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Investing in the Future of Broadcast Media
Clive Northen At the time of writing, the summer World Cup is providing its usual challenge to camera crews trying to televise the bright sunlight of the stadium without losing detail in shaded areas such as the covered terraces. It is a perfect demonstration of the need for high dynamic range. Several broadcasters are experimentally covering this year's tournament in 4K HDR, including the BBC which is streaming dozens of matches via its iPlayer service. HDR is also accompanied by a wider colour space, meaning millions more colours can be displayed than previously. Yet another advance is the adoption of 50p delivery rather than traditional 50i.
Tags: iss132 | finepoint | hire | 4k hdr | Clive Northen
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UHD 4k and HDR Picture Quality
Tobias Kronenwett And as good as it is, and as easy as it is to do, one of the raps on HDR is that some feel that it’s so bright and sharp that it looks odd, unnatural, almost harsh. It’s similar to when we did our first trials with 4K. The resolution was so high you could easily see, for example, even very minor blemishes. It’s perhaps an irony of new technology that the higher the resolution of natural objects the more artificial they tend to look. It’s often a case of capturing images with more resolution or a greater colour space than our eyes and brains can actually perceive.
Tags: iss131 | sonovts | uhd | 4k | hdr | oled | Tobias Kronenwett
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Tips and Tricks to Giving Sci-Fi a New Look
Mathieu Marano From Terminator to Blade Runner, Alien, and even E.T., science fiction is a genre that will never fail to capture an audience’s imagination. It’s also a genre that encompasses so much more than just space crafts or time travel: frequently providing filmmakers with a platform from which to not only highlight social and political issues, but also explore innovations in the world of filmmaking itself.
Tags: iss131 | sci-fi | blackmagic design | vfx | resolve | 4k | cinemadng | davinci | ursa mini | Mathieu Marano
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What is Next for Broadcast
David Schleifer The Broadcast industry is always chasing new technology. Some of that technology is further than it appears to be, and some of it is closer to adoption than it seems. In part, early adopted technology is accelerated because of customer or business demands, and in the case of IP based environments, the driving factors are speed, cost reduction, and flexibility of workflow. To counterbalance these efficiency-based factors is a desire by content creators and customers to see more 4K HDR content on their new big screens. In some ways the push to deliver 4K workflows also makes the need to manage cost/performance even more urgent.
Tags: iss131 | 4k | primestream | hdr | hls | mpeg dash | rtsp | rtmp | streaming | David Schleifer
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Informed Disruption
Marc Risby The industry is currently going through an enormous amount of disruption, and while many are charging in to embrace the changes, others are wringing their hands with indecision.
Tags: iss131 | boxer | ip | hdr | 4k | Marc Risby
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Delivering on the 4k Promise
Lorna Garrett It’s happened. Consumers are demanding 4K UHD content. They have the TVs, smartphones, tablets and other devices they need, and with much of Netflix and Amazon original content in 4K, as well as sports coverage from BT and Sky, consumers have tasted the future of content quality and are hungry for more. But broadcasters need not worry if their customers have enough bandwidth to receive 4K content - the solutions are ready to make 4K distribution a reality. New viewers are waiting if you’re ready to get to them first.
Tags: iss131 | garland | 4k | uhd | hevc | hc11000 | media excel | Lorna Garrett
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A new AEON in Wireless 4k
JP Delport Whatever production companies are doing right here, right now, today, with wireless HD production tools, they want to do right here, right now, today with 4K UHD. That’s great, but common wisdom would share a host of challenges around 4k UHD, not least, the fact that 4K UHD requires 8x the processing power to transmit, then demands additional horsepower (and bandwidth) to accommodate the data and controls, wireless or otherwise, and of course, when you ramp up processing power, you ramp up heat generation, which needs to be efficiently evacuated.
Tags: iss129 | 4k | uhd | wireless | domo | JP Delport
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Somewhere down the latency river
Ben Hawker Some people have been, understandably, getting fairly excited over the prospect of being able to deploy wireless cameras to capture and transmit 4K UHD. Manufacturers and developers are closing in on the ability to deliver systems that will offer up almost endless creative options at the highest – to date – possible picture quality.
Tags: iss129 | latency | 4k | wireless | rf | presteigne | Ben Hawker
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Innovation in cameras moving to 4k
Tony Valentino For a number of reasons, wireless camera links needed time to migrate to 4K. However Broadcast Sports International, BSI, designs their own cameras and builds their own hardware and their transition to 4K is already complete.
Tags: iss129 | bsi | ref-cam | wireless | 4k | Tony Valentino
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IP for everyone and 4k everywhere - that will be 2018
John Smith -new My first prediction for the coming year is that the use of IP to move broadcast content will increase dramatically.  Ultimately, it will become the commonplace, just as the use of IP has become part of our everyday, consumer lives.  Live sports are closely linked to this growth, as conversion of broadcast signals for transportation across established telecos networks enables content to be viewed in real-time, regardless if it’s in the next room or across the globe.
Tags: iss129 | medialinks | 4k | ip | vr | ai | John Smith -new
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Image processing with Ikegami
Michael Latzch What do you see as the trend thats most impacting the image-processing sector at this moment in time?
Tags: iss127 | ikegami | hdr | vr | 4k | ptz | Michael Latzch
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The Masters of Dirt - Extreme Production
Rian Bester On 22nd April 2017 Inside the Masters of Dirt, the world's wildest unscripted motocross reality series, will launch exclusively on INSIGHT TV in 4K UHD. Produced by Masters Of Dirt (M.O.D) and XTreme Video, the series follows the adrenaline-addicted crew that produces the popular freestyle motocross arena show of the same name.
Tags: iss124 | insight | masters of dirt | motocross | freestyle | fs700 | sony fs700 | 4k | uhd | Rian Bester
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Is now the time to compromise on investment
Mike Ransome - new It would seem on the face of it that many broadcasters and production companies are trimming spending to the bone, or at least postponing it in anticipation of more lucrative days to come.
Tags: iss124 | investment | presteigne broadcast hire | 4k | eng | Mike Ransome - new
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More than just selling cable
Chris Smeeton - new Choices facing technology decision-makers are becoming increasingly complex due to rapid changes in the industry like broadcast and IP technology convergence, multiplatform demands, and the rise of 4K and 8K. It is now a constant challenge to balance the need to maintain already-installed equipment and fulfil the desire to provide the highest resolution picture and sound.
Tags: iss123 | argosy | cable | infrastructure | hd-sdi | 4k | coaxial | Chris Smeeton - new
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Selecting the right broadcast minicam lens
Steffan Hewitt So we all know that HD and 4K (and beyond) is the norm for content creation and delivery, with the need for unique and versatile shots being offered to increase the audiences participation and visual experiences. A major factor aside from the camera itself is the selection of lens, for some of the UHD sensor formats a broad spectrum of "off the shelf" lenses exist - this however can mean that in some restrictive instances (such as In-Goal and In-Car environments) the physical size of the camera and lens are too large and therefore not suitable for the application.
Tags: iss118 | polecam | toshiba IK-4K | lenses | toshiba | Steffan Hewitt
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Filming in 4k in not just about the camera
Steffan Hewitt Filming in 4K is not just about the camera. The whole workflow and supply chain needs to be considered. A BNC cable that you have used for the last few years has happily coped with 1.5G HD-SDI, now we are wanting twice the data rate.
Tags: iss117 | polecam | hockey | tf4-xa1 | steve giles | marek jamroz | john gillan | steffan hewitt | toshiba ik-4k | mi broadcast | fih | Steffan Hewitt
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Sin City
Dick Hobbs. I am writing this is the immediate aftermath of yet another NAB. For me that means a week of walking around,talking to a wide variety of people and taking the temperature of the industry.
Tags: iss113 | NAB 2016 | 4k | HDR | Oculus Rift | Heath Robinson | Nokia | dick hobbs | Dick Hobbs.
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Our Time At NAB 2016
Beth Zarkosh We were lucky enough to visit this year's NAB Show in Las Vegas, and we must say there were some real treats on show! Here's just a few things that stood out for us and worth keeping your eye on.
Tags: iss113 | NAB 2016 | Virtual Reality & 360 Degree Videos | Black Magic | DaVinci Resolve 12.5 | EDIUS 8.2 | Colour Correction | Motion tracking | GoPro Omni | Canon | Sony | Panasonic | 4k | Beth Zarkosh
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NAB Review
Duncan Payne As I emerge from the customary post-NAB haze and try to formulate a coherent analysis of the 2016 show, perhaps the most striking realisation is that despite pacing the halls for four long days, I barely scratched the surface. The scale of the event, much like Las Vegas itself, is simply extraordinary, with over 100,000 attendees and nearly 1900 exhibitors. Right from the first morning of the show, my social media feeds have been full of reviews of amazing products and technical advancements, many of which I just didnt get time to see.  Here, however, are some highlights of the things I did manage to get to.
Tags: iss113 | NAB 2016 | Las Vegas | Black Solo | Kahuna | C-Cast | ObjectMatrix | Nexis | Matrixstore | XStream | Alexa 65 | XT | SXT | Varicam LT | Dual Iso | PTZ | HDC-4800 | PXW-Z450 | HDC-4300 | L10 | L20 | L30 | C300 | Canon | CN18-80 4K | ENG style 4k | NDI | Duncan Payne
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The Search For The Coastal Wolf
Bertie Gregory Bertie Gregory, 2012 Youth Outdoor Photographer Of The Year and 2015 Scientific Exploration Society Zenith Explorer, is a professional wildlife photographer, filmmaker and presenter whose first solo assignment for National Geographic will debut in Spring 2016 on their new online platform. This 24 part series, shot in 4k using Canon lenses all supported by the Sachtler V18, follows Gregory on a wildlife adventure where he tracks down and seeks to film the elusive coastal wolf on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Canada.
Tags: iss112 | Coast | 4k | Canon | Canada | Bertie Gregory
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Waveform Monitors in 4K Production
Alan Wheable Waveforms have always been one of the essential tools for anyone working in the video industry and are used for level alignment, grading and quality control to touch on just a few areas.
Tags: iss112 | Waveform Monitors | 4K | UHD | Alan Wheable
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Raising the bar at BVE
Peter Savage 2 Azule's Peter Savage managed to drag himself away from his countless BVE meetings (and the show bar) for long enough to discover that 'easy-to-use' was the tipple of choice at this year's show.
Tags: iss111 | bve | finance | pxw-z150 | vcc-4k1 | panasonic lt | Peter Savage 2
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4k is a reality for live production
Liam Laminman

Some aspects of the broadcast industry move exceedingly quickly; new cameras are launched seemingly daily, shows are commissioned and shows are axed but the overall pace of the industry remains pretty steady. Would it shock you to hear that NHK in Japan first built its own 4K prototype camera in 2003? (At this point, it's worth clarifying that we're using the term '4K' to reference UHDTV1 (3840—2160) but '4K' seems to have shone through as the saleable name tag.) Today, just a mere 13 years later it looks like we're now ready to adopt 4K. It is now a reality within the industry and for the everyday consumer.

Tags: iss111 | 4k | trickbox | tico alliance | sony f55 | ebu | Liam Laminman
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Staying within a recognisable landscape
Alan Wheable 2015 saw the maturing development of UHDTV 4K signal technologies and a growing agreement that both SDI and IP will exist in their respective strong application areas, as a solid engineering solution to the differing requirements of live signal handling and programme contribution.
Tags: iss110 | omnitek | uhdtv | 4k | 12g-sdi | eyepattern | Alan Wheable
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Square-division versus two-sample interleave
Kevin Salvidge Following on from a very successful IBC2015 in Amsterdam, we have been travelling across Europe to hold follow-on discussions with production companies and outside broadcast facility-providers. This series of customer meetings, product demonstrations and evaluations highlighted two key concerns currently relating to 4K/UHD television production: the relative merits of square-division and two-sample interleave.
Tags: iss110 | leader | LV 5490 | 4k | uhd | Kevin Salvidge
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The future of TV will be more lifelike and immersive - but will it be 4K
Mark Horton Ultra high definition television (UHDTV) offers more resolution (4K), high dynamic range (HDR), high frame rate (HFR) and wide color gamut (WCG) as tools to radically enhance the consumer viewing experience but they also pose some of the biggest questions about what the future of TV will look like.
Tags: iss108 | 4k | uhdtv | hdr | hfr | Mark Horton
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How to solve a problem like 4k
Peter Savage 2 A lack of standards and content is holding back sales of 4k television sets and, until that situation changes, there is very little the consumer electronics business can do about it, writes Peter Savage
Tags: iss108 | azule | finance | 4k | netflix | bt sport | Peter Savage 2
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4k - is it really worth it
Beth Zarkhosh 4k; the holy grail of modern digital filmmaking. Weve all heard of it, but perhaps not all of us are ready for the change. Here we look at the perceptions versus the realities of shooting in 4k.
Tags: iss108 | 4k | keyboards | editor | netflix | Beth Zarkhosh
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Test & Measurement: Ask the expert
Alan Wheable There are basically two different approaches to capturing the Eye Diagram from an SDI signal. These are real-time capture (employed by Real Time oscilloscopes) and signal subsampling (employed by Sampling oscilloscopes such as the Omnitek Ultra 4k Tool Box). All broadcast T&M equipment will use one of these approaches to create the Eye Diagram using a variety of proprietary techniques.
Tags: iss107 | test and measurement | sdi | data | potholes | monitoring | anchillary data | uhd | 4k | test pattern | jitter meters | eye diagram | Alan Wheable
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The beat goes on... 4k, 8k and the continual need for T&M
Adam Schadle Just a few short years ago, 4k was the future, but now that 4k televisions and other screens are becoming more widely available, the format is careening toward the present. 4k is still an emerging delivery format, to be sure. After all, there are still places in the world that have yet to transition from SD to HD. But progress marches on. Even as were in the process of adopting and perfecting 4k production equipment, methods, and content delivery, were looking toward doing the same with 8k video, with certain large-audience events and special venue applications as a starting point.
Tags: iss107 | 4k | 8k | test and measurement | sd | hd | video | delivery networks | vod content | tv | voice | data | Adam Schadle
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Ed Sheeran goes 4k live at Wembley
Steffan Hewitt Ed Sheeran has had a phenomenal ride to music success world wide. In July 2015 as part of his x World Tour he played three sold out concerts at Londons Wembley Stadium, his biggest solo shows to date with combined show audiences of 240,000 plus.
Tags: iss106 | ed sheeran | wembley stadium | 4k | live | music | concert | polecam | minicam | Steffan Hewitt
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5 broadcast trends at IBC 2015
[author] Azule CEO Peter Savage gazes into his crystal ball to make predictions about the technology trends that could emerge from IBC 2015.
Tags: iss105 | IBC 2015 | LEDs | 4k | acquisition | HEVC | hd | ultra hd | ip | [author]
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4k storm chasing
Alister Champman 15 years ago I got my first big Broadcast Commission. It was to produce a 1 hour special on Tornado Chasing vacations. Yes, people pay to go on storm chasing holidays. In 1999 this was a new thing, today its a booming business.
Tags: iss103 | storm chasing | 4k | filming | extreme weather | hurricane | documentary | footage | Alister Champman
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The IP revolution in television is only the beginning
Simen Frostad The fundamental change brought about by the delivery of video content via IP is perhaps the most significant development in the history of televised entertainment because it allows the viewer for the first time to shape the viewing experience. Time, in the sense of the linear delivery of channels, is dissolved, and possibly the concept of channels themselves will also dissolve. Viewers can store, cache and play back video when they want, and experience it at various grades of quality. In a sense the viewer can also be the curator of the service at the point of delivery.
Tags: iss103 | bridge technlogies | ip televsion | broadcast | 4k | production | Simen Frostad
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Those pesky scientists
Dick Hobbs. This month's picture is of something I was given on a visit to the Grass Valley camera factory in Breda, maybe 10 years ago. I think it is a thing of beauty, which is why it sits in pride of place on top of the wine cabinet.
Tags: iss102 | 4k | future | hd system camera | grass valley | dick hobbs | Dick Hobbs.
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The importance of storage
Larry Jordan# "What's the best computer to edit video?" It's a great question - it's just the wrong question. Yes, CPU speed is important and the Internet is buzzing with the latest specs on GPUs. But, today, virtually any currently shipping computer is more than adequate to edit video; even 4K.
Tags: iss102 | storage | cpu | 4k | gpu | codec | exabytes | Larry Jordan#
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NAB 2015 Highlights
Beth Zarkhosh For those of us lucky enough to visit this year's annual NAB Show in Las Vegas, we know how amazing and mesmerising it was, but for those who didn't get the chance to make it, then here's a lowdown on what we thought was the highlights of the biggest post production and broadcast conventions in town!
Tags: iss101 | nab 2015 | highlights | kit | equipment | drone | camera | virtual reality | 4k | Beth Zarkhosh
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DOPs discuss minicams, lenses, 4k and all
Mel Noonan If anyone knows about the practical reality of using minicams and lenses it has to be the DOPs who are out there using them. We are now seeing minicams used in all areas of production, some with 1080p and 4K capability at prices you would not have believed possible a few years back.
Tags: iss100 | DOPs | lenses | 4k | minicams | polecam | opinion | cameraman | Mel Noonan
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Open Source for Film and TV Production
Dan Mulligan There's nothing like a new project to make you feel excited about life, and excited is definitely how I've been feeling since I adopted an Open Source policy to my companies' camera and workflow divisions.
Tags: iss098 | open source | tv film production | 4k | camera | axiom | raw | Dan Mulligan
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Sealife - Shooting 4k
Kieron Seth# Since the days of Jacques Cousteau and his Undersea World, marine habitats have fascinated television audiences. From 1972 to 1975 the French explorer and filmmaker brought his excitement and passion for sea life to our screens and have inspired documentary makers since.
Tags: iss098 | sealife | shooting 4k | underwater | camera | lens | bbc world travel | Kieron Seth#
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Which camera is right for you?
Beth Zarkhosh So January has been and gone and it's out with the old and in with the new. This applies to the freshest and upcoming cameras for video making on the market; it's now time to get rid of your old equipment. With CES behind us, new innovations have taken many by surprise and with BVE currently going on there is lots to look forward to this year in video production. So this month we will be focusing on which cameras you should look out for this year.
Tags: iss098 | production camera 4k | gopro hero4 | nikon D3300 | canon 5D mark III | Beth Zarkhosh
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Four must-haves for modern media workflows: Enhancing your MAM solutions
Laurent Fanichet It's always been about the struggle to manage lots of assets and adapt your MAM to suit in the world of digital media workflows. In the early years, enterprise storage infrastructure couldn't keep pace with the demands of SD, so the first non-linear editing systems were turnkey solutions with proprietary file and file system formats. In the last decade or so, IT-based solutions have finally caught up, and open solutions for shared storage are now readily available at price points affordable for even boutique post houses.
Tags: iss097 | MAM | media | workflow | post production | 4k | Laurent Fanichet
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4k - The biggest New Years resolution
John Ive Whether it is Ultra High Definition (UHD), 4K or 8K - the predictions surrounding when and if this higher resolution format will become a widespread reality are still rife in the broadcast and media industry. The consensus in the sector seems to be that we may be edging marginally closer. However, many of the barriers remain the same and there are fundamentals that still have to be addressed surrounding both content and challenges relating to delivery.
Tags: iss096 | iabm | uhd | 4k | 8k | broadcast | interbee exhibition | resolution | John Ive
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High Resolution graphics for 4k and beyond
Jesper Gawell It seems like 4K is everywhere these days - it's the dominant topic at broadcasting trade shows. Is there substance behind the hype? Will it transform television the way HD broadcasting did?
Tags: iss096 | chyron hego | 4k | high resolution | graphics | broadcasting | Jesper Gawell
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4k Streaming: a Key OTT Differentiator
Keith Wymbs OTT streaming providers are amongst the first to offer 4K UHD TV services. In fact, 4K UHD may be seen as a key differentiator for OTT services such as Netflix and M-GO as they compete with pay TV operators according to a recent report from ABI Research. Netflix has launched 4K video streaming of shows such as House of Cards and Breaking Bad. YouTube now also supports 4K playback resolutions, while 4K UHD video players are becoming available for PCs. The control and ownership of flexible software players differentiates this market's ability to roll out new technologies more quickly. OTT is evolving to include live 4K services, although the bulk of 4K content is currently only available on demand.
Tags: iss096 | keith wymbs | elemental | 4k | streaming | uhd | netflix | video | Keith Wymbs
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4k - fancy fad or future of broadcasting?
John Halksworth Given the increasing popularity of 4K or Ultra High Definition (UHD) televisions, as well as 4K-capable video cameras, it is safe to say that 4K/UHD is here to stay. While filmmakers in all spheres have been shooting in 4K for some time, distribution of 4K is still in its infancy with very few cinemas showing films in this format.
Tags: iss096 | 4k | future | fad | uhd signal | streaming | channel | john halksworth | John Halksworth
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Rotolight ANOVA lights
KitPlus London's first fully 4k studio
Tags: iss095 | rotolight | anova | LED | 4k studio | bi colour | light | KitPlus
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News
Will Strauss# News Analysis with Wil Strauss
Tags: iss094 | News | Newtek | Raycom | JVC | 4K | GY-LS300 | GY-LSX1 | GW-SP100 | MT-GB001 | Will Strauss#
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Making 4K mainstream in 2014
Austin Freshwater The technology is available and theres a hunger to use it to drive even better programme-making. The industry now needs to work together to make it mainstream.
Tags: iss089 | Canon | 4k | UHD | EOS-1D C | DP-V3010 | Austin Freshwater
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4K at NAB
Bob Pank# Bob Pank looks at 4K from NAB
Tags: iss089 | 4K | NAB | Bob Pank#
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