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CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY NEWS

SEPTEMBER 2019

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IBC Show 2019
SEPTEMBER 13 – 17
Conference & Exhibition, Amsterdam

“IBC is the world’s leading media, entertainment and technology show. For an industry that is constantly changing, being able to experience all the latest tech and hear about the challenges and opportunities facing the industry from key industry players all in one place is invaluable.”

There is a lot to share following the IBC Show in Amsterdam. As always, there were plenty of new products and updates, but by all reports there was also a positive buzz in the air and some suggestion that the industry, at least in that part of the world, is looking healthy despite some nervousness and confusion with the whole Brexit process. Below is a small selection of the product news in brief. Click 'learn more' to get a more detailed run down and get in touch if anything piques your interest! Finally, please feel free to use the links at the top and bottom to forward this email to friends and colleagues that may find it beneficial.

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It was a given that BirdDog would do it. They had the NDI cameras. They had the 4K NDI encoder/decoders. They were obviously going to release a 4K camera at some point. Who would have guessed they’d do it so well though? On paper the P4K looks like it is going to be stunning!

– A mighty 1” Sony Exmor R CMOS 10-bit back lit Sensor
– 10-bit NDI4 – A Full 10-bit workflow!
– For the first time from BirdDog, NDI HX2 support.
– P4K also supports H.264 and HEVC/H.265 in both 4K and HD resolutions.
– Two independent 6G SDI outputs, one HDMI 2.0 output and support for HDBaseT and Fibre modules
– Simultaneous NDI Return Feed – Send PGM from your NDI switcher and decode out a 6G SDI or HDMI 2.0 port
– Genlock
– ePTZ (Region of Interest) in HD Mode
– Front, rear, and side Tally

BirdDog P4K

Announcing BirdDog Cloud
Send NDI® anywhere in the world with encrypted SRT

BirdDog Cloud allows you to distribute NDI sources beyond the confines of your local network, using the Internet to connect production locations, studios and control rooms anywhere in the world. By using the open source Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) protocol, your content is not only fully encrypted and secure, it is protected by advanced algorithms that optimise performance and provide error correction over unreliable networks.

BirdDog Cloud has been designed to be scale-able and modular, so you can get started small and add new regions and tools as you need them. With full support for Tally, BIRDDOG COMMS, and PTZ Control, Cloud leverages the powerful ecosystem of NDI tools already developed by BirdDog and further cements their position as leaders in NDI development for IP video production..

An Introduction to BirdDog Cloud!
Watch an update on what’s coming for URSA Broadcast, the new ATEM Mini, Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR, Videohub Control Panels and more!

Video Assist 12G HDR

The new BLACKMAGIC VIDEO ASSIST 12G HDR adds professional monitoring and recording to any SDI or HDMI camera in all HD, Ultra HD, 2K and 4K DCI formats! The whole new design includes innovations such as brighter screens for HDR work, tally indicator, 4 built in scopes, enhanced focus assist features, 3D LUTs and native Blackmagic RAW recording from supported cameras! With 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 on both 5″ and 7″ models, you get support for recording from virtually any device in all formats up to 2160p60. The brighter touch screen ensures a perfect view of your recording for HDR digital film and when shooting outdoors in sunlight. The new design also features upgraded batteries and supports two standard Sony L‑Series batteries. This means Blackmagic Video Assist 12G is incredibly versatile and is the perfect solution for the next generation of digital cinema shoots, live production mastering and, broadcast testing and measurement! Shipping in September.

PRE-ORDER TODAY!

ATEM Mini

The new BLACKMAGIC ATEM MINI makes it easy to create professional multi camera productions for live streaming to YouTube or innovative business presentations using Skype. Simply connect ATEM Mini and you can switch live between 4 high quality video camera inputs in dramatically better quality images. You can even connect to a computer to present PowerPoint slides or add a gaming console. The built in DVE allows exciting picture in picture effects, perfect for live commentary! There’s loads of video effects too! To live stream, ATEM Mini has a USB output that works like a webcam, so you can connect to any video software. There’s also HDMI video out for projectors! Microphone inputs allow high quality desktop and lapel mics for interviews and presentations. ATEM Mini even has secret broadcast features built in so it can do high end work! Available in November.

PRE-ORDER TODAY!

 

Videohub ‘Pro’ Control Panels

MASTER CONTROL PRO allows for very flexible control because it has two main methods for changing cross points on Videohub routers. The simplest way to use Master Control Pro is for customers to simply select either destination or source and then scroll through all the cross points in the router using the larger knob on the right side of the panel. The built in LCD shows cross points as the user scrolls using large easy to read labels, and scroll order is based on alphabetical order of crosspoint labels so it’s easy to scroll to the crosspoint the customer requires even on a very large router.

SMART CONTROL PRO is different to traditional hardware router control panels that cost thousands of dollars and are limited to being installed in small numbers and then shared by all router users. It is low cost, and features 48 RGB illuminated crystal look buttons that can be set to any router output. It can also be installed under each deck and monitor in a facility, so the router output to that monitor can be set with a single button press. This is a much faster way of working, because all routing only requires a single button press.

Introducing the 4th generation of NDI® technology!

“[NewTek] NDI® is a crucial part of the organization’s mission of making software–defined visual storytelling accessible to everyone via the universal power of IP–based video.”

“Our mission is to make video accessible to everyone and fun to use. It is clear that software–defined video is changing the way that video is produced. The fourth generation of NDI® technologies look to use IP video to bridge the gap between live and post–production and thus create new workflows that have been previously impossible. With billions of devices worldwide, it should be clear that the mobile devices which connect the world today will play a huge role in the future of video production, which is why we are pushing NDI® technology to seamlessly work on these devices making many already operate as wireless, high quality 4K cameras” - Dr. Andrew Cross, president of R&D for Vizrt Group, parent brand of NDI®

Full Details

Learn all about NDI®, the importance of IP-Based, software-defined visual storytelling production, and our software-driven solutions that are designed to be flexible and enable you to work the way you work now - while also being ready for the future!

FreeD Support for AW-UE150

Software Version 2.16 adds FreeD protocol to the Panasonic AW-UE150 Series for Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) systems. The Pan / Tilt / Zoom / Focus / Iris information (tracking information) is added on the serial (RS 422) and IP interfaces. Supporting systems, including virtual set and augmented reality graphics systems, are able to use this data to maintain accurate position and scale of assets within a 3D space, ensuring a realistic visual experience with camera movement.

More Camera Features
– First 50p Integrated PTZ Camera
– 75.1° horizontal viewing angle (widest in its class)
– Various 4K interfaces (12G-SDI, HDMI, Optical Fibre, IP)
– Optical 20x Zoom + iZoom
– 4K/HD Simultaneous Output

Panasonic AW-UE150

ProMAX MediaHub

The perfect entry level solution for video teams that are ready to start with shared storage, but aren’t quite ready for the price tag that most workflow storage systems carry.

ProMAX MediaHub gives creatives the ability to connect all their Thunderbolt storage devices, creating a shared storage network that can easily fit on a desk.

MediaHub includes ProMAX MAM, ProMAX Proxy & ProMAX Transcode software to create the ultimate video workflow. As with all ProMAX storage servers, MediaHub brings all the pieces of your digital assets and workflows into a single software solution that can manage your media from ingest to archive.

ProMAX Media Solutions

Roland Professional AV 

IBC was be one of the first opportunities for a lot of people to see the ROLAND V-600UHD multi-format switcher, enabling a seamless transmission to 4K UHD content production. Roland’s Ultra Scaler technology—provided on every input—allows use of Full HD and 4K sources simultaneously to output at multiple resolutions. High Dynamic Range (HDR) and full 60Hz frame rate ensures your videos have the highest contrast detail, vivid colour space and a smooth crisp image without blur. This is 4K without compromise.

Also on show will be the new VR-50HD MKII Multi-Format AV Mixer, the next step in the evolution of Roland’s industry-leading, all-in-one AV switcher with USB 3.0 streaming. It’s easily operated by a single person and comes loaded with new user-inspired productivity features that automate common mixing tasks. Offering a streamlined interface, class-leading connectivity, built-in PTZ camera support, and much more, the VR-50HD MKII is a powerful integrated solution that lets you handle a wide range of events with ease.

ROLAND PROFESSIONAL AV

 

ATOMOS Shogun 7 

When 1500nits isn't enough...

There is a nit war taking place (apparently) and Atomos intend to win it. Secreted away inside their recently released Shogun 7 Monitor/Recorder/Switcher was a secret weapon waiting to be unleashed on an unsuspecting industry... with the flick of a switch (free software upgrade), Atomos unveil a maximum 3000nits of brightness on the already stunning 7" HDR screen!

Atomos are also showing off two previously promised features for Shogun 7 - Touch and Switch 5 Stream Switching and Dolby Vision Playout - both due later this month.

Shogun 7 is a production workhorse, delivering single channel 4K and 2K Slom-mo recording, multi-channel HD recording with switched output, and SUPER bright, HDR monitoring with wide colour gamut - including real-time Dolby Vision output.

Shogun 7

Marshall CV506 Full-HD Miniature Camera 

Small enough to be discreet in any environment, but still delivery precise, clear images even in low light. 

The CV506 can capture detailed shots while maintaining an ultra-discreet miniature point-of-view perspective without sacrificing versatility or convenience. Supporting up to 1080p60 over full size 3G-SDI & HDMI connections, CV506 has an Interchangeable M12 lens mount for switching between wide angle and zoom lenses. CV506 ensures broadcast standards and quality - low noise and accurate colour - perfect for challenging situations such as esports, reality TV, live music and performance art.

Marshall CV506

Teradek announce powerful new encoding and wireless transmission technologies!

Teradek disrupt professional wireless video for live production and broadcast with Orbit, the world’s first sub-frame wireless video system that transmits lossless, 4K HDR video over ranges up to 2km.

Information is a little scarce, but it appears the previously announced ‘Bolt PTZ’ has been transitioned into the new ‘Orbit’ range. Delivering video/audio and RS422/RS232 wirelessly at the same low latency and high quality as the Bolt range, it is a neat and tidy solution for integrating PTZ cameras into your Teradek wireless environment. It will be available in HD and 4K variants. More details will be shared soon!

Bolt 4K MAX combines several new hardware and software enhancements to make it the most advanced wireless system Teradek have ever built. Bolt 4K MAX can transmit up to 5,000 ft line of sight, multicast to unlimited simultaneous receivers, and monitor in 120 FPS for high-speed camera operations.

Finally, Teradek also announced Prism, a 4Kp60 10 bit 4:2:2 HEVC encoder / decoder solution for broadcast, live production, and Pro AV applications.

Teradek News

ATTO ThunderLink NS 3252 

ATTO are first to market with a Thunderbolt™ 3 to 25GbE Adaptor and you can check it out at IBC 2019!

ATTO is proven technology for the most demanding environments and storage workflows. Supporting the latest Apple workstations, including the new Mac Pro, iMac Pro and Mac Mini, ThunderLink 3252 is optimised for extremely low latency and high-bandwidth data transfers.

Considering your network storage upgrade options? 25GbE adoption is a non-disruptive, cost-effective upgrade path, supporting existing 10GbE infrastructure and making network upgrades easy yet future-proof.

 

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