S’NAB shots

Asia Image sneaks a peek at some new offerings to come on show at NABSHOW 2008, to be held from April 14 – 17, 2008 at the Las Vegas Convention Center

Thomson (Booth: N1313) At NABSHOW 2008, Thomson will have on display, the Thomson Grass Valley Ignite SD and HD integrated production systems which feature improvements to the reliability and single-operator functionality, as well as streamlined production processes of live newscasts and videos. Newly added is the Ignite IQ software which adds automation capabilities to speed up processes including entry of production data, resource management, and resource conflict identification. Using the system’s Transition Macro Element (TME) technology which establishes news segments and transitions as ‘events’ on an event timeline, all segments of a live newscast can be pre-programmed and previewed prior to a show going to air. Operators can create fixed properties within the TME or create a base TME template that includes variables, which can be entered when the TME is added to a story in the newsroom computer system rundown. Also new is the autoCORRECT facial tracking technology for Ignite’s SDC/HDC robotic camera systems which enables unmanned, automatic tracking of anchors and on-air talent in the studio. The technology automatically makes adjustments to pan, tilt, and zoom the robotic cameras to keep the talent properly framed within the shot. In addition, the Ignite system now offers additional audio configuration choices as an alternative to the current Klotz Digital hardware and software audio frame. Catering to owners of the Kayak digital video production switcher, Thomson will offer the Ignite Lite system which includes the hardware and software components of a full-featured Ignite system, but does not include the Kayak frame. Ignite Lite systems can be configured with Klotz audio hardware and software, Ignite external audio interface, or with no audio interface. Also on display is the new Aurora Craft edit system which shares all file-based production tools used by news editors within the Thomson Grass Valley Aurora Edit platform. As the latest addition to the Aurora platform, Aurora Craft offers tapeless workgroups complete quality of service and bandwidth protection against bottlenecks while providing each user access to materials. The new Aurora Craft package will include broadcast-quality codecs, playout integration, audio tools, MOS integration, and asset management capabilities found within the Aurora platform. In addition to multi-camera production and multi-layering features, Aurora Craft also has the ability to link to a story residing on a newsroom computer system and access a script. ————————————————————————————————- Omneon, Inc. (Booth: SU9620) From its acquisition of Castify Networks in December 2007, NABSHOW 2008 will see Omneon highlighting Castify EBN, a file transport engine employing acceleration technology that allows for high-speed file transfers over a wide area network (WAN). File transfer speeds achieved with Castify EBN are substantially greater than FTP transfers and are not affected by distance. While a one hour DV25 file sent from Los Angeles to New York on a 450 Mbps connection would take 30 hours via FTP, the same transfer can be accomplished in three minutes using Castify EBN. Castify EBN is fully integrated with all Omneon server and storage products including MediaGrid, Spectrum, and MediaDeck. It allows for point-to-point and point-to-multipoint transfers of content between systems. Typical media applications for Castify EBN include transport of contributions from regional offices of broadcasters, transfers between affiliates, as well as transfers from post productions houses to clients and broadcasters. Also being showcased is the Omneon MediaGrid 2.1 content storage system for smaller and entry level system configurations suitable for facilities including local broadcast stations, post production facilities, and corporate audio-visual departments. New features in the 2.1 version of the MediaGrid system include the ability to create storage reservations to guarantee a minimum amount of storage, tail-mode FTP to support workflows in conjunction with third-party servers, and enhanced system monitoring and reporting. The MediaGrid system employs a modular design that incorporates industry-standard components and connectivity. The system’s components communicate over standard Ethernet links and generate aggregate bandwidth for external clients of the system to prevent bottlenecks. Each MediaGrid storage component also provides computational resources to applications for media-processing functions while the content itself resides in the storage system. ————————————————————————————————- Digital Vision (Booth: SL3205) Digital Vision, a supplier of picture enhancement systems for film and television post-production, will introduce the Film Master tapeless grading and finishing system with real time and 4K capabilities. Featuring processing improvements, optimizations and grid processing development, Digital Vision’s Film Master is able to perform 4k real-time color grading directly from open SAN storage; 4k real-time DVO grain processing on Digital Vision’s new render grid; as well as provides a full floating point pipeline for high dynamic range grading and image processing. Also new from Digital Vision is a software-based, motion-compensated standards converter, available initially as a software option to Film Master and Nucoda HD or SD. The technology enables post facilities to deliver masters in various formats with standards conversion becoming part of the software mastering process rather than an operation performed on ingest or delivery, to save time and infrastructure cost. The standards converter is able to convert various broadcast standards to various others including generation of 23.98PsF from 59.94i as well as auto detection and removal of 3:2. There is also a separate de-interlacer and upconverter available as part of the module. All processing is motion compensated to ensure the product is artifact free and ready for digital distribution. The software is being planned to be available for grid-based processing environments along with the ability to automatically batch process file based sequences. The product’s name, pricing and availability will be announced at NABSHOW 2008. Also to be exhibited are new tools for the Digital Vision Optics (DVO) software and options to the DVNR image processing system including stablise, RGB align, and vertical scratch removal applications will be shipping from NABSHOW. In addition to technology demonstrations, Digital Vision will feature case studies and presentations by colourists, as well as host its annual user group meeting and celebration of the company’s 20th anniversary. ————————————————————————————————- QuStream Corporation (Booth: N3421) At NABSHOW 2008, QuStream will be exhibiting its extended Cheetah range of routing equipment and Integrity 600 range of broadcast-quality signal processing, conversion and distribution modules. The QuStream CH-ADSDI-IN is a video input card with composite A to D decoder input. A direct replacement for the standard input card, it fits the same input slot and provides 16 independent channels. Features include genlock synchronization of all inputs to external reference, proc amp control of each individual input, and A to D conversion with Quadracomb technology. The CH-HDSDI-OUT-BNC is a video output card with integral HD to SD downconversion. A direct replacement for the standard output card, it fits the same output slot and provides 16 independent channels. Features include de-interlacing downconversion with genlock sync and individual output timing control. The CH-HDSDI-OUT-BNC supports 16:9 to 4:3; letterbox and center-cut aspect ratio conversion. Also available is QuStream’s Integrity 600 modular video and audio processing and distribution system. Based on the FRM603 high-speed chassis, Integrity 600 offers high component density and high-level redundancy. Features include redundant power supply and optional redundant control plus reference board for two power busses, two Ethernet busses and two reference signals to every card in the system. Also two sets of fans with individual tachometers for early warning of potential fan failure. The Integrity 600 FRM603 chassis accommodates up to 20 signal processing cards in addition to the control/genlock boards. The midplane is unique with 3 Gbit/s signal busses between two Star slots and all other boards as well as between adjacent boards. The Star board slots permit full bandwidth system integration through CWDM fiber or other transmission standards. All boards including video and audio DAs can receive or send signals to other boards via the midplane. ————————————————————————————————- Harris Corporation (Booth: N2502) Highlights of Harris Corporation production workflow solutions will include the roll out of the complete Harris NewsForce HD/SD newsroom solution, which provides broadcasters with a range of editing tools, full integration of Apple Final Cut Pro nonlinear editing system with the server for a streamlined workflow and enhanced speed to air. Highlights of Harris’ channel playout solutions include the North American debut of the NEXIO AMP media platform which hosts integrated, software-enabled media applications, and the launch of Inscriber G7, which combines the functionality of multiple products with new graphics technology to provide a HD/SD 3D graphics creation and playout solution for live-to-air environments. In multi-platform delivery solutions, Harris will showcase a new JPEG2000 compressed transport transceiver and a fiber optic transport module in the Harris 6800+ platform, a new statistical multiplexing feature in the NetVX range of MPEG-4/H.264 video encoders. The company will also introduce its inaugural MPH In-Band Mobile DTV-ready digital exciter. For 3Gb/s solutions, Harris is focusing on facilitating broadcasters migrate to the 1080p high-definition format. For much of the company’s 3Gb/s solutions, customers will pay for 1.5 Gb/s support and pay for the 3 Gb/s support when required with a software key to unlock the capability. Highlights include the X3G 1RU all-in-one converter and synchronizer, as well as demonstrations of 3 Gb/s support across the Harris signal processing and distribution portfolio. For media workflow solutions, Harris is integrating the Broadcast Exchange Format (BXF) standard into its suite of software applications in interoperable media workflows. Highlights include the North American release of the H-Class Comperio digital asset management system for integration with ADC and D-Series automation products, as well as NEXIO AMP video servers; and enhanced integration between H-Class ADC automation and OSi-Traffic systems using BXF. ————————————————————————————————- Panasonic Broadcast (Booth: C3512) For NABSHOW 2008, Panasonic will be exhibiting the AG-HMC70, its first AVCHD shoulder-mount camcorder, which ships from April 2008. The HMC70 offers full HD quality, professional audio and video connectivity, and the tapeless SD card recording production workflow, suitable for institutional customers, event videographers, and web content producers. The HMC70 utilizes the AVCHD High Profile video codec which offers similar image quality to HDV 1080i on about half the bandwidth. Using standard SD cards, the camcorder offers random access without fast forward or rewind, and content is immediately available to editing systems without ingest and a playback deck. The HMC70’s 3-CCD ¼” progressive image system captures 1080i HD, 16:9 images, and is equipped with a 12X 38.5mm to 462mm (35mm equivalent) Leica Dicomar wide-angle zoom lens, one-push auto focus, and integrated Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.). 2.1 megapixel stills can also be captured by the camcorder, even during video recording. The HMC70 offers three recording modes including 6, 9 and 13Mbps. The camera records up to 2.6 hours and 6 hours at 13Mbps and 6Mbps respectively, on a single 16GB SDHC memory card. HMC70 is equipped with Y/Pb/Pr BNC connections for playback or live feeds to video projectors or large displays Also on display will be the AG-HMC150 handheld camcorder, its latest addition to the professional AVCHD product line, scheduled for shipment in fall of 2008. The HMC150 provides enhanced HD production capabilities with professional features, extended recording capability and tapeless, solid-state recording, workflow. The HMC150 features three native 16:9 progressive 1/3” CCD imagers with an O.I.S. function and a 28mm Leica Dicomar wide-angle zoom lens (35mm equivalent). The HMC150 handheld offers 1080i and 720p recording at 13Mbps. An enhanced mode with a higher bit rate is planned to be incorporated into the HMC150 for higher-level use. It supports HD formats including 1080/60i, 1080/50i, 1080/30p, 1080/25p, 1080/24p native; 720/60p, 720/50p, 720/30p, 720/25p, 720/24p native; and is 50Hz/59.94Hz switchable. The HMC150 records onto SD and SDHC memory cards, and using a single 32GB SDHC memory card and the camcorder’s 6Mbps recording mode, up to 12 hours of HD video and audio can be recorded. Additional features of the HMC150 include professional XLR audio input connections as well as data and signal interfaces including HDMI out, USB2.0, component out (D terminal), composite out and RCA audio out jacks, a 3.5-inch LCD monitor to display thumbnail images for quick viewing and playback, and a Time Code/User Bits menu. ————————————————————————————————- FOR-A Corporation (Booth: SU5220) FOR-A Corporation of America, a manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, will introduce MediaConcierge, a content management system for use by broadcast television stations and video production houses. MediaConcierge acts as a ‘concierge’ to manage content, convert between file and digital video formats, facilitate search, browse, and file delivery; and interfaces with third party media content databases and archives. MediaConcierge unifies management of different media files including media ingest and format conversion to repurpose media assets for delivery via broadcast TV, the Internet, and packaged media. MediaConcierge also performs searches based on metadata and proxy data to locate stored scenes efficiently. With the MediaConcierge database structure compatible with existing databases, operators can create a unified management environment without replacing their existing system configuration. At NAB 2008, FOR-A is unveiling its first two MediaConcierge products, the MBP-100SX baseband converter and MXF file conversion software, initially available in North America. The MBP-100SX converter converts XDCAM HD MXF files to baseband video and HD-SDI signals and vice versa in realtime, for applications requiring baseband video. This converter uses a new MBP video card developed by FOR-A that supports XDCAM HD, DVCPRO HD and AVC-Intra tapeless media files. FOR-A will develop additional converters, including one for H.264 and another for AVC-Intra. Both will utilize an MBP board and will be part of the MediaConcierge product family. The MXF conversion software which consists of three software plug-ins MCS-10PD (DVCPRO), MCS-10PA (AVC-Intra) and MCS-10SX (XDCAM), enables the conversion of Media Exchange Format (MXF) data files between the P2 HD and XDCAM HD formats.



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