Here’s a look at some of the recent product introductions for television engineers, technical managers, company managers and those involved in the production, cable, satellite, TV station and network, and telecommunications industries. Included in this round-up are Harmonic Spectrum MediaStore 5000, Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Small Tree ThunderNET.
Spectrum MediaStore 5000
High-performance disk-based shared storage system brings the lastest SAS disk technology — and its associated savings in size, cost and requirements — to the storage component of the Spectrum media server system; accommodates up to 24 hot-swappable drives in a 2RU chassis; supports hard-disk drive sizes of 300GB, 600GB and 900GB for a maximum of 62.8TB of usable online storage; provides storage bandwidth of up to 1600MB/s; features a RAID 6 storage topology.
Video frame synchronizer is designed for broadcast engineers who need to synchronize video sources containing up to four groups of embedded audio; can synchronize 3Gb/s, HD or SD sources timed to a different reference, or it can correct system processing delays; features include audio routing and resampling, tracking audio delay, sophisticated handling of Dolby E, flexible delay compensation, AFD insertion, video proc-amp and integrated fibre connectivity.
V3.2 workflow software
Workflow software for the Mica and Granite systems adds many enhancements to robotic camera control; thumbnails of each robotic camera’s preset position will appear on the multiviewer, rather than just the number of each preset — which helps with camera selection; new automatic camera follow enables the preset choices for a camera to appear as soon as the camera is selected by the switcher on preview; with enhancements to Fluent Macros, highly polished effects combining robotic cameras and other devices can now be created.
Handheld ProHD camera features a built-in 23X zoom lens; designed to deliver superior low-light performance with excellent sensitivity (F11 at 2000 lux); features a 1.22 MP color viewfinder and color 3.5in LCD; is versatile enough to handle tripod-based shots and run-and-gun situations; is equipped with three 1/3in 12-bit CMOS sensors, each with 1920 x 1080 pixels; records HD or SD footage in multiple file formats, including native XDCAM EX (.MP4), Final Cut Pro (.MOV) and AVDHD to non-proprietary SDHC or SDXC media cards.
Li-Ion battery powers high-current applications in a lightweight and robust package, making it ideal for digital cinema cameras such as the Sony F5, RED cameras, ARRI Alexa and the Vision Research Phantom series; delivers up to 10A of power; incorporates the company’s latest software architecture and improved LCD for superior safety and reliability in the most extreme environmental conditions; can run a 30W camera, monitors and multiple accessories for more than six hours.
ATSC Mobile DTV launch kit
Helps expedite channel launches for broadcasters; meets requirements to support the advertising-supported business model of the Mobile500 Alliance, with applications for banner ad placement on program guides, channel-change advertising, audience measurement, and DVR-like capabilities to record and playback content; supports content protection through integrated conditional-access software.