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Eye-to-Eye BVE 2012 in no particular order by David Kirk T he big story at BVE 2012 was BVE 2013. With the Earls Court exhibition site scheduled for redevelopment, BVE relocates next year to the ExCel exhibition site in London’s Docklands. The distance is only about 10 miles but, in the minds of many BVE exhibitors, the move is comparable with moving the NAB Convention to the Mississippi Delta. If you read TV-Bay regularly, you will already be aware of the main trends in video and audio product development. BVE 2012 reflected these very accurately, notably the ongoing transition to file-based content capture and the growing interest in compact cameras. A good way to identify hot new products at any trade event is to identify which stands are attracting the biggest flock of visitors. Let’s look at some of the key BVE crowd-pullers. Blackmagic continue to provide endless solutions and BVE saw the new ATEM 2 Broadcast Panel. The panel combines with the Atem 2 Switcher to deliver up-to 16 video inputs, 6 Aux outputs, SDI, HDMI and analogue program outputs, SDI and HDMI multi-view outputs, USB 3.0 as well as down converted SDI and composite outputs. The DVE engine is very powerful with 3D borders, light source and drop shadow. Operators can use the DVE for transitions, or route into any of the 4 built in keyers for incredible multi-layer compositions. Camera Corps introduced a presettable version of its Q-Ball robotic camera head. Q-Ball Pre-Set allows rapid capture and recall of pan, tilt, zoom and focus data. Designed for remote operation via Camera Corps’ PTZF switcher and joystick control unit, it can store up to 18 system configurations, enabling an operator to switch the head quickly from one to setting to another. Stored data is held in non-volatile RAM within the head and therefore retained even after a system is powered down between sessions. Like the established Q-Ball, Q-Ball Pre-Set is an ultra- compact remotely-controlled camera with integral 10-times zoom optical lens and smooth-accelerating pan/tilt motors. AJA exhibited its new Io XT Thunderbolt-enabled video interface. This connects to a Thunderbolt-enabled Apple computer via a single cable. An additional Thunderbolt port is provided, enabling users to daisy-chain other Thunderbolt peripherals. The Io XT supports capture and playback of 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 HD and SD formats and incorporates 10-bit realtime up/down/cross conversion. For-A exhibited its HVS-4000 compact vision switcher. Available with 2, 2.5 or 3 mix/effects channels, it supports mixed SD, HD and 3 gigabit per second inputs, video files and stereoscopic 3D. It also offers 2.5D and 3D DVE, a built-in 4/10/16-split multiviewer and external device control. Other features include a choice of four control panels, a maximum of 48 inputs and 24 outputs and an up/down/cross converter allowing cutting between most asynchronous SD and HD input formats. 30 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE