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InFORM

Ultimate Arm Grabs AJA Ki Pro
Shooting action footage from moving vehicles is an art, and it’s one that George Peters, Lev Yevstratov and Joseph Bednar have been helping cinematographers master for nearly a decade.
The three founded Adventure Equipment in Newbury Park, California to enable productions to capture stable images without having to make concessions regarding terrain, weather or speed. The company developed The Ultimate Arm, a gyro-stabilised camera crane that they mount on their camera cars. It absorbs vibrations before they reach the image so operators get smooth shots and stable images, even with long lenses, off-road terrain and high speeds. To monitor HD video captured with The Ultimate Arm inside its fleet of vehicles, Adventure Equipment uses AJA Ki Pro and Ki Pro Mini digital recorders. The company shoots a lot of action car sequences, and recently used The Ultimate Arm equipped with AJA Ki Pro on The Avengers, Battleship, The Hangover, RIPD, Ganster Squad, and Cowboys 68 and Aliens, as well as a host of commercials and music videos. There are typically four people in each vehicle, the driver, the camera operator who controls the camera with a joystick, the crane operator and a technician. There are also four HD monitors. “That doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for anything else,” said Peters. “In our business, size is really important, especially when you’re doing 3D and there’s more gear. Ki Pro and Ki Pro Mini are a perfect fit – they’re compact, they’re extremely reliable, and they record in very high quality.” When the company first launched The Ultimate Arm in production, they equipped their vehicles with monitors that had built-in recorders, but they were limited to SD video and had reliability issues. “The signal is the most important thing. If that breaks up and you lose the

The Ultimate Arm

image when you’re shooting a huge action star, there’s nothing worse.” When AJA introduced the Ki Pro family, Adventure Equipment jumped on board. “AJA’s product reliability is legendary and the Ki Pros have shown us why. Through all of the jostling of off-road vehicles

and severe weather of all kinds they’ve been rock solid. We even had a shoot where something happened with the camera and the crew didn’t get it, but we had recorded it on Ki Pro so it saved them – and us.” ■

InTECH

Combining COFDM Wireless Camera Solutions With 4G
John Payne IV, VP Technology, Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC discusses today’s mobile broadcast environment
With the major wireless providers’ growing 4G wireless network capabilities, today’s ENG operators are exploring alternative fieldreporting methods. methods These e new 4G cap pabilities allow broadcasters to co over live breaking ne from locations ews that would have t been too costly or difficult to reach w with traditional m methods. They a also offer an economical option for added flexibility and reach for
Nucomm Connect Live John Payne, IMT

breaking news and real-time reporting. However, while 4G is a viable option, traditional COFDM transmission remains a necessity, as video quality is still at the cornerstone of today’s ENG operations. Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT) has created a solution for this rapidly developing industry trend with its Nucomm Connect Live. Connect Live combines the ultimate in COFDM wireless camera and 4G technology to produce a versatile live-news HD wireless camera system. The Connect Live is essentially two products in one – with its dual COFDM and 4G capabilities – it is suited for live and outside broadcast as well as news bureau applications.

In COFDM mode, the transmitter covers the entire BAS 2-GHz frequency band. The Connect Live is also available in the 5.8-GHz non-licenced band for additional unlicenced applications. For day-to-day news story coverage, the 4G link can be used to transport HD video back to the studio in near real-time. Depending on a user’s needs, latency versus video quality can be quickly tuned between three preset modes (interview, balanced and high quality) via the unit’s intuitive touch LCD display. The Connect Live features a boot up time of less than 30 seconds, allowing for rapid deployment in the field. In addition, the Connect Live supports multiple formats, including 480i, 576i, 720p and 1080i, and can

be configured to accept composite, HD-SDI and SD-SDI signals. The Connect Decoder is the companion receiver decoder capable of receiving the COFDM or video from the public Internet. Automatic changeover is performed. When combined with the Messenger Studio Server, users can harness all the power of rapid file transfers between the Connect Live wireless camera transmitter and the studio. The unit’s low-profile design and light form factor (weighing in at nearly one pound) makes it suitable for in-the-field reporting. Connect Live also features Anton/Bauer’s Gold Mount system as well as IDX mounts, providing a seamless connection from the unit to any external AC/DC power source. ■


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Innews
Inview: Workflows Alter Post
Inaudio: Communications & Talkback Systems
Insound Glensound Hd Voice
Insound-the Loudness Control Dilemma
Inmedia: Networking in the Cloud
Inmedia Programming Perfection – the Adderlink Infinity Dual
Inmedia Cloud Station?
Instudio: Dynamic Supports
Ingear: Protective Bags & Cases
Inmedia Hd/sd Media Newsroom Has Global Presence
Inreply Argosy Has the Answers
Inreview Koba Serves Up Latest Kit
Infocus Oxygen Upgrades Sports Production Galleries
Infocus Newtek Unveils Next Generation Tricaster Family
Inform Tvu Networks on Video Stability
Inform Higher Frame Rates the Latest Hot Tech Fad?
69 Intest Omnitek Enhances Otm/otr Software
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In Broadcast June 2012 - Inaudio: Communications & Talkback Systems
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In Broadcast June 2012 - Insound Glensound Hd Voice
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In Broadcast June 2012 - Insound-the Loudness Control Dilemma
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In Broadcast June 2012 - Inmedia: Networking in the Cloud
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In Broadcast June 2012 - Inmedia Programming Perfection – the Adderlink Infinity Dual
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In Broadcast June 2012 - Inmedia Cloud Station?
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In Broadcast June 2012 - Instudio: Dynamic Supports
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In Broadcast June 2012 - Ingear: Protective Bags & Cases
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In Broadcast June 2012 - Inmedia Hd/sd Media Newsroom Has Global Presence
In Broadcast June 2012 - Inreply Argosy Has the Answers
In Broadcast June 2012 - Inreview Koba Serves Up Latest Kit
In Broadcast June 2012 - Infocus Oxygen Upgrades Sports Production Galleries
In Broadcast June 2012 - Infocus Newtek Unveils Next Generation Tricaster Family
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In Broadcast June 2012 - Inform Tvu Networks on Video Stability
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