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Welcome to our NAB Special Report. For more than four days, Broadcast Engineering’s writers and editors canvassed the NAB convention show floor to look for this year’s hottest products, technology and solutions. Here you’ll find some of those product highlights, each of which includes a brief description and company contact information. For expanded listings and additional products, be sure to check out our digital edition. You can subscribe at onlinesuboffers.com/ginq3xca.
Likewise, in our June issue of Broadcast Engineering, you’ll find even more products from the show that could turn your facility state of the art. The June issue also includes the recipients of our annual Pick Hits awards — the 33 most exciting products shown at NAB, chosen by a group of your peers.
MultiDyne FS-18000 Fiber-Saver
CWDM remapper/multiplexer can transport up to 18 digital optical or SDI signals over a single fiber; simplifies the transport of additional signals in remote locations where there is an insufficient amount of available fibers; enables users to input any digital optical signal with a data rate of up to 4.25Gb/s, as well as deliver high-quality signals cost-effectively from any location, regardless of fiber access.
Bexel Hercules HD Flypack
Is scalable and customizable; designed to bring first-class production facilities to remote and space-constrained venues around the world; configured with every component of high-end production control rooms; features state-of-the-art HD technology with complete adaptability, including custom-designed modular racks to handle a variety of complex production requirements.
Designed for Artist intercom platform; CPX-AVB expansion card fits into the expansion slot of Artist 1100 series control panels; Connect AVB C8 offers eight AES connections on BNC and supports both bi-directional AES for intercom panels and unidirectional transport for AES; Connect AVB A8 provides eight analog inputs and outputs on RJ45 connectors; AVB Manager offers full AVB network management.
Integrated PTZ production system
RUSHWORKS VDESK LTD, VDESK PRO, VDESK PRO+
Designed for single-operator, multicamera production using a touchscreen and PTZ cameras, so no camera operators are required; supports four, eight or 12 HD/SD-SDI ins; controllable via tablet; features two clip players, multilayer DSK, full-motion overlays, transitions and effects, PIP, and chroma key; streams and records in multiple formats.
Schneider Optics Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon FF-Prime
Purpose-built for digital cinematography with full-frame HDSLRs and other cinema cameras, the full-frame lenses are meant for 4K resolutions; covers 45mm image circle; first focal lengths include 35mm T2.1, 50mm T2.1 and 75mm T2.1; each lens weighs 3.3lbs.
Subtitle transmission system
Screen Systems Polistream Black 4K
Uses the latest software and hardware to offer a more condensed subtitling solution, as well as lower power consumption and energy-saving technologies; Screen has harnessed the scalability of the system to transmit quality 4K subtitles in readiness; features an improved visual interface, software attack protection, multiple item selection via tagging and improved logging.
Remote camera power
BHV Broadcast Video Ghost
Provides 65 watts of power at 12V of phantom power to cameras; uses V-lock universal mount; works with SD or HD signals; can also be used to power composite-to-SDI converters at the camera.
Sony Creative Software Vegas Pro 12
Adds support for XAVC for Sony F5 and F55 cameras; supports round-trip P2 workflow; Smart Proxy feature creates high-performance clips to achieve faster playback for computationally intensive or high-bit-rate codecs; Color Match enables matching of color profiles between different cameras or to reference image.
Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K
High-resolution 4K digital film camera with innovative large Super 35 size sensor and professional global shutter; combined with precision EF mount optics and high-quality Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) file recording; supports the new 6G-SDI video connection for use in live video production; high-resolution LCD display; built-in capacitive touchscreen.
Automated quality test system
Video Clarity Auto RTM
Allows users to create sophisticated test scripts to automatically monitor a sequence of files and streams without user intervention; this capability is particularly useful for testing multiple versions of video streams that are created for HTTP streaming applications such as Apple HLS and Microsoft Smooth Streaming; can also be used to assess file-based assets such as VOD content libraries.
26V camera batteries
Boxx TV BlueCell
Use a manganese compound to provide the high level of current needed to run cameras such as the ARRI Alexa and Phantom digital cameras, which are natively 26V (almost double the traditional 16V that the industry is using today); using 26V instead of 16V batteries produces less heat in the battery and the wiring of the camera.
Streaming media analysis
Bridge Technologies PocketProbe
iPhone iOS app enables objective analysis of real network performance of streaming media; contains the same OTT engine found in the company’s VB1, VB2 and 10G VB3 series digital media monitoring probes; features include display of the profile’s programmed and actual bps, validation of chunk size against download time, alarms on manifest syntax and oversizing, alarms on sequence age disparity and non-updates of sequence for live streams, and graphic display of real chunk behavior.
FORK software add-on
Primestream FORK Xchange Suite 2.0
Application gives broadcasters instant Web access to content on their FORK Production servers from any Windows, Mac and iOS for iPad; is an add-on to the FORK software platform for managing and automating broadcast workflows; contains new capabilities for creating subclips and markers, as well as an upload manager, extended metadata functionality and multitrack audio control.
Wireless microphone system
Sennheiser Digital 9000
Is built for demanding applications such as multichannel broadcast and theatre production; offers uncompressed digital audio transmission, free from intermodulation and far ahead of analog wireless transmission; features automatic safety and control functions; intuitive user interface provides a clear system overview in stressful live situations.
Observer mobile interface
Gives users access to content anywhere, anytime through an iPad or iPhone; interface provides greater flexibility, portability and the added convenience of accessing live Observer streaming along with back-navigation of previously recorded content from both local and remote locations; interface has been enhanced to support multichannel viewing and multiple audio tracks; users now have the ability to select the bit rate best for their viewing device and network connection.
Subtitling transmission system
Screen Systems Polistream
Using standard automation second-event scheduling within a playout system, the subtitling transmission system can now be used to trigger interactive second-screen content without the need for any secondary hardware; the company has developed a system whereby an additional language can be applied to transmit a timed metadata stream as a subtitle/caption file; this file can then trigger web page content along with countless viewer engagement and advertising possibilities; broadcasters can dynamically link their content with connected devices such as tablets and smartphones.
Remote access module
Studio Technologies Model 5190
Allows for remote control and monitoring of key functions of Studio Technologies’ popular 5100 Series of audio modules via the Internet from iPad, iPhone or other Internet-capable device; connected via Ethernet, provides users with Web pages for monitoring and configuring key audio and related parameters, including mic gain, phantom power on/off and channel names.
Flat-panel monitor wall
TBC Consoles TracWall
Mounting system for creating flat panel monitor wall consisting of any arrangement of speakers, UMDs and clocks; unit may be free-standing, wall-mounted or include base cabinets; displays from 15in to 70in bolt directly with a variety of fixed, tilt/swivel and articulating mounts; cables channel directly into base cabinets that also provide for additional rack equipment and power supplies.
Integrated production system
Broadcast Pix Granite X
Is designed for large-scale setting with many cameras; has choice of three control surfaces — the 2000, 5000 and 6000; all models come with 22 SDI inputs and 12 outputs, a quad monitor Fluent-View and two M/Es; X series also features enhanced Fluent-View with 16 full-motion windows for cameras and other external inputs — up from eight with standard Granite.
E-O signal converter
Plug-and-play devices convert 3G/HD/SD-SDI (or MADI) signals from coaxial cables to fiber and back; two to 24 channels in a single rack space with built-in power supplies; allows optical channels to be multiplexed and demultiplexed.