BBC promo 2008

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Has this codec been implemented within the BBC and is it still current today ? Dirac sounds like a planet from Dr Who !

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New boss at the helm of Sony Professional Europe

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Sony announced today the appointment of Katsunori Yamanouchi as Vice President of its Professional Solutions Europe (PSE) business. He replaces Naomi Climer, who after 6 years leading the PSE business, has been promoted to a new global post within the Sony group. Based at the Sony Pictures studio lot in L.A., Climer will lead the development of a new global business focussed on the provision of media cloud services.

Yamanouchi joined Sony’s Professional Solutions Group in 1989 and has gained extensive international management experience through roles in the European, US and Asia-Pacific regions. From 2003-09 he successfully lead Sony’s professional business in the CIS, MEA and German-speaking territories. In 2009, he returned to his native Japan, heading up Planning & Marketing Dept., Content Creation Solutions Division, a role in which he took global responsibility for the core product and solutions developments underpinning Sony’s leadership in the professional Broadcast and Media industries.

Katsunori Yamanouchi said today: “I’m delighted to be joining the European team and building upon the business success achieved by Naomi and the PSE team. I know the passion and dedication of our European team to understanding our customers and responding with innovative technology and services. I strongly believe we can look forward to continuing growth in our European B2B business, both in our core established markets and also new segments including cinema, video security and sports.”

Naomi Climer said today: “Leading PSE has been both a privilege and an exciting adventure. In my 6 years with PSE, we’ve seen numerous waves of technology advances – HD, 3D and 4K to name just a few – providing our professional customers with the tools and inspiration to amaze consumers everywhere.

“I’m delighted to take up a new global challenge within the Sony group and also very confident to be handing over to Katsunori Yamanouchi who has the people, talent and experience to continue driving Sony’s professional business expansion in Europe.”

HDW : Lets hope Mr Yamanouchi can keep Sony focussed on new products not only fit for purpose but stop the rot in Sony’s recent cast of camcorders like the PMW-100 and the NX30, camcorders that were never produced with the professional in mind yet made the grade. Please stop this nonsense of upgrading domestic cameras to so called professional status…as professionals WE DON’T NEED OR WANT THEM !

Lets have a new line of cameras with the following features…

1. Minimum 1/2″ Exmor CMOS chip sets.

2. More professional lenses on the hand held camcorder with constant aperture and 2x optical converters.

3. Remember the second most important part of a camera is it’s ability to be focused by the user, better higher res viewfinders, especially on handheld camcorders.

4. Media that is priced with archive in mind, Sony can’t expect cameramen/women to purchase SxS cards at £400 a pop for 1 hours footage for archive, Sony still don’t get the importance of archive yet Canon uses CF cards on the C300, cheap enough for archive.

5. Minimum 50Mbps on any camcorder from hear on in.

6. Any reason why we can’t have CBR at 35Mbps ?

7. All camcorders should be able to shoot 1080 50p like the FS700 and NX70.

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EGO REVIEW £159 from H Preston Media

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One thing I can say about this wee camera is the picture quality is very good but that said there are a few details which would make this a far better product.

The video camera has settings, within these settings you have Resolution (720 60p or 1080 30p), FOV (Field of view, 135˚ and 90˚) and Anti Flicker (50 and 60Hz).

Performance …At first I had a few teething problems getting the WiFi onto my iPhone but as usual a good look at the instructions gave me the key to viewing pictures on my iPhone.

The WiFi stream is about 4 seconds delayed but as Liquid Image point out it’s only for basic monitoring in fact the WiFi picture is cut off when the camera is in filming mode, you get two settings, 720 60p or 1080 30p, once again I would prefer a setting for PAL frame rates.

The camera produces a good 12MP picture as seen above and you can use your iPhone to setup and fire the camera remotely.


The first thing that must be updated is the ability to have manual iris/exposure, this one feature would enhance this wee camera ten fold as it has a tendency to close down at the hint of any skyline.

The battery lasts about 30mins max when filming 720 60p which is not very good as you can’t replace it when it goes down.

Secondly a few more 1/4″ tripod fixings would not go a miss and if you are going to produce a non standard micro HDMI socket then supply a cable or adapter please, the micro HDMI only playback files from the EGO, either video or photo files. The ability to monitor live output would be a good upgrade as the 4s delay on the WiFi is rather annoying.

The ability to stream the picture onto an iPhone or Android mobile is a major bonus but it’s not real time, you have a 4s gap between live and refresh.

 It’s very small for an HD video/photo camera and weighs 116 grams, you have various options to mount the camera from tie wraps to sticking it down with it’s big base plate.

It has 4 modes of operation 720 60p indicated by a blue LED, 1080 30p (Green LED), Photo mode (Red LED) and continuous photo mode (Purple LED).

Conclusions…So how does it perform, taking on board that the pictures from this camera would be interspersed with footage from other cameras 75x its price (Canon C300) it performs very well, I tried it on my dogs harness today and the pictures were all over the place, not a fault of the camera rather the fault of my understanding of strapping the camera to a solid object like a helmet and not a loose dog harness !

For £159 you cant go wrong its a great toy to play with and produces very usable 720p pictures, great for action sports and anything you need to strap a small 135˚FOV camera to.

I am filming a Roller Derby on Saturday and hope the lighting conditions within the hall will allow the camera to be used on one of the players helmets/roller skate but you will have to wait till then to see reality footage from the Liquid Image EGO, till then here is a small trip round my block sticking the EGO onto my car with gaff tape running at 720 60p.

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EGO Xtreme camera from Liquid Image

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With an angle of view of 130˚ the new EGO from Liquid Image is not only wide enough to capture the action but has various modes from HD video to 12MP photo mode.

One of it’s best features is it’s ability to stream a WiFi image onto your iPhone/Android mobile making positioning of the lens a breeze. Full report tomorrow evening.

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