Toolkit: March 2017

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Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Web Presenter

This solution allows customers to use their professional SDI and HDMI video sources with streaming software and services such as YouTube Live, Facebook Live and others. Featuring 12G-SDI and HDMI connections, Blackmagic Web Presenter will downconvert any SD, HD and Ultra HD sources and make them look like a 720p USB webcam. Streaming in 720p ensures customers get the quality of HD and a 16:9 aspect ratio, but with very low data rates, so uplinking streams to the internet is easy from any computer. When used with the optional Teranex Mini Smart Panel, Blackmagic Web Presenter can be used as a broadcast-quality two-input live production switcher. The unit features re-synchronization on the HDMI input, so cutting between sources remains smooth. 

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Kino Flo

360-Degree Color Software

Diva-Lite LED and Select LED fixtures from Kino Flo have been updated to include the company’s new 360-degree color system. Unlocking millions of colors, the software update includes professional cine swatch book presets as well as full hue and saturation color control. Users can control both the white light mode and the new color mode manually, or remotely via wireless and standard DMX lighting consoles. In the color mode, the extended color temperature range falls between 2,500°K tungsten and 9,900°K daylight. Users can select from menu filter color presets or from a color wheel of RGB values. Additionally, Kino Flo has supplemented the standard filter categories with its own gel color presets, such as Candle Flame, Green Screen and Sodium Vapor. 

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