NAB Show

Snapshots – NAB 2008 Day 3

More pix from the show floor

Panasonic AG-HPX170

The Panasonic HPX170 is a P2-only update to the HVX200 (The HVX has been updated to the 200A and remains in the lineup). The HMC150, which records to AVCHD and lacks many of the 170’s advanced features, looks much the same.

HPX170 back panel

The HPX170 uses a six-pin 1394 connector; a new, small component connector; and has an HD-SDI output!

HPX170 LCD displays

Both a waveform monitor and a vectorscope can be displayed on the 170’s LCD. Sweet: all cameras should be able to do this.

JVC HD200 with mockup SDHC / HDD recorder attached

Few cameras are as low, lean, and long as this elegant JVC.

Angenieux Optimo Rouge

This RED-only lens is a 30-80mm T2.8 zoom. $20,000.

Angenieux Optimo 4.7x

This 17-80mm T2.2 zoom is more than twice the weight and three times the price, but covers crucial wider angles the Rouge cannot. Both these Angenieux lenses have superb markings and silky-smooth mechanicals, and the 4.7x is well regarded for its optical performance.

Next: more technoporn…


Nebtek had this forest of support arms from Noga, Zacuto, and Ultralight

Shadowstone’s glowing capacitance film

Shadowstone showed a new, flexible lighting product based on capacitance. Should be longer-lasting than electrouminescent panels; easier to wire; more robust. Once they get the color temperatures down out of the blue, they’re thinking about making film/video lighting panels from the stuff.

Colorspace’s Icon digital cine recorder (a) with drive pack attached, (b) with LCD panel exposed

Colorspace’s Icon recorder was shown as mechanical prototypes, not just mockups. $35K for the recorder; $15K for the disk packs, which record about an hour of uncompressed 4:4:4.

CamMate crane

This CamMate crane with three-axis remote head is rigid, moves smoothly, and is very controllable. “Travel Series” versions start around $15k, while the telescoping-boom “Retract” version runs around $80K.

Arri showed a prototype support system / matte box / follow-focus for the Sony EX1.

P+S Technik’s Interchangeable Mount System for the RED ONE

Two of Astro’s small field monitors; Astro’s FED display demo

Astro Designs builds elegant (and expensive) monitors with full waveform, vector, and parade display modes—even numerical dumps of the incoming SDI / HD-SDI data can be viewed in hex, octal, decimal, or binary. The 6″ monitor is about $9K, and it’s the cheap one. Astro also demoed a 20″ FED (Field Emission Display), basically a flat-panel CRT with each pixel energized with its own electron emitter. FEDs offer CRT brightness, responsiveness, low lag, and colorimetry, but have been slow to develop—I saw my first FED demo at SRI in 1988 or 1989! Astro’s demo looked pretty darned good.

Day 4 will be a short day, followed by travel, so I probably won’t have any technoporn posted on Wednesday night. If I shoot any pix, I’ll post ’em some time Friday – Sunday, and I’ll try to wrap up and analyze my NAB reactions over the weekend.

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Adam Wilt has been working off and on in film and video for the past thirty years, while paying the bills writing software for animation, automation, broadcast graphics, and real-time control for companies including Abekas,…

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