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NEWS CAPTURE & PRODUCE Regular readers of this column will know that I am huge supporter of high dynamic range (HDR) and have been banging on about it from a delivery and display perspective (in relation to UHD specifications and standards) for quite a while. To my mind, in combination with better resolution, higher frame rates and immersive audio, HDR will help to significantly improve the viewing experience. Well, perhaps others see it that way too as now we’re seeing some content being shot with HDR too. Amazon has already vowed that some of the original shows it is commissioning for its Prime Instant Video streaming service will be shot and made available with HDR. But that is just the start. Contributions to the KitPlus website this month have highlighted several HDR projects, all led by Sony. After shooting 4k HDR tests at the 2015 Coppa Italia football final between Juventus and Lazio, the Japanese electronics giant and DBW Communication have since recorded Gioacchino Rossini’s comic opera The Barber of Seville in 4k with HDR. It doesn’t stop there. Even the Pope is getting in on the act (see below). 4k live production technology was also used to capture the 2015 Octo British Grand Prix MotoGP in both HDR and at High Frame Rate (HFR). Working with Dorna Sports at Silverstone, Sony used its HDC-4300 Will Strauss cameras and recorded via two PWS-4400 4k servers. The footage was then displayed on three BVM-X300 4k monitors. “We’ve reached a critical point in the growth of 4k sports production,” says Sergi Sendra, TV production director at Dorna Sports. “Having worked with Sony at the Silverstone GP last year to trial 4k live technology, we wanted to build on this experience and look at the next steps in broadcast technology. By shooting in HDR and HFR, we were able to capture incredibly detailed 4k footage that provided a viewing experience with all of the colour and excitement that the spectators at the circuit enjoyed.” HDR could be the key differentiator for viewers, for broadcasters and for UHD in general. These tests are just the tip of what should be a very colourful iceberg. Resolve 12 is probably not perfect – what is? – but there will be plenty of people out there grateful to DaVinci for continuing to develop an all-rounder that can compete with, and provide an alternative to, offerings from Adobe and Apple. Microphones DPA Microphones launched its new D:screet Slim microphone at AES 2015. Developed in response to a growing need, especially from the film industry, for a near-invisible bodyworn microphone, D:screet Slim features the company’s omnidirectional capsule element in a flat head, a slender cable and a new button-hole mount accessory that provides a 90-degree sound input angle, allowing the cable to lay flat 6 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 108 DECEMBER 2015 against a surface. Mikkel Nymand, product manager for DPA Microphones, said: “The nice thing about the new design is that it leaves a flatter footprint, but with the same high-quality sound for which DPA is known.” The device is currently being beta tested but should be available to buy before the end of the year.