Broadcast Tech News In Brief – VITEC acquires T-21 Technologies

VITEC, a worldwide leader in advanced video encoding and streaming solutions, has acquired T-21 Technologies, a provider of OTT streaming media solutions for media operations, broadcasters, and content owners. Kevin Ancelin, founder and CEO of T-21 Technologies, will join VITEC as vice president of worldwide broadcast sales.

Futuri Media has launched POST Video, a major enhancement to POST, its podcasting and on-demand audio platform. Every station using POST now has the option to automatically turn on-demand audio into video segments, using fully-licensed video footage from major entertainment, sports, and lifestyle events as visuals. POST Video, an optional feature available to all POST partners, was specifically designed to maximize ROI on station audio content making it easy to use as the foundation of multimedia content. Along with the addition of POST Video, POST has also undergone a complete redesign of its user interface, which is rolling out to all partners in the coming weeks. The new UI is optimized for easy management of original podcast content in addition to broadcast content, and features a new 24/7 transcription option for stations looking for an always-on log of their content.

ReelWorld has launched new imaging service RED Hits in Canada & worldwide. Described as “a comprehensive updating Hit Music imaging service” offering music beds, sound design and production elements for CHR, Hot AC and Pop radio stations, RED Hits director is Ron Tarrant, former Howard Stern Show sound designer. RED Hits is available for barter in Canada through Orbyt Media and via Premiere Networks in the U.S.

The RØDECaster Pro audio mixer for podcasters is adding a multitrack recording option in a new firmware update. Available to download in February, the upgrade includes a more user-friendly interface and channel selection and can be activated via the Advanced settings in the Hardware section of the RØDECaster Pro’s touchscreen interface.

Cobalt Digital’s new 9904-UDX-4K up/down/cross converter and image processor for openGear® frames is now shipping. Already installed in a select group of trucks and studio facilities, the dual-slot card provides an ideal hardware platform for Technicolor High Dynamic Range Intelligent Tone Management (ITM) software. This enables the use of current SDR infrastructure, reducing the need for new camera purchases and other capital expenditures to produce HDR footage. The 9904-UDX-4K provides clean and accurate SDR-to-HDR and HDR-to-SDR conversion. Using the Technicolor conversion process (SL-HDR technology) generates a single layer video stream to distribute SDR with dynamic metadata, allowing for inverse conversion back to the original HDR. When a network service provider transmits the SDR feed, it will automatically deliver a full HDR experience to compatible TVs and set-top boxes.

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