It is nearly time for IBC again, and 2012 sees more innovatoin outside the straight exhibit areas. The thought leadership, started in 2011, continues this year with the IBC Leaders’ Summit. The focus this year is the impact of hybrid broadcast and broadband — connected TV — on viewers’ consumption, and the opportunities and threats it presents to traditional broadcasters. The invitation-only event will facilitate high-level networking for senior executives.
Meanwhile, on the show floor, those engineers wanting to smooth the transition to file-based production can visit the Workflow Solutions Village in Hall 9. As the use of videotape diminishes, the Village will host a presentation examining file-based operations alongside demonstrations of tapeless production. Expect to hear more about regularization of specifications for the use of standards like MXF throughout the workflow.
This year’s keynote reflects the importance of the CE sector in delivering a compelling experience to the viewer. David Yun, Samsung’s EVP/Global Media, will explain some of the company’s thinking, including attitudes to content.
Not all the networking is for senior executives. The Rising Stars program caters to new entrants to the industry. It’s an opportunity to meet with peers or be inspired by some of the industry’s entrepreneurs at a program of presentations.
For those engineers with an eye on the next big thing, the Future Zone will introduce concepts for the next decade of broadcasting, including NHK with the latest from the Super Hi-Vision project.
However for most of us, it will be treading the show floor, maybe scheduling a meeting to wrap a deal or a sneak preview in a back room of something for 2013.
As with every year, Broadcast Engineering will be covering show news and product releases in our “IBC Update” newsletter; just follow the subscribe link on our website. We will also have our camera crew interviewing a cross-section of broadcasters, and visiting booths to see new products.
In the meantime, here’s a look at some of the products and technologies that will be on display at IBC2012.
Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio Pro
Includes four channels of 3Gb/s SDI in and out, built-in high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology, and full HDMI and analog in and out, including standard XLR connectors for audio and timecode; allows full 4K playback from a single SSD disk using Apple ProRes compression that is four times the resolution of regular HD 1080 resolution video; features a user-friendly VTR –style design with function buttons, a jog wheel for jog and shuttle, and external RS-422 control.
Ensemble Designs Avenue Layering Engine
Multilayer keyer and mix effect with iPad control is designed for use in master control, flypack and truck applications; keys and background transitions can all be controlled from an iPad, providing a new flexibility in where and how shows and events are switched; key position and drop shadow can be repositioned on the fly with the iPad and then checked on the preview output before going to air; inputs can be driven by SDI signals from cameras, remote feeds, character generators, graphic and stillstore systems, and video servers; supports the full range of SDI signals from SD to HD and 3G formats.
Digital cinematography cameras
Canon Cinema EOS C500/C500 PL
Cinema EOS C500 digital cinematography camera is designed for use with EF-mount lenses, while the Cinema EOS C500 PL is designed for use with PL-mount lenses; capable of originating 4K (4096 × 2160-pixel) resolution digital motion imagery with uncompressed RAW output for external recording; not only do the cameras support 4K-resolution video, but also they output this as a 10-bit uncompressed RAW data stream with no de-Bayering; also output quad full-HD (3840 × 2160), 2K (2048 × 1080), full HD (1920 × 1080) and other imaging options; all 4K formats can be selected to operate from 1fps to 60fps.
Integrated, cost-effective OEM modulator is designed for any manufacturer that aims at designing PAL/DVB-T/T2 transmission systems; provides the required system to ensure lower cost field-upgradable analog-to-digital transition; authorizes operators to switch from one standard to another one with no hardware change or software upload; MT2-2210 supports PAL and DVB-T/T2 on same hardware for transition.
Multiscreen content delivery
Evertz 3480 Media eXchange Platform
Is a combination of the most advanced compression technology and key system level functionality from the company’s video, audio and VBI processing product lines; simplifies video delivery, offering multiple high-quality linear distribution encodes/transcodes plus multi-platform simultaneous resolution encodes; with the addition of the company’s advanced compression algorithms, the platform is ideal for broadcasters providing IP content to multi-platform systems.
Newsroom computer system
OCTOPUS Newsroom OCTOPUS6
Runs natively on Mac OS X, Linux and Windows; installation-free client and centralized updates; features seamless load-balancing and automatic fail-over; includes editorial tools such as spell check, word blacklist, rundown buddy, rundown stopwatch and rundown time markers; includes plug-in for Final Cut Pro integration.
File-based creation and distribution of media
Wohler RadiantGrid New Media Automation Platform
Designed to enable a more efficient system for file-based creation, standards conversion, QC and distribution of media, while augmenting and integrating with trafficking, rights management, linear automation and business process management systems; powered by RadiantGrid’s TrueGrid media transformation and parallel processing engine with an underlying content management fabric.
Playbox Technology Multichannel Airbox
Provides multiple video playout channels on one server; offers a wide choice of features, including Live-in, audio re-mapping, Dolby Digital support and loudness normalization as a part of QCBox; newly supported video file formats include AVC Intra and Apple Pro res.