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   The international newsletter for production and post equipment

16 May 2008

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This bumper edition brings you our round-up from the NAB 2008 Convention. For information released prior to the event, please see our April and March preview editions. While Apple and Avid were absent this year, there was certianly no shortage of their respective kit on display, and despite the talk of recession, the show still had a buzz and exhibitors reported good business.

The message from this year's show was that broadcasting is definitely becoming 'broader-casting'. The Internet, IPTV management and delivery systems and encoding solutions for multiple platforms were everywhere. Other emerging trends include the growing move to 1080p infrastructure with 3Gb/s-capable equipment, and the increase in 3D productions. In fact our only disappointment was that the Quantel 3D demonstration was fully booked, so we didn't get to see it!


Apple Final Cut Studio 2. Editing Unleashed.
Final Cut Studio 2 puts a powerful new version of Final Cut Pro at the centre of an integrated post-production workflow.

 Camera news

Sony unveils HDVF-200 high definition viewfinder for professional camera systems (12/5/2008)

Sony adds OLED display technology to professional HD cameras (12/5/2008)

Panasonic P2 HD system gets support from Autodesk and Hitachi Kokusai Electric (12/5/2008)

Panasonic adds to VariCam Line-Up with VariCam 3700 and VariCam 2700 P2 HD Camcorders (12/5/2008)

Panasonic Announces Solid-State AG-HMC151 AVCHD 1080 Handheld Camcorder (12/5/2008)

Panasonic Announces AW-HE100 Integrated Pan/Tilt/Zoom HD/SD Camera (12/5/2008)

Panasonic Introduces New P2 Drive With PCI Express Interface (12/5/2008)

Panasonic Debuts AG-HPX171 Solid-State P2 HD Handheld Camcorder (12/5/2008)

Panasonic Doubles Current Recording Capacity With 64-GB P2 Solid-State Memory Card (12/5/2008)

Sony expands XDCAM EX line-up with PMW-EX3 camcorder, PMW-EX30 deck, and PHU-60K hard-disk unit (12/5/2008)

JVC Adds Solid State Recording to its ProHD Camcorder Line (9/5/2008)

JVC introduces GY-HD200UB ProHD camcorder with dual live 720p and 1080i IEEE 1394 streams (9/5/2008)

Thomson Expands Infinity Product Line With Improved Performance and Longer Recording Times (7/5/2008)

Thomson Boosts Performance and Capacity of Thomson Grass Valley REV PRO Media (7/5/2008)

S.two delivers End-to-End 4K workflow with i.DOCK4, A.DOCK4 and DFR 4K (6/5/2008)

S.two announces new DFR2K Digital Film Recorder (6/5/2008)

S.two Digital Field Recorders earn the ARRIRAW T-LINK Certification (6/5/2008)

Shining Technology ships CitiDISK SSD solid state tapeless video recorder (23/4/2008)

Ikegami shows GFCAM Flash-Memory Tapeless ENG System and new HDK-77EX studio camera (23/4/2008)

Silicon Imaging SI-2K Camera to Support Cooke Optics /i Technology (23/4/2008)

Arriflex announces D-21 Film Style Digital Camera (23/4/2008)

Canon's XL H1S and XL H1A HD camcorders provide advanced features for enhanced control and operation (23/4/2008)

Fujifilm Expands Professional Video Portfolio with P2 Format (22/4/2008)

Focus Previews Fifth Generation FS-5 Direct To Edit Recorder (22/4/2008)

Iconix Video Introduces the Studio2K Camera (14/4/2008)

Panasonic ships compact AK-HC1800N 2/3" 2.2-megapixel multi-purpose HD camera (14/4/2008)

Silicon Imaging Announces Integrated 3D Technology and New Features and Accessories for the SI-2K Digital Cinema Platform (14/4/2008)

CELCO showcases Firestorm 4k Digital Motion Picture Recorder (10/4/2008)

Grass Valley presents the Infinity series of IT-based acquisition, recording, and storage devices: real high definition, really open, really affordable.

 NLE news

Merging Introduces a New Low-Cost Family of VCube Networkable Video Player/Recorder Systems (15/5/2008)

Adobe Adds Native Support for Sony XDCAM EX Camera Format to Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 (15/5/2008)

EDIROL adds F-1 Video Recorder to its line-up of field recorders (14/5/2008)

Blackmagic Design Announces DeckLink HD Extreme with 3 Gb/s SDI (12/5/2008)

Sony XDCAM HD benefits from third-party editing and server solutions (12/5/2008)

JVC Announces Avid support for ProHD (9/5/2008)

Signiant Announces Integration of its New Digital Media Solution with Final Cut Pro (8/5/2008)

Solid State Logic Gravity Completes Collaboration Trials with Omneon Spectrum Servers (8/5/2008)

Thomson Announces MediaFrame Architecture for Its Aurora Platform (7/5/2008)

ATTO FastStream SC 5300 RAID Storage Controller approved for use with Avid NewsCutter systems (6/5/2008)

S.two announces Digital Studio Recorder for post production (6/5/2008)

Skymicro Announces the MerlinIP PCIe Board (28/4/2008)

Softron Introduces OnTheAir News Macintosh-Based News Management System (28/4/2008)

Editware Announces Fastrack K2-H control for K2 Media Server (28/4/2008)

Matrox Announces Matrox MXO2 – Portable, Affordable, Complete I/O for the Mac (28/4/2008)

Matrox Announces Realtime HD Editing at a Breakthrough Price with New RT.X2 LE Platform (28/4/2008)

Quantel adds new features to Genetic Engineering teamworking infrastructure (25/4/2008)

Quantel announces new Jo and Ed broadcast editing products (25/4/2008)

Quantel launches Quattro software for post systems - step change in toolsets and workflow biggest since launch of generationQ (25/4/2008)

Quantel previews Dino (Distance Is No Object) inter-site workflow technology (25/4/2008)

Quantel launches Quattro software for broadcast systems - shortens time to air, enhances creativity and underpins shared workflows (25/4/2008)

Quantel announces support for more new formats - 1080P, Stereo3D, double-speed HDCAM SR, AVC-i essence drivers enhance workflows (25/4/2008)

Harris Corporation Demonstrates Interoperable Broadcast News and Sports Solutions (25/4/2008)

Autodesk Launches New Versions of Visual Effects and Finishing Systems (25/4/2008)

Signiant Introduces Solution for Avid Interplay and Avid TransferManager Products (22/4/2008)

Marquis Demonstrates Medway Integration between Microsoft Interactive Media Manager and Avid's Media Composer (22/4/2008)

Avid Delivers Ultimate HD Editing Experience With Release of Next-Generation Editing Systems (21/4/2008)

Drastic Announces Support for Bright Systems' New BrightClip Intelligent Data Recording Technology (21/4/2008)

Apple Ships Final Cut Server (14/4/2008)

Telestream Introduces Support for Final Cut Server and ProRes (14/4/2008)

EVS Presents Clips Import Plug-In Application in Final Cut Pro Station (10/4/2008)

EVS Presents XT[2]-EditRec for Linear and Hybrid editing (10/4/2008)

Fast Forward Video Introduces eClips DVR for Live Productions and Record-to-Edit Applications (10/4/2008)

Digital Rapids Unveils Version 2.0 of Flexible CarbonHD Digital Disk Recorder (10/4/2008)

Studio Network Solutions Announces OS X Leopard Support for all of its Products (9/4/2008)

Maximum Throughput to Release Sledgehammer Version 3.6 Software (9/4/2008)

Ross Video Releases v2.0 of its SoftMetal Video Servers (9/4/2008)

Gee Broadcast introduces Geevs Slim and Geevs SDE3 Models (9/4/2008)

Merging Technologies' Pyramix and VCube offer total networking solutions for multi-studio audio post production environments.

 HD news

FOR-A introduces 3Gbps-capable HVS-5000 switcher series (14/5/2008)

Digital Vision Unveils Film Master v4.0 with 4k Real-time Capabilities (14/5/2008)

Sony adds new features to HDV recorders (12/5/2008)

Sony enhances digital cinema production workflow for HDCAM SR recorders (12/5/2008)

Panasonic Announces CRT Performance in BT-LH1760 17-Inch LCD Production Monitor (12/5/2008)

JVC unveils KM-H3000 AND KM-H2500 compact multi-format digital switchers (9/5/2008)

Sonic and Sony Strengthen Partnership to Enable Connected Content Creation for Blu-ray Disc (8/5/2008)

Sonic Upgrades Scenarist Blu-ray Disc Authoring Suite (8/5/2008)

Thomson Confirms SMPTE 3Gb/s Compliance Of Its GeckoFlex Modular Platform With New Tektronix Test Equipment (7/5/2008)

Thomson Shows New Enhancements To Thomson Grass Valley HD Video Production Switcher Lines (7/5/2008)

Thomson and FilmLight to Showcase Software Grading Control for Spirit Family (7/5/2008)

Quantel adds double speed HDCAM SR ingest for iQ and Pablo (25/4/2008)

Harris Corporation Demonstrates Market-Leading 3 Gb/s Broadcast Technology (25/4/2008)

ROOT6 shows ContentAgent on standard platform with V2.4 software release (22/4/2008)

Echolab Announces MultiPlayMD Multidefinition Multichannel Instant-Replay System (21/4/2008)

ASSIMILATE Shows Real-Time SCRATCH 4.0 for Greater Innovation and Creativity (21/4/2008)

 DAW news

Merging Unveils the ADRenaline Total ADR Solution (15/5/2008)

Nagra introduces the Nagra VI six track recorder (15/5/2008)

Nagra introduces the Nagra LB compact two-channel recorder (15/5/2008)

Fairlight releases DREAM 2 Version 1.5 (14/5/2008)

Euphonix Broadcast Consoles Integrate with Ross OverDrive Production Control System (14/5/2008)

Prism Sound Acquires SADiE (9/5/2008)

Sound Devices Introduces 788T Multitrack Location Recorder (8/5/2008)

iZotope releases RX restoration software as a plug-in suite for DAWs and audio editors (21/4/2008)

Graham-Patten Unveils Sonarae Audio Monitor for Non-Linear Editors (9/4/2008)

 SYPHA-supported events

PALM Expo 2008
China International Exhibition Centre, Beijing, China
29 May - 1 June 2008
Be part of the largest and most established international exhibition of professional audio, light, AV, music and technology in China - PALM EXPO 2008!

Singapore Expo, Singapore
17-20 June 2008
BroadcastAsia2008, "Digital: The Journey Forward" is Asia's 13th International Digital Multimedia and Entertainment Technology Exhibition and Conference.

Las Vegas Convention Center, USA
18-20 June 2008
InfoComm is the one show where you can have it all — every technology solution required to build critical AV and information communication systems. InfoComm fully embraces the audio side of “audiovisual” in addition to display and projection, lighting and staging, digital signage, collaborative conferencing, networking, signal distribution and digital content creation.

PALME Asia 2008
Suntec Singapore International Exhibition & Convention Centre
8 - 10 July 2008
Be part of South East Asia's largest and most established professional sound, light, music, audio visual and systems integration exhibition - PALME Asia 2008!

IBC 2008
RAI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Conference: 11 - 16 September 2008
Exhibition: 12 - 16 September 2008
IBC is committed to providing the world's best event for everyone involved in the creation, management and delivery of content for the entertainment industry. Run by the industry for the industry, IBC is owned by six Partners who represent both visitors and exhibitors. Uniquely, the key executives and committees who control the convention are drawn from these organisations, bringing with them experience and expertise in all aspects of our industry.

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