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NEWS CAPTURE & PRODUCE by Will Strauss “ Barely a day goes by without someone, somewhere in broadcast technology land announcing, developing or debating a new standard or protocol. Usually they’re great on paper but harder to achieve in practice. Sound Devices’ SuperSlot interconnection standard feels a bit more tangible or ‘real world’ though. What does it do? Good question. According to the company themselves, it is designed to “simplify the interconnection of wireless audio transmitters and receivers with audio mixers and cameras.” Providing, power, audio, and control signals over a single multi-pin connection, it is considered to be the industry’s first non-proprietary, open wireless control and interfacing specification. By offering remote control, it opens up possibilities for sound mixers and recordists to put receivers in places that they cannot currently – such as a backpack, on a bag on the ground or on a cart - and control them from the mixer bag. No cables. No faffing. You don’t get much more ‘real world’ than that. Is there a good chance that it will become the new standard for wireless integration? Yes. Because it was developed in conjunction with other people, and companies, which is always a good start. These days nothing developed in isolation is ever going to end well. Superslot came about as a result of collaboration with the likes of Lectrosonics, Sennheiser and Wisycom. As Gordon Moore, the vice president of Lectrosonics, says: “By offering centralized control and interoperability, we see this as another step forward in making the life of the professional mixer easier.” News production See the full review in last months KitPlus 06 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 100 APRIL 2015 “ Easier is good. And any standard that has that as its core benefit is on the right track. Big Centre TV (BCTV), the new local TV channel for Birmingham, is using aQ Broadcast’s QNews newsroom system, aVS video server and aPS production suite, it has been revealed. aQ Broadcast designed, developed and installed the new set-up which provides for: shared media storage; ingest and playout ports for news and transmission operations; newsroom computer system scripting and rundown handling; automation for playout; video and audio handling; file processing and upload to the Comux transmission network centre; and hardware down- conversion. The project took 12 working weeks to complete from license award to on-air. aQ Broadcast managing director Neil Hutchins said: ”We were the single supplier for all of the video and network infrastructure involved in the project. This meant that we could build and test much of the system before delivery. The majority of the system is housed in a single 18U wheeled rack, which was prepared off-site in advance and simply rolled into position. This approach ensured that a reliable solution could be installed extremely quickly.” Big Centre TV is owned and operated by Kaleidoscope TV. aQ Broadcast Limited was established in 2013 after a management buyout of the workflow division of Autocue www.aq-broadcast.com