What's new at IBC 2016: hot new video-editing, VFX and animation tech

IBC is a mess: a huge interconnected network of new tech, old tech, ideas, buzzwords, brilliant new ideas and the same old bullshit – spread over 11 halls at the RAI exhibition centre in Amsterdam, where over 55,000 attendees spend their days before heading off for the city's less salubrious side after hours.

What's on show ranges from new editing and VFX software (above) to satellite video delivery systems, 'monetisation platforms' and a park full of OB vans with big dishes on top of them. So we've sorted through the thousands of announcements made during the show to find the ones that matter to you. So here we go.

IBC 2016: Adobe

Adobe announced new versions of its video tools the week before the show. After Effects CC gains a new 3D rendering engine, better performance and shared templates. Premiere Pro CC gets better colour, VR and text tools. And there's a new service for teams of video pros.

For more info, read our full story on Adobe's Autumn 2016 plans for After Effects, Premiere Pro, Character Animator and more.

IBC 2016: Autodesk

Autodesk's main news was an update to its Flame 2017 finishing system. This Extension 1 makes the software’s 3D tools easier to use by using interface conventions borrowed for the company’s 3D suite, Maya. Exporting projects to Maya is also easier, you can output them in FBX format.

There are also pipeline improvements and colour workflows – and rendering scenes using physically-based rendering.

More on Flame 2017 Extension 1

IBC 2016: Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic has announced new versions of both its DaVinci Resolve colour grading and editing software, and its Fusion VFX software.

Fusion 8.2 is finally available on Linux, making it accessible to the big VFX and post-production companies who have standardised on that platform. As before it’s available in two versions: the free Fusion 8.2 and the $995 (around £755) Fusion 8.2 Studio, for which there’s no subscription cost or having to pay per render node.

DaVince Resolve 12.5.2 is a minor update that adds "support for additional URSA Mini camera metadata, color space tags on QuickTime export, Fusion Connect for Linux, advanced filtering options and more."

The company has also made more acquisitions to further establish itself as a major player in the post market. Both DaVinci Resolve and Fusion were acquired from other companies (Da Vinci and Eyeon respectively), and now Blackmagic has acquired keying technology company Ultimatte and Fairlight, which makes audio production systems for live broadcast and post-production.

More on Fusion 8.2 and DaVince Resolve 12.5.2

IBC 2016: Boris FX and GenArts

Boris FX has also made an acquisition, buying fellow plugin developer GenArts – which also follows its purchase of motion-tracking software developer Imagineer.

GenArts previewed the forthcoming Sapphire 10, a new version of its flagship set of plug-ins for VFX applications from After Effects to Nuke that have a focus on glossy lighting and particle effects.

New efffects include S_Luna for creating photorealistic, lunar-cycle-accurate moons; S-Brush for hand-painted styles; and S_RomanTile for creating mosaics and tiled areas (with the sublime-sounding 'custom grout options). There are also new ways to combine effects and more presets.

Boris FX announced that its core Boris Continuum Complete plugin set would support the industry-standard compositing software, Nuke. You can see it in action below.

More on Boris FX and GenArts.

IBC 2016: Canon

Canon showed off two new video cameras – its highest-end model, the C700, and an upgrade to the smaller XC10 called the XC15.

The EOS C700 has three variants: the standard model with an ES lens mount, the C700PL with a PL mount (obvs), and the C700 GS PL with a global shutter for sports and action scenes.

The cameras can capture 4K video at up to 59.94p/50p to dual CFast 2.0 cards or 100p/120p to an optional Codex Raw recorder. If you're shooting to the cards, you can also capture 2K or HD at up to 200p/240p.

Other exciting new features include ProRes support, and 15 stops of dynamic range (14 on the GS model) for HDR workflows.

More on Canon's site.

The XC15 is an upgrade to the XC10 – increasing its dynamic range to 12 stops. It can record UHD 4K at 24p or 25p, to an internal CFast 2.0 card at 305Mbps (or HD at 50Mbps).

More on Canon's site.

IBC 2016: Maxon

Maxon has released Cinema 4D R18 – adding some lovely destructive tools to its 3D modelling, animation and rendering software.

The upgrade offers better tools for destroying and dissecting objects, a motion tracker, more rendering capabilities with surfaces such as oil slicks, and full support for textures created using Allegorithmic’s Substance Painter.

More in our full story on Cinema 4D R18. See also: 8 Amazing 3D Artworks created in Cinema 4D R18.

IBC 2016: X-Rite

This new bundle from X-Rite includes the i1Display Pro monitor calibrator and the ColorChecker Passport Video for use when shooting.

The i1Display Pro ensures that your monitor or laptop's screen displays colours accurately. The ColorChecker Passport Video includes a number of colour, brightness and skintone reference charts that you shoot on set or location. When editing, you can then correct your footage to match the known colour values for consistent, accurate colours – even if the lighting conditions have changed (assuming you shot the charts under those different conditions).

Here's X-Rite's video about it.

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