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Cameras, Conversations & Conversions at Camera Diner with Teranex He continues,” I noticed that there were tons of camera magazines out there, but no one was producing video content offering expert advice, tips and insight into the latest imaging technology. So I quit my job with a global camera manufacturer and started my own magazine style tech show, Camera Diner.” by Paul Genge E very Thursday evening, around 500 viewers tune in online to Camera Diner’s live show getting a unique look at the latest in film and still camera technology, as well as exclusive interviews with some of the imaging world’s biggest names. The whole thing is streamed live from a basic set-up in Oxford, England. Shot on a 1950’s style diner set, the show has accumulated more than 4,000 views in just four months. Host and managing director, Paul Genge, explains how his passion for all things camera related manifested into this labor of love. “After working in the photography industry for two decades, I wanted to create something of my own that was unique and gave back to the camera community. “ To bring the online show to life, Genge credits the affordability of products such as Blackmagic Design’s Teranex 2D Processor, a standards and frame rate converter with 465 conversions. “Due to the affordability of Blackmagic, I was able to realize my dream [Camera Diner] with broadcast quality equipment,” he said. Varied formats Hosting a range of special appearances, Genge faced the weekly challenge of working with a variety of video formats and standards his guests might bring in, all of which had to be mixed into the program output of the show live. “Pretty much every guest we have on the show brings in some form of video content. Either that or they want to display their output straight from a camera. In order to get the digital feed from a camera or tablet, the output has to be converted so that the feed can go through our ATEM switcher and streamed online,” explains Genge. To solve this problem, Genge installed the Blackmagic Design Teranex 2D Processor allowing him to convert a variety of video formats and signals that might come his way. “After viewing Teranex at a trade show, I knew had to have it. It was the missing piece to our puzzle. It would allow us to be prepared for nearly any eventuality and ensure that we could always get the output signal we’d need to go through our ATEM 1 M/E Production Switcher.” Making the right conversions Camera Diner’s program output comprises of three HD digital camera feeds over SDI into an ATEM 1 M/E Production Switcher. Controlled using a PC, the switcher is used to produce the show by mixing the live feeds with graphics and then routing the output to a PC for online streaming. Sitting in the middle of this workflow is the Teranex 2D processor. Typical conversions include 1080i/1080p at 60 fps to 720P/50, which are then passed to the SDI inputs on the ATEM 1 M/E Switcher for their chosen streaming resolution. “We have the Teranex connected to the ATEM via SDI and also to a 52 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE TV-BAY076APR13.indd 52 26/03/2013 16:48