Just in time for my annual appearance at the Toronto Final Cut Pro Users Group meeting I’m publishing my blog posting on the technology of NAB 2011. Fortunately there is now a lot of information available on the internet that I can cull together in a post such as this. I’m thankful of and I will link to the excellent videos produced by the ProVideo Coalition and NextWaveG in many instances.
Important Technology, Technological Themes and Favorite Booth
If I had to choose some of the important technology and technological themes I saw I would list them as follows;
- Low latency H.264 streaming media.
- Low cost video switching.
- Consumerization in cameras and software capability.
- Video Switching/Internet Distribution.
- Range of quality camera options.
- Advances in storage with solid state drives taking off.
- Thunderbolt; a 10 Gig interface to computer that really rocks!
My favorite booth this year was definitely BlackMagic Designs which seemed to have a bevy of useful production equipment that was/is very affordable.
NAB Overall – SMPTE Toronto Online Video Of NAB
If you want a good overview of NAB, check out the May Toronto Section Meeting of the SMPTE. It can be found at http://bit.ly/gC8JXw
Below are a series of videos on the range of cameras found at NAB 2011.
ikonoskop dII and 3D digital cinema cameras
Canon Video DSLR Cameras
Technicolor CineStyle, Free picture style preset for Canon 5D MkII
Arri Alexa M, Studio, 3D, 120 fps, iPad control
TS3Cine records 720p images at 720 frames per second for ultra-sharp, high-resolution images
Redrock Micro microFollowFocus Blue, micro3D rig, micro 4/3 EF mount
Zacuto Scorpion Rig, Z-Finder EVF, Great Shootout 2011
LCDVF EVF electronic viewfinder
Panasonic New Cameras AG-HPX250, AG-3DP1, BT-LH910
Sony FS100 with Juan Martinez from Sony
Sony F65JVC Studio/EFP/Cameras
Sony F3 at NAB
3ALITY is the 3D production mobile available for rental to shoot 3D productions. It was on display at NAB abd these images give one a good idea of the technology involved in a 3D mobile shoot.
HDSLR Tripod from Sachtler
Canon XF300/305, XF100/105, XA10 Video Camcorders
KTEK Norbert Sport, Tadpole and shoes For DSLR and Go Pro
O’Connor O-Grips, follow focus, O-Box WM mattebox
Polecam video DSLR compact jib
edelkrone transforming camera shoulder rigs
Blackbird camera stabilizer
Miller Arrow 25 Pedestal System
Finally, if you want more check out PVC Post on Cameras at NAB, the PVC Lens Report from NAB 2011 and the PVC NAB 2011 – Stereo 3D Report.
Streaming Video For Broadcast
One of the fastest-growing categories of products at NAB were cellphone and internet transmission of HD-quality video. Low latency and the ability to get to air in real time is driving this technology. Below are some videos of products I saw in this area.
Mushroom Networks Teleporter “video-over-4G/3G cell
ZiXi – flawless broadcast quality HDTV
EDBOX JANUS EHD MTCA & SINGLE
4G Video Transmitter
Mobile Viewpoint Wireless Transmission System
Pleora’s EtherCast™ ASI-Pro ASI-to-IP gateway
Z3-MVE-20. Dual Channel HD H.264 Encoder
Optibase MGW Micro Premium
AJA Ki Pro Mini, KONA 3G 4K, code name Riker
AJA Up Down Cross Converter Riker
AJA Kona 3G Update to 4K
Two New Video Recorders PIX 240 and Fast Forward Sidekick
The Atomos Ninja Recorder/Monitor
Cinedeck now offers the three industry-leading compression systems as well as uncompressed
Blackmagicdesign Hyperdeck Products
Maxx Digital 10 gig Shared Storage System for Final Cut Pro
FOR.A’s LTO-5 Recorders -The FOR A LTR-100HS records MPEG-2 while the LTR-120HS uses Panasonic’s AVC-Intra and DVCPRO codecs
ToughTech Secure mini-Q
Tough Deck Dual
Easy iDVR Digital Cinema Package (DCP) Creator
DataVideo DN-60 Recorder
Shining Technology CitiDisk digital video recorder, high speed CF & Express cards
There was a lot of software at NAB 2011. Below are some video’s and weblinks primarily relating to Post Production software that I saw at the show.
Baselight Plugin for Final Cut Pro
Autodesk at NAB 2011
Adobe CS5.5, After Effects Warp Stabilizer, Camera Lens Blur, Thunderbolt
Adobe Audition on Mac
Editshare shared storage, Lightworks free NLE
DaVinci Resolve 8
Avid control surfaces, Media Composer crossgrade from FCP
Zaxwerks ProAnimator and Invigorator
Red Giant Software Colorista Free, Noir and Movie Looks iPad & iPhone apps
Blackmagicdesign Thunderbolt Products
AJA New Product Preview Phaser and Riker
Adobe CS 5.5 and Thunderbolt Tech
Hitachi Thunderbolt Drives
Lacie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt
Promise Fiber Channel to Thunderbolt Technology
Matrox Thunderbolt Technology
New and Neat
Kessler Crane computer based keyframe motion control system
Topaz Labs Fixing Blurry Photos
Kroma WiFi Intercom
BUG TV Interface
Astro Design Inc 4K x 2K 10 Bit LCD Monitor (56″)
Markertek VPTR1 Production Trailer
LaCie USB 3.0 portable Drive
USB 3.0 CalDigit Products
Wohler’s Presto 1RU 16×1 switch has a display in each source button
Worlds Simplest Teleprompter
TWIT at NAB 2011
Next Years NAB Theme
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