TV-BAY June 2013

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Technology booster speaker line-up announced Moving coil emulation added C ologne based audio meter manufacturer RTW has introduced highly realistic moving coil emulation for the neat desktop TM3-3G, TM3-6CH and TM3 meters. This development offers a very useful transition for those making the step from traditional hardware moving coil PPMs to the new R128 loudness meter styles. For many years the hardware moving coil was the broadcast meter of choice in the UK as its rotational presentation meant that it could easily be read in the peripheral vision of the user. This benefit is now provided by the TM3 moving coil emulation as the angle of the indicator gives an accurate perception of level without having to read it in the true sense. The meters are configured as a dual movement with either left, right or mid, side and pairs of meters can be orientated horizontally or vertically. In addition to BBC or VU type meters the moving coil presentation is proving an unexpectedly popular method of displaying loudness levels. IBC has confirmed the full programme and speaker line-up for the IBC London Technology Booster. The intensive two day conference, which takes place at Dexter House on Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 June 2013, will feature interactive sessions, quick-fire clinics and tutorials from high profile speakers from organisations including the BBC, Channel 4, Cisco and Microsoft. The sessions will give technical professionals a hands-on insight into the implications of the Cloud and Connected Content on the broadcast and electronic media and entertainment market.  www.ibc.org/technologybooster www.aspen-media.com Turnkey portable production system for fixed-rig filming launched M inicams have launched the Mini-Rig portable production unit (PPU), a new multi-camera mobile HD unit for fixed-rig filming with robotic cameras. Designed to be installed fast in any location, the rig features sophisticated integration of multiple audio channels and HD video streams, yet is easy to control thanks to its fully customisable graphical user interface and touch screen control panel. Compact, mobile and with broadcast quality results, the system has already been used on observational fly-on-the-wall documentaries for national TV in the UK, including ITVs forthcoming Happy Families. With development and field testing now complete, the rig which can support in excess of 24 cameras is available to programme makers looking to benefit from rapid deployment in any location. www.minicams.tv Design and innovation nomination called for… The IABM (International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers) is now accepting nominations for the 2013 IABM Awards for Design and Innovation, which recognize products that offer significant solutions or new opportunities to the broadcast supply industry. Winners will be named and showcased at the IBC2013 exhibition in Amsterdam, and each will receive an IABM Award for Excellence, with the prestigious IABM Peter Wayne Award going to the top entry.  More information, complete rules, and the submission form are available at www.theiabm.org/designawards. Information about the IABM is available at www.theiabm.org Demand for PL glass extends factory and workforce Cooke Optics, the leading manufacturer of precision lenses, will extend its factory and workforce in Leicester, UK to accommodate the sustained and growing demand for its world-leading, hand-crafted lenses. The news comes on the day that Cooke receives the Technical Lifetime Achievement Award at Cine Gear Expo 2013 in recognition of the significant contributions Cooke has made to advancing the art and craft of film making. A growing order book for Cooke’s new range of Anamorphic/i lenses, which were launched to great acclaim at NAB 2013, as well as continuing demand for the popular miniS4/I, 5/i and S4/i ranges, have necessitated the factory expansion. Cooke will add a further 300m2, which will house more assembly and projection facilities as well as an R&D laboratory.  A 10% increase in the workforce will be required to fuel the expansion.  www.cookeoptics.co.uk 28 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 78 JUNE 2013 TV-BAY078JUN13.indd 28 10/06/2013 15:15