Wed, 05 Jan 2022 08:12:00 -0500
The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) announced in December that it is forming an Education Working Group focused specifically on education and training to expand the pool of industry professionals prepared to design, build, and operate standards-based IP media technology and solutions.
AIMS Board Chairman Steve Reynolds: “There is a need for engineers, professionals, and operators with the right skill set and expertise to work with these new IP-based systems.”
“Today, when we talk to various industry parties about IP adoption,” says AIMS Board Chairman and Imagine Communications President Steve Reynolds, “we consistently hear that SMPTE ST 2110 is mature, stable, and working but there is a need for engineers who can do the design work, professionals who can do the implementation work, and operators who have the right skill set and expertise to work with these new IP-based systems. The new Education Working Group will work with other industry organizations to connect media professionals with better training, broad-based educational programs, and possibly even testing and certification they can use to validate their proficiency for prospective employers.”
The new Working Group will build on the successful efforts of the alliance’s Technical Working Group and Marketing Working Group. Since AIMS formed six years ago, these groups have made significant strides in leading the industry toward an open, standards-based implementation for IP media solutions. The Education Working Group will join these groups as a top-level priority at AIMS and serve as the third pillar in the alliance’s ongoing work.
Its mission will be to define what is needed to improve training, expand educational opportunities, and collaborate with other industry organizations to develop programs and certifications to rapidly expand the base of qualified engineers and operators to meet the growing demand for IP expertise.
AIMS convened the first meeting of the Education Working Group in December to plan its formal launch. Participation from across the AIMS community will be vital to its success. Volunteers — particularly, integrators and end users — are welcome to join in the work. Further information is available at www.aimsalliance.org.
Mon, 03 Jan 2022 12:11:11 -0500
In accordance with Congressional directives in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the Federal Communications Commission has officially launched the Affordable Connectivity Program, the $14.2 billion successor program to the Emergency Broadband Benefit which helped almost 9 million afford internet access during the pandemic. As of today, eligible households are encouraged to apply to receive up to $30 per month discount toward internet service and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.
“The response to the Emergency Broadband Benefit proved what many knew to be true: the cost of high-speed internet is out of reach for too many of us,” said FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel. “Now with the long-term Affordable Connectivity Program, we have the opportunity to enroll even more households and help ensure they can afford the internet connections they need for work, school, health care and more for years.”
A household is eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program if a member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:
• Has an income that is at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines;
• Participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, SSI, WIC, or Lifeline;
• Participates in Tribal specific programs, such as Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance, Tribal TANF, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations;
• Is approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020, 2020-2021, or 2021-2022 school year;
• Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year; or
• Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income program.
Final program rules will be adopted by the Commission in January. For more information about the Affordable Connectivity Program, please visit: https://www.fcc.gov/ACP.
Thu, 30 Dec 2021 08:44:43 -0500
Just a reminder that Markertek will be closed Friday, December 31st in observance of New Year's Day and will be back to serve you Monday, January 3rd.
May this new year provide us all with good health, good fortune and good times! Happy New Year!
Wed, 29 Dec 2021 08:09:00 -0500
Grass Valley has released EDIUS X version 10.30 as a free update to all EDIUS X users. The update comes with many valuable new features and support for the latest technology like Windows 11, H.265, RAW and hardware acceleration.
Among many other functions users can also expect the support of variable frames rates (MP4), typical for smartphones, that often causes out of sync issues with other editing solutions.
Windows 11 support
H.265 software encoder
Paste attributes from one clip to another
Switch window layout by keyboard shortcut
Create Clip Markers directly in the timeline
Realtime playback with skip frame playback setting
Sequences clips show marker and waveform
Support of latest Intel QuickSync SDK
Support of AJA T-TAP Pro
EDIUS API Support for communication with third parties
Support of variable frame rates (MP4)
Updated Blackmagic RAW SDK to V.2.2
During the expected lifecycle of around two to three years EDIUS X users will continue to benefit from the ongoing development of EDIUS X. Further free updates are expected to incorporate AI driven services and team work functions fully leveraging the modular EDIUS X design.
Thu, 23 Dec 2021 08:01:00 -0500
We’d like to take a moment to wish you a safe and joyous holiday season as well as a bright and successful new year!
We also would like to remind you that Markertek will be closed December 24th and December 31st in observance of the holidays.
~ Best Wishes to All from Your Friends at Markertek!