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NAB 2008 Summary

If, like me, you couldn't possibly keep up with all of the goings-on at NAB and decided to wait it out until the end, here is a short summary of the biggest announcements (or the ones most interesting to me anyway) in bitesize form.

New low-end portable camera Scarlet
  • 3K
  • Around $3000
  • Early 2009 release
  • New Mysterium X Sensor
  • 1-120 fps (180 fps burst)
  • 100MB/sec Redcode RAW and RGB recording via dual Compact Flash
  • 4.8 inch LCD
  • Fixed 8x T2.8 lens
  • Auto and manual shooting modes
  • Wi-Fi control - this one opens up many possibilities

PVC Scarlet write-up

New high-end camera Epic
  • 5K (up from 4K)
  • I have heard both $30,000 and $40,000 quoted (up from $17,500)
  • Early 2009 release
  • New Full-Frame S35 Mysterium X Sensor
  • 1-100 fps (up from 1-60 fps)
  • 100MB/sec (up from 36 MB/sec) Redcode and HDMI recording
  • 6 lb body (down from 10 lbs)
  • RAW and RGB recording to Red Flash
  • Wi-Fi control
  • Fully upgradeable
  • You can get a full $17,500 credit for your Red One if you upgrade

PVC Epic write-up

New playback device RED Ray
  • Early 2009
  • 4K in
  • 4K, 2K, 1080p, 720p, SD playback
  • Can play back content from a regular red laser disc
  • Plays native R3D files from Compact Flash
  • 4 HD SDI and 4
    HDMI connections for 4K
  • 2 HD SDI and 2 HDMI connections for 2K
  • 2 hrs of 4K with 5.1 audio on a regular DVD
  • FireWire 800 for connecting external hard disks or cameras
  • Under $1000

PVC RED Ray write-up
Scott Simmons at the Editblog has several photographs of the various RED products.

  • Around $13,000
  • Uses SxS cards (similar to P2)
  • Removable lens
  • 1080i / 720p switchable
  • Genlock and timecode inputs
  • Shoulder-mounted
  • Available late 2008

  • S35-sized sensor
  • Extensive depth of field controls
  • Greater dynamic range than the F23 (800% more)
  • PL lens mount allows regular 35mm film lenses to be used

P2 Varicams (AJ-HPX3700 and AJ-HPX2700)
  • Now uses P2 cards exclusively. 5x P2 slots available on each camera
  • 2/3" CCDs
  • Full-res 10-bit 4:2:2 AVC Intra-100 recording
  • Variable frame rates in 1-frame increments
  • Available fall 2008

AG-HPX170 solid-state camcorder
  • Improves on the successful HVX200
  • 1/3" premium-quality CCDs offering increased sensitivity and lower noise
  • 13x lens with 28mm wide-angle setting (widest in its class)
  • 12-60 fps in 720p-mode
  • P2-only; no tape deck
  • Much smaller and lighter than the HVX200
  • Available fall 2008

Here is a great summary from

AJ-HVX200A camcorder
  • Successor to the hugely popular HVX-200
  • Incorporates the same lens and CCDs as the new HPX170 but with a tape deck for transitioning from a MiniDV workflow

Here is a great review from

64 GB P2 card
  • More than 4 hours of DVCPRO footage
  • More than 2 hours of DVCPRO50 or AVC-Intra 50
  • More than 64 minutes of AVC-Intra 100 or DVCPRO HD
  • Available fall 2008

AJ-PCD35 ExpressCard P2 drive
  • Allows P2 cards to be used in machines with ExpressCard ports
  • Can transfer from up to 5 cards at once
  • Available late 2008

Imagineer Systems
High-end finishing system mogul
  • Monthly subscription includes hardware, software and maintenance. Annual hardware upgrades
  • Open platform allows content sharing and management between multiple applications
  • Editing, compositing and grading integrated to allow you to switch from one to the other without rendering
  • Software "plugs in" to the architecture to perform certain tasks such as mogul/roto and mogul/comp with similar interfaces
  • mogul/serve shipping at NAB, other products to be determined

Studio Daily mogul interview

  • Inputs: Component HD/SD, SDI HD/SD, Embedded SDI audio, Y/C, Composite, XLR audio, RCA audio, AES/EBU, HDMI, Embedded HDMI audio
  • Outputs: Component HD/SD, SDI HD/SD, Embedded SDI audio, Y/C, Composite, RCA audio, XLR audio, AES/EBU, HDMI, Embedded HDMI audio, Direct 5.1 surround monitoring
  • This does not have a DVI output like the MXO so it cannot output to a Cinema Display
  • Dynamic RT acceleration and hardware up/downscaling
  • Designed for HDMI monitoring with calibration and 1:1 pixel mapping
  • Black burst and tri-sync for HD
  • $1600
  • Released July 2008

Differences between the MXO and MXO 2 (PDF)
Shane Ross's write-up
Posted by Jon Chappell on Apr 19 2008 to Cameras, Hardware, Industry