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posted by - Friday, 10 September 2010

With the first day of IBC wrapping up, there is a steady stream of products and updates coming from the show floor. Look for future blogs on some of this gear, but for now here’s a quick look at a few of the new products from IBC.

Sony PMW-500 & 64GB SxS Cards

Sony has just announced the PMW-500, the first 2/3″ XDCAM HD 4:2:2 solid state camcorder. In addition to recording at 4:2:2 50Mbps MXF, the PMW-500 is also able to record at 4:2:0 35Mbps MP4, which makes it a great companion camera to the XDCAM EX series (EX1R/EX3). It records onto SxS cards and uses the same three Power HAD FX CCD sensors as the PDW-700. An important distinction though is the PMW-500’s two hot-swappable SxS slots, which would theoretically allow recording for an unlimited amount of time. Availability is expected in November. You can see the full spec sheet here.

Sony also introduced 64GB SxS cards, which like the 32GB SXS-1 cards, have an increased transfer rate of 1.2Gbps. The 64GB SxS-1 cards are expected to be available in October.

Cinedeck EXTREME v2.0 update

Cinedeck has launched the EXTREME v2.0 update, which adds support for Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHD and CineForm uncompressed. Cinedeck has also announced the Cinedeck FullStream Uncompressed option, which offers an unprecedented uncompressed 4:4:4 or 4:2:2 recording in a portable recorder.

AJA Ki Pro Mini

AJA is building on the success of the Ki Pro with the new Ki Pro Mini, a portable 10-bit Apple ProRes 4:2:2 recorder that records directly to Compact Flash cards. The Ki Pro Mini offers a full suite of inputs/outputs, including HD/SD SDI, HDMI, XLR audio and LTC timecode in/out. About the size of a Dionic 90 battery, you can control the Ki Pro Mini from the front panel or a web browser via the built in 10/100/1000 ethernet port.

Ki Pro Mini is planned for availability in October and US MSRP is $1995.

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