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NEWS CAPTURE & PRODUCE by Will Strauss “ It will comes as no surprise to anyone to learn that 4K acquisition was all the rage at NAB this year. All the usual suspects - Sony, Panasonic, JVC, Canon, Hitachi, Grass Valley, Blackmagic Design, Ikegami et al – displayed their 4k wares both new and otherwise. But it was also interesting to see actual working versions of 8k cameras that aren’t the size of a small car. Ikegami showed a handheld camera – developed with NHK of course – that has a 33 million pixel sensor and looks no different from an HD shooter. Red also touted an 8K version of its Weapon camera (part of the Dragon family). Due at the end of 2015, it will shoot 8K at 60fps in full-sensor mode or 75fps in a scope frame format. We really aren’t that far away from 8k it would seem. Japan is going to be broadcasting 8k by 2018. And it might not just be standard 2D pictures. No, don’t worry, they’re not going down with the sinking stereo 3D ship, they’re talking about virtual reality. “Virtual reality is possible [with 8K] in the future on smaller screens such as Oculus Rift displays,” Narichika Hamaguchi, a senior manager at NHK’s research lab, told The Hollywood Reporter. Lighting Alphatron’s “virtually unbreakable” on-camera LED light, the TriStar 4, is now shipping, it has been announced. Launched at BVE 2015 in London, the TriStar 4 is said to be able to withstand multiple drops and knocks while continuing to deliver light. Nigel Cliff, sales manager with Alphatron’s distributor Holdan, said: “Many camera accessories are good at what they do but they cannot survive the rough and tumble of real life production. This TriStar unit is built to last, with everything from the dimmer and colour control knobs to the camera mount designed to endure.” The TriStar 4’s Television Lighting Consistency Index daylight score is said to exceed 85. It has triple emitter surface mounted diodes (SMD) that maintain accurate colour output at all dimming levels. Steel barn doors and a diffuser are included along with a D-tap battery cable. TriStar 4 can also be powered by a standard on-board NP-F battery. www.holdan.co.uk 06 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 101 MAY 2015 “ If you thought 4k was far fetched, 8k will blow your mind.