David is the Editor In Chief of RedShark Publications. He's been a professional columnist and author since 1998, when he started writing for the European Music Technology magazine Sound on Sound. David has worked with professional digital audio and video for the last 25 years.
In many ways IBC2016 felt like a bit of a watermark: the old ‘traditional’ broadcast industry giving way to something newer and perhaps more inclusive. It was all very positive too, something which is reflected in the choices made for this year’s IBC RedShark Awards.
It's still too soon to draw any deep or profound conclusions about this year's IBC except for the fact that we're seeing a lot of co-operation between companies and particularly those manufacturers who might previously have shied away from working with third parties (except at arms-length).
Blackmagic Design has a track record of unveiling new products at NAB and new acquisitions at IBC, and this year is no exception with the highly significant announcement that it is the new owner of both keying specialist Ultimatte and legendary audio pioneer Fairlight.
For a post production industry that suddenly has to manipulate and process images 70x what they were a scant couple of decades ago, the problems that the forthcoming massive leap in resolution about to engulf us brings are probably greater than most. Luckily, cloud technology will be there to provide the horsepower to cope.