More than 90 companies were in Washington Nov. 30 to Dec. 1 to attend the 14th Annual Government Video Expo.
Those firms exhibited scores of cutting-edge technologies, as well as improvements to existing products, that enable video producers and government officials to do things with video that were once barely imagined. The staff of Government Video narrowed the vast number of innovative products to 10 that were our favorites, making them the winners of the 2011 SALUTE Award. In alphabetical order are the companies and their winning proucts, they are:
The IF-2D3DI Stereoscopic Image Processor is designed to speed up the process of doing 2D to 3D conversions and make the process of producing 3D content much easier. It is also designed to work as a 3D left/right mixer for video-content production, allowing producers to monitor what they’ve created while on location.
The Croma is a sleekly designed, camera-mounted LED lighting fixture that provides Litepanels hallmark soft light with the addition of variable color temperature output. – Delivering powerful performance in a small package, this self-contained light can be a secret weapon on any set or location, wherever extra kick or nice fill is needed.
Left to right: Edgar Shane, general manager, engineering; From left are Fred Horne, regional sales manager, and Toby Sali, marketing; Jan Crittenden, product manager
Panasonic, HDC-Z 10000
The HDC -Z 10000 is a twin-lens 2D/3D handheld camcorder with the Double 3MOS System for professional-quality 2D and 3D images. It is the industry’s top level of 3D macro close-ups, down to 45 cm, and it has a wide range of manual functions, such as triple manual rings, for professional use.
Rimage, Disc Copy Station
The 5400N Disc Copy Station is a networked disc publishing solution that is as easy to use as a networked printer or copier, and is designed for investigators who might be highly trained in their fields, but who are not highly trained in making disc copies.
Left to right: Kevin Gramer, director of government and education sales; Frank George, sales engineer
The VR-3’s innovative design incorporates a video switcher, audio mixer, preview monitors and streaming-ready USB output all in a single unit. As a USB Video/Audio class device, web streaming is effortless by simply connecting to a computer running a live streaming service such as USTREAM , Livestream, Stickam, Justin.tv, worshipstream.com, websharelive.com, etc.
Rose Electronics, QuardraVista
The QuadraVista allows a user to connect to, control and display four computers on a single monitor or access a KVM switch to connect to thousands of computers. The advanced design of the QuadraVista provides three viewing modes; Quad Screen, picture-in-picture (PiP) and Full Screen. Control of a selected computer can be done while in any of the three modes.
SnapStream, TV Search
TV Search is a fusion of DVR and search engine technology that enables users to record and search television from a computer, as well as archive selected shows for months or years. It also creates unlimited, instant TV clips and TV alerts.
Left to right: David Rahvar, general partner; From left are Allen Moody, sales engineer and Rakesh Agrawal, CEO
Telecast Fiber Systems, Thor-SLG
The THOR-SLG is a high definition Video/KVM System supporting up to 32 CPU units that can be operated by up to 16 workstations or consoles. DVI sources can be switched through the matrix for resolutions up to 1920X1200 or up to 2560X2048 using dual-link DVI sources. Boosting performance for ever-increasing data and video traffic requirements is made easier with the 100Gbit backplane architecture.
The PW-04 is a four-inch prompter that attaches to the lens of a small video camera making professional video prompting is now available in the palm of the user’s hand. It is available complete with case, remote control and software.
Left to right: From left are William Hollis, Telecast Fiber Systems Inc.’s northeast regional sales manager, and Holly Head, Belden’s broadcast sales specialist; From left are Ray Blumenthal, vice president of broadcast systems, and Lisa Grunert, product manager; Nicol Verheem, CEO/CTO
Teradek, Bond Cube
The Bond liberates on-location video transmission over cellular networks from the confines of high cost commitments and bulky equipment. Built with the same chassis the Cube, the combination of the Cube and Bond is the smallest, lowest power and most cost effective cellular bonding solution available.