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Ace M on tour with MUSE F or alternative rock band MUSE’s 2nd Law World Tour, cinematographer Matt Hayslett needed to choose his equipment carefully in order to keep up with fast-paced life on the road. Camera rental growth For their latest endeavour, MUSE selected Hayslett to film a documentary about life on tour. The band really wanted to invite fans behind the scenes for the first time, at the height of their career, Hayslett explains. “Since I’d shot the trailer and video material for their album release, with the blessing of Warner Bros. Records, they brought me in to do just that. For the world tour, I needed a tripod that could support a wide range of camera rigs and be able to keep up with our busy schedule. The Sachtler Ace M fluid head and tripod fit the bill”, he says. In addition to capturing the behind-the- scenes footage, Hayslett shot the live visuals that the audience watches at the show. “There is nothing like seeing your videos on the big screen with an amazing performance and incredible lighting”, he comments. www.sachtler.com R ental company VMI has appointed Stuart Neate to the new role of Rental Desk Manager. Based in VMI’s west London office, Neate will work with customers in film, drama and television production. He will have responsibility for key account management, working with high value productions which typically have complex needs. Stuart Neate who has been with VMI since 2008, previously held senior positions at Prime TV and S+O Media and will lead the VMI Rental Desk team. www.vmi.tv First order for Alchemist On Demand Snell have announced that BTV Post has placed the first order for Alchemist On Demand (OD), the new software-only version of Snell’s acclaimed Alchemist Ph.C-HD standards converter. BTV Post and its sister company, Electric Sky, will use Alchemist OD to convert an extensive and varied catalogue of premium content so that they can deliver titles on all platforms and in all territories at every possible frame rate and size. www.btvpost.com www.snellgroup.com 20 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 84 DECEMBER 2013 Cospective launches Frankie 2.1 C ospective, the makers of cineSync, have announced that a new version of its video review tool, Frankie, is now available. Frankie 2.1 offers powerful new features, including zooming and panning, custom branding in the review interface, while also doubling storage to 20GB. Ad agencies and production facilities now have an even more powerful tool to review short-form video work internally and with clients, where everyone can collaborate, regardless of locations or time zones. www.cospective.com