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NEWS CAPTURE & PRODUCE by Will Strauss A mongst all the new cameras, support and other production kit being touted prior to IBC, it was a less tangible announcement that really captured the imagination: Atomos’ announcement that it wants to standardize its Start/Stop Trigger connectivity for HDMI by making it available to other manufacturers. Locking SDI interface cables have been around for years. And they are trusted. But they aren’t cheap. HDMI cables, found on so many cameras these days are. But they fall out. And that is no good as a professional in any situation. At the same time, standard HDMI lacks important SDI capabilities like timecode support and auto start/stop triggering for automatically controlling external devices. Well it did. Working with the HDMI Consortium, Atomos has proposed a free and open extension to the HDMI standard that solves this. It’s brought out a range of rugged, locking HDMI cables too. As the company states: “Atomos was the first company to engineer auto HDMI start/stop and timecode communication with cameras. Initially with Sony in 2011 for the FS100 followed up with Canon in 2013, for the 5D Mark III, 1DC and C100. Currently almost all professional Sony and Canon HDMI Cameras including the A7S employ this protocol. As the popularity of our external monitor/recorders has grown, demand for this connection has spread quickly to all camera manufacturers. Now with an open, free and available standard this transition can happen quickly and easily.” Yes, in one sense, it’s only a standard and some cables but it does means that as the commoditisation of broadcast technology continues, affordable HDMI connectivity might be a realistic proposition for professional production very soon. 6 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 93 SEPTEMBER 2014 I-MOVIX X10 Ultra HD 4K high-speed camera system Camera support Shotoku Broadcast Systems will anchor its IBC stand (11.F40) with a new smart rail camera system designed to cope with the rigorous demands of daily TV studio use. A fully integrated product, SmartTrack is built around track-based technology from MAT and works in combination with Shotoku pan & tilt heads and control systems Also on show will be Shotoku’s control solutions, pan & tilt heads, robotic and manual pedestals