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NEWS New British Forces entertainment platform V ualto, global specialists in innovative content delivery and management, has delivered a new online playout solution to the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS), a registered charity set up to entertain and inform Britain’s Armed Forces around the world.  The new BFBS Player began live trials in February 2014, in preparation for service launch to deployed armed forces personnel, and their families, enabling them to view online content across the world. The BFBS Player brings live UK TV channels, such as BBC One, BBC Two, ITV and premium channels, plus a host of radio platforms, to forces personnel via the web and complements the existing BFBS satellite-delivered TV and radio service. British Forces and their families can be deployed anywhere globally, explains Quentin Howard, director of TV and technology at BFBS. The Vualto solution allows us to deliver round the clock entertainment to meet the needs of our users in any time zone who increasingly demand and expect TV and radio on every device. www.vualto.com New robust 75mm aluminium tripod S achtler has released the next upgrade to its renowned FSB product line with its brand new ENG 75/2 D HD tripod. This high quality tripod for ENG professionals is the latest design from Sachtler, who has been the partner of choice for camera operators for more than 50 years. Supporting a very wide payload range up to 35kg/77.2lbs, the ENG 75/2 D HD guarantees precise camera operation. The 75 mm bowl tripod offers operators the most robust and durable option providing the ease of use and quick set up vital for all ENG applications. The new aluminum tripod weighs just 3.1 kg/6.8 lbs, optional as ground and mid spreader versions, and incorporates premium Sachtler features such as easy and accessible controls and the high torsional stiffness required to deliver the ultimate professional performance for broadcasters. The tripod is the ideal companion for Sachtlers renowned range of FSB fluid heads, notably the FSB 6 and FSB 8, designed for all users of DSLR and HDV camcorders. www.sachtler.com Bill Vinten GTC University Award 2014 dates announced T he Bill Vinten GTC University Awards 2014 are open to all final-year undergraduates completing their courses this summer. Last year’s awards, which were presented at the ITV Studios in London, included both period and psychological dramas; documentaries covering such varied subjects as a model railway society, a deaf actor, and the traditions around picking apples; plus music videos. Each film in the portfolio must include a specific camera credit who must be, or has been, a final year student during 2013/2014. The winning camerawoman or cameraman will receive work experience, paid with expenses, equivalent to £2,500, plus one- year associate membership of the GTC. The two runners-up will receive work experience, paid with expenses, equivalent to £750 each, plus one-year associate membership of the GTC. Closing date for entries to the 2014 competition is 23 May 2014. www.gtc.org.uk university.award@gtc.org.uk Bringing Hollywood diffusion effects filters to photographers T he Tiffen Company, a leading manufacturer of award-winning imaging accessories, has announced that the Tiffen Pearlescent®, Tiffen Satin and Tiffen Black Satin filters are now available in 40.5, 43, 46, 49, 52, 55, 58, 62, 72, 77 and 82mm ring sizes. Originally developed for Hollywood cinematographers, the Tiffen Pearlescent, Satin and Black Satin filters soften excess detail and reduce wrinkles and blemishes, giving DSLR photographers and videographers more creative control over the shot. www.tiffen.com 16 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 88 APRIL 2014