Walking around professional trade shows can yield some interesting encounters: the MnemosBOX is a Rackable Blu-Ray jukebox that can read/write 16TB of data across 200 standard Blu-Ray optical discs. It gets even better as it is possible to link 8 units to scale the available storage linearly.
Panasonic is a rather large player in the world of professional video surveillance, which remains a relatively large business that require a certain level of quality, administration and certifications. But it’s also clear that consumer-level cameras can be extremely competitive, so companies such as Panasonic continue to see where they can make a difference, and Education could be one of these areas.
I had a close encounter with the Sony XDCam PXW-FS5 at InterBee 2015. Unveiled in September with prototypes, this Super35 camcorder can shoot in 4K in excellent quality and low-noise, thanks to its very good noise-reduction algorithms. The lenses are interchangeable, so you can adapt its use to many different situations.
At InterBee 2015, Sony had TVs capable of using Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) HDR, and was demonstrating some of them side-by-side. HLG is a High Dynamic Range (HDR) standard proposed by both BBC and NHK, which makes it possible to broadcast a single signal/stream compatible with both non-HDR and HDR televisions. (Learn more about visual dynamic range)
Planned for a December release, Roland’s V-1HD is a 4-input / 1-output video mixing device that is compact and relatively affordable. It can handle up to four 1080p/1080i/720p video sources coming in different formats. Of course, all sources can be mixed, and simple video effects can even be added in real-time, such as picture-in-picture (PiP) or titling. It can also mix videos based on Chroma-key (green screen) which is handy […]
The Projection Canvas from Bright Jam is a combo that includes a projector, a controller software and a few pieces of cardboard. With this, you can build your own small projected art, not unlike what many galleries or museums have, but in a much smaller format.
Fujitsu is working on a product that it hopes will attract broadcasters worldwide: a cloud service that can measure the spectator’s emotion in real-time. There are several components to “sense” the user emotion. Classic ways to do it is by monitoring social network signals – a lot of players are already doing this. However, Fujitsu would ideally like to put a camera in homes to see people’s faces and analyze […]
While roaming the InterBee 2015 floor, I spotted the new 15TB Fujifilm LTO data tapes which are used for “cold storage” (archiving) by many companies, including Google. Ultrium 7 doubles the capacity of the previous Ultrium 6 product (6.5TB). Fujifilm says that Barium Ferrite (BaFe) magnetic tapes can achieve extremely high data density because of low noise to signal ratio.
YouTube has launched VR videos recently, but the rise of 360 videos is creating new business opportunities. At Interbee 2015 (Japan), I met with a company that specializes in building 360 and VR tour for various customers such as local government, entertainment venues or even industries. For example, I’ve been told that manufacturing plants “tours” were in very high demand.
Video content is hard to produce, but “live” video content is arguably even more difficult, especially if you are on a tight budget. Typically, you would need the ability to mix several cameras/video-sources and output the end result to an HD stream or to a flash storage device. Either way, the setup can get complicated pretty quickly, especially if there is real-time transcoding involved at some point in the workflow.
While I was roaming the floor of Inter Bee 2014, a high-end broadcast trade show in Japan, I spotted a demo camera equipped with Canon’s latest monster 50-1000mm lens which was announced a little less than one month ago under the “Canon CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 Ultra-Telephoto Zoom” name. Although it also exists in Canon EOS EF mount (as well as PL), this is a lens primarily designed to shoot movies […]
Earlier this year, there was a lot of excitement about the upcoming arrival of an external 4K video recorder that could connect directly to an HDMI output from a camera like the Sony A7s or the Panasonic GH4: the Atomos Shogun 4K was then shown as a pre-production prototype. 4K Enthusiasts were waiting for something like this because using an external 4K encoder gives extra options in terms of battery […]
Launched just days ago, the JVC Kenwood GY-HM200 4K Camcorder makes an appearance at Inter Bee 2014, a huge broadcast trade show in Tokyo. If you missed the initial launch information, this camcorder is designed to be relatively “affordable” (I say relatively because it’s still $3000 or so). I haven’t been able to test the video quality under controlled conditions, but the demonstration on-site was pretty convincing.
At Inter Bee 2014, NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai, which means “Japan Broadcasting Corporation”) has demonstrated a 8K 3D 4mn live action video. I know that 3D has somehow fallen out of grace of regular consumers, but I thought that 8K I would check this one out because it’s the first time that such a video is shown, and I thought that the extra resolution would help address some of the […]