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NEWS CAPTURE & PRODUCE Will Strauss ANALYSIS DRONES Go back 10 years and the idea that major broadcast technology manufacturers like Sony and Grass Valley would one day be working together would be laughed out of town. In 2016, with Leicester City winning the English Premier League, it seems anything is possible. DJI has launched its most powerful ever UAV, a six-rotor drone that can carry a Red Epic camera for up to 16 minutes. The M600 makes use of the company’s A3 flight controller and features the Lightbridge 2 video-transmission technology that allows high frame rates and HD live-streaming capability over distances of up to five km. It has a maximum payload of 6kg, making it suitable for DJI’s Zenmuse gimbals, and the Zenmuse X series cameras, and a customised battery- management system and power distribution board. The M600 will fly for up to 36 minutes with a Zenmuse X5 camera attached and up to 16 minutes with a larger camera, such as a Red Epic. It can also fly the Ronin MX, DJI’s handheld and aerial three-axis gimbal. At NAB Sony announced that it is collaborating with Grass Valley on industry-wide interoperability between the two companies’ IP-based kit. GV plans to implement an IP-to-IP gateway card compatible with its GV-Node IP processing platform. This card will ensure compatibility between Sony’s Networked Media Interface (NMI) and Low Latency Video Codec (LLVC) technologies and systems based on standards supported by the AIMS roadmap. In total, 49 vendors across the industry now support the IP Live Alliance from Sony and the NMI. This is very encouraging. If there has been one constant in all my time as a journalist covering the TV industry it is this: engineers want all the bits of kit that they use to talk to each other. Michael Cronk, the senior vice president of strategic marketing at Grass Valley, sums it up: “The industry has spoken. They want true ISO standards that will stand the test of time and ensure broad interoperability. Grass Valley is thrilled to work with Sony towards this goal.” The fact that Sony is now participating in the AIMS initiative, and will promote the adoption of open standards for IP-based interoperability, is great news for just about everyone. If all the broadcast technology vendors can make kit that is interoperable then the future is very bright and truly anything is possible. 6 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 113 MAY 2016 MONITOR-RECORDERS At NAB Blackmagic Design unveiled the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K, a portable monitor and recorder that can be used with any SDI or HDMI camera. The device features a high resolution 7-inch monitor for checking focus and framing, two high speed recorders for non- stop HD and Ultra HD recording, two XLR microphone inputs and a built in speaker. It is being sold for US $895. Also in Vegas, BMD showed the URSA Studio Viewfinder, a 7-inch studio viewfinder with variable tension mounting points, tally and external controls, for the URSA Mini camera. In addition, BMD has re-written the camera operating system for the URSA Mini. The update includes a new user interface and new features. It will be available later this year free of charge for all URSA Mini customers.