Well, the ballots are in, and the judges have scrutinized all the submitted products for the coveted Broadcast Beat Awards. The “Broadcast Beat Awards” are given to manufacturers at the 2014 NAB Show. Some of the judging criteria include Originality, improvement on existing technology, its inventive qualities, whether the technology was ground-breaking and advancement.
There are three (3) “Products of the Year” one each in each of the main Broadcast Beat Categories of “Content Management,” “Content Delivery,” and “Content Creation.” In all other categories (Originality, Innovation, Creativity and Editor’s Choice), there are three winners each.
Each winner was selected from hundreds of submitted products.
PRODUCT: FORK Media Asset Management System
WINNER: Product of the Year, Content Management
As far as Media Asset Management Systems go, Primestream’s FORK has it covered! When you need to control which users can see media, edit metadata, and utilize system resources such as decks, ingest ports, and monitoring outputs, this is the product for you. Not only does it allow resources to be pooled dynamically, the metadata-driven workflow provides a powerful automated management system that puts content at the user’s fingertips wherever it is needed in the production process. Amazing!
Primestream’s industry-leading Media Asset Management and Production Automation software solutions enable broadcasters, video production companies and media organizations to create, manage, and distribute content over the air, via satellite, and to second screens such as PCs, mobile phones, and tablets. Primestream’s FORK line of products combines multiple modules in a single, integrated software suite. The range of functions that FORK provides includes advanced metadata search and scripting that empowers media companies to implement advanced automated workflows that free humans to do what they do best create.
WINNER: Product of the Year, Content Delivery
Need to play, inspect and correct media in one application with high-quality playback for MOV, MP4, MKV, MXF, GXF, MPS, MTS and others? Switch is the multiformat player that can do it! Need to trim, scale, and crop, change the aspect ratio, rearrange audio tracks, edit speaker assignments or even changing codec and format? Check-out the embedded video. Switch will be available shortly after NAB.
Telestream provides world-class live and on-demand digital video tools and workflow solutions that allow consumers and businesses to transform video on the desktop and across the enterprise. Many of the world’s most demanding media and entertainment companies as well as a growing number of users in a broad range of business environments, rely on Telestream products to streamline operations, reach broader audiences and generate more revenue from their media. Telestream products span the entire digital media lifecycle, including video capture and ingest; live and on-demand encoding and transcoding; captioning; playout, delivery, and live streaming; as well as automation and orchestration of the entire workflow. Telestream corporate headquarters are located in Nevada City, California. The company is privately held. For more information, visit www.telestream.net.
PRODUCT: Blackmagic Production Camera 4K
WINNER: Product of the Year, Content Creation
Blackmagic Production Camera 4K seems to be the world’s most portable 4K digital film camera! With a large Super 35 size sensor and a professional global shutter combined with precision EF mount optics, it’s perfect for shooting commercials, sport, documentaries, interviews and feature films. Because the latest high-end televisions and video projectors support Ultra HD (a format with four times the resolution of 1080 HD), this professional powerhouse will provide you with the most amazing high resolution music videos, episodic television productions and anything else shot with it! Precision engineered for quality, the single 6G-SDI output offers incredible Ultra HD live production. Spectacular!
About Blackmagic Design
A company dedicated to quality and stability and focusing on where it’s needed most; Blackmagic has created some of the most talked about products in the industry. World famous for their unbeatable codecs, Blackmagic envisioned truly affordable high-end quality editing workstations built upon Blackmagic software and hardware. Blackmagic Design‘s founders have had a long history in post-production editing and engineering. With extensive experiences in high-end telecine, film and post, harnessed with a real passion for perfection, Blackmagic set out to change the industry forever.
where something was said? In only seconds, Nexidia Dialogue Search combs through thousands of hours of media to find and play any spoken word or phrase. You’ll be able to locate segments traditional metadata or caption search could never find. Not only can you search thousands of hours of media in under a second, dozens of languages and dialects are supported with searches of multiple volumes and multiple libraries simultaneously. This is truly a remarkable product and the Broadcast Beat judges were not only impressed but excited by it!
Nexidia has applied years of research and development to deliver a comprehensive range of solutions for audio and video search. Nexidia works with some of the world’s largest contact centers, media and entertainment companies, government agencies, and legal firms to help them realize the amazing possibilities now discoverable in audio and video content. By delivering the best technology and deployment resources, Nexidia has delivered a platform that unlocks the untapped value inside the massive amounts of unstructured audio and video content by making it searchable and enabling you to achieve the most amazing value never before possible competitive advantages, operational efficiencies, and new business opportunities.
PRODUCT: WinPlus Remote
Worried about having up-to-date scripts for remote talent on locational shoots?
Worry no more – WinPlus Remote delivers up-to-the-moment scripts to users in the field, anywhere in the world. Suited for use in locations where prompting systems with full camera unit and software products aren’t available or practical, WinPlus Remote is ideal for anywhere news is being updated constantly, such as a sports event. And not just suitable for outside use – the system can also be used in smaller news operations with limited budgets as a cost-effective alternative to a full software system. WinPlus Remote is being officially launched at NAB in April and will be available from Autoscript; picoPrompt can be downloaded via the Apple App Store.
Autoscript is the world leader in the prompting industry, providing professional teleprompting equipment to broadcasters across the globe. Established in the UK in 1984, with headquarters in the UK and the US, Autoscript designs and builds innovative hardware, PC cards and software to meet real world needs and continually enhance the production process. A prime example of this is Autoscript’s latest product, the E.P.I.C. (Enhanced Prompting Information Centre), an all-in-one prompter display and on-air talent monitor that vastly simplifies studio equipment, reduces power consumption and enables easier location prompting. Autoscript is a member of the Vitec Group.
For more information visit www.autoscript.tv
About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.
Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.
PRODUCT: xMac Pro Server
Booth SL10824 at The 2014 NAB Show in booth SL10824 is the place to see the xMacâ„¢ Pro Server Thunderboltâ„¢ 2-to-PCI Express® (PCIe®) expansion system and 4U rackmount enclosure for new Mac Pro® computers. Occupying a 4U rack space (7 inches) and just 16 inches deep, this system is perfect for use in a wide range of popular mobile racks, carts, and rack cases, as well as in a server room. Cool and nearly silent, two remarkably quiet, temperature-controlled, variable-speed fans manage airflow to ensure cool, reliable operation in noise-sensitive environments. Pricing and availability will be announced at a future date. One of the best parts about this product is that the xMac Pro Server was designed, engineered, and built by Sonnet in California.
About Sonnet Technologies
Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of storage systems, Thunderboltâ„¢ technology PCIe® expansion products, interface cards, and media readers for professional users in the audio, video, and broadcast industries. Sonnet’s Thunderbolt expansion products enable the use of pro audio I/O and DSP cards, pro video capture and transcoding cards, interface cards, and other high-performance PCIe cards with mini, portable, and all-in-one computers. The company’s product line features a range of high-performance, cost-effective, and reliable portable, desktop, and rackmount RAID storage solutions. For more than 25 years Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market numerous innovative and award-winning products that enhance the performance and connectivity of Mac®, Windows®, and other industry-standard computers. More information is available at www.sonnettech.com.
Everyone in the business world knows that downtime is dangerous and that losing data completely is downright disastrous! Thankfully, not only has the Internet forever changed how content is broadcasted and consumed, it’s changed the processes related to disaster and recovery. Enter LYNXdr – A private-cloud hosted disaster recovery and business continuity system that ensures file safety and zero downtime. A secure off-site backup capability, LYNXdr ingests and manages content electronically or from data tape to key strategic regional cloud locations. Off-site data backup in virtual machines is much less costly than on-premise servers and the best part – you only pay for what you use when you use it. LYNXdr: the ideal solution for high-volume, highly valuable assets like yours.
About Front Porch Digital
Front Porch Digital is the global leader in solutions for migrating, managing, and monetizing media content. Operating on site and in the cloud, the company’s purpose-built software employs the latest technologies to deliver truly flexible and scalable media workflows. Solutions delivered by Front Porch Digital appropriately manage large and complex media files and workflows while ensuring optimal performance and utmost security. More information is available at fpdigital.com.
PRODUCT: TOP SECRET UNTIL NAB!
PRODUCT: Absolute Positioning System (APS)
THIS product was the absolute coolest! Vinten Radamec’s Absolute Positioning System (APS) enables any Vinten Radamec Fusion pedestal to deliver precise pre-set shots across the entire studio floor. Fitting within any studio layout, whether 360° or large spaces, real-time absolute measurement of pedestal position within the studio environment, with zero accumulated error, is a snap for this robotic assist device. With accurate pre-set shots, it is ideal for automation applications, it removes operational overhead associated with traditional floor target positional referencing. Thanks to broadcast robotics, the camera can be placed in inaccessible or remote locations to provide interesting and unusual shots. Thanks to broadcast robotics, the camera can be placed in inaccessible or remote locations to provide interesting and unusual shots. This not only provides access to areas of high security or scenes where an operator would otherwise disturb the subject, it stores and executes each shot precisely, which maintains a unique look for each show and preserves the station or program identity.
About Vinten Radamec
Vinten Radamec Broadcast Robotics invented the first robotics system for the BBC, and is now the global market leader offering engineering excellence and globally supported solutions for a wide range of technologies and markets. As a leading provider of robotic camera support systems, Vinten Radamec’s wide range of products includes robotic heads, pedestals and controllers suitable for studio, OB and legislative environments. Recognized for some of the most innovative broadcast robotics in the world, Vinten Radamec provides effective solutions for both simple one or two camera studios (where only a handful of shots are required) to network news studios, where robotics pedestals with repeat trajectory, pan and tilt movements are used. With a truly global customer support network and distribution infrastructure, and one of the most far reaching development programs in the industry, Vinten Radamec’s aim is to continue to grow the number of robotics users in the world’s broadcast industry and has over 700 installations worldwide.
Sometimes, asset management is strict and without flexibility. When you have that, you need a Media Asset Management (MAM) solution that provides a multimedia database supporting multiple formats and versions of assets, and enables storage across a distributed archive architecture combining data-tape robotic libraries and disk repositories. Tarsys is that solution. Non-video, as well as video files, can be supported as primary assets. Graphics, image files, documents, spreadsheets, pdf’s, etc. are stored in the archive and recorded in the database with thumbnails and with as many metadata fields as required – thus providing a MAM solution that reaches beyond the traditional media realm. Harnessing the power of Oracle technology, Tarsys version 4 supports the latest release of Oracle Products such as Oracle Database 11g R2, Oracle Linux 5.5 / 6, Oracle Database Appliance and also Oracle Exadata Database Machine. Tarsys database fully complies with the CMIS standard (Content Management Interoperability Services from the prestigious OASIS standards body which has Microsoft, SAP, Oracle and IBM among their members) which guarantees a vendor-neutral way of accessing content from application to application while preserving metadata. This is very important for the future, to ensure the system’s media is portable and readily interchangeable to non-broadcast services such as telephony, internet, marketing applications, etc. Experience the Tarsys Difference.
Tedial is a software company specializing in Media Asset Management (MAM), Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM), Business Process Management (BPM), transcoding and media distribution. Tedial solutions are developed with the latest software technology under strict ISO 9001 & 27001 quality standards. With over ten years’ experience, Tedial‘s proven technology allows broadcasters to take full advantage of file-based workflows by optimizing and automating operational processes. Tedial‘s solutions are vendor and hardware independent, releasing customers from proprietary constraints and enabling them to significantly increase productivity and return on investment. With Tedial the coveted aim of having an efficient, fully tapeless production facility operating at a low cost is within reach of every broadcaster, regardless of their size. Tedial has over 50 high-profile reference sites in more than 12 countries, including some of the most complex and largest MAM systems in the broadcast industry.
PRODUCT: Steadicam Solo
The Steadicam Camera Mount first made its impact in the movie “Rocky,” where title star Sylvester Stallone was filmed running-up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Steadicam made it possible. (Incidentally, in 2006, the scene was named by E as one of the 101 most awesome moments in entertainment – see also “Steadicam Celebrates its 30th Anniversary at NAB 2005” (Press release). Tiffen. 2005-04). Many years have passed since that momentous recording, and Steadicam has been on the forefront of technological creativity ever since. See a video of the newest product in the Steadicam Family (above) and look for the product at NAB Show at Booth C8818. You won’t be disappointed!
Tiffen has been a leading manufacturer of photographic filters, lens accessories, software, and camera accessories for the consumer/professional imaging and the motion picture and broadcast television industries for 75 years. The company has a rich history of innovative product design, superior optical consistency, and unparalleled quality. Tiffen has been recognized for its product and engineering excellence, earning a Technical Achievement Award and a Scientific and Engineering Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, as well as multiple Emmy® Awards. Today, the company offers a wide range of products, which include: Tiffen® filters, Steadicam® camera stabilizing systems, Lowel® light, Listec® teleprompters, Tiffen Dfx® digital imaging software, Domke® bags, Davis & Sanford® tripods, Zing® camera covers, Stroboframe® flash brackets, Saunders® professional trimmers, and Kodak Wratten® filters. Tiffen continues to enhance its reputation as a leading imaging accessory manufacturer through aggressive growth in the image-making accessory industry.
For more information on Tiffen, please visit www.tiffen.com.
PRODUCT: Rampant Cinematic 5K Visual Effects
If you haven’t run Rampant, you haven’t run anything! Available in 2k, 4k and mind blowing 5k resolutions, Rampant has changed the game with its release of the 5K Cinematic Series. Don’t take MY word for it – check it out below:
And that’s only one of the available videos demonstrating this Earth-shattering product! The Rampant 5K Cinematic Series is the highest resolution practical visual effects in the universe. This new series contains 12 high speed, high resolution 5k practical visual effects for editors and artists. The following 12 volumes are available now, with another 40+ volumes in production! Seriously – one of the best graphics programs I’ve seen in a long time!
Rampant is not a big corporation. Rampant is a small group of working artists who understand the needs of editors today. Everything that we create here at Rampant is used in our client projects. The core philosophy behind Rampant is Cost and Availability. We’ve set our prices so that if your employer or client can’t afford these elements, you as the artist/editor can. And everything we offer is available for immediate download, buy it today – drop it in your timeline today. You can see our content on many broadcast productions right now. Many promos are using our ink, smoke and fire elements and some famous talent shows are using our content as video elements on their stages as well as style elements (Film FX, Grunge) for their contestant interviews. Our GunFX elements are currently being used in multiple major television series. We’ve seen some really cool uses of our film elements in many independent music videos as well. Some of our clients include NBC, CBS, VH1, Technicolor, MTV, ABC and Disney to name a few. Our elements have been seen on America’s Got Talent, Dancing with the Stars, Criminal Minds, etc.
PRODUCT: Creative Cloud
Adobe is literally leading the way to cloud use through its take-charge pack-leading graphics solution – The Creative Cloud. No Internet connection? No problem. All your Creative Cloud desktop applications are installed directly to your computer. Once the apps are installed, you won’t need an Internet connection to use them. Upgrade at your own pace and even share files quickly and easily without the other user having to create an account! Creative Cloud membership options are designed to best suit your needs, from a single-app membership to complete membership. And no matter which option you choose, you’ll also have access to cloud storage and sharing capabilities. Create anything, from anywhere, with anyone. You’ve got to see it to believe it!
About Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe is changing the world through digital experiences. For more information, visit www.adobe.com. © 2013 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved. Adobe, the Adobe logo and Creative Cloud are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Boasting Intelligent Transcoding with TrueGridâ„¢ and Transwrapping ability, RadiantGrid is a file-based software solution with built-in intelligence that automates the entire workflow for ingest, preparation, transformation and distribution of content for multi-platform delivery. RadiantGrid takes typically intensive file analysis and correction processes and fully automates them. It intelligently gathers critical information about your media and applies it into the workflow, eliminating the need to predefine the expected format, frame, field, audio and ancillary data parameters of the source content. TrueGridâ„¢ processing manages and accelerates several tasks simultaneously whilst allowing you to take advantage of true scalability across multiple machines. The result is a process that is simpler, faster and dramatically more efficient.
For the past 20 years, Wohler Technologies has been a world leader in providing in-rack audio and video monitoring solutions for the broadcast, motion picture, and professional audio/visual markets. The San Francisco-based company was founded in 1983 by Will Wohler and in 1987, with the development of the AMP-1, became the first company to offer a powered speaker system featuring full stereo sound in one rack unit. Wohler Technologies (Audio Division) and PANORAMAdtv (Digital Division) have continued to evolve with the needs of customers, providing audio and video monitoring systems for analog, AES/EBU, HD/SD-SDI, Dolby® Digital, and Dolby E. Leading the industry with its commitment to innovation, Wohler Technologies was the first to introduce monitoring solutions for SD-SDI, HD-SDI, and Dolby signals. From basic analog to complex multi-channel encoded digital sources. Wohler products offer a monitoring solution for most space-critical applications.
FORscene has been around for a while, and most know that it is an award-winning integrated cloud-based video platform and video post-production solution, designed to bring agility and efficiency to the post-production workflow of production companies, facilities houses, internet media companies, video libraries, content providers, studios and broadcasters. But not everyone knows about the new features and integrations for this market-leading platform, which is already the most advanced cloud-based post-production system available. FORscene‘s new high-resolution proxy allows users to choose the resolution they want â€” and swap between resolutions while working â€” to accommodate bandwidth availability and project requirements. Forbidden has also made significant improvements to the FORscene edit interface and toolsets that speed up workflows and keep the focus on creating the story. Forbidden has updated the infrastructure and underlying operating system on its ingest servers, and updated the transcode-related functionality of both the cloud and the ingest server. All the new features, as well as Forbidden’s new logo and branding, will be on display at the 2014 NAB Show in booth SL5305. More information about FORscene can be found at www.forscene.co.uk.
About Forbidden Technologies plc
Forbidden Technologies plc is an award-winning technology company that develops and delivers cloud-based solutions for collaborative video post-production. Its flagship product, FORscene, is one of the world’s most advanced cloud-based video post-production platforms. Launched at IBC in 2004, FORscene has been used to log, edit, review, and publish more than 3 million hours of professional video content. Quoted on the London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market, Forbidden partners with high-profile media and technology organisations including Atos, BIM, deltatre, EVS, and Key Code Media. More information about FORscene can be found at www.forscene.co.uk. More information about Forbidden Technologies can be found at www.forbidden.co.uk.
The “Nominations” list (below) contains above-average products that came so close to winning that it was difficult to call!
|K-Tek||Stingray Audio Bags||Originality|
|iOgrapher LLC||iOgrapher Mobile Media Case for iPad/iPhone||Originality|
|Harmonic||Multiscreen Ad Insertion Solution||Originality|
|Front Porch Digital||Distill – Metadata Management||Innovation|
|Triveni Digital||StreamScope Portal||Innovation|
|Crossroads Systems||Strongbox LTFS NAS Archive||Innovation|
|PAG Ltd.||PAGlink 3-Stud Intelligent Linking Batteries||Innovation|
|Photon Beard||Platinum Blonde||Choice|
|Dalet Digital Media Systems||Dalet Galaxy||Choice|
|Freefly Systems||MÅVI M5 Handheld Camera Stabilizer||Choice|
|Harmonic||ProMedia Multiscreen Preparation Solution||Choice|
|GoPro||GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition||Choice|