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NAB 2019 Highlights
Paul MacKenzie The NAB Show in Las Vegas never loses its capacity to surprise. With NHK already transmitting in 8K and the Tokyo Olympics just a year away, this might have been the year that 8K equipment prices descended from the stratosphere to just plain expensive. The main trends at NAB 2019 were an increasing focus on HD-HDR, Media-over-IP and 4K. 8K was pretty low key except for a very promising demo on the Sharp stand: an extremely compact 8K camera at an impressively low price point: $4,000. Shooting at 30 frames per second to an internal card and using a prosumer-style Olympus lens, it looked very much an entry-level product but one with phenomenal potential for any videographer looking to work with very large display screen sizes.
Tags: iss137 | finepoint | nhk | media-over-ip | canon xa50 | xa55 | huddlecam | jvc | gy-hc550 | panasonic aw-ue-150 ptz | samsung | 8k signage | hdr10+ | livetrakl-20 | mediakind | Paul MacKenzie
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BSC Expo 2019 Report
Paul MacKenzie BSC Expo returned to the Battersea Evolution on Friday February 1st and Saturday 2nd. It is a busy and friendly event though this year in need of some temperature control: exhibitors around the entrance area were uncomfortably aware of the wintry conditions outside and the main hall was in need of cooling.
Tags: iss136 | bsc | cinematography | canon | c700 | c200 | cartoni | holdan | blackmagic | peli | panasonic | sennheiser | sony | fs5 | teradek | viten | flowtech | Paul MacKenzie
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Filming behavioural sequences in tough environments
KitPlus Three leading figures from the world of natural history production discuss their experiences with the Panasonic VariCam and EVA1 large sensor cameras, and offer advice for shooting in challenging environments including underwater, at high altitude and in extreme weather.
Tags: iss135 | wildscreen | eva1 | varicam | panasonic | KitPlus
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State of the Nation - November 2018
Dick Hobbs - new There is an interesting seminar called Size Matters at the KitPlus Show – organised by the publishers of this fine magazine – at MediaCityUK in Salford on 6 November. It’s a talk by cinematographer Alistair Chapman on the way that camera technology is changing, and in particular the size of the electronic device which creates the image is growing.
Tags: iss134 | cmos | 35mm | AJA | Arri | Blackmagic | Canon | Datavideo | GoPro | Grass Valley | Hitachi | Ikegami | JVC | Kinefinity | Nikon | Panasonic | Red | Sony | jpeg2000 | Dick Hobbs - new
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Panasonic EVA1 and Atomos Shogun Inferno ProRes Raw Review
David Fernandes Filmmakers all over the world are embracing an affordable new route to higher-than-4K video recording. It’s just a few weeks since Atomos enabled support for 5.7K Apple ProRes RAW recording from the Panasonic EVA1 with the Shogun Inferno monitor/recorder, but filmmaker David Fernandes and DP Gregory Bennett have already become the first to use 5.7K ProRes RAW on a full-scale production.
Tags: iss132 | panasonic | eva1 | prores raw | 5.7k | review | inferno | atomos | David Fernandes
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How to shoot the perfect lighting mix
Alan Ipakchian Advances in high-quality LED lighting over the past couple of decades might be one of the best things that’s ever happened to broadcast and cinema production. Compared to traditional tungsten fixtures, LED lights offer powerful operational and financial benefits from longer life and lower energy bills to brighter, more consistent light and greater control over color temperature. LEDs generate much lower heat and are relatively cool to the touch, meaning they can be used in much smaller rooms and studios without sweating out the talent and crew or damaging property. Plus, compared to traditional tungsten bulbs, LED lights are virtually maintenance-free and can deliver tens of thousands of hours of lamp life.
Tags: iss131 | litepanels | led | lighting | 2 person interview lighting | Alan Ipakchian
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Interview with Peter Rowsell, Polar Graphics
Polar If you don’t recognise the name Peter Rowsell instantly you no doubt would recognise him in person, from the famous ‘Pink Coconut’ parties during IBC (Brighton) in the 80s or the name ‘Polar Video or Polar Graphics’ both companies which he’s built up over the years.
Tags: iss130 | polar graphics | apantac | bluefish | cinedeck | focalpoint | mediaproxy | stardom | storagedna | Polar
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Panasonic GH5: Tried and Tested
Tim Bearder My journey as a filmmaker began with a select number of enthusiastic BBC reporters picked out and trained in the concept of Personal Digital Production by the American Video Journalist Michael Rosenblum.
Tags: iss129 | panasonic | gh5 | dslr | senheirser avx | c200 | Tim Bearder
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Looking back at IBC 2017
Duncan Payne IBC feels like a bit of a dim and damp memory now, but a few over-riding memories do remain however, not least of which was the Arri party to celebrate its 100th year. It was like an old-school manufacturers IBC/NAB party, back when manufacturers had marketing budgets, and lots of sales people. It got IBC off to a great start; thanks Arri.
Tags: iss128 | ibc | arri | red | panasonic | adamantean | sony | eva | nokia | ozo | Duncan Payne
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DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel from Blackmagic Design - Reviewed
Rebecca Goodeve - new Blackmagic's new, more affordable control surface for professionals is probably the most perfect panel I've ever used......
Tags: iss123 | blackmagic design | minipanel | davinci | grading | Rebecca Goodeve - new
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IBC - how was it you
Duncan Payne IBC 2016 was very much a launching show, with more new products and updates than in many recent IBC's or NAB's. With so many of these announcements directly in the remit of a cameraman, blink and you'd miss the next big thing in camera and lenses news. With this in mind, this review focuses on camera and lenses only.
Tags: iss118 | azule finance | ibc review | panasonic | canon | arri | red | codex | jvc | zeiss | Duncan Payne
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Our Time At NAB 2016
Beth Zarkosh We were lucky enough to visit this year's NAB Show in Las Vegas, and we must say there were some real treats on show! Here's just a few things that stood out for us and worth keeping your eye on.
Tags: iss113 | NAB 2016 | Virtual Reality & 360 Degree Videos | Black Magic | DaVinci Resolve 12.5 | EDIUS 8.2 | Colour Correction | Motion tracking | GoPro Omni | Canon | Sony | Panasonic | 4k | Beth Zarkosh
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Raising the bar at BVE
Peter Savage 2 Azule's Peter Savage managed to drag himself away from his countless BVE meetings (and the show bar) for long enough to discover that 'easy-to-use' was the tipple of choice at this year's show.
Tags: iss111 | bve | finance | pxw-z150 | vcc-4k1 | panasonic lt | Peter Savage 2
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Out with the new, in with the old
Peter Savage 2 Getting the film look with a digital camera requires the correct lens: and sometimes that means going back in time, writes Peter Savage
Tags: iss110 | finance | arriflex | lenses | cooke | pancros | s2 | s3 | s4i | Peter Savage 2
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7 must sees at IBC 2015
Beth Zarkhosh IBC, the annual broadcasting event that brings professionals in the media industry together has been running since 1967. Each year brings new excitement and innovation to the event held in Amsterdam.
Tags: iss105 | IBC 2015 | grass valley | evertz | hitachi | editshare | newtek | drone zone | panasonic | Beth Zarkhosh
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The production desk finally gets innovative
Kieron Seth# The video switcher (aka vision mixer) is at the heart of all live television, all AV and many a live webcast. But despite its core role, its remained essentially the same concept for decades, consisting of a digital video effects processing unit, matrix switcher and control panel.
Tags: iss104 | video switcher | vision mixer | live television | live webcast | digital vidoe effects | processing | matrix | control panel | Kieron Seth#
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Venice live productions tools go to the consumer
Tim Felstead The objective of most studio production is to cost effectively create live or as live television to which audiences will be drawn. During the process of creation, recording into media servers can either be a separate process used only for immediate replay, or can be part of a media workflow serving multiple target audiences in parallel. Rohde and Schwarz have invested heavily in its Venice Media Production Hub to ensure it is able to fulfil the requirements for the latter. A media production hub is a central component of media workflows, managing movements and transformations from one media type to another.
Tags: iss098 | studio production | live | multiple SDI input | panasonic P2 | sony XDcam | avid isis | Tim Felstead
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Ask the experts: Batteries
Kieran Foster With Kieran Foster, Vice Presidentproduct management, mobilepower solutions and lighting,Anton/Bauer and Litepanels
Tags: iss098 | ask the experts | batteries | anton bauer | litepanels | dionic | environmental impact | Kieran Foster
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Post Production gear guide - what new products to watch out for in 2015
Beth Zarkhosh With 2015 now upon us what better way to start by being in the know with all the latest gear for video editing? We all know the editing process can be a stressful one, so having the right equipment and being organised will help you to become more productive this year.
Tags: iss097 | post production | guide | 8k | ultra hd | monitor | thunderbolt | d2 | standing desk | backlit editing keyboard | panasonic | hxa500 | Beth Zarkhosh
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The Autoue Motion Pro camera stabiliser
Matt Lyne

The Autocue Motion Pro camera stabiliser is a brilliant piece of kit for getting high movement shots whilst also maintaining the ability to pan/tilt with ease. It is light compared to similar functioning stabilisers however prolonged use will quickly tire out your arm due to the manner in which you hold it with one hand at almost arms length but that said, it’s far less tiring than similar steadicams such as a Glidecam.

Tags: dvuser | autocue motion pro stabiliser | stabilizer | matt lyne | pan | tilt | camera | Matt Lyne
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Panasonic Previews Field of Hope
N/A Panasonic Previews Field of Hope at Pinewood Experience Centre
Tags: Field of Hope | panasonic | Fiona Lloyd-Davies | Pinewood Studios | N/A
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Eye to Eye: Video Post-production
N/A Video post-production has long been one of the fastest developing subsets of the broadcast business. It was among the first to lead the shift from hardware into software, bringing huge advantages in terms of affordability and ease of use. I can still remember the high cost, heavy weight and low quality of the early analogue tape to tape video editing systems. The expression 'colour comes later' returns to mind. IBC will see the introduction of quite a lot of new video-post kit including a respectable amount designed to handle 3D content which I will start off with.
Tags: eye to eye | post production | 3d post | binocle | dashwood | editshare | for-a | miranda | 2d post | miranda | blackmagic design | deltacast | digital vision | eyeheight | matrox | panasonic | iphone | vericorder | N/A
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An artist gets bored of the same colour palette
Rob Tarrant The brand new VariCam was launched at IBC in September. Above all else that means extra choice for high end episodic dramas, advertising and movies, where it has to be said the choice has been limited for far too long.
Tags: iss095 | rob tarrant | panasonic | varicam | colour palette | management | MOS sensor | Rob Tarrant
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Capture and Produce
Will Strauss# News analysis with Will Strauss
Tags: iss094 | Capture | Produce | Riedel | RTS | Autoscript | Portapromt | Picture Canning North | IO Industries | Sony | Gearhouse | Codex Digital | Trilogy | Atomos | Cinedeck | Adorama | Octica | AJA | Ianiro | Litepanels | Rotolight | Live U | Sennheiser | HHB | For A | Will Strauss#
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KitPlus Must have or just a dream?
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Tech trends drive more efficent and more flexible communications
Serkan Guner

The emergence of new signal transport protocols and standards and the embrace of new methods of interfacing are changing the way communications are being handled for broadcasters.

Tags: iss089 | Riedel | AVB | IEEE | CPX-AVB | Riedel Artist 1100 series | OLED control pannels | Serkan Guner
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Shooting in secret
Kieron Seth# Now showing on Channel 4 is Endemols new and highly popular Secret Eaters series. Based round a fixed rig production, the series uses newly developed mobile fixed rig technology and incorporates a number of recently introduced technical innovations, vital for fast turn-around TV.
Tags: iss088 | Secret eaters | Minicams | Panasonic | fixed rig | Kieron Seth#
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When the going gets tough
Will Strauss# Will Strauss looks at kit for when the going gets tough
Tags: iss088 | Panasonic AP-HPX250 | P2 cards | Panasonic Toughbooks | CES | Toughpad 4k UT-MA6 | Intel Core i7 vPro | NVIDIA Quadro GPU | NAB | DuraPAC | ACME Protable Machines | Intel Core i7-4770k Haswell 3.5GHz Quad-Core | GeForce GTX 760 | G-RAID | RAID 0 | RAID 1 | Sony SSD | Sony HDD | PSZ-SA25 SSD | PSZ-HA50 | PSZ-HA1T HDD | USB 3.0 | Pretrol Digibag PD221 | Petrol DSLR Sling Bag | PD333 | Portabrace | Peli U160 | Peli 1510 | K-Tek Sound Devises 633 | Zaxcom MAXX | Zoom ZH-6 | Transvideo | StarliteHD | £G-SDI HD OLED | Will Strauss#
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Bob Pank looks at the size of 4k
Bob Pank# The television industry has had many new technological eras in recent years. Only two years ago we were still a 3D era; the latest of the many that have surfaced and sunk over the years of cinema, making it recurring fad. Now 4K / UHD is firmly grabbing the attention of equipment manufacturers as well as production and broadcaster / media folk, and increasingly, the public.
Tags: iss086 | Bob Pank | 4k | matrox mojito | AJA | Io 4k | Sochi | 3D tv | Bob Pank#
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The future of linear TV
KitPlus Thames Valley centre continued a successful run of events with a panel discussion on linear television.
Tags: iss084 | linear tv | matthew robbins | thames valley centre | events | pilat media | joss armitage | panel | discussion | KitPlus
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The UKs PTZ explosion
Kieron Seth# The advent of broadcast quality, remotely controlled PTZ cameras has had an enormous impact on television production in the UK.
Tags: iss083 | ptz | pan | tilt | zoom | camera | heads | ball | panasonic | he20 | nigel wilkes | holdan | technicians | broadcast | projects | case study | Kieron Seth#
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Dreamhack - Summer 2013
KitPlus DreamHack is the worlds largest digital festival and holds the official world record as worlds largest LAN party in the Guinness Book of Records.
Tags: iss082 | blackmagic | design | dreamhack | summer 2013 | digital festival | live | atem | switcher | vision mixer | panel | behind the scenes | equipment | breakdown | broadcast | KitPlus
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Den Lennie talks to Nigel Wilkes from Panasonic
Den Lennie Den hosted a half-hour live show from our studio at IBC in Amsterdam where he talked to Nigel about the latest developments from Panasonic.
Tags: iss082 | den lennie | ibc | teradek | cube | live | broadcastshow | interview | panasonic | nigel wilkes | amsterdam | cameras | 200 | megabits | Den Lennie
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Do you have the computing horsepower you need? XMac Mini Server expansion system
Greg LaPorte Sonnet Technologies has bridged the gap between the Mac Pros extensibility and the Mac minis portability with its xMac¢ mini Server, a Thunderbolt-to-PCIe 2.0 expansion system and 1U rackmount enclosure that securely holds the Mac mini in place.
Tags: iss080 | sonnet | mac mini | server | thunderbolt | expansion system | review | hugh healy | studio | tampa bay | Greg LaPorte
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4K is bigger than size alone
Bob Pank# It seems that numbers are a great eye-catcher and 4K was everywhere at NAB, and will be at IBC too. Here, of course, we are talking about a TV system with four times number of pixels of HD, namely a picture area of 3840x2160 for TV, or for cinema 4096x2160.
Tags: iss079 | bob pank | tvbay | 4k | size | video | resolutions | nab | ibc | milan krsljanin | arri | interview | domestic use | Bob Pank#
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NyeTec: Company spotlight
KitPlus Established for 10 years, NyeTec is a growing family run company. We believe traditional service and support of our clients is paramount. Terry Nye, as MD of the company, has over 30 years experience in Television, building on a solid foundation at the IBA, and having installed several of worlds first Digital Head Ends.
Tags: iss079 | company spotlight | nyetec | dektec | market leaders | DTU-351 | Xpect V3.0 | KitPlus
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Product update with DSM
Dave Martland DSM has been manufacturing batteries for the TV and Film industry for over 35 years and have always been at the forefront of new technologies, the new 84Wh direct fit BPU-60 replacement batteries are no exception.
Tags: iss078 | dsm | batteries | bpu60 | anton bauer chargers | battery | camera | charge | panasonic cells | lithium ion | Dave Martland
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Do you have firmware deficiency syndrome?
KitPlus For 5 days in June 2013 we did a survey on Facebook and our own website and asked how often camera users had gone online to check for firmware updates.
Tags: iss078 | firmware | updates | camera | survey | guide | links | blackmagic cinema camera | gopro hero 3 | panasonic af101 | sony pmw200 | jvc hm650 | canon xf305 | arri alexa | KitPlus
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Increasing creativity and functionality with Q-Ball
Jim Daniels The Q-Ball system provides content producers with a high-quality remote-controlled video camera that is small and unobtrusive enough to place in locations that are inconvenient or impossible for a standard camera/operator team.
Tags: iss078 | q-ball | HD | cp4 | camera | remote control | pan tilt | mounth | lens adapters | nightwatch infared | robotic head | Jim Daniels
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The Cloud, a big hit at NAB with Bob Pank
Bob Pank# NAB 2013 will go down in history as the event where the broadcast industry took to the Cloud in a big way. Perhaps it was the number of start-ups that have been successfully operating cloud services for a year, but more likely, these moves have been in the pipeline for a while.
Tags: iss077 | bob pank | cloud | nab | review | aframe | editflow | api | panasonic AVC codec | deluxe entertainment services | mediacloud | Bob Pank#
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Mobile news gathering with Will Strauss
Will Strauss# So, here is a scenario. You are a TV news editor and a story breaks. Your reporter and cameraman can get to the scene no bother. But all your satellite trucks are someplace else. What do you do?
Tags: iss076 | mobile news gathering | JVC GY-HM650 | camcorder | dejero | Panasonic HPX-600 | review | TVUPack | overview | Nucomm Connect Live | Teradek Link | mobile hotspot | Vislink | live | HD feed | streaming | Will Strauss#
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The way forward for lighting control
Pat Grosswendt The majority of directors of photography (DPs) work by the motto that if anything looks lit then it has been done badly. Whether on the set or in the studio, lighting directors strive to create images that look as natural as possible. The key to achieving that beautifully lit picture is to have lighting fixtures that offer the ultimate control.
Tags: iss074 | litepanels | LED fixtures | DMX | LED | HMI Bulbs | 100 percent to 0 dimming | Pat Grosswendt
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Alex Fine: Following the Ravensbourne 3
Alex Fine A lot of young people studying film production such as myself are always looking to set up as a film production company. We do little jobs where we make studio diaries for young (or old on the rare occasion) musicians; low budget music videos, [very] short films about nothing in particular, or corporate videos with clich© dolly- moves and scratchy sound.
Tags: iss074 | alex fine | ravensbourne | student | production company | setting up | university | starting out | Alex Fine
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The joy of field editing
Kieron Seth#

In the world of remote working, cloud storage and instant news, the ability to edit on location at a shoot has become a pre-requisite. Only a few years ago, field editing used to be merely about the quick rough cut, the assembly of proxy files or simply the ingest of media in an edit-friendly format. These days, however, energy efficient, high performance processors allow for the complete post production process on a laptop. Now, programme turnaround times can be slashed with editorial decisions made on the spot.

Tags: iss073 | field editing | blackmagic ultrastudio | grass valley | storm mobile | panasonic BT-LH1760 | MX02 Mini | Qio external card | Kieron Seth#
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Monitoring: Cutting the Wires
Kieron Seth# Teradek began the wireless monitoring revolution at last year's NAB show. Its Cube wireless encoders are no bigger than a pack of playing cards. They compress a camcorder's video feed into an H.264 signal for transmission to either a WiFi-enabled laptop, iPad or tablet or to a Cube decoder. Straight-away live, remote and affordable monitoring was born. At the same instant, low-cost miniature streaming devices direct to the Net was born.
Tags: iss071 | teradek | holdan | panasonic | aj-wm30 | cube | fs-p250 | zixi | intratec | Kieron Seth#
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Camera innovations from IBC
Will Strauss# Fresh from another trip to Amsterdam, Will Strauss picks his best in show camera innovations from IBC.
Tags: iss070 | Sony PMW-50 | Arri Alexa | Kino Flo Celeb 200 | cirrolite | Canon C100 | Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera MFT | Panasonic HPX600 | Sony PMW-200 | Will Strauss#
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NAB 2012 Kit Review used by BroadcastShow
N/A So pre-NAB we are all very busy organising interviews with 70 exhibitors over 4 days covering 4 halls and in our case around 28 miles. Late last year we developed an online interview booking system at www.broadcastshow.com which allows exhibitors to book one or more 15 minute slots, enter stand information and questions they may like asked during the interview. Over the month preceding the show the fill up and we are left with a spreadsheet of who to see and when to see them. Thankfully the slot booker is intelligent enough to know which days we will be in which halls so dashing is kept to a minimum.
Tags: iss065 | broadcastshow kit | nab | interview kit | vinten blue | panasonic hpx_250 | croma | litepanels | k-tek | sennheiser 8060 | polecam | atomos | samurai | N/A
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BVE 2012 in no particular order.......
N/A If you read TV-Bay regularly, you will already be aware of the main trends in video and audio product development. BVE 2012 reflected these very accurately, notably the ongoing transition to file-based content capture and the growing interest in compact cameras. A good way to identify hot new products at any trade event is to identify which stands are attracting the biggest flock of visitors. Lets look at some of the key BVE crowd-pullers.
Tags: iss063 | bve2012 | aja | blackmagic | cameracorps | canon | cel-soft | eyeheight | for-a | holdan | datavideo | ianiro | jvc | newtek | nikon | ntp | panasonic | preco | roland | rosco | sienna | sonifex | sony | N/A
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Eye to Eye: Whats new in lighting
N/A The majority of modern digital video cameras and D-SLRs are capable of delivering high-quality images provided the lighting conditions are good. Attempting to shoot in low light introduces the risk of noise and limited depth of field. Whatever the claimed camera sensitivity, good lighting is as essential today as ever. The following is a short overview of video lighting products introduced in the past 12 months. It reads a bit like a fast-food menu. If you get bored with all the LED stuff, feel free to skip to the concluding paragraph.
Tags: iss062 | arri | adb | bebob | cinelight | dedolight | gekko | kino flo | litepanels | nila | pag | photon beard | prg | lighting | led | rotolight | anova | N/A
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SETTING UP A COMPANY ABROAD
N/A Ive been busy setting up a business in Germany (replicating our UK operation) and thought it might make an interesting read for those of you who are thinking of establishing an office abroad or even setting up a business in the UK.
Tags: finance | azule | vat | paye | germany | setting up a company in germany | iss058 | N/A
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