Press Release Archive
Ensemble Designs will debut DualPath Signal Multiplexing at IBC 2016 in Amsterdam. DualPath carries two video signals in a single channel’s bandwidth. Add a second live camera feed from a News OB, or carry two cameras back from a remote venue. DualPath delivers the two, independent signals back to the studio. They are genlocked and timed, ready to take to air.
Ensemble Designs announces the addition of RTMP streaming protocols to its NXT line of H.264 MPEG Encoders. Ensemble will be demonstrating this important capability at IBC 2016 in Amsterdam.
Ensemble Designs demonstrates live Web Streaming in partnership with Wowza Media Server and Online Streaming Service at IBC 2016 in Amsterdam. With the addition of RTMP to the NXT 450 and 445, users can now stream directly to both the Wowza enterprise and cloud systems.
The NXT 450 combines traditional SD/HD SDI inputs and outputs with high performance H.264 (MPEG-4) encoding and decoding.
“This is a game changer,” said David Wood, CEO and Chief Design Engineer with Ensemble Designs. “Now, various formats of high definition and standard definition content can be converted to a common format and routed seamlessly to HDMI and SDI destinations. Standard definition sources can now be up converted to high definition as part of the routing process, as well as cross converting from one HD format to another. Just select an output format and route whatever SMPTE broadcast resolution source you have to that destination.”
“We are very proud that the industry has recognized our products as among the best shown at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention. There are literally thousands of products on display at this event, and to have two selected as Best of Show coming from Ensemble Designs is a real honor, and speaks loudly as to the quality of the products we’re manufacturing,” said David Wood, President and Chief Design Engineer at Ensemble Designs.
The new BrightEye NXT 410-H Clean HDMI + HDCP Router supports clean and quiet switching of HDCP encrypted content to the HDMI output along side SDI and non-encrypted HDMI sources.
“At the Daytona 500 for a specialty camera we needed to route and distribute three cameras to eight different paths, some which were switched,” said Jeff Silverman, President of Inertia Unlimited.“The BrightEye NXT Router was…
The all new Multiviewer Magic 2.0 delivers an offline mode for creating screen layouts, alarms for ensuring signal integrity, new fast authoring tools with eye dropper and paste functions, closed caption support, and countdown clocks. Also new are independent Edit and Control modes…
“We’re seeing a huge spike in interest around our new video routing switcher…JB&A said they’d be thrilled to take on the escalating demand…”
“The tight interface between our BrightEye NXT Router and TriCaster makes life really easy for operators who want to use a lot of sources in a show or event, said Mondae Hott…
Ensemble Designs announced today that it has begun shipments of its BrightEye NXT family of compact routers – the BrightEye NXT 410, BrightEye NXT 415, and the BrightEye NXT 430. The innovative routing systems, about the size of a club sandwich, provide clean and quiet switching of SDI, HDMI and Fiber Optic sources.
We recently used the Avenue Flexible Matrix Router for the great Formula One event, the Grand Prix de Monaco, and for the Monte Carlo Tennis Open. At high-end events such as these, our customers rely on us to provide an outstanding turnkey equipment solution. The systems we provided were centered around the Ensemble Designs Avenue Flexible Matrix Router, a very cost effective and flexible video routing solution.
BrightEye NXT 410 Compact Router receives international acclaim.
The new Audio Mosaic Mode in the Avenue Multiviewer delivers an SDI video output that has sixteen channels of embedded audio; two channels from each of the eight cameras or sources.
“The tight interface between our BrightEye NXT Router and TriCaster makes life really easy for operators who want to use a lot of sources in a show or event. …we’re excited to join the NewTek Developer Network.”
“You’ll never see a flash or glitch on the output,” said Mondae Hott, Director of Sales for Ensemble Designs. “Our new Clean HDMI Router solves that issue completely.”
Ensemble Designs Appoints Heartland Video Systems As New Southern California Manufacturer’s Representative
“Heartland Video has a reputation for their genius at systems design,” said Robert Nunez, Sales at Ensemble Designs. “They are both smart and easy to work with.”
“Grady and Robert are passionate about new technology and are really expert in this market,” said Mondae Hott, Director of Sales at Ensemble Designs. “AMP helps customers get the great equipment they need to compete on the cutting edge.”
“One of the benefits of manufacturing everything here at our factory in Grass Valley is that we can continually upgrade our process to take advantage of changes in technology, parts availability, and discounted hardware. That allows us to pass those savings on…
“Ensemble Designs will show its new BrightEye NXT 430 Compact Router at Broadcast Asia on Techtel’s stand 5J3-03. The next generation of the BrightEye product line, the new NXT router has…”
“You can even use your iPad to setup this new mulitviewer,” exclaimed David Wood, President and Chief Design Engineer at Ensemble Designs. “Configuration is very intuitive with the click-to-fill function and snap-to grids. Sources are always…
“I believe this is the world’s smallest router with this degree of functionality,” said John Pichitino, Technology Evangelist for Ensemble Designs. “It’s smart, flexible, easy to configure and contains features not seen on even high-end routing solutions.”
Chief Engineer Hassan Salamah has made extensive use of Ensemble equipment at Saudi TV for many years.
“Events, presentation and military customers have been asking us to support 1920×1200 because they need to scan convert a variety of images at the best resolution possible,” said Mondae Hott, Director of Sales at Ensemble Designs. “The BrightEye Mitto’s 3 Gb/s output has been extremely popular in miliary installations.”
GlobeCast, CVE, and Ensemble Team Up for World Class, Multi Channel Coverage of the 2012 Summer Games
…the most important DTH broadcaster in Italy selected GlobeCast, a leading supplier of video transport services, to deliver multiple channels of HD video from London to Milan. GlobeCast in turn partnered with Communication Video Engineering (CVE), a leading systems engineering company in Italy, to design and build a sophisticated signal management system.
Ensemble Designs is one of four finalists for the Education Innovator of the Year Award…“When I started Ensemble Designs I was following my passion, a drive to create. Supporting that same drive in others is a way to give back to Nevada County and help it thrive.”
“STAR awards are given to interesting new products that help a user save money or accomplish a task in an easier way,” said Mark Hallinger, editor of TV Technology Europe…
“We were inspired to contribute to Sierra Commons’ Business Ignitor School because we believe it will have an impact at the grass roots level on our community’s vitality,” said David Wood…
iPad control and monitoring set the Avenue Layering Engine apart from other small mixers and logo inserters. The iPad interface gives the operator freedom and flexibility in switching an event or show.
Ensemble Designs is demonstrating new video and audio processing technology, featuring the Avenue Layering Engine, at the the AUVSI Show in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay, August 6-9, 2012 at booth 434.
Ensemble Designs Avenue and BrightEye signal processing equipment has been chosen for use at the Olympics by Sky Italia. Avenue audio embedders and frame synchronizers will play a key role in the Sky Italia signal processing chain.
Ensemble Designs will debut two new features to its BrightEye Mitto family of high-end scan converters at the infoComm Show Mitto now automatically senses DVI and VGA resolutions and sets the scan conversion process accordingly.
“Now people can use just one box, instead of two, to get from HDMI to fiber,” said Robert Nunez. “And the BrightEye 83-F also reports back on any validity issues with HDCP or with format, which is really nice.”
Ensemble Designs will feature a new Layering Engine for use in presentation and live events. The new Layering Engine, part of Ensemble Designs’ Avenue signal integration system, will be demonstrated at the infoComm Show in Las Vegas, June 13-16, 2012, in Ensemble Designs’ booth C4820.
Ensemble Designs and ImmediaTV will feature a technology demonstration of remote IP monitoring for broadcast feeds during NAB. Any location that doesn’t have easy access to SDI on coax can use an iPad or PC to monitor a video feed.
If there is a failure in the program feed, the Avenue module cleanly switches to the backup feed without any video glitches or audio pops. Downstream equipment and home viewers will…
“The iPad control is a 13 out of 10!,” said Randy, as he did a background transition and then brought on a key.
“I am thrilled to be invited to join Ensemble Designs.” said Pichitino. “They have a very strong product line, and I’m looking forward to taking these products to the marketplace.”
Doug Stanley talked about designing the extreme conditions camera packages for “Deadliest Catch,” “Ice Road Truckers,” “Black Gold,” and “Lobsterwars,” which was of great interest to the many engineers in the room. He described life aboard a fishing vessel and the challenges of climbing over frozen fish in inclement weather in order to get the best camera shot.
Our next phase in the transition to high-definition operations involves our 1080i network feed. Ensemble Designs is providing signal processing equipment for this project, including DVB-ASI signal processing and analog-to-digital converters.
Ensemble Designs has announced a new 3D support interface for its Avenue Flexible Matrix Router.
…“I wanted to know how Ensemble could make just a small portion of the computer screen full-screen HD with such good quality,” said Jaap Tuyp, technical manager of the AVC at University of Amsterdam
…a new, special Pairing configuration that ties inputs or outputs together to support signals such as Key & Fill, RGB444 Link A & B, or 3D Left & Right.
Waveguide Consulting of Georgia tested all applicable scan converters on the market and in the end specified Ensemble’s Mitto for the Lockheed Martin project in Texas.
“The introduction of these new scan converters is a direct result of customer requests,” said Mondae Hott, Director of Sales at Ensemble Designs. “We’re responding to what people asked us for. Now they can choose the perfect scan converter for their video facility, whether it’s a boardroom or a military installation.”
“This is the first router that actually shows the content of the signals in the router matrix,” said Cindy Zuelsdorf, Markteting Czar at Ensemble Designs. “It’s so convenient to be able to see the sources right on the front panel.”
… featuring the new, award winning flexible matrix router at Broadcast Asia on Techtel’s stand 4P3-01. The router’s exclusive realtime, thumbnail display is…
As the guy helping Nevada City video manufacturer Ensemble Designs make a splash at a big Las Vegas convention, Clark Staves had a problem.
The Avenue Flexible Matrix Video Router garnered awards from both TV Technology and Broadcast Engineering at NAB 2011.
Ensemble Designs was honored with both the Broadcast Engineering and TV Technology awards at the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas last week. Both awards were presented for Ensemble’s new flexible matrix video router which is for use in broadcast television stations and high-end video facilities.
Ensemble Designs is introducing a new, flexible matrix router with exclusive realtime, thumbnail display for…
“We are using the Mitto Scan converter for ingesting web content for our daily news shows,” said Efi Dilmoni, V.P. Of Engineering and Technology, at Channel 10 and News 10 in Israel. “We are extremely happy with the functionality and quality.” Ensemble Designs is featuring a new iPhone to HD…
Folks asked for our recipes so frequently that we thought we’d better make a cookbook and share some of our favorite, original culinary creations. Today, 21 February 2011, we’re debuting our new cookbook, “Cafe Ensemble: Favorite Recipes From Ensemble Designs.” Half the proceeds from cookbooks sold at tonight’s SMPTE meeting will go to SMPTE. For those who can’t make the meeting, the cookbook can be purchased at at cafeensemble.com
The annual SMPTE meeting at Ensemble Designs will be held Monday 21 February 2011. Both the dinner and speakers will be memorable. John Donvan of ABC/s NightLine and veteran videographer Joe Biscotti will be talking about the role of technology in broadcast journalism – how the technology shapes the way the story is told, and how the environmental, political, and practical needs of the journalists have shaped the technology. And we’re honored to have SMPTE’s own Barbara Lange here with news from the headquarters in New York.
Italian broadcaster Telenorba is investing in Ensemble Designs’ Avenue signal processing equipment to help it migrate to HD. The deal includes upconverters, sync-pulse generators, audio embedders, and bypass protection switches.
When Ankara’s Halk TV decided to upgrade from analogue to digital, it turned to Ensemble Designs to provide the technology.
New audio automatic level controls with 1770 EBU modes for broadcasters. New for news, take i phone video to HD in real-time. Looks great. And new DVB-ASI clean switch for transmission and SFN applications. Watch the video.
"What Caught My Eye" Interview with Chrichton Limbert, head of production modernisation, BBC News and Cindy Zuelsdorf on IBC TV News
Chrichton Limbert, head of production modernisation, BBC News, included BrightEye Mitto in his keynote onSaturday morning of IBC called, “What Caought My Eye.” We talked about how to take iPhone video to HD video for broadcast news applications.
Don’t believe the naysayers who declare the days of broadcast television are over. by David Wood
Last month’s Youth Olympic Games in Singapore saw Ensemble Designs’ BrightEye Mitto hard at work converting video feeds.
The Youth Olympics Games will include over 5,000 athletes and team officials in Singapore from 10 to 28 August 2010. The site of the Youth Olympics Village is at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, NTU in Singapore.
Ensemble Designs is debuting an interface to take iPhone and iPad video to HD for use in television stations and news facilities. The new iPhone interface to the BrightEye Mitto Scan Converter will be demonstrated at the International Broadcasters Convention in Amsterdam, 10-14 September 2010 on stand 8.B91.
When Halk TV in Ankara, Turkey decided to convert their entire station, including their famed news operations, from analog to digital, they went with Ensemble Designs video and audio signal processing equipment.
To let international attendees at the 2009 National Association of Broadcasters Show know that it had staffers who spoke their language, Ensemble Designs Inc. dedicated one aisle-side wall in its exhibit to a world map.
Turn Consumer Monitors Into High-End Dispalys with the New BrightEye 72 Converter from Ensemble Designs
Cost-conscious video and television facilities that need high-end monitoring for QC, on a set, or for display applications will welcome BrightEye 72 into their signal chain. Off-the shelf monitors can now be used for high-end video applications.
Television viewers are all too familiar with audio level changes that occur between various programs and commercials. A commercial comes on and is suddenly so loud that the viewer scrambles for the TV remote to turn down or mute the audio. A simple solution, LevelTrack is installed in the TV station and corrects mismatched audio levels based on audio history and on user settings such as attenuation and attack time.
BrightEye Mitto provides an elegant means for taking computer video to air. Material such as YouTube video, weather radar, viewer emails and websites can be output to SD, HD or 3 Gb/s serial digital video. The first units have shipped and are being used in broadcast television stations in the U.S., Asia and New Zealand. BrightEye Mitto received the notable Pick Hit Award from Broadcast Engineering at the IBC exhibition.
Ensemble Designs will be featuring the new BrightEye Mitto scan converter, BrightEye 72 video converter and LevelTrack Audio automatic level control at the Techtel booth 7C4-05. These new products are for use in TV broadcast, satellite production and postproduction facilities.
KEYE-TV’s central equipment room is constructed around Ensemble Designs equipment. We have 45 frames that contain some 350 cards, all of which are networked together. We have had unbelievable success with our Ensemble equipment and are very pleased with our decision to become an Ensemble customer.
TV Technology Magazine gave its respected STAR Award (Superior Technology Award Recipient) to Ensemble Designs for the BrightEye 72 Video Converter…Broadcast Engineering Magazine awarded its prestigious NAB Pick Hit Award for the BrightEye 57 Sync Pulse and Test Signal Generator….
New for NAB 2010, Ensemble Designs has fourteen product announcements… Avenue 9600 16 Ch Audio Mux/Demux/Data Inserter, 9550 3G / HD / SD Video Processor and Frame Sync…
“The viewer complaints stopped after we started using Ensemble’s LevelTrack to automatically control audio levels for our Retro TV channel, said PL Laird, Engineering Technical Manager at KEYE-TV in Austin, Texas. “The best part about LevelTrack is…
Just about any HDMI monitor can now be used in a station or post house…SDI to HDMI with open captions, color corrector, audio meters and time…
Ensemble's Scan Converter Makes Web Video Usable for MediaFlo TV's Broadcast TV and Mobile Simulcast
“Mitto’s quality is phenomenal. I haven’t seen anything else where you are able to select an area of the screen and still have the output quality. I just drag to select and it starts outputting. It’s great,” said Michael Martinez, Sr. Broadcast Engineer at MediaFLO TV USA, Inc. Qualcomm.
…working with multiple audio channels may, for example, find Spanish on channels 3/4 and Ukrainian on 7/8 and need to adjust channels. Ensemble’s BrightEye audio disembedders provide…
…Other things you should know about Ensemble Designs? We really like to make things. We build our products ourselves — with state-of-the-art electronic surface mount assembly equipment. And we like to cook, so a few years ago we built a full kitchen and dining room. We welcome visitors — come by for a tour and lunch!
New for NAB 2010, Ensemble Designs is introducing the 7630 Dolby E Encoder and 7615 Dolby E Decoder as part of the Avenue signal integration system for broadcasters.
The Sacramento Chapter of SMPTE is pleased to announce their 3rd Annual Dinner Meeting, Feb. 24th, 6-9pm
The Nevada City Advocate Newspaper covers Ensemble Designs. “Bringing progressive images from the desktop into the interlaced world of video used to be a compromise between sharp details versus interfield flicker…Ensemble Designs of Nevada City has customers that include ESPN, BBC, CBS News, Major League Baseball and television stations around the globe…” More at: Nevada City Advocate Newspaper
Wed 21 Oct Ensemble Designs is hosting an afternoon open house and evening SMPTE meeting all about Closed Captions…The public is welcome…1:00-5:00
Ensemble Designs was honored to be awarded Pick Hit of the IBC show by Broadcast Engineering for their new BrightEye Mitto HD Scan Converter.
… today announced the introduction of the Avenue 9600 audio embedder, disembedder and data inserter…can be fitted with Dolby E™ encoding and decoding options which are useful for broadcaster and post houses. Additionally RS-232 and RS-422 data can be multiplexed or demultiplexed as per SMPTE 337M.
“We were in the middle of a live show on a hot summer day when the air-con quit. The Avenue equipment was…” Chris Turner talks about the TV facility at Univ of OK, Barry Switzer Center and doing uplinks with MSNBC .
For broadcasters and mobile trucks looking to future-proof their installations, the 9400 3 Gb/s Signal Generator and Test Signal (Test Pattern) Generator offers every signal needed for a complete house reference system. For facilities using 3G the issue of monitoring the signal becomes a challenge. The BrightEye 72 is a 3G/HD/SD SDI digital to analog video converter with an HDMI confidence monitor out that provides…
Ensemble Designs announced today that it will introduce its new LevelTrack™ Audio AGC (Automatic Gain Control) system designed to correct mismatched audio levels between different program sources or segments within a program. Mismatched audio level errors between different program sources is regrettably common due to inconsistencies between different providers and program…
“Verifying the health of a 310M stream can be a challenge but we have a convenient, affordable way for broadcasters to check PIDs and PMTs for all of their transport streams,” said Mondae Hott…
Ensemble Designs today announced that it will introduce the 4500 MPEG Transport Stream Processor for translating DVB-ASI to SMPTE 310M in broadcast and satellite applications. The MPEG Transport Stream Processor and 27 other announcements will be highlighted at booth #N4023 at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention held April 20-24 in Las Vegas.
Ensemble Designs will show many products at the 2009 NAB Show, including its new LevelTrack Audio AGC, 4500 MPEG Transport Stream Processor…also displaying the 9400 3G Signal Generator and Test Signal Generator at NAB, as well as a new HD…
Ensemble Designs will introduce the 4500 MPEG Transport Stream Processor for translating DVB-ASI to SMPTE 310M in broadcast and satellite applications… Transmission facilities often have both 310M and ASI signals and need a way to convert and monitor those streams.
“When we made the leap to HD, we designed a solid reference infrastructure as the foundation to the facility upgrade…Avenue system provides HD, SD, composite and AES test and reference signals,” said Jonathan Abrams, Chief Technical Engineer at Nutmeg Audio Post.
BrightEye 72 provides HD or SD digital to analog video conversion with the full range of analog output formats available for SD, 1.5 Gb/s HD and 3 Gb/s HD…Four new products for test signal generation and sync pulse generation will be featured at IBC including the BrightEye 57 SPG/TSG…
Ensemble Designs will feature eleven new products at IBC including a test signal generator and sync pulse generator for HD, SD and 3Gb/s for use in broadcast, manufacturing, and post applications.
KXTV interview of Ensemble Designs’ President, David Wood
When Nutmeg Audio Post made the leap to HD, the engineering team designed a solid reference infrastructure as the foundation to the facility upgrade…Ensemble Designs Avenue equipment is at the center of reference signal generation…
The new units will be on display at booth N6307 at the InfoComm…BrightPak was first used for news acquisition at the White House…
“BrightPak was first used for news acquisition at the White House…mobile applications where HD upconversion, fiber transmission…
Broadcasters and satellite providers need to be on air 99.999% of the time and these new protection switches will ensure that goal is attainable…
“The new downconverters both offer analog audio out which meets the needs of many broadcasters,” said Mondae Hott…
“We are completely relying on Ensemble products for our post facilities. We use the Ensemble 7900 as a downconverter for client preview copies and as an upconverter for ingest.”
“A couple of key customers asked for a downconverter with analog audio outputs and so we decided to introduce the BrightEye 92-A. We just started shipping last week and the responses have been great,” said Ms. Mondae Hott, Sales Director at Ensemble Designs. “The HDMI output has been a hit as well. OB users like using the HDMI out in the field for confidence monitoring.”
“Ensemble’s customer support has always been “Grass Valley” style. If Grass Valley Group set the bar, then Ensemble exceeded it. Andy Carleton and I both had past experience with Ensemble. I’d used Ensemble gear at my post facility near San Francisco and had always been happy with the gear and the service”
“In the competitive world of corporate and agency work, we need all of our equipment to work flawlessly. Our Ensemble Designs router is the greatest little piece of equipment, because I don’t have to think about it, it just works.”
“We designed the BrightEye 90 series to be as flexible as possible so that customers can have access to virtually any signal needed, whether its SD SDI, HD SDI, HDMI, fiber or audio,” said David Wood, Chief Design Engineer and President of Ensemble Designs. “The 90 series fills a much-needed niche for facilities requiring compact, affordable, task-specific signal conversion solutions.”