NAB2014 Report

audio, Codec, conversion, DCinema, HDTV, Media, NAB, NERD, Ryerson University, Technology, Video
DEKTEC: DekTec introduced the DTA-2180 low profile PCIe H.264 encoder. The DTA-2180 is a low latency — 150 to 600 ms -- H.264 hardware encoder based on the Magnum chipset. It supports MPEG-2 and H.264 and up to 16 channels of audio. Audio can be encoded as AC-3, AAC or MPEG-1 Layer 2. The DTA-2180 offers a 10 bit 4:2:2 option for contribution encoding.The DTA-2180 has a 3G –SDI and HDMI input and an ASI output. The compressed stream output — TS encapsulated H.264 or mpeg-2 — is also available on the PCIe for real time streaming, processing and recording. NIMBUS: The WiMi6400T and WiMi6400R provides high quality Full HD encoding/decoding function with low latency of 40ms for encoding and decoding, each. It supports wide range of encoding rate from 1Mbps ~…
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Panasonic’s New AG-AF100….DCinema game changer?…maybe.

DCinema, Technology
You kinda knew this was going to happen sooner or later. Canon 5D MKII came out a couple of years ago, set the budget DCinema market on it's head and caught the traditional ENG/Video guys (Sony/Panasonic) totally off-guard. Well I think Panasonic -- for now, until Sony comes out with their NEX-VG10 Camera -- is sending a couple of grenades into Canon's camp with the "final" release of their AG-AF100 Memory Card Camera Recorder (MCCR? WTF?). Anyways, this little beastie is neat and can be had for a mere $6000. Not bad for a Pro level camera that can do everything from ENG style shooting to Mid-range DCinema shoots to MFTV movies/series. I think Panasonic might have another hit -- like HVX200 -- on their hands. Just the sheer fact…
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JVC’s New 4K Projector announced

DCinema, JVC, projector
JVC today announced their upcoming DLA-SH7NL DCinema Projector. A 4K2K D-ILA projector incorporating three 1.27" 4K2K D-ILA display devices and packing dual mercury lamps for 5000 Lumens of brightness. The new machine -- like its predecessor DLA-SH4K -- achieves a resolution of roughly 10MP (4096x2400 pixels), plus a stunning 10,000:1 native contrast ratio.DLA-SH7NL Specifications Optical System Display device 1.27-inch D-ILA device x 3 (aspect ratio app. 17:10) Effective resolution 4,096 x 2,400 pixels Projection lens Sold separately (see below) Light source Dual 330W ultra-high-pressure mercury lamps Lamp life Approx. 3,000hours (assumes 265W mode) Brightness 5,000 lumens Contrast ratio 10,000:1 (native) Supported signals Digital video input format (progressive signals only) 4,096 x 2,400, 4,096 x 2,160, 3,840 x 2,400, 3,840 x 2,160, 2,048 x 1,200, 2,048 x 1,080, 1,920 x 1,200,…
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DisplayPort does true 4K video….plus other stuff….

DCinema, DisplayPort, Video
Well, it's taken a bit of time, but I think with the announcement of DP1.2 specs last December, the specs (and hopefully soon the vendors) are ready for True Digital Cinema home implementation. The DisplayPort connector supports 1, 2, or 4 data pairs in a main link that also carries clock and optional audio signals, each with a symbol rate of 1.62, 2.7, or 5.4 Gbit/s. The video signal path supports 6 to 16 bits per color channel. This allows the updated DisplayPort 1.2 specification to drive 4K x 2K display (3840x2160) with 30 bits per pixel and 3D over a single 2m cable.DP 1.2 supports a maximum of 5.4Gbps per lane, with 4 lanes providing a whopping 21.6Gbps throughput, more than enough for 10-bit 4xHD resolution (3840x2160). To achieve…
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Epson Develops World’s First 4K Compatible HTPS TFT Liquid Crystal Panel for 3LCD Projectors

DCinema, Technology
Well It was only a matter of time as they say.....first Sony, then JVC and now Epson.Seiko Epson Corporation ("Epson", TSE:6724) today announced that it has developed the world's first* 4K-compatible high-temperature polysilicon (HTPS) TFT liquid crystal panel for 3LCD projectors. Measuring 1.64 inches diagonally, the new panel supports displays with resolutions up to 4096 × 2160 pixels.With a resolution of nearly 8.85 megapixels, 4K panels offer four times the resolution of full HD (1920 × 1080), making them ideal for the high resolutions required by special applications such as industrial design, architectural design and simulations, as well as for presentations and projecting four full HD images at the same time.Panel features:High-resolution 4K-compatible1.64": 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels) - the world's first 4K HTPS panel*Includes Epson's original LCD driver optimized…
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Apertus: Open Source DCinema……

DCinema, Disruptive Technology, Linux, Opensource
Yep, those crazy open source hackers over at dvinfo.net have done it again. You thought the RED camera brought about a revolution in dcinema, well, you ain't seen nothing yet. Apertus is using the Elphel 353, free software and open hardware camera. The Elphel Camera which this entire project is based on is basically an excellent security camera that can do some real magic. The camera uses an Aptina CMOS bayer-pattern sensor with an optical format of 1/2.5" (5.70mm x 4.28mm) and a native resolution of 2592x1944 (5 Megapixels). It features a 12 bit ADC and supports: region of interest, on-chip binning and decimation. Aptina claims that the chip has 70db of dynamic range at full resolution and 76db when using 2x2 binning. The camera has a standard C-mount but…
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Streaming Live 2K DCinema content using Bittorrent….

bittorrent, DCinema, Technology
Recently the Far North Living Lab started by the Nothern Research Institute in Norway did a successful transmission test of 2K Digital Cinema material to a Theater using BitTorrent technology. They used the (EU Funded) Tribler BitTorrent client to stream a full blown film at full 2K resolution.The lab’s launch was held at a local movie theater where the film “Carved” by Jonas Rejman was projected, with consent from the copyright holder of course. This is a digital streaming world premiere for BitTorrent, and one that shows how the technology can actually help digital cinema and independent filmmakers.At the moment most digital movies are distributed on hard disks costing up to $2000 for each copy. BitTorrent has the power to change this outdated distribution method and get smaller budget films…
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Red Rocket plays back 4K Red codec files in realtime….

DCinema, RED ONE, Technology
RED has just announced a realtime 4k/5k debayer PCI-E card for your Mac or PC (OSX/Linux/Windows). You get 30fps at 4k and 25fps at 5k.RED Rocket board with Quad DVI and Dual Link HD-SDI- $4750Decode and debayer 4K R3D files realtime. Hyper-accelerated transcode to any system codec. Specs to be posted upon completion of testing.Plays full quality realtime 4K to 4K monitor or projector from DVI output. Plays full quality 2K/1080P scaled from 4K footage out the Dual Link HD-SDI from RED Rocket card.Plays full quality 2K scaled from 4K footage realtime through system graphics card and monitor.Optional Breakout box with Quad HDMI and Quad Dual Link HD-SDI- $1200Plays full quality realtime 4K to 4K monitor or projector from QUAD HDMI/HD-SDI RED Rocket breakout box output.Delivery schedule in now 1st…
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Notes on installing Rocks Cluster Software…..

cluster, DCinema, ganglia, Rocks
- Front-end machine is a Dell 2950 with 2 x 1 GigE Broadcom ports onboard and one myricom 10GigE card.- Broadcom port #2 is disabled in BIOS- Broadcom port #1 is enabled and configured for external network (Internet)- Myricom 10 GigE card is hooked into a Foundry 8x10GigE switch that uplinks into our private Class B network. We own a portion of this network aa.bb.cc.130-190. Netmask is 255.255.255.192. The Foundry also downlinks to a Force10 48port Gig switch (with optional 10GigE port). This is where the cluster compute nodes are connected at 1 GigE (soon to be bonded 4GigE).- Rocks install on front-end machine likes to bringup broadcom #1 port (External) as eth0 and myri is not installed by default. So when prompted during install I configure it as per…
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YES….You will buy one of these for your DSLR too!!!

Canon, DCinema
So I've been hearing a lot of whining about the new Canon 5D MKII's being used as 35 mm cinema cameras. Everything from "Where is the fast auto focus?" -- and here I thought 35 mm film gear was all about manual focus and adjustments -- to "So how do I add filters/mattebox and such?". Well fear not, Redrock Micro is here to save the day . Their new product "cinematization kit" -- specifically designed to 5D MKII -- is destined to ship November 1, ahead of the Canon camera.Redrock accessories for Canon 5D MKII transforms the DSLR into production-ready cinema solutions by providing:Rock-solid 15mm support systemFollow focus for accurate and repeatable focusingSwing-away mattebox for light management and easy access to changing lensesShoulder mount and handgrips for steady handheld useSupport cage…
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