Is The Transition To Film Distribution Online Happening?

Interesting discussion in the video below. It’s a group of people on a webcast titled FilmFellas. In the discussion some members of the group are convinced film making is on the verge of migrating online. The discussion covers the death of the TV business model and the eventual extinction of DVD in favor of on-line distribution.

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A Journey Through NAB 2009 – The Complete Compendium

NAB 2009 My Complete Report - Above Motion Capture Technology At NAB 2009

NAB 2009 My Complete Report - Above Motion Capture Technology At NAB 2009

My Compendium

NAB 2009 was a big event this year. There was lots of technology that over both the short and long term will have impact on the media production industry. Over the past week I’ve posted a number of topics related to NAB 2009.

This Compendium is the portal to my NAB 2009 report. It provides an index page of sorts so all of the posts can all be accessed from a location. I hope you find the information contained in these posts of value;

More NAB 2009 Goodies

Next Generation Storage Technologies Abound At NAB 2009

Production Software That Sizzles At NAB 2009

Premium Production Gear at NAB 2009

Interesting Infrastructure Components That Intrigue From NAB 2009

Evolving To Interoperability – The Editing Evolution Continued At NAB 2009

From Blue-ray To 3D Interactive Walk Throughs – The Daunting Number Of Distribution Technologies At NAB 2009

New Digital Cinema Technologies Noted From NAB 2009

NAB 2009’s Cornucopia Of Camera Technologies for Consumers Through Cinema

3D Technology One Of NAB 2009’s Biggest Trends

Sounding Out Emerging Audio Technologies At NAB 2009

Other NAB 2009 Sources

The Nab Show Daily is online at http://www.nabshowdaily.com/

You can access my NAB 2009 Delicious Bookmarks at http://delicious.com/bfortner/nab2009

SMPTE Toronto has posted the video of their NAB 2009 Section Meeting at http://www.smpte.org/sections/toronto/archive/#may2009

The ProVideo Coalition.com has posted a number of NAB 2009 videos at  http://provideocoalition.com/index.php/freshdv/C97/

Digital Production BuZZ Podcasts of NAB 2009 can be found at http://www.digitalproductionbuzz.com/Archives/LiveThatExpo_NAB_2009.php

A number of other NAB 2009 videos can be accessed through the Google Search Engine at http://video.google.ca/videosearch?hl=en&q=nab09&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=X_4OSsmrF9OFmQewlZyFCA&sa=X&oi=video_result_group&resnum=6&ct=title# and at http://video.google.ca/videosearch?hl=en&q=nab09&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=X_4OSsmrF9OFmQewlZyFCA&sa=X&oi=video_result_group&resnum=6&ct=title&start=10#q=nab2009&hl=en&emb=0

Panasonic put together a really nice web portal on their NAB 2009 offerings. It’s at http://www.panasonic.com/promos/nab/2009/index.asp

Next Generation Storage Technologies Abound At NAB 2009

Like cameras at this years NAB there was a ton of recording technologies. Almost extinct are VTR’s as file base recording has become mainstream across the board. This blog post looks at some of the storage technologies that I came across at NAB 2009.

MicroStorage

http://www.iis.fraunhofer.de/EN/bf/bv/ksbs/microstorage.jsp

Fraunhofer was showing their MicroStorage device in combination with their microHDTV camera. This new small HD broadcast storage device employs commercial Compact Flash Cards and is suited for point-of-view cameras. The MicroStorage device records HD or SD image data in H.264 high profile L4.0 format and has a power consumption of 5 watts.

HDTV MicroStorage System

HDTV MicroStorage System

AJA KI Pro

http://www.aja.com/products/ki-pro/

AJA KI Pro

AJA KI Pro

The AJA Ki Pro is a new tapeless video recording device that records high-quality Apple ProRes 422 QuickTime files onto computer-friendly media. The unit features SD/HD-SDI, HDMI, and analog inputs so one can interface with virtually any type of camera one might own or rent.

AJA Video recorder has removable solid-state media that captures QuickTime files using Apple’s10-bit ProRes 422 compression schemenatively in hardware. This makes the files instantly recognized within a Final Cut Pro timeline so editing can begin immediately with no transcoding.

The Ki Pro records hours of media to a removable a storage module, has a built in FireWire 800 interface or to a 34mm ExpressCard Flash. The Ki Pro Features;

  • Record hours of pristine ProRes media to a removable storage module with built-in FireWire 800, or to 34mm Expresscard Flash, for immediate editing and file access.
  • Record natively to Apple ProRes 422 for full raster 10-bit 4:2:2 HD and SD.
  • Bridge proprietary compression schemes by recording to Apple ProRes 422.
  • Connect any digital camera via SDI or HDMI, or any analog camera with multiple input options
  • Convert in real time from SD to HD, or 720 to/from 1080, in full 10-bit quality.
  • Extend client review capabilities with simultaneous recording to camera and to Ki Pro.
  • Extend productive life of existing cameras and embrace future workflows with powerful conversion capabilities.
  • Built-in WiFi and Ethernet for complete control via a web-browser, or iPhone.

Video below from AJA’s product manager;

Hoodman RAW SxSxSDHC (Secure Digital) Memory Adapter For Express Port

http://www.hoodmanusa.com/products.asp?dept=1063

Hoodman RAW SxSxSDHC Memory Adapter

Hoodman RAW SxSxSDHC Memory Adapter

This is another useful product. The RAW SxSxSDHCtm Alternative Memory Adapter for Sony® SxS Applications allows one to use SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) memory cards to store data. Download data through express card port or eject SDHC card and place in SDHC to USB reader.

Panasonic – Low-Priced ‘E Series’ P2 Cards

Lower Cost P2 Media from Panasonic

Lower Cost P2 Media from Panasonic - Fast But Lower Life Expectancy

Low-priced P2 media was introduced by Panasonic at NAB. Called the P2 E Series a 64 GB will list for just $998 when it ships in August. Compare that to the $1650 fetched by current 32 GB P2 cards. A 32 GB and a 16 GB E-Series P2 card are expected to ship next month, with $625 and $420 price tags, respectively.

While the newer cards are very fast they are rated for a shorter lifetime of about five years of daily use. As the cards approach the end of their reliable life cycle, a warning will appear on the screen of the P2 camera or card reader. Panasonic’s P2 formatter software will also track an E-series card’s life expectancy.

Avid – Qualifies Final Cut Pro

http://www.avid.com

In another move towoards interoperability Avid, who returned to NAB this year, announced that it has  qualified Apples Final Cut Pro Editing tool to operate on its Unity MediaNetwork and ISIS [Infinitely Scalable Intelligent Storage] shared storage systems.

Flash Memory Recorders At NAB

Below are a number of Flash Memory Recorders that I saw at NAB.

Solid State Drives – iodrive from fusion I/O

http://www.fusionio.com/

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This solid state drive uses NAND flash and boast speeds hundreds of times faster that of hard drives. The video above shows how much throughput can occur with Solid State Drives using Fusion I/O. The video shows how they have the ability to playback 256 simultaneous DVD streams. The video below is a promo and demonstrates how they can be ganged together to increase SSD’s throughput.

Toshiba - On-Air Max

Toshiba - On-Air Max

Convergent Design - Flash XDR

Convergent Design - Flash XDR

Ikegami GFSeries of Tapeless HD Flash Memory Production Tools

Ikegami GFSeries of Tapeless HD Flash Memory Production Tools

Nexto Video Storage

Nexto Video Storage

Hard Drive Storage

Even with all of the Flash based recorders, hard drives are still the workhorse of storage. With the emergence of inexpensive SATA drives, RAID recoding schemes have become mainstream technology. The next few posts look at hard drive based systems and LTO based data archive systems that I saw at NAB.

Cal Digit – VR Mini

http://www.caldigit.com/VR_mini/

The CalDigit VR mini

The CalDigit VR mini

The CalDigit VR mini is a compact two drive RAID system, supporting a quadruple interface –FireWire 400/800, USB 2.0 and eSATA– for easy connectivity for video professionals. The CalDigit VR mini’s modular design provides two removable drive modules and an easy to read frontside LCD. Users can set their system as RAID 0, 1, and JBOD the VR mini can reach speeds fast enough for high definition video editing. It includes easy to use software allowing for firmware updates, configuration, and monitoring which even supports email notification.

Lacie Eithernet Drives

http://www.lacie.com/ca/products/product.htm?pid=11118

LaCie 5big Network

LaCie 5big Network

If you want a bigger network based system Lacie’s 5big Network is a five-bay RAID solution for small and medium workgroups or offices that need large storage and backup capacity. It offers capacities up to 7.5TB (7500GB) and employs a versatile hot-swap feature. Users can set the 5big to seven different RAID modes including RAID 5 and RAID 6.

CitiDISK™ HD

http://www.shining.com/products/totalsolution/citidisk_hd/

CitiDISK HD

CitiDISK HD

CitiDISK™ HD is a recorder that connects directly to camcorders and captures footage to its miniature high-capacity hard drive and to tape simultaneously. This interconnect is from the camera’s FireWire port and it converst the files into Quicktime or AVI files of your choice. It handles DVCPRO HD®, DVCPRO50® and DV footage. Through its “QPLAY” feature it can playback the last scenes on a cameras viewfinder.

Fast Forward Video

www.ffv.com

Elete HD

Elete HD

FFV introduced five DVR products at NAB this year. The Elite HD camera-mounted DVR and player accepts an incoming HD-SDI video signal with eight channels of embedded audio and records at data rates up to 100Mb/s with 4:2:2 sampling and 10-bit quantization with near-lossless J2K compression. Elite HD records video on hot-swappable 2.5″ SATA drives. Once the camera input is captured, the drive can be removed and footage imported into any editing system via USB. Other introductions included the Omega HD DVR and portable Mini DVR Pro, NDT200 and eClips DVRs.

Focus Enhancements FS5 Direct-to-edit Recorder

http://www.videonics.com/

http://provideocoalition.com/index.php/freshdv/story/nab_2009_video_focus_enhancements/

FS5

Focus Enhancements introduced a Version 2.0 upgrade for their FS-5 Direct To Edit™ Recorder. New features include – Video file playback, proxy and thumbnail feature, metadata support for Avid users and extensive multi-camera functionality.

Cache-a – LTO Network Archive Appliance

http://cache-a.com/

Cache-a LTO Network Archive Appliance

NAB also saw the introduction of a new  LTO-4 A-Series drive that will  provide fast file transfers over Gigabit Ethernet. The speed of those file transfers are at estimated data rates up to 50MB/s or more.

BRU Producer’s Edition

http://www.productionbackup.com/

I also got a glimpse of the BRU Producer’s Edition™ from TOLIS Group. It allows for drag and drop archiving to networked based LTO archiving systems.

HP StorageWorks Ultrium 960 Tape Drive

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/en/WF05a/12169-304612-3446236-3446236-3446236-443365.html

HP LTO System

HP LTO System

HP Was also showing their LTO StorageWorks Ultrium 960 tape drives. The product is their third generation LTO technology which delivers a capacity of 800 GB of compressed data on a single cartridge and has a data transfer rate of 576 GB per hour in compressed mode.

PoolIT

http://www.picturetools.de/ws/produkt.asp?ID=342&NS=1

PoolIT

PoolIT

One other product I saw was PoolIT from Tiger Technology. It’s a software overlay that consolidates storage by aggregating multiple volumes into one.

Production Software That Sizzles At NAB 2009

Smartsound – Final Cut Pro Music Plug-In

http://www.studiodaily.com/studiomonthly/tools/SmartSound-Unveils-Final-Cut-Pro-Music-Plug-In_10776.html

Smartsound - Final Cut Pro Music Plug-In

Smartsound - Final Cut Pro Music Plug-In

Tuesday evenings FCPUG Supermeet  was host to the formal announcement of SmartSounds Final Cut Pro Music Plug In. I like SmartSound and use it in just about everything I edit. This software sizzled because I like it and Larry Jordan did the presentation. It fizzled because Larry made a boo-boo during the presentation but in classic LJ style he made it sizzle again by joking his way out of it…

Video of the presentation below….

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Speaking of Larry Jordan, he mentioned the following NAB Products in his latest newsletter.

GeeThree releases software that GREATLY simplifies animating still images.
http://www.geethree.com/slickfx/photomotion/

Data Robotics releases DroboPro – faster expandable RAID storage
http://www.drobo.com

CrumplePop releases flock of new Final Cut Pro plug-ins (Video Below)
http://toolfarm.stores.yahoo.net/crhaefforfcp.html

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Samson Technologies releases Zoom H4N digital recorder
http://www.samsontech.com/main/announcements.cfm

Digital Juice is Releasing All Sorts of New Stuff
http://www.digitaljuice.com/

EditShare and Automatic Duck team up to provide media sharing between FCP and Avid systems.
www.editshare.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=131&Itemid=146

nVeil announces a graphics tool for the artist living within every editor.
http://nveil.storekstudio.com/

MWA Nova’s flashtransfer teams with Front Porch Digital to provide film transfer and archiving solution.
http://www.flashscan8.us/

MXF4mac announces support for more MXF video formats.
http:// www.max4mac.com

ADOBE CS4 and Final Cut Pro Integration. Export FCP Projects To Windows.

ADOBE at FCPUG Supermeet

Jason Levine of ADOBE at FCPUG Supermeet

Interoperability is the key element relating to this software. NAB 2009 and the 2009 FCPUG Supermeet provided the forum for me to get a demo of Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 version 4.0.1 software, that has seamless project exchange with Final Cut Pro. CS4 version 4.0.1 enables users to import Final Cut Pro projects via XML interchange, export to Open Media Framework (OMF) format, and import and export projects in Advanced Authoring Format (AAF).

Specifically the new software enhancements allow Final Cut Pro users to be able to transfer projects directly to Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 version 4.0.1 without conversions or re-rendering. The transfer preserves commonly used effects and transitions. Once files are in Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, assets can be moved amongst Adobe After Effects CS4, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, and Soundbooth CS4. Apparently these files can work with Premiere on Windows. Below is a video on how this import function works.

One neat new feature in Premiere Pro CS4 is called Speech Search. It turns spoken dialog into text-based metadata that makes video searchable. During the Supermeet presentation Jason Levine (who sizzled)demonstrated how the Speech Search works. It actually allows one to select and edit point between text based words, significantly speeding up editing dialogue. A video on this Speech Search Function below.

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One other advantage of CS 4 is its workflow to Blu-ray, something that is sadly lacking in Final Cut Studio. Adobe Encore is CS4’s path to Blu-ray.

Automatic Duck – Media Copy 2.0

http://www.automaticduck.com/products/mc/

Media Copy 2.0 is a useful application for copying media from your NLE to another computer that needs to import your AAF, OMF or XML file. Media Copy is a helpful application that reads an Avid AAF or OMF 2.0 file or a Final Cut Pro XML file. It figures out which media files are used by that sequence then copies the media to a location you specify. It’s especially handy when media files are in several locations on your system, or to assist the editor who just doesn’t know which media files are represented in your edited sequence. Below is a video on Automatic Duck from NAB 2009;

Sony Vegas Pro 9 and VASST

http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com

SONY Vegas Pro 9

SONY Vegas Pro 9

Sony Creative Software was showing the next generation of Sony Vegas Pro 9. 4K and native RED One support along with better AVCHD and XDCAM support is part of Vegas Pro 09. On the output side Sony Vegas 9 outputs to traditional SD and HD broadcasts, to the Web, DVD and Blu-ray discs, and to portable devices like cell phones, portable media players and the Sony PSP.

SONY was also promoting the Vegas Pro Production Assistant plug-in that was developed in partnership with VASST. Pre-built output presets for broadcast workflows are included to quickly begin finalizing content for television. Additional broadcast features include tools for creating lower thirds, splitting stereo track into two mono tracks, normalizing audio tracks, broadcast color process, audio ducking functions and outputting to multiple formats simultaneously. In addition to a number of secondary tools, the Vegas Pro Production Assistant software plug-in features five primary productivity tools. They are;

  • Montage Tool
  • Motion Tool
  • Lower Thirds Tool
  • Workflow Automation Tools
  • Batch File Processing Tool

mocha for Final Cut

mocha for Final Cut is a stand alone 2D tracking tool designed for the Final Cut. It generates solid 4-point tracks based on Imagineer’s unique Planar Tracking technology. It provides position, scale, rotation, shear and perspective matched tracks and exports the data to Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express as XML files. Final Cut Studio users can then optionally send their mocha tracking data to Apple Motion for advanced compositing functionality. Below is a video on how it works.

MXF4MAC

http://mxf4mac.com/

MXF4MAC with its MXF import and MXF export solutions is the first video capturing solution for the Mac that wraps video feeds straight to MXF without creating intermediate files. Of interest to Final Cut Pro editors is P2 Flow. P2 Flow quickly and automatically links MXF video and audio in Final Cut Pro while providing full metadata mapping. This allows editing straightaway without converting or referencing the MXF media to QuickTime MOV.

At the FCPUG Supermeet Jeremy Garchow described the process of using P2 Flow.He described a project where he used media generated from five P2 cameras and six wireless microphones in a freestyle shoot that also had a Sound Devices 788T recording 8 tracks of audio.  Following the shoot he had less than a week from shoot to air, he had over 6 hours of material and had to edit down to 60 seconds.

To speed the editing process up he used P2 Flow to import the P2 into Final Cut Pro. He synced the camera material using free run time code and a clap slate and it was ready to edit in Final Cut Pro through a workflow never seen before. Below is a video of how it is used to quickly import P2 material (no audio) and some links to tutorials on how to use the product.

http://library.creativecow.net/articles/garchow_jeremy/dvc_pro_hd/video-tutorial.php

Boinx TV

BoinxTV was one of the truly cool products I saw at NAB 2009. The software converts your MAC computer into a live production studio. Its features include;

  • Connect up to three cameras (SD or HD).
  • Play back any QuickTime video as a source to roll in live.
  • Switch among up to 4 sources (3 cameras + playback of pre-recorded clips).
  • Animated lower thirds, scrolling credits.
  • RSS ticker with headlines and summaries
  • Sports scores.
  • Pre-defined layers for different production styles, customizable with Apple’s free Quartz Composer software.
  • Real time, on-screen clock.
  • Records to a QuickTime file or outputs live output for live streaming (using optional 3rd-party software) or live SDI output (using optional 3rd-party hardware)
  • Integrates with Twitter
  • Works with any DV25 camera (DV, DVCAM) with IEEE-1394 (FireWire, i.LINK) output.
  • Works with any HDV camcorder as long as it has a true progressive mode.
  • Works with any camera with HDMI output, if you add the Blackmagic Intensity or Intensity Pro to a Mac Pro tower.
  • Has a BoinxTV’s template chooser, you can select one of the default designs, whether for news or sports or whatever…..

The video above outlines what I saw at NAB.

Tiffen Photofx iPhone App

http://www.tiffen.com/photofx_homepage.html

If you’re in a pinch, only have your iPhone and have to do some image editing Tifen might have the App for you! Photo fx is comprised of the following filters:, Black and White, Black Pro-Mist®, Center Spot, Color-Grad® , Color Spot, Day for Night, Enhancer, Fog, Glow, Halo, High Contrast, Infrared, Looks, Night Vision, Old Photo, Polarizer, Pro-Mist®, Reflector, Star, Soft/FX®, Tint, Two Strip, Three Strip, Ultra Contrast and Vignette. Once its fixed e-mail the image from your iPhone or iPod Touch.

audio video design inc – Voice Recognition Teleprompting Software

http://www.avd-prompt.com/

Voice Recognition Teleprompting Software

Voice Recognition Teleprompting Software

audio video design inc. was showing a teleprompting prototype at NAB that was of interest. The software includes voice recognition software that will automatically adjust to control the speed of the teleprompter scroll. According to the developer who I talked to at the booth, since the teleprompter text is loaded into the computer, the program only tries to recognize words in the text. This makes the voice recognition element much less compute intensive given that the dictionary is pre-defined. Neat product….

Other Products

TOPAZ Adjust

TOPAZ Adjust

Slick-FX

Slick-FX

CPC Webcast Captioning

CPC Webcast Captioning

FxFactory

FxFactory

Premium Production Gear at NAB 2009

Digital Video Assistant PSU-3

http://nabshow2009.bdmetrics.com/CDT-6114308/Vantage-Film-GmbH/Details.aspx

Digital Video Assistant PSU-3

Digital Video Assistant PSU-3

The PSU-3 is an interesting Video Assist System on the market. The battery powered unit records up to 4 cameras at the same time via a touch screen interface. Besides monitoring four cameras the unit can simulate post-production effects in realtime right on the set.

Bal Broadcast – Multiviewer Floorman

http://www.bal.co.uk/cgi-bin/cp-app.cgi?usr=51F5411463&rnd=3178581&rrc=N&affl=&cip=76.70.119.236&act=&aff=&pg=prod&ref=Floorman&cat=Floorman&catstr=HOME:MULTIVIEWERS:Floorman

Multiviewer Floorman

Multiviewer Floorman

The Multiviewer Floorman is a wireless touch-screen, quad-split, handheld portable monitor. The system allows four picture sources, including one from a teleprompter, to be viewed on one cable free handheld screen. The monitor can be powered either from the integrated battery or via a battery belt.

The video is created by the unit’s combiner/encoder that accepts the four composite or SDI signals and feeds the modulator/transmitter with an ASI signal. Floorman offers diversity reception and licensed UHF channel transmission (selectable from 21 to 68), making it ideal for either studio or OB applications and eliminating picture loss.

Pro Prompter for iPhone

http://www.gizmag.com/bodelin-launches-proprompter-for-iphone/11469/

Pro Prompter for iPhone

Pro Prompter for iPhone

As a quick and fast teleprompter you can use your iPhone or iPod touch with ProPrompter. It’s available with a magnifier to make the iPhone screen appear twice its size. It’s a subscription service of sorts but it comes with the ProPrompter patented hood, studio quality beam splitter glass, anti-reflection hood, iPhone/mobile device clip, ProPrompter software for iPhone –it’s a free download from the App Store plus 1 year subscription to the ProPrompter Producer site. The subscription gives you unlimited script uploads and downloads. The magnifier comes with a custom military grade Storm Case. Retail is US$995.

Invisible Prompter Monitors

http://www.jumbobright.com/

How about and invisible teleprompter? If your doing an event and you don’t want the audience to see a teleprompter Jumbo Bright has a solution.  In a nutshell Jumbo Bright’s size and brightness the prompter can be placed at the back of the room. The video above shows the kinds of setups possible with Jumbo Bright.

RL48 Rotolight

http://rotolight.com

RL48 Rotolight

RL48 Rotolight

This looked like a simple and useful product. The Rotolight slips onto your camcorder’s shotgun mic and shines 48 LED’s at ‘Daylight’ (5600K) that’s bright and soft. Perfect for hand held shooting where you are working in low light situations. It runs for up to 3 hours on 3 standard or rechargeable AA alkaline batteries.

Micro-Fill & Micro-Sun Gun Kits

http://www.frezzi.com/Mini%20HD-DV%20Lighting%20Kits.htm

Frezzi makes an economical light kit called Micro-Fill kits. The kit includes a Micro Fill-Light, Battery, Battery Pouch, Quick Charger and all mounting hardware to attach to any camera. A little bit on Frezzi in the video below.

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superBOGIE Camera Swiveler

http://nabshow2009.bdmetrics.com/PDT-364937/Praezisions-Entwicklung-Denz/superBOGIE-manual-version.aspx

superBOGIE Camera Swiveler

superBOGIE Camera Swiveler

For those who want to swivel their camera the superBOGIE has a range ±90°. It contais a gear unit with 3 reductions (1:1,2.5:1,5:1) for sensitive adjustment. It’s also been designed for easy mounting with a Touch&Go plate.

Flying-cam

Flying-cam

Furio

http://fx-motion.com/

I took a quick peek at Fx-Motion’s remote controlled camera systems. Video below;

Fusion RC Helicopter

http://www.fusionhobbies.com/RC-Electric-Helicopters-s/87.htm

A "roll your own" Helicopter" camera solution

Redbyte Design

http://www.redbytedesign.com/

Redbyte Design Down Conversion Devices

Redbyte Design Down Conversion Devices

CG232W Calibrated Monitor

http://www.eizo.com/products/graphics/cg232w/

CG232W Calibrated Monitor

CG232W Calibrated Monitor

The ColorEdge CG232W has been designed as an LCD monitor for post-production. According to the manufacturer it can be used for both reference and editing work. What makes it suitable for Post and Reference is that it includes BNC × 2 (SD-SDI/HD-SDI × 2 or dual-link SDI × 1), DVI-D, and D-Sub for direct connection to broadcast and studio sources as well as desktop PCs. Extensive support for SDI signals is also offered with this monitor.

The panel’s gamut reproduces broadcast-standard color spaces such as PAL/SECAM and HDTV. In addition, preset color modes for Rec. 709, EBU, SMPTE-C, DCI, and sRGB are available at the touch of a button.

Zennatek Housing Systems

http://zennatek.com/

Underwater Zennatek Housing

Underwater Zennatek Housing

Zennatek Housing Systems design and manufacture products that enable filming in the most extreme conditions and environments. The housing picured above is used underwater and the bag that covers the camera is watertight and extremely flexible so camera operators can operate the camera.

3D Zennatek Housing Systems Being Built On Show Floor

3D Zennatek Housing Systems Being Built On Show Floor

Newtek Tricaster XD3000

http://www.newtek.com

TriCaster XD300 Provides Portable Live Production in HD/SD

TriCaster XD300 Provides Portable Live Production in HD/SD

Just about every large organization I know has a TriCaster operating somewhere in their organization At NAB Newtek announced the model XD300 which will operate in either HD/SD and stream (as other TriCasters) from almost anywhere. The company has announced Q4 delivery.

SONY BRS 200

http://www.sony.lv/biz/view/ShowProduct.action?product=BRS-200&productsku=BRS-200&site=biz_en_LV&imageType=Main&category=ProductionSwitchersDigitalEffects

SONY BRS 200 Production Switcher

SONY BRS 200 Production Switcher

At the SONY Booth I came across the BRS-200 switcher which is a new portable switcher from SONY. The BRS-200 can be used for either standard- definition (SD) or high-definition (HD) system configurations. The BRS-200 is an ideal tool for event and live staging, conferences, concerts, and broadcast operations.

Broadcast Pix Slate

http://www.broadcastpix.com/The-Switcher-Redefined/Slate-3000G.html

Broadcast Pix Slate

Broadcast Pix Slate

Another switcher at NAB that I’ve never blogged about before is the Broadcast Pix Slate. Slate systems are unique because they are the only production form factor switchers on the market with a built-in HD CG, a built-in HD clip store, and multi-view monitoring of outputs and sources. Designed for solo operators the switcher can create live video complete with compelling graphics, animated text, picture-in-pictures, keyed clips, spinning logos and the switcher can even provide robotic control of cameras.  All Slate G Series models create in HD, SD, analog or DVI and can be upgraded to 3G for 1080p full HD video.

PJP-25UR – PC Conference Microphone Speaker

http://www.yamaha.com/yec/products/productdetail.html?CNTID=5012842&CTID=5040786

If you use Skype the PJP-25UR conceals itself neatly in a B5-size laptop bag, and weighs only 570 grams.

Photosimile 5000 *

http://www.ortery.com/

Photosimile

Photosimile 5000 is an integrated solution for creating spherical, 360-Degree and Still flash product animations

Bron Kobold DW 400 All-Weather HMI

http://www.bron.ch/kb_home_us/index.php

There’s something fascinating about a production light that will operate in the pouring rain. If you need some kobold is a manufacturer.

Video Robotics Inc

http://www.videorobotics.com/Video_Robotics/Products.html

We're starting to get into more robotic systems at Ryerson. One booth I stopped at was Video Robotics to look at their control systems

Mark Roberts Motion Control – 3D Stepper Control For DSLR’s

http://mrmoco.com/

A specialty product that I don’t have an image of is Mark Robers Motion Control  3D Stepper control for the creation of lefteye/righteye still images that controls DSLR camera’s…. Link to website above.

Zacuto SharpShooter for Canon EOS 5D

http://store.zacuto.com/DSLR-Gunstock-Shooter-Starter.html

Zacuto’s DSLR Gunstock Shooters

Zacuto’s DSLR Gunstock Shooters

Zacuto was one of several companies at NAB that manufactures kits for DSLR cameras so they will operate as Digital Cinema camera’s. Called Gunstock Shooters they can be used with any 15mm lightweight accessories, follow focuses & matte boxes. They can also be used with or without counterbalance.

ikan V5600 5.6″ TFT LCD Monitor

http://www.ikancorp.com/pages/monitors/V5600/index.html

Ikan showcased its V5600, a 5.6″ LCD monitor designed for HD-enabled DSLR cameras. It has a 1024×600 resolution panel, critical focus is achievable and it works in 480i, 480p, 720p and 1080i. Ikan also demonstrated Director which is a new tool that combines LANC control and high resolution LCD monitor, designed for hands-free camera operation. Director is able to control Zoom, Focus and Record. It provides users a handheld production monitor with variable aspect ratio, a port for headphone out, safe area guides, and A/V input.

Anton Bauer Solar Panel Battery Charger

http://www.antonbauer.com/News/5

Anton Bauer unveiled a prototype solar panel battery charger. It’s in the form of a 3.5ft x 5ft (11in x 9 1in folded up) flexible sheet that can be spread on the ground. Its used in remote locations where access to AC power is problematic. The solar panel, made by a company called Power Film, charges a standard two-hour Dionic (Lithium Ion) battery in three hours in full sun.

Roland Edirol VC-50 Video Field Converter

http://www.edirol.com/index.php/en/products-mainmenu-421/video-converters-mainmenu-424/vc-50hd

VC-50HD

VC-50HD

I dont think there is any other conversion box on the market that goes between IEEE-1394 (HDV) and HD-SDI in real time. The VC-50HD converts from HD-SDI to 50/ 35/ 8 Mbps MPEG-2 TS as well as HDV format (25/19Mbps). The unit also supports conversion from SD-SDI to DV format (25Mbps) and 12/ 9/ 2 Mbps MPEG-2 TS. Goes between IEEE-1394 and HD-SDI.

Marshall OLED Monitors

http://provideocoalition.com/index.php/freshdv/story/nab_2009_video_marshall/

Marshall OLED Monitors are coming....

Marshall OLED Monitors are coming....

OLED display technology seems to have made a name for itself in advance of its mainstream release. Marshall, who are known for a line of LCD production monitors, showed off a new OLED monitor that will be coming out this fall.

SONY RM1000BP LANC Remote Commander

http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/product-RM1000BP/

You cant Do That With LANC!

You can't Do That With LANC!

SONY might have released the ultimate LANC controller. Their new RM-1000BP is multifunctional providing LANC contol for ZOOM, REC START/STOP, IRIS, GAIN, and all camcorder MENU SETTINGS.

Inclino

http://www.viewfactor.net/

Viewfactor make a number control devices for cameras. Thier Origo™ allows for  remote start and stop of the RED ONE™ Camera from distances of 1 foot to 25 feet.

Their Inclino™ product strongest and most advanced Digital Motor made. Using Inclino™  large external boxes attached to the camera are not required. Wires are limited to power only. Inclino™ has integrated wireless reception and had easy setup.

Mirus™ is the only fully self-contained motion control pan-tilt head produced. The manufacture indicates claims it is as easy to use as your regular head and costs about the same!

ActionCam

http://actionproducts.ch/actioncam/red-edition.html

ActionCam «RED-edition»

ActionCam «RED-edition»

Firefly LED Cable Protectors

Firefly LED Cable Protectors

Firefly LED Cable Protectors

Petrol Inflatable Airline Bag

http://www.petrolbags.com/

Petrol Inflatable Airline Camera Bag

Petrol Inflatable Airline Camera Bag

Interesting Infrastructure Components That Intrigue From NAB 2009

OK… I understand that nobody ever wants to pay for the Infrastructure components in a TV plant. However they are necessary components in today’s networked world so this blog post looks at some of the components I came across at NAB 2009.

Rushworks “The Bridge”

http://rushworksmedia.com/bridge.html

The Bridge from Rushworks

The Bridge from Rushworks

We’ll start with The BRIDGE because it is so cool. By purchasing the The BRIDGE, Rushworks claims you’ve purchase all of the technology for an entire television operation except for the transmitter(s). (I can go home now!)  In a nutshell, the BRIDGE   is a multicast automation and production console that controls up to four channels of SD/HD automation, source and program video/audio monitoring, input/output switching, graphics creation, video editing, encoding, and up to four channels of transport stream output with MUX and PSIP. The VDESK production system provides the BRIDGE to integrated automation, news and other program creation.

Newnex – FireNEX-CAT5™ S400

http://newnex.com/products/firenex/firenex-c-400.php

Newnex FireNEX-CAT5™ S400

Newnex FireNEX-CAT5™ S400

The Newnex FireNEX-CAT5 S400 is a 1394a repeater that works over over Cat5 Its is capable of sending IEEE1394 signals across a regular Cat5e cable at a data rate of 400 Mbps up to 65 meters in length. The device will work for both 1394a and 1394b signals at speeds up to 400 Mbps.

Mode-AL Media Walls Mounts

http://mode-al.co.uk/media-walls.html

Mode-AL Monitor Wall Components

Mode-AL Monitor Wall Components

Monitor stacks are not something one really thinks about until they need them. Mode-AL’s product is nice because of its cable management features. Its mounting brackets were designed to allow for the removal of the screen with as little as 5mm clearance between the screens. The product also allows for “bank tilt” which allows a whole bank of screens to be tilted to the same angle.

Blackmagic Design

http://www.blackmagic-design.com/

Blackmagic Design is one of those infrastructure companies that have rise so fast I thought I’d use some blog space to do a quick inventor of their products. What drew my attention to them is the company announced lower prices for their Intensity Pro, DeckLink SDI and HDLink Pro products.

Intensity Pro was reduced from $349 to $199 . Intensity Pro is an HDMI and high quality analog component and composite capture and playback card for videographers

HDLink Pro is now reduced from $795 to $495 with the original HDLink model discontinued. HDLink Pro has more features supporting 3Gbps SDI Dual Link, 3D lookup tables, and real time monitoring of 2K on a 30-inch LCD display

DeckLink

DeckLink SDI is now reduced from $395 to $295 . DeckLink SDI includes 10-bit SD/HD-SDI capture and playback, it has black burst/HD tri-sync reference input, and RS-422 deck control

Blackmagic announced Media Express 2.0 for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux platforms. Media Express is a video capture and playback software application compatible with all Blackmagic Design DeckLink, Multibridge and Intensity products. For existing customers Media Express 2.0 will be available as a free download in June Blackmagic Designs website.

Blackmagic Design Studio Videohub

Blackmagic UltraScope

Blackmagic UltraScope

Evertz’s StreamLINK

http://broadcastengineering.com/video/nab09/evertz-streamlink/

Evertz’s StreamLINK encoders and decoders work with the IntelliTrak audio and video lip synchronization analyzer.

Tahoma MT HOOD 3G HDMI Extenders

http://www.apantac.com/docs/MT-Hood-DVI-0808.pdf

Tahoma MT HOOD 3G HDMI Extenders

Tahoma MT HOOD 3G HDMI Extenders- They Cascade...

We’ve been working in the area of digital signage for the past year on a project that involves 1080p distribution. One product we came across that I wish I had of known about are these MT HOOD DVI-D Extenders with audio. They provide Full HD 1080p support, transport audio, they have built-in EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) simulation in the receivers, uses CATx or Fiber Cables but most importantly they have the ability to cascade units to extend length(s).

Matrox Veos Display Unit

http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/products/extension/veos/vsdspl0f/

Veos is a graphics extension product capable of delivering up to three channels of digital signage content from one system to many displays throughout small and large-scale venues.

Veos is a graphics extension product.

Another technology that assists in moving signals around is Veos. Veos is a graphics extension product capable of delivering up to three channels of digital signage content from one system to many displays throughout small and large-scale venues.

It works as follows;

  • The Veos Master unit connects to the computer, which recognizes it as an ultra-wide display with a resolution of 4080×768.
  • The Master unit uses the same Matrox patent-pending technology found in Matrox Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXMs) to divide this ultra-wide display into up to three unique channels (each 1360×768).
  • These channels are then transmitted via a single coax cable to Veos Display units attached to screens to display the content.
  • Capable of driving two screens each, Veos Display units can be toggled to show content from any of the transmitted channels and daisy-chained with virtually unlimited numbers of other Veos Display or Repeater units to branch and extend content across a wide variety of installations.

Avocent – HMX Digital KVM Over LAN

http://www.avocent.com/engineeredforbroadcast.aspx

Avocent Broadcast KVM Extension and Switching

Avocent Broadcast KVM Extension and Switching

Avocent KVM Extension Over LAN is something a little different and its is more than a standard KVM extension system. Its called and HMX digital extension and it provides the ability to extend 1920 x 1200 DVI. It provides production engineers with the means to access and control all of the computers they are authorized to access from any HMX user station, while maintaining computing resources in an environmentally-controlled and secure equipment room.

HMX is built on TCP/IP standards, works over a  gigabit eithenet LAN and offers compressed CD quality audio transported from the computer to the user, it has USB redirection that allows standard USB keyboard and mouse peripherals to be extended from the computer over the network to the remote user, without the use of any computer drivers or software.

It extends keyboard, mouse, single or dual-DVI video, USB, and audio using standard TCP/IP protocols. The technology is comprised of three components – transmitters; receivers; and the HMX Manager for switching capability. Each component is assigned a unique IP address and connects via a single Cat6 cable.

The Digital Extension technology behind HMX allows for a Virtual USB channel that is provided to connect a non-standard human interface device, such as a Wacom tablet or non-linear editing peripherals to the computer.  A USB storage media device can also be attached to the user station is also extended to the computer over the network via the HMX Virtual Media channel.

Cluster Media live.means Engine

http://clustermedialabs.com/public/en/livemeansengine.html

Cluster Media live.means Engine

Cluster Media live.means Engine - On the Fly Metadata

Cluster Media’s LiveMeans Engine is a product that incorporates Automated Media Analysis for content-based and semantic indexing. The technology identifies television and radio programming on the fly so that a smart segment could be up on web/mobile minutes after it airs. The engine monitors any television or online radio in real-time and automatically generates metadata from Live Broadcast ‘Feeds’. It then uses that metadata to publish online digital media content that is searchable.

ina Signature Fingerprinting Technology

http://www.techshowwire.com/2009/04/22/nab-2009-ina-signature-protection-tool-to-be-implemented-on-the-kewego-network/

This is an emerging area in content distribution. The ina-signature tools enable the detection and monetization of protected videos when they are uploaded onto web sites. If the signature of a video asset is computed by its rights holder, ina-signature will now automatically block or monetize copies on all sites using technology.  Also, only one signature is necessary in order to protect all international versions of the asset.

Clear-Com® Communication – I.V.Core technology

http://news.proaudioguide.com/news/index.php?s1=1&id=20583&go=news_detail

Clear-Com’s I.V.Core product is something worth noting from NAB. In a nutshell the technology routes only the audio actually needed, rather than all IP streams. This has the advantage of optimizing the use of bandwidth within a modern IP network. It enables one to combine separate intercom systems into a common communications environment along with other applications.

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Evolving To Interoperability – The Editing Evolution Continued At NAB 2009

Comment – The War Is Over, Interoperability Has Emerged

AVID vs Final Cut Pro - No-one Won

AVID vs Final Cut Pro - Interoperability Won

Since the commoditization of Apple’s Final Cut Pro the landscape of editing has changed dramatically. A decade ago one could go to NAB and find dozens of editing solutions from a variety of companies. Over the past five years the number of players shrunk and those both inside and outside the industry seemingly gathered around AVID, who’s workflows were well understood in both Film and TV production or the upstart Final Cut Pro software which was affordable, accessible and heavily promoted by Apple.

This changing landscape peaked at NAB 2007 with giant side by side booths by Apple and AVID highlighted by a volume war between the competing booths. It all came crashing down at NAB 2008 with neither company placing booths at the show.

By NAB 2009 the dust had settled. No one had won the war, instead editors saw these Apple and Avid editing programs for what they really are… Tools. Depending on who you are, where and how you works Editing programs are best selected for the task at hand.

Because Final Cut Pro has so many users there is no doubt it has become the “Swiss Army Knife” of the industry when it comes to editing. A lot of software was shown at NAB that complements it. Beyond FCP and AVID other editing programs that were evident at NAB included Grass Valleys Edius, SONY Vegas Pro, and Adobe Premiere Pro CS4.

With the yelling wars over if any trend was evident at NAB, interoperability seemed to be a theme. This blog post looks at some of the technology and software I found at NAB 2009 that relates to editing. You’ll find my post on Software at NAB 2009 will add to the information in this blog posting.

CineForm Neo3D – 3D Workflow Solution for Final Cut Pro

http://www.cineform.com/neo3d/

CineForm’s Neo3D made its debut at NAB 2009 and is one of those add on programs to Final Cut Pro. The program enables Final Cut Pro users to create 3D QuickTime movies that include both Left and Right eyes. It also to edit 3D projects in real time with full frame rate playback to an external 3D monitor.

Traditionally, 3D projects are edited in 2D as independent Left and Right eyes, with a final 3D conform after the entire editorial process is complete.  CineForm Neo3D simplifies the 3D process by allowing viewing in full 3D while editing, including adjustment of convergence (horizontal, vertical, or rotation) plus individual or stereo (3D) eye color correction.  This technique allows many projects to eliminate 3D conform entirely and print directly from the Final Cut Pro timeline to electronic 3D distribution or projection files.

CineForm’s Neo3D is not limited to Final Cut Pro and Mac OSx. It will also be available for the Windows platform shortly. The video above shows the Final Cut Pro version in action.

Glue Tools For Final Cut Pro

http://www.gluetools.com/index.html

Glue Tools is a series of add on programs for Final Cut Studio. The software allows Cineon DPX files, Vision Research Cine Movies created by the Phantom Camera and ARRIRAW “.ari” image sequences created by ARRIFLEX D-21 cameras to work with Final Cut Pro.

ADOBE working natively with RED

More interoperability…. ADOBE is now offering native RED R3D support.  Both Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 version 4.0.1 and Adobe After Effects CS4 version 9.0.1 were shown providing a true file-based workflow for RED R3D files, without transcoding or rewrapping at NAB. The beta plug-in is available at http://www.red.com/support

You can find more on RED workflows with Adobe video solutions go to: http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/pdfs/red_adobe_cs4_beta.pdf

MaxT Systems – The MAXedit GUI

http://www.max-t.com

MAXedit™ GUI

Editing without a specialized workstation through a network connected GUI is what MAXedit Web Edition is all about. It’s a comprehensive Web-based NLE platform developed for video professionals in the broadcast, production, postproduction and prosumer markets.

You can purchase your own server and build your own system or you can subscribe. Both its server edition or its  subscription service allows users to edit and collaborate on their projects without having to purchase, install or maintain high-end editing gear. Editing workflow involves uploading video content and then start editing. The MAXedit platform is a frame-accurate, native-format editing system of compressed HD/SD content — including HDV, DV, DVCPRO and MPEG-2. It’s GUI interface is a highly interactive interface that’s launched from a Web browser.

KDDI Labs – MPEG Edit StudioTM Pro ver.2.0

http://mmm.kddilabs.jp/en/mpeg/mpro/20/index.html

MPEG Edit StudioTM Pro ver.2.0

MPEG Edit StudioTM Pro ver.2.0

Thought I’d use this blog post to note KDDI’s MPEG editing software. Their MPEG Edit StudioTM Pro ver.2.0 is a professional use nonlinear MPEG editing software for one source multi use. MPEG Edit StudioTM Pro enables high-speed frame-accurate editing of SDTV such as MP@ML and 4:2:2P@ML, MPEG-2 materials that include HDTV such as MP@HL, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC materials.

It also covers various MPEG files such as HDV(720p,1080i), SMPTE302M. You can also output edited contents after converting them to various formats such as H.264/MPEG-4 AVC with HE-AAC including mobile digital broadcasting, and 3GPP2.

JL Cooper – Eclipse SX

http://jlcooper.com/pages/eclipsesx.html

JL Cooper Eclipse SX Colour Control Surface

JL Cooper Eclipse SX Colour Control Surface

I checked out JL Coopers new Eclipse SX is essentially the left side of an Eclipse CX colour correction surface in a compact, stand alone package.

New capabilities allow it to be used by itself with Apple Final Cut Studio and is the most affordable option for control in Apple Final Cut Studio and Color. Eclipse SX is also compatible with Assimilate Scratch, DVS ClipSter, IFX Piranha Cinema, Iridas Speedgrade and other software professional applications.

AJA I/O Express

http://www.aja.com/products/io/io-express.php

Io Express

Io Express

There were a bunch of products at NAB released by AJA. Io Express has been designed as a Mac or PC interface for anyone who needs an inexpensive monitoring and mastering solution when working with Apple ProRes 422 and Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), XDCAM HD, DVCPRO HD, and more.

AJA KONA Lhi

http://www.aja.com/products/kona/kona-lhi.php

KONA LHi

KONA LHi (Click Image)

Another product is AJA KONA LHi . As per their website “AJA KONA LHi bridges the gap between legacy analog devices and the latest 3G SDI and HDMI v1.3a enabled products. KONA LHi interfaces with the latest PCIe Apple Mac OSX hardware and QuickTime software applications. AJA drivers offer integrated support for Apple Final Cut Studio. KONA LHi allows editing, monitoring and mastering of professional quality video in an easy to use product.”

AJA Xena Lhi

http://www.aja.com/products/xena/

K3-Box for XENA 2K

K3-Box for XENA 2K

This product is designed for Windows applications and supportsAdobe® Production Premium, along with a wide variety of 3rd-party software. The XENA line of video and audio I/O cards are designed to record, review, and print SD/HD/2K video on Windows workstations.

MXO2 Mini

http://www.matrox.com/video/en/press/releases/mxo2_mini/

Matrox MXO2 Mini

Matrox MXO2 Mini

Matrox was sowing a new product as NAB called the Matrox MXO2 Mini. It can be used with Mac and PC editing  applications including Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro and Photoshop.It’s used to capture and playback high definition video via HDMI. It can also handle analog component (NTSC and PAL) via analog component S-Video and composite connections. The unit can also capture AVCHD footage into an edit-friendly compressed or uncompressed format.

The unit can convert standard definition videos to high definition, or vice versa, while capturing or playing out, using a built in hardware scaler. The Mini also turns an inexpensive HDMI screen into a professional-grade video monitorusing a unique color calibration tool.

One option of the Matrox MXO2 Mini is that a Matrox MAX can be added to deliver faster than realtime high definition H.264 file creation. Matrox MAX is a unique technology that implements faster than realtime H.264 encoding for resolutions ranging from iPod to HD. It uses a dedicated hardware processor to accelerate the creation of H.264 files for Blu-ray, the web, and mobile devices. It intgrates with professional applications such as Apple Compressor on the Mac and Adobe Media Encoder on the PC. As an added benefit, the Matrox MAX technology allows direct export to higher-quality H.264 Blu-ray compliant files from Compressor.

Key features of Matrox MXO2 Mini include

  • Works with Mac and PC, laptops and desktops
  • Small, lightweight, external box that’s easily connected to cameras and monitors
  • Capture and playback high definition video via HDMI and analog component; or NTSC and PAL via analog component, S-Video, and composite
  • Turns an HDMI screen into a professional-grade video monitor with color calibration tools including blue-only
  • High-quality 10-bit hardware scaling engine for realtime upscaling, downscaling, and cross conversion on capture and playback
  • Stereo RCA and up to 8 channels of HDMI audio input and output
  • 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound monitoring on the HDMI output
  • Easily edit AVCHD footage by capturing into an edit-friendly compressed or uncompressed format
  • Works with leading applications including Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Photoshop, and many more
  • Also available with Matrox MAX for faster than realtime H.264 encoding

Matrox MXO2 Rack

http://www.matrox.com/video/en/press/releases/mxo2_max/

Matrox MXO2 Rack

Matrox MXO2 Rack

The Matrox MXO2 Rack is a rack-mounted (2RU) version of the Matrox MXO2 I/O device for the Mac.

KB Covers Application Specific Keyboards

http://www.kbcovers.com/servlet/Categories?category=KB+Keyboards

I use a couple of KB covers on my Mac at home. One thing they showed new at NAB this year was MAC Application Specific Keyboards. What’s different about these is they are not overlays or replacement buttons. Instead they are manufactured keyboards specific to various software applications that run on a Mac.