Broadcast Engineering’s Pick Hit Awards are the industry’s longest-running product technology awards for broadcast and production. With a 29-year history, Pick Hits are the most prestigious technical awards given at NAB. Here are the top products selected from the show by our panel of independent judges.
After Effects with MAXON CINEMA 4D Lite
Next version of After Effects includes CINEMA 4D Lite, which gives artists access to an exceptional selection of the software’s functionality; since CINEMA 4D Lite launches directly from within After Effects, the availability of a full 3D application is expected to have a significant impact for artists interested in or already incorporating 3D into their After Effects workflow; instead of waiting for a 3D render to come out of CINEMA 4D, users can drop that CINEMA 4D file into After Effects and start to composite, color correct and add the extra things they do in After Effects direcly on top of their 3D projects; integration speeds up the workflow.
AJA Video Systems
Mini-converter allows high-quality conversion and real-time scaling of computer DVI-D and HDMI outputs to baseband video over SDI; seamlessly incorporates computer signals into video production; features Region of Interest scaling control for selective source screen isolation and resolution matching, as well as aspect ratio conversion and frame rate conversion for maximum compatibility; offers audio embedding in SDI output via analog 3.5mm connector input; can connect KONA 3G SDI-based 4K output to 4K HDMI displays; genlock input enables locked SDI output for clean switching and integration.
Pocket Cinema Camera
Pocket-sized digital cinema camera is less than 1in thick and be held easily in the user’s hand; compact design allows it to be used in more situations where a larger camera would not be practical; features an industry standard Super 16 sensor size; super wide dynamic range of 13 stops allows feature-film quality images; includes an easy to use SD card recorder that enables the full sensor dynamic range to be recorded in professional ProRes 422 (HQ) format, as well as 12-bit Log RAW lossless compressed CinemaDNG format; these files can be read by high-end video software as they are all open standard.
Dual-rack monitor with built-in broadcast-accurate waveform monitoring features two large 8in LCD screens in a compact rack-mount design that’s less than 1in thick; includes powerful image processing, allowing each of the two screens to be independently selected between video monitoring and waveform monitoring; handles all SD, HD and 3G-SDI video standards; all screens can be remotely adjusted via the user’s Ethernet network; includes full tally features, making it ideal for live broadcasters; tally borders can be independently displayed in red, green or blue.
Player tracking graphics system applies graphics onto live video to rack sports players in 3D space; takes live 3D player tracking data from the ChyronHego Tracab system and applies a variety of different real-time visualizations, such as name-straps or highlighting tools, to be able to identify players and help provide better insight into sports play; as the graphics are time-coded in synchronization to the video, they can be applied not only live, but also on first replays; this enables sports analysis to be aired almost immediately on a first replay.
Quad (3G/HD/SD)-SDI to HDMI multiviewer and converter includes four independent mini HDMI outputs that can each output any of the four inputs or a quad-split all of them; inputs two and four can be individually changed to output active loop copies of inputs one and two, respectively; quad-split mode allows selection of audio from any input; portable converter incorporates an easy-to-use LCD and button control system, providing users with easy access to the unit’s features without using LED/button control or dip switches or having to carry around a computer to change a simple setting.