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John Lennon Educational Tour
Bus takes to the road
N on-profit group The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus has provided
American students of all ages with free, hands-on opportunities to make
original music, video, photo, game app and broadcast projects for the past
16 years via a mobile studio-in-a-bus that has been on the road since 1998.
Featuring state-of-the-art audio and HD video recording, the bus has visited
schools, colleges, concerts, festivals, trade shows and museums in big cities,
small towns, rural areas, severely underserved communities and everything
in between. On May 8th, 2013, Yoko Ono Lennon debuted the new Lennon
Bus Europe in Liverpool, set to kick off its inaugural tour in London in June
and continue with travels across the UK and Europe.
Lennon Bus Chief Engineer Jeff Sobel designed Lennon Bus Europe from
scratch. Based on past positive experiences with AJA gear, Sobel outfitted
the vehicle with AJA Ki Pro Rack and Ki Pro Mini tapeless recorders along
with a KONA 3G card for video capture and output. In addition to HD
capabilities, Sobel needed workflow tools that would be compatible with
Apple® Final Cut Pro® and Avid® Media Composer®, which are both used
on the bus to edit student projects and music videos.
“I wanted a solution that would not just be compatible with Final Cut and
Media Composer but one that would really make both scream, so that’s why
we went with the KONA 3G card” said Sobel. “I contacted AJA about what
the production needs would be on the bus and also ended up choosing
Ki Pro Mini and Ki Pro Rack, powerful pieces of gear that facilitate multiple
needs and also take up very little space.”
etrol Bags has introduced the
Deca Large Lightweight Audio
Bag (PS617). This professional carrier
is optimally designed to transport the
Sound Devices 664 (with or without
the CL6 Controller) comfortably and
securely, and keep it safe, organised
and accessible while working.
The PS617 has a roomy main
compartment that’s fully padded to
safeguard delicate equipment. The
bags standard removable internal
divider accommodates the Sound
Devices SD 664 mixer with the CL6
Controller attached (held in place with
4 security straps), while offering easy
access to the units XLR connectors.
The exterior front accessories pocket
features a detachable frame that
holds up to 8 wireless receivers and
transmitters. Connecting to the bag
via hook and loop material and a
secure strap and buckle system,
the frame allows users to organise
wireless devices before storage.
Cables can be easily attached via
an opening between the central
chamber and front pouch.
www.petrolbags.com New workhorse camcorder
S ony have announced its PMW-300 XDCAM camcorder, equipped with the 1/2-type Exmor Full-HD 3CMOS
sensors capable of delivering incredible images even in low-light conditions. The PMW-300 is ideal for broadcast
producers and corporate event camera operators who require a flexible semi-shoulder camcorder that can easily be
adapted to suit a wide range of production environments.
An evolution of Sony’s industry leading PMW-EX3, the PMW-300 is able to record 50Mbps HD material in MPEG
HD422, meeting broadcast standards around the world, including the European Broadcasting Unions (EBU)
requirements on HD broadcast acquisition for long form programme making. The high bit rate
ensures excellent capture of fast moving objects, while its chroma subsampling feature is perfect
for a wide range of video encoding areas such as VFX and green screen applications. The
camcorder can also be upgraded in the future to support Sonys revolutionary XAVC codec,
extending the lifecycle of the product to ensure maximum return on investment (XAVC support for
HD will be available in 2014).
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