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and extended for transmission over very long distances using portable networking equipment. IntraTec’s Bridge and Bridge Duo can send the files and the stream wirelessly up- to 10 kilometres and share the feed between multiple iPads or laptops. The advantages for outside broadcast for very low cost untethered shooting are clear. Integrated Cellular Phone Transmission uploaded directly to a cloud solution, such as Aframe, from where remote editors and news teams can access and use the clips. Live Feed The low bitrate stream can also be transmitted live over the wireless or wired LAN to any connected device. Not only does this open up live streaming possibilities, but it allows a PC, Mac or tablet to edit native P2 files stored on the camera, create playlists on the P2 card and play out clips from the HPX600’s SDI port. Remote users can also add or amend metadata to the P2 files, making the editing and archiving workflow considerably easier. The camcorder becomes an intelligent and interactive tapeless VTR with full remote access and control. Extending the Reach Because the camera’s IT ports deliver an IP feed, the signals can be boosted have to be imported from the memory cards or ingested via SDI. With Teradek’s Bolt, users can send the HD-SDI feed, uncompressed and with no latency, wirelessly across a studio or a set. Recorders can now capture SDI signals from remotely; directors can monitor full-HD images in real-time and cable-free; original pictures can be displayed on big screens with no loss in video quality. USB on a Broadcast Camera? While a mobile network dongle can be used to transmit the camcorders live output, multi-cell systems, such as Teradek’s Bond combine the power of multiple mobile phone networks for a fast and reliable connection. Panasonic also supports LiveU‘s LU40 cellular device at an even deeper level: The camera’s interface gives camera operators a real-time indication of LiveU’s transmission status and video transmission quality, for instant in- screen information on the stream. True, a USB port is not unusual on a camcorder. However, usually it’s designed to upgrade the firmware and little else. On the HPX600, it can host an external hard drive: data can be offloaded the P2 cards with no need for a card reader and laptop. As the HPX600 is now compatible with microP2 cards, with the same size as an SD card, users now have multiple very simple and fast data workflow options. SDI: Cutting the Cable With this kind of advance in camera technology, the promise of IT production is being fulfilled. While camcorders will still fulfil their original and core role of capturing, recording and outputting great pictures, the way in which video can be accessed, encoded, amended, streamed and delivered adds a whole new dimension to production workflows. Multiple users can view the live feed; multiple editors can instantly share post production duties and broadcasters can transmit compressed pictures on live TV, even when there is no satellite truck or television uplink facility available. Panasonic’s vision for their connected cameras accelerates the file-based workflow by enabling the director to monitor the feed and amend the metadata. It embraces global post production and news gathering by facilitating remote proxy-editing and the transmission of compressed files. And it enables streaming direct from the camera itself. However, like every other camcorder, the native files still Completing the Picture “In all honesty,” ends Richard Payne, “this is a brave new world for video production. Broadcasters, production companies and camera operators still need to work out how to adjust to the new opportunities. From new connectivity options to new Ethernet- based remote controllers, we think that there is a lot of potential here. Users that have adopted – say wireless iPad monitoring or cellular transmission – would not go back. That said, it can appear daunting but in reality it’s pretty straightforward and really takes video production forward.” TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 78 JUNE 2013 | 65 TV-BAY078JUN13.indd 65 10/06/2013 15:16