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Get Tactile with

Blackmagic ATEM Vision Mixers

soft panel vision switching just got a whole lot funkier with the Blackmagic Design ATEM range

ATLONA Technologies

Q-Ball

YelloBrik

Vision Mix

Robotic Mini Cam

3Gbit SDI to HDMI

Tactile Switching

Blackmagic MiniMonitor

IP KVM CAT 5/6/7


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Vision Mixers Go Tactile Hardware based vision mixers can be cumbersome, hard to deploy for live-event work and require an experienced operator to get the best results. Blackmagic have worked their usual magic and created a software vision mixer with sexy GUI that can go anywhere, any time, and can be operated from a pc, or even better an iPad for those tight spaces where positioning a physical desk may not be possible. Like all Blackmagic products their ATEM vision mixers offer users the ability to operate them from a hard-panel or soft-panel, so you can start your vision mixing career on a familiar tactile iPad surface and progress to the full blown physical desk to hone your skills further, or, why not just operate the entire production from a touch-screen computer monitor and be done with prehistoric clumsy hardware forever!! Get Mixing over at Blackmagic, tout de suite

Need a Little Extra Length! California based ATLONA Technologies are a company to watch for affordable high-quality matrix switchers, extenders, amplifiers, splitters, and much more. The company manufacture a range of professional broadcast compatible products that offer exceptional value for money. The ATLONA 16x2 HDMI Switcher for example has two mirrored outputs supporting 1920x1080p and 3D visual settings, it also supports multi-channel digital audio pass through up to Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio and the built-in HDMI equalization inputs and outputs can span 50 feet without extenders allowing an extra 20 feet per port. You can also send media to two different displays or a display and projector simultaneously. More on ATLONA Technologies soon so watch this space

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Q-Ball is Watching You London based 'Camera Corps' Q-Ball mini pan-andtilt HD/SD camera are ideal for sporting, live-event and studio productions where standard robotic cameras may be too obtrusive, where space is tight or simply for their convenient size and quality. The Q-Ball has already seen action at Wimbledon and in network broadcast reality tv productions. It features 720p/1080i – 50/59.94hz, 16x9 & 4x3 aspect ratios, built-in 10 x optical zoom lens, 1/3� 2mpixel CMOS sensor, 4 embedded audio channels and is waterproof. So, why not put it to the test!

Follow The YelloBrik Road The Lynx Technik CDH 1811 YelloBrik SDI to HDMI converter is an ideal tool for video editors with its selectable timecode and metadata overlay mode that detects and displays timecode formats, audio presence, and key metadata parameters of an incoming SDI stream. The YelloBrik auto-detects inputs and formats supporting SDI video up to 3Gbit/s including balanced and unbalanced line-level stereo analog audio and AES outputs that can pass through Dolby E. Two channels of audio from incoming video signals can be de-embedded and output as digital AES, analog audio, or embedded into the HDMI output. There is also a fiber transceiver option.

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USB Powered VGA to HDMI Scaler The Atlona AT-HDVieW is designed to take video and audio signals from a PC or Laptop and up scale it to digital HDMI output of a wide-range HDTV and PC resolutions up to 1080p. The AT-HDVieW is a plug and play device, it will automatically sense the native resolution of the display and scale the computer's output to match it. The converter will take audio signal from the computer and embedded it into the HDMI signal output so that the user is able to enjoy both audio and video through one cable.

Going, Going, Gone... Just when you thought Blackmagic couldn't squeeze their technology into anything smaller than their mini converters, they've done it again with the UltraStudio Mini Monitor and Recorder units by adding even more portability and flexibility for broadcasters. Plug in to a Thunderbolt connection and the Mini Monitor will output SDI or HDMI, ideal for low cost high quality consumer LED and OLED television monitors. The Mini Recorder will likewise record from any SDI or HDMI device and at â‚Ź125 is cheaper than a glass of Champagne at the Casino Monte Carlo! If Grant Petty isn't a fan of Harry Houdini I'd be surprised, what next, wireless color correction as you roll over Niagara Falls!

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Thunderbolt of Lightening The CalDigit T1 is the world's first removable and fastest Thunderbolt single drive solution with two Thunderbolt ports and is perfect for audio/visual professionals seeking a sleek, fast and portable storage unit. The T1 is a powerful single drive storage device with TWO Thunderbolt ports that supports both regular 3.5" HDD's and the much faster 2.5" SSD drives. One of the most unique functions of the T1 is that the drive is removable, something that you do not normally see on most single drive solutions. This allows for easy expansion and archiving of your important data. With the SSD drive installed, the CalDigit T1 can reach speeds of up to 470 MB/s. This type of speed was normally reserved for much larger and far more expensive units that would take up considerable space in the edit suite and require a lot of power to run.

The Sky's the Limit SkyLogic, a Eutelsat company is offers high-speed internet access via satellite across Europe and the Mediterranean Basin through Tooway. There is no need for a telephone line so if you are producing an outside broadcast event, news report and have no access to a consumer or business broadband connection the Tooway service will give you a simple, fast and reliable high speed internet connection via satellite. The service operates in Ka-band with capacity on Eutelsat's KA-SAT satellite, the biggest High-Throughput Satellite in Europe. Regardless of whether you are on top of a mountain, in the middle of the countryside or an isolated island in the Pacific all you need is a satellite dish and a modem. The small, easy to set-up, outside satellite dish connects a pc or home/business network directly so if you produce regular live-events from different geographical locations the Tooway Satellite Internet will keep you connected.

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Remote Control – KVC IP The new Guntermann & Drunck digital IP KVM ControlCenter system will support all your broadcast facilities' signals with up to 288 dynamic ports and switching via CAT and Fiber cables. The system can cascade and expand to accommodate the most demanding studio, OB and post environments and switches keyboard/mouse, dual and single link DVI display ports, is USB 2.0 transparent with bidirectional audio and is RS232 compliant. For smaller operations the company offer the CompactCenter X2 that controls 16 computers over Cat 5/6/ or 7. Indispensable for any broadcast studio. ControlCenter CompactCenter

Open Gear IP KVM Alternatively the OpenGear IP KVM controller is a cost-effective 'Zero U' device that can work at racklevel or remotely over IP giving full system access at boot-up, BIOS or in frozen-OS conditions. No client software is required with secure, encrypted authenticated browser sessions. A common issue with traditional CAT5 KVM over IP switches is the cabling limitations however the Opengear IP-KVM solves this cabling limitation of common CAT5 KVM switches with a Zero 'U" design to fit seamlessly into any installation. No longer will you experience video degradation due to extended cable lengths. The OpenGear IP KVM controller is a cost-effective alternative to high-priced, complex KVM products and is ideal for flying solo or small to medium internet broadcast studios.

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