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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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 There was a lot of news at IBC2014, particularly on the camera and camera accessory front, and we published a lot of stories as a result (with more still in the pipeline). Here, in case you’ve missed any of our coverage, are the highlights so far (with added Photokina).

4K Ready? 4K Now! One of the things that was most noticeable about IBC2014 was that 4K is now very much a part of the mainstream. That’s not to say there wasn’t still room for debate, though.

Atomos enters battery market with Power Station

Published in Production

Power to the people: Atomos bills its latest accessory as meaning that cameramen will never be left without power in the field, powering multiple devices and giving endless hot swapping of commodity camera batteries.

Sony adds Super35 CMOS sensor to 4K XDCAM range

Published in Production

Sony reckons its new ultra-portable PXW-FS7, which is also the first 4K XDCAM camera to feature a Super35 CMOS sensor, represents the ultimate choice for single-person operation.

Blu-ray 4K by Christmas 2015

Published in Distribution

One of the main stories to emerge from IFA 2014 is that the final specs of the Blu-ray 4K format will be completed by Q3 2015, with the first titles and players hitting the market in the run up to Christmas 2015 soon afterwards.

Skin your Blackmagic Production Camera 4k...with wood

Published in Production

Probably one of our favourite things we saw in the run up to this year’s IBC was this BMPC 4K Modification which converts your Blackmagic Production Camera 4K to an interchangeable mount — including a wooden faceplate.

Panasonic intros new lightweight AVC-ULTRA camcorder

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The AJ-PX800 is billed as a new 2/3-inch, three-chip shoulder-mount camcorder with AVC-ULTRA recording. What’s more — or less really — it weighs a little over six pounds, making it the industry’s lightest camcorder in its class and rather tempting to ENG crews.

Competition for Canon hotting up?

Published in Business

 Canon has long held a pre-eminent position in the lens market, but some significant recent price drops on its ‘L’ range suggest that the company is coming under pressure, either internally or externally.

Japan moves 4K broadcast date forward…by four years!

Published in Distribution

According to reports from Japan, the government has decided to bring forward the date for trial 4K and 8K broadcasts from 2020 to 2016 to coincide with the Rio Olympics. A full 4K satellite broadcast service is now slated to start in 2018, just in time for the next FIFA World Cup.

As you know, we do like a good space video here at Red Shark and this one, taking us on an 8-minute journey mounted on a Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Booster first into space and then back down to splashdown at sea, is up there with the best of them due to its amazingly authentic audio.

New Hitachi 4K camera uses 2/3-inch B4-mount lenses

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Hitachi Kokusai Electric has taken the wrappers off the SK-UHD4000, a broadcast 4K Ultra-HDTV camera system which rather importantly can use the standard 2/3-inch B4 mount lenses associated with current HD broadcasts.

Sony intros two new camcorders

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Sony has announced two new camcorders: the PXW-X500, a new solid state memory shoulder camcorder; and the HXR-MC2500E, an Exmor R CMOS sensor-based unit with a new built-in LED light aimed at professional videographers. There’s also a new field recorder, the PMW-RX50 XDCAM portable recorder, too.

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