NAB 2016

The National Association of Broadcasters Show for 2016 had a massive attendance of over 100,000 for the world’s largest annual convention covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums.

Noticeable trends at the show this year were certainly Virtual Reality (with launches from Nokia, Teradek and Kodak), High Dynamic Range (superbly shown by Canon and Sony) and growth in adopting 4K acquisition and the growth of I.P. control.

NAB-SyncBac_350pxSyncBac Pro

This little beauty was the hidden gem of the NAB show this year and provided a real solution for the headaches of using GoPro cameras in a broadcast environment.

The SyncBac PRO enables the GoPro HERO4 camera to generate its own frame-accurate timecode, creating a wireless timecode link over long-range RF to sync multiple GoPros with each other and also with any pro cameras and pro audio devices on set.

Timecode Systems is among the first developers to have access to the new GoPro toolkits. This has allowed the company to connect directly with GoPro’s technology to create an innovative and completely tailor-made addition to the GoPro ecosystem. One of the key benefits of this approach is the flawless fit. The SyncBac PRO neatly clips to the back of the HERO4 Black or Silver via the HEROBus 30 pin port, with no requirement for external connectors. This keeps the GoPro as small and light as possible and means it is fully compatible with HERO4 Standard BacPac backdoor housings. Users simply clip on, switch on, and run timecode to integrate GoPro seamlessly into a Timecode Systems production workflow.

NAB-Canon-18-80mm_350pxCanon CN-E 18-80mm lens

Canon launched a purpose-built video lens with a focal length of 18-80mm and 4.4x optical zoom. Supporting hand-held shooting, the lens includes a servo engine for smooth and precise focus and zoom. For those who prefer shoulder-style filming, an optional accessory is available in the form of a dedicated zoom grip, ideal for use with hand held rigs.

The lens features minimal focus breathing, thanks to the 3-group inner focus system. Users are able to quickly change focus without losing viewing angles, perfect for those capturing fast moving activities.

Canon EF mount compatibility provides support for fast and accurate Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus, camera-to-lens servo power supply, automatic lens metadata acquisition for easy post-processing, and lens functions such as peripheral illumination correction.

NAB-Sony-PXW-Z450_350pxSony PXW-Z450

Sony’s latest XDCAM shoulder-mount camcorder, PXW-Z450 is capable of capturing 4K (3840 x 2160) picture quality from its new 2/3-type Exmor R™ CMOS sensor.

Users can attach standard B4-mount lenses directly onto the camcorder’s body without the need for an adapter, providing the flexibility to easily change lenses.

The camcorder also supports multi-format recording, allowing users to shoot at 1080p HD and switch to 4K 60p. The PXW-Z450 supports XAVC Intra and XAVC Long for 4K recording as well as MPEG HD422 all to Sony SxS cards. The PXW-Z450 inherits many features from Sony’s PXW-X400. This includes the “ONLINE button” which lets users transmit proxy clips or stream AV signals to other equipment connected on the network.

NAB-Fujinon-XK6x20_350pxFujinon XK6x20 20-120mm T3.5 Cinema Zoom Cabrio Lens

This fantastic PL-Mount, high zoom ratio cine lens is compatible with 4K cinema cameras and has a price point of a little over £12K.

The XK6x20 is a zoom lens for cinema camera that offers high optical performance compatible with 4K cameras and covers a wide range of focal length from 20mm to 120mm. It also realizes T3.5 brightness in the entire zoom range. There is no T drop and it offers comfortable operation. Various scenes can be shot with this single lens.

The lens is equipped with detachable drive unit for electric zooming and focusing which is a popular function with existing Fujinon products. It also features 0.8mm gear pitch for compatibility with standard accessories.

NAB-Transvideo_350pxTransvideo Starlite RF

Transvideo showed the new StarliteRF, a 5” OLED wireless monitor based on StarliteHD5 core technologies with an built-in wireless receiver.

Small and lightweight, it operates on the 5.8Ghz ISM band, has a top mounted antenna, and a Sony battery connection at the back.

The wireless video connectivity incorporated is without latency, with low loss and without any transmission delay. Free of cables, lightweight and with all the reliability, accuracy and fine engineering that Transvideo build into their products, it is the perfect choice for directors, assistant directors, focus pullers and DOPs.

The product promises a robust connection (with TitanHD2) within a range of 200 meters LOS (distance might be affected by other transmission and/or environment. This monitor also has the ability to record in H264 onto an SD card.

NAB-Sennheiser-AVX_350pxSennheiser AVX radio mic range

This straight forward setting up was attracting a lot of attention on the Sennheiser stand and could be a solution for self-shooters. Launched at NAB 2015 last year, the kit features self configuring digital transmission which eliminates time-consuming radio frequency setup.

The ultra compact receiver rotates around the XLR connector to avoid collision with other devices mounted on a camera. It also switches on and off automatically with your camera thus saving camera battery power.

The AVX matches perfectly to a camera’s input sensitivity without having to adjust the audio level on the microphone.


NAB 2016 certainly saw a great increase in coverage of Virtual Reality with many manufacturers launching new camera rigs and software solutions at the show.

Although not an immediate draw for broadcasters, this does offer up unique ideas for corporate, promotional or online content.

Companies such as Nokia, presenting the Ozo camera technology, made a big impact at the show. Other stands featured many different configurations of 360 rigs, plus creative stitching software and solutions. We expect to see this area of technology come along leaps and bounds in the next few years.


Much of this technology and many of these products will be shown at The Media Production Show on June 9th & 10th in London. Follow us for updates on the show and all year round on @shootingpartner

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