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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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The Roland V-800HD is a multi-format video switcher that features 3G, HD and SDI SDI input as well as many different types of standard definition video inputs at a cost of around $13,000. It also features a built in multi viewer, MIDI control and built in scalers and keyers and a USB port for bringing in still graphics.
Roland always has interesting stuff at the show. This year they were showing their new $2000 portable production station the VR-3 that functioned as a video and audio mixer with cool touch screen interface that converted the output to standard USB so it can feed any USB compatible app such a Ustream.tv, Adobe Media Encoder, or other live stream or recording tools. Granted this is standard definition but for streaming, it provides some great remote production capabilities in a small and inexpensive package.
Three major Thunderbolt video interfaces made some big impact at the show.
Mark of the Unicorn’s HDX-SDI will be out this summer and retail for around $1000. It’s rack mountable and features discrete audio interface for 8 channels.
Blackmagic also released a the Ultrastudio 3D for for around the same price in a much smaller package.
To me, AJA is the winner with their IO XT at just under $1500, theirs is basically a Kona card in a box that features meters on the front, 12v power supply so it can run off battery and most importantly (2) Thunderbolt plugs (the only one with this) to allow you to daisy chain storage and/or a monitor.