SONY future proofs new DWX digital wireless audio range

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Easing the upgrade path for the frequency switchover in 2012, Sony today announced that all of its digital wireless microphone systems (DWX) will now be sold with modification packages in order to safeguard audio investments in the run up to channel 38 switch-over. In addition to this an optional upgrade path will be made available on Sony’s WL series analogue wireless microphones.

This announcement coincides with the launch of two new products in the DWX range of digital wireless audio solutions. The DWR-R01D dual-channel rackmount receiver and DWM-01 integrated handheld microphones enhance the DWX range and are designed for studio and venue installations. The modifications to channel 38 will be available to be performed from early 2011 via Sony’s PrimeSupport team.

Mark Bainbridge, General Manager, Sony Media and Broadcast explained how Sony’s digital upgrade path will make a difference to the audio industry: “With the switchover looming the audio market is currently going through a period of considerable uncertainty with many customers unsure of the best time to switch to digital and reluctant to invest in technology which may soon become redundant. Sony’s modification package seeks to address buyer uncertainty in the channel and ensure that customers can continue to invest in the latest digital technology safe in the knowledge that their kit will deliver high quality digital audio over the next two years and beyond.”

Over the next 18 months, broadcasters, venues and events companies will need to upgrade their analogue audio infrastructure in preparation for the shift to channel 38. Rob France, Sony Audio Product Manager explained what advantages we can expect: “There are distinct advantages to digital wireless audio, a superior sound quality can be delivered and the channel capacity in an 8MHz band is increased by up to 60%. Transmitters can be remotely controlled from receivers, enabling remote changes to transmission frequency and more flexible power management. In addition to this encryption technology will increase security on audio transmissions.”

Sony’s new DMX digital wireless microphone products are now available for purchase. Equipped with Sony’s WiDIF-HP codec, the DMX range unites the subtlety of analogue with the advantages of an all-digital architecture.

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Blogging from Larry Jordan

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Larry Jordan “When I first got started in this editing business,” he said creaking back and forth in his rocking chair, “editing video took a minimum of two quarter-million dollar videotape recorders – plus a control room – a lot of patience and some blind luck.”

Today just blew the doors off what we used to consider “editing systems.” Let me start with an email I got this evening from Tony Liuzzi:

I have been using for at least six months. It works great. With that as background, here’s my story.

I was flying from New York to San Francisco recently, and said, “why not try using LogMeIn from an airplane at 35,000 feet and see how it behaves?” I had purchased an internet connection on my flight — the cost was discounted since I was a first-time user.

I checked my email and read that my client had a revision to be made on a current Final Cut Pro project. So, I said, what the heck? Let’s see.

I logged into my edit system and discovered I had great response/control from the flight. As good as I had when I am connected on land. I was amazed!

I made the changes to the project and exported the file. It went from Final Cut Pro to Squeeze, all controlled from my flight. Then, I opened up Transmit to send the newly compressed file to their FTP site for approval.

Now, here is where the story gets even funnier. I sent an email to the client telling her I was making the changes right now — but NOT that I was on a plane. She reviewed and approved the changes — all before I landed.

It was a VERY cool moment. And I thought you’d enjoy the story.

Larry replies: This whole idea of remote computer control totally changes what we consider an editing system. Is it the computer doing the editing or the computer CONTROLLING the computer doing the editing.

These lines got even more blurred this morning, when Steve Jobs showcased the new iPhone 4 running iMOVIE!


What made this even funnier for me was that Tom Tomchak ran an April Fools Day press release talking about porting Final Cut Pro to the iPhone. At the time, it made for very funny reading. Who knew that he was actually able to see the future? He wasn’t being preposterous, he was being prescient!

The editing community is already starting to take sides on this new $4.99 software. But I think some of the discussion misses the point.

Tens of millions of people will have access to simple equipment to shoot 720p30 HD video. Using the latest version of iMovie for the iPhone, they can edit it in their phone. Then, imagine that when they connect their phone to the computer, that iMovie file transfers over in a format that’s readable by iMovie on the Mac.

At which point, it is only a mouse-click to send that edited file via XML to Final Cut Pro for final polish.

The mind reels — I was blown away when I realized a few years ago that I had more editing power in my laptop than I did in a multi-million dollar post-production suite 20 years ago.

Now, that power is migrating to cell phones!

The key for us is not to run away from this new technology, but to realize that there are about to be millions of new customers than can use our expertise and experience to make their movies look even better. At the end of the day, it isn’t the tools, but the people using the tools that make the difference.

As another email today emphasized: “We’re not in Kansas anymore.” (Actually, I’m beginning to think we aren’t even on the same planet.)

Strange times, indeed!


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iPhone 4 records in HD “Wasted by a very bad rolling shutter”

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Why oh why do people like Apple bother to add HD recording to the iPhone 4 when it’s clearly unusable. I had my iPhone 4 with me today and recorded some fun at my niece’s house… got back to base and loaded the one minute of footage onto my iMac. I was horrified to say the least to discover how wobbly the footage was.

I looked back at non HD iPhone 3Gs footage I recorded last year in Italy and it’s night and day. It’s obvious that the 720P enlargement has also magnified the rolling shutter and general jello effect making 80% of anything I would have considered filming…even for fun unusable.

Apple Wobble Vision would be a better name for it…I do not understand how this got passed Apples quality control but then for a £600 handset to suffer aerial problems at this late stage maybe Apple are not as careful as they once were…and that’s a shame !

Don’t waist your time using the iPhone 4 for HD filming…If you want a real tip for filming fun HD footage get yourself a Sony DSC-HX-5V costing under £300… do all your HD filming on this camera and it’s AVCHD…No Jello, slight rolling shutter, half the price of an iPhone 4…look at my mini review under VIDEO REVIEWS…OK it’s not a phone but it’s 20x better at producing HD footage and it fits in your pocket.

Anyway just because I can’t get good pictures out of my iPhone 4… I received this link from Arran Eye about a Vimeo member called Michael Koerbel, this is his iPhone4 movie…

“Apple of My Eye” – an iPhone 4 film – UPDATE: Behind the scenes footage included from Michael Koerbel on Vimeo.

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