Will Strauss rounds up IBC 2013


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by Will Strauss
Issue 82 - October 2013
Dear Reader. I have a confession. I did not visit every single one of the many hundreds of stands at IBC this year. In fact, I didnt even visit all 11 halls within the RAI. And I didnt talk to all 52,974 attendees. I was there. I have the stroopwafels to prove it. Its just that IBC is a massive show. And I am only one man. So, while this IBC round up is hopefully interesting and enlightening, it is far from comprehensive.

Right then, with that out of the way, here are the 10 innovations that either caught my eye - or I heard good things about - during my time in Amsterdam (13-17 September 2013).

ARRI - AMIRA documentary camera
The anticipated 4K camera from ARRI never materialized (well not in public anyway) but the current daddy of digital camera manufacturers did unveil something interesting. AMIRA is a documentary-style camera that combines the usual ARRI high image quality with an affordable (their words, not mine) CFast 2.0 workflow. The ergonomic design is optimized for single-operator use and extended shoulder-mounted operation. As the marketing bumpf will tell you, it is also ready to pick up and shoot straight out of the camera bag and features in-camera grading with preloaded looks based on 3D LUTs, as well as 200 fps slow motion.
Calrec - Callisto audio console
To all intents and purposes this is a broadcast console for smaller OB trucks. Control is via a 17-inch multi-touch screen and a straightforward interface that accepts established finger gestures. Using Bluefin2 technology gives Callisto a pool of 180 channel processing paths, eight groups, four mains, 16 auxes, and 32 tracks. A Hydra2 router core provides Callisto with the same integral 8192 x 8192 as the larger Apollo and Artemis consoles.

Freefly - MVI M10 handheld
stabilized camera gimbal

Built using technology that was originally developed for flying devices, Freeflys MVI M10 is a handheld 3-axis digital stabilized camera gimbal that uses what they call active stabilization (unlike, say, Steadicam that uses passive stabilization). Capable of carrying up to 10lbs of camera (eg a Red Epic) its key feature is the Majestic Mode. This sees the gimbal take the operator's motion and convert it into stabilized pan and tilt movements, allowing for very low profile single operator setup and accurate framing in tight situations.

Joseph Fiber Solutions
4K Replay Caddie

Looking for a cost-effective and painless way to incorporate UltraHD into a sport production environment? Check out this innovation from Joseph Fiber Solutions (JFS). A multifarious acquisition tool it is based around the Sony PMW-F55 4K camera with a Fujinon PL Series zoom lens plus JFS' own Studio Caddie-4K, a Dell computer and both AJA's Corvid Ultra high-frame-rate chassis and its Ki Pro Quad file-based recorder. The combination provides for 4K capture, replay, archiving, and live playout at what JFS insists will be half the cost of other systems.

TSL Products - The Egg
Heres an idea that every competitor will want to poach. The Egg from TSL Products is a single-person QC unit for monitoring 5.1 surround sound and HD video. Providing an acoustically isolated environment for the operator, the ovoid sit-in device has a touch screen display that allows for video playback, router control, audio control, comms integration and video server control.

Avid - S6 control surface

Using the same core as an ICON or a System 5 product, the Avid S6 console can control multiple Pro Tools and other EUCON-enabled DAWs (including Logic Pro and Nuendo) over an Ethernet connection. But most importantly, it is modular, ie, you can customize to your own requirements as you go along. Pre-configured S6 M10 or S6 M40 surfaces are available with the required faders, knobs, etc. already provided or, with S6 M40, further personalized with different channel control combinations.

AMPAS - Colour predictor app
The Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is developing an iPad app. That is right. You read that correctly. Named the Academy Colour Predictor, and soon entering beta, it is being introduced to help filmmakers understand how key cinematography elements - lights, camera, filters, and subject matter interact with one another. Users can change any of the selected parameters to instantly visualise rendering differences and compare different combinations.

Vision Research - Phantom
Flex4K camera

The Phantom Flex4K digital cinema camera can deliver 1000 frames per second high-speed video at - yes you guessed it - 4K resolution (4096x2160) and twice that in HD. The super 35mm sensor shooter outputs RAW images and includes hot-swappable Phantom CineMag IV storage plus 3G HD-SDI video outputs.

Flanders Scientific - 50inch
CM500TD monitor

There were loads of excellent monitors on show at IBC but this one came highly recommended by a man who knows his stuff, so please go with it. The CM500TD is a 50-inch multi-format reference monitor for critical colour evaluation with 3G/dual-link/HD/SD-SDI, component, composite and DVI-I inputs. Featuring full 12-bit video processing and a 10-bit panel capable of reproducing over 1.073 billion colors on screen, it is also equipped with a passive circular polarizer and in-monitor multiplexing allowing for easy and affordable 3D monitoring (in addition to its 2D modes). Importantly, it offers support for virtually any signal format.
Quantel Pablo Rio 2KO affordable colour grading
Colour grading and finishing for the budget-conscious is nothing new. But you dont necessarily expect if from Quantel, once the Rolls Royce of the FX and grading world. To hit the perceived market sweet spot, Pablo Rio 2KO sits on a cheaper PC platform than its older brother, the Pablo Rio, but has the same toolset and workflow. It is aimed squarely at broadcasters and post houses that work as far up as 2K and HD 3D but wont need to go near 4K. As with all Pablo Rio models, Pablo Rio 2KO is available as a fully blown system including storage, video I/O and the full Pablo Rio toolset, or as software only.


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Understanding the process of video production
Joseph Adamson In this article I will focus on understanding the process of video production. The use of miniaturised video equipment and understanding the capability of the kit chosen for the job will be mentioned. The video production process is a road map, which not only helps the producer to minimise problems during production and achieve professional results, but also saves time.This process can be tricky to understand and many videographers are self taught, including myself.
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Audience engagement with advertising in an OTT world
Hank Frecon Adapting to how we advertise in an OTT world starts by reaching audiences on every screen with tailored content. Most consumers viewing habits include multi-tasking and juggling different activities at the same time, particularly the younger viewing audiences who tend to watch in a more fragmented, on-demand manner. The task of monetizing content in a way that suits this method of viewing pushes monetization strategies to adopt new technologies, so first let's look at the opportunity.
Tags: iss126 | ott | advertise | acr | source digital | Hank Frecon
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TV Futures
Jane Lawrence When I was younger my dad used to encourage me to be a Jack of all trades and a master of none. One of those clich© things parents hand down to their children. However, as I have grown and gone through different stages of education I have found this little piece of wisdom has followed me. Don't get me wrong, being amazing at one thing is a great skill to have, but for me having a good understanding of everything is also vital.
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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.
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Canon CN-E 18-80mm T4.4 Review
Ben Sherriff The Canon Cine range of lenses have been around for quite a few years now. The CN-E Cinema Prime lenses became an early alternative to using PL adaptors or the Zeiss Compact Prime lenses. Other than that the choice was rehoused stills lenses or maybe if you were lucky a set of Zeiss super speeds. The cine lens set became a cost effective offering for sharp prime lenses with clear and accurate markings for proper functionality.
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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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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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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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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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Facebook Workplace - why it might just work
Jake Ward At the Facebook F8 Developer Conference last April, Facebook's Workplace, a collaborative platform for organisations, announced enhanced live video functionality. Being able to stream live into Workplace will fundamentally change the way companies communicate, from broadcasting weekly meetings and webinars to live streaming Q&As. The possibilities really are endless.
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360 degree video storage requirements
Dave Frederick Swim with bears, run with the bulls, get a pads-eye view of a rocket launch: 360 degree video production, also known as cinematic VR, makes these and many other bucket list-worthy events more accessible than ever. The format has evolved into a powerful storytelling tool, and one that changes not only the way in which visual experiences are shaped, but also the way in which media consumers perceive and interact with video content.
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Object Based Audio - The first steps
Peter Poers The world of broadcast audio is about to reach new levels as we embrace the future in terms of Next Generation Audio (NGA). Although at this stage we can't be precise about what this will bring, we do know that some 3D Immersive formats are already under development and will find their way into broadcast production and distribution very soon. Unlike the world of relatively constrained channel based coding that we are accustomed to, these new codec systems will support more channels and/or object based audio coding. For the end consumer, there will be two major benefits - a greater sense of involvement or immersion and a degree of personalisation. That's what the promises are.
Tags: iss125 | immersive audio | junger | nga | oba | Peter Poers
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