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NEWS CAPTURE & PRODUCE AR Ncam’s real-time camera tracking technology for augmented reality (AR) has been honoured with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development by the Television Academy (primetime). Used by CNN, ESPN, Fox Sports, MLB, NFL, The Weather Channel and BT Sports, Ncam integrates live action and computer- generated elements in the studio or on location to provide an immersive experience for television viewers. Nic Hatch, the chief executive of Ncam, said: “The fact that our technology is trusted by so many organisations to enhance critical live broadcasting of sports, news, weather and major events, speaks volumes. I couldn’t be prouder of our brilliant team.” The award is presented for significant engineering developments that improve, or materially affect, the transmission, recording or reception of television. Ncam received its award on 26 October in LA. CAMERAS Ikegami has appointed three new sales partners in the UK. The first, ES Broadcast, has been named as a value added reseller. The agreement will see ES Broadcast add Ikegami kit to its roster of live production products. The manufacturer has also firmed up its sales and distribution agreement with the broadcast equipment supplier and systems integrator WTS Broadcast. The move will see Ikegami’s full portfolio of system cameras and monitors made available by WTS. Kris Hill, UK general manager for Ikegami, said: “WTS Broadcast is perfectly placed to maximise Ikegami’s presence throughout EMEA. The team’s expertise and reach within the industry means that their customers will have access to the innovative, quality and robust solutions that Ikegami has to offer.” He added: “ES Broadcast will assist us in further accessing a wide range of clients throughout the industry who are looking for quality, reputable, reliable and robust products for live production.” The third agreement has been signed with the reseller Altered Images. 8 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 119 NOVEMBER 2016 CAMERAS Red Digital Cinema has begun shipping its new Epic-W camera and the latest version of its Weapon Both cameras feature the DSMC2 form factor as well as the new Helium 8k Super35 sensor. Helium is said to allow for higher resolution in an S35 frame, while maintaining the dynamic range found in the Red Dragon. The Epic-W captures 8k full frame motion at up to 30 frames per second (fps), produces 35.4 megapixel stills and offers Super 35 lens coverage. Data speeds are available up to 275 MB/s. The Weapon 8k S35 has the ability to capture 8k full frame motion at up to 60 fps, and has a sensor upgrade path to the Red Dragon 8k VV. Data speeds up to 300 MB/s are available. “From the very beginning, we’ve strived to not only develop the best imaging technology on the planet, but also make it available to as many shooters as possible,” says Jarred Land, president of Red Digital Cinema. “The Weapon remains our premier camera and now comes with the option to either go with the 8k Helium sensor or 6K Dragon sensor.” The Epic-W costs $29,500 while the Weapon 8k is $49,500. Both prices are for the camera ‘brain’ only. NEWS & CURRENT AFFAIRS Stories about refugees and migrants feature prominently in the shortlist for this year’s Rory Peck Awards. News category finalist Will Vassilopoulos and News Features category finalists Marco Salustro and Lottie Gammon are all rewarded for covering stories of desperation, detention and kidnapping in Greece, Libya and Macedonia respectively. Similarly, Syrian and Yemeni freelancers living and working in the midst of conflict are News category finalists for their work capturing intense footage from the frontlines. Waad Al Kateeb, a 24 year old Syrian mother from Aleppo, and Yemeni video journalist Nabil Hassan from Aden, are nominated for films showing the devastation wrought on their home cities and the people who live in them. Sponsored by Sony professional, the Rory Peck Awards honour the work of freelance cameramen and camerawomen in news and current affairs. The winners will be announced on 7 December in London.