The NAB registered attendance topped 103,000 this year, with nearly 2,000 exhibitors covering more than a million square feet of ground. Try as we might, with more than sixty meet-and-greets, the HDVP team saw a number of fun and exiting new technologies that we just didn’t have the time to give love to during the show. So, in no particular order, below you will find ten of our favorite new gadgets and toys that we ran across during three days of press appointments.
Check out previous highlights from NAB on our blog, like the new $199 TASCAM DR-10SG microphone for DSLRs, the Kinefinity Terra 6K-resolution camera system at only $6,000 and Atomos’ updated recorders and monitor offerings, plus Sennheiser’s upcoming virtual reality microphone system as well as a number of new camera announcements here.
ARRI spoke at their press about the latest version of the Artemis camera stabilization system, which was developed with FoMa Systems and was acquired as a brand name from Sachtler. With 3-axis of precise camera balance for systems at up to an incredible 66 lbs, the Trinity basically lets an attached camera peer smoothly in previously unheard of arcs, pans, tilts and other gliding movements, like around corners, for example.
K-Tek Digital Greenpole
Sometimes the simplest change can really improve the efficacy of a product. Here we have K-Tek’s Digital Green Boom Pole, which adds a digital green matte paint finish to the company’s more traditional K230 Klassic Traveler Boom Pole. The sock has a Velcro lining to swap microphones quickly. K-Tek makes a number of really cool audio solutions, like dedicated mixer bags to fit models ranging from the Sound Devices 688 and 633 to the Tascam DR-70D/701D.
Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 12.5 Public Beta
Blackmagic says that even though the company originally planned this update as “100% focused on lots of very tiny refinements”, the color grading software still has over 250 new features like improved HDR capabilities, ResolveFX tools, automatic lens correction, integration with Blackmagic Design’s Fusion graphics and VFX software, retiming controls from the timeline and metadata access via the edit page.
The price is right, too, because the DaVinci Resolve Mac and PC software is free for download, or as a $995 Studio version which also gets you several enhanced features for professionals and shared storage situations. (You can find more about that in a a review of the DaVinci Resolve 12 system here). It’s incredibly intuitive for quickly enhancing footage and includes most of the basic editing tools that other NLE systems offer, keeping expensive subscription services like Adobe and higher-end color grading software companies on their toes. Download it to try here and let us know how you think it compares!
Zacuto Gratical Eye
Beefing up the Gratical HD and Gratical X series of viewfinders with a 2-pin Lemo connection (that can be used with HDMI converter), the $1950 Gratical Eye Micro-OLED SDI EVF is actually the lightest model of the three at only 14 ounces. The viewfinder screen was big and bright in both 1280 or 16×9 ratios.It also has a tally light!
The name may be SmallHD, but the heart is big. At $3999, $5499, and $7999 respectively, the bright 17-inch, 24-inch and 32-inch models SmallHDR monitors look great with up to 1500 nits of brightness, but they stand out just as much for their functional usage of space. On the rear is a RapidRail Shoe-Mount System that quickly slides accessories or batteries on to the display and clamps down extraneous wires. The NAB booth showed the monitors being run over by a Bronco truck, too, so apparently they’re built tough for location work, as well.
Panavision Outpost By Light Iron
The Outpost transformable and collapsible cart system for on-site dailies, digital intermediate, archival, and data services is a highly configurable post production workflow system that also folds down easily for shipping. Panavision picked up Light Iron for distribution for a reason; this is a really slick DIT solution for on-set work that is even planned to offer solar charging.
The Canon ME200S-SH camera slipped under the radar of most camera lists this year, but with an incredible ISO sensitivity of up to ISO 204,800, it’s a low light titan that makes it useful in a variety of documentary and live events work. With Super 35mm sensor, 1080/60p, Canon EF mount and a dynamic range of 12 stops, the $4999 block camera is much more versatile than its minimal design belies.
BBS Lighting Remote Phosphor Lights
You know you’re probably going to be impressed when the first thing you see a guy demonstrating a light bulb do is whack it sharply against the table to show how tough they are. BBS Lighting had several soft light, high output lighting solutions on display at NAB. Similar in design and benefit to LED lights, the BBS Lighting Remote Phosphor systems had very low power draw and minimal heat output but the light was very natural and luminescent. We’ll be doing a review of these solutions soon!
Fujinon PL 20-120mm CABRIO zoom
Fuji’s CABRIO series of all-in-one zooms set the benchmark for motorized ENG lenses. The new PL mount 20-120mm for Super 35 sensors has a nine-blade iris for smooth circular bokeh and a constant T3.5 aperture from end-to-end of the zoom range that hints at the optical excellence that is behind the line.
Radiant Images Dark Corner 360 Rig
Radiant Images’ very smart VR rig affixes four of the very popular Sony A7s Mark II full frame cameras with Canon 15mm lenses to achieve a full 360 degrees of coverage. The Dark Corner 360 Rig was being used at NAB to livestream a feed of the Band Pro booth right to VRLIVE virtual reality headsets throughout the world. They also had on hand the much more expensive Nokia Ozo VR camera. Very cool stuff!