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Toolkit: March 2014

AJA

Io 4K

AJA’s Io 4K capture and output hardware offers a range of professional video and audio connectivity, supports the latest 4K and Ultra HD devices, and allows real-time high-quality scaling of 4K to 2K and Ultra HD to HD. Io 4K connects to any Thunderbolt 2-enabled device (such as the new Mac Pro) and offers an additional Thunderbolt 2 port for daisy-chaining peripherals in supported workflows. It integrates with broadcast, postproduction and delivery tools such as Apple Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Creative Cloud, Avid Media Composer, AJA Control Room and Telestream Wirecast 5.

ARRI

AMIRA Camera

ARRI’s AMIRA is documentary-style camera that combines superior image quality and CFast 2.0 workflows with a design optimized for single-operator use and extended shoulder-mounted operation. Sturdy enough to take anywhere, AMIRA features in-camera grading with preloaded looks based on 3D LUTs, as well as 200 fps slow motion recording. Able to capture HD 1080 or 2K pictures with a dynamic range of more than 14 stops, low noise levels, subtle highlight handling, natural color rendering and realistic skin tones, the AMIRA records Rec. 709 or Log C images using ProRes LT, 422, 422 HQ or 444 codecs. 

Azden

WR32-PRO Mic Receiver

A dual-channel VHF receiver that allows users of Azden PRO Series systems to record from two microphones at the same time, the WR32-PRO works with any combination of two Azden WM-PRO bodypack transmitters and/or WM/T-PRO handheld microphone transmitters. Easily attached to most video cameras via a supplied shoe-mount or with locking adhesive strips, the receiver features separate power switches with LED status indicators for each channel, a supplied stereo mini-plug cable for connecting with DSLR and video cameras, high-gain telescoping antennas, and headphone jack.

JVC

GY-HM850 Camcorder

JVC’s GY-HM850 ProHD shoulder-mount camcorder provides live HD video transmission in the field without external bonded cellular solutions via its built-in streaming engine, FTP transfer or 4G LTE connectivity. JVC’s dual codec design allows the camera to transmit live HD footage or transfer files in the background while users continue to record footage in their normal workflow. When paired with a Verizon 4G LTE modem, which is connected to the camera via USB, the camera transmits footage to a broadcast facility in real time. JVC’s Advanced Streaming Technology (AST) provides content-aware error correction, bandwidth shaping and real-time feedback of streaming status.

Livestream

Studio HD51

An all-in-one live production switcher, Livestream’s Studio HD51 features five inputs and one output with HDMI and HD-SDI support, dual-screen viewing, ISO recording and remote camera, and a design that allows installation on a desktop or rack. Studio HD51 includes a built-in HD multi-bit rate encoder and a 1 TB hard drive that can record up to four simultaneous isolated (ISO) recordings or 20 hours of broadcast-quality program output.

Panasonic

Lumix GH4 Camera

With 4K recording capabilities, Panasonic’s still/video Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) camera utilizes a 16.05 megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor that increases sensitivity and response and suppresses rolling shutter effect, even when using the electronic shutter. A quad-core CPU allows the high-speed signal processing required to capture 4K video. In addition to its 4K capabilities (Cinema 4K: 4096 x 2160/24 fps and QFHD 4K: 3840 x 2160/up to 30 fps) in MOV/MP4, the GH4 allows real-time image output to an external monitor via an optional Micro HDMI cable while simultaneously recording video.

Sony

PCM-D100 Recorder

The PCM-D100 audio recorder is capable of recording linear PCM (at 192, 176.4, 96, 88.2, 48 and 44.1 kHz), DSD (2.8224 MHz) and MP3 (320 and 128 Kb/s). Additional playback support is provided for FLAC, WMA and AAC files. The unit’s compatibility with the DSD format enables the recording of source sounds using digital signals, but in a format that closely resembles analog waveforms. Featuring a directional microphone that uses a 15mm unidirectional mic unit, the PCM-D100 recorder has 32 GB of built-in Flash memory and a combination SD card/Memory Stick slot for expandable storage. 

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