Atomos has expanded its recorder/monitor line-up with new additions to the Ninja family, while the new AtomX Cast uses the AtomX expansion port on the Ninja V to transform it into an advanced multi-input switcher. The AtomX Cast is small enough to hold in the palm of your hand, and suits a small crew or even a one-person multi- camera production. It combines the 5in Ninja V touchscreen

monitor with four HDMI inputs and physical buttons. This allows users to connect cameras, computers, consoles, pre-recorded content sources or any valid video source with a resolution of 1920x1080 and use the touchscreen or buttons to switch between sources for broadcast.

The new Ninja V+ can record 8K Apple ProRes Raw or 4Kp120 ProRes Raw for slow motion. It offers users affordable media choices (2.5in SSD, SSDmini with support for up to 4TB and the option of CFast II via an adaptor), while the 5in, 1000-nit daylight viewable display offers HDR>Log



image processing and 3D LUT support. A Ninja V+ Pro Kit adds SDI support and enables 4Kp120 ProRes Raw recording mode from the SDI Raw output of Sony’s FX9 and FX6 cameras.

Meanwhile, Ninja V users can now upgrade to H.265 codec support, with up to 4Kp60 10-bit 4:2:2 full i-frame with options for 8-bit at various data rates. Also new is the Atomos Ninja Stream, a social distance production tool, which offers simultaneous recordings of both ProRes and H.264/5 proxy with shared fi le names and timecode, while sending video feeds to other Ninjas, smart

Switch blade: AtomX Cast is a Ninja-based four-input mini switcher

devices or web-based platforms simultaneously. It comes with WiFi, Ethernet and USB-C, and



BY DAVID FOX The Associated Press’ cloud- hosted system AP Playbook for planning coverage across broadcast, digital, social and print channels, is being rolled out by Al Jazeera Media Networks to co-ordinate the activity of news teams in the Middle East, Europe, North

can livestream content around the world without the need for a PC.

Playbook serves multiple On the ball: AP planned its coverage of the Tokyo Olympics with Playbook

America and around the world. David Hostetter, CTO of Al Jazeera Digital, said: “We are continually looking for solutions to improve reporting effi ciencies

across our 78 bureaus around the globe. After surveying the market, we see AP Playbook as ideal for our needs and are excited to… see the impact the

offering will have on our digital newsroom operations.” Playbook provides high visibility of story plans across categories, locations and output channels. It allows journalists to receive notifi cations of new tasks on their mobile devices, and integrates with other newsroom systems and tools to provide enhanced, effi cient workfl ows.

Other news organisations planning their coverage and output channels in Playbook include the Daily Mail Group and The Associated Press itself.



Audinate, developer of the Dante media networking technology, has announced full availability of the Dante Application Library software development kit (SDK). Previously available to a select few, the SDK for Windows and MacOS provides software developers with an easy-to-use way to connect to microphones, speakers, signal processors, amplifi ers, loudspeakers and other audio devices using Dante,

with up to 64x64 channels of bidirectional audio. Nick Mariette, senior product manager, Audinate, said: “The success of any audio software application hinges upon customers being able to easily connect to audio devices in the system they are using. More and more audio devices connect via Dante’s AV-over-IP. Dante Application Library brings Dante network functionality directly into applications, giving users access to an ecosystem of more than 3,000 Dante-enabled audio products from more than 500 manufacturers.”

Dante is claimed to have the largest installed base of audio

The Dante Application Library will simplify audio software integration

devices in the AV space today. Data from RH Consulting indicates Dante is the protocol of choice in more than 91% of the networked audio products currently on the market. Dante Application Library provides a robust way for

developers seeking to connect to this ever-expanding ecosystem. Developers can integrate Dante device discovery and subscriptions directly into their software products for conferencing, recording, lecture

roles within the AP’s global newsroom: planning coverage across approximately 250 locations worldwide; communicating coverage plans to AP’s members and subscribers; and enabling AP editors to effi ciently produce summary lists of the day’s most interesting and important stories for multiple different audiences.

It also helps the AP manage coverage of large events such as the Olympics in Tokyo. For each day of the Games, AP produced an average of 200+ text stories, 2,000+ images and dozens of video packages.

capture, media playback, or other applications. Dante Application Library can simplify setup of unifi ed communications applications, allow for easy deployment of software-based digital signal processors and audio utilities, streamline use of lecture and courtroom capture software, automate connections to DAW applications for recording and processing, or make confi guration of Media Player software bulletproof. “Each application runs its own instance of Dante, allowing multiple applications to send and receive networked audio independently from one another,” said Mariette. “The possibilities for real-time audio processing and capture are endless.”

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