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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Why is drone training even an option
Tim Bearder It's fair to say that one of the most disruptive, liberating and inventive technological advances for independent filmmakers in recent years has been the incredible leaps made in the world of Drones.
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Mr MXF does Vegas
Bruce Devlin - new For quarter of a century I have been boarding planes to Las Vegas every April and the thing I look forward to most is the Sunday morning cycle from the Strip up to the top of Red Rock Canyon to look back down upon Vegas. From up there, you get a sense of perspective of how alien the city stuck in the desert really is.
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Designing the correct workflow
Harry Smith Last year I took a year-long placement as a video editing support technician. The role exposed me to the common issues that students run into when editing their projects, and I developed an understanding as to why they might struggle understanding the complexities of video workflow.
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Controlling the Chaos of Remote Uplinks
Roger Franklin For Satellite Broadcasters, consumer needs have never been so varied. Audiences are increasingly accustomed to personalisation in every type of content they consume. They now demand, or rather expect to receive breaking news from a scene, content specific to their regions and access to live sporting events held thousands of miles away.
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Thinking clearly about the cloud
Chris Steel 2 As someone who is constantly trying to build better products, I'm always asking questions and listening to the ones I get asked. For several years now I've asked every broadcaster and media production company I've met what they plan to do about 'the cloud'
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Welcome to the world of filming The Island with Bear Grylls
Paul Scurrell How do you make a polished television show worthy of broadcast on Channel 4 when the camera operators are starving, dehydrated and sleep deprived? Most of them also have no previous experience of professional filming and are more concerned with finding their next meal than making sure they've got their cameras switched on ready to record. Welcome to the world of filming The Island with Bear Grylls.
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The Masters of Dirt - Extreme Production
Rian Bester On 22nd April 2017 Inside the Masters of Dirt, the world's wildest unscripted motocross reality series, will launch exclusively on INSIGHT TV in 4K UHD. Produced by Masters Of Dirt (M.O.D) and XTreme Video, the series follows the adrenaline-addicted crew that produces the popular freestyle motocross arena show of the same name.
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Is now the time to compromise on investment
Mike Ransome - new It would seem on the face of it that many broadcasters and production companies are trimming spending to the bone, or at least postponing it in anticipation of more lucrative days to come.
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Dick brings out his cutting room scales
Dick Hobbs - new At this time of year, in the run-up to NAB, my in-box is even more filled than usual with press releases craving my attention. It is one of the universal truths so unloved by PR people that the sheer weight of numbers threatens to overwhelm.
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You need wave power if you are going surfing
Tim Bonython Tim Bonython's association with surfing films began in 1978, when armed with a Super-8 camera he set off to Hawaii's infamous North Shore, to capture the big waves and their riders. From that moment he fell in love with the sport, and became obsessed with making it the subject of breathtaking and inspiring films.
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DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel from Blackmagic Design - Reviewed
Rebecca Goodeve - new Blackmagic's new, more affordable control surface for professionals is probably the most perfect panel I've ever used......
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Mr Cloud, as much about cashflow balance as technology
Bruce Devlin - new It was an ordinary Tuesday, the last day of February 2017. It was getting late in the day and I was online doing my monthly management accounts and was just finishing the data entry for a very long Invoice when refreshing the expenses Tab on my browser showed this delightful picture.
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