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Broadcast Batteries - A Changing Market Cont.

Anton/Bauer batteries in use on
'Kvadrat' documentary

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adapt to the changing realities of the
modern production, the traditional
manufacturers are in agreement that
inexpensive and slowly evolving cell
chemistry is opening up the sector.
Although Vignali of BLUESHAPE
is correct to state that "li-ion
battery technology today offers
performances that five years ago
were not possible," the scale of that
progress does not appear to be
breath-taking. Sharp of Anton-Bauer
sums it up concisely: "Evolutionary
is the correct word."
There's a parallel to be drawn with
the world of LED lighting where the
maturing of a technology and the
high availability of commodities
has witnessed huge growth in the
number of suppliers in the market.
To an extent the same as happened
in the battery market. Consequently,
prices are being driven down. The
big question is, can the new low-cost
manufacturers develop products
to truly compete

Anton/Bauer's Dionic battery

with the established
thoroughbreds of
the industry?
On this topic,
there is unanimity.
BLUESHAPE, with
more than a decade
in the business,
notes: "Perhaps a
user may easily be
misled since even a
cheaper battery may
appear to perform
sufficiently well at
time-zero. However,
true quality and
stable performances
only
becomes
apparent with time
and battery ageing."
Robert Holland, Sales
Manager at IDX
Technology Europe
concurs: "No, you
cannot compromise
safety against price,
these are directly-opposed. Our
reputation over the last 25 years has
been built by using the best quality
cells and optimising the circuitry for
both safety and long life."
Anton-Bauer ensures the superior
physical design of their products
which encompass numerous safety
features including a circuit board
that shuts a battery down if any
rise in temperature or increase in
current is detected. PAG also points
to the temptation among entry-level
manufacturers to cut corners in the
quality of the materials used and to
avoid independent testing. Worse
still, users that invest in batteries
lacking approval to be transported
by air, risk having their equipment
seized at the point of departure, or
worse causing a catastrophic fire
at 30,000 feet.
On a more mundane level,
batteries are known to perform
at the level of its weakest cell;
consistency of components and the
scrupulous selection of each part is
therefore critical to the longevity and
performance of the pack. Sharp
from
Anton-Bauer lists

BLUESHAPE's robust Granite series includes the BV090 for light video
applications up to the the high discharge rate BV270HD incorporating 2x
D-Tap connectors

the lengths to which his company
goes in the search of quality: "We
preselect from only the top 1% of
cells output from our vendors, and
then we test them and match them
so that they are all the same. When
we produce a cell pack, we can
guarantee both the best runtime
performance and cycle time."
Clearly, investment in high class
batteries will result in a safer, more
durable and more versatile purchase.
Tellingly, many newcomers to the
market advertise their new products
among a range that includes
batteries for mobile phones and
portable computer equipment. The
heritage of the broadcast industry
seems baked into the products
of the likes of Anton/Bauer and
PAG. Can a generalist technology
company develop products with
the utterly robust build quality of
BLUESHAPE's Granite range? Is a
developer willing to match PAG's
understanding of different camera
systems? Is Anton/Bauer's Gold
Mount something that can be
copied accurately (and legally) and
replicated at very low cost? The
knowledge behind the choice and
positioning of connectors on IDX

batteries - is this wisdom easy to
learn and implement at will?
Whether low quality competitors
will steal considerable market share
from the traditional vendors and
cripple their ability to innovate is not
something that broadcasters could
welcome. However, it is possible that
short-term equipment budgets may
encourage production companies to
invest in cheaper products.
What is clear is that the types of
cameras that production companies
and broadcasters use is changing
at breath-taking speed. Shoots
nowadays often make use of a
variety of systems, from remote
PTZ units and DSLRs to digital
cinematography equipment and
aerial cameras and crews can
easily end up with a dozen different
types of battery units on set. But
to produce programming and film
to budget and on schedule means
having confidence in each power
supply being used. While there may
be a temptation to "go cheap", the
simple concept that every battery on
every charger will deliver the same
high level of performance time and
again must be the basis of every
professional production.

The PAGlink PowerHub offers a wide range of taps for powering accessories


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InNews: Russia's Channel One Looks to Elemental
InNews: Eurosport Teams With SNTV for News Content
InStudio: Integration Is the Aim, but Is Our Aim True?
InGear: Chopperguy Relies on Aja Ki Pro Mini
InGear: NBC Olympics to Utilise Five Artemis Consoles
InGear: Sony Reduces 4K Camcorder Size
InMedia: The Connected Room 1990 – 2020 & Beyond
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