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NEWS Launching the Ninja Blade Desks chosen for major Egyptian broadcaster C ustom Consoles desks and monitor display supports have been chosen for installation at the Cairo headquarters of a major Egyptian free-to- air satellite broadcaster. They include a Module-R production control desk with a Media Wall monitorscape, a Module-R sound control desk and three SystemTwo height adjustable edit-suite desks. These form part of a recently completed upgrade to the network’s engineering infrastructure. A 6.7 metre wide by 1.2 metre front-to-back structure, the production control desk faces a centrally located 4.85 metre wide Custom Consoles Media Wall. Operating positions, from left to right, comprise prompter, producer, graphics, producer, production assistant, lighting and camera control. Sony F5 fast becoming the camera of choice A tomos, the creator of the award-winning Ninja and Samurai camera-mounted recorders, and the pocket-sized Connect converters, launched the new HDMI Ninja Blade at BVE, London. The Ninja Blade brings new levels of professional monitoring to camera mounted recorders for DSLR’s and any HDMI capable device. “We are extremely proud to work with all the major camera companies, especially technology leaders from Japan, which gives us a unique advantage over our competitors”. said Jeromy Young, CEO and Founder of Atomos. “And I am especially pleased to be able to announce a product that is also ready to ship, which is something of a rarity in this industry these days. With the Ninja Blade we are able to deliver fantastic, professional- grade monitoring functionality and recording codecs straight from the multitude of DSLR’s, mirror-less and HDMI video cameras. And we can deliver it now, not in 6 or 12 months’ time”. The breadth of the shows using the PMW-F5 is testament to the fl exibility of the camera, with each programme presenting its own unique shooting challenges. Hit BBC 3 comedy show Live at the Electric used the F5 when shooting its third series, with two of the cameras specifi cally used to fi lm standalone sketches. The new Ninja Blade features a stunning 1280 x 720 SuperAtom IPS touchscreen, at 325ppi 179-degree viewing, 400nit brightness and multi-frequency (48/50/60Hz) operation depending on video input, giving super-smooth monitoring and playback. Every screen is calibrated to SMPTE Rec 709 colour space and a D65 white point with 100% gamut from factory. On-the-fl y screen calibration is built into every Ninja Blade, so you are always accurate in any shooting environment. S ony has revealed that its industry-leading PMW-F5 4k camera is the acquisition tool of choice on a wide and growing number of hit TV series. Shows including Live at the Electric, Jamie Oliver’s Friday Night Feast, Through the Keyhole and Crackanory have all been shot using the F5 in the last year, as the camera redefines the standard in image quality for production companies investing in both HD and 4k technologies. 18 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 87 MARCH 2014