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WORLD NEWS Large Lightweight Audio Bag John Lennon Educational Tour Bus takes to the road N on-profit group The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus has provided American students of all ages with free, hands-on opportunities to make original music, video, photo, game app and broadcast projects for the past 16 years via a mobile studio-in-a-bus that has been on the road since 1998. Featuring state-of-the-art audio and HD video recording, the bus has visited schools, colleges, concerts, festivals, trade shows and museums in big cities, small towns, rural areas, severely underserved communities and everything in between. On May 8th, 2013, Yoko Ono Lennon debuted the new Lennon Bus Europe in Liverpool, set to kick off its inaugural tour in London in June and continue with travels across the UK and Europe. Lennon Bus Chief Engineer Jeff Sobel designed Lennon Bus Europe from scratch. Based on past positive experiences with AJA gear, Sobel outfitted the vehicle with AJA Ki Pro Rack and Ki Pro Mini tapeless recorders along with a KONA 3G card for video capture and output. In addition to HD capabilities, Sobel needed workflow tools that would be compatible with Apple® Final Cut Pro® and Avid® Media Composer®, which are both used on the bus to edit student projects and music videos.   “I wanted a solution that would not just be compatible with Final Cut and Media Composer but one that would really make both scream, so that’s why we went with the KONA 3G card” said Sobel. “I contacted AJA about what the production needs would be on the bus and also ended up choosing Ki Pro Mini and Ki Pro Rack, powerful pieces of gear that facilitate multiple needs and also take up very little space.” P etrol Bags has introduced the Deca Large Lightweight Audio Bag (PS617). This professional carrier is optimally designed to transport the Sound Devices 664 (with or without the CL6 Controller) comfortably and securely, and keep it safe, organised and accessible while working. The PS617 has a roomy main compartment that’s fully padded to safeguard delicate equipment. The bags standard removable internal divider accommodates the Sound Devices SD 664 mixer with the CL6 Controller attached (held in place with 4 security straps), while offering easy access to the units XLR connectors. The exterior front accessories pocket features a detachable frame that holds up to 8 wireless receivers and transmitters. Connecting to the bag via hook and loop material and a secure strap and buckle system, the frame allows users to organise wireless devices before storage. Cables can be easily attached via an opening between the central chamber and front pouch. New workhorse camcorder S ony have announced its PMW-300 XDCAM camcorder, equipped with the 1/2-type Exmor Full-HD 3CMOS sensors capable of delivering incredible images even in low-light conditions. The PMW-300 is ideal for broadcast producers and corporate event camera operators who require a flexible semi-shoulder camcorder that can easily be adapted to suit a wide range of production environments. An evolution of Sony’s industry leading PMW-EX3, the PMW-300 is able to record 50Mbps HD material in MPEG HD422, meeting broadcast standards around the world, including the European Broadcasting Unions (EBU) requirements on HD broadcast acquisition for long form programme making. The high bit rate ensures excellent capture of fast moving objects, while its chroma subsampling feature is perfect for a wide range of video encoding areas such as VFX and green screen applications. The camcorder can also be upgraded in the future to support Sonys revolutionary XAVC codec, extending the lifecycle of the product to ensure maximum return on investment (XAVC support for HD will be available in 2014). 24 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 79 JULY 2013 TV-BAY079JUL13.indd 24 09/07/2013 16:51