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TVLogic, designer and manufacturer of LCD and OLED High Definition displays, has introduced a new range of 4K HDR and OLED monitors at the NAB 2017, which are designed to address the rising demands of production, post-production, broadcast, and multi-viewer applications.

The new line-up includes the LUM-310R – a 31” 4K HDR Reference Master monitor featuring 2000 nit maximum luminance, the LEM-550R – a 55” UHD OLED HDR monitor for broadcast QC and post production, the VFM-055A – a 5.5” HD OLED viewfinder/on board monitor offering stunning cinematic quality, and the LVM-171S – a 17” QC-Grade HD Dual-Channel LCD monitor with unmatched wide viewing. The displays were showcased by the company during NAB.

LUM-310R

The LUM-310R is a 4K HDR Reference Master production monitor with a 31-inch wide Super-IPS 4K LCD (4096 x 2160) and a local-dimming backlight array designed to reproduce reference HDR content at a maximum luminance of 2,000 nits with a simultaneous deep black minimum of 0.002 nits.

The LUM-310R supports various HDR standards such as SMPTE ST2084, ST2086 and ST2094 (pending), Hybrid-Log Gamma (HLG), and more. It also supports multiple colour gamuts including Rec.709, DCI-P3, and Rec.2020. Signal I/O includes 3G/6G/12G-SDI input via one, two, or four SDI connections as well as HDMI (ver. 2.0).

LEM-550R

The LEM-550R is a QC-Grade HDR monitor for broadcast and post production with a 55-inch OLED panel with UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160. The OLED panel can reproduce a maximum luminance of up to 750 nits. The LEM-550R supports various HDR standards such as SMPTE ST2084, ST2086 and ST2094 (pending), Hybrid-Log Gamma (HLG), and others. It also supports multiple colour gamuts including Rec.709, DCI, and Rec.2020. Signal I/O includes 3G/6G/12G-SDI input via one, two, or four SDI connections as well as HDMI (ver.2.0).

VFM-055A

The VFM-055A is a 5.5-inch OLED (organic LED) on-camera viewfinder monitor with native 1920x1080 resolution. It offers truly cinematic image quality with deep blacks, wide-gamut colour reproduction, a very wide viewing angle, and support for multiple video formats via 3G-SDI and HDMI 1.4 inputs. Useful functions include cinema camera log-to-linear LUT conversion, HDMI-SDI cross-converted output, waveform and vector scope, markers, focus assist, audio level meters and more.

LVM-171S

The new LVM-171S is TVLogic’s top QC-Grade 17-inch model with a 16.5 inch IPS LCD panel with 1920x1080 native resolution, wide-gamut reproduction (up to DCI-P3) enhanced contrast ratio and wide viewing angle all unmatched by other LCD monitors. A completely redesigned video processing unit provides powerful dual-channel performance and artefact-free image reproduction. Support for various cinema camera log-to-linear LUTs, easy field upgradability and a full array of image processing features are standard.

FOR-A’s latest solution in its popular line of HANABI video switchers, the HVS-490 HD/4K-UHD unit, is now shipping. Offering an extensive feature set in a compact unit, the new HVS-490 production switcher offers 4K-UHD and 3G capabilities, and is designed for use in any live environment, including mobile shoots, events, and in-house corporate productions. Numerous customers in both North and South America have already purchased the new FOR-A switcher, including houses of worship, video equipment rental companies and event spaces.

Owing to its compact size, the affordable HVS-490 is ideal for mobile production or live event venues where space is limited but production quality is critical. Event memory and macro functions make it easy to set the switcher up quickly for live performances. With integrated frame synchronizers and multi viewers, the HVS-490 reduces the amount of equipment required. Using multiple control panels, the system enables several operators to work on separate tasks. With use of optional input and output expansion cards, the HVS-490 supports 40 inputs/18 outputs, 36 inputs/20 outputs or 32 inputs/22 outputs, including two-channel HDMI outputs. In 4K-UHD, it allows 10 inputs/six outputs, nine inputs/six outputs or eight inputs/seven outputs. It also has 16 channels of 2.5 DVE as standard and can be optionally expanded to a maximum of 32 channels.

Building on the success of features offered in other units in the HANABI series, including the HVS-2000 and HVS-390HS, the HVS-490 includes MELite technology, eliminating the need for multiple switchers in a multi-monitor staging scenario, as well as FLEXaKEY, which allows a traditional AUX bus to transform into a functional Mix Effects with cuts, mix, wipes, keys, and DVE including full preview. MELite extends the switcher’s 2 M/Es to 6 M/E performance, and is the building block for more easy-to-use features of the HVS-490, such as upstream and downstream transition effects.

FOR-A is offering the new HVS-490 switcher with two types of 2 M/E control panels: the HVS-492OU, which features a compact panel that has 18 buttons; and the HVS-492WOU, which features a wide panel that includes 22 buttons. The control panels are stylishly designed and offer a touch screen panel with an easy-to-use interface.

AJA Video Systems v1.1 firmware for HELO – the company’s portable H.264 streaming and recording device – is now available as a free download from the AJA website. The latest update streamlines live streaming, encoding and recording content.

HELO v1.1 release highlights include:
• A recording and streaming scheduler that can be programmed locally through HELO’s web UI by importing ICS files or linking to external calendar providers such as Google Calendar
• Simultaneous redundant recording of one file to two media destinations
• Increased recording file segment duration of 360 minutes for TS streams
• Support for up to 10 RTSP streams
• REST API documentation describing how to automate basic HELO functions
• Automatic power on start encoding to stream and/or record
• Auto reconnect and resume after streaming disconnect
• RTP and MPTS over UDP streaming with unicast and multicast support
• Expanded support for Content Delivery Networks (CDN) and appliances
• AWS Elemental Live encoder appliances and AWS Elemental Cloud
• Amino set-top boxes
• Wowza Appliance and Cloud
• StreamShark
• Akamai and Akamai hosted services

Tactical Fiber Systems is a manufacturer of fiber optic-based transmission systems and tactical fiber cables for broadcasting and sports production. TFS DuraTAC-brand steel armored tactical fiber cable and Magnum connectors are among their products.

Designed for video production in sports, racing, concerts and conferences, Tactical Fiber said the PTZ CamLink 2000P includes a compact seven-inch square camera converter that transmits 3G-HD/SD-SDI video and mic level audio to a 1RU base unit, while receiving PTZ cameral control commands and DC electrical power.

The compact camera module can be tripod mounted using standard hardware or located on a flat surface. PTZ cameras are attached to the camera module via a quick-release mount. Features include a sensitive shotgun microphone with a ⅛-inch to XLR cable adapter to connect any microphone.

The PTZ CamLink 2000 can be used for cable runs up to 20 miles via “dry” non-powered tactical cables, but requires the camera module and camera to be powered locally by an AC/DC power supply or DC battery pack.

“We developed the PTZ CamLink systems in response to the increasing popularity of PTZ cameras by producers to reduce production expenses. The availability of quality PTZ broadcast cameras at very attractive prices has become a real game changer and we are pleased to facilitate long distance connectivity to these cameras,” said Rich Rubin, TFS’s president.

AJA Video Systems is now shipping Ki Pro Ultra Plus, its new multi-channel recorder offering 1,2,3 or 4-Channel simultaneous HD recording up to 1080 50/60p, or in single channel mode, 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD recording and playback, with full HDMI 2.0 input and output (up to 12-bit capture and output).

Unveiled at NAB 2017, Ki Pro Ultra Plus captures pristine 4K/UltraHD and HD video to standard production codecs including Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD MXF. Housed in a portable 2RU half rack, it also offers extensive I/O flexibility and a range of connectivity options from 3G-SDI to HDMI 2.0 and fiber. Users can record four channels of HD simultaneously as ProRes files, each with different compression profiles, to AJA Pak 1000, 512 or 256 SSD media, with eSATA options also available. Additionally, the channels can be displayed on Ki Pro Ultra Plus’ LCD screen as a quad split during capture for confidence monitoring, which can also be output over HDMI, SDI, fiber, and the device’s web-based UI.

Additional Ki Pro Ultra Plus feature highlights include:
• HDMI 2.0 support for full 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 capture/output at up to 4K/UltraHD 60fps
• 12-bit support on input for Apple ProRes 4444 and ProRes 4444 XQ encoding and HDMI 2.0 input and output
• Built-in Ki Protect technology to ensure recordings are secure
• Multi-channel audio support via embedded SDI or HDMI, AES/EBU and analog
• Intuitive web-based UI for remote monitoring, control and deployment in the field or in studio
• AJA’s renowned three year international warranty
Ki Pro Ultra Plus is available now through AJA’s worldwide reseller network at a US MSRP of $3995. AJA Pak SSD media is available as: AJA Pak256 $495, AJA Pak512 $995, AJA Pak1000 $1495.