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NEWS NAB Introducing the Platinum Blonde P hoton Beard, the UK lighting solutions specialists for broadcast, film and video officially launched Platinum Blonde, the company’s first HMI-focusable floodlight, at NAB. Platinum Blonde is a highly energy-effi cient 1200W HMI linear lamp, provided in an open face format that is ideal for any application where raw output is required. Whether used as a bounce light or for punching through diffusion to create a soft, yet powerful daylight source, Platinum Blonde is ideally suited to a broad range of television, fi lm or photographic applications. Because it only draws 1200W, Platinum Blonde can easily be powered from any domestic supply, which means no special ancillary power provisions are required. It can also be used as a generator supply for mobile applications, which further increases its versatility. Dedicated rack-mounted audio solution S ound Devices introduced 970, its first-ever dedicated audio- only rack-mounted solution, which boasts an impressive 64 channels of Dante and MADI, at NAB. The half-rack, 2U device simplifies any application requiring high- quality, high-track-count audio recording, including drama and reality production, and live concert recording. Sound Devices 970 records 64 channels of monophonic or polyphonic 24-bit WAV fi les from any of its 144 available inputs. Inputs available include 64 channels of Ethernet-based Dante, 64 channels of optical or coaxial MADI, eight channels of line-level analog and eight channels of AES digital. The 970 is a powerful tool for professionals who require a signifi cant number of audio channels. Any input can be assigned to any track. In addition, 32-track recording at 96 kHz is supported. Live from NAB Accelerated archiving C ache-A Corporation showed accelerated archiving capabilities plus new LTFS LTO-6 archive appliances at NAB this year. Making their US debuts are several brand new, ground-breaking innovations for faster LTO-tape and LTFS (Linear Tape File System) archival, delivering enhanced productivity and greater levels of asset protection. Debuts and highlights included: new Workfl ow Templates with Incremental Archiving; Pro- Cache610, the new, turbo-charged version of Cache-As fl agship Pro- Cache6 LTO-6 archive appliance; new, modular Library80+ expansion option; plus the very latest advances in Hub & Spoke LTFS interchange and delivery workfl ow. A further highlight on the showfl oor is Simul- Copy, Cache-As speedy LTO-tape duplication and verifi cation capability. 34 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 89 MAY 2014 Launching 2.4m Newswift HD antenna V islink have announced the launch of a new 2.4m HD fully integrated antenna for its Newswift vehicle-mounted systems range. The 2.4m HD antenna features full three-axis simultaneous motorisation and can be operational within fi ve minutes. A highly customisable and lightweight antenna, the 2.4m Newswift can be specifi ed as either a single or three piece carbon fi bre refl ector and is capable of being mounted on a wide range of SNG vehicles.