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AJA intros Ki Pro Go, Corvid 44 12G and more at NAB

AJA was at NAB this year showing the new Ki Pro Go H.264 multichannel HD/SD recorder/player, as well as 14 openGear converter cards featuring DashBoard software support, two new IP video transmitters that bridge HDMI and 3G-SDI signals to SMPTE ST 2110 and the Corvid 44 12G I/O card for AJA Developers. AJA also introduced updates featuring improvements for its FS-HDR HDR/WCG converter, desktop and mobile I/O products, AJA Control Room software, HDR Image Analyzer and the Helo recorder/streamer.

Ki Pro Go is a genlock-free, multichannel H.264 HD and SD recorder/player with a flexible architecture. This portable device allows users to record up to four channels of pristine HD and SD content from SDI and HDMI sources to off-the-shelf USB media via 4x USB 3.0 ports, with a fifth port for redundant recording. The Ki Pro Go will be available in June for $3,995.

A FS-HDR v3.0 firmware update features enhanced coloring tools and support for multichannel Dynamic LUTs, plus other improvements. The release includes a new integrated Colorfront Engine Film Mode offering a rich grading and look creation toolset with optional ACES colorspace, ASC color decision list controls and built-in look selection. It’s available in June as a free update.

Developed with Colorfront, the HDR Image Analyzer v1.1 firmware update features several new enhancements, including a new web UI that simplifies remote configuration and control from multiple machines, with updates over Ethernet offering the ability to download logs and screenshots. New remote desktop support provides facility-friendly control from desktops, laptops and tablets on any operating system. The update also adds new HDR monitoring and analysis tools. It’s available soon as a free update.

The Desktop Software v15.2 update offers new features and performance enhancements for AJA Kona and Io products. It offers psupport for Apple ProRes capture and playback across Windows, Linux and macOS in AJA Control Room, at up to 8K resolutions, while also adding new IP SMPTE ST 2110 workflows using AJA Io IP and updates for Kona IP, including ST 2110-40 ANC support. The free Desktop Software update will be available in May.

The Helo v4.0 firmware update introduces new features that allow users to customize their streaming service and improve monitoring and control. AV Mute makes it easy to personalize the viewing experience with custom service branding when muting audio and video streams, while Event Logging enables encoder activity monitoring for simpler troubleshooting. It’s available in May as a free update.

The new openGear converter cards combine the capabilities of AJA’s mini converters with openGear’s high-density architecture and support for DashBoard, enabling industry-standard configuration, monitoring and control in broadcast and live event environments over a PC or local network on Windows, macOS or Linux. New models include re-clocking SDI distribution amplifiers, single-mode 3G-SDI fiber converters plus Multi-Mode variants and an SDI audio embedder/ disembedder. The openGear cards are available now, with pricing dependent upon the model.

AJA’s new IPT-10G2-HDMI and IPT-10G2-SDI mini converters are single-channel IP video transmitters for bridging traditional HDMI and 3G-SDI signals to SMPTE ST 2110 for IP-based workflows. Both models feature dual 10 GigE SFP+ ports for facilities using SMPTE ST 2022-7 for redundancy in critical distribution and monitoring. They will be available soon for $1,295.

The Corvid 44 12G is an 8-lane PCIe 3.0 video and audio I/O card featuring support for 12G-SDI I/O in a low-profile design for workstations and servers and 8K/UltraHD2/4K/UltraHD high frame rate, deep color and HDR workflows. Corvid 44 12G also facilitates multichannel 12G-SDI I/O, enabling either 8K or multiple 4K streams of input or output. It is compatible across macOS, Windows and Linux and used in high-performance applications for imaging, post, broadcast and virtual production. Corvid 44 12G cards will be available soon.

Facilis Launches Hub shared storage line

Facilis Technology rolled out its new Hub Shared Storage line for media production workflows during the NAB show. Facilis Hub includes new hardware and an integrated disk-caching system for cloud and LTO backup and archive designed to provide block-level virtualization and multi-connectivity performance.

“Hub Shared Storage is an all-new product based on our Hub Server that launched in 2017. It’s the answer to our customers’ requests for a more compact server chassis, lower-cost hybrid (SSD and HDD) options and integrated cloud and LTO archive features,” says Jim McKenna, VP of sales and marketing at Facilis. “We deliver all of this with new, more powerful hardware, new drive capacity options and a new look to both the system and software interface.”

The Facilis shared storage network allows both block-mode Fibre Channel and Ethernet connectivity simultaneously with the ability to connect through either method with the same permissions, user accounts and desktop appearance. This expands user access, connection resiliency and network permissions. The system can be configured as a direct-attached drive or segmented into various-sized volumes that carry individual permissions for read and write access.

Facilis Object Cloud
Object Cloud is an integrated disk-caching system for cloud and LTO backup and archive that includes up to 100TB of cloud storage for an annual fee. The Facilis Virtual Volume can display cloud, tape and spinning disk data in the same directory structure on the client desktop.

“A big problem for our customers is managing multiple interfaces for the various locations of their data. With Object Cloud, files in multiple locations reside in the same directory structure and are tracked by our FastTracker asset tracking in the same database as any active media asset,” says McKenna. “Object Cloud uses Object Storage technology to virtualize a Facilis volume with cloud and LTO locations. This gives access to files that exist entirely on disk, in the Cloud or on LTO, or even partially on disk and partially in the cloud.”

Every Facilis Hub Shared Storage server comes with unlimited seats in the Facilis FastTracker asset tracking application. The Object Cloud Software and Storage package is available for most Facilis servers running version 7.2 or higher.

What it means to be free

Free versions of software help develop a stronger entry-level talent pool

By The Unknown Artist

One of the biggest buzzes at the NAB Show this year was the announcement of free versions of software from Avid and The Foundry: Avid First and Nuke Non-Commercial. This is a pretty big deal… for those companies and for the industry as a whole because I have seen how free versions, not just short-term trial versions of software, have a significant, positive impact.

Avid had a stranglehold on the professional market during the 1990s and the early 2000s. During this period, their range of products included a free version — Avid Free DV. This was discontinued in 2007, just as Final Cut Pro matured as a serious competitor in the professional market.

Suddenly, learning Avid independently wasn’t an option. But Apple didn’t make Final Cut Pro difficult to rip, so many young people did with FCP what they had previously, legitimately, done with Avid: they acquired free and accessible software to learn on and started making content. And as they stepped up the ladder and into the professional world, so did their preferred NLE. Emerging talent did what they had to do, and the NLE market changed as a result.

As the industry has moved away from on-the-job mentorship and training this has become the new way to break in. You don’t get to start out with nothing and learn on the job, you have to start out with basic skills and familiarity with specific software before you get in the door.

A by-product of people learning these tools at home was it created new entry-level talent for the industry. What happened when Avid discontinued DV was that the industry lost a lot of low-paid entry-level talent. There were stories of productions that literally couldn’t find anyone at entry-level who knew Avid. This likely had some influence on the shift away from Avid over the past few years: cash-strapped productions shifted to a platform that they could find freelancers to operate.

At NAB, The Foundry introduced the free Nuke Non-Commercial.

That’s why free versions are important for the overall strength of the brand, as well as for the industry in general. We live in a digital age where we are accustomed to being able to “try before we buy.” Not every working professional learned how to use the many tools of their trade by taking a training course.

A large portion learned, or at least honed their skills, by getting a free version, taking it for a spin over a few months and creating some personal projects at home. Film schools may teach the fundamentals of post, but it takes tinkering, exploration and months of practice to become comfortable enough to put in on your resume. Whether it’s aspiring editors familiarizing themselves with Avid, compositors with Nuke or colorists with Resolve Lite, free and accessible versions of professional software open up our industry for a more diverse, more skilled talent pool.

Facilis offers new shared storage, asset tracking products

Last month at the NAB Show, Facilis launched new shared storage offerings for both high-end and budget-conscious facilities, together with a tracking product that combines search, management and access to project assets in a single interface.

Facilis’ TerraBlock 24D/HA Hybrid Array includes a drive group of eight high-performance SSDs together with a larger drive group of  traditional 4TB SATA drives for 72TB of combined capacity. Performance derived from the SSD group can power multi-stream uncompressed 4K workloads, while the 16-drive group enables collaboration for compressed HD editorial and content creation workflows.

The new TerraBlock 8D is an eight-drive, 16TB turnkey content creation system, a 2U rack mountable server that combines the Facilis Shared File System with virtual volume workflow and performance. The 8D includes Gigabit Ethernet connectivity and can be upgraded to support Fibre Channel and 10GigE connections.

The Facilis FastTracker is an application for cataloging, searching and viewing many media types within Facilis TerraBlock shared storage, including QuickTime, MP4, and MXF codecs as well as DPX and TARGA image sequences.

In addition, Facilis demonstrated version 6.5 of the TerraBlock software with new scalability features for volumes and workgroups.

Sound developments from NAB 2015: Part 2

Spotlighting Yamaha, JBL 7 Series Monitors, Audio-Technica, RTW and Fairlight.

By Mel Lambert

Continuing our homage to the NAB Show’s core theme of “Crave More,” here is another batch of new developments seen and heard in Las Vegas earlier this week.

Yamaha put on a practical demonstration of the Nuage control surface for use with a variety of digital audio workstations, including Steinberg Nuendo, Cubase and Avid Pro Tools via the HUI control protocol.

Michelle Garuik from LA-based Grind Music & Sound

Michelle Garuik from LA-based Grind Music & Sound

Michelle Garuik from LA-based Grind Music & Sound, which specializes in mixing and sound design for sports TV and documentary film, showed various scenes from recent productions and explained how Nuage Continue reading

Editor Sandra Adair, with Oscar-nom for ‘Boyhood,’ to speak at NAB 2015

Editor Sandra Adair, ACE, who is a current Oscar nominee for her work on Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, will be a featured session speaker within the Creative Master Series at the NAB Show in April.

Her collaborations with Linklater also include Dazed and Confused and School of Rock. The session “From Dazed to Boyhood: Collaboration over 22 Years,” will be moderated by veteran film editor Norman Hollyn and produced in partnership with American Cinema Editors (ACE).

Adair (@sadair20) was nominated for an Eddie Award for Best Editing of a Musical or Comedy by the American Cinema Editors in 2003 for School of Rock, and won the Best Edited Documentary award at the Woodstock Film Festival in 2012 for the feature doc Shepard and Dark, directed by Treva Wurmfeld. Some credits with other directors include Everything Must Go, starring Will Ferrell, and the award-winning documentary Sushi: The Global Catch.

She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and American Cinema Editors and enjoys supporting and mentoring new filmmakers in the Austin area, where she resides.

“From Dazed to Boyhood: Collaboration over 22 Years” will take place on Wednesday, April 15 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. PT in the South Hall Room S220 of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Quick Chat: Quantel’s Steve Owen on the purchase of Snell

By Randi Altman

As a follow-up to last week’s news that Quantel had bought Snell, we thought it would be a good idea to throw some questions at the UK-based company, which is not necessarily known for its history of acquisitions.

Steve Owen, Quantel’s marketing director, kindly took time out from what is likely NAB craziness to share some details how about the company’s path  led here.

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