IBC 2016: AJA expands IP-based workflow technologies

IBC 2016: AJA expands IP-based workflow technologies

AJA Video Systems has announced two new Mini-Converters supporting IP-based video and audio workflows at IBC 2016. The company simultaneously announced free v12.5 Desktop Software with new features for KONA IP that improve redundancy and reliability in Broadcast IP pipelines, including SMPTE 2022-7 support for protection switching.

IP-based workflows and interop demos with Arista and LAWO will be showcased during the IBC Conference at the RAI in Amsterdam from September 9-16 at the AJA stand 7.F11; AJA solutions will also be demonstrated at the AIMS (Alliance for IP Media Solutions) and IABM Interoperability Zone (8.D10).

IPR-1G-HDMI and IPR-1G-SDI Mini-Converters 
IPR-1G-HDMI decodes VSF TR-01 and other JPEG 2000 streams, and formats the data for output on a full size HDMI 1.4 interface. IPR-1G-SDI decodes VSF TR-01 and other JPEG 2000 streams, and formats the data for 3G-SDI BNC output. The rugged, fanless converters support a range of HD and SD formats, and are designed for several point of use applications – including source monitoring, digital signage, and video walls. Key features include: embedded and RCA analog audio outputs, a full 10-bit pixel processing pipeline, LAN control and status, and a USB 2.0 Mini-B Connector for simple network setup with AJA eMini-Setup Software.

New KONA IP features in v12.5 Desktop Software 
AJA v12.5 software adds SMPTE 2022-7 to KONA IP, which offers a seamless protection switching experience. It allows users to send the same uncompressed data stream from the top and bottom SFP+ cages onto two separate networks for easy routing of video over IP networks. New v12.5 software support for KONA IP also includes HDR 10 metadata support in AJA Control Panel. Support for SMPTE 2022-2 workflows with JPEG 2000 is planned for future updates.

“We’re continually exploring how we can alleviate the challenges professionals face in the transition to IP by creating futureproof solutions that will carry facilities through this new era of IP and beyond. Our new Mini-Converters and v12.5 software features for KONA IP deliver the latest IP video workflow features our customers have been asking for,” shared AJA President Nick Rashby.

Pricing and Availability
The IPR-1G-HDMI Mini-Converter will be available soon through AJA’s worldwide network of resellers at a US MSRP of $795, with the IPR-1G-SDI Mini-Converter also available soon at a US MSRP of $795.

For more on the latest IBC releases, take a look at our roundup post, give us a call on 03332 409 306, email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

IBC 2016: Codex and Panasonic continue their successful partnership with VariCam Pure

IBC 2016: Codex and Panasonic continue their successful partnership with VariCam Pure

Panasonic has once again called on the engineering and technical expertise of Codex to develop with them a totally integrated and smaller VariCam camera – the new VariCam Pure digital cinematography camera.

The new Panasonic VariCam Pure is a RAW-only camera that takes the VariCam range to a whole new level. The combination of Codex and Panasonic was proven with the VariCam 35 and Codex V-RAW recorder, used on projects such as Netflix’s Death Note and The OA, so Panasonic of course turned to Codex for this next generation camera.

The VariCam Pure is a modular camera solution providing in-camera recording that directly addresses the needs of cinematographers and camera crew who desired a compact but powerful camera system that could be used in any situation.

Michael Bravin, engineering supervisor at Sim Digital in Hollywood, said, “It’s great to see such purposeful product development in the collaboration between Codex and Panasonic. They have teamed-up, to not only offer RAW recording for the VariCam 35, but to raise the bar even higher. By tightly integrating this new V-RAW recorder with the VariCam for a smaller lighter, frankly better, system we now can more effectively meet the needs of our clients on high end 4K RAW productions.”

This expanded toolkit for digital capture is enabled by Codex’s battle-tested recording media – Codex Capture Drive – and provides the gateway to an entire production to post workflow via Codex Production Suite. Codex continues to provide one workflow, no matter what camera you shoot with.

“Those who have seen this new camera system have been impressed,” said Codex VP Brian Gaffney who added, “This combination is a powerful new tool for 4K RAW recording, and is just the kind of camera that studios are looking for to produce 4K content for the cinema or the home. We support camera choices at the front-end with a single workflow that simply and safely moves your data from production into post and beyond.”

Panasonic will showcase VariCam Pure at IBC 2016, Hall 11, Stand C45 and Cinec 2016, Stand 2-B01.

For more on the latest IBC releases, take a look at our roundup post, give us a call on 03332 409 306, email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

IBC 2016: Announcing BirdDog Studio IP solution

IBC 2016: Announcing BirdDog Studio IP solution

Our first must-see of IBC is BirdDog Studio, a great solution that lets you include existing cameras in your new IP workflow. We highly recommend BirdDog Studio because a) it’s only £599 per unit and b) we really like their logo. 

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BirdDog Studio makes most cameras IP compatible by encoding their SDI/HDMI input into an NDI output, complete with tally cross-conversion and power over Ethernet.

While easy access to NDI is obviously the headline feature, BirdDog Studio does far more, including:

Dual colour tally. Display tally onboard or externally via tally out. You can receive Programme and Preview tally indicators over NDI, and just need to choose full or split screen tally to show one or both.

Power from anywhere. BirdDog Studio can accept power over Ethernet using PoE technology or, if you’re not set up with PoE infrastructure yet, DC power is fine, and there’s a V/Gold-mount battery plate with power pass-thorough due to be released soon.

Central fleet control. BirdDog’s control panel lets you control and configure multiple BirdDog Studio devices. It’s browser based, so is accessible anywhere you can get on the internet, and will work on desktops and mobile devices.

Monitor loop-out/format converter. With BirdDog, SDI and HDMI outputs are always live, so you switch from one to the other. You can either connect your monitor directly to BirdDog Studio, or just use it to loop out to other gear.

We’re told more features are on the way, and BirdDog’s policy so far has been to make these available as free software updates, which is very egalitarian of them. They even include a built-in deployment wizard that’ll check all your BirdDogs are updated and running the same software version, a strategy of which we approve.

You can buy BirdDog studio here. For more on the latest IBC releases, take a look at our roundup post, give us a call on 03332 409 306, email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Introducing the Apple Watch Series 2

Introducing the Apple Watch Series 2

Apple have dug deep for the latest Apple Watch update, adding a white ceramic and Hermes model Watches to the lineup ,while making improvements to internals and functionality across the board. 

Nike have also scored an exclusive Apple Watch Nike Plus designed specifically for running, which we’re far more likely to start doing now that we know the Apple Watch Series 2 will support Pokemon GO.

Internal improvements

Apple Watch Series 2 features a faster processor than its predecessor (it’s dual core and 50% faster), a GPU that doubles your graphics performance, and a GPS chip (to help you use up all that extra battery, and/or track your workout more accurately).

If you don’t fancy getting the latest Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Series 1 will still be available. New models will get the same dual processor as the series 2, and continue to be available for $269.

The body

The display is Apple’s brightest ever at 1000 nits, which means it should be easily readable in sunlight – also useful on your run.

The nautically minded among you will be happy to hear that Apple Watch is now swimproof, which is excellent if you’re the sort of person who buys the Sport model and uses it for Sport, but is unlikely to impact the Jigsaw24 blog team directly.

It’s resistant to water up to 50m, and new workouts have been added to Health in celebration. Because counting calories burned during swimming is so imprecise, the app is actually designed to learn about your fitness based on your swim performance, and adjust the calories count it displays as it learns more about your metabolism.

Availability

Apple have confirmed that this will be winging its way to your wristwatch on September 13th, and be available for pre-order from September 9th. It’s priced at $369. It will, we repeat, have Pokemon GO on. We may never do anything productive again.

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Apple launch iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Apple launch iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Apple’s annual autumn event has delivered two new iPhone models: iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. While vastly improving performance, they’ve somehow managed to give you two more hours battery life a day for your iPhone 7 Plus and an hour a day more for your iPhone 6 Plus.

A10 Fusion

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus both rock an ultrafast A10 Fusion chip, the most advanced in Apple’s iOS lineup. It’s a 64 bit, four core CPU that’s 40% faster the the A9, and twice as fast as the A8 (that’s what’s in your iPhone 6 Plus and 6, respectively). A new performance controller puts key tasks on two ‘high efficiency’ cores, then relegates background tasks in order to conserve battery life. Graphics performance experienced a similar bump in power, so performance will be two times faster than it is on your iPhone 6. You can even use Adobe Lightroom for on-iPhone RAW image editing.

We say goodbye to the 16GB onboard storage option (presumably because of all the action the new cameras are going to get), with both models starting at 32GB and the iPhone 7 Plus going all the way up to 256GB (you’ll have to opt for a Jet Black model to get the largest size).

The camera and display

The Retina HD display now has a wider colour gamut and 25% brighter display, but the real improvements have been seen in the cameras.

Both cameras get with built-in image stabilisation and a larger sensor for better low light performance (our marketing team are extremely excited about what this means for the quality of their Instagram videos). The back camera on both models now uses a six-element lens and high speed sensor to give you sharper images, and incorporates a 50% brighter flash that can sense and compensate for the flickering of artificial light.

This is all powered by a new ISP chip (the thing that calculates focus, exposure and facial recognition, among other things), which  has three times the throughput of the previous version, and is now performing three million actions per photo in 25 milliseconds. Even the 7MP FaceTimeHD camera on the front of your phone is getting a wider colour gamut and better colour reproduction.

The iPhone 7 Plus has its own second camera

It’s really a very camera-heavy release. The iPhone 7 Plus has an additional camera on the back. While your standard camera has an optical lens with software zoom, but the new one has a telephoto lens. Combining the two different lens types creates far better zoom performance. 12MP pictures are possible via your optical zoom at 1x and 2x, and then software zoom all the way up to 10x.

A very welcome side effect of this? Your iPhone can now depth-map images in order to produce a shallow depth of field effect (it’s called the ‘portrait’ effect in your menu, and will appear as a free software update later this year), so you can enjoy sharp foreground images with excellent background bokeh.

Audio on iPhone

One feature that’s not present? The headphone jack. From now on, Apple’s headphones will connect via Lightning, rather than the traditional jack, and that space is being used to make space for stereo speakers that are 50% louder than your current speakers, and have a wider dynamic range.

While this may be seen as controversial (apparently some people very strongly about having to use proprietary headphones), there are big benefits – the quality of your audio will be better over a Lightning connection, and closing the jack is part of what has made the new model so water resistant.

If you’re still not convinced, don’t worry – you’ll get a free Lightning to headphone jack adaptor in the box, to ease you through your transitional phase.

AirPods

Apple also introduced Apple AirPods, wireless earbuds designed by Mr Ive himself. They use an Apple-designed chip called the W1 to maintain a consistent connection to your devices as you move from one to another. Sensors ensure that the AirPods only play once they’re in your ears, where, as well as playing back music, they can activate Siri when you double tap them. They will last for five hours per charge, and the carrying and charging case they come with will provide you with 24 hours of charge.

A haptic Home key

The Home key has been sacrificed in the name of sleekness and water resistance, replaced by a solid state button which provides haptic feedback when pressed, when you get a message or call, or when you perform quick actions. Some of our team are disappointed to lose a physical button; those who have dropped previous iPhone models in the toilet are not, as it now meets the IP67 protection standard for water and dust-proofness.

Availability

iPhone 7 is available to preorder now and will start shipping on September 16th. Your iPhone 7 is $649 and the 7 Plus is $749. We first saw this in action at June’s WWDC event, but iOS 10 now has an official release date: September 13th. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are available in Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Space Grey and new matte Black and glossy Jet Black colours, which we find pleasingly sleek.

Want to preorder your new iPhone 7? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

Pre-IBC: Avid to unveil latest innovations and new products at IBC 2016

Pre-IBC: Avid to unveil latest innovations and new products at IBC 2016

MediaCentral Platform innovations, new products and product enhancements will deliver unprecedented creativity, productivity and efficiency improvements to address the industry’s most pressing business challenges.

Avid today announced that at IBC 2016 (booth #7.J20), it will unveil several exciting MediaCentral Platform innovations, new products and product enhancements to help customers address their most pressing business challenges and stay ahead of the competition. This premier annual event for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of entertainment and news content worldwide takes place on September 9-13 in Amsterdam.

“In today’s dynamic and rapidly changing media industry, we must push the limits of technology to help our customers stay ahead of the game,” said Jeff Rosica, senior vice president and chief sales and marketing officer, Avid. “At IBC 2016, we will continue to deliver on our Avid Everywhere vision with more innovations that will help our clients transform media production and distribution through unprecedented levels of creativity, productivity and efficiency.”

At Avid’s IBC 2016 press conference on Friday, September 9, Avid Chairman, President and CEO Louis Hernandez, Jr. will unveil new solutions and technology advancements including:

MediaCentral Platform and iNEWS innovations to help news organizations create powerful, story-centric workflows, while making complex multiplatform story creation easier, more effective and efficient

New product additions and major updates for the Avid NEXIS family, the industry’s first and only software-defined storage platform specifically designed for storing and managing media

Sports solutions that support Ultra HD/4K production, and offer powerful sports enhancements and new immersive experiences for viewers

New graphics solutions to help organizations better captivate their audience and define their brand using augmented reality, unique studio enhancements and awe-inspiring 3D data-driven graphics

Innovations in sound, with more connected, more affordable live-sound solutions

Unprecedented access and choice through the MediaCentral Platform, the industry’s most open, extensible and tightly integrated solution and ecosystem that enables more streamlined and efficient workflows

Avid will also showcase recent product innovations including:

MediaCentral | UX Connector for Adobe Premiere Pro CC – Enabling Adobe Premiere Pro users to connect into Avid’s production environment through the MediaCentral Platform, MediaCentral | UX Connector for Adobe Premiere Pro CC enables Premiere Pro users to collaborate with Avid users at an unprecedented level, enabling customers to mix and match tools to fit their workflow needs and budgets.

Avid Spark – A fast-turnaround live sports enhancement tool, Avid Spark enables on-air commentators to quickly draw and add graphics to video content in real time, adding captivating visual enhancements and giving audiences better visual insight into key plays, game flow, and analysis.

Avid PlayMaker – Offering advanced slow-motion replay and media highlights editing, Avid PlayMaker enhances productivity and speeds up turnaround times. The new version of PlayMaker provides streamlined collaboration with Avid NEXIS software-defined storage. When used with Media | Director, exported clips and consolidated playlists can be automatically checked into Interplay® | Production while maintaining all keyword metadata tagging.

4Designer – Graphics authoring software 4Designer provides a complete solution for creating captivating 2D and 3D motion graphics in a wide range of resolutions, with more power, speed, and new features in a more modern interface.

Avid Maestro – A complete on-air graphics solution that enables broadcasters to quickly and easily manage and play out stunning, high-resolution graphics and animations, Avid Maestro now includes the Maestro Media Engine, supporting video ingest and playout, native user rights management, rich graphics templates, and efficient repurposing of graphic content – all from an intuitive user interface.

To follow the action online, stay tuned to Avid’s IBC blog page.

For more on the latest IBC releases, take a look at our roundup post, give us a call on 03332 409 306, email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

IBC 2016: Atomos and G-Technology team up to improve your on-set storage

IBC 2016: Atomos and G-Technology team up to improve your on-set storage

The show’s not officially open yet and G-Technology and Atomos have already managed to get our storage team in a tizzy by teaming up to improve on-set storage for us all. 

The result of their collaboration is the Atomos Master Caddy by G-Technology, a new range of ev series-comptible, high performance solid state drives, described it thusly in the official blurb:

“With SSD configurations achieving transfer rates surpassing 500 MB/s (ideal for 4K, HDR and other demanding content formats), the Atomos Master Caddy inserts directly into any Atomos-compatible recorder. The caddy then slides into the ev Series Reader Atomos Master Caddy Edition, which slips into any G-DOCK ev or ev Series Bay Adapter. The Atomos Master Caddy by G-Technology makes quick, cable-free work of transferring footage into main project storage, creating backups, and quickly turning around formatted media.”

Master Caddy drives

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The Master Caddy comes in two flavours: Master Caddy 4K and Master Caddy HD. The Master Caddy 4K boasts read speeds of up to 540MBps and write speeds of up to 520MBps. It’s available in 256GB, 512GB and 1TB capacities. The Master Caddy HD is a 7200RPM HDD that tops out at 136MBps, and is only available in 1TB capacity. Both versions support drive labels and QR code labels.

Master Caddy readers

However, the really interesting bit is that these can be used in the G-DOCK and ev Series G-SPEED RAIDs to ingest, edit, duplicate and distribute data straight from RED Mini-Mag and, now, Atomos media, meaning that Master Caddy drives will slot right into your existing storage workflow with a bit of help from an adaptor.

The ex Series Reader Master Caddy Edition is ev Series compatible (though not with the ev All Terrain Case). It’s bus powered, and uses USB-C (Gen 2) connectivity, though you get USB-C to USB-C and USB-C to USB 3.0 cables included in the box, so is backwards compatible with earlier USB standards.

As well as letting you transfer your footage to any ev-compatible storage, the reader can be used as a standalone device to review, log and back up footage.

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There is also an ev Series Reader CFast 2.0 Edition, which is designed to simplify and optimise your 4K capture workflow. It works with all CFast 2.0 media and is compatible with G-SPEED Shuttle, G-SPEED Speed XL (with an ev bay adaptor), G-DOCK ev Thunderbolt, ev All Terrain Case and G-DOCK Solo.

The ev Series Reader CFast 2.0 Edition is bus powered and uses USB 3.0 connectivity.

All these products will be available imminently from Jigsaw24. For more on the latest IBC releases, take a look at our roundup post, give us a call on 03332 409 306, email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

IBC 2016 as it happens

IBC 2016 as it happens

OK, IBC fans, here’s where we’ll be rounding up all the announcements from the media sector’s annual Amsterdam blowout. Expect new releases, upgrades announcements, official previews of products that were teased at NAB, and (event WiFi permitting) exclusive on-the-floor content from our team.

All you need to do is bookmark this post, then hit refresh occasionally to see any updates as they arrive, nicely organised by vendor. Easy.

Adobe

IBC 2016: Adobe unveils new virtual reality, character animation and 3D innovations

Keeping pace with high velocity content demands across both new and traditional platforms, Adobe will showcase advancements in VR, 3D, motion graphics and character animation supported by tools to deliver, measure and monetise TV and film content across multiple screens. Read more

AJA

IBC 2016: AJA expands IP-based workflow technologies 

AJA Video Systems has announced two new Mini-Converters supporting IP-based video and audio workflows at IBC 2016. The company simultaneously announced free v12.5 Desktop Software with new features for KONA IP that improve redundancy and reliability in Broadcast IP pipelines, including SMPTE 2022-7 support for protection switching. Read more 

Atomos

IBC 2016: Atomos and G-Technology team up to improve your on-set storage

The show’s not officially open yet and G-Technology and Atomos have already managed to get our storage team in a tizzy by teaming up to improve on-set storage for us all. The result of their collaboration is the Atomos Master Caddy by G-Technology, a new range of ev series-comptible, high performance solid state drives. Read more

Avid

Pre-IBC: Avid to unveil latest innovations and new products at IBC 2016

MediaCentral Platform innovations, new products and product enhancements will deliver unprecedented creativity, productivity and efficiency improvements to address the industry’s most pressing business challenges. Read more

IBC 2016: Avid demonstrates leadership in emerging IP and UHD workflows

By supporting real-time IP signals natively in key components of the Avid MediaCentral Platform, Avid is accelerating the industry’s transition to IP and delivering a unified environment for file-based and live signal-based media workflows that will ease the migration to emerging image formats, including UHD. Read more

IBC 2016: Avid introduce NEXIS | E5 and Avid NEXIS High Availability

New high-density, high-availability Avid NEXIS solutions enable large-scale broadcast and post-production organizations to accelerate production and increase efficiency. Read more

IBC 2016: Avid Pro Tools

Avid have made some major announcements at IBC 2016 which introduce a seismic shift in terms
of how customers are able to purchase their flagship Pro Tools|HDX and Pro Tools|HD software
range of professional audio production products. Read more 

BirdDog Studio

IBC 2016: Digibox to distribute BirdDog Studio IP solution

DigiBox has been appointed Master Distributor for BirdDog Studio, a great solution that lets you include existing cameras in your new IP workflow. We highly recommend BirdDog Studio because a) it’s only £560 per unit and b) we really like their logo. Read more

Blackmagic Design

IBC 2016: Blackmagic Design acquires Ultimatte and Fairlight

Not content with bringing Resolve to the masses and supporting the Cintel scanner, Blackmagic Design have announced that they’ve acquired Fairlight, specialists in 3D immersive audio mixing and finishing, and Ultimatte,  the excellently-named world leaders in blue and green screen removal. Read more 

IBC 2016: Grant Petty on Teranex AV, DeckLink Mini 4K and Blackmagic acquisitions

Blackmagic Design always arrive at events like IBC with a raft of new releases, and for those among who struggle to keep up, Grant Petty’s regular roundups are one of the highlights of the event. Read on to see what the man himself has to say about this year’s releases and the future of Blackmagic Design. Read more 

Boris FX

IBC 2016: Boris FX acquires Sapphire from GenArts

Plug-in providers Boris FX have acquired GenArts’ Sapphire toolkit, effectively merging the two VFX companies into one all-conquering behemoth, or, as the press release puts it, “the powerhouse in post-production software industry,” which sounds almost as good. Read more

IBC 2015: Boris FX and Imagineer Systems update mocha Pro and preview VR technology

Imagineer Systems will showcase mocha Pro 5, the major new release of its Academy Award-winning planar tracking and masking software, at IBC (Booth 7.K29) September 9-13, 2016 in Amsterdam. mocha Pro 5 provides advanced, GPU-accelerated planar tracking, including integrations with Adobe Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC. The Boris FX / Imagineer team will also preview a new co-developed technology for 360°-enabled virtual reality tools for the emerging cinematic VR filmmaking market. Read more

GB Labs

IBC 2016: GB Labs launch Echo 36 with complete failover

GB Labs have launched some exciting new high availability storage at this year’s IBC. Called Echo 36, it offers complete failover in the case of disk failure or “localised disaster”, a phrase we do not hear enough. Read more 

G-Technology

IBC 2016: Atomos and G-Technology team up to improve your on-set storage

The show’s not officially open yet and G-Technology and Atomos have already managed to get our storage team in a tizzy by teaming up to improve on-set storage for us all. The result of their collaboration is the Atomos Master Caddy by G-Technology, a new range of ev series-comptible, high performance solid state drives. Read more

JVC

IBC 2016: JVC’s best IBC-only camcorder and monitor deals

JVC are running a load of amazing deals on camcorders and monitors during the IBC 2016 show, including freebie mics and lenses, and glorious cashback. We’ve rounded up the best offers below so you can buy online. Read more

Levels Beyond

IBC 2016: Jigsaw24 to reach the next level of MAM with Reach Engine by Levels Beyond

Exciting times at Jigsaw24 as we have taken on the mantle of sales and appliance integration for one of the world’s leading MAM platforms, Reach Engine by Levels Beyond. Read more

NewTek

Pre-IBC: NewTek strengthens its leadership in software-driven IP workflows with NDI version 2

NewTek announced today a second-generation Network Device Interface (NDI) technology with a host of new advanced features, performance improvements, and full compatibility with all existing versions of NDI. Read more

IBC 2016: NewTek and Wowza deliver the first ever global and local media distribution platform

NewTek and Wowza Media Systems today launched the MDS, a revolutionary real-time media encoding and live streaming video delivery platform. The MDS is a fully integrated hardware and software solution merging NewTek’s industry-leading live production technology with the powerful, proven Wowza streaming software in a 1RU footprint. Read more

Panasonic

IBC 2016: Codex and Panasonic continue their successful partnership with VariCam Pure

Panasonic has once again called on the engineering and technical expertise of Codex to develop with them a totally integrated and smaller VariCam camera – the new VariCam Pure digital cinematography camera. Read more

Sony

See the full Sony press conference here

Pre-IBC: Sony announce HXR-NX5R camcorder and more

Sony have confirmed three brand new products, including the HXR-NX5R Full HD camcorder, the much anticipated successor to the acclaimed HXR-NX5 and NX3, the MCX-500 mixer and the RM-30BP Multi-Function Remote. Read more

IBC 2016: Sony announce updates for the F5/F55 and PXW-X400

Not in the market for a new camera currently? Sony don’t want you to feel left out. That’s why they’ve announced new firmware for the F5 and F55, plus a sensor update for the PXW-X400. Read more

IBC Show: Sony unveil “transformational” advances in IP workflows

Today, Sony unveiled how it is reshaping the field of media solutions, introducing new ideas, approaches and technology on the opening day of IBC 2016. Read more

IBC 2016: Sony are bringing back Prime Support

Worried about the health and wellbeing of your Sony devices? Sony are bringing back Prime Support – this time in four new configurations – so you can be sure you’re covered. Read more

IBC 2016: Sony showcase Beyond Definition vision

In case you weren’t excited enough by Prime SupportIP workflow solutions and the NX5R, Sony have another ace up their sleeve: they’re demonstrating their Beyond Definition workflow solutions on their stand, including PTZ cameras, lenses and monitors. Read more

For more information or to pre-order new kit, give us a call on 03332 409 306, email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Pre-IBC: NewTek strengthens its leadership in software-driven IP workflows with NDI version 2

Pre-IBC: NewTek strengthens its leadership in software-driven IP workflows with NDI version 2

NewTek announced today a second-generation Network Device Interface (NDI) technology with a host of new advanced features, performance improvements, and full compatibility with all existing versions of NDI.

Among the enhancements in NDI version 2, available in Q4 2016, is support for all modern operating systems (Windows, Linux, macOS) and mobile devices, the latter making NDI the first software IP video production standard to fully embrace the mobile market. NDI uses about 1/15th of the bandwidth of other IP standards, allowing it to run on existing network infrastructure.

NDI-enabled devices and applications are already in the hands of millions of customers, and continue to generate tremendous industry momentum since its introduction at IBC last year. The NDI software development kit (SDK) has been downloaded more than 1,000 times with hundreds of companies integrating NDI into their commercial products, with full interoperability between all products guaranteed.

“Broad adoption across the industry has greatly exceeded our expectations since we introduced NDI as a royalty-free SDK one year ago,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and chief technology officer for NewTek. “The advanced features we’re introducing with NDI version 2 continue our march towards software-driven IP-based workflows that we believe are the future of live production. By making sure that this works on existing infrastructures and on mobile devices, we assure the technology is immediately relevant to users.”

NDI provides an end-to-end solution that includes both an SDK for developers and tools for end users. In this spirit, NewTek is releasing Android and iOS camera applications for all mobile devices allowing the billions of mobile devices to act as wireless video cameras for live production systems. Other NDI-enabled applications include NewTek IsoCorder for recording any NDI stream available on the network, NewTek Connect for converting NDI to and from other video formats including SDI and HDMI, and many more. NewTek is adding Adobe Creative Cloud compatibility to the suite of tools provided for monitoring feeds, mirroring desktops, controlling video groups and access.

NDI version 2 will include a high performance codec that is resolution independent and supports alpha channel and bit-depths up to 16 bits per pixel. NDI version 2 is generationally lossless meaning that loss only occurs in the first generation of video and all subsequent re-compression steps are lossless. On an Intel i7 CPU, NDI version 2 delivers the highest quality and best performance in any IP standard and will encode 1080p at 2200 frames per second (fps), 4k at 780fps, and 8k at 210fps.

It will also include 16 or more channels of floating point audio at any sample rate, bi-directional communication with up-stream and down-stream meta-data support, and support for mobile devices in addition to shipping an SDK for iOS. NDI version 2 will also have cross subnet support to address large installation routing and security concerns, integrated fail-over support, and network-based video routing support.

Plus, all NDI developers can now have their software applications and tools available for download in the NDI IP Production Software store so users can easily locate the growing number of NDI-enabled products in one central location.

Availability
NewTek NDI version 2 will be available in Q4 2106.

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New Canon XC15 features Cinema EOS settings and XLR audio

New Canon XC15 features Cinema EOS settings and XLR audio

Canon have announced the arrival of the XC15, a companion camera to the popular XC10. Compact and discrete, this camera enables 4K shooting internally with the addition of XLR audio. 

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Headline features from the official press release include:

– High bitrate 305Mbps 4K/ UHD recording or 50 Mbps full HD 4:2:2 recording.

– 12 stops of dynamic range.

– One-inch CMOS sensor.

– XLR connections with independent volume and 48V phantom power support professional audio inputs.

– Frame rates of 24p/25p in 4K UHD.

– XF-AVC file formats and a Cinema EOS look setting.

– Built in wave form monitor.

Canon note that the camera is “compact and discrete, featuring 4K UHD/Full HD internal video recording with professional XLR audio that is easy to use, with footage that can be seamlessly integrated with other professional Cinema EOS cameras”, so if the only thing stopping you from picking up an XC10 was the lack of XLR audio, now’s your chance to get a near-dental camera with professional audio options.

The XC15 ships with the same firmware that the XC10 received in its latest update. (Newsshooter’s field test of this firmware on the XC10 is well worth a look if you want to know more about the autofocus and low light improvements).

The XC15 is available to order now and has an RRP of £2409.99.

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