Tag Archives: IBC 2014

Arri’s Franz Kraus discusses the Alexa 65

By Randi Altman

During IBC 2014 in Amsterdam, I was offered the opportunity to sit down with Franz Kraus, managing director of Arri. There was some breaking news he was willing to share — a new camera that had been whispered about here and there on the show floor. This was one week before the Cinec show in Munich, where the camera company introduced its newest offering, the Alexa 65.

How could I turn down that kind of opportunity?! So I headed out of the RAI Convention Center, went straight into my “this is how a native New Yorker walks” mode and got to a neighboring hotel just in time to wipe my brow, put my handy iOgrapher iPad mini rig onto a tripod and hit record.

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IBC Blog: The age of archives

By Tom Coughlin

With the flood of video content being created due to the ease and cost-effectiveness of digital video capture and production and the decreasing costs of storage, digital content saved for the long term will explode. Moving from today’s HD to 4K UHD and then to 8K UHD and at higher frame rates will require greater storage capacities and more sophisticated data management services.

During the IBC 2014 Oracle announced that it was acquiring Front Porch Digital (FPD). Front Porch Digital adds storage management features to Oracle that should complement current Oracle storage products. FPD has been using Oracle tape systems for some time in its largest archives. FPD was the champion and promoter of the AFX storage format that has been adopted as a SMPTE standard. This standard has become popular with many FPD customers Continue reading

IBC 2014: quite a ride

By Randi Altman

After spending a week in Amsterdam for the IBC show, I am left with these random thoughts: There is no possible way to pack for whatever weather that city decides to throw at you. It’s hot, then it’s cold, then it’s hot — sometimes at the same moment in time. It’s like the menopause of weather.

I’ve also discovered that the Dutch are trying to kill us, or maybe they are just trying to remind us of Darwin’s “survival of the fittest” theory, with uneven pavement, bikes, scooters, trams, cars, pedestrians, all vying for the same space. Oh, and sometimes you’ll happen upon a set of black steps thrown in for good measure just to keep you from being lulled into a false sense of safety — it’s the cement equivalent of black ice.

I’m not even going to get into their staircases — those ever-winding, incredibly steep and not-made-for-human-sized-feet death traps. All that aside, I love that city. Love it. And, It’s a Continue reading

IBC Blog: client monitors

By Chris Ryan

One of our days at the IBC show in Amsterdam was spent focusing on monitors.

We at Nice Shoes are on a quest to find suitable replacements for our client monitors, which are currently Panasonic Plasmas. When we redesigned our Nice Shoes color grading suites a few years ago we decided to go for a layout with the colorist to the side or rear of the clients. This helped to create a hybrid theater/living room feel. Part of that design was using high-end professional monitors for the colorist in tandem with “prosumer” level large-screen monitors for our clients.

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IBC Blog: QC, loudness and high frame rates

By Simon Ray

There is a different feel to the show this year. Last year it felt like there were a lot of new announcements from all the manufacturers I was visiting, but this year feels more like those new announcements have been developed and fully integrated. Last year all the talk was 4K, this year most products have incorporated it and it is working well.

Nine months of investment, redevelopment and refurbishment at Goldcrest has seen a big move into DI, but there were still some areas of the TV picture workflow that needed further investigation. With that in mind we set off to look at some of the file-based QC platforms that are available.

I had looked at some of these last year at IBC, but the first thing that was obvious was the Continue reading

IBC Blog: scanners, LTO and SDI

By Tim Spitzer

Although we all know “Film is Dead,” film scanners are popping up all over in an effort to resuscitate the medium.  Three of the new players to my circus of knowledge are:

MWA Nova GmbH, which make realtime scanners in 2.5K and 4K at 5fps, with the 4K, are soon to be realtime flavors. The scanner is capstan-driven (without sprockets), with room for PTR rollers, so looks to be easy on archival film. A laser senses the perf position to modulate the speed of the transport to deal with shrunken perforation pitch. Their gates are available for most known film formats from 35mm down to Super 8.

Blackmagic is offering a 35mm scanner with stabilization software and Resolve thrown in for free. The machine comes with a 35mm gate, and the rollers are milled to also handle S-16mm, Continue reading

IBC Blog: herring and a wish list

By Chris Ryan

I arrived in Amsterdam on Friday at 2pm and was at my usual IBC hotel, The Grand, by 3pm. The Grand was originally a convent built in the 1400s and it’s beautiful.

After a quick refresher I went for a walk since the weather here is gorgeous, sunny and in the low 70s. My first order of business was to get in the proper IBC frame of mind and partake in one of my favorite Dutch treats, and I’m not talking about Cannabis. It’s Herring. Specifically “nieuwe haring” as you would say in Dutch.

Amsterdam is dotted with little herring shacks throughout the city that have various fish snacks and even hot dogs but they specialize in nieuwe haring, which is herring that’s been lightly marinated but is other wise uncooked.

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IBC: Quantel and Snell, talk new products, upgrades, transition

In their first joint press conference since Quantel’s acquisition of Snell, the two companies shared the stage to talk about new products and how the integration of the two companies is moving along.

Ray Cross says it’s going very well, while announcing that Robert Rowe and Paul Martin have joined the Quantel board. Neil Maycock is now VP of product strategy. The two entities now also share a common sales team. And the goal, says Cross, is that all production will move to Newbury, Quantel’s main headquarters, by October 14.

Regarding product  news Quantel has updated software for Pablo Rio and Pablo PA.

Enhancements include:
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Sony reveals new camcorders, camera updates at IBC2014

At IBC today, Sony unveiled new camcorders and camera updates. One of their biggest announcements was the PXW-FS7 Super 35 camcorder, the newest addition to its large sensor line, delivering long-form recording capabilities with 4K resolution in a compact, hand-held design.

The new PXW-FS7 XDCAM Super 35 camcorder combines the flexibility of native E-mount technology, the recording efficiency of the XAVC-L codec; the transfer speed and intelligence of XQD memory cards; and comfortable, handheld ergonomics, including a new “Smart Grip.” The new camcorder is designed for a range of long-form shooting and production applications, from “cinéma vérité”-style documentaries and reality TV to magazine shows, commercial and corporate applications.

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IBC: Square Box offers CatDV 11, CatDV Web 2, further integration with Adobe

At IBC, Square Box Systems is showing CatDV 11, the next-generation of its asset management software, in addition to CatDV Web 2, the company’s new approach to online media asset management.

The new features and toolsets in CatDV 11 and CatDV Web2, along with fresh workflow capabilities between Adobe Premiere Pro CC editorial software and Adobe Anywhere realtime collaborative platform, are designed to allow content owners to more easily repurpose and monetize their media assets, and significantly improve end-to-end workflow efficiency from production and post, through to delivery and distribution.

“CatDV 11 and CatDV Web 2 build on the strengths of previous versions of these leading MAM platforms, and deliver a step-change in performance and capabilities for small, medium and large enterprises alike,” says Dave Clack, CEO of Square Box. “CatDV Web 2 in particular provides a fresh, clean user interface that is completely intuitive to non-technical users, making it much easier for marketers and sales teams to repurpose material and monetize their content. These latest advances in CatDV media asset management systems make it far simpler and faster to perform the whole range of management tasks on an even wider range of production materials.”

Key features of CatDV 11 include an enhanced user-experience, with additional media management tools, accessible to new customers and familiar to exiting users; native-capable playback engine, supporting the latest digital cinematography cameras; improved integration with major video editing and creative collaboration platforms; and new functions for enterprise-scale deployments. CatDV 11’s new 64-bit architecture speeds up overall performance.

CatDV works with many high-res media formats, and the new CatDV 11 extends this support with a new player architecture supporting the latest broadcast formats as well as native Red Epic and AVCHD/MTS footage.

Key features of the new GUI include the creation of workspaces for convenient browsing, ingest, logging and search functions; tabbed browsing, which simplifies the process of working with multiple catalogues and query results; user-defined color-coding of smart labels; simplified tree navigation that allows the grouping of useful functions together that improve workflow; pop-up panels with metadata preview; and a hover-to-scrub facility that enables users to quickly preview their content. The addition of global metadata fields within CatDV 11 help to make large, enterprise deployments and automation easier.

CatDV Web 2 offers intuitive media and metadata management toolsets via an entirely browser-driven web interface. Features include logging, search and retrieval tools, a rough-cut editing capability, and easy system administration.

CatDV Web 2 can be used as the only interface to CatDV, or can co-exist with existing web and desktop clients, and is suited for cloud deployments, increasing the reach of CatDV outside typical production or engineering teams.

Integration with Adobe’s Premiere Pro CC and Anywhere
CatDV has worked closely with Adobe to improve workflow capabilities between CatDV 11 and Adobe Premiere Pro CC editorial software and Adobe Anywhere realtime collaborative platform.

An integrated CatDV panel within Premiere Pro supports a wide variety of search mechanisms, sub-clips, sequences and markers. Metadata and footage can also be previewed. CatDV for Anywhere adds the power of CatDV media management to Adobe Anywhere for video: sharing CatDV’s content seamlessly with Anywhere productions, within CatDV and via Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

Main image: CatDV Adobe Premiere Panel 3.

IBC: Updates to Adobe’s CC coming soon

At the IBC show in Amsterdam, Adobe will be showing soon-to-be-released updates to its Adobe Creative Cloud video desktop apps and Adobe Anywhere for video. These new capabilities build on the company’s integration across video workflows, enabling video pros to create, collaborate and deliver high-quality productions across multiple screens.

Key updates include new media and project management tools in Adobe Premiere Pro CC; a refreshed user-interface across all Adobe video desktop apps; and more streamlined production workflows empowering video professionals to edit more efficiently.

Important new updates will also be added to Adobe Anywhere, which enables large virtual teams of talent to collaborate and efficiently shoot, log, edit, share and finish video productions together.

Adobe also announced new capabilities to Adobe Primetime, a TV delivery and monetization platform for programmers and pay-TV service providers. Adobe is previewing these major updates at IBC 2014, Europe’s largest professional broadcast show held in Amsterdam.  www.adobe.com/go/video.

Details on the updates:
– Support for hardware and standards is accelerated via Adobe Creative Cloud.  Key updates extend native file support, with the addition of AJA RAW. Performance enhancements include accelerated Masking & Tracking and new GPU-optimized playback for better performance when viewing extremely high-res 4K and UltraHD footage from Phantom Cine, Canon RAW and Red R3D files.

– New media and project management features, including Consolidate and Transcode; Search Bins; and Multi-project workflows offer more ease and flexibility, at the project level, so Premiere Pro CC users can complete tasks more efficiently. Adobe Media Encoder now includes Destination publishing with preset options so users can render, deliver and share projects to multiple locations such as FTP sites and their Creative Cloud folder, automating the delivery process. Additionally, Extended Match Source support now includes added support for the QuickTime and DNxHD formats, simplifying the workflow for users who are transcoding or rendering content.

– Streamlined workflows and ongoing refinements make everyday tasks easier and faster inside Adobe CC video apps, including Timeline Views in Adobe Premiere Pro CC; Curve adjustments and Look Hover previews in Adobe SpeedGrade CC; and Rough Cut Dissolves and keyboard shortcuts for tagging in Adobe Prelude CC.

Adobe Anywhere, a workflow platform that allows users of Premiere Pro CC and Adobe After Effects CC to work together using centralized media and assets across standard networks, will also be updated.

“The new features in Adobe Premiere Pro CC are amazingly beneficial to my feature film editing workflow,” says feature film editor Vashi Nedomanksy, who cut Sharknado 2 recently. “The ability to open multiple projects all at once without importing assets allows for effortless collaboration in multiple editor projects, while Search Bins add a brand-new layer of organization and custom specificity that help me prioritize my assets. I also love how the latest release unleashes more GPU power so I can dominate any camera codec from 4K to RAW and beyond, natively and in realtime.”

Adobe Anywhere complements Creative Cloud applications and enables collaboration for large organizations working with video, including broadcasters, schools and government agencies. Enhanced support for Adobe After Effects CC enables visual and motion graphic artists to collaborate more effectively so they can spend more time working creatively and less time searching for missing footage and collecting files. Additionally, new options in the Adobe Anywhere app for iPad are added, so users can scrub and review video footage faster.

 

Sonnet to show new, updated gear at IBC

IBC is quickly approaching, and word of new products being introduced at the show is trickling in, including from Sonnet Technologies.

In Amsterdam, Sonnet will unveil its RackMac Pro rackmount solution for the new Mac Pro computer. The unit (pictured, above) supports the rackmount installation of one or two new Mac Pros. The RackMac Pro provides a front panel power switch and USB 3.0 port for each computer, while panel-mounted cables connect each Mac Pro’s Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, HDMI and power ports to ports on the back of the RackMac Pro for external cable connection. The device’s heavy-duty steel outer enclosure provides secure mounting and protection for each Mac Pro, with an open-back design that allows for proper airflow and optimal cooling. Only 7 inches tall by 16 inches deep, the 4U RackMac Pro can be used in a wide range of mobile racks, carts and rack cases, as well as in a server room.

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Thunderbolt Pro P2 card reader.

Making its IBC debut, the Thunderbolt Pro P2 card reader is a fast and affordable P2 single-slot memory card reader available. Based on 10Gb/s Thunderbolt technology, the device can ingest footage from individual P2 memory cards at up to 70 MB/s. The Thunderbolt Pro P2 is bus-powered and connects directly to any Mac computer with a Thunderbolt port, or at the end of a Thunderbolt device chain with an included Thunderbolt cable. The device supports all P2 memory cards and frame rates at maximum speed, and also reads micro P2 cards with an optional adapter.

At IBC 2014, Sonnet will feature the xMac Pro Server, its rackmount solution with built-in Thunderbolt 2-to-PCI Express (PCIe) expansion for the new Mac Pro. The xMac Pro Server mounts the computer horizontally inside a specially designed 4U modular enclosure, connects three PCIe 2.0 slots via Thunderbolt 2 technology and provides space to install additional equipment in two 5.25-inch mobile rack bays. By supporting every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card available, the xMac Pro Server allows audio-video professionals to use high-performance PCIe cards with the latest Mac Pro, which lacks its own PCIe expansion slots. Through the installation of optional Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kits into the xMac Pro Server, users can connect storage expansion devices such as hard drives and SSDs to the Mac Pro.

Also on Sonnet’s stand will be the xMac mini Server which mounts a Mac mini inside a specially designed 1U rackmount enclosure and connects two PCIe 2.0 slots via a Thunderbolt port, allowing users to tap into the power of full-size pro video capture and processing, digital audio interface, DSP accelerator, FireWire and RAID controller cards. The latest generation xMac mini Server combines the best of previous models, adds a 75W auxiliary power connector for cards like the Avid HDX and is the quietest model yet.

Sonnet will also be showing the Echo Express family of Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion chassis that facilitates mobile and on-location workflows by enabling any Mac computer equipped with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports to interface with a wide variety of high-performance PCIe cards, originally designed only for use in desktop computers.