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Show preview: NAB 2015

What happens in Vegas...

After a 2014 show which saw attendance rocket from 93,850 to over 98,000, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) will once again return to the Las Vegas Convention Center this April for its annual showcase of the latest broadcast, post, communications and media technologies. As if you needed any excuse to make the trip to Vegas next month, here’s round-up of what you can expect to see (aside from a sea of bleary-eyed attendees who’ve spent all-night sessions in clock-less casinos, that is)…

Making their US debut at the NAB Show – following a UK launch at BVE last month – are a new 4U console core and single-slot modular MADI card for the Hydra2 box from Calrec Audio.

The core, used for the Summa (pictured right) and Artemis Light consoles, offers a number of benefits over its predecessor, including faster and more efficient processors and a five-per-cent lower power consumption.

The MADI card fits into the 3U modular Hydra2 box, offering 64 bidirectional channels and a sample-rate converter.

“Calrec continues to design and develop new products that meet the changing needs of broadcasters,” says Jim Green, Calrec’s UK sales manager. “We have made these improvements to our console core and designed the MADI card to meet the high standards of quality and innovation that our customers expect from us.”

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of its founding in 2015, Digigram will showcase product enhancements and new product releases for its range of IP audio and video solutions. “At the 2015 NAB Show, we will demonstrate products engineered to simplify and accelerate the broadcast industry’s move toward IP-based media transport and cloud-based applications,” says Philippe Delacroix, the company’s president and CEO. “The benefits of making this transition are enormous, and we’re continually refining our IP audio and IP video solutions to help broadcasters move forward in realising these benefits.”

Showcased for the first time at NAB is the addition of RAVENNA/AES67 connectivity to the company’s IQOYA range of audio-over-IP codecs, which now allow users to receive audio programmes directly from an in-studio RAVENNA network and encode and stream them over IP to transmitter sites via a WAN. (Pictured is the Digigram IQOYA *LINK transmitter.)

New from Joseph Electronics are the Kick Box series of fibre breakouts and Shadow Box fibre-optic interfaces (pictured right). Yohay Hahamy, president of Joseph Electronics, explains: “These new additions to our Caddie series of products are ideally suited for the quick set-up and strike of hybrid-cabled camera systems and are completely plug-and-play. Also see our established DFT Series fibre transport solutions, as well as some innovative new products from our partners at DirectOut Technologies and Bluebell.”

Riedel will introduce a new MediorNet device, promising “increased flexibility and convenience” for its flagship real-time network. Also making their North American debuts are the AVB- and AES67-compatible Tango platform (pictured right), launched at IBC, and RSP-2318 Smartpanel interface.

“The 2015 NAB Show gives us the opportunity to showcase major enhancements to our file-based solutions, including new products based on our RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform and the newly updated version of the Tachyon Wormhole media retiming solution,” says Carl Dempsey, CEO and president of Wohler, “and to highlight some unique, game-changing additions to our world-class audio monitoring and MPEG solutions. We will demonstrate how the power and flexibility of these products combine to bring greater efficiency to critical broadcast and production workflows.”

Among the new Wohler products on show are the AMP1-16M audio monitor, which provides high-performance monitoring of embedded audio in two 3G/HD/SD-SDI streams, the AMP2-E16V audio/video processing monitor (pictured right) and v9 of the award-wining RadiantGrid platform.

NAB photo: Patty Mooney