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Welcome to the world of filming The Island with Bear Grylls
Paul Scurrell How do you make a polished television show worthy of broadcast on Channel 4 when the camera operators are starving, dehydrated and sleep deprived? Most of them also have no previous experience of professional filming and are more concerned with finding their next meal than making sure they've got their cameras switched on ready to record. Welcome to the world of filming The Island with Bear Grylls.
Tags: iss124 | bear grylls | channel 4 | gopro | timecode | sync | Paul Scurrell
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Class: Multi - Channel Audio
Bruce Devlin If you're given a media file and it has 16 channels of audio then life can quickly become the opposite of boring, especially if it has to go to air quickly and the supplier is new. Put simply there are many ways in which the different channels can be laid out in the file, but there isn't a single overall standard for labelling them. Enter SMPTE ST 377-4 - the Multi-Channel Audio Labelling specification (MCA). It's really boring and this is a good thing.
Tags: iss113 | Audio | Media | Multi-Channel Audio | MCA | MXF | GUI | Bruce Devlin
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Matrox VS4-based Multi-channel Recording System
KitPlus Skehan Communications, a leading video production and transmission company provides multi-camera HD video production, webcasting, satellite uplinks and other unique services to broadcasters, Fortune 500 companies, professional associations and government agencies. Though based in the Washington-Baltimore region, their projects have taken them to many impressive locations from San Francisco to Boston.
Tags: skehan communications | production truck | matrox | vs4 | multi-channel | KitPlus
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Three days to launch a TV station
Neil Hutchins# We go on-air in less than 100 hours is an alarming statement when the studio and control room in question contain no technical equipment whatsoever. But this was the situation that we faced upon arrival at the new Local TV channel in Manchester for the first time as we began to unload the van late on a Thursday afternoon at the end of May, we knew that the station had to go live on Sunday evening, just three days later. And not only did the new channel plan to launch with a live studio show, but it would also have to remain on-air with its own transmission output continuously after that. We have worked on projects with quick turnarounds before, but the speed and scale of this one were quite breath-taking.
Tags: iss104 | aq broadcast | that is manchester | tv studio | local tv channel | transmission | Neil Hutchins#
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4k - fancy fad or future of broadcasting?
John Halksworth Given the increasing popularity of 4K or Ultra High Definition (UHD) televisions, as well as 4K-capable video cameras, it is safe to say that 4K/UHD is here to stay. While filmmakers in all spheres have been shooting in 4K for some time, distribution of 4K is still in its infancy with very few cinemas showing films in this format.
Tags: iss096 | 4k | future | fad | uhd signal | streaming | channel | john halksworth | John Halksworth
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Miniature cameras on the move
Kieron Seth# Using cameras in-car has always been problematic. Most importantly, the size of camera is crucial: sit a camera operator in the vehicle with a camcorder and the natural sense of intimacy is lost. Mount the camcorder within the cockpit and it is sure to obscure the driver's view of the road.
Tags: iss095 | kieron seth | mini cams | miniature cameras | never teach your wife to drive | channel 5 | Kieron Seth#
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How I shoot those Amazing Spaces
Chris Smith

Channel 4 has just finished showing series 3 of its popular ‘Amazing Spaces’, which is all about people building unusual living spaces.

Tags: iss093 | Amazing Spaces | Channel 4 | Canon C300 | Sony PMW F-55 | Polecam | Canon 5DMklll DSLR | Chris Smith
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Return to original programming for channel 5
KitPlus Suspects, which is Channel 5s first original drama in several years, takes a different approach seldom used in the drama genre.
Tags: iss088 | Blackmagic | Channel 5 | Suspects | KitPlus
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The Digital Production Partnership
Simon Pegg The Digital Production Partnership (DPP) was founded in January 2011 by the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4, with representation from Sky, Channel 5, S4/C, UKTV, and BT Sport, to help speed the transition to fully digital production and distribution in television. As part of its work, the group has established common delivery standards based on the AS-11 file format and the UKDPP shim intended to maximize the ease and efficiency of an all digital workflow by providing a tightly constrained medium for file-based content delivery.
Tags: iss086 | Wohler Technologies | The Digital Production Partnership | BBC | ITV | Channel 4 | Sky | Channel 5 | S4/C | UKTV | BT | Moitoring | Test measurement | RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform | Simon Pegg
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Channel in a box: Tried, tested and trusted
Ben Gunkel They didn't tell me this in the job interview but one of the great features of being Sales Director of PlayBox Technology UK is that you get to see inside more racks rooms than almost anyone else on the planet.
Tags: iss084 | playbox technology | playbox | uk | sales | rack rooms | kit | channel in a box | on sale | CIAB | system | Ben Gunkel
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Product spotlight: Sonifex Redbox RG-TGHDB
KitPlus The Sonifex Redbox RB-TGHD is an 8 channel audio tone generator that provides line identification for multi-channel audio systems, including BLITS 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound typically used in high definition television broadcasts.
Tags: iss079 | sonifex | redbox | product | spotlight | review | first look | tone generator | 8 channel | surround sound | KitPlus
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Live from the supermarket car park
Kieron Seth# Whats Cooking? is the new daily daytime TV show beamed from a temporary studio in the car park of a supermarket. As chefs prepare dishes live on air, a roving camera crew relays pictures from the aisles of the shop while Channel 4 viewers interact with the presenters and cooks via social media.
Tags: iss076 | whats cooking | daytime tv | stream | live | car park | channel 4 | Kieron Seth#
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Building a live linear streaming channel to reach multiple screens
Jennifer Baisch The market for live and on-demand streaming video has exploded in recent years thanks in part to broadband connections and the proliferation of connected devices. A recent survey by The Diffusion Group showed that some 50 percent of online video viewers watch some form of streaming live video at least once a month.
Tags: iss076 | streaming channel | live | linear | multiple screens | reach | video | online | iStream Planet | Jennifer Baisch
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ARE QUALIFICATIONS RECOGNISED?
N/A In a recent survey of 1,000 employers in various industries about whether job applicants possess the skills to thrive in the work place, more then half of employers said finding qualified applicants was difficult.
Tags: iss062 | lighting | training | bbc | channel 4 | talkback thames | shine | N/A
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Robert Llewellyn
N/A Many of you will have heard of the TV show on the "Dave" Channel called "Carpool". You know the one, Red Dwarf and Scrap heap Challenge star Robert Llewellyn picks up someone in his car, drives him or her around a bit and has a chat. It’s a great series and you feel like your spying on a private conversation between two people on their way to work.

Tags: dave | iss055 | scrapheap | carpool | red dwarf | scrap heap challenge | jon pratchett | robert llewellyn | youtube | llewtube | youtune | channelflip | twitter | @bobbyllew | N/A
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Test and measurement in digital television
N/A Lets be clear about this. Test and measurement tools are not there to make life difficult for you, they are there to ensure that we get the best quality pictures and sound through the long path to the home within a required technical specification. So yes, simply put, checking that we are getting the best out of the technology that black is black, white is white, and colours can be reproduced accurately within the tolerances broadcasters set is vital.
Tags: iss054 | test and measurement | pse | ask the experts | levels | amplitude | frequency response | channel separation | noise | balance | stereo | surround channels | phase | N/A
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Does one size fits all
N/A One size fits all ¦¦. or does it? By Lan Merrill, Vice President of Engineering, Compix Media
Tags: compix media | cg | character generator | vision mixer | multi-channel video server | audio mixer | cg graphics | graphics | iss041 | N/A
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Automation in Uncertain Times
N/A In light of the unfavourable economic outlook broadcasters need to protect their investment in technology like never before. There is a high chance that some products designed to make the broadcast environment more efficient will become obsolete and this in turn will have a knock-on and negative effect on workflow in transmission suite
Tags: abit | iss031 | automation | broadcast automation | Device API | Device Protocol | FTP | SQL | Ethernet | Fibre Channel | Serial communication | N/A
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Surround Sound For HD Broadcast
N/A There's a lot of talk about how to produce, edit and broadcast high-definition video, but what about the surround sound that should accompany it? And just what is 'six-channel surround' anyway?
Tags: SoundField | 5.1 | broadcast audio | iss025 | recording techniques | six channel surround sound | michael gerzon | N/A
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Dont Drink from the Mainstream.
N/A Alternative news organisation, Undercurrents does like a challenge. Born out of frustration in 1993 at the mainstream medias lack of drive in reporting environmental issues, my colleagues and I searched for other outlets............
Tags: undercurrents | bushcraft | bbc2 | channel4 | visionon tv | iss019 | N/A
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