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NEWS CAPTURE & PRODUCE Will Strauss ANALYSIS As anyone that has seen our tradeshow coverage will know, KitPlus is a big fan of streaming video. So it was with interest that we learnt that Twitter had launched a new version of its Periscope streaming service that allows media companies to use external cameras, hardware encoders and steaming software to do live social media broadcasts. Called Producer, it requires the Periscope iOS app and works with a streaming URL from supported applications including the OBS Studio software and Teradek encoders. Grabyo has added Producer integration too. Previously Periscope only worked with the in-built camera in a smart phone. Producer is initially being made available to ‘selected’ brands, producers and media organisations and it only works with iOS at the moment but it seems to have all the necessary professional ingredients. Facebook Live and YouTube Live are the main alternatives but for news producers and newsgatherers, the simplicity of Twitter and the ability to use external capture devices is important. There is also the promise of a future API for broadcast integration. OK, so Periscope Producer is just another pipe and it won’t polish the content for you (you still have to do that yourself). But at least it allows you the opportunity to share that polished content, should you wish. Lots of big names have trialled it and it certainly has potential. Like all technology innovations and products debuts, however, it is often more interesting to discuss who the real beneficiaries might be of any adoption? With neither profits nor user numbers growing at the pace that investors want, Twitter might just need live broadcasts more than news providers need Twitter. SPECIALIST CAMERAS Camera Corps used NAB New York to demonstrate its range of specialised broadcast cameras including the Q-Ball and Q3 remote heads plus the MeerCat ultra-compact camera. Q-Ball has full robotic pan/tilt/zoom/focus while Q3 has a higher specification, a 20 times optical zoom and a higher sensitivity imager. MeerCat is an ultra-compact head designed for fixed-position shooting. Operations manager Neil Ashworth said: “These cameras enable programme producers to obtain live video reliably from practically any location. Our unique selling point is the Camera Corps control system which binds all our gear together for fast deployment and easy operation.” CAMERA SUPPORT Miller Camera Support Equipment unveiled the latest additions to its line of camera support systems at NAB New York, Inter BEE in Japan and SATIS in France. Included on the stand were the ArrowX and ArrowFX fluid heads and the Combo Live Pedestal series. Each ArrowX fluid head features the new CB Plus, a sequential counterbalance design that allows for repeatable, accurate and swift setup. “We’ve taken several innovative steps to bring new technologies to the Arrow Series of fluid heads that have culminated in the creation of the ArrowX and ArrowFX products,” said Joseph White, regional sales manager for Asia and Africa. “The CB Plus technology helps with the quick adjustments that the broadcast field calls for.” 6 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 120 December 2016