IBC, held each Autumn in beautiful Amsterdam, truly reflects the industry of which it is such an integral part, with over 55,000 industry professionals from more than 170 countries converging to network, discuss and debate across a broad range of topics including OTT, 4K, HDR, Streaming VOD, Cloud Hosting, Ultra HD, VR and IPTV. Bringing together a visionary conference and dynamic exhibition with unique and carefully curated feature areas, IBC provides a unique combination of meetings, discussions, demonstrations, new product launches, seminars and networking opportunities.
The Exhibition is 15-19 September, with the Conference opening one day earlier.
Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths.
Amsterdam has one airport, Schiphol (AMS), and what an airport it is. It’s Europe’s fifth busiest airport in terms of passenger volume, and the world’s fifth busiest in terms of international passenger volume. All of this under one terminal roof. Getting to and from the airport is easy. There are plenty of options (including car hire) but most people take the train from the arrivals hall straight into Amsterdam Centraal Station.
Amsterdam offers a plethora of places to stay, from the cheap and cheerful through to the lap of luxury.
There’s a wide variety of things to do and see also when you are not tramping the RAI halls.
How to find the event at RAI.
Once at the Show there will be lots (in fact far too much) to look at, with 1244 exhibitors last time I looked, so some degree of planning is definitely recommended. The big names are there of course (bear in mind that Sony was not at BVE 2016, but was represented by a dealership).
Here are some familiar faces you might want to check out in person or by catching up on the event on the Web.
There will be a lot of interest in Canon’s EOS C200, a new entry point to the 4K Cinema EOS range for videographers which will slot in between the C100 Mark II and the C300 Mark II. Allied with a host of flexible features for the professional videographer, the EOS C200 is the ultimate tool for a wide variety of production needs, from electronic news gathering and documentary making to corporate video, events and independent cinematography or education.
Ever quick off the mark, Vocas introduces accessories specifically developed for the Canon EOS C200 camera. These accessories will be shown at the IBC show in Amsterdam, 15 – 19 September2017. Vocas developed a C200 viewfinder bracket, top cheese plate, camera adapterplate for the Vocas Sliding System, a special C200 cage and a handgrip relocation.
Atomos is one of the fastest growing companies in pro video, partnering with brands like Apple and AVID to design and create touchscreens for the world’s leading cameras brands including Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Nikon and Red. With a single connection, video professionals add recording direct from the camera sensor to Hollywood-ready formats like Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHR onto affordable & high capacity SSD media. Alongside professional recording, the calibrated touchscreen is an audio and video monitor with an array of shot setup scopes and a playback device for instant shot review, tagging and playout. The product range consists of 7” 4K HDR on camera monitor-recorders, HDR rack mounted monitor-recorders and more recently the acclaimed larger HDR 19” Sumo product catering to production and in-studio applications.
For both innovation and solid, reliable professional products many members have relied on the Sony brand, perhaps particularly their workhorse cameras. Look out for the World’s first 4K shoulder camcorder, the PXW-Z450, an advanced 4K camcorder that records 4K QFHD (3840×2160) at 50p/59.94p, as well as a variety of HD formats including XAVC Intra, XAVC Long GOP, MPEG HD 422 and MPEG HD 420. Thanks to a specially-developed 4K 2/3-type Exmor R CMOS sensor, the PXW-Z450 is ideal for a wide variety of 4K operations, allowing you to use a wide range of commercially-available B4 mount lenses without having to use an adapter.
Panasonic will show their VariCam line-up of professional digital video cameras, capable of true 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR) which makes them the ideal solution for cinema, documentary and live event production.
The AG-UX180 is the “UX-series premium model” with professional functions and specifications for high-end users. This model is equipped with a newly designed compact lens featuring a wide 24mm angle and 20x optical zoom as well as a 1.0-type (effective size) high-sensitivity MOS sensor. Its evolved Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) and intelligent AF function are suitable for professional camera work.
The AG-UX180 supports 4K 24p, UHD 60p/50p, FHD 60p/50p multi-format recording and HD super slow-motion.
JVCKENWOOD will showcase its end-to-end live production workflow at IBC, along with a number of product enhancements and technology demonstrations. Its range of handheld, shoulder mount, studio and PTZ cameras feature support for JVC Videocloud, JVC’s new online video and live streaming platform, which will be demonstrated live. Other camcorder updates include a firmware upgrade for the popular GY-LS300 super 35 handheld 4K camcorder, delivering 4:2:2 4K recording and 50/60p ultraHD output, plus an update to the RM-LP100 remote camera controller to control any IP-equipped JVC camera. JVC will also have a range of monitors and studio equipment on display, including a new series of professional 4K monitors.
NewTek is transforming the way people create network-style television content and share it with the world.
One of the pleasures of any exhibition is finding a new supplier of high quality equipment that’s right for what you do. You have many to choose from but here’s one that caught my eye.
The Stella line of COB LED lights from Light and Motion is the future for broadcast professionals wanting to
work fast and efficiently in ANY location regardless of weather and access to power. Lightweight, compact and remarkably powerful,
the Stella lights can operate untethered up to 11 hours on its integrated battery and can operate off D-Tap and Mains power too. Never before could professional content creators travel the world (no excess baggage fees) carrying a complete professional studio lighting kit in a small case or backpack! Stella lights are fully waterproof to 100 meters and can be dropped onto concrete from a meter.
Just a little taster. If you do visit IBC 2017 why not write a short article on your experience? Some images would be welcome too.
Tony Manning, Chair IOV