Audio/Video, Entertainment, Mobile Computing, VR World

MXL Microphones: Mobile is Our Future

NAB 2013: MXL has a large reputation in the music world for their lineup of vocal and instrument microphones, and now they plan to look ahead to tap the mobile multimedia market. The Marshall Electronics site was bustling with their newest rack mount and camera-top monitors and other broadcast products at this year?s NAB Show. At the corner of their floor space stood their new Mobile Media line of microphone systems built specifically for entry-level DSLR and mobile rigs.  In general, these microphone systems are designed with mobile in mind, connecting directly to camera, tablet, or phone with a matching impedance signal to lower-Ohm devices.


Enterprise, Entertainment, Technology Security, VR World

Thinklogical Delivers Mil-Spec Networking to Entertainment Biz

NAB 2013: Thinklogical introduces their ultra-fast, ultra-secure fiber router and extender solutions to production companies needing uncompromising content management and delivery. As digital video resolution, data rates, and file sizes skyrocket within the entertainment industry, the need for lossless content management becomes more demanding. More production companies require transportation of their high definition content quickly and securely, without worrying about loss in quality. Thinklogical, a relatively new design and manufacturer firm of fiber-based solutions, specializes in creating infrastructure that can deliver uncompressed video, audio and KVM signals at the speed of light, without frame loss. And because the data is sent securely through fiber, sensitive


Audio/Video, Entertainment, Event, Hardware, NAB 2013, VR World

NAB 2013: K-Tek Innovates & Thinks Ahead with Nautilus

At NAB 2013, K-Tek unveiled their new Nautilus mic suspension system and Zeppelin prototype that will solve key issues for the field sound engineer. For over 15 years, K-Tek has been a trusted manufacturer of boom poles, suspension systems, and other audio support accessories in the media industry. Their products are still put to use today on many popular entertainment and news productions all over the world. Unwanted noise is often caused by environmental situations or mishandling equipment, that is then detected by the microphone.  To prevent this, products like these help reduce handling noise and/or wind, without affecting the pickup of your subject.  The


Audio/Video, Entertainment, Event, Hardware, NAB 2013, VR World

NAB 2013: Sennheiser Shows Off MKE 600 Shotgun Mic

At NAB 2013, Sennheiser showed us their MKE 600 Shotgun mic, designed for entry-level videographers and sound technicians alike.  Coming from the roots of the popular ME66 mic / K6 module series, the MKE 600 combines the best of both to deliver natural sound for photojournalists that need an easy solution.  Unlike K6 module mics, which have interchangeable heads, the MKE 600 is a one-piece build with a permanent microphone element and similar battery compartment door.  It has a supercardioid/lobar pickup pattern like most shotgun microphones of its class, and a switchable low-cut filter to help remove excess wind or handling noise. This mic is


Entertainment, Event, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, NAB 2013, VR World

NAB 2013: NVIDIA Brings GRID to Hollywood

We’ve seen the GRID at many events since CES 2013, and how it will change the gaming industry. Now NVIDIA wants to tailor this architecture towards another industry: film post-production. The NVIDIA GRID was designed for putting GPU’s into the cloud, handling loads of computing tasks off of these TESLA-fueled datacenters.  NVIDIA saw that this platform could gear resources towards graphics generation tasks, which led to the birth of the VCA (Visual Computing Appliance) platform.  The GRID VCA contains dual CPU’s, RAM, and storage units like any other server, but can also hold up to 16 GRID K2 boards (K5000 class GPU’s) all inside one


Enterprise, Entertainment, VR World

Light Iron Acquires OFFHOLLYWOOD, Expands to NYC

Hollywood-based post production company, Light Iron, announced their acquisition of OFFHOLLYWOOD?s facilities in New York City. But what could this mean for future productions in the Big Apple? Light Iron already leads the industry in being a post facility dedicated exclusively towards file-based digital workflows. And while other companies in Hollywood are looking for ways to downsize or redistribute their resources, Light Iron saw an opportunity to expand further by developing an East Coast presence. ?OFFHOLLYWOOD is known in New York in the same way that Light Iron is known in Los Angeles,? says Michael Cioni, CEO of Light Iron, ?Its founders Mark Pederson and


2013, Audio/Video, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Entertainment, Event, VR World

Sennheiser Enters Lifestyle Listening with Momentum

At CES 2013, Sennheiser introduced the Momentum ? their entry into the lifestyle headphone market, combining brilliant sound with a tasteful, comfortable design. With a lightweight, stainless steel frame wrapped in luxurious leather from Ethiopia and tannery from London, the Mometum at first glance is as striking as the audio it drives. The soft leather ear cups and headband sit very comfortably, while keeping a firm grip that can withstand everyday usage of listeners on-the-go. The headphone cable is outfitted with an in-line media control and microphone, that can transport music, change volume, answer calls, and activate voice control. Like most manufacturers, these controls are


2013, Cloud Computing, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Entertainment, Event, Hardware, Smart Home, Technology Security, VR World

Technicolor Seamlessly Connects Your Entire Home with Qeo

Earlier today, Technicolor introduced BSN to a private demo of their new Qeo software framework, allowing seamless communication across devices of all brands and platforms. Imagine being able to bridge all of your gadgets and appliances in your home, no matter the manufacturer, operating system, or interface. With the Qeo ecosystem, families can do just that, while creating a custom experience within their home, across all devices. While being able to shoot your media from mobile devices to the television is no secret, Qeo can also manage your alarms, home surveillance, power automation, facial recognitions, and much more. Check out some video highlights of the


2013, Audio/Video, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Event, Graphics, Hardware, Software Programs, VR World

Technicolor Brings Coloring to the Masses

Technicolor is showcasing their new CineStyle Color Assist software at CES 2013, bringing easy color correction solutions to both novice or prosumser videographer. Color correction, a visual skillset once reserved for the professional film industry, has been becoming more available to creators over the last five years, as media creation suites become more accessible to prosumers and videographers of all levels. By applying different color grading and other aesthetic choices to your visual project, you can help achieve different moods within your content, and drive your story forward. Introduced in late 2012, and showcased at this year?s CES, CineStyle Color Assist will bring easy, non-destructive


2013, Audio/Video, Business, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Event, Graphics, Hardware, VR World

Sharp Partners with Corning for New IGZO Displays

Earlier today at CES 2013, Sharp announced their new IGZO-based displays, promising to revolutionize the LCD display industry. IGZO ? short for Indium, Gallium, Zinc, and Oxygen, is a new type of semiconductor touted to miniaturize componentry as well as doubling the operating resolution of a device, in comparison to conventional LCD displays. This is also part of a continuing relationship with Corning glass, with their latest ?Lotus? series of glass substrate. With IGZO technology built into Corning’s Lotus Glass, Sharp is able to achieve displays that can withstand rigorous high-temperature processing while delivering pristine surface quality and superior thickness control. Sharp?s line of Aquos


2013, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Entertainment, Event, Graphics, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Software Programs, VR World

CES 2013: Tegra 4 Will Revolutionize Mobile Photography

At NVIDIA?s CES 2013 press conference, Nvidia’s CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, agreed that the ?best camera you can have is the one that?s readily available.? It?s no secret that photography on smartphones and mobile devices has become more advanced and popular over the past three years. Tegra 4 will usher in a platform so powerful that capturing and processing your images will become practically instantaneous. One of the most popular processing techniques in mobile photography is using HDR, or high-dynamic range. This is currently a native feature on many of the latest smartphones and captures two images of different exposures, then its CPU superimposes them, calculating


2013, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Event, Graphics, Hardware, Software Programs, VR World

CES 2013: Vegas Baby!

After setting up yards of extension cable, an array of systems and mobile devices, and figuring out how to connect to the outside world (Wi-Fi isn?t free), the guys at BSN* are now reporting live from Las Vegas for CES 2013! Here?s a sneak preview of what to expect over the next week: New CPU announcements from Intel AMD likely to unveil Sea Islands GPUs and future company strategies NVIDIA likely to showcase Tegra 4 mobile SoC and possible new GPUs Corning will announce Gorilla Glass 3 for smartphones and tablets MakerBot Industries and the industrial revolution of 3D Printing will unveil new 3D printers


Cloud Computing, Entertainment, Event, Hardware, Mobile Computing, Software Programs, VR World

HTC Goes Full Frontal with Their 8X

HTC hosted their exciting ?Full Frontal Moustache Bash? event last night at The London Hotel in Hollywood, California, showcasing their new HTC 8X phone running Windows Phone 8. Their ?Full Frontal? theme for the night was a play on words, advertising both the 8X?s ultra-wide front facing camera and sporting moustaches for the Movember Foundation, a charity that raises awareness for prostate cancer every November. Great ?staches, great music and fun… but how?s the phone? We met with J.B. McRee, Product Manager at HTC, to give us a quick overview of what?s new on the 8X: Here are some key specs for this sleek device:


Audio/Video, Software Programs, VR World

iZotope Releases All-New Bundle, IRIS+5

iZotope, Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts, a leading innovator in digital audio signal processing, has released the Iris+5 bundle comprised of Iris, iZotope?s ground-breaking visual instrument, and five complementary Sound Libraries?including the newest addition, Voice. Iris is now bigger than ever before, and a must-have tool for sound designers and composers looking to evoke emotion through sonic experimentation. Iris inspires creative audio possibilities all through a powerful suite of spectral selection tools, flexible sample layering and manipulation, and a variety of effects and synth controls. Designers can find music in anything and everything by loading up their own samples or field recordings – and can even


E3 2012, Entertainment, Event, Gaming, VR World

THQ Rekindles the Horror with Metro: Last Light

At E3 2012, THQ gave us a glimpse of what could be the most anticipated action horror sequel of early 2013, Metro: Last Light. Continuing from the events of Metro: 2033, players will struggle for survival through Artyom?s eyes again, across the endless backdrop of a post-nuclear apocalyptic Moscow. The developers worked closely again with Dmitry Glukhovsky, author of the original Metro: 2033 novel, to create new plot lines for this continuation of Artyom?s experience. Huw Beynon, Head of Communications at THQ Inc., believes that Metro: Last Light will be the end of FPS single-player campaigns feeling like a mere shooting gallery: In what Beynon


E3 2012, Entertainment, Event, Hardware, VR World

Origin PC Drives Namco Bandai's Latest at E3

E3 2012 [Los Angeles, CA] – Origin PC of Miami, Florida caught a big break this week, as Namco Bandai used their systems at E3 to drive demos of their upcoming PC titles, Star Trek & Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition. Along with their ?Genesis? line of extreme desktop systems, Eddy Piedra and Jorge Percival of Origin PC gave us a quick rundown of their newest gaming laptops, the EON 11S and 17S: The EON 11S is a repurposed Clevo-based notebook, similar to Maingear?s ?Pulse? 11-inch contender, but available in a wider range of colors and upgrade options. Weighing in at 3.8 pounds, this


Audio/Video, Enterprise, Entertainment, Event, VR World

CineGear 2012: Light Iron Brings Post TO Production

Light Iron Digital, a Hollywood-based facility specializing in digital media post production services, has been generating quite the buzz recently by bringing their state-of-the-art hardware and software solutions directly to a live set, before the footage ever reaches a cutting room floor. Imagine the ability to have a powerful, mobile, file-based organizational suite and coloring ?lab? on a cinematic production, and immediately process and prepare your footage for editing on the same day. Light Iron has engineered three available platforms from the ground up: The LILY PAD, their on-set creative suite, acts as a highly mobile, initial file backup and QC system, offering quick coloring


Audio/Video, Entertainment, Hardware, Opinion, VR World

KOSS Debuts STRIVA WiFi Headphones, But Are They The First?

Just this week, the Milwaukee team at Koss Corporation (KOSS) revealed their exciting STRIVA Pro & Tap WiFi-capable headphones, along with their MyKOSS music management system. In what they call a "revolutionary" new system, this Wi-Fi technology can receive music directly from the Internet without wires, and can even convert any stereo source into a wireless signal. KOSS Striva Pro Wi-Fi Headphones The STRIVA Pro is a full-size, over-the-ear headphone that can either pull audio wirelessly from the STRIVA system, or it can be used for corded listening with an included Mini-USB to 3.5" adapter cable. The battery can be charged with AC power, through


Gaming, Hardware, VR World

PAX East: Corsair Unveils the Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 Headset

At the PAX East gaming event in Boston, Massachusetts, Corsair Memory decided to raise their flagship gaming headset to the next level, by introducing their new Vengeance 2000 7.1 Wireless Gaming Headset. This headset will offer all the features heard on their Vengeance 1500 model, but with a 2.4GHz connectivity for up to 40 feet (12 m), and a battery life for up to 10 hours. The Vengeance 2000 will sport the same 50mm drivers as its predecessor, as well as the high-sensitivity, noise-cancelling microphone beneath it. The volume control and mute functions are built directly onto the left ear cup. The internal battery is


Audio/Video, Business, Hardware, Software Programs, VR World

Steinberg Debuts "Nuendo Live"; Strengthens Relationship with Yamaha

At the Pro Light+Sound 2012 show in Frankfurt, Germany, a cozy relationship between two subsidiaries of Yamaha Corporation, the Steinberg Media Technologies and Yamaha Music became much more evident with Yamaha?s latest line of live sound recording consoles built specifically for Nuendo.  Yamaha CL5 is a high-end console built specificaly for the new Nuendo Live software by Steinberg Yamaha?s new line-up comprises of three consoles, the CL1, CL3, and CL5, are founded on the same Centralogic user interface first introduced on the "analog user-friendly" MC7L series.  Each of these devices will also include a copy of Steinberg?s Nuendo Live, their new multitrack DAW recording software, with all