If you are a radio or television broadcaster, you might be forgiven if you think the Central Hall is the entirety of the NAB Show exhibition. In that one (admittedly large) location is all the hardware necessary to broadcast — from microphones and lenses at the acquisition end to the antenna at the top of the tower.
Christina Sjogren and Robert Olofsson of Easyrig show off the company’s camera support device.
If you want cables, mixers, cameras, loud- speakers, switchers, recorders, processing and distribution equipment, microwave links and transmitters, it’s all there in the Central Hall. In addition, you’ll find plenty of other equipment and technology in that one location, especially lights, batteries, tripods and camera support gear, video production equipment, intercoms, furniture and racks, as well as software and products for IP communications. The Central Hall is almost your one-stop shopping location for the entire NAB Show. Almost.
If you walk into the Central Hall from the door closest to the lobby, you will immediately
need to slow down and admire booths showcasing two of the most recent trends in television: action cameras (at GoPro) and drones (at DJI). With action-cam pioneer GoPro located right inside the door and alongside DJI and its popular drones, curious crowds collect quickly.
Beyond these two booths are representatives from companies that form the family of broad- cast equipment manufacturers. These include some the best-known names in the business, such as Sony, Panasonic, JVC, Canon, Wheatstone, Fujifilm Optical Devices, GatesAir, Riedel, Clear-Com and vendors from which to buy gear, such as B&H Photo and Broadcaster’s General Store.
As for what’s getting all the attention in the Central Hall, it’s hard not to miss the interest in affordable, flexible products that allow novel means of storytelling by both independent and studio producers. Drones and action cameras are on display throughout the Central Hall and elsewhere on the NAB Show floor.
Panasonic’s sprawling booth at the terrace end of the exhibit space was packed with attendees interested in a variety of products. Topping the list of crowd-pleasing technologies are in-camera streaming systems and the company’s new 4K cameras.
“The ability to do remote production without limit using our single-wire solution is hot,” said John Rhodes, Panasonic’s product manager for camera systems. The company’s new AW-HE130 pan-tilt-zoom camera was shown streaming a live signal from New Jersey.
Rhodes said that there is a lot of interest in 4K cameras.
“We think the 4K VariCam is hot — in fact, we think it’s the best camera in the world,” Rhodes said. The 4K VariCam 35 was shown pointed into a realistic scene with very low am- bient light. The camera returned vibrant images with very low noise.
At the nearby Canon booth, many were exam- ining the company’s new EOS C300 Mk II and XC10 cameras. The updated EOS C300 sports
an 8.85 megapixel Super 35mm Cinema CMOS sensor, new Dual DIGIC DV 5 processors and a new Canon XF-AVC codec that allows 10-bit 4:2:2 4K image data to be recorded internally, and an expanded dynamic range of up to 15 stops.
Jesse Mineo, a professional market specialist for Canon, said that the attraction of the new XC10 is that it can record 4K video internally and offers the XF-AVC.
At the JVC booth, Melissa Carlson was giving a presentation on the company’s streaming cameras that use LTE modems. She incorporated a live feed from a presenter in the field to demonstrate how the technology can be used in a live broadcast environment such as news.
In addition to cameras for live HD streaming, JVC rolled out three models for 4K production: the GY-LS300 Super 35mm camcorder, GY- HM200 streaming camcorder and GY-HM170 compact camcorder.
Showing the breadth of broadcasting and new media under a single roof, the Central Hall is a great place to get to know a wide range of audio and video equipment and systems.