Broadcast Tech News – Saban Capital abandons merger plans with Sim & Panavision

Saban Capital has abandoned merger plans with Panavision and Toronto-headquartered production house Sim Video International. First announced last September, the $622 million deal would have seen Panavision and Sim become Saban subsidiaries, publicly traded on the NASDAQ. Sim CEO James Haggarty cited stock market volatility, and delays related to the U.S. government shutdown, as contributors to dissolution of the deal.

Blackmagic Design has launched new products: the URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 is a second generation URSA Mini Pro camera featuring fully-redesigned electronics and a new Super 35mm 4.6K image sensor with 15 stops of dynamic range, supporting high frame rate shooting at up to 300 frames per second. The new URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 can capture Blackmagic RAW images in both film and extended video modes, giving it range for high end feature films, television shows, commercials, as well as broadcast news, studio and even live multi-camera production. DeckLink Quad HDMI Recorder is a high performance 8-lane Generation 3 PCIe capture card that can transfer data at rates up to 32Gb per second. Featuring four independent HDMI 2.0b input connections for multi-channel capture, DeckLink Quad HDMI Recorder can capture four different streams of video at up to 60 frames per second. Watch Blackmagic Design’s founder & CEO, Grant Petty, give an overview of the announcements here.

The Cast podcast app has launched Intelligent Noise Reduction as a feature in its Editor for all users, regardless of the plan they’re on. The feature minimizes background noise from lights, fans, and air conditioners that might have been inadvertently “baked in” to your audio track.


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