Utah Scientific Announces New Director of Product Development and Technical Marketing
SALT LAKE CITY —Jan 3, 2019 — Utah Scientific, a world leader in providing mission critical equipment to content creators, distributors, and broadcasters, announced the appointment of John Schilberg to the position of director of product development and technical marketing.
In this role, Schilberg’s main focus will be product development by working with industry professionals, the in-house engineering team, and current and potential customers. He will help in the design and release of Utah Scientific products and serve as the company’s technical spokesperson. In addition to his product management responsibilities, he will develop and deliver engineering presentations, consult on improvements to Utah Scientific’s web presence, and lead other marketing efforts.
Dave Burland, Utah Scientific president and CEO said, “John brings extensive system design, customer engagement experience, and many years of engineering project management to the table at the perfect time for Utah Scientific.”
Schilberg has been with Utah Scientific for two years as a regional sales manager. He has a diverse work history and solid understanding of current and future broadcast technology. Schilberg’s experience as both a vendor and end user gives him the right mix of skills to help lead Utah Scientific in its continuous product portfolio development.
“This is a dream-come-true position and it comes at a truly amazing time in our industry,” Schilberg said. “The combination of technology and the joy of working with such diversely talented people in content creation, distribution, and equipment design brings all of the things I love under one umbrella.”
Schilberg will report to Brett Benson, Utah Scientific vice president of strategic accounts, and will continue to work out of his Dallas area office with frequent travel to meet customers, work with factory personnel in Salt Lake City, and attend local, regional, and nationwide industry related events.
About Utah Scientific
Utah Scientific is the world’s leading specialist in routing switchers, master control switchers, and related control software, and it set the benchmark for the broadcast industry with the first no-fee, 10-year product warranty. Since 1977, the company has provided industry-leading products and best-in-class service and support as recognized three times by Frost & Sullivan with its Global Customer Service Leadership Award. Additional information about the company can be found at www.utahscientific.com.
Promotion of Three Longtime Employees Signals Ongoing Business Growth
SALT LAKE CITY — Aug. 27, 2019 — Utah Scientific has promoted longtime employees Randy Rose, John Bell, and Jim Barnhurst, and welcomed Mario Moreno to the team as a field service engineer. Rose has been named the new director of sales engineering, Bell will serve as customer service manager, and Barnhurst will act as the company’s new field and technical service manager.
“I am thrilled to be offered this new position in a company where there are supportive people and continued growth,” said Rose. “I look forward to bettering relationships with our integrators and external dealers, as well as to helping the sales team create more streamlined tools and functionality that will help them become more successful.”
As the new director of sales engineering, Rose will act as the technical interface between sales and customers. He began his career at Utah Scientific in 1988, serving as a technician for 10 years and more recently holding the position of customer service manager.
Bell is replacing Rose in the role of customer service manager. In his previous position as the customer support manager, Bell provided award-winning customer assistance for 14 years, and he looks forward to continuing this success in his new role. “It’s great to be part of Utah Scientific’s high-level customer service, which we have become known for over the years,” said Bell. He also plays a major role in representing Utah Scientific at the industry’s largest technology trade show, the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas, as the booth manager.
Barnhurst is in his 29th year as a Utah Scientific employee. He spent more than three decades as a broadcast industry professional and is well-qualified to take on the role of field and technical service manager. His professional efforts will be focused on service calls, troubleshooting equipment, training customers, commissioning/implementing systems, and overseeing day-to-day technical operations in customer service.
Moreno, the company’s new field service engineer, will be headquartered in Utah Scientific’s Houston, Texas, office and report to Barnhurst. Moreno’s background with broadcast began in 1991, and over his career he has worked in a variety of positions at television stations.
“Mario’s experience at TV stations gives him a unique perspective as he extends his skills to the supplier side,” Barnhurst commented. “He is well-positioned to make an immediate impact in his new role at Utah Scientific.”
“At Utah Scientific, our customers are the priority, so we are proud to have a highly skilled team supporting them,” said Dave Burland, Utah Scientific president and CEO. “Our success over the years is made possible by dedicated individuals who uphold the company values. We are pleased to have experienced talent to promote within, which allows us to welcome strong new team members.”
The August 2019 Texas Association of Broadcasters show in Austin Texas was a huge success with record numbers of attendees and exhibitors! Utah Scientific was there too, filled with information for all, ready to discuss the latest offerings in routing, fiber optic transmission, and hybrid SDI-IP video. John Schilberg, US Central Regional Sales Manager was joined by Sidney Rogers, Marketing Specialist. We were treated to a near constant flow of current and future customers with a wide range of questions.
If I had to compare things to a year ago, I’d say a lot of the IP Video dust kicked-up over the past couple of years is beginning to settle. At NAB 2018 the ST2110 buzz was so loud it was almost deafening, and TAB 2018 was no different. This year, a more pragmatic approach is replacing that roar of the buzz, and a lot of the fear for the future has been replaced with a new understanding. For example, we now know three things to be true:
1) SDI video will be a prevalent signal format for many years to come.
2) IP video will become a prevalent video format in the future.
3) We have no idea what dates will be attached to those two statements.
People responsible for ensuring that every newscast and production goes without a hitch are coming to terms with the radical differences between SDI and IP system designs. They’re also starting to realize there may not be one future system, but many future systems. Then, for safe measure, add the impact of High Dynamic Range (HDR), Wide Color Gamut (WCG), and High Frame Rate (HFR) and you’ve got a real alphabet soup starting to form, with the obvious question being, “Is it soup yet?”
See you at the next show!
Broadcast VS. OTT Workflows at HPA
HPA this year truly presented us with five days of candid conversation with world-class thinkers. The conference brought content creators, production managers, Hollywood, OTT, and broadcast giants together in large “supersessions” where wide-ranging topics were discussed. Topics covered this year included everything from IP-based workflows to color-correction tips. As a hardware engineering and manufacturing company, we were mostly interested in the panels that featured some of our largest clientele (Sinclair, Cox, NEP). It was surprising to find minimal discussion of live production and broadcasting while seeing an immense focus on OTT.
One of the most enlightening presentations was a comparison of cable/OTT and broadcast workflows by Phil Squyres of Sony Pictures TV. After watching the presentation, it was easy to see the attractiveness of the cable/OTT world for content creators. Let’s take a look at the creative workflows in the world of broadcast and compare it to the cable/OTT world.
In the broadcast world, creators must learn to work with a fixed number of distributors like NBC, CBS, FOX, ABC, or CW. In this framework strict content restrictions (FCC) and cancellation decisions are often made after only a few episodes. Therefore, talent and production face an unknown future. Broadcast delivers HD video and surround sound while dealing with much tighter productions schedules.
When looking at the creation workflow of the cable/OTT world. There are hundreds of distribution channels including HBO, Netflix, FX, Discovery, and more with much fewer content restrictions. Most series are shorter (10-12 episodes) when compared to broadcast and cancellation decisions are made later in the process. This creates substantially more security for the talent and creatives alike. Producing for cable/OTT opens the world of 4K, HDR, and Atmos audio. The “binge-watching” nature of OTT lends itself to more intricate storytelling and the time allowed to produce is typically 2-3 times longer than broadcast.
All this extra time to produce also comes with a downside. It has a major impact ranging from cost and time commitment to the storage of material. According to Phil Squyers, creators will have to store over 120 terabytes of material for weeks or months. Additionally, the audiences are generally not as large because they fill specific niches.
Broadcasters have looked for ways to add OTT distribution as a potential revenue stream but struggle to see significant ROI. What became clear was the cable/OTT world is not something you can do on a part-time basis. It’s a large financial and time commitment. To discuss this further and how it might apply to you with one of our professionals don’t hesitate to contact us online or by calling us at 801-575-8801.
Looking to Get the Job Done With Less Staff?
Utah Scientific loves visiting SMPTE’s annual conference because it brings a wide array of interested individuals to meet with. The SMPTE community is made up broadcast, production, post production, government and more. It is such a diverse group of professions it is always guaranteed to keep us on our toes.
This year our VP of Sales Troy Davis made it out to the show and covered popular topics of interest including SMPTE-2110, 2022 routing, control, and our monitoring systems. Amongst all the interest we noticed a lot of excitement this year at our booth for Emotion audio file software.
Audio File Software
Understandably, companies are working to reduce margins and get the job done with less staff. When making or distributing broadcast content there are several excellent tools to help get the video right or where it needs to be, but once the audio has been mixed and added to the media file, there isn’t much available to alter it. But this is where multiple versions are required to create all the required deliverables and the need to create the deliverables ends up increasing staff. Emotion audio file software reduces that need.
We think that with the large amount of content creation and more importantly content distribution in Los Angeles the emotion product makes lot of sense for individuals that visited our booth this year. It also makes a lot of sense to consider the hardware that Utah Scientific has available because our routing and distribution hardware is the only hardware industry wide backed by a no fluff 10-year warranty. Here at Utah Scientific we like to ensure that businesses can comfortably reduce margins through dependable solutions that simply don’t quit.
Utah Scientific uses an innovative matrix architecture which lets all our routing products scale from 8×8 to 1056×1056 and beyond using a single family of matrix building blocks. In addition to flexibility of configuration our routing and distribution products typically provide a huge reduction in physical space required for routing hardware and have significantly lower power consumption requirements.
We provide a host of solutions, each and every one of them is flexibility you can count on.If you need to follow up with Troy regarding SMPTE or have additional questions don’t hesitate to contact us online or by calling here 801-575-8801.
Utah Scientific can be found at Booth N816
At the 2018 NAB NY Show, Utah Scientific will demonstrate its innovative 400 Series hybrid digital router a flexible platform designed to accommodate next-generation IP signals along with today’s high-density SDI. All within a common frame. The 400 Series can handle any number of IP and SDI signal formats along with audio and data. The new SMPTE ST 2110 and SMPTE ST 2022-6/7 IP formats are supported, along with 3G-SDI, analog, HD, SD, and audio signals including analog, digital AES3, MADI, TDM, and AES 67.
Additionally, the world’s first SDI/IP hybrid “pass-through” card will be available only in the 400 Series. The pass-through card will change how broadcasters look at the SDI/IP transition. The router also handles all major digital and analog audio formats, features advanced signal processing for embedding and de-embedding, and is backed by the industry’s only no-fee 10-year warranty.
SynView – 4K and IP Multiviewer
The Utah Scientific 400 Series Hybrid Router integrates with the SynView 4K and IP multiviewer. SynView from Axon is a powerful, modular multiviewer that can handle both 4K and IP video formats. SynView is the industry’s only single-field latency multiviewer system to offer external looping for an unlimited number of input channels.
UHD-12G Digital Routing Switcher
Utah Scientific will also feature its UHD-12G digital routing switcher at the 2018 NAB NY. The UHD-12G is an enterprise-class router capable of enabling distribution of a full range of SDI video signals, from SD data rates up to 2160p60, in a single-link interconnect. Ideal for live acquisition of UHDTV content, the UHD-12G simplifies installations, reduces the rack space and cables needed to process 4K
Intended for enterprise broadcasters that need to meet growing consumer demand for UHDTV content. The router is fully compliant with SMPTE ST 2081 and ST 2082 standards for SDI video and compatible with the full line of Utah Scientific products. The UHD-12G can be controlled by any version of Utah Scientific’s current family of routing control systems, including the SC-4, SC-40, and SC-400.
Cerebrum – Full Facility Control System
In modern broadcasting, multiplatform delivery and multipurpose repackaging of content demand mastery of multiple workflows. Cerebrum software makes the control and monitoring of a traditional or IP broadcast infrastructure easier, more efficient, and cost-effective than ever. Cerebrum provides comprehensive tools with which to configure, control, monitor, and maintain products from any manufacturer within and beyond the broadcasting industry.
“Visitors at NAB will see true innovation when they visit us at booth N816. Our purpose built 400 Series router is reliable enough for any demand the market has. Visitors will also see that Utah Scientific is more than routers. We are multiviewers, signal process, full facility control, automation, servers, and a 10- year warranty that gives peace of mind your hardware is future-proof.”
-Dave Burland, President and CEO, Utah Scientific.
Utah Scientific is the world’s leading specialist in routing switchers, master control switchers, and related control software, and it set the benchmark for the broadcast industry with the first no-fee 10-year product warranty. Since 1977, the company has provided industry-leading products and best-in-class service and support as recognized three times by Frost & Sullivan with its global Customer Service Leadership Award. Additional information about the company can be found at www.utahscientific.com.
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Serving the Broadcast Industry
When it comes to experience Utah Scientific is one name that has been there since the very beginning. We have been serving the broadcast industry ever since our first analog video router. Today we live in a different world, and keeping up with the market today requires innovation, reliability and the efficiency.
By definition innovation is action or process of change, new methods or ideas. Utah Scientific’s innovation can be found in every product big or small to fit any operation. We have pioneered many features that are considered commonplace in the industry from multi-format routing, integrated A/D and D/A conversions on inputs and outputs as well as 300 megabit switching.
In terms of efficiency the majority of our products are geared to get the job done while expending less energy. Not only do our products take up less space, but they are readily scale-able and have been proven capable of inter-operability meaning you can add more to do more as you grow with the assurance that your Utah Scientific hardware will continue to function.
Our 10-year warranty is the best in the business providing clients with the ultimate in prestige care and quality service. Some might ask why we offer such a long warranty compared to the competition. It’s because we are confident our products work, plain and simple. To us, this is the ultimate in dependability and true statement of our quality.
When it to routing we haven’t just been here for 41 years, we have been serving the Industry by providing the cutting edge products our clients need. Your infrastructure requires mission critical success and dependability. To learn more about our 10-year warranty or discuss any of the products that we provide please feel free to reach us online here or call us at 801-575-8801 today!
When to Update Software or Firmware
Is it necessary to update my Utah Scientific firmware or software? Well…that depends. In some cases, it is important to upgrade, for example: Sometimes a new known issue with the component is discovered prompting the need for an update to fix it. In other cases, an update may be optional. This typically happens when a new feature is developed and released. Other times it might not be needed at all! We are always happy to check the release notes for a product to determine if there is in fact an upgrade and if we find one we can help you determine if it is necessary or not.
How Are we Notified?
Typically, Utah Scientific does not notify all our customers whenever a new release is available. When a product is shipped we ensure that it has the latest version installed. Unless an issue comes up with that component shortly after release or a new feature is developed and released down the road, no update is ever truly necessary. Since updates typically aren’t a major need, we don’t publish them on our website or make huge release announcements. If you are curious about the existence of an update or availability at any time, we recommend contacting our service department.
How are Updates preformed?
When we provide an update, it can be done a few ways. Depending on the component and level of complexity, this can be as simple as sending a file to you via email or as complex as having one of our service engineers remote in and perform the update. Either way all you need to do is sit back and speak with our service team to determine what will work best.
Is There a Cost?
Depending on the warranty and service plan that the component is under it may require a fee for updating any software and firmware. There are some components that would require replacement hardware that would incur additional costs to update to current versions. Would you like to know more? Click here to reach out to us online or call us at 801-575-8801 Today!
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Salt Lake City – June 21 , 2018 – Utah Scientific announced today the appointment of Robert Pennington as Northeast regional sales manager. Effective immediately, Pennington will take charge of all direct sales throughout the region covering Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware, Massachusetts, Ontario, Quebec and other Eastern Canadian provinces. Chris Harmon, director of international sales will also assume responsibility for the Midwest sales territory covering the five states Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.
“Utah Scientific is an outstanding company with a reputation for quality, superior service and innovation” stated Pennington. “I’m excited to join the company and plan on continuing to serve our Northeast customers with the care and professionalism they have come to expect.” Prior to joining Utah Scientific, Pennington served as the national sales manager for IDK America where he created pricing and sales strategy for digital AV switching products.
Pennington brings a wealth of sales experience and industry knowledge to Utah Scientific. He will report directly to Brett Benson, vice president of strategic accounts. “We are looking forward to welcoming Bob to the team” said Benson “as a member of SMPTE with a strong background in video equipment, successful project management, and business development he is exactly what we were looking for to manage key accounts in the Northeast.”
“The regions Bob and Chris are covering were previously one territory, the decision to split the region into two will better serve our many clients” stated Dave Burland, president and CEO. “We are pleased to have someone with Bob’s background join the company and with Chris’ leadership in the region, our clients can continue to expect the outstanding value we strive to create” Burland added.
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