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NEWS CAPTURE & PRODUCE NEWSROOMS Sony has launched a successor to the NX5 and NX3 that has better network functions and improved shooting performance. The HXR-NX5R has three 1/2.8-type Full HD Exmor CMOS sensors and 40x Clear Image Zoom function to double the optical zoom without losing image quality. It also features multi-format recording, a 3G-SDI terminal that supports Full HD 60p output and adjustable brightness LED video light to minimise the need for external lighting equipment. A digital signal processor (DSP), advanced noise reduction and detail reproduction help to deliver images that Sony describes as “lifelike in texture and detail.” A direct menu function and a responsive joystick have also been added. NewsMaker Systems will support software-driven IP workflows using NewTek’s Network Device Interface (NDI), it has been announced. The move will see NewsMaker Systems integrate NDI into its products, allowing users to connect to other NDI-enabled applications and devices on a standard Ethernet local area network. NewsMaker is the real time bridge between MOS-enabled newsroom computer systems and NewTek TriCaster multi-camera video production systems. NewsMaker monitors media assets created for playout in the TriCaster and the NewTek IP Series, and sends them based on the news rundown order. NewsMaker can also control the TriCaster and NewTek IP Series, with command over all live operations, including switcher transitions and effects, graphics, audio with IFB, video clips, routing, camera control and virtual sets. CAMERAS CAMERAS AUGMENTED REALITY Ncam used IBC to showcase an alternative approach to real-time depth keying that allows presenters to move freely around and interact with virtual elements in live augmented reality productions. The set-up makes use of Ncam’s camera tracking technology, and its ability to understand precisely how far away from the camera the presenter is, and a new development from RT Software in its broadcast graphics engine that provides a way to interact with the depth information. “This collaborative development is a game-changer for augmented reality,” said Mike Fredriksen, commercial director at RT Software. “With Ncam’s tracking we can place complex virtual objects into a scene and be completely confident that they will remain precisely in place, even with random camera moves, even with multiple cameras. Now we can take our users to the next level of augmented reality, where live presenters can really interact with those complex virtual objects.” 18 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 118 OCTOBER 2016 Government access television facility Four Village Studio (4VS) has purchased four Z-HD5000 HDTV cameras from Hitachi as part of an upgrade to HD. Based in Floral Park, New York, and also serving surrounding villages, 4VS produces government, educational and culturally-themed shows. James Green, operations manager at 4VS, said: “Upgrading our production operations and infrastructure will allow us to offer HD streams on our website in the short term, and be HD-ready when our television carriage allows it. The flexibility, performance and exceptional value of the Z-HD5000 cameras make them ideal for our transition.”