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….

….brad….

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

This will be one of the larger posts that I’ll do about NAB 2009 and it will focus on a daunting number of technologies relating to distribution that I saw on the show floor.

NTT Ultra-Low Latency IP Based HD video transmission system and Ultra-High-Speed Video Server System for High-Resolution Video

http://www.i-visto.com

NTT Ultra-Low Latency IP Based HD Video Transmission System

NTT Ultra-Low Latency IP Based HD Video Transmission System

NTT’s technologies were able to transfer high-quality video through an IP network paving the way to an all IP broadcasting station. The HDTV-IP video server “XMS” is a PC-cluster-based ultra-high-speed video server. It can record and play back a number of high-quality video files, including  compressed HD, uncompressed HD, and uncompressed 4K-resolution and is able to do it through an IP network in real-time.The companies  HDTV-IP gateway “XG-2” is an ultra-low-latency video-transmission system through an IP network. It can convert an HD-SDI/SD-SDI signal from/to IP packets within one millisecond and transfer them through two gigabit-ethernet interfaces without compression.

NTT Ultra-High-Speed Video Server System

NTT Ultra-High-Speed Video Server System

It can record and play back video using legacy video equipment, such as an HD video camera and an HD monitor, and can transfer video as video files to/from PC based non-liner editing systems. The server can simultaneously record and play back up to 16 uncompressed HD videos. This performance is equivalent to about 200 HD-VCR quality videos or four uncompressed 4K-resolution videos.

Haivision Makito

http://www.haivision.com/products/makito/

Haivision Makito

Haivision Makito

We’ve been looking for a device that would deliver live H.264 at 1080p60 that is portable, compact and affordable. We needed it for our digital signage system so we were delighted to see the Haivision MAKITO which started shipping in the week prior to NAB. At under 10K it’s a fraction of the price of competing technology.

Digital Rapids – TouchStream

http://www.digital-rapids.com/News/Press%20Releases/2008TouchStream.aspx

Digital Rapids TouchStream

Digital Rapids TouchStream

In the same area of distribution we took a quick peek at TouchStream appliances that are developed for on-location live streaming of events. The appliances offer a choice of formats — including AVC/H.264 (including Adobe® Flash® Player 9), VC-1 (Windows Media), On2 VP6 (Adobe Flash 8), 3GPP and MPEG-2. The devices can target audiences and platforms from Internet TV to mobile phones.

Telestream

http://www.telestream.net

Pipeline HD Dual

Pipeline HD Dual

Telestream is another company that’s in the distribution and transcoding business. Of interest to me is Pipeline HD Dual which is a two-channel hardware encoder that captures HD video from SDI sources and encodes it in real time to HD editing formats. These formats  include Avid DNxHD, Apple ProRes 422 and Panasonic DVCPRO HD.

Episode Pro

Episode Pro

Telestream’s Episode multiformat encoders and transcoders allow for  cost-effective conversions of video and audio for on-demand delivery to the Web and portable media devices. New for NAB 2009 the Episode Desktop encoder is available for both Mac and PC. The software expands the types of transcodes Compressor can undertake on the Apple platform.

Telestream Wirecast

Telestream Wirecast

Wirecast ($495), is a unique product. It’s a real-time video production software product for Mac and PC users that allows users to capture live events and distribute content for real-time Web delivery.  They recently added built-in streaming service access to Mogulus and Ustream.

Livestream (formerly Mogulus)

http://www.mogulus.com/

http://www.livestream.com/

Mogulis - Broadcast Live For Free

Mogulus is amazing. As they advertise its the most powerful online video broadcast solution available. In just minutes you can create broadcasts as polished as any multi-million dollar traditional television network — with full capability to easily broadcast Live, 24/7 Linear, and On-Demand content and best of all its absolutely FREE.

Adobe Flash For the Digital Home – Flash embedded in TV Setup box

http://www.adobe.com

ADOBEs Flash In TV Setop Box

ADOBE's Flash In TV Setop Box

It seems ADOBE’s plan is to get Flash in every computer and to every television screen. Adobe’s big announcement at NAB seemed to be centered around the integration of Flash into settop boxes and bringing Flash Video  into the livingroom. According to FreshDV they also were showing a concept software product called Adobe Story.

Mobile DTV

http://www.openmobilevideo.com/

ATSC Mobile Devices

ATSC Mobile Devices

One of the big pushes from ATSC is the development of Mobile Digital Television (DTV) because it could represents a significant new revenue stream for the broadcasting industry as well as a new way to reach more customers. It can be achieved through transmission facility improvements and it will allow broadcasters to extend local programming to a vast audience of viewers with portable Mobile DTV devices.

To demonstrate the potential The Open Mobile Video Coalition had an area on the NAB floor where a number of mobile devices were shown picking up content from a nearby transmitter. The problem, none of the technology inthe area could be picked up (ie. it wasn’t mobile) and the nearby transmitter happened to be placed just above the booth. Nevertheless a number of technologies were displayed.

ATSC Mobile Device

ATSC Mobile Device

According to press releases 70 US stations in 28 markets have said they will be broadcasting in the format by the end of this year. The technology to broadcast in this format will cost each station about $100,000 and it  allows each station to broadcast up to eight simultaneous program streams.

Currently there are no devices available that can receive these signals, but there will be phones and other devices coming to market soon including Dell who has  announced it will make a laptop that could receive the broadcast signals. Another market will be viewers for cars.

ATSC Mobile Antennas On A PC

ATSC Mobile Antenna's On A PC

MobiTV’s mixTV is a new business concept that’s demonstrating a future delivery model for mobile television. It combines free Mobile DTV content with a subscription based 7-day window of on-demand programming. MixTV also supports interactivity, audience measurement and dynamic ad insertion.

More information can be found at the following links..

http://solsie.com/2009/04/mobitv-unveils-mixtv-a-future-delivery-model-for-mobile-television/

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/20/free-tv-broadcasting-comes-to-mobile-gadgets/?hp

http://www.informationweek.com/news/personal_tech/TV_theater/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=216900258&subSection=News

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/20/AR2009042001302.html?wprss=rss_technology

IBM Interactive Masters Golf Application

http://www.informationweek.com/news/internet/web2.0/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=208403450

http://www.masters.com/en_US/index.html

IBM Interactive Masters Golf Application

One of the more interesting content pieces I saw at NAB was the web based Masters Golf application that was made for the Masters Golf tournament by IBM Interactive. If technologies like Mobile DTV are going to become mainstream they are going to have to provide experiences that enhance traditional television in the same manner that this application did.

Along with providing the regular coverage that Broadcast TV viewers saw, the website offered more interactive and personalized features this year than it had in the past. Fans at the course were able to post messages online through a feedback application. Fans both on and off the course could track players through the Web site as well as watch on-demand videos of player highlights, course previews, and more. The site provided exclusive real-time scoring while a video console streamed footage of the championship game and allowed viewer to watch the 15th and 16th hole live at any time.

KDDI Viewpoint

http://www.crunchgear.com/2008/06/27/kddi-develops-the-worlds-first-free-viewpoint-video-technology-for-web-tv/

KDDI Viewpoint

KDDI Viewpoint

This was another one of those technologies that’s 3D and interactive and I just didn’t know where to place it within my blog postings. Tokyo-based KDDI R&D Laboratories have developed and were showing a technology that makes it possible to distribute free viewpoint video through the web. Users could actually walk through a group of cheerleaders as they danced viewing the scene from various angles. The media is created when the video material is filmed with multiple cameras and future appliucations will allow viewers to “watch the action in a soccer game not only from a stadium/bird’s perspective” and from the position of the players.

In press reports KDDI says they will improve the system for use in on-demand television services over the web by 2013. The company will employ data compression systems to deliver their service to Japanese homes via the Internet with 300 mbps data transfer rates.

Matrox – CompressHD

http://www.matrox.com/video/en/products/compresshd/

We’ve now hit the Blu-ray area of my blog posts. If you’re a professional content creator delivering H.264 files for Blu-ray, the web, and mobile devices Matrox CompressHD is somethng you might want to look at.  Its an affordable H.264 accelerator card that plugs into a PC or MAC and accelerates the creation of H.264 files for resolutions ranging from iPod to HD, in faster than real time. One nice thing is that it works directly with Apple’s Compressor and multiple cards can be “farmed” together using Apples Q-Master render farm. Let’s hope it’ll work on live vide sources some day….

BluStreak Premaster

http://blustreak.dvdafteredit.com/

BluStreak Premaster was premiered at the FCPUG NAB 2009 SuperMeet. It allows the correct formatting of Blu-ray output from any authoring application when large-scale manufacturing or replication –including full AACS copy protection support– is required. Prior to its unveiling at NAB no simple software solution was available for the MAC to prepare Blu-ray disks for commercial replication. In a nutshell the software;

  • Formats Blu-ray output for commercial manufacturing
  • Straightforward, reliable operation
  • Accepts input from any authoring application
  • Supports AACS & dual-layer (BD-50) format
  • Automatic checksum generation to ensure data integrity

BluStreak Premaster is both easy to use and robust accepting Blu-ray authoring applications running on any platform, including Adobe Encore CS4, DVDIt Pro HD, Toast, and others.

MCE Technologies – Blu-ray Writer for Mac

http://www.mcetech.com/

MCE Mac Ready Blu-ray Writer

MCE Mac Ready Blu-ray Writer

For those one off Blu-ray jobs, MCE Technologies was  at NAB showing their latest Blu-ray writer that’s specifically designed for the Mac. They indicated that it was 400% faster than their previous offering and it comes completely pre-configured for easy installation. It writes 25GB single-layer and 50GB dual-layer Blu-ray at up to 8X speed and is compatible with all DVD and CD recordable media including DVD±R/RW + Dual/Double Layer, DVD-RAM, and CD-R and CD-RW. The drive has a 4MB buffer for writing Blu-ray Disc and DVD media as well as  built-in Buffer Underrun protection.

Network Appliance Blu-ray Burners

If you prefer to do your own Blu-ray runs of a larger scale, these network appliance Blu-ray Burner systems might be of help.

Rimage Network Appliance Blu-ray Burner

Rimage Network Appliance Blu-ray Burner

BravoPro (Blu-ray) Disc Publisher

BravoPro (Blu-ray) Disc Publisher

Brother Document Viewer Prototype

Brother Document Viewer Prototype

Brother Document Viewer Prototype

Don’t forget paper! Brother has joined recent announcements from iriver, Neolux, and Plastic Logic with its SV-100B Document Viewer. On display at NAB Brothers Document Viewer featured a 9.7-inch, 1200 x 825 display which is larger and twice the pixels of the Kindle 2. However, it’s market is not to be a Kindle-killer. Instead its aimed at business users who will employ Bluetooth with PCs to keep its microSD card filled with content. The content must be run through a converter app prior to display.  Its expected to ship in June.

TeamCast 8-VSB Modulator

http://www.teamcast.com/en/maj-e/c2a2i14383/products/modulators/8-vsb-modulator.htm

TeamCast 8-VSB Modulator

TeamCast 8-VSB Modulator

After years of searching for an inexpensive 8-VSB transmitter I finally came accross TeamCasts MUS-1000/2000 8-VSB modulator. Its an integrated and cost effective 8-VSB modulator that can be adapted to transmit DTV over short distances. hehehe……

DVEO eyecatcher HDTV Modulator

http:/ www.dveo.com

DVEO eyeCatcher HDTV Modulator

DVEO eyeCatcher HDTV Modulator

We’ve been wondering for some time how we’re going to insert HDTV channels on our in-house cable TV systems inexpensivly. We had a chance to look at DVEO eYe Catcher system and it looks like it can do the job. The company’s new digital HDTV modulator takes live or recorded video streams, sending them to multiple HD monitors via RF over coax. It can even duplicate what the broadcasters are doing. One 8VSB RF channel can feed up to one HD and one SD stream or three SD streams.

Pico Macom DSP806

http://yhst-18278607509093.stores.yahoo.net/pico-0089.html

Pico Macom DSP806

Pico Macom DSP806

While on the topic of cable distribution, just in case I want to move channels the Pico Macom DSP806 should do the job. It’s a frequency agile, microprocessor-controlled, professional re-broadcast grade double-heterodyne channel processor that converts one 6MHz Digital (ATSC, 8VSB, 64 QAM) or Analog (NTSC) channel to a different frequency without need to demodulate and re-modulate the signal.

liveedge.tv

http://www.liveedge.tv/

LiveEdge.tv Interface

LiveEdge.tv Interface

I came across this company at NAB because the were showing live video connectivity using WiMAX. The product they were selling was live news field production without microwave? It thurns out the company offers live connections in the field via;

  • 3G Networks
  • Wireless or Wired Broadband Networks
  • WiMAX (using Airspan products)

The interconnect is bi-directional transmitting and receiving NTSC, SDI, HD, Video and Audio. The technology also connects the field to station studio technologies such as IFB , Studio Intercom and Return Video. The service  also has a high speed data connection for studio workflow. The high speed connection can connect iNews and ENPS newsroom systems.

Server Technology Inc – PDU’s

http://www.servertech.com

I came accross Server Technology’s rackmount power distribution units (PDU’s)  at NAB. These  PDU’s  provide per outlet power sensing which allows remote reboot via IP. One of the interesting features of theor product includes metered pdus for  power monitoring at the individual outlet level.

iBOOT – Remote Reboot via Web Browser

http://dataprobe.com/iboot-remote-reboot.html

iBoot

iBoot

A competing product to Server Technology’s products on the reboot side is iBoot. Boot is a 10/100 Ethernet network attached, IP addressed, Web Controlled power switch. Using a web browser iBoot can perform power On, Off or Reboot. iBoot is password protected for security.

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