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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more about “CrumblePop For FCP 6“, posted with vodpod

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

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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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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

New Digital Cinema Technologies Noted From NAB 2009

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

Fraunhofer Institute easyDCP

www.dcinema.fraunhofer.de

Fraunhofer Institute easyDCP

Fraunhofer Institute easyDCP

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

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

A test version of the easyDCP™ software can be downloaded from the Fraunhofer IIS web site or www.dcinema.fraunhofer.de

Fraunhofer Institute DCPplayer

www.dcinema.fraunhofer.de

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

SONY 3.8K TV

SONY 3.8K TV

SONY 3.8K TV

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

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

ASTRO DM-3400 3840 x 2160 Monitor

http://astro-systems.com/DM-3400/dm_3400_page1.html

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

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

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

Sharp True DCI Compliant 4K Monitor

Sharp True DCI Compliant 4K Monitor

Sharp True DCI Compliant 4K Monitor

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

Other Technologies

KEISOKU GIKEN UDR-20S-8 4K Recorder

KEISOKU GIKEN UDR-20S-8 4K Recorder

Catapult Technology

Catapult Technology

Rethinking Blu-ray Authoring

Blu-ray Authouring Station At Ryerson University In Toronto

Blu-ray Authoring Station At Ryerson University In Toronto

Ok, so Blu-ray is not new…. And a variety of programs can now create Blu-ray media…. I know, I know…. I discovered this when I recently had to work myself through the process of shooting at 24p on a Canon HV-20 with the idea of outputting it in 24p using a PlayStation 3. It got complicated on my Apple system. I first had to used Apple’s Compressor to transcode the 24p frames out of the HDV bitsetream, edit it using in Final Cut Pro, run it through Compressor again to create an H.264 stream and and finally write the 24p h.264 stream back to Blu-ray. Yuck!

I found it was much easier using Pinnacle’s Studio 12 (which saw the 24 p stream immediately) and after editing my material it appeared to write it back to Blu-ray as a 24 frame file. Well at least that’s what the Playstation 3 told me.

With that bevy of experience behind me a research project crossed my desk this month that required a Windows desktop system. Windows was required because the Blu-ray authoring software that was being used included a BD Live authoring component. The project gave me the chance to re-invent a Blu-ray authoring workstation from scratch so I thought what I’d do in this blog post and outline what we ended up doing here at Ryerson.

Hardware Goodies

Tiger Directs Bareboneasaurus

Tiger Direct's Bareboneasaurus

One thing I had learned from both Apple’s Compressor and Studio 12 software was that the rendering process was the slowest part of the process, so a good processor is a key element. Since the research included some BD Live authoring (a relatively new programming discipline I guessed) I felt it was best to stay on Intel’s processors for this project so there would be no second guessing around the hardware as this new “black art” was being learned.

In the end it was TigerDirect’s Bareboneasaurus promotion that caught my eye as the base technology for this project. We have people here on staff who love to build computers and when I spotted the 4 core Intel and 12 gigs of DDR 3 memory this had to be the Unit. Not only would the multicore processor decrease rendering time, but the amount of RAM associated with the Bareboneasaurus would be handy in the future for other development activities. The kit (in Tiger Direct speak) consisted of ASUS P6T Intel Socket LGA1366 Barebone Kit – Intel Core i7 920, 12GB Corsair DDR3-1333, 1TB SATA2, Clear Side ATX Mid-Tower, 650W. The price you see above is in Canadian dollars.

For a video card –again in Tiger Direct speak– we chose a XFX GeForce 9800 GTX + Video Card – 512MB DDR3, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, VGA Support.

For our first monitor we chose a Sceptre X23WG-1080p 23in Wide 8ms DVI LCD Monitor. Although its use would be primarily a VGA monitor, it’s 1080p capability meant it could also double as a 1080 display when checking HD Blu-ray material.

We had an internal LG 6X Super-Multi Blu Ray Writer (Model : GGW-H20L) mounted in a startech.com 5.25in Silver eSATA USB 2.0 to SATA Optical Drive Enclosure. The portable unit had found a lot of use in the department writing one off Blu-ray media for display so I ordered a  GGW-H20L specific for the workstation. It’s still not delivered, so they must be hard to come by and that’s why you see the external Blu-ray writer installed as part of the workstation below.

TigerDirect's Bareboneasaurus (Assembled), GGW-H20L) mounted in a startech.com Optical Drive Enclosure and a a Sceptre X23WG-1080p

To view Blu-ray media in 1080p and to act as a second production model we the second monitor a Sharp Aquos 32″ 1080p Flat-Panel LCD HDTV (model LC32D64U). We also chose a PlayStation 3 80GB as the Blu-ray player. The project needed an Internet connected Blu-ray player and we thought since SONY updates the software on its PlayStation’s we would be somewhat assured the hardware would work should BD Live firmware or software receive updates.

Sharp Aquos 32″ 1080p Flat-Panel, PlayStation 3 80GB Blu-ray player

Other additional items we obtained were four premium Blu-ray movie titles that BD Live content.

Blu-ray titles with BD Live Content

Blu-ray Titles with BD Live Content

One nice item we got with the PlayStation was the PlayStation Blu-ray remote control. After several botched attempts trying to access Blu-ray disks via the PlayStation 3 game controller the remote control actually  streamlines access to the disc features. In a way its funny that Bluetooth was chosen for PlayStation 3 but unlike standard infrared remotes, it can be used without having to point directly at the PlayStation system.

SONYs Bluetooth Remote Makes the BD Live Content Work

SONY's Bluetooth Remote Makes the BD Live Content Work

No Blu-ray blues with the hardware in this installation…..

….brad….

Sony’s Field Emission Technologies – FED technology worth watching closes its doors

According to an Engadget report SONY’s spinoff Field Emission Technologies is closing its doors. The company was youting the technology as a replacement for CRT monitors used in high end broadcast and film for critical evaluation. The technology had actually captured some buzz amongst the TV and Film engineering community.

Don’t know what the future of the concept is so if it’s a RIP scenerio I’ve included a couple of video’s on FED technology below;

….brad….

NAB 2009 To Feature Less Expensive HD Cameras

According to an article posted by TVNEWSDAY, this year’s NAB Show will showcase a variety of cost-effective cameras that feature IT efficiency and fit downsized budgets.

In something that has been historically uncharacteristic JVC, Panasonic and SONY have released a lot of information about their product offerings long in advance of NAB.

GY-HM100  hand-held 3-CCD camcorder

GY-HM100 hand-held 3-CCD camcorder

In January, JVC introduced new Final-Cut-Pro 6™-ready solid state camcorders that feature their ProHD camcorders that can natively record Quicktime for Apple’s Final Cut Pro directly onto SDHC memory cards.

The GY-HM100  hand-held 3-CCD camcorder was introduced in January and on February 10, JVC introduced the GY-HM700 shoulder camera. Both camcorders record 35Mbps high definition video and uncompressed audio directly to SDHC media cards in the Quicktime format used by Apple Final Cut Pro™. The camera’s also inroduced solid state recording into JVC’s professsional line.

HPX-300 - World’s first affordable 10-bit, 4:2:2 camera

HPX-300 - World’s first affordable 10-bit, 4:2:2 camera

One day later on February 11, Panasonic announced a huge slate of products including the AG-HPX300 which is a shoulder mount P2 HD camcorder. Panasonic is billing it as the “world’s first affordable 10-bit, 4:2:2 camera”. According to the TVNEWSDAY article the HPX-300 will cost $10,700 U.S. and comes with a 17x Fujinon lens. The camera employs one-third-inch CMOS native HD imagers and according to Panasonic the imagers overcome the physics of small chips and deliver low light sensitivity.

AJ-HRW10 Rapid Write

AJ-HRW10 Rapid Writer

Just in case your interested in Panasonic’s other announcemnts you can find them here. In a nutshell they’ve announced a new 17” BT-LH1710 HD LCD Production Monitor, an AJ-CVF100G color viewfinder for higher end P2 HD and DVCPRO HD camcorders, an AJ-PCD35 P2 memory drive with PCI Express interface for fast transfers,an AW-HE870 2/3-inch 3-CCD HD convertible camera, a free AVCHD-to-DV transcoder update, the AJ-HRW10 Rapid Writer P2 workflow tool, an AG-HPG20 P2 HD portable Recorder/Player that features AVC-Intra recording and an expansion to their professional AVCCAM product line with a compact HD Recorder and multi-purpose camera head.

SONY HVR-Z5U - compact point-of-view camcorder

SONY HVR-Z5U - compact point-of-view camcorder

According to Glen Dickson of Broadcasting & Cable, SONY surfaced last week. According to his post,   Sony is saving most of its major product announcements for NAB 2009 but last week it previewed a handful of new products. They included an HDV-format high-definition camcorder, the HVR-Z5U, which is a compact point-of-view camcorder, the HXR-MC1; and two new LCD monitors, the BVM-170 and PVM-L2300.

According to Dickson’s post SONY also announced a new field recorder for the XDCAM HD optical-disc format, the PDW-HR1, which supports legacy formats including MPEG IMX, DVCAM and 4:2:0 HD 24P content.

Looking forward to NAB.

….brad….

Sony and Samsung both claim “world’s first” 200Hz LCD TV

Harry McCracken’s blog post dated August 29th, day speaks of his day at IFA. IFA is a giant consumer electronics show in Berlin that’s often called Europe’s equivalent of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. One thing he noted was that both SONY and Samsung claimed the worlds first 200Hz LCD TVs. These innovations are important given that  a faster frame rate provides smoother action on an LCD TV with less motion blur.

McCrackens image from SONY's booth

McCrackens image from SONY’s booth

In the video below the BBC reports on this 200Hz technology at the show. In addition the report covers SONY’s MP3 Walkmans with built in noise canceling technology and Tom Tom GPS technology that delivers advances in car GPS navigation that collects information on the driving habits of local drivers and then updates its directions based on that information.