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Who to look out for at NAB 2019

NAB is now so big that getting round the whole thing in a mere five days would be a challenge, even if there weren't various parties, events, speakers and demos vying for your attention. If you're struggling to narrow down your must-sees this year, here are a few vendors we recommend making time for – and of course, it's not too late to book a meeting with one of our team. 


Liz Sunter
Blackmagic Design

The Blackmagic Design team never come to an expo empty handed, so expect the usual flood of new releases, firmware updates and innovative additions. But it'll be heard to grab the headlines from DaVinci Resolve 16, which promises a "revolution in editing" and will be launched at 5pm UK time on Monday 8th April. 

Blackmagic will be making their home on booth SL216, where speakers will include DigitalFilm Tree’s Dan Judy on grading and finishing for The CW; Orbital Redux director/producer Steven Calcote on creating live streamed narrative science fiction, and director and colourist Alexis Hurkman presenting Carry My Heart to the Yellow River, made using a complete DaVinci Resolve workflow in 4K HDR.



Version 7 of XenData's Archive Series software added multi-cloud support for Azure, AWS S3 and Wasabi, and you'll be able to see all these workflows in action at booth SL13613. In addition, XenData will be showing you how to go beyond archiving by adding their new FS Mirror software to an on-premises LTO/ODA archive or to a hybrid cloud archive, so you can mirror your shared disk storage, creating a data protection or DR copy. 



Over on booth SL8630, Barnfind are showcasing a new frame that they hope will be a game-changer. The BarnOne BTF1-41 frame's futureproof technology supports all emerging signal formats, including 4K, HDMI 2.0, IP and analogue video, so you can combine legacy and cutting-edge tech in the same workflow. The frame also adds a long-distance component to its multi-functional, signal neutral fibre transport platform, making it the ideal solution for numerous applications including sports, live video production, telemedicine and corporate applications.

Barnfind are also using NAB 2019 to launch the BarnMini-22. It follows in the footsteps of Barnfind’s popular BarnMini-02 and BarnMini-12, and offers full built-in management of reclockers and signal control via BarnStudio. Also on the stand, the more established BarnOne will be flexing new Web Server, Telnet and Ember+ protocol support, so swing by for a demo. 



5G networks are beginning to go live, and production crews are already wondering how the huge jump in data speeds will affect their workflows. Some of their questions will be answered on booth C2625, where Soliton will be showcasing their Zao and Zao-S solutions, mobile hardware encoders that are future proof enough to recognise and work with 5G as well as their usual 4G, meaning you can make a seamless transition to 5G telecasting. 



Matrox have chosen NAB 2019 to debut a number of new releases, including the Matrox Monarch EDGE, a 4K/multi-HD REMI encoder capable of transporting 4:2:2 10-bit video at resolutions up to 3840x2160 at 60fps. Also on show will be the DSX LE5 Q25 and DSX LE5 D25 ST 2110 NIC cards, which simplify the transition from multi-channel SDI workflows to multi-channel IP workflows by delivering up to four 4K or up to two 4K IP video I/Os, respectively, over 25GbE networks. And finally there's the Matrox M264 S4 hardware codec card, which supports up to four channels of 4K Sony XAVC and Panasonic AVC-ULTRA encoding/decoding in a single-slot card to enable high-density, multi-channel 4K workflows in PC-based platforms.

You can see a range of Matrox solutions on stand SL3811, but they're also contributing to this year's IP Showcase Future Zone (booth C12634), where they'll be demoing core hardware that'll support a SMPTE 2110 workflow. 



NDI developers Sienna will have their main presence on the Microsoft Azure booth, where their solutions will be enabling cloud-based NLE editing with low latency confidence monitors. If the news that Vizrt have purchased NewTek has piqued your interest in NDI, this is a great opportunity to ask the Sienna team about their recently-refreshed toolkit, which now includes an intuitive NDI ChromaKey module, a Virtual CameraCrew tool that allows you to take a locked off UHD shot and create multiple virtual PTZ angles from it, a new NDI MIDI protocol and an Alpha Embedder which can insert and cross copy video alpha between streams.

This is just a tiny fraction of what will be on show – for all the latest NAB news, keep an eye on our roundup post, which we'll be updating as and when new products are released.  


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