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by Will Strauss
F rom a handheld
stabilized camera gimbal
to an egg-shaped QC
booth, IBC2013 was awash with
new, and often strangely shaped,
innovations. Will Strauss picks his
favourites. 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 didn’t
even visit all 11 halls within the
RAI. And I didn’t talk to all 52,974
attendees. I was there. I have
the stroopwafels to prove it. It’s
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
Flanders Scientific - 50inch
ARRI - AMIRA
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.
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.
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 - MōVI M10 handheld stabilized camera gimbal
Built using technology that was originally developed for flying devices, Freefly’s MōVI 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.
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