Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Editorial Director: Ken Kerschbaumer
Managing Editor: Jason Dachman
VOLUME 8 ISSUE 47
NAB PERSPECTIVES
NewTek’s Philip Nelson Talks TriCaster 8000
by Brandon Costa

One of the big stories coming out of NAB for the sports market is NewTek’s introduction of the new TriCaster 8000. The live production system, which is already one of the most popular live event broadcasting tools in the industry, features a bevy of upgrades and was already attracting attention from many major American sports organizations on Monday in the Lower South Hall.


Stagetec Sees an Automated Future
by Dan Daley

Tickets to Europe may be expensive this summer, but you might find that a bit of the Continental way is actually heading this way. Conversations with router manufacturers at the NAB Show this week suggest that the European style of total truck automation might become part of the U.S. truck-management protocol in the near future.


NBC Olympics to Rely on Canon Gear During Summer Olympics
by Ken Kerschbaumer

Canon U.S.A will provide more than 75 HDTV Lenses, two PTZ HD Cameras, and a Canobeam HD Video Transceiver system to NBCUniversal during its coverage of the 2012 London Olympics from London.


Miranda Looks To Simplify VOD, Graphics
by Brandon Costa

Miranda, a provider of integrated solutions for production, playout, and delivery systems for television broadcasters and multisystem operators, addressed the media this morning to discuss its latest product offerings while spotlighting two of them: Enterprise Suite on Demand and iTX graphics integration.


Blackmagic Design’s Revamped Teranex Processors Offer Smaller, Cheaper Option for Broadcasters
by Jason Dachman

Blackmagic Design made a big splash at NAB on Monday with the introduction of a high-octane compact digital cinema camera for just $2,995. But the big news for the broadcast market coming out of the company’s Monday-morning press conference was the revamped Teranex 2D and Teranex 3D processors.


NVIDIA’s Justin Boitano Sees GPU Technology as Pathway to High-Octane Graphics Workflows
by Jason Dachman

When dealing with on-air graphics and image processing, broadcasters are often forced to use lower-quality images in order to get the product to air with minimal latency. NVIDIA aims to change that by introducing its graphics-processing–unit (GPU) technology to a wide range of I/O devices at the NAB Show.


For EditShare’s Jeff Barnes, New Features Are as Critical as New Products
by Brandon Costa

Although the NAB Show is a classic launch pad for technology companies’ big new products, EditShare Product Specialist Jeff Barnes believes that it’s important to take care of those end users that have made large investments with his company.


AJA Video Systems’ Ki Pro Quad Powers Lens-to-Post 4K Workflow
by Karen Hogan

Before the show floor opened at the Las Vegas Convention Center, one thing was already clear in the nearby Renaissance Hotel Ballroom: 4K will be the talk of the 2012 NAB Show. At AJA Video Systems’ pre-show press conference, the company announced Ki Pro Quad, a new solid-state portable video recorder.


Steve Tiffen Aims To Extend the Life of the Steadicam Operator
by Karen Hogan

The Tiffen Co. has elevated the phrase “new product” to another level. This year, the accessories-manufacturing company introduced the Steadicam Fawcett Exovest, an ultra-light exoskeletal Steadicam vest that transfers weight into anatomically appropriate areas and bridges areas that should not be loaded.


Encompass Digital Media’s Chris Myers Focuses on Accelerated Shift to MPEG-4
by Jason Dachman

The shift toward MPEG-4 transmission has accelerated exponentially in recent years, especially for sports telecasts. Encompass Digital Media EVP of Worldwide Occasional Services Chris Myers does not see this trend halting anytime soon and, as a result, has made it a priority to upgrade the company’s fleet of satellite uplink trucks to MPEG-4.


Frontline’s King Discusses Smaller Transmission Vehicles, Areas for Growth
by Karen Hogan

In the transmission market, bigger does not mean better. Bigger transmission trailers are costly to keep on the road, leaving companies like Frontline Communications to find new, innovative ways of providing more in a smaller form factor.


Loudness Solutions Proliferate at the NAB Show, Part 1
by Dan Daley

Loudness monitoring and measurement might just turn out to be the most fecund digital-audio product category since the microphone. The NAB Show has seen multiple new entries into an already crowded field. Here is a look at some of them.


Ikegami Unicam HD Line, Hi-Motion II Ultra Slo-Mo Hit NAB
by Ken Kerschbaumer

Highlights of Ikegami’s NAB booth include the new Unicam HD camera line with 3G-SDI and multiformat HD performance, the Hi-Motion II ultra-slow-motion camera system, a versatile new low-profile fiber base station, and a convenient new high-resolution LED-backlit 9-inch flat-panel LCD monitor.

NEW PRODUCTS
Canon Intros New Lenses for Broadcast, Expands 4K Production Options

Canon U.S.A.’s big news at NAB for broadcasters includes some new lenses as well as an expanded 4K production system that will be put to use by top filmmakers and other content creators.


iStreamPlant Now Offers Services via Microsoft’s Cloud Platform

iStreamPlanet will provide live and on-demand encoding workflow services as part of Windows Azure Media Services, Microsoft’s cloud-based media services platform.


Telestream’s Vantage Adds New Acceleration Technology, Improved Video Quality, CALM Compliance

Telestream (booth SL1405) has unveiled enhancements for its Vantage Transcode video-transcoding products: LightSpeed video-acceleration technology across the product line; expanded format support for Vantage Transcode; expanded workflow-automation capabilities, with new CALM Act loudness and Accessibility Act Web caption support; increased support for Avid production workflows; and Screen subtitling and captioning workflows.


FotoKem’s nextLAB Puts Solid Workflow Into Place for Canon Cinema EOS Line

FotoKem’s nextLAB, an end-to-end software solution for film and television productions using file-based workflows, played a pivotal role in the production of demonstration footage to support the development announcement of the Canon Cinema EOS C500 and the Cinema EOS C500 PL for use with EF-mount and PL-mount lenses, respectively.


New Orad VJ Production Server Facilitates End-to-End Studio Production Workflows

Orad (booth SL4524) has unveiled its VJ production server, which is designed to facilitate tapeless, end-to-end ingest-to-playout workflows for studio productions and is suitable for a wide range of studio productions, including news, live events, soap operas, and talk shows.


Dalet Unveils Dalet Galaxy, the Next Step in MAM Technology

Scheduled for release later this year, Dalet Digital Media Systems’ Dalet Galaxy media-asset–management (MAM) platform will feature a high-value, BPMN 2.0-compliant workflow engine that dramatically boosts productivity and agility while improving operational and business visibility across the media enterprise.


Tiffen Rolls Out New Versions of Steadicam Pilot and Scout

The Tiffen Company, has new versions of its highly popular Steadicam Pilot and Scout Camera Stabilizer camera mounts — the Steadicam Pilot HD Series and Steadicam Scout HD/SDI.


Aframe’s Network Goes Live In North America

Aframe, the cloud video production platform, has announced that its US private cloud network is now live and actively supporting the company’s growing North American client base.


Signiant Introduces Media Shuttle

Signiant’s new Media Shuttle is the latest addition to Signiant’s family of integrated enterprise solutions, giving media workgroups the convenience and ease of use of public cloud-based file-sharing services, but without file size limits or security risks associated with storing high-value assets in the cloud.


AJA Releases Ki Pro Mini v4.0 Firmware

AJA has released the new v4.0 firmware for Ki Pro Mini, offering support for the Avid DNxHD video codec, enabling further production efficiencies to Avid Media Composer family customers.


Miranda Integrates Traditional and File-Based Playout

Miranda Technologies has intro’d iTX Master Control (iTX MC), which the company says combines the best of traditional master control functionality with scalable, modern, integrated playout technology.


Clear-Com Unlocks Seamless Roaming For Tempest 2400

Clear-Com says it is pleased to unlock the Seamless Roaming capability for its Tempest 2400 digital wireless intercom. Further enhancing one of the most feature-rich and robust system within Clear-Com’s wireless product line, the company says that Tempest Seamless Roaming will be most applicable in large mixed facilities.


NVIDIA GPUs Enable Dramatic Accelerated Features for Adobe CS6 Workflows

Acceleration from NVIDIA Quadro and Tesla professional GPUs will provide unprecedented power and interactivity to the soon-to-be-released Adobe Creative Suite 6 (CS6) Production Premium.

DEALS
Newtec to Help ASBU Deliver Olympics in HD

The Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) has selected Newtec to upgrade its members’ infrastructure to bring the first fully High Definition (HD) Olympic Games to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).


Bexel to Add Panasonic Gear to Arsenal

Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division, has signed a multi-million-dollar commitment with Panasonic to purchase the newest P2 AJ-HPX3100 cameras as well as HPM-200 P2 mobiles, 64GB P2 cards and hundreds of 17-, 15-, and 9-inch monitors and peripheral gear.


Deluxe Expands Aspera Deployment

Deluxe Entertainment Services Group is expanding its Aspera deployment to meet the growing demand for its industry-leading post production services.


Vizrt Media Engine ties into Adobe CS6

Vizrt’s Viz Media Engine can now be integrated with the upcoming release of Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 software, giving editors more efficient productivity by allowing them to search and select source material from Viz Media Engine within Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.


MOG in Olympic Frame For NBC

MOG Technologies will provide its innovative centralized ingest solutions to NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, for its production of the 2012 London Olympic Games. The announcement was made today by David Mazza, Senior Vice President, Engineering, NBC Olympics, and Luís Miguel Sampaio, CEO from MOG technologies.


Wohler Acquires RadiantGrid

Wohler Technologies has announced its acquisition of RadiantGrid Technologies, a developer of leading-edge transcoding, transformation, and New Media Automation service platforms.





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