NAB2004 Pick Hits

NAB2004 Pick Hits

Byline: Don Keller

(alphabetically by manufacturer)

Apple Final Cut Pro HD NLE software


Apple’s newest version of its Emmy-award-winning editing software plants a step firmly in the high-definition realm and ably straddles the gap between HD and SD; captures DVCPRO HD footage directly over an IEEE 1394 (FireWire) connector; supports several HD and SD formats.

Barco iPresent video monitor wall

+32 56 368211;

Create a large, bright, high-quality, on-stage video wall using an array of several rear-projection modules; hardware controller supports dynamic moving, scaling and cropping of image windows; iPresent software supports smooth image transitions between modules and provides several graphical effects.

Belden Brilliance DigiTruck 179DT coaxial cable


This lightweight, compact coaxial cable is specifically designed for mobile television broadcast trucks where equipment load weight is a prime concern and space is scarce; weighs 60 percent less and requires up to 40 percent less space than standard mini-RG-59/U cable.

Canopus EDIUS HD NLE package


This real-time HD NLE combines the company’s HDRX-E1 HD-SDI input/output card, its HD software codec and its EDIUS Pro software to create a professional editing and content-creation solution; supports recording and playback to HD-D5, HDCAM and DVCPRO HD VTRs.

Chyron HyperX CG


A high-speed bus architecture and advanced 3-D rendering engine give this HD/SD CG exceptional power and performance; can be configured as SD- or HD-only CG, or can output SD and HD simultaneously; can output real-time HD for sports or entertainment environments.

Electronic Visuals PenPalHD signal generator

+44 1483 771663;

This mighty midget is a pen-sized HD test-signal generator that generates serial digital signals in 18 formats in 1080i, 1080p, 1080sF, 1035i and 720p; 26 video test patterns; four stereo pairs of AES embedded audio; operates from battery or mains power.

Exavio ExaMax MS platform


This solid-state server acts independently of any attached online disk storage, allowing storage networks to scale throughput in real time, support multiseat uncompressed HD production, and link and share different files across dissimilar operating platforms without slowing down the network.

Horita Pocket PA wireless logging system


This system combines an off-the-shelf pocket PC with built-in Bluetooth wireless technology with the company’s PDA-LOG program and its LTC-BLUETOOTH wireless transmitter; wirelessly allows the PA to capture time-code numbers and jot down notes associated with those codes.

Hughes SPACEWAY satellite system


This new broadband IP platform employs digital processing, packet switching and spot-beam technology, and offers peer-to-peer communications and on-demand bandwidth; allows SNG field crews continual access to voice and data applications independent of video transmission.

Jadoo NAB [superscript]II fuel cell


If George Jetson were a videographer, this is what he’d use to power his camera; two-pound, hydrogen-fuel cartridge weighs about one-third as much as a standard battery brick, yet lasts three times longer; system consists of a power converter, a fuel cartridge and a refill station.

JVC DM-JV600 HD MPEG-2 encoder


This new encoder reduces a station’s HD microwave- and satellite-link payloads to existing SD levels; allows broadcasters with remote facilities to perform HD ENG and EFP with their existing news vans and helicopters, and go straight to air with HD.

JVC KH-F870U HD CMOS camera


JVC’s newest box-style camera uses three 2/3-inch CMOS imaging chips and is switchable between 1900x1080i and 720p/60 HD video; the CMOS chips reduce power consumption to about one-fifth that of a comparable CCD-based HD camera; CMOS chips also avoid skew lag.

Leitch Digital Turnaround Processor


This MPEG-2 stream manipulation device allows broadcasters to overlay graphics/logos on precompressed HD and SD streams; allows remotely encoded DTV signal to be localized with such applications as logo overlays, time/temperature, stock information, and local weather and news.

Leitch Velocity HD NLE system


This HD NLE system comprises the company’s new Altitude PC card and an enhanced version of its Velocity software; the system features full-quality HD playback of two video streams, two dynamic graphic streams, and dual-stream, real-time HD transitions and effects.

Miranda XVP 801i HD/SD universal processor


This interface card offers high-quality up-, down- and crossconversion, providing relief from multiple SD and HD formats; also offers HD/SD signal processing, frame synchronization and 16-channel audio processing; accepts and simultaneously outputs SD and HD.

Modulus Video AVE-HD encoder


This encoder takes advantage of the new MPEG-4-AVC video compression standard, compressing HD signals up to full 1920×1080 resolution at 60i and encapsulating them in an MPEG-2 transport stream; can carry two to three times more channels over the same carrier.

NuComm CamPac camera transmitter


This miniature transmitter mounts on professional cameras using a standard Anton/Bauer battery clip or Sony V clip; uses MPEG-2 encoding and COFDM to transmit the camera’s audio and video signals over 2- and 6/7GHz channels; power consumption is 12W.

Panasonic AJ-HD1200A DVCPRO HD VTR


This portable AC/DC-powered deck is designed for HD studio/field production and nonlinear editing; offers an IEEE 1394 interface operating at 100Mb/s for HD video streams; plays all SD DVCPRO formats as well as DVCPRO HD and can downconvert HD to SD.

Panasonic AJ-SD93 SD feeder VTR


This multiformat, SD digital VTR has an IEEE 1394 interface to facilitate 4:2:2 video transfers to nonlinear editing systems; records up to 184 minutes of DVCPRO video or 92 minutes of DVCPRO50; plays back DV and DVCAM tapes.

Pinnacle Liquid HD NLE software


Pinnacle’s newest version of its Liquid NLE software now supports real-time, multistream HD editing; offers users the option to work with the bandwidth-efficient HDV format, low-bandwidth Pinnacle HD Elite or uncompressed HD SDI, all on standard PC workstations.

Quantel QEdit Pro NLE software

+44 1635 48222;

This news/sports editing software package is designed to run on a standard PC and dramatically lowers the cost per seat of editing; performs wipes and dissolves; Version 2 features sophisticated custom transitions; provides direct local ingest into the workstation.

Ross Video OverDrive production control system


This control and automation software allows one person to perform the production functions of three or more staff; interfaces with and drives selected switchers, robotic cameras, VTRs, CGs and other devices; GUI lets user build rundowns and events and allows manual intervention.

Sencore DTU 225-SX USB-to-ASI adaptor


This portable adaptor allows user to record, monitor and analyze an MPEG-2 transport stream through a laptop PC; high-speed input can be used for both DVB/ASI and SDI signals; operates directly from USB port without additional power supply.

Shining Technology CitiDISK DV portable DV-capture device


This portable, self-powered hard drive connects to a DV source through its firewire connector and captures and stores the video in a choice of file formats (.mov, .avi, .dv, etc.); eliminates time-consuming step of transferring DV footage into a NLE system.

Snell & Wilcox Comet open standards ingest system

+44 20 8917 4330;

Comet takes advantage of open data-exchange standards such as the MXF SMPTE RP-210 metadata dictionary as well as the latest AAF edit protocol, allowing the broadcaster to create multivendor systems with complete interoperability; intuitive user interface allows simple and robust operation.

Snell & Wilcox MXF Express software development kit

+44 20 8917 4330;

MXF Express is a free, comprehensive software development kit that supports OP1a, OP-Atom, MPEG, DV, BWAV and AES profiles; includes C++ libraries to add MXF awareness to products, Directshow filters to help create MXF players and writers, and sample MXF files.

Sony Anycast Station portable live-production studio


This live-content-creation system, roughly the size of a laptop carrying case, combines a six-input video switcher, a six-channel audio mixer, an F/X generator, a preview/program video monitor, a pan/tilt/zoom remote control for Sony VISCA robotic cameras, an RGB output, and an encoder and server.



This compact, 12-pound, half-rack-space HDCAM VTR can switch between 1080i/59.94 and 1080i/50; built-in downconverter allows it to play back Betacam SX, Betacam SP and standard Betacam; control panel includes LCD monitor; can be powered by AC as well as 12VDC battery power.

Sony Vegas 5.0 NLE software


Sony’s latest version of Vegas includes 3-D track motion and compositing, key-frameable Bezier masks, network rendering, transition-progress envelopes, subtitle/text export to DVD Architect software, Flash .swf import, and much more.

TANDBERG Television Intelligent Compression Engine (ICE) encoder card


The ICE card, which is included in the company’s EN5930 encoder and can be used in the EN5710, allows encoders to perform MPEG-4 part 10 or Windows Media 9 Series video encoding; users can switch between these two codecs with a simple software change.

TDK Blue Laser Disc for XDCAM


TDK’s foray into XDCAM media may help drive down the cost of these optical discs; the company’s 23.3GB discs accommodate the 405nm laser wavelength and high-numerical-aperture (0.85) lenses used in Sony’s Professional Optical Disc (XDCAM) camcorders and decks.

Tektronix WFMNLE waveform-monitoring software for Avid NLE


This software plug-in allows users to monitor the video quality of Avid Media Composer Adrenaline, Avid Xpress Pro, Media Composer and Symphony nonlinear editing and finishing systems; a nonintrusive tool to verify signal and picture quality.

Telecast Fiber Systems Mamba fiber-optic patchbays and converters


Originally developed to help mobile production trucks save cable weight and congestion, this family of fiber-optic patchbays and converters has grown into a complete facility solution; especially useful for HD facilities that require the high bandwidth provided by optical cable and infrastructure.

Thales ADAPT IV exciter


This exciter provides linear and nonlinear correction capabilities in a small, powerful hardware platform; combines key features of the company’s previous exciters, such as Digital Adaptive Precorrection, with an improved local user interface and enhanced correction capabilities.

Thomson Grass Valley Triax repeater


This repeater/line amplifier increases the maximum distance you can send SD and HD camera signals over triax cable from 3300 feet (1000 meters) up to 6600 feet (2000 meters), effectively doubling the maximum usable cable length with no significant loss of signal quality.

Thomson Grass Valley LDK 6200 HD Super SloMo camera


This camera brings slow motion to HD by providing replays and super-slow-motion effects in native HD formats; supports switchable, multiformat and multi-frame-rate capabilities, including native image capture in 1080i and 720p formats; uses 12-bit A/D conversion.

Triveni Digital and Terayon Communication Systems ANDES-HD distribution system

609-716-3500; 408-235-5500;

The Advanced Network Distribution Enhancement System is a highly integrated, multifunctional HDTV broadcast distribution system that enables networks and affiliates to switch seamlessly between national and local digital feeds and brand programming with logos and program-guide data.

Videotek DL-850HD serial digital legalizer


This device brings color correction, signal equalization and legalization to the HD realm; its auto-format-detect input accepts most SMPTE 292M formats and outputs in the same format; legalizes HD SDI to HD/SD color space and/or encoded (NTSC or PAL) composite color space.

VTG NetCAD design tool


This is a free, online, end-to-end design and pricing tool for clients who need audio and video interfacing and cable equipment for their custom installations; it uses a drag-and-drop interface to link the client to a complete library of all the products offered by VTG’s two daughter companies.

Wohler MON8-1 LCD monitor array


This 1RU array contains a row of eight 1.8-inch LCD monitors, ideal for quick confidence checks of multiple channels. Each monitor has one composite video input and one composite loopthrough output connector; NTSC and PAL auto-sensing; internal AC power transformer.

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