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NEWS CAPTURE & PRODUCE ON-SET MONITORS CAMERAS Heartland Media station WKTV has bought five Hitachi DK- Z50 multi-purpose box cameras as part of an upgrade that will see its live news production go HD. Supplied by Hitachi reseller Com Tech, the NBC affiliate has deployed the cameras throughout the news studio, under the control of a Ross Overdrive automated production system. Four of the cameras are paired with Ross CamBot 500-Series robotic camera heads for unmanned operation, and together cover six areas of the studio the main news set, weather and sports sets, promo operations, the ‘Update Center’, and the ‘News Talk’ area for sit-down interviews with invited guests. A fifth DK-Z50 in the newsroom is used for stand-ups with on-camera talent. WKTV serves the Mohawk Valley region of Central New York. Hitachi has also announced that it has added HDR capabilities to its camera product line. Video Devices has released a free firmware upgrade for its PIX-E series of 4k-compatible recording monitors. Version 3.0 allows users to simultaneously record a high-quality, edit-ready Apple ProRes .mov file for mastering and a much smaller H.264 .mp4 file for content review, shot-listing or web-streaming. With the upgrade, an applied LUT (Look Up Table) is baked into the H.264 .mp4 file and saved via an SD card. The master ProRes 4k file is then saved to the Video Devices’ SpeedDrive without the LUT. NEWS PRODUCTION New Tang Dynasty Television (NTD TV), the New York-based Chinese language news broadcaster, has bought the OCTOPUS Newsroom system for use by its television and online teams. The purchase includes a large number of OCTOPUS App licenses that will allow NTD TV journalists to have access to full news production facilities via their mobile devices. “The OCTOPUS App will be rolled out to our correspondents around the world,” said NTD TV chief engineer Russ Siew. “It packs a huge amount of creative capability into a very small space and has the big advantage of being very secure to operate. We are particularly impressed by the ‘Assignment Desk’ feature. This is a calendar-based tool which allows news editors to delegate tasks to colleagues working on location.” NEW OFFICE Proactive UK Ltd, supplier of professional broadcast equipment for over 18 years, has opened a new office in the Midlands. The new branch is headed up by Sales Manager James Brown, who has over 15 years’ experience in the industry and is a great addition to the team. Former Canon employee Sundeep Singh has also joined the Proactive Midlands office as a Product Manager and will be adding a vast amount of technical and practical knowledge. Based in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, Proactive have shown year on year growth and have one of the largest showrooms in the industry featuring all the latest broadcast equipment for demonstration. 8 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 115 JULY 2016