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IBC Show, The world’s most influential media, entertainment & technology show took place on 13-18 September 2018 in Amsterdam

It was a busy month, with big announcements on new products, lots of exciting stuff finally starting to ship and just a general increase in news and buzz that comes from so many industry people getting together in one place. I have tried to keep this concise and to cherry pick some bits that seem to be generating interest. Hopefully there is something in here to pique YOUR interest and, as always, please feel free to let me know your thoughts and comments and questions!

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The much anticipated Ninja V is starting to ship as we type with industry influencers already showing off theirs! At IBC, some of the secrets about this little powerhouse were revealed, including the compact, SSDMini media being built specifically for it by Angelbird and some awesome applications for the expansion port sitting under the battery slot! More on these below...

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Introducing the most flexible ecosystem in Pro Video – Atomos AtomX Expansion Modules...

Modularity is at the heart of the Ninja V with a bi-directional high speed expansion port breaking out connectivity for I/O of video, audio and power. Atomos created AtomX to ensure users could adapt and connect to any legacy or future wireless or wired video standard. The expansion system offers endless scale-ability

The two first product to leverage this new system are pretty exciting! The AtomX Ethernet/NDI module has a wired Ethernet (1 GigE) connector that makes it possible to deliver live broadcast-grade video over IP networks! The AtomX Sync module brings professional wireless timecode, genlock and Bluetooth control to Ninja V, perfect for enhancing DSLRs, mirror-less cameras or game recordings!

Learn more about AtomX Expansion Modules! checks out the Angelbird booth at IBC...

Angelbird AtomX SSDMini For Ninja V...

The latest announcement from ANGELBIRD is their new ATOMX SSDMINI FOR NINJA V – a high performance SSD built specifically for the ATOMOS NINJA V. The SSDMini slot, while utilising the same SATA connection, is 20% smaller than a standard SSD, therefor requiring a shorter module in order to sit flush with the edge of the monitor. Angelbird are the first to market with a dedicated solution and we expect to see stock at the same time as we see our Ninja V's!

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Angelbird SSD2GO PKT...

Also on show from Angelbird was a new 1TB CFAST card and their super fast, super compact SSD2GO PKT 2TB connected to a BLACKMAGIC POCKET CINEMA CAMERA 4K and mounted in a clever little Shape mount. This incredible, new BLACKMAGIC camera is also finally shipping and supports both USB-C and CFAST memory. While CFAST offers the most convenient and compact solution, the PKT drive delivers huge capacity and reduced cost per GB. It also speeds up the process of moving from acquisition to post, delivering plenty of speed to edit directly from the PKT, saving time on transferring content to your media drives in the field.

Check out the compact, speedy PKT

flowtech 100 - the worlds fastest and most flexible tripod just got bigger...

A very much anticipated 100mm version of the Sachtler / Vinten flowtech tripod has been announced! A lot of people loved what they had done with flowtech 75, but either had a significant investment in a 100mm head or simply had a larger camera and rig to support. The flowtech tripod is a revolution in camera support and we are pretty excited to see what customers have to say now that we can offer a more suitable solution.

Check out this comprehensive hands-on review

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AJA announce a bunch of new products and updates...

...including a new flagship KONA CARD, the availability for their HDR IMAGE ANALYZER announced at NAB, 2 new 10G IP TO HDMI and IP TO SDI video converters with redundancy, and powerful new software updates for HELO, FS-HDR, Ki Pro Ultra Plus and Desktop Software! All available sometime between now and the end of November.

KONA 5 with 12G-SDI I/O, and Desktop Software v15

At IBC 2018, AJA Video Systems debuted KONA 5, a new 8-lane PCIe 3.0 video and audio I/O card supporting 12G-SDI I/O and HDMI 2.0 monitoring/output for workstations or Thunderbolt™ 3-connected chassis. KONA 5 supports 4K/UltraHD and HD high frame rate, deep colour and HDR workflows over a single cable. For developers, AJA’s SDK offers support for KONA 5 multi-channel 12G-SDI I/O, enabling multiple 4K streams of input or output.

AJA Desktop Software v15 introduces the power of KONA 5 to creative applications from Adobe, Apple, Avid and others. The release also includes new AJA Control Room fullscreen playback and host system audio monitoring. KONA HDMI customers can now use the system audio output and full screen playback to monitor audio and picture from incoming HDMI sources without the need for a separate output device.

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Just when you thought it was safe to make a decision about the CODEC in your life...

Blackmagic RAW is a revolutionary new and very modern codec that’s easier to use and much better quality than popular video formats, but with all the benefits of RAW recording. Featuring multiple new technologies, such as a new advanced de-mosaic algorithm, Blackmagic RAW gives you visually lossless images that are ideal for high resolution, high frame rate and high dynamic range workflows. Incredible image quality, extensive metadata support and highly optimised GPU and CPU accelerated processing make Blackmagic RAW the world’s first codec that can be used for acquisition, post production and finishing. Blackmagic RAW is a totally new design, plus it’s cross platform, freely available and includes a developer SDK so anyone can add support for Blackmagic RAW to their own software.

In the video above, Grant Petty gives some great insight into the design and purpose behind Blackmagic RAW, but to really understand what it can do for you, download the RAW files available on the site and update your DAVINCI SOFTWARE TO THE LATEST 15.1 RELEASE to start working with it TODAY. If you're really game, the CAMERA 6.0 PUBLIC BETA UPDATE is also now available for URSA Mini Pro to get shooting!

More of what Blackmagic had to say

BirdDog EYES PTZ Range Announced!

BirdDog, NDI innovators that they are, have been hard at work completing the NDI Central production workflow. While other manufacturers have PTZ cameras that support NDI, they have opted for the compressed NDI|HX encoder, which is heavily compressed - essentially H.264. Built on their custom NDI silicon chip, BirdDog's new PTZ camera range are unique in their ability to deliver FULL NDI without compromises.

Featuring Sony CMOS backlit sensors and full Sony image modules on P200, A200, and A300, and a true broadcast sensor on P100, never before have NDI cameras looked so good. With options for indoor and outdoor use, an awesome NDI controller and support for traditional broadcast connectivity as well as NDI, BirdDog have made powerful IP workflow accessible to productions of all shapes and sizes.

Even better, these cameras are built to work with BirdDog Comms, the world’s first audio intercom system integrating live camera feeds.

Together with Studio, Mini and Central, BirdDog allows any production to leverage the awesome power and flexibility of NDI to its fullest, and do it affordably. NDI simplifies while at the same time enhancing the connectivity between people and tools within your production.

Check out what Birddog can do with NDI

SYRP Ships Genie II Pan Tilt and Linear!

This supercharged version of the original Genie comes with improved speed, power, noise reduction and many new features, but retains the same attention to simplicity and portability.

Genie II is made up of two independently used modules, Linear and Pan Tilt. By combining both, you will end up with the ultimate 3-Axis motion control tool. Plus, this revolutionary device is packed with the latest technology including Bluetooth, WiFi and USB-C meaning that the options for future feature releases are endless.

Along with this entirely new motion control system, we are also introducing the all-new Syrp Genie 2 App. The app is the at the core of our control for Genie II and future Syrp motion control products. With keyframe functionality included, the app is designed to be film-maker friendly, either select from presets for simple setup or program your own complex movement using our keyframe editor.

Learn more about Genie II and order today

Back to the Mac 010: Dual eGPUs

If you really want to learn what is accelerating the performance of DaVinci on the Macbook Pro in the graphs above, check out the Back to Mac article & video, but in brief...

Breathe new life into your Thunderbolt 3 equipped Macbook or iMac, running Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve with a Sonnet Technologies eGPU (or two). The eGFX Breakaway Box 650 is 'the most powerful and versatile eGPU chassis for the Mac', and while OS X support is still in its infancy, there are incredible real-world performance gains to be had on a Mac with an eGPU!

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