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Reflections of IBC2019

Reflections of IBC2019

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.

IBC 2019: Final Thoughts

IBC 2019: Final Thoughts

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.

Atomos Announce 16bit RAW Support on New FX9 From Sony

Atomos Announce 16bit RAW Support on New FX9 From Sony

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. 

Sony Launches FX9 4K Camera with Newly-Developed Full-frame Sensor, Dual Base ISO and Fast Hybrid Auto Focus System

Sony Launches FX9 4K Camera with Newly-Developed Full-frame Sensor, Dual Base ISO and  Fast Hybrid Auto Focus System

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 Announces New Blackmagic Video Assist 12G

Blackmagic Design Announces New Blackmagic Video Assist 12G

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 Reveals New 12G-SDI, HDR, openGear, IP Solutions and More at IBC 2019

AJA Reveals New 12G-SDI, HDR, openGear, IP Solutions and More at IBC 2019

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 launches new Mk2 camera bar at IBC2019

Ncam launches new Mk2 camera bar at IBC2019

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.

IBC 2019: First Look at New Gear

IBC 2019: First Look at New Gear

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 Demonstrates Landmark Broadcast Technology Innovations at IBC 2019

Panasonic Demonstrates Landmark Broadcast Technology Innovations 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. 

Own, Operate, Dominate: EOS C500 Mark II 5.9K Full- Frame Cinema Camera Delivers Versatile, Affordable Solutions

Own, Operate, Dominate: EOS C500 Mark II 5.9K Full- Frame Cinema Camera Delivers Versatile, Affordable Solutions

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, the ultra-bright LED point source with a variety of optics

ARRI introduces Orbiter, the ultra-bright LED point source with a variety of optics

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.

Avid Debuts Reimagined Production and Post Workflow Solutions for Video and Audio Content Creators at IBC2019

Avid Debuts Reimagined Production and Post Workflow Solutions for Video and Audio Content Creators at IBC2019

All-new Media Composer, more powerful MediaCentral and seamless NEXIS cloud storage among innovations premiering for European TV and film professionals

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K & more from IBC 2019

Bob Caniglia, Director of Sales Operations, North America, Blackmagic Design discusses Blackmagic at the upcoming IBC show.

Another year, another IBC. What can we expect to see from Blackmagic Design this year?
At IBC 2019, we will be showcasing our latest solutions for the filmmaking, post production, broadcast and live production markets, including our brand new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, UltraStudio 4K Mini capture and playback device, DaVinci Resolve 16.1 editing, grading, VFX and audio post production application, and more. Our recently announced Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K builds on the popularity of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K but has a larger Super 35 sensor size with 6K resolution, allowing higher image quality. It is equipped with an EF lens mount and includes Blackmagic Generation 4 Color Science, which uses a complex dynamic 12-bit gamma curve designed to capture more color data in the highlights and shadows, so users get better images, and comes with DaVinci Resolve Studio. Also on display, we’ll have the UltraStudio 4K Mini, a new capture and playback solution for Thunderbolt 3 computers with 12G-SDI, HDMI, analog video and audio connections that let customers build solutions for editing, color grading, live broadcast graphics, archiving from traditional broadcast decks and live internet streaming. We’re excited to showcase DaVinci Resolve 16.1 that includes major updates to the new cut page to help create the world’s fastest editor. New features include an improved sorting of media, a Smart Editor that adds UI feedback for intelligent edit features, a new cut clip tool for instant cutting of clips in the timeline, a Boring Detector that shows areas of the timeline that lack interest, and a Sync Bin that organizes and displays sync media for easy shot selection. We’ll also be highlighting several exciting 8K products announced at NAB earlier this year, including the ATEM Constellation 8K live production switcher, HyperDeck Extreme 8K HDR recorder and Teranex Mini SDI to HDMI 8K converter. The ATEM Constellation 8K is an Ultra HD live production switcher with so many features, customers can combine them all to make an incredibly powerful 8K switcher. Customers get four M/Es, 40 x 12G-SDI inputs, 24 x 12G-SDI aux outputs, four DVEs, 16 Keyers, four media players, four multi viewers, two SuperSource and standards conversion on every SDI input. Then when switched to 8K, all these features combine to make a powerful 8K switcher. HyperDeck Extreme 8K HDR features the trusted reliability of HyperDeck combined with new innovations, such as space-saving H.265 files, optional internal cache, 3D LUTs, native 8K and HDR support. Teranex Mini SDI to HDMI 8K HDR is a new advanced 8K HDMI monitoring solution with dual on-screen scope overlays, HDR, 33 point 3D LUTs and monitor calibration for professional, color accurate SDI monitoring on HDMI 8K screens. We’ll also have the URSA Mini Pro G2 camera on display. Announced earlier this year, the URSA Mini Pro G2 features a new Super 35mm 4.6K image sensor with 15 stops of dynamic range that combine to support high frame rate shooting at up to 300 frames per second. The next generation camera supports Blackmagic RAW and features a new USB-C expansion port for direct recording to external disks, ND filters, an interchangeable lens mount, dual CFast and USH-II SD card recorders, and more.
AI & Machine Learning Continues to be a Game Changer for Adobe at IBC

Patrick Palmer, Adobe, talks artificial intelligence, machine learning and more to see from Adobe on the show room floor IBC 2019.

What trends are you looking forward to exploring more at IBC?
Artificial intelligence and machine learning will continue to be a game changer in video production. The acceleration of content production and consumption means that video editors are under tremendous pressure to construct and deliver quality content under strict time constraints. They need tools that keep them in creative control while stripping away time-intensive tasks that distract and delay. For example, features powered by Adobe Sensei, the company's artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technology, such as Content Aware Fill for Video in After Effects, Lumetri Color Match and Auto Ducking, and the upcoming Auto Reframe tool in Premiere Pro (see more below!), help video pros save time on tedious tasks so they can maximize their output, reach more audiences, and enhance their creativity. In the age of social media, news and sports companies need to deliver new content as soon as possible to keep their communities engaged. With the ability to shoot, edit and upload on the go, Adobe Premiere Rush helps production crews create polished videos that enable viewers to be part of the action around timely, can’t miss events in short timeframes. And with social media and digital video becoming an even bigger part of how we communicate with each other every year, we can’t wait to see what the future holds for content creators in every corner of the globe. Faced with an increasingly competitive landscape, news and sports organizations are moving away from sending huge armies of reporters, editors, and camera operators to live events to save time and budgets. They are able to do this through the use of virtualized workflows, which are critical to connecting globally distributed production teams. At Adobe, we are committed to delivering the best cloud-based workflows in the industry, including support for virtualized editing environments. We’re looking forward to discussing these trends and more with our fellow IBC attendees.
Sony Showcases Intelligent Media Services & So Much More at IBC 2019

Claus Pfeifer, Head of Technical Sales, Media Solutions for Sony Professional Solutions Europe talks about the 2019 IBC Show in Amsterdam.

What are you showcasing at IBC this year?
Sony Professional Solutions Europe aims to help media companies to develop their brands and audiences through a combination of our state-of-the-art products and customer-led services. At IBC 2019 we will be showcasing these very products and solutions. Expect to see a broad range from content acquisition, management and distribution, from IP Live solutions, the CineAlta range that supports content creation workflow, a variety of IP, 4K/HD and HDR capable products, new partnership announcements, as well showcasing our Intelligent Media Services, the newly created division within Sony Professional Solutions Europe. And of course, some exciting announcements… keep your eyes peeled!
TSL Products Highlights the Next Stages in the IP Story at IBC 2019

Mark Davies, Director of Products & Technology at TSL Products talks about the 2019 IBC Show.

What trends are you looking forward to exploring more at IBC?
From working with our customers on ST-2110 POCs, greenfield sites and new IP-based OB trucks, it is clear that the move to IP is asking as many questions for our customers as it is answering. The focus is shifting to the new control paradigm and the challenges this presents, particularly around interoperability. The industry will come to rely on new standards that allow for device discovery and registration, device connection and management, as well as event and tally management. In response to this, we have been working with many others as part of the AMWA NMOS initiative, using our in-depth knowledge of IP and system control to conduct research on how we could provide a user-focused experience within our own products, and also through interoperability with third party kits.
Audio Post-Production Tools & More from NUGEN Audio at IBC 2019

Paul Tapper, CEO, NUGEN Audio talks about the latest from NUGEN Audio at the 2019 IBC Show including audio post-production tools for Netflix compliance and surround sound workflows.

What are you showcasing at IBC this year?
At IBC 2019, we will be showcasing our audio post-production tools for Netflix compliance and surround sound workflows. Included among these are the latest updates to our VisLM loudness meter, which were just announced. Long considered the industry standard for loudness metering, VisLM now includes an updated Netflix preset that reflects the streaming service’s new maximum loudness range (18 LU) and continues to stay ahead of the curve for forward-thinking productions supplying content to the SVOD platform. Using this solution, editors can have access to detailed historical information that enables them to hit the target every time. Additional loudness logging and time-code functions allow for analysis and proof of compliance. We have also rolled out new navigable/visual alerts for the tool that will further simplify operation and enables users to quickly and easily navigate through an audio clip to find any loudness errors that might be present. VisLM is one of many solutions in our Loudness Toolkit (LTK) 2.8, which is also being highlighted at the show. LTK includes preset support of Netflix’s Audio Mix Specifications and Best Practices document, allowing users to easily create Netflix-ready mixes. LTK also includes the ISL limiter and LM-Correct quick-fix tool and supports native 7.1.2 audio processing and loudness parameters for advanced loudness control and dialogue consistency. We will also showcase our Halo Upmix plug-in, which now includes an optional 3D immersive extension for Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D (7.1.4) compatibility that facilitates production across cinematic, VR and gaming applications.
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