Digital Content Producer By Trevor Boyer pick hit Sixteen award winners prove there's still plenty of room for technological innovation in pro video. Coming into NAB 2006, nobody was expecting much in the way of blockbuster products. After all, most — if not all — NLEs out there already handle HDV and HD editing, and the big camcorder manufacturers had put out their groundbreaking HD and HDV cameras in 2005. Apple wasn't even hosting a press event on the Sunday before the show opened. So it was heartening to see so much great technology debut even after the tidal wave of innovation over the past couple of years. Rather than rest on their laurels, manufacturers found the more subtle niches within the market that had yet to be served by a product. That added up to a lot of new infrastructure gear and camera support products, along with significant new cameras and surprising software releases. Our judges had no problems finding a full slate of worthy products — the real challenge was paring the list down to a manageable number. Our judges look for products that show significant technological innovation, while promising to have a positive, practical impact on the day-to-day professional lives of digital content producers, and the following list certainly reflects that. (Check out digitalcontentproducer.com for complete judging criteria.) Thank you to each of our judges, and congratulations to the winners of Digital Content Producer's NAB 2006 Pick Hit awards. read more...

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