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09/10/2006

More on IBC

So, a few days have past and I've walked through most of the exhibition, attended some presentations and met many people.

What to make of it? As I said, it's a very large conference with many (read: MANY) exhibitors but largely focussed on Broadcasters and HD-TV. Those are the centre of focus for this exhibition, which is fair enough. The interest for me was mostly around storage technologies (which also apply for broadcasters, now that everything is moving to digital) and software (Apple and Autodesk mostly). I manage to talk to most of the vendors I had contacted, which is good.

I also got to check the buzz from the Red Camera and had a look at their footage on a 4K projector. I have to say that it was impressive to see noise-less footage at that size and with that level of detail. The image was however a bit "flat" (the dynamic range didn't seem to be "off the charts" as the Red representative said) but this could be the projector or a myriad of other factors. What's really making waves is the price tag of this camera. If this takes off and the production releases of this camera produce film-quality footage, then I see that we will have to deal with 4K sooner rather than later :-) Which is going to be interesting from a technical point of view.

On the 4K size of things, I saw a 56" LCD display 4K2K (3840x2160) from a Japanese firm called Astrodesign and, even though this was a prototype (the rep said that they are aiming at having a production screen mid-2007), it was REALLY nice! The level of detail that you could see in the images was stunning! I was literally speechless while watching high res footage on that monitor. Very impressive!

And then there was iSilon, a firm that makes an interesting clustered storage solution based on FreeBSD. I've been in touch with them in the past but now that they have operations in Japan (for the Asia Pacific region) we might be able to test-drive some of their solutions! That's looking very promising.

And we also had the classics (Sony, IBM, HP). To be honest, I didn't see anything widely innovative from them (of course, I am talking about the stuff that specifically interests me like clustered storage or parallel file systems). Too bad companies like ClusterFS were not here, as that's the type of solutions that I consider interesting :)

An interesting presentation with David Stump ASC about the "whole digital movie", i.e. where you only use analog when you print for projection ... It was an interesting presentation and what I took from that is that there seem to be 2 areas which are fundamental, colour correction and archival. These seem to be the areas in which a lot of work is going and require a lot of attention.

Anyway, it's big and full of people in suits. Interestingly enough, I would say that 90% of the participants were male and over 25 or I would risk it and say 80% over 30. It would be interesting to see some stats from the organisers but it was a "men in suits" dominated conference ... which doesn't necessarily go that well with my look ;-)

Posted on September 10, 2006 - 23:22

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