April 18, 2018
Media... Entertainment... Technology... It's the M.E.T. Effect, and it happens at the NAB Show. Held every April in Las Vegas, it's the world's largest convergence of broadcast and multimedia technology professionals, manufacturers, representatives, users, and more. The packed convention center halls include technology for broadcasting, multimedia, content gathering/creation, streaming and delivery, virtual and augmented reality, field audio, all the way to digital video, digital signage, and even drones!
Dale's team of Joe Prout, Mike Descoteau, Joel Guilbert, and Eric Eldredge attended the event and covered the vast halls, in search of the latest and greatest developments on the audio side of our industry.
Joel Guilbert offers his thoughts on the show:
NAB 2018 had a generally optimistic tone; record-setting attendance (101k registered) with technologies founded in IP firmly marching forward and starting to be ready for primetime (pun somewhat intended).
The IP broadcast showcase has evolved through the years from a ragtag rack cobbled together from a few pieces of gear to a full-blown broadcast solution. The audio section had multiple format mixers (SSL and Yamaha using AES67 compliant Dante) Calrec, LAWO, and many manufacturers' equipment all speaking happily.
More and more AOIP devices are filling the market out, some unique offerings from Studio Technologies and Glensound and others are filling out the niche nicely.
PTP clocking is a new area that needs to be taken seriously. Think of PTP as the new BlackBurst sync for 2110 networks - a lot of these will be needed in the future. ClearCom-owned Trilogy showed their Mentor RG, Brainstorm their DXD-16 PTP and Sonifex AVN-GMCS.
ATSC 3.0 was successfully deployed at the recent Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games, and WRAL in North Carolina successfully received the first American ATSC 3.0 broadcast, with Dolby newest AC4 codec. Dolby has finally readied AC4 for transmission, expect to see it incorporated into products over the next few years. It is already incorporated into the Dolby DP580 reference decoder. For ATSC 3.0, Dolby AC4 will be standard for North America, MPEG-H for Europe.
More and more Dolby Atmos content is being created, and professional tools for Dolby Atmos mixing are becoming more readily available. Of special interest were the Nugen Halo Upmix and Junger Level Magic tools - it’s a good indication of the longevity of a format when companies invest in creating tools to support its production.
See several new product video announcements on our Youtube page.
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