Kramer have announced that Kramer Network, their new IP−based enterprise management software platform for AV networks, took Installation Magazine’s Best of Show at Integrated Systems Europe 2016 in Amsterdam.
The judges asserted that “[Kramer Network] brings consistency of interface, ease of use and convenience to business and educational environments.”
With any laptop, PC or mobile device, Kramer Network lets IT managers and AV operators easily and remotely configure, control, update and manage any AV devices, room environments, and IP streams from any single point in the network via a user−friendly web−based interface. Read the full press release here.
View Kramer’s range of creative, reliable and value-oriented audio, video and computer signal processing solutions here.
Exciting news from Blackmagic Design – They have announced a special price bundle on ATEM Production Studio 4K and HyperDeck Studio 12G for a limited time only.
The Blackmagic Design ATEM bundle suits customers wanting to upgrade to an Ultra HD switching workflow – which supports instant switching between SD, HD and Ultra HD video formats, providing a more advanced live production system as well as Ultra HD compatibility.
Blackmagic Design has been awarded four NewBay Media Product Innovation Awards for 2015. These awards recognize excellence in manufacturing of product to serve the television, professional video and broadcast/online radio markets. The winners are chosen by a panel of working professional engineers and managers in television, pro video and radio.
An incredibly tiny Ultra HD and HD studio camera for live production.
Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and features an incredible quality, broadcast grade Ultra HD sensor that allows customers to see more texture and detail in their images than ever before.
Can be used for both HD and Ultra HD production and features a built in color corrector, talkback, tally indicator, PTZ control output, B4 lens control output, and an extremely flexible MFT lens mount that is easily converted to other lens mounts via third party adapters.
DaVinci Resolve 12 Studio was honoured for its many new updates, including a new modern interface, multi-cam editing, powerful new media management tools, an entirely new professional audio engine with support for VST/AU plug-ins, shot matching, 3D keyer, new 3D perspective tracker, enhanced curve editing and more.
IBC 2013 kicked off last week with international AV companies scrambling to show off their new products and technologies. The whole show is being covered by IBCTV on their YouTube channel and you can check out the first episode from day 1 here:
One company making an impact as usual is BlackMagic Design with the release of their new switcher model, the ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K. What’s exciting about these new switchers is the built in 6G-SDI and HDMI connections allow Ultra HD connections with a single cable, however those SDI and HDMI connections instantly switch between SD and HD as well. So even if you don’t ever think your going to need Ultra HD, these switchers still have amazing features when used in regular SD and HD live production. Of course you can then switch to Ultra HD in the future any time you need! Additionally this new model features a much larger media pool with 32 RGBA still frame graphics plus 180 frames of clips in Ultra HD or when switched to 1080p or 1080i video formats the media pool allows 720 frames of full motion clips. You can see an interview with the guys from the BlackMagic IBC13 booth talking about this new switcher below:
The release of this new switcher also means that the current Production Studio 4K is now the base model and will be reduced in price to US$1,695.
There’s been a lot of talk lately about the next step in display resolutions. With the advent of displays capable of resolutions greater than 1920 x 1080px (CES was almost entirely 4K displays) film studios and production companies (Who have been shooting at this resolution for years) are beginning to consider mastering their releases at the 4096 x 2160px resolution or higher. Not that this is entirely a feasible prospect at the moment. The first professional 4K film, TimeScapes ,has just been released and is a whopping 160gb in size. You can see the trailer for the film below:
Pretty speccy right? Of course to get the full effect you would need to watch it on a screen capable of displaying that resolution and possessing at least 27 inches, and lets face it, not everyone has one of those.
So how much is one of these monsters going to set you back? Right now the cheapest available screen is a 55 inch UltraTV from Sony which is at minimum a $5,000 purchase with most other brands and models selling at upwards of $20,000. In addition to this an UltraHD player is required which will cost you an additional $1,000-$2,000.
Despite this, the potential is definitely there and it can be expected that with a future drop in prices for these technologies (and the possibility of a NBN) 4K will become commonplace. Several companies are already attempting to make that happen with BlackMagic releasing the BlackMagic Production Camera 4K next month and JVC planning to release their similar HMQ30 soon.
You can check out more about UltraTVs and the current state of 4K at:
Thunderbolt has arrived on the PC after being exclusive to the Macintosh platform for more than a year. With its promise of 10Gb/s‑per‑channel throughput, what self-respecting power user wouldn’t opt for a Thunderbolt-based external backup solution? Well, before you get too excited, let’s compare T-bolt point-by-point with its natural competitor,USB 3.0. After all, there’s more to a technology than pure performance, as we found out.
I interview a lot of people who aren’t used to being on camera. Often, they weren’t even planning to be on camera that day, but rather were volun-told they were going to do a testimonial. It can be difficult to get compelling answers from someone who has never been interviewed before, but it’s not impossible. Continue reading →
Over the weekend I finally caught up on some of my reading. I know that it’s too early in the year to feel like I’m behind, but I digress… A couple of posts stood out for their perspectives on post-production and editing trends in 2013.