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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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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.

dubai360.com promises to enable viewers to explore Dubai from anywhere in the world utilising state of the art 360 degree multimedia. The sneak preview — a ‘Little Planet’ video taken with four Canon 1Dxs from the top of the control tower at Dubai International Airport — already has our attention.

Atomos Samurai Blade now under $1000

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Atomos has announced a new $995 price point for its Samurai Blade, reckoning that with both of its HDMI and SDI monitor/recorders now under $1000 the days are numbered for monitors that don't record or playback.

The Sony A7S - a camera born for astrophotography

Published in Technology

If you thought that the remarkable low light performance of the Sony A7S dovetailed nicely with attempting to take photographs of the Milky Way wheeling above the surface of the Earth, you’d be dead right.

Sony says that its new Media Lifecycle Service wraps its expertise in digitisation, storage and archiving, digital content distribution and asset monetisation all into a single business.

Blackmagic Design's ATEM Switchers Update 6.0 is a free update available with immediate effect and adds support for controlling cameras from ATEM production switchers via the SDI connection with the camera, all of which could lead to some rather cool work.

Cooke Optics to extend lens range

Published in Production

Cooke Optics is planning to extend its Anamorphic/i lens range, as well as adding new focal lengths to its miniS4/I and 5/i ranges.

Canon looks to highlight 4K

Published in Production

Canon is planning to major on 4K at the upcoming IBC2014, amongst other things highlighting its recently announced CN7x17 KA S – the company’s first-ever cinema lens to feature a servo drive unit.

8K & Omnicam: more World Cup innovation

Published in Production

The 4K broadcasts from the latter stages of the World Cup in Brazil might have grabbed all the headlines, but Japan’s NHK also oversaw the capture of nine — yes, nine — matches in 8K, while the Final was also captured in 360° panoramic video too.

Testing out the GH4 with the SLR Magic Anamorphot

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Diego Contreras is a director based in NYC and he’s just shot a new video to test the Panasonic GH4 in combination with the SLR Magic Anamorphot 1.33x anamorphic lens adapter. The results are getting some pretty positive feedback too.

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