The expected lineup of today’s most cutting-edge broadcast technology and equipment that will be showcased at NAB.
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) 2010 Show will run from April 10–15 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. With a lineup of high-profile industry experts participating in sessions on current issues that impact the business, attendees can look forward to a week of education and networking in Sin City. The event kicks off with Actor Michael J. Fox, who will be honored with the NAB Distinguished Service Award at the All Industry Opening Keynote Address for the impact his career has had on the television industry, as well as his dedication to raising awareness for Parkinson's disease through the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Conferences range from manufacturers’ announcements of new products to “Social Media: Strategies in Content and Commerce” with MySpace Co-President Jason Hirschhorn, “3D: Cinema and Home” and panel discussions with Twentieth Century Fox Television representatives “Conversations with Dana Walden and Gary Newman.”
Last year was all about quality over quantity. While attendance was lower than the previous year, exhibitors reported a high quality of traffic consisting of senior executives and other professionals with buying power. This year, exhibitors hope to draw crowds by showcasing today’s most cutting-edge broadcast technology and equipment.
Sony Electronics is introducing its new line of HD, 2D and 3D cameras. The company will proudly showcase the HDC-P1 HD multi-purpose compact camera with 2D and 3D capabilities; the HSC-300 and HXC-100 with Sony’s digital Triax Transmission technology for easy transition to HD; the HXR-NX5U NXCAM geared for the professional and prosumer, which implements the AVCHD format design; and two new additions to the XDCAM EX family: the first 2/3-inch CMOS memory shoulder-mount PMW-350 and the PMW-EX1R with DVCAM™ recording capability.
Panasonic will present its “50 Series,” featuring camera, switcher and support products with IP control. This series includes the AW-RP50 remote-camera controller, the AW-HE50 multi-format HD/SD camera (with an integrated pan-tilt-zoom mechanism) and the AW-HS50 subcompact live switcher with built-in MultiViewer.
ARRI attests that Alexa, its newest line of digital cameras, captures a film-like look and offers 35mm size format sensor, superior sensitivity, dynamic range and an electronic or optical viewfinder. The three Alexa models designed around a newly developed CMOS sensor are: the A-EV, the A-EV Plus and the A-OV Plus.
Fujinon will show its XA88X9.3BESM-SK telephoto sports zoom lens with Precision Focus Assist, an Emmy Award-winning technology, and improved focusing response and lower light loss. The company will also present its latest products related to 3D sports production.
Canon’s new HJ15ex8.5B KRSE-V portable HD zoom lens with built-in Image Stabilization will be shown for the first time at NAB this year. The company believes it to be the world’s first Image-Stabilized portable HDTV zoom lens, which was designed to maintain stable images even when subject to sudden movement. Canon’s patented Vari-Angle Prism Image-Stabilizer (VAP-IS) technology captures advanced levels of image stability that range from telephoto to wide-angle settings.
Band Pro will show off a new set of 4K lenses. Dubbed the “Mystery Prime” lenses unveiled at Band Pro’s open house last December, the three focal lengths will be demonstrated on the Sony F35 camera at NAB this year. The series of prime lenses will eventually total 15 different focal lengths, ranging from 12mm to 150mm.
Thales Angenieux will showcase its Optimo DP Series 16–42mm large-format digital zoom lens and the 30–80mm lens, which together comprise a versatile lens package. The lightweight and compact lenses consist of a fast aperture of T2.8 and calibrated focus marks.
The Tiffen Company will showcase lots of new products, including its T1 IR filter; its Image Maker Professional Filter Kit Series, consisting of five different kits; Steadicams; tripods and Domke bags.
Element Technica, LLC will feature new 3D rig systems available in three different sizes. The Quasar, which is the largest model, is made for full-size digital cinema cameras, while the midsize Pulsar mounts box-style digital cinema cameras, and the Neutron is designed for the small 2/3- or 1/3-inch imager cameras containing C-mount lenses.
Miller Camera Support, LLC will introduce a new solution for stability. Diversifying its Solo DV Tripod range, the company has added a 3-Stage 75mm option to the lineup. The new 3-Stage Solo DV Tripod has a greater height range with a lightweight, extra stable, 75mm bowl. According to Miller, Baby Legs or a Hi Hat aren’t necessary with the renowned, super-low Solo Tripod range, and it even has a low height setting down to 22 centimeters (8.7 inches).
Vinten will be celebrating its 100th anniversary while launching a new range of Vision AS lightweight pan-and-tilt heads. The four ergonomically-improved heads cater to a broad range of professional DV camcorders from 4.4 to 32 pounds. The company boasts its Perfect Balance technology, which allows the camera to be moved in any direction under fingertip control without constant readjustment.
Sound Devices will introduce the latest accessory to their 788T Digital Recorder, the CL-9 Linear Fader Controller. The compact CL-9 contains enhanced monitoring and acts as a mixing surface for the 788T. It is equipped with eight 100mm ultralow-latency linear faders and rotary input-trim controls with ring LED metering for rapid and precise critical-gain changes.
Clear-Com Communication Systems will launch its enhanced version of Clear-Com Concert intercom software, which now contains new external audio interfacing capabilities. According to the company, Concert can now easily interface with external audio systems, including party-line systems, paging systems, program feeds and other matrix systems using a four-wire interface over a standard IP network to provide seamless communications.
DTS will be presenting its latest surround sound and will highlight its new Neural UpMix™ by DTS plug-in for Digidesign® Pro Tools.
According to DTS, the Pro Tools® plug-in can output 5.1 or 7.1 multi-channel stems from stereo or 5.1 source material, while maintaining the spectral and timbral balance of the original mix. The company will also be featuring its DTS–HD Master Audio Suite™ (MAS) v.2.5, an advanced audio encoding toolset for Blu-ray discs. DTS Neural broadcast technologies will also be presented at the Harris (N2502) and DaySequerra (N3400) booths.
Software Generation Ltd. (SGL) will demonstrate its open system architecture and point out the benefits of the company’s systems. Demonstrations will include the client-based web tool FlashBrowse II, which captures metadata and archives and restores media, and is compatible with Mac, PC or Linux. The company will also show its support for the latest version of Apple’s Final Cut Server and explain how postproduction personnel and broadcasters can consequently improve their workflows.
IDX System Technology, Inc. will make its debut in the postproduction market with its MFP-100. Known as PlayMagic, the 1RU multi-format play-out server offers dedicated SSD internal storage in HD/SD SDI.
Autodesk offers native support for formats that allow instant access to file-based media, including 10-bit 4:4:4, MXF, RED, Avid DNxHD and Apple QuickTime. The company will give attendees an eyeful of Smoke software for Mac OSX, which features an all-in-one editorial finishing toolset for color correction, keying, tracking, painting, titling and 3D visual effects.
JVC will exhibit its new Vérité “G Series” of professional LCD monitors, which feature 3G and dual-link HD/SD-SDI (1080p/60 4:4:4) inputs and improved picture quality. The company proudly presents its 17-inch DT-V17G1Z and the 24-inch DT-V24G1Z designed for broadcast, studio, mobile and field applications that demand accurate color reproduction for critical image evaluation.
TVLogic, a designer and manufacturer of broadcast and professional high definition displays, will introduce two new 15-inch Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) displays in 3D stereoscopic and 2D models. The company dubs the TDM-150W as the world’s first 3D stereoscopic OLED monitor designed for 3D broadcast and film production monitoring and utilizes a 15-inch (16:9) Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) display at native 1366x768 resolution. For standard 2D production monitoring, TVLogic will show the LEM-150L1, which features the same 15-inch OLED panel in a 2D-only configuration.
Anton/Bauer will continue its expansion of the Dionic HC Series by introducing an advanced 120W-hours battery with a 10 amp draw for longer run times. According to the company, this battery can be stored for years without losing capacity since it contains unique new features for maximum power saving. Anton/Bauer will debut its Tandem 150 Modular Power System, a one-pound charger that packs a punch with new and improve power supply options.
Cache-A Corporation will show its Pro-Cache archive appliance that enables the user to create source masters in acquisition workflows when utilizing memory card or disk-based cameras. It also provides long-term archival storage so the user can archive media directly with its additional ExpressCard and eSATA connections.
Broadcast Pix will unveil the Slate V8 (Version 8), a new software upgrade for all Slate live-video production systems. Not just a catchy name, Slate V8’s user interface is more efficient and powerful. Enhancements to Slate’s fluent workflow software include Clip Store, Graphics System, Macros and the Fluent Multi-View.