Every year the edit system introductions
released at NAB Show continue
to reflect the technological evolutions
affecting the whole production chain. This
year things just seemed to get bigger, better,
and often, less expensive.
|Oystein Naell (L) of Avid shows off the company’s Media composer 7 editing system to a crowd.
The next version of Premiere Pro was previewed
by Adobe with significant new shortcuts
for faster, keyboard-driven editing, Link
& Locate to quickly relink media and an
expanded set of supported media formats.
We also learned that Adobe SpeedGrade is
getting an updated user interface and new
one-click Shot Matcher feature.
Since announcing a radical redesign of its
Smoke NLE last year, Autodesk brought out
Smoke 2013 with Service Pack (SP) 2 along
with announcements of integrating Blackmagic
into its post-production
products. They also
showed off Flame 2013
20th Anniversary Edition
SP 3 for Extension 2.
Media Composer 7 software
from Avid offers
workflows, optimized HD
delivery from high-resolution
sources and Interplay
Sphere for Mac support.
Best of all, Media Composer
7 is priced at just $999,
and is a key component
of Avid Everywhere cloudbased
Boris FX has given their
new Media 100 Suite 2.12
the ability to work with Apple’s
Mountain Lion OS and
QuickTime 7.8, a multiple frame
buffer, a Catch Frame window
with a Pixel Accurate option and
support for 2K and 4K files while
working with AJA, Blackmagic Design
and Matrox technologies.
At the Rohde & Schwarz booth,
DVS demonstrated enhancements
in high-fame-rate DCI mastering
on their Clipster workstation that
now also supports the IMF (Interoperable
Master Format) mezzanine
The new Mac version of Lightworks
NLE was announced by EditShare,
which will make this the
only edit system available on all
three major operating systems—
Windows, Linux and Mac. Like its
siblings, the OS X version will be
available as a free download
We saw Edius 6.5 again at the Grass Valley
exhibit, with Edius 7 promised for later this
year. Edius now offers tighter integration
with the GV Stratus distribution platform.
Edius XS enables proxy editing from Stratus,
and Edius Elite combines the functions
of Edius 6.5 and Edius XS into a fully functional
Matrox Video announced support with the
Matrox MXO2 family of I/O devices and the
Matrox Mojito 4K monitoring card for the
upcoming release of Adobe professional video
editing tools, including Adobe Mercury
Transmit for Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe
|Steve Jaeb of Grass Valley gives a presentation on newsroom production using the Grass Valley Stratus with Edius integration.
Heralding their new support for the AJA
Corvid Ultra video card, Quantel showed
how their Pablo Rio color and finishing system
easily handles workflows at 4K and beyond,
and its ability to deliver content to the
Enterprise sQ broadcast system using Quantel’s
Sony Creative Software’s Vegas Pro 12
Edit features the same video and audio
toolset as the Vegas Pro 12 collection, but
saves the cost of the complete suite’s discauthoring
component. Vegas Pro 12 Edit
can now ingest Panasonic P2 and features
a new expanded edit mode that splits two
transitioned events into A and B rolls with a
Broadcast and post-production graphics
systems have become so sophisticated
they have risen beyond adding eye candy
enhancements to digital images to becoming
an inherent part of the storytelling
Avid brought out their latest release of Avid
Motion Graphics 2.5 production platform
with a new dual-channel configuration option
and a standalone playout engine.
For the first time in the United States, Brainstorm
presented the new Aston 3D, its realtime
3D graphics creation system intended
to be the center of any design department
for use from CG through playout thanks to
the power of its eStudio render engine.
|Bernie Rayno (L) and Valerie Smock demonstrate applications for AccuWeather’s Storyteller.
ChyronHego’s new ChyronIP is a real-time
HD/SD 2D and 3D character and graphics
generator specifically designed for the
NewTek TriCaster by streaming two HD or
SD full-motion channels of Chyron graphics
over a network connection. The company
also introduced the Graffiti broadcast
graphics platform, with two models
available: Graffiti SDI, a 1RU system fully
loaded with Lyric PRO graphics creation
software, and Graffiti SDI Flex, a portable
backpack-ready character generator boasting
all the features of Graffiti SDI.
Also new was Mosaic, a high-performance,
1080p-capable broadcast graphics
platform for use in traditional or automated
production workflows and CAMIO-DR, a
new data recovery system designed for the
CAMIO3 graphics asset management server.
Showcasing their latest VFX software addition,
the HIERO 1.7 shot manager, The
Foundry also showed off new features on
their NUKE and NUKEX 6.3 v7 compositing
systems along with the OCULA toolset
for stereoscopic workflows.
The LightWave 3D Group, a division of
NewTek brought LightWave 11.5, now
including the Genoma character rigging
system with modular presets, predator
and prey Flocking capabilities. LightWave
11.5 features Interchange Tools supporting
Adobe After Effects cameras.
Nvidia had its new GPU-based GRID Visual
Computing Appliance (VCA) on display,
enabling workgroups of up to 16 users
to get the full benefits of Nvidia’s Quadro
GPU performance on their Windows, Mac
and Linux graphics systems.
Orad demonstrated new features on its
Maestro graphics system including new
graphics MAM support, connection to social
networks, 3D transitions, support for
MOS 2.8, videoEngine control and Scene-
Edit2 to edit graphics during playout.
A new file-based rendering system from
Pixel Power called Pixel Factory, made its
public debut delivering a new core graphics
engine in a software-only version that
runs on standard IT hardware. Pixel Factory
is designed for producing graphics
overlays for QC, Web delivery or post production.
The Viz Engine from Vizrt was seen handling
4K resolution rendering and IP media
streaming in real time, and they released
v13of their Viz Curious Maps, now
rebranded to Viz World Classic.
AccuWeather’s StoryTeller interactive
touchscreen system was seen with seven
new software apps to expand coverage of
news, sports and weather stories through social
media, now featuring integration of INRIX
real-time traffic information.
VizWeather from Vizrt is now a full part
of both the MOS newsroom pipeline and
Vizrt’s template-based graphics workflows.
Vizrt demonstrated a live weather broadcast
every half-hour at the show.
The Fusion Studio weather presentation
system from Weather Central now has expanded
3D graphics capability and socialmedia
connectivity with iFactor delivering
lifestyle-based weather ratings.