NAB Show Updates - Latest News from Some of the Biggest Names in the Industry

Posted on Monday, April 13, 2020

NAB Show Updates - Latest News from Some of the Biggest Names in the Industry

As we continue to navigate COVID-19 and the status of a virtual NAB, we thought it might be helpful to create a post with all of the latest news from industry leaders. Check back regularly for updates! 

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Maxon’s upcoming virtual NAB 2020 show presence

In light of the cancellation of the 2020 NAB Show next month, Maxon will be hosting a virtual NAB presence on C4DLive.com featuring an incredible line-up of presenters. Monday, April 20 through Thursday, April 23, 2020, the artists originally slated to appear in Las Vegas will share production tips, techniques and inspiration featuring Maxon’s Cinema 4D, Red Giant and Redshift product lines.

For over a decade, at major industry conferences such as NAB, SIGGRAPH, IBC and NAB NY, Maxon has successfully supplemented its physical booth presence with live streaming presentations. This has allowed show attendees and those unable to attend events in person, to benefit from cutting-edge demonstrations, technology updates and interaction with the guest artists in real-time. In the current unusual situation, Maxon is able to take advantage of more than a decade of experience bringing this show to the community around the globe.

Sony’s Participation at NAB Show 2020

Sony continues daily monitoring of the evolving situation around the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) which has seen an escalation globally and, as such, is taking various precautionary measures.

As they place the utmost importance on the safety and wellbeing of our customers, partners, media and employees, Sony supports the difficult but important decision from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show 2020 to no longer hold the Las Vegas conference in April.

Sony is eager to share its innovations with the NAB community digitally via press conference time of 9:00 a.m. PST on Monday, April 20, 2020. Sony would like to thank the community of innovators for their understanding and ongoing support during these challenging times. Our thoughts remain with those who are suffering from this tragedy. 

To stay updated, please follow @sonyelectronics and please visit https://pro.sony/event-nab for future updates. 

Boris FX Offers Remote Access To Help Customers: COVID-19 Update

During the uncertain times surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, I’d like to personally reach out to you to restate our commitment to continue serving and supporting the worldwide broadcast and post-production community when you need us most. I know that many of you had to disrupt your normal working environments on short notice and move your editing, compositing and motion graphics work to your homes. I know, because we at Boris FX went through the same ordeal last week. To help you with the transition I’m pleased to offer:

  • Free 60-day “at home” licenses for Sapphire, Continuum, Mocha Pro and Silhouette for all qualifying Boris FX customers to replace their floating licenses locked in the office. Please read the FAQ for more details
  • The Boris FX Application Manager — a free download that helps customers easily deactivate and reactivate node-locked licenses, perfect for moving an installed license to a new workstation. More information can be found here

On our part, the Boris FX team is taking all necessary precautions to protect ourselves, our families, and the communities where we live and work. 

  • Our staff has been working remotely since last week to minimize community spread
  • Quotes, new license purchases, upgrades, and renewals are all being processed as usual
  • Customer service operations like plug-in support and license assistance are all readily available through the usual channels (phoneforumsemail, chat)

I know how hard it is to see your business disrupted by this unforeseen global event, but I feel that as a community we are all in this together and we can lessen the impact by helping each other!

NewTek.TV Launching Soon: Be There! or Join Us!

The disruption caused by COVID-19 is creating an intense challenge for every business, not least is keeping stakeholders up to date.

With the cancellation of NAB and numerous other industry shows due to COVID-19, we have created our own TV channel, NewTek.TVNewTek TV will keep you up-to-date on technology news, live demos, support and expert advice. We will be using the power of our own tools to show the flexibility of IP-based, software-defined visual storytelling (#SDVS) on a global basis.

Here are some of the highlights:
• Making IP Video a Reality for You Demo
• NDI demos
• Interviews with thought leaders in our industry
• Live production demonstrations
• Customer panels on support
• Guest speakers
• NewTek university free sessions and more

NewTek.TV launches on Friday, April 17. Sign up to get notified when we begin our live streams and for all things NDI®.

JVC Professional Introduces HEVC Encoder for Connected CAM Series at NAB 2020 

JVC Professional Video, a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, debuts its new KA-EN200G H.265/HEVC Encoder at this year’s NAB show (Booth C4417). Designed to deliver higher quality, lower bit-rate streaming, the plug-in H.265/HEVC module provides add-on value for the company’s CONNECTED CAM series, which includes the GY-HC900, GY-HC500 and GY-HC550 camcorders.

 The JVC module fits into the expansion slot of any model within the CONNECTED CAM line of camcorders for quick and easy HD streaming using the H.265/HEVC codec. Owing to its higher level of efficiency, High-Efficiency Video Compression (HEVC) is an improvement over the widely used H.264/AVC compression standard. This results in higher quality images with reduced bandwidth—up to 50 percent savings—and allows producers to use 10-bit 4:2:2 rather than typical 8-bit 4:2:0 sampling.
 
“As the video landscape continues to develop, we are looking ahead to the evolution of the HEVC standard,” says Edgar Shane, General Manager, Engineering, JVCKENWOOD USA Corp. “JVC remains ahead of emerging trends and evolving technologies, focusing on smarter engineering solutions for broadcast and streaming professionals. We recognize that HEVC offers many advantages over the H.264/AVC compression standard. By offering this new plug-in module, JVC allows its customers to future-proof the investment they’ve made in JVC’s CONNECTED CAM line.”
 
 

VizrTV Channel Launch April 17th

The disruption caused by COVID-19 is creating an intense challenge for every business, not least is keeping stakeholders up to date. With the cancellation of NAB and numerous other industry shows due to COVID-19, we have launched our own TV channel, VizrTV, which will keep you up to date with the latest on technology news, live demos, support and expert advice during this time. We will be using the power of our own tools to show the flexibility of IP-based, software-defined visual storytelling (#SDVS) on a global basis.
 
ARRI Launches New Lighting Systems Control Video Course 
 
ARRI Academy “Lighting Systems Control” with Lighting Professional/Author Richard Cadena goes over the basics of digital lighting control technologies. Whether you are starting out in the lighting industry or looking to streamline your production workflow, this 11-lesson video course is the ultimate guide to get you up and running with digital lighting control, using DMX, RDM, Wireless DMX and ethernet-based networks. 
 
 
 
 
 
GV Live Presents Innovate 2020 
 

Throughout 2020, Grass Valley will be bringing you “GV LIVE Presents”, a series of events, webinars and live demonstrations to help you interact with Grass Valley solutions in a virtual setting. The events kick off in April with much more to come throughout the year.

Tune in April 23 for our live streaming broadcast of GV LIVE Presents – Innovate 2020. Get all the latest product and strategic updates from Grass Valley leaders in an event produced entirely with Grass Valley solutions.

CineCina Film Festival donates more than 800 KN95 protective masks to the New York State Department of Health
 
As New York City and the State of New York work to combat the devastating health crisis caused by COVID-19 with medical personnel facing dwindling supplies of personal protective supplies, CineCina has acquired and donated 810 KN95 protective masks to the New York State Department of Health.
 
Like many arts organizations that call New York City its home, CineCina (which presents the CinaCina Film Festival and the Project Horizon Film Competition, as well as additional film screenings and events throughout the year), has been forced to postpone and reschedule planned programming as the city’s inhabitants and businesses stay on lockdown. During this time, CinaCina has turned its attention to what it could do to contribute to the fight against virus beyond complying with “stay at home” restrictions to assist in flattening the curve of the people infected with the virus.  
 
 
Quantum Announces Expanded Portfolio for Surveillance & Physical Security
 

Surveillance is everywhere–video surveillance cameras are now the biggest data generator on the planet. The footage is being used for security and loss prevention and is now being analyzed to drive insights for a variety of business purposes.

Quantum has applied years of expertise in high-speed capture and ingest of video content and expanded our portfolio of products focused on surveillance recording and analytics.

The result is the broadest security infrastructure portfolio available from any single vendor, from low-end NVRs to hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), to analytics processing, and the largest shared storage and archive solutions. So, whether you are recording a few cameras or many thousands of cameras, there is a solution for you. 

Register for the webinar on April 21 here

Learn About The Science Behind The ZEISS Supreme Prime Radiance
 

Zeiss is joining the #LearnFromHome trend with their newest video explaining the science behind their Supreme Prime Radiance lenses and their consistent flares. ZEISS Cine Sales Director Snehal Patel discusses the use of flare in cinematic filming and how ZEISS designed a flare capability into the new Supreme Prime Radiance lenses. Follow along as Snehal breaks down the science of flare and how ZEISS engineers built the lenses to take full advantage of Flare in a controlled and predictable way.

Learn about all things Zeiss, especially the Supreme Prime Radiance lenses here

LiveU, PlayStation, and FIFA 20 bring e-LIGA MX BBVA soccer esports competition to viewers in Mexico

Amid the COVID-19 global pandemic, sports leagues and teams have been sidelined due to social distancing restrictions. Mexican Soccer League, LIGA MX BBVA has found a way to bring the game to TV and engage with fans in a unique way, creating a virtual tournament with the top soccer players from various regions in Mexico to compete against each other. The live-streamed tournament, sponsored by BBVA and Sony Playstation, will be presented to homes in Mexico via LiveU Matrix IP Content Contribution and Distribution platform. LiveU technology enables viewers to enjoy the game from the safety and comfort of their own homes.

The Production
The Production crew at Magnum Soluciones Digitales will leverage a LiveU LU600 portable transmission unit to stream out the Playstation 4 game feed. TV and cable broadcasters with rights to the game will be able to pick up the live feed via LiveU Matrix and distribute the tournament to viewers at home. LIGA MX will also share the live stream on its Twitch and YouTube channels.

Each FIFA 20 40-minute game will be 1 vs. 1 person twice a day during the tournament. Everyone stays home to play. How do viewers get closer to the action? Each player will be equipped with the LiveU Smart app for their cell phone. The cellular bonding app enables the players to transmit high-quality live video, while maintaining a robust connection, to the LU Central cloud management platform for editing into the final production.

View the tournament schedule.

DPP and Signiant Launch Real-Time Research Project into Remote Working in the time of Coronavirus

The DPP, in partnership with Signiant, has launched a four-month longitudinal research project to chart how feelings and behaviors around remote and distributed working develop across the media industry through the course of the Coronavirus pandemic. The research will examine how companies make structural adaptations, as well as recording personal and emotional journeys. 

The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the media industry - like all industries - is huge and unprecedented. One of the most immediate impacts is the need for almost every company to adopt remote working, using cloud-based tools. When the pandemic eventually ends, will businesses simply return to the way they worked before? Or will working practices have been changed forever? 

At the heart of the project is a monthly survey, across a four-month period, of around 20 questions. It will be completed by companies from across the supply chain, and from around the world. These surveys will track how companies are being impacted by the crisis and how they are adapting to new ways of working.

In addition, research analysis is being undertaken regarding the state of the wider media industry, charting key developments over time to provide background context to the work. Halfway through the research, the DPP will hold a virtual version of its DPP At Home event strand, exploring some of the emerging themes and to add some qualitative depth to the quantitative research. A short interim report will be published following this event.

A full report will be published in July 2020.

Elecard Releases Integration with Zixi Software-Defined Video Platform

Zixi, the industry leader for enabling dependable, live broadcast-quality video over any-IP, and award-winning architect of the Software-Defined Video Platform (SDVP), today announced a partnership and integrations with Elecard, a prominent provider of software products for encoding, transcoding, monitoring and analysis of video and audio data in diverse formats.

Elecard has integrated the Zixi Software-Defined Platform with CodecWorks, a professional platform for the real-time encoding and transcoding into HEVC/H.265, AVC/H.264 and MPEG-2 video, supporting adaptive bitrate streaming via HLS and MPEG-DASH protocols with the best possible quality. Broadcasters, OTT and IPTV providers, surveillance system owners, system integrators and network owners adopt these robust solutions to deploy a truly exceptional digital TV experience.

Learn more

LYNX Technik Launches 8K SDI <> Fiber Converter

LYNX Technik, provider of modular signal processing interfaces has launched its new 8K SDI to Fiber and Fiber to 8K SDI converter for its Series 5000 product line.

The DVD 5480 HO module supports video formats all the way up to 8K SDI and is designed with both fiber and electrical interface. These rugged and versatile cards are suitable for a variety of applications and can operate in four different modes, offering unmatched flexibility.

Learn more

Virtual NAB Coming Soon, Over $50K of Prizes

We may not be able to all physically come together right now, but we can all still inspire each other, educate one another, and share our love of editing, visual effects, and motion design. In the spirit of togetherness, we’re taking what would have been our NAB 2020 presentations and going digital with two weeks of live streams and webinars featuring Boris FX team members, guest artists and maybe even a surprise or two!

Tune in and get introduced to the brand new Silhouette Paint — the new standard for VFX paint in Adobe and OFX — and see what’s new in the upcoming 2020.5 releases of Sapphire, Continuum, and Mocha Pro. Pop in, learn something new, and you might even log off with some new swag with over $50K of giveaways.

Boris FX has teamed up with tons of industry partners to bring you over $50K of giveaways! Win prizes from Avid, Foundry, FrameIO, Insta360, HitFilm, Maxon, Mistika, and many more. Watch a live stream or attend a webinar to be entered.

View the calendar of events.

DPA Microphones Offers Online Training, Expert Interviews and Virtual Performances

With the increased need for remote/at-home productions, DPA Microphones is providing a variety of creative online resources and virtual entertainment in the wake of the current COVID-19 situation. DPA is also supporting its customers and industry professionals by continuing to stock and service equipment. 

As part of its efforts, DPA is hosting a variety of digital content including:
  • Online training webinars focused on products, segments, techniques and more.
  • Interviews with industry professionals, such as Whit Norris, Brad Maddox and Eddie Caipo on multiple streaming platforms.
  • Live-streamed performances by industry-leading musicians, including symphony and orchestra engineer Mary Mazurek.
  • Additional Mic University articles, including our most recent ones, focused on tips for stay-at-home content providers and a cleaning guide that provides ways to ensure proper mic hygiene. 

Cobalt(R) Digital Talks HDR, 4K, IP and the Cloud in End Users Solutions Webinar

Cobalt® Digital, designer and manufacturer of award-winning, cutting-edge devices for live video production and master control, and a founding partner in the openGear® initiative, will present a webinar on Tuesday, April 14th that will focus on the latest in HDR technologies, Transport Streams and Headend Management. Geared toward end-users, Cobalt executives will discuss what practices will achieve the most desirable results, including remote monitoring and management. It will wrap up with a peek into what the industry can expect next from the Company’s toolbox to prepare broadcasters for the continued transition to IP, 4K, HDR, the cloud, and beyond. The webinar, which will take place at 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (PDT) on Tuesday, April 14th, will be repeated on Wednesday, April 15th from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (PDT).

Click here to join the webinar by simply registering with your name and contact details.

“The Business of IP: The Profit Behind Your Transition to IP” Hosted by Abe Zerbib, CEO and Kevin Joyce, Zer0 Friction Officer, Wednesday, April 15 

Topics covered will include:

  • What does the move to OPEX and cloud really mean to you?
  • How can companies avoid paying for equipment that’s rarely used?
  • What finances are needed to support a variable mix of uncompressed, compressed, J2K and OTT content?
  • What are the new Zer0 Friction pricing models for broadcast and how can your budget benefit?

Click here to register. 

The Changing ‘State of Live’ During the COVID-19 Crisis

Health and safety is now the number one priority globally with the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Social distancing, lockdowns and quarantines have increased the need for remote reporting, fueling demand for live streaming, mobile apps and live IP video sharing solutions. LiveU is today presenting an interim ‘State of Live’ report showing the trends over the last five weeks as the coronavirus continues to impact the world. This special LiveU report is based on data generated from its global customer base.

Live sessions via the LiveU Central management platform have more than doubled, with the number of users increasing by 30%. The average number of sessions by users has also doubled with TV crews, talk show hosts and other personalities using HEVC bonded field units for round-the-clock reporting and productions from remote locations, including from studios set-up in their own homes. The US saw the greatest increase in session duration, followed by Japan and India.

Mobile apps are in demand more than ever and there’s been a huge growth in the use of LU-Smart bonded transmission technology for smartphones. LiveU has seen a 150% growth in app units and sessions. Mobile journalists and others are covering live news and virtual events from home or other locations using their own mobile devices. The LiveU app is becoming a critical part of the broadcast workflow with TV show hosts transmitting video feeds to the studio via their mobile phone.

IP content distribution is also being deployed across the US for network-to-station and station-to-station sharing as broadcasters use LiveU Matrix for their local loops and pool feeds: shared feeds are up 35% over the same period last month. Governors in several US states are using LiveU Matrix to deliver their daily live briefings directly to stations and networks from remote locations.

Marshall Electronics Addresses the Latest Broadcast Production Workflows with Four New IP Cameras
 
Marshall Electronics continues to support the industry’s evolving digital broadcast and production workflows with the introduction of four new IP cameras, the CV730-BK Camera, the CV630-IP PTZ Camera, the CV420-30X-IP Camera, and the CV355-30X-IP Camera. These new offerings give Marshall Electronics customers the ability to easily integrate versatile HD and UHD video into any IP-based workflow.

These new cameras provide a wide variety of resolution options – the CV730-BK PTZ Camera provides up to UHD (3840x2160) video resolutions at 60fps through IP, HDMI, and 12GSDI simultaneous outputs; the CV630-IP PTZ Camera offers UHD (3840x2160) resolution up to 30fps through IP and HDMI outputs, and 1920x1080p (HD) outputs at 60fps through 3GSDI; the CV420-30X-IP Zoom Camera provides up to UHD (3840x2160p) resolution at 60fps through simultaneous HDMI and IP streams; and the CV355-30X-IP delivers up to HD (1920x1080p) resolution at 60fps through 3G/HD-SDI, IP, and HDMI. All four models offer a 30X optical zoom range, allowing users to capture fine detail in every shot, even from longer distances. Learn more.  
 
IP in Live At-home Production: IP-based Multiviewer, Diagnostics and Quality Control
 
We’re all adjusting… and now just might be the time to dig into the latest technology around IP in Live At-home Production. Join me, along with Bil Apker from TAG V.S., on April 16, 2020, at 10:30 Pacific, for a look at IP-based multiviewer, diagnostics and quality control that’s specific to live at-home production.
 
You'll learn: 
- How to meet the low latency demands when using IP in live production
- Which diagnostics are crucial and how to best monitor them for at-home productions
- New quality control approaches you can implement today
- Tales from the trenches – what we learned on a recent install 
 
 

FOR-A Virtual Booth Tours/New Product Technology Presentation, North America

Representatives from FOR-A will discuss the company's focus on technology for live production, including new areas of support for 12G-SDI infrastructures, IP connectivity, and slow-motion replay and imaging. The virtual tour will follow five distinct areas of FOR-A’s booth – video system integration, 12G-SDI solutions, signal processing, IP solutions, and high-speed cameras. There will also be a discussion of those implementing a range of FOR-A systems for live production and time for Q&A after the presentation.

North America – Tuesday, April 14 at 2 p.m. EST 

Topic: FOR-A Virtual NAB Booth Tour/Webinar (North America)

Time: Apr 14, 2020, 02:00 p.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

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