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BSC Expo 2019 Report
Paul MacKenzie BSC Expo returned to the Battersea Evolution on Friday February 1st and Saturday 2nd. It is a busy and friendly event though this year in need of some temperature control: exhibitors around the entrance area were uncomfortably aware of the wintry conditions outside and the main hall was in need of cooling.
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State of the Nation - November 2018
Dick Hobbs - new There is an interesting seminar called Size Matters at the KitPlus Show – organised by the publishers of this fine magazine – at MediaCityUK in Salford on 6 November. It’s a talk by cinematographer Alistair Chapman on the way that camera technology is changing, and in particular the size of the electronic device which creates the image is growing.
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Betting Industry Transformed by Video Technology
Chris Thornton In the betting and gaming industry, the streaming of live sports from across the globe is a big business. It’s proven that revenues increase when bettors are able to watch the event that they have placed a bet on, providing a far more engaging experience.
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Canon C200: Tried and Tested
Ben Sherriff There are many reviews about this camera online and a heap of incredibly detailed comparison and behind the scenes footage that will really give you a full insight into what it can do. So first a disclaimer - this review is less detailed and based on my personal reading of what this camera means for Canon and all other camera manufacturers and us – the users of these technologies. So, what’s all the fuss about?
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Panasonic GH5: Tried and Tested
Tim Bearder My journey as a filmmaker began with a select number of enthusiastic BBC reporters picked out and trained in the concept of Personal Digital Production by the American Video Journalist Michael Rosenblum.
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Power linking just got better
Yasushi Wada Sometimes batteries can be interesting and this year with IDX is one of those years with not only improvements in the V-Lock range there are significant changes within the 7.2volt area. Firstly and for the very first time in Europe the updated Power Link battery system the IPL range will be shown on the IDX stand at IBC
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Infrastructure boost with single node storage solutions
Lee Griffin Like other market segments, the motion picture and video production industry is dominated by smaller productions and facilities. Until now, the only option for this portion of the market to take advantage of the performance, fault-tolerance and ease of management of a modern scale-out storage platform was to invest in a storage cluster consisting of three storage nodes and at least one metadata controller.
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Live streams versus srowing files
Bruce Devlin So, what is the difference between a stream and a file? It may seem like a dumb and obvious question, but it's crucial in the design of many file based workflows and the applications that drive them.
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Reducing the costof live production
John Smith Prime time ratings are declining. Viewers can now watch their favourite shows plus new programming where and how they want and it customer loyalty is fast becoming a trait of the past.
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A Marathon Filming Review
Simon Tillyer A marathon filming review... 60+ interviews filmed, edited and promoted within 24 hour... A 26 mile marathon in anyone's world is a long way with cobbles, uneven surfaces, steps and thousands of people in your way. However I'm not talking about the recent London Marathon but our adventures' at NAB 2016 in Las Vegas.
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The importance of maintaining digital audio paths
Larry Schindel A portable, handheld, digital audio stream analyzer/generator is an essential piece of test equipment in the broadcast environment. It allows engineers and system integrators to quickly monitor and verify the composition, and integrity of, audio signals at any point from production all the way through the distribution chain.
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What a difference a decade makes
Dick Hobbs. If you have got to the back of this magazine, you cannot fail to have noticed that it is issue number 100. I asked Simon Tillyer and Matt Robbins, the dynamic duo behind the publication, how it all started.
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Back in the day
Larry Jordan# A cut is still a cut with Larry Jordan
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KitPlus Must have or just a dream?
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Ask the Experts: Wireless microphone systems for cameras
Tobias von Allworden Wireless microphone systems for cameras are used by ENG crews and reporting teams as well as for TV and film shootings, where compact size, low weight and unobtrusive miking are particularly important.
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Den Lennie talks to Nigel Wilkes from Panasonic
Den Lennie Den hosted a half-hour live show from our studio at IBC in Amsterdam where he talked to Nigel about the latest developments from Panasonic.
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Bob Pank looks at shooting 4K TV
Bob Pank# Not unexpectedly IBC was full of buzz and products for 4K the new image format for television.
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Do you have firmware deficiency syndrome?
KitPlus For 5 days in June 2013 we did a survey on Facebook and our own website and asked how often camera users had gone online to check for firmware updates.
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The intricacies of capturing phase-coherent surround sound
Pieter Schillebeeckx Since its acquisition of SoundField, TSL Professional Products Ltd, a leading manufacturer of surround microphones, audio monitoring, tally and power management solutions for the broadcast industry, routinely field a growing number of questions from the industry regarding the successful capture and final dissemination of 5.1 audio.
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Creating the illusion: Green screen lighting
David Morphy

If good cinematography is about creating the illusion of three dimensional reality, on a two dimensional screen. Working to create reality using background plates offers a whole new variety of technical issues that need to be addressed with skill if it is going to be successful. In this article I will touch on some of the basic issues that need to be taken into account in order to pull off the illusion of "Reality", and done well it is a creative process and can be very rewarding.

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Twas the issue before Christmas;
Will Strauss# As its nearly Christmas, I figured, what better way to honor the end of anther year than to celebrate everything that has gone before? To do that, Ive picked my favourite production technology innovations of 2012. But, as were fast approaching the festive season, Ive compiled them in the form a Christmas shopping list. Yes, I know. Its genius. Why has no one ever thought of this before? They have? Oh well. Its too late now. Hopefully, there should be something here for everyone in your extended family (assuming your extended family is either ensconced in the television industry or extremely weird).
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Technical Testing Joins Forces with Visual Monitoring
N/A In the past, test and measurement equipment was designed exclusively for broadcast engineers. Vectorscope and waveform read-outs sketching out shapes on a scope were readily understood by technicians fluent in the language of signal analysis.
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Review of Kinoflo Celeb 200
N/A Good quality lighting is at the heart of all great photography, when we use the sun we are at the mercy of the weather and need to take into consideration all the variables from time of day to position of sun to name a few, importantly however we can trust the source to provide a complete spectrum. However when we are shooting with tungsten or with any artificial source we need to be very aware of the properties of these sources (and how closely they match a blackbody radiator) if we want to produce colours faithfully on camera and control colour temperature if we are to be the masters of our craft.
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Camera innovations from IBC
Will Strauss# Fresh from another trip to Amsterdam, Will Strauss picks his best in show camera innovations from IBC.
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Handheld T and M the broadcast emergency service
Will Strauss# Test and Measurement. Shudder. Like Health and Safety, Bus and Replacement Service or Keith and Orville its a collocation of words that fills me with dread. Seriously, who wants to read about Test and Measurement? Well, as it turns out, the answer is: quite a lot of people. Because, despite its lack of glamour, it is hugely important.
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Ask the Experts with Dolby
N/A Dolby has recently been making waves in imaging with its PRM-4200 Professional Reference Monitor, but isnt Dolby an audio company?
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10 things you must monitor
N/A What are the most important things to monitor in a busy broadcast environment? We asked PHABRIX, one of the UKs leading test and measurement companies to list their top 10.
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Whats new in video monitoring
N/A The great majority of video monitoring displays in any modern broadcast presentation facility are LED-backlit LCDs. Reliable, space-efficient and economical on power, they produce excellent pictures for all but the most critical applications, usually in conjunction with one or more multiviewers to emulate a monitor stack.
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North West 200
Kieron Seth# As the gates to the event open and the hordes roll in to watch the North West 200 motorcycle race, production company Greenlight TV is primed: production schedule ready, broadcast timetable planned meticulously. Then... torrential rain, a crash and a major oil spill... finally a credible bomb alert.
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3D One year on
Bob Pank# The month started with a trip to Sony to visit its very impressive 3D Customer Experience Centre where Paul Cameron (Training) gave a three-hour run down all about 3DTV production.
Tags: iss053 | 3d diaries | sony 3d customer experience centre | RED EPIC | Sony NEX-FS100 | MPE-200 | DVB-3DTV | Bob Pank#
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True Colours Shine Through With CCS
N/A When you are a broadcast engineer working in front of a stack of LCD monitors, seeing a significant difference between the brightness and colour of each monitor can be both annoying and tiring on the eyes.
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Does 2D to 3D really work?
Bob Pank# It is widely said that 3D has to be done well as, if its not, then it actually can hurt the viewer and give 3D a bad name. Certainly there have been big efforts to make good 3D, with Sky going to great lengths to ensure they set a high standard. Unlike the old 3D celluloid films, digital 3D can be a completely stable medium; it does not degrade with repeated showings and does have the tools available to make excellent results.
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Deja Vu
Bob Pank# In the cinema world, 3D has already proved to be a good moneymaker, but now a good number of people in the industry are seriously focussing on 3DTV.
Tags: 3d diaries | 3dtv | ibc | iss046 | mpe-200 | Bob Pank#
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Doremi Silver Anniversary
Bob Pank# It was 25 years ago that Doremi founder and CEO Camille Rizko, invented a better way to perform digital audio for postproduction. He was joined by his brother Emil, and fellow engineer Safar Ghazal. And so from humble beginnings in the San Fernando Valley, California, the Doremi partners have never looked back.
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Im a celebrity get me out of here
N/A Gearhouse Broadcast was awarded the contract to supply broadcast equipment and some crew for Granada Productions I Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in 2008. Since that time we have been involved in two UK shows and one German show in Australia plus a USA show in Costa Rica.
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New Light in the Forbidden City
N/A IBC 2009s Production Village was the venue for the launch of a revolutionary new lighting product, the Rotolight Stealth Edition RL48 ring-light. Although the show had more than 48,000 visitors and over 1200 exhibitors, Rotolight was listed in the TV-Bay lighting category, featured in the IBC News and the Eye Catcher technology report on Amsterdams TV Channel AT5.
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12 Frequently Asked Questions About On-Camera Lighting
N/A Everything you really wanted to know about lighting!!
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Eye to Eye: Content Protection 2009
N/A I took some time out during my IBC peregrination to see what the show had to offer in terms of content protection technology.
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Eye to Eye New post-production kit at IBC 2009
N/A This alphabetical overview of new video and film post-production kit at IBC 2009 was going to start with Apple but the company pulled out of both NAB and IBC in 2008
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Eye to Eye Video acquisition and production
N/A BVE2009 in London, February 17-19 offers UK-based programme-makers a useful opportunity to try out the latest video acquisition and production equipment ahead of NABshow2009 and its loud after-echo, IBC. The following outlines some of the new front-end kit likely to be on display at Earls Court.
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