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AJA unveils lo HD tool

LAS VEGAS — AJA Video announced development of Io HD, a new Io tool designed to enable HD editing to the MacBook Pro and Mac Pro via its Firewire 800 interface. Notably, Io HD is built to natively support Apple's newly introduced ProRes 422 postproduction format in hardware. "We are really excited to develop the first device to support the Apple ProRes 422 codec with Io HD," AJA president Nick Rashby said, noting that it would enable customers to do "true 10-bit production-quality HD editing" on an Apple laptop.

Modeo, Penthera engineer deal

LAS VEGAS — Modeo, the mobile broadcast affiliate of Crown Castle International, has entered into an engineering services agreement with Penthera Technologies to enhance Modeo's Mobile TV service capabilities. Modeo said it complements the recently signed Mobile Broadcast Platform Version 2.0 Agreement; included in the deal are components of the MBP 2.0, including development of the Mediacast Server and improvements to the Modeo Smartphone user interface software.

FotoKem picks up Control Dailies

LAS VEGAS — Burbank post facility FotoKem has purchased MTI Film's Control Dailies, a workflow system designed to streamline dailies transfers. FotoKem plans to use Control Dailies for feature film and episodic television projects. "We are always looking for ways to increase our efficiency in telecine in order to keep pace with growing demand from our film and television clients," FotoKem senior vp technology Paul Chapman said. "Control Dailies enables us to increase capacity by as much as twofold without adding additional film scanning systems." Fotokem hopes to have the new system operational by early May.

Miranda signals for NBC Uni

LAS VEGAS — Miranda Technologies has signed an agreement with NBC Universal to provide the primary signal and facility-monitoring system for NBCU's broadcast facilities, using its SNMP-based iControl system. Through the agreement, Miranda will provide NBCU with technology to support systems monitoring for many of its facilities nationwide. The agreement includes monitoring of the transmission facilities, the core routing systems, control rooms, editing suites and new-media operations. The iControl system will monitor third-party and Miranda equipment.

Whipp 'Happy' with Vision Prize

LAS VEGAS — Eric Whipp, head colorist at post/visual effects house Animal Logic, received post technology developer Digital Vision's annual Vision Prize on Monday at NAB. He was recognized for his work on the animated feature "Happy Feet." The Vision Prize is presented to individuals and/or companies who have shown creative and innovative use of Digital Vision equipment in the previous year. "Happy Feet" was graded with extensive use of Digital Vision's Film Master.
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