MCI Becomes Premium Reseller for DirectOut PRODIGY Series

At the IBC 2019 DirectOut announces the cooperation with Studio Hamburg MCI GmbH. As of now, MCI is a premium reseller for the PRODIGY series from DirectOut. With the PRODIGY series, the manufacturer offers various modular audio converters for numerous formats with flexibly configurable inputs and outputs, network audio and extremely powerful hardware and software. The conception of the hardware allows the use in various applications, e.g. in pro audio, broadcast as well as installation and studio environments.

Tim Grevenitz, Head of Sales at MCI: “With DirectOut, we are pleased to have found a manufacturer that fits perfectly into our strategy to further enlarge our know-how and product portfolio for IP transformation in our industry. The modular concept, a signal matrix, processing and the possibility of format converting between different network audio formats such as RAVENNA, Dante or AES67 in one system is already very impressive. This is exactly what the market demands today.”

 

Jan Ehrlich, CEO DirectOut:”With the new PRODIGY series we have created the potential to meet the challenges of technological change well prepared. The growing possibilities of integrating various audio formats into modern media infrastructures increase the complexity and require up-to-date and constantly increasing expertise. This also requires more intensive user support. With MCI, we have found a partner who competently meets these requirements in the broadcast and media technology and provides our customers with solution-oriented advice.”

 

About DirectOut GmbH

DirectOut GmbH was founded in 2008 and specializes in the development of high-quality and powerful audio format converters, interfaces and signal distribution for broadcast, studio, live and installation applications.

The portfolio is marketed worldwide under the DirectOut Technologies® brand and comprises products that bridge the gap between different audio formats and thus make the handling of different transmission formats easier and more flexible in practice. The range of supported audio formats includes: MADI, SoundGrid, Dante, RAVENNA and the standards AES67 and SMPTE ST2110-30/31.

DirectOut products are distributed worldwide and are headquartered in Mittweida, Germany.

picture caption: Tim Grevenitz, Jan Ehrlich

Soliton to Present Groundbreaking Ultra Low Latency Solutions at IBC

Soliton (IBC Stand 2.B11) presents at the IBC its latest development with strong improvements regarding Ultra Low Latency. With its mobile H.265 encoders, MCI’s partner is already setting standards for live remote productions. Now the manufacturer wants to demonstrate previously unattainable latency for outdoor transmissions. Soliton’s latest solution shortens the total latency time from camera to transmitter to 50 ms. This allows the manufacturer to undercut its own best time. Soliton’s Zao-S mobile video encoder currently achieves 240 ms, already considered the lowest end-to-end latency.

“The initial driver for low latency was a partnership between Soliton and an automotive company for remote driving applications” Andrews explains. “When remote driving from a remote location relying on cameras, latency has to be practically zero. We have now been able to take that innovation and apply it successfully to the broadcast market”, says Mark Andrews, the Head of Broadcast and Mobile Surveillance at Soliton Systems Europe.

Livestreaming productions e.g. in sports or users in the field of encrypted mobile surveillance can now profit from this.

In addition to innovations of ultra low latency, Soliton will be presenting other new solutions to IBC visitors, such as a cloud based video switcher that meets the requirements of smaller production companies and a new web management solution.
Visitors to the IBC can experience the innovations at the Soliton booth 2.B11. The MCI team can also be reached on site and by appointment at +49 (0) 40-6688 -3628.

IP-Testlab at MCI

In June 2019 MCI staged an IP-Testlab to show a migration from an SDI to an IP-based structure. It was based on the current SMPTE /EBU IP roadmap with a focus on NMOS integration. This was preceded by a test lab in 2018, also oriented to the roadmap, but here the focus was still on the proof of the SMPTE-2110 “standard” and was initially to be understood as a 1:1 replacement of a classic baseband structure.

A project team carried out various use cases on the basis of a test setup with components from different manufacturers and presented the results. On this basis the practicability, potential and problems of a network-based infrastructure were discussed with customers.

The IP-Testlab 2019 was made possible by the active support of the vendors and companies Cisco, Computacenter, Grass Valley, Lawo, LOGIC, Nevion, Phabrix, Plura, Riedel, Ross, Sony, Studio Hamburg Postproduction, Studio Hamburg IT-Services and TSL Products.

The IP-Testlab, 2018 as well a 2019, creates a space for IP and broadcast to meet and experiment freely. In the discussion 2019 not only the technical point of view was taken, but the implementability of an IP-based structure was also considered holistically, e.g. with regard to service and workflow structures. Concurrent the currently achieved possibilities were compared with the roadmap for the development of the SMPTE standards ST-2110 and ANWA NMOS-IS-04/IS-05.

Fabian Röttcher, MCI project manager for the IP-Testlab, was satisfied with the results: “Video and audio over IP can already be used technologically today, for example as a replacement for a classic router. However, we deliberately posed the question of the workflow of the future. It has not yet been possible to answer all the questions here.”

In total, progress was visible compared to last year. However, new challenges were also emerging, especially with regard to the integration of new workflows and error analysis. These will have to be worked on further in the future. The large number of participating customers from universities and public broadcasting companies who appeared were also satisfied.

 

“We are convinced that we have taken an important path with our questions to be able to develop the true advantages of the technology together with our customers and not simply migrate existing infrastructure to IP. There are many questions that go far beyond pure technology. That’s why we deliberately called it Testlab and not Showcase,” says Max Below, Managing Director of MCI.

In order to be able to answer open questions and further develop existing approaches, MCI is already planning another edition of the IP-Testlab in 2020. If you are interested in the IP-Testlab, the project team can be contacted directly at testlab@mci.de.