Hitachi Cameras Enable High-Quality Streaming for Eastview Christian Church

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Founded in 1955, Eastview Christian Church usually hosts over 6,000 worshippers each week across two physical campuses – its main location in Normal, Illinois and a second site in Bloomington – and its online services. As video became increasingly important for both its in-person and internet-based worship experiences, the church purchased five SK-HD1800 cameras from Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. (Hitachi Kokusai) to elevate the quality of its productions. The resulting improvements have proven even more valuable as COVID-19 gathering restrictions drive online attendance to levels far beyond their own congregation.

As Eastview’s previous cameras neared the end of their useful lifecycle, the church started looking for replacements that would bring both operational and visible benefits. “We had been running a mix of four or five professional-class cameras and smaller camcorders but only had CCUs and remote control on two of them, which made it challenging to dial them all in and rely on operators for iris and shading,” said Andy McGirr, associate pastor of technical arts at Eastview Christian Church. “There was also a growing realization of the importance of what’s being viewed online to the overall ministry of our church, and the significance of delivering high-quality streaming experiences.”

Marshall Electronics Collaborates with BR Remote to Create CV-PT-HEAD Micro Pan/Tilt Mount Head for Miniature Camera Line

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Marshall Electronics has joined forces with high-end pan/tilt head designer BR Remote, to design and build a micro P/T head, the CV-PT-HEAD, for Marshall miniature cameras. The new P/T head is compatible with all Marshall 500 series cameras including the CV503, CV503-WP, CV506, CV506-H12, CV565 and CV566.

“BR Remote makes very high-tech remote heads for film and television, and this collaboration leverages the strengths of both companies to create a really unique miniature camera pan/tilt head solution,” says Tod Musgrave, Director of Cameras at Marshall Electronics. “The team at BR Remote were very easy to work with and we are really impressed with the finished product and how it interacts with our miniature cameras. The CV-PT-HEAD camera system can fit in the palm of your hand, and when used with the CV-MICRO-JYSTK passes power and control to the camera using the Lemo to Hirose cable included in box. We are highly motivated to continue to add more and more camera models in different configurations as well as forge relationships with highly skilled designers that can enhance the Marshall camera value proposition.”

Marshall Unveils Two New Zoom Block Cameras

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Marshall Electronics announces the release of its CV420-18X and CV355-10X zoom block cameras, one with an impressive 12.4 million pixels designed into a 1/1.7” 4K sensor and one with 2.5 million pixels with 1/2.8” covering the HD range in a very compact design. Both cameras are designed with the latest in sensor technology and are refined to meet the highest in broadcast and AV standards.

The CV420-18X features a compact 18X optical (3X digital) zoom block and flexible 12GSDI/HDMI simultaneous outputs with crystal clear 4K images up to 4096x2160p at 60fps, while the CV355-10X features 10X optical (12X digital) zoom block and flexible 3GSDI/HDMI simultaneous outputs with clear HD images up to 1920×1080 at 60fps. The CV355-10X replaces the existing CV350-10X camera and improves on every measure of performance.

Canon Officially Announces the Canon EOS R5 and R6, the Company’s Most Advanced Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras Ever

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Canon Canada Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to introduce the company’s next generation of full-frame mirrorless cameras – the EOS R5 and EOS R6. These groundbreaking cameras are the result of many years of collecting and listening to feedback from Canon users and are sure to meet the needs and demands of a variety of creators.

The EOS R5 is a camera designed for professional applications featuring a new 45-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and uncropped 8K video recording up to 29.97 fps. The EOS R6 is geared towards advanced amateurs featuring a 20.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and 4K video recording up to 59.94 fps. The addition of the EOS R5 and the EOS R6 cameras to the EOS R series lineup further solidifies Canon’s commitment to providing the equipment needed for users to bring their content to the next level.

Canon is also introducing four RF lenses and two RF lens extenders: The Canon RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM, Canon RF600mm F11 IS STM, Canon RF800mm F11 IS STM, and RF85mm F2 MACRO IS STM lenses. All four new lenses were designed to meet the ever-expanding demands of the skilled creatives who capture amazing imagery using EOS R series cameras, including the new EOS R5 and EOS R6. In addition to the lenses, there are two new RF lens extenders: a 1.4x and a 2x model, allowing for users to take their compatible RF lens focal lengths even farther; as well as a new 13-inch professional printer, the imagePROGRAF PRO-300, to bring photos to life through the power of print.

Ikegami Announces UHL-F4000 Compact Multi-Role 4K HDR Camera

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Ikegami announces a new addition to its range of broadcast-quality cameras. The UHL-F4000 is a compact and lightweight 4K HDR camera with very low power consumption. Designed for use in applications such as aerial video capture and studio robotics, it is capable of capturing broadcast quality colour video across an extremely wide range of night or daytime conditions. Image adjustment capabilities include haze removal, backlight correction and digital zoom.

“Aerial photographers working from helicopters are increasingly keen to use 4K cameras,” comments Michael Lätzsch, Broadcast & Professional Video Division Manager at Ikegami Electronics (Europe) GmbH. “4K cameras tend to be larger and heavier than HD models so require a larger anti-vibration gimbal. In addition, the higher power consumption of 4K cameras causes the internal temperature to rise if a 4K camera is placed in a sealed stabilising unit. This shortens the camera’s lifetime and can even lead to sudden failure. The UHL-F4000 overcomes all these challenges. It is a robust and compact camera head with low power consumption delivering very high image quality.”

The EOS C300 Mark III from Canon

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Adding to its robust and expansive line up of Cinema EOS digital cinema cameras, Canon has introduced the EOS C300 Mark III, the nextgeneration Super 35mm workhorse cinema camera. The new camera features a new Dual Gain Output (DGO) sensor and, like the full-frame EOS C500 Mark II, employs a modular design and an interchangeable lens mount that allows users to customize the camera easily. The modular nature of the C300 Mark III allows individual Houses of Worship to tailor the camera to their needs. The camera offers clean HDMI, and up to 12G-SDI output, allowing for virtually seamless connectivity with many of the compatible streaming solutions. What’s more, an upcoming firmware update for the C300 Mark III (as well as its siblings, the EOS C500 Mark II and XF705) will enable the live switching of framerates, ideal for the dynamic needs of a wide variety of HOW content production, including broadcasting….

Sanitizing Your Camcorders

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by Craig Yanagi

Though large churches have been providing remote services for years, we’ve found a significant up-tick in virtual worship from small parishes in response to coronavirus lockdowns. This means that broadcast-quality camcorders have become more commonly implemented. With churches relying on the kindness of volunteers to produce services – virtual or otherwise – it’s common for cameras to be operated by different people from week-to-week.

Now, as COVID-19 stay-at-home orders are lifting around the world, governments are issuing protocols to follow for reopening of businesses, schools and churches, alike. Among the most prevalent requirements are instructions for cleaning and sanitizing commonly used surfaces. In churches, this not only means things like pews, door handles and common spaces, but also equipment, such as cameras….

Marshall Electronics CV346 Cameras Create Compelling Streaming Capabilities for Leading Edge Multimedia

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As CEO and founder of Leading Edge Multimedia, David Anderson utilizes state of the art and cost-effective production equipment to record and live stream sporting events, concerts, business conferences, house of worship applications, and much more for his clients’ various needs. Anderson was looking for an extremely small, easily transportable camera with superior image quality and reliable streaming capabilities and he found the solution he was looking for in the CV346 Compact HD Camera from Marshall Electronics.

Anderson first learned of Marshall cameras through an industry friend about four years ago and has been using Marshall ever since. “Today’s current situation has highlighted the importance of being able to successfully live stream productions from various locations for a multitude of applications,” says Anderson. “Marshall fits the bill really well because they are so small and yet their image quality is on par with much larger, more expensive cameras. The Marshall cameras shade so well that it is very tough for the untrained eye to tell the difference between many of the extremely expensive, large format broadcast cameras versus a Marshall camera.”

Z-HD5500 Cameras from Hitachi Kokusai Elevate Quality of Remote Virtual Events for Don’t Wonder Productions

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When Los Angeles based production company Don’t Wonder Productions purchased its own broadcast cameras to minimize rentals just over a year ago, they chose four Z-HD5500 cameras from Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. (Hitachi Kokusai) to meet the rigorous quality and turnaround demands of live events. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause the cancelation of in-person gatherings, the versatile cameras have helped Don’t Wonder pivot to new business opportunities producing high-caliber remote event streams.

Specializing in video, sound and lighting for live corporate meetings and events, Don’t Wonder offers everything from pre-production design, engineering, and content creation to complete, multi-camera production services including image magnification and live streaming. Serving clients including mid-sized businesses, Fortune 100 corporations, and professional associations, the company has produced events across the country and around the globe, with typical attendance of between 300 and 2500 participants.

Lumens Announces New VC-A71P 4K IP PTZ Camera

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Lumens® Digital Optics Inc.’s, new VC-A71P 4K IP UHD camera has just been released. The camera is packed with high-end features, making it the ideal choice for use in multiple applications such as live streaming, broadcasting, events staging, house of worship, and lecture recording.

Thanks to the professional 1/1.8 type progressive scan CMOS sensor with 8-megapixel output resolution, the VC-A71P delivers an ultra-clear and vivid live image effortlessly. Quick movement and near-silent PTZ operation with 30x optical zoom capability in 4K accommodates wide-angle scenes and tightly framed close-ups.

The VC-A71P can empower users to build more agile, flexible and affordable systems that provide live productions with more freedom with multiple interfaces, Ethernet, HDMI 2.0, and 12G-SDI outputs. Additionally, there is a broad range of video interfacing and remote control possibilities – plus support for PoE++ for smooth integration into any broadcast, or AV environment.