Atomos spotlight all-in-one 4k and HD monitor/recorders for the world’s leading cameras at Cine Gear 2015

Atomos spotlight all-in-one 4k and HD monitor/recorders for the world’s leading cameras at Cine Gear 2015

For those who couldn’t make it to California for this year’s Cine Gear Expo, our buddies at Atomos were doing what they do best and spotlighting all-in-one 4K and HD monitor/recorders for the world’s leading cameras.

Atomos Shogun updates

At Cine Gear 2015, Atomos were demonstrating a host of feature updates for the award winning Shogun, including Pre-roll Record and Time Lapse along with Anamorphic de-squeeze and RAW to ProRes/DNxHR/CDNG for Arri, AJA, Sony, Canon (eg the new Canon XC-10) and expanded Custom Meta Data Tagging, all designed to help users speed up their workflow.

Their press releases tells us: “Pre-roll Record is sure to be a huge deal for documentary, sports and wildlife cinematographers. Even with Shogun not in recording mode, Pre-roll Record continually buffers content internally, allowing the user to record the previous eight seconds of HD recording or two seconds of 4K the moment you hit the record button.”

Another headline feature was Time Lapse, which “lends itself to creative angles on everyday scenes and has traditionally been limited to photography.” Atomos’s more video-centric take allows you to set the duration of recording according to the number of frames you want or the length of time you want to capture.

According to the release, “The interval can be altered depending on the director’s intent and even multi-stage recording is possible, altering the time and duration throughout the period of the shoot. Essentially, Atomos have made time lapse keyframeable and flexible in the video arena.”

The list of updates includes: 

– Pre-roll Record. Atomos goes back in time to ensure missed takes are a thing of the past.
– Anamorphic de-squeeze. This includes compatibility for older lenses and the new GH4 upgrade.
– RAW to ProRes/DNxHR/CDNG for Arri, AJA, Sony and Canon. Supported cameras include the new Canon XC-10 and C300MKII.
– Expanded Custom Meta Data Tagging. Because you’re going to need to speed up your workflow now you have all that extra footage.

Power Station Photo and Power Station Video

Cine Gear visitors were also able to get hands on with two versions of the upcoming Power Station: Power Station Photo Photo and Power Station Video. Atomos tell us that “at its core, Power Station consists of two batteries mounted side by side that operate together using a continuous circular power system. When one battery gets low it can be removed and charged while the system switches across to the second battery uninterrupted. Power Station also doubles as a super-fast charger for your batteries at up to three times the rate of conventional chargers.”

Bare Bones units and bundles

Atomos have teamed up with leading camera manufacturers to show integration with a variety of different workflows and with new ‘Bare Bones’ versions of all Atomos recorders, adding high end recording.

Atomos explain: “The current Shogun model includes not only the main Shogun unit but also over $500 of accessories to get users started right away. Customers and channel alike have requested a unit only with AC adaptor in order to utilise accessories they already own from older products.

“Our goal is to make an additional Shogun unit more affordable. In an effort to meet this request and drive 4K adoption even faster, Atomos have announced a ‘Bare Bones’ version of the Shogun that removes all accessories except the bare essentials (SSD media case and AC power supply), shipping within a high quality soft carry case for protection for an MSRP of $1695.

“In the same spirit we have decided to extend the Bare Bones range to the entire monitor/recorder range. Our HD 4.3″ Ninja 2 Bare Bones will be $395 and the higher resolution 5″ Ninja Blade and Samurai Blade models will be $795.”

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iPad for ePOS: the key kit

iPad for ePOS: the key kit

Point of sale is changing. As new software and systems allow you to move away from expensive custom ePOS hardware and toward a more slimline, iPad-driven approach, we look at the available kit. 

Now, until everyone and everything supports Apple Pay, you’re going to need to add a few accessories to your iPad to turn it into a fully functioning till. Here’s a quick guide to the best barcode scanners, most reliable receipt printers and cash drawers our product management team couldn’t jimmy open with a screwdriver.

Barcode scanners

Kicking things off is the Opticon OPN-2001 barcode scanner. This pocket laser scanner is as straightforward as it gets: scan the barcode to store it, press the clear button on the front of the device and re-scan the same barcode to forget it, charge via USB every 1000 scans or so. It can hold up to 10,000 codes with time stamps and weighs just 28 grams, so is great if you’re building a temporary POS and need to keep the weight of your setup down.


If you want something a bit more ergonomic, then try the very sleek Socket Mobile CHS 7Ci barcode scanner, which has the added advantage of being certified by Apple for use with iOS devices. It can read printed barcodes and those on screens, so if you’re emailing out offer codes to your customers on a regular basis, this is probably the one for you, especially given its 10 hour/10,000 scan battery life and impressive 508mm scan range.



Star Micronics are our go-to receipt printers, and we’re particularly fond of the SM-S220i and TSP143.

The SM-S220i is a great choice if you need something mobile. A lightweight Bluetooth receipt printer, it’s designed for queue busters and wait staff to take payment wherever the customer happens to be. Compatible with both iOS and Android, it’s the ideal partner for a mobile ePOS solution, and despite being tiny it can crank out an impressive 8cm of 230 dpi receipt per second.

If you’re looking for a fixed printer, try the TSP143. It’s a LAN thermal printer, meaning you get fast long-distance communication over Cat5 LAN cabling (nice and cheap), and includes a ‘print on disconnection’ feature that’ll print you an alert should you have any network issues.

An auto-cutter and all the accessories and software you need to get set up are included in the price (including a wall mount, in case you like your receipt printers vertical). The only thing that might set you back extra is a splash-proof cover that we imagine would be a sound investment if you’re a restaurateur or a particularly clumsy goldfish-seller.

Cash drawers

And now to the most important bit: making sure no-one can run off with your hard-earned dosh. APG’s Vasario series of cash drawers are a popular choice: they rely on the popular MultiPRO interface, so will work with most ePOS systems, and the four-function lock offers you the security of locked closed, locked open, online and manual settings.

The Vasario 1616 offers great bang for your buck, giving you the security of that multifunction lock at a lower price point than usual, plus drawer status reporting and a two year warranty.

If you’re using a Star or Epson printer, a good call is the Star Micronics CB-2002, which is designed specifically to work with these printers and comes in eight note/eight coin and four note/eight coin variations.

It has a three-position lock with drawer release, includes a compulsion switch and RJ12 connection.

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Jigsaw24 recommends: iPad kiosks

Jigsaw24 recommends: iPad kiosks

If you want to set up iPad kiosks in-store there are a number of factors to consider, including physical security, how you’ll charge them and whether you’ll need to sync them remotely. Here are some ideas… 

So you know you want a snazzy interactive kiosk where your customers can find out more about products, staff can present rich content and – gasp – contactless payments may even take place. What you don’t know is how to stop customers running off with your devices and how to make sure they’re always fully charged. Never fear – our retail team have found three ace kiosk-makers with solutions that will sort all of this for you. Here’s the rundown…


There are two solutions we really like from Maclocks – the Space Desk Enclosure and the BrandMe Floorstand (both compatible with iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4 and iPad Air).

The Space Desk Enclosure is a padded aluminium enclosure that stops anyone tampering with your iPad’s home, volume and lock buttons, but still allows data, radio and WiFi signals to filter through, so you can enjoy full access to whichever app you lock the iPad into. (If you don’t know how to lock an iPad with Guided Access, read this.)

If you fancy keeping your iPad on a tabletop, the Space Desk Enclosure can accommodate a cable lock to hold it down, or you can mount the whole thing flush against your showroom wall (you won’t be able to rotate iPad once it’s mounted, though, so pay careful attention to whether your app works best in portrait or landscape mode).

If you want a freestanding kiosk, the BrandMe Floorstand is, as its name suggests, brandable, with dedicated space on the column for your logo. As well as being able to show iPad in portrait and landscape mode, it allows you to hide the charging cable in the base of the stand, so you can charge your iPad discreetly and securely at any time.

Your iPad can attach to the BrandMe stand using a Space enclosure or an ‘Executive Enclosure’ made of tamperproof aluminium screws, which has the advantage of being chic and incredibly thief-resistant.


If Maclocks’ offering isn’t doing it for you, try Bouncepad. They have a slightly swooshier design (that’s a technical term) and their tabletop option, Bouncepad Desk, has a short ‘stalk’, so that you can display your iPad devices at a conveniently tiled viewing angle without taking up too much space or giving customers the chance to yank the screen around too much.

Bouncepad Desk is available in black or white as standard, though you can add a custom finish if you want a more branded feel, and can be mounted from above or below a surface depend on said surface’s depth. You can also choose from a variety of faceplates that cover different combinations of buttons, depending on how much you want customers to be able to do.

There are a range of extras available that allow you to rotate, tilt and even add headphones to the stand, so that you can customise each Bouncepad Desk to the activity you want it locked to.

In terms of uprights, we like the Bouncepad Floorstanding. Nice and simple and the perfect height at 114cm, its weighted base and lack of complicated setup mean that it’s an ideal solution for exhibitions, event spaces and other temporary displays. (Don’t worry, you can secure it to the floor so that no-one runs off with it.)

A charger cable can be concealed in the base, so you’re able to enjoy continuous power, and the stand will work with the same tilt and rotate add-ons that you can get for the Desk, if you still want that functionality.


Look, we’re just really big fans of Griffin gear, OK? And their Kiosk Desktop range is as sturdy as their mobile one, offering you a sleek, stable enclosure that you can mount on any flat surface without having to look at any unsightly mounting screws.

The Kiosk Desktop gives you a shock resistant iPad enclosure and high-strength steel arm, which can also house the cabling and power supply for your iPad. The Kiosk Desktop comes with three faceplates, so you can choose whether to allow customers access to the iPad home button, camera or neither. And as all the faceplates are part of your initial purchase rather than extras, you can swap out plates if you want to repurpose the iPad in a location where users are given more freedom.

There’s also a 119cm Kiosk Floor available, for anyone who wants a freestanding iPad solution. Both can run the Kiosk App (£2.99 from the App Store) that you can use to manage and sync multiple devices, set home pages and iPad behaviour while idle, and even make sure staff are alerted if a device is damaged, unplugged or otherwise brought low by a heavy-handed customer. So useful!

The only downside is that the Kiosk range currently only supports iPad, iPad 2 and iPad 3, but hopefully and iPad Air-friendly version is in the offing.

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Three ways to protect staff iPad

Three ways to protect staff iPad

Dropping your iPhone is unfortunate. Dropping your iPad mid-sale and losing all your customer data is slightly worse. Avoid it by investing in one of these sturdy cases…

Having spent the last three years rolling out iPad in schools and businesses up and down the country, we’ve seen plenty of people learn the hard way how important it is to properly protect your iPad. Luckily, whether you’re worried about staff dropping them or frustrated customers taking out their anger at an iPad POS, someone has made a case to suit your needs. Here are three of our favourites.

Griffin AirStrap

Available for iPad Air, iPad Air 2 and all three iterations of iPad mini, the Griffin AirStrap is great for anyone using iPad to interact with customers on the shop floor. The case is lightweight and unobtrusive, so you still get that nice sleek iPad look, but the key feature is the AirStrap’s rotating strap.

Not only does it make holding iPad one-handed far easier – particularly if you opted for one of the larger models – but the rotating mount means that you can still spin the case from landscape to portrait view, or turn it round completely if you want to show the screen to a customer without letting go of your device.

 Native Union GRIPSTER Wrap

Not content with a mere rotating grip, Native Union up the ante with a grip that not only rotates but which can be locked into eight different positions to keep your iPad stable while you work (or take selfies). It also has a built-in stand that doubles up as a carrying handle, so you can carry your iPad with you around the store or prop it up in order to present solutions to customers, play media, or let them navigate through an app.

And if, like us, you’re very particular about keeping your screen scratch-free, you’ll appreciate the eight-panel wraparound cover that you can draw round the iPad when it’s not in use, like some kind of high tech roman blind.

The GRIPSTER wrap is available for iPad, iPad Air, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 1, 2 and 3.

Griffin Survivor

Are you going onto a building site? Is there a chance that an angry child will hurl your iPad at a wall? Do you plan to drop it six feet onto solid concrete on a regular basis? If the answer to any of these questions is even slightly likely to be yes, opt for a Griffin Survivor case (other colours are available).


With four layers of protection, cushioning foam inserts, shock-absorbing silicone at the corners and a scratch resistant cover for you screen and camera, the Survivor makes you iPad ready for anything – there are even removable covers for all your device’s ports, so you can keep out the dust and rain if you need to send staff outdoors.

The Survivor is available for the second, third and fourth generations of iPad, the iPad mini range, iPad Air and iPad Air 2, but Griffin do also offer Survivor covers for iPhones and Android tablets, so you can equip staff with a range of devices and still achieve a uniform look.

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NewTek NDI: What’s on the way?

NewTek NDI: What’s on the way?

NewTek’s NDI standard for video over IP was one of the big talking points at this year’s NAB Show, with NewTek releasing their own apps and tools alongside some corkers from third party vendors. In case you missed the kerfuffle (we can’t all get to Vegas on expenses, after all) here’s what we know about the key releases.

NewTek’s own apps

NewTek have obviously been hard at work on making their hardware range IP-compatible, and models running the latest firmware should cheerfully support the NDI protocol (give us a call if you’re not sure whether yours qualifies). They’ve also put together an SDK so that third parties can start producing plug-ins and apps. But they’ve also chosen to lead by example and put out a couple of apps of their own.

NewTek Telestrator is NewTek’s own moving image annotation app (and not, as the marketing team thought for one beautiful moment, anything to do with Fender guitars), allowing you to annotate stills and video to your heart’s content. Perfect for post-match analysis, training, and that bit of Strictly that they currently make Zoë Ball do on an interactive whiteboard.

NewTek Transit is an app that allows you to replace the customer-grade pictures you get from the likes of Skype, Google Hangout and various video conferencing apps with a crisp, professional quality NDI signal. If you have a compatible streaming encoder (or other third party production software with a webcam option), Transit will make any NDI video connection on your network appear as a ready-to-use webcam input, regardless of whether it actually is a webcam.

Third party apps

The first big third party announcement to roll out was that Sienna, whose production software pedigree is as long as it is impressive, had used NewTek’s SDK to produce NDI Source and a series of related apps for Mac users. This cunning suite of applications allows you to use NDI, which is a PC-based standard, on Apple computers and devices, and also brings key hardware from Blackmagic Design and AJA into the NDI fold. Once your device is running the correct version of NDI Source, you can connect SDI and HDMI sources to your AJA or BMD video interface and convert them to an NDI IP feed.

Adobe have also been quick to get in on the act, releasing their NDI for Adobe Creative Cloud app (or NDIFACC, as we choose to call it) over the course of NAB. This plug-in is available on a subscription basis from the NewTek store, and will allow you to display full res Premiere Pro and After Effects files on any screen connected to your video IP network.

“NDI for Adobe Creative Cloud transforms the workflows for Adobe Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC users by making creative elements visible on virtually any screen or any output on their local area network in full resolution,” said Michael Kornet, Executive Vice President of Business Development for NewTek, when the app was first announced. “The creative efficiencies plus time and cost savings to be gained is tremendous and represents a breakthrough across the board in all traditional pre-, live-, and post-production workflows. We are so excited to see how Adobe Creative Cloud customers will utilise the NDI integration to achieve things in ways that until now were unimaginable.”


GB Labs became the first company to announce NDI-friendly hardware (although a slew of IP-enabled hardware is in the pipeline, ranging from cameras to convertors). Their Space storage range integrates seamlessly with NewTek NDI solutions, and just so happens to be the world’s fastest NAS, capable of pulling data from multiple sources at 9000MBps. So really well worth a look even if you couldn’t give two hoots about NDI (our professional opinion is that you should give several hoots about NDI, for the record).

Want to try these out?

We’ve got a full TriCaster 8000 IP demo system, complete with NewTek’s core apps, ready and raring to go. We even have our very own NewTek Certified Trainer to talk you through it. If you’d like to book a demo or take the unit for a test drive, just get in touch on the details below.

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Save £1500 on TriCaster 860 upgrades until 26th June!

Save £1500 on TriCaster 860 upgrades until 26th June!

TriCaster users! NewTek are giving you over £1500 off the cost of upgrading to TriCaster 860 until 26th June 2015, allowing you to upgrade your TriCaster 455 or 855 for just £695. 

We’re not sure what’s sparked this sudden rush of generosity – maybe someone filled out a spreadsheet while they were drunk at NAB – but we’re 100% sure it’s a fantastic deal, as you’re paying less than a third of the usual upgrade price.

Why choose the TriCaster 860?

Well, frankly, it’s a beast. Upgrading to the 860 gives you 24 switcher channels (10 external, six internal and eight M/E buses), the ability to handle eight simultaneous live video inputs of different frame rates and resolutions (including up to eight robotic camera inputs), integrated TransWarp effects and Animation Store Creator for custom animations, holographic virtual set support, 14 output connections, social media publishing and HD live streaming with simultaneous archiving.

The key things that you won’t get elsewhere include:

– Social media functionality.
– Animation buffers.
– TransWarp effects.
– Pan-Tilt-Zoom camera control.
– External router control.
– Hotspots for triggering Macros.
– MIDI support.
– Hardware and software failsafe (not particularly sexy, but always good to have).

If you’re on the fence, you can take a look at the full fact sheet here.

What’s the catch?

Well, it’s a limited time offer, so it’s snap decision time – you can drop us a line if you want one of our consultants to help you work out what’s best for you. Also, if you’ve previously upgraded your TriCaster model and aren’t using TriCaster 855 or 455 hardware, you may not be able to upgrade your hardware again and still access the full functionality of the TriCaster 860.

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Jigsaw24 ask the experts: Wacom Cintiq 27QHD Touch

Jigsaw24 ask the experts: Wacom Cintiq 27QHD Touch

In this edition of our not-at-all-regular feature, we ask award-winning boudoir and burlesque photographer (and proud Wacom user) Tigz Rice nine niggling questions about the Wacom Cintiq 27QHD, and finally learn why this model comes with a remote. 

Over the course of six highly educational minutes, Tigz gets down to the brass tacks of Wacom Cintiq 27QHD ownership, explaining why she’s pro new features like the edge to edge display, ExpressKeys being on a remote (one of our lot was baffled by this, but it does actually make sense), and the motivational benefits of opting for the touch-enabled version.

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NAB 2015: Universal Audio announces next-generation Apollo Thunderbolt 2 audio interfaces

NAB 2015: Universal Audio announces next-generation Apollo Thunderbolt 2 audio interfaces

Universal Audio is proud to introduce an all-new line of Apollo audio interfaces for Mac Thunderbolt users. With next-generation A/D and D/A conversion, new monitoring functions, Thunderbolt cascading of up to four interfaces, and Realtime UAD Processing — all housed within a sleek, black aluminum package — the new Apollo interfaces push the standard forward for professional music recording and production.

New Apollo interface shared features:

– Next-generation Apollo A/D and D/A conversion improves upon the original gold-standard Apollos.
– Onboard UAD-2 DSP allows Realtime UAD Processing — record through plug-ins from Lexicon, Studer, Manley, Ampex, UA, and more at near zero latency.
– Unison™-enabled mic preamps and Hi-Z inputs (Apollo 8p and Apollo 8) for tracking through classic preamp emulations from Neve, API, and Universal Audio.
– Thunderbolt 2 audio interfaces (Mac only) allow cascading up to 4 Apollo interfaces and 6 UAD devices total over Thunderbolt.
– Includes “Realtime Analog Classics Plus” UAD plug-in bundle with 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ, Softube Amp Room, legacy LA-2A, 1176, and Fairchild compressors, Pultec EQs, and more.

Apollo 8

Now shipping worldwide, Apollo 8 (US$1,999 w/ UAD-2 DUO Processing; US$2,499 w/ UAD-2 QUAD Processing) features four Unison-enabled mic preamps and Hi-Z inputs for tracking through classic preamp emulations from Neve, API, and Universal Audio. Also included are new convenient front panel monitoring functions such as Alt Speakers, Dim, and Mono.

Apollo 8p

Shipping in Q2, Apollo 8p (US$2,999 w/ UAD-2 QUAD Processing) features eight Unison™-enabled mic preamps, allowing recordists to track larger projects through classic preamp emulations from Neve, API, and Universal Audio. Apollo 8p also includes new convenient front panel monitoring functions such as Alt Speakers, Dim, and Mono.

Apollo 16

Also shipping in June, Apollo 16 (US$2,999 w/ UAD-2 QUAD Processing) features 16×16 analog I/O via DB-25 connectors, dedicated XLR monitor outs, and stereo AES/EBU digital I/O — ideal for producers and engineers needing Realtime UAD Processing and world-class A/D and D/A conversion for their recording consoles and outboard preamps.

Apollo FireWire

Finally, Universal Audio is pleased to announce Apollo FireWire (US$1,999** w/ QUAD Processing). Shipping in June, Apollo FireWire continues to offer Windows and legacy FireWire Macs Apollo’s gold standard A/D and D/A conversion, Realtime UAD processing, and 4 Unison™-enabled mic preamps for tracking through preamp emulations from Neve, API, and Universal Audio.

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NAB 2015: New ultra-compact Genelec 7040A subwoofer

NAB 2015:  New ultra-compact Genelec 7040A subwoofer

NAB Show and Prolight + Sound 2015 see the launch of the 7040A, a new ultra-compact subwoofer from Genelec. Designed to complement the 8010, 8020 and M030 active monitors, the 7040A delivers accurate sound reproduction and precise monitoring of low frequency content. These performance characteristics, combined with a compact form factor, make the 7040A ideal for use in music creation and sound design applications, as well as audio and video production work in typical small rooms.

The Genelec 7040A subwoofer packs the cutting-edge technology and the highest performance in an extremely compact package. All electronics, amplifier circuitry, drivers and enclosure have been designed and assembled, tested and calibrated individually in the Genelec factory in Finland. The 7040A features Genelec’s Laminar Spiral Enclosure (LSE™) technology. This unique enclosure design is the result of more than 10 years of research work and manufacturing experience and allows the 7040 to achieve a high sound pressure level (an essential property for a subwoofer) and move high volumes of air without distortion.

“In recent years, we have observed an explosion in small-scale, audio and video production work,” observes Lars-Olof Janflod, Marketing and PR Director at Genelec. “These smaller productions, while often more limited in scope than larger works, still demand the highest levels of equipment performance and we have addressed this need with our 8010, 8020 and M030 active monitors. The 7040A joins this family and I’m very much looking forward to the NAB Show and Prolight + Sound 2015 where visitors to our stand will be able to see that it is possible to create a professional, reliable, low frequency reproduction subwoofer, in a transportable package.”

7040A10 sSmall rooms have limited floor space and Genelec engineers have optimised the 7040 subwoofer enclosure with this in mind. With external dimensions of 410 x 350 x 205 mm (16 1/8 x 13 ¾ x 8 1/8 in), the 7040A has a footprint that is smaller than that of a small practice guitar amplifier. It is also narrow enough to fit in a 19 inch rack and weighs a mere 11.3 kg (25 lb).

Calibration of the Genelec 7040A subwoofer to the listening environment is done using DIP switches located on the subwoofer connector panel. These controls address typical monitoring placement configurations. An optional carry bag allows professionals to work on the move, with portable recording devices and in non- purpose-built monitoring environments with an accurate and flexible monitoring tool.

The 7040A produces 100 dB of sound pressure level (SPL) using a 6 ½ inch woofer and a powerful Genelec-designed Class D amplifier. At the lowest frequencies this SPL is radiated from the bass reflex port by channelling large volumes of air movement through it. The LSE enclosure is made from a spiral-shaped strip of steel, providing maximal mechanical stability for the large pressures generated inside the subwoofer. The spiral forms the bass reflex port as well, enabling linear air flow also at the highest SPL outputs. This flow-optimized construction provides extended low frequency capacity and low distortion resulting in precise bass articulation.

NAB 2015: Sennheiser launches AVX wireless microphone systems for video cameras

NAB 2015: Sennheiser launches AVX wireless microphone systems for video cameras

At NAB in Las Vegas, audio specialist Sennheiser is introducing its AVX wireless microphone systems for video cameras that ensure totally stress-free audio capture. The amazingly compact AVX receiver plugs directly into the XLR of a camera, where it automatically pairs with the microphone and switches on when the camera does. The system automatically adjusts the correct audio levels and transmits using a specially protected link in the license-free 1.9 GHz range. Setting up and recording high-quality audio for video has never been faster or more convenient.

“Whether you’re a journalist compiling a show report, a professional videographer filming a documentary or an in-house marketing specialist making a product video – AVX gives you the room to concentrate on your creative work”, says Sven Boetcher, Portfolio Manager Broadcast & Media at Sennheiser. “No licensing is required, the system automatically selects a suitable transmission frequency and also makes all necessary settings – that’s true ease of use.”

AVX comes in ready-to-use systems that contain everything required to immediately go live. Alternatively, tailor-made systems can be put together from a wide choice of individual components.

Ease of use right from the start

Handheld and camera receiver will automatically pair and search for a free transmission frequency. Convenience starts with not having to register the system or pay for its use: AVX operates in the license-free 1.9 GHz frequency range, which can be used in many countries worldwide. The convenience continues in operation: the plug-on receiver automatically switches on with the phantom powering of the camera, and automatically pairs with the transmitter. The system immediately sets the correct audio level, perfectly matching it to the camera’s input sensitivity, selects a free frequency – and is ready for the job at hand. If a source of interference appears, AVX will inaudibly shift to a new frequency.

Range on demand

AVX is equipped with adaptive transmitting power, meaning that the system always uses the power that is required to maintain a reliable connection between the microphone and the camera receiver. This not only ensures a stable link, it also reduces battery power consumption – as does the automatic on/off function.

Clever energy management

The AVX receiver and transmitter are powered by special lithium-ion batteries, which can be recharged via a USB port. To avoid nasty surprises when filming for a long time, the transmitters display the amount of battery life remaining.

DSLR accessories included

For DSLRs with a jack audio input, the AVX systems include an XLR-3/mini-jack adapter cable and the mounting accessories needed to attach the receiver to the camera hotshoe.

Ready-to-use sets or individual components

AVX is available in three different sets: with a handheld transmitter (evolution microphone head), with a bodypack transmitter and ME 2 clip-on microphone and in a special professional version with a bodypack transmitter and an MKE 2 clip-on microphone, the benchmark product for film and TV productions.


For the USA, a special combo pack is issued, which includes both a bodypack and a handheld. The microphone head is an MMD 42, the capsule of Sennheiser’s long-standing MD 42 reporter’s microphone.

All system components plus additional items such as a handheld transmitter with on/off switch are available separately so that users can put together their own tailor-made AVX systems.

The AVX systems and components will go on sale from June 2015.

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