NAB 2003New Products Part 2
360 Systems (C2024):
360 Systems will present its new line of video servers. The products, dubbed “Image Servers,” are full-featured MPEG-2 video servers designed for the television broadcast and video production markets. Standard definition models provide up to six video channels, 24 audio channels, and up to 330 hours of storage on an internal drive array. Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports provide fast video file transfer using the MXF file format. One of these servers, the Server 2000, has been designed specifically for smaller market broadcasters, production, redundant program backup, and export. It provides two independent video output streams plus simultaneous program ingest, and stores up to 140 hours of video (at 12Mbps).
Àccom will be introducing an uncompressed HD recording solution, WSD/HDi, which has a video disk storage array integrated inside its chassis. It stores both standard definition (525/625) and high definition uncompressed video formats with optional uncompressed digital audio. The company will also introduce version 4.5 of the Abekas 6000 operating software. New features and enhancements include improved connectivity using Telestream’s FlipFactory, split audio editing capability, faster fibre channel transfer speeds with the fibre channel option, and an updated content management panel.
ASACA will show the new FireFly DM series, a digital virtual library. It integrates new Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) disk drives and delivers up to 48TB of data per library.
ASACA has expanded the traditional three planes on which data reside—online, nearline, and offline—to include a fourth plane of storage: Virtually Online (V-Line). This new storage level provides high-speed transmission of data on demand, similar to an online RAID, but remains in a quiescent state until needed. As a result, the FireFly is an electronic library based on hard disk drives.
CommandSoft will introduce FibreJet, its flagship high-speed storage area network (SAN) software. Targeted at professional digital video, audio, and graphics creation, FibreJet features significant workflow advantages for high-volume production operations such as television post-production/special effects facilities, and digital art studios. It enables multiple editors to simultaneously access identical source materials without altering or copying the original files—a key element in managing complex projects. FibreJet’s file system management protects the data from unauthorized alteration even when multiple editors access the same material and write to the shared storage. It also provides seamless integration with leading applications such as Final Cut Pro, Media 100, and major Avid and Adobe products, and virtually all 1 or 2 Gb Fibre Channel hardware installations. Support is available now for Macintosh OS X and OS 8-9 operating systems; a Windows 2000 version is under development.
DataDirect Networks (SL2933):
DataDirect Networks will be showing its Silicon Storage Appliance (S2A) family of intelligent storage controllers, which provides servers, workstation clusters, and standalone computers in a heterogeneous environment with easy, scalable, and high-bandwidth access to shared data. The storage controllers feature built-in hardware RAID, a massive cache, storage, and LUN virtualization, parallel Fibre Channel port technology, and support for up to hundreds of terabytes of storage.
Doremi Labs (C879):
Doremi Labs will introduce its new MCS multichannel broadcast video servers. They are designed for small- to medium-market TV stations and cable facilities looking for an affordable server system. Each MCS server is available with different record and playback combinations, such as one record and three play channels—called the MCS-1r3p. (Other versions include MCS-1r2p and MCS-2r2p.) If additional channels are needed, MCS servers can be networked together. MCS servers feature MPEG-2 compression with user-selectable bit rates from 5 to 50mbps.
EMC will display the new Symmetrix DMX series. The Symmetrix DMX series is the next generation of Symmetrix, and is based on the Direct Matrix Architecture, a new point-to-point interconnect architecture. Three models in the Symmetrix DMX Series are being introduced. The DMX800 scales from eight to 16 front-end ports, from 1.2 to 17.5TB of raw capacity (1 to 15.3 usable) and from 4 to 32GB of global cache for open systems environments. The DMX1000 is a single-bay integrated system, which scales from eight to 48 front-end ports, from 3.5 to 21TB of raw capacity (3 to 18.5 usable) and from 4 to 64GB of global cache for mainframe and open systems environments. DMX2000, a dual-bay integrated system, scales from 8 to 96 front-end ports, from 7 to 42TB raw capacity (6.1 to 37 usable) and from 8 to 128 GB of global cache for mainframe and open systems environments.
Fast Forward Video (C186):
Fast Forward Video will launch a new version of its Recon ultra-compact DVR board. The Recon will now allow users to view, store, and manipulate Recon-generated video on standard computer systems by retrieving data directly from the hard drive. Its new store and view functions allow video clips recorded by the Recon to be viewed on a PC and archived locally or on a networked server for subsequent access.
Grass Valley (SU7059):
Grass Valley is expanding its Profile server line with the PVS 300, which can play out SD and HD material from the same server on the same timeline. There are also improvements that expand the channel count, storage capacity, and bandwidth of the Profile XP Media Platform line, a new Cohera storage architecture that supports both storage area network (SAN) and network attached storage (NAS) topologies, and the addition of simultaneous SD/HD capabilities to the Grass Valley Open SAN system.
JVC will have on display the DV-DV5000, a new DV hard disk recorder for its GY-DV5000E camcorder. It records the DV signal from the GY-DV5000 onto a user-removable, standard 2.5-inch compact FireWire hard disk drive. An 80G hard drive will deliver more than six hours of digital recording time, which makes it particularly useful for “in-field” applications. The unit can also be used with JVC’s GY-DV500 and GY-DV700 camcorders. The DV-DV5000 can be pre-configured by the user to record in the native file format of most major DV nonlinear editors.
JVC will also introduce the BR-DV6000, a new professional DV editing recorder and its companion MPEG-4 network card, the SA-DV6000. The unit is compatible with full-size DV tapes for long-time recording or miniDV tapes. Interfaces include RS-422, RS-232, JVC Bus, and IEEE1394. It provides such capabilities as FWD and REV variable tracking playback. It also has the flexibility to perform assemble edits.
Laird Telemedia (SL113):
At NAB2003, Laird Telemedia will be showcasing the new capdiv miniature direct DV recorder. It streamlines recording and transfer processes with instant access to recorded material for editing and post production. It is a highly portable digital IEEE-1394 (FireWire) tapeless recorder/player based on Laird’s proprietary hard-drive record and playback technology. Designed for videography, ENG, EFP, and field acquisition, the capdiv Direct DV Recorder greatly reduces the time and cost of recording edit-ready clips directly to a hard-disk drive (HDD) from DV camcorders during field shooting.
On display at NAB2003 will be Leitch’s NEO DVR, a full-featured video hard disk recorder packaged on a single NEO module. It has a complete array of analog and digital audio and video IOs, and can record more than two hours of broadcast-quality video and audio.
Masstech Group (SU5307):
At NAB2003, the Masstech Group will display the new MassMedia Box, a single, expandable platform for end-to-end content management, including ingest of satellite and terrestrial deliveries, content transcoding, and preparation for “play-to-air” through native integration with popular automation systems. The product also includes the ability to generate low-resolution “proxy” versions of MPEG-2 files to allow for content management and preparation across low-bandwidth IP networks.
Omneon will debut its MCP 2101 MEDIASERVER. It can be scaled up to 96 I/O channels and more than 12TB of storage. With two Gigabit Ethernet ports, it maximizes content archives, connections to LANs and WANs, and applications that demand lots of IP bandwidth. The MCP 2101’s dual Gigabit Ethernet ports provide the required bandwidth for the edit-in-place process, which eliminates the need to transfer content to a local machine before editing can begin and streamlines the playout process directly from the Omneon server.
Panasonic will debut four new VTRs, the AJ-DX225, AJ-HD1700, AJ-SD755, and AG-DV2500 DV PROLINE series. The AJ-DX225 is a 2X player/recorder ideally suited for high-speed, IEEE-1394-based computer editing, dubbing, and archiving applications. It can support 50Mbps-bandwidth IEEE-1394 play and record of DV Proline and DVCPRO format cassettes at two times normal speed. The AJ-HD1700 is a DVCPRO HD extended-record format VTR ideal for mobile van, production studio, and editing suites. It records for up to 126 minutes in 60fps 1080i or 60fps 720p HD video on a single XL size DVCPRO HD cassette. The AJ-SD755 is a studio editing VTR featuring jog/shuttle editing and IEEE-1394 digital interface capabilities. The AG-DV2500 DV PROLINE series is a studio or portable VTR especially suitable for IEEE-1394-based nonlinear editing applications. It offers playback compatibility with tape-based DV compression video formats and can operate in both NTSC and PAL.
Panasonic has also added an IEEE-1394 interface to its DVCPRO tape decks.
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Sencore has partnered with server technology company EVS to bring to the cable and broadcast industry an integrated digital ad insertion server using the digital cue tone (SCTE35). The TSS3030 digital ad inserter can act both as a cue tone source as well as an ad insertion server. It is a complete solution for ad insertion in the MPEG-2 domain.
At NAB2003, SGI will announce a new generation of its Guaranteed Rate I/O (GRIO) facility. The new-generation GRIO will guarantee that realtime content can be shared across a SAN without any loss of information, allowing for facility wide collaboration without having to copy files across the network. SGI will also be showcasing the recently announced high-bandwidth TP9500 storage array in media specific applications. In addition, SGI will announce that its Data Migration Facility (DMF) will now support the SGI Altix Linux environment.
SGI will also introduce several new capabilities for its open architecture SGI Media Server for Broadcast, including support for D10/IMX MPEG-2 compression, DVCPRO25 and DVCPRO50 compression, and support for the MXF file format.
Sony will unveil technologies that provide improved access to recorded material and enhanced video system management. On display will be a new optical disc recording system for broadcast and professional use, made up of two new camcorders and three decks. The system records both the high-resolution original and a lower-resolution-but-frame-accurate version called a proxy video and audio. From a camcorder or battery operated mobile deck, newsgathering teams will be able to transfer the proxy information to laptop editors or back to the studio at up to 30 times faster than realtime. The system will offer the choice of recording video with the DVCAM codec at 25Mbps or the MPEG IMX codec at 30, 40, or 50Mbps.
Sony will also introduce the JH-Series of VTRs. The HD multiplayers extend the capabilities of the HDCAM and CineAlta systems. The J-H1 compact player plays back HDCAM material recorded at 1080 29.97PsF/59.94i and 25PsF/50i modes. The J-H3 compact player is designed to feed video to nonlinear editors or work as an off-line copy playout machine.
Sony has also expanded its CineAlta family with the introduction of a 4:4:4 HD camera and 4:4:4 HDCAM SR portable and studio recorders as well.
16x9 Inc. (C3150):
16x9 will showcase the new F-900 Intervalometer, built to work with the Sony CineAlta 24P HDW-F900’s single frame record feature, allowing various time lapse effects. Created by Sim Video of Canada, the F-900 Intervalometer allows record intervals to be set from four seconds (minimum allowed by the HDW F900) to up to 18 hours. Lightweight (1.3 pounds) and compact (5-5/8-inch x 5-3/4-inch x 1-13/16-inch), the F-900 Intervalometer is portable enough to deploy on location and features an LCD backlit display for low-light environments. Operation and programming is accomplished through panel buttons: start/stop frame recording, and interval plus or minus.
Àccom will introduce the new Abekas Dveous/MX, a universal format digital video effects system. The system, which provides the same feature set and control panel as its predecessor, the Dveous, now allows broadcast professionals to work in either standard or high definition, all in one box. Every Dveous/MX comes with at least one channel of HD, so the full capabilities of HD are built right into the new machine. Targeted for professional broadcast production and high quality on-air applications, the Abekas Dveous/MX is fully SD- and HD-ready.
Analog Way (SL1421):
Analog Way will display the new Studio Scan XTD 825, a professional ultra-high-resolution computer-to-video scan converter, at NAB. It allows users to convert workstation, PC, and Mac graphic images (up to 1600 x 1280) into video (YUV, S-video, composite).
In order to meet ITUR/SMPTE 259-REC 601 standards, Analog Way has improved the Genlock on its Studio Scan XTD 825 and has also given special care to the sharpness of the picture. The following features can also be found in the XTD 825: a 10-bit Serial Digital Video output, a 200% zoom function, anti-flicker filters, and remote control RS232.
Boom Audio & Video (C3939):
This year, the new Cool Cam pro from Boom Audio & Video will be available. An addition to the existing Cool Cam range, the new Cool Cam pro includes a motorized pan, enabling the camera to move up to a height of four meters in absolutely all axes: pan, tilt, and twist. Weighing about 33 pounds (camera included), and measuring 12 feet long, the Cool Cam pro is set up in just a few minutes. The new Cool Cam DV will be able to work with the new JVC high definition camcorder.
BUF Technology (SU301):
BUF Technology will demonstrate new product features such as network support for its BUFMC routing switcher control system. The new “Sport” option, which adds fast playlist and looping to the VTS-5000 slow-mo controller, will also be demonstrated, along with new features and options (including the new data exchange feature which stores panel setups on PCs and recalls to same or other Spot panels via the facility’s in-house LAN for “Spot,” the hands-on controller for video servers. Also, the new free firmware for the BUF VTS-4000 multi-VTR editing controller features eight audio track arming for insert edits. The new auto switch mode grabs control of six VTRs to jog/shuttle, then automatically switches control back to another external controller.
Camplex Corporation (SU6115):
Camplex Corporation is introducing its new model CP-601 remote camera control system. It delivers component or composite camera video signals; program audio; intercom; genlock or full-bandwidth return video; aux audio or IFB; and camera tally or call; along with DC power for the CP-601 camera adapter and all options chosen. The system universally interfaces with any professional industrial camera and utilizes a single coaxial cable (or triaxial if the user prefers) to deliver all signals and camera power.
Cartoni USA (C2375A):
Cartoni, a division of Ste-Man, is introducing its new Elevation Unit, suitable for STUDIO and MAXI tripods, which combines the height range advantages of a standard pedestal with low cost and robustness. Users can adjust the height of the column by turning the elevation crank and the tripod will be further extended. Weighing around 4Kg (9 pounds), it features a maximum elevation height of 35 cm (14 inches) and can be easily mounted on the top of any existing platform featuring the 4-holes bore. The company is also showing its Mini Jib, designed to carry up to 15Kg (33 pounds). Assembled in less than five minutes, it adds the benefit of diagonal tracking and elevation to the traditional pan and tilt movement of a standard fluid head.
Clear-Com is launching its new digital matrix intercom line—Eclipse—a new generation of intercoms that feature intelligent linking; expandable system architecture; modular, configurable stations; powerful, transparent interfacing; and license-free wireless connectivity.
DNF Controls (SU6127):
DNF Controls is unveiling its DMAT-O, a sports controller designed for video servers supporting the Odetics broadcast protocol, which allows users to generate slow-motion instant replay, super-slow-motion record and playback, and build and manage highlight playlists and graphics playout. Also, the company’s popular 3040P playlist playout system is available now with a new download option. The system, built on DNF Controls’ ST400 controller with an easy-to-read LCD display, provides a means to create, download, edit, and control playback of video clip sequences. The new Flex Control Network provides a wide range of control solution building blocks within one system. The Flex Control Network-based Tally Interface Box allows mobile production trucks, production facilities, and broadcast facilities to quickly, easily, and reliably share tallies and other types of control/status lines.
FOR-A will introduce the IVS-500 video stabilizer with digital input and output. The IVS-300 with analog composite I/O will be shown at NAB for the first time. Both stabilizers are designed to correct picture shake and jitter. Also, the company is showing the FA-115 time-base corrector/frame synchronizer and FA-125 time-base corrector/frame synchronizer with built-in noise reduction. The new models expand FOR-A’s FA-series of time-base corrector/frame synchronizers to 10 models.
Glidecam Industries (C4240):
Glidecam will show its new Glidecam Gold Sled, which holds any video or film camera weighing from 13 to 38 pounds. The Gold Sled incorporates sophisticated engineering and precision machining to make it lightweight and strong. It is designed with the same look and aesthetics as the Glidecam Gold Arm and Vest. The Gold Series Sled is available with one of the various daylight-viewable, LCD monitors that the company also offers.
Affordable HD monitoring has now arrived with Ikegami’s HTM-1905, 1505, and 1005 monitors. All models allow for optional lower-cost, plug-in SDI boards and feature new CRTs for improved resolution.
Panasonic is expanding its line-up of broadcast-quality LCD TFT monitors with two additional panels—a new 8.4-inch HD resolution field portable, and an economical 14-inch SD model for studio applications. Compact and lightweight, the BT-LH900 was specifically designed to meet the requirements of on-the-go HD and SD production. Weighing just 5.5 pounds, the 8.4-inch diagonal BT-LH900 has 1024 x 768 XGA native resolution, brightness of 300cd/m2, 300:1 contrast ratio, and can display 1080/24psF, 1080i, 720p, 576i, 480p, and 480i.
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ParkerVision expands its line of live production automation systems with the introduction of the PVTV NEWS CR2000 and the addition of key user enhancements to existing systems. A new digital video system for professional broadcasters, the PVTV NEWS CR2000 is a multiple DVE system that allows for effects such as triple and quad boxes at a cost-effective price point. Featuring advanced software that simplifies the user interface for single operator control, the PVTV NEWS CR4000 improves upon the Transition Macro timeline management and workflow processes of previous PVTV systems, while expanding its automation and effects capability. The PVTV NEWS CR3000 leverages the integration of video, audio, camera, and teleprompter control functions into a one- or two-operator station. Introduced at last year’s NAB, the cost-efficient XSWITCH returns as a standalone version with more powerful features and a wider scope of applications for the broadcast and production industries.
Snell & Wilcox (C2860):
Snell & Wilcox introduces “PowerSync,” an ultra-compact HD-SDI synchronizer for use in production and transmission. As an expandable, 1RU device, PowerSync is intended for HD islands and other broadcast requirements. PowerSync is very space efficient, as it has the ability to accommodate up to six channels of HD synchronization in just 1RU. It also accepts both SD bi-level and HD tri-level references from a wide variety of formats. PowerSync is available as a single-, dual-, quad-, and six-channel unit.
Sony unveils its workflow innovations and will display them throughout NAB. The technologies leverage industry standard data networking for greater efficiency throughout the video production process. With these innovations, video professionals will be able to move assets over IP networks without having to hand-carry videotapes from one process to the next, track the contents of videotapes through metadata, and monitor the health of their systems through remote maintenance and administration. The workflow benefits will feature prominently in Sony’s new optical disc video system. Two optical disc camcorders, along with associated studio, compact and mobile decks, will offer remote management via Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), as well as metadata networking of low-resolution proxy audio/video, which can be transferred up to 30 times faster than realtime. The three optical decks also will support Material Exchange Format (MXF) file transfers over IP networks.
On the hardware side, Sony will introduce a new MPEG-based wireless camera transmitter and receiver system that significantly expands production capabilities, streamlines operations and improves overall workflow for crews covering sports, concerts, and other live events. “Sony’s new wireless camera system allows virtually limitless access to areas that were once unreachable due to cables,” said Larry Thorpe, senior vice president of content creation systems for Sony Electronics’ Business Solutions and Systems Company. “This innovative technology helps maximize creative flexibilities, enhancing coverage of major sports events, concerts, elections and news events.” The system consists of the lightweight WLL-CA50 wireless transmitter and the WLL-RX50 wireless receiver with the new BDX-D1000/3 MPEG decoder.
Spider Support Systems (C3560):
Spider Support Systems is showcasing its new Scorpion Pod, a one-piece portable tripod riser and standing platform. The unit elevates a camera tripod and operator 23 inches, and is designed for professional videographers who need to raise their camera’s viewpoint with speed and stability. Based on the features of its sister product, Spider Pod, Scorpion Pod’s unique one-piece design reduces the weight of the unit and makes setup quicker. The Scorpion Pod works with any tripod and can be purchased with optional hard or soft cases.
Telemetrics is introducing a new camera-recorder adapter specifically designed for Sony’s extensive line of broadcast and professional video cameras and recorders. The new TM-DSR-E10 allows users to mix and match a wide variety of Sony cameras and recorders without any modifications. It is the latest addition to the company’s line of specialty camera interfaces and adapters. The TM-DSR-E10 camera recorder interface is an electrical and mechanical adapter designed to dock Sony BVP series cameras to Sony’s DSR-1 or PVV-3 recorders without modification. Specific camera models include Sony’s BVP-E10, BVP-550, BVP-570, BVP-950, and BVP-9500WS. The unit accommodates all required camera/recorder interface signals to provide transparent operation. The lightweight TM-DSR-E10 is constructed of aluminum with a black textured finish.
Vinten introduces the new Fibertec tripod, which the company says is three times more rigid than other tripods. According to the company, rigidity is crucial for optimizing the effectiveness of the drag system on any pan and tilt head and it minimizes spring-back at the end of a movement and reduces the effect of wind buffeting and camera shake. Fibertec takes its strength from unique “channel” leg sections of carbon/glass composite, enabling Fibertec to consistently out-perform traditional twin tube designs.
Ward-Beck Systems (C722):
Ward-Beck introduces the VMS44, a compact solution for audio and video monitoring. Combining the features of four high resolution (600x234) LCD displays, four 28-segment stereo VU/PPM meters and four 5-segment correlation meters in a two rack unit panel, it is one of the most versatile audio and video monitoring system available. The unique telescoping and tilting front panel affords the user an unobstructed view in virtually any situation. The VMS44 is ideal for equipment rack and operating desk locations. The VMS44 comes standard with four NTSC video, four stereo analog and four AES inputs. PAL displays and digital video inputs are available options.
Brick House Video (SU5127):
Brick House Video is launching the VTB-2C, its second-generation broadcast specification SDI rack-mount 1RU 8-input switcher. Based on the architecture of the VTB-1D, the VTB-2DC incorporates significant enhancements to its predecessor, including frame-store synchronizers, which allow the user to work with asynchronous sources such as satellite downlinks; and digital audio processing including slave mixes. An important new feature is the addition of composite input and DSK options at very low cost.
Designed for post-production houses, a 24p progressive scan version of FOR-A’s Hanabi two mix/effect, dual SD/HD switcher with multiple channel DVE will be introduced. The Hanabi is 3RU high and is well-suited for OB vans and live applications. It is easily upgradeable from standard to high definition with a quick board replacement. It works within all major formats.
Panasonic is introducing the AW-SW350, a new half-rack video switcher with five composite and Y/C video inputs, designed to work with a five-camera system. The switcher has a built-in, 10-bit, five-channel frame synchronizer, which is useful for high-quality switching and eliminates the need to genlock when switching between cameras. Other features include eight-color background, SMPTE color bar, black- /white- /six-color fader, hard/soft mix level wipes, super impose key, intercom tally, and a USB port. The 12V, DC-operated AW-SW350 is NTSC/PAL switchable. An optional AC adaptor can be used for AC operation.
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Snell & Wilcox (C2860):
The latest addition to the Snell & Wilcox HD switcher range is the HD3060, a 3M/E high definition switcher designed for high performance live production. The HD3060 has 64 inputs (expandable to 128) and twelve keyers—including four sophisticated DSKs. Like all HD switchers in the Snell & Wilcox range, the HD3060 works in all known HD formats. The HD3060 offers the option of up to four powerful, two-channel DVEs that can apply effects to the keyers and background transitions, including warps, tiling, ripples, rolls and peels, and lighting effects. The effect options can be fully integrated and require no additional connections or extra rack space.
Snell & Wilcox will also show the new “SwitchPack” series, three SD, and two HD ultra-compact switchers designed for live broadcast and post-production environments, where space is at a premium. Displayed in its optional custom-made flight case to demonstrate the ready-for-action quality of the new range, the fully loaded SwitchPack comprises a 1RU SD mainframe and/or a 1RU HD mainframe and a common control panel. The entire range includes SwitchPack 4 (four inputs, one keyer), SwitchPack 8 (eight inputs, three keyers) and SwitchPack 16 (16 inputs, five keyers).
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