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WORLD NEWS Ultimate Sachtler swap renew your Video 18 for free T he Video 18 fluid head from Sachtler has been setting the standard in the field of ENG/EFP since 1984. The tripod head is treasured by camera operators all over the world particularly because of its dependability throughout years of use. Now Sachtler is not only looking for the oldest head from its top-selling model, but also the most exciting environment in which it has been used.  The oldest head which is still in use will be exchanged for a new Video 18 S1 tripod system with the Speed Lock CF. In addition, Sachtler is inviting all Video 18 users to submit photos of their shoots. Exceptionally robust, the Video 18 works dependably in extreme temperatures ranging from -40° to +60° C (-40° to +140° F) and when filming under unusual shooting conditions.   All photos will be entered in a drawing in which three Sachtler Video 18 S1 tripod systems with the Speed Lock CF will be raffled off.  Closing date is June 30, 2012.   Entry form, eligibility requirements and terms of use, and further information can be found at: www.sachtler.com/video18. Taking image stabilisation to a new level S ony is giving video professionals enhanced operational freedom with the HXR-NX30E high-definition camcorder, a palm-size addition to Sonys NXCAM line-up. The new model uses Sony’s Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation technology to make it ideal for mobile shooting applications. The new camcorder also offers convenient features such as a built-in projector, all combined in Sonys smallest, lightest handheld professional camcorder.  Sony plans to make the HXR-NX30E available in June 2012. Engaging viewers with innovative technology Chyron and ConnecTV have announced a first-ever technology partnership to integrate ConnecTV’s popular second screen app with Chyron’s broadcast graphics platform - uniting the on-air and online experiences for instant viewer polls and a real-time social TV relationship with the audience. Newscasters can now offer an on-air survey, prompt an instant vote, and chat on ConnecTV. The poll results quickly loop back on air for display on TV, as well as on ConnecTV, simultaneously. Leveraging Chyron’s new ENGAGE second screen and social TV platform along with Chyron on-air graphics systems, a station’s news, sports, and entertainment producers can for the first time easily create interactive initiatives that begin with calls-to-action on television. The TV graphics and newscaster prompt drives users to ConnecTV, where they can interact with the TV poll seamlessly. The poll results then automatically appear on both screens with dynamic info- graphics. www.chyron.com www.pro.sony.eu/media TV-BAY MAGAZINE | 09