NAB 2013 news: Sony announce the Anycast Touch

Live production has just got a lot more hands-on, with Sony announcing their new all-in-one touchscreen controller, the Anycast Touch, at NAB 2013.

Like previous Anycast solutions (including our Sony AWS-G500 Anycast Station Live Content Producer), the Touch packs in a number of different live production functions into one box – video switching, audio mixing, display, streaming, programme recording, titling and camera remote control. Where it differs from previous Anycasts is that this version has lost a lot of bulk. It’s not exactly iPad-sized, but the sleek design makes it portable enough to carry round on set. The tilting double touchscreen means you can split audio and video editing between the two panels, and switch between sources with a quick tap.

The Anycast Touch can output 1080p video with 10-bit processing, and there’s I/O support for HD, SD, SDI, composite, RGB and HDMI connectivity, as well as audio ins and outs, and USB ports. With both a 15.6″ (1920 x 1080) and 10.6″ (1280 x 768) 60Hz LCD screen size, and a fairly portable 6.5kg weight, the Anycast Touch looks like a very interesting live production proposition.

Sony haven’t actually announced pricing yet, but they did confirm a release date of September 2013. We’ll keep you up to date with more as we hear it, but in the meantime you can get its predecessor, the Sony Anycast AWS-G500 here!

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NAB 2013 news: Softron unveil new Smart Playout Engine and more

As of NAB 2013, NAVI is no more! In other words, Softron are replacing the NAVI playout engine used in OnTheAir Video and OnTheAir Node for the past ten years, with new player on the block Smart Playout Engine (SPE). They’ve also got a new version of MovieRecorder, and updated OnTheAir Manager and MovieStreamer HLS Mac broadcast solutions to show off.

Softron say they’ve really listened to their user base for these updates, and it looks like that feedback’s paid off, especially with their Smart Playout Engine. The new engine outputs any codec, including i-Frame, Long-GOP, H.264, MPEG2, in both QuickTime and MXF containers, and will also allow the overlay of animated graphics and CG over the same video output.

According to Softron’s press release: “Softron’s Smart Playout Engine will either playout on a video card or stream directly to the Internet (ideal for WebTV). It can even do both at the same time. Once this new technology is combined with Softron’s client-server applications, Softron’s users will streamline their hardware configurations and workflow – in many cases creating new users who want to bypass the “traditional” broadcasting methods.”

Then we come to Softron’s other updates. The MovieRecorder ingest app gets an upgrade, there are new features in OnTheAir Manager and also their latest release, MovieStreamer HLS – an AV Foundation ingest application that streams adaptive HTTP Live Streams to Intranets, FTP sites and Amazon S3 destinations, as well as iOS devices such as iPad and iPhone – which was originally announced at last year’s NAB. Here are details of what’s new:

MovieRecorder version 2.5

– Autostart on TC so each MovieRecorder will automatically sense incoming Time Code and begin recording immediately

– XDCAM HD422 support

– Remote client-server deck control so that any deck attached to any ingest station can be controlled from any other network-enabled Mac

OnTheAir Manager

– Trigger AppleScripts automatically with certain clips, events or playlists in order to control external applications

– A logo file using the same name as the clip file will automatically be overlaid on output, thus enabling the automatic association of thousands of logo files and clips without manual intervention

– XML schedule import opens up broad support for integration with third party scheduling and traffic systems

– copy/paste events

MovieStreamer HLS

– High-resolution QuickTime capture so that not only will the live stream go out to its intended destination, but a high-resolution archive of the live stream that can be used later for VOD or to edit will be saved on the system

Full details of all Softron’s news can be found in their NAB 2013 press release here.

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NAB 2013 news: FSI monitors add Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera monitoring

NAB 2013 news: FSI monitors add Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera monitoring

Anyone anxiously waiting for their Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera will be interested to know that all Flanders Scientific Inc (FSI) monitors now have realtime viewing available from the camera. For anyone else, it’s another bullet point to add to your ‘Reasons I deserve a BMCC’ list.

The two selectable Log Modes – BMD-Log Standard and BMD-Log Full – allow normalised realtime viewing of the Film Mode output from the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera, making it a great option for on-set monitoring. Any FSI monitor will now come with this function as standard, but all current users are also able to get it with a simple free firmware update.

Both the BMD Log modes can be assigned to function keys for one-click access between the native viewing mode and one or both of the monitor’s normalised viewing modes. All you have to do is toggle  to the BMD Log mode settings so you and anyone on set can get an idea of what to expect in post.

Naturally, FSI will be wooing attendees at NAB with their fancy-pants camera and monitor setup. If you find yourself in Vegas of an evening, head to Booth SL11127 and let us know what you think. If you’re just after the camera, you can pre-order your Blackmagic Cinema Camera here.

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Dr Brian Jones and the Last Hurdle (part 4)

Dr Brian Jones and the Last Hurdle (part 4)

All good things must come to an end, and that includes time travelling quests for Apple Mac minis involving moustachioed adventurers. In the final part of Dr Brian Jones’s quest, he finally returns home after a revelation, but finds someone familiar waiting for him…

Think you might have missed a part of the story? Catch up on part 3, and all the previous episodes, here.

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Dr Brian Jones and the Old Flame (Part 3)

Dr Brian Jones and the Old Flame (Part 3)

For the third part of his Moroccan adventure, Dr Brian Jones is transported to the not-too-distant future, where he catches up with a familiar (albeit more wrinkled) face…

Missed the previous parts of the story? You can see Part 1 here or catch up with Part 2 here.

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Avid Media Composer now qualified on new Apple iMacs

Avid Media Composer now qualified on new Apple iMacs

Any editors wanting to justify adding the super-slim new iMac to their studio now have a cast-iron excuse – Avid have announced both the 21.5″ and 27″ models are qualified to work with Media Composer. As long as you’re using v6.5.2 or higher, you’re golden.

This continues Avid’s long and glorious relationship with Apple, and makes the iMac a very viable, and affordable, alternative to a beefy Mac or PC workstation for deploying multiple seats of Media Composer and Symphony in ISIS/Interplay environments. It’s also worth noting that we carry huge stock of new iMacs, so if you need to add an editor or workstation to the studio in a hurry, we have specific configs, and can get them out to you super-quick. Check out some of our Apple iMacs here.

Why the new iMac for Avid?

The new Apple iMac has slimmed down physically, but it’s no lightweight when it comes to processing power and memory. With up to a 3.4GHz Quad-Core Intel i7 processor (Turbo Boost-able to 3.9GHz), 8GB RAM and graphics card options including a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX with 1GB GDDR5, it’ll happily handle editing in Avid Media Composer 6.5. Then there’s the new hybrid Fusion drive. Leveraging both the speed of flash with the capacity of your traditional HDD, Fusion means generally faster booting and a quicker workflow.

If you still need a reason after that, checking out our iMac review might help.

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Dr Brian Jones and the Time Thief (Part 2)

Dr Brian Jones and the Time Thief (Part 2)

In part two of Dr Brian Jones’s search for a Mac mini, our hero comes across a devious temptress…

Fast forward to part three in Dr Brian Jones’s journey, or check out the first part here.

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Dr Brian Jones and the Winds of Time (Part 1)

Dr Brian Jones and the Winds of Time (Part 1)

Jigsaw24 presents the first part in our Apple Mac comic series. In this first instalment, Dr Brian Jones travels to Marrakesh in search of the elusive Mac mini.

Read part two of Dr Brian’s story here

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Matrox unveil world’s first Thunderbolt docking station – the DS1

Matrox unveil world’s first Thunderbolt docking station – the DS1

If there’s one gadget our notebooks have been distinctly lacking, it’s a Thunderbolt docking station to connect all our cables on the go. Simple idea, isn’t it? Well, now Matrox have redressed the balance of the universe with the DS1 Thunderbolt docking station, which is ideal for Apple MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.

The DS1 lets you make the most of your notebook’s Thunderbolt connectivity, and hook up storage, displays, network connections and other peripherals, all using a single cable. This makes it perfect for needing access to connected storage, networks and additional displays while on the road – just plug your drive and a monitor into the DS1 along with your keyboard, mouse and more.

Matrox’s DS1 Thunderbolt docking station – available for £155 – also features a USB 3.0 port which allows you to transfer data ten times faster than standard USB 2.0 (it comes with two USB 2.0 ports anyway, just to complete the set). There’s also a Gigabit Ethernet port, and audio input and output connections to support microphones, speakers, and headsets, so you can literally connect all your peripherals into one dock. What we like most, though, is that it comes in a fetching shade of silver brushed aluminium, with a rounded, very portable design that will fit just nicely with a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. Yes, we really are that shallow.

The techie bit

For those who need a bit more tech substance, check the specs below:

Display Output
DS1/DVI DVI-D single-link 25-pin female connector (1920 x 1200 @ 60 fps maximum resolution)
DS1/HDMI HDMI with embedded audio (1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps maximum resolution)
Data ports
  • 1x Thunderbolt
  • 1x USB 3.0
  • 2x USB 2.0
  • 1x Gigabit Ethernet
Audio ports
  • 1x Audio output (3.5 mm stereo minijack)
  • 1x Audio input (3.5 mm mono minijack)
  • Wake-on-LAN
  • Wake-on-USB
  • HDCP compliance for protected content playback
Electrical and Operating Requirements
  • Unit voltage and amperage: 12V/2A
  • Total power consumption: 24 W
  • Operating temperature: 10º C to 35º C
  • Storage temperature: -20º C to 47º C
  • Maximum altitude for operation: 3,000 m
  • Maximum altitude for transport: 10,000 m
  • Operating humidity: 20% to 80% relative humidity (non-condensing)
  • Height: 32 mm
  • Width: 201 mm
  • Depth: 91 mm
Weight 484 g (1.07 lbs)
Regulatory compliance
  • FCC Class B, CE Class B
  • RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC
Limited warranty 1-year limited manufacturing warranty
Kit Contents
In the box
  • Matrox DS1
  • Universal power supply with international socket adapters
System Requirements
System requirements
  • Thunderbolt enabled MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, or Mac Mini
  • Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Thunderbolt cable


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