NAB Las Vegas won’t be rescheduled


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While NAB seems to be the least important thing to worry about at this time they do have some news on the current state of the show. Gordon H. Smith President and CEO of NAB has announced the Las Vegas show won’t be rescheduled, so basically it won’t happen this year. Instead, they are exploring … Continued

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NAB Show Definitely Not Happening Later in 2020, Repackaging to Online Event


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NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith today issued a letter to the NAB Show community providing an update about plans for NAB Show activities in 2020. In the letter, Smith announced that rather than rescheduling NAB Show for later this year, NAB would be unveiling a new digital alternative called “NAB Show Express”. They will also enhance the NAB Show in New York in October this year.

cinema5D is planning to hold a “Virtual Trade Show” as well to bring fresh new announcements to our readers even without the traditional NAB taking place.

NAB Show 2020 cancelled… as expected


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Until the morning of today, March 11, the 2020 edition of the NAB Show was “proceeding as planned”, according to the official page, despite the fact that some companies had decided to not participate in the show. Now, the biggest industry event is cancelled.

The new update to the NAB Show 2020 website made it clear:

NAB has been monitoring the evolving situation on coronavirus both in the U.S. and around the globe. Due to the public health emergency we are currently facing, we believe that it is not possible to move forward with NAB Show as planned. Please

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Avid now out of NAB 2020, also canceling the Avid Connect 2020 Conference


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And another one bites the dust. After we saw Adobe choosing not to participate in NAB 2020 today we get word that Avid is going to sit it out too citing COVID-19. This one stings as they are also canceling the Avid Connect 2020 conference which was their own great event that ran in the days before NAB began.

They’ve posted an official statement on their website.

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NAB Needs to Step Up


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Ok, NAB, what’s it going to be? As of Tuesday morning March 10th Pacific time, their Coronavirus Update and Resources page states “as of now, we are moving forward with the show.”

The list of exhibitors who have announced they are pulling out continues to expand (as of this post: AJA, Adobe, Nikon, Ross Video, TVU Networks, Western Digital, Zaxcom). Over-reaction? Abundance of caution? Or because they feel a responsibility to their employees and customers? What is NAB’s responsibility to slow the spread of the Corona virus so that the U.S. Continue reading “NAB Needs to Step Up”

Adobe pulls out of NAB 2020 citing COVID-19 concerns


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Adobe pulls out of NAB 2020. This is a big one for NAB and especially for us in the post-production field. Adobe has pulled out of NAB 2020 citing coronavirus concerns. They began notifying partners in the last day or two that they wouldn’t be attending or sponsoring events. This is the official word going around to partners. A bunch of the photography sites have been publishing this news and the photo folks usually get the news before us video folks so we in the post-production side of things will probably see a more official announcement soon so keep an Continue reading “Adobe pulls out of NAB 2020 citing COVID-19 concerns”

Western Digital out of NAB2020 “due to concerns regarding the coronavirus”


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This was a quiet announcement from Western Digital in regards to NAB 202o on their website:

The health and safety of our employees is a top priority for Western Digital. Due to concerns regarding the coronavirus, we have taken the precautionary measure to withdraw from participating in NAB 2020.

This latest NAB withdrawal comes after AJA and Nikon both withdrawing this week. Western Digital had listed a booth on their NAB website so this probably took some thought. I honestly can’t remember the size of their booth in the past but since G-Technology is part of Western Digital it

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Breaking: Nikon pulls out of NAB due to Coronavirus concerns


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In a bold move, Nikon just announced that they will not attend this year’s NAB show due to Coronavirus concerns. Nikon’s announcement comes only two days after AJA, a leading video gear manufacturer pulled out of the show. Things are not looking good for the tradeshow industry, with many conferenced baing canceled. AS a quick […]

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Just in: Nikon will not participate in NAB 2020 due to COVID-19


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Nikon just issued an official statement that they will not participate in NAB 2020 due to COVID-19:

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Adobe cancels Las Vegas Summit due to coronavirus concerns


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Adobe cancels Summit due to coronavirus concerns

Adobe is another company that has decided to cancel events due to the coronavirus concerns. The Las Vegas Summit, which was scheduled to run from March 29 to April 2 will be an online event.

Adobe’s digital experience conference Summit in Las Vegas, this  year, has been cancelled, announced the company this Monday. Over the past few weeks, notes Adobe , “we have been closely monitoring and evaluating the situation around COVID-19 to ensure we are taking the necessary measures to protect the health and wellbeing of Adobe Summit attendees. As a result, we have made the difficult but important

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AJA withdraws from NAB 2020


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It’s the afternoon of March 2, 2020, and I was just sitting around beginning to get my NAB planning in full order (for me it’s mainly planning for teaching at the Post|Production World Conference) when I saw the news come across Twitter that AJA was pulling out of NAB. Everyone is following the rapidly developing story of the spread of the coronavirus so you know why. I clicked over to their website and saw the full details that I have pasted below.

New for 2020 NAB Show: a new 8K course option from 4K 4Charity


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New for NAB 2020: a new 8K course option from 4K 4Charity

With all the discussion going on about 8K, this year’s edition of NAB Show has a new option for those who like to be at the forefront: a new 8K course option from 4K 4Charity; run, runner, run!

The 4K 4Charity Run Series, an event that aims to help increase diversity and inclusion in the technology industry is upscaling the challenge that NAB attendees will face: besides the the popular 4K (2.49-mile) route, this year’s run includes a new 8K (4.97-mile) course option. The run, says the organizers, “provides a healthy, fun activity for NAB attendees, supports non-profits

New for NAB 2020: a new 8K course option from 4K 4Charity
New for NAB 2020: a new 8K course option from 4K 4Charity

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SmallHD offers ARRI Camera Control License with Cine 7 monitors


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SmallHD offers ARRI Camera Control License with Cine 7 monitors

Showcased at NAB 2019, the  Cine 7 monitor is designed to work with support for ARRI, RED and Sony cameras. Now SmallHD has a limited offer for users of ARRI cameras: a free license worth $500.

If you buy the new Cine 7, a SmallHD 7-inch full HD touchscreen on-camera monitor with cinema camera control and built-in Teradek wireless video technology until May 19, 2019, through SmallHD or authorized dealers, SmallHD has a special offer for you:  you are eligible for a free ARRI Camera Control License valued at $500.

As ProVideo Coalition noted last April,  when the monitor was

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FiLMiC Pro framerates: VFR status & workflow reaffirmed at NAB 2019


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At NAB 2019, I asked the lead programmers at FiLMiC Pro whether the VFR (variable frame rate) recording situation remained the same, in order to help you —our reader— to both understand and follow best practice regarding framerates when shooting on iOS, and later editing and distributing it. At their booth in Las Vegas, FiLMiC engineers reaffirmed something that hadn’t been mentioned publicly since my 2017 article called Understanding iPhone framerates for shooting, editing & distribution. Ahead I’ll update that information.

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When you shoot video on iOS (including iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch), framerates don’t work the way they

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NAB 2019: Things ‘n’ Stuff


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In recent NABs, the back end of Central Hall was filled with LED luminaires from a vast number of companies, all showing various interpretations of “daylight” or “tungsten” light (some of them more impressionistic than others). This year, the emphasis was more on colored light in all its variations…

Colorful LEDs

Colorful LEDs

SpaceX from Creamsource - does Elon Musk know about this?
SpaceX from Creamsource – does Elon Musk know about this?
SpaceX, daylight-balanced, one lens removed
SpaceX, daylight-balanced, one lens removed
SpaceX, 2200 K, dimmed
SpaceX, 2200 K, dimmed
Is water-cooling the new means of thermal management?
Is water-cooling the new means of thermal management?

Lenses with “Character”

Cinema glass continues to proliferate. This year the growth was focused on lenses for large format and lenses with “character”: primes

ARRI Signature primes are T1.8 large-format lenses
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This is a 15mm lens for full-frame: quite wide.
Behind-the-lens filters / split diopters / nets for the Signature Primes
Canon Sumire (soo-me-ray) primes: PL mount, large-format, with added character wide-open
There are so many formats to cover, Leitz had a cheat sheet on their booth
ARRI multicam
ARRI multicam
BM5: Touchscreen controls as well as hardwired buttons
BM5 showing multiple 'scopes
NP-series battery power or external DC; HDMI and SDI. "Focus puller" port for remote cable
OEYE-3G: large buttons on flat top make control easy
The two "horns" protect cables from bashes
PRG process stage
How it appears on-camera
Not all the displays need to be high-res
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Sound Devices Scorpio
Wooden Camera VX Mic
That's a BIG spool of cable
This Pathé Brothers camera at the ASC booth is about 100 years old
Black Bear showed this alien invasion: a flashback to the Burbank Frys, perhaps?
If you need an audio connector — ANY audio connector — try Switchcraft
Has Lectrosonics actually tested with a Stomposaurus?
This dispenser was at my hotel. If it had been at the LVCC, they would own the place

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NAB 2019: Transparent OLED Display


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OK, it’s not something you’ll need every day, but it is cool: a semitransparent OLED monitor, made by striping OLED pixels on a glass substrate with about a 50% fill factor. LG displayed it in the North Hall, showing posh-watch videos in front of an array of posh watches…LG Transparent OLED display

LG Transparent OLED display

LG Transparent OLED display

A close-up of the screen
A close-up of the screen
Enen closer
Even closer

Disclosure: there is no material connection between me and LG, and LG offered no compensation for favorable coverage.

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NAB 2019: JVC Connected Cams


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JVC continues to build out its “Connected Cam” line of camcorders in which streaming is a built-in feature, not an afterthought add-on. The $3600 GY-HC500 is a 1″, 4K/60p camcorder with wired Ethernet built in for streaming and FTP transfer; it’s expected to ship in June. The $5000 GY-HC550 adds dual-band Wi-Fi with MIMO antennas and Zixi built in; it’s expected in May (Zixi adds error correction and recovery atop the UDP protocol, without the delays and latency of TCP).

These cameras make streaming as simple as onboard recording: once you enter your credentials for YouTube Live or other streaming

JVC GY-HC500
Note the ONLINE button and NETWORK status LED
The monitor/XLR pod includes a dedicated PEAKING adjustment rocker
An M.2 SSD in a caddy plugs in to record ProRes
The GY-HC550 adds built-in Wi-Fi
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The HC900 is a standard, 2/3" HD camcorder with a B4 lens... and streaming, of course
The cameras are designed to work with JVC's ProHD servers with Zixi
What Connected Cams offer: video streaming and FTP out, control, return video and IFB in, and live in-camera CG
Live streaming, direct or through a server, to Facebook, YouTube, and more
Use in-camera Wi-Fi to connect to a bonded hotspot

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NAB 2019: 8K


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NAB 2019 marked the point where — without any particular fanfare — 8K television moved from a gee-whiz technology demo to a practical production, post-production, and distribution system.

Blackmagic banners at NAB 2019
Blackmagic banners at NAB 2019

Blackmagic Design’s signage was all about 8K; they showed off 8K recording, switching, terminal gear, and editing — everything, it seems, but cameras. No worries: Ikegami had 8K studio cameras and Sharp showed their 8K shoulder-mount camcorder, both were unremarkable in their normalcy. Only their 8K badging sets them apart from their run-of-the-mill HD and 4K brethren.

Ikegami 8K broadcast camera
Ikegami 8K broadcast camera
Sharp 8K camcorder
Sharp 8K camcorder

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8K analyzer and 8K/120p uncompressed recorder from Nippon Control System
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8K SSD recorder from Astrodesign
8K editing PC from Astrodesign
Rack of 8K gear at Sharp's booth. An editing PC is on the table behind it.
8K gear onscreen at Sharp's booth
Upscaling HD to 8K at Astrodesign
Upscaling HD to 8K at Astrodesign
8K/120p codec development
8K/120p encoding demo at NHK
8K/120p camera at Astrodesign. It's about the size of a Sony F55
Terrestrial transmission testing at NHK
8K mobile transmission, at Sharp
Quadrature constellations for 2K and 8k layers
Layered broadcast: 2K for mobile, 8K for stationary (NHK)
I watched a sumo match in this room. Yes, it felt pretty immersive. Looked good, too.
Sharp 8K MFT camcorder
Sharp 8K MFT camcorder
Yes, it has a proper fully-articulated monitor — as every such camera should!
Mic, headphones, USB-C, HDMI, and mini-XLR I/O
Sharp 8K MFT, cine-style

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NAB 2019: 1974 RCA TK-45As; 1978(?) TH-50A


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At the north end of the North Hall hallway, the Museum of Broadcast Technology showed off two fine 1974 RCA TK-54A color cameras.

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MBT’s two working TK-45As

New York’s WPIX 11 used four of these cameras at Yankee Stadium until 1987, when they were “retired with gusto”. They languished in storage until recently, when MBT rescued them and was able to get two of them working using parts from all four.

TK-45A with Canon box lens
TK-45A with Canon box lens
Triax? Fiber? Nope, honest-to-goodness multicore!
Triax? Fiber? Nope, honest-to-goodness multicore!
The CRT EVF, with channel-selection buttons and zoom meter.
The B&W CRT EVF, with channel-selection buttons… and focus meter.
The cameras needed racks of support equipment. Note the RGB parade display on the WFMs.
The cameras needed racks of support equipment. Note the

Shader panels, not unlike modern CCUs in design and function.
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TK-45As used three 2/3" Plumbicon tubes, about $1800 each.
The photosensitive end of a Plumbicon
The power-and-signal end.
Late-70s RCA TH-50A 1’ Type C VTR
It's a rebadged Sony BVH-500A, as the "Videocorder" logo implies.

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Datavideo announced NVS-33 H.264 streaming encoder/recorder


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At NAB 2019, Datavideo announced the NVS-33, an H.264 standalone streaming encoder and recorder. The NVS-33 has HD-SDI and HDMI inputs for video as well as stereo RCA unbalanced audio connections, for use when embedded audio is not available or desired. The NVS-33 can stream and record at different bit rates simultaneously, although I am disappointed to see how low the maximum is, as I’ll explain ahead, together with four questions I asked Datavideo. The NVS-33 records onto an SD card in NTFS, FAT, or exFAT. The latter is my favorite.

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