Tot up your air miles, grab your floor plan and load up on energy drinks, IBC 2013 is almost upon us! From the 12th to the 17th September, all eyes will be on Amsterdam as the great and the good of the tech world attempt to wow us with their latest releases.
A few of them have even been kind enough to share a sneak peek at their new kit with the world’s press, and we’re hoovering up every blog post, teaser trailer and leaked photo so you don’t have to. In this post, we’ll be keeping a rolling roundup of every hint dropped by all the big names – keep checking back to find out what you need to add to your list of must-see stands. If you spot anything you like, get in touch with the team and we’ll help you figure out how to fit the latest updates into your workflow and flag up any secondary considerations you’ll need to take into account, so you can adjust your wishlist accordingly.
If you’re an Autodesk Subscription member, you’ve probably already downloaded your latest expansion pack, but for those who are still on the fence, IBC 2013 is your chance to see what you’re missing out on. Additions from the latest service pack and expansion pack will be getting a thorough demo-ing at the Autodesk booth, and they’re kindly streaming it online via The Area for those of us who don’t get to attend (don’t click on that link if you’re not comfortable with clowns, mimes or people on fire – we think that header image is publicity for the Flame Award for pushing the boundaries of VFX, but it’s mostly just unsettling).
Let’s kick off with some wild speculation. Canon are remaining tight-lipped on this, but the internet is adamant that the 7D MkII is going to arrive soon. Canon Watch have reported that it’ll be the kind of entry-level, full-frame DSLR that Canon enthusiasts have been waiting for, with the 70D taking its place at the top of the Canon pile. While recent rumours have put the release date back to 2014, people are still quietly hoping that we’ll get a pre-production model or at least confirmation that the project is underway at this year’s show.
Regular visitors to the blog will notice we’ve been on a 4K kick recently, and Gefen’s IBC announcements aren’t doing much to help. They’ll have stand 7.B30 stocked with “4K Ultra HD signal distribution, extension and integration solutions”, including Ultra HD Splitters for HDMI 4K/2K that offer among the lineup 1:2, 1:4 and 1:8 signal distribution, so you can split a single 4K source to two, four or eight 4K displays. According to Gefen’s pre-conference statement, “each splitter includes automatic EDID management to support size and resolution of each display on the output. Conversely, the company’s 4×1 Ultra HD Switcher for HDMI 4K/2K combines up to four 4K sources with one 4K display. Users can switch between all sources using the same hi-def or Ultra HD display.” They’ll also be demoing Ultra HD Matrix Switchers for HDMI 4K/2K, which allow for seamless switching between multiple sources and displays. (The 4×4 can handle four sources and four displays, the 6×2 can handle six and two – you see how this is going to go.)
Also playing into our current weaknesses are Matrox, who will be showcasing the latest version of the Matrox MXO2 and MXO2 Mojito MAX card, both of which have been optimised for the latest versions of Adobe Creative Cloud software and Avid Media Composer 7.
If you want to catch up with one of our team while they’re at IBC, your best bet is probably to loiter round the Matrox stand, where we’ll be glued to the CINEMA 4D R15 demo. If you want to know what’s available in the latest version or how to make the most of that new dynamic link with After Effects CC, head over to stand 6.C19 to see R15 in action (Maxon’s demo team will also be doing their thing on the Adobe stand, if you feel like killing two birds with one stone). Matrox have promised to reveal additional info about R15’s new features just ahead of the show, too, so keep an eye on the blog for updates.
NewTek have a mystery release planned for just before IBC, and whatever this shiny new release is you can bet it’s going to be the centrepiece of their IBC show. Hopefully we’ll hear more about what’s going to arrive before the show’s open, and will let you know as soon as we do!
According to TVTechnology, Softron will be using IBC 2013 to showcase a new Smart Playout Engine that’s designed for OnTheAir Video and OnTheAir Node, as well as intelligent resizing technology and the ability to direct playout to a video card, the internet or both at the same time. There’ll also be a demo of MovieRecorder 3, with its new Smart Record Engine and broader format support, and Multicam Logger, a useful tool that logs all the angles covered in a multicam production, and notes which the producer has selected in his or her vision mixer at any given time. You can see it in action at booth 7.G12.
Not to be outdone, Sonnet have release a pre-event lineup as long as your arm. Highlights include the new Echo Express Thunderbolt Expansion family, a new iteration of their Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion chassis that features Thunderbolt 2 connectivity. The Echo Express III-D and Echo Express III-R models (they’re desktop and rackmount respectively) both hold three single width, full length PCIe cards, and will be on show at IBC, playing host to cards from ATTO, Blackmagic Design and others. Sonnet will also be showcasing old favourites the xMac mini Server , the xMac mini Server 2H, the Echo 15 Thunderbolt Dock, the Qio MR mobile rack for video cards, their Presto 10GbE Network Adaptor cards and their Fusion SATA storage systems, including the RX1600 Vfibre, RX1600 Fibre and DX800 RAID, so if you’ve ever wanted to see a Sonnet product in action, this is probably your best chance.