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Atomos Announces Connect AC Converters At NAB 2013

Atomos, creator of the award-winning field recorders Ninja-2 and Samurai, and the acclaimed Connect converters, has announced two new Connect converters, Connect AC H2S and Connect AC S2H, at NAB 2013. (8-11 April, Las Vegas Convention Center, booth number C8218).

Both converters include test pattern generation and audio test tone and are even rack-mountable, making them the most affordable and functional HDMI/HD-SDI converters available on the market today.

Connect AC Features:

  • Built-in AC for fixed facility usage
  • Connect AC H2S converts from HDMI to HD-SDI
  • Connect AC S2H converts HD-SDI to HDMI
  • Test pattern generator
  • Audio test-tone
  • Rack-mount kit option

Availability

Connect AC H2S and Connect AC S2H converters will ship April 2013.The rack-mount kit holds up to four Connect-AC converters.

Click for more information about Atomos’ Connect AC Converters.

Autodesk and Blackmagic Design Announce Technology Collaboration

Blackmagic Design and Autodesk, Inc. has announced that the two companies intend to collaborate on future integrations between Blackmagic Design technology and Autodesk technology. This collaboration will build seamless workflows for customers in the professional video, television and commercial post-production industries.

The ongoing work between Blackmagic Design and Autodesk will include the testing and development of integrated workflows between Autodesk technology and Blackmagic Design’s PCIe and Thunderbolt based desktop video capture and playback products, including the DeckLink, UltraStudio and Intensity product lines.

Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink, UltraStudio and Intensity lines include the world’s highest performance capture and playback cards for Mac, Windows and Linux. Including both PCIe and Thunderbolt based technology, these products come in both internal and external models and are used by professionals globally in every aspect of film and video production.

Click for more information about Blackmagic Design product line.

Click for more information about the Autodesk product line.

Boinx Software Introduces SandboxCleaner

Since Boinx Software released the sandboxed versions of FotoMagico and iStopMotion on the Mac App Store, some users were experiencing baffling crashes. It took them quite a while to figure out what was wrong. They discovered that several Quicktime components installed on these systems were incompatible with OS X sandboxing.

Introducing SandboxCleaner

Boinx Software also found that these problems affect all sandboxed video and photo apps – not just theirs. So they decided to develop a free troubleshooting utility called SandboxCleaner for Mac users. With SandboxCleaner you can perform scans for problematic QuickTime components to clean up your Mac, making your life a whole lot easier.

Some more info about SandboxCleaner from the website:

If SandboxCleaner detects one of the components known to cause problems, it helps you figure out what to do. If the vendor of the component offers an update, SandboxCleaner, in most cases, will direct you to it. If SandboxCleaner does not know of an update, you may want to disable the component using the Finder and contact the vendor for further information. Please notify Boinx Software via Feedback Assistant if you come across components that cause issues but are not reported, or if you experience any other problems with SandboxCleaner. They will update the database and suggest the best way to deal with it.

Help Your Friends

Incompatible QuickTime components are a widespread problem. Many of your friends will experience the same or even worse problems than you. Unkempt sandboxes can lead to frustration – and no one wants a grumpy friend around! Be your friend’s hero by letting them know about SandboxCleaner using the built-in Twitter, Facebook and email sharing feature.

Click here to download Boinx Software’s SandboxCleaner for free from the Mac App Store.

Vaddio Launches ZoomSHOT HD Camera

Vaddio has announced the launch of the ZoomSHOT high definition point-of-view camera with HDMI and Analog Component outputs. Based on Vaddio’s award-winning ClearVIEW HD-19 PTZ camera technology, the ZoomSHOT provides a 19x Optical Zoom, Auto Focus, Auto Iris, Advanced Image Control and High Definition video resolutions up to 1080p60/50. Manual pan and tilt positioning allows for simple, yet precise control.

Vaddio’s complementary QuickSET mounting system offers simple installation by just positioning the camera to a required shot and locking it in place. Optional wall and ceiling mounts are available in addition to the standard set-top mount.

Capable of being used with any of Vaddio’s Quick-Connect Components, power, video and control all run over Cat-5 cabling. Full image color control is available from a built-in internal On-Screen Display.

Click for more information on the new Vaddio ZoomSHOT camera.

Live Updates from the 2013 NAB Show – Show 4

A 30 minutes live update with:

Dave Walton, JVC.
Steve Tiffen, The Tiffen Company.
Chuck Westfall, Canon USA.

Live Updates from the 2013 NAB Show – Show 5

A 30 minutes live update with:

Steven Cooperman, Panasonic.
Andrew Page, NVIDIA.
Jon Tatooles, Sound Devices L.L.C

Special Report from the 2013 NAB Show – Day 3

This is day 3 at the 2013 NAB Show. Special report with guests:

Christopher Currier, Sennheiser.
Martin Tlaskal, FilmLight.
Jim Tierney, Digital Anarchy.
Jerry Kaner, Ciphertex.
Bernard Lamborelle, Tiger Technology.
Michael Kammes, Key Code Media.

Sound Devices Introduces PIX 240i KIT at the 2013 NAB Show

Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, have unveiled their PIX 240i KIT, an all-inclusive kit that provides all the equipment needed to operate the PIX 240i in professional video production applications, at the 2013 NAB Show (Booth C2849).

Sound Devices’ PIX 240i KIT includes a PIX 240i, power supply (XL-WPH3), two batteries (XL-B2), two drives (includes PIX-CADDY with 240 GB SSD drives), sun hood (PIX-HOOD), articulating mount (PIX-ARM), HDMI and SDI interconnection cables, and a rugged carry-case (PIX-HC1). An ideal, all-in-one solution for video production professionals on the go, Sound Devices new PIX 240i KIT comes with all the necessary equipment needed on location or on-set, conveniently housed in a portable carrying case.

With the latest revision of firmware, version 3.01, PIX 240i users now have the ability to record into Apple ProRes 4444, which offers impressive quality with 4:4:4 sources and workflows involving alpha channel transparency. With its 12-bit, 3G-SDI 4:4:4 capability, the PIX 240i can record 330-Mbps Apple ProRes 4444 files that are perceptually indistinguishable from the original source material. Popular cameras with 4:4:4-capable outputs include the ARRI ALEXA, Canon C500 and Sony F3. Additional features available in Sound Devices’ latest v3.01 firmware update include time-code and recording status displays on the SDI and HDMI outputs, up to 500 ms of audio delay to compensate for multi-device picture delay and selectable 4:4:4 or 4:2:2 video output independent from the source material.

Users can connect PIX 240i to cameras with HD-SDI, 3G-SDI or HDMI and record directly to QuickTime using a range of different Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD codecs, including Apple ProRes 4444. Since PIX recorders use ProRes and DNxHD, files recorded in the field can be used directly in post production, making for simpler, faster workflows.

The PIX 240i’s five-inch, high-performance, IPS-based LCD display is an accurate field monitor, providing users with immediate confirmation of framing, exposure, focus, audio metering and setup menu selections. It offers excellent color accuracy and contrast, great off-axis visibility and accurate motion tracking.

The built-in hardware scaler and frame-rate converter allows PIX to output and record material at different resolutions and frame rates than supported by the camera. Conversion between HD and SD, with and without anamorphic conversion, is available.

The audio circuitry of the PIX recorders is based on Sound Devices’ award-winning 7-Series digital audio recorders. The low-noise (-128 dBu EIN), high-headroom, high-bandwidth inputs are mic/line switchable and include limiters, high-pass filters and phantom power.

Click for more information about Sound Devices’ PIX 240i Kit.

New Squeeze 9 Available Now

Sorenson Media, makers of Sorenson Squeeze Standard, Squeeze Pro and Squeeze Premium, are now proud to announce the release of Squeeze 9.

Squeeze 9 Features

  • Streamlined Workflow : Enhanced UI — first major update since Squeeze 6. Enjoy improved search and cleaner batch window.
  • Pre-/Post-Roll Stitching : Add your branding or other content on-the-fly to the beginning and/or end of an existing video.
  • Even Better Quality & Speed : Up to 6x faster than competitors with multi-core encoding, enhanced quality, and better adaptive bitrate encoding.
  • Optimized For HTML5 : Generate video files and HTML5 markup for multi-screen playback by simply choosing a single preset.
  • Seamless Review & Approval : Even more responsive web pages for reviewing video content on any device with your free Sorenson 360 account.
  • Closed Captioning : Support for EIA-608 and CEA-708 closed captioning in source video and corresponding TTML output. Also closed caption pass-through.

Click for more information about Sorenson Media’s Squeeze 9.

AJA Ki Pro Quad Is Now Shipping

AJA Video Systems has announced immediate availability of its Ki Pro Quad, a new solid-state portable video recorder enabling true 4K camera-to-editorial workflows. Ki Pro Quad enables a breakthrough 4K/Quad HD/2K/HD workflow with the efficiencies of Apple ProRes and the flexibility of RAW data in a compact, solid state recording and playback package that easily mounts directly onto a variety of cameras supporting workflow needs today and into the future.

Ki Pro Quad has many unique features that enable new was of working for creative professionals and delivers:

  • Breakthrough 4K Workflows—Ki Pro Quad serves as a central gathering point for the main needs of 4K production; bring camera signals in and simultaneously create edit-friendly 4K ProRes files, output to 4K and HD monitors and record RAW data directly to a Thunderbolt-enabled computer/storage system.
  • 4K and Quad HD Support— Help ease the transition to 4K with a recorder that creates efficient file sizes while still retaining pristine quality.
  • More than 4K and Quad HD—Support for 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 recording even at HD and 2K resolutions, and real time scaling from 4K/Quad HD to 2K/HD. HDMI output allows connection to HD consumer monitors. HD-SDI output provides professional connectivity to high-end monitors.
  • Debayering and Scaling—New hardware-based features include real time, high-quality RAW debayering, recording directly to 4K resolution Apple ProRes 444 or ProRes 422 files and real time scaling from 4K to HD.
  • Streamlined Camera to Post—With the Canon C500: enable live debayering for immediate Apple ProRes 422 and ProRes 444 onboard recording and RAW pass through over Thunderbolt to compatible storage connected to a Mac system. With Sony F55: enable 4K 4x 3G-SDI baseband input and recording to 4K ProRes. With any SDI-capable HD camera: enable HD recording with cameras such as the Canon C300 with the added advantage of 10-bit 4:4:4 support for cameras like the Sony F3.
  • Affordability—Ki Pro Quad is priced substantially less than other 4K recorders but still has the power and functionality for the demands of 4K productions as well as functionality not found in competitive recorders of ANY price.
  • Proven Performance—Ki Pro Quad was built on the same performance principles and reliability that have made the rest of the Ki Pro family successful, and creates low-bandwidth ProRes files up to 4K resolutions, that can be easily offloaded to any Thunderbolt-enabled Mac via AJA’s new PAKDock Thunderbolt and USB3 reader. With the same capabilities of Ki Pro Mini for remote control, automation, ease of use and mounting options, the transition to Ki Pro Quad is virtually seamless.

Ki Pro Quad is available now worldwide through AJA’s network of resellers and distributors. AJA PAKDock, AJA Pak SSD media, and Ki Pro Quad mounting options, are now also available.

Click for more information about AJA’s Ki Pro Quad.