ARRI Hi-5, Sound Devices A20 Mini, Blackmagic Studio Cameras

Welcome to the latest episode of our weekly roundup of news from the TV and film industry.

This week we are featuring ARRI's fifth generation handheld camera and lens control unit - the ARRI Hi-5, Sound Devices' A20 Mini high-end wireless transmitter and Blackmagic's Announcement of two new Studio Cameras and four new HyperDeck Studio models.


ARRI has just announced their fifth generation handheld camera and lens control unit - the ARRI Hi-5. The new top-end camera control unit is more than just a replacement for the WCU-4, it's a completely new camera support ecosystem featuring interchangeable radio modules eliminating interference, more assignable buttons, a new smartphone app, rugged weather-resistant design, multiple power options, Smart Focus Rings that are instantly recognized and mapped to the focus scale and much more. In addition, the ARRI Hi-5 seeks to become the de-facto standard for Focus Pullers on Film and TV productions offering multi-axis lens and camera control not just for ARRI cameras, but also third party models such as select cameras from Sony, Panavision and RED with additional control licenses.

Sound Devices A20 Mini

Sound Devices has announced the new and super compact A20 Mini high-end wireless transmitter with 32-bit float on-board recording. The palm sized transmitter supports a wide range of frequencies for use anywhere in the world and is also water resistant, while the unit's huge dynamic range ensures high-quality audio capture in any environment. A new feature called Gain Forward Architecture gives sound recordists more freedom to adjust the gain directly from an 8-Series mixer or A10 receiver. In addition, the A20 Mini features a high-efficiency internal 2.4Ghz antenna for maintaining excellent Bluetooth range enabling sound recordists to control the unit via a smartphone or tablet.

Blackmagic Design Studio Cameras

Blackmagic Design just announced two new Studio Cameras for live production as well as four new HyperDeck Studio models. The new Blackmagic Studio 4K Pro features an improved lightweight design with better low-light capability and all the connections required for professional broadcast work including 12G-SDI video out and program return, 10Gig Ethernet and XLR audio inputs. The camera can even record Blackmagic RAW to external disks for maximum image quality. On the other hand, the new Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Plus is a more affordable model, specifically designed for the ATEM Mini switchers. The new HyperDeck Studio models have been completely redesigned with broadcast style front panels and have the ability to record to either H.264, ProRes or Avid DNx, while the HyperDeck Studio 4K Pro model adds support for the latest H.265 compression.

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