SCRATCH® v5.1 Digital Finishing Solution For NAB 2010

SCRATCH® v5.1 Digital Finishing Solution rolls out at NAB 2010.

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.

New Digital Cinema Technologies Noted From NAB 2009

There was a lot of digital cinema technology at NAB 2009. It shows up just about everywhere in my posts on the event. In this section I thought I’d note a few of these technologies that did not find their way into other posts.

Fraunhofer Institute easyDCP

Fraunhofer Institute easyDCP

Fraunhofer Institute easyDCP

The last step in the field of motion picture production in digital cinema is the creation of the Digital Cinema Package or DCP. At NAB Fraunhofer IIS was showing an easy-to-handle solution for DCP creation. They claimed the software could be operated easily and without any in-depth, expert knowledge. easyDCP outputs high-resolution HD, 2k, and 4k into finished SMPTE compliant DCPs. The software supports creation of DCPs in JPEG2000 which is DCI compliant.

The software undertakes color space transformations (ie. TIFF images to JPEG2000) and wraps the various DCP components (audio and image files, subtitles, etc.) into MXF files prior to delivering a DCP ready for playback.

A test version of the easyDCP™ software can be downloaded from the Fraunhofer IIS web site or

Fraunhofer Institute DCPplayer

Another highlight of the NAB is the new Fraunhofer DCPplayer. It’s basically an extremely fast JPEG2000 decoding software and it enables real-time playback of 2k DCPs and JPEG2000 image sequences. The Fraunhofer DCPplayer employs a standard PC an nVidia graphic card.  The video above shows the DCPplayer in action.




Sony had a 3.8K monitor on display at its booth at NAB. For the record 3.8K is not true 4K. A 3.8K TV is actually the equivalent of four 1920×1080 HD displays melded into one display. The 3.8k TV is 3840×2160 which is sometimes referred to as Quad Full High Definition and was the subject of a previous blog post.

DCI compliant 4K is 4096×2160 and it’s interesting to note that most Japanese companies often refer to Quad Full High Definition as 4K. At least SONY has it right….

ASTRO DM-3400 3840 x 2160 Monitor

ASTRO DM-3400 3840 x 2160 Monitor Displaying NICTs 4K Images At NAB 2009

ASTRO DM-3400 3840 x 2160 Monitor Displaying NICT's 4K Images At NAB 2009

Astro’s 4K monitor specifications make it a Quad Full High Definition set offering a 3840 x 2160 resolution and the support for both DVI-D (4 channels) and HD-SDI (4 channels/Dual Link) signals. The new DM-3400 handles RGB 4:4:4 signals as well as four input channels for a quad display view.

Sharp True DCI Compliant 4K Monitor

Sharp True DCI Compliant 4K Monitor

Sharp True DCI Compliant 4K Monitor

I did manage to get a look at SHARP’s 4096 x 2160 64” monitor at the KEISOKU GIKEN booth at the show.

Other Technologies



Catapult Technology

Catapult Technology

NAB 2008 – Compression (and non Compression) Devices


Compression and recording images electronically seem to go hand-in-hand these days. KDDI is one of the companies that had some impressive displays at NAB this year. One was their real time HD software based MPEG to H.264/AVC transcoding software.

More challenging was their software based real-time 4K encoding that employed a commercial PC to bring it down to a bit-rate of 25Mbps. The target of this technology is to deliver high quality 4K images to next generation 4K receivers. While the encoding seemed to be a snap using a commercial PC to decode the stream back to a 4K signal, KDDI had to employ a CRAY computer.

HaiVision 1000

HaiVision’s new MPEG-4 AVC H.264 core called the hai1000 delivers high resolution HD or SD video and super wideband audio across IP networks at bandwidths anywhere ranging from 256 kbps to 10 Mbps.

Below an interview with HaiVision President Francois Gariepy on Telepresence and HaiVision’s products.

FastVDO’s SmartCapture®

FastVDO’s SmartCapture® is the world’s first and smallest USB based capture and H.264/AAC encoder hardware. It takes analogue video inputs and allows one to stream the signal immediately across the Internet.

Blackmagic Design’s Video Recorder

Blackmagic’s Video Recorder family starts as a product similar to FastVDO’s SmartCapture®. However the more advanced version allows for conversion of SDI signals directly to H.264 signals. Below is a video of the new NAB 2008 products by BlackMagic Design.

Codex Digital

For those who wanted to record straight 2K or 4K imagery without compression, Codex Digital has been the company with the technology. This year they introduced their Codex Portable unit which is a fully-mobile digital cinematography recorder.

SMPTE Toronto’s BOOT CAMP III: Advanced Technologies—Beyond HD

Its that time of year again when much of Toronto’s Film and Television technical community will make their annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas for NAB 2008. With the light shining on Las Vegas over the next week or so, I think that it is important for the Toronto Film and Television technical community to mark their calendars for May 14 and 15, 2008. That will be the dates for the 16th Toronto Technical Seminar and this year it’s titled BOOT CAMP III: Advanced Technologies—Beyond HD.

Priced at $99 for SMPTE members, the two day Technical seminar represents both a tremendous opportunity to learn and an incredible bargain. The last two technical seminars that occurred over the last couple of years sold out for good reason. The content of those seminars was extremely relevant as the conversion to HDTV was well underway in most of the area’s television enterprises. With the standards and practices now well entrenched in the community, this years seminar theme will focus on technologies that go beyond HDTV.

This years speakers, many of them the top technical people in their fields, have been challenged by the organizers to talk about what’s in the future and what the engineering community needs to know when it comes to the future communications and motion imaging technology.

And this year the BOOT CAMP has some new twists. Two HARRIS sponsored keynote sessions are planned. At last nights SMPTE Toronto Meeting it was announced that Mark Schubin, the well-known television engineer, historian, podcaster & journalist will be one of the keynote speakers. As well, Bill Buxton, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and former Chief Scientist of Alias Systems will present a keynote. Buxton, who is a designer and a researcher is concerned with human aspects of technology. Both Buxton and Schubin are guaranteed to provide some unique observations into the greater context to which all of the Engineering community works and the role that they play as it relates to technology.

Another highlight of BOOT CAMP III will be the Wednesday evening tradeshow. Its purpose is to allow for the display of some of the advanced technologies presented at the daily sessions.

In reviewing the confirmed speakers I’m looking forward to a number of presentations. ARRI is flying in Dr. Hans Kiening from Germany. Dr. Kiening worked from 2004-2005 as R&D project manager of “ARRISCAN” and is currently responsible for ARRI’s Project 4K+. Dr. Kiening is a specialist in the field of image analysis and sees that the debate about 2K vs. 4K in professional postproduction is awash with expectation, prejudice and contradictory information. In recent presentations he’s focused on making technically-grounded appraisals of the issues.

Eric Heidendahl of Canwest Mediaworks will be presenting a paper. Eric worked on the groundbreaking digital newsroom project where Global Television relies on ORAD virtual set technology at its regional stations, controlled remotely from four production “super centres” that the company is building in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto. It’s a model that centralizes control rooms up to 3,000 km away, and relies heavily on remote control and robotics for production.

Another confirmed speaker that I always learn something from is Charles Poynton. He graduated with a degree in Mathematics from Queen’s University and later studied at the Ontario College of Art. In his long and distinguished career he has contributed to the design and build of the digital video equipment used at NASA’s Johnson Space Center and he introduced color management technology to Sun Microsystems in the early 90’s. He has contributed to many SMPTE and ITU-R standards, including Rec. 601, SMPTE RP 145, SMPTE 170M, and Rec. 709. He was the document editor for SMPTE 274M, the foundation for all of SMPTE’s HDTV studio standards. He’s no stranger to public speaking as he has organized many popular courses and seminars, including HDTV Technology at SIGGRAPH 91, Concepts of Color, Video and Compression at ACM Multimedia 93, and color technology courses at SIGGRAPHs from 1994 through 2004. He now works as an independent contractor, specializing in the physics, mathematics, and engineering of digital color imaging systems, including digital video, HDTV, and digital cinema (D-cinema).

Sitting on the organizing committee I can tell you that the quality of papers and speakers that will provide for the bulk of the content are outstanding. In fact the topics and the people are so good the Organizing Committee is challenged with the awesome task of trimming the content down. Expect a jam packed agenda.

The seminar will take place at Ryerson University’s George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre in a state of the art 330 seat theatre. Up to date information on BOOT CAMP III and information on how you can register can be found at

I’d suggest you get yourself registered. BOOT CAMP III: Advanced Technologies—Beyond HD is bound to be a good one.


Transferring Those 16mm and 8mm Films In The Digital Era And Making Them Look Great!

Tonight Many Ayromlou of Nerdlogger and myself were questioned on modestly priced technology to transfer 16mm film to video. Short of having an old style Telecine or a more modern –and expensive– film Scanner, the last item that I purchased for this purpose was an Elmo TRV 16 unit. That was over 20 years ago and it’s pictured on the right. The TRV 16 had no projection lens and operated by transferring the film image directly on to a CCD. It had output video and audio connectors to hook the unit up to videotape machines. After servicing us for 20 years the unit is now gone and after an Internet search tonight the device appears to be no longer manufactured. In reading some of the Internet posts this evening, it appears that many people are searching for one of these kind of projectors.

I gather Many must have spent some time searching for it this evening because I see he has posted information on a prototype 8mm film to 4K transfer device that employs the RED One camera!

Some months ago I came across the Sniper-16 (pictured on the left) that is pretty much the same kind of device as the Elmo TRV 16. The Sniper 16 is one of several devices manufactured by MovieStuff. They also manufacture units that transfer 8mm film and 35 mm slides to video. If your concerned about quality, there is a page on their website that originated from PC Magazine. It shows images from one of their units compared against that of a transfer performed on a RANK scanner.