IBC root beer is delicious. The IBC conference is currently underway in Amsterdam.
The two are completely unrelated.
For those who don’t know, IBC is Europe’s NAB – the “premier annual conference and exhibition for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of electronic media and entertainment content worldwide.”
Normally I don’t post news stories unless I’ve got some kind of commentary beyond “here’s a thing.” But at shows like IBC and NAB, there’s a ton of announcements that I have to sift through as part of my job. So I figured I’d post my running list of interesting things online for all to see.
Again, this is an incomplete list of IBC news – if you want all the releases, go here. This is just a list of things I care about and that impact what I do.
– New KiStor drives (the KiPro record drives) with USB3 connectivity, in place of Firewire 800
– New KiStor dock with Thunderbolt and USB3 (for offloading footage to your computer)
– Version 4.1 firmware for Ki Pro Mini and Ki Pro Rack:
The new firmware will add time-lapse recordings for interval record, interval frames and interval time, and also new camera data menu parameter additions for ARRI Alexa cameras, Panasonic AG-AF100 series cameras and the Sony PMW-F3 camera enabling start and stop via ancillary SDI data. These new features build on the recent v4.0 firmware for Ki Pro Mini and Ki Pro Rack which introduced support for the Avid DNxHD codec, enabling recording of files at all quality levels; DNxHD 220x, DNxHD 145 and the very efficient DNxHD 36, unlike competitive products which only support a single quality level for Avid DNxHD or Apple ProRes. All Ki Pro devices also support recording to Apple ProRes 422, Proxy, LT and HQ.
– Probably chasing Blackmagic’s crazy low prices on converters. Click through for updated MSRP list.
– We’ve known about the T-TAP for a while, but now it’s shipping. $295 SDI/HDMI output via Thunderbolt – cheap and super useful.
– Granted, not much news here, but Thunderbolt is looking solid as the new de facto standard for external video devices. It’s not just for Macs anymore.
– ExFAT is like FAT32, but without the 4GB filesize limit (there’s other super-technical differences too, but you don’t care). So you don’t need MacDrive to read your recordings on a PC, like you do with KiPro.
– The Mini Monitor is clearly going after AJA’s T-TAP, and $50 cheaper.
– Capture SDI or HDMI for $145? That’s crazy. The last BM gear I used with “Recorder” in the name was the H.264 Pro Recorder, and it was a flaky piece of crap, so I’m holding back my enthusiasm on this one til I see it work.
– They added Passive Micro Four Thirds lens support to the Cinema Camera. I don’t personally care, my glass is EF, but a lot of people were yelling about wanting MFT.
– I hate lighting kits, mostly because they’re always close to what I want, but not exactly. So I’m stuck either buying piecemeal or buying a kit and ignoring part of it. Well, FloLight now lets you configure a custom light kit, in addition to being super-cheap and good lights.
– Yeah, Symphony and NewsCutter got updates too, but I don’t use those so I don’t care.
– A brief list of newness:
– Advanced relinking support (finally, Avid relinking is ridiculously behind where competitors are)
– On-the-fly release of I/O hardware (for use in other apps)
– Some vaguely-worded stuff with audio
– Avid Media Authoring, supporting AS-02 bundles (kinda complicated, read this whitepaper)
– It’s basically cloud-based editing that calls home to your existing Avid shared storage, allowing editors in the field to use home-base assets without huge file transfers.
– An Avid rep told me that he’d successfully used Interplay Sphere on a plane over in-flight WiFi.
– When the field edit is done, only the project file and any field-local assets are uploaded back to home.
– It’s expensive, $50k for 5 clients.
– HUGE for live streaming on a budget, you can use your pro cameras in an inexpensive yet robust streaming environment.
– Capture ISO’s plus stream.
– No discrete audio input, but hey, can’t have everything (and you could do it outside the card)
– Adds USB3, USB2, GigE, HDMI, and MXO2 Host connections to Thunderbolt-enabled Mac laptops.
– Not much info yet, but this is my Best of Show. I’ll tell you why soon.
– Roland’s field recorders have been looking pretty solid over the last few years, and this one looks really good…if the price is right.
I’ll be adding more stuff as I find it – this year’s looking like a really solid and usable showing.