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NEWS MANIPULATE & EDIT AUDIO MIXING HDR AND UHD Blackmagic Design (BMD) used NAB to launch the Duplicator 4K, a new device that gives live events producers the chance to distribute Ultra HD content as soon as an event is finished. The sub-$2,000 offering includes 25 built-in SD card recorders, multi rate 12G-SDI connections and a real-time H.265 encoder. BMD has also put DaVinci Resolve 12.5 out for beta testing. The latest version includes 1,000 enhancements and 250 new features including improved HDR support, and powerful new effects. At the same time, BMD’s Desktop Video software has been updated to version 10.6.4, adding support for HDR playback over HDMI to the UltraStudio 4K Extreme and the DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G. The company has also revealed that it will be launching TICO compatible products to aid the move to live video production over IP. At NAB Calrec Audio showed the RP1, a 2U device with integrated FPGA-based digital signal processing that allows live broadcast sound at a sporting or music event to be mixed remotely. “Remote broadcasting using the RP1 means fewer resources are needed on-site,” said Dave Letson, Calrec’s vice president of sales. “Controlling audio from a remote console saves money on setup time, crew, logistics, and equipment. It is simple to set up and very easy to use. It also enables broadcasters to cover a greater number of specialised events at significantly reduced cost, making it possible to maintain an increasingly wide range of content.” Also at NAB Calrec Audio unveiled Brio, a compact digital broadcast audio console that is the smallest in the company’s Bluefin2 family. It has a 892mm wide 36 dual-layer fader surface, a 15.6-inch HD touchscreen user interface and built-in analogue and digital I/O and GPIO. RENDERING EDITING NewTek has written a plug-in that allows users of Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) applications to send real-time video and audio across a standard Ethernet network to any product that is compatible with the Network Device Interface (NDI) technology. NDI for Adobe Creative Cloud works with Premiere Pro and After Effects and the various other CC applications, connecting them to NDI-enabled production switchers, graphics systems and capture cards. NDI is an open standard for live production IP workflows over Ethernet networks. It allows multiple video systems to identify and communicate with one another over IP, and to encode, transmit and receive many streams of high quality, low latency, frame-accurate video and audio in real-time. NDI is available as a royalty free software developer kit (SDK) for third parties. Autodesk has bought the company behind Arnold, the ray-tracing image renderer. The deal for Madrid-based Solid Angle is for an undisclosed fee and includes 100% of the shareholding of the company, the rendering technology it develops, its London-based subsidiary and its entire staff. Following the sale, Solid Angle will continue to operate as a separate entity but will be wholly-owned by Autodesk. The move marks the first time that Autodesk has owned a major renderer. It has previously distributed Mental Ray under a licensing deal but did not take ownership. Arnold pricing and packaging is unchanged and Autodesk will continue to offer perpetual licenses of Arnold. The renderer was used on Game of Thrones and various movies including Ex Machina. Gravity and The Martian. 18 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 113 MAY 2016