The Nagra SD handheld digital recorder is a professional recording device that features interchangeable record heads as well as an extremely rugged case. You can also just remove the microphone module and connect either external line or microphones and just use the device as a personal recorder. It accepts any size SD card for flexibility and is priced starting at around $1000.
The acouPoP system from acoustaCorp can provide a quick fix for a conference room or classroom where controlling sound reflections becomes important for conferencing or recording. They can be installed on a wall with a motor to roll out or up similar to a shade or can be hung on a stand to control sound without having to alter the structure of the room at all. The stand approach would allow you to move the system to the best location within a room or between rooms where it is needed. It’s available in custom colors starting around $900.
i-Series microphones from micW are designed to be used with iOS devices but can work with other handheld devices as well. They come in many different types and applications including measurement, recording and even a lavalier model. The i456 cardioid mic (above) sells for around $120. They also have a lot of cool accessories such as a split adapter for headphones or the mic stand shown below.
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.
Although this may not be a big deal to some, every year I lobby the major mic manufacturers, SONY, Shure, Sennheiser, and Audio-Technica to bring out new professional USB equipment to provide us with more choices. Not to diminish new releases from Samson which I’ll talk about tomorrow, because I was thrilled to see this new microphone from Audio Technica – The AT2005USB is a cardioid mic that sells for $99 (including the tripod stand) that features XLR AND USB AND a headphone jack for direct monitoring. The XLR and USB can be used simultaneously.
Steadicam has recognized the consumerization of what is considered professional videography by releasing their $150 Steadicam Smoothie. These come with specialized mounts, weighted and balanced for the Hero HD… The iPhone… and the iPad. There were several other manufacturers offering similar rigs for these devices, but this one felt like the “real deal” and was actually less expensive than some of the alternatives.
WeVideo is a fairly new collaborative cloud based video editing tool. You can set up project users and groups and folks can contribute media and share editing tasks all within a browser environment. It was really responsive and handles HD editing and distribution by providing automatic proxy creation and will render the final HD movie in the cloud and then simultaneously deliver to YouTube and many other social media platforms as well as any FTP location. The basic account is free and then is priced from $7 to $80 a month depending on your final resolution, storage amount, numbers of users and other variables.
Art Lebedev Studio is a Russian design and engineering company that has brought these fully programmable keyboards to NAB. Through their management interface, you can set a image file for each key to represent a specific function and their Optimus Popularis keyboard even has an image display that can be driven dynamically by the computer. These could have applications in training or computer labs or for interactive kiosks.
If you are a fan of Duke’s Office Hours, you know that they have been incorporating Twitter feeds into their productions for some time now. Their process is fairly manual so we’ve been looking for alternatives. Chyron announced their Twitter integration package this week called Shout. For a one time license fee, you can bring in twitter feeds and then display them with animation as if they were any other graphic element. More importantly, they allow you to moderate both the content of the tweets and the pictures associated with the twitter accounts before they go on air.