Sony goes Beyond Definition at NAB 2016

Sony goes Beyond Definition at NAB 2016

At NAB 2016, Sony is showcasing new technologies and workflows for HD, 4K, high dynamic range, storage and IP transmission, providing the tools to drive professionals’ creativity. Sony’s exhibit will feature new models and updates to widely used products – camcorders, cameras, monitors, switchers, storage, archiving, and wireless transmission for broadcast, production, sports, live events and more.

“Sony at NAB 2016 is all about accelerating the momentum with our customers. For the past two years, we have been showcasing and delivering a variety of forward thinking solutions under the banner of Beyond Definition. This year we are continuing that story and sharing with our partners and customers our latest developments in the core enabling areas of Image, IP and Workflow, all founded on Sony’s reputation as a technology innovator, solutions provider and strategic business partner, that goes beyond the traditional vendor / customer relationship”, says Michael Harrit, Marketing Director Media Solutions, Sony Professional Solutions Europe.

At NAB, Sony will highlight its comprehensive and growing line of cameras, with 4K available at every level from full-frame interchangeable lens cameras and compact professional camcorders to high frame rate, high dynamic range studio and motion picture cameras.

Cameras and camcorders

Sony cameras are used in every production genre at every budget level: high-end feature films, low to mid-budget feature films, news, documentary, episodic television, sports, commercials, OTT and more.

Sony’s new HDC-4800 camera system combines 4K resolution with enhanced high frame rate capabilities — 8x at 4K, and up to 16x in full HD. This is combined with HD cut-out and zoom capabilities for live sports and event production. The HDC-4800 is complemented by the BPU-4800, a baseband processor unit with a replay server capability that creates a fully networked, 4K live ultra-high speed production workflow.

The HDC-4800 uses a new Super 35mm 4K CMOS sensor and wide color space (BT.2020 and BT.709). It supports PL mount lenses enabling to capture high resolution, clear and crisp images for live sports shooting. In addition to this, HDR support is under development and will be available in near future.

Sony introduced the world’s first 4K XDCAM shoulder-mount camcorder, the PXW-Z450. Capable of capturing superb 4K (3840 x 2160) picture quality from new 2/3-type Exmor R CMOS sensor, the camcorder possesses exceptional weight balance and low power consumption alongside excellent networking features. Another addition to the XDCAM family is the PXW-Z150 with 1.0-type sensor that delivers low-light performance and networking features for fast turnaround, high-quality workflows.

IP Transmission

Sony further enhances its fully interoperable IP Live Production system with Networked Media Interface (NMI) IP Live Production system with Networked Media Interface (NMI). The new suite of solutions have been developed to help broadcasters make the most of IP technology, allowing them to deliver on the increasing demand for 4K live content while addressing the cost and scalability issues associated with conventional SDI live production workflows. Sony will be demonstrating its continued commitment to delivering IP interoperability among a wide range of compatible live production products through its IP Live Alliance. The Alliance has, with the recent participation by Grass Valley, now grown to 49 vendors across the live production space, and support is continuing to grow as more broadcasters adopt IP Live.

Storage

Sony is unveiling the second generation of its Optical Disc Archive (ODA) System, which adopts new, high-capacity optical media developed jointly by Sony and Panasonic. This affordable new media is rated with a 100-year shelf life and doubles the capacity of a single cartridge to 3.3 TB. The Generation 2 ODA System also introduces the world’s first 8-channel optical drive unit, doubling the read/write speeds of the previous generation and helping to meet the data needs of real-time 4K production.

ODA technology is designed for use as a near-line, deep archive storage or disaster recovery systems, ranging from large scalable robotics down to stand-alone archive systems. Sony is also embracing an open platform approach for broad compatibility, providing technologies and support to encourage other manufacturers to develop complementary products for the technology. Currently, 42 companies have announced their support for ODA.

High Dynamic Range (HDR)

At NAB 2015, Sony introduced its first 4K OLED reference monitor for critical viewing – the BVM-X300. Already, it’s become the de facto reference standard for 4K and HDR grading.

This year, Sony adds a new monitor – the PVM-X550, a 55-inch, OLED panel with 12-bit signal processing, perfect for client viewing. The PVM-X550 supports HDR through various Electro-Optical Transfer Functions (EOTF), such as S-Log3, SMPTE ST.2084 and Hybrid Log-Gamma, covering applications for both cinematography and broadcast. The PVM-X550 is the world’s first quad-view OLED monitor, which allows customized individual display settings across four distinct views in HD. It is equipped with the same signal-processing engine as the BVM-X300, providing a 12-bit output signal for the best picture accuracy and consistency. It also supports various industry standard color spaces including the wider ITU-R BT.2020 for Ultra High Definition. These all work in tandem with TRIMASTER EL technology to ensure that professionals across the broadcast and cinematography industries are provided excellent, vibrant and reliable images.

Technology Upgrades

Sony is helping customers extend the life of their current Sony technologies by continually introducing new upgrades, enabling new features and performance. These include:

– BVM-X300 – update for support of both Hybrid Log-Gamma formats, safe and aspect markers, XYZ color modulation and 1.5G dual link inputs.
– F55 – version 8 adds support for XAVC 4K class 480, for professionals that want a higher data rate in XAVC.
– FS7 – adds center crop functionality, a feature traditionally found on higher-end models like the F55, flexible spot focus and true 24P.
– FS5 – adding RAW external recording and auto variable ND filters, among several other features.

Wireless mic systems

Rounding out the total workflow for professionals, Sony’s NAB 2016 exhibit also highlights new wireless microphone systems with enhanced diversity features, solutions for media asset management, and more, across its entire product line. These include HXC-FB75 Camera – a successor model to Sony’s HXC-D70, the HXC-FB75 is a cost-effective entry-level studio camera. No camera adapter is required for fiber transmission to the CCU, and Sony’s HDVF interface enables smoother and sharper focusing. The lens, viewfinder and microphone packaged model is available in addition to the camera body sole model.

In response to the growing demand for 4K production and IP interfaces, Sony is adding to its multi-format switcher line-up. Sony’s new XVS Series Switchers, the XVS-7000 and XVS-6000 join the XVS-8000 to create the family of 4K/IP professional production switcher systems. The XVS Series inherits versatile features from Sony’s widely used MVS Series of switchers including enhanced frame memory, format conversion, multi-viewer capabilities, and a wide range of input and output video formats. The XVS Series also supports HDR imaging. Users can configure SDI and IP option boards in a single processor. The XVS family offers smooth migration not only from SDI to IP, but also from HD to 4K, promising efficient return of investment:

– XVS-7000 supports: In HD, 6ME operation with 112 inputs; in 4K,3ME operations with 28 inputs
– XVS-6000 supports: In HD, 4ME operation with 48 inputs; in 4K, 2ME operation with 12 inputs

Sony’s XDCAM technology is a standard for ENG and field production, evolving from optical disc to file-based workflows. Sony is developing new wireless workflows to support the current requirements of news production, using 4G/LTE networks for media delivery. XDCAM Air is a cloud-based ENG service that integrates existing Sony wireless solutions and adds new features such as a mobile application, live streaming edit integration with NLE and enhanced remote control capabilities.

Sony’s new UWP-D Wireless Microphone System, the URX-P03D is the first 2-channel portable receiver in its UWP-D series, eliminating the need to attach two receivers on a camcorder, especially smaller models, making them unbalanced and unwieldy. The URX-P03D receiver supports an external input for an additional wired microphone, such as Sony’s BMP type lavaliere microphones or conventional plug-in-power supported microphones. 3-channel mixer function is included for switching audio signals in the receiver. A new 2-channel version of Sony’s Multi Interface (MI) shoe adaptor, model SMAD-P3D is available for the URX-P03D.

Also introduced, Sony’s LMD-B170 a 17-inch, lightweight, compact Full HD LCD monitor. The new monitor incorporates features and designs from Sony’s PVM-A Series OLED and LMD-A Series Premium LCD picture monitors to give users a familiar interface, especially when using multiple series of monitors. The LMD-B170 can be wall-mounted for in-house use or used as a field monitor with DC power. Interfaces include SDI, HDMI and composite video with stereo analog audio as standard. The monitor also has 2W+2W front stereo speakers, more powerful than a monaural speaker or a rear speaker system.

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NAB 2016: Sony introduces the PVM-X550, a 55” quad-view large screen TRIMASTER EL 4K OLED monitor

NAB 2016: Sony introduces the PVM-X550, a 55” quad-view large screen TRIMASTER EL 4K OLED monitor

Sony today announced the new PVM-X550, a 55-inch 4K OLED monitor ideal for verifying 4K footage during production. The PVM-X550 incorporates Sony’s exclusive TRIMASTER EL technology, achieving superb colour and picture quality reproduction, and making the monitor ideal for 4K cinema production and 4K live production.

As demand continues to grow for next generation video formats such as 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR), improved workflows will become even more critical for cameramen, directors and producers evaluating video in the field. A 4K OLED large display that can be used alongside the BVM-X300,Sony’s award winning 30-inch 4K OLED reference monitor, has long been desired. The new PVM-X550 is ideally suited for this use as it is equipped with the same signal processing system as the BVM-X300 for picture accuracy and calibration. The combination of the Sony BVM series master monitors for critical evaluation and the PVM-X550 client monitor deliver the ideal image reproduction and picture quality.

The PVM-X550 supports HDR through various Electro-Optical Transfer Functions (EOTF), such as S-Log3, SMPTE ST.2084 and Hybrid Log-Gamma, covering applications for both cinematography and broadcast. It is equipped with the same signal-processing engine as the BVM-X300, providing a 12-bit output signal for the best picture accuracy and consistency. It also supports various industry standard colour spaces including the wider ITU-R BT.2020 for Ultra High Definition. These all work in tandem with TRIMASTER EL technology to ensure that professionals across the broadcast and cinematography industries are provided excellent, vibrant and reliable images.

The PVM-X550 is the quad-view OLED monitor, which allows customized individual display settings across four distinct views, including:

– Electro-Optical Transfer Function (EOTF).

– Colour space, Transfer Matrix and colour temperature.

– Contrast, Bright and Chroma.

– Interface (3G-SDI,HD-SDI including Single Link/Dual Link and HDMI).

– Signal structure (RGBy and YCBCR).

With great off-axis viewing performance, the PVM-X550’s narrow bezel and lightweight design make it ideal for wall mounting, which is a particular benefit for integration into live production environments where space is often at a premium. At the same time, the 55-inch display also delivers a screen size that can fit in with the need for larger, more detailed monitors in the world of postproduction.

“Professional monitors are essential for 4K productions in the field and aid creators in visual storytelling”, said Daniel Dubreuil, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “Sony has listened to its customers and partners about their individual needs during production and the result of those conversations is the PVM-X550 – high-performance, versatile, and customisable quad-view OLED monitor. Cameramen, directors and producers now have the capability to choose individual settings for each of the four displays to achieve their desired outcome. With this range of displays, Sony is putting image quality and dependability at the front of its agenda, giving professionals the confidence to count on excellent, reliable images for the longest time possible.”

The PVM-X550 will be available in Summer 2016.

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NAB 2016: Sony unveils world’s first 4K XDCAM shoulder camcorder with 2/3-type image sensor

NAB 2016: Sony unveils world’s first 4K XDCAM shoulder camcorder with 2/3-type image sensor

Sony today introduced its latest XDCAM shoulder-mount camcorder, PXW-Z450. Capable of capturing superb 4K (3840 x 2160) picture quality from new 2/3-type Exmor R CMOS sensor, the camcorder possesses exceptional weight balance and low power consumption alongside excellent networking features.

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“Sony further reinforces its position to drive technology forward and create solutions that answer to the needs of our clients in the 4K production space,” said Lucie Wendremaire, Marketing Manager, Sony Professional Solutions, Sony Europe, “As the first 4K XDCAM shoulder-mount camcorder in the world equipped with a 2/3-type 4K image sensor 1, Sony’s PXW-Z450 goes beyond what has been traditionally possible with a camcorder, making it the ideal choice for broadcasters producing various TV programs in 4K.”

The PXW-Z450 allows standard B4-mount lenses to be attached directly onto the body without the need for an adaptor, providing the flexibility to interchange between different lenses at ease. With high zoom ratio and deep depth of field (DOF), users are assured of stunning picture quality. The camcorder also supports multi-format recording for a variety of applications, allowing users to shoot at robust 1080p HD and switch over to 4K 59.94p when needed. The PXW-Z450 supports both XAVC Intra and XAVC Long for 4K recording as well as MPEG HD422.

Further, the PXW-Z450 can supports pool feed functions (HD/SD-SDI), allowing broadcasters to record an external signal on SxS card, from another camera on-site without a portable deck.

Suitable for field production, the PXW-Z450 inherits a lot of features from the PXW-X400. This includes the “ONLINE button” which simply allows users to transmit the proxy clips or direct streaming AV signals to other equipment connected on network, low power consumption equivalent, and the well-balanced lens and body resolve any front-heavy issues for all-day shooting comfort.

PXW-X400 gets 4K upgrade

For current PXW-X400 users, Sony will also introduce a 4K upgrade kit, CBK-Z450UK. The new kit offers the users with the same functionalities of PXW-Z4502 2.

The PXW-Z450 is body-only with no lens or viewfinder but it can be paired with the optional HDVF-series full HD OLED viewfinder (HDVF-EL20/EL30) for excellent focusing performance, making it a perfect fit for today’s demanding content creation requirements.

The PXW-Z450 will be exhibited during the 2016 NAB show at booth C11001, Central Hall, C-5, at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, NV, US.

The PXW-Z450 is scheduled to be available by the end of 2016.

The CBK-Z450UK is scheduled to be available in 2017.

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NAB 2016: Sony Unveils 4K 8x Super Motion Camera System with Replay Server Function

NAB 2016: Sony Unveils 4K 8x Super Motion Camera System with Replay Server Function

Sony announced today the launch of the HDC-4800, its newest camera system which combines 4K & Wide Color Space with Ultra-High Frame Rate (UHFR) capabilities – 8x at 4K, and up to 16x in full HD- but also features dynamic cutout and zoom capabilities for live sports and special event productions.

The HDC-4800 reinforces the suite of 4K, HDR, IP-ready set of solutions offered by Sony Professional, from the awarded HDC-4300 camera, the XVS Switchers series and PWS-4500 servers to the Trimaster ELTM 4K OLED displays BVM-X300 & PVM-X550.

Today, most live sports productions already include high frame rate data, which has become one of the de facto visual tools to relay for the viewer the raw emotion, effort and feats of athletes and sporting teams. However, such ultra-high frame rate content requires the use of specialised crews, equipment and custom developed workflows that were not originally designed for a live production application, where time to air is critical.

Sony has brought all of its experience and deep understanding of live sports production workflows and operations to answer that challenge with the HDC-4800. This is Ultra High Frame Rate System Camera developed specifically for live sports environments, bringing together innovative technology with efficient workflows and simple operation.

The system is composed of a camera head that any traditional camera operator, shader or engineer can operate. It uses the familiar ergonomics and commands including dynamic focus assists, simple large lens adapter as well as all paint functions from Remote Control Panel and is compatible with other accessories from the range of Sony system cameras.

This means operators can control precisely the colour and general parameters of an HDC-4800 like they would any other HDC system. This cuts out the requirement of a dedicated operator for Ultra Frame Rate, as there is no need for a specialised and dedicated set of accessories, such as viewfinders, remote control panels or large lens adapters.

The other challenge faced in present day UHFR operations is recording. This is often limited to an on board memory located in the camera head block, restricting not only how much action can be captured but also slowing down the time to air, as the data needs to be first transferred to an external replay server.

This constrains directors and can force them to make some very strong editorial choices. With the HDC-4800 system, Sony has developed a new approach which solves this problem: the BPU-4800 baseband processor unit doubles up as a replay server. This innovation not only enables to record continuously up to 4 hours of Ultra High Frame rate 4K (8x super motion content) thus capturing all the action, but also allows instant replays that can be broadcast on air as a first replay immediately after the moment.

The BPU-4800 integrates directly with other servers for instant replay using the Real Time network “Share Play” introduced on the PWS-4500 server system.

Thanks to these features, the HDC-4800/BPU-4800 camera system also creates a companion system for Sony’s HDC-4300 4K/HD camera with 2/3-inch image sensor.

“Sony has developed the HDC-4800 taking into account the workflow as a whole”, says Norbert Paquet, Strategic Marketing Manager, Sony Professional, Sony Europe.” From capture to replay operations, the HDC-4800 System enables not only the best in class capture of emotions but also more efficient workflows for live sports replays.“

“Exchanging contents in real time between servers is essential” continues Paquet “Now, while the High Speed replay operator is proposing his clips to the director, the highlight editing operator can get at the same time his clips into the main story, assembling clips not only from the normal replay servers but also from this Ultra High Speed server”.

The HDC-4800 uses a new Super 35mm 4K CMOS sensor and wide colour space (BT.2020 and BT.709). It also supports PL mount lenses that can capture high resolution, clear and crisp images for live sports shooting. HDR support is under development and will be available in the near future.

The HDC-4800 and BPU-4800 will be displayed for the first time at NAB 2016 and will be available from August 2016, ready for major sporting events.

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NAB 2016: Atomos adds flagship Shogun Inferno to the HDR blaze of product announcements

NAB 2016: Atomos adds flagship Shogun Inferno to the HDR blaze of product announcements

Before you read this press release, we’d like you to put on Disco Inferno. Go on. We’ll wait. 

Atomos invented the all-in-one monitor recorder category and now redefine it with the Shogun Inferno. It is the combination of the most advanced monitor technologies – 1500nit/10bit/HDR, the latest recording capability – 4Kp60 over Quad-SDI, along with playback & editing functionality that encourages on set collaboration. Shogun Inferno makes mastering a high resolution, high frame rate, high dynamic range workflow available to all filmmakers.

Shogun Inferno sits as the flagship model in the new 8-strong Atomos HDR lineup, which has expanded to include HDR as a free update to the Blade HD series, Ninja Assassin, Shogun and Shogun Studio along with the recently announced Flame series.

“The best technology booms are the ones that truly wow long standing professionals. HDR on the Atomos products leaves even the most experienced video professional excited like a kid in a candy store – never before have you actually been able to monitor and shoot what you are actually seeing,” said Jeromy Young, Atomos’ CEO and Co-founder.

“Just as we opened up the changeover from MPEG to ProRes and the upgrade from HD to 4K, we’re focused on ensuring the exciting breakthrough that is HDR easily becomes part of every filmmaker’s arsenal. To do this all at 4K 60p is a real revolution.”

Shogun Inferno has all of the premium monitoring features previously announced on the Shogun Flame i.e. 10 stops of dynamic range with AtomHDR, 1500nit brightness for outdoor monitoring and 10-bit processing for smooth colour transitions. In addition, Inferno also adds:

– High quality 4K 60p and HD 240p ProRes and DNxHR recording, from either a video or Raw signal – perfect for sports broadcasters and slow motion recordings.

– Raw to Raw CDNG recording up to 4K DCI/UHD 30p or 2K/HD 120p. CDNG support will also be added to existing Shogun Flame, Shogun and Shogun Studio users one month after the launch of Inferno.

– Versatility of Quad SDI connections to let you input from cameras with 1.5/3/6/12G SDI outputs without the need for converters – perfect for 4K HDR multicam events.

– PQ (ST-2084) input that allows you to use Inferno as a grading monitor in post

PQ (ST-2084) output standard HDR to compatible TVs and monitors. The Samurai Blade, Ninja Blade, Shogun and Ninja Assassin also benefit from getting a free upgrade to the AtomHDR image processing for their 400 nit, 8-bit displays. This is possible because Atomos control both OS and the LCD display 1 engine allowing previous generation HD products to receive this amazing feature for free. This gives a preview of the Post Production HDR result in the field so that judging exposure and bringing it into Post for HDR or SDR delivery is possible for shooters who have a Log output from their camera. The free OS upgrade to gain AtomHDR for Blade, Shogun, Ninja Assassin and Shogun Studio is scheduled for May 2016.

The Shogun Inferno in detail

–  AtomHDR AtomHDR lets you shoot with the high brightness range of your camera’s Log profile and preview the final, vibrant post production HDR result.

– 4K 60p Record and play out pristine ProRes/ DNxHR in 4K resolution and 24/25/30/50/60p frame rates.

– HD 240p Apart from 4K recording, high frame rate HD from 50p to 240p can be recorded from cameras that output these high frame rates.

– Quad SDI The Quad SDI inputs let you connect from cameras with 1.5/3/6/12G SDI outputs without the need for converters.

– RAW recording Capture the RAW output from Sony FS7/ FS700 and Canon C300MKII/C500 over SDI, recording to either ProRes, DNxHR or CDNG.

– 10-bit monitor 10-bit monitor processing increases the number of colors from 16.7 million for standard 8-bit panels to 1.07 billion, minimizing color banding on screen.

– 7” 1500nit brightness For Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) shooting ramp the brightness slider up to 1500 nit for hood-free outdoor monitoring.

– Apple ProRes and AVID DNxHR recording Record to visually lossless Apple ProRes or AVID DNxHD in Rec709 or Log formats as an edit friendly, visually lossless industry benchmark independent of the camera brand used.

– PQ in/out Take PQ out into larger HDR compatible screens or feed HDR from your NLE into the PQ input for HDR grading using the Inferno.

– Custom looks Apply a custom look to footage by uploading and applying “.cube” 3D LUT’s. View in full/half mode on screen, output it to a monitor or record into the footage.

– Continuous power Our patent pending Continuous power system automatically swaps to the second battery when power is low for uninterrupted recording in the field.

– Playlist generation Create playlists easily, either entire clips or tagged parts of clips, for playback on the unit or out to a larger screen.

Pricing and availability

The Shogun Inferno ships with host of accessories including a HPRC hard case, a snap-fast HDR sunhood, fast battery charger, control cable, 2 x NP-F750 4 cell batteries, USB 3 Docking Station, D-Tap Cable, 5 x Master Caddy Cases, Break-out XLR cable and a 12 V 3A AC-DC Power Adapter. MSRP is £1665 with availability in Q3 2016.

 

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NAB 2016: Premiere Pro and FCP X add support for Tangent panels

NAB 2016: Premiere Pro and FCP X add support for Tangent panels

As well as announcing availability of their long-awaited Ripple panel, Tangent Devices have revealed that Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple Final Cut Pro X now sport improved Tangent integration. 

“Adobe announced that they’re including support of our panels in the next release of Premier Pro. They have also implemented full support of our Mapper application, so you’ll be able to customise the layout of the controls on the panels. This is really exciting news for us and we’ve been looking forward to this as it’s been the source of a lot of requests from users,” said Tangent’s spokesperson. (You can see the Adobe announcement here).

Tangent also announced that support for FCP X’s Color Finale plug-in. “We already have pretty much full control of FCP X with our panels thanks to the efforts of Sam Mestman and his extensive use of our Mapper. Now the guys at Color Grading Central have announced full support of our panels in their Color Finale plug-in for FCP X. With Support for the Mapper included, you can customise your control layouts. We’re excited to see this expansion for the support of our panels within FCP X and we’re looking forward to the release of this new version. You can read more about Color Finale here.”

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NAB 2016: Tangent Ripple shipping soon!

NAB 2016: Tangent Ripple shipping soon!

Tangent’s long-awaited entry level Ripple panel has been on the horizon since IBC 2015, but now the design and details have been finalised and we’re closing in on a shipping date.

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Here’s the official blurb: “Getting in touch with your software has never been more affordable. Ripple is Tangent’s new entry level panel with a price-tag to match. Designed for the occasional colourist, editor, and student, Ripple provides the essential three-way trackerball controls to speed up primary grading. Its small footprint means it sits comfortably beside your keyboard, mouse and tablet.

“Like all Tangent panels, Ripple is supported by the Tangent Mapper, which means many applications will allow you to customise control layouts or build your own from scratch. Ripple is automatically supported by all applications which support the Tangent Hub which means that it should work right out of the box, for example. Resolve, Nucoda, SCRATCH, SpeedGrade, Premiere Pro etc. Ripple can also be combined with any panels from the Element range (including the element-Vs tablet app) so you can easily expand the functionality of your Tangent setup.”

Key features of Tangent Ripple:

– Three trackerballs with dials for masters.
– High resolution optical pick-ups for the balls and dials.
– Independent reset buttons for the balls and dials.
– Programmable A and B buttons.
– USB powered with integral cable.
– Lightweight and compact (600g and 325 x 148 x 52mm, specifically).

Pre-order the Ripple here for £250 (£300 inc VAT).

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NAB 2016: axle 2016 to include Panel plug-in for Premiere Pro CC

NAB 2016: axle 2016 to include Panel plug-in for Premiere Pro CC

Alongside their new Pulse solution, axle Video have used NAB 2016 to debut  axle 2016, the newest version of their radically simple media management software.

The biggest change is the inclusion of axle Panel for Adobe Premiere Pro CC. This new plug-in “saves time and effort and improves creativity by allowing Adobe Premiere Pro users to instantly access and use any media managed by axle 2016 and the core axle search features from within their editing environment,” according to the axle team.

Other new features include: 

– Elastic search.

– OSX status application.

– Improved process monitoring.

– Improved administration.

– Large text fields.

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NAB 2016: Matrox release new lecture capture system, the Monarch LCS

NAB 2016: Matrox release new lecture capture system, the Monarch LCS

Matrox video have launched an exciting new product for HE at this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas. Their Monarch LCS is a lecture capture system (in case you were wondering what LCS meant), which Matrox promise is “simple to set up and integrate into any open Video Management System”.

According the the official Matrox site, “Monarch LCS lets you easily define profiles for live streamed and recorded lectures by mixing camera and presentation material from SDI and HDMI sources. Once configured, this versatile H.264 encoding appliance can be operated by anyone at the push of a button. And it won’t break your budget!”

Choose your layout – or let viewers choose their own

Monarch LCS lets you record audio and video footage of the presenter alongside a separate computer source to capture slides and supporting materials, then mix them into a single webcast. “The operator can select a number of operating modes that include layouts such as Picture-in-picture and Side-by-side. If the operator prefers to dynamically change the inputs throughout the lecture, the Monarch LCS also offers Switcher mode. With very little set up time, the Monarch LCS can be configured to capture and deliver content such as presentations and seminars in many appealing layouts.

“In Isolated mode, the appliance provides two independent video files or streams. This feature, when used with a compatible 3rd party player, enables the viewer to select their preferred layout. The synchronised streaming or recording of Monarch LCS’s dual inputs are invaluable when such players are used. By aligning video inputs, the viewer can seamlessly switch to their preferred layout while maintaining perfectly synced audio and video.”

Ease of operation and integration

Matrox explain that “Monarch LCS can be controlled and configured via the Monarch LCS Command Center using any device on the network that supports a standard web browsing application such as a tablet. The interface is designed for operator ease-of-use and features one-click operation to start encoding from anywhere within the user interface. A number of typical streaming and recording presets are provided that define all of the encoding parameters, including resolution and bitrate. Encoding parameters can be customised and combined with destination and operating mode settings and saved as a unique profile. If the device must be accessed by different users, profiles can be instantly recalled without having to re-enter data.

“Designed to work in network environments, Monarch LCS is a network appliance that facilitates a seamless integration into existing infrastructures managed by third party asset management solutions, such as OpenCast VMS and Moodle LMS software. In addition, the scheduler feature supports open source iCal software such as Google calendar which allows you to create a schedule, export to an .ics file format, and easily import to the device. Schedules can be imported at any time and Monarch LCS can be configured to periodically retrieve schedules on your network.”

Uncompromising quality

Monarch LCS can share up to 20 Mb/s of encoding capacity across its two H.264 encoding channels. You can adjust bitrate/quality setting for each independently, and Monarch’s scaling, deinterlacing, and noise reduction engines ensure only the highest quality images are sent to the encoders, which can be set to encode at up to 1080p30 resolutions.

Flexible input and output

Monarch LCS offers multiple destination options when streaming or recording. In record mode, an encoding channel captures MOV or MP4 files, so your video files can be played on virtually any player. You can then store these recordings on local USB drives, SD cards, or network-mapped drives and made available immediately to a Lecture or Video Management System for distance learners to access. When streaming, the encoders use either RTMP or RTSP protocol to deliver live streams to local media servers or cloud-based CDNs.

According to the official specs, “Monarch LCS can support productions with two HDMI video sources or one SDI and one HDMI video source. Embedded or analogue audio can be selected as the audio source. By supporting video camera signals that are either SDI or HDMI, this lecture recorder gives operators the flexibility to select what is best for that installation. SDI signals can travel more than 300 feet (100 meters) over coaxial cable, which is ideal if the camera is mounted a long distance from the encoder. When cable lengths are not an issue, HDMI cameras may prove the most affordable option, particularly in larger installations.”

Frame synchronisation between inputs

Matrox insist that “the ultimate lecture viewing experience can only be guaranteed when computer, video and audio content is synchronised before encoding. However, computer and video feeds rarely share the same resolutions and frame rates. The Monarch LCS accepts these different feeds and synchronises them before encoding.” The result? Frame-accurate video and audio, regardless of the operating mode. There’s also a built-in frame synchroniser to correct any signal discontinuity at either input, ensuring uninterrupted streaming and recording operations.

Live production preview output

Anyone who’s using the Monarch LCS to drive in-house projections, both SDI and HDMI outputs are active and can be mapped to either inputs, a useful feature for driving in-house projections. The HDMI output also gives the operator the option of selecting the production output at the frame size of the encoding parameters, enabling them to preview content that will be sent to the remote viewer.

Remotely manage your device

Got multiple Monarchs? Matrox have an app for that. “The Matrox Utils application allows operators to remotely scan and find all Monarch LCS devices present on their network. The Utils application will also scan the attached Monarch LCS and notify the operator if the unit is up to date with its installed firmware version and will also update the device automatically to ensure that it has the latest software release. The Matrox Utils Application can also be used to reboot Monarch LCS devices present on the network.

“Contractors or in-house IT specialists can take advantage of Monarch LCS Dev Tools, which includes automatic configuration tools and the Monarch LCS Control API, to provide operators with a unified, consistent and branded experience. Individuals do not need to interact with the Monarch LCS Command Center web UI, simplifying enterprise-level and centrally administered deployments.

“The Monarch LCS Control API is an ideal way to integrate Monarch LCS functionality into an existing classroom, boardroom or other space equipped with a Crestron control system. Monarch LCS registered users are invited to download a sample SIMPL module written to run on Crestron 2-Series and 3-Series Room Media Controllers”

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NAB 2016: SmallHD announces production monitor prices and proves value with slow-mo durability demo

NAB 2016: SmallHD announces production monitor prices and proves value with slow-mo durability demo

SmallHD announces pricing of their new daylight-viewable SmallHDR Production Monitors and releases a new video on SmallHDR.com featuring extreme durability tests of the displays in super slow motion.

“These are unbelievably rugged production monitors, and the same level of build quality is demonstrated in every model.” says Wes Phillips, SmallHD Co-Founder, “Downtime can be a very expensive side-effect of a monitor built without durability in mind, so we took it upon ourselves to prove that these are the toughest monitors on the market.”

Facing off against baseball bats, off-road vehicles, .40 caliber handguns and more, SmallHD’s new HDR production monitors are truly put through the paces in the latest video found on SmallHDR.com. Demonstrating how milled billet aluminum housings and thick screen protection can prevent damage in even the most severe production accidents, extreme slow-motion shots reveal every bend and twist as the monitors fight to survive each punishing test.

Beyond durability, these bright displays are designed to instill a huge level of confidence through their daylight-viewing ability, extensive software toolset, and groundbreaking accessory flexibility—making ruggedness just a piece of the value they bring to the industry.

The SmallHDR 17-inch, 24-inch and 32-inch models come in at $3999, $5499, and $7999 respectively, positioning them as the most affordable line of HDR capable Production Monitors on the market. All three models and a full array of custom accessories will be available on SmallHD.com and through SmallHD authorized resellers May 2016.

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