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There are a lot of IBC preview lists (including our own) but I wanted to wait until the last minute so I could get you some of the latest info about IBC. So now, with IBC here, it is a perfect time to check out some of the latest gear that will be on display in the exhibition halls in Amsterdam. It is true that almost nothing beats actually getting on the floor to get some hands on time with the new stuff. But sometimes you just can’t get there. We get it. So if you can’t be there, don’t worry, ProductionHUB has you covered. But don’t think we are going to stop there. We plan to continue on extensive coverage during, and after IBC too. Make sure you are checking out the latest show updates on Let’s Go!

So as new gear goes, here is tasty sample of just some stuff that must be on the list of must see and must haves. New cameras, lenses, tripods, lights. Just gotta have it. Check it out!

Sony Electronics 

Sony is rolling into IBC with a bevy of new camera options starting with VENICE – its first Full-Frame digital motion picture camera system. VENICE is the next generation of Sony’s CineAlta camera systems. designed for professionals desiring a cinematic large-format full frame capture and wide dynamic range. “We really went back to the drawing board for this one,” said Peter Crithary, Marketing Manager, Sony Electronics. “It is our next-generation camera system, a ground-up development initiative encompassing a completely new image sensor.”

VENICE combines a newly developed 36x24mm Full Frame sensor to meet the high-quality demands of feature filmmaking. Full Frame offers the advantages of compatibility with a wide range of lenses, including Anamorphic, Super 35mm, Spherical and Full Frame PL mount lenses. The lens mount can also be changed to support E-mount lenses for shooting situations that require smaller, lighter, and wider lenses.  User-selectable areas of the image sensor allow shooting in Super 35 mm 4 –perf. Future firmware upgrades are planned to allow the camera to handle 36mm wide 6K resolution.

A new color management system with an ultra wide color gamut gives users more control and greater flexibility to work with images during grading and post-production. VENICE also has more than 15 stops of latitude to handle challenging lighting situations from low-light to harsh sunlight with a gentle roll-off handling of highlights.

VENICE achieves high quality and efficient file-based production through Sony’s 16-bit RAW/X-OCN via the AXS-R7 recorder, and 10 bit XAVC workflows. VENICE is also compatible with current and upcoming hardware accessories for CineAlta cameras (DVF-EL200 Full HD OLED Viewfinder, AXS-R7 recorder, AXS-CR1 and high-speed Thunderbolt-enabled AXS-AR1 card reader, using established AXS and SxS memory card formats. 

With VENICE, Sony is giving users licensing options to customize their camera by enabling the features needed, matched to their individual production requirements.  Optional licenses will be available in permanent, monthly and weekly durations to expand the camera’s capabilities with new features including 4K anamorphic and Full Frame, each sold separately. Additionally Sony will also be showing three other new handheld cameras in their IBC line up.

The FDR-AX700 (list $1899) is designed for the enthusiast and videographer. The HXR-NX80(list $2299) is targeted for corporate,
government, and film school end user. Lastly, the PXW-Z90 (list $2799) is aimed at the journalist and director/cameraman space. All three feature Super Slow.


Panasonic will be showing their signature VariCam® cameras, the newly announced AU-EVA1 4K camcorder as well as our extensive remote camera line up, including our autotracking software and remote control via iPad. Panasonics cloud-based ENG workflow will be on show and you can also experience the newest in studio camera technologies.

Miller Fluid Heads (Europe) Ltd.

Skyline 90 Fluid Head for the European market at IBC 2017 (The Skyline 90 supports payloads of up to 165 pounds (75 kg.) and features all-alloy, heavy duty construction. "The Skyline 90 was created with the demanding broadcast professional in mind and is the perfect fluid head for OB productions," says Mike Lippmann, European manager, Miller Fluid Heads (Europe) Ltd. "IBC is the perfect opportunity for Miller to showcase its latest technology to the European broadcast industry. We look forward to providing visitors with the opportunity to experience the Skyline 90 and the right feel associated with Miller's product line. The Skyline 90 was developed in collaboration with the Ronford Baker Engineering Company, known for its work with heavy-duty fluid heads and tripods in the cinema industry.

With a continuous counterbalance control that ranges from zero to 165 pounds (75 kg.) at 12 inches (30 cm.) above the centre tilt axis and 15+0 selectable fluid pan-tilt drag positions, the Skyline 90 ensures the optimum drag for any lens focal length. It has a sliding platform featuring 300mm of sliding range that glides smoothly and effortlessly with a full payload and easily balances heavy camera loads. The Skyline 90 also comes with an auto safety lock to ensure a secure horizontal position when loading or dismantling heavy box lenses. Two bubble levels located at either side of the head allow for convenient levelling.

Cooke Optics

Cooke Optics, will bring its latest lens developments to Stand 12.D10 at IBC 2017, including the S7/i and Panchro/i Classic ranges as well as two true front anamorphic zoom lenses for the Anamorphic/i series. The S7/i Full Frame Plus prime lens range is designed to cover the emergent full frame cinema camera sensors, up to the full sensor area (46.31mm image circle) of the RED Weapon 8K. The new lenses – which, like all Cooke lenses, are available in 18, 25, 32, 40, 50, 75, 100 and 135mm. All Cooke S7/i Primes have a true T2.0 aperture and cover 35/Super 35mm, Full Frame and beyond. They have a common fixed front diameter of 110mm, with a focus drive gear of 140T x 0.8 mod and an iris drive gear of 134T x 0.8. A nine-leaf linear module iris assembly is fitted into the Cooke S7/i lenses. The average weight of an S7/i lens is approximately 3.5kg.

The Panchro/i Classic range is a modern redesign achieving the same look and feel as the original Speed Panchros. With newly designed housing and PL mounts, the Panchro/i Classic lenses are lightweight, making them ideal for handheld, drone and Steadicam® work.

Cooke will also present its front Anamorphic/i zoom lenses. The 45-450mm Anamorphic/i zoom lens has specifications featuring 10x zoom front anamorphic, T4.5-22, 5’10” MOD from image plane and 3’11” close focus from the front of the lens.


Zylight will be debuting several new fixtures to the global market at IBC 2017 in Amsterdam, September 15-19 (Hall 12, D47).Designed for TV studios and theatres, the 350-watt Pro-Palette asymmetric wall washer produces a soft, even field of light with enough output to cover 25-foot cyc walls. It shines pure white for a clean chromakey wash, and features Zylight’s Color Mode to produce millions of colors without gels or filters.  Built for floor use or truss mount, the lightweight Pro-Palette features solid
aluminum and steel construction. Up to four Pro-Palette fixtures can be daisy chained through their powercon connectors. The Pro-Palette features integrated DMX operation as well as an intuitive control panel for smooth 0-100 percent dimming. “Our IS3 panel light with Color Mode continues to be one of our most popular fixtures, and the Pro-Palette brings that same rich color palette in a more powerful package to provide even light output to larger cycs, horizontals, and backgrounds,” said Joe Arnao, president of Zylight. “It’s an affordable choice for studio chromakey or adding color backgrounds for your productions.”Zylight’s Pro-Zoom line of LED zoom ellipsoidals will also debuting at IBC 2017. Developed as a high-powered spot or gobo projector for television stages, broadcast news studios, and live theatre, the new ellipsoidal fixtures offer a choice of zoom lenses suited for various lighting projects. The product family features three, 200w lights with different optical zoom ranges to fit most stage lighting requirements: the Pro-Zoom Wide, with a 30-55 degree beam width; Pro-Zoom Medium, with an 18-36 degree beam; and Pro-Zoom Narrow, with an 8-22 degree beam. 

Zylight also offers the Pro-Zoom Plus Narrow, which features a brighter 230w LED engine and 8-22 degree beam width. All Pro-Zoom fixtures are available in tungsten (3200K) or daylight (5600K), and feature a double condenser optical system for clean and precise gobo projection. The Pro-Zoom stays cool during operation, so delicate materials such as acetate films can be used to create low-cost, customized color gobos using an inkjet or laser printer. Pro-Zooms also include integrated shutters, built-in effects, and full DMX control with RDM compatibility.“Zylight’s new Pro-Zoom LED spotlight is an excellent choice for lighting professionals who need focusing flexibility in an LED solution,” says Arnao. “Different scenes have different spotlight requirements, so we’ve built the Pro-Zoom line to include a choice of zoom lenses at a price point below fixed focal length fixtures.”


CueScript, developer of professional prompting solutions, will present the European debut of a range of IP-enabled CSM LED monitors on Stand 12.F41 at IBC 2017. The new range, which was first shown at NAB 2017, can be integrated into an IP workflow today, but also works with the HD-SDI and Composite video inputs that many studios currently use, thus future-proofing investment. The CSM LED monitors are available in 15”, 17” and 19” sizes.

While the IP future is a given, we recognise that not all broadcasters are able to transition their entire workflows instantly or completely,” said Brian Larter, Director, CueScript. “Our new LED monitors offer broadcasters the best of both worlds: the very latest prompting technology for today’s studios, together with IP connectivity that can be activated when the time is right - whether that is tomorrow or in two years.”

CueScript’s IP-enabled prompting system runs on CueiT prompting software that has been designed and built on feedback from today’s broadcasters. The ‘CueB’ is the engine that offers connection via Ethernet or USB and the connectivity of near limitless scroll controllers that can also be connected over IP. The CueB produces a true HD-SDI prompting signal, as well as a composite video signal. Multiple CueB’s can run independently or simultaneously, and can be rack mounted in the C.A.R or anywhere in a studio complex.


Primestream® will demonstrate the next generation of its Dynamic Media Management platform. The new platform is built for ease-of- use with powerful features needed to manage even the most complex sports, enterprise and broadcast workflows — from capture through delivery. For the first time in Europe, Primestream will highlight new versions of FORK™ and Xchange™ Suite, loaded with an enhanced User Experience, 4K/UHD workflow, VR/360-Asset Management, web-based metadata tagging, an
updated Adobe Premiere Pro extension panel with project-centric workflows, and powerful archival workflows for storing and restoring media from object-based storage providers such as Amazon®, SwiftStack®, IBM® and Cloudian®. 

“Our next generation of the Dynamic Media Management platform has been well received by the industry and we’re looking for to showcasing it at IBC2017. We are always looking to give our users an easy path to 4K/UHD and VR/360 workflow while addressing the need for teams to collaborate on projects from anywhere,” said Claudio Lisman, President and CEO of Primestream. “We work hard to make sure our solutions are ‘simply powerful’, and enable users to capture, produce, manage and deliver assets more easily than ever before.”

New project-centric workflows enable Primestream users and teams to intuitively create, share and collaborate on projects inside Xchange, or via the Xchange extension panel within Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Users can now organise raw footage or easily switch between proxy and high-res source material for effective remote/offsite editing. Other advances to Xchange include support for new Equirectangular VR/360-Asset Management, enabling media playback and review, with “spatial/360” visual marker annotations to highlight areas of interest in a 360° space. Xchange also brings a new module for creating playlists of media assets and exporting for delivery to VOD solutions.

Primestream will also demonstrate Xchange Workspaces™ at IBC 2017. This is a new module for easily building and customising the Graphical User Interface (GUI) based on the different ways people work. Users can also enrich content with Workspaces’ built-in metadata tagging engine that integrates with metadata sources such as the Associated Press (AP) industry-leading metadata platform.

Snell Advanced Media (SAM)

Snell Advanced Media (SAM) will be demonstrating its IP and remote production solutions, UHD sports production workflows with HDR support, cloud-based playout, multi-format news production and automated monitoring and control products. A major highlight of the booth this year will be Timeline Television’s latest UHD2 IP, 4K and HDR OB truck. Supporting SAM’s Live Sports Production area will be live graphics specialists, RT Software, with a demonstration of its AR studio products.

SAM will be underlining its market leadership in IP production at this year’s IBC with a full range of turnkey IP routing solutions featuring SMPTE 2110 support. SAM’s native IP products including multiviewers, processing systems, production and master control switchers featuring 25, 50 and 100GbE interfaces will also be on show. SAM’s IP production technology has already been successfully deployed by many customers including BCE in Luxemburg and Vista Studios in Los Angeles. Visitors to the stand will be able to see SAM’s ability to seamlessly handle fully uncompressed UHD and HDR signals, on Timeline’s new UHD2 truck on the stand. SAM’s Alchemist delivers the world’s best standards and frame rate conversion for live events. Alchemist XS perfectly complements the UHD/HDR capabilities of the Kahuna production switchers and LiveTouch multi-format replay system. SAM’s products enable seamless multi-format live production and replay with any resolution content across IP, SDI and 12G-SDI domains.SAM will demonstrate live production workflows that can use any combination of format and resolution - from SD and HD to live 360 UHD and UHD/HDR while publishing to any platform, including social media.

Broadcast Pix

Broadcast Pix will introduce the new BPswitch™ family of integrated video production switchers from Broadcast Pix™ allows live production from anywhere, with full-motion video and complete access to all sources and workflow tools through a browser-based interface that can be accessed by tablet, phones, and laptops. Broadcast Pix will demonstrate BPswitch at IBC 2017 The company’s BPNet™ IP ecosystem, powered through the ioGates cloud-based media management platform, delivers BPswitch’s control-over-IP capabilities with low latency, as well as extended encryption and two-factor authentication for secure performance. The Broadcast Pix Commander™ user interface provides a simplified and customizable interface, which helps non-technical personnel easily switch live productions, add titles, insert clips, and control robotic cameras.

BPswitch is also a cost-effective solution for remote unmanned studios, which continue to become more popular because of staffing and location flexibility. BPswitch family of integrated video production switchers The 4K upgradeable BPswitch FX, MX, and GX models provide up to 22 SDI inputs and 12 outputs, eight channels for clips and graphics, and four customizable BPview™ multi-view outputs. Other features include integrated streaming to Facebook Live and other CDNs, file-based macros, ClearKey™ chromakey, Virtual Studios, and optional robotic camera control.

About Mark Foley

Mark Foley is the Technology Editor ProductionHUB. Mark is also an award winnng producer and director who is always on the look out for the “next” newest thing or project.

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