Andy Stout

Andy Stout

Andy has spent over 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 HDR. He's getting kind of curious to see where it goes next.

Sonnet’s Echo 11 Thunderbolt Dock adds power

Published in Technology & Computing

Sonnet Technologies has expanded on its range of Thunderbolt 3 expansion products with the new, slimline Echo 11, and aimed it firmly at MacBook Pro users.

Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 9 not only features Samsung’s biggest smartphone screen to date and a massive 4000mAh battery, it also has some neat new camera tricks to play with as well.

It may not have the functionality of Amazon’s or Google’s devices and, inevitably, it’s more expensive too. But above and beyond its audio quality there is one factor why Apple’s HomePod is the smart choice for any home, and that is privacy.

Pond5 adds 3D models from TurboSquid

Published in Post & VFX

In an impressive expansion of its service, over 100,000 off-the-shelf 3D models are being added to the Pond5 library.

As anyone who has had the pleasure of a fibre connection to their house knows, you can get a lot of data though an optical cable. Tweak the lasers right, however, and you can get an astonishing 661 Tbits per second - all the data the entire internet needs.

Will the Galaxy X have a foldable screen?

Published in Technology & Computing

Bendable screens have been one of the staples of the sci-fi props departments in recent years, but thanks to Samsung it looks they will be with us as soon as next year.

The path to high frame rate (100fps) 4K starts here

Published in Production

The EBU’s announcement that it’s going to be conducting trials in high frame rate 4K HDR this month raises the bar for live broadcasting once again.

Earlier this year you could not buy some high-end graphics cards for love nor money as inventory was funnelled towards the voracious cryptocurrency market. Happily, however, things are changing.

One of the best visual treats at this year’s NAB was the aerial footage of downtown Los Angeles shown by Sony at its press event. This is how it was shot.

Cooke Optics acquired by investment firm

Published in Business

On the surface it looks like business as normal for Cooke Optics, but a majority stake in the company has just been sold to fund expansion.

Why 8K won’t repeat the same mistakes as 4K

Published in Production

Samsung hopes that an industry alliance can work to set 8K standards in the consumer market and avoid previous marketing muddles. Meanwhile that consumer market is starting to accelerate.

Apple’s new MacBook Pros have gained a jump start on one of the main tech industry guessing games of the summer: working out what hardware the company is planning to launch in September.

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