Broadcast Tech & Engineering News – MELS obtains Dolby Atmos certification

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MELS Studio and Postproduction, part of the TVA Group, has announced that it’s the first studio in Canada to obtain Dolby Atmos Home Entertainment 9.1.4 certification. Based in Montreal, MELS says obtaining certification in the state-of-the-art sound mix design tech will enable the studio to attract major projects, support international sales, and meet Netflix requirements for original productions. Dolby Atmos delivers an immersive, surround-sound experience, by placing spatialized sound objects outside conventional channels.

YANGAROO has announced the launch of a major upgrade to its cloud-based Yangaroo Music distribution platform. Running on Yangaroo’s DMDS workflow solution and based entirely in the cloud, DMDS users are now able to download new music and accompanying promo assets directly through their web browser. Yangaroo says the update, dubbed “EZ Downloads,” offers the same efficiency and security as the existing interface without having to install proprietary software to facilitate secure, watermarked downloads. Yangaroo Music says the upgrade is the first of a number of updates and enhancements intended to strengthen DMDS’ position as the market leader in secure radio servicing.

LTN® Global, the media technology and video transport network solutions provider, has acquired early 4K remote production and broadcast transmission pioneer, DTAGS. LTN says the acquisition strengthens its ecosystem with a portfolio of scalable 4K remote production, post-production, and transmission workflows for large-scale sports, entertainment, political, news, and corporate events. The company’s next major 4K transmission and production project will be daily live coverage of The French Open from Roland-Garros. DTAGS is known for its role in bringing live events to the screen, including Thursday Night Football and the NFL Draft, as well as the virtual audience for America’s Got Talent. Now an LTN Global company, DTAGS solutions and video equipment rental services will integrate into the LTN production portfolio and continue to operate out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Next year, DTAGS’ 4K remote production will migrate to LTN’s centralized production facility in Kansas City, Missouri. Mike Burk will continue to lead DTAGS in addition to LTN’s on-site and remote production services.

Nautel is making a free app available for download which enables the use of the current Flash-based Advanced User Interface (AUI) beyond the end-of-life planned for browser-based Flash availability. The app, which will operate on either Windows or macOS platforms, uses Adobe AIR to install Nautel’s Flash-enabled app on the user’s desktop. A transmitter is accessed by entering its IP address into a window which then opens the AUI for that transmitter on the user’s computer. Multiple windows may be run at the same time for users who need to monitor a number of Nautel transmitters. Nautel Product Manager Matt Herdon says a full HTML5 AUI release is expected in early 2021, with beta releases before the end of 2020. The legacy AUI Access App will be available for use until testing of the new HTML5 AUI has been completed for all AUI-enabled transmitter models.

The Rise advocacy group for women in broadcast has appointed Meghan Ross, Director of Global Channel Marketing at EditShare, as its North American chapter co-chair. The chapter was formed earlier this year by Serena Harris, Sales Director at Annex Pro. Rise North America will be presenting its first event, an ‘In Conversation With’ webinar featuring Sandy Nasseri, CEO of MelroseINC on Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. PT. MelroseINC, an eight-figure tech business, started as Apple reseller MelroseMAC in 2003, and has since expanded into a robust IT services company. Register here.