Back from NAB

I don’t go to as many shows as I used to, and I forget how much work it really is to properly “do” a tradeshow like NAB. They’re claiming over 106,000 attendees, and I’m inclined to believe them.

So what was hot? The Red One digital camera, that’s what. Hands down, the hottest item at the entire show.

Rather than list all the feeds and speeds here, I’ll simply point you to their website where you can see it all for yourself. But I will tell you that the images produced by this thing are stunning. These guys really did it right, and the fact that they were able to get a “custom” codec included in Apple’s new Final Cut Studio 2 (one of the other “hots”) represents a coup. I’m much more a sound guy than a video guy, but I want a Red One digital camera, period.

In the Radio hall it was great to spend some time with the folks from OMT, who have given their iMediaTouch automation software a nice facelift. Much cleaner-looking. With the merger of RCS and Prophet Systems (yielding one unit to be known as RCS), there’s one less player in the automation business, although PSI’s products will go on. In particular, their small Player 101 looks like interesting provided it has enough functionality for logging and converting show segments to uploadable mp3. Even small stations need the ability to convert content and make it downloadable — in some ways they need it more than do larger stations.

Finally, I was please to spend time with Steve Church of Telos, who not only took me thorough their Axia range of AoIP products (Audio over Internet Protocol), but even let me sit in the BMW where I listened to a surround HD broadcast of a morning show. I’m a surround skeptic, but I have to admit it was fun to feel like I was in the middle of a morning zoo show while sitting in the driver’s seat.

Enough for now, but more later.