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Drones Gain Entrance to Hollywood Film and TV Production November 3rd 2014 - 10:00 AM

Drones, essentially unmanned aircraft, can be used in a myriad of ways. From controversial remote-controlled bombing platforms and police surveillance to monitoring crops on large farms and delivering medicines to remote locations, drones have found a wide range of uses.

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Bill Holshevnikoff suggests lighting technicians first decide what aspect of light is most important to them, then select the solution that

Improved LED Fixtures are Quickly Changing Broadcast and Film Lighting November 3rd 2014 - 09:00 AM

Ask any television or film lighting designer and you’ll get the same answer. Lighting is currently going a period of rapid technological change and LED fixtures are gaining fast over more traditional lighting — especially tungsten.

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zLense in use

Blurring the real and the virtual live October 27th 2014 - 11:57 AM

The capture of depth information in scenes is an increasingly rich field of development but it has so far remained on the fringes of TV production because of the need to either use physical markers on objects or to render the output in post. Start-up company Zinemath aims to change that with a technology called zLense it claims to be the first real-time 3D depth mapping tool for broadcast.

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Panasonic P2HD cameras like the AJ-PX270 will be fitted with LiveU cloud upload, content and remote management functionality

Camcorders get cloud streaming capability October 23rd 2014 - 12:28 PM

The IP wave has broken on the shores of wireless connectivity as several pro-camcorder manufacturers announce cloud-integration capability removing the need for traditional video uplink. This workflow particularly benefits ENG and electronic field production for store and forward media transfer or streaming live to air from sports or news events and taps into the maturation of cellular networks which are enabling a more secure and lossless signal transmission with lower latency. That said, 4G network coverage even in western Europe lags some way behind that of the U.S. which makes hybrid systems combining cellular channels and satellite links of necessity for most news-gathering services.

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How Satellites Will Fuel the Next Wave of Journalism October 22nd 2014 - 04:56 PM

In recent years, major events such as the Arab Spring and the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake have brought the role of citizen journalists into global prominence. As mainstream news outlets adapt to this emerging trend, professional journalists and average citizens alike can explore the use of satellite technology as a key enabler to delivering news from anywhere in the world.

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GoPro launches Hero4 with streaming built-in

To GoPro where nobody has GoPro’ed before October 21st 2014 - 02:08 PM

In the same way that Red Bull has successfully shifted attention to its brand as a lifestyle and not about shifting cans of drink, so GoPro’s business model has achieved lift-off as a media phenomenon. Perhaps it had to, with basic hardware costing around $100 it would have had to sold a lot of units, but as The Guardian pointed out this week ‘to GoPro’ has become a verb for the use of wearable cams to capture and post online any kind of video from the high-octane to the mundane. In its latest development, GoPro users can now stream — broadcast — their videos straight to the internet.

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This Peleton, CO control room sports a Newtek TriCaster production switcher and a Telemetrics robotic camera controller connected to three S

Cost-Cutting Boosts the Use of Robots in Television Studios October 13th 2014 - 10:30 AM

Since the world economy crashed in 2008, many industries are starting to return to profitability. However, that doesn’t mean that all those lost jobs for workers will ever come back. In fact, because of the increase in the use of computerized robots, many employees are finding that their job duties have greatly changed and in some cases, their jobs have been forever eliminated.

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Zacuto accessorized cameras being used on the set of TNT

As Video Expands to New Devices, So Have the Accessories for Lenses October 13th 2014 - 09:30 AM

Lenses are one of the most ancient technologies still in use today. The earliest known lenses were made from polished crystal, often quartz, and date from as early as 700 BC. Technology has advanced greatly since then and the types of accessories for lenses are now virtually unlimited.

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