That crazy National Association of Broadcasters is at it again! NAB spends most of its time as a lobbying group in Washington, representing the interests of TV and radio broadcasters everywhere, but once a year, the organization let's its hair down in Las Vegas, and there's always plenty of new hardware on hand for "broadcasters" and press to ogle.
NAB 2012 is in full swing in Sin City, and RED is showing off some brand new hardware, including the REDray. The REDray playback system can grab video directly from the RED Epic or Scarlet cameras, from REDFLASH CompactFlash and SSDs, or from any USB, FireWire, or e-SATA hard drive. The output frame is 4K (4096x2160) at 23.96, 24 or 25 fps. 2K and 1080p are also supported.
REDray Front Panel
A clearer image of the ports on the front. This rackmount-able system is still in the prototype phase, so it's TBD on release date and price.
REDray Laser Projector
If you buy the REDray playback system, chances are you're pairing it with a projector of some sort. Enter the new RED Laser projector, which should cost around $10,000, and can throw 120fps 3D video onto your screen of choice. (Image via The Verge)
RED Meizler Module
RED also demoed its Meizler Module at NAB. "...brainchild of Steven Meizler , Instigated by David Fincher, and co-developed by RED and the 3ality Technica..." This module allows the user to adjust focus, aperture and zoom wirelessly (this videoshows it in action). Look for the Meizler later in 2012 (Image via Engadget)
RED OLED Viewfinder (EVF)
RED is very much about modular design, which means the user can choose between different kinds of electronic viewfinders (EVF), or elect to go EVF-free. The latest EVF from RED has an OLED display, which should translate to some stunning image quality when your eye is against the rubber. Unless you're upgrading from an older part, the Bomb EVF will set you back $3,900.
RED Dragon 6K Sensor
Next up from RED is a sensor upgrade for the Epic and Scarlet models. Simply called "Dragon," this 6K sensor will pump out video at 85 fps, or 5K video at 120 fps. Epic owners will need $6,000 later in 2012 for the upgrade, while Scarlet users are are TBA for price with a 2013 rollout. (Image via Engadget)
RED Nine-Inch OLED Display
Last but not least for RED? A new nine-inch OLED touchscreen display. Look for it later this year (price is still a mystery).
Panasonic Micro P2 Cards
Many of Panasonic's higher-end camcorders use P2 cards for storage, and Panny unveiled a new card design at NAB. The new microP2 cards are the same size and shape as Secure Digital (SD) cards, with a PCMCIA adaptor to make the cards work with older cameras (firmware update required).
Canon is pushing further into the professional cinema market with its C line of cameras. The C500, which won't hit store shelves until 2013, will sell for around $30,000, and can shoot two types of 4K video (4096 x 2160 for movies, and 3840 x 2160 for 4K TV).
Canon EOS-1D C
The $15,000 EOS-1D C is a step up from the DSLR camera it shares a chassis with, the 1D X. The 1D C can shoot 4K video as well, and it should be available for purchase in late 2012.
At $9,000, the Sony NEX-FS700 is one of the least expensive 4K-capable shooters around. Even better is the NEX-FS700 using E-mount lenses, which is good news for anyone using a Sony NEX mirrorless camera.
If the aforementioned Sony wasn't cheap enough for you, this JVC GY-HMQ10 will record 4K video for under $6,000. That said, it's pretty barebones, with no interchangeable lenses to speak of (unlike Sony and Canon). But it's hard to argue with the price, and that sub-$6,000 price tag will make the camera an easy buy for film school programs and students alike.
Blackmagic Cinema Camera
The Blackmagic Cinema Camera looks fantastic, and its ability to capture 2.5K video means it's no slouch either. 4K has been a major theme at NAB this year, but 2.5K still looks fantastic, and the camera has plenty of other great features to make up for the lack of the higher resolution. Built-in color correction, integrated SSD, capacitive touchscreen, a mount that plays nice with Canon and Carl Zeiss lenses, and a plethora of ports (including Thunderbolt)...all for under $3,000.
Thanks to Livestream and Justin.tv, it's all about live video these days. The former has decided to pair some homemade hardware with its streaming software, and the Broadcaster is the end result. For $495 (plus $45 a month for unlimited streaming over Ethernet, WiFi or 3G/4G), the Broadcaster can take the video from your favorite camera and send it straight to Livestream's servers for all the world to see.