View from the front: Platform1

View from the front: Platform1

It may have been a while since Glasgow’s last Platform1 expo, but last week’s mixture of talks, discussion panels and hands-on demos was such a success that we’re already hard at work on a second event for after IBC. 

Huge thanks to everyone who made it, whether that was to deliver a demo or gaze lovingly at the new Z series workstations from HP.

Our Chief Engineer Phil Crawley was one of the stars of the day, kicking things off with a presentation on new networking standards for Fibre and Gigabit Ethernet over copper (key takeaways included the remarkably limited cable runs available for 12G – as short as 10m!), before heading up a panel discussion on the future of HDR, ably abetted by Atomos’s Lewis Brown, AJA’s Kevin King, EIZO’s Victor Aberdeen and LEADER’s Kevin Skalvidge, all offering perspectives on the standards and formats they hope will become part of the standard HDR spec.

EIZO’s CG3145 HDR reference monitor (more on that here) and LEADER’s HDR monitoring scopes were both big hits in our demo area, too. We currently have the CG3145 in stock (there’s usually a 12 week lead time), so if you’d like to get your hands on one sharpish, get in touch with the team on the details below.


Atomos brought their onset monitor-recorders to add to the HDR solution stack, while we also had kit from Blackmagic Design, Panasonic, Avid, HP. NewTek brought along a fully tricked out, NDI-enabled TriCaster setup gave people the chance to familiarise themselves with video over IP, and learn more about NewTek’s unique, app-based approach to building an IP workflow for your live productions.

One of the roaring successes of the day was Avid’s preview of their upcoming Media Composer | Editorial Management module. It wasn’t quite the final version – Avid tell us they’re not planning on unveiling that until NAB – but it was enough that we can really start to get an idea of how this could impact workflows, especially in smaller facilities.

Sadly, the day is done and we’ve had to give most of the kit back to its respective manufacturers. However, you can buy your own, or get advice on developing your workflow further, if you get in touch with the team on 0141 374 2345, or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.comFor all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.