WCTV Streamlines Productions With Purchase Of BPswitch GX Integrated Production Switcher

first_imgCHELMSFORD, MA — Broadcast Pix recently announced that Wilmington Community Television, a PEG station serving Wilmington, Massachusetts, has upgraded its control room with a BPswitch GX integrated production switcher. The system was installed earlier this month in an effort to simplify productions for WCTV personnel and volunteer crews.Adam Dusenberry, operations manager for WCTV, said the new install allowed a general “decluttering” of extra gear from the control room, including playback decks and an external CG. “Having one console to do graphics and video roll-ins makes it a whole lot more streamlined and easier to do in our environment,” he said.All roll-ins and opens are stored in the BPswitch using its Watch-Folders media management system. Dusenberry said all shows have a dedicated folder; producers upload their assets from an NLE using the integrated BPNet cloud-based video workflow service. “The goal is to make it as easy and streamlined for our producers as possible,” he added.Graphics are produced with the built-in NewBlueNTX multi-layer 3D motion graphics CG, which has improved the on-air look and saves at least one producer from adding specialized closing credits in post. WCTV also uses the integrated BPview customizable multi-view, which feeds four monitors in the control room, including two main monitors on the wall and two smaller monitors in the production console dedicated to graphics and the technical director.The new BPswitch replaced a Blackmagic Design ATEM switcher. “We’d been pushing the envelope on production quality and outgrowing the capabilities of the ATEM,” Dusenberry explained. “We wanted to add more, but we also wanted it to be user friendly. The BPswitch fit what we were looking for – there’s an improvement both in usability and how our programs look to our viewers.”WCTV offers hyperlocal coverage of events, government meetings, and education programs. The station operates three cable channels that are distributed through Comcast and Verizon, well as a website with live streaming and video-on-demand. WCTV maintains an active production schedule in its three-camera HD studio, with a handful of series as well instructional workshops for its active youth program, promotional videos for local organizations, and other shows.“I will push a piece of gear to its limits,” Dusenberry said. “I always want to try and push for the production values that will make our programs look similar to the major networks. The BPswitch really makes that easy to do.”About Broadcast PixWith a tightly coupled switcher and 3D motion graphics CG, Broadcast Pix provides the most fully integrated live video production systems with patented control and automation technology. From compact units to large-scale, multi-system solutions, every Broadcast Pix features an extensive toolset that makes it easy to optimize and customize your workflows locally and over IP. Plus, its BPNet ecosystem provides secure cloud services and asset management. Founded in 2002, Broadcast Pix has customers in more than 100 countries and is the leader in fully integrated production switchers for government, broadcast, streaming, live event, and visual radio applications. Learn more at http://www.broadcastpix.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from Broadcast Pix.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNews & Notes From WCTV: Did You Know WCTV Has A Podcast Studio That YOU Can Use?In “Community”WCTV News & Notes: Registration Now Open For Popular Weekend Youth ProgramIn “Community”VIDEO: You Can Now Livestream WCTV On Your RokuIn “Videos”last_img read more

Uber offers free helicopter rides for a day in Thailand

first_imgUber Technologies Inc have chosen Bangkok, known for its chaotic traffic, as the first city in Southeast Asia to introduce a one-day free trial for its helicopter service, after launching it in key global metro cities, including Bangalore. Chan Park, Uber’s regional general manager for Southeast Asia, said Bangkok is one of the worst cities in the world for traffic congestion.”This provides high potential for alternative transport platforms,” Bangkok Post quoted him as saying on Thursday. Thailand is among its three fastest-growing markets for its taxi app service in Southeast Asia, it said. Uber Technologies Inc, the smartphone-based cab service company will offer free helicopter rides on demand to Bangkok customers on Sunday from 11am to 3pm. If the request is accepted, the lucky rider and a friend will be picked up in a Mercedes-Benz car to board a helicopter that will give them an exclusive tour of Bangkok.  Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashThe number of Uber’s mobile app downloads is expected to increase as a result of the helicopter campaign, Park said. “One of Uber’s goals everywhere is changing the way our riders and driver partners connect to their city, and we are excited to be bringing UberCopter for the first time to Thailand.”We hope it gives Bangkok a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the city from a totally new perspective,” he said. UberCopter, or UberChopper as it is known in many markets, launched as a trial service from New York to the Hamptons in 2013.It has since been offered on a trial basis in other cities around the world including Bangalore, Cape Town, Melbourne, Rio de Janeiro and Shanghai.last_img read more

End of life dreams common and comforting Study

first_imgEnd-of-life dreams and visions (ELDVs) are an intrinsic and comforting part of the dying process, new research has found.“These dreams and visions may improve quality of life and should be treated accordingly,” says James Donnelly, associate professor of counselling and human services at Canisius College in New York.The 66 patients in the study were receiving end-of-life care at the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care in Cheektowaga, New York. Donnelly and his colleagues interviewed the patients daily about the content, frequency and comfort level of their ELDVs. The researchers found that “the most common dreams and visions were of deceased relatives or friends.” Dreams and visions about the deceased were “significantly more comforting” to patients than other kinds of ELDVs, and became more frequent as the person approached death. “This study demonstrates that ELDVs are commonly experienced and characterised by a consistent pattern of realism and emotional significance,” Donnelly said.The study noted that some medical professionals tend to discount pre-death dreams and visions. “If they are seen as delusions or hallucinations, they are treated as problems to be controlled,” Donnelly pointed out. But there is an important distinction between ELDVs and delirium. “During a delirium state, the person has lost their connection to reality and ability to communicate rationally. Delirium is distressing and dangerous, and must be treated medically,” the study said.“In contrast, our study shows that ELDVs are typically comforting, realistic and often very meaningful, highlighting a critical difference,” the researchers noted.The study appeared in the Journal of Palliative Medicine.last_img read more

Petrol pump manager shot at Rs 12 lakh looted

first_imgKolkata: A gang of miscreants looted Rs 12 lakh from a petrol pump manager at Hooghly’s Balagarh when he was going to a nearby branch of a nationlised bank to deposit the amount. The incident took place on broad day light on Moday. The victim manager, Bikash Das sustained bullet injuries when he refused to let go of the bag containing cash. He has been undergoing treatment at Calcutta Medical College and Hospital. His condition is stated to be serious. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePolice said the victim was going to deposit the amount in the bank at around 10.30 am when motorcycle borne miscreants stopped his way near Balagarh.They asked him to hand over the bag. As he refused to do so, one of the miscreants took out a gun and shot at him. The accused snatched the bag from the victim and fledthe spot.According to police, the manager was riding his motorcycle when the incident took place. Das fell on the road after receiving bullet injuries on his left hand. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA local who came to his rescue was threatened with dire consequences.The miscreants fired in the air to terrorise locals while fleeing the spot.The locals later rescued the injured person and took him to hospital. As his health condition deteriorated, Das was shifted to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital on Monday afternoon. The incident triggered tension in Balagarh area. After being informed, police reached the spot and started a probe. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the miscreants followed the manager from the petrol pump itself. Locals said a similar incident had taken place in Balagarh two years ago. Raids are being conducted to nab the culprits.last_img read more

Amazon buys Eero mesh router startup adding fuel to its inhouse Alexa

first_imgAmazon has announced its plans of acquiring ‘Eero’, the startup that is focussed on mesh home routers.  Eero makes use of a mesh network to produce wireless routers and extenders that provide better coverage for home Wi-Fi networks and makes it easy to have fast and reliable Wi-Fi all over the house. Eero routers are designed to overcome coverage and dead zone issues encountered through traditional routers. Multiple access points are used to provide coverage to an entire home or apartment with a strong Wi-Fi signal. Amazon says that this deal will “help customers better connect smart home devices.” It will make it easier to set up Alexa-compatible gadgets if Amazon also controls the router technology. Amazon SVP Dave Limp said in a press release that “We are incredibly impressed with the Eero team and how quickly they invented a WiFi solution that makes connected devices just work. We have a shared vision that the smart home experience can get even easier, and we’re committed to continuing innovating on behalf of customers.” While the deal is good news for Amazon investors, many Eero users have expressed their disapproval of the deal. Amazon has faced criticism about how Alexa listens in people’s homes, and can be a threat to user privacy. Existing Eero users have voiced their concerns along the same lines: Eero support has tried to put customers worry to rest with a tweet, saying, “Eero does not track customers’ internet activity and this policy will not change with the acquisition”. Eero is not the first router startup to be acquired by Amazon. Amazon has acquired startups like  Ring and Blink, in recent years, with a vision to launch its own in-house Alexa smart home ecosystem. Details of the deal have yet to be disclosed. Head over to Techcrunch for more insights on this news. Read Next “Amazon wants to make all the rules and weaken democracy in NYC”: Brad Lander on Amazon’s HQ2 deal Aurora, a self-driving startup, secures $530 million in funding from Amazon, Sequoia, and T. Rowe Price among others Amazon faces increasing public pressure as HQ2 plans go under the scanner in New Yorklast_img read more

Carnival Corp is moving these two Costa ships to China

first_imgCarnival Corp. is moving these two Costa ships to China Travelweek Group Tags: Carnival Corporation, China, Costa Cruises << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, November 6, 2018 center_img Share MIAMI — Two ships are leaving the Costa fleet and heading to China to serve that country’s growing cruise market.The first of these ships, the 85,861-ton, 2,210-passenger Costa Atlantica, is scheduled to be transferred by the end of 2019. Costa Atlantica’s sister ship, the 2,114-passenger Costa Mediterranea, will be transferred at a date still to be announced.Both ships are heading to a new Chinese cruise division, CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Limited, the result of a new joint venture between Costa Cruises’ parent company Carnival Corp. and China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).  “The official launch of our cruise joint venture in China is a significant milestone in the strategic development of a strong and sustainable cruise industry in China,” said Arnold Donald, CEO, Carnival Corporation. “Together with our partners, we are excited about our ability to launch a new cruise line in China based on existing ships and new China-built cruise ships tailored for Chinese travellers.” Posted bylast_img read more