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Page 5 of 51 4 POST MAY 2015 BITS & PIECES LAS VEGAS — The Post team of writers, contributors and industry pros recently returned from the 2015 NAB Show in Las Vegas with much food for thought, after spending long days on the show floor in search of the most innovative and coolest new products and technol- ogies — and even learning of some key strategic partnerships. As a result, Post is proud to announce the list of products, technologies and news that were agreed to have shown an impressive amount of innovation, as well as captured the most attention and interest at the exhibition. Below are the "Post Picks for NAB 2015," as well as our list of Honorable Mentions. AVID ISIS 1000 Avid ( introduced the Avid ISIS 1000 shared-storage system, designed for realtime collaboration. Starting at $17,995 and powered by the Avid MediaCentral Platform, ISIS 1000 integrates seamlessly with Avid Media Composer, Pro Tools and third-party tools, including Adobe Premiere Pro CC. ISIS 1000 offers support for realtime SD, HD, 2K, and 4K media performance and offers realtime collaboration. Starting at 20TBs, ISIS 1000 can be expanded to 80TBs delivering 36 to 144 streams of 50Mbit/sec. media. It will be available for delivery in Q3 2015. ADOBE CHARACTER ANIMATOR Adobe's new Character Animator (www. allows users to bring 2D artwork from Photoshop or Illustrator to life by performing into a Webcam. The application, which is accessible through After Effects, reproduces facial expres- sions and synchronizes mouth move- ments to speech. Users have control over different aspects of a character's movement through the mouse, keyboard, and programmable behaviors. Charac- ter Animator will rig a character's facial features automatically. Users can then control other areas of a character's body with their mouse. Repetitive actions or behaviors can also be performed. RED WEAPON Red's ( new Weapon is the company's smallest and most lightweight camera brain to feature its 6K Dragon sensor. The 19MP Dragon sensor can capture 6K motion and stills at up to 100fps. The redesigned brain infrastruc- ture features enhancements such as auto matic black shade calibrations, improved low-light sensor performance, and a new intelligent OLPF system. The brain is also equipped to support 1D and 3D LUTs. Weapon is backwards compatible with existing power options, Mini-Mags, DSMC lens mounts, cables, and most mounting and support components. New LCD/EVF adaptors enable users to attach existing Red Touch and other monitoring solutions. And interchange- able I/O expanders enable users to con- figure their rig to fit different production types, whether using the camera in a gimbal, run-and-gun, or in a studio envi- ronment. Weapon has a top handle and LCD display options that connect direct- ly to the DSMC brain. Onboard wireless connectivity allows for remote control of Weapon using either iOS or Android mobile devices. BLACKMAGIC DESIGN Blackmagic Design (www.blackmagicde enthusiastically rolled out 38 new products at this year's NAB show, including the Ursa Mini, Fusion 8, and DaVinci Resolve 12. The Blackmagic Ursa Mini is a com- pact and lightweight Super 35 digital film camera that's properly balanced and comfortable for handheld and extend- ed use. It features a 4.6K image sensor, switchable global or rolling shutter, up to 15 stops of dynamic range, a large five- inch fold out viewfinder, and dual Raw and Apple ProRes recorders. It is avail- able in four models, starting at $2,995. The company's alpha version of Fu- sion 8 made its debut at this year's show. The visual effects and motion graphics software, which until now was only available on Windows, will see Mac OS X and Linux releases later this year and will feature hundreds of tools that allow users to pull keys, track objects, roto- scope, retouch images, animate titles, and create particle effects, all in a true 3D workspace. DaVinci Resolve 12 is a major upgrade to the software tool, with over 80 new features for professional editing and col- or grading that includes a new and more modern interface, multi-cam editing, new media management tools, an entirely new professional audio engine with sup- port for VST/AU plug-ins, shot matching, BY MARC LOFTUS AND LINDA ROMANELLO INDUSTRY PROS MAKE THEIR CHOICES FROM NAB 2015 POST PICKS

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