution workflows. With social media becoming the go-to platform for news consumption, content owners must find ways to streamline news production for multi-platform distribution.” Enhancements to Dalet Galaxy user interfaces include an intuitive social media GUI that looks and acts more like a social media publishing platform.
Digigram experts will show the company’s latest innovations in IP audio codecs, codec fleet management, and monitoring in the cloud. They will also show audio-over-IP (AoIP) sound cards for IP studio migration and IP middleware licensing for smart AoIP streaming, processing, and encoding systems. The company is making its IQOYA audio-over-IP (AoIP) technology accessible as middleware to ecosystem partners for creation of their own live streaming, processing, and encoding systems. Called IQOYA *VIP, it combines Digigram’s IQOYA IP audio streaming and encoding engine, built on the company’s advanced FluidIP technology, and key real-time audio-over-IP protocols in a solution tailored for broadcast OEM partners and system integrators. Refined and optimised over five years and more than 3,000 installations for leading broadcast and telecom operations, the easy-to-integrate IQOYA *VIP engine from Digigram features native high-performance AES67, MPEG-TS, and ACIP audio-over-IP streaming formats, top-of-the-range MPEG, AAC, OPUS, and apt-X encoding/decoding, as well as accurate PTP clock synchronisation.
For the first time in Europe, Lawo is showing its new RƎLAY Virtual Radio Mixer (pictured). RƎLAY is a software-defined radio mixer, which means a user can easily add to its capabilities and plug-ins are available for features such as voice processing, declipping, IP remotes and multi-line VoIP. Michael Dosch, director of virtual radio products, says broadcasters can now run the equivalent of an entire radio studio’s worth of equipment on a laptop, including mixing, voice processing, codecs and phone systems. He adds that this software approach reduces the price of obtaining all these tools to a fraction of that of their hardware counterparts. Mixing and additional tools are all controlled within a multi-touch onscreen GUI.
At the HHB Communications stand (pictured last year), co-exhibitors iOgrapher, Mogami, NUGEN Audio, RØDE Microphones, TC Electronic, Wohler and Zoom will provide a pro audio outlook.
The iOgrapher line of filmmaking cases for iOS devices will be on show, as well as the range of Mogami audio cables for music and broadcast applications.
NUGEN Audio will introduce its all-new audio batch file processing solution, AMB, (pictured) together with a multi-channel upgrade of the company’s Halo Upmix plug-in for upmixing stereo audio to surround. “We developed AMB in response to customer demand for increased flexibility, more processing power, and scalable access to expanded capabilities,” says Jon Schorah, founder and creative director of NUGEN Audio. AMB includes new customisation features and several optional extensions that will allow customers to carry out an even greater range of audio-processing tasks. These features include a new upmix/downmix capability, an extension for the company’s award-winning DynApt technology for loudness-range targeting and content repurposing, and loudness management support for MXF or ProRes files. The latest version of Halo Upmix adds a brand-new set of algorithms for upmixing from multichannel audio to higher channel counts, including LCR to 5.1, 5.1 to 7.1, and 7.1 to 9.1. The 9.1 option allows the introduction of vertical positioning into the upmix, generating a 7.1.2 (Dolby Atmos) bed track-compatible upmix.
A comprehensive selection of RØDE broadcast microphones will be on demonstration at the HHB Booth.
New recording capabilities for Sound Device’s PIX-E Series of 4K-compatible recording monitors (pictured) are making their international debut at IBC. Video Devices, a brand of video products developed by Sound Devices, with its PIX-E Series of monitors now feature an H.264 codec, with the capability for simultaneously recording an edit-ready Apple ProRes file and a more compact H.264 MP4 file. These new features are available as a free download for PIX-E owners. With the addition of H.264, an applied LUT is baked into the H.264 .mp4 file and saved via SD card. The master ProRes 4K file is saved to the Video Devices’ SpeedDrive without an applied LUT.
Visitors to HHB’s booth can also discover a new TC Electronic desktop loudness meter called Clarity M.
Wisycom will unveil its new IEM receiver, the MPR50-IEM, which was specially designed for professional in-ear monitoring applications. It includes an ENS compander that caters to live and music shows/broadcasts by significantly increasing the quality of audio transmission during the transfer of complex data, such as high dynamic audio inputs. Vocal transmission, the main purpose of the previous system, is also refined with the MPR50-IEM. It also possesses channel switching capabilities, giving the user freedom to switch from IEM to IFB mode with a simple click on the menu. The new IEM protects the ears from an accidental volume increase by allowing the user to set a maximum volume with its quick lock volume control.
Meanwhile, Wohler takes an exciting step with the introduction of the new VoIP- and AoIP-capable iAM series with support for SMPTE 2022. Plus, a new AES67, Dante and Ravenna option for the AMP2-16V, while alongside these will be the equally-innovative AMP1-2SDA and AMP1-8-M – two new audio monitoring units.
The HBB Communications stand will be completed by Zoom’s wide array of recording devices.
Tickets are on sale now, with early bird rates extended for the show.