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One For The Future award Touted at NAB but on show at IBC, the Panasonic AJ-HPX600 P2 camcorder is ideal if you’re the kind of camera operator (or camera hire firm) that likes to get value for your purchase. Instead of having to replace your camera every year, why not buy a camera that you can upgrade instead (like you might do with a bit of software). Genius. The HPX600 costs £9,000, supports AVC-Intra 100, DV and DVCPRO out of the box, has wireless metadata input, proxy recording and variable frame rates options and uses a newly developed 2/3-inch CMOS sensor. Yadda yadda yadda. Let’s get to the interesting bit. Here goes: it is “backwards and forwards compatible,” ie it will allow the user to upgrade his or her camera as new functionality becomes available. Upgrade options will include AVC-ULTRA and microP2 card. Best Use of Light Kino Flo’s Celeb 200 is the company’s first non- fluorescent professional soft lamp. The variable colour LED fixture is fully dimmable and offers a similar output and size to a Diva 400. Rugged and lightweight (aren’t they all?) the Celeb 200 works with all available power sources around the world but #Hot Fibre Remote Option Best Adaptation its most interesting feature is the addressable colour temperatures. You can dial in or select from 2700 to 5500 Kelvin. At £2000 plus it’s not cheap but I expect this to be a popular lamp. #Universal Thanks to a little innovation announced at IBC, television producers can now bring the artistic majesty of the hugely popular Arri Alexa to a multi-camera studio shoot or live OB. The announced Fibre Remote Option might not sound sexy but it moves the Alexa into a whole new realm. To function in a live, multi-camera environment requires the Fibre Remote plus a camera monitor and a Copperhead system from Telecast Fiber Systems (including camera unit, base station, power adapter and remote control panel). Once you put all that together you can modify the camera’s internal signal processing live, allowing direct control of iris, white balance, black level, gamma, black gamma, knee, gain, detail and shutter. s r e V atile # Best performance in a supporting role Sony PMW-50 Panasonic HPX600 Kino Flo Celeb 200 Clever # Decks aren’t as sexy as lenses or cameras. And since the move to file-based production you’d possibly expect them to become obsolete. Not so. Sony’s PMW- 50 field deck is a compact player/ recorder with a flip up screen, two SxS slots and both HD-SDI and HDMI in and out points plus USB and Firewire. Why is it interesting? It should allow users of the Canon C300, Sony F3 or any other HD-SDI cameras for that matter to record straight to HD broadcast standard XDCAM 4:2:2 at 50Mb/s. There are, of course, countless other innovations I could’ve mentioned and apologies to anyone who has invented something fantastic that wasn’t included. I’m just one man and IBC is a whole lot of hall. Until next year… TV-BAY MAGAZINE | 37