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NAB NY 2017: Sony To Introduce Midrange Studio Camera

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:09:34 -0400

Sony is taking the wraps off a new camera at NAB New York this week. The HXC-F80 will likely be a player for live sports and event productions where native 4K or high-speed recording is not required.
 
“It’s a new midrange studio camera with features that are designed around the needs of sports broadcasters,” says Rob Willox, director of marketing, Sony Professional Solutions. “It’s for those who find the HDC-2500 or HDC-4300 is not a realistic option.”
 
The camera makes use of 2/3-in. CMOS sensors that have 15 f-stops of sensitivity and capture 1080p images at 59.94 or 23.98 fps. The camera has 3-Gbps and 12-Gbps output, and HD HDR capabilities will be added in mid 2018 (the camera will capture in BT.2020 color space). The first version of the camera will ship in January.
 
“The HDR capability uses HLG [hybrid log-gamma], and the HXCU-FB80 camera-control unit has a built-in 4K upconverter and can also control up to 24 cameras under the same control system,” says Willox. “This is the first camera in our lineup with that; cameras aimed for the lower end are usually point-to-point.”
 
Having the 4K upconverter in the CCU saves on circuitry in the camera and gives midrange productions an upgrade path that is sensible and simple.
 
In other Sony developments, users of the PXW-Z450 camera will have a firmware upgrade on Dec. 17. Version 3.0 will offer HDR support (both HLG and S-Log 3 with BT.2020 color space), simultaneous record of 4K HDR/HD SDR or 4K HDR/HD HDR, and 4K upgrades to cache recording and 4K S&Q up to 60p.
 
And the Venice full-frame digital motion-picture camera will make its U.S. debut (it was unveiled at IBC 2017) complete with film-look color reproduction, eight-step ND filter system, an anamorphic look, shallow depth of field, and more.

FCC Issues Fine For Dangerous Interference with NYPD Radio System

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:58:42 -0400

The Federal Communications Commission has imposed a fine proposed last spring against a New York City resident for operating a radio transmitter on frequencies that the Commission has licensed to the New York Police Department (NYPD), causing interference with the NYPD’s radio system. The individual, Jay Peralta, has been fined $404,166 for this egregious conduct.
 
From April through August 2016, Mr. Peralta transmitted threatening messages directed at NYPD officers. These messages included false bomb threats and false officer-in-distress calls to NYPD dispatchers. The NYPD provided the FCC with a written statement by Mr. Peralta, who is currently in custody pending a trial for related charges, in which he acknowledged making nine unauthorized transmissions on the NYPD’s radio system.
 
The Commission announced its intention to fine Mr. Peralta in April. As with any such action, Mr. Peralta was provided notice of the Commission’s proposed fine and provided a chance to respond. Given Mr. Peralta’s lack of any response to this notice, the Commission has today adopted a fine in the same amount as the earlier proposal. The Commission expects prompt payment of a fine. If such a payment is not received within 30 days, the matter is referred to the Justice Department for collection.
 
The FCC is tasked with overseeing use of the nation’s radio frequency spectrum and issues licenses under which entities such as broadcasters, public safety agencies, and wireless phone and data networks operate.

Shure Intros New ShurePlus MOTIV Video Mobile App

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:12:00 -0400

Shure introduces the new ShurePlus MOTIV Video, a free mobile application designed to integrate the audio performance of the MOTIV product line with video camera functionality, enabling content creators to visually capture important moments without sacrificing audio quality.
 
The iOS application combines audio and video capture with integrated MOTIV microphone control to deliver an intuitive, centralized video application with quality audio.
 
Intended for iOS content creators, including mobile journalists, recording musicians, vloggers and podcasters, the App offers on-screen audio metering, improved, uncompressed audio and integrated controls to adjust gain and view audio waveform.
 
The ShurePlus MOTIV Video App enables the recording of clear audio, no matter the occasion. Additionally, the App features in-app gain control for moment-to-moment adjustments, on-screen metering for continual audio quality maintenance, and standard video controls for integrated management of visual display.
 
Ideal for content creators with low budgets, the free application offers simple solutions for everyday technical issues that arise with mobile iOS recording, and functions with and without the use of Shure’s MOTIV line of microphones. The ShurePlus MOTIV Video App joins the ShurePlus MOTIV Recording App in the ShurePlus line of mobile recording applications.

NBA, Rakuten Form Multiyear Partnership for Live NBA Coverage in Japan

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:11:26 -0400

The NBA and Rakuten form a multiyear partnership making Rakuten the league’s exclusive distribution partner in Japan for all live NBA games and a global marketing partner of the NBA. This marks the NBA’s most comprehensive media partnership in Japan and Rakuten’s first with a North American sports league.
 
This season, Rakuten will offer NBA LEAGUE PASS, the league’s premium live game subscription service, exclusively to Rakuten members in Japan through NBA.com, the NBA App and for purchase through Rakuten’s video-on-demand service, Rakuten TV.
 
The NBA’s presence in Japan dates back almost 30 years. NBA games and programming have been on-the-air since the 1988-89 season, and officially licensed NBA merchandise is widely available at more than 180 Xebio stores across Japan.
 
The league has conducted a number of events in Japan, including 12 regular-season games in three cities, interactive fan events, NBA Cares community outreach initiatives, and in 2012, Basketball without Borders, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program.

FCC Grants Experimental License for Project Loon in Puerto Rico

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 17:01:14 -0400

The FCC has granted an experimental license for Project Loon, led by Google's parent company Alphabet, to help provide emergency cellular service in Puerto Rico.
 
“More than two weeks after Hurricane Maria struck, millions of Puerto Ricans are still without access to much-needed communications services,” said Chairman Pai. “That’s why we need to take innovative approaches to help restore connectivity on the island. Project Loon is one such approach. It could help provide the people of Puerto Rico with access to cellular service to connect with loved ones and access life-saving information. I’m glad the FCC was able to grant this experimental license with dispatch and I urge wireless carriers to cooperate with Project Loon to maximize this effort’s chances of success.”
 
Project Loon is a network of balloons that provides connectivity to users on the ground. Now that the experimental license has been approved, it will attempt to initiate service in Puerto Rico. Project Loon obtained consent agreements to use land mobile radio (LMR) radio spectrum in the 900 MHz band from existing carriers operating within Puerto Rico.

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Audio-Technica ATW-1701 Camera-Mount Receiver - ATW-T1001 UniPak Transmitter
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This handy info comes from our friends at Bittree Patchbays.
 
While using chemical cleansing agents or burnishing tools on the patch cord plugs or jack field itself is not recommended, periodic service to the patch cords and the exercising of the jacks should lead to many years of faithful service from your patch bays.
 
These instructions pertain to typical nickel-plated audio cords and video cords with nickel sleeves and gold-plated center contacts:
 
1. The patch cord ends should be cleaned with denatured alcohol (electronic grade 99.97%, not rubbing alcohol) and a soft, clean, lint-free cloth. When cleaning the gold-plated center pin on video patch cord plugs, use a small electronic grade foam swab only.
 
2. Using the cleaned patch cord, exercise the jacks by inserting and removing the plug as many as 10 times. The friction from this procedure helps to remove any built-up contaminants on the mating surfaces.
 
3. Repeat step #1.
 
Note: Slight scuffs in the patch cord plug’s outer plating are considered normal as the cords themselves are designed to wear-out long before the jack’s serviceable life is fully realized.

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