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WORLD NEWS Production switcher for BBC R1 Opening up live video usage L iveU the pioneer of portable video-over-cellular solutions, has announced that TV Berlin, the German city’s local channel, has vastly increased use of live content in its broadcasts courtesy of the channels deployment of LiveUs LU60 technology. TV Berlin selected LiveU’s technology following a series of tests, highlighting its strong performance and easy integration into existing workflows. The channel is now using the technology for live feeds during a daily news show and also longer live segments for the channels breaking news show. Because of the technology’s ease of use, TV Berlins video journalists have been able to adapt to it quickly, even allowing the spontaneous broadcasting of live content. www.liveu.tv Launching PackeTV(R) Visionary Solutions, Inc. (VSI) have introduced PackeTV(R) Mobile, a sophisticated communication system that simplifies the delivery of live and file-based content, enabling content administrators to deploy IP video to any connected device seamlessly, including mobile phones, tablets, and set- top boxes. Built on an entirely server-based design, PackeTV Mobile can be cost-effectively deployed on any public or private network where HTTP access is allowed and scaled to provide superior-quality streaming video content to an unlimited number of users. www.vsicam.com B lackmagic Design has announced the ATEM 2 M/E Production Switcher, along with the Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio, will be used to visualise the BBC Radio One Official Chart Show online. The Official Chart Show counts down the 40 best-selling singles in the UK and is broadcast every Sunday. Show producers are using the ATEM 2 M/E Production Switcher to allow listeners to watch the final hour of the show online, with fans able to access a studio feed along with videos of the top ten best-selling UK artists and exclusive artist interviews featuring in the chart. The studio set-up consists of six robotic cameras, plus two DVD players used to play chart music videos, all feeding in via SDI to the ATEM 2 M/E Production Switcher. Videos and interviews are mixed with live graphics and output into Adobe media encoder while the shows Recording of Transmission (ROT) is captured using Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio. The Blackmagic Design ATEM 2 M/E Production Switcher was installed at BBC Radio One by broadcast solutions specialists, CVP. www.blackmagic-design.com/uk/ Sliding in with new dolly T oday’s camera crews often carry a spread of cameras with photographers regularly selecting smaller, more versatile camcorders and DSLRs to complement their main rig as the need arises. Movietech’s new slider, the Scooter Dolly, is the one slider for all eventualities. Strong, silent and stable, it can support high-end cameras over narrow-gauge tracks which are made of specially profiled, extruded aluminum. At only 4.8 kg in weight, it is portable and equally well suited for shots that call for lightweight camera equipment, such as the Panasonic AF101 or the Red Scarlet. Packing down into a small container and easy to assemble, it is perfect for any situation where a manned camera dolly is superfluous or impractical. Nick Allen-Miles of the distributor Ianiro International said: The Scooter Dolly is the system that can handle it all from the Arri Alexa to the Canon 5D. It is designed for crews that demand cinema-quality results and want to switch between cameras whenever they see fit. It’s a tool that saves time as well as money and reduces the size of the kit bag. The Scooter Dolly is available starting from 2900 Euros. www.ianirouk.com 24 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE TV-BAY067JUL12.indd 24 05/07/2012 22:23