NAB 2015 – Top Announcements

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While at NAB 2015, our TM staff went to numerous vendor meetings and visited with the leaders in the media production industry. We compiled a large amount of information and have sifted through it all to provide you with pertinent, straightforward updates and product releases below. For more detailed information, contact us and we’d be happy to discuss these updates further!

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Avid Technology

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 Media Composer First – a completely free, simplified version of Media Composer to be made available later in 2015.  MC First will be limited to 3 projects which must be stored on Avid’s cloud platform. To sign up for a copy when it is released, click here.

 Artist DNxIO – a high-resolution video interface for Ultra HD, 2K, and 4K developed in partnership with Blackmagic Design. The Artist DNxIO offers real time DNxHR encoding and operates on the Media Central Platform, meaning that it will work with Apple, Adobe, and others.

 Interplay MAM Version 5 – a more scalable and customizable Media Asset Management solution for large and now medium-sized organizations. This new version of Interplay MAM also offers more powerful automation, expanded collaborative functionality, and enhanced web-based tools.

 ISIS 1000 – affordable, entry-level ISIS shared storage beginning under $20,000. The ISIS 1000 is scalable and offers 16 GB of usable shared storage for independent editors, audio post pros, and smaller post-production houses.

 Edit Bridge (by Marquis Broadcast) – enables users of Adobe Premiere to use Avid Interplay and collaborate with users of Media Composer.

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 Tempo Time Adjustment – allows users to adjust the duration of a video up to + or – 10% with no observable artifacts. This allows for increased dynamic ad insertion (DAI) and greater revenue potential and is ideal for broadcasters working with footage with unusual timing (eg. foreign productions, old movies, etc.).

► VOD Producer DAI – integrates with VOD Producer to define frame-accurate locations for dynamic ad insertion downstream. This enable fresh, relevant, targeted ads within on-demand content.

 Lightspeed K80 Server – server optimized for Vantage 6.2 or later with cutting-edge speed through an NVidia GPU and twin 12-core CPUs. The Lightspeed K80 greatly boosts video processing, H.264 encoding, image scaling, deinterlacing, frame-rate conversion, motion vector calculation, compositing, and other compute-intensive tasks for Vantage products.

 Episode 6.5 – new version of encoding platform that enables support for closed captions, new formats, encoding for multi-bitrate streaming, and multi-track audio.

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AJA

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 #tryCION program – a North American initiative from CION that released 100 CION cameras for demo use through a simplified online request process. To request a demo CION through this program, follow the link hereand call TM Television so that we can try to put you to the top of the waiting list.

► CWDM SFP integrations – AJA is integrating CWDM SFPs into their products to enable muliplexing that allows for multiple colors/signals to be transported on a single piece of fiber.

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Panasonic

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AG-DVX200 Handheld 4K Camera – the 4K successor of the DVX100 with 4K/60p recording, 13X optical zoom, a V-Log L gamma curve, and a Leica Dicomar fixed lens with F2.8 aperture. At a price-point of less than $5,000, this innovative camera is ideal for independent films, documentaries, and event videography.

LiveU Central – a partnership with LiveU that enables the wireless distribution of video direct from AJ-series AVC ultra cameras equipped with a 4G LTE dongle. LiveU Central allows the remote control of iris, white-balance, record, and master gain, and enables remote geolocation and real-time wireless preview and distribution of footage.

P2 Cast – a program by Panasonic designed for news production teams that enables real-time collaboration with footage from AJ-series AVC ultra cameras equipped with 4G LTE dongles. P2 cast enables cameras to wirelessly upload proxies for editing. Once an EDL is created, it is sent back to the camera in the field and the camera automatically sends a high quality version of the footage needed by the EDL. In essence, a high-quality video can be created by a news production team for air before the cameras are even back from the field. P2 cast is available as a free trial through September.

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Sony

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HDC-4300 4K Broadcast Sports Camera – broadcast sports camera with 8x slow motion capability and the first camera with three 2/3″ 4K image sensors. The HDC-4300 enables 2 full HD cut-outs from the 4K image and starts around $80,000.

PMW PZ1 4K Player – player with multi-format 4K and HD playback (XAVC Intra & Long, MPEG HD422, and MPEG HD) that takes SxS cards from 4K shoots and feeds footage out via 3G SDI ports and/or backs it up to an external USB-3 hard drive. Priced under $3,500, this player is useful for digital signage, ingest to NLE’s, broadcast feeds, and dumping cards on set.

Sony Trimaster EL OLED Monitor – scientific and technical Academy Award winning professional OLED master monitor offering full 4K resolution, high dynamic range, and multi-format capability. The Sony Trimaster EL allows for advanced colour grading, editing, and quality control in a 4K production workflow.

4K over IP for Broadcasting – At NAB Sony successfully demonstrated a 4K over IP workflow utilizing their newly-developed IP live production system. Using the world’s first 4K-ready, IP networked live production switcher that they developed, Sony sent multiple 4K & HD streams via a single 40GbE fiber-optic Ethernet cable. The streams were converted from SDI to IP by a Sony signal processing unit equipped with an advanced converter board. The 4K live switcher did the IP and SDI hybrid switching, and the devices were operated by an IP live system manager station that selected optimal bandwidths to ensure secure, stable 4K transmissions.

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