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NEWS MANIPULATE & EDIT Audio processing Product marketing Wohler’s RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform now includes Minnetonka Audio’s AudioTools Server, it has been revealed. The enterprise software system provides RadiantGrid users with automated and unattended fi le-based processing capabilities. It can be used to help broadcasters add audio analysis and management processes to existing video-centric, fi le-based environments. File-based loudness control, Dolby E automation and movie adaptation are all included. “By adding AudioTools Server to the RadiantGrid platform, we are giving our customers a larger selection of audio options that, in turn, gives them more control than ever over their audio, all in one place,” said Craig Newbury, vice president of sales and marketing for Wohler Technologies. Quantel and Snell have appointed Tim Felstead as the company’s new head of product marketing. In his new position, Felstead will “play a key role in ensuring that the Quantel and Snell product range is positioned and aligned with market requirements.” He will also work across the company’s marketing communications and sales operations. Felstead has worked in the broadcast industry since 1991 in senior technical, sales and leadership roles with a number of organizations including Thomson, Grass Valley and Harris. www.wohler.com www.quantel.com Mobile Production Cricket is perhaps second only to soccer in popularity in the international sports world. This is especially true in the West Indies, where eight teams spanning 18 nations recently competed in the NAGICO Super50 2015 Regional Cricket Tournament. Gearhouse Broadcast, a global leader in TV broadcast solutions across mobile production, systems integration and equipment sales and rentals, supplied the onsite broadcast and production facilities in Trinidad for the two-week tournament relying exclusively on HD/SD broadcast cameras from Hitachi Kokusai Electric to raise the production quality across the acquisition chain. Employing 16 Hitachi cameras, Gearhouse captured the on-fi eld action across three venues for worldwide broadcast, including 15 matches seen live on the ESPN network. The acquisition chain featured 12 Hitachi SK-HD1200 cameras for general coverage and four of the companys new Z-HD6000 cameras for unmanned operations. Both models provided the Gearhouse team with exceptional picture quality, reliability in challenging weather conditions and comprehensive camera control. According to Marc Genin, managing director, Americas for Gearhouse Broadcast, the wet and humid tropical climate of Trinidad was chief among his reasons for choosing Hitachi cameras for the tournament. These are long days, and the weather changes rapidly, said Genin. The atmosphere is very wet and when it rains, it rains hard. The rain stops play, but the cameras stay out there. They remained reliable under circumstances where we would expect failure. The design and quality of these are cameras are apparent in their construction, and we had no performance issues for the entire two weeks. This is true of our experience with Hitachi cameras worldwide. We regularly operate in environments that are particularly unfriendly to electronic equipment, and have yet to lose a camera in three years. Remarkable fl uctuations in sunlight are also common in Trinidad due to the often-quick onset of cloud cover. Genin notes that this is where the Z-HD6000, which Hitachi formally introduced in late 2014, particularly shines. The Z-HD6000 incorporates 3 MOS imaging sensors, which nearly eliminates video noise, vastly improves dynamic range and offers superb color rendition. The MOS sensors also reduce signal support electronics, lowering manufacturing costs and offering stable and precise operation throughout the camera lifecycle. www.hitachi.com 18 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 102 JUNE 2015