Best Live Production/Streaming Product
Live production is booming. Streaming is booming. Put them together and you have an explosion of products in this field.
Winner is Wowza Low Latency Streaming Platform.
Wowza has solved some difficult problems. When you stream live, you can get huge latencies. This matters with live sports and with breaking news. What they’ve managed to do is get streaming latency down to satellite broadcast levels. This may seem arcane but it matters. Wowza has also developed a streaming appliance for use with Facebook Live.
The company provides services to countless other streaming providers.
Best New Tech Product
This really is a catch-all category. It will be won by the product that shows the biggest advance in technology, or the best use of it.
AJA/Colourfront HDR processor FS|HDR.
This was really interesting. AJA has teamed up with colour science expert Colourfront to add some extraordinary capabilities to the AJA FS|HDR processor. Essentially this device can now upscale Standard Dynamic Range material to High Dynamic Range. This shouldn’t be possible, but what it does it does through perceptual “tricks” that don’t stress the material. We can only begin to wonder how it all works, but it does. This is a remarkable achievement.
Here’s what AJA says about this on its website,
“FS-HDR’s HDR/WCG capabilities leverage video and color space processing algorithms within Colorfront Engine™, specially-licensed by AJA from Colorfront, and developed by Colorfront’s CTO Bill Feighter and Lead Engineer Tamas Perlaki, both of whom are Academy Award-winners.”
Best Camera Rig/Accessory
This goes all the way from little accessories that sit on a camera to tripods and cranes.
The winner is the Sachler/Vinten Flowtech Tripod.
If an alien civilisation were to design a tripod, this is what it would probably look like this. You need to try it. It weighs massively less than you’d think, and it’s incredibly quick to set up. At the point where we were all thinking that the only possible innovation in tripods would be an extra leg, this proves us wrong.
Best Recorder/Field monitor
It’s sometimes hard to detect the edge of this ever-evolving field, but there are some great products out there that act as recorders and field monitors at the same time, or separately.
The winner is Sumo 19” M.
Atomos are known for their monitor/recorders, but now that is starting to change, and we can now start to take the company seriously as a producer of dedicated quality on-set monitors.
Best Documentary Camera
The winner is the Panasonic EVA 1
Not really a documentary camera but very portable, excellent in low light and capable of cinematic results. Very good in low light because of dual ISO sensor. Exactly the same colour science as the bigger Varicams so it easy to match between cameras. This was an easy choice to make.