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  • How audio broadcast equipment is evolving to deliver 3D sound

    Original 3D audio, for broadcast needs, lets you get sound from everywhere, and no it’s not surround sound as you know it.

    The International Telecommunication Union has decided upon a new standard for audio broadcast equipment that's planned to sit together with Ultra HD video. If the name by itself doesn't get you eager for yet one more standard that'll take years to really come into practice, then check out its even more shaky description: a "long-form file format for the international exchange of audio programme materials with metadata."

    The new standard is basically a 3D sound arrangement intended to deliver audio above and below listeners, as well as around them like in current surround system equipment does. It's built on the current RIFF and WAV file formats, which have been altered so that a solitary file can transmit a complete audio plan containing audio samples as well as metadata for any mixture of object, channel and scene-based sound.

    Audio Broadcast Equipment

    There's also the potential of users being able to customise their experience by altering individual intensities of 3D sound in their living rooms. The ITU says audiophiles will have something called "object based coding" to express their thanks to, which seems like something that may be too demanding for broadcast to actually implement with it’s current equipment. Still, if they do, the ITU is assuring that language choices, dialogue levels, and other pieces of a programme can be attuned, potentially being of benefit to those with hearing problems, too.

    Dolby Atmos uses object-based sound as well, and necessitates distinctive and quite costly audio broadcast equipment to process the object coding into an arrangement that can truly be interpreted by your usual channel-based speakers.

    The new audio broadcast equipment should be backwards compatible with older equipment and formats, thanks to flags that emphasise more common stereo audio. That said, there's a big cost to this 3D sound glory. The current 4GB file limit from the older specification has been lifted in order to pack all that new data in, and wrapped in a new-fangled WAV-based 64-bit arrangement called BW64. Given that broadcasters are unenthusiastic to move to 4K video, mostly due to due to bandwidth concerns, don't expect to be treating your ears to the bandwidth-heavy treat of 3D audio any time soon. At least not in most places.

  • Discover the new Canon's professional camera sensor.

    Canon's latest professional camera sensor is ridiculously strong.

    How powerful you ask? Well according to the Japanese professional camera company, "when fitted into our camera equipment, the recently developed sensor was able to capture images allowing the differentiating of lettering on the side of a plane flying at a distance of roughly 18 km away."

    Professional Camera Equipment

    On Monday, Canon announced its latest camera sensor. It clocks in at an astounding 250 megapixels, which is five times higher than its next most powerful sensor.

    That's the 50.6 megapixel one found in the EOS 5DS; the 250 megapixel sensor is also smaller in size than the one in the 5DS camera.

    The new sensor, which is APS-H size (29.2 by 20.2 millimetre), is also capable of shooting video at five frames per second. The company say its resolution is 125 times that of Full HD, and 30 times that of 4K video.

    The resolution of uncropped photos shot on the sensor is 19,580 by 12,600 pixels. For reference, the resolution of the iPhone 6's 8 megapixel camera is 3,264 by 2,448 pixels.

    When discussing cameras, especially professional ones, it's important to note that megapixels aren't everything. There are numerous other factors at play that determine image quality, from the size of the sensor to the quality of the lens in front of it, and the on-board software for processing the raw data. It's why modern smartphone cameras will be significantly worse than professional DSLR cameras from a few years ago, despite having a higher megapixel count.

    Canon produces world-class professional camera equipment, hardware and lens glass, however: While the company hasn't provided any example shots, the images the sensor captures are likely to be very, very high quality.

    It doesn't look like Canon intends to use the sensor in consumer camera equipment. In a statement, the company said it is "considering the application of this technology in specialized surveillance and crime prevention tools, ultra-high-resolution measuring instruments and other industrial equipment, and the field of visual expression."

  • Buy professional camera bags: Find out the new ‘on the go’ bags from camRade

    Though only unveiled this year, camRade has drawn-out its range of ‘on the go’ bags to embrace a new compact bag and medium and large backpacks. These bags offer protection, lightweight design, and simple access to a fully put together camera. Buy Professional Camera The camera bags are made of 1000 denier black Cordura material with double YKK zips that open the top flap in one stress-free pull, unveiling sections for the camera, accessories, batteries, chargers, cables and tools. It has also added to its variety of protection covers with new body protectors and rain covers with wetSuits for the Canon EOS C300 MkII, JVC GY-HM170/200 and GY-LS300, the Panasonic Varicam 35/HS, and the Arri Alexa Mini, and finally a camSuit being for the Sony PXW-X320. camRade offers a wide selection of camera bags for all kinds of professional AV gear. Thanks to the shrewd designs and use of complex materials and solid stitching, every camRade bag provides your professional camera and equipment with a maximum of shelter and gives you the handiness you need when on the move. The camRade assortment of professional bags and other protective equipment is expanding all the time, since suitable camRade bags are repeatedly being established for newly released hardware. The range will be complemeneted by clever add-ons such as added sections and protective interiors. 3D Broadcast Ltd is a well-established professional broadcast company based at the world famous Pinewood Studios, who have many years of experience selling into the Broadcast and Corporate Market Place. The Directors Martin Joannou and Paul Raeburn have established a fantastic reputation within the industry for quality and service. 3D Broadcast offers professional, impartial and unbiased advice to help you make the right choice when you buy whatever you require for your professional camera equipment or if you need to buy professional camera bags. With an ever growing international client base including freelancers, educational establishments, independent production companies, major corporations and broadcasters, 3D Broadcast is able to source and supply professional equipment from other major manufactures that include Panasonic, Sony, Canon, Ikegami, Blackmagic and Vitec group as well as many others. It is our aim to offer a complete service, at competitive prices and above all to offer you a pleasant and pleasurable experience when you buy from 3D Broadcast.

  • Buy professional camera: the cinematography camera area gets jam-packed in 2015

    This year has seen a surplus of professional camera brands and models thrive and this has produced increased pressure on prices, a huge advantage to cinematographers and a trial to manufacturers. The gravity of the situation which has been building for several years began to intensify at NAB with the arrival of nearly 12 new models, a number of them getting down into some of the lower most prices on record for professional cameras in the league. Buy Professional Camera This tendency has resulted in a growth of ownership in the low-end of the camera marketplace and a subsequent belt tightening at the top end. It has consequently created a race to the bottom between companies. You would wonder, who would want to win that race? Seemingly, the answer is quite a few companies. Chiefly led by Blackmagic Design, whose camera costs have been astoundingly low, others comprising JVC and AJA have been advocating 4K ‘cine’ competent cameras at price below $5000 in the American market. One outcome of the descent in camera and camcorder prices has been the stress on DSLRs too. This whole tendency of lower and lower prices has satisfied many that now want to buy a professional camera users, particularly independent film makers and students gathering equipment together, now being able to do so relatively cheaply too. Rent habits don’t change as fast however, as data establishes that cinematography professionals still employ rentals, constantly in cameras and even more for lenses, as they are very expensive to own. The average renter said that they rented at least 25 times a year. To support this opinion, manufacturers have pulverized rental houses by flooding them with cameras, lenses and other accessories of use to renters. The acquisition of cine lenses has been helped slightly by the progression of digital cinematography, but that has mainly been amongst independents and rental houses. When independent film makers buy a camera they often get one lens at least. However, it’s common that that lens is part of a package. Extra lenses can claim for considerable out of pocket expenses and that has often to a reliance on rentals as lenses are obligatory for specific things being made. Another development in lenses has been a move away from exclusively using prime or fixed lenses and the escalation of the use of zooms, which were previously only seen in news or broad video creation and seldom, if ever, in motion picture creation.

  • Find out the latest broadcast equipment presented at the International Broadcasting Convention

    Four distinguishing audio environments full of broadcast equipment awaited visitors at the Sennheiser and Neumann booths at the International Broadcasting Convention in Wedemark, Germany. Guests can experience ‘ENG world’ where Sennheiser will showcase a brand new wireless product, a distinctive radio station environment, a TV broadcast studio and a devoted sports broadcasting set-up. All are displays that together provide a comprehensive overview of the two audio companies’ tailor-made answers to many peoples niggles with current equipment.

    Electronic News Gathering

    ENG world will show the full range of archetypal electronic newsgathering conditions, from high-end broadcasting teams to small and minor video crews.

    Broadcast Equipment For skilled broadcasting teams, wireless microphone equipment for camera use from Sennheiser’s 5000, 3000 and 2000 series will be on display too.

    Smaller production crews will find Sennheiser’s AVX digital wireless equipment a perfect choice. Launched previously this year at NAB, the new schemes have convinced users around the world with their outstandingly compact plug-in receiver, excellent ease of use and fast set-up.

    For mobile broadcasting and journalism, Sennheiser will platform its most convenient ENG audio equipment: the ClipMic digital and MKE 2 digital clip-on mics which join directly to almost all Apple devices, transforming them into an ENG device that is always at hand. The clip-on mics were established in cooperation with Apogee Electronics.

    Radio Station

    A typical radio station arrangement aids in demonstrating Neumann’s most effective microphones for this setting with the BCM 104, TLM 102 and the TLM 107. Sennheiser HD 26 Pro and HD 650 headphones and Neumann KH 120 monitor speakers as well as a Neumann KH 810 subwoofer complete the recreation of the studio.

    TV Broadcast Studio

    The classic TV talkshow ‘studio’ and control room serve to highlight the highest-quality Sennheiser and Neumann broadcast equipment, from Digital 9000, Sennheiser’s definitive digital wireless system, to Neumann KH 310 monitor loudspeakers. Also on show are wired mics for use in the studio, such as the table-top Sennheiser MKH 8050 and ME 36 models in addition to the Neumann KM 185, and Sennheiser broadcast headphones. For broadcasters, the studio environment features the classic MKE 40 clip-on mic and the new Headmic 1.

    Sports Broadcasting

    Sports broadcasting is an area that drives many innovations in the broadcasting segment, therefore it is given a special focus here. The highlight here was Esfera, which is Sennheiser’s surround sound system which generates a fully-fledged 5.1 sound from a two-channel signal. Attached onto a camera or wired into a stadium, the compact Esfera mic can be worked just like any tough stereo microphone, whose sound can then be transformed into 5.1 at any point in the workflow. The structure is very much analogous to the human ears and brain. It ‘hears’ via two microphones, and its separate handling unit turns the mic’s sound into a surround sound, in the same way the brain does with the sounds we hear.

  • The New JVC 4K Digital Handheld Camcorders And Remote Head Camera Structure Features

    Handheld CamcordersElectronics giant JVC has launched its 4K Camcorder product line, which is made up of three new specialised handheld camcorders and a remote head camera structure. The JVC GY-HM170 handheld camcorder gives professional full HD and 4K Ultra HD footage in a small, solid design. It’s founded upon a single 1/2.3 BSI 12.7 Megapixel CMOS sensor with expert control layout and all-inclusive video profile settings. The camera captures 4K Ultra HD as H.264 files and can capture HD and SD footage in a range of resolutions and frame rates. Other things include an incorporated 12x optical zoom lens with two ND filters, built-in stereo microphone and 3.5mm audio input, and live 4K UHD yield via built-in HDMI. Also, the multipurpose GY-HM200 camcorder brings 4K Ultra HD, 4:2:2 full HD (50Mbps) and SD images with a 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS chip. It includes a built-in 12x zoom lens with optical image stabiliser and 24x dynamic zoom. While very compact, the economical GY-HM170E camcorder features a heavy duty body with professional control layout and comprehensive video profile settings for professional use. It is a fully functional high performance 4K Ultra HD camcorder that's equally capable of shooting 4:2:2 full HD at 50Mbps. Its integrated 12x optical zoom lens and 4K CMOS sensor, deliver razor sharp 4K Ultra HD recordings directly to SDHC/SDXC memory cards. It can even record on two cards simultaneously for instant backup or extended recording time. Output live 4K UHD camera signals through the built-in HDMI connector. And its tiny size allows you to shoot in venues that may be unfriendly to larger cameras. 3D Broadcast Ltd is a well-established professional broadcast company based at the world famous Pinewood Studios, who have many years of experience selling handheld camcorders and more professional equipment into the Broadcast and Corporate Market Place. The Directors Martin Joannou and Paul Raeburn have established a fantastic reputation within the industry for quality and service. We also offer professional, impartial and unbiased advice to help you make the right choice in acquisition, post-production and media distribution solutions.

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    • VideoMicro - the VideoMicro is a new entry level VideoMic, only 80mm in length and very inexpensive, yet features a metal body and includes Rycote Lyre shock mount and a furry windshield. Sounds incredible for the money, doesn’t need a battery, switchless operation etc.

    • VideoMic Me - VideoMic Me is a shotgun mic for smartphones. Plug and play via TRRS it’s compatible with iPhone & iPad and a range of Android and Windows mobile phones. Features a play through headphone jack, and includes furry windshield.

    • RØDELink TX-XLR/Newsshooter Kit – This is the XLR adaptor for RØDELink wireless system. It will ship by itself (for people that already own the Filmmaker kit) as well as a part of the Newsshooter kit (pairs it with the RX-CAM camera mounted receiver). Runs off of 2 x AA, USB or you can plug in the standard Sony battery (NP series) that everyone uses to power their camera accessories.

    • i-XLR – It’s an iOS Lightning to XLR preamp/adapter. 3m lightning cable that terminates in a little XLR box with headphone monitoring and a nice little record button and status LED that will talk to a new RØDE Recording app. No phantom power, but pairs with dynamic microphones (theres a +20dB boost for low output mics) or RØDE’s self-phantom powering NTG2 and NTG4+ perfectly.

    • Micro Boompole Pro - this is a super thin yet strong boom ‘stick’ that connects in three parts to 2.2m long. Only 150gm and super portable – designed for use in confined spaces.

    • Boompole Pro – A new flagship RØDE pro pole at a great price. 100% carbon fibre, up to 3m and only 530gm.

  • Panasonic Camcorder's initial prosumer introduced at CES 2015

    Seeing as it's 2015 and other companies have been constricting their camcorder product lines for many years now, Panasonic's taster of at least 7 camcorders at CES is quite extraordinary. These models will be accessible in the US, while four other similar models will also emerge in other regions, they have an ‘M’ in their model names which indicates that they integrate 16GB of built-in memory.

    At the top tier of its consumer line is the WX970, the firm's first consumer 4K -- UHD, 2160/30p model, cautiously priced at around £652. Panasonic's next 4K step-up is the £2,700 HC-X1000, and the 3-chip HD X920 stays in the range too. It's not the only 4K model though, it's also joined by the VX870, which will be roughly £587. Both models integrate a 1/2.3-inch BSI sensor, and they're also armed with 20X f1.8 Leica Dicomar lenses.

    The VX870 differs from the WX970 only by the lack of a second camera for shooting picture-in-picture footage, the Twin Camera feature that Panasonic revealed last year. It does support Wireless Twin Camera though, which is what Panasonic calls the distinctive new ability of using a Wi-Fi connected phone or tablet as an additional camera. Wireless Twin Camera support will be accessible in many, but not all of the new Panasonic camcorders. One sad oversight from all of the 4K models is an electronic viewfinder.

    Panasonic adds an interesting new highlight to several of the lower end models, which HDR Movie mode. Comparable to multiple-exposure HDR stills, HDR Movie concurrently records two exposures at altered shutter speeds, then combines them with enhanced highlight and shadow areas. While it won't work well in some circumstances, particularly those with very fast action, and only works in HD, it's an original method to compensating for the inclination of consumer cameras to blow out highlights and clip shadows.

    Panasonic also asserts faster autofocus using an original lens drive based on the Lightspeed AF utilised in its point-and-shoots camcorders.

    As for the rest of the camcorders, which range in price up to $600 (No UK price so far), it's somewhat irritating that Panasonic makes you select between either having the Twin Camera option (V770/V760) or the HDR Movie features (W570). Perhaps they’ll combine these features in the future, as this is its first outing on the market, we can forgive it for that for now.

  • Discover our ultra HD 4K broadcast cameras

    Broadcast CamerasBT has recently launched Europe’s first initial Ultra HD 4K channel, and in August, it piloted its first live transmission in 4K of a Premier League match, which was Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford.

    4K is an expected next step in broadcasting, and audiences were blown away by the image superiority, which is four times that of HD. For its live productions, BT just acquired the first 12 Sony HDC-4300 4K broadcast cameras, as well as Fujinon 4K Ultra HD lenses.

    The new station from BT, went on air recently with a live broadcast of the FA Community Shield competition at Wembley, concerning Chelsea and Arsenal. Initial plans are to transmit one live event per week, and during the outstanding time, rebroadcast sports such as football, rugby and basketball that were shot in 4K during BT’s experimental phase. Other live occasions in the plans embrace UEFA Champions League, Premiership Rugby and MotoGP.

    The Ultra HD channel is obtainable through BT’s Entertainment Ultra HD package, which includes a 4K-capable 1TB set top box capable of handling it. To deliver 4K, BT is making use of IP broadcasting over its Infinity broadband system with HEVC compression to transport the extra image data.

    Like any new customer presentation, a rollout has obstacles to overcome and can take time. It also requires both an install base and the available content too.

    To see the content in 4K, customers will obviously need a 4K-capable UHDTV. The original models began distributing in 2012, and today all major TV manufacturers make these displays. With its Ultra HD package, BT is attempting to grow the install base by contributing a voucher for up to £500 off an LG UHDTV to its customer.

    On the matter of actual content, a few added European broadcasters might soon get on board with the service. For example, Sky UK and Sky Deutschland are at present testing 4K with the end result being the offering of UHD services.

    The Sony HDC-4300  camera puts you in total control of your content. For the first time, one camera platform is all you need to handle 4K, HD and super slow motion – helping you generate maximum returns on today’s production budgets, so the camera should be the least of your worries.

  • The new broadcast camera and broadcast lenses at the Fujifilm 4K day event

    Broadcast CameraCamera lens manufacturer Fujifilm is hosting a 4K Day event partly in an attempt to platform their 4K IS Mini and newest Zoom lenses at the DMPC in California. The event will include guest speakers during the day and also offer opportunities for visitors and camera enthusiasts to try out Fujinon’s newest equipment up close.

    The lenses will be combined together with Sony 4K cameras such as the F55, F65, FS7 and Sony’s newest, the HDC-4300- one of the firm’s true 4K broadcast camera. Attendees to the occasion will also be able to watch live video material and images from the Fuji lenses paired to these Sony cameras, displayed onto the event’s 25 ft. projection screen through the use of Sony’s own modern 4k ultra HD projection equipment.

    Once more, Fujinon will be using their 4K event to showcase their variety of lenses and some of the models that will be on show consist of the Fujinon UA80x9BESM (9 – 720mm) 4K Transmission 80x zoom lens on a Sony HDC-4300 4K broadcast workhorse studio camera, the Fujinon UA22x8BERD (8 – 176mm) 4K ENG 22x zoom lens on the same Sony camera and the Fujinon ZK12x25 (25 – 300mm)  4K PL 12x zoom lens mounted onto a Sony F55 4K broadcast studio camera. In addition to these weighty shooters and lenses, there will also be 7 other 4K Fuji lenses revealed during the course of the day with Cine PL and Broadcast B4 mounts.

    Fujifilm will also be making use of the DMPC event to showcase its IS-mini HDMI 4K and IS-Mini RACK 4K goods. In this way, Fuji is increasing its product line further with accompaniments like a new version of the IS-mini Manager and the two pieces of hardware mentioned above.

    Finally, product experts from Fuji and Sony will also be around at the experience to deliberate the technologies and Fuji’s method of generating ACES colour management workflows from the initial level up to concluding delivery of finished video.

    Here at 3D Broadcast we sell and rent out a huge range of broadcast cameras, including those from Fujifilm, with lenses from Sony too, so you can get one of these perfect setups and kits straight from us.

    It is our aim to offer a complete service, at competitive prices and above all to offer you a pleasant and pleasurable experience when dealing with 3D Broadcast. 3D Broadcast striving for excellence.

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