The products shown here represent but a small sample of the key technologies and new services seen at this year's IBC2003 convention. Based on the number of press releases we've already received, you can expect to find thousands of new products being shown from almost 1000 exhibitors.
If you'd like a more interactive interface with these products, visit the Broadcast Engineering Web site. There, you'll find each new product, complete with a description and hot link back to the manufacturer's Web site. From our Web site, you'll be able to quickly view the product and also request information directly from the vendor.
Finally, to make your convention floor time more enjoyable and efficient, don't forget to use the Broadcast Engineering map, which is located in our August issue. Your feet will appreciate it!
Now, read on for some of the new products you'll find at IBC2003.
+44 1284 752 121; www.vinten.com
Reduces the risk of wind buffeting and camera shake; “channel” leg sections are made of carbon/glass composite; is lightweight; lever action clamps are positioned adjacent to each other; minimizes cable snags.
APPLE FINAL CUT PRO 4
+33 1 69 86 34 00
Supports DVCPRO50; transfers 4:2:2 images via FireWire; support for asymmetric trimming; customization features including fully customizable keyboards and workspace layouts; multi-track audio mixing, multi-channel output and real-time audio effects; includes LiveType CG and Soundtrack.
DIGITAL MATRIX INTERCOM
TELEX RTS CRONUS
+49 9421 706 317; www.telex.de
32-port system occupying 2RU; its standard configuration offers the ability to link up to four units into a single 128-port matrix over distances of hundreds of meters.
+44 1628 531 221; www.vistek.tv
Can be controlled externally; all parts of the panel provide continuous status monitoring; error conditions can be immediately flagged.
+33 1 3490 3100; www.thales-bm.com
Remultiplexer features input/output bit rates up to 180Mb/s with accuracy to one bit per second and built-in ASI and SMPTE-310M outputs; remultiplexes up to eight ASI and seven IP/Ethernet transport streams, and provides for PSI/PSIP table management; other capabilities include broadcast-to-cable translation, opportunistic data insertion and bandwidth optimization.
HD ZOOM LENS
+49 2154 924 0
Sports lens has 101x magnification; includes a built-in OS-Tech optical stabilization system and a built-in moisture removal system; features multiple moving zoom groups that minimize coma and field curvature; back focus technology enables remote control of macro and focus fade on wide shots.
+49 6173 928 0
The latest addition to the Continuum DVP family; when combined with the D9020 encoder, this decoder creates a dynamic headend transport solution for efficiently delivering MPEG-2 video between headends; offers a space-efficient method for recovering programs from the MPEG-2 transport stream at remote hubs for the analog tier.
ENCODA A5000 D-SERIES
+44 20 8339 1822
Includes DAL channel manager, DAL Content Server, DALingest Client and DALstations; provides the functionality necessary for playout, automatic caching and system-wide alarm management.
LOCATION SOUND RECORDER
HHB COMMUNICATIONS USA PORTADRIVE
+44 20 8962 5000; www.hhbusa.com
Combines 8-track recording on a removable hard drive, simultaneous recording of mono or 2-channel rushes to an external DVD-RAM/DVD-R/DVD-RW drive, 24-bit/96kHz performance, comprehensive timecode facilities and session-based file transfer.
TELESTREAM MAP REVIEW
Automatically records multiple video feeds and captures metadata during ingest; media are encoded and stored in Windows Media Video 9; extends familiar Windows Explorer navigation toolkit; can access, organize, search, review and share media across the facility from a desktop; can simultaneously review live newscasts along side competitors.
EVS MPEG-2 SERVER SYSTEMS
+32 4 361 7000; www.evs.tv
Product line is now both ATSC- and DVB-compliant and includes complete DTV business packages for multichannel time-zone delay; multichannel playout is handled by existing automation or with playlist management integrated within the server system; core technology relies on direct ASI inputs and outputs, and integrated multiplexing, maintaining content in the MPEG-compressed domain all the way through.
4-bus; has 28 or 32 mainframe inputs, A&D I/Os, VU metering, dual source inputs, optional line selectors phone modules and open bus architecture; features full logic, opto-isolated machine control, built-in TB, cue, headphone, clock and timer; switchable daughter cards allow varying sources and signal rate within the same mainframe.
SEACHANGE BROADCAST MEDIACLUSTER 24000
Contains up to 35TB; provides fault resilience, multichannel I/Os and standards-based IP network performance; uses 24 drives per server chassis in clusters comprising of three to seven nodes; stores and plays media encoded at 8- to 30Mb/s.
HD AUDIO MONITOR
WOHLER TECHNOLOGIES AMP-S8
Features eight 26- or 53-segment high-resolution tri-color LED level meters showing simultaneous VU and PPM; output limiter circuits are incorporated to protect the speakers; has an extra AES input.
+44 1483 280208; www.ibistv.com
Fully scalable desktop browsing solution links into IBIS's LandScape, P2 and ServerSuite applications providing the ability to view media clips in any of the applications from a standard PC desktop.
ANTON/BAUER HYTRON 120
Capable of powering any camera or camera/light combination; offers 20 percent improvement in capacity to 120 watt hours, addling almost one hour of runtime to the typical ENG camera runtime.
DIGITAL SPG AND TSG
TRILOGY MENTOR PLUS
+44 01264 384000
Includes embedded audio outputs on both digital black and test signal outputs; offers the option of wide-screen test signals; combines the benefits of a broadcast Master SPG, a studio reference TSG, and three multi-field black and burst timing units and embedded audio.
DIGITAL ROUTING SWITCHER
Utah Scientific 400/64
Uses a 3-board architecture consisting of an input board, a crosspoint board and an output board; contains 36 I/O slots; features signal presence detection, low-power consumption, redundant power supplies and control cards, and an internal monitor matrix.
PIXEL POWER PIXELBROWSER
+44 1223 72 1000; www.pixelpower.com
Web-based browser is an open standards-based software solution to the problem of browsing and searching still picture, video clip and character generator page assets in a broadcast environment; using only a common Web browser, staff can search the library of stills, clips and pages, and drag and drop images to create a playlist.
LINK RESEARCH L1000
+44 1923 200 900; www.linkres.co.uk
Low bit rate is now offered, extending the standard minimum bit rate of 2.5Mb/s down to 500kb/s; can be supplied in a small chassis that is half the size of a standard 19-inch equipment rack; ideal for OB trucks.
+49 221 70 91333; www.rtw.de
2- and 4-channel design in a half-sized 19-inch submodule; features similar to those of the PortaMonitor but with transformer-balanced analog inputs and buffered AES/EBU signals looped through the unit.
ZANDAR DX DIGITAL SERIES
+353 1 2808 945; www.zandar.com
Available in 4-, 8-, 12- or 16-channel configurations; features SDI or composite inputs with auto-detect of input format and a selection of outputs — video, SDI or VGA.
+49 2131 1230; www.ikegami.com
Provides for both HD and SD capability; handles requirements of HDTV (1080i/720p) and SDTV (480i/480p); CCD readout switchable between interlace and progressive scan modes; signal can be converted in the CCU to different formats; high sampling frequency of 28.64MHz provides maximum resolution of 900TV lines in the NTSC format.
MPEG-2 MEDIA SERVER
Integrated media management solution that provides access to a comprehensive set of video management features, including: time code aware recording, Longitudinal Time Code (LTC) input/output, remote access and simultaneous encoding/decoding confidence monitoring.
VIDEOTEK DDM-520 (SHOWN BELOW) AND DDM-540
Have a variety of I/O capabilities; can display signals at 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i; decodes and displays EIA 608 and 708 closed captions on-screen; supports three MPEG-2 streamed formats.
SNELL & WILCOX UPCASTER
+44 20 8917 4300; www.snellwilcox.com
1-box HD upconverter for use in transmission and production; specifically designed to enable U.S. broadcasters to achieve a high-quality DTV picture on-air at an economic price point; suited to live production due to its low latency; easily configurable and designed primarily for fixed-mode operation; can handle all common HD formats.
AVID DNA FAMILY
+44 175 365 5999; www.avid.com
Trio of hardware accelerators, dubbed Nitris, Adrenaline and Mojo, pumps up the power of nonlinear-editing and media-processing systems; Nitris offers processing power equivalent to 30 Pentium-4 processors and supports uncompressed HD formats and up to eight audio channels; Adrenaline can transform PC and Mac desktops into high-powered editing workstations.
ZCG AND GRAPHICS SYSTEM
PIXEL POWER CLARITY2
+44 1223 72 1000; www.pixelpower.com
Multiple pixel processors operate in parallel; a hybrid of dedicated graphics hardware and open platform PC technology.
FLUORESCENT LIGHTING FIXTURE
ARRI STUDIO COOL
+44 20 8848 8881; www.arri.com
Fluorescent fixture with choice of reflectors, three control options and traditional cast and extruded aluminum housing; can be used on the road or in the studio; slide-in lamp support and locking lamp holders allow for six 4-tube Studio Cools on one circuit.
+44 8705 004300; www.omnibus.tv
Based on standard open IT protocols; utilizes a micro-modular design; provides tight integration between new HeadLine series of modules, including Edit 1000, 2000 and 3000 desktop editors.
DIGITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT
+44 1256 869200; www.arkemedia.com
Pre-configured end-to-end system handles ingest and storage to management and distribution; ships with Ingest Manager, Resource Manager, full system management tools, HSM, and RAID.
SCOPUS CODICO E-1710
+972 3 900 77 77; www.scopus.net
Combines encoding and modulation in a one rack-mounted unit; compact platform for DSNG applications; provides embedded L-band monitoring.
TALLY AND UMD CONFIGURATION PROGRAM
TELEVISION SYSTEMS TALLYMAN
+44 1628 687 200 www.televisionsystems.ltd.uk
Allows users to reconfigure tally systems easily and to interface to hardware including switchers, routers and multiviewers; allows an operator from single position to control the entire system.
SGI MEDIA SERVER
Supports up to eight standard-definition MPEG-2 video channels, with up to eight audio channels per video channel; compression rates up to 50Mb/s; supports most broadcast digital formats.
DIGITAL MIXING CONSOLE
SALZBRENNER STAGETEC MEDIAGROUP CANTUS
+49 30 639902 0; www.stagetec.com
Features a distributed system consisting of a main console, optional slave consoles, a separate audio processor and the Nexus routing system; system components are interconnected by duplex fiber-optic cables.
BRICK HOUSE VIDEO VTB-2A
+44 23 8067 6026 www.brickhousevideo.com
Two additional switched auxiliary outputs allow it to offer 4×4 routing facilities; features take (cross-cut), auto/manual mix and wipe and auto fade to black.
HD TRANSMISSION SERVER
LEITCH VR MTS TRANSMISSION SERVER
+44 1344 44 60 00; www.leitch.com
HD content can be ingested and played out via ASI SPTS or MPTS; capable of storing both HD and SD material on same server.
PESA SWITCHING SYSTEMS CHEETAH 448X FLEXI-FRAME
Incorporates a 27RU frame designed to support SD and HD, as well as other non-standard digital signals simultaneously; internal backplanes are programmable for either input or output connection.
AUDIO ROUTING MATRIX
NTP SYSTEM NTP625
+45 44 53 11 88; www.ntpsys.com
Flexible audio matrix can be installed either as a master control room matrix system or associated to user surfaces and/or control panels for use in studios.
COLOR CONTROL SUITE
PANDORA POGLE EVOLUTION
+44 1474 561000; pogle.pandora-int.com
Includes an integrated Wacom drawing tablet, dedicated knobs and soft keys; hardware and software is linked by a high-speed network.
ON AIR SYSTEMS ON-AIR SOLUTIONS
+44 20 7663 3663 www.on-air-systems.com
Fourteen modular software applications can be used separately or as a turnkey system from acquisition to transmission on a PC; ON-AIR Studio allows the operator to control all the MCR elements.
+44 118 986 6123; www.chyron.com
Editing system consists of a Chyron-specified laptop PC, a PCMCIA PCI CG/squeezeback card contained in a separate three-pound box, and a complete CG/”squeeze & tease” software package.
ENCODA SYSTEMS BROADCAST MASTER
+44 20 8339 1822
Integrates program rights management, scheduling and payment functionality; provides integrated library and workflow management.
IP-MPEG ANALYSIS SYSTEM
+65 6547 4935; www.pixelmetrix.com
Provides MPEG-2 transport stream analysis and monitoring over an IP connection; supports 10Mb/s, 100Mb/s and 1000Mb/s Ethernet, and both the ad hoc MPEG over UDP and RTP encapsulations.
MEDIA LIFECYCLE-MANAGEMENT TOOLS
BBC TECHNOLOGY COLLEDIA
+44 20 7765 4748
Enables broadcasters to produce high-quality content more efficiently at every stage of the creation, management and distribution lifecycle.
SOFTWARE-ONLY MEASUREMENT PACKAGE
+44 1494 793763; www.hamlet.co.uk
Designed for the desktop editing market; provides real-time precise waveform and vectorscope displays of DV video, and level and phase displays of embedded audio.
SWITCHCRAFT AAA SERIES
+44 23 9266 1579; www.switchcraft.com
Available in three to seven pins or contacts; features easy twist on combination handle/strain relief, and only two parts to assemble; strain relief is designed to accommodate most popular cable sizes; also features a rugged die-cast metal handle for optimum protection and increased signal shielding.
DNF CONTROLS DMAT-O
Designed for Odetics protocol-based video servers; allows users to assign playout speed for every element in their highlight list; access up to four record trains for the creation of clips and highlight lists.
MOBILE NEWS EDITING SYSTEM
PANASONIC AJ-DE10 NOTEBOOK
+44 118 902 9200; www.panasonic.com
Rugged notebook computer-based news editing system; extends DVCPRO and DV newsroom editing into the field; 1394 interface; supports 25Mbps DVCPRO and other DV-based video.
ANALOG VIDEO CARD
BLACKMAGIC DESIGN DECKLINKSP
+61 3 9682 4770; www.decklink.com
Features analog component YUV video input and output, analog stereo-balanced XLR audio input and output, and separate SDI video monitoring output; separates SPDIF digital audio outputs for monitoring or high-end mastering.
TRILOGY BROADCAST SENTINEL
+44 01264 384000
Improved networked connectivity and alarm masking; includes VTR/server data, subtitles and AFDs; In-Vision display of monitored data and additional PC status monitoring.
Provides support for analog as well as digital signals; allows you to mix and match analog audio, AES and time code in the same frame; a single NV7256-Plus frame supports matrix sizes up to 256×256; multiple frames may be linked together to build larger systems; expansion is linear.
MIRANDA TECHNOLOGIES DENSITÉ
+33 1 55 86 87 88; www.miranda.com
Provides video and audio signal measurement and alarm profiling, as well as visual confidence monitoring with low latency, low bit rate video, and audio streaming over standard IP networks.
THOMSON GRASS VALLEY APEX
+44 1753 21 8717
Audio router features high-density construction and 11RU 256×256 chassis housing; TDM switching architecture; able to interconnect multiple frames to create matrices up to 1280×1280.
IRDETO ACCESS CYPHERCAST FOR IPTV
+31 23 556 2770; www.irdetoaccess.com
Designed for operators requiring secure deployment of premium video over DSL and FTTH; features real-time encryption; session-based encryption includes limited-life keys and encryption of individual VOD sessions.
UNIVERSAL-FORMAT DVE SYSTEM
Allows the creation of real-time video effects in either SD (525 or 625) or HD (720, 1035 or 1080) at all known frame rates; internal hard drive for more storage and fast save/recall of files.
WAVEFORM MONITOR SERIES
+44 1344 39 22 00; www.tektronix.com
Advanced video measurement tools for production, post-production, distribution and transmission of HD and SD content. Features an optional audio monitoring module to validate standards and document compliance.