NAB President: XM-Sirius Merger "Not About the Consumer"

Today, Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin hit Capitol Hill again to tell a Senate committee that the proposed merger would bring "more choice, lower prices" to consumers since it's trying to compete with a larger ecosystem that includes traditional radio and MP3 players. Yet at NAB '07 yesterday, NAB President David Rehr told… » 4/17/07 9:40pm 4/17/07 9:40pm

NAB07: Samsung Demos A-VSB TV Everywhere, Still Nothing On

In a demo that was a cross between a waiting room at a dentist's office and a frat party aboard a gigantic limousine, Samsung proved to us that its latest Advanced-VSB (A-VSB) system to bring mobile TV to North America kicks serious ass. As the luxo-bus rambled all over Las Vegas for more than an hour, we watched TV.… » 4/17/07 9:00pm 4/17/07 9:00pm

Gallery of Apple's Final Cut Friend: AJA IO HD Tames the HD Beast

The AJA IO HD is a miracle box for video jockeys dealing with huge HDTV files. Without it, getting all kinds of video into and out of Macs for Final Cut Pro video editing is cumbersome, and viewing your results takes a while. AJA IO connects via FireWire 800 to even a MacBook or Mac Pro, and is the only box that can… » 4/17/07 8:00pm 4/17/07 8:00pm

NAB07: Adobe Media Player First Look, Could Be Great or Obnoxious

After a post yesterday about Adobe's newly announced Media Player, we were intrigued with its possibilities and got a firsthand demo of the technology from Adobe at its booth at NAB. What the Adobe Media Player amounts to is a downloadable desktop application that plays back Flash video files. But what it really is is… » 4/17/07 5:15pm 4/17/07 5:15pm

NAB07: Holophone Surround Mics Look Exotic, Other-Worldly

Holophone was displaying a pair of new surround sound mics that looked more like alien spacecraft than microphones. The H3-D pictured here is the follow-up to the $6K H2. But dang, these things aren't cheap. The company's managed to get the price point down to a more palatable $1600 by using its own microphones inside… » 4/17/07 3:00pm 4/17/07 3:00pm

NAB07: Badass Vintage-Style Mics With Modern Innards

NAB's North Hall was home to all of the microphone manufacturers, and a few of them had vintage-looking mics with modern dynamic internals, standard XLR connectors and no phantom power required. Check out that Heil Deco Series Heritage Mic pictured here, a PR20 dynamic mic housed in an "Elvis Style" body. Neat stuff. » 4/17/07 2:30pm 4/17/07 2:30pm

NAB07: Gefen's Wireless HDMI is a Work in Progress

At NAB Gefen displayed a couple of long-overdue technologies for transmitting HDMI over longer distances, one wireless and one using coaxial cable. The first method is wireless using a frequency band between 3.3ghz to 3.5ghz, transmitting HDMI video over a distance of about 60 feet. We actually saw it transmitting… » 4/17/07 2:15pm 4/17/07 2:15pm

Eyes-On the Red Camera: Real and Beautiful, 4K Support Promised on…

For a while, Gizmodo had been wondering if the $17K Red On 4K camcorder was genuine or just another piece of vaporware. That's why we're glad to see the camera at NAB 07 in front of our faces, with support from Apple, Peter Jackson, and others. We had a chance to talk with Red One "Leader of the Rebellion" Ted… » 4/16/07 10:14pm 4/16/07 10:14pm

NAB07: Apple Color, $100K-style Color Correction Included With Final…

Here's a video from Apple showing the only truly new application introduced as part of Apple's Final Cut Studio 2 rollout yesterday: Color. This sophisticated color correction tool looks like a $100K tool, but everyone gasped when the Applians said it was included with the software suite. It's rather derivative of… » 4/16/07 4:30pm 4/16/07 4:30pm

NAB07: Sony XDCAM EX Camcorder Plays Follow the Leader

Sony finally followed Panasonic's lead by introducing a prosumer-level camera that records to a flash drive. But not just any flash drive, the XDCAM EX records high-def video directly to two ExpressCards. That's good news for MacBook Pro owners as they'll be able to pop the card into that snug slot and edit away. » 4/16/07 1:26am 4/16/07 1:26am

Apple Rolls Out Final Cut Studio 2: First Impressions

If you're interested in high-end video production, you'll want to take a look at Apple's Final Cut Studio 2. It's chock full o' apps, included a smooth new update to Final Cut Pro, now in version 6, Its main coolness is its ability to crunch HDTV video down to manageable sizes, made possible by ProRes 422, a codec for… » 4/15/07 8:32pm 4/15/07 8:32pm

Apple @ NAB: Lots of Pro Software Stuff and Execs...and Done

The hardware part of the sermon is over, we believe. Right now, they're going over Motion 3 video effects and faster hardware compression on the 8-Core Mac Pros. A 10-minute HD clip takes only 6 minutes to compress compared to 18 minutes in the previous version of the compressor. That's about it. Nothing to get… » 4/15/07 5:01pm 4/15/07 5:01pm