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Broadcast industry vet Tim Thorsteinson named CEO of Quantel

UK-based Quantel and Snell have named Tim Thorsteinson as CEO. Quantel’s long-time CEO and chairman, Ray Cross, has stepped down after 10 years.

Many of you may recognize Thorsteinson’s name — he has held many senior roles in the media technology industry, including twice as the CEO of Grass Valley, president of the Broadcast division of Harris and president/CEO of Enablence. He will split his time between Newbury in the UK and Toronto, Canada.

“We are delighted to have Tim Thorsteinson join Quantel to continue the company’s transformation. Tim has a proven track record of value creation, and his knowledge and experience are a great fit to grow the combined Quantel and Snell business into a major force in the rapidly changing broadcast industry,” says Chris Hurley, managing director Lloyds Development Capital and Quantel board director. “I would also like to thank Ray for all his hard work and achievements at Quantel over the past 10 years.”

“I’m very excited to be joining Quantel,” says Thorsteinson. “It is one of the larger independent businesses in our industry, with world-class products and a rich history of innovation. I want to build on that tradition to create an organization 100 percent focused on helping our customers prosper in the media technology world.”

Those customers live in both the broadcast and post worlds, and that won’t change according to the new CEO, whose background is mostly in broadcast. “We remain very much committed to the post market going forward.”

Quantel’s new Pablo Rio takes on realtime 8K 60p post with help of partners

At InterBEE this week in Tokyo, Quantel showed a new Pablo Rio working in realtime at 8K 60p; it will ship next year. According to Quantel, the new Pablo Rio system makes 8K 60p post practical as 8K moves into real-world production.

Quantel has adopted the AJA Corvid 88 as the video I/O platform for the 8K color correction and finishing system. Corvid 88 is the latest in AJA’s family of products designed for integration into solutions offered by third-party developer partners. Quantel is also using Nvidia Tesla K80 GPU accelerators. The system showed at InterBee was developed in collaboration with Japan’s national broadcaster, NHK.

Some details:
– Realtime 8K 60p input and output via 16 3G SDI interfaces using the latest AJA Corvid 88 multichannel I/O boards to achieve the necessary number of connections in a practical unit

Nvidia’s Tesla K80 GPU Accelerator

– Realtime 8K 60p processing using the Nvidia Tesla K80 GPU accelerators. Announced earlier this week, these performance GPU accelerators for data analytics and scientific computing are already part of the system demonstrated at InterBEE.

– Optimized software to sustain the 5GBytes/s throughput required for realtime recording, processing and playback of 8K 60p. The system demonstrated at InterBEE included four AJA Corvid 88 cards, three Tesla K80 GPU accelerators and three RAID 60 arrays offering 166 minutes of storage at 8K 60p (7680 x 4320 422 59.94 fps). 8K images were monitored in realtime on a virtual 8K display comprising four 4K monitors.

According to Quantel CEO/executive chairman Ray Cross. “In collaboration with NHK, we’ve been able to power-up our software to take advantage of the latest professional hardware from Nvidia and AJA to deliver another world first — working in realtime at 8K 60p. Together we are enabling next-generation post production.”

AJA’s Corvid 88

“Quantel is one of the earliest adopters of our Corvid 88 solution, and also one of the first manufacturers to support broadcasters with a finishing solution for 8K workflows,” said Nick Rashby, president, AJA Video Systems. Quantel always pushes our I/O cards to take advantage of their most advanced capabilities. The Corvid 88 packs a huge amount of I/O power onto a single card and in this application there are four of them!”

“8K workflows are becoming a reality, but they require enormous processing power, and it’s impressive to see how quickly Quantel has engineered Pablo Rio to take advantage of the new Nvidia Tesla K80 — the flagship of our Tesla platform,” said Greg Estes, VP of marketing at Nvidia. “This is going to be an exciting new capability for the industry.”

In other Quantel news, the UK-based company is now working with New York’s B&H, which will be selling its Pablo Rio systems in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut as well as demo-ing the systems, which in addition to color correction offer editing, effects, finishing and deliverables, including 4K 60p.

B&H will be demonstrating a Pablo Rio 4K HFR color and finishing system at the SVG Summit in New York on December 15-16.