2018 NAB Show Preview: Broadcast graphics, augmented and virtual reality

The 2018 NAB Show begins in just days at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The annual show brings together the media, entertainment and technology (known as “M.E.T.”) world for diverse discussions and insights into where the broadcast world is headed alongside the largest trade show for new equipment, software and hardware for production.

Along with our extensive coverage of all the pre-show news and announcements, the top sessions to attend and even the best NAB Show parties; we’ve prepared a series of NAB Show Preview articles to help you plan your show floor experience, brought to you by Leyard and Planar.

This guide covers motion graphic solutions for broadcasters including solutions for graphics creation, playout, augmented reality, virtual reality and channel branding.

We hope you’ll use our guide as a starting point for your show schedule alongside the “Map Your Show” tool from the NAB Show.


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Avid will showcase innovations for everyone from large media enterprises to creative teams, independent professionals and aspiring pros.

These include MediaCentral solutions for sports, news, post-production, and live sound. Avid’s MediaCentral next-generation media production suite powers the simplest to the most complex workflows, connecting every user in a completely integrated workflow environment with a unified view into all media.

It gives sports, news, and post-production teams the power to create and deliver more content quickly and efficiently.



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Brainstorm Multimedia will feature the latest in its Aston and eStudio family, which can create sophisticated graphics for broadcast, alongside its InfinitySet virtual studio and augmented reality solution.

For the election, Brainstorm will also focus on AstonElections, its cost-effective and extremely user-friendly, template-based intuitive application intended for graphics coverage for broadcast elections.

Cinema 4D

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Maxon will highlight the latest release of its popular Cinema 4D software.

The company will also feature many guest speakers in its booth, showcasing the power of Cinema 4D for graphics creation and virtual reality.


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ChyronHego will show the latest updates in its end-to-end production workflow, part of the Camio Universe.

ChyronHego will feature Prime 3.0 including a tighter integration with Camio and HDR output capability.

LyricX 3.2, the company’s graphics creation and playout solution, will bolster updates including a built-in HTML browser, user interface upgrades, improved performance, timer and masking and streamlined Live Assist Panels.

ChyronHego’s Paint telestration solution has also been updated, now supporting 4K and integrating with Grass Valley’s LiveTouch replay system.


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Dreamwall, a Belgium motion graphics and virtual design firm, will showcase recent projects at NAB.


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FOR-A, the exclusive North American distributor of the ClassX content creation and playout system, will feature 4K upgrades to its product lineup.


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NewTek puts the power in the hands of the creators with end-to-end solutions for IP video creation.

The recently announced NewTek NDI PTZ1 – the world’s first TV-production grade pan/tilt/zoom camera that is truly plug and play – comes with built-in NDI functionality and transmits full 3G 1080p 60 video directly to NDI-compatible products across a standard network. The camera connects to a network and delivers pristine video and audio, as well as tally, PTZ control, and power all over a single Ethernet cable.

Production capabilities are further enhanced with the NVG1 NewTek-Vizrt IP Graphics Server, which offers world-class graphics specific for IP production, and the 3Play 3P1, which allows for high-definition instant replay. Both systems work seamlessly with NDI, allowing for true IP production.

Ross Video

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Ross Video will highlight many product upgrades, including the newest versions of XPression Studio, Frontier and Lightning.

Version 8.0 of XPression will support importing of models, mesh and lights created in Cinema4D and Autodesk’s FBX interchange formats, along with providing the ability to render scenes using HDR and hybrid log gamma (HLG).

The company also announced ahead of the NAB Show, a new, self-contained production switcher and hardware panel combination, known as Carbonite Black Solo 13. As well, a new OverDrive+Graphite bundle will launch at NAB, that marries OverDrive, the production automation system, with Graphite, Ross Video’s integrated, all-in-one production vehicle.


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Vizrt’s NAB Show experience will include the “Big AR Show,” focusing on how broadcasters can utilize augmented reality and virtual studios for news, sports and entertainment. AR is a key part of the company’s newly upgraded sports analysis solution, known as Viz Libero AR.

As well, the company will show the latest updates to its Viz Engine platform and new integration with Adobe Creative Cloud.

Also of note, Vizrt has released a free version of its Viz Artist design tool, enabling a new generation of designers to begin experimenting with broadcast graphics creation.

Ventuz Technology

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Ventuz will show the latest in its broadcast graphics solution along with new augmented reality integrations.

With Ventuz X, the real-time graphics software developer Ventuz Technology shows their most comprehensive approach to the presentation of data-driven graphics in broadcast and live events yet.

Zero Density

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Zero Density will feature the latest version of Reality, a virtual studio solution.

The updates include the latest Unreal Engine support alongside an HDR rendering pipeline and video wall support with portal window functionality.

Explore more of our NAB Show Preview series to help map your show floor visit, including lighting design, display technology, weather and traffic systems, production switchers, music and much more.