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Avid Media Composer 6.5

IBC saw Avid’s first major public showing of Media Composer v6.5 (together with the associated releases of Symphony v6.5 and Newscutter v10.5 ).  So, what’s new? Well, in line with most of the recent releases, a lot of what’s new is only of benefit to certain users, or is an ‘enabling’ feature that introduces or […]

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TriCaster TCXD8000 – can it get any better?

At NAB earlier this year Newtek announced a trio of new broadcast mixing and switching solutions. As expected, there were upgrades for the TriCaster XD450 (XD455) and their established flagship for low-cost, high-end production and the centre piece of many TV Studios around the world, the TriCaster XD850 (XD855). But what no-one was expecting was […]

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Sony’s PMW-200 – a worthy successor to the much-loved EX1?

I like the EX 1 – I LIKE it– it has always been, to paraphrase the corporate world, ‘fit for purpose’ in my view. Small, manageable, a breeze to use, feature rich and unfailingly reliable, it has been my right hand man and saviour of many a shoot.  But, ‘tempus fugits’, and it has now […]

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GoPro go one better!

Just when we thought we’d seen it all, GoPro introduce the HERO3 and put 4K in the palm of your hand – quite literally! The mark of a successful company is that it never stands still – and GoPro certainly can’t be accused of doing that!  All around them, competitors were coming out with products […]

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Optical Disc Archive

For many people outside the broadcast and professional industry, linear tape and optical disc media have long been seen as relics of the 1980’s and 1990’s, having been replaced in more recent times by hard-drives and solid-state media. History is a great testament to that fact – you only have to look at the evolution […]

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Pana Magic!

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 is the new successor to the Lumix DMC-GH2, a compact mirrorless stills camera which gained considerable following as a low cost large sensor HD video camera, not in the least because a) it shared the same mFT (micro Four Thirds) image sensor as used in the excellent AG-AF101 HD camcorder and […]

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Things are looking up for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera…

Here is the latest statement from Blackmagic Design’s Grant Petty: Hi, Here is another update on the camera shipments. Some good news. If you have read my other posts about the causes of the camera delays then you know we have been dealing with a problem with our sensor supplier related to contamination of the […]

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Another update on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera delays!

“Hi, I have another update on the camera shipments. First a bit of a background in the issue. As I have explained in earlier posts, we have been dealing with an issue from our sensor supplier where the glass that covers the front of the sensor has been contaminated and they have been working on […]

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Panasonic introduce the AG-AF101AEJ, an updated AF101

Panasonic have just announced the AG-AF101A series mFT (micro Four-Thirds) camcorder with Full HD progressive recording and 10-bit / 4:2:2 live output via HD-SDI. This addresses the major criticism of the AF101 which featured only 8-bit output via the HD-SDI terminal. Key Features: 1080 60p/50p Recording/Playback 1080 60p/50p HDMI output Expand Focus Assist Function SDI: 10-bit […]