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Autodesk’s Big Smoke Announcement at NAB 2012

Autodesk's Marc Hamaker tells the PVC team what users are in store for with the new Smoke

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | April 27, 2012

Autodesk has been hinting at a big announcement at NAB 2012 for some time now and at the show they did not disappoint. Smoke 2013, born out of two decades of visual effects leadership, features a unified creative workflow that brings powerful node-based compositing right in the timeline at a new price of $3,495 USD. Marc Hamaker, Senior Manager Product Marketing & Creative Finishing at Autodesk, tells the PVC audience a little bit about why the new Smoke is going to change things in the industry. Read More

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AJA Video Systems Sweeps NAB 2012 Best of Show Awards

Ki Pro Quad 4K/2K Portable Digital Recorder, Ki Pro Rack 1RU Tapeless Deck and T-TAP Thunderbolt Adapter Recognized with Awards

By PVC News Staff | April 27, 2012

AJA Video Systems introduced three new products at this year's NAB conference, all of which were recognized with "Best of Show" awards from industry thought leaders. AJA's Ki Pro Quad 4K/2K digital recording device won the InBroadcast Magazine InGEAR Award, the DV Magazine Black Diamond Award and the TV Technology STAR Award, as well as an honorable mention by Post Magazine in its Post Pick Awards, which are voted on by a panel of industry professionals who make their living using the types of tools recognized. T-TAP Thunderbolt Adapter won a DV Magazine Black Diamond Award, a Post Magazine Post Pick Award and a Videomaker Best of NAB Award, and the Ki Pro Rack 1RU tapeless deck recorder received a Broadcast Engineering Pick Hit Award. Read More

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NAB 2012: Is BMD the new RED, Part 2?

NAB 2012: Is BMD the new RED, Part 2?

BMD Cinema Camera specs; video preso from Dan May; unwarranted speculation and wild conjecture.

By Adam Wilt | April 27, 2012

The Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera was the surprise of the show. In this second report on the BMDCC, I gather together facts (such as they are at this early stage of the game), informed commentary, crazed guesswork, and pointers to more info. [updated 2012-04-29: CinemaDNG data rate corrected; 2012-05-07: better video embedding.] Read More

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Find Out What Panasonic Showed off at NAB 2012

Joe Facchini shares some important details about Panasonic's new products with the PVC audience.

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | April 26, 2012

At NAB 2012, Panasonic showcased how its professional video solutions deliver extraordinary performance for the real world. Joe Facchini, Vice President of Media and Production Services, took the time to tell the PVC audience about the products they were showing off and what else Panasonic has in store. Read More

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Video from the ASSIMILATE NAB 2012 Press Conference

ASSIMILATE Unveils Next Evolutions Of SCRATCH and SCRATCH Lab at NAB 2012

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | April 26, 2012

This year, ASSIMILATE took its first-ever booth on the NAB show floor and held its first NAB press conference. Steve Bannerman talked about what was next for Scratch and told everyone where they are taking the product and the company. Read More

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Hear What’s so Exciting About Adobe Premiere CS6

Ellen Wixted gives our audience a taste of what they're in store for with CS6

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | April 26, 2012

Adobe revealed their Creative Suite® 6 Production Premium at NAB and there was plenty to say and hear about. Redesigned by and for video editors, Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 introduces a sleek, fresh editing environment. Users can edit more fluidly with a streamlined user interface, which puts an editor's focus on the media and uninterrupted playback. We grabbed Sr. Product Manager Ellen Wixted to hear what she had to say about just a few of the new features. Read More

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The Top Smoke 2013 Questions from NAB Part 2

From a Demo Artist's point of view.

By Brian Mulligan | April 26, 2012

5. So does this mean I don't need plugins? Smoke and the ConnectFX workflow has a lot of built in effects and effects tools built right in. So no, you may not need plugins depending on your needs. Smoke contains one of the best chroma keyers in any software, the Master Keyer, and even has a node based keyer for more advanced keying. Effects like Blurs, Glows, Depth of Field, Stylize Pen/Ink/Sketch looks, Recursive & Timewarp tools, Customizable 3D lens flares with occlusion and 3D text, and a host of other tools are built right in. Read More

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The Top Smoke 2013 Questions from NAB Part 1

From a Demo Artist's point of view.

By Brian Mulligan | April 26, 2012

NAB 2012 just ended but it feels like a lifetime ago. I had the pleasure of being one of the Smoke Experts demonstrating the New Smoke 2013 on Mac to the show public. I talked to people from Utah to Singapore to India, and content creators from one system editorial boutiques to large universities to multi-system, large scale post facilities. They were all interested in Smoke 2013 and here are the top things I was asked to explain. Read More

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AJA announces T-TAP, the US$249 palm-sized, self-powered bridge from Thunderbolt to HDMI or SDI

Is T-TAP appropriate to connect an HP DreamColor monitor?

By Allan Tépper | April 26, 2012

As I have covered in great detail in several prior articles here in ProVideo Coalition magazine, the most complete and most reliable method of connecting your critical video monitor to your computer based editing system is via a professional a/v i/o interface, like those Thunderbolt models now offered by AJA, Blackmagic, Matrox, and now even MOTU. However, most of them are more than what many editors need today in the tapeless acquisition, file-based era. Often editors no longer require any audio or video input at all, since the material primarily arrives in file-based format. That’s why AJA decided to design and build a simpler, lower-priced, self-powered, output-only device called the T-TAP at NAB 2012. The outputs are SDI and HDMI. This article will cover all of the specs (even some vital ones that AJA hasn’t yet published), applications, recommended connections, and define whether the T-TAP is appropriate or not for use with HP’s DreamColor monitor.

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Shane Ross Reports from NAB on Post Production

Editor Shane Ross launches his standup career at NAB 2012

By Matthew Jeppsen | April 26, 2012

While we were bringing NAB to you with our extensive video coverage of the expo, editor Shane Ross was shooting interviews of his own with a focus on editing and post. His special report from NAB is engaging, informative...and funny. And he's wearing a Della Luce shirt! Watch below. Read More

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NAB 2012: Apple and Final Cut Pro X

Apple has meeting offsite but their products had a huge presence on the show floor.

By Scott Simmons | April 25, 2012

Apple didn’t have a booth at the 2012 NAB show, and no one expected them to. Even though no one was surprised they weren’t there a lot of folks commented that they thought it would’ve been more appropriate than ever given that Apple now has a shipping version of Final Cut Pro X. But Apple’s presence was felt all over the show floor with tons of Apple products on display. They were even having on the record meetings off the show floor and I was lucky enough to be invited to one of them.

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After Effects CS6 Tutorial: Targeting Properties in the new Ray-Traced 3D Engine

Although the new extrusion and beveling capabilities initially seem limited, you can actually edit the individual material options for each group of surfaces.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | April 25, 2012

In our preview of After Effects CS6, we spent a lot of time discussing the pros and cons of the new ray-traced 3D rendering engine, which includes the ability to extrude and bevel text and shape layers. When you start playing around with it, initially it may seem that you have only one color and set of Material Options for the entire layer. In truth, Adobe has provided a back door to go in and change the color and every material option - including amount of transparency and strength of reflections - for the front, sides, back, and bevels individually. Read More

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For broadcast news, “Starbucks is the new microwave!”

A recurring theme at NAB 2012, but how true is it?

By Allan Tépper | April 24, 2012

If you’re involved in traditional broadcast news, you know that the most popular established way to send your urgent remote stories back to the TV station is via microwave. For those unfamiliar, I’m not talking about a microwave oven, but a microwave transmitter often installed inside of a news van (OB truck), and often with a parabolic antenna on top. At NAB 2012, a recurring theme was: “Starbucks is the new microwave!” or some variation thereof, for urgent (but not live) news packages. Of course, if you’re in broadcast news in Colombia, South America, then the phrase might be: “¡Juan Valdez es mi nuevo transmisor microonda!”. Obviously, this refers to the free WiFi service available at Starbucks (at least in their USA locations) and at Juan Valdez in Colombia, together with the comfort of editing (optionally) and uploading raw news footage or edited packages from a very cozy environment. Let’s review a couple of such examples from NAB, and compare Internet caf© WiFi upload speeds to that of “4G” LTE in the USA.

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NAB Show: The Final Numbers

NAB Show: The Final Numbers

NAB reported an uptick in exhibitor participation and an almost 10 percent increase in size

By PVC News Staff | April 24, 2012

The National Association of Broadcasters today released preliminary figures for the 2012 NAB Show, the world's largest electronic media event covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. Read More

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NAB 2012: Lightworks

NAB 2012: Lightworks

And don't forget about the little red shark

By Scott Simmons | April 24, 2012

One company that I wanted to be sure and check out at this year’s NAB was EditShare see how they’re coming with Lightworks. I don’t have a Windows machine so I haven’t been able to download it. Their Mac version has fallen behind schedule but they were showing a Linux version running on a laptop at their booth. The official Lightworks release is scheduled for May 28. It’s been many years since I’ve seen a Lightworks running in the real world but I remember them fondly. In fact a Lightworks was one of the first machines I ever assisted on back before I had ever really used an Avid. I’m happy to report the shark is still there.

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Hands On With RED & 3ality Technica’s Meizler Module For Epic

Hands On With RED & 3ality Technica’s Meizler Module For Epic

All-in-one solution for turning taking your Epic wireless

By Dan Carr | April 23, 2012

The new Meizler module was teased a month or so back on RED's website but at NAB the nearly finished product was on display. At the RED booth it wasn't possible to get up close to it but outside at the 3ality Technica booth they had one just sitting there all wired up and ready to play with. It seems that not many people knew this and I only stumbled upon it in my final hours at the show. So what's this module all about then ? Essentially it's aim is to streamline your camera rig and remove a number of the additional boxes and adapters that necessarily hang off the side of most rigs on a big production. Anyone who has rigged up an Alexa is appreciative of the built in connections for focus, iris and zoom motors and the built in receiving capabilities using the remote controls from ARRI and C-Motion. The Meizler module adds similar functionality to the Epic. Read More

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NAB 2012: Baselight for Avid Media Composer

When this $995 plug-in ships it'll be pretty much the only color grading plug-in for Media Composer

By Scott Simmons | April 23, 2012

Filmlight was taking time in their booth on the NAB show floor to demo their upcoming Baselight for Avid Media Composer plug-in. It was an early build and when it ships it will be another part of their Baselight Editions initiative which aims to put a Baselight plug-in into many of the top NLE and fx applications. We’ve already got Final Cut Pro and Nuke so Avid Media Composer is the next logical choice.

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NAB 2012: Quantel new Pablo and Neo Nano

One of the high-end finishing, color grading and DI stations goes software only with a second panel option.

By Scott Simmons | April 23, 2012

If you’re lucky enough to work in the rarified air that is Quantel then you’re probably well aware of all their product offerings. If you’re not then it’s worth noting that Quantel has entered into the “lower cost” post-production arena by introducing lower cost versions of some of their hardware and software, including a software only option for their flagship Pablo product. Of course “lower cost” is a relative term and the mid-five-figures might be lower cost to some an not to others. Read More

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Sony Demos F65 4K Cameras As HD Production Solution

Sony Demos F65 4K Cameras As HD Production Solution

Dual F65's providing sports stadium coverage with 8K wide image

By Dan Carr | April 23, 2012

As I wandered the show floor at NAB 2012 bumping into friends and colleagues, the inevitable question arises; ' so what's the coolest thing you've seen so far ?' Every time this was asked, for the first couple of days at least, my mind jumped back to the Sony booth. Using multiple cameras in a fixed position to cover the length or breadth of a sporting stadium is nothing new. In fact just around the corner from the dual F65 setup was a similar display showing the same idea using regular HD cameras, a system that is on the market and in use by many broadcasters. With lowly old HD though you would need a plethora of cameras to achieve the flexibility that was shown by just two F65s. Read More

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HP Z1 Workstation Launches at NAB

HP Z1 Workstation Launches at NAB

The PC All-In One for Video Editing, Motion Graphics, and Photo Editing

By Richard Harrington | April 22, 2012

ProVideo Coalition - HP Z1 Workstation at NAB from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.

A new all-in one computer offers a compact, yet easy to upgrade workstation. Read More

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