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All I want for Xmas… is a present EVERY day!


The Christmas Season puts everyone in holiday-cheer mode!  Even us techy-geeks from the broadcast and post-production realm!  So, in keeping with the holiday tradition (and instead of getting all those drummers drumming and maids-a-milking), Broadcast Beat Magazine has compiled its own list of products we’d like to have, and asked Santa to help us present it… Twelve Days of Christmas, and a different product for each day!  Here is the list, in no particular order, and mentioning who it is who wanted the item!  I hope you enjoy it!

FIRST on the list is a request from Dan Flett – he only wants: “A broadcast camera or vision mixer with AVB Ethernet I/O.”  Well, Dan, how about this: Blackmagic Design‘s ATEM 1 M/E Broadcast Panel!  The ATEM is a professional panel with the highest quality buttons, knobs and controls for the most demanding live 24/7 live production environment.  Allowing full control of your switcher, including cameras, transitions, keyers, fader, DVE control and more, the ATEM connects via Ethernet (10/100/1000) BaseT with loop output for additional control panels or computers.  Please give Santa a bit more time on the AVB… See more at: www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/atem/models.

SECOND on the list comes from our beloved founder, Ryan Salazar!  Aside from having several items on the list, this item in particular has been one of his favorites for many years, through its many incarnations.  In case you didn’t know, it’s Autodesk Smoke.  Autodesk Smoke provides a familiar track-based editing environment with essential effects tools, a timeline to full node-based compositing workflow and an Action compositing environment that takes you beyond 2D layer-based compositing!  There are so many features and abilities in this powerful graphics software suite that Santa would take-up too much time trying to list them all!  Let’s just leave out cookies and check it out at: www.autodesk.com/products/smoke/features/all/gallery-view.

THIRD on the list has been requested by our own Andy Stout.  Andy, Andy, Andy… Dr. Who’s TARDIS converted into an OB truck?  Grated, it would be easy to park anywhere and have an almost infinite number of monitors and room to work in… however, Santa assumes that you don’t want the TT Type 40 Mark 1TARDIS with a malfunctioning chameleon circuit!  This is the only model the elves can build!  But how about the custom-built OB truck used for the very first 4K Live Broadcast transmission?  As described in the recent article, it’s a new Telegenic truck which has a 576×1152 Miranda router, three 4K monitors and a 65-inch 4K monitor to enable the production team to see the final output; oh, and four Sony SR1000 tape decks are also part of the package, along with a Sony 8000 video production switcher.  These are not available, of course, but if you’d like to see the custom-built OB truck used for the 4K broadcast, take a look here: telegenic.co.uk/3d-ob-trucks.

FOURTH on the list is the Sony Media Cloud Service, another item requested by Ryan.  What isn’t there to love about Sony‘s Media Cloud Service?  Sony‘s cloud services are revolutionary applications that make it simple for you to gather content and bring the right team together at any time, all within a virtual workspace with elastic storage and scalability to make your creative vision a reality.  Start out with their browser-based app “RoughCut,” which allows the sourcing and stitching of multiple clips regardless of resolution or framerate discrepancies.  Next, once your content is ready to go, you can organize and prepare it for final delivery — then catalog and archive it so people can easily find the right asset every time.  This technology is new and Sony hopes that you’ll make the best of it!  An overview is here: www.sonymcs.com.

FIFTH on the list has been requested by Nicole D. Barnes – it’s the Ultimate Long-term Archive for M&E Pros!  The StrongBox LTFS NAS archive features a 95% reduction on energy costs; it will get you on Mother Earth’s nice list!  Long-term data storage is a breeze with this combination of disk and Linear Tape File System (LTFS) tape technology. Scalable and cost effective, this stocking stuffer archives content files, clips, videos… and keeps them available for rapid access. The crossroads Strongbox is a powerful solution for your data organization needs.  Santa wants your company to be happy, and the strongbox will help do that with its vendor neutral, universal file access, data mobility, and simplified tape management. My studio at the North Pole just wouldn’t be complete without it!   You’ve got to peruse this product – here at:


SIXTH on the list is, again, from Nicole D. Barnes!  But this time, it’s StrongBox NAS + VSeries LTO-6, any broadcast company’s archivist is sure to want this gem on their Xmas list. This wonderful product is built by the elves from Crossroads. The system features hyper effective storage that also allows ease of use. Keep your precious data safe and organized.  But why wait for Xmas when you can streamline and simplify your archive today? A base capacity of 2.5 terabytes provides a healthy amount of storage right off the cuff. The Strongbox lines of products all feature a 3 year warranty for added peace of mind. Try one… you’ll love them! Check it out at www.crossroads.com/pdf/sb/CRDS_StrongBox_VSeries_DataSheet.pdf.

SEVENTH on the list is from – you guessed it – Ryan!  He’s been itching for a Newtek Tricaster for some time now, and figures being on Santa’s nice list should be just enough to get him this loaded 24-channel switcher. Colossal eight-source ISO recording, full-resolution HD makes me feel jolly just thinking about it! This future ready piece of hardware would tempt any broadcast engineers sweet tooth!  Better to see it for yourself and check it out at www.newtek.com/products/tricaster-855.html

EIGHTH on the list comes from Matt Harchick – he is asking for the new Ikegami and ARRI engineered “brainchild” – the Ikegami HDK-97ARRI is a broadcast-style production camera with digital cinema characteristics retro-fitted with a Super 35mm CMOS sensor and accessorized  with the Fujinon 19-90mm T2.9 Cabrio Premier PL Lens  (wide to telephoto zoom lens) for Super 35mm cameras.  The on-location sound kit would be the Sound Devices 302 Deluxe Field Mixer Kit along with the Rode NTG-1 Condenser Shotgun Microphone and the condenser/omnidirectional RODE Lavalier Microphone. The Sachtler Video-15SB ENG Carbon Fiber Tripod System would be his “sticks of choice” … WAY too many products (but this IS a “wish list,” right?)  You can see the camera, at least, here: www.ikegami.com/Ikegami_ARRI_press_release_FINAL_040513.html.

NINTH on the list has been requested by Michael Rofe of iCTVBA.  All he wants for Christmas is a 4K Battle Box!  Now, is that too much to ask for?  A 4K-capable gaming rig (and a tall LED Flatscreen to play them on) is all he wants.  And you know… Nvidia has recently announced that its GeForce GTX Battlebox program will help foster more 4K and bring it to the forefront of gaming so that certain manufacturers can go ahead and experiment with it.   A minimum of two Nvidia’s high-end graphics cards in two-way SLI with Intel Core i7 CPU’s are being used to provide the 3840 x 2160 picture!  These tests have been going on for months… and still to no end… see more at: www.geforce.com.

TENTH on the list is something Ryan REALLY wants – a radio station!  But since I can’t fit that into my bag, how about something else that can be a radio station AND that I can fit into my sack – such as the “Channel in a Box” from Snell Group.  The ICE “Channel in a Box” solution is for 1 channel, 5 channels or 100 channels – because ICE scales with you – same interface, same functionality, same reliability, more savings!  ICE is an integrated IT-based system that delivers the operational, technical, regulatory, and commercial functionality required for broadcast playout environments.  ICE is designed to integrate seamlessly with your existing environment, and includes extensive tools to help you manage your playout operations, including single channel, multi-channel, multi-region, and multiplatform environments.  A must see at: www.snellgroup.com/products/automation-and-media-management/automation/channel-in-a-box.

ELEVENTH on the list is something that Linda Rosner thought she’d like to see under the tree… this one Santa likes, as it’ll be EASY to carry – since it’s an app!  Simian Go! is an iOS app that allows users to access existing media libraries, build reels and track sales presentations through their iPhone or iOS 7 device.  It is designed to meet the needs of a media industry that is becoming increasingly reliant on mobile technology to enhance productivity, improve communication and increase sales.  Simian Go! enables users to quickly react to opportunities from wherever they happen to be by providing easy, one-click access to the most popular features of the industry-leading Simian media management platform. For more information: www.gosimian.com

TWELFTH on the list and last, but certainly not least, is a piece of equipment that I, Santa Clause, would like to receive.  Have you checked-out the new equipment over at the Cameron-Pace Group?  They are just creating the specialized equipment as if there was no tomorrow!  For example, I’ve been loving the Maxremote Shadowcam… with full remote capability, this beauty can go just about anywhere! CPG delivers the highest-quality 3D through its technology products, solutions, and creative tools engineered for use across all media channels.  Specialized equipment, such as: www.cameronpace.com/v2/index.php/whatwedo/equipment.

So, that’s it!  Twelve gifts, one each for the twelve days of Christmas.  No Lords-a-Leaping, no Ladies Dancing, and definitely no swans-a-swimming!  So, put your chestnuts into that open fire and get them a-roasting!  It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and Santa has got to go!  One thing, though, I’d like to exclaim, before I go outta sight – a Merry Christmas to you all, and to all a good night!  And one more thing, that’s always win-win – keep reading Broadcast Beat Magazine and remember to stay blogged-in!

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