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NAB 2019 Preview

NAB Show Floor
(Image credit: Image courtesy of Robb Cohen Photography & Video)

Thousands of pro AV professionals will descend on Las Vegas for the 2019 NAB Show this month. Held April 8-11, the event is billed as the “ultimate event for technology professionals looking for new and innovative ways to create, manage, deliver, and monetize content on any platform,” according to the show’s website.

With over 100,000 attendees from 160-plus countries, there is sure to be an excited energy on the show floor. What trends will cause this excitement?

“In today’s fast-paced world, video is the preferred method of communication from the perspective of both content creators and viewers. But as video inputs change, the need for a reliable and consistent delivery platform that can manage all video sources has never been greater,” said Bryan Reksten, vice president of marketing, VITEC. “For AV integrators, this translates into needing solutions that will allow their customers to manage all their video channels—from high-frame-rate 4K down to video from a mobile device—from one comprehensive system.”

“Add to that, customers fully expect a user-friendly interface with scalable capabilities that will allow them to harness new business models enabled by their investment in robust IPTV and digital signage solutions for years to come,” Reksten continued. “AV installers should be looking for partners like VITEC that have a proven track record of leading the next wave of innovation while offering a flexible solution that can be integrated into almost any video workflow.”

NewTek’s Brian Olson, the company’s vice president of product management, agrees on upping the IP ante. “I expect to see more IP connectivity for both audio and video. The wave has already started, and it’s not going to stop,” he said.

[Growing IP Video]

As the worlds of broadcast and pro AV continue to blend, attendees can expect to see more pro AV solutions at the show. “The bridge between broadcast and commercial AV solutions is firming up over time, and it has been a necessary evolution,” according to Andy Fliss, executive vice president, sales and marketing, tvONE. He added that integrators should “watch for changes in GPU technologies that provide output that will match up better with large-format display technologies. Key in this vein is color management and correction. The requirements of on-screen displays continue to be much different than live, direct view displays, and on-screen LED displays need help from video processors like tvONE to get it right.”

Get Excited

What are people looking forward to at the 2019 show? Is it the huge number of classes available? New tech introductions? Networking?

Sticking with the AVoIP theme is on Fliss’ list. “I am looking to see the exhibits that explain how AV over IP is meshing with traditional broadcast environments,” he said. “Many challenges still exist, but the barriers to full, end-to-end IP networked systems are coming down steadily. I am looking forward to discussing these trends with the broadcast engineers and IT managers of broadcast ecosystems.”

NewTek’s Olson is interested in changes in cloud technology. “I’m looking forward to seeing what else has moved into the cloud. Many challenges still exist, but the barriers to full, end-to-end IP networked systems are coming down steadily,” he explained.

With new technology and new applications—like NAB’s inaugural Esport Experience focused on online gaming trends and content delivery technologies—there is sure to be something for everyone at the 2019 show.

Products to See at NAB 2019

Scroll through the gallery below to see  what manufacturers—like Black Box, Clear-Com, Shure, and more—will be showcasing at NAB 2019.

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Matrox Monarch LCS

Matrox Monarch LCS

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The Matrox Monarch LCS multisource streaming and recording appliance makes live webcasting simple by delivering high-quality streams to Facebook Live, YouTube, or a favorite CDN, with multicamera production value, and without operator assistance. Users can simply set the production layout and delivery settings before the event, connect the live sources, and begin the webcast.

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Black Box Emerald Unified KVM over IP Platform

Black Box Emerald Unified KVM over IP Platform

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The Emerald KVM over IP product family provides the flexibility and network security essential to state-of-the-art KVM extension and switching. The Emerald 4K and Emerald SE transmitter-receiver pairs can connect users at their workstations with remote computers and servers across distances up to 10 km over single-mode fiber, or even farther over IP. Emerald delivers value by lowering the total cost of ownership and helping extend the life of existing IT investments.

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NewTek NDI

NewTek NDI 4.0

Booth SL5016

IP has been widely adopted for video delivery, but the performance has not been robust enough for real-time production. NDI changes that by enabling identification of—and communication between—IP-based production components on the same network, and has emerged as an efficient, cost-effective solution. NDI 4.0 will be announced at NAB Show.​

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Shure MV88+ Video Kit

Shure MV88+ Video Kit

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The MV88+ Video Kit is an all-in-one solution for capturing professional-quality recordings on the go. Designed for digital journalists, podcasters, videographers, and mobile content creators, the MV88+ features a digital stereo condenser microphone, Manfrotto PIXI tripod, phone clamp, and mount, as well as iOS and USB-C cables for enhanced compatibility and connectivity.

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tvONE is now shipping new enhancements to its CORIOmaster (4RU), CORIOmaster mini (1RU), and CORIOmaster micro (1/2 RU) video wall processors.

tvONE CORIOmaster

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tvONE’s video processing just got more powerful with enhanced CORIOmaster, which features a new secure communication suite with full REST API and multi-user control to protect installations from outside interference, and a new HDMI 4-port output module that upgrades CORIOmaster to up to 56 outputs for massive video walls, projector edge-blends, and LED installations. Finally, it includes new embedded audio support and a dedicated audio module.

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Neutrik mediaCON

Neutrik mediaCON

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Neutrik’s new mediaCON products interconnect hard drives, cameras, video monitors, audio interfaces, and computer hardware. They include robust lockable USB Type C cable assemblies and chassis connectors for PCB-mounted USB IF receptacles. Components are designed for data rates up to 10 GB/s (USB 3.1 Gen 2), 100W power, and 10,000 mating cycles.

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VITEC’s EZ TV IPTV & Digital Signage Solution simplifies the management of live and on-demand IPTV, digital signage, and video wall content from a centralized, user-friendly platform. According to the company, VITEC’s affordable hardware-based endpoints ensure that every stream is reliably disseminated with ultra-low latency and broadcast quality to any screen on the network.

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Clear-Com’s V-Series Iris Panels, which provide Eclipse HX users with low latency audio over IP (AoIP) using AES67, are now shipping.

Clear-Com Iris Panel

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Clear-Com’s new V-Series Iris Panel provides users with low-latency audio-over-IP connectivity using AES67. Full-color, configurable OLED displays show color-coded grouping. The new E-IPA IP card can deploy up to 64 Iris panels per card. Iris panels are backward-compatible with the MVX-A16 and IVC-32 cards.

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VidOvation AVIWEST HE4000 4K UHD HEVC Live Encoder

VidOvation AVIWEST HE4000 4K UHD HEVC Live Encoder

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VidOvation’s AVIWEST HE4000 4K Ultra HD HEVC live encoder uses the public internet for video contribution and distribution, helping users avoid the high costs of satellite transmission. The HE4000 is designed for real-time delivery of live UHD or HD content over unmanaged IP networks. The compact, half-RU encoder combines 10-bit and 4:2:2 HEVC encoding with the latest generation of AVIWEST SafeStreams technology to deliver live video content over IP at low latencies and bit rates.

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Leyard and Planar TVF Series

Leyard TVF Series

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The Leyard TVF Series is a family of fine pitch LED video wall displays available in 1.5-, 1.8-, and 2.5 mm pixel pitches. With a 27-inch, slim-profile display cabinet, the Leyard TVF Series features front serviceability and a creative, stackable design that eliminates cabinet-to-cabinet cabling and reduces the complexity of installation and vertical alignment.

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DPA Microphones d:screet CORE 6066 Subminiature Headset Mic

DPA Microphones d:screet CORE 6066 Subminiature Headset Mic

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DPA’s d:screet CORE 6066 Subminiature Headset Microphone is 3 mm in diameter. It is a completely redesigned one-size-fits-all headset that attaches comfortably over the ears, with a spring mechanism that securely grips the ears and head.

Megan A. Dutta

Megan A. Dutta is a pro AV industry journalist, and the former content director for Systems Contractor News (SCN) and Digital Signage Magazine, both Future U.S. publications. Dutta previously served as the marketing communications manager at Peerless-AV, where she led the company’s marketing and communications department. Dutta is the recipient of AVIXA's 2017 Young AV Professional Award and Women in Consumer Technology's 2018 Woman to Watch Award. Dutta is co-founder of Women of Digital Signage, an organization designed to provide a pathway to promote networking, mentoring, and personal growth.