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This week we are presenting a special edition of the Tek Pulse, featuring news relevant to broadcast engineers and inspired by the NAB show taking place in Las Vegas this week. The NAB show is an annual event for media, entertainment and technology professionals to find new ways to create, manage and deliver their content on any platform.

  1. The bots are coming to the video industry: Machine learning and AI for filmmaking, Claudia Kienzle, April 5, 2018, TV Technology -- During NAB this week technologists are examining the impact of machine and artificial intelligence (AI) in production, post, filmmaking and digital content creation. The industries’ leading creative minds are revealing how neural networks and other advancements are enabling production techniques once thought impossible. Panelists at NAB are also looking into the capabilities of today’s neural network-based tools and their potential to alter, jobs, workflows and the nature of content.  The session is beginning with a presentation about animation and computer graphics, followed by “Machine Intelligence Comes to Video Workflows.” The program is ending with a presentation on the impact of algorithms and how their increased computing power could affect the entertainment industry. For more information head over to TV Technology.
  2. G&D adds KVM-over-IP devices at NAB 2018, Pranav Vadehra, March 5, 2018, -- New technology provides pixel-perfect video quality and switching of 4K resolutions using matrix systems. The technology is the broadest KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) portfolio for TV studios, post-production and OB vans, created by German KVM manufacturers, Guntermann & Drunck (G&D).  The KVM matrix switches ControlCenter-Digital and ControlCenter-Compact represent the backbone of the computer equipment in use and provide producers with flexible, distributed access to remote computers, pixel-perfect and with no latency or delays. The ControlCenter-Compact is available in six expansions levels and is compatible with the ControlCenter-Digital and all end devices – making it possible to add new systems to existing infrastructures. The range of functionalities makes collaboration a breeze and provides a high level of usability for everyone working with the system. G&D will be presenting their technology at the NAB show this week. For more information visit
  3. Fleet battery management goes to the next level with new mobile platform at NAB 2018, D. Pagan Communications, April 9, 2018, B&C -- An innovative new platform allows just one user to oversee dozens of professional camera battery charges and hundreds of battery packs. The platform is controlled and monitored by a mobile device via an app. The Voltbridge Fleet Battery Management Platform and Bluetooth Low Energy micro chargers, created by Core SWX will also be presented at NAB this week. The micro chargers, called Fleet Qi and Fleet QMi complement the Voltbridge system for a complete battery management solution. Camera battery power is crucial for any mobile or field production. Now, large production or broadcast houses, along with, professional video and cinema rental companies can manage their entire battery fleet. The system can also help reduce the risk of possible Li-Ion battery related problems, because it allows users to quickly determine and address any concerning battery packs. Li-ion battery packs are the most used batteries today; however, they have inherent risks. The quicker users learn of a potential issue, the better the chances of restoring the battery’s capacity. For more information visit B&C.
  4. JVC introduces ‘Connected Cam,’ featuring IP workflow, Dak Dillon, April 4, 2018, NewscastStudio -- A new broadcast camcorder takes connectivity to the next level and sets a new benchmark for ENG cameras. JVC Professional Video will be showcasing its GY-HC900 “Connected Cam” this week at NAB. The camera features a 2/3 inch CMOS image sensor and enhanced connectivity for a complete news-over-IP workflow solution. The camera produces amazing image at an affordable price. When paired via Wi-Fi, this camera allows on-air talent to conduct a two-way interview with return video, while streaming live to air without any external boxes or backpacks. Additionally, latency is as low as 500ms for outgoing and incoming video. The camera comes complete with a standard B4 lens mount and four-position optical filter with built in HDR capability. For the full story check out NewscastStudio.
  5. And lastly, the most popular Tektronix innovation of the week goes to Aurora File-Based QC with TekMOS Machine Learning Picture Quality Analyzer. Confidently assure video quality in virtual and cloud environments with non-reference, machine learning picture quality analysis. It’s AI in action! For more information about Tektronix innovations at NAB check out our news here.  


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