NAB NEWS 09-Matrox CompressHD

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If you’re a professional content creator delivering H.264 files for Blu-ray, the web, and mobile devices, you need a fast, flexible, high quality encoding workhorse. Matrox CompressHD is the first implementation of Matrox MAX technology in an amazingly affordable H.264 accelerator card. It lets you create H.264 files, for resolutions ranging from iPod to HD, faster than real time. It works in systems with or without a video I/O device and extends the life of your current system investment, giving you the power you need to deliver today’s premium H.264 formats faster than ever. This low profile, half-length PCIe x1 card fits into Mac Pros, Intel-based Apple Xserve systems, and PCs. Get yourself a Matrox CompressHD card and deliver your projects in a fraction of the time!

Key features

  • Faster than realtime creation of H.264 files, for resolutions ranging from iPod to HD, at bitrates up to 50 Mbps using Matrox MAX technology
  • Works in systems with or without a video I/O device to enhance your delivery workflow
  • Extends the life of your current system investment, giving you the power you need to deliver today’s premium H.264 formats faster than ever
  • Low profile, half-length PCIe x1 card
  • Works in systems with Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.6 or higher, Windows XP (32-bit), and Windows Vista (32- and 64-bit)
  • Three-year hardware warranty and complimentary telephone support
  • Price £375 plus 15% vat

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AJA Ki PRO recorder By Philip Johnston
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Everyone from broadcasters to indie filmmakers can probably agree on one thing: the possible choices for image acquisition are daunting. Different cameras, different formats, different recording media and different compression schemes. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to simplify acquisition so that virtually any camera, digital or analog, could record the same format and resolution? Enter the AJA Ki Pro.  

The AJA Ki Pro is a tapeless video recording device that records high-quality Apple ProRes 422 QuickTime files onto computer-friendly media. Because it features SD/HD-SDI, HDMI, and analog inputs, you can interface with virtually any type of camera you might own or rent. Enjoy monitoring flexibility through Ki Pro’s numerous simultaneous outputs, connecting to both professional and consumer monitors.

Ki Pro is portable and rugged; designed for real production environments. With the optional exo-skeleton it can sit below your camera-out of the way of your battery adapters, wireless mics and other accessories. Integration with your other production gear is seamless.

Ki Pro is intuitive to operate. Alongside the camera, the familiar VTR-like buttons provide immediate controls for basic operation. From a distance, use a web browser via ethernet or WiFi to control operations from a laptop or iPhone.

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NEW-GlideTrack HD 2m (Made to order)

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Glidetrack HD 2M By Alastair Brown
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Glidetrack offers the Indie film maker a quick and easy way to add that “Wow Factor” to your shoot. It offers silky smooth gliding shots that look just like the big Hollywood productions do, but without any of the hassles and constraints that traditional camera track/dolly systems offer.

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NAB NEWS 09-Panasonic improve HPX-301 with free firmware

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The Flash Band Compensation firmware upgrade compensates for the “flash band” effect experienced by most MOS-based imagers.* As these imagers utilize rolling shutter, which records images line by line   instead of simultaneously, as with global shutter technology, they tend to be susceptible to image variance when a light flashes during shooting. A light band (flash band) can appear in the continuous two   frames when a flash occurs, similar to that from a still camera or strobe light. 
The free firmware upgrade enables the camera to use a newly developed LSI signal process that removes the flash artifact. It detects the “flash band” frame and combines it with the previous unaffected frame image to compensate devided flash band frames and maintain the natural frame sequence. 
The Flash Band Compensation firmware upgrade for the HPX301E will be available on the download section of the Panasonic Broadcast website, , starting in this summer. 
About the HPX301E 
The AG-HPX301E provides the ultimate quality and flexibility in an affordable, full-size HD shoulder-mount. Incorporating an innovative, low profile shoulder mounted design, the HPX301E P2 HD camcorder offers independent frame AVC-Intra recording, variable frame rates and the flexibility of interchangeable lens. The two-slot camera records stunning images in a variety of formats from master quality AVC-Intra and production quality DVCPRO HD to standard definition DVCPRO50, DVCPRO and DV. Features such as selectable gamma, Chromatic Aberration Compensation (CAC) and Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) ensure optimum performance in a wide range of applications. 

With the introduction of the P2 ‘E’ card reducing the cost of P2 media from 32GB = £333 (was £1000) this camera will become hot property. I know a few cameramen who were interested in the 301 but the outrageous price of the P2 cards were real turn offs. This in my opinion will put Panasonic firmly in the driving seat and I hope to be one of the 1st to review the HPX-301 with a new ‘E’ card.   

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NAB NEWS 09-Sony HD viewfinder HDVF-C30WR

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sony_hdvf-c30wr_viewfinder_med The new viewfinder, model HDVF-C30WR, is designed for use with many of Sony’s professional HD cameras and camcorders. These include Sony’s CineAlta™ F23 and F35 digital cinematography cameras, XDCAM® HD422 optical camcorders and HDCAM® camcorders, the HDC-1500/1000/1550/1400/1450 series of multi-format studio and field cameras and the HDC-3300 Super Slow Motion camera.

sony_hdvf-c30wr_viewfinder-section            “High-definition acquisition requires extremely precise focusing, allowing the operator to accurately see contrast and color levels when framing a shot,” said Rob Willox, director of marketing in Sony Electronics’ content creation group. “This new viewfinder was created to be extremely flexible for use with many of the camera systems across our entire product line.”

            According to Willox, the viewfinder is ideal for production professionals working in a range of applications, including television, motion picture production houses, rental houses, education, government and more.

            The new viewfinder has a 2.7-inch LCD screen (viewable area, measured diagonally), a pixel resolution of 960 by 540, and a new image processor – the same one used in Sony’s BVM-L230 LCD monitor. It provides comfortable and accurate framing and focusing operations by enabling more faithful color reproduction, with newand enhanced focus-assist functions.         

            A flexible mechanical design minimizes interference between the lens and the viewfinder, especially when attached to the F23 and F35 cameras.

            Improved focus assist features include 2x (dot by dot) magnification to smooth out diagonal edges and a color peaking function. Luminance levels are easily indicated by color. Improved luminance transition (panel gamma compensation) and 3D LUT color space compensation help to provide more natural-looking luminance and color accuracy.     

            The viewfinder includes an image inversion function (top/bottom and right/left), and selectable color temperatures are 6500K (standard), 5600K and 9300K. A new mechanism protects the LCD panel in direct sunlight, and a polarizing filter and IR cut filter attenuate the energy of sunlight.

            The HDVF-C30WR viewfinder is expected to be available in April at a suggested list price of $13,600.

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NAB SPECIAL…Panasonic P2 ‘E’ cards are one third the price !

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Panasonics new P2 ‘E’ card By Philip Johnston
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ThisRecognized as the industry’s leading solid-state recording solution, Panasonic’s P2 solid-state memory cards ensure highly reliable, video, audio, and metadata recording in any environment, especially in challenging conditions of extreme temperature range, shock, and vibration.

Incorporating a newly-developed technology, E-Series P2 cards transfer recorded content at even higher speeds (up to 1.2Gbps) than current longer life models.   Built with an aluminum die cast casing, P2 cards provide superior durability compared to plastic-based memory cards.

The new E-Series P2 cards are designed to provide highly reliable content recording over a number of years. When recorded once daily, at full capacity (100%), the cards are reusable for up to five years; when used at half capacity (50%), the cards will continue to record for up to 10 years.   A notification is given (in the camcorder’s LCD/viewfinder or the card reader’s display) as the card approaches the end of its life cycle. Details of the card’s capacity and life can also be displayed and tracked on a computer via the P2 formatter software (available for download on ).  

P2 cards allow professional users to benefit from a fast, easy, file-based workflow and exceptional reliability. Since P2 acquisition requires no media consumption like tape or optical disc, it results in tremendous savings in media costs. The P2 card can be connected instantly to laptop and desktop PCs and is supported by major non-linear editing systems. For connection to laptops with ExpressCard slots or desktop computers, professionals can utilize compatible third party PC card-to-ExpressCard adapters or the Panasonic’s AJ-PCD35E P2 solid-state memory card drive.

The E-Series card is compatible with Panasonic’s full line of P2 camcorders, recorders and workflow tools. The P2 cards can store content in the complete range of P2-supported frame rates and formats, from high definition to standard definition and from DVCPRO to AVC-Intra 100.  

The 16GB and 32GB E-Series P2 cards will be available this May at a suggested list price of 299€ and 450€ respectively. The 64GB E-Series P2 card will be available in August at a suggested list price of 720€. The E-Series will be offered alongside Panasonic’s standard extended lifetime 16GB, 32GB and 64GB P2 cards (A-Series).

“We are committed to the best and fastest media in the solid state industry,” said PBITS Director Jaume Rey. “The new E series P2 cards are offered in addition to our current P2 card range and both product lines will be available to the European marketplace simultaneously. “The new cards highly cost effective but despite this, there is no compromise when it comes to speed as they are able to deliver 1.2 GB of bit rate when used with the PCD35 P2 drive. Above all, the new P2 card line up demonstrates our commitment to solid state memory PCMCIA”

This is great news, I kid you not these new ‘E’ series P2 cards are ONE THIRD the price of the older P2 cards so a 32GB card at £1000 yesterday will now cost £333…Order your HPX301 they are about rocket in sales.

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NAB NEWS 09-Panasonic HS450

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pana-hs4501The HS450E switcher is designed to provide versatile, economical, 10-Bit 4:2:2 HD or SD live switching for mid-size studio or mobile production systems worldwide. 

It supports 1080/50i,1080/24Psf, 1080/23.98Psf, 720/50p HD formats and 576/50i in SD, and accepts optional boards for additional up-conversion, down-conversion and scaling of many video formats. The switcher is also equipped with a dual, redundant power supply.

The HS450E’s built-in, dual-output MultiViewer allows users to see four, six, or 10 images on each of two high-resolution displays. Up to 16 image can viewed on a single screen, and a total of 20 can be configured for display on two screens. This eliminates the need for multiple HD source, preview, aux, and key monitors, saving significant cost and space, and enabling a more flexible production workflow. The adjustable MultiViewer outputs can also be used to provide multi-image large screen display for entertainment, education, and worship.

For enhanced creativity, the HS450E features high-quality chroma, linear, and luminance keyers that provide clean, broadcast-quality composited images for applications including as virtual sets, news, and weather. Other advanced functions include dedicated hardware for two PiPs, two downstream keyers (DSK), 3-D effects for upstream keys, remote pan-tilt camera control with pre-set memories, multiple Aux busses with mix transitions to Aux1, shot memories and more. Users can select a wide range of video transitions, including high-quality 3D digital effects such as page turn and rotation. 

The HS450E is equipped with a built-in, switchable 10-bit frame synchronizer for each of its 16 inputs, ensuring reliable, glitch-free switching even with non-synchronous sources such as remote camera feeds. Reference (black burst) signal outputs and Genlock input are provided to enable synchronization with external systems.  

The compact, two-rack-sized HS450E can be expanded to support up to 20 inputs and 10 outputs using optional I/O boards. A maximum of 32 crosspoints may be programmed, to enable full access to all inputs and internal sources. The switcher can also control a Panasonic pan/tilt system with up to five cameras via an RS-422A port. Another RS-422A port enables communication with editing systems and other third-party devices. Additional standard features include camera tally outputs, an LCD display and OSD (on-screen display) for viewing switcher settings, GPI input, an Ethernet interface for connection to a PC, an SD card slot for storage of graphics and system set-up information, and six dedicated user-programmable buttons.

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NAB NEWS 09-Panasonic HMC-41

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pana-hmc41The HMC41E is an AVCHD format based camcorder that uses MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 high profile encoding, which provides a near doubling of bandwidth efficiency and improved video performance over the older MPEG-2 compression formats (e.g. HDV, DVD, etc.). AVCHD high definition recordings look clean and crisp, even during fast motion, reducing the image degradation or dropout associated with older HDV recordings. 
The HMC41E features a full resolution 3-megapixel, 1/4.1-inch 3MOS imager that produces stunning 1920×1080 HD images with high sensitivity. The camera captures still images with 10.6-megapixel resolution directly onto the SD card as a JPEG image. The handheld offers a 12X optical zoom (includes 2X, 5X, 10X) and professional image functions like Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) that helps compensate for wide variations in lighting, and a Cine-Like Gamma mode which gives recordings a more film-like aesthetic. 
The HD camcorder records in all four professional AVCCAM recording modes, including the high-quality PH mode (average 21 Mbps/Max 24Mbps), the HA mode (approx.17 Mbps), the HG mode (approx.13 Mbps) and the extended recording HE mode (approx. 6 Mbps). It supports 1080/50i(in all mode) and 1080/25P,720/50P,720/25P(in PH mode only). 
Using just one 32GB SDHC memory card, a user can record three hours of full resolution 1920×1080 video and audio in PH mode, four hours at HA mode and 5.3 hours at HG mode. In the HE mode, the camera can record up to 12 hours of 1440×1080 HD content – all on a single 32GB SDHC card. 
The HMC41E comes standard with HDMI output, USB 2.0 (miniB-type devices), composite output (AV multi/ch1, ch2), analog component (mini-D), detachable XLR audio input and audio REC level adjustment dials. Users also have the choice of expanding the camera’s audio capability with 2-channel input, mic/line switchable and +48V options that are available for purchase separately. The camera’s 2.7-inch LCD monitor offers simple touch-panel operation and access to various solid-state recording functions such as pre-record, interval recording, shot marker and metadata capture. 
In addition, this lightweight handheld offers invaluable professional features including waveform monitor display, focus assists such as focus bar display and enlarged display, time date stamp, user assignable focus ring,   auto focus with face detection, zebra display, synchro-scan shutter function, three programmable user buttons, time code/UB recording, remote control terminal (for zoom, focus, aperture, REC start/stop controls). 
AVCCAM content recorded on the SD card can be played back directly on a growing number of low cost consumer devices including solid-state HD players, Blu-ray players,   game machines, laptop computers, and widescreen plasma displays with SD card slots. For editing or playback, professionals can transfer content from the SD Card to Mac or PC computers or by connecting the camera directly via its USB 2.0 interface. 
AVCHD is supported by a wide range of editing options including Apple Final Cut Pro 6.0.5, , Adobe Premier Pro CS4 , EDIUS Pro 5, EDIUS Neo 2, . In addition, a free transcoder, available for download at , will convert AVCHD files to DVCPRO HD P2 and downconverted DV files for use with most existing professional editing packages.

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NAB NEWS 09-Panasonic HMR-10

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The HMR10E professional AVCCAM recorder provides the flexibility of low cost, SD memory card based recording and full 1080 and 720 resolution capture in a small, portable unit. The new AVCCAM recorder uses AVCHD (MPEG-4/AVC High-Profile) compression and is ideal for applications in video production, sports coaching, healthcare, law enforcement, remote operation/ surveillance, and much more. Equipped with an HD-SDI input and output, the HMR10E AVCCAM recorder is also suitable for back-up recording from any HD-SDI-enabled camera or for use in studio or event production. The 0.45 kg unit features a lightweight, ergonomic design suited for handheld use (3.7in x 4.8in x 1.7in) and also has four threaded holes for flexible mounting. 

The HMR10E records stunning full HD 1920×1080 resolution images in three recording modes – the highest quality PH mode* (average 21 Mbps/max. 24 Mbps), HA mode (approx.17 Mbps) and HG mode (approx.13 Mbps). The HE mode (approx. 6 Mbps) records at 1440×1080. The HMR10 records in HD formats including 1080/60i, 1080/50i, 720/60p and 720/50p. With input from the AG-HCK10 camera head, the HMR10 will also record 1080/30p, 1080/25p and 1080/24p.

With the HMR10E, users can capitalise on the compact size, cost advantages, solid state reliability and the widespread availability and low cost of SD and SDHC memory cards. Using just one 32GB SDHC memory card, a user can record three hours of full resolution 1920×1080 video and audio in PH mode, four hours at HA mode and 5.3 hours at HG mode. In the HE mode, the camera can record up to 12 hours of 1440×1080 HD content – all on a single 32GB SDHC card. SDHC cards containing AVCCAM recordings can be played directly in a growing number of affordable Panasonic Blu-ray players, plasma displays, Sony PlayStation 3® ** game machines, PCs and other devices.

In addition to HD-SDI input/output and an external mic input (stereo), the HMR10E comes standard with interface connections including the HDMI out and USB 2.0, and is compatible with TC/UB recording. Professional audio features include a built-in stereo speaker and headphone mini jack. Compact and lightweight, the handheld unit has a built-in 3.5-inch color LCD monitor that displays content in thumbnail images for quick viewing. (The HCK10E camera head can be remotely controlled while images are checked on the LCD monitor.) The HMR10E operates on battery or 7.3V DC power, and has four threaded holes for mounting applications.

For editing or playback, professionals can instantly transfer content from the SD card to Mac or PC computers with an SD/SDHC card reader or by connecting the HMR10 recorder directly via its USB 2.0 interface.

The ultra-compact HCK10E camera head nicknamed POVCAM is equipped with three newly-developed 1/4”  2 megapixels HD resolution 3-MOS imagers to deliver high-quality image quality. Weighing a little over 0.23 kg, the HCK10E camera head is ultra-slim (2.1in x 2.2in x 4.8in) and features a 12x optical zoom lens with Optical Image Stabiliser (OIS) and Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS), a dynamic range expansion tool that simultaneously compresses highlight information and boosts shadow detail in real time. DRS, mic settings, iris, focus, zoom control and power are supplied from the HMR10E recorder. 

Other features include a built-in microphone, 1/4″ 20 socket for mounting and 43mm lens filter size.  Cables connecting the camera to the recorder will be available in lengths up to 10 meters and are removable at each end for added flexibility. A 3-meter cable is standard.

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