An Early Look At Some of the Newest Offerings on Display at NAB2004
Broadcast Pix (Booth # SU9524)
Broadcast Pix will showcase the new Version 2 software for the Broadcast Pix Studio system. In addition to the switcher, Inscriber CG, digital disk recorder, stillstore, logo generator and three DVEs Version 1 provided, Version 2 features three new options: camera control, animations for the CG, a second DDR channel, and a Pinnacle 3D DVE. New standard features in Version 2 include StudioMemory for recalls that combine all of the system's tools, and ShowBuilder for the off-line pre-production of shows.
Broadcast Pix will also showcase a plug-in API (application programming interface) to enable plug-ins to be added to the Broadcast Pix System, which can then be controlled by the Broadcast Pix control panel, with its knobs, joystick, and PixButtons with built-in picture displays. The first plug-in using this new API is camera control.
L-3 Communications (Booth # C1422)
New for NAB2004 is the CEA 80, a modified version of L-3's Constant Efficiency Amplifier (CEA) tube for use in analog transmitters to improve efficiency over standard IOTs. The new device is currently available and has been fully tested in analog service. It will work in common mode, with performance equal to an IOT in all respects: gain, linearity, sync compression, etc. The CEA 80 is capable of 55% efficiency in analog service.
PESA (Booth # SU9530)
In a break from tradition, PESA will be introducing a router not named after a feline at this year's show. Premiere is a small expandable system available in matrix sizes based on 8 x 4, 12 x 8, 16 x 8, and 16 x 16. It can handle a variety of signal types including composite, Y/C, RGB, RGBHV, and stereo audio. Future releases will include SDI, HD-SDI, and AES/EBU. Included in Premiere are RS232, USB, Ethernet, and PESA PRC connectivity, along with PESA Windows set-up software and a local control panel. In addition, the system is easily networked with auto-sensing configuration and can be controlled remotely on an IP network from anywhere in the world.
For those looking to control their routers from just about anywhere, PESA will offer the Clikcontrol Internet-based router control system. It operates over Ethernet via TCP/IP and uses a Windows Internet Explorer browser as the client interface. It communicates directly to the 3500PRO or Ocelot control system via RS232. Once configured, Clikcontrol can be used just like any remote control panel linked to the system.
PESA will launch the UCI-2000 protocol conversion unit for the Grass Valley Encore and SMS7000 in the U.S. for the first time at NAB. The 1RU protocol translator is now available for the Grass Valley Encore and SMS7000. Units are also available for Ditech, Philips, and Sony routing systems. The UCI-2000 allows the user to set up communications in either a master or slave mode.
Telecast Fiber (Booth # SU9824)
First introduced at IBC2003 and now shipping, the DiamondBack II is a natural extension of the DiamondBack video multiplexer. It features eight channels of broadcast-quality analog video and a ninth BNC for the coaxial output of the company's various Adders on a single fiber.
Thomson/Grass Valley (Booth # SU8076)
Thomson will showcase two new additions to its Grass Valley camera line. A new hybrid fiber system for the Grass Valley LDK 6000 mk II WorldCam camera will support high-bandwidth transmission of HD video up to 13,000 feet over fiber-optic cable. The system also features a camera adapter and fiber modules for its base station. A new SDI multi-core camera system will provide a compact, flexible solution for Grass Valley LDK 300 and LDK 500 camera users. In addition to an LDK 300 or an LDK 500 camera head equipped with a IT, ITW, FT or DPM sensor, the system includes a compact multi-purpose adapter, a 100 meter multi-core cable, a base unit, and a choice of camera control panels.
Thomson Grass Valley
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