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Andy Stout, European Editor

Andy Stout, European Editor

Andy is European Editor of RedShark. He has spent nearly two decades writing about all aspects of the broadcast and film industries for a variety of high-profile industry publications on both sides of the Atlantic. During that time the industry has moved from 4:3 SD to 16:9 SD to HD and now on to 4K. He's getting kind of curious to see where it goes next.

Opinion: Too many cameras are bad for business

Published in Business

One interesting perspective available from the halls of NAB if you knew who to talk to came from the hire company/equipment rental bosses who, faced with yet more camera models and accessories to be added to their fleets, are starting to feel the strain.

NAB 2015: GoPro goes live with HEROCast

Published in Studio & Broadcast

One of the factors reining the GoPro HERO in from complete industry ubiquity has been the lack of a live transmission option for broadcasters beyond some home-brew workarounds. That has all just changed with the launch of the GoPro HEROCast, but it ain’t going to be cheap.

NAB 2015: Colourful changes from Adobe

Published in Post & VFX

Highlights from the latest round of Adobe releases include completely new colour workflows for video editors, a rather ingenious new mobile app that captures Looks for video and a whole lot more.

We’ve talked before about High Dynamic Range imaging and how we think it might turn the industry on its head, providing not just more pixels but better ones with a lot more colour information. Even better though, it’s coming to a set near you soon courtesy of Dolby Vision and VIZIO. This is now a 2015 technology.

‘Game-changer’ is probably the most overused phrase at this year’s NAB, but in the shape of the HDC-4300 Sony might just have the real article in its hands, not just for the company itself but for the whole industry-wide introduction of 4K.

As befits anything having the phrase ‘V12’ as part of its name, the latest version of Blackmagic’s editing and grading package is a powerful beast with a lot of new features under the hood.

As usual we’re expecting Blackmagic to make a bit of a splash at NAB, but in advance of the main tranche of news it's announced a v2.3 update for its URSA cameras which includes ProRes 444 XQ and 4K at 120fps support. And yes, the latter will require a new sensor.

NAB 2015: Teradek launches VidiU Pro

Published in Studio & Broadcast

The newest addition to Teradek’sVidiU family of streaming devices, the VidiU Pro is aimed squarely at webcasters looking for an all-in-one streaming system for a sub $1000 pricepoint.

DJI unveils Phantom 3 drone with integrated 4K camera

Published in Production

Drones are already one of the main talking points of NAB, and the announcement of DJI’s new Phantom 3 in two flavours — a $999 HD Advanced and $1259 4K Pro version — only seems to confirm them as this year’s must-have production accessory.

Hubble can only see in black and white

Published in Technology & Computing

You wouldn’t know it from the picture above, but, as with the original, the 20th Anniversary retake of the original ‘Pillars of Creation’ shot that almost single-handedly defined the Hubble Space Telescope in the public imagination was taken in black and white.

The future of film must include celluloid

Published in Business

A recent event held at the Getty Research Institute in the USA saw the likes of Christopher Nolan argue the case for the use of film in the digital era, against a backdrop that saw a mere 39 commercial US releases shot on 35mm in 2014.

Red Shark Review: Leema Acoustics Elements Amplifier

Published in Audio

Audio is a huge part of our business and, as with film and video, people working in the industry tend to get as much out of consuming it as they do producing it. We are knowledgeable and demanding consumers, which is exactly why we are kicking off the first in an occasional series looking at decent hi-fi components with an examination of the Leema Acoustics Elements Integrated Amplifier.

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