NAB 2012 Kit Review used by BroadcastShow


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So pre-NAB we are all very busy organising interviews with 70 exhibitors over 4 days covering 4 halls and in our case around 28 miles. Late last year we developed an online interview booking system at www.broadcastshow.com which allows exhibitors to book one or more 15 minute slots, enter stand information and questions they may like asked during the interview. Over the month preceding the show the fill up and we are left with a spreadsheet of who to see and when to see them. Thankfully the “slot booker” is intelligent enough to know which days we will be in which halls so dashing is kept to a minimum.
Our NAB BroadcastShow teams consisted of Emma who looks after the bookings and is affectionately referred to as our “tom-tom”; Jon, who after 4 shows is now known to many exhibitors, our presenter and then myself behind camera. Matt is also on hand as our “fixer” to borrow last minute equipment which we’ve either forgotten or didn’t deem necessary at the time of departure!
Let start at the ground and work up.
We are very fortunate with having the support of some of the industries leading manufacturers and this review is a small way of saying a massive thank you to those whose names will follow.
Prior to NAB Panasonic shipped us the new HPX-250, their P2 HD handheld camera recorder with 10 bit, 4:2:2 independent-frame full 1920 x 1080 resolution AVC-Intra recording. They were also good enough to throw in the box four P2 cards, 3 batteries plus charger, P2 reader and enough cables to get us out of trouble. The specs of the camera are widely available so I won’t go into that here other than to say it’s lightweight, robust and together with an excellent light gathering lens performed very well in a wide mix of indoor situations. We used 3 or 4 P2 cards per day and offloaded these via the P2 reader each evening. Battery power surpassed my expectations with each lasting for around 90 minutes.
The support for the camera was provided by Vinten and we were delighted to be one of the first to get our hands on the new Vinten Blue 5. We didn’t have a chance to test before arriving at NAB and picked it up from Vinten’s ever helpful and hugely knowledgeable Product Manager Peter Harman on the Sunday before the show complete with dolly. The Blue 5 works with payloads between 2.1 to 5kg so is a perfect fit for the HPX-250. As per the specification we can confirm its silky smooth movement and when set up correctly the Perfect Balance technology is just that. It was rock solid and never let us down throughout – a great piece of kit.
Some parts of a show floor are well light, some are natural light others are dark and in general no two stands are the same. A light that is powerful and adaptable enough to cope with the myriad of situations we tend to find ourselves was found almost by accident as we interviewed Litepanels early on the first day. They rightly insisted we light the interview with their new Croma light and it never left the camera for the next 4 days! Although it has external power options we used the internal battery option and with six good AA batteries (we tried cheap at first and paid for it) lasted around 2 hours. Large controls on the side give brightness and more importantly light colour control that quickly enabled us to line up an any shot with minimal effort.
The Croma was mounted solidly on a K-Tek cold shoe extender, this then gave the option to mount other items such as the Atomos Samurai. Why, might you ask, are we using a Samurai when the HPX-250 records in broadcast quality on P2? Well we do a lot of editing on FCP and Premiere and wanted to speed up our workflow so taking an SDI from the camera into the Samurai allows us to take advantage of the new Atom OS3 version of firmware which was released at the show with features such as peaking, zebra’s and metadata to name but a few. It also meant that the material recorded on the P2 was a back-up to the Samurai which gives that extra layer of peace of mind when shooting one-off interviews with the likes of Steady Cam inventor Garrett Brown.
Audio was provided by the Sennheiser 8060 mic and as this is the audio issue of tv-bay we have a full review of this and how it performed on page XX. In a noisy show the directional capabilities were truly outstanding. As headphone wearer i have to report the HD 25-2 II headphones were simply wonderful cutting out external noise and delivery true crisp audio when needed.
The only thing missing from our setup was a gimbal cup holder and this was loaned to us by Polecam so we could fight over which one of us put our bottle of water in it!
So there we have it, from the ground up the kit we were able to use at NAB was a true pleasure to use and just not so much of a pleasure to give back! Take a look at the NAB event page on www.broadcastshow.com to see the interviews and catch up with what you may have missed at NAB 2012.
The only issue we had during the whole show was the shoe mount (a cold shoe in the case of this camera) when mounting a large light on top and vibrating with dolly usage over

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Multi-camera fly-away for live music production
Aaron Dunleavy A specialist in multi-camera concert films and music documentaries, Toward Infinity began working with Trickbox TV around 18 months ago. Run by Producer, Director and Editor Tim Sidwell and Producer and DP Jeremy Mason, Toward Infinity is a creative collaboration that works with top flight venues including: Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Arena, the O2 Arena, Shepherd's Bush Empire and the London Forum, with artists in all genres.
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TV Futures - Running around for clients
Joseph Long My second year at the University of Portsmouth seemingly began in a familiar fashion to the previous year. We sat in a large lecture theatre and listened intently to our course leader, who gave an outline as to what students on the BSc Television and Broadcasting course should be expect experience-wise from the up-and-coming year....
Tags: iss127 | ccitv | tvfutres | training | portsmouth | university | Joseph Long
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Boradcast playout on-site and in the cloud
Don Ash Broadcasters come in many shapes and sizes, each with their own unique set of ambitions and their own preferred route to success. Some are happy to innovate, particularly if it increases staff efficiency or reduces operating costs. Others prefer to let their competitors do the innovating and then follow whatever path appears to work best. Thus the industry has advanced from dedicated hardware to more flexible and cost-efficient software running on 'enterprise-platform' comput-ers, and more recently to virtual devices.
Tags: iss127 | playbox | playout | cloud | edgebox | airbox | neo | cloudair | Don Ash
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A bluffers guide to image stabilisation
Mike Colyer One of the greatest challenges I face when designing a Special Camera system is how to minimise such vibrations, be they the very passive such as vibrations from a human wearing a camera system (10 20Hz), or more pronounced (try strapping a camera to a race car!).
Tags: iss127 | stabilisation | eis | ois | Mike Colyer
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Atomos Ninja Inferno REVIEWED
Daniel Peters Bristol-based Daniel Peters is one of a new breed of indie filmmakers discovering that you dont need big budgets to create filmic shorts. Often working solo, shooting and editing his own work, he creates the look and feel of bigger productions with only limited resources. His commitment to the craft is so great he had to sell much of his own gear to fund his most recent short film Deserted in Paris, after he went over budget due to lost locations and actors pulling out.
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Image processing with Ikegami
Michael Latzch What do you see as the trend thats most impacting the image-processing sector at this moment in time?
Tags: iss127 | ikegami | hdr | vr | 4k | ptz | Michael Latzch
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Back to Basics with IP Video Production
Michael Waidson Its difficult to attend an industry tradeshow or read a publication without seeing discussions about the technological changes that will impact the broadcast market in upcoming years. These changes include 4K/UHDTV, High Dynamic Range and High Frame Rate video but the transition to an all IP video workflow is regarded as a disruptive technology change that will demand new skill sets and infrastructure.
Tags: iss127 | tek | tektronix | ip | test | Michael Waidson
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Managing colour from aquisition to delivery
Ollie Kenchington

Start with calibration

The right colour management process can be the difference between being certain of what the end results are going to be, and having to spend time fixing things in post production.

Tags: iss127 | calibration | colour | x-rite | xrite | colorpassort | colorchecker | Ollie Kenchington
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The party is not over until the video is online
Paul Scurrell When we were introduced to the team behind Sensation dance events in Amsterdam they had one big question for Timecode Systems: could our SyncBac VR wireless sync and control solution theoretically make it possible for a high quality, professional 360-degree video of a live dance music event to be edited in the time it takes the DJ to fly to his or her next gig? Intrigued by what our solution could help them achieve, in July they invited us to film at one of their iconic dance music events. Billed as The Final it was a sell-out farewell party to mark the last Sensation event in Amsterdam.
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Media Production Show and other news
Duncan Payne So, the 2nd Media Production Show has been and gone. Hands up who went to Islington by mistake? I know at least two people who did. Their secret is safe with me! For me, the sign of a great trade show is when I come away really enthused about an innovative use of existing technology or a brand new product. When I find something that combines both these things, then I'm a very happy man.
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Mobile internet connectivity in the field
Bill Nardi Mobile Internet connectivity is critical to the success of remote news crews. Whether they're doing a reporting assignment for news, sports, or live events, they need a strong and reliable Internet connection. To have an edge over their competition and get content to air faster, crews need to be able to work just as if they were in the studio, but from the field.
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Lighting - the stuff you do not see
Tama Berkeljon Lighting is the stuff you don't see that makes a difference in what you do see. How the audience feels about a character and whether the scene is scary, tense or upbeat are communicated by the quality and placement of light. Lighting can take the drama to a whole new level - think about film noir with all those shadows on the wall.
Tags: iss126 | outsight | ghost in the shell | led lighting | Tama Berkeljon
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The 7 Steps to Saving Film
KitPlus We live in a world where - thanks to everything from smartphones to cheaper professional gear - more and more footage is being shot today than ever before. It's a little known fact, however, that as more movies are made, archived physical film works all over the world are in danger of being lost to the damage of time. The Library of Congress alone has documented that only 20% of U.S. feature films from the 1910 and 1920s survive in complete form, and according to European Parliamentary Research, as of 2014, 21% of European film works were held in archives, yet only 1.5% was digitized.
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Infrastructure boost with single node storage solutions
Lee Griffin Like other market segments, the motion picture and video production industry is dominated by smaller productions and facilities. Until now, the only option for this portion of the market to take advantage of the performance, fault-tolerance and ease of management of a modern scale-out storage platform was to invest in a storage cluster consisting of three storage nodes and at least one metadata controller.
Tags: iss126 | storage | san | nas | single-node | efs | xstream | efs200 | efs300 | editshare | Lee Griffin
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IP Based Remote Production
Ed Calverley Over the last few years Suitcase TV has been getting involved in remote production at the software layer, and I want to talk about some of the ways we have been getting involved in remote production, including a specific trial that we did last year with BBC Sport for the Euro 2016 tournament in Paris.
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Advances in LED lighting innovation with Rotolight AEOS
Rod Aaron Gammons There's no doubt that lighting plays a critical role in videography, filmmaking and photography. It's the area of content capture that brings added creativity to shoots, whether that's filming a wedding, producing a commercial or making a movie. Much like cameras have evolved over the past few years, lighting has also evolved; from the traditional tungsten, through to the use of LEDs. Of course LEDs have been revolutionised too, now delivering powerful, cost and energy efficient solutions to creatives.
Tags: iss126 | location light | led lighting | AEOS | rotolight | anova | neo | Rod Aaron Gammons
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Implementing an IP workflow
John Smith -new The eventual move to incorporate IP into your infrastructures is an inevitability. However, with justified concerns about interoperability and uncertainty about which vendors are best placed to help organisations achieve their IP media networking and content delivery goals, is it any wonder there is hesitation about moving forward? Broadcasters very wisely, don't want the pain without the gain!
Tags: iss126 | medialinks | ip | mdp3020 | gateway | John Smith -new
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Ad servers and switching solutions
Peter Blanchford Hardware-based ad servers and switching solutions have been around for a long time and, broadly speaking, do the job just fine.
Tags: iss126 | starfish technologies | ad server | ts splicer | ts switch | gop | Peter Blanchford
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