To begin NAB this year, it began with attending a press conference by Blackmagic Design, to discuss a series of products that would be focused on by them during the show. The conference's exhibit hall first opened Monday morning at the Las Vegas Convention Center, running through Thursday.
An intriguing element being touted throughout the showroom floor was the SRT Alliance, aimed at delivering high-quality, low-latency video across the public internet.
In all, nearly a dozen products were highlighted during the whirlwind Blackmagic conference, with the most notable items for houses of worship being the MultiView 4 HD or the ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K.
With the updated ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K, it includes eight independent 12G-SDI inputs, while the live production switcher has incorporated a built-in Fairlight audio mixer, an upgrade made possible following the company's acquisition of Fairlight about a year and a half ago. The all-in-one Ultra HD live production switcher also incorporates an Advanced Chroma Keyer, providing users the ability for adjustable screen controls when selecting and sampling a region of color, along with adjustment controls for foreground, background and edges.
For the MultiView 4 HD, a new product offering by Blackmagic announced Monday, it features the ability to monitor four separate video sources on a single display. The flexibility of this system also allows one to utilize a mix of source content, so if you are still working with SD, as well as HD content, a unit such as the MultiView 4 HD provides the flexibility to work within those various formats for viewing. Such a configuration is helpful in backroom tech spaces, where limited space is of utmost importance.
Following that press conference, the rest of that first day was spent meeting with nearly a dozen of among the hundreds of manufacturers spread out across the four halls at the convention center, learning about the newest products being showcased at NAB.
One of the notable products was the GLX-D Frequency Manager, an add-on to Shure's GLX-D Advanced wireless microphone system, which earned last year's New Product Awards first-ever Best in Show designation at the WFX Conference & Expo in Dallas last October.
Serving as an RF frequency manager, the product was completed in the last year. It provides access to higher wireless channel counts for the user, between 20 to 30. In addition, with the monitoring of the RF frequency band in the 2.4 GHz RF environment, it offers the best possible transmission, to go with backup frequencies.
Another nice benefit for the frequency manager is it offers power to its GLXD4R receivers, thereby eliminating the need for cumbersome power strips or locating multiple outlets for those units.
Another intriguing element being touted throughout the showroom floor was the SRT (Secure Reliable Transport) Alliance, aimed at delivering high-quality, low-latency video across the public internet, all while using secure streams. At the Lumens Integration booth, for example, the VC-A50P series of their PTZ cameras can send high-quality H.264 streams directly to a Matrox Mura IPX multiviewer, as well as video wall decoder boards using SRT, with that update being made available in February.
In addition to that recent Lumens Integration camera upgrade, another variation of that camera is the NDI capable VC-A50PN, with 120 milliseconds for low-latency level, one of the particular benefits of NDI.
Another offering that highlighted being SRT ready on Monday, is Matrox's Maevex 6150 Quad 4K. It can send a SRT stream, while supporting encryption to that secure stream. With this multichannel 4K encoder, it offers four channels of 4K video for streaming, with no latency pass through. With the software provided with it, one can see what one is encoding, while monitoring it, and controlling every parameter. Once ready to distribute the 4K content, it is easily done through a collaboration with LiveScale, allowing one to broadcast, webcast or socialcast to Facebook Live, Periscope, Twitter or YouTube, among others.
And for those churches that are looking for 4K capable PTZs, Lumens also offers the VC-A70H, a HDBaseT unit, with 4K 29.97 fps right out of the box. As noted by Chris Skaggs, senior regional sales manager, the PTZ camera is "an installer's dream," as it runs as single cable for both the input connection, as well as for power.
In addition, Skaggs noted that for those churches looking to soon make a move to 1080p, but have 4K on their radar, that the VC-A70H is price competitive to a number of 1080p cameras already on the market. Therefore, churches could look to use the VC-A70H for 1080p now, and when ready for 4K, can do so without the additional investment for new PTZ cameras.
Another notable booth visit was with Renewed Vision, a company that many churches heavily rely on for ProPresenter. At NAB, the company was touting their recent release of PVP3, which was a New Product Award entrant in the last year, for presentation software.
Already utilized for this year's Olympic Games for environmental projection during the curling competition, and to be used during this year's upcoming NFL Draft telecast, PVP3 is a software option that a church could ideally use for any multifaceted video needs, as the program was running two screens using 4K and another pair running 1080p on the show floor, all off a single Apple MacPro desktop computer, connected through HDMI, with the capability of also running through NDI.