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Zhiyun and FiLMiC demonstrate mobile filmmaking partnership


Zhiyun, a pioneering stabiliser manufacturer, is giving IBC 2018 attendees an exciting first opportunity to experience the mobile filmmaking possibilities created by its new partnership with FiLMiC Pro, an industry-leading cinema camera app for iOS and Android smartphones.

Zhiyun and FiLMiC have joined forces to integrate Zhiyun Smooth 4, the award-winning 3 axis handheld gimbal stabiliser for mobile filmmakers, with FiLMiC Pro’s app, to deliver unprecedented control, stabilisation and cinematic quality to mobile filmmakers.

Filmmakers and educators from FiLMiC will be available throughout the IBC 2018 show on the Zhiyun stand 8.B08 enabling users to go hands on with this powerful new storytelling tool. FiLMiC product manager Eliot Fitzroy is also hosting a special series of workshops on the Zhiyun stand (on 14 to 17 September, from 15h00 to 15h20) about the integration.

Key features to be demonstrated include:
• Quick mode selector allows users to effortlessly progress through three shooting modes (Reticles, Full Auto and Manual);
• The ability to start and stop recordings directly from the Smooth 4;
• Ability to use the side handwheel for highly responsive focus pulls and cinematic zooms;
• Quick lens selection to smoothly switch between front, rear, zoom and tele lens directly from the gimbal (on dual-lens iPhones);

Additionally, at IBC2018, Zhiyun welcomes filmmakers, trainers and YouTube artists Chungdha Lam and Karim Yatrib to share tips and tricks for making the most of your mobile phone video recording. Photographer, and videographer Chungdha Lam explains why the Gimbal is far more than just a Steadicam; while French promo filmmaker Karim Yatrib will raise your skills in use of the Crane.

“Our primary mission at Zhiyun is to make cinema-quality mobile filmmaking accessible and affordable to everyone, regardless of their skill level,” said Leo Wang, vice president of Zhiyun. “The team at FiLMiC shares that vision, and we believe the integration of the Zhiyun Smooth 4 with FiLMiC Pro will help unleash an entirely new level of mobile filmmaking from content creators all over the world. We are excited at the possibilities and welcome everyone to share in this experience with us at IBC 2018.”

Visitors to the Zhiyun stand at IBC 2018 will also be the first to learn about the launch of the Weebill LAB, a new series of stabilisers for mirrorless cameras. Zhiyun will also unveil Crane 3 LAB, a new version of its flagship stabiliser for professional cameras promising a new design concept and the most powerful functionality for a Crane yet.

V-Nova PERSEUS enables launch of Pipul TV in Nigeria


V-Nova Ltd, a leading provider of video compression solutions, has announced that Pipul TV, a next-generation Nigeria-based education and entertainment television and media communications network, has selected V-Nova PERSEUS Plus to support the launch of the company’s innovative service. The deployment of V-Nova’s next-generation compression technology will enable the delivery of the highest quality content to all devices of viewers across Nigeria, regardless of bandwidth.

The Nigerian pay-TV, video-on-demand (VOD), and Internet Protocol television (IPTV) services market is growing rapidly as significant internet penetration and smartphone adoption alter the manner in which consumers view content. Mobile penetration in particular has rocketed in recent years going from 53 per cent in 2016 to 84 per cent in 2017. In 2017 there were 21 million smartphones in Nigeria and this rapid growth, coupled with a huge appetite for media entertainment, presents a massive opportunity for services like Pipul TV.

By deploying V-Nova’s award-winning PERSEUS Plus, Pipul TV is able to deliver full HD video entertainment at 1 Mbps and 720p video at 300 kbps. Leveraging the reach of mobile networks, the service provides the best consumer experience but at a fraction of the bandwidth required with other solutions, resulting in reduced buffering and an overall improved quality of experience for consumers. The ability to deliver video at lower bitrates also enables services to reliably reach more viewers, even on the slowest or most congested network connections, increasing their addressable market substantially. Pipul TV is an IPTV service that has eliminated the data access cost and poor connectivity bottlenecks to subscribers in sub-Saharan Africa.

“Pipul TV has a clear goal to become the leading provider of premium entertainment in Nigeria and we’re tremendously excited to be at the forefront of a media revolution that is being driven by the huge growth in IP connectivity in the country,” said Benjamin Okoroafor, CEO, Pipul TV. “Pipul TV is founded on a principle of delivering content with no subscriber-side data costs through agreements with local telcos which are made feasible by the lower bitrates PERSEUS Plus enables. Because PERSEUS Plus can be deployed to all devices today and provides such a significant improvement in the quality of experience that our customers will receive, it was clear this would be an absolute game-changer for the economics of our business and something that will keep us well ahead of the competition.”

The Pipul TV OTT service will carry over 200 local and international live channels and a large catalogue of VOD content. The service is projected to reach 2 million subscribers within three years. The service will initially be launched on a dedicated streaming set-top-box and then rolled out to more connected devices over time.

Guido Meardi, CEO and co-founder at V-Nova, added: “We’re proud to be supporting the ambitious Pipul TV service in one of the world’s most dynamic and rapid growth markets. Examples across the globe are showing today that IP delivery is what will drive massive growth in video and entertainment services, challenging existing networks and current technology solutions. This deployment is yet another great showcase for how our PERSEUS Plus technology can provide both substantially better viewing experiences and data delivery cost savings, whilst doing so at massive scale.”

Zhiyun set stabilisers to stun IBC 2018

Zhiyun, the pioneering stabiliser manufacturer, will mark its debut at IBC2018, from 14 to 18 September on stand 8.B08, with the launch of Weebill, a new series of stabilisers for mirrorless cameras.

In addition, Zhiyun will unveil a new version of its flagship Crane stabiliser for professional cameras – Crane 3 Lab.

“From professional content capture to social media, the entire video production industry is centered around video,” says Leo Wang, vice president, Zhiyun. “With the 5G network just around the corner, this trend will only increase, in turn, making the stability of videos absolutely crucial. Whereas previously, stabilisers were seen as a tool for professional filmmakers, in the future they are going to become a universal consumer electronics product that everyone can use. Zhiyun’s mission is to provide stabilisers for all-level users and redefine the way people record life.”

Weebill is a new series of light weight stabilisers addressing the high demand for use of mirrorless cameras. Weebill Lab is the first product of this new lineup. Crane 3 Lab, which not only builds on the legacy of Crane 2 with trademark motor strength, excellent precision control and high-efficiency performance, but also integrates with a new design concept and delivers even more powerful functionality. Further details will be announced at IBC.

IBC 2018 visitors will also get a chance to get their hands on Zhiyun’s award-winning products including:

Crane 2: The world’s first three-axis camera stabiliser with follow focus control was named winner of the 2018 Red Dot Design Award. Designed for DSLRs weighing up to 3.2kg (7.05lbs), such as the Canon EOS, the Crane 2 integrates 32-bit × 3 high-speed MCU parallel control technology, which realises film-grade smoothness and unrivaled stable performance. Crane 2 was also recognised as outstanding by Australia’s Good Design Award 2018 as winner in the Product Design category. Crane Plus: As a more economic option to prosumers that supports camera payloads of 2.5kg featuring POV mode.

Smooth 4: Turns a smartphone into professional filmmaking equipment. It features an industry-first follow focus hand-wheel on a mobile gimbal, allowing smooth zooming and precise focusing; and a unique control panel that allows users to adjust parameters directly through hot keys without needing to touch the phone screen. Smooth 4 was named a CES Asia 2018 Innovation Awards honouree.

Zhiyun will also display at IBC, a wide range of accessories including motion sensor remote controller, dual handle, mini camera monitor and flexible pipe, which are tailored to different needs in real life applications.

Wang adds, “We are excited to make 2018 our debut at IBC after years of dedicated R&D and achievement in stabilisation systems. We look forward to sharing face to face conversations with all our customers at IBC, to advance our technological leadership and to meet new friends.”

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