2018 NAB Preview Part Three: Too Much of a Good Thing?

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By now, I hope you are figuring it all out. 2018 NAB is going to be too much of a good thing. Isn’t that great? There's just so much to see and hear about all of the new gear and the great people that make it all happen. For some of us, it' like being the kid in the candy store. But before I get carried away, let's get down to business. 

Canon (Booth C4325)

I knew something good was brewing from Canon. It was just a matter of time before news came about several new products just in time for NAB. 

Canon U.S.A. is breaking some new ground with the introduction today of the EOS C700 FF, the company’s first full-frame cinema camera. Full-frame acquisition is nothing new for Canon given its DSLR lineup, but now, with the help of a CMOS image sensor having a total of 5952×3140 photosites and a digital-cinema 17:9 aspect ratio, production professionals have a wider range of shooting options.

Available in both PL- and EF-mount versions, the EOS C700 FF provides users with the same outstanding performance, operation, and modular design as the EOS C700 (owners of the C700, in fact, can upgrade for a fee). The camera is being shown publicly for the first time at the Canon booth (C4325) at NAB 2018 in Las Vegas April 9-12.

The newly developed sensor featured in the EOS C700 FF has an active image area of 38.1 x 20.1mm and supports readout at full size, as well as Super 35mm, Super 16mm, and anamorphic modes. In addition to full-frame lenses, it can be used with conventional Super 35mm lenses to originate 4K/UHD standardized production formats and Super 16mm lenses (with an adapter) to originate 2K/HD production formats in crop modes. The sensor captures wide tonality exceeding 15 stops of dynamic range and a wide color gamut meeting ITU-R BT.2020 standards. This offers broad latitude when grading, providing outstanding effectiveness in HDR video production.

The camera also has HDR support, providing 15 stops of latitude (with Canon Log 2 only), along with Canon’s proprietary Log Gammas (Canon Log 3, Canon Log 2, and Canon Log) and renowned color science. Canon Log 2 is recommended when originating HDR imagery containing both highlight details and deep-shadowed details.

 

 

The cameras also seamlessly integrate with Canon’s latest professional 4K/UHD display: the new Canon DP-V2421 24-in. 4K reference display and the DP-V1711 17-in. 4K reference display. Both have a 12G-SDI terminal and deliver high luminance and high contrast, making it ideal for viewing 4K and HDR content. The 24-in. model is designed for broadcast studios while the 17-in. DP-V1711 features the same high-image-quality performance in a more compact design suited for use in environments where space is limited, such as production trucks.

The DP-V2421 and DP-V1711 support industry standards, including Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) and Perceptual Quantization (PQ). Both new displays also support Canon’s proprietary log gammas — Canon Log, Canon Log 2 and Canon Log 3 — and feature convenient shooting-assist functions for all HDR standards, such as a built-in waveform monitor. The displays also feature built-in HDR metering, which overlays different areas of input images with colors depending on their luminance, allowing convenient review and confirmation of HDR images.

LiveU (Booth C2617)

LiveU is driving the live video revolution, providing live video streaming for TV, mobile, online and social media. Through the use of our patented bonding and video transport technology, LiveU creates a consistent bandwidth and reliable connection for high quality remote live broadcasts. With a complete range of end-to-end video acquisition, distribution and management solutions including lightweight, easy-to-use equipment and cloud-based management and video distribution solutions, LiveU technology continues to be the television industry standard for mobile live video production.

With a global installed base of over 2,000 Tier 1 media customers in more than 80 countries, LiveU announced the release of the LU600, its powerful new portable transmission unit for global newsgathering and live sports and events coverage. Reaching new levels of excellence, the LU600 delivers the highest video quality and bitrate in the market (up to 20Mbps), and is set to offer the fastest file transfer (80Mbps), lowest delay (0.5 sec) and 100Mbps high-speed bonded Internet connection. The new LU600 is field upgradable to H.265 HEVC, continuing LiveU’s adoption of the latest encoding standards and providing support for ‘Live & Store’ using the same video card.

Tailored to the needs of mobile journalists, the LU600 offers a new streamlined user interface, with an ultra-responsive 5.0 inch capacitive touchscreen. The unit comes in a specially designed smart backpack, with improved usability, remote control functionality and easy access to display, controls and interfaces.

The LU600 will also include the following range of new capabilities and features:

  • 30 seconds boot-up time
  • High-efficiency internal patented antennas, ensuring the ultimate reliability in any network conditions
  • 16 GB internal storage and support for external micro SDXC 256GB cards
  • LTE Advanced support
  • Longest-lasting internal battery (4 hours of live transmission) and support for industry-standard external batteries, with hot swap capabilities.

Core SWX (Booth C5633)

A leader in battery and charging solutions, announces two innovative battery power solutions ahead of NAB 2018. Aimed at the traditional broadcast market, the Hydracore 100 is Core's first NiMH battery, offering owner/operators a travel-safe alternative. The Powerbase Edge is ideal for the Cine/DSLR sector and is 30 percent smaller than its highly successful predecessor, the Powerbase 70.

"Designed for two different spectrums of battery solution needs, the Hydracore 100 and Powerbase Edge are both testaments to Core's continuous innovation and drive to provide its range of customers with power solutions that meet any demand," says Ross Kanarek, CEO, Core SWX. "We listened to our customers and their requests for even more options for travel-safe batteries. Hydracore is our first NiMH battery and we are proud of the product and features we've put forth."

The Hydracore 100 provides even more travel-friendly options to Core's product line, as NiMH batteries are currently permitted in carry-on baggage. Weighing a light 3.3lbs and measuring 3.8 x 5.87 x 2.95, the pack is 2 lbs lighter and 20 percent smaller than the most common batteries in the NiMH space. The Hydracore 100 is a Gold Mount battery supporting up to a 10A load and offering 100wh of power. Hydracore 100 was designed to be fully compatible with Anton/Bauer chargers to ensure the pack will seamlessly integrate into customers' diverse battery fleets.

Production Bot, LLC (Booth SL5516)

There are some products you want to see. Then there are some products and technologies you have to see. Production Bot really falls into that second group! The Production Bot® Switch is an extremely portable "switcher in a suitcase" and comes preinstalled with vMix live streaming software. Live X production professionals will be on site to demo the robust capabilities of Production Bot® when using NDI and showcase its live streaming features.

With server-class specs in a carry-on size, the Production Bot® Switch can be used as a live production studio, mobile editing station, or a DIT station wherever your show takes you. Cut cameras, run replays, integrate custom graphics, record program and camera isos, all in one unit. It can be used in any broadcast environment including 4K, varied frame rate, as well as external audio over XLR or ¼”. It also includes built-in encoding to many popular streaming platforms such as Facebook Live, Periscope, Youtube, and Twitch.

Tiffen (Booth C5625)

Tiffen Filters caters to the drone community with its exclusive kit of drone filters for DJI. When used in conjunction with the award-winning filter technology engineered by Tiffen, the high-quality performance of the DJI camera system is taken to the next level, broadening the horizons for content creation. Filters are currently made for the DJI Phantom 4 Pro Advanced and Obsidian drones. Filters for the DJI Mavic air and DJI Inspire 2 are to launch this year, as well.

Showcasing from Steadicam, a division of The Tiffen Company recently launched the Steadicam Air, a revolutionary monopod that is gas lift activated by a foot pedal for adjustable height. Designed in partnership with Master Cinematographers, the Steadicam Air is made of carbon fiber. It is ideal for nature, wildlife, sports, wedding, event and feature photographers and cinematographers alike.

The Steadicam M-1 Volt, a tool that provides M-1 operators with horizontal stabilization. Weighing only two pounds, the M-1 Volt seamlessly integrates into an existing M-1 sled, providing a greater opportunity for content creation without jeopardizing stability.


The Lowel Pro Power LED Bi-Color has a powerful output in a lightweight location-based system. It offers a focusable Fresnel light that allows you to flood or spot the light as you see fit. It is available to be purchased individually or in kits. The release of the Pro Power LED Bi-Color is set for the second quarter of 2018.

BB&S Lighting (Booth C8549)

Denmark's BB&S Lighting expands their lineup. Recent favorite Area 48™ Soft and Studio lights offer swappable phosphor panels changing the fixture's color temperature in seconds at 98 TLCI. Studio model provides smooth, accurate dimming even below 5% to zero. The Pipeline Remote Phosphor LED lights offer cylindrical 1" dia. by 4" to 4' lengths, in singles or banks. Debuting Pipeline Free 3' & 4' Pipes and new Force 7 LED LEKO with 750 equivalent output, drawing just 185W at max with 97 CRI.

I cannot wait to see what BB&S comes up with this year. They always have some cool lighting that is definitely worth getting over to see. Here are a couple of products I'm dying to see. 

It's Showtime!

We really could talk about all of the great gear at 2018 NAB this year. But now it's time to pack your bags and hit the road, so safe travels and see you in Las Vegas.

Can’t make the show? Don’t worry. NABHUB will be there with all hands on deck to provide extensive coverage of all the latest new gear. 

See something at the show it can’t wait? Email me or come by the ProductionHUB booth located at Booth C12129 check out all of our great services for production professionals.

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About the Author

Mark Foley
Mark Foley
Mark J. Foley, MBA BA is an award-winning producer and director and the Technology Editor for ProductionHUB.com. He is on a mission to provide the best in new equipment reviews, along with exclusive analysis and interviews with the best, the brightest and most creative minds in the entertainment and production business. Have a suggestion for a review? Email Mark at mfoley@productionhub.com.

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