The media and entertainment industry is in an exciting period of transformation and innovation, and Signiant is thrilled to be in the midst of it. Nowhere was this energy more apparent than at this year’s IBC conference, where we had the opportunity to speak with a wide range of organizations, vendors, and thought leaders to better understand where M&E businesses are at, where they’re going, and what they need.
2019 IBC was a big hit this year. With a total attendance figure of 56,390, IBC 2019 welcomed a record number of next-generation attendees. On top of that, there were quite a few announcements from manufacturers for all types of new and exciting equipment. From cameras to lenses and support gear, there was something for everyone. Let’s take a look at the gear and technologies that got our attention.
Off the back of Sony Imaging Products & Solutions Inc. (“Sony”) unveiling their groundbreaking new FX9 today at IBC, Atomos is excited to announce 16bit RAW support from this new camera to the Atomos Neon 8K MCU.
At IBC 2019 in Amsterdam, Sony today unveiled the PXW-FX9, its first XDCAM camera featuring an advanced 6K² full-frame sensor and Fast Hybrid Auto Focus (AF) system. The new camera offers content creators greater creative freedom and flexibility to capture stunning images that truly resonate with audiences.
Blackmagic Design today announced Blackmagic Video Assist 12G which are new models of the company's popular combined monitoring and recording solutions. These new models feature brighter HDR screens, built in scopes, upgraded batteries, 12G-SDI and much more. Blackmagic Video Assist 12G will be available in September 2019 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide from US$795.
AJA Video Systems today unveiled new products and updates designed to advance broadcast, production, post and proAV workflows. Addressing growing bandwidth requirements for high quality content creation and delivery, AJA is showcasing the HDR Image Analyzer 12G, the KUMO 6464-12G for routing, as well as the newly shipping Corvid 44 12G developer I/O models this year at IBC. AJA has also introduced the FS-Mini utility frame sync Mini-Converter and three new openGear® compatible cards, including OG-FS-Mini, OG-ROI-DVI and OG-ROI-HDMI. Additionally, the company is previewing Desktop Software updates for KONA, Io and T-TAP, UltraHD support for IPR Mini-Converter receivers, and FS4 frame synchronizer enhancements.
Ncam Technologies, the leading developer of real-time augmented reality technology for the media and entertainment industries, today announced an exciting new model of its award-winning camera bar – the Mk2. Ncam has partnered with the Intel® RealSense™ group to create the completely redesigned bar which is smaller and lighter than its predecessor. The Mk2 features Intel® RealSense™ technology that has been adapted and integrated by Ncam to meet the requirements of the media and entertainment industry, while the latest Ncam Reality software runs on standard HP workstations that provide industry trusted processing power with easily accessible global support.
It seems as though the IBC Show gets bigger each year with more exhibitors, press conferences, and of course, more attendees. New technologies and new gear are being introduced and coming to the production world at a faster pace than ever before. With that in mind, we wanted to dig in and talk about just a few of the must-see new gear and emerging technologies at IBC 2019.
Panasonic will be demonstrating its groundbreaking innovations in broadcast technology at IBC 2019 bringing together the best of its new generation Live IP Switching solution, 8K ROI camera and 8K organic sensor capabilities and its latest 4K Switcher.
Contrary to popular belief, sometimes a sequel is better than the original. That is the case with the all-new Canon EOS C500 Mark II cinema camera today announced by Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions. With its modular design, competitive price point and new features such as a 5.9K Full Frame CMOS sensor, user-changeable lens mounts, electronic image stabilization, internal cinema RAW light recording and the new DIGIC DV 7 Image Processor, the EOS C500 Mark II represents a bold leap forward for Canon’s Cinema EOS system line. The variety of assembly and lensing options help to make this camera ideal for a broad range of applications, from run-and-gun documentary shooting to live television broadcasts and big-budget films.
ARRI introduces Orbiter, a new LED luminaire that is poised to change the way the industry looks at digital lighting. An ultra-bright, tunable, and directional LED fixture, Orbiter is the most technologically advanced luminaire ever produced for image capture and color fidelity. All systems in Orbiter are completely new and have been designed with versatility in mind. Orbiter’s new six-color light engine delivers a wide-color gamut and outstanding color rendition across all color temperatures along with industry-leading, smooth dimming from 100 to 0%. With its changeable optics, Orbiter can transform into many different types of lampheads including projection (profile), open face, and soft light. Additional features, such as a fast processor, ample memory, expanded connectivity, a built-in array of sensors, and weatherproof housing, make Orbiter a formidable machine. Orbiter’s state-of-the-art technology and versatile design makes it an optimal lamphead for today and for the future, with endless possibilities for updates, configurations, and enhancements.
All-new Media Composer, more powerful MediaCentral and seamless NEXIS cloud storage among innovations premiering for European TV and film professionals
Creative Solutions is adding even more functionality for cinematographers to their powerful SmallHD Cine 7 line of on-camera touchscreen monitors. Now available for purchase, this new software license enables real-time configuration of RED DSMC2 cameras directly through the Cine 7’s touchscreen interface.
RED DIGITAL CINEMA® announced today that its award-winning HELIUM® 8K S35 and GEMINI® 5K S35 sensors will be incorporated into the RED RANGER® camera ecosystem. These two new alternatives create a robust lineup for creators who prefer an integrated, all-in-one system to the more modular RED DSMC2® camera. The RANGER HELIUM 8K S35 and RANGER GEMINI 5K S35 is available now via RED’s global network of resellers, participating rental houses, and directly through RED. The cameras will be on display for the first time at IBC in the RED meeting room on the fourth floor of the Elicium at the RAI Amsterdam, from September 13-17.
LiveU today announced its new fully compliant 5G LU600 solution for global newsgathering and live sports coverage. With internal 5G modems, and high efficiency antennas covering all sub 6GHz frequencies for 5G and 4G, integrated with LiveU’s award-winning 4K HEVC technology, the LU600 5G offers customers the most powerful, reliable and future-proof cellular transmission solution.
The Rotolight Titan™ X2 redefines the standard for cinematic lighting. A ground-breaking LED soft light, Titan™ X2 utilizes state of the art RGBWW technology to provide unparalleled light output, outstanding colour accuracy for gorgeous skin tones, and a suite of industry-first features designed to enhance the creative possibilities of lighting professionals. Designed and manufactured in the UK to uncompromising aerospace standards, the Titan™ X2 represents the very latest in LED technology in a sleek yet robust package; engineered to last.
The world’s leading provider of software-defined visual storytelling (#SDVS) platforms for media content creators, today announces four new production control, workflow and automation systems. All four systems are designed to master the complexity of live productions so that broadcasters can maximise their creativity by focusing on story rather than technology. See them first at IBC 2019 stand 7.B01.
Bright Tangerine has announced a new Left Field Camera Cage for the newly announced Canon EOS C500 Mark II full-frame cinema camera. Bright Tangerine was invited to work with Canon to develop a cage system at the same time that the camera was being developed. The new EOS C500 Mark II camera fitted with the Left Field Cage will be displayed at IBC 2019, in Amsterdam from September 13-17 at Canon (Hall 12, Booth D60) as well as Bright Tangerine (Hall 12, Booth E69).
NUGEN Audio is pleased to present the newest updates to its VisLM loudness metering software at IBC 2019 (Pod F.P37). Long considered the industry standard for loudness metering, VisLM now offers a ‘Flag’ feature that builds upon the Alert functionality found in previous versions of the plug-in. This will allow users to navigate through True Peak and short-term/momentary loudness alerts, as well as manual flags for other points of interest. Included with the update is the latest maximum loudness range (LRA 18) for its Netflix preset that will benefit forward-thinking productions supplying content to the SVOD platform. The company is also rolling out navigable/visual alerts that further simplify operation.
EditShare®, a technology leader that specializes in collaboration, security, and intelligent storage solutions for media creation and management, will unveil Flow 2020 at IBC2019 (stand 7.A35). The future-forward release features AI-powered audio transcription and video recognition services, newsroom computer system integration and an enhanced northbound facing API, providing a clever and highly extensible media control layer with embedded production tools to manage, edit media and automate fast-paced workflows. The flexible Flow 2020 architecture, combined with a subscription-based model, provides customers an onramp to the cloud with extensive support for leading vendors including Amazon S3, Backblaze, Google, Microsoft Azure, and Wasabi enabling them to scale productions at will.
Verizon Media will debut advanced capabilities for delivery optimization, ad performance visibility, content personalization and blackout control on its Media Platform at IBC 2019 (Stand 5.B64). With these enhanced offerings, Verizon Media can deliver personalized, TV-like experiences to viewers on one of the largest and most reliable streaming networks.
In support of the many broadcasters still transitioning from traditional SDI to IP-based systems, the FOR-A® booth at IBC 2019 will include hybrid IP/SDI products, such as: the USF-10IP IP Gateway, the SOM-100 media orchestration platform, and the MBP-1000VS-IP video server.
Expanding upon its position as the leader in software defined visual storytelling (#SDVS) and IP video production, NewTek will demonstrate the universal power of IP video at IBC2019, giving customers breakthrough capabilities and unprecedented options that seek to transform the way video is made.
At IBC 2019, Miller Tripods Ltd., a leader in the production of innovative camera support solutions, will introduce its new line of CiNX Fluid Heads. Available in three variations (CiNX 3, CiNX 5 and CiNX 7), the lightweight and durable fluid heads are packed with features designed to meet all the needs of cinematographers at an affordable price. The wide payload range of Miller’s new CiNX Fluid Heads enables accurate counterbalance of multiple camera sizes, lenses and accessories—increasing the flexibility of use. Miller Tripods will be co-exhibiting with Egripment throughout the show (Stand 12.A21).
The IBC2019 Best Technical Paper award will be presented to Sebastian Schwarz and Mika Pesonen of Nokia Technologies and Jani Nurminen, co-founder of Innogiant. Their paper, Real-time decoding and AR playback of the emerging MPEG video-based point cloud compression standard, is a comprehensive and concise look at the prospects for delivering immersive experiences to mobile devices, using the currently available hardware.