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2013 NAB Show Topped by 4K, Ultra HD, Cloud Solutions

The NAB Military & Government Summit focused on the benefits cloud environments provide

2013 NAB Show attendees peruse Schiebel’s Camcopter S-100.The 2013 NAB Show, held in Las Vegas in April, focused on 4K, ultra HD production and the cloud, which were far removed from the “next big thing” feel of the 2012 show and its theme of stereoscopic production, broadcast and home theater consumption. In addition, the 3-D oriented exhibits and sessions at the 2012 show were nearly extinct at the 2013 show.

In addition to 4K, UHD monitors, switchers, recorders, scalers and codecs on display in the Central Hall, that venue was full of light-emitting diode lighting suppliers, and several choices for small, point-of-view HD/2K cameras, as well as small remote-control helicopters on which to fly them.

One mild surprise in the camera department was Blackmagic Design’s “Pocket Cinema Camera” which is equipped with a super 16 mm sensor that accommodates interchangeable four-thirds lenses.

The less glamorous area of wireless video acquisition also saw some improved implementations such as the Verizon 4G “dongle” for JVC’s GY-HM650 (revision 2.0) camcorder and updates to Dejero Labs’ LIVE+ platform.


The primary thrust of the Military and Government Summit sessions concerned the benefits cloud environments provide to military, medical and government records systems, with an emphasis on cost savings, rapid access, remote access and security or rights management.

Of particular interest were sessions relating to multimedia consumption, workflow, access control and management of the rapidly increasing amounts of media produced by government agencies such as those missions are to provide homeland security and defense.

During case study presentations, John Delay, Harris Corp.’s director of new media and government strategy, estimated the military alone produced hundreds of terabytes per day of motion imagery that needed to be processed and distributed in near realtime to users in locations that span the globe.

During the past two years, high-resolution, motion imagery increased by as much as 12 times, and that growth rate, or higher, is expected to continue over the next five years, according to Delay.


Because of the need to meet the volume of media, the transition of government media operations to cloud architectures is being conducted in a phased manner, Delay said. Phase 1 has been underway for the past five years, and it involves the transition of the client-server model for media ingest, asset and storage management to a virtual machine “enterprise” computing architecture, he said.

Phase 2 has been ongoing for the past 18 months, and it involves creating a motion-imagery cloud and transitioning the enterprise architecture, processes and workflows to a cloud implementation, according to Delay.

Phase 3 will involve transitioning from a single cloud to a collection of distributed motion-imagery clouds to reduce latency to near real time between creation and consumption across a global stage with full security and access control, he said.


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