Panasonic Starts NAB 2010 Discussion With Early Press Conference And Frank Talk Of Their Single Lens 3D Camera

Panasonic's $9900 BT-3DL2550 monitor uses passive cross-polarized glasses

It appears Panasonic had a press conference last Friday in the New York City area that revealed some of their plans for the upcoming NAB 2010 conference in Las Vegas.

AG-MHC150 Prosumer HD Camcorder

Described as ” intimate” the press conference showed a few of the forthcoming products that Panasonic plans to show this April. The company introduced the AG-HMC150, described as an AVCHD SD card-based addition to its pro HD options which includes their DVCProHD-based AG-HVX200. While borrowing the design of Panasonic’s  standard def AG-DVX100, the HMC150 incorporates three new 1/3-inch CCDs with native 16:9 aspect ratios while supporting all the various 1080 and 720 progressive and interlaced options. It uses a 28mm Leica lens which is optically stabilized and the camera provides for XLR audio inputs, an HDMI output connection and remote capability for the camera’s iris and record controls. It’s doesn’t appear to be clear yet exactly what bit rates the camera will suport. Current Panasonic maxes AVCHD to 13 megabits per second and the HMC150 will support the 13Mbps rate but Panasonic has left the door open for it to support a higher bandwidth option.

Panasonic AG-HMC70

Panasonic also focused on another new camera the AG-HMC70 that targets institutional and event videography. It is an SD card-based AVCHD shoulder-mount model that incorporates three 1/4-inch CCDs and a 38.5mm-to-462mm-equivalent 12X zoom optically stabilized Leica lens. The camera can record 1080i video and comes with standard pro audio connectors and BNC outputs.

AG-3DA1 With Integrated Dual Lenses

The company also provided more information on its one-piece 3D camcorder shown under glass at NAB 2009 and demonstrated at CES 2010. The six-CMOS, dual-stream SD-recording camcorder has been dubbed the  AG-3DA1. After receiving thousands of calls about the camcorder following CES, Panasonic announced that it has started taking pre-orders for the camcorder by way of a $1,000 non-refundable deposit. The camera will cost $21,000 and will be built to order starting in the fall.

The AG-3DA1 has integrated dual lenses but Panasonic was not ready to give details such as the supplier of the glass or the zoom ratio. The convergence range was not divulged and there was discussion about the fixed interocular distance — the distance from lens center to lens center– which appeared to be about 57 mm. The camera will weigh about 6 pounds, will use two sets of three 1/4in. CMOS imagers and will records dual streams of AVCHD to SD/SDHC cards. Outputs are dual HD-SDI and HDMI version 1.4 which will support dual channels of 1080i.

Given the small size of the cameras imagers, its fixed lenses and the fixed interocular distance, Panasonic was clear that the 3DA1 is not positioned to challenge beam-splitter rigs. They warned that due to the limited interocular distance, wide vistas will flatten out. They feel the pitcher in a baseball game would likely stand too far from the camera for there to be a noticeable stereo effect. Also its 1/4″ sensors means it will not be the most sensitive camcorder on the market.

The AW-HS50 HD Switcher That Includes a Multiviewer

Panasonic’s also showed a $9900 BT-3DL2550 3D monitor uses passive cross-polarized glasses to playback 3D material. There was also news about an inexpensive P2-to-USB adaptor, two tiny HD switchers that includes built in multiviewers and a small HD pan-tilt-zoom camera that was optimized for operation over IP networks. For customers with P2 HD cameras, the P2-to-USB adaptor is welcome news as the company announced that it is going to ship a 64GB P2 card this fall.

Sources for this blog post include…

Panasonic 3D Camcorder: Show Us the Money – Mark Schubin, Schubin Cafe

Panasonic Plans NAB in 3D – Trevor Boyer, Penton Media, Inc.

Panasonic shows off a pair of pro-level HD camcorders – Nilay Patel, Engadget

New Panasonic pro AVCHD camcorders – Lori Grunin, CNET


Video Highlights From InfoComm 2009

I didn’t make the trek this year to InfoComm 2009 but as luck would have it I came across a stash of videos produced by rAVe [Publications]. It looks like high quality Laser Projection, lampless LED projectors, cheap 3D projection, LCOS projection, and low latency IP based H.264 could be part of the future. Here are the technologies that caught my eye;

ESLP 8K Laser Projector – Wow an 8K Projector… And It’s Laser!

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ClearONE’s Titan Media Cart – Portable Dual Monitor Workstation

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BenQ’s Complete Cart Solution for 3D Projection – Rollaround 3D!

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DLP’s 3D Ready Projector – Wow! More 3D….

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Projection Design F22 SX 3D Projector

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3D LED Scalable Displays – Forget The Projector……

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Canon Talks About Differences between LCD and LCOS Displays – Hmmm! What Is The Difference?

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Panasonics 65″, 85″, and 103″ Displays – New 85″ Display!

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DLP’s Lamp Free Projector – Look Ma No Lamps!

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DPI’s M-Vision LED Projector – No Lamps Again!!

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Coolux Media System – Solid Drive Speaker System – Look Ma No Speakers!

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Ovea: 3D Mouse – The Amazing Floating Mouse

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Pantel’s Outdoor Weather-Proof  TV – For When The Rain Comes

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3M Ten Finger Touch Screen System Developer Kit – For Those Of Us Who Have Ten Fingers.

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Uber Pan Multi-resolution Green Hippo Hippotizer – Best Product Name and Yes! It’s a Revolution in Multi-resolution.

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Electrosonic’s New JPEG2000 Player – Yes It Is DCI Compliant

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HaiVision Demonstrates Its MPEG4 AVC (H.264) Low Latency VideoFurnace – Finally Live 1080p Video Over A Network

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HaiVision Custom Bi-Directional Multistreem Codecs That Enable Two-Way Video over IP with Super Low Latency – Two Way Low Latency Video…. That Rocks….

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Kramer Electronic’s HDMI Switching System

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The complete collection of video’s (over 100) can be found at rAVe [Publications] rAVe Video site if you have a need for more video….


8K x 4K Laser Projector To Be Shown at InfoComm09

Evans & Sutherland will demonstrate its new laser projection system at the InfoComm09, June 17 thru19. Called the ESLP 8K it will be the world’s highest resolution production video projector with resolution and colour projection that exceeds the limits of the human eye. The projector can also display 3D in the highest resolution of any single projector at 4K x 4K.

The unit is powered by a set of solid state laser light sources which offers low cost of operation. Being solid state the hue of the lasers does not degrade or shift over time and yields a much wider useable color spectrum –200% of NTSC/HDTV– than is available in conventional LCoS, DLP, LCD, or other lamp based projectors.

NanoPixel Imaging Chip

The NanoPixel silicon imaging chip that is at the projectors core has 8,192 microscopic moving ribbons that provides an image free of artifacts, no visible gaps between pixels and zero  smearing in its moving images. The ribbon architecture is fine enough to yield a 36-bit/pixel, 12-bit/colour image.

In operation the projector requires modest, quiet cooling and is powered from an ordinary wall outlet It uses significantly less power than other lower resolution 2K and 4K projectors and its light sources do not require replacement as is the case with conventional lamp based projectors.

Premium Production Gear at NAB 2009

Digital Video Assistant PSU-3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.




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

Fusion RC Helicopter

A "roll your own" Helicopter" camera solution

Redbyte Design

Redbyte Design Down Conversion Devices

Redbyte Design Down Conversion Devices

CG232W Calibrated Monitor

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

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

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 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

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

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

Photosimile 5000 *


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

Bron Kobold DW 400 All-Weather HMI

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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.


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 «RED-edition»

ActionCam «RED-edition»

Firefly LED Cable Protectors

Firefly LED Cable Protectors

Firefly LED Cable Protectors

Petrol Inflatable Airline Bag

Petrol Inflatable Airline Camera Bag

Petrol Inflatable Airline Camera Bag

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

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

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

You can find more on RED workflows with Adobe video solutions go to:

MaxT Systems – The MAXedit GUI

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

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

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

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.



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

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

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

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

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.

3D Technology One Of NAB 2009’s Biggest Trends

If NAB had a trend this year it would be hard to argue against 3D being a top trend. There was definitely a plethora of 3D products on display and they were found in almost every category. You’ll find 3D in almost every category that I post about NAB 2009 and in this post I’ll cover a number of 3D specific items.

JVC’s  2D to 3D Conversion Monitor

JVCs 2D to 3D Conversion Monitor

JVC's 2D to 3D Conversion Monitor

At NAB 2009 JVC was showcasing its 46 inch GD-463D10. It’s a 3D HD LCD display that has built in 2D to 3D conversion meaning it can convert 2D broadcasts to 3D. From what I could uncover on the Internet, the set employs JVC’s unique real time 2D to 3D conversion technology that filters a 2D signal and creates left and right eye images for the monitor as part of the conversion process.

The set itself that sports three HDMI input terminals that are compatible with 1080/24p, 50p, 60p, 50i and 60i video signals. Its input signals can be displayed as 3D images 50i and 60i for side by side format. It uses the Xpol polarizing filter method that JVC claims a stable and flicker free visual 3D image and the HD 3D display will ship with two pairs of light polarizing glasses.

This process of converting from 2D to 3D is not new. Below is a video created by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University that taught a computer to recognize and transform 2D images into 3D that they posted a couple of years ago.

P+S 3DStereoRIG

P+S 3DStereoRIG

P+S 3DStereoRIG

A number of booths were showing the 3D Stereo Rig by P+S Technik that I blogged about last year. The manufacturer claims that camera’s mounted in the fashion shown here allow one to create stereoscopic films without the limitations of a side-by-side system meaning the rig can house most cameras and lenses you want from HDV to 4K.

Transvideo -CineMonitorHD 3DView

Transvideo CineMonitorHD 3DView

Transvideo CineMonitorHD 3DView

Another product I saw a lot a NAB was Transvideo’s CineMonitorHD 3DView. Its probably positioned well because its the first HD SDI monitor in the world for 3D D-Cinema field use. The CineMonitorHD 3D View includes several modes to help the operator to correlate cameras and to preview the image in anaglyph mode.

Binocle – 3D Products

Single SI-2K Mini in rig for hand held production.

Single SI-2K Mini in rig for hand held production.

I spent a little time at Silicon Imaging’s booth looking at their SI-2K (more in my post on camera’s). One company that they have partnered with is Binocle. Binocle develops and provides production and post-production tools for stereoscopic filming and they develop them because they are also a production company that specializes in the shooting and processing of stereoscopic images.

This rig (being held by Many of Nerdlogger) is holding a single SI-2K Mini for hand held shoulder mount production.

This rig (being held by Many of Nerdlogger) is holding a single SI-2K Mini for hand held shoulder mount production.

This rig is holding two SI-2K Minis on a tripod for stereoscopic (3D) production.

This rig is holding two SI-2K Mini's on a tripod for stereoscopic (3D) production.

Da-Lite 3D Screens

3D Projection Screen

3D Projection Screen

I hadn’t really thought about it all that much prior to coming across Da-Lite at NAB but 3D projection has normally required a Silver Screen. Da-Lite was showing an alternative screen designed specifically for 3D front projection systems. Their 3D Virtual Grey screen is comprised of a flexible vinyl projection fabric that retains 99 percent of polarized light and includes the ability to maintain high extinction values which helps to eliminate ghosting or crosstalk that’s common with stereoscopic 3D projection.

By delivering 99 percent polar retention the screen helps overcome the biggest obstacle in passive 3D stereoscopic projection that was the ability of the projection screen to retain or “hold” the polarization of the image on the screen.

Vizrt and STATS Holographic-effect Technology

Vizrt and STATS Holographic-effect Technology on CNN

Vizrt and STATS Holographic-effect Technology on CNN

Vizrt and STATS showed off their holographic-effect technology, used by CNN on the 2009 Presidential Election Night. The technology that enables a remotely located person to electronically appear in the studio. A live demonstration at their booth showed how the system requires that a semicircle of small cameras be positioned around the guest standing against a green screen in a remote studio, while in the main studio, a single camera is equipped with special sensors that position the virtual guest next to the live guest.  The system uses STATS’ video processing and tracking technology, in tandem with Vizrt’s real-time tracking and rendering software.

The system shown at NAB included 28 fixed cameras in a semi-circle use as the guest location. It did look significantly better than what was shown on CNN. CNN had degraded the incoming guest images on Election night so they would be accused of doctoring images.

Miranda Kaleido X16 3-D Multiviewer

Miranda X-16 Has 3D Capabilities

Miranda X-16 Has 3D Capabilities

To prepare the television sports market for 3D Miranda introduced a new 3-D multiviewer, called the Kaleido X16 targeted at  live sports applications. It was developed for a terrestrial broadcast network that was interested in distributing 3-D content.

Miranda demonstrated the system in its booth using 3D-capable professional monitors from JVC and Hyundai monitoring camera feeds in 3D form during live productions. Its target market is trucks and control rooms when 3D HD takes off.

Miranda feels that the interest in some broadcasters building 3-gig plants is based on growing interest in 3D HD. Technically the 1RU Kaleido-X16 has 16 video inputs, two multi-viewer outputs, an integrated 16×2 router, and can be used with 3Gbps/HD/SD and analog video. One other bonus (and trust me this is important from experience), it has an ultra-quiet design appropriate for use in mobile environments, allowing it to be installed next to an operator. For those who have existing Kaleido-X models, they can be upgraded to 3D operation by inserting a new processing card.

Cooke’s /i Intelligent Technology For Lenses

Cooke’s /i Intelligent Technology for lenses can be used to match each other in 3D. It enables film and digital cameras to automatically record key lens and camera data for every frame shot and provides it to post-production teams.

NICT Display Emerging Technologies from Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology

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Normally I would have started this post with this notation but the range of technologies shown at Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology booth (NICT) was a show highlight. Rather than describe it all in great detail the video (above) shows –as best it can– the range of displays found within the display.

NICT’s Electronic Holography

NICT’s electronic holography was only one of 11 technologies they demonstrated at NAB 2009. The picture quality on some of the demonstrations, such as their 4K and 8K demonstrations, is far superior to that of HDTV.

Live Electronic Holography

In terms of their live electronic colour holography (shown in video) the reproduction end appeared to be true wavefront reconstruction. Laser beams were used for the three primary colors and the resulting tiny hologram and a limited angle but did appear to float .  Being a very early developmental prototype it showed some laser speckle and suffered other noise artifacts. The demonstration was neat and was reminiscent of John Logie Bairds early televisor demonstrations.

NICT’s Holographic Camera

However on the capture end the system was not holographic. It used an “integral camera.” which in this case was  an ultra-high-definition camera (8K) shooting a planar array of small lenses. The images from those lenese are processed by a computer into an “interference-pattern type” hologram. These patterns are sent electronically to three small liquid-crystal displays, which are illuminated by the reproduction lasers.

NHK’s Integral 3D Camera

NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.) also showed a very similar 8K integral camera in the booth. The image was projected directly onto an integral screen. Viewers needed no 3D glasses with integral and could move their heads to see around objects. This technology is shown in the video above.

Even thougu NICT’s and NHK’s integral-camera demonstrations resulted in very crude images and like Jhn Logie Bairds “televisor” there is no technological reason preventing future improvements that will pave the way for “glassses free” 3DTV.

NICT’s Other Wonders….

NICT also showed a PC capable of 4K playback that could be scaled to 8K playback, a multi-sensory 3D interaction system, an infra-red interaction system that require no surface to touch, gCubik technology that actually alows one to grasp a “glasses free” 3D image, their 8K video technology downconverted to 4K and HDTV plus the ability to Electronically Zoom an 8K camera. All are shown in the video above.

Other 3D Items

Digital Mobile Broadcasting 3D Receiver

Digital Mobile Broadcasting 3D Receiver

CGS3 Virtual Camera Control

CGS3 Virtual Camera Control

CGS3 Virtual Camera Control

CGS3 Virtual Camera Control

NAB 2008 – Links Of All Things NAB 2008

Below are some random links of different items that I saw an NAB 2008;

Lowel Ego Light Video below;

Lowel EDULighting Resource Center. Video Below;

Matrox MXO2 – that provides broadcast-quality input/output, monitoring, and up/down/cross conversion to Apple Final Cut Studio 2 and Adobe CS3 Production Premium on the Mac. Click Here For Video Link.

Vikuiti Rear Projection Film – Video Below;

KAE CorporationApple™ G5 Desk Mounts

Display DevicesConfidence Monitor Cart

Tiger TechnologymetaSAN

ScopeBox Click Here For Video.

Horita“Script Kit” PA Logging Clipboard w/ Software and Pocket PA LTC – Bluetooth Transmitter

American Paper Optics3D Glasses

CheckersCable Management Systems


Quad Full High Definition (QFHD) – displays four times the number of pixels of the highest HDTV standard resolution 1080p. It’s sometimes referred to as 2160p. The number 2160 stands for 2160 lines of vertical display resolution. Video Below;

iRecord Personal Media Recorder

AminoIPTV Set Top Boxes

Native 1080p Production

Blackmagic DesignClick Here For Video Tour Of Booth.

J-LAB 15.4 inch 1080P LCD Field Monitor

TASCAM DR-1 Video Below;

Ultra scalable content storage from IBM – Video Below;

MerlinOneMerlin Video

MacBreak NAB 2008 Coverage

NAB 2008: Tidbits: Part 1

NAB 2008: Neutrik

NAB 2008: Location Sound Corp

NAB 2008: Lite Panels

NAB 2008: Plug-in Pavilion

NAB 2008: JK Audio

NAB 2008: Flow

NAB 2008: RSR

NAB 2008: Mogul

NAB 2008: Thermo

NAB 2008: Gefen

NAB 2008: Tidbits Part 2