July 2019

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Broadcast Bruce can help you get the most from your creative tools and provide clear, unbiased advice on planned technology investments. Perhaps something below will inspire a change!

  • HDR Roadshow highlights AJA Video's Complete HDR Workflow Solutions.
  • AJA Ki Pro GO Multi-Channel H.264 USB Recorder orders being accepted for delivery soon!
  • Litepanels Gemini 1x1 Soft is the perfect lighting partner on any shoot.
  • Teradek Ace 500 Available in SmallHD Monitor Bundles
  • Magewell Electronics Unwraps Powerful New Features and New Model in Ultra Stream Encoder Family.
  • First BirdDog P200 stock hits our shelves here in the lucky country.
  • NewTek’s live sports production solutions provide everything that teams, leagues, schools, and broadcasters need.

HDR Roadshow highlights AJA Video's Complete HDR Workflow Solutions

What is HDR?

The pursuit of High Dynamic Range (HDR) is the dream of getting closer to the Human Visual System (HVS) in all that we experience as viewers.

  • HDR is a new display system that is designed to better represent what the human vision system (HVS) can see.
  • Human vision sees the world with lots of dynamic range and a wide range of colours.
  • Modern cameras have up to 14 stops of dynamic range.
  • BT.709 Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) systems can show only up to the equivalent of about 6 stops.
  • HDR attempts to show much more of the world we see, starting with the larger camera dynamic range available today at source and through the production chain and ultimately for presentation on affordable displays optimised for HDR.

You may have missed the event, but if you are interested in understanding more about HDR and the tools available check out their comprehensive HDR Solutions Site, or speak to Broadcast Bruce.

AJA Solutions:

Watch AJA Product Manager Bob Hudelson explain the benefits of HDR for real time production and the retention of artistic intent that HDR helps preserve.

AJA Video Systems is now accepting orders for, and beginning to ship, Ki Pro GO!

Pictured in the rack case above so you know it's real, Ki Pro GO is AJA's portable multi-channel H.264 HD/SD recorder, featuring genlock-free HDMI and SDI inputs, recording on up to four primary channel USB 3.0 slots to off-the-shelf media with redundant backup to slot 5, multi-matrix monitoring and a wide range of custom recording options. Ki Pro GO combines the Ki Pro family's intuitive design and flexibility with recording of H.264 in a compact 2RU, half-rack width form factor.


HDR is brighter and it's darker. More detail at both ends of the spectrum makes lighting more important than ever.

Accuracy and control are critical when your sensor is capturing every detail. Subtlety is key. Less of the right light, applied in the right way to provide depth and highlights, and to deliver the drama in a scene.

The Litepanels Gemini is a 1×1 LED panel that provides a nice, soft source of colour accurate illumination. Staying true to the Litepanels legacy, the Gemini has accurate full spectrum Daylight and Tungsten lighting, while also offering full-featured lighting modes for effects, full colour with hue and saturation control, all of which still allow for the intensity to be controlled anywhere from 100% – 0% at all times.

Learn why Ryan Shove, the Creative Director of Retro 8 Films, calls Gemini 1x1 Soft "the Swiss Army Knife of lights."


Teradek Ace 500 Available in Monitor Bundles

Ace 500 is designed with the same reliability and performance as the Teradek Bolt line, ensuring you have a continuous video feed when you need it the most. It can also be paired with any SmallHD monitor with built-in Bolt transmitters & receivers for an all-in-one, streamlined monitoring solution.

Pair the Ace 500 RX with the FOCUS Bolt 500 TX for a compact, streamlined camera setup free of clutter. Monitor the shot from the on-camera FOCUS Bolt’s brilliant touchscreen display, and send video to Ace receivers within 500 ft. of wireless range.

Pair the Ace 500 TX with FOCUS Bolt RX's for an all-in-one handheld wireless monitoring solution. The FOCUS integrated monitors are lightweight, ergonomic, and offers 500 ft. of wireless range so you can see the shot from anywhere on set.

“A couple of weeks ago, I was working on a project short-handed. My partner and I were trying to film a scene which required both of us on camera with no one to cam-op. So, we set off a lock-off shot, hit record and carried out the scene with our eye on the Teradek Ace 500 just out of frame to ensure we were capturing what we needed.”

Here's 5 Reasons to Get the Ace 500 For Your Next Production!


Magewell Electronics Unwraps Powerful New Features and New Model in Ultra Stream Encoder Family.

Headlining the new features is support for 3G and 4G USB modems, enabling users to live stream from anywhere over a mobile broadband connection. Meanwhile, a new Access Point (AP) mode enables Wi-Fi-based smartphone control of Ultra Stream encoders in environments that don’t have an existing accessible Wi-Fi network. Rounding out the enhancements is a new web interface, enabling users to control Ultra Stream encoders through a web browser.

Ultra Stream SDI is a Single-Channel HD Streaming Encoder that makes live streaming remarkably easy for everyone! Supports up to 2K60p 3G-SDI input and loop-through with embedded and analogue audio.

Pricing & Availability Coming Soon


First BirdDog P200 stock hits our shelves here in the lucky country!

Initial testing is really positive. Image quality and latency are excellent. More details, images and videos will follow soon as we put our demo unit through its paces, but anyone keen to check it out, please get in touch.

BirdDog P200 is the world's best full NDI PTZ production camera. Fitted with a Sony CMOS backlit sensor and powerful Sony image module, it is just a part of BirdDog's complete NDI Production Workflow. It supports frame rates up to 1080p60, 30x optical zoom, and outputs SDI, HDMI, and NDI® simultaneously. Each output can be set independently so you can combine SDI 1080i with NDI® 1080p. 3.5mm audio connectors allow P200 to work with BirdDog Comms, the world’s first NDI audio intercom platform.

P200 has been designed for the most demanding on image quality. The superior optics make P200 perfect for Sports, Broadcast, Live Event Production, IMAG, Education, and any other application where quality matters. P200 can also be used as a traditional PTZ camera with RS422, RS485, and RS232 control allowing you to move into the world of NDI® when you are ready.


NewTek’s live sports production solutions provide everything that teams, leagues, schools, and broadcasters need for complete on-air, live streaming, and in-venue sports production at any level.

Produce a world-class fan experience. Dedicated replay with scores of built-in capabilities like dramatic slow motion and visual effects previously accessible only by top-tier networks.

Capture the action—anywhere. The right sized integrated production system can go wherever the game happens, without sacrificing capabilities.

Monetise multi-branded programs. Feed fan frenzies on nearly any device. Customise multiple outputs for any network ID or sponsor brand.

Smash price-performance barriers. A single multi-camera video production system incorporates every part of the production workflow at a game-changing price.

Connect any source, anywhere. Design your sports productions based on the best, most exciting programs for your fans, not cabling or facility restrictions.


See how Harvard Athletics achieves production at a professional standard with NewTek.

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