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NEWS CAPTURE & PRODUCE Production switchers Broadcast Pix has joined the ASPEN Community, the collaborative effort of broadcast companies developing a robust transport format for video, audio, and associated metadata over IP networks. ASPEN, short for Adaptive Sample Picture ENcapsulation, is a standards- based, open format that moves uncompressed Ultra HD, 3G, HD, and SD signals over MPEG- 2 transport streams (ISO/IEC 13818-1). Kevin Prince, chief executive of Broadcast Pix, said: “MPEG-2 is widely deployed throughout the industry. ASPEN leverages that proven technology to deliver a flexible transport format for high-quality video with very low latency. It aligns perfectly with our low latency technology necessary for contribution-level live production.” Evertz first demonstrated ASPEN at NAB in 2015. 4k production At NAB (booth SL1805), SAM will focus on 4k, IP, HDR, software/virtualisation, and options for monitoring and workflow. For 4k the new Kula switcher range will make its debut. The Kula is capable of 4k/1080p/HD and SD in 1M/E and 2M/E versions, and can handle multiple formats. SAM is also set to show its LiveTouch sports highlights product, built around its 4k production servers, which offers replay, slow-motion and editing with no media movements. HDR and wide colour gamut features will be demoed on the Quantel Rio colour, editing, and finishing tool. For enabling the transition to IP, SAM will show one of the first products launched in the IP Edge family, the IQ Edge processor. Other IP Edge products include routers, switchers, IQ processing, servers and playout systems. Cameras Blackmagic Design has revealed that its Production Camera 4k digital film camera was used during shooting of the recent adaption of War and Peace for the BBC. It was part of the set-up for second unit production, directed and shot by Stephen Hall, where it was used to shoot spherically. A second Production Camera 4k was employed as a grab-bag setup for the director. Arri’s Alexa was the main camera used by the BBC Cymru Wales crew. War and Peace aired on BBC1 in January. Timecode A B:LINK Hub feature has been added to Timecode Systems’ Wave and Pulse products. The update gives users real-time access to a dashboard displaying every Timecode Systems unit on a rig, on screen and in one place. The hub can be accessed from the Web browser of a smartphone, tablet or computer over Wi-Fi, or through a wired Ethernet connection into the Pulse. With the latter, users can record start/stop, and control any compatible cameras and sound recorders directly from the dashboard. A live demo will be available at NAB. 10 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 111 MARCH 2016 TV-BAY111MARCH_Book.indb 10 11/03/2016 17:16