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UHD takes off for UMG

Completing the first stage of a global strategy to equip the world leader in music-based entertainment with advanced video production capabilities, ATG Danmon UK has formally commissioned the first of an international network of five-camera UHD flyaways for Universal Music Group (UMG).

Beginning at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, the project centred on the design, configuration and testing of a complete 4K production system housed in flight cases which can be deployed rapidly anywhere in the world.

A second installation, at Abbey Road Studios in London, is now under way and will be completed later this year.The flyaway includes five

Sony PMW-F55 compact camcorders capturing 16-bit RAW 4K direct to solid-state memory cards. Grass Valley fibre optic links connect via SMPTE fibre from each camera to a power unit.

The multichannel feed is then combined into single-mode fibre for easy connection to a production control gallery.

One of the cameras mounts onto a Ross robotic pan and tilt head, the other four being configured for manual operation.