In Broadcast - September 2017 - 62
www.inbroadcast.com | Vol: 7 - Issue 9 | September 2017
Signiant Flight Further Boosts
igniant Inc, a market leader in
intelligent file movement software,
has announced that IBC2017 will see the
company expand its leadership position
in enterprise-class, accelerated file
transfer with new capabilities for its
flagship offering, Manager+Agents.
With this trusted product as the
integrated portfolio addresses a
broad range of use cases and extends
seamlessly into the Cloud.
Widely deployed across the Media
Manager+Agents was a key enabler of
the transition to file-based workflows
and remains the gold standard today,
providing automated system-to-system
file movement within, and between,
enterprises. New offerings being
shown at IBC2017 allow customers to
more tightly couple Manager+Agents
with the entire Signiant product suite.
New for the show, is the ability to
extend Manager+Agents workflows
to users of Signiant Media
Shuttle, its widely-deployed
Cloud-native SaaS offering.
With hundreds of thousands
of global users, Media Shuttle
is the de facto standard for
media professionals who need
to send and share high-value
content. Via Media Shuttle's
new automation API, systemto-person workflows can now
be created to directly link
deliveries to individual people.
Signiant will also showcase
the company's newly patented,
architecture for Flight, a Cloudnative,
upload utility. Totally unique in
the market, this new technology
accelerates any HTTP-based transfer
and is capable of delivering data to
the Cloud at multiple gigabits per
second. When used in conjunction
the Manager can provide
full visibility of all transfers,
and advanced functionality,
such as resource control, can
be applied. The result is the
ability to seamlessly manage
data transfers in a hybrid
Cloud deployment from one
As the only independent
provider of enterprise-class
Signiant's commitment to
storage choice remains a key
focus at IBC2017.
Modern hybrid architectures
are fully supported by
Signiant's portfolio, allowing
people and systems to
Manager+Agents with Flight, Signiant's Cloud-native, securely
auto-scaling Cloud upload utility video files between any of
with Manager+Agents, transfers to these storage types: On-premises file
the Cloud and transfers between storage; On-premises object storage;
on-premises storage locations are and Cloud storage in AWS or Microsoft
managed identically. This means that Azure.
Mo-Sys Camera Tracking
Michael Geissler, Co-Founder and Owner of Mo-Sys
Engineering discusses the rise of VR and AR usage...
InBroadcast: Can you give us
a brief overview of what we can
expect in the next year within your
Michael Geissler: Our StarTracker
technology reduced the complexity
of virtual studios and AR broadcast
graphics. We simplified the camera
Lately, broadcasters have started to
see the advantages of game engines.
There is the obvious render quality but
also the wider pool of creatives that
comes with it.
All this combined with a sudden
reduction in price of the keyers
will lower the barrier to entry for
broadcasters. I see an increase in
virtual studios and AR graphics.
Virtual studios are actually a great
way to make the smallest studio look
gigantic at little cost, but the currently
massive one-off installation cost puts
these out of the reach of smaller
broadcasters. I see this changing
soon. I see the prices of virtual studios
coming down, complexity reducing, the
render quality increasing and it will
become more accessible for the wider
InB: Any specific products taking
centre stage this year?
MG: StarTracker is definitely taking
centre stage for us. It is shaping an
There are clones starting to come
into the market, but they will have a
long way to go.
This technology works easily on
uncluttered flat ceilings, but the reality
is different with every studio ceiling
showing different challenges. Our
StarTracker matured pretty much with
every studio installed over the last
three years. We have an advantage of
knowing what is important to refine for
this technology, which by the way is
not the resolution of the camera.
StarTracker is our focus. We are
improving the algorithms daily. We are
building on our advance in the market.
StarTracker has been matured in a
large part in collaboration with the
BBC in preparation for the UK elections
well before we launched it on IBC 2015.
I now see imitators selling similar
technology too early into the market
and maturing with customers that
assume they are receiving a working
StarTracker is for us centre stage.
Most improvements are under the
bonnet such as enhanced smoothness,
a larger tilt capability and better
features that will not show up in
brochures, but improvements which
make broadcasters trust and re-order
InB: What challenges did you face
when designing the product?
MG: The challenge we faced is that
developing the StarTracker is easy
for the benign, flat ceiling in our
workshop, but the challenges of real
world studios are more demanding and
took us a long time to overcome and
InB: Which territories do you
think will show particular interest?
MG: We receive inquiries from all the
world. We ship into 45+ countries.
InB: Any innovations ahead?
MG: As it is easier to imitate than
innovate so I will not share more of
what we are working on now, but as
the innovation is in the DNA of Mo-Sys,
just watch this space!
InB: Thank you for taking the time to
answer our questions.
"StarTracker is our focus"