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Succesful IBC with many new Products

The organizers of IBC reported a strong year, with attendance of 48.164 visitors, up from 45.547 last year. RED Digital Cinema did not have a booth this year, but Ted Schilowitz was there, showing a new prototype of EPIC. ARRI reported that 200 Alexas had already been sold (and shipped) and Roland Emmerich shot his first feature film 'Anonymous' entirely on Alexa. On the software side, DaVinci Resolve for Mac is finally reported to be shipping.

BlackMagic Design

Now that DaVinci resolve is finally shipping, we can concentrate on the changes that were made over the initial announcement in April. BMD did actually include support for the RedRocket card (if you have an empty slot left in your Mac) and for 3D stereo as well. Not only will both channels play simultaneously, but there are also controls for modifying the geometry of left and right eye, to match them properly. Other features like support for ARRI Raw format did not quite make it into this release.

Digital Rapids

Digital Rapids demonstrated new Stream 3.4 Software which is not released yet, with new features like significantly enhanced JPEG2000, H.264 and MPEG-2 encoding; robust source signal handling and AC3 (Dolby Digital) audio pass-through. Encoding for 3D stereo becomes possible with SEI message insertion for frame-compatible 3D; and further enhancements to encoding for Apple iPhone and iPad were also demonstrated.


JVC pre-announced a new 3D stereo studio monitor called DT-3D24G1. It will feature an IPS panel with selectable color space, built-in waveform and vector scope, and 3G signal capability. The price is expected to be below 10K.


The Tektronix Cerify solution manages your QA for encoded video and audio content. Tek added support for more file containers and codecs, and issued a new simplified price list. There is now support for
- new containers, e.g. MXF, GXF
- new Video codecs like Apple ProRes 422/422(HQ)/422(Proxy)/422(LT) and 444
- new Audio codecs, e.g. Dolby D / AC-3, Dolby E

Cerify is also integrated with the Digital Rapids Transcode manager for automatic quality assurance of content.