Friday, September 21, 2018

Toolbox

  • Saturday, Apr. 7, 2018
Avid unveils innovations for media creation, management and distribution
Jeff Rosica
LAS VEGAS -- 

Avid® (Nasdaq: AVID) unveiled a series of innovative tools, apps, services, and solutions at Avid Connect 2018, the annual gathering of the Avid Customer Association (ACA). Extending the benefits of MediaCentral®, Avid has expanded its comprehensive product offerings with groundbreaking advancements for creative and aspiring professionals, production teams and media enterprises across news, sports, live production and post production. These products and services will be demonstrated during the NAB Show at Avid’s booth #SU801, April 9-12.

In addition, Avid customers and leadership will share their insights and expertise in several NAB 2018 conference sessions, the most extensive Avid Main Stage roster ever and, new this year, the Avid Cloud Platform Theater, where visitors will explore emerging technologies for media creation, production and delivery.

“The massive changes in media and entertainment, while challenging, open up new doors for our customers and users to improve the way they work and secure better results for their businesses,” said Avid CEO and president, Jeff Rosica. “We’re excited to help them unlock their full potential by further accelerating our delivery of connected, open platforms of tools, apps, services and solutions that ensure it’s easier than ever before to create the most compelling content. We’re exceedingly grateful for the advantage that the Avid Customer Association provides by influencing Avid’s roadmap.”

Giving voice to thousands of members of the media industry’s preeminent customer and user community, the Avid Customer Association’s ACA Vote helps prioritize Avid’s product and innovation roadmap, as well as exclusively gather crucial insights and viewpoints of the industry at large. Results from the second annual ACA Vote will be revealed in front of the ACA membership this weekend.

Announcements include:

Avid | On Demand – Avid unveiled Avid | On Demand, a SaaS cloud services and solutions platform that provides media production capabilities on demand. Avid | On Demand lets media organizations conveniently deploy the capabilities they need on a per-project basis with optimal elasticity—and without a drawn-out deployment phase or large capital outlay. Avid | On Demand services include Avid | AI, a new suite of Avid and third-party capabilities that automate content indexing, such as closed captioning verification, language detection, facial recognition, scene detection, and speech-to-text conversion. Avid | AI services introduced at Avid Connect include Avid Phonetic Search, Avid | Illuminate On Demand, Microsoft Cognitive Services, and Avid | Transformation. Avid | On Demand cloud solutions include Avid | Shared Library On Demand and Avid | Editorial On Demand.
 
Avid NEXIS® | E5 NL – Avid introduced Avid NEXIS | E5 NL nearline storage solution. With the addition of this high-density on-premises solution to the Avid NEXIS family—the world’s first software-defined storage platform for media—Avid customers can seamlessly and efficiently manage media across all of their online, nearline, and archive storage resources.
 
Avid VENUETM | S6L Unified Platform – Avid announced a massive expansion to its award-winning Avid VENUE | S6L family of live sound systems, with three new control surfaces, a new engine, and two new I/O racks – all on a unified platform. Offering unmatched modularity, scalability and flexibility to meet any size production, space, or budget requirement, VENUE | S6L is the industry’s only live sound platform with 100% software, hardware, and show file compatibility across all system components.
 
Creative Tools Family and Avid Connect App – Avid unveiled an unprecedented expansion of its Creative Tools Family, providing access to Avid’s iconic Pro Tools®, Media Composer® and Sibelius® software for creative individuals at any stage of their career and teams of any size. To help users deliver their best work, Avid also introduced the Avid Connect App, which will be available to all of Avid’s 1.4 million account holders this summer, delivering a centralized “one-stop” experience for artists to find, connect and collaborate with each other on any laptop, iOS or Android device.

Pro Tools | First, Pro Tools, and Pro Tools | Ultimate provide the tools to create music or sound for film or TV while connecting users with a premier network of artists, producers and mixers around the world.
Media Composer | First, Media Composer and Media Composer | Ultimate give editors at all stages in their careers access to the industry-standard editing software used by top film, TV and broadcast editors.

Sibelius | First, Sibelius and Sibelius | Ultimate allow composers to create captivating scores more quickly than ever before.

The Avid Connect App is an artist’s personalized connection into the most talented and diverse Artist Community and Marketplace from wherever they are—from their computers, mobile devices, and within their Avid creative tools (Pro Tools, Media Composer and Sibelius). The app provides immediate access to everything an artist needs such as their profile, connections, projects and products.
 
Maestro™ | PowerWall – Avid introduced the next-generation Maestro | PowerWall display control and management solution that puts the power of UHD-quality graphics into the hands of any television broadcaster. Avid developed Maestro | PowerWall to bring greater value to its customers by simplifying production and eliminating prohibitive costs for creating and presenting 3D graphics and video content on multiple displays regardless of size, dimension, or resolution. The successor to Maestro I TD Control™ provides powerful video wall capabilities, a high-performance video processing engine, and real-time, data-driven graphics to more easily and rapidly infuse news, sports, and entertainment broadcasts with greater excitement to captivate viewers.
 
News workflow innovations – Avid announced apps, services and solutions to accelerate news workflows with the cloud. These innovations optimize collaboration, accessibility and distribution required to capture the significant opportunity of engaging news viewers on any device. Avid is empowering news organizations to create, manage and deliver breaking news to television, social media and other outlets faster than ever before. Avid’s news workflow innovations integrate Avid’s industry-leading products including Avid | On Demand and new MediaCentral apps like MediaCentral | Publish, MediaCentral | Rundown, MediaCentral | Research, Maestro News, and x.news, as well as Avid NEXIS | E5 NL, FastServe™ | Playout, Avid | Shared Library On Demand, Avid | AI and Avid | Transformation.
 
Postproduction workflow innovations – Avid announced the immediate availability of its new generation of video post-production workflow innovations delivering greater integration, speed, and collaboration for everyone from small editorial teams to global media enterprises. The new post workflow tools and solutions integrate MediaCentral | Editorial Management for collaborative asset management with Media Composer video editing software, the new Avid Artist™ | DNxID video I/O hardware, and Avid NEXIS software-defined storage.
 
Sports workflow innovations – Avid announced the immediate availability of workflow innovations for enabling sports broadcasters to streamline creation and airing of live ultra-high definition (UHD) programs. Avid’s end-to-end sports workflow integrates Avid FastServe™, MediaCentral | Editorial Management, the MediaCentral | Log app, the YEPCO Sports Data Feed Connector, MediaCentral, Avid NEXIS software-defined storage, including the new Avid NEXIS | E5 NL, the Maestro™ graphics suite, including Maestro | Designer, Maestro | Live and Maestro | Telestrator, and Maestro studio solutions, including Maestro | AR, Maestro | Virtual Set, and the new Maestro l PowerWall. 
 

Education sessions
Multiplatform Distribution: The Challenges and Opportunities
11-11.30 a.m. on Monday, April 9 at Destination NXT (SU11416DN)

Avid CEO & President Jeff Rosica will moderate a panel session discussing how media organizations are embracing multiplatform distribution, featuring Avid customers:
Gordon Castle, Senior Vice President of Technology, Eurosport
Jason Justman, Senior Principle Architect, SinclairDigital
Larry Oaks, VP Technology, Meredith Corporation

Optimizing Creative Impact Without Increasing Production Costs
1:50- 2:10 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10 at the Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology Conference (N255)
Tim Claman, Vice President, Platform & Solutions at Avid, will present best practices for native immersive audio production, from sound design to mixing to distribution.

Virtualized Content Production: The Cloud Effect
2:10-2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11 at the Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology Conference (N256)
Tim Claman will also present how the cloud is changing the game for content creators, providing insights from the hundreds of thousands of artists who are using Avid’s innovative cloud services platform, and learnings from large-scale cloud projects by the world’s leading content producers.

Open to all NAB attendees, the Avid Main Stage at NAB 2018 (booth #SU802) will feature exciting live presentations from an all-star line-up of the industry’s most talented creative professionals behind award-winning movies and TV shows like Black Panther, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, War for the Planet of the Apes, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, and Westworld.

In the Avid Cloud Platform Theater, starting at the bottom of every hour, any attendee can step inside to explore the possibilities of the cloud and emerging technologies including machine learning, artificial intelligence, and cognitive services enabled by Avid’s open MediaCentral platform.

  • Friday, Apr. 6, 2018
New JVC 4KCAM cameras offer integrated graphics, live streaming
JVC's GY-HM250U/GY-HM250SP Compact Handheld Streaming Camcorder
WAYNE, NJ -- 

JVC Professional Video, a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, announced three new additions to its family of 4KCAM cameras. Among other new features, the new GY-HM250U offers integrated graphics and live streaming, while the GY-HM250SP adds sports-specific score overlays. Also new, the GY-HM180U sets a new benchmark for professional compact cameras without built-in streaming or graphics.

Designed for enhanced single-camera production, the GY-HM250U offers lower-third and full-screen titling solutions for recorded or streamed video output without an external CG or production switcher. Lower-third graphic overlays are generated and controlled using a browser-equipped device, such as a tablet or smartphone. JVC also provides a software utility that lets customers upload logos or icons that are displayed in the lower-third of the recorded video.

Full-screen graphics can be advanced manually or presented as a slideshow during extended breaks in the action with user-defined timing. Users can store up to 50 .JPG or .PNG graphics, such as team logos or religious icons, in the camera. Worship facilities, for example, can display scripture readings or lyrics, with the operator manually advancing graphics during the service.

The GY-HM250SP’s score overlays for football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, and volleyball can be placed in various screen positions. Camera operators can update the score using an external Wi-Fi connected smartphone or tablet, or receive real-time scoreboard data automatically when wirelessly connected to a Sportzcast Scorebot that is integrated with the venue’s scoreboard.

Both the GY-HM250U and GY-HM250SP also feature built-in streaming with Wi-Fi and 4G LTE connectivity that provides live access to CDNs like Facebook Live and YouTube. The cameras also work as part of JVC’s S.L.I.M. studio camera system, an affordable approach to multi-camera production that uses the RM‑LP100 remote camera control as a CCU for JVC IP-capable cameras.

Other new features include 4:2:2 recording for 4K/30p and 4K/24p, as well as 4K/60p HDMI output. The new tele macro shooting mode on the GY‑HM250U and GY‑HM250SP provides better focus on close objects than previous models, while the new Zero Config function provides automatic, one-click configuration of the camera when it joins the same LAN as other cameras.

The new GY-HM250U replaces the current GY-HM200U and GY-HM200HW models, while the new GY-HM250SP with integrated sports graphic overlays replaces the GY‑HM200SP. An upgrade to the popular GY-HM170U, the GY-HM180U still outputs live 4K via HDMI, but also adds a 3G-SDI output for connectivity flexibility.

Beyond the upgrades, GY-HM250U, GY-HM250SP, and GY-HM180U retain the professional features valued in the previous 4KCAM models, including a 1/2.3-inch BSI 4K CMOS imager and integrated 12x zoom lens with optical image stabilizer. The cameras record footage in a variety of file formats and frame rates (including up to 120fps slow motion) to economical Class 10 SDHC/SDXC memory cards. Users can record on two cards simultaneously for instant backup or use relay mode for extended recording time. Other features include dual XLR audio inputs, integrated handle with hot shoe, built-in microphone and dedicated shotgun mic mount, and viewfinder and LCD displays.

The GY-HM180U has an MSRP of $1,795, the GY-HM250U has an MSRP of $2,245, and the GY-HM250SP has an MSRP of $2,595. All three models will be available in May.

  • Thursday, Apr. 5, 2018
SGO to unveil Mistika Review at NAB 
LAS VEGAS -- 

At NAB 2018 (April 7-12) in Las Vegas, SGO will introduce Mistika Review, an all new product, joining the line-up of Mistika Technology based solutions as a part of its natively integrated Multi-dimensional Workflow Concept. 

Mistika Review enables reliable real-time playback and review of VFX shots or clips, supporting many native file types, resolutions, frame rates and color spaces. This facilitates efficient and optimized postproduction workflows of even the most demanding UHD, 8K, HDR, HFR and VR/360o projects.

Unique playback capabilities
SGO’s globally acclaimed herosuite, Mistika Ultima, is recognized by the industry for its unique and unparalleled playback capabilities. Mistika Review utilizes a newly developed caching system that even works on much smaller and less demanding platforms, allowing dependable real time playback of hi-resolution media, even at 8K.

Review and sign-off
Mistika Review is an incredibly easy-to-use software solution that allows creatives and decision makers to check the quality and status of a project and sign off their work remotely in one-to-one and even one-to-many remote review sessions. 

Users can change the speed, frame rate, zoom in and out during playback and share notes and suggestions utilizing colored markers with annotations as part of the creative review process.

Mistika Review is supported on Mac, Windows and Linux operating systems.

  • Thursday, Apr. 5, 2018
Atomos, Nikon to unlock full-frame video for DPs at NAB
Nikon and Atomos' D850 Filmmakers Kit
MELBOURNE, Australia -- 

Nikon Inc. and Atomos have partnered to bring creative professionals the ultimate full-frame DSLR video setup – the new D850 Filmmaker’s Kit with 4K Ninja Flame 7” HDR monitor-recorder. This new kit provides all the essential gear filmmakers need to create stunning UHD video in a one-box solution.

Photographers expect photos to accurately reproduce all the details they see when shooting. Atomos now gives DSLR users the same level of fidelity when shooting 4K video. The Ninja Flame is a touch controlled portable camera-top HDMI video recorder. Instead of using small cards the Ninja Flame records onto high capacity, affordable SSDs from a variety of leading drive makers.

The Ninja Flame unlocks the full-frame potential of the Nikon D850 by taking the video image direct from Nikon’s class- leading 45.7 megapixel back-side illuminated (BSI) CMOS image sensor and recording it in the highest quality with visually lossless compression.

It records 4K UHD video in 4:2:2 for greater color accuracy, straight into edit-ready Apple ProRes or AvidDNxHR codecs. These formats are industry standard within film and television production, ensuring that recordings can be viewed and edited easily on almost any Mac or PC.

Unlike some other DSLRs, the D850 shoots video using the full width of the full-frame sensor, and not a crop. This means that ensuring accurate focus is critical, especially in 4K. Working with the Ninja Flame’s super-sharp, super-bright, accurate, 1920x1200 resolution screen means users can get sharp images every time.

In addition, there are a complete range of professional video monitoring tools like waveform, vectorscope, false color, 1-1 and 2-1 magnification, frame guides and more.  You can even use the display and tools to check critical focus for stills.

The Ninja Flame expands the D850’s audio capabilities. Plug one of Nikon’s microphones directly into the 3.5mm mic jack and users get professional audio with on-screen level meters, plus the ability to mix between audio coming from the camera over HDMI, and an external mic.

Beautifully presented, the Nikon D850 Filmmaker’s kit includes the camera, Ninja Flame, and three prime NIKKOR lenses ideal for content creation that exhibit the fantastic sharpness needed for 4K UHD video, including the AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED, AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G and AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G lenses. The kit also contains an additional battery, the ME-1 Stereo Microphone and the ME-W1 Wireless Microphone. The kit is available now at Nikon dealers in the U.S.

“Nikon and Atomos are two companies that put first the excellence of image through great products. I’m delighted that we are working together to bring photographers and filmmakers the latest full frame DSLR 4K video technology at an amazing price,” said Atomos CEO Jeromy Young. “Choosing between great stills or great video quality is no longer a problem – now you can get amazing high-resolution stills capture and excellent quality 4K UHD video in one package – The Nikon D850 Filmmaker’s Kit.”

NAB Convention attendees can see and try the Nikon D850 Filmmaker’s kit on the Nikon booth (# C6019) in the Central Hall, at the NAB 2018 show in Las Vegas from April 9-12.

  • Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2018
Ncam to launch next-generation lighting and depth solutions for augmented reality at NAB
Nic Hatch, CEO of Ncam
LONDON -- 

Ncam Technologies, developer of augmented reality technology for the entertainment industries, will launch at NAB 2018 new products and solutions designed to enhance lighting and depth within AR platforms for a more naturalistic look.

Real Light is designed to solve the common challenge of making augmented graphics look like they are part of the real-world scene. Real Light captures real-world lighting (direction, color, intensity, HDR maps), and renders it onto augmented graphics in real-time, adapting to each and every lighting change.

Real Depth provides a new and unique automated technique for sensing depth. By extracting depth data in real-time, subjects are able to interact seamlessly with their virtual surroundings for the most realistic and synergetic visual engagement.

Extreme, a new option for Ncam’s camera tracking products, provides enhanced camera tracking for severe lighting conditions, especially stage lighting including strobing effects.

Nic Hatch, CEO, Ncam, said, “These new technologies take our augmented reality platform to the next level, providing our customers with unrivalled possibilities, enabling an even more realistic look to graphics content.”

All three solutions will be available for live demonstrations on Ncam’s booth C5629 at NAB 2018. Ncam’s augmented reality technology can also be seen on the booths of leading manufacturers including Avid (SU801), Vizrt (SL2416) and Ventuz (SL13316) which will also be announcing its newest software, Version Ventuz X, featuring a brand new generative motion graphics and effects toolkit aimed at real-time presentation of mass data.

  • Tuesday, Apr. 3, 2018
Panavision’s Millennium DXL2 camera to debut at NAB
Panavision's Millennium DXL2
WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. -- 

Panavision, designer, manufacturer and provider of state-of-the-art cinema lenses, high-precision camera systems and innovative postproduction technologies, will showcase its Millennium DXL2 8K camera at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show, which runs April 7-12 in Las Vegas. Technology leaders from Panavision and its subsidiary Light Iron will also share their vision and expertise during panel discussions throughout the conference.

The DXL2 is the evolution of a unique camera ecosystem, built by Panavision based on the input of cinematographers whose feedback contributed to the DXL2’s many significant advances. Introduced in February, the DXL2 features a RED MONSTRO 8K VV sensor with 16-plus stops of dynamic range, improvements in image quality and shadow detail, a native ISO setting of 1600, and ProRes 4K up to 60 fps. Images are presented on the camera in log format using new Light Iron Color 2 science (LiColor2), which streamlines the 8K pipeline and provides quick access to high-quality RAW images. Additional features to the DXL2 include a custom-made, integrated PX-Pro color spectrum filter offering a significant increase in color separation and dramatically higher color precision to the image; a built-in Preston MDR; 24v power; and expanded direct-to-edit features.

Hands-on demonstrations of the DXL2 will take place at the Vitec booth (C6025) and at Vitec Creative Solutions (C9544).

NAB attendees also have a chance to hear directly from the experts and designers behind Panavision’s cameras and lenses, and postproduction innovator Light Iron. Several discussions will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center (unless otherwise noted), including:

Avid Customer Association Technology Open Forum
Light Iron Panel Participant Jeff Sengpiehl, VP of Engineering
Friday, April 6, 4:45-5:30pm
Location: Avid Connect (pre-NAB conference)
Wynn Las Vegas Conference Center
3131 South Las Vegas Boulevard

HDR Varicam Workflow for Netflix’s The Week Of
Light Iron Panel Participant Katie Fellion, Head of Business Development & Workflow Strategy
Monday, April 9, 12:30-1pm
Location: Panasonic booth (C3607)

Made in Georgia: Shaking up the Film and Digital Media Production Landscape
Panel moderated by Clark Cofer, Director of Business Development, Light Iron
Monday, April 9, 3:30-4:30pm
Location: S222-S223 

Venice HDR Creative and Workflow for #PictureDay Music Video
Panavision/Light Iron Panel Participant Michael Cioni, Sr. VP of Innovation
Tuesday, April 10, 1-1:30pm
Location: Sony booth (C11001)

The Media Archivist vs. Entropy, or, Why On-Set Data Verification is Really Important
Presented by Keenan Mock, Senior Media Archivist, Light Iron
Tuesday, April 10, 3-3:20pm
Location: LumaForge’s “Faster, Together” Stage (S112LMR)

The Future of 8K
Presented by Michael Cioni, Sr. VP of Innovation Panavision and Light Iron 
Wednesday, April 11, 10-10:20am
Location: LumaForge’s “Faster, Together” Stage (S112LMR)

Understanding Full Frame Cameras & Lenses
Panavision Panel Participant Guy McVicker, Manager, Technical Marketing & Optics
Wednesday, April 11, 2:00-3:15pm
Location: Post Production World session (N231)

  • Monday, Apr. 2, 2018
TVU Networks to introduce cloud-based live, multi-camera production solution at NAB
TVU Producer Pro
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- 

At the NAB Show, TVU Networks, known for live IP video solutions, will introduce TVU Producer Pro, a powerful new cloud-based video production solution. TVU Producer Pro is the latest addition to TVU’s family of remote production solutions, enabling anyone to do professional, multi-camera live video production without expensive hardware, software or training. Covering live events such as sports, concerts, corporate presentations, house of worship services or any other multi-camera production can be done from virtually anywhere using a simple web-browser based interface. The cloud-based Producer Pro features a multi-channel IP video switcher, titling and graphics capabilities and the ability to simultaneously output directly to Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Periscope Producer, virtually any CDN platform and SDI through a TVU transceiver. TVU Networks will exhibit at NAB, April 9-12 in Las Vegas, in Booth C1707.

“Covering live, multi-camera events has traditionally been an expensive and complex task. The cost of purchasing or renting live video production hardware or production services meant smaller events had limited coverage or no coverage at all,“ said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “TVU Producer Pro provides a flexible and economical alternative that requires no investment in expensive hardware or rental equipment services. It also provides the highest level of flexibility and simplicity allowing virtually any operator to produce the event from any location.”

Shen added, “One of the biggest challenges with web-based production tools is Internet delay. The unpredictability of Internet delay prevents actions like switching from happening at the intended frame. TVU Producer Pro’s patent-pending frame-accurate switch technology overcomes this limitation, enabling frame accurate previews in the web-based interface and the action to happen at exactly at the user’s intended frame.”

TVU Producer Pro supports multi-user operation permitting several producers to collaborate together concurrently on producing content. The simple WYSIWYG interface design makes it possible for non-professionals to easily manipulate graphics and text overlays during production.

TVU Producer Pro will work with all TVU transmitters--TVU Anywhere, TVU One, TVUPack and TVU MLink--IP video source or any standard IP video stream (HTTP, RTP, RTSP, UDP, etc.). A user can easily add up to six live streams at any time directly from the TVU Producer Pro interface. In addition, the platform is designed to allow any user of an iOS, Android or MacOS device to be added as a live video source within seconds by downloading the TVU Anywhere application.

TVU Networks has over 2,500 customers in more than 85 countries. The TVU Networks family of IP transmission and live production solutions gives broadcasters and organizations a powerful and reliable workflow to distribute live video content to broadcast, online and mobile platforms. TVU has become a critical part of the operations of many major media companies. The TVU Networks suite of solutions has been used to acquire, transmit, produce, manage and distribute professional-quality live IP HD footage as an integral part of news, sports and major global events.

  • Friday, Mar. 30, 2018
Combined Grass Valley and SAM wares to be showcased at NAB
Tim Shoulders, president, Grass Valley
MONTREAL -- 

Approximately five weeks after Belden Inc. completed its acquisition of Snell Advanced Media (SAM), Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, is making big strides to combine SAM products and technology into its solution offering. The expanded Grass Valley portfolio leverages the best innovation and expertise from each company to give customers the ultimate in selection and service.

At NAB Show 2018, Grass Valley will highlight how the move has created a market-leading supplier with more resources and technology that will benefit professionals in embracing the exciting changes occurring throughout the broadcast industry.

“We acquired SAM to create a proven portfolio that helps our customers strengthen their operations,” stated Tim Shoulders, president, Grass Valley. “We have no plans to announce any additional acquisitions at NAB or in the near future. Our focus right now is to complete our product and solution integration strategy and deliver a superior level of service to our customers. While there has been some speculation about further consolidation in the market, it is not currently a focus for Grass Valley.”

At NAB, visitors to the Grass Valley booth, SL106, will see offerings from both the Grass Valley and SAM portfolios organized by key application areas; live production, news, content delivery and networking. The booth also will include a dedicated camera stage and a unique “Discovery Zone” that will feature a series of self-guided virtual tours of technology topics. A hospitality booth, SL1805, is located close by to serve as a spacious, relaxing meeting space for customers to meet with sales people, product managers and executives; gain insights about the acquisition; or network with peers.

“Hard work is being done behind the scenes to ensure that our customers get the maximum benefit out of this acquisition as fast as possible,” added Shoulders. “As former SAM products are rebranded as Grass Valley, we are assuring interoperability and extending in-region support for all users. We are excited about getting to NAB to showcase our extended capabilities—when you bring two leaders together like this, it’s a win for everyone.”

  • Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018
Grass Valley, Calrec, Net Insight to discuss at-home production during NAB session
Grass Valley's Klaus Weber
LAS VEGAS -- 

Tasked with producing more live coverage with limited resources, broadcasters are turning to at-home/REMI (remote-integration model) production. At-home production can reduce the movement and help maximize the efficiency and utilization of people and equipment, and reduce on-site set-up times. During the Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology Conference (BEITC) at this year’s 2018 NAB Show, Klaus Weber of Grass Valley, Peter Walker of Calrec Audio and Larissa Görner of Net Insight will join forces to speak about the major challenges with at-home production and how these issues can be solved. The session, titled, “Live At-Home Production 2.0,” will take place on April 7 from 1:30-2:50PM (PST) in the North Hall Meeting Room (N260). 
 
The presentation provides a forum for each company to bring its specific industry experience to the discussion. Weber will speak about video and camera transmission, Walker is highlighting audio production, and Görner is focusing on signal transport. Together, they represent the main components of a remote production and will speak to the way each company’s state-of-the-art solutions provide better video, audio and transport workflows for at-home production. By utilizing a complementary technology approach, broadcasters are equipped with a complete, proven and easy way to generate significantly more live content.
 
The advantages of remote production are widely acknowledged across the industry, but what has been lacking is a focus to bring the at-home workflow to the next level by providing innovative audio-visual, networking and transport solutions. Grass Valley, Calrec Audio and Net Insight will explain this new workflow, as well as address challenges with remote production, in the At-Home Production 2.0 session.

All three companies are also holding at-home production demos live on the show floor at NAB 2018. Live demos will take place three times a day, with a production hub at the Grass Valley booth (booth SL106) providing live mixing for remote venues at the Net Insight booth (SU3821) and the Calrec booth (C7408).

  • Thursday, Mar. 29, 2018
Canon introduces its 1st full-frame cinema camera, the EOS C700 FF 
Canon's EOS C700 FF
MELVILLE, NY -- 

Canon U.S.A. Inc. has announced the EOS C700 FF, the company’s first full-frame cinema camera. The beauty and majesty of full-frame digital cinema is now becoming a new creative reality. Since the introduction of the EOS 5D Mark II DSLR camera in 2008, Canon has been a part of the full-frame video movement, and the introduction of the C700 FF has reinforced Canon’s commitment to this market. At the heart of the camera is a novel Canon-developed CMOS image sensor having a total of 5952 (H) x 3140 (V) photosites with a digital cinema 17:9 aspect ratio, which gives it the same image circle size as the full frame EOS 5D camera series. This supports a wide range of shooting options.

Available in both PL and EF Mount, the EOS C700 FF provides users with the same outstanding performance, operation and modular design as the EOS C700 (released in December 2016). The camera is being shown publicly for the first time at the Canon booth (C4325) at the NAB Show 2018 in Las Vegas from April 9-12.

“Since the launch of Canon’s Cinema EOS line of products in November 2011, the goal was to one day develop a cinema camera worthy of being the ‘A’ camera on major Hollywood productions, and Canon met that goal with the introduction of the EOS C700,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “After listening to our customers and closely monitoring market trends, Canon set forth a new goal: to launch a full-frame cinema camera. With this introduction, we are very excited to see the C700 FF in the hands of industry professionals as they shoot their latest projects.”

Existing owners of Canon’s original EOS C700 cinema camera will be pleased to know they can have their Super 35mm sensor upgraded to the new Full-Frame sensor for a fee*. Authorized Canon facilities such as Canon Burbank are ready to process C700 upgrades as well as lens mount swaps, and offer equipment drop off, on-site repairs and upgrades, as well as equipment testing and demonstration.

The Sensor
The newly developed sensor featured in the EOS C700 FF has an active image area of 38.1 x 20.1mm and supports readout at full size, as well as Super 35mm, Super 16mm and anamorphic modes. In addition to full-frame lenses, it can be used with conventional Super 35mm lenses to originate 4K / UHD standardized production formats and Super 16mm lenses (with an adapter) to originate 2K / HD production formats in crop modes. The sensor captures wide tonality exceeding 15 stops of dynamic range and a wide color gamut meeting ITU-R BT.2020 standards. This offers broad latitude when grading, providing outstanding effectiveness in HDR video production.

Recording
The EOS C700 FF embodies a choice of two high-performance codecs for on-board recording –Canon XF-AVC or Apple ProRes. Like other cameras in the 4K Cinema EOS family, the EOS C700 FF uses CFast cards to capture 4K / UHD or 2K / HD. A striking feature of the C700 FF is the Oversampling 4K Processing that processes a 5.9K image capture to produce 4K (DCI or UHD) having enhanced image sharpness, curtailed moire, and a lowered visibility of noise at the higher ISO settings. This is especially advantageous for on-board anamorphic image capture. Low-rate 2K/HD proxy data including metadata, can be recorded to SD cards, ideal for offline editing. The camera also allows high-frame-rate recording of up to 168fps in 2K crop and relay or simultaneous recording onto both CFast cards. In addition, the C700 FF can shoot at a Full HD high-frame-rate recording at a maximum of 168 fps. Additional formats are planned with future firmware updates.

To further complement the features of the EOS C700 FF, Canon has turned to its trusted partner Codex to provide a fully integrated (no cables) recording and workflow option. The combination of the optional Codex CDX-36150 recorder docked onto the back of the EOS C700 FF enables 5.9K 60 fps RAW recording, 4K RAW up to 72 fps (in 24p mode), 4K ProRes up to 60 fps and 2K ProRes up to 168 fps (in Super 16mm mode).

The C700 FF also supports the latest version (1.0) of the ACESproxy, the ACES (Academy Color Encoding System) color management transmission standard.

HDR
For users looking to create High Dynamic Range (HDR) imagery, the EOS C700 FF is an excellent solution, providing 15 stops of latitude (with Canon Log2 only), along with Canon’s proprietary Log Gammas (Canon Log3, Canon Log2 and Canon Log) and renowned color science. Canon Log2 is recommended when originating HDR imagery containing both highlight details and deep shadowed details. In comparison with Canon Log, Canon Log3 offers a wider dynamic range while retaining performance in darker regions.

Additionally, these cameras seamlessly integrate with Canon’s latest professional 4K UHD Reference Displays for on-set review and color management that conforms to SMPTE ST 2084 standards of HDR display.

The look of a cinematic production begins with the lens, and the EOS C700 FF offers both PL and EF lens mount options which are interchangeable at a Canon authorized service center. For full frame imaging, the EF lens mount version of the new EOS C700 FF is compatible with Canon’s family of seven Cinema Prime lenses, including the newly announced CN-E20mm T1.5 L F lens, as well as the diverse lineup of over 70 interchangeable EF lenses. The EF mount supports Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology and Dual Pixel Focus Guide. The Focus Guide assists operators with a precision visual indicator in the viewfinder when pulling focus. Alternatively, for certain demanding shooting situations the reliable capabilities of Dual Pixel CMOS AF can be deployed. The EOS C700 FF PL mount version is also compatible with Cooke’s /i metadata communication technology.

The EOS C700 FF EF and EOS C700 FF PL are scheduled to be available in July 2018 for an estimated retail price of $33,000.

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