Ingenious iPad TelePrompter System

Right out of the “HEY YOU STOLE MY IDEA!” category, the Prompt-It iPad TelePrompter holder was as brilliant as it was simple. Definitely one of my favorite finds. Consisting of a molded plastic tripod mountable cradle for the iPad, a piece of glass and a black hood, the unit works very well and sets up in seconds. They took the approach to use the prompter in portrait rather than landscape mode to put more text on the screen.  This Australian entrepreneur is currently looking for distribution in the US but is available on their website for around $300.

Since my design using a cardboard box, some wooden skewers and a picture frame was not patented, I have no legal action against them and only wish the the BEST of luck.

Live Wedge Video Switcher

The Live Wedge is a $1000 4 HDMI input switcher with chroma key, picture in picture and can be operated using a really well designed iPad interface or by using it’s interestingly designed hardware control surface – hence the name Live Wedge. It can also live stream to YouTube or record directly to an SD card.

SONY 4k Camera – Under $2000


The new SONY FDR-AX100/B breaks the $2000 price barrier with an amazing camera with a Zeiss lens, 12x optical zoom and an incredible 1″ image sensor. The camera can record in XAVC-S, AVCHD and MP4 with speeds up to 120 fps recording. It will also connect to your smartphone via Wi-Fi®/NFC. We’re very much looking forward to bringing this camera in house.

Sony 4k DSLR with incredible low light capability

Sony just announced the SONY Alpha 7s digital SLR. Since it’s acquisition of Konica/Minolta, SONY’s DSLRs have been getting better and better industry recognition. They called this one a game changer and if it performs as spec’d, I have to agree. The imager is rated for video from ISO 100 to ISO 409,600. I thought they were joking. This thing will be able to focus in near darkness – at full 4k resolution. I’m’ thinking this should be useful for research photography.


It has a full frame 35mm sensor and will shoot to XAVC S format. It uses the standard 3 mount lenses. Availability and pricing has not been set but it may very well be soon and more affordable than you think.

Silicon Core LED Wall


Silicon Core continues to have the best looking LED video walls at the show. I was able to have a great conversation with the CEO of the company and he discussed their approach to reducing the voltage required for the LED which then reduces the heat which allows them to more densely pack the LEDs to get their incredible resolution. Even standing next to the screen it was difficult to see the individual LEDs.

New Drives & Data Sharing From LaCie


The newly announced 2big Thunderbolt™ 2 desk RAID offers speeds up to 420MB/s with dual Thunderbolt™ 2 ports and is ready for 4k workflows. No date for release has been announced.



At $1300, the super small and super fast Little Big Disk Thunderbolt™ 2 drive from LaCie packs amazing SSD performance in a size made for field production.  The drive should be available in mid-June.




What got LaCie on my best in show list was the new LaCie Fuel. This “wireless NAS” comes in 1 or 2TB versions and allows mobile devices such as the iPad to access network storage without connecting to the Internet or the local network. It can share files with up to 5 devices at once and can stream directly to an Apple TV or other AirPlay devices. Oh, and the 1TB model is only $199!

Darim iStudio Aimed At Higher Ed


Darim iStudio is a complete self-contained production studio, similar to NewTek’s TriCaster but designed to be used by a presenter, not a video professional. There are portable and rackmount versions and offer virtual sets, Skype integration, virtual camera presets, a purported simple to use real time chroma key and recording.

In this photo, they are using the Microstation portable green screen solution I reported on last year.

Blackmagic Continues To Amaze

Blackmagic held the prize for the show stunner. I’ve been going to NAB for close to 15 years now and I have never been more wowed than I was by the new Ursa camera. Blown away really by the quality of the live image i was seeing. It was truly digital film. This is a camera designed for use in the studio and has an incredibly large 10” viewfinder. It’s 4k image sensor is as large as Blackmagic’s film scanner, and can out put via 12G-SDI or record via internal dual RAW AND ProRes recorders. It supports many different lens types with a user upgradeable sensor – which preserves the major hardware investment for the future. Although it is hardly an investment coming in at under $6000. I’m still shaking my head at in disbelief at the price.

If the Ursa camera wasn’t enough, there’s also a new 4k camera designed for broadcast using the same 10” screen at a cost of under $2000.

I was also able to get a tour of the just announced new version of DaVinci Resolve Edit from the new Senior Director of Marketing at Blackmagic Design, Paul Saconne. But Paul, I said, Resolve is not a editing tool… After seeing this demo, i can confirm it will be when this new version is released. One of the folks in our demo commented that it looked like they took the best of Final Cut 7 and Premiere Pro and combined them. Oh, and the price for all of the tools except for a few very high end features?… free.

The New DJI Phantom II+

I was sent on a mission by the Duke Co-lab – find out about the newly announced DJI Phantom II+ Camera Drone System. Compared with a few years ago when there were many, many drone manufacturers, DJI seems to have emerged a leader. You can purchase this system complete with a camera or get a drone and add your own camera. While using a GoPro with one of their drones might have some more flexibility in recording formats, it seems like the all in one solution might be best for research and finding out how these devices might be used around Duke. The system is well integrated and connects with your smartphone for real time video streaming. Control is pretty easy as the device uses GPS to self level and will return home if it gets out of range of the controller.

This has initiated many interesting questions for Duke – since our air space has both RDU and the Hospital’s LifeFlight helicopter, determining how to set policies to fly these safely will be an ongoing conversation.