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UNDER THE SEA
Sony Electronics has added two new PTZs to its line-up. The SRG-A40 and A12 have 4K resolution and built-in AI analytics to track movement and keep subjects in-frame. Other highlights include high image quality (thanks to Sony’s Exmor R CMOS sensor), 40x optical zoom, remote control and streaming, as well as simple operation and connectivity between cameras. The PTZs – ideal for lectures, conferences and other live events – will likely be available in summer 2023 and start at £3600. NEW ENTRIES TO SONY’S PTZ SERIES
What sound does the earth make? German comms brand HDwireless went on a submarine expedition to find out. Filmed for TV, the project took five days, with a dive team retrieving a hydrophone from Austria’s deepest lake. The journey required approval from the military and impeccable wireless tech to ensure comms between land and lake. Enter: Clear-Com. The crew used Clear-Com’s FreeSpeak Edge Wireless System – supplied by German Audio-Technica – with the submarine’s pilot, co-pilot, the presenter and a guest each equipped with beltpacks. “At a depth of 200m, you have to be very safe,” said Patrick Nußbaum, CEO of
HDwireless. Ashore, a production van combined the Eclipse HX Digital Matrix System with V-Series Iris Keypanels and the Agent-IC mobile app. By taking advantage of wired and wireless Clear- Com systems, the crew safely navigated the mission. Returning to the original question, what sound does the earth make? “I don’t want to make it!” laughed Patrick.
MAKING WAVES AT THE WORLD CUP
V-Nova recently partnered with Brazil- based Globo to debut the first-ever MPEG-5 LCEVC-enhanced channel during the 2022 Fifa World Cup. The showcase included two major
experiments during live broadcast. First, they used an LCEVC enhancement layer to turn a TV 2.0 signal into an HDR 10-bit channel. Second, they provided 4K HDR visuals and complete, personalised audio
by Dash, streaming an LCEVC-enhanced VVC video. These moves signal a transition to TV 2.5 and 3.0, with future formats supporting high-resolution video and next-generation audio on both broadcast and streaming platforms.
UPGRADING SKY NZ
Due for an upgrade to its production console, Sky New Zealand opted again for Lawo. Sky commissioned Lawo’s partner, Professional Audio & Television (PAT), to design a new IP audio system; the Lawo mc²56 MkIII. The console works with Lawo’s UHD Core audio engines, RTW
TM7 metering unit and Home management platform. Once complete, Sky hopes to integrate its Lawo mc²36 console and V_pro8 video processors. Both Justin Loza (platform owner broadcast core, Sky NZ) and Mike Heard (senior solutions architect, PAT) have full faith in the joint venture.
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