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Covering Ironman Australia
KitPlus KitPlus recently chatted with Stephen Kane, production manager of IRONMAN Oceania in Australia and New Zealand. IRONMAN is one of the leading mass sports brands in the world, consisting of over 260 events across 44 countries including long (IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3) and short (Sprint and Olympic) distance triathlons, mountain bike stage racing, road cycling and running, both marathon and trail. One of those events is IRONMAN Australia, which takes place yearly on the Australian east coast.
Tags: iss139 | ironman | dejero | streaming | cellsat | 5g | engo | mobile transmitter | facebook live | wi-fi | cellular | satellite | KitPlus
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Industry Ready Broadcasting Students
KitPlus Cardiff Metropolitan University traces its roots back to 1865, when they opened their first school in an old library. Now Cardiff Met is a global, practice-focused and professionally oriented institution, committed to ensure every student fulfills their potential to make outstanding contributions in their future industries.
Tags: iss138 | newtek | live production | cardiff metropolitain | sports broadcasting | tricaster | cardiff devils | KitPlus
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Behind the Scenes of Wild rose
KitPlus Financed by BFI Film Fund, Wild Rose tells the story of a musician from Glasgow who dreams of becoming a Nashville star. The only thing in the way: her own penchant for crime and violence.
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A Truly Mobile Fly On The Wall
KitPlus Fly on the Wall Entertainment is responsible for over 2000 hours of programing that have aired on multiple networks. As the Executive Producers of CBS’s summer sensation Big Brother, going into its 20th season this summer, they have been the key to the growth and evolution of one of the most groundbreaking entertainment franchises ever on broadcast television. As a team, they constantly push the boundaries of unscripted television, creating programing unimagined by anyone else.
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Capturing Haute Couture
KitPlus As the fashion world returned to the French capital for the most prestigious of the 'Big Four’ fashion weeks, historical venues such as the Carrousel du Louvre and the Grand Palais played host to famous emblematic brands such as Chanel, Valentino, Louis Vuitton and Stella McCartney, showcasing their autumn/winter 2019 collections.
Tags: iss137 | blackmagic design | ursa mini | freecaster | atem | KitPlus
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Painting Performance Analytics with ChyronHego
KitPlus By now, most people are familiar with the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) and its leading organization – UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). And while the sport and its leading promotion are only 25 years old, a great deal has changed in those 25 years, including the training of UFC athletes.
Tags: iss136 | paint | telestrator | ufc | chyron | chyronhego | KitPlus
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Filming behavioural sequences in tough environments
KitPlus Three leading figures from the world of natural history production discuss their experiences with the Panasonic VariCam and EVA1 large sensor cameras, and offer advice for shooting in challenging environments including underwater, at high altitude and in extreme weather.
Tags: iss135 | wildscreen | eva1 | varicam | panasonic | KitPlus
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Viva La Microphone Evolution
KitPlus 2018 marks the twentieth year of Sennheiser Evolution microphones - a range of wired and wireless live performance microphones and wireless systems that took Sennheiser from relatively small-volume broadcast manufacturing to a prime position on stages around the world. Last November, Sennheiser UK marked this auspicious occasion by holding an evening of storytelling, hosted by Jamie Gosney and featuring Michael Polten, Martin Fischer and Andrew Lillywhite, all key members of the Sennheiser Evolution team, as well as Pete Malandrone (guitar tech to Dr Brian May), Joe Campbell (monitor engineer for artists include Chris Rea, Placebo and Adele) and Chris Denman (producer of the live sessions at Global Radio) who have all used, and loved, Evolution microphones for many years.
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NEP Student Day
KitPlus The world of broadcasting is in constant flux, with undefined boundaries between broadcast, TV, film and interactive media. With a changing consumer demographic now a key influence on the industry, many companies no longer specialise in a single medium, but have had to become adaptable to deliver multiple services through a combination of media.
Tags: iss134 | students | tvfutures | NEP | KitPlus
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VR and the importance of tracking
KitPlus I would like to begin this article by clarifying what we at Shotoku mean when we talk about VR in live production. It’s not the production of immersive, 360 content where you need to wear a headset; we are talking about virtual studio (VS) and augmented reality (AR) work, such as placing graphics into a green screen environment or physical set. The technology used for this work is entirely different, though equally specialist – therefore it is important to understand the challenges of this kind of production in order to make informed kit choices.
Tags: iss130 | shotoku | vr | live production | KitPlus
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Tried and tested: DPA d:vice
KitPlus KitPlus recently took delivery of an interesting piece of equipment for review. We like our iPhone gadgets here. For us, useful iPhone gadgets started when the Olloclip lens gave us a wide angle adaptor. This was a good start, finally evolving into a proper tool when Ziess produced the Exolens system for the 5,6 & 7 series iPhones. Around the same time as the Olloclip came out we were testing the Fostex AR4i which was a very exciting development at the time. You have a portable device, that you carry everywhere with you, connected to the world but with very limited audio capabilities. A stereo interface with decent microphones was a real boon!
Tags: iss130 | dpa | dvice | iphone | journalist mic | filmic | ios | microdot | KitPlus
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Studio Invate - Case Studio
KitPlus Studio INVATE is a video company based in Bangkok, with an inventive reputation. Its public persona is everyday commercial work, such as producing highly creative videos, live broadcasts and commercials, for companies ranging from large industrial brands and retail businesses to educational institutions. But in between the studio and on-location work for clients, the company’s crew of 14 employees and a few dozen freelancers enjoy live-streaming video game tournaments.
Tags: iss129 | invate | newtek | tricaster 8000 | 3play | 4800 replay | blonde robot | KitPlus
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A Pandoras Box to empower the filmmaker
KitPlus The setting was Celebro Studios London, home to their fully 4k television studios, where journalists and industry commentators gathered late last November to witness the launch of the revolutionary Rotolight Anova PRO 2. This was no ordinary unveiling though, the launch was streamed live on Facebook and YouTube and hosted by award winning news anchor man Martin Stanford with Wesley Dodd, CEO of Celebro Media Group and Rotolight MD Rod Gammons in the studio.
Tags: iss129 | rotolight | celebro | anova pro 2 | led | lighting | wesley dodd | rod gammons | KitPlus
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Playing with Pink Floyd
KitPlus For the founder of London-based Hangman, James Tonkin, this has indeed been a summer to remember. After sixteen years of working in the same suites, he designed and moved his team into a new future proofed facility in Kew Gardens created specifically for the manipulation and delivery of formats in up to 8K HDR.
Tags: iss129 | hangman | james tonkin | david gilmour | pink floyd | Sony F55 | Sony A7RII | RED Dragon | URSA Mini | blackmagic | DJI Drone | KitPlus
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Reunion on Kingsman ensures efficient workflow for sequel
KitPlus Both on and off camera, there are some collaborations that are built to last. Armed with the success of their work on the first film adaptation of the Kingsman comic book (Kingsman: The Secret Service), director Matthew Vaughan reunited with cinematographer George Richmond, DIT Joshua Callis-Smith and colorist Rob Pizzey, to deliver Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the upcoming second installment in the spy comedy series.
Tags: iss128 | kingsman | blackmagic | goldcrest | davinci | arri | dit | KitPlus
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Video Tape recorders cannnot die.
KitPlus This article concentrates on what is often described as the weakest link, namely 1) above i.e. the Playback Decks and what could be another weak link, namely 2) i.e. Tape Cleaning Facilities. I have read several articles recently written in the belief that the playback of magnetic video tape will be all but dead in about 20 years due mainly due to lack of working VTRs this inspires me to do something about it.
Tags: iss128 | rogcon | vtr | achiving | betacam | ravensoburne | dct | ampex | dct700 | umatic | KitPlus
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When a lens is more than just a lens
KitPlus Matching shots between different cameras can be tricky at the best of times. But how do you match lens characteristics between a live action shoot and a CGI composition? The CP.3 XD lenses from Zeiss offer an efficient solution to this with their frame accurate meta-data.
Tags: iss128 | zeiss | lenses | lens | prime | cp.3 | cgi | vfx | KitPlus
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The 7 Steps to Saving Film
KitPlus We live in a world where - thanks to everything from smartphones to cheaper professional gear - more and more footage is being shot today than ever before. It's a little known fact, however, that as more movies are made, archived physical film works all over the world are in danger of being lost to the damage of time. The Library of Congress alone has documented that only 20% of U.S. feature films from the 1910 and 1920s survive in complete form, and according to European Parliamentary Research, as of 2014, 21% of European film works were held in archives, yet only 1.5% was digitized.
Tags: iss126 | bmd | film scanner | cintel | blackmagic | goldcrest | davinci | grade | KitPlus
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Sennheiser Digital 6000 review
KitPlus Originally founded in 1945 from a university research lab Sennheiser is of course a globally respected brand and have recently launched the Digital 6000 series as an addition to its pro wireless range. KitPlus were invited to a take a look together with a live music event featuring the system in Hannover last month.
Tags: iss123 | sennheiser | d6000 | microphone | d9000 | digital 6000 | em6000 | dante | KitPlus
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Libec HFMP out of the box review
KitPlus Just before we all broke up for Christmas we took delivery of a new 'thing' at KitPlus HQ. Our first reaction was surprise and a little curious as to how it was going to make itself useful. What's the point?
Tags: iss122 | libec | hfmp | monopod | idx | hands free monopod | KitPlus
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The future of post production
KitPlus

Love it or hate it, 2016 will certainly be a year to remember, for many reasons.

In the world of post-production, we've seen high dynamic range become incorporated into UK studio pipelines for the very first time. We watched Ang Lee demonstrate exactly what you can do by shooting at 120 frames per second in combination with stereo 3D. We've even become stunned spectators as film steadily makes a comeback as a creative medium, and VR goes from tinkerer specific to becoming a fully-fledged consumer technology to buy.

Tags: iss121 | blackmagic design | post production | hdr | rec 709 | rip hamton oneil | simon westland | KitPlus
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Behind the scences of Under the Shadow
KitPlus BAFTA nominated director Babak Anvari's first feature length film, "Under the Shadow", certainly offers a unique insight into the devastation of the 1980s Iran-Iraq war.
Tags: iss119 | bafta | bmd | blackmagic deisgn | babak anvari | under the shadow | KitPlus
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Yonsei Church Preaches to the Masses
KitPlus Yonsei Central Baptist Church in Seoul is a thriving church community on a massive scale. Having outgrown several previous buildings, the church purchased a 9.8 acre plot of land in order to build a church big enough to house its congregation, which amounts to hundreds of thousands of members. The church building itself covers 427,000 square feet. The site also houses an Education Center, which is serving the community with Christian education, as well as 214,000 square foot of World Vision Center, with seven floors, a basement and parking for up to 300 vehicles.
Tags: iss116 | yonsei church | streaming | KitPlus
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BVE and London Entertainment Week
KitPlus BVE, the premier event for the UK broadcast, media and entertainment industries, is thrilled to announce its schedule for 2016, a year that proves to be the most all-encompassing show yet.
Tags: iss109 | bve | london entertainment week | lew | KitPlus
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Juggling with Broadcast Graphics
KitPlus If it were just about designing stunning looking titles, life would be simple and Adobe After Effects would probably have the market sewn up. But todays broadcasters and even AV producers have so many factors to juggle with, that anything other than a professional graphics solution is unthinkable.
Tags: iss109 | 3dstorm | graphics | brainstorm | aston | realtime | KitPlus
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Monitoring Q & A
KitPlus Some of the industry's best answer some burning Monitoring questions
Tags: iss107 | monitoring | sound engineer | supervisor | head of audio | sky | freelance | industry | questions | q&a | KitPlus
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Matrox VS4-based Multi-channel Recording System
KitPlus Skehan Communications, a leading video production and transmission company provides multi-camera HD video production, webcasting, satellite uplinks and other unique services to broadcasters, Fortune 500 companies, professional associations and government agencies. Though based in the Washington-Baltimore region, their projects have taken them to many impressive locations from San Francisco to Boston.
Tags: skehan communications | production truck | matrox | vs4 | multi-channel | KitPlus
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An alternative power solution
KitPlus Chuck Walior, Aldis Systems VP & Chief Engineer, attends NAB each year in search of creative, forward-looking solutions to wrap around and support the custom systems he designs for each integration project. He wasnt really looking for an alternative power source when he was introduced to Video Ghost at NAB 2015, but he was quickly won over and has yet to exhaust the list of situations where the little game-changer could save his customers money and time, plus provide an element of safety, consistency and significantly increase flexibility.
Tags: iss106 | power solution | video ghost | remote | device | bhv broadcast | KitPlus
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McDonalds goes live multi-camera
KitPlus Earlier in 2015 SIS LIVE was central to the London section of an ambitious 24-hour global entertainment campaign by McDonalds, involving a surprise open-top bus gig by Jessie J.
Tags: iss105 | sis live | mcdonalds | multi-camera | jessie j | rf cameras | network | KitPlus
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No broadcast without flawless communication
KitPlus Reliable and fail-safe communications for the broadcast of live events are more important than ever. On site, broadcasters only have one chance to grab the perfect image for the viewer with time being a crucial factor. The larger the event, the more viewers it reaches and the higher the risk that something could go wrong. As a consequence, reliable, non-blocking, high-performance communication between all participants is essential. In broadcasting, nothing can happen unless everyone can talk and communicate with each other, explains Nico Lewis, Senior Sales Manager RTS Intercoms. That is why high profile live events such as Wimbledon, the Winter Games or the Superbowl rely on RTS intercom systems to provide communication in their broadcasting OB trucks.
Tags: iss105 | rts | communication | broadcast | live events | intercoms | KitPlus
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Digital and analog in harmony at Pama Studios
KitPlus Pama Studios in south east Sweden is a leading example of a facility that fully embraces the power, flexibility and ease of use of digital technology, while also harnessing analog technology to bring something different to its recordings. Founded in 1988 by managing director Magnus Maxe Axelsson, Pama is a long-time Avid customer; it has used Avid Pro Tools from the Avid Artist Suite for nearly 25 years for recording and mixing, and recently installed a Pro Tools | S6 console in its refurbished Studio 3.
Tags: iss105 | pama studios | analog | digital | studio | technology | recording | avid | KitPlus
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The Lobster - achieving a textural grain
KitPlus Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos is about to debut his first English language feature with The Lobster, which will be in UK cinemas on the 15th of October. We speak to DaVinci Resolve colorist and long time collaborator Tony Ford about the meticulous approach to color grading this dystopian love story.
Tags: iss104 | yorgos lanthimos | the lobster | film festival | post production | film grain | texture | screen | KitPlus
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Dynamic display revolution!
KitPlus Projection mapping and dynamic video displays have transformed live events and performance art. Blended projection and massive video walls have given event directors the ability to deliver a whole new level of creativity to theatre, music and outdoor events.
Tags: iss104 | projection mapping | dynamic video display | live events | performance art | media server | KitPlus
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The Tour June 2015 review
KitPlus The KitPlus Tour once again attracted record registrations and visitors at MediaCityUk and Shoreditch in June. The tour gives people the chance to see newly released kit from NAB (Las Vegas) for the first time but more importantly to spend quality time with manufacturers learning about new technologies.
Tags: iss103 | the tour | kitplus | kit | manchester | london | exhibition | seminar | workshop | industry | video | KitPlus
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Peli 1095 Reviewed
KitPlus Any owner of a laptop, or in my case a Mac Book Pro, leading a busy life needs to look at how their machine will be safety transported from one location to another.
Tags: iss102 | peli case | 1095 | hardback | storage | review | KitPlus
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When the going gets tough
KitPlus From the monsoonal rainforests of Papua New Guinea to the frozen Antarctic wastes , Peli cases perform in all conditions as Producer/Director and Cameraman, Alexis Girardet explains...
Tags: iss100 | tough | extreme | filming | freezing conditions | peli cases | temperature | equipment | KitPlus
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Extreme equipment for the Film and TV industry
KitPlus Big films require big shots and to get the action in camera, you need grip equipment and the latest camera support technology to make that vision a real possibility on set.
Tags: iss100 | extreme equipment | tv | film | industry | action | set | studio | water filming | KitPlus
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Sky takes sports to the limit
KitPlus Sky, Europe's leading entertainment company with more than 20 million customers across five countries, is renowned for being one of the world's top sports broadcasters. From the massively popular Premier League, to a raft of other sports rights including rugby, cricket and darts, Sky provides sports fans with an unrivalled offering.
Tags: iss099 | red giant | sky | sports | sky production services | editor | suite | KitPlus
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Outside broadcast gets a breath of fresh air
KitPlus Capturing what's happening remote from the studio has moved beyond the broadcast truck parked street-side.
Tags: iss099 | garland | outside broadcast | bt sport | uplink | transmission | KitPlus
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Cloud Editing at BVE
KitPlus As Media Partners at BVE 2015 KitPlus was responsible for recording, editing and publishing 50+ hours of video content from the event seminars, roaming reporters and studio discussions over the course of the show. With material coming from different sources, crew and post-production staff consisting largely of students with varying levels of proficiency and tight timelines thrown into the mix we needed a post-production solution that was quick to set up, easy to learn and provided a creative and reliable solution. After chatting with Forbidden Technologies for a while we decided to use their Forscene platform.
Tags: iss099 | bve | forscene | forbidden | cloud editing | studio | video | workflow | KitPlus
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SiS Live
KitPlus SIS LIVE is well-established as Europe's largest supplier of satellite uplinks, but considerable investment in a wide-ranging fibre network is positioning it as a major connectivity provider to UK Live events.
Tags: iss099 | sislive | satellite | uplink | outside broadcast | london eye | mediacity uk | salford | KitPlus
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Capturing the action : Ocean Communications
KitPlus The dream of any reporter is to be on the scene when a story breaks and the action and drama unfold. This happens to only a select few. Even fewer find themselves right in the middle of events as they happen. Brian Carlin knew he'd be getting good material reporting from onboard a boat competing in the Volvo Ocean Race, but not that he would end up recording how his crewmates dealt with the aftermath of their yacht hitting a reef, abandoning ship and then being stranded on a remote island.
Tags: iss099 | volvo ocean race | ip | satellite | vhf | communication | sea | cobham | KitPlus
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Oh what a show!
KitPlus Walking through the halls of BVE 2015 it would be hard not to acknowledge the bustling atmosphere, positive vibes and busy aisles. The show attracted a high quality and diverse audience from across the broadening content creation industry seeing over 15,000* key industry decision makers including leading indies, post houses, DOPs, broadcasters and brands attend in full force, with many hailing it the best show yet.
Tags: iss099 | bve | kitplus | bubble and squeak | studio | review | KitPlus
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Kit Protection - the professionals choice
KitPlus More than 30 years of product development has ensured Peli Cases are the market leader in essential protection for broadcast and photographic equipment. Offering watertight, dustproof and crushproof security, Peli cases are backed by legendary "You break it, we replace it" lifetime guarantee.
Tags: iss098 | peli cases | professional | bespoke | backpacks | MSA foam | KitPlus
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Tour competition winners announced
KitPlus Miller Tripods and hireacamera.com ran competitions at the Kitplus November 2014 Tour - here are the winners...
Tags: iss096 | tv-bay | kitplus | tour | november 2014 | miller tripods | hireacamera | KitPlus
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The Tour Revisited
KitPlus The Good, The Bad and the Unmentionable
Tags: iss096 | tv-bay | kitplus | tour | november 2014 | feedback | london | manchester | KitPlus
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Matrox Monarch HD
KitPlus Selected as Streaming andRecording Appliance forGlobal Underground Music Site
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Top Five most viewed interviews at IBC 2014
KitPlus See who got the most views...
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6
KitPlus Must have or just a dream? With a mobile themethese 6 stoodout this month
Tags: iss095 | 6 | of the best | mobile | gadget | accessory | iphone | ipad | galileo | proprompter | ipro lens system | ik multimedia irig pre | photopro x kit from optrix | KitPlus
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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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