IBC2011 must sees


Over 1,300 exhibitors will be supporting IBC2011, each bringing perhaps one, two or three new or enhanced products. My task is to distill these down to the 20 devices likely to be of greatest interest to TV-Bay readers, so far as that is possible several weeks before the show opens. As a recent convert to OS X, I note with gloom that Apple remains a non-exhibitor either at NAB or IBC. Maybe another conveniently timed FCP SuperMeet...

CONTENT CAPTURE

Arri’s Alexa M is a modular version of the established Alexa HD camera. Camera head and body are connected by optical fibre which can also carry a power cable. Images, audio and metadata can be recorded on SxS cards or output to external storage. Alexa M is compatible with all existing 35 millimetre lenses plus a wide range of ARRI accessories.
Comrex' LiveShot delivers live video over IP networks. It uses the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High profile and is claimed to be capable of encoding and decoding an audio/video stream with less than 200 milliseconds latency. LiveShot delivers full-duplex video and stereo audio between its portable and studio-installed systems. A full-duplex cue link is also available between these systems. On the portable, the return audio/video channel is delivered via output connectors or wi-fi streamed to a mobile device.

For-A's VFC-7000 is a CMOS camera capable of 50 to 700 frames per second (1280 x 720 pixels) recording. Recording time is up to 9.8 seconds at 700 frame/s on a standard internal memory, expandable to four-times capacity. BB and tri-level sync genlock capability is included.

Ikegami's HiMotion2 Super Slow-Mo HD camera has a three-CMOS sensor head and built-in memory, capable of capturing movement at greater than 10x speed. A dual format 1080i/720p camera, it supplies parallel live and replay output.
I-Movix' SprintCam Vvs HD is an ultra slow-motion system for live HD broadcast production. It operates at up to 5,800 frames per second 720p (up to 2,700 frame/s in 1080i) and provides instant replay at native HD resolution with a dual output for a live and replay feed. New features include a dual output that allows a camera operator to shoot and record at the same time, segmented memory, dual output of live action and replay sequences, and integration of live plus replay view on the viewfinder. Two cameras can be synchronised for ultra-slow-motion 3D capture.

JVC's GY-HMZ1U 3D HD camcorder has dual 3.32 megapixel CMOS sensors and delivers 34 megabits per second 1920 x 1080 AVCHD recording in 3D or 24 Mbit/s in 2D. Features include image stabilisation, twin F1.2 HD lenses with 5x optical zoom in 3D and 10x optical zoom in 2D. Recording is to SDHC or SDXC media cards or 80 gigabyte internal memory.
Panasonic's AG-3DP1 is a 3D twin-lens P2 HD shoulder-mount camcorder with 10 bit 4:2:2 independent-frame 1920 x 1080 resolution AVC-Intra recording. Convergence point is adjustable. Functions for automatically correcting horizontal and vertical displacement are provided.

Sony's HXR-NX3D1 is a lightweight all-in-one 3D camcorder with 10x (34.4 to 344 mm) optical zoom lenses, dual quarter-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel CMOS sensors and 96 gigabyte internal memory. The HXR-NX3D1 has a multi-card card slot allowing direct capture or file transfer to Memory Sticks and SD cards. The camcorder has two parallel lenses mounted 31 mm apart. Disparity adjustment can be performed to change the readout areas of the left and right CMOS sensors so that they are closer together or further apart.


PRODUCTION

AJA's Ki Pro Mini is a miniature field recorder capturing to Apple ProRes 422 QuickTime files on Compact Flash memory. An optional mounting plate allows connecting to a camera accessory bracket. (pictured here with the optional mini stand)
Sonnet Technology will display its new Fusion D800TBR5 deskstop storage system. This is an Intel-Thunderbolt-compatible 8-drive RAID 5 desktop storage system supporting RAID 0, 1, 5 and JBOD. It is available in 8, 12, 16, or 24 terabyte versions and can handle one stream of uncompressed 10-bit 1080 4:4:4 HD or multiple streams of ProRes 422, uncompressed 8-bit 1080 HD, DV, HDV, and DVCPRO video.

DiGiCo's SD10B broadcast audio mixer includes 96 channels with full processing, 12 of which can be configured as mono or stereo, with full processing available in either mode. 48 assignable buses offer multiple configurations and a complete 5.1 monitoring matrix with 48 x 6 source to speaker selection.

POSTPRODUCTION
Latest version of Blackmagic Design's DaVinci colour correction tool, DaVinci Resolve 8 includes multilayer timeline support with editing, and XML import and export with Apple Final Cut Pro 7 and Adobe Premiere Pro. OpenCL processing allows use on Apple iMac and MacBook Pro. New processing tools have been added for real-time noise reduction, curve grading, multipoint stabilisation and automatic stereoscopic 3D image alignment.

Quantel's QTube allows media assets to be securely accessed via an internet connection. It is based on three components: QTube Browser (a Microsoft Silverlight-based viewer, enabling the user to search the Quantel Enterprise sQ system and find, view and edit metadata on content remotely), QTube Edit (an internet-enabled version of the standard Enterprise sQ desktop editor), and QTube Transformer (providing the interface between the sQ system and the QTube clients). QTube is also compatible with Microsoft Smooth Streaming and Apple Live Streaming.

INFRASTRUCTURE
Axon has expanded the capabilities of its SynView multiviewer by adding 3D display capabilities. Two multiview inputs can be locked to each other and displayed side-by-side or, on suitable displays, as a 3D image. Tallies, borders and UMD information are all 3D processed.
Harris' Selenio combines baseband video and audio processing, video and audio compression and IP networking technology into a single modular platform. MPEG-2 and H.264 compression standards are supported from SD and HD to 3 Gb/s and mobile.

Mosart Medialab version 3.0 newscast automation system allows users to assemble combinations of production elements into a collection of on-display buttons with touch-screen operation. Elements can include events such as a clip, lower thirds and other graphics.

RTS Intercom Systems' VLink (Virtual Linked Intercom) enables remote users to interface with RTS matrix intercoms via the internet using a simple PC-based application. The basic RTS VLink-LE version comprises a standalone software/server-based intercom providing limited interconnect functionality into any existing audio feed.

MONITORING

Dolby's PRM-4200 reference monitor provides 12-bit colour rendition without dithering. Supporting 3D lookup tables,it can be calibrated to match digital screening environments and to emulate the response of film-print stocks during digital intermediate colour correction. The monitor includes a remote controller which can be rackmounted or used on the desktop.

Sony has expanded its line of OLED Trimaster EL picture monitors with the 25-inch PVM-2541 and 17-inch PVM-1741, designed to replace CRT displays for content evaluation. Both models provide 1920 x 1080 HD resolution with 10-bit signal processing. Features include 3G HD-SDI inputs, serial and parallel remote control, timecode display, embedded audio display, internal waveform monitor and auto white balance.

Phabrix Rx is a 2U 19 rack mounting modular signal analyser with dual two 4.3 inch colour TFT displays capable of generating and displaying a range of test patterns and logging information. Control is via the eight buttons under each display plus on-screen GUI. The Rx offers auto bi-level, tri-level and SDI genlock with cross lock capability. 16 channels of embedded audio are supported.

POSTSCRIPT

IBC will offer a great opportunity to preview the future of television: far higher resolution cameras than are needed for today's 1920 x 1080 pixel displays. Currently of interest primarily to film-makers, 4K, 8K and onward up to UHDTV will undoubtedly be adopted sooner or later by onair and/or online programme publishers. Most of the mainstream camera manufacturers have 4K and/or 8K products that are worth looking at in addition to the ongoing developments in 3D. How super-large screens will be delivered to consumers is another matter. Perhaps in halves strapped to the sides of a glazier's truck.



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Audio at 750mph
Sam Ashwell London-based 750mph has recently completed the finishing touches to a massive refit and upgrade of this audio post stalwart's Soho HQ which will bring even more, newly immersive, audio online.
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The UPs and Downs At NAB with Mr MXF
Bruce Devlin - new "Nothing is finer than the pictures on that monitor", said my colleague as we stood in front of the enormous Sony LED screen showing super bright, super wide HDR pictures that were beautifully shot and carefully presented.
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IP-Based Intercom Solutions
Jon Ridel The broadcast market has experienced a huge change over the last decades, resulting in the need for larger and larger intercom systems. As the demands of broadcasters have grown, the central factor for manufacturers keeping up with demand has been IP. A company at the forefront of this development is RTS. In the new millennium, the company has established its IP-based intercom solutions based on OMNEO media networking architecture.
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Misinterpreting complexity for sophistication
Dick Hobbs - new Professor Niklaus Wirth was one of the pioneers of computing as we know it. He was responsible for the Pascal language, a project he completed in 1970. Wirth became professor of computing studies at ETH-Zrich, and retired in 1999, although he remains active to this day.
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A Bluffer Guide to....CMOS
Mike Colyer I like to break my employers' cameras. For me, there is nothing more exciting than considering a daring location to install a micro camera system. It could be in a trackside breaking board at a motorsport event (culminating in slightly-too-extreme close up of, say, a Porsche bumper) - or a system installed a tad too high up a tree in a jungle (where a direct lightning strike can push the system somewhat over its 12 volt max). Thanks to modern CMOS camera design, however, not only can this be done safely (unless you are a camera) - but it can be done cheaply, often with impressive results.
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Can university really set you up?
Jess Sutton When deciding what career you want to go into and which University to go to, there are so many questions that go through your head. I know when I first started considering University, my grades just weren't good enough. I knew which undergraduate course I wanted to do, but I still had a way to go.
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Is everyone a journalist these days
Rene Morch Today's content consumers have endless viewing and streaming possibilities thanks to the advent of smart phones and tablets that allow them to watch pretty much anything they want, on the go, and away from the confines of a television screen.
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Thinking clearly about the cloud
Chris Steel 2 As someone who is constantly trying to build better products, I'm always asking questions and listening to the ones I get asked. For several years now I've asked every broadcaster and media production company I've met what they plan to do about 'the cloud'
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Navigating Unfamiliar Territory
Vijay Sagar Vinnakota The traditional broadcast model - where TV networks play content on a linear schedule, and viewers tune in on their TV sets - is under siege. Linear TV is not going away anytime soon, but the model is becoming less and less relevant. Thanks to the rise of OTT services, viewers have become accustomed to watching content when and where they want, on just about any device with an internet connection. For that reason, broadcasters must add an OTT component to their offerings.
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Dick brings out his cutting room scales
Dick Hobbs - new At this time of year, in the run-up to NAB, my in-box is even more filled than usual with press releases craving my attention. It is one of the universal truths so unloved by PR people that the sheer weight of numbers threatens to overwhelm.
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Welcome to the world of filming The Island with Bear Grylls
Paul Scurrell How do you make a polished television show worthy of broadcast on Channel 4 when the camera operators are starving, dehydrated and sleep deprived? Most of them also have no previous experience of professional filming and are more concerned with finding their next meal than making sure they've got their cameras switched on ready to record. Welcome to the world of filming The Island with Bear Grylls.
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Motor Sports - Some Like it Hot
Gordon Capaccio High performance race cars, their drivers, and teams supported by manufacturers participating in a sport for which the combined, visceral thrills and sensations of burning tires, megadecibel roars, pungent racing fuel and throngs of enthusiasts can be difficult to convey, even on the largest big screen television.
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Controlling the Chaos of Remote Uplinks
Roger Franklin For Satellite Broadcasters, consumer needs have never been so varied. Audiences are increasingly accustomed to personalisation in every type of content they consume. They now demand, or rather expect to receive breaking news from a scene, content specific to their regions and access to live sporting events held thousands of miles away.
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Why is drone training even an option
Tim Bearder It's fair to say that one of the most disruptive, liberating and inventive technological advances for independent filmmakers in recent years has been the incredible leaps made in the world of Drones.
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You need wave power if you are going surfing
Tim Bonython Tim Bonython's association with surfing films began in 1978, when armed with a Super-8 camera he set off to Hawaii's infamous North Shore, to capture the big waves and their riders. From that moment he fell in love with the sport, and became obsessed with making it the subject of breathtaking and inspiring films.
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Mr MXF does Vegas
Bruce Devlin - new For quarter of a century I have been boarding planes to Las Vegas every April and the thing I look forward to most is the Sunday morning cycle from the Strip up to the top of Red Rock Canyon to look back down upon Vegas. From up there, you get a sense of perspective of how alien the city stuck in the desert really is.
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Modernizing the Cutting Edge
Myles Carter - new Over the last decade, streaming as a medium has seen tremendous growth. Services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video are no longer just post-hoc distributors of broadcast television content, they have become content creators and are producing some of the most well received "television" content of the past few years.
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Is now the time to compromise on investment
Mike Ransome - new It would seem on the face of it that many broadcasters and production companies are trimming spending to the bone, or at least postponing it in anticipation of more lucrative days to come.
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The Masters of Dirt - Extreme Production
Rian Bester On 22nd April 2017 Inside the Masters of Dirt, the world's wildest unscripted motocross reality series, will launch exclusively on INSIGHT TV in 4K UHD. Produced by Masters Of Dirt (M.O.D) and XTreme Video, the series follows the adrenaline-addicted crew that produces the popular freestyle motocross arena show of the same name.
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Designing the correct workflow
Harry Smith Last year I took a year-long placement as a video editing support technician. The role exposed me to the common issues that students run into when editing their projects, and I developed an understanding as to why they might struggle understanding the complexities of video workflow.
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DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel from Blackmagic Design - Reviewed
Rebecca Goodeve - new Blackmagic's new, more affordable control surface for professionals is probably the most perfect panel I've ever used......
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Streaming and the need for continued innovation
Jon Schorah - new In a fast-changing world, audio producers need to adapt quickly in order to keep up. Media consumption is changing - fast. Almost without anyone noticing, we have passed the tipping point. Only a few years ago we were discussing streaming as an emerging technology; yet now, according to a recent Deloitte survey, streaming has overtaken live TV as the preferred viewing method in the U.S. YouTube viewing figures continue to surge.
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