Monday begins another big National Association of Broadcasters convention (at least that’s the day the show floor opens and gearheads are in heaven) and it looks like it’s going to be a big show. Yes, we all say that every year but from the vibes, rumors and pre-announcements that have hit the Interwebs already, I think it’s safe to say this will be an NAB to remember. Remember the year of 3D? This NAB is definitely shaping up to be the year of 4K (and maybe also the year of Thunderbolt). More than a few of the big vendors have major new products to watch.
What more is there to say about Adobe other than CS6! Adobe announced the CS6 Production Premium on Thursday and will be showcasing it this week at NAB. It won’t be shipping and who knows if they’ll even be pricing it yet but you’ll be able to check out all that is in the CS6 suite. It’s a nice update. Here are my top 5 (or so) Premiere Pro CS6 features. If After Effects is more your thing, check this out.
Perhaps one of the first, biggest and buzz-worthy surprises this year was <a href="">Autodesk's announcement on Sunday of its new Smoke for Mac. How much will Smoke for Mac change? Smoke on Linux (where most of the high-end work is concentrated) probably won’t change as much as this Mac version (we shall see), so this might mean there will be two very different Smokes out in the world.
Avid held an event on Sunday and announced a slew of products geared toward shared storage and asset management. As for their flagship NLE Media Composer, version 6 began shipping in November of last year so our MC update this NAB is taking it to 6.1. The big feature is new digital delivery options that include support for JPEG2000 and AS–02. These are important digital delivery formats for the future.
Quantel is one of those companies that many in post-production have heard of but haven’t ever seen out in the wild. They make some expensive, high-end gear and have a really big place in 3D. But it looks like Quantel might be finally following industry trends and moving some of their products “down market” at this year’s NAB. While I’m sure they wouldn’t classify a more affordable product as down market it seems that everyone is making something that is more affordable these days.
Last year Filmlight surprised us all by showing a version of Baselight for Final Cut Pro and announcing Baselight for Nuke. That FCP version has shipped but as we all know legacy FCP is no more. Thankfully, we’ll be seeing a preview of Baselight Editions for Avid Media Composer, which IMHO is more exciting than Baselight for FCP, since Media Composer doesn’t have a really good third-party plug-in for color grading. The Baselight / Media Composer integration is second to none (check out this pdf for more info on how this works) so it’s exciting to see Baselight Editions coming to Media Composer. I’ll be curious to see how the exchange goes between the two systems. It is XML-based between FCP and Baselight but Avid doesn’t really support XML. AAF is the usual interchange route in and out of Media Composer but my understanding is that AAF is more difficult to work with. I’m sure the Filmlight engineers have come up with something clever.
This isn’t a company we talk about that often in post-production but the Post|Production World keynote conference was headed by none other than Steve Wozniak, chief scientist at Fusion-io, who took the stage along with folks from Adobe to talk about the Fusion ioFX product. This looks like it really screams. It could be one of those high-end video card must-haves, provided we have a Mac Pro to put it in … that is unless you use Windows.
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