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NEWS CAPTURE & PRODUCE CAMERA-BACK INTERFACE TIMECODE Timecode Systems’ SyncBac PRO will be released this summer, the company has revealed. A ‘clip on and go’ option for syncing GoPro footage, the product can be used with multiple GoPro cameras, when combining GoPro units with traditional large-scale cameras and separate audio, or when using multiple HERO4 cameras to capture 360-degree content on a VR rig. It was first unveiled in April. Timecode Systems has also released a firmware upgrade that integrates the B:LINK Hub, the company’s new production dashboard and device control app, into both its :pulse and :wave products. At Broadcast Asia, Bluebell Opticom exhibited the BCX-760 Series 10G Ethernet point-to-point fibre link, a camera-back interface for transporting a signal between a camera and an OB truck or a base station. The BCX interfaces map all signals presented at the back of any broadcast camera onto a 10G Ethernet point-to-point link, ensuring interference-immune, high- quality transport over long distances. The devices are designed for event venues, ENG sites, sports stadia and golf courses, or as a replacement for heavy SMPTE hybrid connections on cameras in a studio setting. The BCX range will transport both digital 3G-SDI programme video and return video, as well as composite feeds for genlock, analogue audio for intercom signals, and Gigabit Ethernet for network access. FILTERS Panavision has launched a new line of PanaND neutral density filters. The products are available in a range of options from 1 to 7 stops in 0.3, 0.6, 0.9, 1.2, 1.5, 1.8 and 2.1ND, and come in 4x5.65 and 6x6-inch sizes. “Until now, cinematographers using traditional ND filters to control exposure have always had to deal with colour shifting and optical performance degradation,” said Haluki Sadahiro, Panavision director of new product development. “Unlike traditional filters, PanaNDs are made with the highest quality glass and advanced coating technologies. As a result, they are truly neutral - cutting the light without altering the colour temperature.” ROBOTIC CAMERA SYSTEMS Electric Friends, a Norwegian-based manufacturer, has developed a new robotic camera system for broadcasters that has a seven-axis arm. Launched to the Asia Pacific market by Ideal Systems at Broadcast Asia, the robot is operated through a control surface on which each camera axis can be manipulated via a touchscreen with a live video underlay so that the operator gets instantaneous feedback. It has been developed for a variety of applications including studios, especially those with a space constraint, and can replace a staffed jib or small crane, particularly on shots that require repeated trajectory. The demonstration at Broadcast Asia included a Grass Valley LDX C80 camera integrated with Vizrt Mozart studio automation and Vizrt 3D augmented graphics in a full live studio setup. 8 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 114 JUNE 2016