News featuring Root6, JVC, Amberfin, Thales Angenieux and Beam TV from Broadcast magazine dated 20 February 2009.

Reseller Root6 will hold one-day technical training courses from April specifically for runners, tape ops and junior engineers. Taking place at the company's systems integration facility in Primrose Hill, the courses will provide insight into video and audio test and measurement, and broadcast quality control.

JVC has unveiled a second camcorder that can record directly to SDHC memory cards in QuickTime to enable instant editing in Final Cut Pro. The GY-HM700 (pictured) compact shoulder model has been developed for mainstream production, ENG and cinematography.

Engineers at lens manufacturer Thales Angenieux have received a Scientific and Engineering award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The prize was reward for the design of the lightweight Angenieux 15-40 and 28-76 zoom lenses for hand-held photography.

Amberfin has released an upgrade to its iCR content mastering and transcoding software product that offers native support for Avid DNxHD and Final Cut Pro. Version 4.5 provides instant interoperability with Avid and Apple systems.

TV advertising content distribution company Beam TV has launched a commercial partnership with Adstream. Under the arrangement, Beam TV will introduce Adstream's digital services and software as a value-add proposition to its clients, while Adstream will manage Beam TV's advertising distribution and sell its products.