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Mac minis are great general-purpose computers, and make sweet servers for many applications. However, integrating them into a rack poses some challenges. How do you securely mount the minis? How do you keep them cool? How do you turn them on without pulling them out of the rack? How do you plug in a thumb drive for a quick update? Sonnet’s RackMac mini solves all these challenges and more.
Constructed of rugged steel, the RackMac mini is a fully-assembled rackmount solution that supports one or two Mac mini® computers installed side-by-side into 1U of rack space, placing the computers behind a neat front panel.
The enclosure’s design—updated to properly support 2018 6-core Mac mini models—manages airflow through the computers to keep them as cool as ambient air in the rack as on a desk, enabling you to stack them close and stack them high for a Mac mini server farm.
The RackMac mini provides front panel access to each Mac mini’s power switch and one of its USB-A ports, enabling you to switch each computer on and off, and connect a keyboard, mouse, USB drive, or other USB device.
Do you need to take your mini on the road? The RackMac mini is a perfect travel solution. Its 8.25-inch mounting depth, plus firm rubber cushions that securely hold your computers in place during transport, make RackMac mini ideal for use in molded cases such as those from Gator Cases. The RackMac mini’s design also allows normal WiFi and Bluetooth wireless operation in most configurations (depending on rack type and position in rack), so you can use iOS® device control apps.
RackMac mini provides open access to your computers’ ports at the back of the enclosure.
RackMac mini secures your Mac minis without trapping them in recirculating hot rack air. A strategically designed chamber directs cool air in a one-way path through front panel openings—now twice the air space to provide proper thermal support for the latest Mac mini—to the computers’ air intakes, and then out the back.
RackMac mini’s design ensures that cool air goes in a one-way path through the front panel openings to the computers’ air intakes, exiting out the rear. In a single Mac mini configuration, the Sonnet solution’s air dam and strategically placed seals help keep air from circulating in the unoccupied computer bay. Whether you install one or two Mac minis, RackMac mini prevents recirculation of hot air around the computers to keep them ambient temperature chill and operating reliably.
The updated RackMac mini includes dual power/status indicator openings for each computer, allowing its light to shine through whether you’ve installed an older model or the latest.
Recently GNARBOX have released their latest software update which brings significant improvements to the overall user experience of GNARBOX 2.0. Listening to user feedback this release refines the Backup Preset experience, as well as several quality of life improvements.
INOGENI is thrilled to announced that our TOGGLE USB 3.0 Switcher has won in the “Processing and Distribution Technology of the Year” category at the 2021 AV Awards, which were held on November 5, in London, England.
For anyone working in live events production, planning out and laying hundreds (if not thousands) of metres of video cable can be an absolute pain. Cable runs can’t always be laid in a straight line, or they might need to be patched through a distribution amplifier or converted to another signal type to allow for longer runs. This can add video delay, which leads to sync issues and…you get the idea. Fortunately, Teradek have recently announced a new product that can help to make this whole process easier and get rid of many of these annoying set-up processes.
Lumens announced that the VC-B11U 4K USB conference camera has been certified by Zoom Video Communications, Inc. as a conference room camera for Zoom Rooms.
Belfast International Convention Centre is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built conference facility in the heart of Northern Ireland’s capital city. As well as a 2200-seat auditorium the venue boasts two large multipurpose halls, plus meeting rooms catering from 10 to 200 delegates. Like all live venues, the pandemic has forced Belfast ICC to think outside the box. Dave Young, Head of Technical Production, has extensive experience working in live events and had already been thinking about hybrid events – seamlessly connecting an audience on site with remote viewers.
Nothing has amplified the impact of incompatible technology on meetings and education as much as the recent global pandemic. That’s not to say that pre-COVID-19, technology issues didn’t happen, it was just less likely, as there were less foreign objects being introduced into existing IT systems.
Panasonic’s auto-tracking over IP technology is a cable-free and integrated solution which provides the ability to automatically track a presenter. It dramatically simplifies lecture or presenter capture, making it a perfect option for classrooms, auditoriums, conference rooms and stage environments.
It was not that long ago that PTZ cameras were considered little more than motorised webcams, but rapid advances in sensor and IP technology have meant that the Pan Tilt Zoom camera is now found in many different professional installations.
Holdan, a specialist distributor to the professional video and broadcast sector and part of the Midwich Group, is pleased to announce they will be taking over the exclusive distribution of Fledging products in the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe.
Loupedeck, the creator of custom consoles designed to make the creative process faster and more intuitive, has released a new simplified user interface for streamers using the Loupedeck Live.
The popularity and demand for live streaming has increased massively over the past 18 months. For some, it might be a simple single camera setup going straight to YouTube or Facebook, while for others it’s a multi-camera production, feeding into a video mixer with graphics and overlays, streaming to multiple platforms.
Core SWX recently announced three new battery products to power, accessorise and fill out your production kit. Let’s take a look at these new releases and see what they can do for your rig.
New to BirdDog, NDI, or Video over IP? Well, here are just a few reasons why BirdDog cameras are having their day.
AREC specializes in AV capture and streaming solutions for conferences, meetings and education. The company’s black box, non-PC-based approach makes it easy for non-technical personnel to operate and pairing one of its media stations with a PTZ camera packed with motion tracking technology makes a very compelling solution for any presentation or lecture.
Now that pretty much every camera captures to digital media, choosing the right kind of reader has never been more important. For 35 years Sonnet has pioneered innovative and award-winning products that enhance computer performance and connectivity. This blog looks at Sonnet’s expanding range of professional media readers.
Norris Niman is a Swedish award-winning photographer, Nikon Z Creator and professional adventurer, based in Iceland. Recently he took his Nikon Z7 II, supported by rugged Wise Advanced CFexpress, to capture Iceland’s latest volcanic eruption. Norris’ work is built on the excitement of the outdoors, the peace that can be found in nature, the harsh north, and the lifestyle of the adventurer. Here is his stunning picture diary:
Photographer Edmond Terakopian recently spent 5 months with the Loupedeck CT. Here he talks us through his thoughts and top tips for getting the most out of it through the incredibly customisable design.
Danish Building and Property Agency is a part of the Ministry of Transport, Building, and Housing, and it is responsible for the construction, facility management, and rent of government properties. Their work heavily depends on communication, as there are delicate details to discuss and schedules to confirm in every project. With quarantine restrictions limiting in-person meetings, a significant part of this work moved into digital space, where it can be easy to lose track of important information. For this reason, the agency required a reliable tool for recording meetings. And like other governmental institutions of Denmark, it was ahead of the game when it came to adopting the right solutions for remote working tasks.
St James Church, Piccadilly has history coursing through its brickwork. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, 18th century Prime Minister William Pitt the Elder was baptised at its font. German Bombs severely damaged the church during the blitz and it stood empty for 7 years after the war before being repaired. Now St James Church is not just used for services, it hosts lunchtime and evening recitals which they wanted to share with larger audiences by filming and streaming. SFL was asked to pitch a solution and they chose a combination of Panasonic AW-HE40S SDI PTZ cameras, some Panasonic camcorders, and the Datavideo NVS-33 on the grounds of image quality, simplicity, and performance.
When the University of Central Lancashire decided to refit its teaching studio it turned to systems integrator Altered Images, Holdan Ltd and Panasonic for its camera system.
Holdan is pleased to announce a product distribution agreement with manufacturer’s Promise Technology for the UK and Ireland and NewBlue Inc. for the UK, Ireland and Europe. Promise Technology delivers single and multi-user access, editing, sharing, and distribution of 4K footage for Post-production and Broadcasting, House of Worship, Sports and Education environments.
Winning an award in a creative industry is always an achievement but winning an Academy award takes this to a whole new level. On the 13th of February Teradek and Amimon won, not just one, but 2 awards at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Technical Awards Virtual Presentation.
The Secretaría de Educación de Nuevo León (Ministry of Education - shortened to SENL) with the help of our partner JSP Soluciones chose AREC to maintain their work uninterrupted in the face of social distancing restrictions and facilitate sharing of information between the officials.
With public events almost non-existent during the ongoing lockdown, many venues are turning to live-streaming to reach their audience. The benefits of this are that, not only can you still provide content and services for your usual patrons, but you can also grow your viewer base online. For some, this could be as simple as a webcam or camcorder connected to a laptop and streamed directly to Facebook, YouTube, etc. While this is enough to get you online, the chances are that it won’t be enough to hold your audience’s attention.
Lumens announced a new partnership with Panopto™, the leader in video management systems. The Lumens VS-LC200 CaptureVision System is seamlessly compatible with Panopto. The integration provides organisations with a cost-effective unified solution for recording, live streaming, and managing video content.
Based out of London in the UK, Pictureimage is a leading broadcast consultancy firm. When Leyton Orient needed to add additional valuable matchday content into their existing streaming offering they turned to Chris and the team to design them a new broadcast studio.
The Vosges Mountains, France - December 1, 2020 - From lively animals to majestic landscape time-lapse photos, Canon Ambassador Radomir Jakubowski brought his cameras with Wise Advanced Memory Cards and travelled the length and breadth of Europe capturing nature at its finest.
March 2020 and as lockdown started it was all about getting better and better web cams. We saw how awful the Zoom interviews on the news looked, all blocky backlit shadows and up-nose shots. A simple LED panel light would make a huge difference, and these flew out of the warehouse. The LEDGO LG-E268C has been on my desk ever since, on a tiny light stand which cost me £5.
AV over IP is a fantastic concept and technologies like SDvoe are rapidly becoming established in the industry, but SDvoe relies on super-fast, super-optimised 10G networks, and the data-rate needed to send video this way is much too high to bridge distant locations, so for this purpose a different technology is required.
BirdDog have announced major updates for Eyes P100, Eyes P200, Eyes P400, P4K and Cam Control. To download the firmware, click here.
Director of Photography, Renan Ozturk, travels the globe filming in the most remote locations from Mount Everest, to the deserts of Utah. Often the conditions he shoots in stresses his equipment to the point of failure while filming. Along with extreme temperatures, his shoots are usually incredibly remote, requiring his equipment to be the utmost reliable.
Self-isolation seldom bothered avid outdoor adventurer Daniel Kordan. During the pandemic period, he led a squad of photographers on three long expeditions at Kuril Islands, Kuril Lake and Jack London Lake from July to September.
Last week SmallHD introduced the Indie 7; a brand new, 7” on-camera monitor. An entry-level addition to their “Smart 7 Monitor Family”, along with the mid-range 702 Touch and the flagship Cine 7. Each of these monitors is built off the same anodised aluminium chassis; has a 7” HD display, 4K HDMI & 3G-SDI connections, 1:1 pixel mapping and utilises the same PageOS 4 firmware, giving you all of the tools you need in an on-camera production monitor; LUTS, scopes, frame guides…the list goes on!So, while they look almost identical and share so many great features, it is important to know how they differ so that you can make the best decision for your production requirements.
Komodo is Red’s first truly affordable camera system. It is likely to fulfil many roles - as a feature film B-camera or main camera for documentary production. Fortunately, the Komodo’s cuboid-shape lends itself very well to being rigged, powered, adapted and mounted to suit virtually any shooting style. Compact and lightweight, it’s as likely to be airborne on a drone as it is attached to a gimbal. Power to Go As a go-anywhere camera, power is a key consideration. Natively supporting dual Canon BP-type batteries, the Komodo can be adapted to take professional V- or 3-stud batteries. Core SWX’s RED Komodo plate is RED-approved. As well as feeding power to the camera, the plate offers a 2-pin Lemo output and Powertap output, giving you the ability to run monitors, viewfinder, remote focus system and transmitters. Like the Core adapter for the Sony FX9, the Komodo plate is beautifully manufactured, built to last.
If the 1930s have parallels with the 2020s, then the world of media is ready for a revolution.Economic downturn, the threat of mass unemployment, tension on the world stage, dustbowls in America… there are some striking similarities to today. And just as post-war audiences flocked to new chains of cinema to distract themselves from the pain of the Great Depression, today the public is consuming entertainment TV as never before. The Teradek Prism encoder is part of the solution.
With the coronavirus pandemic severely shutting down international athletic competitions for months, Swedish photographer Joel Marklund was pleased to get back to sports again. In July he was back photographing rock climbing, athletics and football. He brought the latest professional Nikon D series model and took advantage of the superb AF system to chase for the perfect moment, paired with ultra-fast Wise CFexpress cards. Joel recalled one of the football matches during the shutdown, he faced not only challenging weather conditions, but also finding a creative camera angles for his shot.
Like any encoding and decoding platform, Teradek Prism was originally designed for broadcasters and webcasters. Because the system is a 10-bit HDR video device, it is generating interest from post houses as a remote collaboration, and real-time monitoring platform. With producers, directors, investors, editors and colourists working independently and remotely, Prism meets a very real need in the market by offering a solution developed with input from Technicolor and Netflix. Currently, there are many ways to share, monitor and collaborate video from remote locations. These include the use of lower resolution proxies (unsuitable for judging colours and image nuance), video conferencing technology (often heavily compressed distorting the image) or dedicated fibre links (superb but expensive and limited to specific locations).
As the production community gets back to shooting, Holdan has added two new brands to its portfolio which will help crews complete projects more efficiently and creatively than ever. Portable back up and storage manufacturer Gnarbox gives camera crews quick in-field back up of crucial video files with checksum verification and fast media management.
A lucky few are born to be in front of the camera. Eloquent, unflappable and engaging, they are the video presenter for your organisation. The rest of us are either uncomfortable in front of the lens or confident for no good reason! It’s this category that needs a teleprompter. Prompting probably conjures up images of TV studios with heavy, expensive rigs attached to broadcast cameras. But there is an alternative that’s an integral part of thousands of streaming kits: the tablet teleprompter.
Life is full of unrepeatable moments, says wildlife photographer Thorsten Milse. You know if your camera is water-resistant. And if it’s not, you can just use a protective jacket. You’re then ready to travel, prepared for the shoot. But the reliability of your recording media is no less important than your camera (it’s actually more vital, as a camera can be replaced; your files can’t.)
In the midst of social distancing regulations, abiding by new health and safety rules is vital. Holdan has teamed up with two manufacturers to unveil a mobile cleaning and temperature control station to help crews and actors keep productions compliant with new rules. As a dedicated Covid station, the cart features an accurate temperature sensing Tauri tablet computer and a durable, easy-wipe cleansing shelf.
On-set wireless monitoring is now standard on set, and Teradek is the de facto manufacturer of choice. Within the Teradek line-up, there are two local monitoring options, the Bolt and the Serv Pro. For anyone new to cable-free monitoring, here’s a quick buyer’s guide. If you want a short answer, this is it: Bolt is the monitoring choice for critical camera operating and lens control; Serv Pro is perfect for everyone else on or near set who doesn’t require specialist tools, colour accuracy or ultra-low latency.
Much to the delight of kids across the world, the first high profile TV show back in production is Australia’s Neighbours. The studios and location are up and running again since the crew turned off their cameras in March. In order to get back on set, according to a report on ABC News, new protocols are being adopted including:
The VidiU Go is a pocket-sized encoder that has the best chance of getting you webstreaming, reliably and from any location. VidiU Go is designed to get you out of trouble: it can handle: Every Connection Stream over WiFi or Ethernet networks Stream using a cellular USB dongle or by tethering your smartphone Stream using dual high-powered cellular Teradek Nodes with external high gain antennae Stream using the combined data of your available WiFi, Ethernet and cellular connections (requires Sharelink or Core for de-bonding in the cloud)
New and radically different approach to public communication helps PM get the message over during coronavirus pandemic. The Customer The prime minister of the United Kingdom (informally abbreviated to PM) is the head of government of the United Kingdom. The prime minister directs both the executive and the legislature, and together with their Cabinet is accountable to the monarch, to Parliament, to their party, and ultimately to the electorate, for the government’s policies and actions.
European Film and drama production will get back to the business of creativity very quickly after restrictions are lifted. Shoots, abruptly cut short in February and March, are itching to finish production. Films which were were held up in pre-production are keen to catch up on lost time. Same, but Different: Food for Thought
The way we make movies most certainly must change. In the best of circumstances, we are a crew of 75 people jammed into a room with very little ventilation, holding our breath until we hear “CUT”. We are in close contact with one another all day long. We never really thought about it before. All of that is about to change.Kristin M Burke, The Guardian
Whether you’re in front of the camera or behind the camera, the show must go on, as they say. It’s up to all of us to collaborate in a way that makes sense and keep creating content that matters.Sabrina Safran Backstage Magazine
Live streaming is now the number one priority. News and even government agencies, houses of worship and health agencies, training and education institutes are all re-doubling their efforts to communicate live with private and public audiences.
Maintaining a healthy 2m distance between interviewer and guest, between camera crew and interviewees poses a problem for video shooters. There are three options to keep you safe: A longer XLR cable (potential trip hazard) A boom pole (requires a dedicated sound engineer) A wireless microphone system (can suffer interference)
Live from Sussex and Stockport (via. London) Live Production has always had its own set of challenges, including managing a network of cameras and equipment for a show where there’s no option of a second take. Keeping up with the technology is hard enough, but what if all of this has to be done with presenters that are geographically separated, with an MCR operator that can’t get to the control room. Comprehensive hardware options have existed for years. Portable production units (PPU) combine decoders, switchers, and encoders from manufacturers such as Blackmagic Design, Datavideo, Teradek, and many more into a transport ready solution. Software production is a real solution. It’s designed to give you most of the capabilities of a broadcast unit, in a package that’s installable on a laptop, or as a compact turnkey solution.
Panasonic sold hundreds of AW-HE2 camera units. When it was discontinued, the calls kept coming in from customers who needed something of this size and functionality for small radio studios and news studios. At last we have a worthy replacement in the AW-UE4. It is a little bigger than the HE2, but it has tons more features, many of these are particularly useful at the moment. Great in a tight space The UE4 has a very wide-angle lens with a 111-degree field of view. This means sitting on the desk in my small office the camera can see the whole room. There is a 4X digital zoom which you can use to crop in for closer head shots (or to hide the pile of toilet rolls and corned beef in the opposite corner). If you are really hard-up for space because it’s only 500 grams it can be hung upside-down on a ceiling or under a shelf using the supplied bracket.
On Tuesday I had the pleasure of setting up two PTZ cameras with a new all-in-one switching, recording and streaming system from Lumens. I say pleasure because the only time I had to read the manual was for a default login. Really, just once. That’s the beauty of Lumens. We sell a lot of encoding, recording and streaming equipment, but I’m not sure anything is as straight-forward as the LC200 multi-channel recorder and streaming device. That’s great news for schools, universities, charities, business, conference and theatres – or any organisation that doesn’t have a dedicated technical crew available for every event.
With the current situation there has never been so much requirement for video conferencing using Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams or even Facetime. In the last couple of days, I’ve been asked by a couple of cameraman I know how they can use their fantastic kit for this purpose, as they are stuck at home for the next couple of months with thousands of pounds worth of cameras gathering dust. All these communication platforms running on PC or Mac can take an input from any webcam, but as good as modern webcams are, with their tiny sensors and limited microphones they can never compete with even the most basic professional camera systems.
There’s a way of communicating with video that’s inexpensive but delivers vastly improved quality. With few exceptions, webcams built into laptops, phones and tablets are poor. For a quick one-to-one conversation, they serve a purpose, but for critical meetings and presentations, they are quite unsuitable. Cheap clip-on webcams may be the next logical choice, but these usually cope badly with dark rooms or subjects lit with bright sunlight. They also react very poorly to changing lighting conditions or movement. Enter the pro Webcam with ePTZ.
Stream it live to anywhere from anywhere The simplest way to deliver content live to staff, students, customers and service users is via YouTube Live or Facebook Live. There are lots of ways to produce and stream professional looking video. Our technical team can advise you on the best solution for your needs – give us a call on 01457 851000.
RED Digital Cinema’s DSMC2 architecture has been one of the company’s most enduring camera systems. The design offers superb modularity, with the entire camera system built around a ‘Brain’, RED’s terminology for the camera module, housing the sensor, ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) for image processing, Mini-Mag slots for media, and I/O connectors for accessories. This approach offers a real advantage when building your shooting kit, as the same Brain can be configured for lightweight handheld or tracking applications, or fully rigged as a studio camera.
Sony’s new FX9 is an impressive piece of engineering. Combining the latest design of full frame, high resolution sensors with a traditional camcorder form factor, the FX9 can capture beautiful shallow DOF footage with an impressive 15 stops of dynamic range. If there has been one outstanding criticism it has been related to powering the camera with proprietary batteries and an unusual PSU voltage of 19.5Volts. There are competing solutions to adapt the FX-9 to use professional V-Lock batteries and Paul Ream from Extrashot thinks he has found the best on the market; it’s from Holdan’s manufacturer - CoreSWX.
This year Datavideo are not only celebrating their 35th birthday but also their 35th year producing equipment for live events and AV productions. Part of this year’s celebrations is a competition asking their loyal customers to share a selfie of themselves with their favourite Datavideo product on Facebook or Instagram. The winner chosen each month from the posts with most likes will receive one of the following product prizes an SE-650 switcher, PTC-140 PTZ camera or DAC-70 up down cross converter. New and key Datavideo products featured on this year’s stand will be: HS-3200 is Datavideo’s most advanced mobile studio for live events, conferences and sports with streaming and recording built in. This 12 input, completely customisable full HD studio also boasts computer graphics scaling on its HDMI and 3G SDI inputs reducing the need for external converters. With an integrated 17” monitor and 3pin XLR audio connections set up is both quick and easy. HS-3200 has a huge internal still image and video clip store, four chromakey channels as well as an eight, yes, eight picture in picture layout. Add free Windows based CG Titling software plus two downstream Keyers and you can see why it is considered the flagship of Datavideo’s current mobile switcher line up.
At ISE 2020, Lumens is introducing the VC-A71P 4K PTZ camera with an unusual feature for a camera manufacturer: SRT. In a world where data theft, cyber security, information management and protection, and safeguarding are high on every organisation’s agenda, SRT is an invaluable tool. SRT is a video transport protocol and technology stack that optimizes streaming performance across unpredictable networks with secure streams and easy firewall traversal. It delivers the best quality live video (H.264/H.265) over any network. Hallmarks of SRT are pristine quality with protection against jitter and packet loss (in spite of bandwidth fluctuation), low latency video and end-to-end 128/256 bit AES encryption.
Those with some grey hair like me might think eSports refers to a person from Yorkshire’s exercise regime, but I asked my 10-year-old and he says eSports is the fastest growing sector in the AV industry. At ISE this year Panasonic combines its latest broadcast and live entertainment products to create an eSports arena that attendees can actually participate in. Watching other people play computer games is my idea of purgatory, but it appears I’m in a minority, and millions of 10 to 20-year olds with disposable income would rather watch eSports than Sky Sports.
Here's an overview of our vendors exhibiting at ISE 2020. Please call us on +44 (0)1457 851000 if you would like to book a stand tour with one of our manufacturers. BLACKMAGIC DESIGN HALL 3, STAND C140 The Video Assist 12G 5” and 7” monitor recorders are now shipping. The original HD versions were incredibly popular with AV technicians who wanted to verify SDI and HDMI feeds and check waveform levels. For production teams, their 4K HDR capture makes them a superb on-camera SD card recorder. The ATEM Mini is a very small, cost-effective 4 channel HDMI video switcher with streaming output. Great as a portable mixer or a signal switcher, it’s being adopted by everyone from conference producers to AV technicians looking for simple HDMI switching.
At a recent conference, one of the delegates drew my attention to a new BBC Academy training video on using smartphones for journalism. I was particularly interested because I’d just bought myself a smartphone with a decent stills camera. My wife is really pleased about this because now when we go on holiday, or walk up the rugged Wolstonbury Hill near my home, I can carry my share of water, dog treats, snacks etc. because I’m not carrying five lenses and my DSLR in a backpack the size of a parachute.
There is no doubt that the Sony FX9 is a tremendously significant camcorder and as a new decade begins Holdan’s manufacturers are beginning to ship some fantastic new accessories to increase its already impressive capabilities. Power up There will be a few V-lock adaptors for the FX9 in the coming weeks, but Core SWX are confident their CXV-FX9 is the best option. It has a low battery warning LED, and XLR input to allow for hot-swapping between external and onboard power and being made of aluminium it’s more robust than plastic alternatives. As for the weight, 544g still isn’t heavy and most users prefer it to provide a better-balanced rig.
The FX9 ships as standard with a 35Wh Sony BP battery. For many users, their first thought will be how to use high capacity broadcast batteries for all day shoots. Sony offers an all-singing extension unit, the XDCA-FX9. As well as offering a battery mounting plate, it’s a true expansion system, delivering functionality such as 16-bit RAW output, wireless audio support and network capabilities. For many, this expensive add-on will be hard to justify.
A humble Canon LP-E6 DSLR battery has a 13 watt hour (Wh) capacity, tiny compared with a V-mount unit at 98, 150 or even 198 Wh capacity. These broadcast batteries can keep you going all day, but are far too big and cumbersome for DSLR or mirrorless cameras. A smaller battery means run time worries, down time and technical problems for a DSLR owner: how many batteries do you charge before a shoot? How much time does that take? How often do you swap DSLR batteries on a shoot? How long does that take? How many small DSLR batteries do you lose throughout the year? How much does that cost you?
Datavideo’s HDR-1 is a compact half rack unit designed for use in live event productions. It is included in Datavideo’s popular range of GO studios designed to be operated in education, worship, seminars and at social outreach events. It’s an incredibly easy all-rounder, suitable for all HD users, multiple workflows and countless applications. Monitoring the work The first step with HDR-1 is plugging your HDMI source and looping that video connection out to any HD dispaly or TV. Why is that special? Many recorders are ‘end of chain’ devices, so you can’t watch what’s being recorded. HDR-1 is different.
How many times have you heard the phrase – the camcorder is dead? Now video cameras are going full frame, how can there possibly be a place in the market for a fixed lens camcorder with a smaller sensor? Well, there is a place for them, and great reasons why quite often they will get you the best pictures in the widest variety of circumstances. When filming a live event or in a variety of locations the zoom lenses available with smaller sensor camcorders offer a range simply not available from a single lens on any other type of camera.
Inovativ, a leading developer and manufacturer of professional equipment carts and workstations, has appointed Holdan as its mainland Europe, UK & Ireland distributor. Holdan will represent Inovativ’s full range of products including the Voyager, Echo and Ranger carts, DigiSystem, plus the forthcoming Axis and Deploy modular workstation. As the leading technology distributor for the professional film, video and broadcast markets, Holdan will work alongside Inovativ to enhance reseller support in its key markets, and to develop new opportunities in photography and AV.
The entertainment value of sports can’t be under-estimated, especially in this competition-obsessed country. This is the age when the Internet and social media offers fan engagement for every conceivable interest. Intrigued by airport carpets or the ‘endless horse’, Google them for more information. Want to share stories with “People Who Always Have to Spell Their Names for Other People”? There’s a Facebook Group at the ready. So, if every minority interest is catered for, why not your local sports club, or favourite hockey team? What’s to stop them running a live TV channel on YouTube or hosting professional-looking clips on Facebook?
Venice is Sony’s flagship 6K full frame camera. It’s a substantial camera at around 8 pounds (considerably lighter than the 20 pound ARRI Alexa LF) so benefits massively from careful rigging. As a premium camera, Holdan recommends the highest quality accessories to complement the Venice.
Datavideo's DAC-75T is designed to convert video signals from VGA, HDMI, SDI to HDMI or SDI. With touchscreen control, it's a great ally for venues, conference teams and AV rental teams that need to be ready for whatever the presenter needs to project. DAC-75T makes childplay of connecting your source to a screen or projector. The DAC-75T does upscaling, downscaling and standards conversion for any HDMI, VGA or SDI device to any HDMI or SDI screen or projector. RCA inputs allow audio to be embedded to the output of the video signal for recording purposes.
Datavideo’s stand was packed with visitors and new kit at this year’s NAB. Innovations include: PTC-140 SDI/HDMI camera at an incredible price. The picture quality is really good at full HD 50p. The camera also supports H.264/H.265 video compression and dual stream output over Ethernet. RMC-300 is a new powerful 24-camera PTZ controller with tablet interface. It offers 14 presets per camera to support every kind of production. HS-1600T HDBaseT Streaming Studio: 4 input switcher with built-in camera control, recording and streaming. It makes a great workflow with the PTC-140T HD PTZ camera. NVS-33 standalone streaming / SD recording device, giving you independent control over quality and bitrates. It’s very affordable and exceptionally easy to use.
With high-end production cameras, like the Alexa LF, Venice, RED Ranger and (technically) the new Alexa Mini LF starting to favour 24v over 12v power, one of the biggest issues is, well…power. Do you go with 12v to 24v up-conversion, or invest in a set of 24v batteries? Let’s look at the pros and cons of each:
SmallHD have gone and done it again! Fresh for 2019, SmallHD are releasing the Focus 7. Using the same OS3 software that SmallHD implement into all of their monitors, it holds all of the features you’re used to. But… the Focus 7 boasts a 7”, full HD (able to downscale from 4K), touchscreen LCD display and weighing in at just 320g, this monitor gives you a larger screen for easier viewing and (most importantly) more accurate focussing, without adding a crazy amount of extra weight to your rig.
Conferences, huddle rooms and presentations are fast paced environments where time is money and the audience does not like to wait. This is where an AV converter like the DAC-75T just thrives. Your speaker wants to connect their laptop and see it displayed or projected straight away. They may have VGA, DVI, HDMI, Display Port or even SDI. So not getting the picture and fiddling with tiny dip switches, in a dark room, is what they want to avoid. Especially when there is no tech guy around.
The Internet is full of LED vs OLED debate. But most of the time, they’re only related to big, 50"+ displays. Which is great, but what about when it comes to small, professional handheld or camera-mounted displays – what should you get… LED or OLED?SmallHD’s Focus has already proven itself as a trustworthy, lightweight, on-camera LCD monitor that’s at a very affordable price. With their addition of an SDI model and two new OLED versions, you may be in something of a quandary. Let’s take a look at the main differences between the two panel types:
For broadcasters and film-makers, completely eliminating downtime is the dream. Pro camera operators need their kit powered and working at all times, whether it's in a live environment or on a busy set, up against a tight shooting schedule. Turning off a camera to replace a battery in such a situation is going to be a major inconvenience, especially if your battery is powering the camera, wireless transmitters, follow focus, on camera monitors and an EVF. The team at Core SWX have taken note of this problem, brought it to the lab, and have found quite the revolutionary workaround with the Jetpack EVO. The Jetpack sits between the camera and battery to provide a standby 29wh power source. Firstly, the 15A maximum draw enables a power hungry camera system to continue running for around 5 minutes. An Alexa Mini with the MVF-1 will run for around 20 minutes. This means that you can run your batteries closer to the 0% marker. So you can get more out of every pack, without the paranoid fear of running out of power at a critical moment.
Today software, apps and computer games cannot be released with clunky user interfaces or huge menu structures. And who has time to read an inch-thick software manual these days? Instead new software is tested on first-time users to check its “usability” or user-friendliness. Anything that delays or confuses a user is tweaked or cut to make learning new software an intuitive and pleasant experience.
Working on a local copy of a creative project may be your default. If your central storage and network can’t support the data rates you need for multiple streams of high resolution video, it may be your only option. That process of transferring files from shared storage to your desktop (and back again), is not only slow, it’s also extremely inefficient. To work at speed, you need the editor, FX artist, audio, colourist and titles to collaborate and work as a team.
A new version of Wirecast has just been released by Telestream with new features and significant improvements. In the powerful Wirecast Pro version the Web stream plugin has been completely rewritten to improve stability and performance, this is fantastic for remote video contributions although you are still better off using the Teradek Wirecast Plugin if using their Cube encoder/decoders, because they offer lower latency. The new plugin also lets you utilise IP-enabled Panasonic and Lumens PTZ camera streams, if they don’t have NDI.
Wirecast live production and streaming software is ideal for use in schools, colleges and university. Watch this series of videos to find out how you can launch new streaming services for lecture capture, event coverage and graduation ceremonies, plus create unique teaching resources. EDU Series Part 1 - Live Streaming Your Graduations with Wirecast EDU Series Part 2 - How to Create Online Training Courses with ScreenFlow End-to-end Live Streaming in Education: From Classrooms to Commencements Create Student-Produced News at Your School Using Wirecast
Apple laptops have evolved to become minimalist powerhouses. Over the years, MacBook Pro designers have engineered a beautiful, sleek chassis and reduced the weight significantly. The result is a travel-friendly powerhouse, a light-weight editing workstation, a super-slim 4K grading system. But this progress has come at the cost of reducing laptop's connectivity. A point of contention for many users is that Thunderbolt 3 USB C connections are now the only remaining options. What's wrong with Thunderbolt? Nothing. But creatives often need a fast 10-gigabyte network port, HDMI out and an SD reader among other things. Read TechCrunch for a full rundown on the "Ins & Outs" of the MacBook Pro. For video professionals, there's one more conundrum to solve: how can I add video inputs or outputs to my MacBook Pro?
The NANO-U98 for the Sony FS5 and Sony FS7 is a 98Wh lithium ion pack equipped with a LED power gauge, 1 USB, and 1 p-tap, making it capable of powering additional accessories such as an on-camera light. The batteries will charge on Sony OEM chargers, allowing you to extend the service life on your already existent chargers. That gives you the option to feed multiple accessories, as well as powering the camera for hours.
Sony A7’s series of cameras are serious contenders in the full frame market... but all that processing power demands high capacity batteries for even modest shooting times. The new Powerbase Edge is a 49Wh lithium ion battery mounts either to the bottom of the camera using a ¼-20 screw mount, or if you have it set up as a rig, it can mount using the V-Mount on the other side of the pack. The battery is feature-packed with two P-taps and two USB ports for additional accessories such a monitor or to even charge your cell phone.
Are your camera batteries air transport compliant? If you’re a travelling camera operator, you’ll know all too well the rules and regulations of flying with Lithium batteries. But if you don’t, you’ve got a whole lot of reading to do… If you have an afternoon to spare, you can get full details on the IATA website and here’s a 15 page document on UN/DOT 38.3 battery testing. However, if you don’t, here’s a diet version that should be enough to get you through security:
Anyone with a wireless mic knows about frequencies – not just finding a clear channel, but also getting the right licence to operate. In the world of video senders, the same two issues apply. Teradek helps you avoid crowded bands with Bolt XT’s spectrum analyser, but even more important is adhering to legislation governing frequencies. All Teradek wireless equipment, including the BOLT range, is FCC and CE certified. In addition to this, the BOLT range features advanced Dynamic Frequency Selection to ensure there is no interference with civilian navigation, maritime, weather, and military radar systems.
Sound familiar? Your presenter is taking to the stage in 5 minutes. You’re given a laptop with a VGA output that has to be connected to your UltraHD projector... NOW! In an emergency you switch to your standby video mixer and somehow need to connect the SDI output to an HDMI large format display You’re streaming a news story. The footage on your recorder is in 1080i, but your switcher can only manage 1080p
Following the success of SLR Magic’s ventures into affordable yet robust and high quality anamorphic lenses and adapters, they announced their new and latest edition to our product range the Anamorphot 1,33x-65 anamorphic adapter. Taking feedback from professional users, along with their previous offerings, this new adapter accommodates lenses with a front element size of up to 65mm, and has a rear thread size of 82mm.
We have moved on since the 80s and 90s and left terms such as Betamax and S-Video languishing in museums (http://www.obsoletemedia.org/). Underscan and Overscan still crop up, however, in monitor specs. These terms have their roots in old analogue television, when using CRTs or Cathode Ray Tube monitors and TV sets. Due to the way the electron gun worked inside the old TV tube part of the outside edge of the image was intentionally cropped as it was not the same image quality.
Over the last 2-3 years, Holdan has sold thousands of on-camera monitors. The reasons why are quite simple: they make framing, exposing and focusing a picture so much easier – and more accurate. Now there’s a new 4K model from Datavideo which we’re very excited about.We first saw the TLM-700K at NAB 2018.
All the key new products from NAB 2018: Blackmagic Design, Teradek, SmallHD, CoreSWX, Panasonic, Sonnet, SLR Magic, LEDGO, more! Richard Payne, Head of Technology writes... "The NAB Show is the world's largest convention encompassing the convergence of media, entertainment and technology. The general consensus was that despite the crowds around certain stands, attendance might have been lower than previous years. Wednesday and Thursday seemed quieter, so it will be interesting to see if this is proved when the attendance figures are released. You can read our show magazine at your leisure!"
New wireless transmitters from Teradek: the XT and the LT range. BOLT XT Bolt XT is the ultimate wireless, zero-delay video system designed for cinematographers to monitor every shot and film with confidence. Compatible with Bolt 500, 1000, 3000, Bolt LT, Sidekick II, Bolt 10K, and 703 Bolt Professional software features: 3D LUTs, 5GHz spectrum analyzer, manual channel selection Dual input and output (SDI + HDMI) with looping SDI output on the TX 2x SDI outputs + HDMI output on the RX 500 receiver features a bidirectional small battery plate LP-E6 / Sony NP-F (“L-Series”) 1000/3000 XT receivers feature integrated, internally-wired battery plates with pass-through power (Gold- or V-mount)
The 2018 NAB Show is just around the corner, and Datavideo isitching to give you a taste of the awesome new gear that we're debuting at the show. Every year, Datavideo has something unique and interesting to introduce into the market, and this year is no exception. This year, we're focusing on two BIG ideas: video streaming and cameras. Introducing Datavideo's latest addition to our lineup of high quality video cameras : The NightHawk NH-100! What makes this camera special is its ability to capture video in the dark with enhanced clarity.
eGFX Breakaway™ Box 650 the Only eGPU Chassis Recommended by Apple® and Qualified by AMD to Support All Graphics Cards Compatible with macOS High Sierra. Sonnet Technologies today announced the eGFX Breakaway™ Box 650, the latest and most capable model in the company's series of Thunderbolt™ 3 to PCI Express® (PCIe®) eGPU expansion chassis for professional graphics and gaming applications.
Core SWX, a leader in battery and charging solutions, announces Holdan as its new European distributor. Based in the UK, Holdan will offer Core’s full line of battery and charging solutions, including its latest Powerbase Edge and Nano-M Series.
At the 2018 NAB Show, Sonnet will showcase its new eGFX Breakaway™ Box 650, a Thunderbolt™ 3 to eGPU PCI Express® (PCIe®) card expansion system designed and qualified specifically for large, power-hungry video graphics processing unit (GPU) cards, including the AMD Radeon™ RX Vega 64, Radeon Pro WX 9100, 9100 SSG and overclocked NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 10 series-based cards. The 650 model enables the use of all GPU cards that support connecting to a computer over Thunderbolt — such as AMD Radeon R9, RX, RX Vega, and Pro WX models and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 9 and 10 series, Titan X and Xp, and Quadro® models — with Thunderbolt 3-equipped computers, providing GPU support for computationally intensive applications and games. (Lists of supported computers and GPU cards are available at www.sonnettech.com/product/egfx-breakaway-box.html).
NEW: Thunderbolt™ 3 External Graphics (eGPU) SolutionsAt BVE 2018, Sonnet will showcase its new eGFX Breakaway™ Box 650, a Thunderbolt™ 3 to eGPU PCI Express® (PCIe®) card expansion system designed and qualified specifically for large, power-hungry video graphics processing unit (GPU) cards, including the AMD Radeon™ RX Vega 64 and overclocked NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 10 series-based cards. The 650 model enables the use of all GPU cards that support connecting to a computer over Thunderbolt — such as AMD Radeon R9, RX, RX Vega, and Pro WX models and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 9 and 10 series, Titan X and Xp, and Quadro® models — with Thunderbolt 3-equipped computers, providing GPU support for computationally intensive applications and games. (Lists of supported computers and GPU cards are available at www.sonnettech.com/product/egfx-breakaway-box.html). Mac®- and Windows®-compatible, the new Sonnet system is the coolest and quietest eGFX box on the market, with a built-in, variable-speed, temperature-controlled fan that quietly and effectively cools the installed card.
Sonnet Technologies today announced its latest Thunderbolt™ 3 product, the Thunderbolt 3 to Dual HDMI™ 2.0 Adapter. The compact bus-powered device enables users to connect up to two 4K ultra-high-definition (UHD) HDMI monitors with just one Thunderbolt 3 port on their computers.
Sonnet is currently testing product compatibility for macOS 10.13 (High Sierra). The following are compatible:
Sonnet Technologies today announced the launch of its new SF3™ Series — SxS™ Pro Card Reader, the second in a new family of professional media readers that feature a 40Gbps Thunderbolt™ 3 interface. The Sonnet reader employs dual card slots to take advantage of the tremendous 2,750 MB/s bandwidth Thunderbolt 3 offers. Sonnet's latest Pro Card Reader, the industry's first SxS card reader with Thunderbolt 3, can ingest files simultaneously from two cards at their maximum speeds, and is also compatible with SD™ and XQD™ media cards when used with Sonnet SDHC Adapters and Sony XQD ExpressCard® Adapters, respectively. Compatible with Mac® and Windows® computers with Thunderbolt 3 ports, the Sonnet reader is also compatible with Mac computers with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports when used with the Apple® Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter.
The DAC-45 is the successor to the world-renowned DAC-70, 3G-SDI Up/Down/Cross Converter. It has all the same features as the DAC-70 that our customers know and appreciate, with the addition of 4K HDMI support. Thanks to its built-in super resolution engine, users can now up convert from SD 480 resolution all the way to 4K resolution with excellent image quality and sharpness.
Datavideo today announces that the all new BC-200 4K Block Camera is now shipping. The BC-200 is Datavideo’s first compact block camera that can support up to 3840x2160 UHD resolution. It is an ideal camera to use with the KMU-100 4K Multicamera Processor because of its 70.7° wide viewing angle. BC-200 has superior Sony optics that feature 1/2.3” high definition 8.93 M Pixels progress CMOS sensor with 12x optical zoom. One of the unique components that sets it apart from other 4K cameras is the digital noise reduction, which delivers excellent image quality in a dark environment.
Compact Three-Slot Expansion Chassis Enables Connection of up to Three High-Performance PCIe® Cards With 2750 MB/s of Bandwidth via Thunderbolt™ 3 Interface Sonnet Technologies today announced the launch of the Echo™ Express SE III, the newest member of the company's award-winning Echo Express family of Thunderbolt™-to-PCI Express® (PCIe®) expansion systems. With full support for Thunderbolt 3, the Echo Express SE III is a compact desktop device that enables the use of up to three high-performance PCIe cards with Mac® computers equipped with Thunderbolt 3 ports.
SmallHD launches $499 daylight viewable 5 inch monitor FOCUS is the 5-inch micro HDMI monitor with massive production value. Daylight Viewable Touchscreen Bright enough to see Sharp enough to focus.