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As always, there was a lot announced this year at NAB - far too much to squeeze into one email. Below you will find a small selection of some technologies that I found interesting enough to share. If anything piques your interest and you would like to know more, please GET IN TOUCH and I also urge you to follow Broadcast Bruce on any of the social platforms at the end of this email. As shipping details and more product information is released, we will let everyone know there first.
AJA introduces eighteen new products and five software updates at the show.
AJA KI PRO GO is a Multi-Channel H.264 Recorder and Player offering up to 4-channels of simultaneous HD and SD recording to off the shelf USB drives
Multi-channel H.264 recording and playback
5x USB recording media slots, compatible with off-the-shelf USB 3.0 media
Genlock free inputs
4x 3G-SDI inputs
4x HDMI inputs
HDMI multi-channel matrix monitoring
Selectable VBR recording profiles
Balanced XLR analogue audio inputs, mic/line/48v switchable
2-channel embedded audio per video input
Easy-to-use web UI, compatible with standard web browsers
Front panel button controls with integrated HD resolution screen
Take command of the most challenging projects using the immense power of the newest member of the Corvid product line. Corvid 44 12G is AJA’s blazingly fast, compact 8-lane PCIe 3.0 I/O card with four bidirectional 12G-SDI HD BNC connections, designed for today’s most demanding video and audio workflows.
Whether you are working with HFR 8K/4K/UltraHD, 2K/HD, SD, Deep Colour and/or HDR, experience the quality and peace of mind that Corvid 44 12G brings to your world. Supporting 10-bit 4:2:2 and 4:4:4, or even 12-bit* color spaces for pristine imagery, Corvid 44 12G allows the flexibility to ingest and output with 12G/6G/3G-SDI. The bidirectional 12G-SDI ports provide immense flexibility for capture and simultaneous pass-through for a range of solutions.
For critical broadcast applications, AJA openGear compatible converter cards provide the highest levels of quality and reliability for use in openGear frames including the new AJA OG-X-FR. AJA offers cards for infrastructure, HDMI/SDI conversion, Fiber conversion and scaling. All new AJA openGear are DashBoard software compatible, allowing easy configuration and control.
Atomos have announced some awesome new technologies, including SHINOBI / SHINOBI SDI monitors and partnerships with Nikon, Panasonic and more, delivering advanced 4K and HDR workflow acceleration with NINJA V. Also announced:
The new Atomos Shogun 7 – 7″ HDR Pro/Cinema Monitor-Recorder-Switcher
Unbelievable 4K60P HDR with real-time Dolby Vision monitoring
Multi-Cam Recording and Live Switching
HDMI 2.0v Input/Output, 1.5G/3G/6G/12G-SDI Input/Output, including Dual-Link and Quad-Link SDI capture
ProRes RAW, DNxHR and CinemaDNG Support
a High Precision 10-bit, 1920×1280 resolution screen, with a 1,000,000:1 screen contrast ratio and 105% of the DCI:P3 Colour Gamut.
Hot off the Press! Atomos announce a new AtomX SDI module for Ninja V.
The AtomX SDI expansion module is designed to turn your Atomos Ninja V into a pro video SDI powerhouse. The module adds the quality and convenience of SDI equipment and infrastructure connectivity in addition to its existing HDMI capability.
Monitor and record SDI up to 4Kp60, and go into or out of any SDI device including the popular ATOMOS SHINOBI SDI pro monitor and Atomos Shogun Inferno, as well as legacy Atomos SDI products. This provides flexibility for any video or film production to allow all crew including directors, cinematographers, assistants and focus pullers to monitor and replay identical and calibrated content in HDR at the same time.
BirdDog had a number of their new technologies on show, including their range of PTZ cameras, BirdDog Comms and BirdDog Central. Having released the free, ‘Lite’ versions of their NDI software in the lead up, the more feature-rich, paid versions will hopefully have some powerful, additional tools to justify the cost. With a ship date yet to be announced, we are also hoping to see some solid development on the camera front ,with release ready product and reliable performance on the stand.
Built around BirdDog’s custom NDI® silicon chip and housed in an aircraft grade aluminium case, BirdDog 4K features include 12G SDI and HDMI 2.0 inputs and outputs, built-in cross converter, SFP+ port for 10GbE connectivity, active loop outs, audio intercom system, NDI® tally system, PoE, and compatibility with BirdDog’s Comms Pro and Central Pro apps.
Blackmagic have been working hard on some exciting new products. This year, Blackmagic are introducing a new range of 8K products as well as DaVinci Resolve 16, a major update that also introduces a whole new way to edit. The new 8K products are easily some of their most powerful products, offering more advanced features even when working in HD, Ultra HD or 8K. That means they’re future proof and ready to use for 8K work the moment you need it!
Grant Petty from Blackmagic Design gives an in depth review of all the announcements from NAB 2019. It is quite long and comprehensive, but the timecode links below are to specific parts of the video and the names will take you to more product details:
Facilis Wins Product of the Year in Storage Category
NAB Show Product of the Year Awards recognise the most significant and promising new products and technologies on display for the first time at the NAB Show. Award winners were selected by a panel of industry experts in a variety of categories and were announced at a reception at the Westgate on April 10 as part of the 2019 NAB Show.
“The recipients of NAB Show’s Product of the Year Awards represent the most significant advances and promising technologies revolutionising the way content is created, managed, monetised and distributed,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Conventions and Business Operations Chris Brown.
Facilis Object Cloud & FastTracker
This is the combination that got so much buzz at the show, everyone was coming by to see what object storage on the desktop really looks like, and they were surprised to see something very familiar, and very powerful!
Object Cloud virtualizes Cloud storage and LTO into a cache volume on the server, available on the client desktops through the Facilis Shared File System. When combined with FastTracker auto-indexing and proxy generation, this is a very powerful way to archive, track and restore project data through a simple, familiar interface. The object storage cache looks and acts like any other volume, but has infinite storage behind it!
Introducing the new Gemini 1×1 Soft RGBWW LED panel.
Delivering full spectrum, accurate daylight and tungsten light with the ability to dial in any colour imaginable and a wide selection of lighting effects, the lightweight, quick-to-rig, and easy to control Gemini is the ultimate no-crew lighting solution for image makers on the go.
The LITEPANELS GEMINI IS A 1×1 LED panel and providing a nice soft source of colour accurate illumination. Staying true to the Litepanels legacy, the Gemini has accurate full spectrum Daylight and Tungsten lighting. The Gemini also allows for additional quick and easy adjustment by offering full-featured lighting modes for effects, full colour with hue and saturation control all which allow for the intensity to be controlled anywhere from 100% – 0% at all times.
The Gemini is truly versatile with its manual and remote control via standard DMX 512 protocol or wirelessly with the option of wireless DMX or Bluetooth and can adapt to any lighting situation today’s Cinematographers and lighting professionals will find themselves in. The manual control knobs are sensitive to the speed of rotation and can either be finely tuned or when ramped up can adjust very quickly. With its lightweight design, the Gemini allows for additional versatility with mobile power operation via 3pin XLR, making it a perfect location light.
NewTek Introduces Groundbreaking New Software-Driven Products at NAB 2019
Building on its position as the leader in Software and IP video at NAB 2019, NewTek announced today major new software-driven products utilising the universal power of IP video, giving customers breakthrough capabilities and unprecedented options that seek to transform the video industry. From truly cutting-edge show automation, to full live production software designed to run on today’s powerful workstations and servers, to 4K baseband-to-NDI conversion, NewTek’s NAB 2019 product announcements include: Live Story Creator, unlimited recording, multiple simultaneous aspect ratio production, and major advances in Premium Access capabilities, VMC™ Software, TriCaster® 410 Plus and new Spark Plus™ converter products including a 4K model that offers customers unprecedented power and ease of use.
“I think it’s clear that IP is the last standard for video production, and the future of video is one based on software and computers” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO of NewTek. “Our mission is to empower video storytellers and expand their reach, making it fun to create a show and get your message out. If you are a novice or a very seasoned video producer, these new products – Live Story Creator, VMC software, and Spark Plus 4K – offer something extraordinarily powerful.”
Premium Access is now available to every TriCaster owner delivering incredible power and new tools for TriCaster TC1, the new TriCaster 410 Plus, and VMC, as well as older models in the TriCaster line. Leading the pack of new capabilities is Live Story Creator, a revolutionary approach to program automation using Microsoft Word. It is as simple as building a script in Microsoft Word with triggers for actions, once loaded into TriCaster or VMC the show is easily executed. The latest version of Premium Access also includes unlimited recording and replay with full synchronisation for easy multi-cam editing, digital media aspect ratios and frame rates for delivery to digital screens, and much more. The upgrade is free to current subscribers of Premium Access.
The full power of NewTek’s VMC1 integrated production system will soon be available as a software-only subscription. As with turnkey VMC systems, the software-only version includes integrated graphics, automation, media playback, recording, streaming, transcoding, and virtual sets, along with all of the benefits of Premium Access. These versatile 4K production software options run on standard workstations, and provide the flexibility for system upgrades of CPUs and GPUs as they become available, without the need to repurchase cost-prohibitive proprietary new systems. VMC software will be offered in configurations up to 44-input, 8 M/E, allowing users to build an all IP UHD production system.
The latest in the line-up of TriCaster integrated production systems, TriCaster 410 Plus provides 8 external inputs, 4 M/Es, 4 mix outputs, along with NDI integration for video, audio and data transmission over IP. The rack mountable system also includes real-time social media publishing, live streaming, multi-channel recording, video playback, integrated multi-viewers, graphics, compositing, virtual sets, audio mixing and much more.
Adding to the popular line of portable, and affordable NewTek Spark converter products are two new Spark Plus models including 4K UHD, and 1080p HDMI-to-NDI versions. Spark Plus captures video directly from connected cameras or devices and allows it to be transported over the network as visually lossless, full bandwidth NDI with virtually no latency. Spark Plus devices are the smallest, fastest and easiest way to acquire a 4K UHD or 1080p video source from anywhere on the network and integrate it into your IP-based video production. By combining these products with the announced new NDI recording capabilities, these become the worlds easiest multi-cam capture devices.
Announced at NAB Show 2019 and coming later this year, NewTek and Vizrt unveiled NDI® 4 with breakthrough advancements including: dramatic performance and quality upgrades, high precision colour accuracy, revolutionary recording capabilities, and support for Unreal Engine.
NDI 4 boasts increased efficiencies across many areas that include improvements in video quality without an increase in bit-rate, support for a 16 bit video path, and many more input and output colours formats. NDI 4 provides support for a discovery server allowing for the use of a server or the cloud to coordinate and connect all sources. Also included is NDI|HX which is now fully integrated into the NDI Embedded SDK. Additionally, support for Epic Games Unreal Engine in NDI 4 makes it possible for apps created in Unreal to appear as NDI sources.
“The last video standard will be IP, and it’s our mission to make sure that we leverage every opportunity to bring the power of computers, software and networks with NDI to increase the speed and efficiency of video storytelling,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO of NewTek. “NDI and computer networks give you infinitely more flexibility than you could have ever had in an SDI world. All NDI devices are connected and automatically discovered with every other, and our software-centric focus lets us develop revolutionary new approaches to things like NDI recording, where true multi-cam editing is now a reality.”
Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO of NewTek
The NDI 4 SDK and NDI Tools are free downloads that will be available in Q2 2019 at WWW.NDICENTRAL.COM
Multi Award Winning Panasonic Live Production Solutions
Winner of an NAB Show 2019 Product of the Year Award, TV Technology Magazine NAB Best of Show Award and one of the latest products in a portfolio that has Panasonic appearing on the inaugural Streaming Media Producer 25 List – The PANASONIC AW-UE150 features a 1-inch large MOS sensor, high-quality UHD 60p, a 75.1 degree viewing angle, 20x optical zoom and supports versatile outputs, including 12G-SDI, HDMI, optical fibre and IP.
For many, NAB was the first opportunity to get hands on with the latest announcements from RØDE, including the RØDECASTER PRO and PODMIC, which were set up at the B&H booth and the BSW booth. But there was fresh news for the show:
RØDE Announce Wireless GO…
…the world’s smallest, most versatile wireless microphone system. The transmitter works as both a clip-on mic or as the world’s smallest beltpack for a RØDE LAVALIER, sending crystal clear broadcast-grade audio via 2.4GHz digital transmission to the ultra-compact on-camera receiver.
With Next Generation Wireless Technology, Bolt 4K defines a revolutionary new category of wireless video, delivering uncompressed 2160p60 HDR video transmission with zero delay.
Mission Critical Reliability
Bolt 4K’s exclusive technology offers 8x the signal performance and 50% more range than existing systems, making it the most robust wireless system we’ve ever designed.
Unrivalled Video Quality
Our patented RF technology greatly improves image quality across all resolutions and frame rates, giving you finer detail and better colour reproduction, even if you’re at the system’s maximum wireless range.
High Dynamic Range
Monitor every shot in stunning 10-bit 2160p with 4:2:2 chroma subsampling. For cutting-edge HDR workflows, Bolt 4K supports HLG, PQ, and HDR-10 standards.
Bolt PTZ brings Teradek’s revolutionary zero delay, uncompressed 4K wireless technology to PTZ cameras for real-time, cable-free monitoring and control.
Unparalleled Range & Performance
Transmit zero-latency 2160p60 video from PTZ cameras to receivers up to 1,500 ft. away.
Instant Video & Serial Control
What makes the Bolt PTZ unique is instant bi-directional communication, which allows the transmitter to send zero-latency video to the receiver, while the receiver sends serial control to the transmitter. This allows operators to monitor 4K video while simultaneously providing control to the PTZ camera.
Universal Mounting Standard
Bolt PTZ is designed for quick deployment & installation in hard-to-reach and unobtrusive areas. Transmitters mount beneath PTZ cameras and feature dual 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 video inputs. Receivers feature dual 12G-SDI and an HDMI 2.0 output.
Multicast – Stream to up to 6 Bolt receivers simultaneously with no degradation in quality.
Spectrum Analyzer – Advanced encryption standards make Bolt PTZ the most secure video transmission system in the industry.
Channel Selection – Manually select your 5GHz channel on the fly to avoid interference or abide by local wireless laws. For extremely challenging RF situations, the Bolt 4K can be set to operate over 20MHz to improve wireless performance.
AES 256 Encryption – Advanced encryption standards make Bolt PTZ the most secure video transmission system in the industry.
Metadata / Timecode – Every Bolt model supports timecode and start/stop flags from major camera manufacturers including RED, Canon, Sony and Panasonic.
3D LUTS – Achieve the look you’re after with Bolt PTZ’s integrated 3D LUT technology. Choose from Bolt PTZ’s built-in LUTs or upload your own through the Bolt Manager.
Zero Delay Wireless Video
The Teradek Ace 500 is a compact, ultralight wireless video system that delivers uncompressed 1080p60 video at up to 500 ft. with zero delay.
Ace 500 is designed with the same reliability and performance as the Teradek Bolt line, ensuring you have a continuous video feed when you need it the most.
Built for Content Creation – Connect the Ace 500 to any HDMI camera including DSLRs, camcorders, and even action cams like Go Pro.
Ultralight Maximum Mobility – What makes Ace unique is its compact and lightweight form factor. The transmitter weighs just 126g while the receiver weighs 146g, making them perfect for gimbals and camera rigs of any size.
Monitoring for Everyone on Set – Send video from one transmitter to up to four receivers simultaneously and let your crew monitor every shot as it happens.
Easy to Power – Keep your Ace powered with optional battery plates* attached directly to your transmitter and receiver. *Available in Sony L-Series, BP-U, BP-9 and Canon LP-E6.
Mounting Options – Ace comes with a single ¼-20” mounting point for mounting camera arms or hot shoes, and two 4-40” points for optional mounting brackets.