Last week, filmmakers, producers, audio engineers and content creators flocked to the Javits Center in New York City to see new hardware, software, apps and services in the world of video, cinema and audio.
But it wasn’t just to attend one show—there were actually two shows taking place: The first was the NAB-NYC show, the smaller New York-based version put on by the National Association of Broadcasters of the larger Vegas-based show that takes place in the spring each year. Like the larger show in Vegas, it’s a hodge-podge of vendors, from broadcasters and streaming services to lighting and cine camera makers.
The other show was the annual AES show, which is put on by the Audio Engineers society, and focuses on audio, including microphones, audio interfaces, speakers, audio-editing systems and more.
Here are a few products that caught my eye from both shows:
Blackmagic Design: At the NAB-NYC show, the Australian digital cinema company and manufacturer had one of the largest booths and was demonstrating its DaVinci Resolve video-editing software. They also had two of their cinema cameras on display—the BlackMagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6K and the latest version of the URSA Mini Pro, the G2.
Sound Devices: There were a number of audio companies at both shows, but most were at the AES show. Sound Devices has always been of particularly interest to cinematographers and movie makes, and they had three very intriguing updates to its MixPre line of audio recorders: At their small, but very busy booth, content creators could see the MixPre-10 II, MixPre-6 II and MixPre-3 II. What the new update means is that you can now record audio in “superior quality—all the way up to 32-bit float bit depth and a 192 kHz sample rate.” The company claims the new design provides “increased performance and an astounding 142 dB of dynamic range.”
Maxon Software: The maker of Cinema 4D software—3D modeling, animation and rendering software—had a nice crowd at their booth. As digital imaging and video continues to change, the interest in motion graphics, visual effects, visualization and 3D modeling continues to morph along with it, and Maxon is right there in the mix.
Lighting at NAB-NYC: Cinematographers and content creators continue to require more versatile lighting systems. Luckily, the industry continues to change. For instance, take BB&S Lighting, which was showing a number of impressive lighting systems at NAB-NYC, including the brand new Area 96 Color (left, the large red-colored light), which is twice as wide as its popular Area 48 Color (right, blue), which is their popular full-color LED panel light, which ranges from 10,000K to 2500K, with 13,000-lumen output and which draws 160 watts.
Another lighting company showing at NAB-NYC was Westcott. They had a few lighting systems on display as well, including its versatile Solix Bi-Color LED unit, designed for convenience and professional performance. According to the company, the LED has just a “single control dial with digital display is used to adjust color temperature and intensity to eliminate any guesswork.” It’s also adjustable 3200K tungsten to 5600K daylight and complements any environment.
Check in later this week as we report on the news from PhotoPlus Expo.