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WORLD NEWS Studios choose sideKick HD Making a smooth transition to file-based workflow F ast Forward Video (FFV) have announced that noted cinematographer Matthew Cherry has selected FFV’s new sideKick HD(TM) camera-mountable straight-to-edit digital video recorder (DVR) to work in tandem with his Sony CineAlta(R) PMW- F3 camcorder. When paired with the F3, the sideKick records the camera output at broadcast- quality data rates and streamlines the studio’s editing workflows by capturing video directly into native NLE formats. T he trend of broadcasters making the transition to a file-based workflow has been a long and considered process, one that Simon Brett, Director of Operations and Technical Facilities, National Geographic Channel and FX, has eased into with the help of Dolbys DP600 Program Optimizer. Specifically designed for use in cable, satellite, IPTV, terrestrial TV, radio, and post production facilities, the DP600 provides the ability to encode, decode and transcode the broadcast media file and audio formats in use today, including MXF. It also features an audio analysis and automated loudness normalisation engine, plus an optional algorithm for upmixing 2-ch audio for 5.1 delivery. Supporting Burn feature documentary F ilmmakers Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez have chosen the highly adaptable SOOM XL tripod system by Sachtler for their feature documentary Burn. The project focuses on a year in the life of Detroit, as seen through the eyes of its firefighters, the men and women tasked with saving a city that many have written off as dead. The documentary was executive produced by Denis Leary and partner Jim Serpico and produced by Putnam and Sanchez. “The Sony CineAlta F3 is a remarkable system, with its Super35 chip delivering cinema-quality results and full uncompressed output up to 4:4:4; however, its internal record speed is 35 Mb/s, which is inadequate for broadcast applications,” said Cherry. “Because the sideKick HD can record at speeds of 220 Mb/s, we’re able to bridge that gap while taking advantage of the camera and its high-end cinematography effects.” Compact camera interface developed using BBC R&D Stagebox Technology Broadcast quality 100MB/s AVC-I video over standard IT networks Bidirectional HD-SDI, Audio, Comms, Tally, Timecode Completely synchronised over the network TV Bay Advert May 2012 Stagebox.pu... TV-BAY MAGAZINE | 07 Wednesday, 25 April 2012 14:25