If you don't drive a few hundred miles of dirt roads to get to Vegas... you're missing some mighty fine sights !
So there where some really cool things I saw that other sites seem to of passed by... here is a look
Wireless Video Rig For GoPros
GoPro's WiFi is pretty sad. If you need a real wireless video connection, here you go. Mounts on the camera, has separate receiver box and will send signal to your tablet or phone for monitoring.
LED Replacement Bulb For Your Old But Useful Lights
Are you like me in that you have some good tungsten lights sitting around not in use anymore ? Solution : 3200K 96 CRI, 5600K 93 CRI, 150W LED. Remove your 1K bulb, replace with this LED module. Done ! works on regular external dimmers ! Great idea and I'm ordering one or two for starters in 5200K. Nice clean light output. Only downside is a bit pricey at $700 but still way cheaper than any quality HMI / CID light. However since you should probably never need to replace the unit, there is some savings and peice of mind. 150W of 5600K works for me, and it gets some of my old lights working again. Minor point : unit does have a standard 80mm computer fan on the back for active cooling. They say the fan normally runs at low speed. Since its an OTS part, any 80mm quite computer fan can be used to replace the one on the unit in a few minutes. No fuss or looking for some oddball hard to fine part.
They also have LED's for smaller lights - 300 and 650 as well as for 2K's ( $999 ! ) http://visionsmith.com Worth a look for sure.
LiveU Anton Bauer Integrated Battery Plate
Use a LiveU ? I do. This new base for the units adds front and back AB battery mounts and changes the coaxial power connector for a XLR 4. Available shortly ! This will make life so much better.
Also another LiveU udpate : boot time will be reduced to 45 secs with new OS update also coming soon. very welcome news.
Decimator MD-HX cross converter
They had big banners all over NAB but no one bothered to look on most blog sites. So here you go : HD SDI <->HDMI converter that will convert to either in put or output. Send SDI to HDMI or HDMI to SDI. SDI DA 1 in 4 out. Scaler to convert SD 480 <-> 720 <-> 1080. Included support for 4:3, 14:9 and 16:9 aspect ratios and can fill to fit. Progressive <-> interlace. Yes it converts odd frame rates like 50hz to 30hz formats. No 3:2 pulldown detection for now that I know off. Nice menu on unit, nicer app that runs on laptop to configure. Flexible power with 5-32V input on screw locking power connector. Solid cast metal housing. Of course if you were expecting a sky high price, its not. $295 US ! I bought 2. I'll do a real review shortly but for now this looks like a real swiss army knife of format conversion to solve a lot of location production problems in getting one odd ball signal compatible with everything else. If you have ever had to connect GoPros to a production switcher, you know what I mean.
Decimator also has some other converters, and a pair of multiview adapters. 12 inputs to one screen sort of boxes.
Video Over IP or HDnet
Video over IP isn't a new thing, its just starting to catch on this year. AJA and BMD have both been putting their toes in the water. This year AJA had SDI or HDMI <-> enet converters. Sending video thru your router to another IP based video device makes sense and eliminates all the other bits in between. It also means you don't have to worry about frame rates or frame sizes. Sony and Panasonic are also making gear to support the format. While SDI won't be gone that fast for production work, seeing facilties expanding this way makes sense. We'll see how well it works out.
8K Production Truck
Skip 4K. Real working 8K production truck that was laid out rather nicely. Everything works. They had handheld size cameras instead of the big box cameras of just 2-3 years ago. Japan expects 8K broadcast for the next olympics. If Video over IP was one theme at NAB, 8K is the other. There as quite a bit of it there. 4k is the new HD.
Lumantek Switcher Encoder
4 SDI + 4 HDMI switcher and streaming encoder all in one. Knock off of BMD ATEM TV Studio ? maybe... Still interesting. Seems like PC based software, but generic switcher controller as below.
Their website hasn't been updated for these products yet and is a bit of a mess...