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NEWS CAPTURE & PRODUCE Stand H12 Kit bags Kit hire Vitec-owned Sachtler has launched a new range of video bags as the equipment and peripherals group looks to phase out of its Petrol Bags brand. The new Sachtler Premium Bags will see 37 of the 47 existing bags transition over to the brand to complement Sachtler’s own product range. James Wilson, product manager, Sachtler Bags said: “We have simplified the product range to ensure it meets all of the key needs of the industry, whether it is for the camera, lighting, audio or camera support equipment. The new Sachtler Video Bags will take the DNA of Petrol Bags and combine it with those attributes that have become synonymous with the Sachtler brand: fast, high quality and robust durability.” The company has promised very few changes to the bags themselves with the design, features and functions remaining generally the same. Alterations will be minor, and mainly cosmetic, it said, in order to incorporate the Sachtler logo, although a new interior design and other minor enhancements such as improved zippers and comfort fit straps are promised. Pro Motion Hire will open a facility at The Sharp Project in Manchester next month. Pro Motion Manchester will be run by directors Alain Lolliot and Jessica Reese and provide equipment and crew hire, 24/7 support and technical training courses and events. Pro Motion Hire managing director Duncan Martin said: “Opening a Manchester facility at The Sharp Project represents an exciting opportunity for us to join and support this vibrant, evolving and collaborative community. Alain and Jess offer a unique combination of production and technical expertise that will help content creators in the region get the most from their equipment and make the best content possible.” Pro Motion Manchester, a joint venture between its directors and Pro Motion Hire, will open on 2 March 2015. www.sachtler.com www.bvexpo.com www.promotionhire.com Stand C42 Education Students from London’s Ravensbourne undergraduate Broadcast Engineering, Film, and TV courses will be helping KitPlus to produce its live magazine shows from BVE this year. Nine students will get hands-on production experience, helping Den Lennie and the rest of the team to put together the content for shows that are streamed live each day from the BVE website. Martyn Gates, course leader for Broadcast Engineering at Ravensbourne, said: “Its invaluable experience for our students, allowing them to put the skills they’ve learned to excellent use in a live environment, surrounded by their future peers.” KitPlus’ Matthew Robbins, who is producing the shows added: “The website gained more than 15,000 impressions with an average viewing time of 24 minutes. We expect to top that this year with the help of our existing team and the assistance of our new Ravensbourne trainees.” Stand P48 Searching? broadcast cameraman Search with full details of hundreds of GTC accredited Camera Operators, Lighting Cameramen, DoPs and specialist cameramen, why go anywhere else? www.gtc.org.uk/search 10 | KITPLUS - TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 98 FEBRUARY 2015