Las Vegas, April 2014 - Today is the last day for NAB 2014. Announced late last night EDT, Ensemble Designs received a TV Technology Best of Show Award for the new BrightEye NXT 2.0 and new Multiviever 2.0. The NXT router line has already solved many unique challenges within our industry. Microwave trucks use it for live "on the way to the scene" switching of POV cameras, and the Daytona 500 uses it for specialty camera feeds. So you know, the new Safe Driving Mode disables the live video on the router’s front panel, complying with best practices for use in cars and other small remote broadcast vehicles. Also introduced this year is the new BrightEye NXT 410-H Clean HDMI + HDCP Router. It supports clean and quiet switching of HDCP encrypted content to the HDMI output along side SDI and non-encrypted HDMI sources.
Las Vegas, April 2014 - As quickly as NAB 2014 is here, it will be gone, and the manufacturers will be working on delivering their new products as well as making new announcements for IBC in Amsterdam in September. Some of the trends we have already noticed is that 4k is actually a real thing. It is still in it’s starting stage, but we actually have real customers with real 4k requirements right now, and now we have some real solutions for them. Meanwhile we are seeing a distinct stretch of the pricing envelope in the downward direction. Everything is faster, better, and cheaper than last year. The usual suspects for suprising new products include companies like: Ross Video, Blackmagic Designs, AJA, Ensemble Designs, and so many others. We actually put several projects on hold last week and I am glad we did.
Pace, Florida - Pace Assembly of God in Pace, Florida recently chose to work with COMMAND Corporation to help them migrate from SD to HD for their live production and streaming needs. Pace Assembly of God broadcasts their services on WHBR-TV in Pensacola and also online. You can catch their services here http://www.paceassembly.org/streaming.
COMMAND Corporation was chosen to help them select and purchase a variety of new production equipment including a host of products from Blackmagic Designs. Blackmagic Designs provides some of the most cost-effective products on the market today.
Salt Lake City, Utah - The “glass floor” of router pricing broke several years ago when blackmagic designs introduced the videohub. It didn’t take long for several other manufacturers to introduce equally low priced solutions, but with better customer support and enhanced feature sets. It just so happens that Utah Scientific leads the pack. They introduced the UDS line at NAB 2012 and the UDS 4k a year later. UDS stands for Universal Distribution System, and it’s called that because it is so inexpensive it could be used just like a programmable DA matrix.
While the system is designed for price, it has significant advantages over the competition. First off, it uses the latest Amphenol HD-BNC connector which is rated to 3 Gbps and is true 75ohm performance. Amphenol, the inventor of the BNC, designed this smaller format connector with improved performance and a reduced footprint of 51%. Secondly, the UDS can sit within an entry level control system or expand out into Utah’s 400 series control system, neither of which require a computer and therefore have a higher rate of reliability. This also means that customer’s can choose from a wide selection of panels or sit the UDS under automation control. Lastly, and perhaps the most important is that Utah Scientific is a U.S. company with some of the best customer service in the industry. Optionally, customer’s can opt to extend their warranty on the UDS beyond the included two years to the old Utah standard of ten years.