IBC 2017: Sony announce PXW-Z90 and HXR-NX80

IBC 2017: Sony announce PXW-Z90 and HXR-NX80

Sony have kicked off IBC by announcing two new small form factor cameras, the PXW-Z90 and HXR-NX80. Both offer 273-point phase detection autofocus and an instant HDR workflow, thanks to HLG and BT.2020 support. 

The Z90 has a 1.0 type Exmor RS CMOS sensor with aforementioned 273-point autofocus sensor, designed to give you faster Hybrid Auto Focus. It can shoot up to 960 fps super slow motion, or up to 120 fps in HFR mode for high speed recording. You can also shoot up to 120 fps in Slow & Quick Mode, and proxy recording, relay recording and simultaneous backup recording are all supported in order to give you the most flexible shooting workflow possible.

As well as HGL and BT.2020, it supports S-Log2 and S-Log3, and has 3G SDI and HDMI Type A outputs. You can also stream your footage as part of Sony’s XDCAM Air workflow. Time Code and User Bit are both supported, so the cameras can easily be integrated into multi-camera environments.

“We strongly believe in empowering customers to tell amazing stories, whether it’s a journalist out in the field covering a breaking news event, or a freelancer working under the tight deadline pressures of a one-day corporate shoot,” explained James Leach, European Product Manager, Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “Our new palm camcorders do exactly that. By minimising the efforts required to focus on a subject in-frame and streamlining the post-production workflow, we’re helping users concentrate on what they do best: storytelling.”

The Z90 will be joining us in December, and has a predicted price of €2900.

The NX80 is very similar, but you trade that SDI port for USTREAM support, and its predicted to cost €2350.

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IBC 2017: Panasonic announce new live mixer and 360 degree camera

IBC 2017: Panasonic announce new live mixer and 360 degree camera

Panasonic’s IBC offering are focused on live streaming and broadcast, with the announcement of a new “live streaming production centre”, the AV-HLC100, and a 360 degree 4K live camera. Let’s do the HLC100 first. 

Panasonic AV-HLC100

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Panasonic have designed the AV-HLC100 for environments where there are very few operators. It combines an ME switcher, a PTZ camera controller and an audio mixer into a single unit, so you can have one person handling everything from shooting to transmission – ideal for conferences, sports events and live streaming setups. It’ll even record a copy of your stream at the same time as transmitting it.

The HLC100 supports up to eight cameras, and allows you to mix embedded, line-input and mic-input audio with your video streams. It can accept four SDI inputs (or three SDI and one HDMI) and eight network ones, and is compatible with NewTek’s NDI technology to support IP workflows. It also supports RTMP, for direct transmission to popular live platforms like YouTube Live.

AW-360C10 and AW-360B10

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The C is for camera and the B is for base unit, just to clear up any confusion on that score. The four synchronised Cs record uncompressed 4K (3840 x 1920) in a 2:1 equirectangular format, with built-in white balance and exposer tools ensuring consistency across the four images, and an active stitching tool that constantly shifts the stitch site so that the subject of your shot never gets lost in the fold.

These cameras generate 4K/30p video at low latency to enable live transmission (Panasonic have included a few other physical features to help live transmission too, such as lockable HDMI covers to stop one camera being unexpectedly removed mid-broadcast). You can control your cameras from a PC over a network connection, or from an iPad over a WiFi connection.

Availability

We’re still waiting on an official drop date, but Panasonic promise both the AV-HLC100 and AW-360C10 will both arrive this quarter.

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Soliton announces NewTek integration and improved live streaming ahead of IBC

Soliton announces NewTek integration and improved live streaming ahead of IBC

Ahead of Europe’s leading media, entertainment and technology show, Soliton have announced exciting new updates to their leading H.265 bonded solutions, ZAO and Zao-S.

For those of you who are already fans of the Soliton products, updated features to enhance their Smart telecaster range are below. If you’re new to the range and would like to know more, scroll down for more information on the ZAO and Zao-S, and why we’re so excited about the new updates.

Updates to the Soliton smart-telecaster range for IBC 2017 include:

Integration and support for software-driven IP workflows using NewTek NDI.

Addition of the new ‘BOOST’ feature, that allows the system to maintain extra bandwidth where mobile phone signals are in high demand.

Further improvements to their H.265 codec, aiming to improve small details in the picture, providing an even higher video quality.

Live streaming app ML-Cam for iPhone users and, coming soon, Android users.

You can catch Soliton at IBC, where they’ll be demoing all the new features live, and answering any questions you might have about the updates at stand B.11 in hall 2.

 

The ZAO and Zao-S

The ZAO is a broadcast-grade live video encoder, and was the world’s first H.265 HEVC hardware encoder. It enables full HD live video mobile transmission of live events from a remote location to anywhere in the world, with a simple unit that can be attached to any broadcast camera. The unit allows you to maintain HD quality in low 3G or 4G bandwidth environments, and minimal latency while covering live events – typically half a second, but as low as 240ms.

While the ZAO was the world’s first, the Zao-S is the world’s smallest, providing the same high reliability but in a much smaller form factor – however not quite the same high-bit encoding rate. It’s small size allows it to be easily held in a body strap or mounted directly to the camera.

 

NewTek NDI Integration

Soliton have announced they will integrate NDI into the ZAO and Zao-S. They will be joining the growing number of companies enabling IP-based customer workflows – and Jigsaw24 is particularly interested to see how the ZAO range will work with NDI Cloud, which would be groundbreaking for live production. NewTek’s NDI technology is royalty free and allows video and audio sources to be shared bidirectionally across an IP network.

“Mobile cameras for outside broadcast are not typically network attached and still rely on traditional baseband technology such as HDMI or HD-SDI,” says Mark Andrews, Head of Broadcast for Soliton Systems Europe. “By adopting NDI from NewTek on our receiving platform, we are allowing outside broadcasters to take advantage of IP workflows without the need to change their mobile camera infrastructure.”

Michael Kornet, Executive Vice President of Business Development for NewTek also comments: “Software-driven IP workflows are quickly becoming ubiquitous in video production. NDI-enabled devices like the Smart telecaster products for mobile live streaming, exponentially increase the video sources available for live production and thus create efficiencies and opportunities for customers that did not previously exist. NDI is the most widely adopted IP technology on the market, as shown by the millions of customers with access to it today.”

 

Enhanced live streaming functionality with BOOST and ML-Cam

The addition of the new ‘BOOST’ feature will allow the system to maintain extra bandwidth where the mobile phone signals are in high demand. This feature will maintain high connectivity and improved reliability for when you need your signal not to let you down.

“There is no guarantee of quality of service when using 4G,” stated Shinya Hyakutake, Head of the Broadcast Division for Soliton in Japan. “With our RASCOW protocol for combining multiple 3G and 4G networks on one device, and now with our added BOOST functionality, we see the Zao being able to mitigate against the issues of signal degradation of cellular phone operators. It just makes the whole user experience so much more reliable for live streaming video for bonded systems.”

Bandwidth that won’t cut out right in the middle of a live steam not enough for you? Soliton have more. They’ve further improved their H.265 codec, one that they already believed to be the most advanced on the mobile market. The new codec seeks to improve small details in the picture, especially moving ones, providing an even higher video quality.

 

Over in Amsterdam at IBC, Soliton will be demonstrating the benefits of NDI with NewTek’s Tricaster with live demos, alongside their own Smart telecaster and cloud solutions. IBC attendees can check out Soliton’s products, including live demos of the updated features, at stand B.11 in hall 2.

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Creative trend: How to capitalise on 2.5 billion social media users with live streaming

Creative trend: How to capitalise on 2.5 billion social media users with live streaming

With social platforms like Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Twitch.tv and Periscope in full swing, industry experts are calling live streaming the hottest trend in social media. As a result, creative teams, marketing and PR agencies are looking to get involved and use live streaming to increase engagement. 

Cisco estimate that 82% of all consumer internet traffic will be video-based by 2021. And with studies suggesting that live video is more appealing to brand audiences – 80% reportedly prefer watching live video to reading a blog, and a further 82% favour live video to social posts – it’s no surprise that the world’s media and marketing giants see it as a great chance to deliver high quality content to their audiences.

Popular platforms

Social media live streaming really found its feet following the launch of Facebook Live in April 2016, with the opportunity to reach a user demographic of two billion people proving too good for brands to miss. It allowed them to communicate with consumers in a way that was previously reserved for costly television productions, with interactivity and user engagement at its core. Viewers can post comments and react during Facebook Live broadcasts, providing brands with the unique opportunity to respond directly to their audience.

While Periscope proved popular and beat Facebook Live to the punch by launching over a year earlier, Facebook Live quickly established itself at the top of the live streaming game. Unlike Periscope, Facebook didn’t have to spend any time encouraging people to sign up, and it didn’t take users long to figure out how to use the new functionality as it was built directly into an app they were already comfortable with. Perhaps most importantly, Facebook users already had access to a large network of contacts, deterring them using another live streaming service with a smaller user base.

With one billion hours of video content being watched daily and over one billion active users, content producers and businesses alike are using YouTube’s live streaming functionality to increase their presence on the world’s largest video network and reach a colossal portion of internet users. Conversely, Twitch.tv is a popular live streaming platform used primarily to broadcast video gaming, eSports, creative content and music events, with 2.2 million unique streamers. In 2014, it was ranked fourth in peak time US data traffic, besting Facebook and Amazon among others, so is a great choice for creative agencies looking to attract more eyes to their work.

How has the business world responded?

Right now, every media and marketing company is trying to harness the power of social media and its humungous (and continuously growing) user base, and live streaming is just another way for them to make the most of it.

Live steaming is especially effective for news and political broadcasting. From leading media organisations to local newspapers, the news industry dove right in, with big players like BBC and The Guardian regularly streaming live across social platforms during newsworthy events – recent examples include the 2017 general election and 2016 EU referendum results. Likewise, CNN broadcasted live on Facebook for a solid eight hours in January as the United States prepared to announce its next president. The video received a total of 24 million views, and placed within the top ten most watched of the year. Even the White House have been making use of Facebook Live, airing speeches and weekly addresses live to hundreds of thousands of viewers around the world.

For businesses who rely heavily on advertising revenue and brand awareness, live streaming can seriously bolster their content output. Social media behemoths Buzzfeed and LADbible specialise in creating attention grabbing content that pulls in tons of clicks. In this video, the Buzzfeed team tested how many elastic bands it would take to make a watermelon burst. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, this video had an impressive 807,000 live viewers, and has a current total of 11 million views. Videos such as this likely have something to do with why Buzzfeed earned a cool $3.1 million from Facebook just to provide live content. Similarly, LADbible live streamed an ice cream showdown in July 2016 to see which of their four lollies would melt quickest – as of writing, the video has almost 6.5 million views.

Should you bring live steaming in-house?

If you want to utilise social media’s multi-billion-strong user base, then yes. With proven results demonstrating its effectiveness in increasing engagement, as well as all the stats suggesting that audiences prefer video content to everything else, it really is worth taking advantage of. While it’s tempting to get stuck in and start shooting on your phone right away, we reckon that you’ll see better results if you invest in some dedicated live streaming products. Not only will they allow you to brand your streams and produce more complex broadcasts, the overall quality will be better too, which is ideal if you want to stand out from the competition.

It’s worth purchasing technology from reputable brands as they’re far more likely to provide all the technical support you might need. They usually offer upgrade paths that’ll help you get your hands on the latest kit when it’s released, support incoming trends, and provide users with the ability to record and reuse content down the line. If you’d like to check out our essential equipment recommendations, you can read more here. Once you’re kitted out, we suggest running some test projects before you start streaming for real. Things can go wrong when you’re live streaming, so that way you can get a feel for producing live content and ease growing pains, develop your internal workflow, and avoid any silly (and costly) mistakes on your first proper shoot.

If you want to know more about social media live streaming, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email designsolutions@Jigsaw24.com. If you’re ready to start shopping head to our design storeFor all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

The kit list: Expanding into live streaming on social media

The kit list: Expanding into live streaming on social media

Unsure about bringing video live streaming in-house? Looking for the best kit that will allow you to branch out into live social, and stream directly to various social media platforms? We’ve taken a look at the successful marketing trend that’s dominating feeds in 2017.

With faster internet speeds and the advent of mobile devices, video marketing has increased in popularity as a quick and easy way of showcasing your products or services to an audience. YouTube estimates that one billion hours of content are watched daily, across 88 countries – that’s a lot of reach.

Live streaming then adds another element of marketability to video, with audiences drawn to the appeal of experiencing something as it happens, rather than a recorded event. Live social media gives users immediate access to content and the ability to give instant feedback, heightening user engagement. In fact, according to the Livestream and New York Magazine Survey, 81% of internet and mobile audiences watched more live video in 2016 than 2015, with 67% of live video viewers more likely to buy event tickets after watching a live video of the same event or similar.

All of which begs the question, is this something you should be doing in-house? A case could be made for outsourcing to specialists, but the increased control and agility that comes with doing things in-house – especially when considering the immediate nature of live video – has led many creative teams, including ours, to wonder if they could take this on themselves.

What could you be creating?

As Facebook, YouTube and other large platforms add support for live video, it’s becoming an integral part of many social campaigns, and an extension of the traditional video content you might produce for a cross-platform project.

By utilising live streaming in your marketing, you can create:

Q&As and conversations with your audience. Engage directly with your end users to promote services or share general tips about your industry. Experian hosted a live chat in July on tips for buying a new car, with specialist speakers and interaction with users via the hashtag #CreditChat.

Special announcements and product introductions. Keep your audience up to date with live announcements and immediate access to information as it becomes available, as Nissan did with the launch of its 2016 Maxima at the New York auto show.

Live event streams. Drive ticket sales and participation by giving users a taste of the kind of live experiences your brand can offer. In June this year, endurance event brand Tough Mudder streamed a training event that offered tips and encouraged involvement.

Backstage pass and behind-the-scenes glimpses. Make your audience feel part of your event by granting exclusive live access to places they might not typically be able to go. Grazia UK had success with this by live streaming events from Facebook’s London HQ.

So what kit do you need to invest in?

Relying on one of your team being able to film and stream an event on their iPhone isn’t quite going to cut it for professional events – you need to be able to ensure professional quality audio and video across all your streams, especially if you want to record the stream and repurpose the footage elsewhere in your campaign. Phones typically can’t stream and record simultaneously, so you lose this feature entirely if you base your setup around a mobile, and adding titles and graphics that keep your stream on-brand isn’t something you can do with an iPhone setup.

Luckily, there are plenty of dedicated live streaming products that will give you the high quality, reusable footage. The range of options available can seem daunting, so we’ve asked our production experts to pick out a simple kit to get you started on creating and broadcasting live video directly to your social media platforms.

The Blackmagic Design Web Presenter allows you to stream to all popular platforms, including Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Twitch.tv and Periscope. It makes any SDI or HDMI video source appear as a USB webcam, so you can use professional cameras for higher quality web streaming.

Also from Blackmagic Design is the Micro Studio Camera 4K, the world’s smallest broadcast quality live production camera capable of HD, Ultra HD and 4K shooting. The camera body is not much bigger than the lens mount, so it’s a super flexible camera head that can be rigged for larger production, and you can control the focus, iris and zoom remotely with an ATEM switcher. Audio-wise, it has its own built-in mic, plus a 3.5mm jack so you can add a dedicated microphone.

And with the Blackmagic Design Hyperdeck Studio Mini, you can record and play back your live stream for later use. This professional deck records and plays back broadcast quality 10-bit video as ProRes files on commonly available SD cards.

How can we help?

We can provide all the kit you need for live streaming from one place, with 30 day credit accounts (subject to you passing a credit check) and next day delivery on many key items.

If you’re not quite ready to buy, our longstanding relationships with leading media vendors mean that we’re perfectly placed to advise on the directions different suppliers are taking with live streaming, and help you find kit, storage solutions and workstations to support the direction you want to take, as well as advice on how to fit them all together.

If you want to know more about live streaming, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email designsolutions@Jigsaw24.com. If you’re ready to start shopping head to our design store, here.

Blackmagic Design Update: Brand new products announced

Blackmagic Design Update: Brand new products announced

Earlier this week, Blackmagic Design unveiled three new products designed to meet the needs of new live broadcasting services including YouTube Live, Facebook Live and Twitter’s Periscope. With both live broadcast and traditional broadcast in mind, the three new releases have been positioned as a way to bring broadcast quality production values to those involved in web production. Check out details of the new releases below.

ATEM Television Studio HD

When it comes to creating content, the fastest way to generate it is by doing it live!

The original ATEM Television Studio is a true professional switcher and it introduced people to the live television industry and was powerful enough to let them grow. But Blackmagic Design have designed a new model that takes those great features and adds to them, making it a lot more powerful by using the latest technology available.

ATEM Television Studio HD

The new model is called ATEM Television Studio HD and it’s a professional live production switcher designed for both broadcast and AV professionals.

It includes 4 SDI and 4 HDMI inputs so you can now connect up to 8 simultaneous sources, and it supports all SD and HD formats up to 1080p60! You get high end broadcast features, such as re-sync on all inputs, so you always get clean switching whether you’re using professional or consumer cameras. Plus, you get multi view output so you can see all 
of your sources, but it now includes audio meters and you can route
 the views.

The most dramatic new features are the built-in control panel which means you can live switch right from the front panel. The new design is based on the Teranex Mini converters, so it fits well on a desktop or you can rack mount it. This new model also has powerful features such as a built-in DVE, built-in talkback headset connections, 4 program outputs for cameras that have mix minus support, flash-based media store, an independent aux output and analog audio inputs on XLR connectors.

Of course the new model still includes the ATEM software control panel, so you can switch your program by using the software control panel, or you can use the front panel and you don’t even need to use a computer!
 There is a range of menus on the LCD that let you access all switcher features too!

Blackmagic Design are excited by this new model of ATEM Television Studio HD and believe that this new model goes way beyond what the old model can do. The best news is it’s only £785 ex VAT!

The new ATEM Television Studio HD is available now – head on over to the Jigsaw24.com store to find out more.

HyperDeck Studio Mini

This next product Blackmagic Design introduced completely redefined what a professional broadcast deck can be! HyperDeck Studio Mini is a miniaturised broadcast deck that’s only a third of the size of the current HyperDeck models. It’s so small and packed with features that it can do clip playback, record masters for live production, and it can even handle
 digital signage!

HyperDeck Studio Mini

Even at this incredibly small size, it’s still a true professional deck that records and plays back broadcast quality 10-bit video as ProRes files on commonly available SD and UHS-II cards.

HyperDeck Studio Mini is packed with features, including 6G-SDI for working with all formats up to 2160p30, HDMI 2.0 for monitoring, dual
SD card slots for non-stop recording and a reference output with built in sync generator that lets you daisy chain and synchronize multiple
 decks together!

This new model can even play back 4:4:4:4 RGBA ProRes files to separate fill and key outputs when you are working in HD formats! HyperDeck Studio Mini also includes industry standard RS-422 deck control, a built in power supply and ethernet with PoE+ for control and remote uploading media via FTP!

HyperDeck Studio Mini can be controlled by ATEM switchers, so it’s a perfect media player for running clips, animations and stingers into the new ATEM Television Studio HD. But the most exciting part is you can mount a ATEM Television Studio HD and the HyperDeck Studio Mini in a single rack unit so you get a live production studio and mastering recorder in a single rack unit.

With the Ultra HD HDMI output, ethernet with control and file upload as well as the built-in sync generator and ref output, HyperDeck Studio Mini also makes a perfect digital signage solution. You can hide it behind a wall mounted monitor or sync multiple units together for extremely high resolution sings. Imagine using 4 HyperDeck Studio Minis for an 8K
 digital sign!

HyperDeck Studio Mini is available now for £625 ex VAT. Check it out on the Jigsaw24.com store.

Blackmagic Web Presenter

Next up is the new Blackmagic Web Presenter, and this new product lets you make any SDI or HDMI source looks like a simple USB webcam, but because it’s professional video, the quality is much higher!

Blackmagic Web Presenter

With a new age of web broadcasting and streaming platforms such as YouTube Live, Facebook Live, Twitch.tv and Periscope, Blackmagic Web Presenter lets you use open source software tools such as Open Broadcaster and XSplit Broadcaster to open up global live streams from any location. Because Blackmagic Web Presenter looks like a webcam, any software works and you can use any platform such as Windows, Mac,
Linux and Chromebook. You can even make broadcast quality Skype calls for doing live interviews easily from any location, even with poor
 internet connections!

Blackmagic Web Presenter includes 12G-SDI and HDMI inputs that support all SD, HD and Ultra HD input video formats up to 2160p60 and then the video is down converted to 720p HD for streaming. Blackmagic Web Presenter will even lower the frame rate automatically when the software requests it due to low bandwidth internet connections. Using 720p for streaming means you get great quality HD, in 16:9 format but with the lowest possible data rate so the streaming is simple and easy to setup. Blackmagic say they’ve even streamed over a tethered mobile phone internet connection in broadcast quality!

If you add an optional Teranex Mini Smart Panel, then you get full controls and an LCD display with video preview, audio meters, video formats and the current USB frame rate. But what’s really exciting is the HDMI input features a re-sync so you can use the smart panel to live switch between the SDI and HDMI inputs right from the front of the Blackmagic Web Presenter. You can even use the HiFi audio input for music and the XLR audio input for a presenter microphone!

The new Blackmagic Web Presenter is available now for £395 ex VAT. Visit the Jigsaw24 store to find out more.

Blackmagic Studio Camera Update

Blackmagic also announced new, lower priced versions of their popular Blackmagic Studio Camera and Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K.

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The older models of the camera included a large internal battery but feedback from customers said that this made air freighting the camera around with their live production system difficult due to new restrictions on batteries by the airlines.

Plus customers doing live production generally simply plug the camera into the AC outlet anyway. This update no longer includes the battery meaning customers can ship them anywhere and it allows the cameras to be sold at new 
lower prices.

The new Ultra HD Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K model is now only £1399 ex VAT.

Want to find out more? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com.

 

Sony announce HXR-NX5R camcorder and more

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. 

The latest generation of Sony production tech debuts at IBC in September starting with the HXR-NX5R, with the rest following soon after. In the meantime, take a look at the new releases below…

Sony HXR-NX5R

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Adding a ton of new features, Sony’s latest Full HD handheld offering looks to provide an even smoother workflow experience, stunning image quality and has been built with live streaming in mind. Remote control functionality makes the NX5R perfect for multi-camera shoots too. Mount it to a tripod, then use your smart phone or tablet to monitor and control focus, zoom, iris, record start/stop and more. Check out the spec:

– Three-chip 1/2.8-type Full HD Exmor CMOS sensor.

– 20x Optical Zoom and 40x Clear Image Zoom.

– Top-quality Full HD images with 50Mbps XAVC S recording and 3G-SDI output.

– Live internet stream from any event using hassle-free Ustream service.

– Generic streaming mode for a local area network.

– Shoot, stream and share with advanced networking on board.

– Direct menu for fast, positive adjustments.

– FTP allows you to click and send Full HD content to your editor for fast breaking news stories for example.

– OLED viewfinder, multi-interface shoe and the industries first built-in adjustable brightness LED video light.

MCX-500 mixer

The new MCX-500 launches in January 2017, and is ideal for a wide range of live settings from pop concerts to weddings, educational seminars to corporate presentations. Compact and easy to use, this fully-featured four-channel one M/E switcher makes it easy to create polished-looking results for live streaming, webcasts or recording.

– Eight inputs (4x 3G-SDI, 2x HDMI, 2x CVBS) plus dedicated RGB channel for title overlays.

– Basic overlay functions (PinP/Keyer).

– CUT/MIX/WIPE transition effects.

– Five-channel audio mixer includes stereo XLR input.

– Recording on SD card and direct streaming on USTREAM.

RM-30BP Multi-Function Remote

Giving freelancers and solo camera operators more options for capturing great looking footage in any situation, the RM-30BP is the perfect partner for many of Sony’s popular camcorders, including the brand new HXR-NX5R. It’s great for crane shooting and multi-camera setups in hard-to-reach places. It hits the shelves in October, so keep your eyes peeled.

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.

NAB 2016: The highlights

NAB 2016: The highlights

Here we go. Bookmark this page and periodically hit refresh to be kept up to date with all the big announcements from NAB Show 2016, including live streams, key links and the most interesting new releases.

AJA

AJA Releases CION v1.3 Firmware with New Gamma Settings; Announces New Pak1000 Promo for CION Purchases

AJA Video Systems today released new v1.3 firmware for the AJA CION, AJA’s 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD production camera that shoots edit-ready Apple ProRes files at up to 4K 60fps. Read more

NAB 2016: AJA Unveils FS4 frame synchroniser and converter

AJA Video Systems today unveiled FS4, the most advanced all digital frame sync and universal up/down/cross converter ever from AJA, supporting 4K, UltraHD, 2K, HD and SD workflows in a 1RU frame. Read more 

NAB 2016: AJA Ki Pro Ultra v1.2 update to add ExFAT, 16-channel audio, CC support, 2SI; Pak-Adapt-eSATA to bring third party eSATA media compatibility

AJA Video Systems today announced Ki Pro Ultra v1.2 firmware adding 16-channel embedded SDI audio, ExFAT file system, Closed Captioning (CC) and SMPTE 2SI I/O support. Read more

NAB 2016: AJA announces U-TAP USB 3.0 capture devices

AJA Video Systems today announced U-TAP HDMI and U-TAP SDI offering high quality HD/SD capture through a bus powered USB 3.0 port. Read more

NAB 2016: AJA introduces new Mini-Converters and openGear-Compatible rack cards

At NAB 2016, AJA Video Systems expanded its line of portable Mini-Converters with the introduction of the Hi5-4K-Plus, a 4K/UltraHD 3G-SDI to HDMI 2.0 converter, and the HDP3, a 3G-SDI to DVI-D converter with 1080p 60 support. Read more

NAB 2016: AJA Announces KONA IP at NAB 2016

AJA Video Systems today announced KONA IP, its first desktop video and audio I/O product for professional IP-based workflows. KONA IP is the next generation of AJA’s industry-leading KONA line of PCIe capture cards and works with AJA Control Room and Control Panel software and SDK tools along with leading third-party content creation applications. Read more

Atomos

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

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. Read more

Avid

NAB 2016: Avid demonstrate cloud collaboration within ProTools

Avid have demonstrated a new cloud collaboration platform for ProTools built directly into the application. The demo was done live at the Avid ACA event prior to NAB opening for select ACA members attending the event. Read more

NAB 2016: Avid announce Adobe Premiere integration with Interplay Media Central

Avid today have announced and demonstrated a huge move toward making their production asset management system, Interplay Media Central, the open arena they have talked about for a number of years now. Read more

NAB 2016: Avid announce NEXIS storage at Avid Connect

AVID today have announced a number of new and updated products at their Avid Connect event, prior to the NAB show which begins on Monday. One of the major headlines is a series of new storage systems, called NEXIS, building on the same hardware and operating system used with the ISIS 1000, launched last year. Read more

NAB 2016: Avid introduces industry’s first end-to-end production workflow for Panasonic AVC Ultra-LongG

More and more news organizations and broadcasters worldwide are now shooting in the Panasonic AVC Ultra-LongG video format, since it provides high quality media at smaller bandwidth rates. Some of the world’s largest broadcasters are already using this AVC Ultra-LongG format, including NBC and Cox Media, and many more organizations will be adopting the format soon. Read more

Moving from Avid ISIS to NEXIS | PRO? Here’s what we know…

As you’ve probably heard, Avid have announced that they’re rebranding their ISIS storage range as the NEXIS range of shared storage products. For those of you who were about to buy an ISIS, have just bought an ISIS or have based your entire storage setup around the ISIS, this might have been slightly unwelcome news, but actually the move to NEXIS seems pretty simple. Here’s what you need to know. Read more 

axle Video

NAB 2016: New axle Pulse turns audiences into contributors

Today axle Video announced the first-ever integrated solution for news organisations and brands to gather and stream video directly from their audiences. Read more

Blackmagic Design

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design announces new Blackmagic URSA studio viewfinder

Turn URSA Mini into the ultimate professional studio camera with a 7 inch studio viewfinder! Blackmagic Design today announced the new Blackmagic URSA Studio Viewfinder, a high resolution 7” studio viewfinder with variable tension mounting points, tally, external controls and more that turns Blackmagic URSA Mini into a true professional studio camera. Read more

NAB 2016:  New URSA Mini camera OS adds new UI, dozens of features and improves camera performance!

Blackmagic Design today announced a major new camera operating system for its URSA Mini cameras. This new camera OS features an incredible new user interface along with dozens of new features and will be available later this year free of charge for all URSA Mini customers. Read more

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design announces Blackmagic Video Assist 4K

Blackmagic Design today announced Blackmagic Video Assist 4K, a portable all in one professional monitor and video recorder that can be used to add professional recording and monitoring to any SDI or HDMI camera. Read more

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design introduces new Blackmagic Micro Converters

Introducing the world’s smallest broadcast quality video converters! Blackmagic Design today introduced Blackmagic Micro Converter SDI to HDMI and Blackmagic Micro Converter HDMI to SDI, two new super small, pocket size broadcast quality video converters. Both models are available immediately for only US$85 each. Read more

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design announces ATEM Switcher 6.8 update with HyperDeck Control integration

Blackmagic Design today announced the immediate availability of ATEM Switcher 6.8 Update which adds control of all HyperDeck Studio disk recorders to all ATEM switchers. ATEM Switcher 6.8 Update is available for download now from the Blackmagic Design website and is free of charge for all Blackmagic ATEM switcher customers. Read more 

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design announces UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3

The world’s most advanced capture and playback solution now with 40Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 technology. Blackmagic Design today announced UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3, the world’s most advanced Thunderbolt video capture and playback solution. Read more

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design selects Tico lightweight compression to move to live video production over IP

Blackmagic Design is now an adopter of the ultra low latency TICO compression technology developed by intoPIX, enabling high resolution video over IP networks. Read more 

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design launches DaVinci Resolve 12.5!

Our friends over at the Resolve development team have done it again! This year’s NAB release of Resolve has over 250 new features and 1000 enhancements and bug fixes. The new features range from downright incredible to improving your day to day experience, saving time and bringing the sort of tools we’ll need for the next generation of content creation requirements. Read more

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design announce new Blackmagic MultiView 4

Monitor 4 completely independent SD, HD or Ultra HD SDI video sources on a single display! Blackmagic Design today announced Blackmagic MultiView 4, a new multi viewer that lets customers monitor 4 completely independent SDI video sources on a single display. Read more

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design convertor upgrades with HDMI instant lock and 33 point LUT support

Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 4K and Teranex Mini SDI to HDMI 12G both get new HDMI instant lock feature, and Teranex Mini also adds 33 point LUT support. Read more

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design announces new DeckLink Duo 2 PCIe capture and playback card

Blackmagic Design today announced DeckLink Duo 2, a new high performance capture and playback solution with 4 independent channels that can be assigned to either record or playback in any combination, all on a single plug in PCI Express card. Read more

Blackmagic Design announces Desktop Video 10.6.4 update with HDR

New software update adds HDR support to UltraStudio 4K Extreme and DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G! Blackmagic Design today announced Desktop Video 10.6.4 Update which adds support for HDR playback over HDMI to UltraStudio 4K Extreme and DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G. Desktop Video 10.6.4 is available as a free download from the Blackmagic Design website. Read more

Canon

NAB 2016: Canon announce the new CN-E 18-80mm lens

Canon have unveiled the CN-E 18-80mm cine lens, a new Cinema EOS lens with cine-servo style functionality. Designed for professional and advanced amateur videographers using large format, single sensor cameras, the lens strengthens Canon’s line of cine-servo lenses, following in the footsteps of the CN7x17 and CN20x50. Read more

NAB 2016: Canon video range gets a firmware refresh

Canon’s pro video lineup is getting a fresh coat of paint ahead of NAB 2016, with many of the range getting major firmware updates. Here’s the official statement. Read more

G-Technology

NAB 2016: G-Technology offers new NAS solution for content creators

New 12-bay G-RACK 12 enables teams of creative professionals to streamline media and entertainment workflows with the reliability, scalability, and studio-friendly technology you’d expect from the trusted G-Technology brand. Read more

GB Labs

GB Labs adopts NewTek NDI for IP production workflow

GB Labs, the world’s leading manufacturer of Network Attached Storage (NAS), today announced its adoption of NewTek’s open Network Device Interface (NDI) standard for IP-based production workflows for its range of high speed, media specific storage. Read more

JVC

NAB 2016: New JVC ProHD fiber system supports multi-camera Video-Over-IP workflows

The camera module connects directly to the back of GY-HM890 camcorder via 68-pin interface – no external cables required – for full studio functionality. It transports multiple bi-directional 3G-SDI signals as well as control, audio, sync, and intercom between the camera and the FS-900 Base Station. Read more

NAB 2016: JVC introduces robotic PTZ Video-Over-IP production camera

JVC Professional Video, a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, today introduced its first robotic PTZ IP video production camera, the KY-PZ100, which is ideal for studio or field applications. In addition to its 3G-SDI and HDMI outputs, the KY-PZ100 features JVC’s unique IP-based communications engine to provide streaming HD video at a variety of bit rates with minimal latency. Read more

LaCie

NAB 2016: LaCie Goes Big with Thunderbolt 3 debut

Today at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention, LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology plc, announced the LaCie 12big Thunderbolt 3, a professional 12-bay desktop RAID storage unit. Read more

NewTek

NAB 2016: NewTek announces TalkShow VS 4000 multi-channel video calling system

Announced just prior to this year’s NAB Show, NewTek’s latest talk show update handles up to four remote video guests simultaneously or in sequence using SDI or IP workflows. Read more

NAB 2016: NDI Source set to make a splash

With so much hardware and software lined-up for the big event, we’re starting to get really excited for NAB 2016. One thing we’re particularly excited about is NDI Source. Read more

NAB 2016: NewTek Connect Pro tool bridges IP and SDI workflows

NewTek today announced NewTek Connect Pro, a multi-purpose software tool designed to seamlessly connect IP video formats of new and existing video production hardware and software to work together. Read more

NAB 2016: NewTek’s NDI For Adobe Creative Cloud applications eliminates pre- and post-production render and upload times, streamlining video review & approval

At NAB 2016, NewTek today announced NDI for Adobe Creative Cloud, a software plug-in with NewTek’s groundbreaking Network Device Interface (NDI) technology. The NDI integration enables users of Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After Effects CC and other Adobe Creative Cloud applications to send real-time video and audio to any NDI-enabled receiving product, such as production switchers or capture cards, across a standard Ethernet network. Read more

What are NDI Transit and Telestrator?

NewTek’s NDI IP protocol was one of the big talking points at this year’s NAB, and two of the key apps they released to work within it were NDI Transit and NDI Telestrator. Which begs the question, what are they? Read more 

Matrox

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”. Read more

Small HD

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. Read more

Sony

NAB 2016: Sony Unveils 4K 8x Super Motion Camera System with Replay Server Function, built for sports live production

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more 

NAB 2016: Sony showcases 4K IP Live and ASPEN Interoperability in collaboration with Evertz

At NAB 2016, Sony is showcasing IP interoperability through its continuing collaboration on Sony’s IP Live Production System and Evertz’ Software Defined Video Networking (SDVN) solution. Read more

NAB 2106: Sony’s new Media Backbone Hive wins IABM Game Changer Award

IABM has chosen Sony’s Media Backbone Hive as the winner of its IABM Game Changer Award in the hotly contested Post Production category. The IABM Game Changer Awards, announced yearly at NAB, honour the efforts vendors devote to bringing cutting-edge solutions to the broadcast industry. Read more

Symply

NAB 2016: Symply slip StorNext 5 into storage

The team haven’t even touched down in Vegas for NAB 2016 yet, but big news is already filtering in. First of all, we’re hearing Symply Inc have announced they’re embedding the StorNext 5 storage management platform into their hard drive lineup. Read more

NAB 2016: Symply unveils first product series, SymplyStor and SymplyShare

Symply, Inc., the new startup in high-performance storage for media and creative professionals, today unveiled its first product series, SymplyStor desktop RAID and SymplyShare for Thunderbolt and IP-connected workgroups. Read more

Tangent Devices

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. Read more

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. Read more

Zeiss

NAB 2016: Zeiss announce the new Batis 2.8/18 lens for Sony E mount cameras

Zeiss is pleased to announce the latest addition to the Batis family of autofocus lenses with the launch of the new 2.8/18 lens. Featuring a super wide-angle, the launch of the Batis 2.8/18 marks the expansion of ZEISS’ family of full-frame lenses for Sony α system E-Mount cameras. Sales of the new lens will commence on 2nd May 2016. Read more

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Introducing the Sony PXW-Z150

Introducing the Sony PXW-Z150

Sony has today announced the PXW-Z150, the latest addition to its XDCAM range of lightweight, easy to use professional camcorders with new functionality to enable wireless operation and 4K high quality shooting (3840×2160 up to 30P is supported).

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According to the press release, the flexible, effortless setup capabilities of the portable PXW-Z150 enable content creators of all experience levels to deliver impressive imagery for content and events shooting scenarios, no matter how tight their brief. The PXW-Z150 is the first professional camera to feature a 1.0 type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor, providing users with  4K recording and impressive 5x slow motion in Full HD – essential functionality for content creators looking to deliver corporate or personal productions to the highest quality.

So what can it do?

The PXW-Z150 can shoot up to 120 frames per second (fps) High Frame Rate continuous recording, in full HD quality. The Clear Image Zoom technology operates at 24x zoom and 18x zoom in HD and 4K modes respectively, in addition to the standard optical 12x zoom. The single 20 megapixel 1.0 type large sensor size (14.2 million effective pixels) offers clear pictures even in low light, giving filmmakers superb clarity and sharpness, opening up the opportunities for flexible shooting in a variety of environments. In response to rising expectations in the fast-paced corporate industry, users can now enjoy live streaming capabilities and FTP wireless connection with built-in WiFi.

Ensuring creative expression isn’t subject to an extensive setup

The PXW-Z150 is ergonomically designed to facilitate shooting with ease. The compact, lightweight body includes integration with advanced features, removing the need for multiple external accessories. The built-in 4-step ND filter is included to offer the flexibility of exposure and depth-of-field control, and the Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe avoids cabling with easy integration between the PXW-Z150 and Sony’s peripherals, such as the UWP-D series wireless microphones.

The PXW-Z150 can be easily controlled by a smartphone or tablet using a WiFi remote, and has a battery life which delivers a remarkable 400 minutes continuous recording time – allowing you to always be on hand to capture what’s needed. High visibility is delivered with the wide viewing angle and high contrast 0.39-type 1440K OLED viewfinder, alongside the 3.5-type 1550K LCD panel.

The PXW-Z150 lends itself to a variety of environments and editing requirements, supporting the conventional broadcasting format MPEG2HD (50Mbps/35Mbps) in addition to Sony’s advanced XAVC (Long GOP) format. The PXW-Z150 provides a wide variety of built-in connectivity options including professional standard 3G-SDI, XLR inputs, HDMI, USB, REMOTE and Composite (phono), eliminating the need for adaptors. To extend recording times and workflow flexibility, the camcorder is equipped with two memory card slots and is compatible with SDXC and SDHC cards. The dual media slots enable various recording options such as backup, simultaneous and relay recording.

“We wanted to introduce a portable camcorder which supports our customers in demanding situations, where there is the need for a solution which provides a quick setup yet with high quality creative options,” said James Leach, Product Marketing Manager at Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “The compact, lightweight camera body coupled with high quality creative features and 4K capability gives filmmakers the tools needed to take their work to the next level, whether it’s corporate, event or online videography. Clients’ expectations within the creative landscape are constantly evolving and content creators need solutions that can not only provide high quality images, but also deliver this in a timely and professional manner. The effortless set up ensures flexible shooting, while the WiFi integration means you can take advantage of live streaming, ensuring the PXW-Z150 is ready when you are.”

Key features of the PXW-Z150

4K high quality shooting with a 1.0-type Exmor RS image sensor and premium G lens.
The PXW-Z150 supports 4K XAVC Long maximum 100Mbps high quality shooting. The 1.0-type Exmor RS image sensor provides high sensitivity and high performance in low light environments. The high-speed read-out ensures high-speed motion shooting with minimum distortion. Videographers can deliver high resolution and contrast from the centre to the edge of the lens, with the high performance 4K-compatible 29-348mm wide-angle lens with 12x optical zoom.

Use on a wide range of applications with 120fps slow motion, rich recording format and network functions.
The camcorder supports full HD 120fps continuous high-speed shooting, which enables 5x slow motion expression. High quality FHD XAVC Long 4:2:2 10bit 50Mbps and the broadcasting format MPEG2HD (50Mbps/35Mbps) are also supported. Users can take advantage of the advanced network functions – such as the camcorder’s built-in WiFi for live streaming capabilities (QoS will be supported by a firmware update) and FTP wireless connections – to integrate wireless workflows, enabling users to keep pace with ever changing client deadlines.

High operability and rich interface, within a compact and lightweight body.
The PXW-Z150 provides extended functionality with three independent lens rings, in addition to high visibility with wide view-angle and high contrast 0.39-type 1440K OLED viewfinder and 3.5-type 1550K LCD panel. Sony’s MI Shoe wireless microphone receivers are supported, increasing the mobility and limiting the need for external cables and multiple accessories. The camcorder’s rich interface includes: 3G-SDI, HDMI, XLR, Cold Shoe and REMOTE. In addition to this, dual media slots facilitate various recording options such as backup, simultaneous and relay recording.

We’ll have pricing for the Sony PXW-Z150 on 1st March. In the meantime, you can put your questions to the team at 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Get 0% finance on a NewTek TriCaster 460

Get 0% finance on a NewTek TriCaster 460

It’s the time of year when vendors and distributors, having made it through Black Friday intact, are overcome with the kind of relief and seasonal fellow-feeling that leads to limited time Christmas offers. Case in point: Digibox’s 0% finance offer on NewTek’s TriCaster 460.

Until December 30th, you can buy a TriCaster 460 from any NewTek Elite Partner (hi, that’s us) and get 0% finance on your purchase – as long as it’s a 460, and you’re not buying the specially-priced ‘education’ models – these are discounted enough already, apparently.

If you’re not sure whether TriCaster 460 is the right model for you, you can download a helpful guide from NewTek here, although with support for HD, SD, SDI, analogue inputs and pan-tilt-zoom cameras, it’s hard to think of a scenario where it’d struggle. You also get 16 switcher channels, support for four cameras, six external and five internal video switcher sources and a hard drive with the capacity to record up to 70 hours of footage.

And you’ll get it all without having to pay interest, as long as you’re quick.

Buy now

 

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