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Sony HXR-NX80 and PXW-Z90 Now Live Streaming

Announced back in June 2019 we’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of firmware V2 from Sony which promised simple live streaming to social media platforms such as Youtube and Facebook.

Released today by Sony the new firmware allows simple RTMP and RTMPS streaming.  Download the new firmware today:

Sony HXR-NX80:

Sony PXW-Z90:

Live streaming explained…

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”149″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]If you use Facebook I’m sure you’ve watched a live video, whether it’s a friend live streaming an adventure they’re having, maybe a wedding, a conference or a news event.  Live streaming is here to stay and is proven to get more engagement on social platforms then pre-recorded content.  It’s a great way for your clients to interact directly with their customers, in this email we want to explain how to and show you some popular options that will enable you to offer live streaming as a hassle free service![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Where to stream to?
Live streaming to the web will generally mean streaming to platforms including Youtube, Vimeo, Facebook, Twitch, Twitter to name but a few.  Platforms such as Youtube and Vimeo also allow you to embed the stream in a clients website by supplying them with an embed code.  But the question is how do you get the video from your camera to the internet in the first place?  The solution is an encoder…[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”150″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]What do I need?
Solo from LiveU is an incredibly easy to use portable encoder allowing you to connect to a camera with HDMI / SDI.  The Solo converts the video signal to data and transmits it over the internet to your destination – Youtube etc.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]How does it work?
Solo gives you a number of options of how you connect to the internet making it an incredibly versatile tool.  If you are in a venue you can simply connect the Solo to the internet via a network cable to an ethernet connection.  If you are inside and need to be moving about you could instead use a wifi connection.  If you are outside you can use two USB 4G dongles.  With the top of the range Solo+ the unit also has two built in 4G modems.  For absolute reliability you can also bond one or all of these connections to give you a super robust internet connection.  For example:

Solo HDMI and SDI – connect via 2x 4G USB modems, 1x wired ethernet and 1x wifi connection. Total = 4 bonded connections.

Solo+ – connect via 2x internal 4G Modems, 2x 4G USB modems, 1x wired ethernet and 1x wifi connection. Total = 6 bonded connections.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”151″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Whats bonding?
Bonding allows you to combine internet connections.  For example you have the following connections at the stated speeds:

4G Modem at 2Mbps
Ethernet at 20Mbps
Wifi at 10Mbps

By adding a cloud subscription to your LiveU Solo you would be able to combine the above to create a robust connection of 32MBps.  If one connection speed drops the Solo will push more data through the remaining good connections to delivery your video at the optimal data rate.  Subscribing to LiveU Cloud will also give you access to LRT (LiveU Reliable Transport).  LRT is a system that monitors and ensures your data reaches the destination without dropping out.

Whilst we talk about an internet connection of 32Mbps this is purely an example to explain bonding.  Bonding multiple 4G connections is vital in congested areas where you may only get much lower data rates.

Typically Solo needs just 5Mbps to send HD video to internet destinations.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”152″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]What does it all cost?
You will need a few things, they are:
1. Chose your Solo:
Solo HDMI – £730 +VAT.  Buy here
Solo SDI + HDMI – £1170 +VAT.  Buy here
Solo+ SDI + HDMI + internal modems – £1995+VAT.  Buy here

2. Add cloud bonding:
LiveU Bonding including LRT – £375 +VAT
Buy here

3. Do you need modems:
2x preconfigured 4G modems – £110 +VAT
Buy here

An HDMI only encoder with two 4G modems and the cloud contract giving you the ability to bond these two connections would cost £1215 +VAT

You’ll also need SIM cards from a company such as EE, you can work out what amount of data you need by bearing in mind that a 1 hour stream at 5Mbps will use approx 2.5GB of data.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”153″ img_size=”full” onclick=”custom_link” link=””][vc_separator][vc_single_image image=”154″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Go live and store and forward
Many broadcasters rely on LiveU kit to send live and prerecorded video from around the world on a daily basis, covering all types of content from breaking news, sports and much more the LiveU product lineup is the ideal way to offer live as a service.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]How does it work?
To provide a live feed you need a different encoder that looks almost identical to the Solo.  Also known as a point to point encoder this small box connects to your camera via SDI / HDMI and transmits to a receiving server that may be located at the broadcasters premises.  The receiving server has an SDI output that may be used to air your footage live to television with delays as little as 1.8 seconds![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]What do I need?
If you are freelance and want to add the ability to offer occasional live broadcasts your best bet is investing in a LiveU LU200E or LU200DVB.

Just as the Solo comes in two flavours the regular unit and the Plus.  The LU200E has the ability to use two external 4G USB modems whereas the LU200DVB has two inbuilt modems as well as offering two external USB modems.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”157″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Can I see it work?
Absolutely, we have a LiveU LU2000 server at our North London showroom in Barnet.  We can happily demonstrate the LU200E encoder in house as well as demonstrating a LU200DVB from a remote rural location in the UK.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_single_image image=”156″ img_size=”full”][vc_single_image image=”155″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]The perfect solution
If you are looking to live stream from multiple cameras then get in touch today and we’ll help build your perfect system.

We’ve worked with all sorts of clients and have many pre-specified builds ideal for houses of worship, conferences, festivals and more.

Call us on 020 8275 1070 to discuss your requirements.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Z CAM K1 Pro – Google VR180 Certified

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Z Cam K1 Pro Cinematic VR180 Camera captures 180° video with two fisheye lenses to dual SDXC cards. In addition to the two f/2.5 fisheye lenses, the camera supports an external stereo microphone and records audio using the AAC format. The captured footage can be used for stereoscopic 3D effects or can be stitched to create an image compatible with the VR180 format.

The camera features a built-in Ethernet port that supports PoE (Power over Ethernet) and has built-in Wi-Fi. WonderLive software (Windows) is downloadable, and it allows you to live stream your footage. The Z CAM Controller software (Windows or Mac) allows you to control the K1 Pro from your computer via the camera’s Ethernet connector.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”140″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]The camera supports the following:

  • Timelapse
  • Photo snap
  • Built-in Z CAM sync
  • AAC audio encoding
  • Auto, manual, and coordinated exposure
  • Auto, manual, and coordinated white balance
  • Z-Log gamma setting
  • External microphone via built-in 3.5mm jack
  • 802.11 Wi-Fi antenna port (antenna not included)
  • Ethernet port

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][vc_column_text]What’s In The Box?
Z CAM™ K1 Pro Camera Unit (equipped with 2 x Premium fish eye lens)
AC/DC Power Adapter & Power Cables (with US, EU & UK plugs)
Power cable with LEMO & D-TAP plug
D-TAP Connector
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GTC Award for Easyrig

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Guild of Television Camera Professionals have awarded Easyrig inventor and boss Johan Hellsten with the coveted Dick Hibberd award for Johans outstanding contribution to the art of television camerawork.

Johans infectious passion and enthusiasm for his invention has over the last 25 years assisted countless camera operators around the globe capture amazing shots and sequences for both film and TV.

Easyrig is the original and undisputed king of “camera backsavers” as Johan himself describes his invention.  As a working cameraman Johan turned to inventing after starting to get back problems from the continued use of heavy camera rigs.

The Easyrig has developed over the years with more than 10,000 units owned around the world and being used on a daily basis.  Designed and handbuilt in Sweden from premium components the Easyrig system reduces the load on your neck and shoulders and evenly distributes it via the comfy and adjustable vest.

With heavy gimbals and larger camera setups Easyrig has become an absolute necessity on many productions and is distributed in the UK by ourselves at Production Gear.  Easyrig is offered for rent by all the large rental houses throughout the UK and is available for demonstration at our showroom.

On winning the award Johan said – “It’s always fun to get recognized that you’re doing something good. I am grateful for this prize, it’s going to fit nicely in my tower back home.”

Read more about the GTC Awards here[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Introducing Eayrig Stabil”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”122″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]For years Easyrig users have been wanting something that smooths out shots when walking. The Easyrig Stabil is incorporated into the Easyrig system to make the weight distribution as even and ergonomic as possible.

Stabil combines with the versatile Vario 5 rig to provide an all in one solution for camera stability and support, shop Easyrig Stabil now.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=””][vc_column_text]Video used with kind permission of Newsshooter[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_facebook][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Understanding Equipment Finance

Increasingly we are getting asked about equipment finance, we’ve hooked up with Duncan Payne, a director at Adamantean to help provide some guidance on this topic.

Asset finance spreads the cost of equipment purchases over a number of years, which helps protect cashflow and potentially allows a business to grow at a faster rate. The 2 most common forms of asset finance are Hire Purchase (HP) and finance lease, and there are some important differences to consider ;

The credit and underwriting process is the same for both. You’ll be asked for some financial information about your business and the kit that you want to purchase, and you’ll then discuss the preferred length of the deal. It usually only takes a day or so to assess and hopefully you’ll get an offer that is acceptable quickly.

The differences between HP and lease are quite subtle, but important. 

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IBC Show 2017 – All the new gear

For larger companies months of preparation goes into IBC.  Europes largest broadcasting conference and exhibition is held annually in Amsterdam and as quickly as it appears it disappears.  If you have yet to experience IBC it’s worth a visit flights from the UK are cheap and fast enough but be warned a day may not be enough to get round the many halls pack to the rafters with video production, post and other equipment and other ancillary equipment.

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