StudioDaily Announces Winners of Fourth-Annual Prime Awards
HP Z840, Adobe Creative Cloud and Sony PXW-FS7 Take Top HonorsHP's Z840 desktop workstation, Adobe Creative Cloud, and the Sony PXW-FS7 XDCAM camera system won top honors in the fourth annual StudioDaily Prime Awards, announced during a special presentation on the show floor at NAB. Those three were named the most outstanding products, or "Best in Show," by a panel of judges convened by StudioDaily to evaluate the best of production and post-production technology introduced during 2014. View the full list of winners Other winning products this year include, in post-production hardware, the AJA Io 4K, the Avid Pro Tools | S6 console, the Dalet Brio broadcast video server, Macom's 12G-SDI chipset, the ProMAX Platform Portable workflow server, and Quantum's StorNext Pro solutions. Winners in post-production software were DaVinci Resolve 11, DFTi Critique cloud-based review and approval, Imagine Products PreRoll Post LTFS Archive System, Imagineer Systems Mocha Pro 4, and Red Giant Universe. Winners in the category of production tools were the ARRI Amira camera system, the ARRI SMB-1 studio matte box, the ARRI UWZ 9.1–18/T2.9 ultra-wide zoom lens, the Lowel Prime Location LED light, Tiffen's XLE filter series, and the VariCam 35 4K camera and recorder. In addition, DI colorist Michal Herman of Poland's DI Factory received a Prime Award honoring his work in 2014, which included color-grading the monochrome film Ida, a Polish-language feature that earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography and won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. More Information The StudioDaily Prime Awards, hosted this year by The Studio-B&H, spotlight engineering excellence, usability and value in technology products shipped during the preceding calendar year. Judges evaluated entries based on the criteria of Features, Innovation, Value, and Ease of Use. A range of finalists was named in the weeks leading up to NAB. Products that scored most highly with the judges across all criteria were named as winners of Studio Prime Awards. The Best in Show winners are products that excited our judges by excelling in every category. The judging panel was drawn from the ranks of StudioDaily contributors as well as from the industry at large. This year's group included Nathan Adams of Cinematomic, cinematographer Barry Braverman, cinematographer Randall Dark, Studio contributor David English, cinematographer Marc Franklin, Chris Jacobson of SIM Digital, cinematographer David Leitner, and Melodie Smith of The M Factor. And, in a first, a previous recipient of a Studio Prime Award, cinematographer Andrew Shulkind, became a judge this year. "The judging this time around was made more difficult by the uniformly high quality of the finalists under consideration," said StudioDaily Editorial Director and Associate Publisher Bryant Frazer. "I like to say the judges' job isn't to sort out the good, the bad, and the ugly, but rather to select the best of the best. Congratulations are due to all of the finalists for pushing the technology envelope, expanding creative potential, and helping hard-working artists and technicians sleep a little better at night and spend a little more time with their families." View the full list of finalists Information on entry details and eligibility requirements for the next StudioDaily Prime Awards will be publicized later this year. For questions regarding the StudioDaily Prime Awards, please contact Mary-Lou French at email@example.com.