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TECHNOLOGY So, that’s now. Where next? As far as wireless innovations at NAB 2014 are concerned, a rudimentary trawl of internet forums will tell you to expect a relatively inexpensive wireless 6G-SDI 4k transmitter/receiver from Blackmagic Design and various wireless follow focus systems, in particular from Matthews and Tilta. Almost certainly on the cards is a new development from Chinese camera manufacturer Kinefi nity. The company has announced new 4k and 6K cameras complete with WIFI 802.11AC built-in for what is expected to be wireless tablet and mobile remote monitoring Also at NAB you should be able to check out a recent fi rmware update for the Canon EOS500 camera, available using the optional Canon WFT-E6 Wireless File Transmitter. This application allows up to two users to access the same unit via a Wi-Fi link, therefore providing simultaneous and independent control of camera operation and metadata input. Still in Vegas, RF specialist Cobham will show Nano HDTX, a product that the company describes as the “world’s smallest wireless HD transmitter”, plus a new receiver platform. The tiny Nano HDTX is an HD digital video transmitter designed specifi cally for POV and body-worn applications. With Cobham COFDM and H.264 encoding technology at its core, the transmitter supports composite, SDI, HD-SDI and HDMI video input formats. Cobham suggests that its small size and ultra-low power consumption makes Nano HDTX ideal for unmanned aerial vehicle applications. Finally, back to Panasonic. The manufacturer will show a new P2 HD handheld camcorder at NAB complete with AVC-ULTRA recording and wireless workfl ow features. The AJ-PX270 allows proxy video to be automatically uploaded to the cloud and is compatible with a planned cloud workfl ow (that is still to be announced). A wireless LAN function is available via an optional dongle that supports existing Panasonic live uplink solutions. Dongle support for wireless workfl ow over a mobile 3G/4G/LTE network is also scheduled. According to Panasonic, by accessing these wireless features “PX270 operators can easily uplink low-bit rate proxy data and full-quality broadcast content.” Ideal for newsgathering, it’s this kind of development that can accelerate the broadcast workfl ow from shooting to on-air. 44 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 87 MARCH 2014 There will be countless more of course. From uplink to lens control, wireless technology is now securely connected to whole swathes of the TV industry. Don’t expect anyone to be cutting that particular cord any time soon.