Vaddio provided a high point of the show with their introduction of a whole host of AV equipment that supports direct USB interface. These products will revolutionize classroom integration.
Their ClearVIEW HD USB camera is a pan/tilt.zoom camera that has a 19x optical zoom lens. Because this is a USB camera, it can be used for all applications such as Skype, Movi (this is showing it being used with Cisco Jabber), web conferencing and even lecture capture tools. Because it also has standard video outputs, it can also be plugged into standard hardware video conferencing codecs. At around $4,000 this is truly one camera to rule them all.
If this was the only announcement, it would be enough, but they also came out with new USB microphones both table top and even a USB hanging mic with three elements. For around a grand, you get your choice of one microphone and the amplifier that can support an additional mic (you can mix and match) for another $400. But wait, that’s not all. For around $1900 list, the new AV bridge allows you to take your existing camera and audio equipment and convert it to a compatible USB format for use with all the applications mentioned earlier. This will extend the value of already existing equipment. A huge win for Vaddio.
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.
With features like 30 fps content recording simultaneous with HD video recording, a cool proprietary dual stream player and live streaming, the Haivision Viper might be a good solution for those programs that require high end recording in the classroom or event center. It can function as a standalone recorder/server or can integrate with the Haivision Furnace server for distribution and transcoding. While it doesn’t offer many of the collaboration and specific lecture capture features of DukeCapture, there may be applications where the quality of the recording is of primary importance.
More information: http://www.haivision.com/products/viper
The TVUPack Mini uses multiple 3G/4G/Wifi connections to transmit HD video taking the place of more expensive 2.4GHz Wireless units. It has 8 USB data card slots and can even become it’s own hotspot. The transmitters sell for around $6500and feature a small confidence monitor and the receiver is around $10k. You can remotely monitor the cameras and the combined signal strength of the transmitters.
Streambox is expanding their line of hardware and software solutions to allow contributors out in remote locations to send live or recorded video back to a centralized studio over multiple networks such as 3G/4G mobile, wifi, wired, etc – separately or combined. They feature software for the PC to allow any video equipment attached to connect back to the studio encoder. The Avenir is a backpack encoder that can take video and transcode and send it over the same networks mentioned above. They now have software for the iPhone and iPad as well that allow them to function as remote broadcasting tools. All of these tie into an encoder in the studio that sells for around $8000 and software encoding licenses are around $3500.
Those familiar with DukeCapture know that our standard capture PC has an Osprey card to capture audio and video and a separate Datapath card to capture computer content. ViewCast just released the Osprey 820e that seems like it could handle both – HDMI and DVI – in one card. The PCI Express card also has HD video capability. The image below shows it using Wirecast to capture video and screen at one time.
NewTek released three new TriCasters at NAB including the 8000, 855 and 455. TriCaster 455 includes a 14-channel switcher with four camera inputs for a retail price of $19,995. It provides the ability to stream and record all inputs at once to allow you to go back and “fix” anything that was recorded live.
I was searching and found several high speed/slow motion cameras based on some inquiries from Duke Athletics. Prices and speed varied widely and there could be applications for evaluation of sports performance or for use in research. Many of these cameras can be rented by the day or week for specific projects from local or nearby camera rental shops.
The new SONY NEX-FS700U camera was remarkable both from it’s image quality and flexibility but also that at just under $10k it could do up to 960 FPS. It also made a great standard HD camera when slow motion was not needed.
The Phantom Miro M310 from Vision Research has a maximum resolution of 1280 x 800 at 3,260 fps and starts around $50,000. It’s small and lightweight and features removable storage for easier file transfers.
The Pico camera from LMC LiveMotion Concept features a 2k sensor in a very small package that can capture up to 5,450 fps at 720 or 2560 fts at 1080. This camera is unique in that it features highspeed instant replay via a RAM buffer – up to 30 seconds at 330 fps. This camera is generally obtained through rental.
The HotShot CC family of cameras from NAC Image Technology are compact and come in models that range in speed from 1000 fps @ 800 x 600 to 800 fps at resolutions up to 2304 x 1720 with a 4 megapixel sensor. Prices range from $9,500 5o $35,000 depending on the frame rate and memory required. Weekly rentals range from $1,00 to $2, 695.
The HHC Series of cameras from the Mega Speed Corporation can shoot up to 5000 fps at 512 x 512 and feature a Gigabit Ethernet interface, built-in LED lights, HDMI video out as well as support for up to two SDHC cards. They start at around $20,000 and can be rented for around $1500/week.
The Olympus i-SPEED 3 provides high resolution, extreme low light sensitivity and up to 150,000 fps recoding. Other features include i-FOCUS, an electronic function which confirms the focal depth of lens and exact point of focus, a video trigger to start recording from changes within a live image and the ability to phase lock multiple cameras.