Two New Products at BVE 2010

I’m spending the week at Broadcast Video Expo 2010 in London (well, Kensington Square, if you want to be specific.)

This is the UK’s largest show focused on video production gear. If you listen to the Digital Production Buzz tonight ( you’ll hear reports from Scotland and the BVE show.

However, after I finished recording this week’s show, I discovered two interesting products at the show that I want to share with you.

First, is Gridiron Flow. This software tracks what files are used in your projects, the amount of time you spend working on a project, and helps you backup and archive the elements in your projects — all, essentially, automatically. While I can see how it can be a tremendous timesaver for Photoshop and digital still artists, I’m still pondering its usefulness in a Final Cut workflow. However, Apple is talking about it recently, so this is definitely worth checking out.

Second, is: Tools on Air. Basically, this is a TV Station/broadcast facility on a Mac. This is brand new, from an Austrian company. NMR is their sole distributor and they are looking for US distribution. This puts the power of multi-camera ingest, switching, recording, and playout in a Mac. A single MacPro can handle up to eight cameras and two MacPros connected together can handle up to 16 cameras.

If you were looking at the Newtek Tricaster, this was announced two days ago and is worth a look. Pricing and distribution are still fluid – this is brand new and likely to get US distribution quickly. (Thanks to Jonathan Tyrrell for pointing me to both these companies.)

More soon, I’m off to explore. (I also have some new audio interviews with new products for 3D and RED that I will post as soon as I get them edited.)


One Response to Two New Products at BVE 2010

  1. Angie Taylor says:

    Hi Larry,
    Thanks for the mention.

    I’m Creative Director at GridIron software but before this I was a freelance motion graphic designer, using FCP and After Effects predominantly.

    Flow is really useful in a Final Cut Studio workflow, I did some sessions in the Apple Solutions Expert Theatre at Broadcast Video Expo showing the fantastic integration between Flow and Final Cut studio

    I’m sure once you see it in action you’ll be thrilled with the possibilities.


    Angie Taylor – Creative Director | GridIron Software Inc.

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    I’m always interested in learning about new software that can help simplify our workflow. Thanks to letting me know that Flow is well-integrated with FCP. The person that I talked with in your booth was much less confident about this.


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