Logitech Announced New C922 Pro Stream Webcam

logitech-c922-pros-stream-webcamLogitech has announced its newest webcam, the Logitech C922 Pro Stream Webcam.  It was designed to meet the needs of serious streamers. The C922 Pro Stream Webcam lets you stream and record vibrant, true-to-life HD 1080p video at 30 frames per second (fps) or 720p at 60fps, features dynamic background replacement software, powered by Personify, and a 3-month XSplit recording and streaming premium license.

With the C922 Pro Stream Webcam, you can broadcast in HD at 6-fps for a more fluid motion, so every detail of your gameplay can be witnessed by your community at the same speed as your game. The webcam also includes a dynamic background replacement feature that uses intelligent shape recognition to separate the gamer from their background, without the need for a cumbersome green screen. Gamers can then overlay the video of themselves on the gaming stream with popular broadcasting apps such as OBS and XSplit.

Logitech has taken the best of what made the award-winning Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, the most widely recommended webcam by professional gamers and vloggers, and improved upon that legacy to deliver a higher video quality experience.

With automatic low light correction and sharp autofocus, the C922 webcam adjusts to flickering room lights or multiple computer screens, so you can stream clear video even in dim lighting. And, no matter what angle you broadcast from, two omnidirectional noise canceling microphones enable a crisp stereo audio with no-drop streaming and recorded video.

Logitech worked closely with the leading gaming broadcast software company, XSplit, to integrate its popular live streaming and recording applications with the C922 webcam by adding predefined settings and capabilities to enable the best user experience. The C922 webcam comes bundled with a 3-month XSplit Premium license, which includes complete access to the professional-grade tools and features of both XSplit Broadcaster and XSplit Gamecaster, so you can quickly and easily start streaming any type of content right out of the box.

The Logitech C922 Pro Stream Webcam is available today at Logitech.com for a suggested retail price of $99.99.

Vimeo Launches Vimeo Business Service

Vimeo logoOnline video distribution service Vimeo has been working hard to build its reputation as “the world’s best creative community.” Vimeo launched when the internet video market began to take off during the previous decade. Realizing that the company would never be able to compete with YouTube on a macro level, Vimeo refocused itself as a purveyor of tools and services for independent video producers and filmmakers. Over time, Vimeo has introduced things like digital sales and subscription services that make it easy for producers to sell their videos online.

In its latest move to expand its offerings, Vimeo is introducing Vimeo Business:

…our community is the driving force behind Vimeo Business. Over time, you’ve given us tons of feedback about what you need most: the ability engage with customers and generate leads, market new products, and seamlessly collaborate with colleagues. We built Vimeo Business precisely to address all those things and more.

Some key features of Vimeo Business:

  • Unlimited bandwidth in the Vimeo player with no weekly limits, and the ability to upload up to 5TB total of video.
  • In-depth video stats when you connect Vimeo to your Google Analytics dashboard.
  • Work seamlessly with colleagues, clients, video pros, and more — add up to 10 team members to help manage your account and videos.
  • Generate leads with clickable CTAs and e-mail capture in the player, then send the info to MailChimp, Constant Contact, and Campaign Monitor.
  • Powerful privacy: password protection, domain-level privacy, and private link sharing.
  • Player customization: add your colors, logo, and more.
  • Upload videos from Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, and Box.

A Vimeo Business membership is available now for $599/year.

HOFA Akustik Mobile Wall Makes Temporary Soundproofing Easy

HOFA Akustik Mobile WallIt’s crucial to ensure the space where you’re producing audio is properly soundproofed. This type of treatment will ensure that the sounds your capturing and hearing are as accurate as possible. And while it’s easy to trust the soundproofing and acoustics in a static environment that’s specifically designed for audio production, it can be a different story in remote locations or places that just can’t be permanently soundproofed. So what’s to be done in these circumstances? You can press the record button and hope for the best. You can try DIY soundproofing techniques like hanging blankets. But why not use a product specifically designed for this purpose? That’s where HOFA Akustik’s Mobile Wall comes in:

The Mobile Wall can be fitted with HOFA Diffusors, Absorbers and Acrylic Glass modules and is – due to its 4 rolls – easily movable from one recording situation to the next. Available in 4 different sizes (with heights up to 2,45 m), it will be a perfect part of your daily studio work.

A Mobile Wall can be outfitted with the different sound treatments mentioned above and is built on a wooden frame with four casters underneath, so it’s easy to move between different locations.

HOFA Akustik Mobile Walls come in a range of sizes and options. Pricing begins at 199.90 EUR.

iZotope Offers Neutrino Spectral Shaping Plugin as Free Download

iZotope logoiZotope is well known in the media production space for its high-end processors and plugins. And while there are many iZotope fans who swear that the company’s products are worth every penny, it’s true that iZotope stuff doesn’t come cheap. That’s just one of the reasons it’s a newsworthy event when the company decides to give away a new plugin for free.

That’s exactly what iZotope is doing with Neutrino, a “spectral shaping” plugin:

Add that final polish to your mix with Neutrino, a free spectral shaping plug-in that offers a glimpse into iZotope’s newest mixing technology. Insert Neutrino on multiple tracks across your session to reveal a subtle amount of detail that can help elevate great mixes to a new level of refinement.

Neutrino is being released in VST, AU, AAX, and Audiosuite formats for both Windows and Mac. According to iZotope, the plugin is compatible with Logic Pro X.2, Ableton Live 9.5, Pro Tools 12.4, Pro Tools 11.3.1, Cubase Pro 8.5, REAPER 5.11, FL Studio 12.2, Studio One 3.1.1, and Pro Tools 10.3.1. It’s unclear if Neutrino is capable of running under other DAWs.

You’ll need to give up an e-mail address to get your free copy of Neutrino. It’s a small price to pay for what looks to be a pretty cool piece of software. Once you’ve filled out the download form, the iZotope website will give you your software serial number and automatically trigger the Neutrino download. You should also receive an e-mail from iZotope that contains your serial number along with a download link, just in case.

Sony Announces New Flagship 4K and HD Action Cams

sony-boss-cameraSony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging, has announced their first POV cameras to feature the innovative Balanced Optical SteadyShot (B.O.SS) image stabilization technology, the FDR-X300R 4K model and HDR-AS300R Full HD model.

The flagship feature of the two new cameras – Balanced Optical SteadyShot – is an advanced form of image stabilization where internally, the camera’s lens and sensor are joined and moved together to compensate for camera shake caused by excessive motion, whether shooting handheld with optional accessories or during a fast-paced sporting activity. This is a particularly effective technology when paired with a POV action camera design as it ensures captured video footage is smooth and stable – even in 4K or high-frame-rate shooting modes.

The versatile FDR-X3000R and HDR-AS300R Action Cam feature a new ZEISS Tessar lens with significantly less lens distortion than previous models. They are also equipped with a new back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor with large pixels designed for 16:9 aspect ratio video plus a powerful BIONZ X processor, ensuring that video quality remains consistently strong across all settings.

FDR-X3000R and HDR-AS300F each have a built-in stereo mic with wind noise reduction to reduce the impact of wind interference on overall audio quality, and are equipped with stereo microphone input for advanced recording.

The FDR-X3000R and HDR-AS300F both include a unique Time-lapse Capture feature that shoots still images in pre-set intervals that can later be transformed into a stunning 4K time-lapse movie utilizing the Action Cam Movie Creator software. The Action Cam App can also create time-lapse movies in Full HD.

The new Sony FDR-X3000R will be sold as body only for about $400 US ($550 CA), and will be offered as a kit (model FDR-X3000R) with the new Live-View Remote for about $550 US ($700 CA).

The new Sony HDR-AS300F will be sold as a body only for about $300 US ($400 CA) and will be offered as a kit (model HDR-AS300F) with the new Live-view Remote for about $450 US ($550 CA).

All products will be available in North America in late September at authorized dealers.

Livestream HD550, HD551 Now Available for Preorder in 4K

Livestream logoVideo streaming company Livestream recently upped its game in terms of its video-production offerings. Livestream’s portable Studio HD550 and Studio HD51 video production systems are now both available for preorder as 4K editions. Livestream made this announcement in conjunction with its showing at the recent IBC show in London:

Launching at IBC 2016, Livestream’s portable (Studio HD550) and rackmount (Studio HD51) live production switchers are now available in 4K edition for pre-order. Featuring 5 inputs and one output with full size HDMI and SDI connectors. The 4K Edition also features upgraded hardware all around: 64GB RAM, 8 Core Intel i7 CPU (16 Virtual threads), Windows 10, 2TB SSD drive. Pre-order now from Livestream or one of our resellers at store.livestream.com. Shipping in November 2016.

Livestream’s Studio HD series of products provide an all-in-one solution for live-video production. The HD51 is geared more for studio work while the Studio HD550 is a better fit for mobile producers at remote locations. Both models have plenty of inputs to make it easy to connect multiple video sources. Livestream’s Studio Software is included, making the Studio HD series a feature-rich video switcher capable of capturing and/or broadcasting live events. The Studio HD550 even comes with its own protective carrying bag, which makes it easy to transport to different locations.

The original Studio HD series and the new 4K editions can be found in the Livestream Store. Pricing varies, depending on which model you need.

AJA’s U-TAP USB Capture Devices Now Shipping

aja-u-tap-now-shippingAJA is now shipping U-TAP HDMI and U-TAP SDI for high quality HD/SDI. The U-TAP products offer a simple, cost effective and portable solution for plug and play capture that is compatible with OS X and Windows, and a broad range of software applications.

Small and simple to use, U-TAP connects directly to your computer system via a USB 3.0 connection which provides the simplest implementation ever, with no drivers to install and incredible software compatibility. U-TAP HDMI and U-TAP SDI offer easy, cost effective, and portable solutions for plug and play capture.

U-TAP SDI Features:

  • Compact and Portable
  • 3G-SDI, SMPTE-259/292/424 Looping Input
  • USB 3.0 connection to desktop or laptop
  • Bus Powered through USB 3.0 interface
  • Embedded Stereo Audio support
  • Supported by OS on Mac and Windows (with Linux coming soon)
  • 3 year warranty
  • US MRSP $345

U-TAP HDMI Features:

  • Compact and Portable
  • HD/SD HDMI v1.4a 24, 30, or 36-bits/pixel, RGB or YUV
  • USB 3.0 connection to desktop or laptop
  • Bus Powered through USB 3.0 interface
  • Embedded Stereo Audio support
  • Supported by OS on Mac and Windows (with Linux coming soon)
  • 3 year warranty
  • US MRSP $345

Convergent Design Announces Titan HD Extract

titan-hd-extractConvergent Design has released information about their Titan HD Extract. It is an incredible new upgrade option for the Odyssey and Apollo monitor/recorders. The Titan HD Extract allows multicamera production from a single 4K source.

Titan uses one 4K camera to create three HD video signals. One frame is a SuperSample of the full image area and two are windows selected from within the original input. These windows can be panned smoothly through the 4K field and the three angles can be Live-Switched. All four HD signals can be recorded simultaneously in Apple ProRes with matching timecode and file names.

Eliminate the render time of reframing in post. Deliver edited content as well as the complete separate angles to your client at the end of the shoot. Shoot a multi-cam job with a kit you can fit in a single backpack.

Titan accepts 4K video signals over HDMI and SDI (original Oddessy7Q limited to 3G-SDI). Titan also accepts 4K RAW data from the Sony F55, FS7, and FS700 cameras. Live-Switching is available as cuts and dissolves, and an Edit Decision List is generated as an .EDL file for conforming an edit in post.

Titan is an option for the Odyssey7Q and Apollo monitor/recorders. Other options (Odyssey RAW Bundle or Apollo) are not required for Titan,

Titan list price is $1295, but Convergent Design will offer Titan for a limited time at an introductory price of $995. Titan is expected to be available around the beginning of October.

Sienna Automation Production Control Compatible with NewTek IP Series

Sienna Automation Production ControlSienna, makers of broadcast automation for News and Sport announced compatibility between their Sienna MOS driven Automation Production Control system and NewTek’s IP Series vision mixer.

Sienna is used by many globally recognized broadcasters including the BBC, Associated Press, and Televisa. Support for NewTek’s ground breaking IP Series brings Sienna’s world-class capabilities to a new audience, at a dramatically reduced price point. Sienna’s extensive TriCaster integration brings full automatic production control within the reach of any news or sports broadcaster.

“IP Series is a revolutionary IP based vision mixer with great support for legacy SDI workflows”, said Mark Gilbert, CTO Gallery SIENNA. “We are proud to announce support in Sienna Automation for IP Series and we look forward to enabling fully automated IP driven workflows for news and sports stations embracing these important changes in the broadcast landscape.”

Automation Production Control
Sienna forms a sophisticated media asset management, edit integration and automation layer between TriCaster and MOS newsroom systems including ENPS, Inception, iNews, Octopus, and OpenMedia. With the NCS, producers can prepare a very complex news bulletin, including packages, vision mixer operations, virtual set camera moves, audio mixing, and on screen graphics.

This rundown is then driven step by step in the Sienna AutomationX live-asset system controlling TriCaster. Works with: TriCaster Mini, TriCaster 8000, TriCaster 860, TriCaster 460, and TriCaster 410.

NewTek Introduces the NewTek IP Series

NewTek IP SeriesNewTek has introduced the NewTek IP Series. It is a facility-grade, software-driven scalable system that combines IP flexibility with SDI compatibility. It asks the question: What if the boundaries about how to produce video did not exist?

Imagine the possibilities if your production wasn’t limited by hardware, and all of your sources and destinations could communicate. The NewTek IP Series merges the power, efficiency, and flexibility of IP with NewTek’s proven software-driven live production approach to define a new workflow paradigm: Interconnected Production.

Connecting, communicating, and sharing video and audio across the network using Innovative NDI technology, the NewTek IP Series acts as a single, interconnected production environment. Inputs, outputs, and media assets are readily available and accessible by any user in the location on the network, freeing your storytelling from the limits imposed by conventional production technology and enabling workflows of unprecedented scale and scope.

No Boundaries
* Transition gradually or migrate immediately to IP-based production workflows with incredibly practical infrastructure and bandwidth requirements.

* Remove the physical and logistical barriers limiting your potential to expand, grow, and evolve.

* Future-proof your video operations with progressive technology independent of formats and resolutions.

* Redefine your productions, workflows, and business now and for years to come.

Limitless Possibilities
* Align legacy and contemporary technologies across a simplified infrastructure to maximize resources and investments.

* Establish a production network in your control room or across your facility, connecting systems, users, and departments.

* Link multiple locations over IP to create sophisticated multi-system, multi-site workflows.

* Pool production inputs, outputs, and media assets for universal access and interchange.