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>> Eye-to-Eye BVE 2012 in no particular order Eyeheight announced the world’s first multi-rate stereoscopic 3D colour corrector. Designed for use in broadcast production, post-production and playout centres, the CC-3D allows both channels of a stereoscopic 3D pair to be corrected under common single control. Using a common single control ensures that any adjustments made have an identical effect on both channels of a stereoscopic 3D pair.  The CC-3D is capable of working at 1080i/50/59.94 or 1080p 23.976/24/25/29.97 high definition, 720p/50/59.94 intermediate definition and 625/50 or 525/59.94 standard definition. Cel-Soft’s new Reel-Check Solo- QC analyser allows a complete set of quality-control tests to be performed on live or file-based video and audio. Designed to run on a standard desktop PC or workstation, it is compatible with all signal standards and media file-types currently in common use, including webcast, broadcast and 444 digital-film formats up to 4K. Automated video test capabilities include gamut, field dominance/ reversal, average picture level, blocking artifacts, stuck frames, odd frames, blank frames, noise, focus, horizontal blanking, aspect ratio, colour balance, timecode discontinuity, interlace presence, contrast, picture shift, pixel format and (optionally) PSE photosensitive epilepsy flashing. Holdan BVE 2012 saw a strong line up of professional vision mixers on Holdan’s stand. Three new models on show all have broadcast credentials but take different approaches to design and features. Datavideo’s SE-3000 is a dedicated mixer, with up-to 16 HD-SDI inputs. It has HD up-conversion of 8 sources and a 7” touch screen interface for colour adjustment, menu navigation and keying. As with all Datavideo products, the emphasis is on established values of rugged build, dependable performance and the essential features producers really need, such as first class 3D DVE and TV-quality Nikon’s new D4 DSLR attracted a lot of interest. It is capable of recording 1920 x 1080 video 30, 25 and 24 frames per second including stereo audio. Movie clips can be close to 30 minutes in duration. Full HD (1080p) recording is possible in both FX and DX based formats as well as in native Full HD (1920x1080) crop. Uncompressed live HD video can be output to external recorders and monitors (claimed to be the first time this has been possible in an SLR camera). Summary That’s a short Canon’s new EOS C300 attracted a hornet’s nest of visitors. Only slightly larger than a standard digital single-lens reflex camera, it has a 4 x 2K Super 35 millimetre CMOS sensor allowing video recording at 50 megabits per second in 4:2:2 MPEG-2 MXF file format onto dual Compact Flash memory cards. A third memory slot accommodates an SD card to store user presets. The C300 is claimed to deliver low-noise images at up to ISO 20,000 sensitivity. Supporting accessories include five new lenses. Ianiro demonstrated the new Libec Swift Jib50 camera jib which has a telescopic arm. The Jib50 can hold a 10 kilogramme load at 1.9 metre maximum extension or 20 kilogrammes at 1 metre. Claimed setup time is around 5 minutes on a Libec T102 tripod and DL-88 dolly. Price of the Jib50 is £1,895. snapshot of a buoyant and expanding regional show. Yes, there was 3D kit on display but not in sufficient quantity to suggest that 2D is about to be knocked off its perch. 3D will obviously become a serious element of television broadcasting at some point in the future but whether that means five years, ten years or longer is anybody’s guess. Meanwhile, most humans get by pretty well with standard-issue context- based 2D to 3D conversion: if you see a 2D cowboy and a 2D mountain, the cowboy is probably in the foreground.