NAB 2013: On the Post Production Trail - Day Two
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Day 2 of NAB 2013 and I briefly started in the Central Hall, so some of this post is not just about post today.
Clearly tape has become a dead medium as I cruised through the Panasonic and Sony booths--not a video tape or VTR in sight. I had a brief look at the broadcast monitors from both companies. I am not a fan of Sony monitors, but they were showing a tech demo of 56 and 30 inch 4K OLED monitors. OK, I was impressed. I am hearing so much 4K chatter this year from cameras to post, that I think I could safely call NAB 2013, the year of 4K. Getting into 4K will require a new monitor for post work, but the good news is that a lot of hardware you own may already be compatible. AJA, just as an example, announced that your current Kona 3G becomes a 4K card with a free firmware download!
My son Byron, an up and coming shooter, asked me if I thought 4K broadcasting was on the horizon. I personally doubt it, but the big advantage of 2 and 4K is that in post you are dealing with larger than HD frames, so if you want to do a resize or pan and scan, you don't lose quality in an HD program.
Also in the Central Hall, I had a look at the Small HD DP7 Pro Hi Bright 7 inch camera monitor with Byron. This is the best camera monitor I have seen. It's OLED and can be viewed in very bright sunlight as was being demonstrated outdoors next to the Small HD booth. It's an amazing little screen, but comes with a large screen price.
Next to Small HD we found Freefly demoing a new camera mount they call Movi. This is a real game changer for shooters. It out steadies and out glides everything else out there. It's made of carbon fiber, very light and hold a camera absolutely level to the horizon, even when running and making sharp, sudden turns. And it can be your's for a mere $15,000.
On my arrival in the South Hall, I saw a series of Apps call Killer Keys VR from Bella, the keyboard company. On version gives you a virtual keyboard on screen showing all the shortcuts for dozens of apps, but the really cool one was Killer Keys Pro that gives you a keyboard on your iPad showing all the app shortcuts and it will actually control the app on your computer. I see this as useful for a freelancer who has to suddenly use an App he isn't familiar with and the client's computer does not have a dedicated shortcut keyboard.
I spent most of my morning at Autodesk, watching one Smoke 2013 presentation after the other. I have to say I am impressed with the free training that Autodesk is providing for Smoke with online tutorials. With those and their 30 day trial, you should be able to tell if the $3500 Smoke for Mac is right for you. It is an editor, a compositor and a color grader all in one. I was impressed with the ease of moving an edit from Final Cut Pro X into Smoke 2013 for the finishing touches. The workflow seemed pretty seamless. But then, it was a demo ;). Seriously. though, it does work pretty well outside of motion FX.
After seeing FCP X and Smoke working in harmony, I asked a well known DaVinci user what editor he had the most success with moving a sequence from into Resolve. I was surprised that for Resolve, FCPX was the most seamless as well. I think I will have to take a long serious look at FCPX again. I actually saw some editing on Final Cut Pro X at the Smoke demos and I confess - I was somewhat impressed with the speed and ease of use.
Flanders Scientific was showing their new CM series monitors featuring their new flagship CM320TD 32 inch HD grading monitor that sells for a show-stopping $5495. If you need to grade 3D, this is the screen to get. It includes the legendary Flanders policy of free lifetime calibration. All you need to do is ship it to their office in Atlanta and they will tune it back to spec if it has drifted over time.
I spent more time at Adobe, watching Premiere demos, but I will have to end today as I did yesterday by saying, more on Premiere later. I slept in this morning and I need to motor over to the convention center to see what else will attract my eye in toyland.