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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NAB 2015: Matrox unveils Monarch HDX broadcast H.264 encoder

NAB 2015: Matrox unveils Monarch HDX broadcast H.264 encoder

Dual-channel H.264 encoding device provides the quality, versatility and robustness needed in broadcast video streaming and recording applications—named IABM Game Changer Awards Finalist 2015 in the Playout and Delivery Systems category, Matrox Monarch HDX dual-channel H.264 encoder provides the quality, versatility and robustness needed for broadcast video streaming and recording.

MONTREAL – April 13, 2015 — At 2015 NAB Show (Las Vegas, April 13–16, booth SL5817), Matrox® Video will demonstrate Matrox Monarch™ HDX, a compact, easy-to-use, dual-channel H.264 encoding appliance. Designed for complete workflow flexibility, Monarch HDX features 3G-SDI and HDMI inputs with frame synchronization to compensate for unstable sources. Two independent H.264 encoders provide redundancy or can be set to stream and/or record using individual settings. Monarch HDX has been shortlisted in the Playout and Delivery Systems category as a “Finalist for the IABM Game Changer Awards 2015”.

Monarch HDX is packed with features that make it ideal for broadcasters, event producers, medical facilities, CDNs, educational institutions, houses of worship, corporate communicators and legal videographers. From any SDI or HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HDX generates two H.264-encoded video streams at bitrates from 200 Kbps to 30 Mbps. Powerful scaling, deinterlacing and noise reduction engines ensure only pristine images are sent to the encoders. For streaming purposes, the encoders use either RTMP or RTSP protocol to deliver live streams to local media servers or cloud-based CDNs. In recording applications, the encoders write MP4 or MOV files to local USB drives, SD cards or network-mapped drives for post-event editing or archiving. An additional, dedicated H.264 encoder provides remote preview of the input.

“With two encoders in a single device, Monarch HDX can tackle any job—streaming to two different locations, recording proxy-quality and mastering-quality files simultaneously, or streaming while recording a higher quality version for VOD download,” said Dan Maloney, technical marketing manager, Matrox Video. “Monarch HDX is an encoding workhorse that can integrate seamlessly into virtually any SD and HD installation to deliver video content for live or file-based workflows.”

Price and availability
Matrox Monarch HDX will be available in Q2 2015 through a worldwide network of authorized dealers priced at $1995 US not including local taxes and delivery.

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NAB 2015: TC Electronic announce Clarity X for consistent, intelligible mixes and complete monitor control

NAB 2015: TC Electronic announce Clarity X for consistent, intelligible mixes and complete monitor control

(Las Vegas, NV, 13 April 2015) TC Electronic are proud to introduce Clarity X at the NAB show in Las Vegas (booth C463) as well as at Musikmesse in Frankfurt (lobby, Hall 4.2). The TC Electronic Clarity X is a studio monitor controller which includes built in loudness and level metering and room analysis, and can support everything from stereo up to 7.1 monitoring systems.

Speech intelligibility issues are among the most common complaints broadcasters face today, and merely considering dialogue level has proven an inadequate strategy. Clarity X offers a unique palette of dedicated metering and calibration tools that help audio engineers make the right mixing decisions for an optimal balance, spectrum and increased intelligibility of their final productions.

It is not just a one-dimensional solution, but a combination of multiple innovative and advanced tools. The first step is simply to calibrate the monitors properly, using the included measurement microphone, so the reference SPL is always the same when mixing. This is key as we hear the frequency spectrum differently at various levels, which in turn triggers different mixing decisions for the same type of audio source.

Clarity X offers a suite of metering tools, including a loudness-based Stereo Deviation Meter that reflects how well a surround mix will translate into stereo. Other meters include a new Center Ratio meter displaying the balance between the center channel (typical dialog) and the other channels in a surround mix, the new LM8 Loudness Radar Meter with 7.1 surround support, true-peak meter, SPL meter and a dose % meter. Clarity X offers a suite of metering tools, including a loudness-based Stereo Deviation Meter that reflects how well a surround mix will translate into stereo. Other meters include a new Center Ratio meter displaying the balance between the center channel (typical dialog) and the other channels in a surround mix, the new LM8 Loudness Radar Meter with 7.1 surround support, true-peak meter, SPL meter and a dose meter.

“Think of Clarity X as the missing link between Pro Tools and your monitors,” says Thomas Valter, VP of Business Management for Broadcast & Production at TC Electronic. “Audio professionals have had to come up with their own custom-made solutions, often involving small pieces of tape to indicate calibrated listening levels, for much too long. We’re extremely proud to present Clarity X as the one-stop multi-format monitoring solution that gives audio engineers total control, as well as a suite of tools that help them always deliver the better mix.”

Hook up any monitor

Any monitor with digital or analog inputs can be connected to Clarity X. As default Clarity X comes with AES inputs and outputs, but it can be expanded with MADI I/O as well. For instance, it is possible to connect a 5.1 or 7.1 surround set of monitors as well as two or more different stereo sets – or two complete 5.1 or 7.1 sets even without expanding with MADI. For surround setups, Clarity X offers full bass management control as well as solo/mute functionality for each speaker in the system.

Hands-on control

Clarity X comes with a sleek small-footprint remote control that offers hands-on control of the most important monitor control functions as well as a row of user-definable function keys that can be programmed to suit any workflow.

LM8 – the next step in loudness metering

TC Electronic’s highly acclaimed Radar Loudness Meter has been upgraded for Clarity X and now offers full 7.1 surround support. Like its predecessors, LM8 features the innovative loudness radar that shows short-term (S) loudness over time, two user-definable parameters such as e.g. Program Loudness (I) and Loudness Range (LRA) and a full-fledged true-peak meter. LM8 also offers a detailed statistics page with valuable information for further evaluation and documentation if that is required.

Prevention of hearing loss

TC Electronic now introduce SPL measurement technology that works without a microphone (pat. pending). This functionality enables Clarity X to gather essential information about the SPL the engineer is being exposed to over time, which may be displayed conveniently in % of max safe sound dose.

Health recommendations provide limits on the daily and weekly sound exposure, one should not exceed. For audio professionals, who may be mixing for long hours every day, this could not only become a here-and-now mixing issue due to listening fatigue, but in the long run also a serious health problem. Clarity X includes a dedicated dose meter that informs the user of potentially harmful sound exposure on a daily or a weekly basis.

In short, Clarity X helps deliver more consistent and intelligible mixes in a number of ways. While keeping the sound engineer safe, it’s the missing link between Pro Tools and the monitors, as well as between the engineer and the consumer.

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NAB 2015: Panasonic release AG-DVX200, 4K 4/3″ handheld camera

NAB 2015: Panasonic release AG-DVX200, 4K 4/3″ handheld camera

LAS VEGAS, NV (April 13, 2015) – Panasonic has announced the AG-DVX200 4K large-sensor, 4/3” handheld camcorder here at NAB 2015. The DVX200 will offer many top-end features including 4K/60p* recording, a 13X optical zoom and a V-Log L gamma curve (12 stops of latitude, target).

Delivering a shallow depth of field and a wide field of view, the DVX200 is the ideal companion camera to the company’s groundbreaking VariCam 35 4K camera/recorder. With an integrated lens design, the DVX200 will excel in independent film and documentary production, as well as event videography.
The DVX200 will be optimized for 4K/HD production, and shares the esteemed VariCam family characteristics of filmic tonality and colorimetry, with natural, subtle rendering of skin flesh tones, and a V-Log curve emulating the natural grey-scale rendition of the VariCam 35. The camcorder will incorporate a newly-developed 4/3” large-format MOS sensor and offer variable frame rate recording up to 120fps in FHD mode, enhancing the DVX200’s utility in sports and VFX production.

The new handheld 4K camcorder will offer an array of professional features including a newly-designed Leica Dicomar 4K F2.8~F4.5 zoom lens (4K/24p: 29.5 mm ~ 384.9 mm, HD: 28 mm ~ 365.3mm, 35 mm equivalent), time-code in/out, 3G HD-SDI and HDMI 2.0 (4K) video outs, easy focus and zooming, and programmable user buttons.

The DVX200 will record 4K (4096 × 2160) / 24p, UHD (3840 × 2160) / HD (1920 × 1080) 60p / 50p / 30p / 25p / 24p in either MP4 / MOV file formats. There are two SD card** slots, facilitating backup and relay recording. For professionals working worldwide, the camera’s master frame rate is selectable between 59.94Hz (23.98Hz) / 50.00Hz / 24.00Hz.

The DVX200’s three manual operation lens rings—13x zoom (Cam driven), focus and iris—will provide a comfortable manual control similar to an interchangeable lens camera, but without the need for actual lens changes. The zoom ring’s solid feel and smooth action allow delicate ultra-slow zooming. In addition, the camera’s multi-step zoom control provides fast response and smooth zoom action, yielding the creative freedom every camera operator desires. The zoom control on the handle enables variable speed zoom, allowing fine zoom control even for low angle shots. The DVX200 also features an enhanced Image Stabilizer, including a five-axis Hybrid Image Stabilizer and 4x correction-area Image Stabilizer that produces clear images without blurring, and a micro-drive focus unit that improves focus speed, tracking and capture performance, facilitating 4K focusing and shallow focus shooting.

The new Leica Dicomar 4K zoom lens with F2.8 aperture is an optimal choice for 4K video, with the ability to produce elegant imagery and subtle “bokeh” Also, Leica’s exacting quality standards serve to suppress the occurrence of ghosting and flare to a minimum. Since the DVX200 is an integrated-lens camcorder, there is no need to perform the flange back adjustments or shading corrections when changing lenses. Even with a large diameter lens, the DVX200’s weight and balance have been optimized to facilitate agile, mobile 4K acquisition. With superb center-of-gravity balance, the camcorder will be ideal for such flexible shooting applications as mounting on today’s popular stabilized camera rigs.

The AG-DVX200 utilizes a front element lens / filter diameter of 72mm, a very common size. It is expected that many third party lens accessory manufacturers will announce items such as close-up lenses and other desired options.

The AG-DVX200 will feature next-generation ergonomics, with the battery positioned in the rear so as not to interfere during handheld shooting. The DVX200 comes with a rugged woven carbon,fiber-like finish, and the recording section is distinctively styled with crimson shading.
The AG-DVX200 will be available in Fall 2015 with a suggested list price under $5000.

* UHD (3840×2160) resolution, when 60p mode is selected.

** Requires a SD card of UHS speed class 3 (U3) for 4K recording.

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The e7 team review: Showbie for iPad

The e7 team review: Showbie for iPad

The app most recommended to us by teachers, Showbie is something of a staple among e7 schools. Here’s why it’s so well-loved…

Assessment has a profound influence on the motivation and self-esteem of students, whether it comes from the teacher or in peer reviews, so it’s probably no surprise that the app we’ve seen picked up by the most schools is brilliant for assessment.

Showbie (Showbie Inc., free) is an app that lets you share resources and give instant text and audio feedback to pupils – and we’ve heard it can shave at least five hours off the time you spend marking every week, so download the app, kick back with a cuppa and take a look at our team’s review…

What is Showbie?

An app that allows you to create virtual classrooms, then upload resources to them and assign tasks to students. You can use it as a replacement for handouts in a usual classroom setting (“Open our Showbie room, take the quiz there and then post your result”), and it’s a great way for students to submit homework or projects and get instant feedback. You can annotate the files they submit, or record a ‘voice note’ giving them more detailed verbal feedback.

The big benefits…

It’s ace for assessment. Showbie provides a really quick and easy way to provide pupil assessment and feedback on any piece of work. A paperclip icon next to an assignment means they’ve submitted a document – you just need to tap their name to see it and leave feedback. Because all the evidence is saved in one place, it’s easy to track pupils’ work.

It’s a good ice-breaker. A lot of the functions, like uploading files and annotating images, are things you’ll have tackled before on other devices and in other programmes, so Showbie’s a great starter app for anyone who’s nervous about moving to iPad.

It’s secure, but simple. Each teacher will have a name and password which they can use to log in and set up their classrooms. Each classroom has a classroom code that you’ll need to share with students – they use this to get access to classrooms rather than a password, so there’s no chance of them forgetting passwords or locking themselves out.

It’s multi-modal. You can give instant feedback in a variety of formats, either to the group or on pupils’ individual pieces of work (in which case only they can see it). In the Pro version, you can even leave different comments for small groups of students.

It’s also available online, so you or the pupils can access all the resources in Showbie at home, too.

It plays well with other apps. You can add photos, files, audio clips, links, videos and content from practically any app – you can even switch between Showbie and other apps without losing your place in Showbie – meaning you’ll be able to use existing content in Showbie-led lessons, rather than creating everything from scratch.

It lets you save resources for later. You can use the Assignment Lock feature to hide an assignment from students while you design it, then Archive Assignment to hide it once everyone’s completed it. Just de-archive the assignment to bring it back online and access all those resources again.

…and a note on the Pro Edition

While we’ve seen plenty of people get along fine with the free version of Showbie, the £7.99 Pro Edition does give you access to some very helpful extra features, including Assignment Lock, basic image editing tools, a range of different pens and colours for marking up work, and the ability to turn on and off different layers of annotations, so you can see how work on a project has progressed, or who in a group contributed which notes.

To find out more about Showbie and other assessment apps for iPad, keep checking back in for our education app of week articles or get in touch with the education team at or on 03332 409 217. Or to get in touch with us about our exclusive e7 scheme for schools, fill in the form below.

NAB 2015: Atomos Power Station to be fully charged by May

NAB 2015: Atomos Power Station to be fully charged by May

Carrying massive batteries and chargers and multiple ones for different devices is a thing of the past with Power Station. Delivering continuous power for up to 5 devices as well as fast battery charging in a compact design.

Melbourne, Australia – 13th April: In a footprint not much larger than 2 batteries, Atomos Power Station delivers power for up to 5 devices using our patent pending Continuous Power dual battery system, allowing users to hot swap batteries on the fly without interrupting power to their devices. Power Station is ready to ship and on display at NAB 2015 (Central Hall, C9530).

“This is Power to the People, solving power and battery for everyone.” said Jeromy Young, CEO and Founder of Atomos. “The Power Station is the Anton Bauer for the masses, solving the biggest hassle on set, running out of power; we have also added one of the fastest dual battery chargers in the industry all in one device.”

At its core, Power Station consists of 2 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. This patented design by Atomos is used to power up to 3 DC streams (for cameras, monitors, recorders or lighting) as well as 2 USB products such as smartphones or tablets. With a DC input as well, it doubles as a super-fast charger for your batteries – up to 3 times the rate of conventional chargers.

Connections and features at a glance:

– 2 DC out and included splitter cable to give connection for up to 3 DC devices.
– 2 USB terminals to power 1A and 2A USB devices for fast charging of USB cameras or to power any USB device.
– DC input with fast charging capability to charge the connected batteries and provide continual AC power for connected devices.
– Independent left and right LED front display to give a quick 5 step visual guide on the power remaining for each battery from 100% down to 10%.
– Dummy batteries are available to power popular cameras including Sony A7s, Sony FS Series, Panasonic GH4, Nikon D810 and Canon 5DMKIII.
– Total power capability up to 5A (DC plus USB), with maximum 3A for USB connections.

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