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Happy Birthday Apple. The entire video above was shot on the 24th January in 15 different locations worldwide using iPhone 5s. Over 70 hours of video was captured by videographers on 100 iPhones. The individual videos were sent over the internet to LA for editing by a team of 21 editors. The final result is a spectacular 1.28 minute video.

Up and coming British film talent celebrated as the 2013 Virgin Media Shorts winner is announced

Judges Shane Meadows, David Tennant and Mat Whitecross attend star-studded ceremony at the BFI IMAX

 

 Created to help uncover some of the best up and coming British filmmaking talent, the UK’s biggest short film competition – Virgin Media Shorts – has revealed the winner of this year’s competition.

Nimer Rashed secured the Grand Prize with his film Touch, after being selected by industry heavyweights including BAFTA Award winning director, Shane Meadows (This is England, Dead Man’s Shoes, Made of Stone), respected actor of stage and screen, David Tennant and director Mat Whitecross (Spike Island, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) as their worthy winner.

Nimer was presented with his prize by Shane Meadows, which includes £30,000 funding towards his next film, at a star-studded awards ceremony at the BFI (British Film Institute) IMAX in London’s Waterloo. The event was attended by an array of stars including Katherine Kelly (Mr Selfridge), Catherine Steadman (Fresh Meat), Olivia Halinan (Sugar Rush), Shelley Conn (By Any Means, Marchlands), Sienna Guillory (Luther, Love Actually) and was hosted by film buff, author and presenter Danny Wallace. Guests then spent the night dancing the night away to top tunes spun by musician and Pulp front man, Jarvis Cocker.

Costing nothing to make, Touch is a poignant reflection on the relationship and love between two people over the course of a life time, told almost entirely through the touch of their hands – from their first connection through to their final farewell. The piece was inspired by EM Forster’s phrase ‘only connect’ and after many weeks of pre-production, shot over one sunny weekend in various locations, including a park, church and restaurant.

The film-maker Nimer, commentated: “Filming Touch was a real labour of love and winning Virgin Media Shorts 2013 is a dream come true. The competition always has a really high standard of talent and entering the project does a great deal to elevate the short film form. I wanted to make something that would be really cinematic, where images would tell a story on their own, largely without dialogue. It was an exciting challenge to explain exactly how the film would work, without either a traditional script or storyboards.”

Shane Meadows comments: “The creativity and breath of talent displayed in the shortlist this year made my job as a judge very tricky. Touch is a beautiful short that manages to convey a range of emotions in a simple and powerful way. It tells a story that we all at some point have been affected by.”

Dana Strong, chief operating officer at Virgin Media, said: “Here at Virgin Media, we’re extremely proud to be supporting such talented up and coming British film-makers. Now in its sixth year, the competition has gone from strength to strength, providing British film talent with a real opportunity to step up in a challenging industry. This year has been another fantastic competition with Nimer’s short film demonstrating his talent for storytelling in an emotionally charged and beautifully shot short film.”

In addition to the £30,000 funding for his next project, Nimer will be able to benefit from mentoring and support from the BFI Film Fund, the UK’s largest public film fund and a backer of recent British films – a practice that has been provided to previous winners, such as BAFTA nominated Luke Snellin, 2013 Virgin Media Shorts judge – Jason Wingard – and last year’s grand prize-winner Jennifer Sheridan, who has just submitted the script for her next film to the BFI.

Both the Nikon People’s Choice Award Winner, which gave film fans from across the UK, the chance to support their favourite, by voting on Twitter and Facebook, and The TiVo® Award Winner, as voted for by Virgin Media customers via their TiVo box, were also announced at last night’s ceremony. Just Say Hi, directed by John McPhail on a budget of just £200, did the double, scooping both prizes, receiving £5,000 film funding, mentoring from the BFI and Nikon digital SLR camera equipment worth up to £5,000.

Nikon ambassador, John Wright said: “It’s been a pleasure to be on the judging panel for this year’s awards and to be involved in a competition that supports emerging film making talent. I’ve been so impressed with the quality of entries and hope that more people are inspired to give film making a go.

Nimer’s winning short was outstanding; a really well thought out piece of work – a deserved winner, well done.”

Virgin Media Shorts will continue to give all shortlisted film makers the opportunity to have their work showcased to millions of people across the country through cinemas nationwide, on TV (showcased in a dedicated app on Virgin Media’s TiVo® service) and online. A unique opportunity for those trying to break into such a notoriously competitive industry.

For more information about Virgin Media Shorts and to watch the winning films visit www.virginmediashorts.co.uk.

The shortlist, which consists of successful entries from all over the UK, were:

●     The Big Day – by Karl Falconer

●     Touch – by Nimer Rashad

●     A Favour – by James Bradley

●     Brando-ing – by Malcolm Roy Greenhill

●     Spring Clean – by Ed Clifton, Ed Daggett and Michael Stranney

●     The Man Who Couldn’t Stop Putting Things In Bins – by Louis Paxton and Patrick Kondracki

●     Stick Out – by Anthony Farquhar-Smith

●     RVG – by Ian Bucknole

●     Handuken – by Chris Chung

●     Homey – by Ben Garfield

●     Niche in the Market – by Rod Main

●     Just Say Hi – by John McPhail

●     Jetpack Jack – by Oliver Lee (the ‘Lucky 13th’)

The full list of judges include:

  • Shane Meadows – (BAFTA award-winning director and screenwriter)
  • David Tennant – (actor of stage and screen)
  • Mat Whitecross – (director of Spike Island)
  • James King (film critic and presenter of The Movie Show on ITV2)
  • Jason Wingard – (film director and winner of Virgin Media Shorts 2011)
  • Dana Strong – (chief operating officer at Virgin Media)
  • Chris Collins – (Production & Development Executive at the BFI’s Film Fund)
  • John Wright – (Nikon ambassador)

PMW300

Sony introduces the PMW-300 semi-shoulder mount camcorder

Sony’s new addition to its XDCAM range is the first semi-shoulder camcorder in the market to feature a 1/2-type Exmor™ Full HD 3CMOS sensor and offer MPEG HD422 50Mbps recording

Basingstoke, UK – June 12, 2013: Sony today announced its PMW-300 XDCAM camcorder, equipped with the 1/2-type Exmor™ Full-HD 3CMOS sensors capable of delivering incredible images even in low-light conditions. The PMW-300 is ideal for broadcast producers and corporate event camera operators who require a flexible semi-shoulder camcorder that can easily be adapted to suit a wide range of production environments.

An evolution of Sony’s industry leading PMW-EX3, the PMW-300 is able to record 50Mbps HD material in MPEG HD422, meeting broadcast standards around the world, including the European Broadcasting Union’s (EBU) requirements on HD broadcast acquisition for long form programme making. The high bit rate ensures excellent capture of fast moving objects, while its chroma subsampling feature is perfect for a wide range of video encoding areas such as VFX and green screen applications. The camcorder can also be upgraded in the future to support Sony’s revolutionary XAVC codec, extending the lifecycle of the product to ensure maximum return on investment*.

The 1/2-type Exmor™ Full-HD 3CMOS sensors offer high light sensitivity and low image noise. As a consequence, it delivers clear high-resolution images even when filming in low-light conditions. The camcorder also includes Sony’s advanced signal processing technology, which suppresses noise effectively and thus creates noticeably clearer images.

The PMW-300 features the same EX-mount interchangeable lens system as the PMW-EX3, making it compatible with a wide range of 1/2 inch and 2/3 inch lenses. There are two types of lens packages planned to be available for the PMW-300. One is with a 14 times zoom lens, and the other is with a 16 times zoom lens. Both lenses have a focus ring for quick switching between auto and manual focus.

An HD-resolution 3.5-inch colour LCD viewfinder (960×540 pixels) enables precision focusing for HD filming, while the 8-pin remote-control and multi-camera operation capability allows the PMW-300 to be used in 3D configurations and high-end camera systems.

With an HD-SD/SDI output and an HDMI output, the PMW-300 connects not only to broadcast infrastructures, but also to consumer devices equipped with HDMI inputs. Timecode and genlock interfaces enable use in multi-camera setups and 3D configurations. The 8-pin remote connector allows for remote adjustment from a remote control sold separately.

The camcorder has a standard recording mode of 1080/25p, offering a vast range of shooting options, switching down to 720/25 to enable up to 2.5x slow motion.

Based on customer feedback the PMW-300 features an innovative semi-shoulder design that has a rotary hand grip, allowing comfortable recording over long periods of time. Its magnesium metal body ensures the camcorder is robust and like its predecessor, the PMW-EX3, can withstand even the harshest production environments.

Like all of Sony’s solid state XDCAM camcorders, the PMW-300 has the most flexible choice of recording media in the market, allowing customers to choose to record on Sony’s professional SxS memory card as well as other media such as SD, Memory Stick and XQD cards depending upon their budget and application.

Finally, Sony today confirmed that an optional wireless adapter currently in development will enhance proxy recording, wireless transfers, Wi-Fi viewing and metadata input.

Coupling the PMW-300 with accessories such as one of Sony’s UWP professional audio line-up will ensure a best in class user experience.

“The PMW-300 incorporates all the market leading features from our XDCAM family in a semi-shoulder HD422 50Mbps camcorder,” said Bill Drummond, Strategic Marketing Manager, Sony Professional Solutions, Sony Europe. “From working closely with our customers we know there is strong demand for a truly versatile semi-shoulder camcorder that has been designed to meet the needs of the broadcast, production and corporate event worlds.”

PMW-300 with a 14 times zoom lens will be available in the market in October 2013.

PMW-300 with a 16 times zoom lens is currently under development targeting to be available within 2013.

*XAVC support for HD will be available in 2014

As a freelance photographer/videographer you cover a wide variety of work, from easy to shoot stage productions, corporate videos, stock library footage/stills, DVD production,  etc., through to something more exciting, such as travelling to exotic places.

One such project came out of the blue, On a cold November morning I received a phone call from a client I had never had any contact with before. Would I like to go to Kenya to produce a promotional DVD for Africa House Safaris? The project would start at the beginning of December and run through to 22 December. Needless to say, I didn’t have to think too hard about accepting this offer.

We started filming within one hour of landing at Nairobi, this is one of the few times that I have relied on the cameras autofocus, my eyes were too jet lagged to be of any real use.  The video shows the accommodation and destinations that you can expect to see when you book an Africa House Safari.

We spent a couple of days staying just outside Nairobi staying at Giraffe Manor, these clips can be seen near the end of the video. Giraffe Manor was featured in movies such as White Mischief and Out of Africa. It is a spectacular manor house and as long as you don’t mind sharing your breakfast with Giraffes, it was great fun.

The assignment involved travelling several hundreds of miles around Kenya taking in some spectacular scenery in the Rift Valley to Lake Victoria as well as the Game reserves. David Sugden the CEO of Africa House Safaris lives in Kenya and knows the locations that would be of interest to any photographer or video production crew. He also has the eyes of an eagle and can spot most wildlife within minutes of arriving at any location, a real bonus for anyone wanting to capture spectacular wildlife shots.

The video was shot over a period of 18. days using a Sony EX3 video camera, supplemented with a range of Nikon lenses from 75 to 300mm. The video was captures at Full HD 1920 x 1080 with a frame rate of 30fps, this allows for BluRay production and easy downsampling to Standard Definition DVD. The video above has been reduced in size for YouTube publishing so it may have lost some of the fine detail. I also had a Nikon D90 which I had intended to do some video footage with, but as it turned out I only used this camera to capture stills.

2013_range

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 3 April 2013 – Canon has today expanded its handheld video camera range with the launch of three class-leading compact models for professionals and video enthusiasts.  Two new professional X-series models, XA25 and XA20, combine a powerful, all-new imaging system with professional audio and Wi-Fi connectivity in a versatile, compact package that fits neatly in the palm of a hand. The newLEGRIA HF G30 benefits from the same advanced imaging system in a package optimised for enthusiast videographers, such as hobbyists or film students.

Developed using Canon’s industry-leading imaging technologies, these models include a powerful specification that delivers outstanding quality and operability. The Canon HD Video system has been completely redesigned – from the lens through to the image sensor and processor – providing new levels of imaging performance. A range of advanced shooting features and connectivity options make these cameras ideal for either professional or amateur use, and are suitable for shooting everything from news and documentaries to weddings.

Advanced Canon HD video system, first-class optics

The XA25, XA20 and LEGRIA HF G30 all benefit from a completely new imaging system, which has been engineered to provide outstanding image quality and versatility. A ground-breaking 20x zoom wide-angle lens offers a 26.8–576mm focal range[i], employing optical technology found in Canon’s top-of-the-range XF305 camcorder. An enhanced 3-mode Optical Image Stabilizer (IS) system[ii] incorporates a Dynamic OIS mode to further reduce the effects of camera movement during shooting. The 8-blade circular aperture also provides enhanced ‘bokeh’, using Canon’s unique Electro Magnetic Diaphragm technology – developed for the company’s EF lens range – to ensure beautiful background blur in shots with a shallow depth of field.

A newly-designed 1/2.84-type 2.91 Megapixel HD CMOS Pro sensor provides outstanding dynamic range and low-light performance. The increased sensor size maximises photosite area, combining with a highly sophisticated image processing system to reduce image noise and increase sensitivity in low light environments.

The outstanding processing capability provided by DIGIC DV 4 provides enhanced image reproduction, supplementing the strengths of the DIGIC DV family – such as smooth gradation and faithful colour reproduction – with support for recording at higher data rates. The sensor and processor work together to eliminate more camera shake, augmenting a highly-effective optical IS system with electronic stabilisation that detects and compensates for movement in a larger number of directions.

Complete creative control

Designed to provide maximum flexibility, all the new models support multiple recording formats. AVCHD (up to 28Mbps) and MP4 (up to 35Mbps) provide high bitrates suitable for many professional applications. Video is recorded to dual SD[iii] card slots in a range of resolutions and frame rates up to 1080/50p, with slow and fast motion options supported in MP4 mode – providing greater freedom to choose an appropriate setting according to creative requirements.

All models also support simultaneous recording of different formats to each card – giving users the ability to capture high-quality Full HD footage in the desired format, and smaller MP4 files at the same time[iv].  Delivered by the power of DIGIC DV 4, the smaller files can be shared more quickly and easily for time-critical applications, such as reporting breaking news, whilst the high-quality copies are retained for later use.

Professionally-optimised features

The XA25 and XA20 feature the same removable handle concept launched with the popular Canon XA10. Easily attached or removed to suit the shooting situation, the top-mounted handle houses a range of additional controls, including XLR inputs for capturing professional quality audio from external microphones. The handle also integrates an IR lamp to enhance the shooting capabilities of the infrared mode available in XA25 and XA20 – ideal for recording night-time documentaries or nocturnal wildlife.

All three models offer a compact, ergonomically designed body that offers outstanding handling and control during use.  A new 8.77cm (3.5”) 1.23million-dot Organic LED (OLED) touch screen panel provides greater resolution, contrast and improved colour reproduction during recording and playback. Users have full manual control over exposure: a combination of the touch screen and a customisable control dial allows for adjustment of aperture, shutter speed, iris, gain and exposure.

Zoom or focus can be adjusted via a switchable ring at the front of the camera lens. Additionally, a new zoom rocker integrated into the camera body is ideal for shooting when handheld or tripod mounted, offering the fine control and convenience typically found on larger professional cameras. An improved 1.56 million-dot 0.61cm (0.24”) electronic viewfinder (EVF) can be tilted up to approximately 45°, providing outstanding detail and comfort for effective handheld or tripod shooting.

Studio connectivity and wireless support

The new XA25, XA20 and LEGRIA HF G30 offer an advanced selection of interfaces, with physical inputs conveniently grouped together and designed to keep connections in place during handheld use. All include integrated HDMI, microphone, USB and headphone terminals, while the XA25 also includes HD-SDI output – offering the high capacity, uncompressed connectivity useful for many broadcast applications.

Each camera also features newly-integrated dual band Wi-Fi support (2.4GHz and 5GHz), providing a range of capabilities for use during or after shooting. Camera Remote support allows wireless adjustment of settings via a web browser[v], and Remote Browser allows users to review recorded footage from the camera in smartphone or tablet browsers – with no need for playback software.

FTP File Transfer allows users to transfer footage to FTP servers at up to 150Mbps via a wireless access point, and with Media Server, Wi-Fi can be used to play back videos stored on a camera on supported TVs or computers, without the need for cables[vi]. Direct movie uploading is also supported for iOS devices using Canon’s Movie Uploader application, allowing the upload of videos directly to YouTube or Facebook at bitrates of up to 24Mbps.

 

XA25 – key features:

  • 26.8mm, f/1.8-2.8 lens, 20x zoom, Dynamic OIS
  • 1/2.84” HD CMOS PRO sensor
  • 8.77cm (3.5”) OLED touchscreen
  • Dual-format recording; DIGIC DV 4
  • HD-SDI output
  • 1.56m dot EVF, 45° tilt
  • Fast/slow motion
  • Built-in IR lamp
  • 2x XLR inputs
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

XA20 – key features:

  • 26.8mm, f/1.8-2.8 lens, 20x zoom, Dynamic OIS
  • 1/2.84” HD CMOS PRO sensor
  • 8.77cm (3.5”) OLED touchscreen
  • Dual-format recording; DIGIC DV 4
  • 1.56m dot EVF, 45° tilt
  • Fast/slow motion
  • Built-in IR lamp
  • 2x XLR inputs
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

LEGRIA HF G30 – key features:

  • 20x zoom, 26.8mm wide-angle lens; 8 blade circular aperture
  • Control settings remotely and share with Wi-Fi
  • Simultaneous recording of AVCHD and MP4
  • Canon HD CMOS PRO sensor, DIGIC DV
  • Optical Intelligent IS
  • Full manual control
  • Instant AF; Face Detection
  • 8.8cm OLED touch screen

Pricing and availability:

The XA25 is available in the UK and Ireland from June with an SRP price of £2099/€2799

The XA20 is available in the UK and Ireland from June with an SRP price of £1699/€2199

LEGRIA HF G30 is available in the UK and Ireland from June with an SRP price of £1299/€1699

 

GY-HM70

New shoulder mounted events camera launched by JVC Professional

The new GY-HM70 shoulder mounted camcorder boasts our latest Falconbrid technology, hot-swappable batteries and enhanced low-light performance.

London, March 2013 – JVC Professional Europe Ltd. is pleased to announce the launch of the new JVC GY-HM70 shoulder mounted camcorder. This new model offers a professional appearance together with excellent image results in low-light situations, making it ideal for videographers working at weddings and other special events. Offering superior image stabilisation and loaded with new features for enhanced dependability, it ensures every precious moment is captured in perfect detail.

Professional-level performance is assured thanks to the GY-HM70’s dynamic 16x F1.2 Bright Lens, which provides exceptional sensitivity and brilliant results when recording weddings and other social functions where additional lighting is not possible. The inclusion of JVC’s Super LoLux technology further enhances image quality and aids precise colour capture when indoors or in dark situations. The prominent lens barrel houses a 29.5mm GT Lens, which was developed specifically to guarantee optimal results with the 1/2.3-inch 12 Megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, yielding high resolution, high sensitivity, and excellent colour reproduction.

Professional demand for workflow versatility has also been answered by the new GY-HM70, which shoots Full HD 1920×1080/50p video in silky-smooth AVCHD Progressive, while at the same time providing the added flexibility of 1080 50i AVCHD and standard definition recording. The camera also includes special features such as High-Speed recording up to 250 Frames/Sec, and Interval recording in steps from 1 second up to 80 seconds, which make it perfect for special recording in research, sports, and documentaries. And still Image shooting up to 4000×3000 pixels is also possible due to the High-Resolution 1/2.33” 12M Pixels B.S.I. CMOS Sensor. At the heart of this imaging power is the remarkable FALCONBRID™ image engine, JVC’s high-speed processor for advanced video applications. Delivering tremendous processing power on a single chip, the on-board FALCONBRID™ engine handles large amounts of video data at exceptional speeds. Moreover, it is possible to shoot stills in 12Megapixel Ultra High Resolution, while stills and video can be shot simultaneously in 2Megapixel resolution.

Taking the flexibility and convenience of the GY-HM70 to the next level, SDHC/SDXC cards are the recording media of choice, the reliability and cost-effectiveness of which make them the most widely used media by professionals today. And for total peace of mind, the camera recorder’s dual card slots bring you failsafe shooting features that ensure you never miss a moment. When the card in slot A is full, the camera switches seamlessly and automatically to the card loaded into slot B. Also, if an error occurs with the card in slot A during a shoot, recording will automatically switch over to slot B.

To give you the long-lasting battery power necessary for those extended shoots, the GY-HM70 has been equipped with dual battery mounts, a revolutionary new feature that keeps you in the action right until the very end. Two battery mounts not only give you double the recording time to begin with, they are also hot swappable. This means you can keep exchanging batteries without interrupting the shoot. This marks an industry-first in camera battery technology, making continuous, uninterrupted power a reality for video professionals.

Other features include an onboard Optical Image Stabiliser – which by correcting for camera shake lends a professional look to the HD images captured, with no loss of quality – a 3.0-inch 230K Touch Panel LCD, a 0.24-inch 260K Viewfinder, an Internal Stereo Microphone, a Manual Operation Button, and a range of terminals for maximum versatility, including HDMI Out, AV Out, Headphone Out, USB, Mic In, as well as a Remote connection

Olympus LS 12 & LS 14 PCM Recorders

Olympus launch LS-12 and LS-14 Linear PCM Recorders

 

Olympus, the world’s market leader for portable digital voice recorders and professional dictation devices, announces the release of the LS-12 and LS-14 Linear PCM digital handheld audio recorders.

Olympus LS-14 recorder

Successors to the overwhelmingly popular LS-5 and LS-11 PCM recorders, the Olympus LS-12 and LS-14 effortlessly capture and playback pristine, better-than-CD quality sound up to 130dB SPL with new on-board directional stereo microphones and amplifier.

Olympus LS-12 recorder

Ease of use is another key feature of the LS-12 and LS-14 as users can set optimal recording levels on a “Mode Select Dial” located on the face of the recorder rather than having to go through menu settings. There are also functions specifically for musicians, including overdub recording, Metronome and Chromatic Tuner capabilities.

Touch That Dial
While the 1 ¾ inch LCD menu screen is intuitive and easy to follow, recording professional sound is made even easier by the Mode Select Dial and Smart Mode features. The Mode Select Dial, located on the bottom right-hand corner of both recorders, can be set to the following modes: Tuner, Manual, Quick and Smart. Tuner Mode sets the recorder as a Chromatic Tuner for musical instruments. In Manual Mode, experienced users can adjust the recording level manually, adjusting the level while playing music or capturing sound. Smart Mode is ideal for anyone from the novice to the seasoned veteran. It will automatically adjust to the optimum recording level with a single touch of the record button. By entering the loudest sound, Smart mode automatically adjusts to capture the best and professional-quality audio. While in Quick Mode, the user can immediately begin recording without adjusting levels.

Professional Sound
A hallmark of the Olympus LS series has always been superior sound quality, and the LS-12 and LS-14 take that reputation to a new level. The LS-12 features two new internal 90-degree directional stereo condenser microphones with a frequency response of 60Hz to 20 kHz, allowing the user to capture lower-bass frequencies. The LS-14 compliments those directional stereo condenser microphones with a third omni-directional center “TRESMIC,” increasing the frequency response range to 20Hz – 20 kHz. This makes the LS-14 an ideal recorder for an incredibly loud environment. Both recorders support sound pressure levels up to 130 decibels, more than enough to capture extreme sound from a rock band without experiencing clipping issues.

Complimenting the new high-quality stereo microphones is a new amplifier circuitry. The audio and system circuitry are separated on the Olympus LS-12 and LS-14 to minimize sound degradation and keep the signal true. A switchable low-cut filter enables users to eliminate low-frequency sound at two different settings, 100Hz or 300Hz. With this feature, unwanted background noises can be greatly minimized.

A Musician’s Best Friend
Ideal for any musician’s gear bag, the Olympus LS-12 and LS-14 recorders feature overdubbing capabilities, allowing sound recording to take place over the original sound while simultaneously monitoring it through the Playback Synchro Recording feature. Playback speed control can be set anywhere from 50% to 300%, perfect for budding musicians to pick up tracks at their own pace. A Metronome feature allows users to keep flawless time, and the Chromatic Tuner function ensures accurate tuning for each musical instrument selected. Status for the Metronome and Chromatic Tuner are clearly displayed on the LCD menu screen. Metronome tempo is displayed through flashing buttons above the menu.

Specifications and Accessories
Files are recorded in PCM or MP3 modes and saved to the internal memory (2GB for the LS-12 and 4GB for the LS-14) or on SD / SDHC (up to 32GB) cards. The LS-12 and LS-14 operate on two AA alkaline batteries or two AA Ni-MH rechargeable batteries. The LS-14 recorder boast up to 48 hours of continuous recording while the LS-12 offers an impressive 50 hours. They also include mic, line-in, and ear jacks and a tripod hole on the back for a clip stand. The LS-12 comes in gunmetal grey, while the LS-14 comes in black. The LS-12 and LS-14 are packaged with a USB cable and two AA alkaline batteries. In addition, the LS-14 comes with additional accessories, including a case and our new stand clip, which attaches to the tripod hole by allowing the device to be clipped directly to a microphone stand or displayed on a table reducing surface vibration.

Pricing and Availability
Packed with cutting-edge technology and easy-to-use features, these handheld masterpieces will hit leading music resellers at the recommended price of £139.99 for the LS-12 and £189.99 for the LS-14.

They will also be available directly from Amazon www.amazon.co.uk.