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Andy Stout

Andy Stout

Andy has spent nearly two decades writing about the broadcast and film industries for a variety of high-profile industry publications on both sides of the Atlantic. He lives in the middle of the English countryside, where he dreams of rolling all his hobbies of cycling, drumming, playing cricket, watching rugby, listening to prog and reading sci-fi into one, potentially rather dangerous, activity.

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Autodesk makes Flame 4K, adds Smoke subscriptions

Published in Technology

Flame on: Autodesk’s venerable but still cutting edge Flame hits v2015 and adds 4K support,while the company’s Smoke editor adds a term-based licensing model.

Spain bans all UAV flights. Where next?

Published in Business

In what could be an absolute disaster for the growing UAV industry, Spain’s State Agency for Aerial Security, the AESA, has issued a blanket ban on all commercial UAV flights while it waits to issue specific rules for governing the craft.

Fairlight's impressive new audio engine

Published in Audio

The latest iteration of the Fairlight Crystal Core Technology at the heart of the company's various digital audio mixing, recording and editing systems promises to deliver impressive track-counts and support immersive surround formats beyond 22.2, all on a single PCIe card.

World Cup games to be captured in 8K

Published in Production

FIFA is making plans alongside Japan's NHK to capture some of the games from this summer's World Cup in Brazil in 8K. And the footage will be down converted to 4K to help 4K producers. Down converting to 4K! You read it here first!

Codex has announced an exclusive 4K uncompressed RAW recorder for the VariCam 35 and a new workflow for the Red Epic Dragon.

 Imagine Communications, itself recently created out of the old Harris Broadcast by venture capitalist owners The Gores Group, has just acquired Digital Rapids in an NAB that’s increasingly resembling a particularly turbulent episode of Game of Thrones.

NAB 2014: Teradek ramps up wireless functionality

Published in Technology

Three new products from Teradek aim to seriously boost wireless video functionality for your camera, from transmitting straight into a DIT Cart to improving collaborative workflow on set.

 Debuting at the show as a 'product preview' (presumably as a spoiler for similar technology) Convergent Design's new Athena 4K/Multi-Stream Player/Recorder Encoder/Decoder epitomises just how powerful 4K kit is becoming in 2014.

Can Amazon’s Fire TV succeed?

Published in Technology

 As we predicted a while back, Amazon has launched its own TV streaming device, Fire TV, and the device has some impressive surprises under the hood. Will it be enough though to succeed in an increasingly crowded market? Here are our top ten reasons why we think it could.

 A new iOS app, Ultrakam, takes the iPhone 5s and ramps up its onboard camera capabilities to provide 2240 x 1672 at 24fps. And that, says its developer, is only the start.

Papal blessing for Ultra HD

Published in Production

 A forthcoming ceremony to mark the canonisation of Blessed John XXIII and John Paul II will take place on 27 April in St Peter's Square, Vatican City, and will be broadcast in 4K using six Sony PMW-F55 cameras.

In the wake of Facebook's $2bn swoop for Oculus Rift, last week's announcement that Sony is building a VR headset for the Playstation 4 seems a bit more significant. Are we about to see a domestic VR arms race? Or is AR (Augmented Reality) as epitomised by Google Glass the best way forward in the short term?

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