Another great day at the BVE Expo and Broadcast production show.
Panasonic (K30) is attracting plenty of attention with both its fully integrated Full HD 3D camcorder, the AG-3DA1, and a new 3D ready mixer, the AV-HS450, which is a 2-piece switcher that includes a built-in dual monitor MultiViewer for displaying up to 20 images on two screens.
Sony (I20) has a couple of interesting debuts at the show too including new OLED displays. The reference-grade BVM-E Series comes in 25 and 17-inch sizes and incorporates “processing and imaging capabilities designed to give digital production professionals a true replacement for CRT in critical evaluation applications.”
As you’d expect, there are also plenty of deals being done. SGO has been particularly active, selling a second Mistika finishing system to post house BTV. The deal follows a double sale to Sky and a deal with On Sight for a Mistika Live on-set viewing station.
At the same time, Jigsaw Systems (I32), the IT solutions supplier, has been named as the UK distributor for Cubix GPU-Xpanders. The appointment marks the first time that Cubix products and services will be distributed and fully supported in the UK.
So, what else has caught the imagination? Judging by the buzz around its booth, Live Vision (TPS 656) has something unique in Chameleon, a previsualisation system that allows users to see an actor in relation to a virtual scene in real time. It’s been developed through an ongoing partnership with Mo-Sys the independent film and media studio.
The Flyka Electric Dolly (Vehicle Area) is another popular draw. Developed by the photographer and cameraman Tony Holke – who adapted a disabled buggy to help him to continue to work when he broke his leg – it’s not a replacement for a track and dolly but a new filming option that could save time between setting up shots and laying track.
Production Wizard (TPS 626) looks fairly nifty. A full version of the online talent network has gone live, following collaborative work with Shine TV Group and RDF Television, providing production teams with quick access to a network of trusted suppliers. Features include single click availability, rate comparison and job posting.
Something special to look out for tomorrow. ‘Debate: The Immense Challenges of Super Hi-Vision‘ (1:30 Broadcast Meets IT seminar) will feature the first public showing of an NHK 4000 Super Hi-Vision flat screen display. It’s another BVE first.
And finally, the Vision Charity (Stand K32) has announced a new fund raising event that will see 14 hardy souls – including Ciaran Doran of Harris Corporation – cycle from London to the IBC Show in Amsterdam within 24 hours. All money raised from the initiative will help support blind and visually impaired children throughout the UK.