NAB 2003 New Products Part 1

Asset Management
Crispin (SU5651):
Crispin will be introducing the Crispin Archive Manager (CAM), which provides end-to-end realtime video content cataloging, storage, and retrieval of realtime video content for playback and editing. CAM provides an affordable DVD-RAM archive solution for safe asset storage on individual cartridge or robotic jukeboxes. It can be a standalone or be integrated with automation.

Leitch (SU4525):
Leitch will showcase VRMediaNet and VRtech. The VRMediaNet media management system simplifies workflow through the seamless integration of server systems. It provides tracking and management of media and metadata in one or more VR domains. VRtech is a powerful tool for monitoring, tracking, and logging system performance. It provides local and remote monitoring and management of Leitch server systems. Based on industry-standard SNMP protocols and featuring a user-friendly graphical interface, it can be purchased as a standalone application or integrated with the CCS Pilot system.

Sony (SU4015):
Sony is pursuing a complete metadata network, from acquisition and production, to emission and archiving, with many of the key components to be made available to the industry at NAB2003. This approach leverages metadata in the form of Unique Material Identifiers (UMIDs), good shot markers, and low-resolution proxy audio/video, which users can browse remotely from any PC on the network. This will enable robust identification of recorded assetsfor convenient access at every stage of production, post production, and archiving.

Sundance Digital (SU5337):
Sundance Digital is entering the digital asset management arena with a solution designed to overcome barriers that inhibit widespread access to and use of valuable creative content. The company will also demonstrate technologies that add new functionality to its NewsLink and Titan systems, as well as its FastBreak Automation and FastBreak Spot Play systems.
Sundance Digitals solution for digital asset management comprises a wide-ranging set of database tools that enable facility users to classify, disseminate, organize, and manage their media asset information throughout a TV station. Asset management solutions are available for FastBreak Automation, Titan, and NewsLink.

Azden Corporation (N2038):

Azden Corporation is introducing the FMX-2, a portable, 2-channel field mixer designed for the professional videographer. The all-metal, battery operated (single 9V) mixer features two balanced XLR mic/line switchable outputs, a stereo mini-jack (3.5mm) output, twin "PEAK" level input indicators, a "MONITOR" output (stereo or mono) with level control, and a POWER on/off/low battery LED indicator.

Wheatstone (N2804):
Wheatstone will be launching the D-9TV digital television console, targeted at the needs of mid-market facilities, at NAB2003. The modular series is available with four to 52 input faders, with sample rate converters on each digital input. D-9TV directs any source to any fader and features integral dynamics/EQ functions and snapshot recall. It also offers mix-minus, monitoring and talkback capabilities; 5.1; stereo master; and mono and subgroup outputs.

Automation Systems
Chyron/Pro-Bel (C2074):
Chyron will be introducing Phantasia, a low-end automation solution based on industry-standard components rather than specialist hardware. Phantasia provides a reliable and cost-effective infrastructure for a fully flexible multichannel automation solution that is both MPEG and DV compatible. Each system provides sophisticated tools allowing the management of up to eight channels; further expansion is available with the addition of more eight channel groups on a virtually unlimited basis.

IBIS (SU7151):
IBIS will be introducing LiveTx, a new integrated broadcast information solution combining metadata capture with flexible, live-to-air automation control. An "instant" TV station in one 12U package, it offers live-to-air graphics, audio, and multiple device control, scheduling, media asset management, and an archive plug-in.

Additionally, IBIS will be showcasing IBIS P2, a comprehensive, flexible system for multiple channels providing a total solution for all business management needs, and SprinTx, designed to provide a package of applications for the control of ingest, playout, editing, and media management for sports and news applications.

For those needing event control, LEIGHTRONIX will announce a new series of network-manageable event controllers designed for station automation:
The MINI-T-NET offers an event controller combined with a built-in 8 x 1 video/audio switcher featuring loss-of-video detection.

The NET-164 replaces the LEIGHTRONIX PRO-16 for use in medium-sized systems. Building upon the MINI-T-NET features, its expanded capabilities include a larger 16 x 4 routing switcher with stereo audio as well as PRO-BUS control capacity of 16 sources.

The NET-EC is a new addition to the LEIGHTRONIX event controller family intended for controlling systems with routing switchers as large as 32 x 32. It utilizes the LEIGHTRONIX PRO-BUS for control of as many as 16 digital or analog playback sources or recorders, including DVD, tape, and GPI-controlled systems.

Sundance Digital (SU5337):
Sundance Digital will be making its NewsLink integration control software available to users of Avids iNews newsroom computer systems. Sundance has also added functionality with a Producers Rundown Manager to facilitate manual story list creation and on-air device management when used in conjunction with a legacy, non-MOS-complaint newsroom computer system.

In addition to NewsLink, Sundance will show an enhanced edition of ProgramView Lo-Res for Titan automation. It automatically converts all media ingested to the video server into browseable MPEG-1 proxy format. Also exhibited will be NewsRecord, a standalone functionality enhancement for FastBreak Automation and Titan that facilitates the recording of live newscasts onto the video server while simultaneously segmenting it for subsequent replay and/or repurposing.

FOR-A (C2838):
FOR-A will showcase its new VFC-1000 variable frame-rate camera, which allows users to analyze in precise detail sports motion and a number of other high-speed applications using any common laptop computer. An upgraded successor to FOR-As VFC-300, the VFC-1000 captures images between 50 to an optional 8,000fps with up to 1/100,000-second high-speed electrical shutter. An onboard recorder is contained in the camera head, and the VFC-1000 comes in black and white or color models and outputs composite signal, s-video, and Ethernet.

Hitachi Denshi America (C2850):
Last year you could see it, now you can buy it. The worlds first professional DVD-RAM camcorder, the new Z-3000/CR-D10 from Hitachi, is now available. Using Hitachis digital signal processing cameras, the Z-3000 series, along with the CR-D10 recorder and third-party nonlinear editing software for field applications, makes this an extremely flexible, mobile, and cost-efficient field acquisition system. The CR-D10 records digital video from the Z-3000 series professional DSP cameras directly as computer files onto the DVD-RAM or DVD-R disc. The recorder can record up to one hour of full-motion MPEG-2 video on a single 4.7Gb 8-cm DVD-RAM/ DVD-R disc. It can additionally be used as a standalone recorder that accepts audio and video from other sources.

Ikegami (C2638):

The new HDK-79EX is a compact, portable HD camera weighing just under 12 pounds. Its integral fiber adapter gives it easy compatibility with any of Ikegamis fiber base stations. The portable HDK-79EX camera will receive improved studio support via the new SE-79EX system expander. The low-profile SE-79EX uses only integral connectors, with no cables between any of the pieces, resulting in a sturdier design.

Ikegamis latest CCU is the CCU-790A, which works with all HDK-model 1080i and 720p native cameras. Using Ikegamis new video processing ASIC, it introduces new detail enhancement features, including Wide-band and Color DTL. The CCU-790A offers an optional multiformat converter that allows for maximum flexibility between HD formats, including 1080i, 720p, and 24p.

Also on display will be the production version of the Ikegami HDL-20, a high-performance POV camera featuring two 2/3-inch, 2.2 megapixel IT CCDs. The HDL-20 achieves superb picture quality with a horizontal resolution of 1,000 TV lines, making it ideal for sports, helicopter-gyroscope coverage, and numerous other POV applications.

Ikegamis imagery extends to SDTV with the recently introduced switchable 16:9/4:3 HL-60W 3-chip AIT CCD digital camera, featuring 520,000 pixel CCDs and using Ikegamis latest ASIC with a 0.18 micron design. The HL-60Ws immediate success is expected to increase further with the introduction of the compact TA-60 component triax adapter, as well as the SE-60 system expander, featuring low profile and cableless interconnectivity.

The DVCAM camcorder line is extended with the HL-DV7AW, which adds exciting new features to the popular HL-DV7W. Now with external video input, shooters with a pool feed or source other than the integrated camera can record video using the tape section. The Ikegami AIT CCD is also added for improved smear characteristic and higher performance.

The DNG line of hard disk-based Editcam II cameras, the DNS-21W/DNS-201W, will be joined by a new standalone recorder, the DNE-31. Recording to a convenient digital nonlinear environment, Editcam II brings revolutionary features such as retroloop, timelapse recording, and random access editing to field production.

JVC (C2050):

JVC is rolling out the first two modules for its GY-DV5000U camcorder. First, the DR-DV5000 (co-developed by JVC and Focus Enhancements) records the DV signal onto a user-removable, standard 2.5-inch compact hard disk. An 80G hard drive will deliver more than 6 1z2 hours of digital recording time. The DR-DV5000 can be pre-configured by the user to record in the native file format of any major nonlinear editor (NLE), including: Avid OMF-DV, QuickTime-DV, RawDV, AVI Type 1-DV, AVI Type 2-DV, AVI Type 2C-DV, and Matrox AVI-DV. The DR-DV5000 is fully integrated with the GY-5000U, providing extensive status information. It plays back through the viewfinder and LCD display.

Second, the GY-DV5000U encodes MPEG-4 files in realtime using the KA-DV5000U MPEG-4 pack. For traditional production work, the KA-DV5000U boasts a feature called "Scene Capture," which automatically stores a scene log containing an MPEG-4 video clip and the start and end time code locations of each recorded scene on the tape into a CF memory card. Bundled software named Scene Viewer displays the time codes and the MPEG-4 video clips as well as the time codes corresponding to all the scenes recorded on the DV videotape. The MPEG-4 clips can then be viewed and managed on a personal computer.

For HD acquisition, JVC will showcase HD-CMOS high definition camera technology with a three 2/3-inch 2.1 megapixel CMOS HD camera that utilizes the next generation of Rockwell CMOS chips to deliver full 1080i high definition performance. The camera outputs 1920x1080/59.94i and provides two SMPTE 292M HD-SDI outputs. The configuration is box style and, with its 2/3-inch B4 bayonet lens, is capable of many applications.

For the "I wish I could afford HD" crowd, theres the JY-HD10U, a 1-CCD, handheld mini-DV camcorder from the companys consumer products division. Its an SD (480/60i) unit that also happens to record in progressive (480/60p) and HD (720/30p). The two progressive models use native 16:9 from the 1.18 megapixel CCD with MPEG-2 compression, and the standard mode is 4:3 with DV compression. Additionally, the JY-HD10U can upconvert or downconvert to most formats, because it provides format conversion while playing back through its analog component outputs. Other features include an optical image stabilizer system, still photo capture capability, two XLR connectors, and an IEEE-1394 bus interface.

Panasonic (C904):
Touted as "the last SD production camcorder youll ever need," the AJ-SDX900 can record in DVCPRO50 (4:2:2) or DVCPRO (4:1:1) and can select either 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratios. The 15-pound unit also offers a choice of 480/24p, 480/30p, and 480/60i image capture.

The 3-CCD AG-DVC80 is designed for lower budget operations and users that cant afford the move to DVCPRO. It has the body style of the AG-DVX100, but is strictly a 480i/60 palmcorder. Like all DV Proline camcorders, it comes standard with an IEEE-1394 interface. Other features include 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratio shooting modes and built-in XLR inputs.

Sony (SU4015):

Perhaps the industrys worst-kept secret, Sonys work with blue laser technology for use in an optical disc recording system for professional video pays off this NAB. The optical disk family includes two new camcorders and three decks designed as a Beta SP replacement for ENG and EFP applications. The camcorders can record in DVCAM or MPEG IMX formats and simultaneously record a "proxy" low-res version (352 x 240 x 30) that can be transferred faster than realtime for quick review of footage or aired if necessary. Both camcorders feature three 2/3-inch EX HAD image sensors.

The new optical media uses a 5-inch rewriteable disc housed in a protective cartridge. One disc holds 90 minutes of DVCAM or up to 75 minutes of MPEG IMX material. All five products support i.LINK (IEEE-1394) and Ethernet interfaces.

For HD in the studio, the HDC-910 captures 1080i imagery at a variety of frame rates, as well as 720p/60.

Sony will also show its new HDC-F950, an HDCAM SR camcorder with uncompressed 4:4:4 RGB and 4:2:2 HD output.

Miranda Technologies (C2826):
Miranda will be introducing its new DV-45 MPEG-2 modules, which provide MPEG-2 4:2:2 encode and decode and are 100% plug-compatible with existing Nortel DV-45 Shelves. They provide an easy and cost-effective way to upgrade video transport networks to 601/SDI and improve bandwidth utilization without having to replace the entire network infrastructure.

Multidyne (C276):
Multidyne Video and Fiber Optic Systems will be bringing a variety of products to the show, including the DV-1394, DVM-2500, DVM-2700, DVM-8000, the FMX-230 series, and the RGB-2000 system. The DV-1394 is a FireWire fiber optic transport system for compressed serial digital video. It provides high-quality transmission of compressed video over long distance, conforming to the FireWire IEEE 1394A/B protocol. The DVM-2500 is a bidirectional video, audio, and data fiber optic multiplexer that supports one video, six audio, and four data channels bidirectionally over one fiber. The DVM-2700 is a 2-channel audio, video, and data fiber optic multiplexer. It can support up to two video, up to 10 audio, and four simplex data channels. The DVM-8000 is a bidirectional, multichannel video, audio, data, and telephone fiber optic multiplexer for sports, ENG, and field production. It supports eight video, 16 audio, four data, intercom, and two telephone lines in one direction and four video, eight audio, four data, intercom, and two telephone lines in the other direction. The FMX-230 is a series of add/drop RS232/RS422 data transceivers, a flexible solution for connecting multiple devices together in a fault-tolerant drop and insert network. There are no limitations on the number of nodes present in the network. The RGB-2000 is a 50MHz RGB and VGA fiber optic transport system, which provides a long-haul transport system for high-quality, high-resolution RGB or VGA video sources via fiber optic cable.

Telecast Fiber Systems (SU4688):
Making its debut at NAB2003 is Telecasts new HD/POV bidirectional video and data link. It is available as either a rack-mounted or "throw-down" module that transports broadcast-quality HD/SDI video from a remote POV camera, simultaneous NTSC/PAL video, return video/genlock/tri-level sync back to the camera, tally/closure signals, and two full-duplex control data signals for both camera and PTZ platforms.

Additionally, Telecast Fiber will be showcasing the SHED family of adapters, which simplify cabling requirements by supporting all bidirectional camera signals on standard single-mode fiber cables. These are especially useful for sports applications.

Telestream (SU5661):
Telestream will unveil its latest ClipMail MPEG delivery appliance at NAB2003. The new ClipView is designed for users who just need to receive and play back high-quality video such as ad spots for review and approvalswithout the need for encoding.

New enhancements will also be unveiled for Telestreams ClipMail MPEG encoding/delivery appliances. In addition, new formats and features will be demonstrated for the FlipFactory transcoding automation applications that improve connectivity to edit systems, broadcast servers, and cable VOD servers.