Monday, 22 April 2013

NAB 2013 Highlights

Every year around this time, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB for short) holds a special 3 day event in Vegas. The event covers everything from programming, to pitch sessions, to the latest trends in radio and television, and more recently the latest in technology.  So let’s wrap up NAB 2013 with our two favorite announcements, and what I’m looking forward to in the near future.

My favorite announcement by far came from the chip giant, Intel. Just a few years ago Intel introduced Thunderbolt.  With promised data rates of 10GBPS, I jumped with joy at the excitement of transferring and working with high-res footage (i.e RED footage) much faster.  So far, Thunderbolt has yet to disappoint. So when Intel announced that the next generation of Thunderbolt promises data rates of 20GBPS, you can imagine how excited it made me. According to Intel, the new data rate will allow me to transfer 4k footage while simultaneously running my display, in addition to running at 20 GBPS. Super awesome.  For those of you wondering if your previous Thunderbolt cables and connectors will work, Intel states that it will be backwards compatible. The downside is we won’t see this until sometime in 2014. Boo.

Oooh, look how pretty.
When BlackMagic introduced its cinema camera MFT, I was super stoked. Finally, a low-cost camera capable of shooting 2k for under $3,000. Quite frankly I didn’t think it could get better until BlackMagic introduced its Pocket Cinema Camera. You read it right: POCKET. The Pocket Cinema Camera touts a Super-16 Cinema 1080 HD Sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range, lossless CinemaDNG RAW recording, and Micro HDMI monitoring, all for the whopping price of $995. Technically it wasn’t “officially” announced, so we don’t know when this little beauty will be available. (Rumor has it it will be this summer, around July.)

Unfortunately, not a lot of technology debuted at NAB this year. Now with CES and NAB under our belts we get to look forward to a future of 4k TV’s, faster Thunderbolt connections, and the awesome Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera. What would really top this year off for me would be an announcement from Apple releasing the latest update to the Mac Pro... Until next time my friends.

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