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Amazon to make studio production Nimble, Grass Valley strengthens Italian distribution, and more

TVBEurope rounds up the latest products and services news from Amazon Web Services, Riedel, and Grass Valley

Amazon Web Services is launching a new service that enables customers to produce content entirely in the cloud.

Amazon Nimble Studio offers a suite of tools that enable users to construct a new creative studio in the cloud. It gives artists access to accelerated virtual workstations, high-speed storage, and scalable rendering across AWS’s global infrastructure.

Workstations are powered by Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) G4dn instances with NVIDIA Graphical Processing Units (GPUs), shared file storage from Amazon FSx, and ultra low-latency streaming via the AWS global network.

According to the company, Amazon Nimble Studio gives content production studios the ability to start with as few resources as needed, scale up those resources when rendering demands peak, and spin them back down once projects are completed.

Amazon has also announced the launch of AWS for Media and Entertainment, a new initiative built specifically for content creators, rights holders, producers, broadcasters, and distributors to discover, implement, and deploy purpose-built AWS capabilities and partner solutions.

France’s M6 opts for decentralised hybrid infrastructure

French TV network Metropole Television, part fo the M6 Group, is upgrading its production video routing infrastructure to Riedel’s MediorNet real-time video networking topology.

The broadcaster is employing MediorNet at its broadcast facility in Neuilly-sur-Seine.

The new MediorNet installation is part of a two-year upgrade project currently underway at M6 that began with two studio production galleries and is now focused on the central infrastructure router, managing incoming and outgoing signals, as well as exchanges with production islands. An additional production island is to be integrated later this year.

“With disparate technologies built up over the years, we started struggling with a lack of interaction between routing, processing, and signal distribution within our various production islands,” said Mathias Bejanin, CTO M6. “We were motivated to take a more holistic, global approach to our networking architecture and adopt a comprehensive and yet decentralised networking technology that would make our entire infrastructure up-to-date and future-proof.”

Grass Valley strengthens Italian distribution strategy

Grass Valley has strengthened its support operations in the Italian market by extending its relationship with local broadcast distributor and systems integrator Video Progetti.

“Our ethos is about keeping our sales, service and support teams as near to the customer as possible and working directly with our longtime partner Video Progetti helps us to achieve this,” said Grass Valley’s vice president sales for EMEA, Tim Banks. “We have achieved exceptional growth over the previous year, and we are excited to cooperate more closely with them on the deployment of a series of breakthrough wins in the months ahead.”

The Grass Valley Italian support teams are now co-located at Video Progetti’s Rome headquarters, which it says allows greater cooperation between the two companies.