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At the January 19, 2005 meeting...
Our Annual Post-Production Showcase
At WCVB-TV Studios in Needham

This year's showcase was at WCVB-TV's main studio - New England's largest soundstage! It was a unique opportunity to see some of the most sophisticated editing, effects, animation, compositing and audio posting systems on the market. These included specialized systems for news production, HDTV, film, web-streaming and audio post-production. All systems were available for hands-on use with technical personnel from the manufacturers to explain and answer questions.

New this year: State-of-the-art audio solutions! Two of the hottest workgroup storage solutions for NLE's! Automation systems for cable TV!

Very special feature: WCVB pre-released a sneak-preview screening of the first HD Chronicle shot primarily with the Sony HDR-FX1 HD camera. WCVB videographer Art Donahue and representatives from Avid described what it was like to use this camera and answer questions. Art was real enthusiastic - and he had the consumer model! He was greatly looking forward to using the soon-to-be-released professional version.

Among the other products we saw:

  • Discreet New Smoke 6.5 and Flint on Linux
  • New Avid exhibit
  • One Beyond high-performance editing systems
  • Quantel's next generation "Resolution Coexistent" PC based editor/graphics production system
  • Quantel QEdit laptop news editor
  • Pinnacle Liquid Edition Broadcast with new I/O options
  • Leitch Velocity HD
  • GlobeCaster & its NLE integration
  • Optibase Media 100
  • Grass Valley/Vibrint/Thomson news editing systems
  • Boris Effects Titling/Compositing/Effects
  • Broadcast Pix studio-in-a-box
  • Digidesign Pro Tools audio production & editing systems

And as usual, extensive refreshments were be served, thanks (as always) to master chef Paul Beck...

Posted: 12 February 2005
Bob Lamm, SMPTE/New England Newsletter/Web Page Editor