The Television Academy announced the recipients of the 72nd Engineering Emmy Awards, honoring an individual, company, or organization for developments in broadcast technology.
Kirsten Vangsness, who most recently appeared in the critically acclaimed CBS drama Criminal Minds, returns to host the awards for the fifth year in a row. For the first time, the ceremony will be broadcast live on Emmys.com on Thursday October 29th at 5:00 p.m. PDT.
Engineering Emmys are introduced to a person, company or organization for engineering developments that are either such a comprehensive improvement on existing methods or are so innovative that they have a significant impact on the production, recording, transmission or reception of television. This year, the academy honors nine companies and five individuals with the prestigious award.
As the television industry struggles to face the challenges of a global pandemic, the Academy's Engineering Emmy Awards Committee has selected four companies to be recognized in solving problems related to COVID-19. These organizations have developed and deployed technical technologies that allow remote production to continue in this unconventional year.
Recipients of this recognition include:
Teradici has specialized in providing remote access to workstations for over 15 years and is well known for delivering an uncompromising user experience for graphics-intensive workloads. Teradici Cloud Access Software enables artists and producers to work from home or anywhere by securely connecting remotely to Windows or Linux desktops hosted in the studio, in a private data center, or in a public cloud. Users can access their remote workstations from a wide range of client devices via the Teradici PCoIP protocol and use their display, keyboard, mouse and peripherals such as Wacom devices as if they were on a local computer with the required resolution and color fidelity to the highest quality standards.
ClearView Flex enables easy-to-use, real-time remote collaboration that creatives can initiate and manage for a variety of applications in preproduction, production, VFX, and post-production. Of particular value to those working from home, it can be deployed on any network and with reliably consistent user success in a solid, studio-approved secure ecosystem on the most popular consumer devices such as AppleTV, iPads / iPhones, Android tablets / are displayed. Phones and Mac / PC.
Other recipients are Evercast and HP Inc.
Evercast is a real-time collaboration platform that combines video conferencing, HD live streaming and full spectrum audio in a single web-based platform. Requiring no file sharing or specialized hardware, Evercast allows users to securely stream any creative workflow (live cameras on set, Avid, Premiere, Maya, Pro Tools, etc.) to anyone, no matter where they are . With extremely low latency and uncompromising quality, Evercast offers a digital experience that reflects the ease and productivity of a team that sits shoulder to shoulder.
ZCentral Remote Boost is advancing the art of television during the global pandemic, providing access to high-performance computers from anywhere. With this, ZCentral Remote Boost continues to accelerate creative remote processes for production teams around the world. Z by HP technology enables editors, artists, and other creatives to work remotely with the features necessary for collaboration, creativity, and production. ZCentral Remote Boost gives users access to high-performance computing for a range of applications and use cases, including VFX, simulation, and 3D, and gives end users the flexibility to build remotely on virtually any endpoint device.
Seven (7) additional Engineering Emmy Awards were given to the following recipients for exceptional engineering developments, including
Apple ProRes was introduced in 2007 and has become a ubiquitous video codec in the film and television industries. It offers excellent source video quality preservation and, thanks to the innovative algorithm design, fast encoding and ultra-fast decoding. These two characteristics – along with Apple's industry licensing and certification support – make ProRes one of the most widely used codecs for end-to-end content creation workflows: from high-quality capture to high-performance editing, color grading, broadcast recording and playback and FX creation to master the distribution and archiving of content.
CODEX RAW Workflow offers the fastest, high-speed data migration process for RAW camera content available on the market. It offers a fully proven and implemented end-to-end workflow for secure transport from production to post, reducing storage costs and saving time on high-density coding.
Unreal Engine is one of the most advanced real-time 3D engines with photo-realistic rendering, dynamic effects and multi-user functions. Broadcasters choose Unreal Engine to deliver cutting-edge content, virtual sets and AR-enriched programming with much higher fidelity than traditional broadcast graphics engines. Unreal Engine unleashes creativity and removes the overlapping hurdles of time, budget and bandwidth. This gives TV professionals the flexibility and efficiency to integrate high-end graphics, VFX, motion capture and CG animation into their visual storytelling.
RE: vision effects
RE: Vision Effects introduced the industry to optical flow-based post-production video tools through its Twixtor, ReelSmart Motion Blur, RE: Flex and others. In addition, RE: Vision Effects supplies these technologies as plug-ins for a variety of host applications and interfaces that are already known to the user.
Bill Spitzak, Jonathan Egstad, Peter Crossley and Jerry Huxtable for Nuke
Nuke is an award-winning node-based compositing toolkit. Nuke's toolset is a one-stop shop for VFX houses around the world and has been used in a wide variety of television, feature film, video-on-demand and commercials to solve complex visualization problems and turn incredible ideas into reality. Nuke's flexible, efficient, and feature-rich toolset quickly delivers film-quality results to composers, lighters, and animators who need a robust, production-proven toolset for compositing, VFX editorial, and review.
Sound Radix Auto-Align Post makes phase / time corrections to a moving multi-microphone recording. By dynamically correcting delays and phases between the boom and the lavalier mics while moving around the set, this tool automates what used to be a labor-intensive task for sound editors across the industry.
Dan Dugan for gain sharing Automatic microphone mixing
Gain sharing is a unique audio process that allows an audio mixer to easily mix multiple live speakers. There are no upcuts, no missing words and no fluctuations in background noise. This technology allows mixers to easily manage multiple live microphones without constantly using individual input faders – ideal for non-written events such as talk shows, game shows, news and sports panels, town hall meetings, and debates. Gain sharing automates the robotic part of mixing multiple live speakers, recognizing who is speaking, and blending them faster than a human can react.