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Sony to launch the PDW-700 camera

16th March, 2008

High definition solutions provider On Sight is to become the first hire company in the UK to take delivery of the new Sony XDCAM HD PDW-700 camcorder.

Billed as one of the best cameras ever produced by Sony, the latest XDCAM camcorder is set to cause quite a stir when it arrives. 

First UK Live Transmission in 3D

12th March, 2008

The first live-by-satellite 3D sports broadcast - of Scotland versus England from Murrayfield on Saturday afternoon - was a small but significant critical triumph in the history of moving pictures with rugby players in them. I have seen the future of big-event sports broadcasting and it wears funny plastic glasses and sits in the dark with its mouth wide open.

BBC Resources, in collaboration with a consortium including Axis Films, chose last weekend to trial a televisual experience intended to be several notches more immersive than you might get at home over a mug of tea and a hazelnut Boaster.

Making tv a tapeless zone

15th February, 2008

Programme-makers are showing an interest in tapeless production despite the steep learning curve it requires.

If high definition has been the big story in broadcast technology in recent years then 2008 is set to be the year that tapeless production takes off. Increasing levels of HD commissions from broadcasters, coupled with the emergence of a new breed of broadcast-quality tapeless cameras is making tapeless HD a reality.

The heat of the battle

01st February, 2008

How film-maker Nick Broomfield’s latest film used HD to detail the reality of the War in Iraq.

Film-maker Nick Broomfield is no stranger to documenting tragedy. In 2006, he dramatised the real life story of the 23 Chinese cocklepickers who drowned at the hands of Chinese gangmasters in Morecambe Bay in 2004.

Why 3D is about to break through

29th January, 2008

For a long time 3D movies and TV shows have been a bit of a gimmick. They have been used to re-energise a tired franchise, help a film stand out at a crowded box office or to give TV viewers a glimpse of what the future might hold.

But many in the 3D production industry now say that future may be closer than ever before. Film makers, technology companies and post-production outfits recently gathered at the historic Shepperton Studios to assess just how far 3D has come and where it goes next.