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4K, The Cloud, IP Networking
& Immersive Audio
Blackmagic Production Camera 4K
by Will Strauss
I BC 2013 will be bristling with talk of 4K, the Cloud, IP
networking and Immersive Audio, predicts Will Strauss.
Writing an IBC preview when the show itself is still seven
weeks away is never easy.
Despite best intentions, lots of exhibitors haven’t yet shown their hands
(or are still deciding which cards to play) and many of those that have, are
really not giving much away.
However, fear not dear reader. The next two pages will not be blank.
While pinpointing the most exciting product announcements almost two
months out is pretty tricky, there are already themes emerging. So, in my
role as tv-bay’s chief prognosticator, here are four things that are (almost)
guaranteed to cause a stir at IBC (and details of how you can find out
more). 4K and all that jazz...
OK, so this didn’t require much guesswork. 4K is the hot favourite to be
the big story of IBC 2013.
Whether we like it or not, consumer electronics manufacturers want us to
upgrade our TVs. 3D didn’t persuade many of us. 4K might. As a result,
consultants are predicting that global 4K TV set sales will reach 22m units
by 2017. To put that in context, less than one million will be sold this year.
Consequently, the people that make, sell, supply and install broadcast and
production technology are throwing the kitchen sink at 4K products.
Quantel Pablo Rio
On the high-end post side, check out
Quantel (7.A20) and its Pablo Rio,
a software-based colour correction
and finishing system that can handle
4K at 60fps and delivers 20 layers
of real-time full resolution 4K colour
correction. 40 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 80 AUGUST 2013
Matrox Mojito 4K video
But that is just the beginning. There
will be whole 4K workflows possible
soon with IBC showcasing everything
from a Matrox Mojito 4K (7.B29) quad
3G-SDI 4K video monitoring card to
a Thomson Video Networks (14.A10)
Ultra-HD playout system that uses
At IBC you can expect Arri (11.
F21) to finally bite the 4K bullet and
offer up Ultra-HD (UHD) capabilities
for its Alexa range. Then you’ve
got the Blackmagic Design (7.H20)
4K Production Camera that was
announced at NAB plus there are the
various options from Sony (12.A10)
such as the F55.
While production tools will be
plentiful, the big question might
be: can anyone transmit 4K. DVB
(1.D81) will try to answer that, on the
occasion of its 20th anniversary, by
demonstrating its DVB-T2 standard
delivering both a 4K signal (utilising
HEVC encoding) and a mobile signal
in a single 8MHz channel.
If that doesn’t float your boat, or you
need to rest your weary legs, pop
over to conference room E102 on
15 September at 11:00 where the
SMPTE will present “Beyond HD: The
Technology Landscape for Future
Broadcasting”. Here Dr. Hans Hoffmann of the
EBU will introduce an extensive
review of the definition of UHD, the
publication of the SMPTE UHDTV
Study Group report and explore the
lessons learned from 4K work carried
out at the 2013 Wimbledon Tennis
Championships. A panel session will