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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.

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In an interesting and, indeed, pioneering new move, UK broadcast hire specialist Procam has brought lens service and manufacturing facility True Lens Services with the aim of being able to not only supply more 35mm glass to the high-end TV market, but also offer a bespoke lens design service as well.

DirecTV launches 4K satellite, services to America coming soon

Published in Business

Lofted up into orbit from French Guyana via the ESA’s reliable Arianespace rocket, the new seven-tonne DirecTV-14 is safe and well in orbit and expected to begin operations in the early second quarter of 2015.  

Disney Research makes HDR work with conventional TVs

Published in Post & VFX

The House of Mouse has come up with an innovative new technique that mitigates most of the problems that tone mapping introduces when it interprets HDR images for conventional television sets.

The earliest space exploration was not done with the aid of rockets but weather balloons carrying instrument packages up high into and then beyond the atmosphere. And as Japanese amateur astrophysicist, Keisuke Iwaya, shows, modern camera kit is more than capable of making the journey.

We never cease to be amazed by what individual people and small teams can produce with the new breed of digital tools, but Wanderers, a short film by Erik Wernquist detailing humanity’s exploration of the solar system centuries hence, has raised the bar to astonishing new heights.

Star Wars trailer unleashes storm of modding creativity

Published in Post & VFX

The Force is strong in these people. No sooner had the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer hit the internet than video artists got busy rotoscoping, adding effects and generally playing moddy havoc with the original trailer.

Star Wars trailer hits internet/internet goes ‘Wow!’

Published in Post & VFX

There has been an awakening: Kim Kardashian’s famous derriere might have attempted to break the internet a few weeks ago, but it belonged to the geeks first and the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens put servers under a pressure they had rarely seen before. Why? Because it was good.

Huge increase in 4K TV sales

Published in Business

With an epidemic of Black Friday sales and the start of the Christmas retail season starting to kick in, the CE industry has already had a significant boost with reports of a 500% increase in 4K set sales amidst a general uptick in units.

500 years, half a millennium ago, Henry VIII sat on the English throne and was still married to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, while Copernicus was busy making his first observations of Saturn. If you want your data to last that long, a Norwegian company is now marketing an archive system that will keep your images preserved five centuries into the future

Planet Earth in glorious 4K

Published in Technology & Computing

Big blue ball. One of the nicest of the recent clutch of high quality space imagery, this Youtube 4K time-lapse of weather systems scudding underneath Russia’s Elektro-L weather satellite is just what your iMac 5K has been waiting for.

DJI preps astounding new drone with 4K camera

Published in Production

Expected to ship in mid-December with a $2900 price tag, DJI’s latest drone, the Inspire 1, raises the mid-range UAV bar impressively, boasting a 4K camera, 720p HD streaming and an optional dual-operator control; one for flying, one for controlling the camera.

Atomos 4K Shogun now shipping

Published in Production

Enter the Shogun: Announced to great fanfare at NAB earlier this year and shown in production ready form at IBC, the Atomos Shogun 4K recorder has now completed its first production run and is shipping.

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