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NAB highlights The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show is over for another year with official attendance figures of 103 012 for the 2016 spectacle. The exhibition featured 1 874 companies spanning 1 063 380 net square-feet of exhibit space. As usual there were many familiar faces, exhibitors and new products on show in what has undoubtably become the new product testing ground for the broadcast market.

On the camera front Craft Camera made headlines as the impressive modular camera that came out of nowhere. The company had leaked information teasing a production camera leading up to NAB 2016. Being modular, you can attach a 4K Video Element that has a Super 35mm CMOS Sensor with Global Shutter or you can attach an HD Video Element with a Super 16mm CMOS Sensor and Global Shutter. Beautifully crafted, this is one to look out for.

Another surprise was Chinese camera manufacturer Kinefinity who unveiled the new 5K and 6K Terra modular cameras. The cameras record ProRes 422HQ 10 bits. Clips can also be recorded in KineRAW, which can be transcoded into CinemaDNG and ProRres by the company’s own KineStation software.

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Each year at NAB, Sony releases a product that pushes the limits of technology. Two years ago it was the a7S. Last year it was the a7R II. This year, it’s the HDC­-4800.This new monstrous high-end machine (I have no other words to describe it!) can record 4K images at up to 480fps when paired with the accompanying BPU-4800 processor. This new ENG camera was being described by many at the show as “the future of live production, a lot of everything – very high frame rate, very high resolution – a new era in modern sports production.”

Virtual Reality (VR) was a big part of NAB 2016. Nokia showed off the Ozo, the $60 000 360-degree camera. It’s the first VR camera designed for professional productions – and it has a price point to match. Also on the floor was the new GoPro Omni rig, designed to hold six Hero cameras. The Omni rig won the Best of NAB 2016 product award.

Screen Africa May 2016  
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