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The ITTP - A Review
Graham Reed Five years ago a group of practitioners who were concerned about the poor training provision and a lack of common skills standards in the broadcast industry formed the ITTP. Since then there have been many meetings with senior industry figures and representatives from training organisations and educational establishments.
Tags: iss127 | ittp | training | bbc | bskyb | soho editors | skills | cirrolite | bksts | skillset | Graham Reed
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Challenges for MAM with varying production types
Jonathan Aroesty Many media asset management platforms are designed to handle the immense number of assets needed for today's fast-moving, content-heavy productions. Since every production is unique, each has its own set of asset management requirements and workflow needs. While the unique workflows vary, a common necessity for an easy-to-use interface with the ability to efficiently organize and manage large amounts of content is required, regardless of the type of production you are working on.
Tags: iss121 | pronology | mam | media asset management | Jonathan Aroesty
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Why you might regret automating QC workflows
Bruce Devlin In todays electronic media environment, broadcasters and content owners live and die according to the quality and versatility of their media assets. Not only do consumers expect the best quality viewing experience, but they also expect that viewing experience to be possible on the widest range of devices, at any time and in any situation.
Tags: iss107 | dalet academy | qc workflows | automation | media assets | multi platform | device | Bruce Devlin
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CLASS - Where do captions & subtitles live?
Bruce Devlin Its not uncommon to see ability to insert/extract captions/subtitles as part of a tender requirement or product specification. But in a file-based world, what does this mean and where are we inserting/extracting to/from?
Tags: iss104 | subtitles | captions | display | media asset management | broadcast | Bruce Devlin
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Lighting fundamentals
Larry Jordan# Lighting is like chess. Simple on the surface yet wondrously complex the more you learn about it. Recently, I was asked to do a presentation on the basics of lighting. So, I decided to share that presentation with you here.
Tags: iss104 | lighting | studio | talent | key light | fill light | back light | set light | Larry Jordan#
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The business case for media asset management
Kevin Usher You could argue that, so far, there have been two stages of commercial justification for asset management systems in broadcasting. First, it was a necessary evil: if broadcasters, production companies and other media organizations wanted to store content as filesat least some of the timethey needed a means of finding it again. Once broadcasters had a comprehensive index to all of their content, and could find clips and programs again quickly, there existed the potential to earn new revenues from them, ushering in the second stage. Video and audio recordings are among the principal business assets of broadcasters and production companies, and making the best use of those assets, by re-using them whenever possible, is simply good commercial sense.
Tags: iss103 | media asset management | systems | broadcast | video | audio | recording | Kevin Usher
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Rise of the drones
Jeremy Braben Drones are taking TV and film productions where they have never gone before. But how can they be used to best effect, what challenges do they present and will they replace helicopters in aerial filming? Jeremy Braben of Helicopter Film Services (HFS) has some of the answers...
Tags: iss100 | helicopter | filming | drone | aerial filming | film set | on location | Jeremy Braben
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Extreme equipment for the Film and TV industry
KitPlus Big films require big shots and to get the action in camera, you need grip equipment and the latest camera support technology to make that vision a real possibility on set.
Tags: iss100 | extreme equipment | tv | film | industry | action | set | studio | water filming | KitPlus
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News - A New Beginning
Kieron Seth# As voting ended, political analysts eagerly awaited the result from the Rochester and Stroud by-election. Commentators expected a dramatic shift in the Westminster landscape and with it the overturning of the political status quo stretching back 100 years.
Tags: iss096 | kieron seth | news | outlet | social media | editor | Kieron Seth#
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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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Capture and Produce
Will Strauss# News analysis from Will Strauss
Tags: iss093 | camera support | Shotoku | Cameragrip | aquisition | Editec | specialist cameras | Bradley Engineering | Broadcast RF | on set | GB labs | camera batteries | PAG | production | proav | FOR-A | lighting | Rotolight | ION Cameras | Audio | Fairlight | Routers | Snell Group | Thameside TV | cameras | Sony | Camera Corps | switchers | Broadcast Pix | Connectivity | Atomos | Cooke Optics | Audio Acuisition | Aaton-Digital | Transvideo | Will Strauss#
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At the forefront of digital asset management and publishing
Ian Mottashed The production, magagement and archiving of such a huge range of content needed a solution of cutting edge as its programming
Tags: iss091 | Endemol | Digital asset management | Ian Mottashed
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Skillset Accreditation
Nick Way ITTP's Nick Way looks at Skillset accreditation
Tags: iss090 | ITTP | Creative Skillset | Education | Accreditation | Nick Way
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Location: Seychelles with the Canon C300PL
Kieron Seth# The idea that the Seychelles are all about palm-lined beaches underplays the scale and diversity of this geologically rich group of islands.
Tags: iss086 | Kieron Seth | Canon C300PL | Seychelles | Richard Gold Media Ltd | Kieron Seth#
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Training the next generation
Dick Hobbs. At the end of January a new body the Institute for Training in Television Production (ITTP) held its first conference, organised by the publishers of TV-Bay magazine and chaired by former broadcaster Roz Morris, MD of TV News London Ltd. A packed room debated sometimes hotly the issues.
Tags: iss086 | Dick Hobbs | ITTP | Graham Reed | Education | Universities | Creaive Skillset | BKSTS | Dick Hobbs.
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Ask the experts: What is MAM?
Rino Petricola Media asset management: what exactly is it?
Tags: iss085 | media asset management | front porch digital | guide | article | mam | Rino Petricola
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The impact of depreciation with Peter Savage
[author] Maintaining an accurate valuation of your business and its assets will benefit you for the long-term as Peter Savage explains.
Tags: iss083 | the impact of depreciation | article | regular | tv-bay | azule finance | broadcast | assets | [author]
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Flying Pictures and the importance of a monitor
KitPlus Hampshire based filming specialist Flying Pictures is the world leader in the provision of aerial and helicopter filming services for feature films, commercials, television, live broadcast events and surveillance.
Tags: iss082 | hampshire | flying pictures | helicopter | filming | aerial | camera | film | cache media | monitor | setup | explained | review | marshall | KitPlus
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Will Strauss looks at the growth of MediaCityUK and dock 10
Will Strauss# In less than three years Dock 10 has grown from a mere studio operator with add-ons to a fully-fledged digital media service provider. Will Strauss tracks the changes.
Tags: iss081 | dock 10 | media service provider | cloud | setup | mediacity | manchester | uk | review | whats up dock | digital media | the voice | rennovation | Will Strauss#
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Powering a richer media experience on set-top boxes
Achim Bosse Todays television viewers are increasingly using the Internet to download, share, and consume media on a variety of devices. To meet the consumer demand for a richer media experience on set-top boxes, service providers must now support a wide range of different audio and video codecs and formats.
Tags: iss080 | set top boxes | television | internet | second screen | service provider | integration | Achim Bosse
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Finance - the shooting season with Peter Savage
[author] The shooting season has started and, with it, the weather looks (well, this week at least) as if we could at last see some summer. The light is better, the days are longer, and the summer sports programme has kicked off with the French Open, the Derby and the cricket tests.
Tags: iss078 | finance | azule | shooting | filming | loan | season | late night viewers | biking | flexibility | mark mccormack | assets | [author]
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A cinematic makeover with Blackmagic Design
Mark Linnhoff With the announcement of Blackmagic Cinema Camera at NAB 2012, Mark Linnhoff, a France based cinematographer, began to see the future of filmmaking in a new light. Finally, an affordable acquisition tool that doesnt compromise on image quality, he recalled.
Tags: iss078 | blackmagic cinema camera | case study | mark linnhoff | carl zeiss | cp.2 | tonika | tv logic monitor | bebob shoulder rig | shooting | broad rush | music video | shoot | dont stop | filming | on set | Mark Linnhoff
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Crowd pulling at BVE
KitPlus There is no better crowd puller at a trade show than a stand using equipment from multiple manufacturers being used in way it will be once unpacked by the customer.
Tags: iss075 | broadcastshow | bve | stand set up | sony | videosys | rts | atomos | marshall | cache media | thinking space | protech | workstation specialists | autocue | polecam | KitPlus
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Alex Fine: Following the Ravensbourne 3
Alex Fine A lot of young people studying film production such as myself are always looking to set up as a film production company. We do little jobs where we make studio diaries for young (or old on the rare occasion) musicians; low budget music videos, [very] short films about nothing in particular, or corporate videos with clich© dolly- moves and scratchy sound.
Tags: iss074 | alex fine | ravensbourne | student | production company | setting up | university | starting out | Alex Fine
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Is it time to review your colour grading toolset?
Mark Brindle

One important step for all budget levels of post-production is the colour correction or grading tools you use to match the colour of different shots in your edit, to give a consistent look and feel. How much time you can spend on grading will depend on your budget, but if you can perform more tasks in less time with better and cheaper tools, then perhaps you should be looking at your workflow?

Tags: iss073 | davinci resolve | colour grading | toolset | 9.0 | apple color | Mark Brindle
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Plan Bs Playing with Fire Gets the DaVinci Resolve Treatment
Dan Moran

London-born rapper, singer-songwriter, actor and film director Plan B first hit the hip hop scene with his critically acclaimed debut album Who Needs Actions When You Got Words in 2006. Since then Plan B has released a further two albums, made on-screen film appearances and picked up scores of industry accolades including Best Male Solo Artist at the 2011 BRIT Awards. Smoke & Mirrors colourist Dan Moran, graded the music video on Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve, working with Plan B and his producers to meet tight deadlines and achieving key looks for ‘Playing with Fire’.

Tags: iss073 | plan b | playing with fire | color grade | colour grade | davinci resolve | fire | editing | LOG grading toolset | Dan Moran
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Protecting the archive
N/A Over the last 20 years or so we have all become accustomed to the expression asset management and, as ever, familiarity has bred contempt. In this case, the expression has become a loose descriptor for almost anything with a bit of a database in it. We need to stop and think about what we are trying to achieve.
Tags: iss070 | tmd | archive | storage | asset management | security | N/A
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Taking on the World of Sophisticated Asset Management
N/A Asset management systems have come a long way in only a few years. Theyve always offered a world of promise for workflow improvements, but not so long ago asset management silos were the norm with individual departments within a broadcasting operation - such as news, sports production, and drama - operating their own closed systems, inaccessible to staff in the other departments. Next-generation asset management architectures made a definite improvement on this model by providing transparent, enterprise-wide systems that aimed to make assets available to any authorized personnel, working in any department.
Tags: iss069 | asset management | globecast | workflow | playout | N/A
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Building a digital archive
N/A The search for specific content within masses of stored videotape once required a visit to the archive librarian, a great deal of patience, and some luck. Even if one was able to explain successfully the footage you needed, and if the librarian proved able to locate that content, there remained the possibility that tape degradation or generational loss had undermined the quality and usability of once-valuable images.
Tags: iss069 | harmonic | asset | metadata | mezzanine | video archive | N/A
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Discussing asset management
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Half the stands at IBC claim to have asset management products – do they all do what you do?
Yes, it seems like everyone claims to do asset management or workflows. And it confuses the hell out of buyers. So we need to take a step back and think about what we actually mean. So let’s break it down.
Tags: iss069 | tmd | asset management | monetisation | mediaflex | tmd mediaflex | N/A
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SETTING UP A COMPANY ABROAD
N/A Ive been busy setting up a business in Germany (replicating our UK operation) and thought it might make an interesting read for those of you who are thinking of establishing an office abroad or even setting up a business in the UK.
Tags: finance | azule | vat | paye | germany | setting up a company in germany | iss058 | N/A
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Protecting your assets, safe storage and long life archives
N/A A vast amount of information exists out on the Internet that can be very helpful but also misleading and confusing on how best to protect digital content over time both from degradation of content and from piracy.
Tags: global distribution | archive | storage | assets | axus | lto | digital data tape | iss058 | N/A
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How the mysteries of Library and Archive have changed in Broadcasting
N/A Tape libaries are the history keepers of history, Larry tells us his story since 1974!
Tags: library | tape | storage | archive | lwt | u-matic | cassette | iss057 | N/A
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Back to basics asset management
N/A There are two things you should know before I start. One is that the strapline for my companys product, Mediaflex, is Beyond Media Asset Management. And the second is that I hate the term Media Asset Management because it has come to be meaningless. Too many people have used it to mean too many different things.
Tags: TransMedia Dynamics | iss052 | asset management | mediaflex | tmd | media asset management | metadata | N/A
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3D Post at NAB, Wimbledon, and more
Bob Pank# You may recall that last time 3D Diaries tackled the subject of post production in August 2010, it warned that the fix it in post habit was definitely to be avoided. This means shoot it correctly in the first place, as trying to fix errors, especially the 3D ones, in post can get very tricky and, may be expensive.
Tags: iss052 | wimbledon | 3d diaries | nab | 3d post | sid | geofix | onsetlab workflow | quantel | dvs | Bob Pank#
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Data storage or Media storage
N/A Now I am no techie geek, which in this business could be viewed as a disadvantage, but I do know that in all areas of life the design of the storage container is determined to a large extent by the nature of the thing you want to store.
Tags: Data storage | Media storage | suitcast tv | iss045 | media asset management | mediastor | terastor | N/A
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Ensuring the longevity of an archive
N/A The role of the archive has changed dramatically over the last few years. Every broadcaster in the world, regardless of their size, has the tools at their disposal to unlock their assets, digitise and repurpose their content for renewed monetisation and, in some cases, for the benefit of historic value.
Tags: iss045 | sgl | archive | storage | revenue | roi | mam | media asset management | workflow | flashnet | N/A
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Archiving in a Multiplatform Environment
N/A There was a time when broadcasters and media companies worried only about one version of content, destined for one distribution platform. Now, however, the increasing volume, number of versions, and growing complexity of digital media assets has made the management and storage of content a much more challenging undertaking.
Tags: Archiving | netia | iss045 | digital media assets | storage | content | mam | media asset management | N/A
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Lighting the X Factor
N/A Its Friday morning at a television studio in the shadow of Wembley Stadiums iconic arch and already there are fans and paparazzi outside waiting to catch a glimpse of their favourite contestants and judges arriving for rehearsals. Now three weeks into the live final shows, nine contestants have reached Rock Week, once again singing for their lives in front of a still growing audience of 14 million, a 48% viewer share, on ITV 1.
Tags: x factor | iss035 | lighting | itv | set deisgn | prg media | dave davey | lighting director | N/A
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Implications of a Tapeless workflow
N/A The rise of Tapeless Workflows is dramatically changing the way broadcasters and post-production facilities protect the content they are working on or own.
Tags: tapeless workflow | object matrix | iss034 | protection | asset | N/A
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Digital Vision case study
N/A The Edit Store, based in Londons W1, is one of the last few independent facilities in the city. Spread across two buildings, the Edit Store provides many of the worlds leading broadcasters with offline, online, grading and audio dubbing facilities primarily for broadcast factual programmes.
Tags: iss033 | digital vision | the edit store | dvo toolset | film master | N/A
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Longevity of media archives
N/A The role of the archive has evolved rapidly, delivering not only new revenue opportunities but crucial conservation possibilities for historical and cultural libraries that have lain dormant for many years
Tags: SGL | iss031 | archive | media archive | mam | media asset management | versus | xml interface | flashnet | N/A
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Its A Bigger DAM Picture
N/A Theres a lot of fuss these days about Digital Asset Management. Why? Because organizations (and their hard drives) are busting at the seams with digital assets that are multiplying faster than hamsters at a rave.
Tags: dam | iss031 | digital asset management | altermedia | studio suite | N/A
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Ask the Experts on the Topic of Distribution and Delivery
N/A Last time, we started this series with volume one of the most frequently asked questions on digital distribution and delivery. Herewith, we follow that with the cleverly titled: Volume Two.
Tags: distribution and delivery | iss031 | ftp | wan acceleration | networks | switches | routers | file compression | compression | asset management | N/A
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Virtual sets come of age
N/A Virtual studios (VS) have experienced a roller coaster ride of popularity through their short life
Tags: virtual sets | 3d graphics | graphics | cg background | for-a | iss022 | N/A
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Lender of the last resort or good use of your assets
N/A Peter Savage continues his series of articles on setting up in business by looking at the pros and cons of factoring/invoice discounting
Tags: iss017 | finance | assets | factoring | business | azule | invoice discounting | N/A
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