There are so many things to love about NAB New York.
There is of course, the location. What better place to show off some great new gear than in New York? The city was in full fall mode with a lot of hustle, but then again, it's the city that never sleeps. One could feel the energy not only in the city, but inside the Javits Center as well. From the keynote opening address by Robert De Niro (yes, that Robert De Niro), to the closing bell, the show was packed with exciting announcements and very interesting products.
Panasonic had a big presence at NAB NY. I was really impressed with there latest offering in PTZ Cameras, Command Centers and another 2/3 shoulder camera that is sure to be a hit with the run and gun crowd along with documentary types of shooters.
The AW-UE150 PTZ and companion AW-RP150 controller
This new flagship model PTZ features 4K/UHD 60p output and a wide horizontal viewing angle of 75.1 degrees, plus a 20x optical zoom/32x intelligent zoom (in HD mode).The UE150 is equipped with a large 1” MOS sensor and various 4K interfaces including 12G-SDI, HDMI, optical fiber and IP connectivity. The camera simultaneous outputs 4K and HD. The camera was shown with the AW-RP150, a new touchscreen camera controller. It has a 7” GUI LCD screen for monitoring and menu settings, the controller offers single-hand operability with a joystick (with a seesaw lever for zoom or focus control). The UE150 and RP150 will be available in December with suggested list prices of $11,400 and $4,700, respectively.
The AJ-PX5100 ENG camcorder: this new P2 B4 model features a 2/3” 2.2M 3MOS sensor and 1080/60p recording, for network news, documentaries, corporate and sports production. For creating HDR content, the PX5100 features HLG recording and output and an HLG shooting assist function. It offers a 3G-SDI output, streaming function compatible with RTMP (in addition to RTSP), and is P2 Cast and P2 Streaming Server compatible. The shoulder-mount camera can record AVC-Intra or AVC-LongG high-quality images, as well as dual codec recording of AVC-Proxy. The PX5100 will be available in December at a suggested list price of $25,000.
Not to be outdone, JVC had some bells and whistles of their own with the introduction of the 500 Series of handheld cameras. JVC continues to come on strong with cameras that are the complete package. These are cameras I can't wait to try out.
JVC Professional Video, a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, has expanded its CONNECTED CAM product line to include the new 500 Series of streaming handheld camcorders. The three new cameras – the GY‑HC500 base model, GY‑HC550 with advanced streaming and graphics, and GY-HC500SPC sports production camera.
Connectivity remains at the core of JVC’s IP-based production solutions, and CONNECTED CAM models are designed for image processing and IP performance. Designed for live IP production and high-quality 4K acquisition, the new 500 Series cameras can record to SSD (solid state drive) media in a wide variety of formats, including 10-bit ProRes 422 at 4K resolution and 50/60p frame rates.
All three 500 Series cameras also include dual SDHC/SDXC media card slots with redundant, relay, backup, and proxy recording modes. Users can choose economical SD memory for or SSD for production quality recording – or record to SSD in 4K while simultaneously recording HD or proxy files to SD media. Any or all clips can be uploaded via Auto FTP during production.
For 1080p streaming performance up to 20 Mbps, the 500 Series features SMPTE 2022 forward error correction. When paired with any ProHD Bridge product, all models provide bi-directional live streaming with low latency (less than 500ms) and return video and IFB. The GY-HC550 also includes dual external antennas with built-in wireless LAN, integrated GPS, and Zixi™ error correction with automatic repeat request (ARQ).
The 500 Series cameras are built around a new 1-inch 4K CMOS imager and integrated 20x zoom lens with three-ring control and built-in ND filters. When shooting in HD, lossless 40x dynamic zoom is possible. The cameras can achieve up to 12 stops of dynamic range with high sensitivity and low noise. Users can record HDR footage in the HLG (hybrid log gamma) mode or 10-bit J-Log mode, which expands dynamic range by 800 percent with film-like latitude. Plus, the cameras record in a variety of native 4K UHD and HD file formats, and support 120 fps slow-motion HD recording. The GY-HC550 adds MPEG-2 and MXF recording as well.
Both the GY-HC550 and GY-HM500SPC include integrated lower-third and full-screen titling options for recorded or streamed video output without an external CG. The GY‑HC500SPC also offers professionally designed, high-resolution score overlays for a number of sports, and users can add logos or icons to customize graphics. Camera operators can update scores using a Wi-Fi connected smartphone or tablet, or receive real-time data automatically in venues where a Sportzcast Scorebot is integrated with the scoreboard.
There is something to be said about a company that stays true to its roots, yet is still willing to push the boundaries. IDX for has been known for years as a solid provider of power solutions for camera ops. In particular, I like how they really listened to their customers when it came to building not only the batteries but their chargers as well. In addition, with their new Alpha ND filters I can appreciate as do others the fact that IDX is willing to add to their product line up. They also have a pretty good set of price points that allows the end user to decide where they want to be money wise.
ALPHA-I ND FILTER SYSTEM ZERO Color Shift. ZERO Color Correction. With a newly developed formula that protects the material inside and out, ALPHA-I delivers the highest grade of filters for color control.
Made for film professionals and enthusiasts, these new filters provide zero color shift and color neutrality. Post-production color correction efforts will be reduced. They are available in 7 standard densities of 4.0 x 5.65 in. sized filters.
For productions that require multiple cameras on set, keeping the color quality performance consistent from camera to camera is very important. ALPHA-I will not shift colors from filter to filter and will deliver color neutrality across the board. Production and post-production color correction costs will be virtually eliminated.
Changes in color rendition typically show the most when switching from indoor to outdoor lighting. With the ALPHA-I filters, any lighting conditions will be adjusted to provide color neutrality.
Fluotec has some super products. With their current line up of instruments, it is no wonder it was three deep just trying to get into the booth. What really caught my eye was how well built the lights were, along with the versatility of the menu and what you could create with them. Designed for both the studio and the field, this is another set of products that I will have a review on as soon as they ship them my way.
The VegaLux 200 Tungsten 7" StudioLED Fresnel. This 7" Fresnel uses NEBULA Diffusion Chamber Technology to create blended white light with a tungsten-balanced color temperature of 3200K and color that's rated CRI90+, an indicator of accurate rendering of color. It also features motorized local and DMX adjustment of the beam angle from a 10° spot to a 40° flood for control. Users can control power using either DMX or local controls with HALODIM technology.
The VegaLux 200 can operate worldwide via its universal 90-240 VAC power supply and has a low power draw of 185W, while its LEDs are cooled by a virtually silent fan, contributing to a lengthy lamp life of 50,000 hours. Included with the unit are an 8-leaf barndoor set, a yoke, filter holder, C-clamp, two safety cables, stand mount spigot, and a 16' locking powerCON cable.
LiveU continues to lead the performance parade with innovation and panache. Not satisfied with the status quo, LiveU continues to raise the live streaming bar with not only their updated products but also with their tech and customer support.
LiveU presented the latest addition to its HEVC product family completing the transition of all its broadcast-grade units to HEVC. The new LU300 HEVC field unit combines high-quality video performance with extreme bandwidth efficiency in a compact form-factor.
LiveU now has a hardware HEVC offering, with the affordable LU300 joining the LU600 high-end backpack and LU610 rackmount 1U encoder in a complete family of hardware-based HEVC solutions.
Weighing just over 900 grams (2 lbs) and available in a pouch or camera-mount configuration, the LU300 bonds up to six connections: two LTE-Advanced internal modems, two external modems, WiFi and LAN.
Users can operate in real-time with extreme low latency with the highest quality, even at very low bit rates. This is where the LU300 differs from software solutions where video quality may be sacrificed to keep the latency low or may be switched back to H.264 to save battery life. Unlike software solutions, LiveU's hardware solutions are encoding in HEVC all the time, providing longer battery time (the LU300 includes a three-hour internal battery).
Live & Store functionality enables users to upload high quality stored copies of the live video immediately after live sessions. Highly flexible, the LU300 can also serve as a standalone video encoder or be used as a LiveU DataBridge mobile hotspot for general connectivity in the field. With its new design, the LU300 offers an enlarged 2.2" display with improved resolution, dramatic improvement in the visibility under sunlight conditions and a new JOG controller for easier control of the unit. Additional enhancements include a stronger CPU for fast file upload.
The unit can be locally managed, or remotely managed, via LiveU Central, the unified management platform for LiveU's field-units.
Like they say, in a New York minute! Stay tuned for many gear reviews to end 2018 in style.