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NEWS MANAGE & MONITOR Video monitors Video Devices has released a Firmware update for its PIX-E Series of 4k-compatible recording monitors. With Version 1.10, the five-inch PIX-E5 and PIX-E5H now offer higher frame rate recording via HDMI, enhanced playback capabilities, and anamorphic desqueeze. The PIX-E5 will also offer 6G-SDI to support 4k over a single SDI cable. The monitors are equipped with a full suite of precision monitoring tools, plus the ability to record 4k and Apple ProRes edit-ready files to the mSATA-based SpeedDrive. The firmware update is available now. Comms networks Riedel Communications has revealed the products that it will demonstrate at this year’s ISE exhibition in Amsterdam (9-12 February 2016). On show will be the Tango TNG-200, the fully networked comms platform that supports AES67 and AVB, and MicroN, the 80G media distribution network device for MediorNet. The RSP-2318 Smartpanel and Artist Digital Matrix Intercom will also be displayed. At the same time, Riedel has appointed Ryhaan Williams as its new vice president of sales, eastern US, and Graham Taylor as UK broadcast sales manager. Williams was previously director of strategic accounts at Joseph Electronics while Taylor was sales director, EMEA, for Wohler Technologies. Standards Howard Lukk has joined the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) staff as its new director of standards. The position has been held by Peter Symes for the past eight years. Symes will retire at the end of 2016. Lukk currently works at independent film production and management company Pannon Entertainment, doing short films and providing technical consulting and education for clients. He has also been vice president of production systems at The Walt Disney Studios and director of media systems at Pixar. 20 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 109 JANUARY 2016 Trade bodies The SMPTE’s board of governors has formally approved the creation of an SMPTE UK Region and appointed Bruce Devlin, chief media scientist at Dalet, to serve as its first governor. SMPTE’s membership has grown from 83 members in 2012 to more than 500 members in 2015. Any section reaching the 500 member milestone is eligible to petition the Board of Governors for creation of a Region, which will provide that Section with formal representation on the Board. “The widespread support for the SMPTE UK Section and its work, evident in rapidly increasing attendance at meetings across the UK, reflects the growth occurring across the Society as a whole,” said William C. Miller, SMPTE membership vice president.