IBC 2013

IBC is Europe’s largest professional broadcast show for content creators/providers, equipment manufacturers, professional and technical associations, broadcasters and other participants in the broadcasting industry. IBC is held annually in September at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre in Amsterdam. IBC 2013 attracted 57,974 attendees.

AMIRA_350pxARRI launch the AMIRA camera

ARRI announced a new camera at the show called ARRI AMIRA. This is a documentary-style camera that records HD1080 or 2K images onto in-camera CFast 2.0 flash memory cards. Combining the same sensor as the ALEXA with affordable CFast 2.0 workflows and an ergonomic design optimised for single-operator use, this camera is set to make a big impact on the industry. What effect this will have on the current market for the Sony F55 or F5 will remain to be seen. It certainly looks like ARRI have been listening to what a number of camera operators have been asking for.

Features include:

• Same sensor as the ALEXA

• 2k images with 14 stops of latitude

• Frame rates up to 200fps

• Rec 709 or Log C images

• ProRes LT, 422, 422HQ or 444 codecs

• Recording to in-camera CFast 2.0 flash memory cards

SonyPMW300_300pxSony PMW300 revealed

The new camera in the XDCAM family will be available from October 2013 – the PMW-300. This looks to be a great compliment to the popular XDCAM range along with the PMW-200 and PMW-400 swelling the ranks. Good news is that this EX3 replacement will feature Full HD 1/2inch CMOS sensor with 50Mb/s recording.

The F range was shown in full force with the F65, F55 and the cost effective Sony F5 along with a superb array of OLED monitoring.  Sony also pushed the boat out by showing a live transmission of 4K rugby. Sony are not leaving football behind with the news released at IBC that FIFA will continue its run of broadcast innovation at the World Cup next year as it will work alongside Sony and HBS to produce the World Cup Final in the Ultra HD 4K format.

canon1Dc_300pxCanon EOS-1D C raises the bar on DSLR

Canon announced that the EOS-1D C, a unique and ground-breaking DSLR designed principally for motion picture capture, has been independently tested in accordance with European Broadcasting Union (EBU) standards for HD content acquisition. The tests found that the EOS-1D C is the first DSLR ever to provide an image of high enough quality for use as a broadcast production tool.

Results indicated that the EOS-1D C provides ‘exceptional’ HD resolution from a 4K source with ‘very low’ aliasing, and ‘good’ colour performance and motion portrayal. The test results also confirm that the EOS-1D C camera system and its imaging performance comply with the recommended specification for inclusion in HD Tier 1 for HD production.

This is a great tool, in the right circumstances, and will surely rise in popularity over time. We don’t see this as a direct replacement for any long form HD cameras, but we are certainly blown away by the quality!

Rotolight-anova_250pxRotolight impress with magic eye app

Rotolight’s entry into the LED Panel Light is the Anova, produced as 3.2k, 5.6k or Bi-Colour units and features 110 degree beam angle, Flicker free technology and unique wi-fi control through the MagicEye mobile app. The Magic Eye App by Rotolight is a creative lighting control Application for the ANOVA LED Flood light that provides a simple ‘DMX Console’ user interface and advanced feature set enabling wireless remote control of brightness, colour temperature and systems settings via iPhone or iPad devices. The ‘Magic Eye HD’ lighting controller APP has also recently been updated to version 2.1 for the iPad and will control up to 256 ANOVA’s wirelessly.

Angenieux-25250dp_300pxAngenieux 25-250mm PL DP Lens

Angenieux released a new PL mount lens into their DP range. The 25-250mm range gives great flexibility and is mainly directed at natural history productions for this exact reason. It features an integrated filter and net holders and can be sold with adaptors to EF, F or Panavision mounts. Due to its size this lens needs to be bars supported and mounted on a heavy duty tripod. With a fast aperture of T:3.5, no ramping, minimal breathing the Optimo DP 25-250 offers optimized optical quality with low chromatic aberration, telecentricity and low distorsion, ideal for high performance S35 digital cameras.The focus scale ring with precise focus marks is easily interchangeable from feet to meters. The lens integrates filter and net holders and is compatible with technology metadata system. The Optimo DP 25-250 is a standard PL mount lens. Panavision, Canon EF and Nikon F mounts are optional. The Optimo DP 25-250 can be equipped with 1.4x and 2x Optimo extenders to become a 35-350mm or a 50-500mm.

Teradek clip 2Teradek Clip takes over the airwaves

Teradek’s big announcement was their new Teradek Clip. This device connects via HDMI to your camera and transmits the footage over Wi-Fi. This then enables you to view the footage on your IPad or IPhone with almost zero latency. Teradeck are specifically marketing this to the UAV market and as a result it is very small, has great range and got very low power consumption. We are very interested in this as a director’s field monitor. At around £400 for the Clip, £400 for a 16GB Ipad and then £100 for a case, this could well be a cost effective alternative to a Wireless field monitor i.e. the Transvideo.

AJA-Ki-Pro-Quad_250pxAJA KI-PRO

AJA’s Ki-Pro Range of recorders has been extended to include the KI-PRO Quad. It is a 4K, Quad HD, 2k and HD recorder; It features an on-board confidence monitor for checking your footage and an easy to use menu system. Ki Pro Quad enable a manageable 4K/Quad HD/2K/HD workflow with the efficiencies of Apple ProRes and the flexibility of RAW data in a compact, solid state recording and playback package that easily mounts directly on a variety of cameras.

Black-Magic-Switcher_300pxBlackmagic Design ATEM 1M/E Production Studio 4K

Teamed with the BMD ATEM Broadcast Panel provides a clean and simple mixer/switcher that allows for 10 Inputs including a switchable HDMI Input and embedded audio. It does everything that you would expect from a small vision mixer including 4 USK and 2 DSK and more.

It has 720 frames of HD video storage as well as 32 4k Stills and even a Photoshop plug-in to save and edit your files straight to the BMD Software. It is the first (And so far only) switcher to feature 6G SDI and 4k HDMI.

Panasonic-HS410_300pxPanasonic HS410

Panasonic’s replacement for the HS400A Vision mixer is here, the HS410 supports up to 13 HDSDI feeds and a DVI Input (With option boards, 8 as standard).

It features memory for 2 videos or stills that can be previewed and recalled to the program feed, a 800×400 LCD Display showing input/output videos as well as the menu system.

The unit is just over £8000 for the basic 8 SDI input model and then £1200 for each option board.


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