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NEWS CAPTURE & PRODUCE Cameras Marshall has launched a new compact 2.2 megapixel HD- SDI camera, designed to provide clear, low noise video for broadcast applications. The CV342 offers full-HD video in 1920x1080p (60, 59.94, 50, 30, 25fps), 1920x1080i (60, 59.94, 50fps), and 1280x720p (60, 59.94, 50, 30, 25fps) resolutions. It has a 1/3 CMOS Sensor with CS mount and DC Auto-Iris functionality and a rugged body that is smaller than its predecessor, the CV340. The UK and Ireland distributor for Marshall is Cache Media, based in Newbury. AJA Video Systems’ new CION production camera is now shipping, the company has announced. CION is capable of shooting at 4K and 2K, records directly to the Apple ProRes family of codecs, including 12-bit ProRes 444, and captures high quality images to AJA Pak SSD media at up to 4K/60p. CION also outputs AJA Raw HFR at up to 4K/120p. According to AJA, CION is the only 4K camera available that captures internally to 12-bit ProRes 444. Lenses Procam plans to offer bespoke lenses and tailor-made lens packages to clients after buying up True Lens Services, the Leicester-based facility known for lens design, manufacture, servicing and support. Clive Jones the chairman of Procam, said: “The cinematic style achieved by shows like Made In Chelsea has increased buyer demand for the look in overseas markets. By bringing True Lens Services into the Group, Procam can take British lens engineering to new levels and create many more opportunities for production companies in a rapidly expanding global market place.” The acquisition was backed by the private equity fi rm Foresight Group. True Lens Services founders Colin Sanders and Keith Truslove will remain involved in the business as it is incorporated into the wider Procam Group. Camera hire VMI will open a Bristol rental offi ce following its acquisition of the local division of The Hire Company. Initially, VMI will take over the company’s Lower Park Row city centre premises ahead of a move into a purpose-built facility. “We aim to give producers in the South West and Wales fast access to the same equipment as London-based producers,” said branch manager Jeff Berning. “Having a supplier close at hand means that crews will also enjoy world-class service levels, fast and responsive support and comprehensive test facilities on their doorstep.” During 2014, VMI supported more than 25 weeks of drama and feature fi lm shooting in Wales. 08 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 97 JANUARY 2015