Presenting a list of
101 technologies on display at NAB 2012, a combination of award winners, late
product announcements and random observations on the floor by the
staff, their spies, and others.
denotes a winner of
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Black Diamond Award.
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Beyond Wrangler LTO-5 NetDrive
A universal, portable LTO-5 drive that automatically off-loads
material onto a Mac or a PC, with optional encoding during ingest.
An LED hyper beam fresnel-style light equivalent to a 2,000 W tungsten or 2,500
W HMI. From a
spy: “It is easily one of
the most powerful LED lights at NAB, and yet runs very cool and is quite
compact, sturdy and fully programmable for lighting effects like lighting,
strobe, etc. at different frequencies.”
Creative Suite 6
Adobe’s latest pro editing suite with CS applications available
through Adobe Creative Cloud.
The Adtec EN91 MPEG-4 encoder (pictured right) is
“ultra-low delay,” under 100 milliseconds. It features
redundent power supplies, enhanced control and monitoring from front panel, and
supports SD, 2D/HD and 3D.
Aframe Cloud Video
Just that—a cloud-based production platform for remote collaboration.
Partners include AbelCine in New York and Burbank, Calif.; DigiNovations in
Acton, Mass.; Postworks in New York; Hula Post Production in Burbank; Rule
Broadcast Systems in Boston; and WH Platts in Atlanta, Charleston, S.C, and
AJA Ki Pro
Ki Pro Quad (pictured right is AJA’s new solid-state portable video
recorder for capturing files at 4K, “Quad HD,” 2K and HD,
with 10-bit 4:4:4 and 4:2:2 color support.
For 10-bit SD, HD and 2K output from a Thunderbolt-enabled Mac. (Pictured left)
AmberFin updated UQC, its unified quality control system for
ingest and transcoding.
Matrix Cheese Plate
Anton/Bauer’s Matrix Cheese Plate (right) is a new mounting plate that can be
used with the company’s Gold Mounts for Sony’s PMW-F3 and
NEX-FS-100; Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 7D, EOS 60D; and the
EOS C300; Panasonic’s AG-AF100 series and Red’s Epic. A/B
also unveiled a Gold Mount for the Canon EOS C300.
ARRI’s L7-C 7-inch LED light is fully color controllable, enabling
correlated color temperature, green-magenta shift and RGBW colors.
spy says: “A very interesting
application of technology. It images long-wave infrared light without the need
for sensor cooling, and is the first such product capable of high-definition
(1024x768) imaging... I can see some applications in reality
television and night-time nature productions.”
Autodesk brought out Smoke 2013 (pictured right) for the Mac at $3,495.
Avid brought Interplay Sphere for cloud editing; a multiplatform
distribution solution; new Isis 2000 nearline storage; and Avid Motion Graphics
with a real-time 2D/3D rendering engine.
Avid’s latest editing suite, a 64-bit app with third-party hardware
compatibility, 3D tools, new color correction features and more.
1776 Mic Cable
Belden had a hammock chair hanging from it at the show (pictured left).
“Appears to be the answer to an audio technician’s
prayers,” our spy said. “Belden’s new cable is
constructed with high-strength conductors and a very tough rubber jacket, allowing
it to withstand much more abuse than conventional cables.”
BitCentral integrated EagleEye monitoring into its news
automation platforms, through the use of a module installed on each server.
EagleEye delivers system reports to the Bitcentral Support center.
Design Cinema Camera
BlackMagic stirred up some buzz by introducing its first camera,
a handheld digital cinema unit with wide 13 stops dynamic range,
resolution sensor, built-in SSD recorder, touch LCD metadata entry, CinemaDNG
RAW DNxHD and ProRes recording, Thunderbolt and EF lens
compatibility (pictured right).
Design Teranex 2D & 3D Processors
“This rackmountable processor enables simultaneous real time SD/HD
up/down conversion, 2D/3D conversion and also standards conversion from 50 to
60 Hz and vice versa at a fraction the cost of similar devices by others and by
Teranex before being bought by Black Magic,” our spy said.
New York-based start-up Brevity announced V3 technology that
simultaneously transcodes accelerates transport of high-res video “as
an integrated process on any network.”
Pix on Windows 7
Broadcast Pix said its Granite and Mica switchers are now
shipping with new Intel quad-core technology running on Microsoft Windows
Pace Shadow 5D Production
“The first handheld 5D stereo camera system (pictured left with the show crew) shoots
simultaneously in 3D and 2D,” our spy said. “It gives 5D
operators the same freedom of movement as 2D shooters. It has unique technology
to adjust the center stereo alignment automatically. The key thing is that for
the first time, 5D cameramen can go handheld—liberating them from a
small number of fixed camera positions.” A
EOS C500 4K Camera
“4K cameras were everywhere at NAB 2012, but the Canon
EOS C500 (right) impressed with its controls, connectors and available
accessories,” so said the spy. “Video quality is
outstanding, and Canon’s attention to production requirements,
availability of lenses and affordable cost make the EOS C500 attractive to
content creators who want to work at the next level of high definition.”
A camera crane, jib, dolly track and car mount in a system, for under
A 10 GigE NAS storage unit, available in 10, 20 or 30 TB capacities.
Chyron came out with Shout (at right) for putting Tweets into live
broadcasts. Engage leverages ConnecTV’s second-screen app with
Chyron’s broadcast graphics platform.
Tempest 2400 Master Belt
The Tempest 2400 MasterBelt digital wireless intercom enables
hands-free communication within the form of a Tempest 2400 BeltStation. The
MasterBelt can be paired with any standard Tempest 2400 CP-222 two-channel
BeltStation to create a full-featured two-channel system in the 2.4 GHz
Cobalt’s Loudness Management for n-Transport Streams
is a multistream loudness processor that operates at the MPEG transport
Design Gemini Raw
“The only 4K raw recorder at NAB under
$30,000,” our spy said. “It can also be used for
quad-screen viewing of 4K from debayered 4K raw output. It is compatible with
most high end digital cine cameras like Arri Alexa, Canon 300 and 500 Sony
“Dalet Galaxy includes a high-value, BPMN
2.0-compliant workflow engine that dramatically boosts productivity and agility
while also improving operational and business visibility across the media
enterprise,” our spy said. “The release will offer many
additional features including a new modern-looking graphical user interface;
Dalet One Cut, a built-in, multitrack video editing framework”
LED Fresnel Lights
LED Magis 40 W, LED Leonardo 90 W, LED Leonardo 120 W... Our spy offers: “The first true LED spotlights for the professional
lighting industry. The units are available in daylight or tungsten color
temperature. The LED Fresnel optically performs identically to the tungsten
Labs Dolby 3D
Dolby’s new 3D cinema system.
Broadcast Spot Commander
“Spot Commander allows stations that accept ads from outside
production companies to automate the whole process,” our spy says.
Contributors upload content online, and the application automatically quality
checks audio, video, and other parameters.
Rapids Kayak Workflow
Digital Rapids launched a new Kayak workflow platform with
DR’s Transcode Manager software enables users to design, deploy and
manage customized workflows.
“The Dougmon camera-support system is designed for DSLRs and small
video cameras,” our spy says. “I’m nominating it
due to its small size, light weight, and ability to provide a great amount of
handheld camera stability without the expense of a full Stedicam
DPA Microphones unveiled its new d:vote range of instrument
microphones, aimed at for broadcast settings that require discrete mics. (Pictured right.)
Camera accessories for more precise focusing.
Ensemble Designs Avenue P9425
The new Avenue P9425 Layering Engine provides enables the
combination of audio and video content for channel branding, small master
control, centralcasting, fly-pack, and remote truck applications.
Ericsson’s new mutli-codec, multifunction video compression and
EditShare launched a redesigned version Lightworks that supports
aVCHD, H.264, AVC-Intra, DNxHD and more. A free and a $60 Pro version will
become available May 28 on a new
Stereoscopic Suite X1
Emotion3D’s 3D rendering software automatically generates depth maps
from stereo 3D material, allowing editing in the third dimension.
Dream Catcher (right) represents Evertz’s entry into the
server-based replay market. You won’t find this new EVS competitor on
the Evertz website yet; it was sneak-peeked at the show.
and DAS Do EAS
Florical and Digital Alert Systems teamed up to
“facilitate a more structured and seamless integration of EAS
messages into the broadcast workflow.”
MC-4000 4K Camera
Uses a 1.25-inch CMOS.
PL 19-90 Cabrio Lens
The PL 19-90 Cabrio (ZK4.7x19) features a detachable servo drive, making it
suitable for use as a standard PL or ENG-style lens. It also features flange
focal distance adjustment, macro function, and is LDS (Lens Data System) and /i
New visual effects software includes 350 preset looks, streamlined controls and
a one-year subscription to FX Central.
Gepco debuted Tactiflex polyurethane-jacketed fiber-optic cable,
said to be 30 percent more flexible than standard, ruggedized fiber-optic
cables. New RunOne speaker cable combines audio, power and optional data in a
Protune Firmware with Technicolor
GoPro’s ProTune firmware upgrade incorporates Technicolor color
technology into GoPro’s latest launch.
KulaByte is a software-based live H.264 video transcoder that
delivers the highest quality RTMP Dynamic Streaming for Flash video and
Adaptive HTTP Live Streaming for iOS devices. Now available for both Linux and
ChannelPort provides integrated branding and master control
switching with clip playback on the Omneon server platform. ChannelPort is the
company’s first introduction to broadcast channel branding.
Multilayer graphics, dynamic text and a user GUI with preview of the graphics
and branding in 1 RU.
Magellan is a network monitoring and control platform for
multiple channels and/or facilities, compatible with Harris and third-party
An all-in-one workstation with a 27-inch display that snaps open for parts
swaps, starting at $1,899.
Digital Fixed Link
Integrated Microwave Technologies brought its GL modular system
with a remote RF head (up to 23 GHz) and internal RF modules (up to 14 GHz) for
fixed-link applications. The heart of the GL is a UNM third-gen, full-duplex
modem card configurable for single carrier QAM or COFDM at data rates up to 155
(by 3K) High-Speed Camera
The new 4KSDI digital camera has the same capability as
IO’s 2KSDI, but with a new sensor capable of 120 fps at full
resolution, scalable to lower resolutions.
A Bluetooth wireless two way intercom belt-pack system.
GY-HMQ10 Handheld 4K Camera
JVC’s new handheld 4K camcorder captures at 24p, 50p and 60p with a
GY-HM650 Mobile News
The GY-HM650 ProHD handheld mobile news camera (right) uses dual codecs
for producing full HD files on a single memory card while creating low-res
files on a second card. It features built-in FTP and Wi-Fi for transport. JVC
also introduced the GY-HM600 advanced handheld camera; a new live Blu-ray disc
recorder; and a new Vérité G series monitor.
The Swift Jib50 has a telescopic arm extendable to 35.5 inches, offering the
highest angles of any of Libec’s jib arms.
Acoustic Aero 1000
Linear Acoustic’s Aero 1000 (left) comprises up to eight each
AeroMax audio processing engines, Dolby decoder/encoders and Nielsen Watermark
encoders; features 3GHz SDI and hybrid multiband/metadata processing, in a 1RU
Fresnel-style LED lights (right) with output equivalent to 650 and 300
W tungsten but with a power draw of only 104 and 39 W. Their color temperature
is the same as tungsten—3200K.
Remote Controls for Canon HDSLRs
Manfrotto's remote controls are Canon HDSLR compatible and
designed for interconnectivity with Manfrotto’s SYMPLA alternative
supports. Manfrotto launched two distinct models of HDSLR remote controls at
NAB 2012: Clamp version and Pro version.
The MicroQuad (left) is a four-channel SDI-to-HDMI multiviewer priced
“Although the 2GHz band switched to digital a couple
years ago, there are thousands of microwave links across the country at a
variety of frequencies, and many of these are still analog,” our spy
says. “The MVS PortaQAM lets you feed a digital ASI signal into a old
analog microwave transmitter and recover a flawless ASI signal at the receive
end, and it costs many thousands less than replacing the transmitter and
Miranda’s iTX Master Control combines iTX playout with Imagestore
The SilverBACK-II camera-mounted fiber-transport system (right) has been
redesigned to handle bi-directional signals from Grass Valley, Hitachi,
Panasonic and Sony camcorders among others.
No-Glasses, Multiview 3D
Tucked into the corner of the research ghetto in the North Hall,
Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications
Technology was demonstrating vibrant, no-glasses 3D with multiple viewing
angles—on a 200-inch screen. Picture left. (It was righteous.)
The Nikon D800 captures 1080p video at 30, 25 or 24p along with stereo sound
for just under $3K.
never.no said its Prompter allows TV talent to use social media
and interactive content “on the job.”
Nori Square Bounce
Collapsible square lighting reflector folds up like an umbrella.
O-Focus Dual Mini
“A compact, double-sided direct drive follow focus unit optimized for
both still and cine-style camera lenses,” Oconner says.
Supplies Optimos All-in-One Slider/Crane
It provides an extremely controlled stable environment for camera movement on
rails in multiple configurations and doubles as cart. Kits will range from
$1,500 to $3,500.
Designed for news, sports, talk shows, and other fast-turn
around productions that leverage video box presentations to connect audiences
with remote on-air guests and talent, TD Control consolidates the various video
streams into a single layout with complete control over video and graphics
BT-LH2170 LCD Production Monitor
A 21.5-inch LCD production monitor with native 1920x1080HD resolution and advanced
3D assist features. Due out the coming winter for a suggested list price of
An 18.5-inch HD/SD LCD production monitor with 1366x768 resolution, available
now for $2,595.
MicroP2 cards have an SD card form factor. A new microP2 Card Adapter will
allow their use in current P2 hardware with a fee-based firmware upgrade. The
media and the adapter will be available in the spring of 2013.
OTT Media Grinder
“The new buzz phrase on the floor of NAB 2012 was
‘over-the-top’ video,” this spy notes.
“Videos like these might have one viewer at a time or they might have
thousands of simultaneous viewers, so testing for Quality of Service is
difficult. Pixelmetrix solved this with OMG, which can test an OTT network with
up to 2,000 simultaneous playback requests.”
TruColor HS Digital Light
The TruColor HS from PRG is a color-accurate digital soft light with
“twice the output of a 2K incandescent soft light,” PRG
“Quantel launched a new means of accessing hundreds of
terabytes of media… online, instantly and by any number of
users,” one of our spies says. “It will use off-the-shelf
storage options and a proprietary broadcast production system to allow years of
content to be stored online and be accessible instantly to simultaneous
Along with AS-02 conversion, RadiantGrid’s
transwrapping functionality allows users to reuse the video and audio essences
from other container formats such as GXF and repackage them into AS-02.
RED’s 5K still, 4K motion camera.
HDMI/SDI cross converter with scaling and frame-rate conversion and a pro
3G/HD/SD test pattern generator.
The BlackStorm 102P playout server, built on Dell hardware, is a
two-channel, HD 1 RU video player with 4 TB of storage (expandable to eight)
that natively supports Quicktime and a selection of codecs. Ross also
introduced Inception, a new social media management tool.
TotalCode Enterprise 2.0
Rovi’s TotalCode does server-distributed, high-volume,
video encoding, with this latest version supporting UltraViolet—an
industry first, Rovi says.
RTW’s multistandardTM3 TouchMonior loudness meter (left) has
a 4.3-inch touch display that works horizontally or vertically with a separate
interface box. The TM3 stereo version handles analog and digital audio, while
the TM3-6CH version also supports 6-channel digital input. RTW said it sold
three to a Swiss production company before formally introducing the
Sachtler Ace was designed for low-weight professional
Optics iPro Lens System
The iPro Lens System (right) is specifically designed for the iPhone 4 and 4S. Both the
Wide Angle and the Fisheye Lenses use a bayonet mount to securely fasten onto
the iPhone case.
Video Aspen 3232 Routing
Sierra Video’s Aspen 3232HD-3G routing switcher
(left) handles SD-SDI, HD-SDI and HD-3G 2 RUs.
The Signiant Media Shuttle is an interface for accessing
cloud-stored media through a secure enterprise network.
Momentum media asset management leverages a GUI by which users can reconfigure
a facility’s workflow and allocate resources according to need.
Echo ExpressCard Thunderbolt Adapter
The Echo ExpressCard Thunderbolt adapter enables the use of
Sonnet ExpressCards with Sony Thunderbolt port-equipped computers, including
the latest Apple products—as SxS memory card readers.
The new Sony model (right) has a Super 35mm sensor, and can shoot 1,080p
footage at 240 frames per second, and up to 960 fps at lower resolutions.
FS700 ISO ranges up to ISO 20,000. It will also be capable of
capturing 4K imagery. It becomes available in June.
Devices PIX 260
PIX 260 (left) is a rack-mount, file-based, A/V
recorder/player designed to replace tape decks and production and
From our spy: “The C-Play system embeds a fully
functional spot and music playout system into the C100 HDS or C10 HD broadcast
consoles. Until now, broadcasters have been faced with sourcing dedicated
playout systems and preparing console project and playout systems individually.
C-Play offers the broadcaster sophisticated fully featured playout
functionality with the significant ergonomic and workflow advantages of an
S-2040 Chip-Array On-Camera Light
“Who doesn’t need light, right? And who
likes carrying big batteries and generating a lot of heat? The people at SWIT
thought about this and came up with the 23-W S-2040 (and the similar 48-Watt
S-2050) on-camera light that is lightweight, uses a reasonable amount of power
and makes gobs of 5,000K light,” our spy says.
“Don’t want 5,000K light? Then flip up the tungsten
(3,200K) or flip down the daylight (5,600K) built-in filters.”
The Televator EP5 pedestal (right), “is a departure from the
company’s past Televator offerings,” our spy says.
“The new unit is capable of considerably greater height than previous
units—65 inches— and the real advantage that it brings is
its ability to be used upside down for ceiling mounting, or for use with the
company’s ceiling mounted track system.”
Vantage Transcode HE Server
Telestream’s Vantage Transcode HE Server with
Telestream’s LightSpeed addresses the requirements of adaptive
bitrate workflows to streamline the process of source file decoding, video
processing, parallelized H.264 encoding, packaging, encryption, quality
control, and delivery—all within a single system.
Angénieux Optimo Zoom Lenses
Thales Angénieux brought two new Optimos to the floor,
the 19.5-94 and the 28-340, with 31.4mm diagonal coverage.
The NP Engine is a “hardware engine for streaming servers that
directly delivers video content from SSD to IP networks, without accessing the
server’s CPU or memory resources,” according to Toshiba.
“NPEngine can simultaneously deliver up to 64,000 high quality video
streams at a rate of 40Gigabit per sec, far surpassing the performance of a
typical server, and reducing power consumption, the number of servers and the space
TallyMan Virtual Panel
The TSL Professional Products TallyMan Virtual Panel
(left) is a software-based control platform, eliminating the need to install
individual hardware panels for each new router upgrade. TSL also launched PAM3
MK2 multichannel audio monitoring unit with a Dolby decoding option.
LQM-471W Quad Input LED Monitor