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SYPHAnews - 13 May 2004
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STOP PRESS!! This bumper edition is dominated by news from the NAB 2004 Convention. With the official attendance figures up at 97,544, of which 22,320 were international visitors, this was a very busy show with a lot of new products, and where HD kit was everywhere. Our pre-NAB overview of NLE, DAW and camera trends and news is also still available at http://SYPHAonline.com/SYPHAnewsarchive/SYPHAnews@NAB2004.pdf
The only non-NAB news to note is that Gee Broadcast Systems has acquired Lightworks. We'll give you the details on this next time.
For anyone who missed our previous announcement, the all-new NLE Buyers Guide is now available at http://SYPHAonline.com/NLEwebsite/NLEintro.html. It gives you FREE online access to our database of 200 nonlinear video products including turnkey systems, card and/or software packages and disk recorders/servers for editing.
Finally we would like to welcome Nagra as a sponsor of the DAW Buyers Guide.
Tapeless acquisition: Panasonic, Sony, JVC, Focus Enhancements, Ikegami
Tapeless acquisition was again a major subject at NAB 2004, with companies showing various disk and solid state-based products.
Panasonic (http://www.panasonic-broadcast.com) announced a number of P2 products including the AJ-SPX800 camera, the AJ-SPD850 studio recorder, the AJ-PCD10 card drive and AJ-P2C004 4GB and AJ-P2C002 2GB cards. The AJ-SPX800 is a three 2/3" 600,000-pixel, IT CCD camera with 24fps/30fps progressive and 60 fields interlace DVCPRO and DVCPRO50 format P2 card recording. It features USB 2.0 and optional IEEE-1394 interface and will be available in July 2004 with a suggested list price of Euros 21,500. The AJ-SPD850 studio recorder features 5 P2 card slots, a VTR-like front panel, USB 2.0, IEEE-1394 and Ethernet.
Sony (http://www.sony.com/professional) announced that sales of its XDCAM nonlinear acquisition and production tools have exceeded 1500 units and added the PDW-D1 external drive and PDZ-1 proxy browsing software to its XDCAM product family.
JVC (http://www.jvc.com/pro) and Focus Enhancements (http://www.focusinfo.com) unveiled the DR-HD, a prototype hard disk drive for the JY-HD10U camera, with the capability of recording native HD 720p and 1080i MPEG-2 streams. It is designed to offer approximately 4.5 hours of recording time. Focus Enhancements also demonstrated 24p support for the FireStore FS-3 disk recorder, which will enable users of the Panasonic AG-DVX100A and similar camcorders to use native 24p editing applications, including Apple Final Cut Pro and Sony Vegas Video.
Ikegami (http://www.ikegami.com) announced an agreement with Avid to develop nonlinear high definition camcorders and portable recording systems based on Avid's new DNxHD encoding technology. The upcoming tapeless HD camcorder will use the same Ikegami FieldPak media already available with the company's line of standard definition DNG systems. Ikegami also announced the DNS-33W, the latest update to its line of hard disk-based Editcam cameras, designed to work with FieldPaks with capacities greater than 100GB, plus the DNE-31 hard drive recorder which can record in 10 different compressions and rates.
Digital cinematography cameras: Arri, Dalsa
Arri (http://www.arri.com) presented the D-20 camera project with its single, custom designed 6 million pixel CMOS sensor chip, a rotating mirror shutter and optical viewfinder. Slated for delivery in 2005, the D-20 now supports the Baytech CineRAM solid state HD image storage solution and the Fraunhofer Institute HD-Box mini-RAID hard disk solution.
Dalsa (http://www.dalsa.com) announced that the Origin digital cinematography camera will be commercially available in November 2004 and will have a target rental price of US$3000/day. The Origin supports 8 million pixels for 4k capture and at least 12 stops of exposure latitude. Dalsa and SGI also announced their intention to collaborate on workflow solutions for motion picture production and post production, including field and studio data recorders based on the SGI Altix 350 64-bit Linux scalable server.
HD cameras: Thomson, Sony, Hitachi, Ikegami
Thomson (http://www.thomsongrassvalley.com) debuted the Grass Valley LDK 6200 HD Super SloMo digital camera system for sports applications, that is capable of providing replays and super slow-motion effects in native HD formats. It has an all-digital design that includes 12-bit A/D conversion and HD-DPM+ sensors, and will support switchable, multi-format, and multi-frame rate capabilities - including native image capture of 1080i or 720p formats. The camera can be used with either Triax or fibre-optic cable, and it can also function as a standard LDK 6000 mk II HD camera, enabling users to switch between traditional HD acquisition or 2x Super SloMo image capture. Recording and storage of native HD images is also possible with the EVS HD-XT Server. The LDK 6200 HD Super SloMo will ship in the third quarter of 2004 with a list price of Euros 225,000, not including the digital disk recorder.
Sony (http://www.sony.com/professional) introduced the entry level HDW-730S HDCAM camcorder. This 3-CCD camcorder has 1,000 lines of horizontal resolution, and an optional picture cache recording feature which reduces the risk of missed scenes, and allows line-lapse recording. Other benefits for ENG work include 60i/50i switchable operation, NTSC/PAL compatibility with an SDI output and assignable switches. The HDW-730S will be available at a suggested list price of US$48,000.
Hitachi (http://www.hdal.com) introduced the SK-31B, a low cost, multiformat high definition camera for robotic studio and field production. It features native 1080i and 720pHD-SDI outputs, and can optionally provide downconverted 480i as analogue or SDI video output in 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ration.
Ikegami (http://www.ikegami.com) announced a slew of products including the HDK-725P and HDK-75EX HD cameras with IT CCDs and supporting 720p and 1080i respectively. The Ikegami HDL-0101 wireless HD camera, developed in cooperation with NHK, is a self contained unit with RF links and MPEG compression, selectable from 60 to 24 Mb/s. The shoulder mounted HDK-79NAR HD camera with rotating optical block can rotate the image as an effect in and of itself with a rocker switch for controlling the speed and direction of rotation.
HDV cameras: JVC, Sony
Under the banner of 'Affordable HD for everyone', JVC (http://www.jvc.com/pro) revealed a prototype three CCD high definition/standard definition camcorder aimed at electronic newsgathering/electronic field production. The 2/3 inch CMOS imagers each have a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and are easily adaptable to various scanning rates including 720p and 1080i. The camera will use the HDV recording format, will include an MPEG-2 encoder and will feature the ability to record HD at 24p. JVC also claimed to be developing hard drive and solid state recording modules.
Sony (http://www.sony.com/professional) also had a prototype HDV camcorder that will record 1080i high-definition video. This prototype will include features to provide a total professional solution compatible with the HDV format, including nonlinear editing systems and an i.LINK interface for HD-SDI conversion.
SD cameras: Panasonic, Sony, Hitachi, Ikegami
Panasonic (http://www.panasonic-broadcast.com) announced the AJ-SDC905 dual mode DVCPRO50 camcorder with IEEE-1394 interface. Aimed at PAL-compatible news shooting and high performance, it offers three 2/3 inch 600,000-pixel IT CCDs and will be available in August 2004 with a suggested list price of Euros 19,990. Panasonic also unveiled the AJ-SDC615 DVCPRO camcorder featuring 2/3 inch 3-CCDs and an IEEE-1394 interface. Aimed at local newsgathering, corporate productions and education applications, it also offers newly developed 12-bit A/D DSP and a Super Gain function for low-light level shooting. The AJ-SDC615 will be available in September 2004 with a suggested list price of Euros 15,500.
Sony (http://www.sony.com/professional) introduced the new BVP-E30 standard definition studio camera. Supporting both progressive and interlaced scanning modes, it is aimed at fixed studio configurations as well as mobile truck, portable and dockable operations. It features the latest Sony Power HAD CCD and 14-bit DSP. The BVP-E30 is designed for 4:3 aspect ratio acquisition and the BVP-E30WS is switchable between native 16:9 and 4:3 modes. The BVP-E30 cameras are planned to be available in July 2004 at suggested list prices of US$20,000 and US$26,000 respectively.
Hitachi (http://www.hdal.com) introduced the HV-D15AS camera for broadcast and industrial applications. The HV-D15AS offers SDI video direct from the camera and eliminates the need for costly A/D converters. Hitachi also announced the Z-2500 as a replacement for the Z-2010A. Aimed at educational and corporate institutions and smaller television stations, the Z-2500 is a lighter and higher performance version and features 12-bit A/D converters.
Ikegami (http://www.ikegami.com) also announced the HK-399PW high-end standard definition camera. This has 14-bit A/D converters and a system expander for studio conversion.
Interoperability - AAF
The AAF Association (http://www.aafassociation.org) published the AAF Edit Protocol, released the AAF Reference Implementation, and added support for the Edit Protocol in the AAF Developers Toolkit. Adobe, Apple, Avid, BBC technology, Digidesign, Quantel and SADiE, amongst others, have brought AAF supporting products to market in the past year, and have worked together to codify their experience to deliver the new AAF Edit Protocol. This Edit Protocol makes it easier for other manufacturers to add AAF to new and existing products.
Many manufacturers demonstrated products that support the AAF Edit Protocol including Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, all Avid nonlinear editing systems, BBC R&D with a Linux Open Source editing tool, BBC Technology Colledia and a Windows Media 9 Series plug-in, Cinegy Production Framework, Digidesign Pro Tools, Leitch Velocity systems, Panasonic VariCam, all Quantel products, SADiE Series 5 range of digital audio workstations, and Thomson Grass Valley NewsEdit.
Interoperability - MXF: Avid, Thomson, Leitch, EVS, Omneon, SGI
The Professional MPEG Forum (http://www.pro-mpeg.org) celebrated the successful standardisation through SMPTE of MXF (Material eXchange Format). MXF is an integral component of products from multiple manufacturers as illustrated by the various announcements at NAB 2004.
Avid (http://www.avid.com) introduced version 5.5 of NewsCutter Adrenalin FX and NewsCutter XP with full support for MXF, and announced that Avid Xpress Pro version 4.5, which will be available Q2 2004, will also include MXF support.
Thomson (http://www.thomsongrassvalley.com) announced the new Grass Valley Universal Interface Module (UIM). This is a 2U platform based on a Dell 2650 PC that supports MXF and enables fast bi-directional file transfers between Profile servers, including PVS and PDR models. Other Grass Valley products will be supported in the future.
Leitch Technology (http://www.leitch.com) and EVS (http://www.evs.tv) demonstrated interoperability between the Leitch VelocityQ multistream nonlinear editing system and the EVS LSM-XT Live Slow Motion system based on MXF. VelocityQ can be incorporated into the EVS SportNet real-time network, through which XT servers exchange content, using the EVS XFile archiving unit as a gateway. Selected sequences from the LSM-XT can be exported natively to VelocityQ and finished projects can be exported back to the LSM-XT system for playout, or output directly from VelocityQ to broadcast or to tape.
Omneon Video Networks (http://www.omneon.com) announced that it has enabled native MXF support for its entire line of Omneon Spectrum media servers. All Omneon Spectrum users will now have the option to select either MXF or QuickTime as the media wrapper format for material stored in the system.
SGI (http://www.sgi.com) demonstrated a broadcast workflow using MFX from ingest to play-to-air. Content was sourced from a Sony XDCAM player, ingested on a SGI Media Server for broadcast system, wrapped in MXF and stored on an SGI InfiniteStorage CXFS SAN server. It included interoperability with an Avid nonlinear editor, automation from Harris and utilised software from MassTech for asset management, archive browse and EDL preparation for the Avid system. Once edited on the SAN, the file could be played directly to air while maintaining its MXF compatibility for later use.
P2 and XDCAM support: Avid, Quantel, Pinnacle, Thomson, EVS, Omneon, Dayang
A number of companies demonstrated or announced compatibility with Panasonic P2 and Sony XDCAM tapeless acquisition systems.
Avid (http://www.avid.com) and Sony announced a collaborative development relationship that will provide support for the XDCAM low-bandwidth MPEG-4 proxy A/V format in upcoming versions of the Avid Media Composer Adrenaline, NewsCutter Adrenaline FX, and NewsCutter XP editing systems, as well as the Avid Unity family of shared-storage solutions. Due to be available in late 2004, users will be able to import proxy A/V data at the maximum speeds afforded by IT-based protocols such as gigabit Ethernet and FireWire, edit the data in its native resolution, and subsequently re-link their compositions to the corresponding high-resolution media from the XDCAM system.
Quantel (http://www.quantel.com) demonstrated interoperability between Panasonic P2 and its QEdit Pro editing system and a full generationQ broadcast production system. Quantel also demonstrated its generationQ interface with Sony XDCAM.
Pinnacle Systems (http://www.pinnaclesys.com) launched Vortex network news systems that include ingest of Panasonic P2 and Sony XDCAM material.
Thomson (http://www.thomsongrassvalley.com) outlined its NewsEdit 5.0 software release. This version can seamlessly edit image data captured with the Panasonic P2 series and the Sony XDCAM recording systems, and can import and export AVI (PC) and QuickTime (Mac) compressed video files in different formats and transcode DV MPEG and Windows Media 9 files.
EVS (http://www.evs.tv) announced that its CleanEdit nonlinear news editing system is now capable of importing Panasonic P2 and Sony XDCAM material. These video formats can co-exist within the system and be mixed and wiped against XT-clips and long GOP MPEG-2. CleanEdit has a dual encoding philosophy which supports the field generated proxies provided by these acquisition families.
Omneon Video Networks (http://www.omneon.com) announced that its Spectrum media servers will allow users to acquire material on XDCAM, load that material into the server, edit the material with a newsroom system, and then play that same file out to air immediately.
Dayang announced that all of its desktop workstation and networked solutions will be compatible with Panasonic P2.
Other partnerships: Panasonic, Apple, BBC Technology, Thomson, Discreet, Focus Enhancements, Pinnacle, Quantel, Harris
Panasonic (http://www.panasonic.com/broadcast) and Apple (http://www.apple.com) announced the first implementation of IEE1394 FireWire with 100Mbps DV-HD - the native video compression used by Panasonic DVCPRO HD recording systems. This will allow Apple's Final Cut Pro HD software to offer real-time editing of camera-original quality by working with the new Panasonic AJ-HD1200A production VTR and the Panasonic AJ-HDC27 VariCam HD cinema camera.
A number of companies also made announcements regarding Apple's Final Cut Pro software: BBC Technology (http://www.bbctechnology.com) has integrated Final Cut Pro HD into its Colledia production workflow solution; and Thomson (http://www.thomsongrassvalley.com) has integrated Final Cut Pro, version 4.0 and higher, with its Grass Valley Digital News Production line; Discreet (http:/www.discreet.com) will support the Final Cut Pro .XML interchange format in upcoming versions of its editing and visual effects systems.
Focus Enhancements (http://www.focusinfo.com) announced beta software enabling its FireStore DR-DV5000 and FS-3 disk recorders to support Pinnacle Systems Liquid Edition DV editing products and Vortex News solutions.
Quantel (http://www.quantel.com) and Harris Corporation's Broadcast Communication Division announced that they are working on complete compatibility between the Quantel generationQ integrated digital newsroom environment and Harris Automation Solutions playout and control automation systems, using the CORBA (Common Object Request Broker Architecture) interface.
HD editing: Apple, Avid, Adobe, Pinnacle, DVS, Quantel, Sony, Leitch, Canopus, CineForm, 1 Beyond, Accom, AJA, Aurora, Blackmagic, Bluefish444, Matrox
Apple (http://www.apple.com) unveiled Final Cut Pro HD which now supports real-time native DVCPRO HD, as well as real-time DV and SD editing. It can capture, edit and output native DVCPRO HD video over a single FireWire cable without the need for any additional hardware, and offers HD preview monitoring on an Apple Cinema HD Display. Final Cut Pro HD supports playback of 4 streams of DVCPRO HD video, or 10 streams in preview quality with an Xserve RAID. Final Cut Pro HD has a suggested retail price of US$999. It is available now as a free download to registered Final Cut Pro 4 users, or costs US$399 for version 1,2 and 3 users.
Avid (http://www.avid.com) announced its new DNxHD 10-bit encoding technology that enables HD postproduction with the same storage bandwidth and capacity requirements as SD files. Avid DNxHD can be licensed free of charge to any user who wants to compile it on any platform. Avid DNxHD support will be included in Avid Xpress Pro, NewsCutter XP, Avid Media Composer Adrenaline, Newscutter Andrenalin FX and Avid DS Nitris systems. In addition, uncompressed HD capabilities will be supported by Media Composer Adrenalin and NewsCutter Adrenalin FX systems, and native HDV and native DVCPRO HD will be supported by Avid Xpress Pro, NewsCutter XP Media Composer Adrenalin, and NewsCutter Adrenalin FX systems.
Adobe Systems (http://www.adobe.com) announced version 1.5 of Adobe Premiere Pro which includes new tools for the post-production process from DV to HD. Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 also supports the Panasonic line of 24p DV cameras and is part of a tightly integrated Adobe workflow spanning the entire post-production process. Users can create a Photoshop CS image directly in Adobe Premiere Pro to match video resolution and pixel aspect ratio. Working between Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro is now easier with a new copy-and-paste feature allowing users to move assets back and forth while preserving timing, motion, and effects information. When After Effects is installed, Adobe Premiere Pro immediately recognises supported effects and filters and provides access to them from within the Adobe Premiere Pro effects control window. Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 will be available in Q2 2004 with a street price of US$699, and registered version 1.0 users can upgrade for a street price of US$99. Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 is a core component of the Adobe Video Collection 2.5. The Adobe Video Collection 2.5 Professional Edition includes After Effects Professional, Adobe Audition, Adobe Encore DVD and Photoshop CS and will have a street price of US$1499. The Adobe Video Collection 2.5 Standard edition includes After Effects Standard and does not contain Photoshop CS and will have a street price of US$999.
As part of its PracticalHD strategy, Pinnacle Systems (http://www.pinnaclesys.com) announced Liquid HD, a software upgrade for its Pinnacle Liquid editing application. Users can opt to work with low bandwidth HDV, Pinnacle HD Elite high quality compressed HD, or uncompressed HD all on a standard workstation. At 50mb/s encoding, HD Elite can provide HD editing with current Pinnacle Liquid Editing for Workgroup networked solutions. Only users wanting HD-SDI I/O or running on older platforms will need additional hardware. Available Q3 2004, Liquid Edition with native HDV support will cost US$699, and the Liquid HD option will cost US$199. Pinnacle also announced version 4.6 of its CinéWave real-time editing, compositing and audio production system for the Apple Power Mac. Version 4.6 provides full support for the Panasonic DVCPRO HD format and the Panasonic AJ-HDC27 VariCam, including overcrank and undercrank. In addition, CinéWave 4.6 will support capture and transcode of popular HD formats and frame rates to DV100 from most legacy HD decks and devices. CinéWave 4.6 will be available as a download to current CinéWave 4 owners, and will cost US$295 as an upgrade to owners prior to version 4.
DVS (http://www.dvs.de) presented the CLIPSTER online editing system, now with real-time primary colour correction. With this development, CLIPSTER covers all digital-intermediate (DI) bases such as capturing, editing, zooming and panning, colour correction and finishing. For more involved selective colour grading work, DVS, in cooperation with Pandora and da Vinci, now offers highly-efficient solutions for 2k real-time work.
Quantel (http://www.quantel.com) announced the new HD-RGB option for its eQ editing/effects/grading/mastering system. This allows eQ to support full HD-RGB handling alongside its existing HD-YUV capability.
Sony (http://www.sony.com/professional) introduced version 7.0 of its XPRI nonlinear editing system. New features include an interface that enables real-time HD and SD primary and secondary colour correction, with colour matching, limiters, HSL control and RGB curves. Users can now control and ingest from two HD sources simultaneously and multiple camera sources can now be grouped and displayed in four or nine camera banks for efficient multisource editing, and multiple sequences, with real-time effects, can also be used as sources. When operated with the XPRI Net shared storage solution, full simultaneous access to online HDCAM and MPEG IMX material is available to each seat on the network. The system is tightly integrated with Sony XDCAM, and background transfers can be performed from an XDCAM optical disc at faster than real-time speeds with full metadata support using MXF.
Leitch Technology (http://www.leitch.com) demonstrated VelocityHD, a real-time editing system with support for HD video. Based on Altitude hardware, it features full-quality, online playback of two HD video streams, two dynamic HD graphics streams, and true dual-stream, real-time HD transitions and effects. It also enables interactive full-quality feedback on the HD monitor while keyframing transitions and effects. Altitude supports 1080i, 1080PsF and 720p frame formats at all common frame rates, with compressed and uncompressed (8-bit and 10-bit) recording and playback, and the flexibility to mix compressed and uncompressed footage within a project. In addition to HD-SDI I/O, it features VGA HD output, and HD output is also simultaneously down-converted for monitoring on SD displays. Audio is supported through embedded SDI and discrete AES/EBU I/O, plus unbalanced analogue monitoring. The optional A3DX 3D DVE module adds one channel of real-time HD 3D DVE and four channels of real-time SD 3D effects, including perspectives, warps, rotation and more. Due for release in August 2004, VelocityHD will be available as turnkey system, or as a hardware/software bundle for qualified Microsoft Windows XP Pro workstations.
Canopus (http:// www.canopus.com) unveiled EDIUS HD, a real-time mixed HD/SD turnkey editing system comprising EDIUS Pro real-time HD editing software, Canopus HD software codec and Canopus HDRX-E1 HD-SDI/SDI input and output card. The proprietary HD software codec provides high-quality, real-time compression, processing, filtering and decoding of multiple HD streams, and supports HD signal recording using the HDRX-E1 board. The EDIUS HD system will be available in June 2004. Canopus also demonstrated its proprietary HD software codec and HD I/O card with Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 software. Canopus HD clips are one-seventh the size of uncompressed HD clips, with image quality equivalent to Panasonic DVCPRO HD and Sony HDCAM video.
CineForm (http://www.cineform.com) introduced Prospect HD for Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5. This real-time software-based HD video engine supports resolutions up to 1080p30, 8 and 10-bit source material, and HD-SDI I/O. It allows real-time, multistream processing of HD video within Premiere Pro, and supports real-time monitoring. Prospect HD will ship in Q2 2004 and will initially be available from Boxx Technologies (http://www.boxxtech.com) on the HD [pro] RT workstation with prices starting from US$22,995.
1 Beyond (http://www.1beyond.com) announced the 1 Beyond HD Pro workstation. Based on Adobe Premiere Pro software, it has multiple capture card options, multiple fast internal buses and a proprietary internal removable storage system called Hot Rock. The 1 Beyond HD Pro workstation supports 10-bit uncompressed HD editing and compositing, as well as real-time HDV, SD and DV native formats and starts at under US$30,000.
Accom (http://www.accom.com) introduced the Axial/MX, a new universal-format version of its online hybrid editing system. It offers uncompressed editing in all SD and HD formats including 24p, with eight-channel AES audio, and supports five live sources.
DVS (http://www.dvs.de) showcased the new Centaurus PCI-X board for uncompressed video. Designed for OEMs, the board can be used for any application requiring SD, HD or 2k uncompressed output, and offers ultra-high data throughput via PCI-X bus architecture, plus a real-time video mixer. The newly-designed board supports SD and HD in all popular colour spaces, frame rates, rasters and resolutions, such as 720p, 1080p, 1080i, 1080sF to full 2k film (2048x1556) in 8 or 10 bits. For audio processing Centaurus supports both AES/EBU and embedded audio, and timecode can be generated, recorded and played out.
AJA Video Systems (http://www.aja.com) announced its new Kona 2 SD, HD and dual-link HD capture card that allows real-time uncompressed editing in HD. Kona 2 fully supports Apple's new DVCPRO HD codec in Final Cut Pro HD and allows the DVCPRO HD format to be used with any HD-SDI source, including existing HD decks such as Panasonic D5, Sony HDCAM and HDCAM SR. The DVCPRO HD codec offers online quality at significantly smaller file sizes and disk requirements and supports both the 720p and 1080i HD formats. Kona 2 can capture and output DVCPRO HD media to HD-SDI. And its hardware also performs part of the DVCPRO HD processing, hence freeing up the CPUs for more effects power when outputting to HD-SDI.
Aurora Video Systems (http://www.auroravideosys.com) launched PipeHD card. Designed to take advantage of the Apple Final Cut Pro RT Extreme architecture, it provides the option to work in either HD or SD mode. PipeHD offers 10-bit inputs and outputs, its SDI input allows editors to connect directly to a DigiBeta deck, and two SDI outputs allow for a direct connection to an external video monitor and to a digital deck controlled via the PipeHD's RS-422 serial port. Users can monitor video via either composite, S-video, or component analogue outputs, and a genlock input is provided for synchronisation to studio equipment, or the deck can lock onto an internal genlock signal produced by the PipeHD. Digital audio I/O and analogue audio output for monitoring are also included.
Blackmagic Design (http://www.blackmagic-design.com) announced DeckLink HD Pro, a new high-end DeckLink card that takes the basic DeckLink HD card, and significantly increases its connectivity and processing power. It offers dual-channel SDI connections for 4:4:4 capture and playback, and supports up to 12-bit RGB 4:4:4 video quality. The card can also be switched to SD, or normal 4:2:2 HD-SDI modes. Its analogue monitoring includes 14-bit D/A conversion for clean monitoring of 12-bit log material used by the film industry, and for use with video projectors with very high contrast ratios. DeckLink HD Pro has 4 BNC connectors and a short break out cable with the analogue monitoring, AES/SPDIF input and output, audio work clock out, genlock/trisync input, and RS-422 deck control. The card will retail at US$2495 and is shipping imminently.
Bluefish444 (http://www.bluefish444.com) announced the availability of installer version 4 for its entire range of analogue/SD, SD and SD/HD video cards for Windows XP and Windows 2000 Pro. Version 4 provides firmware improvements, enabling support for PAL and NTSC SD video modes within the existing HD cards. Software applications, such as Adobe Premier Pro, will be able to take advantage of both SD and HD through a single HD card, such as HD|Fury an HD|Lust.
Matrox Video Products Group (http://www.matrox.com/video) previewed Matrox HD, a family of HD editing products based on a new real-time 10-bit multistream architecture designed for broadcasters, post-production facilities, and developers of NLE, CG, clip store and video server systems. Matrox HD was demonstrated in conjunction with Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5, and will offer real-time features such as colour correction, titling, speed changes, transitions, and DVEs at 1080i and 1080p. The new Matrox HD family of products is scheduled for introduction later in 2004.
HDV editing: Heuris, Lumière, CineForm, KDDI, Applied Magic, Boxx, MacroSystem, MediaWare, Ulead, MainConcept
Apart from the Avid and Pinnacle Systems mentioned above, many companies announced editing tools with support for the HDV format and the JVC JY-HD10U camera.
Heuris (http://www.heuris.com) released the Pro Indie HD Toolkit and the Indie HD Toolkit software tools that allow Apple Final Cut Pro users to work with JY-HD10U footage. The Pro Indie HD Toolkit features three software tools: the MPP-DTVHD encoding software, the XtoHD player utility and the XtractorHDV import utility. The XtractorHDV automatically extracts audio and video from the JY-HD10U into Final Cut Pro through a FireWire connection. The Indie HD Toolkit replaces the full featured MPP-DTVHD with the XportHD MPEG2 plug-in. The Pro Indie HD Toolkit is priced at under $5,000, and the Indie HD Toolkit at under $500.
Lumière Media (http://www.lumierehd.com) released the Lumière HD editing tool that allows Apple Final Cut Pro users to edit content shot with the JY-HD10U. Lumière HD captures data from the JY-HD10U and converts it to Final Cut Pro MPEG-2 files from which SD or low resolution proxies are created for offline editing. Lumière HD then autoconforms the original HD content to create an HD edit master. Lumière HD costs US$179.
CineForm (http://www.cineform.com) released Aspect HD version 2.2 which now includes Adobe Premiere Pro, Encore, and Audition. It has a software-based pipeline that extends the video engine within Premiere Pro to deliver real-time editing of HDV content on today's fast PCs. Version 2.2 also offers faster encoder speed and adds full capture and editing support for the JY-HD10U 480p60 mode. Content is captured directly from the JY-HD10U, edited in real-time, and output in a variety of HD and SD formats. Aspect HD is priced at US$1,199 including the Adobe Premiere Pro bundle.
CineForm (http://www.cineform.com) also introduced Connect HD, an HD accelerator for Windows-based video editing applications. The first application to be bundled with Connect HD is Sony Media Software Vegas. Connect HD lets users capture content directly from the JY-HD10U and edit in full HDV resolution. Connect HD uses the identical AVI file format as Aspect HD, ensuring its compatibility with other Windows AVI applications such as Adobe After Effects and Windows Media Player. Connect HD is available as Connect HD stand-alone priced at US$499, or as a bundle that includes Sony Vegas software for US$799.
The LE version of KDDI R&D Labs (http://www.kddilabs.com) MPEG Edit Studio Pro software is bundled with the JY-HD10U and offers basic frame accurate editing of the MPEG-2 footage. The full version offers professional editing functions and supports multiple input data formats, including MPEG-1, MPEG2 including MPEG-2 TS, and MPEG-4 and supports HDTV and 4:2:2P@ML.
Applied Magic (http://www.applied-magic.com) released the HD Cinema workstation, a turnkey real-time HD editing solution that supports the JY-HD10U. The system comprises CineForm Aspect HD, Adobe Premiere 6.5 and Encore DVD, and lets users master HD productions to multiple formats including DVHS or Windows Media 9 and export to DVD, VHS and DV. The HD Cinema workstation is priced at US$3,995.
Boxx Technologies (http://www.boxxtech.com) announced the HDV [pro] turnkey solution for real-time editing of HDV content shot with the JY-HD10U. The system comprises Adobe Premiere Pro, Encore DVD and Audition and CineForm Aspect HD in a 4U rackmountable or desk side chassis with USB and 1394 FireWire ports, and a fully compatible Adobe After Effects plug-in for exporting content to Premiere Pro. The HDV [pro] is priced from US$3,200.
MacroSystem Digital Video (http://www.casablanca.tv) announced the Casablanca Solitaire stand-alone system which offers native MPEG-2 editing of material shot with the JY-HD10U.
MediaWare Solutions (http://www.MediawareSolutions.com) announced that its MPEG editXpress software offers frame accurate MPEG-2 HD and SD editing. MPEG editXpress is designed from the ground up as an MPEG editor and is expected to ship this month.
Ulead Systems (http:// www.ulead.com) have added the Ulead HD Plug-in to its MediaStudio Pro 7 editing software which allows the system to natively capture, edit and output MPEG-2 based HD content. The plug-in automatically detects the JY-HD10U camera, loads the correct device settings and converts the incoming Transport Stream video to the Program Specification for editing.
MainConcept (http://www.mainconcept.com) released the MPEG Pro plug-in for Adobe Premier Pro allowing users to import MPEG video and export it in a variety of formats. The plug-in adds native MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 editing, and the HD version adds native HDV editing, including the ability to capture directly from the JY-HD10U camera into Premiere Pro.
SD editing: Avid, Quantel, Thomson, Newtek, Sony, AJA, Aurora, Digital Voodoo, Bluefish444
Avid (http://www.avid.com) introduced the Avid Xpress Studio system, an integrated content creation suite for DV professionals. It will be available in two versions: Avid Xpress Studio Essentials and Avid Xpress Studio Complete. Both comprise Avid Xpress Pro video editing software, Avid Pro Tools LE digital audio software, Avid 3D animation and effects software, Avid FX titling and compositing software and Avid DVD by Sonic DVD authoring tool. Avid Xpress Studio Essentials will also include the Digidesign Mbox audio I/O hardware, and Avid Xpress Studio Complete will include the Digi 002 audio control surface and Avid Mojo DNA hardware. Avid Xpress Studio Essentials is priced at US$3995 (compared to a total retail value of more than US$8,000 for products purchased individually), and Avid Xpress Studio Complete is priced at US$6995 (compared to a total retail value of more than US$12,000 for products purchased individually).
Quantel (http://www.quantel.com) also expanded its generationQ broadcast range with the launch of QEdit. This software-only package is designed for the news/sports production environment and runs on a standard PC. QEdit benefits from version2 software, which allows sophisticated-looking custom transitions to be quickly and easily created, and it provides a way of ingesting material into the generationQ environment, offering direct tape to timeline editing from a local VCR or camcorder. It also publishes automatically to the same standard as the material being held on the main server.
Thomson (http://www.thomsongrassvalley.com) announced the Grass Valley NewsEdit SCE system, a low-cost editing and review workstation designed for a shared-production environment that enables full editing functionality, including colour correction and 2-D effects. News Edit can access digitised media residing on a Grass Valley Network Attached Storage (NAS) system or M-Series intelligent video digital recorder (iVDR). The NewsEdit SCE system is priced from US$5,950 and scheduled to be available in May 2004.
Newtek (http://www.newtek.com) announced the VT Post integrated production suite specifically designed for post production. Based on the VT card and software suite, it includes the SX-8 breakout box, and has uncompressed SDI I/O, integrated content capture/playback, and LightWave 3D version 7.5. VT Post is priced at US$5495.
Sony (http://www.sony.com/professional) announced the availability of its new Vegas+DVD Production Suite of software tools, which includes Vegas 5, DVD Architect 2 and a Dolby Digital AC-3 Encoder software. Sony Vegas 5 video and audio editing software now offers increased functionality, more specialised features and the most extensive audio upgrade to date. New features for Vegas 5 include 3D track motion and compositing, keyframable Bezier masks, network rendering, transition progress envelopes, subtitle/text export to DVD Architect software, Flash .swf import, ACID software loop properties support, keyboard event pitch shifting, 5.1 audio plug-in support at the master bus level, film-style 5.1 surround panning, downmix monitoring, external control surface support, envelope automation recording, customisable UIs and keyboard mapping, media subclips, real-time A/V event reverse, and support for external Sony hardware devices such as the DSR-DU1 and DSR-DR1000 video disk recorders and J-H3 HDCAM player.
AJA Video Systems (http://www.aja.com) also announced a new upgrade for Io, an SD capture device for Final Cut Pro that supports uncompressed video and audio over a 400Mb FireWire cable. The new upgrade offers RGB V-out and a Control Panel that turns Io into an 'Anything in, anything out, frame synchroniser.' The upgrade has direct support for popular applications such as the new Apple Motion, Adobe After Effects, and Discreet Combustion, without the need for additional plug-in software. Io has a new price of US$2290, and the upgrade is available free to all Io owners.
Aurora Video Systems (http://www.auroravideosys.com) also launched PipeSDI. Designed to take full advantage of the Apple Final Cut Pro RT Extreme architecture while providing broadcast-quality audio and video inputs and outputs for editors working with SDI and digital audio material. It offers 10-bit performance across the board, seamless integration with QuickTime and the Mac OS X, and costs US$499.
Digital Voodoo (http://www.digitalvoodoo.net) introduced the SD|Edit card for Mac OSX. This 10-bit uncompressed SD SDI I/O QuickTime video card has 6 channels of AES/EBU digital audio with built-in audio sample rate converters and broadcast quality genlock input. It supports the Apple Final Cut Pro 4 RT Extreme architecture for real-time playback of effects, as well as Photo-JPEG capture and playback for offline editing. SD|Edit is available for US$1,495.
Bluefish444 (http://www.bluefish444.com) also announced the immediate availability of its SD|Envy and SD|Pride video cards for Windows XP and Windows 2000 Pro. The SD|Envy 10-bit uncompressed card offers dual link SD SDI, component (YUV), S-Video and composite input, and dual-link SD SDI, component (YUV/RGB), S-Video and composite output. It provides a 10-bit conversion from either YUV component, S-Video or composite analogue inputs to SD SDI video, and a 10-bit conversion from SD SDI video to various combinations of YUV component, RGB component, S-Video and composite analogue. The card also supports 6 channels of AES/EBU audio input and output, with in-built sample rate converters. SD|Pride is an output-only 10-bit uncompressed dual link SD SDI video card that features 10-bit uncompressed analogue YUV component, RGB component, S-video and composite video outputs, and 6 channels of AES/EBU audio output. Both cards have a stable, broadcast-quality genlocking circuit design, ensuring an output which meets the most stringent of broadcast jitter requirements.
Servers and disk recorders: DVS, Doremi, Thomson, Omneon, SpectSoft
DVS (http://www.dvs.de) premiered the Pronto2K digital disk recorder for uncompressed SD, HD and 2k. With a new user interface and operating under the Windows file system, Pronto2K is aimed at post production applications. It stores video directly as BMP, YUV, TIFF, TGA, Cineon or DPX, and audio as AIFF or WAV files. All common formats and resolutions are processed in real-time, and meta data can be stored in the header. Pronto2K has a storage capacity of up to 3,200GB and achieves data transfer rates up to 306MB/s. Several systems connected in a SAN environment will allow multiple users concurrent, real-time data access
Doremi (http://www.doremilabs.com) displayed its new V1-HD disk recorder. This will be able to record compressed or uncompressed HD-SDI video, and features will include simultaneous record and play and dual-link 12-bit 4:4:4 or video and key 4:2:2:4 HD-SDI recording.
Thomson (http://www.thomsongrassvalley.com) expanded the Grass Valley M-Series intelligent video digital recorder (iVDR) line with the new M-222D and M-322D models. The M-222D features four AES/EBU digital audio tracks, embedded digital audio and simultaneous analogue and digital video outputs. The M-322D offers this same functionality and adds the capability to record and play 50Mb/s DV and MPEG-2 compressed video. Thomson also announced a software upgrade for M-Series iVDR users that supports integration of an iVDR with Grass Valley Digital News Production products and the Grass Valley NetCentral Simple Network Management (SNMP)-based remote monitoring application. Pricing for the new M222D and M322D models starts at US$22,995 and the units will be available in July 2004.
Thomson (http://www.thomsongrassvalley.com) also released its sixth-generation server, the Grass Valley Profile 6G system, including the new PVS 3500 server and PVS 3000 server. The Profile 6G line is compatible with the new Grass Valley UIM that supports high-speed Fibre Channel and Gigabit connectivity, as well as industry-standard transfer file formats such as the MXF and SMPTE 360M. The Profile 6G provides simplified media management and the ability to support SD and HD materials in the same frame and the same timeline using built-in HD encoders and decoders and built-in SD/HD up- and down-conversion. It also features a 2Gb Fibre Channel storage system that is 40 percent less expensive than previous generations. The Profile 6G line is available with a starting price of US$60,000.
Under the banner of "HD in Any Format", Omneon video Networks (http://www.omneon.com) extended the HD capabilities of its Spectrum media server by adding support for Panasonic DVCPRO HD. With its existing support for HD MPEG and Sony HDCAM, this announcement means that Spectrum now supports all leading HD broadcast formats simultaneously.
SpectSoft (http://www.spectsoft.com) has released RaveHD, its next generation of video disk recorder software. Aimed at high-end visual effects and post production workflows, it uses an open source model, the Linux operating system, and commodity PC hardware. RaveHD scales from SD all the way to dual link (4:4:4 RGB) HD video depending on the hardware running inside the PC. Software features include centralised database asset tracking, LUT based colour correction, RP-188 (embedded SDI timecode) support, RS-422 master (deck control) and slave (deck emulation), Web-based asset and DDR management tools, client/server based, VariCam support, programmable cadence (2:3), metadata burn-in, and multitrack audio. Prices start from US$18,488 for an SD system, and US$19,988 for an HD system.
Interoperability: SADiE, Adobe, Fairlight
SADiE (http://www.sadie.com) demonstrated AAF V1.2 file exchange with other edit platforms during NAB2004. AAF V1.2 is a further development of the Advanced Authoring Format file interchange standard that includes the new Edit Protocol standard. This describes: Edit Decision information such as source and record time codes, source tracks, physical source names, frame and sample-accurate clip definitions, clip and time-based comments, clip names and track names; Audio Data, such as clip and track-based gain, stereo pan, fade in and out, symmetrical and asymmetrical crossfades and MIDI data; and (optional) embedded media files, such as production audio files, as well as non-AAF files, including scripts, logs, etc.
Adobe (http://www.adobe.com) announced version 1.5 of Audition. This combines new editing and effects tools with enhanced integration across Adobe's product line to deliver a more efficient workflow. Adobe Audition is a core component of the Adobe Video Collection 2.5, which includes new versions of Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5, Adobe After Effects 6.5, and Adobe Encore DVD 1.5 Version 1.5 adds a new Frequency Space editing feature, a pitch correction tool, support for transferring audio with ReWire, and VST plug-in support. Video support in Adobe Audition has also been enhanced - video filmstrips appear in the multitrack view, markers from Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 are imported with AVI movies, and support has been added for a wide range of video formats.
Fairlight (http://www.fairlightau.com) introduced news plug-ins for the Dream series, including the Plug-in Manager 6 for VST plug-ins, MIDI support for the Plug-in Manager, and AV Transfer that allows DAR projects to be converted to Fairlight ML-4 projects.
DAWs and mixers: Digidesign, Fairlight, SSL, Tascam
Digidesign (http://www.digidesign.com) demonstrated ICON, an integrated audio production system featuring the all-new D-Control tactile work surface, the Pro Tools|HD Accel system as its core DSP engine, and modular Digidesign Pro Tools|HD audio interfaces for analogue and digital I/O. Designed to consolidate recording, editing, processing, and mixing functions in an automated, customisable system that can be instantly reconfigured, ICON features built-in 7.1-channel panning, touch-sensitive controls, and a wide range of visual mixing feedback. It also supports development partner effects processing plug-ins and software options, seamless Avid picture support, and comprehensive synchronisation and machine-control options.
Fairlight (http://www.fairlightau.com) introduced its new QDC-XT engine that doubles the number of tracks in the disk recorder of Dream workstations, bringing the track count up to 96. Configurations of up to 192 channels of fully automated mixing and up to 72 mix busses are now supported for Constellation and StationPlus DAWs. QDC-XT also allows increased EDL sizes and larger total file sizes, up to 192 AES/EBU inputs, high-quality analogue or MADI.
SSL (http://www.solidstatelogic.com) launched the AWS 900 Analogue Workstation System that combines an SSL console with proprietary SuperAnalogue processing and a comprehensive DAW controller. The console section offers technology identical to the SSL XL 9000 K Series console, including a full monitoring system up to 5.1 surround, while the DAW control offers direct access to all major DAW mixing, editing and automation parameters, including plug-ins.
Tascam (http://www.tascam.com) announced the 2488, a 24-track recording workstation for under US$1500. The 2488 records 24 tracks of audio at 24-bit resolution, with 250 virtual tracks, and editing and looping functions. Its 36 mixer inputs mix 24 playback tracks, eight analogue inputs, a 64-voice MIDI tone generator and stereo effects processor.
More processing: SADiE, Verari, Digigram
SADiE (http://www.sadie.com) launched a new addition to the SADiE Series 5 range. The PCM-H64 is a new large scale multitrack DAW for post and music applications that has a newly developed processor card. Each card is capable of the real-time editing, equalisation, control of dynamics, and mixing into full surround of up to 64 channels of 48kHz/24-bit audio, or up to 16 channels at 192kHz/24-bit. Up to four cards can coexist in the same system, providing up to 12Gflops of DSP power in a single computer dedicated to processing audio.
Verari Systems (http://www.verari.com) was promoting its DAW64 on the Pinnacle Systems booth, as a platform for Nuendo. Based on the AMD Opteron processor, the DAW64 offers 64-bit processing, up to 16GB of RAM, RAID and removable storage, and support for Windows XP.
Digigram (http://www.digigram.com) announced the HR (High Resolution) series of PCX cards. The HR series include 24-bit/192kHz converters, more advanced functions, more processing power, and greater flexibility for custom developments. The PCX882HR and PCX881HR multichannel cards are the first in the new series and include hardware sample rate converters on all inputs for simultaneous recording of signals with different sampling frequencies.
Portable recorders: APT, Prophet, Zaxcom
APT (http://www.aptx.com) launched WorldNet Porto, a hand-held solid state recorder that uses compact Flash card which can be removed and inserted into a notebook for transfer or editing.
Prophet Systems (http://www.prophetsys.com) launched PocketGen, a portable PDA-based field recorder that allows wireless transmission back to the station, and works with most automation systems.
For the Deva IV and V portable hard disk recorders, Zaxcom (http://www.zaxcom.com) launched the Deva Mix-12 control surface for location mix and record functions. Designed for the rugged environment of location recording the 12 faders of Deva Mix-12 are completely sealed to keep out the dust, dirt and moisture. It also offers LED input meter bars, input trim adjustments, effects control, extensive talkback functions and remote roll capability. A built-in QWERTY keyboard allows for meta-data to be entered.
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