Atomos launches Shogun Flame and Ninja Flame

Intent on delivering 4K HDR, Atomos launched the Flame Series with Shogun Flame and Ninja Flame –an advanced 7” field monitor, accurately displaying 10 stops of the luminance …


Intent on delivering 4K HDR, Atomos launched the Flame Series with Shogun Flame and Ninja Flame –an advanced 7” field monitor, accurately displaying 10 stops of the luminance detail of Log with 10 bit HDR Post Production colour accuracy, for the first time in a field monitor. The company claims that AtomHDR engine not only resolves HDR brightness detail (dynamic range), with 10-bit colour accuracy it also resolves 64 times more colour information than traditional 8-bit panels.
For Rec709 standard dynamic range scenes, the 1500nits brightness aids with outdoor shooting as does the upgraded continuous power management system. It also includes the 4K/HD Apple ProRes/DNxHR Recording, Playback and Editing.
“HDR is the next revolution for filmmaking,” said Atomos CEO and Co-founder, Jeromy Young, “Anyone that sees HDR, from content creators to consumers are immediately sold, more life-like shots and real world detail. Our job is to open up HDR to all filmmakers by removing the technical and affordability hurdles that might slow its progress.”

Shogun and Ninja Flame have rugged built in armour making it is battle-ready for the field

The Flame series of monitor-recorders are equipped with the AtomHDR engine, utilising the power of the 1500nit panel in tandem with Atomos’ patent pending image processing to resolve the brightness detail of Log camera signals with the colour accuracy of 10 bit HDR images mastered in post production. This means that the usual complications of exposing Log signals on a washed out image are eliminated – with AtomHDR users simply frame, expose, focus and shoot. All major camera makers log formats are supported – Sony, Canon, Panansonic, Arri, Red and JVC.
The monitor itself is a calibrated 7” 1920×1200 325ppi IPS with upgraded 10-bit colour accuracy, resolving 1.07 billion colours compared to the 16.7 million colours of traditional 8-bit panels. This all but eliminates the colour banding seen on traditional panels and in tandem with AtomHDR lets users see images as they would with their own eyes.

Belar to launch low-cost versions of modulation monitors at 2016 NAB Show

Belar Electronics will come to the 2016 NAB Show with new low-cost versions of its flagship HD Radio and All-in-One modulation monitors, accentuating the remote monitoring capability of …


Belar Electronics will come to the 2016 NAB Show with new low-cost versions of its flagship HD Radio and All-in-One modulation monitors, accentuating the remote monitoring capability of its WizWin software. 40% cheaper and half the size, the new FMHD-1 Lite and FMCS-1 Lite pack all the monitoring power and extensive feature sets of its siblings for RF engineers that prefer remote access over front-panel management.

The 1RU versions eliminate the front panel user interface while retaining all pertinent meters, alarms and enhanced monitoring features. This includes Belar’s Automatic Delay Correction software for flexibly managing HD Diversity Delay; automated, multichannel scanning of FM and HD Radio stations; and WizWin graphing to display up to 24 hours of monitoring data.

The latter extends the window that broadcasters can access and review historical performance and compliance data from its previous 30-minute limit. Graphical options include dynamic histograms and raw value tables, providing both immediate evidence of performance; and detailed insight into trends over time.

Belar’s WizWin software enables IP connectivity for remote monitoring, and the FMHD-1 Lite and FMCS-1 Lite rely almost exclusively on that capability. According to Mark Grant, CEO, Belar Electronics, the reliance on IP connectivity over on-site management is indicative of industry trends and changing preferences of RF engineers. “Almost every significant RF component today is accessible from the studio, an office or even from home,” he said. “Engineering visits to RF plants happen less frequently, and there is little point in driving out to sites daily or weekly to adjust your processor, mod monitor and transmitter. These new monitors give engineers a less expensive option without losing features and sacrificing performance.”

The reliance on remote monitoring is also useful for remote, difficult-to-access transmitter sites; as well as single-frequency transmitter networks with multiple translator or repeater locations. For latter scenarios, WizWin’s IP connectivity reduces travel time and costs for engineers responsible for monitoring and maintaining multiple RF sites.

Regardless of the transmission architecture, users have full access to all modulation readings, spectrums, HD Radio Data, and subcarrier information found in each unit’s bigger brother. The FMHD-1 Lite and FMCS-1 Lite also provide the same e-mail and relay alarming as the traditional versions to immediately alert engineers of critical issues.

Website: www.belar.com

IHSE USA adds browser-based KVM Matrix control

IHSE USA LLC has partnered with High Resolution Systems (HRS) to bring browser-based control to the Draco tera enterprise and Draco tera compact series of high-performance KVM matrix …


IHSE USA LLC has partnered with High Resolution Systems (HRS) to bring browser-based control to the Draco tera enterprise and Draco tera compact series of high-performance KVM matrix switchers. The has resulted in a combination to create the latest in browser-based KVM control systems for matrix switching. IHSE will demonstrate the newly developed control interface with its Draco Tactical deployable VKM-DS package during InfoComm 2016 June 8-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“IHSE recognizes the need to bring common web-based user-control functions normally found in an audiovisual environment to KVM switching, and we see HRS as a perfect fit for customers who want solutions that are cost-effective and simple to set up,” said Dan Holland, marketing manager for IHSE USA. “We partnered with HRS on an initial development project to support our Draco Tactical VKM-DS based on ease of setup, cost factors, and an adaptable API command structure.”

The partnership was prompted by the fact that mobility is a key feature of any professional A/V technology solution today, and web-browser interfaces are widely established, understood, and valued by almost every end user in a range of professional command-and-control environments. No matter what the matrix size, browser-based access and control requires minimal computer hardware and user training. Users with basic knowledge of web interfaces can easily handle configuration parameters such as adding and deleting resource devices, configuring basic source sharing, and assigning user names and passwords.

Designed around IHSE’s Draco tera enterprise and Draco tera compact series of matrix hardware and HRS’ Enterprise 10 system server (10ss), the joint solution lets users control and manage KVM systems via a variety of browser-enabled devices. Because the software that handles system configurations and management resides on the access system’s integral web server, there is no need for a dedicated workstation. A browser-based system means users can carry out configurations, administration tasks, and operational interaction such as creating reports, handling alarms, and adding or deleting users from any compatible device on the network.

HRS’ Enterprise 10ss is a multicore control server designed to run an entire facility on a customized, embedded version of Linux. It hosts 10 systems controlling A/V equipment over an existing TCP/IP network. The scalable system uses link aggregation, which combines multiple network connections in parallel to increase throughput beyond what a single connection could sustain and to provide redundancy in case one of the links should fail. The Server Manager engine, which runs on standard port 80 for any web browser to access, manages the high-level areas of the server.
“HRS is passionate about developing professional A/V control-system software and solutions that make a difference in people’s daily business lives. That’s why we are excited to partner with IHSE, a market leader in KVM technology, to bring to market KVM with integrated control and operation,” said Drew Taylor, HRS director of business development. “Whether for tactical deployments or large, installed KVM environments, IHSE has the backbone technology to make this work, while HRS provides the front-end user interface for control and operation.”

IHSE’s Draco tera enterprise matrix systems come in port sizes ranging from 48 to 576. They support video formats via DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, and SDI as well as other data formats via USB-HID, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, digital audio, analog audio, and RS232/422. Video resolutions up to 4096 x 2160 at 60 hertz can be routed via Cat5e/6/7 or optical fiber. The Draco tera compact matrix systems range in port sizes from eight to 80 and support the same range of video and data standards and interfaces. Both series can be controlled via the HRS control-management software.

HOT 100 – Cinematographers – Kiran Deohans, Sarbjit

28 years since his debut with Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (and he won the Filmfare award for Best Cinematographer), Kiran Deohans has filmed only seven Hindi mainstream movies! …


28 years since his debut with Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (and he won the Filmfare award for Best Cinematographer), Kiran Deohans has filmed only seven Hindi mainstream movies! But his high strike rate with films like Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham, Jodha Akbar, Agneepath and the recent Sarbjit, means that his name is a codeword for quality camerawork.

In Sarbjit, he created magnetic visuals like the shot where you see the titular character’s manacled hand reach out from behind dark prison bars towards a ray of light that enables him to read a smuggled letter from home. Deohans said he lit each jail scene differently despite the limitations of a 6×8 feet room with just one source of light – a small window.

He desisted from suffusing the cell with light to obtain the clichéd cold look, and instead used tobacco-colour lighting with a cooler tint at nights; eloquently capturing the prisoner’s loneliness.

Deohans believes that the biggest canvas is an actor’s face. The scene he is particularly fond of is the one in which Sarbjit’s wife (Richa Chadda) reprimands his sister (Aishwarya Rai) for attempting suicide and exhorts her not to give up her struggle to free him.

He stated, “This was a dialogue-heavy, interior scene without wide expanses to shoot. I lit the actors in a way that I did not intrude on their expressions but ensured that the light added to the scene’s emotional content.”

The FTII trained Deohans, who successfully directed the music video Dillagi recently, would like to move on to film direction provided he finds the right script. Till then, he should have no problem landing another prize assignment in Bollywood … whenever he chooses.

Science on a Sphere

Kolkata’s Science on a Sphere facility uses digital projection and smart audio systems to explain changes in the earth’s topography in a captivating manner n its 19th anniversary, …


Kolkata’s Science on a Sphere facility uses digital projection and smart audio systems to explain changes in the earth’s topography in a captivating manner

n its 19th anniversary, Kolkata’s Science City introduced a state-of the-art facility, titled ‘Science on a Sphere’ (SoS), which was inaugurated by Keshari Nath Tripathi, Governor of West Bengal. The suspended globe, which measures 6-feet in diameter, projects images of the earth through animated and dynamic images of its landmass, oceans, oceanic currents, temperature zones, clouds, snow covered areas, deserts, rivers, environmental processes, etc. “I am delighted to learn that Kolkata’s Science City, which is the largest Science Centre under the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), has set up this SoS. This is the first of its kind facility in eastern India. Here, the audience can experience the dynamic earth in front of their eyes and the magic of digital simulations has shrunk it to a size that fits our scale of visualization” said the governor.

A specially designed SoS folder was unveiled by the governor in the presence of A S Manekar, director general of NCSM and E Islam, director of Birla Industrial and Technological Museum and various and students. “It is our endeavour at NCSM to engage the audience into understanding complex scientific and technological issues in a simplified manner,” Manekar said.

Around 250 underprivileged and differently-abled students from Manovikas Kendra participated in various contests during the launch, which was followed by a cultural program.

CUSTOMISED TO FIT THE BILL
The SoS is a room-sized spherical projection system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a 1.80 meter diameter sphere, analogous to a giant animated globe. This is an effective educational tool to help illustrate the earth’s dynamic processes and associated science to people of all ages.

Animated images of the earth’s land, oceans and atmosphere can be simulated on the sphere to explain what are otherwise complex methods, in a way that is simultaneously intuitive and captivating. This system, designed by system integrator Globocess AG, is expected to provide a platform for better understanding of complex environmental processes.

The digital projection system comprised a Dell 5810 workstation with GeForce GTX series graphic card from NVIDIA with a Ubuntu OS installed on it. Four DLP projectors with respective resolution 1920×1080 and 4000 ANSI lumen were connected to the workstation through a switcher and video extender.

The audio system comprised a mixer with four active speakers. This supported Kiosk Software’s SOS 5.0 version, an upgraded version provided by Globocess AG of the software originally developed by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOOA) which was installed in the workstation. The software is similar to a player with features to control animation using script.

GLEANING DATASETS, BIT BY BIT

Majority of SoS’ assets are called datasets. Originally conceived as a video system for showing space-based collections of earth data, SoS has grown in its utility. Most of its data that traditionally appears on the SoS screens concerns the earth, either from near-real-time data acquisition systems or from processed remote sensing platforms.

There are currently over 500 datasets that can be shown on the sphere, including real-time infrared satellite images, real-time earthquakes, an ocean acidification model, earth during night, air and satellite traffic around the space of earth, climatic and temperature variations, concentration of chlorophyll content, cloud movements and several others. NOOA played a pivotal role in supporting the use of spherical display systems such as SoS in public exhibits as part of a focused effort to increase environmental literacy.

An official from Kolkata Science City explained that the datasets were downloaded using command into the file system of the system software over internet. This data is updated almost daily with the help of command line code on a Linux terminal.
AD Choudhury, director of Kolkata Science City said, “It is a unique educative tool that simplifies the public’s understanding of our various environmental processes. One can instantly monitor the areas where earthquakes occurred during the last few hours, how the tsunami waves travel to various coastal areas, the artificial illumination pattern, air traffic in different zones and different times, etc.”

The new facility can accommodate approximately 70 visitors at a time in a specially designed climatically controlled room. Its unique display is expected to enthral family groups and school students as well as facilitate their understanding of the complex processes that exist.