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NEWS CAPTURE & PRODUCE Microphones Danish commercial television station TV2 is using discreet 4080 Cardioid Lavalier Microphones to live transmit live political interviews that are conducted inside a Tesla electric sports car operating as a mobile studio. Available on its 24-hour news channel, the interviews are conducted without TV2 technical staff, with equipment operated remotely from the broadcaster’s studios in Copenhagen. The set-up was first used during the build up to the Danish general election. Morten Brandstrup, head of News Technology at TV2, said: “We introduced the Tesla mobile studio because we wanted to present political candidates in a different environment. On each day we paired politicians of different political persuasions and had them talk to each other live to air while they drove the Tesla around the country. They knew that every word they said could be heard, but being in a car rather than a studio made their conversations much freer and more unexpected.” To capture the conversations, four discreet¢ 4080 Supercardioid Lavalier microphones are used in conjunction with a Wisycom wireless system. Cameras France Televisions has chosen Sony as the official supplier of its news cameras following a public tender. As part of a project to standardise and upgrade its technology, the broadcaster will, over a period of four years, progressively deploy more than 500 Sony news cameras. The camcorders, which will be made at Sony’s Pencoed factory in the UK, include the PXW-X200 handheld camcorder, the PMW-300K1 semi-shoulder mount camcorder and the PMW- 400 shoulder-mount model. The PMW-RX50 field recorder/player and the SBAC-US30 drive for ultra-fast ingest will also be used. The recording media chosen is the Sony SxS card with the transition to HD happening via the Sony XAVC-25 Mbps codec. Fabien Pisano, sales Manager for France and southern Europe at Sony Professional, said: “Investment in these new tools for journalism and in the associated workflows will strongly contribute to maintaining and developing France Televisions’ leadership in the field of news, while continuing to offer the highest quality images in its transition to HD.” Steadicam Tiffen International used BSC Expo 2016 to show off the M-1 Steadicam, a new high-end rig that is getting rave reviews. Max Zaher, a Steadicam operator based in Germany, said of it: “Shooting has changed - now nobody wants to wait. Setup has to be fast and solid and the M-1 can do this. I can quickly balance and change modes and I love that its all tool free, including the G70x arm, and also that its designed to be easily updated in the future.” Another Steadicam op, Neal Bryant from Los Angeles, added: “For me, what immediately stands out about the sled is I have the ability to position the masses anywhere I like. I can have the monitor high and the batteries low, or I can make the rig completely coplanar, all in the span of about 30 seconds.” 10 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 110 FEBRUARY 2016