Graham Bennett - Broadcast & Production
Graham Bennett – Videopro Business Solutions: Broadcast & Production

SMPTE 2011
“Discover the Next Dimension”
Explore – Communicate – Network

A large number of Queensland delegates attended the biennial SMPTE Conference and Exhibition held at Darling Harbour. With 100+ exhibitors representing major industry brands, attending SMPTE is essential for delegates to keep abreast of the technological revolution that is driving our industry.

Convergence was the topic on everyone’s agenda, which is the term given to the rapid merging of traditional broadcast, telecommunications and the internet. The continued rollout of 3D production products & complimentary workflow was on display from the industry giants Sony, Panasonic & Avid to name a few.

Fujinon won the “Best Large Exhibit” at SMPTE; they showcased their range of HD Broadcast lens’s in addition to a large and well stocked hospitality area which was a welcome “pit stop” to park the sore feet and aching backs.

Sony released new features to its PMW-F3, along with the new OLED Displays offering TRUE Blacks, they also released new XDCAM workflow enhancements. And to bring Sony into the realm of 3D, they also released their first dedicated 3D professional camcorders.

Panasonic showcased its broad range of HD & 3D production products positioned around a very accessible stand with the “Surf’s Up” camera set. They displayed the new AG-HPX250 and AG-AC160 along with new features to the AJ-HPX3100. 3DA1’s big brother, the AG-3DP1 Panasonic was also announced and the new BT-LH910 Broadcast LCD panel which was on display, in addition to the new 42” & 50” BT300 marketed as true production grade large screen monitors.

Avid, being true to the Broadcast & Production Industry, were at the exhibition in full force showing collaborative and complete end-to-end production workflows. Our own VIDEOPRO certified Avid Trainer, Dave Thompson, conducted a number of fully booked sessions during the exhibition titled “What’s New in Media Composer 5.5”. If any of you have ever seen Dave present before, he’s quite entertaining – nice work, Dave!

SMPTE 2011 - Dave at Avid Presentation

Dave presenting at SMPTE 2011

Blackmagic showcased its very popular range of “glue” and Routing & Production products which have gained enormous growth in the Australasian market over the past couple of years.

In their debut exhibition, Blonde Robot showcased their extremely popular “Go-Pro” range of action camera’s in addition to the Teradek wireless camera to iPad streaming technology. These low cost “action” cameras proved a big hit at the exhibition.

Finally, Corsair released its new ATMOS-1.5GB Samurai portable HD recorder, which has rapidly gained wide acceptance within the freelance market. This new product will be available in September. VIDEOPRO is currently taking pre-orders now.

Overall, it was a great event – and we look forward to attending the exhibition again in 2013!

EX SMPTE Specials

Both Sony and Panasonic have some ex SMPTE 2011 Professional & Broadcast Monitors for sale at “bargain” pricing. These models were new out of the box and come with full warranties. Typically, they have done no more than 40hrs running time during the July 2011 exhibition.

Sony LMD2341W 23″ and LMD1541W 15.3″ Professional LCD LUMA monitors
Panasonic BTLH1710E/BTLH1760E 17″ and BTLH2550E 25″ Broadcast monitors

If you would like any further information on these special deals, or simply would like to discuss the SMPTE 2011 event, please contact me on 1300 VIDEOPRO or email g.bennett@videopro.com.au

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