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NEWS CAPTURE & PRODUCE WIRELESS AUDIO BATTERIES To support the introduction of its new 2 channel charger, the VL-2X, IDX Europe has been supported by its Japanese parent company to make an unprecedented special offer. Whilst promotional stocks are available, a VL-2X is being offered free of charge to customers purchasing two of its CUE-D95 batteries. The CUE-D95 is one of three batteries making up the CUE range. This range redefines the price point for high quality Li-ion batteries. Designed to the most stringent Japanese safety regulations they feature a cell cradle design that isolates the Li Ion cells from each other and feature a D-tap output for powering camera accessories. The CUE-D95 has the features todays’ video professionals demand and with a typical capacity of 98Wh it is less than the 100Wh limit for IATA carry-on baggage restrictions. The package can be purchased from paticipating IDX dealerships using the package code PROMO.EC95/2X. Professional wireless audio specialists, Raycom, are now stocking the world’s first digital covert in ear audio monitor aimed at the broadcast and film market. The “Roger Earpiece” system from Swiss based Phonak Communications offers virtually invisible, intelligible audio, as part of a perfectly simple solution for delivery of director’s feed and prompting. Leveraging their expertise in designing miniature hearing devices, Roger Earpiece is shaped to sit comfortably inside the ear canal. Thanks to its fully integrated receiver and battery, there is no need for cables or belt packs, making Roger Earpiece the most discreet in-ear receiver available today. The Roger Earpiece system uses Phonak’s proprietary technology in the license-free 2.4GHz band, with adaptive frequency hopping to deliver interference free clear audio with a bandwidth of 100Hz-7kHz and sound output of up to 100dB. CAMERA TRACKING Mo-Sys Engineering presented a new hand-held version of its camera tracking system, StarTracker at NAB. The StarTracker studio camera tracking system uses a single optical sensor per camera, and retro-reflective stickers or stars on the studio ceiling. It has now been made available for hand-held camera positions as well as pedestals, jibs and cranes, addressing what the company described as a “growing demand for all-in-one systems that enable virtual sets, augmented 3D graphics and pre-visualisation.“ In a studio environment, StarTracker places no restrictions on where the camera can go and what it can do, since it does not interfere with the set or lighting. The camera can do 360-degree pans, and move to anywhere in the studio as long as enough stars remain in sight of the tracking camera. 10 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 113 MAY 2016 CAMERAS Canon used NAB to launch the ME200S-SH, a professional camera for capturing HD images in low or difficult lighting conditions. Featuring Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus system and an 8.29 megapixel Super 35mm CMOS sensor, it is said to be suited to a number of production scenarios including wildlife and sport. The camera supports Canon Log, enabling it to capture up to 12-stops of dynamic range and ensure that detail is retained in both bright areas and shadows. Canon has also announced that it will release firmware updates for the C300 Mark II and the XC10 cameras and the DP-V2410 and DP-V3010 4K reference displays.