The BlueDriver wireless audio interfaces allow you to use a professional quality microphone and connect to your mobile phone for recording or broadcasting remotely. This year they introduced their S-Series that allows you to use a stereo microphone (shown above) for recording applications. The cost is around $500 for a pair for the stereo version and you can usually get around 40 feet of distance using Bluetooth. You can use them in a pair (to convert back to standard audio to say place a stereo microphone in a location where running a cable would be difficult) or you can pair them with other bluetooth devices.
I reported on Dejero in previous NAB reports – their broadcaster in a box can simultaneously or alternatively leverage cellular, wireless and/or wired networks to deliver incredible quality and freedom at prices far less than traditional satellite systems. This year they reduced the size of their portable unit and added a video monitor screen. But in an even cooler development, they released their software to run on any PC or specialized PCs such as the Panasonic ToughBook which has a professional video interface. They’ve also released their software for iOS devices. You can see below how you can use cellular, wifi or both at the same time to get even better network performance.
Software for the PC and iOS is free, the new portable transmit unit sells for around $8000 and the receiver (required to use any of the transmission methods) sells for around $18,000.
There was a lot of flying around in the North hall . With the miniaturization of high quality cameras such as the GoPro, several ingenious companies have released small remote control helicopters, planes and yes, even a blimp to hold these small cameras and allow you to record video from above in areas that may have been previously inaccessible. While they do cost several thousand dollars, it is a breakthrough in videography that used to be only available to cameras on full size helicopters. Depending on the size camera, these can cost from just a few hundred dollars to several thousand.
What could GoPro do that was cooler than the camera itself? Beyond the TimeSlice technology their announcement of live wifi monitoring and remote control of one or multiple cameras was pretty astounding. For $99 you get a new back to the camera, and wider back door to accommodate and the remote control. It will then stream live what ever it is seeing over wifi to your smartphone or tablet through an app. This will be released in the next few weeks.
TimeSlice Films was showing its HD Hero rig it uses to create multidimensional time paused videos – think “The Matrix”. Quite impressive rig and output and fun with the Hero HD. Thinking there could be some research applications for this type of photography. Right now it appears they offer this as a service.
Here’s a making of video – although it’s not the Hero, it’s still really interesting.
Even though Vidyo is generally thought of for their proprietary video conferencing technologies, I’m glad I checked out their booth and their VidyoCast software. This software has the potential of making the incorporation of remote guests into programs such as Office Hours much more effective as it seems like it will eliminate the need for the remote user to install any software as the remote user’s software is completely web based).
It also allows you to see the remote user’s audio and video settings to make troubleshooting easier. It provides a mix minus (audio and/or video) to the guest to eliminate confusion and feedback and can even provide compositing of multiple remote participants into a graphically rich scene. This is all at a fairly substantial cost, but it looks impressive.
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K-tek’s Tadpole’s unique design allow you to stick your small camera such as the GoPro or iPhone into hard to reach areas or help steady them for tracking or moving shots. They sell for around $100, more or less depending on the length
The Q-Ball from Camera Corps, LTD in England can create custom HD PTZ cameras for any applications. They always have a really fun booth. The cameras are of good quality and feature a 10x zoom with 1/3″ 2mpixel CMOS sensor.
The camera head for the HD1200 HD Camera from Lux Media Plan weighs in at only 4.9 ounces and measures 5.5 x 4.7 x 1.2 inches but still produces resolution up to 1080p/60 through its 2/3 inch, 2.1 megapixel CMOS sensor. It’s small size and light weight might have interesting applications in research or capturing video in athletics where space is at a premium.
If that’s not small enough for you, they also have the MicroHD camera system
The new SONY Dev-5 and Dev-3 digital recording binoculars provide full HD resolutoin in 2D or 3D plus 7.1 megapixel stills. With 10x optical zoom (10x digital) they can be used for wildlife observation/recording or during sporting events. The binocs sell for just under $2000 for the DEV-5 and $1399 for the DEV-3 which has no digital zoom, eye cups or GPS tagging.