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February 2003


At this year's NAB conference in Las Vegas (April 4th to 10th), there will be a plethora of new products as the broadcast industry ramps up for MPEG4, HD systems and the entertainment needs for both the consumer and professional for the broadcast markets. Here's an early peek:

A core theme for Discreet at NAB 2003 is the expanding use of high-definition media, including the digital intermediate process as a part of Digital Cinema. With the unveiling of its digital color grading system at NAB, Discreet will reveal a unified digital intermediate pipeline-grading, visual effects, and finishing. The recently released inferno 5, flame 8 and flint 8 visual effects systems, along with smoke 5.2 and fire 5.2 editing/finishing systems, will showcase Discreet's innovations in 2K, HDTV and video content creation. Also on display will be Discreet's desktop 3D animation, compositing and encoding applications-3ds max, combustion, and cleaner.

Fast Forward's Recon is an ultra-compact digital video recorder board aimed at digital motion image recording applications in broadcast, surveillance and industrial markets. Based on the same broadcast quality feature set as the company's OMEGA Deck, Recon boasts quality MJPEG image resolution along with a size of only 3.0" X 3.9" (76 mm by 100 mm). Recon's small size, low DC power consumption and ability to record hours of video and audio on fixed or removable IDE hard drives and solid state memory make it available as a field-portable, on-body or in-vehicle recorder. Recon can also be integrated by OEMs into new or existing equipment such as on-board digital video recorders.

Fujinon will introduce several new lens products at this year's NAB, including new lenses for HD, ENG and studio applications. Fujinon will also showcase its selection of prime and zoom lenses for digital cinema production. These include such models as the HA13x4.5BERM/BERD and HA22x7.8BERM/BERD high definition ENG lenses, HA26x6.7 high definition studio lens and HDTV Cine-Style lenses. The HA13x4.5BERM/BERD and HA22x7.8BERM/BERD offer precise focusing and optical quality demanded for HD applications but also with durability and lightweight for professionals who regularly shoot in the field. The HA13x4.5BERM/BERD is a 2/3-inch format wide-angle lens with an angle of 4.5mm with a 93.6-degree horizontal field-of-view. The BERM version has a 2X extender and manual focus servo-zoom, while the BERD version also features a 2X extender, servo focus and servo zoom. The HA22x7.8BERM/BERD is a telephoto lens with a 2x extender, reportedly making it the longest such lens in the market with a reduced size and weight (1.78kg), improved F number (F1.8)-maximum relative aperture of F1.8 (from 7.8-122mm) and reduced Minimum Object Distance (0.8m). Fujinon's HA26X6.7ESM high definition studio lens has a focal length range of 6.7mm to 175mm, or 13.4mm to 350 mm, with a 2X extender and a field-of-view of 71.37 degrees horizontal in 16:9. This lens provides camera operators with the capability to shoot a wide-angle view from a minimum object distance of 0.6mm. The HD lens also features a 26X zoom ratio and a maximum relative aperture of F1.5.

TANDBERG Television will unveil its real-time hardware encoding platform for Windows Media 9ä Series. In digital broadcasting development, TANDBERG will join other major players as they launch the industry's advanced platform solutions. Other NAB product highlights from TANDBERG will include the introduction of a 2U digital flyaway system for remote newsgathering applications; a DSL video system aimed at the US telco market; a new HD encoding solution; and Earlybird, a complete digital broadcasting system designed to minimize start-up costs for new direct-to-home broadcasters.

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