Prokit at IBC 2015
18th September 2015
This year’s IBC has been hailed as the most successful to date with a record-breaking 55,128 attendees visiting the event across the five days.
Prokit was there all week and took full advantage of the 1,800 stalls and the 250 top-level speakers on hand to offer advice and insight during the show.
Since 1967, IBC has been the leading event for professionals working within the broadcasting industry. The Amsterdam RAI has been the permanent home of IBC since 1994.
“The media industry today is radically different from where we were
even five years ago.”
Over its 40 year history, and just like the broadcast industry itself, IBC has had to transform with the times. According to Michael Crimp, who is the CEO of IBC: “The media industry today is radically different from where we were even five years ago.”
He continues: “We have gone from an industry that was defined by technology to one where we demand new functionality from our vendors; from an industry where broadcasters told us what we were going to watch to one where consumers call for content wherever and whenever they want.”
Aside from admiring the stunning views of the canals and dining in the great places to eat and drink in Amsterdam, we spent most of our time roaming from hall to hall scanning for significant and original products.
What was new?
That’s easy, hot of the press at this year’s IBC was Sony’s new PXW-FS5, a handheld camera that according to the Japanese manufacturer is a re-imagining of the popular FS7 that boasts unsurpassed on-the-go shooting in the most demanding of conditions.
Weighing less than 0.8kg, the new FS5 features a rotatable grip plus a LCD viewfinder that can be mounted on the camera in nine different ways. The FS5 also offers the first built-in electronic Variable ND Filter for a Super35mm camcorder.
Furthermore, the camcorder’s Exmor sensor gives users the ability to shoot 100Mbps 4K (3840 x 2160) using Sony’s advanced XAVC (Long GOP) recording system. Additionally, an announcement is expected soon regarding further options on the subject of recording RAW externally with the new FS.
We caught up with BBS Lighting during the event fresh from their Best of Show awards. The guys unveiled their new Pipeline LED kit. Made to address the challenges facing travelling correspondents the Pipeline delivers model lighting with a high CRI. The LED is aimed at reporters who often deliver their bulletins via Skype on a desktop.
Also at the show was Zylight’s Newz, a camera-top light – coming soon – that combines traditional phosphor with a custom blend of Quantum nanoparticles. This palm-sized gadget is the next generation of camera-top lights with attributes not found on lights at twice the price, according to Zylight.
Lighting the RAI
This year’s IBC was not short of new and noteworthy lighting products. As well as the two novel products mentioned above, Manfrotto demonstrated its LYKOS LED panel.
Available in daylight and bi-colour, the LYKOS uses wireless connectivity to enable full control of one or more LED panels. Moreover, a number of handy accessories will be available to accompany the LYKOS including a softbox, a Bluetooth Dongle, plus gel filter sets, a diffuser and AC adapter.
Litepanels announced its new Brick bi-colour on-camera LED last month, and we got a chance to see it for ourselves over at their stand. The Brick has a passive cooling system and a dust-tight design with water protection, providing excellent durability in harsh weather.
By having a comparable luminance output of 100w it offers up to 1060 LUX (98 Footcandles) at 5ft (1.5m) while only drawing 19w. The Brick can also adapt to any situation by providing both daylight and tungsten lighting.
A packed out hall
Memorable products on display included Nila’s High-Speed Capture and High-Speed Lab Kits. Both include LEDs, holographic film lenses, lightweight kit stands plus heavy-duty cases.
The Compass 23 tripod by Miller also caught our attention thanks to its easily accessible repeatable and reliable controls. As did Blind Spot Gear’s new trial product, which is yet-to-be-named, and currently being CrowdFunded.
Finally, Canon’s new ‘specialist’ video camera, which has the ability to capture full colour images in extremely low-light environments, was on display at IBC.
The ME20F-SH boasts a maximum ISO setting of four million (+75dB) plus a Full Frame 35mm with 2.26 MP CMOS sensor and a DIGIC DV4 processor. According to the Japanese camera manufacturer, the ME20F-SH’s high-quality results across a variety of ambient lighting conditions gets rid of the need for supplemental lighting.
This year the entire Prokit team got the chance to get out to Amsterdam to attend IBC. The show gives technical, creative and commercial professionals the chance to come together to learn, to debate and to network.