More NAB 2009 Goodies

Free Links To NAB’s Digital Cinema Summit Content

Links to some of the sessions (Audio – Synchronized PowerPoints) can be found at http://www.nabshow.com/2009/education/onlinelearningcenter.asp

NAB’s Video Bloggers

NAB’s Video Bloggers can be found at http://www.nabshow.com/2009/newsroom/videoBlog.asp

DV

A great collection of videos can be found at http://www.dv.com/videos

Digital Cinema Society

I came across a goldmine of video’s from NAB 2009 that were posted by the Digital Cinema Society. The video’s are short and concise and filled with lots of great information.

Red Digital – ”Leader of the Rebellion”

Ted Schilowitz discusses the latest from RED Digital Cinema. (Click Here)

AVID Technology Workflows

Vincent Maza of Avid Technology discusses new workflows for RED and 3-D. (Click Here)

Cooke Optics i-Technology at NAB 2009

Cooke Optics US Distributor Les Zellen discusses i-Technology. (Click Here)

Fujinon’s PL mount Digital Cinema Lenses

Fujinon’s Chuck Lee presents their new line of 35mm format PL mount Digital Cinema Lenses including the 18-85mm T2.0 which should start delivering in May, followed by three other PL zooms, a 14.5-45mm T2.0, 24-180mm T2.6, and 75-400mm T2.8/T4.0 expected by December. (Click Here)

In Part II from Fujinon, Chuck Lee reviews the company’s traditional line of 2/3” Broadcast and Cine lenses. (Click Here)

Abel Cine Tech At NAB 2009

In Part One from Abel Cine Tech, Mitch Gross presents a new line of PL Mount Prime Lenses from IB/E Optics, a Director’s Viewfinder from ARRI, and a new PL collimation tool. (Click Here)

In Part II from Abel Cine Tech, Mitch Gross reviews the latest updates and accessories for the Vision Research Phantom Cameras. (Click Here)

In Part III from Abel Cine Tech’s Mitch Gross presents new Digital Cinema Camera Accessories including AirSeaLand R.I.P. and R.I.B. breakout box for the RED, as well as new gear from ARRI, and a new light weight camera battery system. (Click Here)

T-Bag

Anthony Lenzo of AirSeaLand, the manufacturer of the R.I.P. and R.I.B. breakout/extention box system, present their latest product, a rough weather U/W Splash Bag known at “T-Bag”. (Click Here)

Panasonic at NAB 2009

Jan Crittenden Presents the new HPX300. (Click Here)

Panasonic’s Steve Cooperman discusses the latest advancements in P2, including a set of economical P2 media. (Click Here)

Panasonic’s Steve Golub explains what’s new with Panasonic Displays. (Click Here)

Zeiss Compact Prime Lenses and S.two Solid State Recorder

Band Pro’s Michael Bravin talks lenses, including the the new Zeiss Compact Prime set. (Click Here)

In Part 2 of Band Pro’s coverage, Michael Bravin shows off the S.two OB-1 solid state recorder on a Steadicam. (Click Here)

Media Distributor At Nab 2009

Richard Myerson presents Media Distributor’s new archive and data management solution, the Constellation system. (Click Here)

Media Distributor’s Tony Cahill presents their new Archive Station. (Click Here)

Blackmagic Design At NAB 2009

Blackmagic Design’s President, Dan May shows off their newest products. (Click Here)

SONY at NAB 2009

Dhanedra Patel from Sony describes the latest CineAlta camcorder, the SRW9000, a 2/3” 4:4:4 HDCAM SR camcorder. (Click Here)

Sony’s Joseph Schimizzi presents the new F800 a 2/3” XDCAM Optical media camcorder. (Click Here)

K5600 At NAB 2009

Gilles Galerne, President of K5600, Inc. demonstrates some of the lighting company’s latest technology. (Click Here)

ADOBE Premeire at NAB 2009

Adobe’s Simon Hayhurst explains new workflow enhancements with Premeire including the ability to work with RAW format cameras such as the RED. (Click Here)

Tiffen At NAB 2009

Inventer of the Steadicam Garrett Brown shows the latest features and rigs for full size cameras, all the way down to palmcorders. (Click Here)

Tiffen’s Carrey Duffy discusses filtration for Digital Cinema cameras, and new filter products the company has designed especially for these needs. (Click Here)

Hilary Araujo presents Tiffen’s new Version II of their remarkable DFX software. (Click Here)

Optimo Rouge Lens

Angenieux’s Eva Paryzka presents their new 16-42mm Optimo Rouge Lens. (Click Here)

AJA At NAB 2009

AJA’s Nick Rashby presents their new cross platform combination i/o and camera mountable tapeless recorder: “Ki Pro”. (Click Here)

In part two of Nick Rashby’s presentation he describes the AJA io Express, a new tool for tapeless workflows. (Click Here)

ARRI At NAB 2009

ARRI’s Bill Lovell presents new features for the ARRI D21 Digital Cinema Camera, and a new HD video tap for their film cameras. (Click Here)

ARRI Chief Technology Officer Glenn Kennell discusses advancements in ARRI RAW workflows. (Click Here)

John Gresch of ARRI Lighting presents the new 1.8K ARRI Par HMIs and new variable color LED Lights. (Click Here)

Bogen At NAB 2009

Bogen Imaging’s David Fisher presents Litepanel’s new camera mounted LED light. (Click Here)

Bogen Imaging’s Will Holowka presents Manfrotto’s new connectable light stands. (Click Here)

Bogen Imaging’s Will Holowka presents the latest Avenger heavy duty light stand. (Click Here)

Bogen Imaging’s Wayne Schulman presents Manfrotto’s light duty series of tripods and fluid heads. (Click Here)

Bogen Imaging’s Wayne Schulman presents Kata equipment bags. (Click Here)

S.two Uncompressed Solid State Recorders

S.two’s Steve Roach details the latest in their line of solid state uncompressed recorders, the on-camera OB-1 with removable Flash Mags. (Click Here)

Gefen At NAB 2009

Gefen’s Robert Lemer discusses their latest products. (Click Here)

Canon At NAB 2009

Canon’s Tim Smith details the latest cameras from Canon including the new 5D Digital Still Camera which can also be used for HD motion imaging. (Click Here)

Canon’s Larry Thorpe explains the latest technology for HD broadcast lenses. (Click Here)

Matt McEwen of Focus Enhancements presents the new FST1001 file based recorder. (Click Here)

Matt McEwen of Focus Enhancements presents the new on-board recorder for XDCAM format. (Click Here)

JVC At NAB 2009

Craig Yanagi presents JVC’s new file based camcorder, the first Hand-Held to Record Native Final Cut Pro Files – GY-HM100 (Click Here)

JVC’s New Full HD 3D LCD Monitor for Professional Use (Click Here)

Craig Yanagi presents several new features on JVC’s line of HD Professional Monitors. (Click Here)

JVC’s Craig Yanagi shows a technology demo of their upcoming 4K camera and monitor. (Click Here)

Zacuto 5D Rig

Zacuto’s Steve Weiss and Jens Bogehegn demonstrate their new camera support solutions for large and small format digital cameras, even the Stills/Motion Canon 5D. (Click Here)

High-Speed Weisscam

Thomas Greiser of ZGC discusses the latest advancements to the High-Speed Weisscam. (Click Here)

IRIDAS At NAB 2009

Patrick Palmer of Iridas he latest news on Speed Grade and the many industry workflow partnerships IRIDAS has formed. (Click Here)

Digital Vision At NAB 2009

Richard Antley details the new tools in the latest version of FIlm Master from Digital Vision. (Click Here)

Keith Roush, Owner of Burbank, CA post faciltiy Roush Media is a Digital Vision customer who relates his positive experience with their products. (Click Here)

Lightcraft Technology Auto Motion Tracking Matte Preview System

Elliot Mack of Lightcraft Technology demos their new Auto Motion Tracking Matte Preview System. (Click Here)

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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more about “Frezzi Lights For Hand Held Camera“, posted with vodpod

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

There is no better show in the world than the National Association Association of Broadcasters annual NABShow when it comes to cameras. The show floor has cameras that are used for all aspects of video recording from home use through cinema production and beyond. Because it is a “horn of plenty” at NAB there is a bit of everything and this post covers what I saw at NAB 2009 in terms of cameras.

Silicon Imaging SI-2K

http://www.siliconimaging.com

SI-2K Camera With Removable Camera Head

SI-2K Camera With Removable Camera Head

I thought I’d start with Silicon Imaging and their 2K SI-2K camera. Having received a lot of press from the movie Slumdog Millionare. The Silicon Imaging  camera is based around a single 16mm-sized CMOS sensor. It  records to disk in s compressed CineForm RAW format. One nice feature of the camera is that it has a small detachable camera head, which can be moved as far as 100m from the recording unit with Ethernet cables.

The SI-2K was used extensively on Oscar winning Best Picture Slumdog Millionaire. The head and the recording unit together cost $23,000. The head by itself costs $13,750 (SI-2K Mini) and it can be used to record to a laptop.

At NAB 2009 Silicon Imaging showed an integrated 3D cinema camera and stereo visualization system based on two SI-2K camera heads. Coined the SI-3D, it shoots raw imagery from two synchronized cameras and encodes them directly to a single stereo CineForm RAW file. For post, a unified stereo file along with associated metadata can be graded for dailies, edited, and viewed in either 2D or 3D.

Silicon Imaging SI-2K Detachable Camera Heads Arranged For Stereoscopic Shooting

Silicon Imaging SI-2K Detachable Camera Heads Arranged For Stereoscopic Shooting

Silicon Imaging have developed a 3D digital cinema system which works in conjunction with CineForm RAW and CF’s Neo3D.  It’s called SI-3D. It alows for editing in Final Cut Pro and uses Neo3D to monitor in 3D in real-time. Video below……

Panasonic 3D Camcorder AVC-ULTRA 3D

http://www.camcorderinfo.com/content/Panasonic-Exhibits-Concept-Model-of-Twin-Lens-3D-Camcorder-AVC-ULTRA-3D-36439.htm#

Panasonic 3D Camcorder AVC-ULTRA 3D

Panasonic 3D Camcorder AVC-ULTRA 3D

Panasonic presented a conceptual model of a high definition 3D camcorder at NAB 2009. Panasonic is aiming to make capturing live 3D images a lot easier for 3D content producers who presently have to hand-build their own 3D production systems by physically connecting multiple 2D cameras. Panasonic’s concept model  simplify’s matters by unifying a twin-lens system for capturing 3D footage in one camcorder.

While the camera is entirely in its development stage, the prototypes press release mentioned Panasonic’s P2 memory card system The P2 cards enable the camcorder to record two channels of full HD footage.

A Panasonic poster described the camcorder, that would have no moving parts, as an AVC-ULTRA 3D model and a new initiative to develop an entire end-to-end 3-D production system, including a camera, Blu-ray player and TV display.

Panasonic initiative to develop an entire end-to-end 3-D production system, including a camera, Blu-ray player and TV display.

Panasonic initiative to develop an entire end-to-end 3-D production system, including a camera, Blu-ray player and TV display. Click on image for Panasonics NAB 2009's website

There was a Canon XL1 with a 3D lens that was shown at NAB 2001 but apparently was never released.

Canon 3D Concept Camera (NAB 2001)

Canon 3D Concept Camera (NAB 2001)

JVC Ultra 4K Camera

http://www.studiodaily.com/main/news/prc/JVC-demonstrates-4K-60p-Live-Camera_10809.html

JVC Ultra 4K Camera

JVC Ultra 4K Camera

At NAB 2009, JVC provided a look beyond HD into the world of live 4K  production with a demonstration of its KY-F4000 real-time 4K camera. It differs from other 4K cameras, such as RED and Arri, that are primarily used for cinema applications that do not require live signal 4Koutput. In its booth JVC showed live 60p images from the KY-F4000 that were displayed on JVC’s new 56-inch LCD panel at 4K resolution. The camera features a single 1.25-inch CMOS image sensor of 3840 x 2160 pixels that produces 4 times the resolution of full HD.

Connections on the camera include an HDSDI Dual Link (4:2:2/10 bit 4 ch) and a DVI Single Link (4:4:4/8 bit x 4ch). The camera also features a built-in genlock input, HDSDI 1080 (60i/59.94i) and for the demonstration, a Nikon F-mount is used. The CCU on the camera can be separated from the camera head at a distance of 328 feet. The KY-F4000 will be available in April 2010, priced under $200,000.

JVC HM700UXT Camcorder

http://pro.jvc.com/prof/attributes/features.jsp?model_id=MDL101860

JVC HM700UXT Camcorder

JVC HM700UXT Final Cut Pro Ready Camcorder

The GY-HM700UXT is a compact shoulder form factor camera suitable for applications in mainstream production, electronic newsgathering and cinematography. The camera utilizes solid state recording taking advantage of the economy of SDHC media.

JWhat makes this camra unique is the camera records directly in the QuickTime (.mov) format used by Apple’s Final Cut Pro, and can optionally –via a KA-MR100 dockable media recorder– to SxS media that is compatible with Sony’s XDCAM EX format. Since the camera natively records the QuickTime file format, there is no need to convert or rewrap files prior to editing and its possible to edit directly from the hot-swappable SDHC memory cards. The camera has two memory card slots that when loaded with 64GB of on-board storage provides more than six hours of continuous HD recording.

The HM700 utilizes three 1⁄3″ progressive-scan full-HD CCDs and comes with a standard detachable Canon HD lens. JVC’s MPEG-2 encoder allows for compression at bit rates up to 35Mb/s. The camera supports all major HD signal formats including 1920×1080, 1440×1080 and 1280×720. It weighs 8 lbs. with lens, viewfinder, microphone and battery attached.

JVC GY-HM100 Camcorder

GY-HM100

GY-HM100

JVC’s GY-HM100, scheduled for delivery in April for $3,995, also records files directly to solid-state media (SDHC cards) in the native format for Final Cut Pro.  Employing three progressive-scan CCDs, a newly designed 1080p digital signal processor, and JVC’s proprietary 35Mb/s MPEG-2 encoder, the HM100 delivers full-1920×1080 images in the HQ mode. The camera can record 720p (19Mb/s and 35Mb/s) and 1080i (25Mb/s) in SP mode. It weighs 3.1 lb. with battery, and microphone. The lens is integrated being an HD Fujinon 10:1 lens that allows for manual and automatic control of both focus and aperture.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II and EOS Digital Rebel T1i

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_EOS_5D_Mark_II

Canon DSLR Specifications

Canon DSLR Specifications

Another revolution that’s occurring in Digital Filmaking is the rise of DSLR Cinema. Cameras like the Canon 5D Mark II and the Nikon D90 are capable of recording digital cinema quality images at 24 – 30 fps. The cameras even record audio. Two camera’s on display at NAB were the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and EOS Digital Rebel T1i (Specifications by clicking on image above)

The 5D Mark II was the first DSLR to feature 1080p video recording. The 16:9 aspect ratio portion of the sensor used in video mode is equivalent in sensitive area to a VistaVision 8/35 frame and is larger than the Super 35 frame of the Red One camera. The large sensor allows videos to be recorded with very shallow depth of field for a “film look”. The 21 megapixel sensor is downsampled to HD resolution while movie clips limited to 4 GB in size.

This allows for approximately 12 minutes of 16:9 HD (1920×1080) or 24 minutes of 4:3 SD (640×480) footage. The time limits originate from the 4 GB maximum file size from the FAT32 filesystem used on Compact Flash cards. The camera itself also imposes a hard maximum clip length of 29 minutes 59 seconds if the 4 GB limit has not already been reached.

Video clips are recorded as Quicktime MOV files with H.264/MPEG-4 compressed video and uncompressed PCM audio at 44.1 kHz. HD and SD bitrates. Although the camera microphone is mono, stereo audio is supported through the audio input jack. This has lead to outboard audio technologies like the Beachtek DXA5D Audio Adapter that connects to the 5D.

The EOS Digital Rebel T1i as a lower cost 15.1 Megapixel CMOS sensorcamera. It employs Canons DIGIC 4 Image Processor, a 3.0-inch Clear View LCD with anti-reflective and scratch-resistant coating, and its compatibility with the EOS System of lenses and Speedlites.

The EOS Rebel T1i adds remarkable Full HD video capture at resolutions up to 1920 x 1080 and it has an HDMI port for connecting to high definition TVs and monitors for easy viewing of stills and video.

EOS Digital Rebel T1i

EOS Digital Rebel T1i

Below is a demo that shows Canon 5D Mark II Rigs at the Red Rock Micro booth at the show. They convert the DSLR into a workable Digital Cinema camera.

Immersive Media

http://www.immersivemedia.com

Immersive Media has created a camera that shoots and stiches 360 degree live motion images together. They have a number of services that can be performed with the device but the one that caught my attention was IM Live.

IM Live actually creates a collaborative enviroment that places their Immersive camera in room. Through an electronic pan and zoom interface on the bottom of their web interface, web viewers can select which part of room they want to watch independently of other viewers. This technology allows students to watch web based lecture and have the control to zoom in class participants watching the meeting. The video above demonstrates the technology in action.

Innovision HD Probe

http://www.innovisionoptics.com/prod/hdprobe.shtml

Innovision HD Probe at NAB 2009

Innovision HD Probe Lens

Another specialty camera lens at NAB was InnoVision’s HD Probe which was distinctive because of its tubular lens. The lens unique periscope attachment allows operators shoot from an ultra-low perspective. It has interchangeable Straight, 45° and 90° Periscope attachments and is completely waterproof.

Phantom 65 Camera and CineMags

http://www.visionresearch.com/index.cfm?sector=htm/files&page=camera_65_new

http://www.visionresearch.com/index.cfm?sector=htm/files&page=cinemag

Phantom 65 Camera and CineMags

Phantom 65 Camera and CineMags

Vision Research is a high speed photography company with an interesting history. It started in 1950 when a young engineer quit his job at Fairchild Camera to pursue a career and form a company named Photographic Analysis Company. Their motto was “Research Through Photography” and today their product line has evolved to their Phantom digital widescreen cinema cameras that create new ways of seeing time.

The Phantom 65 lets filmmakers experience control over film making in a way that was not possible in the past. The camera has a 65mm cine frame and exposure time is not dependent on the camera’s frame rate or limited by shutter openings. The camera differs in that it allows one set the exposure time in increments of one microsecond. Shortened exposure times achieve the look of a hard edge street video while lengthened exposure times capture the look of film.

Being digital the Phantom 65 provides an immediate view of the last take allowing filmmakers to determine if a scene requires a re-shoot while all elements are still in place. The camera can be equipped with as much as 16 Gigabytes of internal memory and the camera can be equipped with  hot-swappable non-volatile solid state recorders called Phantom® CineMags. They store up to  512 Gigabytes each.

Advanced camera setup and image file downloads are accomplished over Gigabit Ethernet connections using a PC and the Phantom® software. Image files can be converted to TIFF stacks, MOV, or AVI formats using the included software package.

The video below demonstrates the kinds of looks a Phantom camera can produce. Note the video is based on their HD product…..

Cunima -3 Imager Small HDTV Camera

http://www.cunima.tv

Cunima - 3 Imager Small HDTV Camera

Cunima - 3 Imager Small HDTV Camera

The CUNIMA camera has outer dimensions of just 33.5 x 38 x 111.5 mm in which the camera provides enough space for a complete 3 chip HD/SD multi-format camera making an external camera control unit obsolete.

The camera was developed with the latest CMOS chip technology at the German Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits and it allows for professional HD operations at a total weight of just 182g and and a  maximum power consumption of 3W. Its features include replaceable glass filters directly in the C-mount, an optional motor drive for zoom/focus/iris and an Automatic Gain Control.

Toshiba IK-HR1S One-Piece 1080i/720p High Definition Camera

http://www.toshiba.com/taisisd/indmed/products/prod_detail_ikhr1s.jsp

Toshiba IK-HR1S One-Piece 1080i/720p High Definition Camera

Toshiba IK-HR1S One-Piece 1080i/720p High Definition Camera

Similar to the Cunima camera above Toshiba showed its new IK-HR1S color camera that provides high definition video and switchable between 1080i or 720p output. This compact, one-piece camera is designed for high speed and broadcast imaging and produces little or no motion artifacts.

SONY HXR-MC1

www.sony.ca/hdv/files/Brochures/Camcorders/HXRMC1.pdf

SONY HXR-MC1 HD Camera System

SONY HXR-MC1 HD Camera System - It's Waterproof!

The HXR-MC1 is an HD camera system that consists of a small camera unit and a handheld controlling unit. The camera unit is splash-proof, allowing usage under tough conditions such as outdoor shooting or water-side shooting. The unique style of the camera enables shooting in unordinary conditions and angles, such as shooting sports scenes from the user’s point of view and onboard shooting in motor sports. With the LCD panel the user can check the material immediately.

SONY BRC-Z330

http://www.sony.lv/biz/view/ShowProduct.action?product=BRC-Z330&site=biz_en_LV&pageType=Features&imageType=Main&category=MultipurposeCameras

SONY BRC-Z330

SONY BRC-Z330

Sony introduced the BRC-Z330 controllable camera at NAB. Equipped with a 1/3-type 2-megapixel CMOS image sensor, the camera offers wide pan/tilt ranges and a smooth pan/tilt/zoom capability makes it perfect for deployment in locations where controllable camera’s are required.

The BRC-Z330 is the smallest model in Sony’s BRC Series. Its direct-drive pan/tilt mechanism is quiet minimizing interference with ongoing events and blending in naturally with surrounding environments.

It employs a relatively low power consuming CMOS image sensor with an 18x Optical Zoom –72x With Digital Zoom– and provides 1080i, 720p, and SD Output. The camera simultaneously delivers HD and SD images. This dual-output capability allows the camera to be integrated into both HD and SD systems. The camera can be externally synchronized and has VISCA Control. According to SONY the BRC-Z330 is planned to be available in July of 2009.

Q Ball – HD/SD Pan & Tilt Camera System

http://www.cameracorps.co.uk/Q%20Ball.htm

Q Ball - HD/SD Pan & Tilt Camera System

Q Ball - HD/SD Pan & Tilt Camera System

For those looking for an alternative to the tradition PTZ camera –that also collects sound– ‘Q-Ball’  might be the HD/SD Pan and Tilt camera system that you’re looking for. Based around the Sony HD camera block, Camera Corps have added additional features in their design.

The ‘Q-Ball’ incorporates a built in 10x zoom optical lens and accelerating pan/tilt motors in a sturdy fully weatherproof aluminum sphere. It has a diameter of 115 mm/4.5in. It can be ordered with the addition of up to four embedded audio channels allowing for stereo effects mics to be incorporated into set up. Other  features include infra-red capability and a wide angle lens adapter

The ‘Q-Ball’ is fully compatible with all Camera Corps existing control systems including Camera Corps Joystick Control, CCU Panel and multi-control capabilities are undertaken with Camera Corps 72 camera control system.

SC-1200 Small Wireless Camera

http://www.orbito.com/wireless_camera.htm

SC-1200 Small Wireless Camera

SC-1200 Small Wireless Camera

Just in case your interested if you ever want a small wireless camera the SC-1200 might be it….

FUJINON PL MOUNT ZOOM LENSES

http://www.fujinon.com/NewsAndEvents/PressReleases/pr.aspx?id=252

FUJINON PL Mount Zoom Lenses

FUJINON PL Mount Zoom Lenses

Given the number of Digital Cinema cameras hitting the market Fujinon introduced new PL Mount Zoom Lenses at the show. The 18-85mm T2.0 –Model Number HK4.7x18F- will be the first of the lenses in the series introduced with an anticipated May delivery date. Three other zoom lenses are planned in the PL series. They include: the 14.5-45mm T2.0, 24-180mm T2.6, and 75-400mm T2.8 – T4.0 – with an anticipated delivery of December 2009.

UniqOptics – Signature Series Prime Lenses

http://www.uniqoptics.net/

Signature Series Prime Lenses - Designed Specifically For Digital Cinema Cameras

Signature Series Prime Lenses - Designed Specifically For Digital Cinema Cameras

Unique Optics were showing new designed as true digital cinema lenses. Their Signature Series Prime set covers up to a 32mm image circle, covering up to 4K and 5K sensors. Its high definition glass and digital design resolve down to a 5 micron pixel. I also mention Unique Optics because of their affordable prices for a set of Prime Lenses.

Canon HJ14ex4.3B IRSE / IASE

http://www.canon.com/bctv/products/hj14ex43b.html

Canon HJ14ex4.3B IRSE / IASE

Canon HJ14ex4.3B IRSE / IASE

Canon’s new 14ex4.3 HD ENG lens is of note. It has such a wide angle of view (96.3 degrees) that it was able to capture the far ends of the company’s NAB booth set in a single shot. It outperformed the peripheral vision of two eyes where visitors had to turning from left to right in order to cover the same viewing angle. Canon sold 30 of the lenses to CNN in Atlanta, on the show floor to be used with Sony PFDX-700 HD cameras. The HJ14ex4.3B combines an extended 14 times zoom range and 4.3mm wide angle.

Century Front Threaded Wide Angle Lens Adaptors

http://www.schneideroptics.com/

Century Front Threaded Wide Angle Lens Adaptors

Century Front Threaded Wide Angle Lens Adaptors

One last item. I tried Century’s 43 mm front threaded Lens to widen my Canon HV-20’s angle. It improved it signifigantly. The lens adaptors are designed for Mini DV camcorders with 43mm or 37mm lens fronts. These add-ons attach directly to the front of 43mm threaded camcorders. All attachments come with one 37mm to 43mm standard Step-up ring. .5x and .65x lens attachments feature a front filter thread of 67mm.

Hmm…. Maybe I’ll buy one….

Sounding Out Emerging Audio Technologies At NAB 2009

Beachtek DXA5D Audio Adapter for the Canon 5D MarkII

http://www.beachtek.com/dxa5d.html

Beachtek DXA5D Audio Adapter

Beachtek DXA5D Audio Adapter

Another interesting trend that is occring in the industry are DLSR camera’s being equipped to shoot motion imaging at resolutionup to 2K. For those who choose to shoot using a DSLR, Beachtek has and was showing their audio adapter unit for the Canon 5D MarkII. The unit offers two XLR inputs, level controls with VU meters, headphone monitoring, and a AGC-Disable switch that can defeat the 5D’s audio auto gain control.

TASCAM DP-04 Audio Mixer

http://www.tascam.com/products/dp-004.html

TASCAM DP-04 Audio Mixer

TASCAM DP-04 Audio Mixer

This small Audio Mixer called a Digital Pocketstudio caught my eye. The DP-004 can record two sources at once to a SD Card.  It has a built-in stereo condenser microphone makes it simple to record anywhere you go. It also has a pair of 1/4″ jacks on the rear panel allow you to connect your own microphones or line level sources.

Despite having only two inputs the DP-004 is actually a four track recorder. It allows you to build up your arrangement until you’ve filled up all four tracks. It also has a Bounce feature allows you to consolidate tracks and make room for more overdub layers. There is also an autopunch feature for fixing problems, track editing and an undo function.

Its size is smaller than a paperback book and its operation is simple enough for folks who want to keep their recording process simple and creative. A great explaination of the unit is contained in the video below.

Blue 328 – Renegade Labs

http://www.renegadelabs.com

Blue 328

Blue 328

I missed this product in my last NAB visit. I came accross the Blue|328, which is a complete 8 bus, 32 input mixer with a number of features in an incredibly small package. EQ, Dynamics and Surround Sound Monitoring come standard. The unit was designed for NLE edit suites, Telecine bays, Mobile Trucks and similar applications where available space is small and the audio requirements are large.

Logitek JetStream Mini

http://www.logitekaudio.com/jetstream_mini.html

Logitek JetStream Mini

Logitek JetStream Mini

In the area of IP audio, JetStream products have been designed to take advantage of new network protocols. Their specialty was to make the system extremely easy to set up, administer and use. The manufactuer states that one doesn’t need a degree in computer science or even patience and coffee to set it up.

Calrec – Apollo

http://www.calrec.com/product/apollo.htm

Calrec Apollo

Calrec Apollo

The Calrec Apollo caught my eye because of its control surface that takes the concept of user configurability to new levels. Technically the Apollo  utilises Bluefin2 with 1020 channel processing paths, 128 program busses, 96 IFB/Track outputs and 48 auxiliaries. At 96kHz, Apollo provides 510 channel processing paths, 64 program busses, 48 IFB/Track outputs and 24 auxiliaries.

The Apollo control surface is what caught my eye. It features OLED displays and touch screens to provide hi-resolution feedback of function and status. It includes light emitting knobs which change colour depending on function for immediate recognition. The surface can be instantly configured into different operational settings to suit the operator.

Samson – Zoom Technologies – New Audio Devices

Samson Expedition XP308i Portable PA System Audio Mixer

Samson Expedition XP308i Portable PA System Audio Mixer

Samson is one of those companies that are hard to pin down because of the way they operate their branding. I’ve bloged on them before and they make good products such as their Handy H4 and Handy H2 handheld recorders.  This year I saw a couple of items, one being the Expedition XP308i Portable PA System that contains the mixer pictured above. The mixer is an 8-channel powered mixer that includes a built-in iPod dock.

Expedition XP308i Portable PA System a small light portable PA system

Expedition XP308i Portable PA System a small light portable PA system

Q3 – Handheld Video Recorder

Samson Quick Cam Recorder

Samson Quick Cam Recorder

Probably based on success with their Handy H4 and Handy H2 handheld audio recorders, Samson was showing a prototype of handheld video recorder called the Q3. It’s slated to be released later this year. A couple of more views below…..

Samson Quick Cam Recorder - Operator View

Samson Quick Cam Recorder - Operator View

Samson Quick Cam Recorder - Front View

Samson Quick Cam Recorder - Front View

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

Want to know about some of the New Technology you’ll see at NAB 2009 – Check out the technology at HPA Technology Retreat 2009

JVC Monitor That Converts 2D Images To 3D

JVC Monitor That Converts 2D Images To 3D

The Hollywood Post Alliance describes their 15th annual technology retreat with the slogan “Now more than ever! Arm your Brain”. Well if you don’t think te info “Arms your Brain” the minimum it can do is arm you for NAB 2009. While I can’t do a full report on this event since I wasn’t at the event, here are some one line highlights from various postings I have read.

Panavision SSR

Panavision SSR

  • Panavison showed a new version of their solid state dockable recorder called the SSR-2. The SSR-2 records 42 minutes of uncompressed 4:4:4 or 84 minutes of uncompressed 4:2:2 HDSDI data.
  • Sheau Ng, VP, NBC Universal of NBC Olympics talked of content protection via fingerprinting
  • AboveNET’s  high-seed fiber optic private network for motion picture, TV and media content creators.  AboveNet offers high speed connectivity between studios involved in content creation and AboveNet owns the fibre.

    Alioscopy autostereographic display

    Alioscopy autostereographic display

  • Alioscopy demonstrated a 3D display that required no glasses.
  • Adobe’s RED 4K R3D RAW files imported natively and working in Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro
  • Rabbit Holes demonstrated 3D Motion Holograms

    3D codec for theaters that will deliver 2K images

    3D codec for theaters that will deliver 2K images

  • TDVision Systems demonstrated a 3D codec that allows theaters to deliver a full 2K 3D image to movie theater screens
  • Apple’s prototype of a plug-in that enables 3D stereoscopic editing
  • Digital Vision showed Turbine 2009 and Nucoda 2009 that will be launched at NAB
  • Bright Systems BrightClip Recording Technology that intelligently places media files in a manner that supports performance stability
  • Rob Kobrin noted that by 2012, one-third of all disk storage sold will be to the media and entertainment market
  • JVC demonstrated a 3D LCD monitor that can convert 2D images to 3D
  • Digital Film Technology OptiPin optical pin registration system for the Spirit 2K/4K/HD family
  • Steve Weinstein noted that Hulu, YouTube and other over-the-top TV solutions are breaking cable and satellite.
  • Graham Jones of NAB talked how ATSC 2.0 promises to deliver new services that include 3D, 1080/60p, and ITV
  • JVC’s GYHM 100 handheld and GYHM700 shoulder camcorders that natively record the file format used by Final Cut Pro.
  • 23.2 percent of U.S. households had HDTVs as of November 30, up from 12.8 percent according to Nielsen Research
  • Fully one-third of US households don’t watch HD programming according to independent studies from Frank N. Magid Associates and Leichtman Research Group
  • JVC showed two prototype 3D HDTV monitors both using polarized passive glasses.
  • Mark Schubin noted most viewers watching HD are tuned to sports, with political content in second place, followed by awards shows and sitcoms. HD dramas did not make the list.
  • MTI Film showed Control Dailies DA which ingests Red, Panasonic P2, Panavision Genesis and ARRI D21 material and is able to place this footage on the same timeline.
  • Polled ATSC members on important features thought that an ATSC standardized advanced video codec and non-real-time services were top of the list, while stereoscopic 3D ranked 18th out of 26 features.
  • Panasonic showed a wireless metadata entry system for the P2 cameras
  • Panasonic also showed a Varicam 3700 4:4:4 full 1080P resolution camera with master quality AVC-1 recording and external uncompressed recording.
  • Between 15 and 20 million US homes rely on over-the-air TV and 6.5 million of them aren’t ready for DTV
  • Sarnoff introduced a new Visualizer Digital Video Test Pattern that tests for compression, lipsync, color matrix mismatch, field dominance and chroma motion.

    MPEG-4 h.264

    MPEG-4 h.264

  • EBU tests have found that MPEG-4 h.264 encoders have reached a 50% bandwidth savings vs. MPEG-2.
  • The most pessimistic forecast calls for 18 million 3D-ready TV sets in homes by 2012
  • SmartJog showed global electronic delivery of Digital Cinema Packets between distributors used for DCP mastering and servicing facilities.
  • SONY’s 4K 3D projector can handle up to a 55-foot wide screen with 4.5 ftL of brightness.
  • BBC are working on developing 3D production that employs 2D cameras and synthetically creates a 3D experience
  • Snell & Wilcox introduced “Film Tools” conversion technology for the Alchemist HD Standard Converter.
  • Pete Putnam noted that in recent months he has seen an increase in emails from consumers who are cutting the cable chord, saving money, and spending their days watching over-the-air television and videos downloaded via the Internet.
  • Dr. Stephen Jolly BBC researcher noted that 120 Hz LCD TVs are becoming common and 180/200/240 Hz models are being exhibited.  300 Hz is may be the goal as its easy to convert to 50/60 Hz and is compatible with mains frequencies. It would finally unify our different TV standards.
  • Chris Cookson, president of Sony Pictures Technologies noted that Five years from now when we look at what type of bandwidth, processing power will be available, what the price of storage and components that will be available,  it’s imperative that by that time we are more automated and data centric than today.”
  • Sony Electronics showed an HKSR-5804 option for the SRW-5800 videotape recorder that  turns the VTR into an uncompressed data recorder for 2K/4K DPX files.
  • The ATSC and the Consumer Electronics Association are  working to make TV receivers less prone to lip sync woes.

I got these bullets and shots from;

http://www.fxguide.com/article526.html
http://sportsvideo.org/blogs/hpa/
http://www.televisionbroadcast.com/article/74800
http://www.televisionbroadcast.com/article/74816
http://www.studiodaily.com/filmandvideo/tools/tech/10540.html

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Mark Schubin (Right)

Finally I understand that many of these links originated from Mark Schubin. I just tweeted something about him that occurred outside of HPA 2009. Mark Schubin’s “The Fandom of the Opera” captured at the December Toronto Section SMPTE meeting. It made the “big time”. http://bit.ly/MXwp

….brad….