TV-BAY January 2013

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WORLD NEWS Autocue Production Suite powers live shows at BVE South B VE South 2013, Stand K10– Autocue will host two live broadcast technology shows at BVE South for BroadcastShow Live, on stand K10 at 2pm each day. Powering the show and making its BVE South debut is the “Autocue Production Suite”, a unique end-to-end newsroom, live production system and automated channel-in-a-box for channel playout, all contained within a single integrated system. Lighting for S4C TV shows L eading UK lighting and visuals rental company HSL supplied nearly 300 moving and LED light sources and over 100 generics to a series of Welsh language channel S4C Light Entertainment programmes recorded in a 10 day block at Studio 1 of the NEP Cymru (ITV Wales) facility at Culverhouse Cross, Cardiff. These were specified by Cardiff and London based Lighting Designer Steffan Jones, who designed lighting and video for the raft of programmes, many featuring live artists. He was working for production companies Boomerang PLC in association with Alfresco TV and Apollo TV, and co-producers Mr. Producer. In addition to Autocue’s established end-to- end prompting, newsroom, automation, media management and video server workflow, Autocue Production Suite replaces the need for conventional studio devices such as vision and audio mixers, video players, picture-in-picture inserters, caption generators, still stores, chromakeyers, routers, output switchers and recorders. All of these functions are contained within a single, integrated system. The maximum number of input/output ports that can be supported depends on the types of connections required, and also the video standard/format to be used, but it would typically be possible to provide a full HD system with eight ports with the full connection option in a 9U rack system. For those not attending the show, or unable to watch it live, all live and previous shows can be viewed at www.broadcastshow.com/live/ www.autocue.com NEPC is the largest OB and studio facilities company in Wales, and the batch recording session included the creation of popular programmes like Noson, Carolau Gobaith and others. http://www.hslgroup.com New 4:4:4 feature for PIX 240 and 240i Sound Devices has launched its latest major upgrade to the PIX 240 and PIX 240i Production Video Recorders. This new update, available for all PIX customers free of charge, offers Apple ProRes 4444 recording from video sources over 3G-SDI (4:4:4 RGB or YCbCr). Recording 4:4:4 offers productions superior color precision for applications in chroma-keying, color-grading and multi-generational editing. PIX 240 and 240i users now have the ability to record into Apple ProRes 4444, which offers impressive quality with 4:4:4 sources and workflows involving alpha channel transparency. With its 12-bit, 4:4:4 capability, the PIX 240 and 240i can record 330-Mbps Apple ProRes 4444 files that are perceptually indistinguishable from the original source material. Popular cameras with 4:4:4 capable outputs include the ARRI ALEXA, Canon C500 and Sony F3.  Users can connect PIX 240 and 240i to cameras with HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, or HDMI and record directly to QuickTime using a range of different Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD codecs, including Apple ProRes 4444. Since PIX recorders use ProRes and DNxHD, files recorded in the field can be used directly in post production, making for simpler, faster workflows. www.sounddevices.com 22 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE TV-BA073JAN13.indd 22 11/01/2013 14:17