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64 TVBEurope NAB 2012 Preview Wohler


Pandora at any point in the broadcast chain


By Melanie Dayasena-Lowe


PANDORA MONITORS up to eight channels of audio embedded in 3G/HD/SD-SDI or eight AES channels and, through the Wohler Loudness application, allows users to monitor, analyse and demonstrate audio loudness levels on an iPad or iPod Touch. Added features and capabilities introduced with this new software release include compatibility with ITU-R BS.1770-1 as well as ITU-R BS.1770-2 and EBU R128; faster, more convenient, and more frequent measurement


Vinten NAB launch for the blue5 By David Fox


VINTEN IS showcasing its Vision blue5 pan and tilt head and tripod system for the first time. The Vision blue5 has the same functionality as the Vision blue system launched at last year’s NAB, but with a higher carrying capacity of 5.5kg to 12kg/12.1lb to 26.5lb @ 100mm CofG. The entire Vinten Vision range includes Vinten’s Perfect Balance technology, providing consistent movement and easy positioning of the camera at any angle. Its LF drag technology enables complete control of the camera at any level of movement. Peter Harman, Vinten product manager, said: “Everyone in the


industry knows that to appreciate the true potential of equipment like this, operators need to see and feel the product to recognise its outstanding capabilities. This is why we’re giving NAB 2012 visitors the opportunity to witness the uncompromised professional performance of the new Vision blue5 for themselves.” Also on show at NAB 2012


are several other products from Vinten’s range of camera support products including Vision blue, the Vision AS range, Vision 100 and 250, the Vector range including the new Vector 430S and a wide selection of studio and OB pedestals, tripods and accessories. C6029


Vision blue5: Ideal to support the latest


generation of larger cameras


display updating; and improvements to Pandora's gating function.


A compact and easy-to-read desktop or rack-mountable monitor, Pandora can be employed at any point in the broadcast chain that requires simple, accurate loudness monitoring. The unit facilitates easy capture, storage, and email delivery of loudness log files; comprehensive measurement of loudness metrics (LKFS/LUFS) over a user-defined period of time; and full compatibility with ITU-R BS.1770-1, ITU-R BS.1770-2, and EBU R128 to ensure its utility in both domestic


and foreign broadcast facilities for the foreseeable future. Enhancements to Pandora's


measurement and display capabilities include larger display of the average measurement on the numeric display screen, making that important measurement much easier to see. To simplify the loudness measurement of short programmes, such as commercials, the average display begins with the first measured sample, making the average measurement immediately available when the loudness measurement is started. N5211


Pandora: monitor, analyse and demonstrate audio loudness levels on an iPad


DK Technologies


NEW MODEL of the meter: Danish manufacturer DK- Technologies is unveiling a new version of its ITU, EBU R128 and ATSC-compliant DK Meter, writes Melanie Dayasena-Lowe. The DK3 Compact Audio Loudness Meter (CALM) features a 3G HD/SDI video input so users can de-embed audio from a video stream. Broadcast engineers will now be able to work with any 5.1 audio format, including analogue, AES and SDI. DK- Technologies will also be showing the DK1 and DK2 meters for cost-effective stereo and 5.1 metering, including loudness. Richard Kelley, sales and marketing director for DK, said: “The DK Meter is exactly what the industry has been waiting for — an affordable audio metering solution that not only delivers conventional metering but also ITU, EBU R128, ARIB and ATSC-compliant loudness metering at the same time, on the same display and in a single box.” C9942


www.tvbeurope.com April 2012


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