The first day of ISE 2023 opened as usual with a media briefing led by Mike Blackman, who quickly presented the rich programme of initiatives, courses and keynotes that will take place during the 4-day trade fair, along with some thoughts on this year’s attendance.
From what we have seen, this promises to be the largest edition of ISE Barcelona ever in terms of area occupied, number of exhibitors and attendance.
In fact, already an hour before the official opening of the event, the outside of the south entrance was packed with participants, eager to get in to discover the various innovations both in terms of products and the training offerings organised by CEDIA and Avixa.
Let’s start the quick daily summary:
Panasonic came to Barcelona with a special focus on 4K and an enchanting experience with Frameless, the UK’s largest immersive art production, which gave us a moment of pure contact with the images, between brushstrokes colours and movements that surrounded us.
On the product side, Panasonic introduces two new PT-REQ12 (4K) and PT-REZ12 (WUXGA) series 1-chip DLP laser projectors designed to offer additional production possibilities and simplify workflow in the Location Based Entertainment sector. With up to 12,000 lm brightness, 4K resolution and 240 Hz projection capability with less than 6 ms latency. Two series ideal for museums, immersive experiences and Rental & Staging applications.
Also special are the Projected Capacitive Touchscreen Displays and the three new lines of high-brightness 4K business displays designed for reliability with up to 24-hour operation.
The new KC200 expands connectivity options and processing power beyond the current KC100, while the KC2000 offers the highest computing capacity ever, doubling the current KC1000 in number of sources and outputs, increasing processing performance by at least 30% and clip drive capacity by 500% for a total of 900GB. The new 4RU chassis for both models ensures high airflow at lower fan speeds, significantly reducing noise and allowing the system to be placed directly in the area of use.
Also present on the stand was the next-generation 4K PTZ AW-UE160 camera with exceptional sensitivity, the first with optional SMPTE ST2110 compatibility, and the AK-PLV100 studio camera with Super 35mm 5.7K MOS sensor and PL mount capable of delivering extremely expressive video with shallow depth of field.
Christie also arrives in Barcelona with a series of innovations not only related to the world of projectors.
Let’s start with the all-in-one 3DLP® RGB pure laser projector line, which in fact brings many improvements on the colour and brightness side. The Christie Griffyn® 4K35-RGB is in fact designed for truly great shared experiences thanks to its 36,500 lumens, native 4K and 5000:1 contrast ratio. A light, bright and energy efficient laser projector with 15.9 lumens per watt in a compact design and weighing only 81 kg.
Also featured are Christie MicroTiles® LED creative video wall displays that demonstrate the versatility and architectural design capabilities in various pixel pitches, as well as the improved visual acuity and energy efficiency of the new 0.75 mm and 1.0 mm models. In addition, a hands-on display shows how MicroTiles LED‘s proprietary technologies simplify installations, while the 1.2 mm Core Series II LED modules form an eye-catching and truly impressive arc.
For more compact formats, the 1DLP® laser projectors of the HS and GS series are on display with the DWU23-HS and DWU1100-GS models, as well as the ultra-short-throw Captiva DWU500S. Three series that fit perfectly into any space without sacrificing the quality that Christie has always accustomed us to.
On the content management and processing side, Christie provided a powerful and flexible suite of image processors and media servers, including Pandoras Box® (version 8) with a whole host of functions under a single licence, including third-party Notch 3D interactive implementation and Widget Designer for customised control of your show.
Absen is presenting PR 2.5, a new flagship solution for virtual production, at ISE Barcelona. It is a revolutionary product with cutting-edge visualisation performance and offers a wide colour gamut, rapid heat dissipation and a 16 per cent reduction in power consumption compared to previous products. The stand features a typical VP set-up, showcasing the technologies of ARRI and Brompton partners.
The AW1.9 is a new addition to Absen‘s DOOH portfolio with ultra-bright performance and a robust design suitable for all conditions. Absen’s AW series offers excellent image quality with reliable performance.
As part of the Data Visualisation Clear Cobalt series, the CL1.2 Mirco LED solution, with Absen’s black coating and black calibration technology, not only has a non-reflective surface, but also produces vivid colours for true-to-life images. With its high reliability, wide colour gamut and full flip chip technology, this product redefines reality.
The PL2.5 Pro V2 is the flagship product for rental and XR set-ups as it is thin and light for easy use. Available in different pitches ranging from 1.9 mm to 4.8 mm, it also supports HDR (High Dynamic Range) display, capable of producing more realistic and colourful images with up to 16-bit greyscale. A series that Absen recommends for all live events, thanks to its high-performance, broadcast-grade, high-definition, high-end electronics and advanced mechanical design.
We close the roundup with the NX series, a slim and creative display with an unprecedented visual effect, available in four pixel pitches (1.5 mm, 1.8 mm, 2.5 mm and 3.7 mm). The NX Series is capable of creating various shapes, such as curves, right angles, cubes and so on, and can be widely used in commercial display scenarios such as retail shops and businesses.
The well-known company representing the popular over-IP codec and video stream transmission standard presents NDI 5.5 at ISE, which effectively breaks down the boundaries and pushes the frontiers of live content production. NDI is the first video-over-IP protocol completely focused on speed and flexibility with simple, scalable and fast systems. NDI connected workflows save time, reduce costs and never compromise on quality.
On the stand, an integrated workflow is demonstrated with technologies from all vendors, including cameras, converters, displays, switchers and more. The joint effort by NDI® and AMD to showcase new connectivity possibilities is another chapter in a successful technical partnership between the two innovative technology companies. We were able to appreciate the simplicity of capturing and sharing video and audio using a standard Ethernet network and through the cloud to connect remote LANs over the public Internet.
NDI®’s video-over-IP technology is easy to use, and enables seamless sharing and access to real-time video across devices, software applications and the cloud.
There are many new products presented by Equipson, many of which were previewed by Juan Vila during an exclusive interview for our LightSoundJournal Network.
We begin with LightShark‘s LS CORE IO, a lighting console designed specifically for AV system integrators and compatible with integration systems such as CRESTON, AMX or Control 4, incorporating GPIO ports and implementing RS-232 and RS-485 protocols.
Still on the subject of light consoles, LightShark exhibited a limited edition red-coloured version of the well-known LS1 in Barcelona to celebrate 5,000 units sold worldwide.
Another novelty is the first realtime 3D visualiser made by LightShark and completely developed on the Unreal Engine. A tool with truly incredible performance with careful attention to detail and an extremely intuitive user interface. The software reads ArtNet and sACN protocols, and offers viewpoint control via DMX, hazer and smoke management and much more.
Moving on to the Work Pro brand, with an all-new logo testifying to the evolution of the company structure and the focus on many vertical markets, we were able to appreciate the new Synthea and Integra DSP series.
The first is a series of multi-purpose installation amplifiers that can operate at low impedance (4-16 ohms) and high impedance (70V/100V). They feature built-in WAP for easy configuration via WiFi. Integra 16, on the other hand, is a 16x16e matrix with a Dante 4×4 interface, equipped with microphone preamp, phantom and line power, parametric EQ and dynamics control. It can interface via software via USB, Ethernet and RS232 ports, with management via TCP/IP protocol, serial commands and 8 GPIO ports.
The well-known German brand, presents at ISE TeamConnect Ceiling Medium, a compact version of the well-known camera system dedicated to meeting rooms, with coverage of up to 40 m2 and a circular shape. TeamConnect Ceiling Medium is powered via PoE and offers 1 output with 3-pin terminal and 1 RJ45 for the Dante digital protocol.
The TeamConnect Ceiling solutions feature the patented Automatic Dynamic Beamforming technology and the TruVoicelift function, which enable perfect speech intelligibility while allowing the speaker great flexibility of movement. The integrated, high-quality, German-made electret condenser capsules have already proven successful in numerous successful microphones of the German brand. The features allow the microphone to constantly determine the position of the person speaking, whether they are sitting, standing or moving, without having to manually configure the speaker zones in advance. If additional control is required, priority and exclusion zones can be set with the industry-leading Sennheiser Control Cockpit. This means that no words are lost between the people in the meeting room and the remote meeting participants.
Also new is the scalable Mobile Connect 2 wireless solution based on smartphone audio accessibility. It consists of three main components: the easily integrated MobileConnect Station, the MobileConnect App for smartphones (available for iOS and Android) and MobileConnect Manager.
Designed with IT in mind and easily integrated into the facility’s WiFi network, the MobileConnect Station receives and distributes low-latency audio between the presenter and up to 100 MobileConnect App-enabled smartphones. The App’s intuitive interface, assisted and focused listening features and audience microphone talk-back function engage the entire audience in the conversation. The MobileConnect Manager software is a single, secure point of administration for environments requiring scalability and using multiple MobileConnect stations.
With the complete MobileConnect system, the entire audience can listen, respond and interact effortlessly and in real time. Installation of the complete MobileConnect system is quick and intuitive for IT and AV teams.
The latest addition is the EW Series wireless microphone systems. It is a wireless microphone system designed for conferences, speeches, presentations, lectures; events that liven up classrooms, theatres, sports facilities but also arenas, campuses, stadiums as well as corporate activities and conventions. EW-DX simplifies workflows, ensures simple and convenient operation using refined, state-of-the-art technologies, aimed at offering an easily scalable UHF digital system.
The complete series of new EW-DX products includes handheld, bodypack and desktop transmitters, two versions of two-channel receivers in 1/2 19″ racks (one with and one without Dante®) and a Dante-enabled four-channel receiver in a full 19″ format. Stable transmission with no audible distortion is guaranteed. The EW-DX eliminates the complexities of wireless and has been carefully designed to generate no significant intermodulation products.
Claypaky is present in Barcelona with a special focus on new IP66 profiles and products. Highlighted on the stand is the new Tambora Linear 60, the compact version of the Tambora 100 hybrid LED bar that enables extraordinary pixel art effects. These are hybrid bars, incorporating two complementary effects in a single fixture. The first is driven by a system of 400 RGB pixel LEDs, which offer a background light very similar to that of a high-definition LED wall. This LED array can be controlled as 16 LEDs in 25 groups to provide high-quality moving graphics. The second effect is created by a central line of 200 extremely powerful white LEDs for an overwhelming strobe effect that mimics the behaviour of the most popular strobes on the market. This effect can also be controlled through 25 different areas, offering unprecedented versatility.
The company is also presenting VOLERO WAVE, an LED bar with original and innovative features, for the first time at ISE. It consists of a system of eight moving heads, each of which is able to tilt independently by 220°, thus producing original three-dimensional volumetric projections. Each of these heads contains a brand new mirror optical system combined with 40W RGBW LEDs. Their synchronised movement produces an impressive wave of light, which is all the more overwhelming the more Volero Wave units are seamlessly connected together.
Turning to outdoor use, we find the Aqua series, consisting of floodlights with IP66 and marine C5-M protection. A feature that further extends the field of application to the cruise ship sector. A real novelty exhibited for the first time at a trade fair is the MINI-B AQUA. A weatherproof, lightweight, compact and agile mini-light. Its IP66 protection rating makes it suitable for all kinds of outdoor use. However, it is also ideal for indoor installation, as it does not require the same levels of maintenance as normal IP20 luminaires, thanks to the total protection of its internal components against dust.