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In Other News: Ikon, SxS, training + rental

The Ikonoskop A-Cam dII has finally shipped; Sonnet cuts cards for SxS; GTC and ACS hold workshop; and rental houses combine.

Ikonoskop A-Cam dII starts to ship
The first Ikonoskop A-Cam dII digital film camera has been delivered to the Stockholm rental house, Ljud & Bildmedia. At least five more cameras should be shipping this month. Ikonoskop has also sent a camera to the BBC for testing.

There is also some new Raw (Adobe Cinema DNG) and ProRes test footage to download for workflow testing (or pixel peeping) at

The big attraction of the A-Cam dII is its size (seriously small), price (about €7,000), its uncompressed tapeless recording, and its use of a single 2/3-inch CCD sensor (so none of the skew and rolling shutter problems typical of CMOS sensors).

For full details on the A-Cam dII have a look at our previous post which looks at the Ikonoskop camera in detail.

SDHC memory card to SxS adapter
Sonnet Technologies has introduced an SDHC Adapter for SxS Camera Slot, for use in Sony XDCAM camcorders that use SxS memory cards for recording. The adapter enables the use of Class 10 or faster SDHC cards in place of SxS cards, giving the performance required for HD recording modes while allowing users to make big savings on the purchase of memory.

The Adapter costs $49.95, so users could buy multiple large capacity SDHC cards for less than a single SxS card, allowing them to shoot longer without having to offload footage, reformat, and then reuse the same SxS card.

Unlike standard memory card adapters it allows the SD card to fit flush inside, which means it is interchangeable with SxS cards, and it ensures that the camcorder’s memory card slot door closes completely with the adapter inserted.

Because SxS cards share the same form factor and interface as ExpressCard/34 adapters, the Sonnet adapter can be inserted directly into a laptop’s ExpressCard slot to read the SDHC card, or the cards can be read in any SDHC card reader.

GTC ACS workshop
The Guild of Television Cameramen will be holding a workshop at Aerial Camera Systems in Surrey on January 11, where ACS will demonstrate its SMARTheads (pictured), rail and vehicle-mounted Cineflex and Gyron stabilised heads, and vertical tracking kit.

Numbers will be limited but it is hoped to provide the Guild’s first webcast from a workshop for the benefit of members at large. This will be a specialist workshop, so only open to GTC members with a practical knowledge of outside broadcast and studio work.

Pro Motion Hire acquires Rent and Eurocrew Worldwide
London-based rental house, Pro Motion Hire has bought Rent, the broadcast hire facility, and Eurocrew Worldwide, the international crewing company, from The Farm Group for a six-figure sum.

Pro Motion doubled its revenues in 2010 and invested more than £1million in new equipment, and this new deal will give it a dedicated base in Soho, the heart of London’s production and facilities community, providing a variety of production and post production equipment. Eurocrew also gives it access to a large database of freelance talent around the world.

“The acquisition of Rent and Eurocrew Worldwide makes perfect sense for us as we continue to grow. Both companies have great DNA in the industry, as well as fantastic staff and resources that will be valuable assets to our business,” said Duncan Martin, Director, Pro Motion Hire (pictured).

“We wanted the best for Rent and Eurocrew Worldwide, and Pro Motion Hire is the ideal fit. From our many dealings with Pro Motion, we know they have the focus and expertise to take the companies to the next level of success,” added Nicky Sargent, Joint Managing Director, The Farm Group.

Pro Motion also has a regional office in Brighton. Clients include Talkback Thames, Edit Works, Nickelodeon, BME AV, Skyworks and Ricochet.