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NAB2016: Dejero unveils version 4.0 of LIVE+ Core and LIVE+ Control

Dejero LIVE+ Core 4.0

Latest version of video transport software also enables faster file transfers

Dejero, an innovator in cloud-managed solutions that simplify the transport of live video and real-time data across remote or mobile IP networks, today announced a major new release of LIVE+ Core, the software at the heart of its industry-leading products. Version 4.0 is debuting this week at NAB Show 2016, and adds significant new capabilities to the LIVE+ platform of products including closed captioning, an enhanced congestion control algorithm, and faster transport of files.

“We are continuously evolving the software that powers our LIVE+ video transport platform based on the feedback we actively seek from our loyal and passionate customers,”

said Brian Cram, CEO at Dejero.

“They drive us to keep innovating in video quality and transmission reliability, while challenging us to simplify the transport of content from remote locations. The LIVE+ Core 4.0 release further demonstrates our commitment to helping them tackle the news and content delivery challenges they face daily.”

With closed captioning now required in many markets for live, near-live, and pre-recorded on-air and online content, LIVE+ Core 4.0 supports HD-SDI and SD-SDI feeds carrying CEA-708-B closed captioning. Closed captioning streams fed to a LIVE+ Transceiver, VSET or GoBox at one location can be transported over IP networks and output to a LIVE+ Broadcast Server or Transceiver at another location. The feature is also compatible with LIVE+ Multipoint streams when simultaneously sharing live content amongst broadcast stations.

Version 4.0 features an enhanced congestion control algorithm that responds and adapts to changes in throughput across IP networks, while quickly responding to loss in bandwidth. This provides more stable and reliable throughput on congested or constrained satellite networks and Ethernet links. The maximum transport bandwidth has also been increased to 30 Mbps making it much faster to transfer recorded video and other files from the field to the broadcast facility, helping news crews and video professionals meet their deadlines.

Also with this update, LIVE+ Core supports the new user-changeable SIM module available for LIVE+ EnGo transmitters, integration with GV STRATUS video production and content management system, and adds real-time analytics that appear in LIVE+ Control.

The software update is available at the end of April and is free to all Dejero customers with support plans.

Customers interested in updating their existing LIVE+ transmitters and servers should contact the Dejero support team at BPS on 020 8941 1199 to schedule an update.

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LIVE+ Control by Dejero

LIVE+ Control adds real-time analytics, flexible usage reporting and GV STRATUS integration

Dejero, has also introduced this week a series of new enhancements to its LIVE+ Control management system. The update, linked to the release of version 4.0 of LIVE+ Core software, has been unveiled at NAB Show 2016.

“LIVE+ Control is a powerful operational tool to centrally and remotely manage a broadcaster’s contribution assets,”

said Brian Cram, CEO at Dejero.

“With the latest update, we’ve added to the management, monitoring, and routing capabilities to provide users with even greater insights into the usage and performance of their field transmitters.”

LIVE+ Control simplifies the workflows of going live from remote locations and transporting recorded content to the broadcast facility over bonded IP networks including cellular, Wi-Fi, Ethernet or satellite. The simple-to-use web interface allows operators to quickly identify, geolocate, and remotely control transmitters, configure on-premises and cloud servers, monitor both the mix and the health of the IP network connections, and route content to SDI or online playout workflows.

The latest update enhances monitoring and reporting capabilities, displaying real-time analytics of network connection performance and overall transmission quality for each Dejero transmitter. This information allows operators in the broadcast facility to assess the shot and optimize transmitter settings before beginning the remote broadcast. Combined with geolocation information, the success of historic shots from specific locations can also be reviewed to help plan future shots.

Users can now define, filter, and save specific reports, aggregating transmitter details and usage for historical live streams, recorded clips, and file transfers to understand utilization patterns by hour, day, month or year. Reports can be customized to focus on specific transmitters and timeframes, providing stations and groups with the level of detail they require.

As previously announced, Dejero has collaborated with Grass Valley to embed LIVE+ Control into the GV STRATUS video production and content management system. This allows users to move recorded clips from a LIVE+ Broadcast Server to the STRATUS Express server. Files are automatically transcoded to the desired format for previewing and use. Working together, Dejero and Grass Valley are simplifying the overall file-based workflow to meet the needs of news production.

Dejero is demonstrating the enhancements to LIVE+ Core along with the new functionality of LIVE+ Control right now at booth N2918, NAB Show 2016, so if you’re in the desert pop in and see for yourself.

 

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Channel 9’s, Mitch Wall reviews Dejero

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Nine Network Australia’s, Mitch Wall talks to BPS about working with Dejero

We recently caught up with award-winning news cameraman, editor and producer, Mitch Wall of Nine Network Australia to chat to him about his love of Dejero. Mitch is Nine Network’s man on the ground in London covering news from across the whole of Europe.

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The Eurotunnel

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BPS: Why do you use Dejero?
MW: We rolled out our first Dejero transmitters in early 2013 in Australia to supplement our fleet of live ENG and SNG trucks. It started small, with only a few transmitters working from our Sydney base, quickly followed by units in Brisbane and Melbourne. We now run about 40 transmitters all around Australia and also around the world, including some in Los Angeles and also here in our London Bureau.
Dejeros have become a crucial part of what we do. Most of our units would be used every day.
Our Dejeros are critical to our overseas operations. They have become the main way we transmit back to Australia, be it live on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival or live breaking news at the scene of a terror attack in Tunisia. We arrive to a location and are transmitting live halfway around the world in a matter of minutes.

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Tunis, Tunisia 2015
Using Dejero in conjunction with BGAN satellite internet, we were able to broadcast live from the scenes of two terror attacks in Tunisia claiming fifty innocent lives. With westerners the main targets of the attacks, it was imperative to be able to move from place to place easily and quickly. 

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BPS: What Dejero products do you use?
MW: We mainly have 20/20 transmitters due to their rugged setup and robust performance. We also have some NewsBook and LIVE+ Mobile licences for niche parts of our operations.

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Bali, Indonesia 2014

After nearly ten years in prison in Bali, Australian drug smuggler Schapelle Corby was to be released on bail. Her release was big news in Australia, with all the major networks broadcasting live from Bali all day. The release process would see Corby transported via prison van all over the small island to visit different corrections and parole offices. We broadcast the vans movements live via a Dejero on the back of a scooter with a handicam attached. Our audience back in Australia watched live as the prison van raced from office to office.

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BPS: What made you pick Dejero over other video-over-IP products on the market?
MW: We did extensive trials with the other video-over-IP products on the market before we chose to go with Dejero. At the time we found it was the best hardware and the best software for the job. Since then I have had many experiences where other broadcasters turn up with other brands and they can’t get a live picture out. On a few occasions the cameramen have come up to me and said that they wished their network had gone with Dejero, after seeing how easy it can be. It was the best product when we selected it and it remains the best.

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Zurich, Switzerland 2015
With early morning raids of FIFA delegates hotel in Zurich we were booked on the first flight out of London. We were to land one hour before our main Australia wide news bulletin. We were able to land, get our luggage and drive to “Baur au Lac” hotel and have the international sims transmitting with twenty minutes to spare.  

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BPS: How do you use it?
MW: We use most of our transmitters are based on mainland Australia transmitting live crosses with our journalists from out in the field and doing tape feeds via the ‘Store and Forward’ feature. 
Here in our London Bureau, we use it everywhere we go. This year alone we’ve used it in 14 countries averaging about 35 individual live crosses a week. We have adapted it to work anywhere in the world, and for it to work as soon as we hit the ground.
Dejero + World Sims
Apart from the UK sims, we have a set of world sims that I can put in when abroad. I have these configured to allow us to transmit in more than 50 countries. Where possible, these sims will also push data at 4G speeds. They are perfect for breaking news where we are needing to transmit live as soon as we land.
Dejero + BGAN
Through consultation with Dejero support we have also been able to develop a way of using BGAN data to help with transmission speeds. I have a solution that incorporates satellite internet with any available cellular data to achieve a solid transmission speed. We have also been able to develop a configuration where we can solely rely on BGAN when there is no cellular data available.
When first sending our transmitters overseas on breaking news jobs we found that it was impractical to buy local sims on arrival. They were a real pain to get hold of, and once active they were notoriously unreliable. We can now land and transmit straight away and then when time permits can source local sims. If the local sims and network are reliable enough we just use them, but if not we can use BGAN to either help out, or replace the cellular data. I’ve also been able to use this when the mobile network is congested.
Being able to have one transmission unit that can adapt and use any available Internet is fantastic. It allows for many different configuration options depending on each situation.

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Reunion Island, French Territories 2015
When a mysterious part of a plane wing washed up on the remote island or Reunion, we were dispatched to cover possible remains of MH370. We were transmitting less than 30 minutes after we landed, live solely using Dejero + BGAN internet on the coastline where the debris was found. 

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Pretoria, South Africa 2014
The sentencing of Oscar Pistorius for shooting dead her girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp lead news bulletins all around the world. Using a BGAN to prop up the unreliable cellular network, we were there live as The Bladerunner was locked away in a Pretoria prison. 

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