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  • NAB Show: Future of broadcasting equipment in 2014

    nab las vegasThere are many trade shows on the subject of broadcasting equipment and video broadcasting equipment, but is none is arguably bigger than The NAB Show, which is this year travelling to Las Vegas.

    The NAB Show is arguably the E3 of the broadcasting calendar and is often used as a platform by some of the biggest names in the business – Canon, Sony and Panasonic – to launch their latest high profile products. Research and development into new better lenses and cameras is ongoing and these companies spend millions developing and testing new equipment. Continue reading

  • Datavideo introduces versatile HD H.264 multi-port streaming server

    3D NVS-20

    Launching at IBC 2013, Datavideo NVS-20 is a broadcast quality HD H.264 network streaming server. Unlike many encoding devices, NVS-20 is equipped with a variety of video and audio inputs that enable users to integrate the unit quickly into virtually any workflow.

    Designed for live event streaming, the device is lightweight and portable. It encodes at up-to 6Mb/s, delivering a high quality, low latency media stream. Equipped with HD/SD-SDI, HDMI and composite video inputs, XLR connectors and a stereo audio port, the system has the versatility that live event producers, location video crews and AV companies require.

    Allan Leonhardsen of Datavideo UK commented:

    “NVS-20 is all about versatility. It can fit in with a variety of production and distribution workflows. It can sit on the desktop or be easily rack-mounted and it can be controlled locally or remotely. At the same time, it delivers the basic HD and SD encoding function with aplomb.”

    NVS-20 is designed to supports multiple streaming protocols (including HLS, TS over IP, RTP, RSTP and Flash), making it suitable for a range of distribution networks, whether users are streaming to local iPads, globally via a CDN or over a local network.

    Users also have flexibility when it comes to device control and management. Supporting DHCP client the unit can be remotely controlled using any computer or mobile device with a web browser. Real-time video with audio data can be monitored through the web UI. Alternatively, it can be operated using the simple mode selector on the unit itself.

  • Sony announce DWX Digital Wireless Microphones and PMW-400 Camcorder Promotion

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    All XDCAM HD shoulder camcorders, including the new PMW-400, offer a 2 channel slot-in capability for Sony DWX Digital wireless receiver (DWR-S02D), allowing for a fully digital workflow using superb audio quality by AES3 out and 24Bit/48kHz D/A conversion, with up to 72MHz bandwidth. You can pair the digital receiver with a choice of digital wireless transmitters, either the handheld microphone (DWM-02) or belt-pack (DWT-B01/E) both offering simultaneous multi-channel operation and Selectable RF output power (1/10/50 mW).

     

    Terms and conditions

    1. In order to qualify for this promotion the End-User must purchase a DWX transmitter (DWT-B01/E or DWM-02) from a participating Dealer when they purchase the Sony PMW-400 camcorder, or within one month of the purchase (proof and date of purchase required).
    2. The end user must specify their required channel frequency for the transmitter and receiver on purchase.
    3. The promotion is available on a one to one basis, with the offer limited to one per camcorder purchased.
    4. This promotion is only operated by participating Sony Professional Solutions Specialists (SPSS) “Dealers” in the EEA and Switzerland.
    5. The Promoter reserves the right to change the terms of the Promotion, or to terminate the Promotion at any time and without prior notice.
    6. There is no credit or cash alternative available.
    7. The promotion is limited to above models only.
    8. All sales of Sony Camcorders will be made subject to the participating Dealer’s terms of supply; end users should contact Dealers to confirm if they are participating in this promotion and for confirmation of their terms of supply.
    9. Sony will use your personal details for selected future marketing purposes.
    10. Subject to availability participating Dealers will be offering this promotion from 1st September 2013 till 31st December 2013

  • Grant Petty Blackmagic Production Camera 4K Update 04/09/2013

    3D 4K CAMERA 2

     

    Hi, I just want to give you an update on the 4K camera. As we mentioned a few weeks ago, we received the production sensors much later than we expected. When we built cameras from them we saw some big differences in the images between these production sensors vs the pre production samples we originally received. What this means is that we have been working over the last few weeks to replace a bunch of the software in the camera that handles the sensor calibration and image processing.

    It’s taking a bit longer than we expected to do this and we think its going to take about 3 to 4 weeks more to get those changes done and to get the QA process completed before we can start shipping. We apologize for the delays from the original promised date. Ultimately, image calibration is a very important step so we want to make sure this is done properly before shipping.Regards,Grant Petty Blackmagic Design

  • 3D Broadcast Supply Broadcast Equipment for up and coming Channel 4 Cooking Show

    3D Broadcast are proud to supply broadcast equipment to http://www.oneten.tv for their up and coming TV show on Channel 4. Starting on Monday the 25th February Channel 4 will be airing a new celebrity chat show featuring 2 guests each day along with popular TV chefs. Below is the series summary supplied on the Channel 4 website;

    This brand new celebrity chat show features two guests each day and two TV chefs, who prepare three dishes - something quick, something new and something for tonight.

    With the third recipe, the chef has to tackle a viewer's dinner dilemma and cook something from scratch in real time before the end of the show.

    The celebrity guests join Ben and Lisa to taste the dishes.

    There are also games, making this an entertainment show as well as a food show.

  • Special Offer: Order an Atomos Samurai and get a Atomos S2H Dual Battery Converter 100% Free!

    At 3D Broadcast we simply love what we do and have a real passion for all of the products that we have in stock. From audio equipment to industry respecting media VTRs, discs and drivers we are at the forefront of video recording equipment bringing to you dear consumers and production studios a wealth of amazing offers on all of the very latest professional tech.

    Atomos Samurai HD SDI Hard Drive Recorder

    Throughout March we have an incredible special offer on our Atomos Samurai, where if you order an Atomos AO-ATOMSAM001 (AOATOMSAM001) Samurai HDSDI ProRes Recorder you will get a Connect S2H Converts HD-SDI to HDMI Module 100% free, which is a massive saving of £234. You will need to hurry though, because this offer ends on March 31st 2013!

    To view our latest limited time only special offer, all you have to do is simply go to this product page.

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  • BLACKMAGIC CINEMA Camera Shipping Update: 1/14

     

    Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:32 pm

    Hi,

    Wanted to send out a quick update on camera shipments. The production lines have been up and running with sensors coming in. We have been sending out regular shipments of EF model cameras each week to all of our offices around the world, and each week we are getting cameras out at a faster rate. We are still not at full volume shipping though, because sensors are not quite getting to us at a pace that I could say was full volume. But each day I am seeing the volume get better from the sensor company. I am happy with the quality of the sensors.

    For the MFT model, we want to get through some more of the EF orders before I give a date on when we will start getting the MFT orders out. They are ready to go, but we need to get through most of the early EF pre-orders first.

    I have been blown away seeing all the footage coming from people with their cameras around the world. It's been very exciting to watch the camera doing such fantastic creative work!

    Regards,

    Grant
    Blackmagic Design

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  • Hot News From Blackmagic at IBC

    I wanted to share with you information on some new products that Blackmagic are announcing at IBC 2012 in Amsterdam today.

     

    New products include:

     

    Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT

    • UltraStudio 4K

    • UltraStudio Mini Capture

    • UltraStudio Mini Monitor

    • DeckLink 4K Extreme

    • Videohub Master Control

    • Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 4K

    • Mini Converter SDI Multiplex

    • ExFAT HyperDeck Update

    • Thunderbolt™ for Windows

    • ATEM Audio Panel Support

     

    Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT

     

    Since the Blackmagic Cinema Camera was announced we have been overwhelmed by the fantastic response. We have also been extremely happy with the response to the first shipments and have already seen some wonderful work done on them.

     

    We started shipping a few weeks ago, however the Cinema Camera is a highly advanced piece of equipment and it uses a large amount of high quality precision parts to build it. Some components are coming into our factory slower than we expected and this has caused the manufacturing of the cameras to slow.

     

    We expect to have this sorted out over the next few weeks and then can speed up and get more cameras delivered. In the mean time, our engineering has not been slowed down at all and we are continuing to develop the next software update with new features for release very soon.

     

    We have also been working on a Passive Micro Four Thirds model of the camera. People have been asking for this as there are a lot of nice high end manually operated MFT lenses on the market, and the MFT mount can also be easily adapted to PL and other lens mounts using third party adapters.

     

    The new Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT is expected to ship in December, and will be the same price as the original model. It’s identical in features as they are both the same camera, just with different lens mounts. The price will also be the same at $2,995. We will be working with our dealers to help people change their orders if they want.

     

    http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagiccinemacamera/

     

    UltraStudio 4K

     

    Ever since the introduction of Thunderbolt technology, we have been excited by its speed and the types of products we could create for it. We have been working hard on creating some unique Thunderbolt based solutions that would let us be more creative in new features we could include.

     

    We have also been asked by DaVinci Resolve customers to add 4K options for monitoring when color grading and so we have included 4K in some of our new products too!

     

    The new UltraStudio 4K is a compact single rack unit "breakout box" capture and playback solution for Mac and Windows that includes a massive range of rear video and audio connectors. The front panel is a really elegant machined aluminum design that features an integrated color LCD as well as video and audio input buttons. The power supply is built in and the rear panel includes virtually every type of video and audio connection that exists, all using standard connectors!

     

    UltraStudio 4K can take advantage of long Thunderbolt cables that can be up to 30 meters away from the host computer. It supports all video formats including SD, HD, 2K and 4K playback. It includes a lot more power in its hardware and we will unlock that over the next months as we release software updates.

     

    UltraStudio 4K supports the new Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI connection for handing 4:2:2 based 4K and we have converters for adapting to other formats. It’s a very attractive capture and playback solution and it also has every video standard and connection you can imagine!

     

    UltraStudio 4K will ship Q4 for $1,295.

     

    http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/ultrastudio4k/

     

    UltraStudio Mini Recorder

    UltraStudio Mini Monitor

     

    At NAB we introduced the UltraStudio Express that has SDI, HDMI and analog connections with dual break out cables for both professional and consumer analog. It’s exciting, small in size and Thunderbolt powered so it’s a really nice portable solution.

     

    However we wanted to take that further and see if we could design a capture and playback solution that was even smaller. We realized that the way to do that was to design two separate models, one for recording and one for playback. We also removed the analog, as we felt these models only needed SDI and HDMI. With less video and audio connections, they can be much smaller, and lower cost too.

     

    The two new UltraStudio Mini Recorder and UltraStudio Mini Monitor models let you capture or playback respectively and include 3 Gb/s SDI and HDMI connections plus high speed Thunderbolt technology. Because they both power from Thunderbolt, you can simply plug them in and go!

     

    UltraStudio Mini Monitor and UltraStudio Mini Recorder are extremely portable, and they are so small you can hide one in your hand. They really are very tiny but are still a full broadcast quality spec. solution! Both models work in SD and HD, plus support all Mac and Windows software that our other UltraStudio and DeckLink models do.

     

    UltraStudio Mini Recorder is a perfect solution when you need small, portable, low cost capture. UltraStudio Mini Monitor is great for monitoring with editing software such as Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro 7 and X, and Adobe Premiere Pro.

     

    Both models will be available in Q4 for US$145 each.

     

    http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/ultrastudio/

     

    DeckLink 4K Extreme

     

    As we have added 4K to the new UltraStudio 4K, we also have a new model of DeckLink card that includes all the features of the DeckLink HD Extreme 3D model, but adds 4K and we are calling this new model DeckLink 4K Extreme.

     

    Capture cards are great solutions when you want to hide the capture and playback hardware inside the computer itself, so we will keep developing new models of PCI Express capture cards as we move video technology forwards.

     

    This is an extremely powerful card with Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI, HDMI 3D, analog video and audio, reference input, deck control and more. Its PCI Express 2.0 interface is twice as fast so it can handle more and higher resolution video and film formats. It’s also been designed with features needed by DaVinci Resolve such as synchronous deck control for frame accurate jam syncing, and additional new advanced color spaces used in the film industry.

     

    DeckLink 4K Extreme will ship in early Q4 for $1,295.

     

    http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/decklink4kextreme/

     

    Videohub Master Control

     

    Videohub Master Control is a router control panel that allows spin knob scrolling of all router sources and destinations as well as direct button entry of any router crosspoint. It includes a built in LCD with really nice looking anti aliased graphics so you can access and see the status of all cross points on a router, including really large 288 x 288 sized routers like our Universal Videohub 288.

     

    The simplest way to use Videohub Master Control is to simply scroll though all the cross points in the router using the large knob on the panel. The built in LCD shows cross points as you scroll using large, easy to read labels. The scroll order is  alphabetical so it’s easy to scroll to the crosspoint you want.

     

    Videohub Master Control also includes direct entry of cross point labels via built in buttons. These buttons are a combination of customizable buttons as well as numeric buttons. You can easily set the customizable buttons to labels such as “Monitor”, “Deck” or “Edit” etc, and then router cross points can be entered in by simply pressing the custom button followed by the number.

     

    We think this is a really nice solution for controlling the router from a small one rack unit sized control panel, where you get access to the whole router. It’s very easy to use, and priced affordably.

     

    Videohub Master Control will ship in September for $695

     

    http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/videohub/control/

    http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/universalvideohub/control/

     

    Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 4K

     

    With new 4K products being released, we needed some converters to help convert and monitor 4K SDI. The new Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 4K features a new HDMI 4K connection that supports four times the resolution of HD video via a single HDMI link.

     

    Video projectors and televisions are beginning to be released with this new video standard and it allows full resolution 4K monitoring using a single convenient HDMI connection. Until now, the television industry has been using 4 x HD-SDI connections for connecting 4K signals so this converter has 4 x SDI inputs for allowing Quad Link HD-SDI based 4K inputs or Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI 4K connections. It will when convert that to a single HDMI 4K connection to the TV or projector.

     

    This converter also switches between SD and HD video formats automatically so can be used for any task required, in SD, HD and 4K!

     

    Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 4K will ship in Q4 for $495.

     

    http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/miniconverters/models/

     

    Mini Converter SDI Multiplex

     

    With UltraStudio 4K and DeckLink 4K Extreme both using Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI 4K, you will need to convert to the Quad Link HD-SDI 4K way of connecting to older 4K displays and projectors.

     

    The new Mini Converter SDI Multiplex is designed for converting between equipment using Quad Link HD-SDI and equipment using Dual Link 3 Gb/s SDI. Mini Converter SDI Multiplex features four SDI inputs and four SDI outputs, so can convert to and from both these formats. Mini Converter SDI Multiplex also handles conversion between 4:4:4 video via Single Link 3 Gb/s and Dual Link HD-SDI. It’s really a general SDI multiplexer between different formats that use multiple SDI links for higher quality and resolution video.

     

    Mini Converter SDI Multiplex will ship in Q4 for $495.

     

    http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/miniconverters/models/

     

    HyperDeck ExFAT Update

     

    We have a new software update that should ship in the next week or so that includes ExFAT support for all HyperDeck disk recorders. It’s exciting as ExFAT is the disk format used on Windows, but Mac OS X also supports and formats ExFAT disks as well. So this means HyperDeck recorders are better able to handle disks from both computer platforms.

     

    Using ExFAT is easy as HyperDeck will recognize both formants and just record and play from them. There are no settings to adjust and nothing to do but upgrade the software and get ExFAT compatibility.

     

    This update will be free of charge to all HyperDeck customers.

     

    Thunderbolt for Windows

     

    We have now received certification from Intel for Intensity Shuttle and Intensity Extreme Thunderbolt capture and playback solutions so you can download the software and use these products on Windows. You get compatibility with the same software our DeckLink cards use, and so you get a massive range of software support.

     

    This update will be available in the next few days for download free of charge from the support sections of the Blackmagic Design web site.

     

    DaVinci Resolve 9 Released

     

    The new DaVinci Resolve 9 has been very exciting to work on and colorists have been giving us great compliments on the public beta that’s been running for the last month. The good news is the final release of DaVinci Resolve 9 has been posted to our web site and is now available to download.

     

    Of course if you’re not a DaVinci Resolve user, please check out DaVinci Resolve 9 Lite as it’s free of charge for both Mac OS X and Windows. It has no limitations on quality, no limitations on file types, no limitations on file resolutions, no limitations on timeline layers and it has unlimited correction nodes. So it’s one very powerful software tool, even if you just use it as a file converter or on set camera file manager!

     

    Of course we hope people upgrade to the full version to get more than 1 GPU, 3D tools, noise reduction, and higher than HD resolution timelines!

     

    ATEM Audio Panel Support

     

    Recently we released some new software for the ATEM production switchers that added full audio mixing for all inputs to every model of ATEM. This has been great as now you don't need a separate audio mixer when doing live production.

     

    However using a software interface to an audio mixer can be a bit limited. We have been working on some new software that supports plugging in a USB based audio panel for controlling the audio mixer in the ATEM switcher. It supports the the MACKIE control protocol and many other audio panels support this standard too so will be compatible.

     

    We are still working on this and it’s close to shipping, however if you’re traveling to IBC this year, please check the demo of this working, and give us some feedback on where you think the buttons should be mapped for various panels. Please let us know what panels you would like to see us support. It’s a really nice feature and we will release it soon.

     

    Thats all for this update and I hope this update was useful!

  • Canon EOS C500, Canon confirms European Launch

    EOS C500

    Following a development announcement in April 2012, Canon today confirms the European launch of the EOS C500, a new digital cinema camera capable of 4K-resolution (4,096 x 2,160 pixels) video output. Designed for motion picture and high resolution digital production industries, the EOS C500 offers the ability to output 4K-resolution images as RAW data for recording using an external device.

     

    The EOS C500 and C500 PL is scheduled for late October 2012 delivery, pre order now to beat the que!

    This camera is now available to pre order from www.3dbroadcastsales.com for only £400 fully refundable deposit

     

    Key Headlines:

    •           4K RAW, 2K video capture to external recording device with simultaneous HD recording to CF cards

    •           8.85MP Super 35mm Canon CMOS sensor with Bayer Array Filter

    •           PAL, NTSC and 24.00p modes as standard. Slow/fast motion, adjustable frame rates up to 120p

    •           Extensive image customization includes built-in Canon Log Gamma

    •           Broadcast-ready 50Mbps MPEG-2 MXF recording (4:2:2) to 2 CF cards

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