Bob Pank#

Author: Bob Pank#

Published 1st November 2011

The engines are revving in the countdown to BVE North, the new event that is designed to serve the needs of the rapidly growing broadcast and production industry in the North. The exhibition and seminar program will address the myriad challenges facing broadcast professionals, from multi-platform broadcasting to the realities of 3D for television, and will also provide excellent networking opportunities. BVE North takes place at Manchester Central (formerly the GMEX) from 16-17 November 2011.
Free seminars will be available to visitors on a variety of strategic and practical topics. The keynote presentations set the tone of the event and underline the importance of the Northern region. Mark Harrison, Controller of Production, BBC North and BBC Lead for the Digital Production Partnership, will present “The Reluctant Revolution – Breaking Down Barriers to Digital Production in TV”, while Tim Sargeant, Head of Technology, BBC North will discuss BBC North’s technology choices.
There are three separate seminar streams:
- The 3D Revolution continues to educate and inform broadcast professionals about the opportunities and possible pitfalls of 3D technology. Industry experts will give practical advice on the do’s and don’ts of 3D production, including renowned 3D producer Vicky Betihavas from Nineteen Fifteen and Richard Hingley, lead stereographer on many 3D productions including the 2010 World Cup and the recent Wimbledon 3D coverage.
- The Broadcast Meets IT, Audio and Content Delivery stream addresses the latest developments in broadcasting and broadcast technology. From total delivery solutions to data management discussions, from social TV and multi-platform broadcasting to audio for broadcast technology, there’s a lot to learn from this stream.
- The Production/Producers/Post stream offers some great advice and information about how to make great-looking programmes and how to get them on the screen. Key industry bodies will be present, including BECTU giving valuable advice to freelancers and WFTV offering tips on getting factual programmes commissioned. There will be presentations about lighting, colour grading and why the ARRI Alexa camera is taking the production world by storm, while local post-production stalwart Sumners offers its wisdom and experience on the production chain for file-based projects.
The BVE North exhibition will play host to a wide range of companies offering products, solutions and services for every link of the broadcast chain. The show organisers are delighted to welcome some big name exhibitors alongside companies that may be smaller but have some fantastically innovative products on offer:
JVC is showing its support for the inaugural BVE North show by bringing along its GY-HM750 and the brand new handheld GY-HM150 camcorders. They record directly to inexpensive SDHC memory cards in the QuickTime (.MOV) format for Final Cut Pro™ and in the .MP4 format for use with other professional editing systems. BVE North will also play host to the JVC Creation Truck, which will be located right at the front of the venue, and will showcase JVC’s studio monitors and the KM-H3000 high definition production switcher.
Autoscript will show a broad range of its high performance solutions from its award-winning high brightness LED TFT flat screens to its portable prompting devices and innovative accessories. All of the solutions on display are developed and manufactured in-house, and are fully supported with Autoscript’s renowned after-sales service.
Holdan will be demonstrating some UK firsts on its stand, including new Panasonic camcorders such as the P2 model AG-HPX250, the first 10 bit hand-held model to feature the AVC-Intra 100 codec, and the eagerly awaited Panasonic AG-AC130 and AC-160 AVCCAM camcorders. The cameras will be feeding Panasonic’s brand new 42” and 50” professional plasma monitors, which are graded for use in film and TV in 2D and stereoscopic production environments. Holdan will also have the UK debut of BlackMagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 8.1, which includes new layer node composite effects, ACES colorspace support and compatibility for Avid AAF.
Meanwhile, Argosy will be showcasing its award-winning Fibre Optic Cleaning Tool set. Designed to clean SMPTE and traditional Telco fibre optic connectors on cables and those located in panel adaptors, this nifty little tool uses a dry cleaning strand that wipes and lifts any dirt or residue away without the need for solvents - perfect for an engineer’s toolkit.
On the storage and infrastructure front, Global Distribution will be showing a variety of solutions from companies including Active Storage, Cache-A, Atempo and Spectra Logic, as well as its own Infinity Archive solution. In addition, G-Tech by Hitachi will be showing its newly launched 4TB drives, which enable users to save money by lowering the cost per GB of storage as compared to having the same total capacity using multiple lower capacity external drives.
Other exhibitors include AJA, Avid, Audio Technica, Canon, Cirro Light, ERA, HHB, Olympus, SGO and Tektronix.
Broadcast professionals in the Northern region are facing some interesting challenges with the rapid expansion of broadcasters in the area. BVE North is shaping up to be a very interesting show that will address these challenges and contribute to the growing success of the area.
For more information on the seminar program and the exhibition, visit For those not able to make the show or want a sneak preview then go to and search the company name to see a video clip

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