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Ride along on the Tour de Tech at IBC
Lorna Garrett Finding your way through the halls and aisles of the massive IBC can feel a bit like attempting to complete all 21 stages of the Tour de France — but in far fewer days. But have no fear; your team at Garland is all geared up and ready to show you the best on show at this year's exhibition.
Tags: iss133 | garland | liveu | lu600 | media excel | teracue | wisi | broadcast wireless systems | bws | artel | ibc | Lorna Garrett
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The party is not over until the video is online
Paul Scurrell When we were introduced to the team behind Sensation dance events in Amsterdam they had one big question for Timecode Systems: could our SyncBac VR wireless sync and control solution theoretically make it possible for a high quality, professional 360-degree video of a live dance music event to be edited in the time it takes the DJ to fly to his or her next gig? Intrigued by what our solution could help them achieve, in July they invited us to film at one of their iconic dance music events. Billed as The Final it was a sell-out farewell party to mark the last Sensation event in Amsterdam.
Tags: iss127 | syncbac | vr | 360-degree | pro7 | 360rize | gopro | dj | timecode systems | Paul Scurrell
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You need wave power if you are going surfing
Tim Bonython Tim Bonython's association with surfing films began in 1978, when armed with a Super-8 camera he set off to Hawaii's infamous North Shore, to capture the big waves and their riders. From that moment he fell in love with the sport, and became obsessed with making it the subject of breathtaking and inspiring films.
Tags: iss124 | surfing | red scarlet weapon | red brick | pag | battery | paglink system | 153wh | Tim Bonython
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What is the future of video contribution?
Mark Andrews - new Live Streaming is a generic term and can apply to any part of the process from capture on the camera where video is immediately streamed, to the process of playout on any device. Playout is a huge subject in itself. However "video contribution" is considered the terminology used to capture at the camera end, and to deliver live video from the camera to where ever it needs to go.
Tags: iss123 | soliton systems | streaming | hevc | telecaster | 3g | 4g | h.265 | lte network | Mark Andrews - new
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CLASS - FIMS: A plug-and-play solution
Bruce Devlin No two broadcasters are alike. Meaning, that just about every broadcaster in the world uses its own, customized workflow comprised of any number of proprietary tools and solutions, specially designed to work together. With so many systems with proprietary interfaces in existence, IT-based media projects require a great deal of integrations. As the industry evolves and new technology becomes available, this makes solutions very complex and costly to deploy and maintain.
Tags: iss106 | dalet academy | fims | interfaces | systems | framework for interoperable services | Bruce Devlin
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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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Those pesky scientists
Dick Hobbs. This month's picture is of something I was given on a visit to the Grass Valley camera factory in Breda, maybe 10 years ago. I think it is a thing of beauty, which is why it sits in pride of place on top of the wine cabinet.
Tags: iss102 | 4k | future | hd system camera | grass valley | dick hobbs | Dick Hobbs.
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A wide spectrum of choice
Andy Clements Without microphones, in-ear monitors (IEMs), intercom and distribution systems based on wireless technology, many of today's large-scale television studios, outside broadcast and film productions would be very difficult, if not impossible, to stage. Wireless solutions provide convenience and, in the main, great performance, however as with many technologies careful investment will provide the best results.
Tags: iss101 | microphones | in ear monitors | intercom | distribution systems | broadcast | audio | Andy Clements
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Finding the Oracle of audio capture
Simon Tillyer With over 300 hours of YouTube video uploaded every 60 seconds it's not hard to understand why any manufacturer would be looking closely at the new generation of emerging filmmakers whether they be in the consumer (creating content for "fun") or prosumer (creating content for a fee) markets. You might however question what interest a specialist audio manufacturer would have.
Tags: iss101 | sennheiser | consumer | prosumer | video content | avx system | Simon Tillyer
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The IP Solution - intercom systems without extensive new cabling
Manuel Brico When a broadcasting or TV station wants to install a new intercom system in its broadcast centre or headquarters - or wishes to replace its entire intercom system - it is faced with two big investments. One concerns the capital investment in terms of hardware and software. This will include investment in equipment such as the intercom matrix, keypanels and accessories. The second concerns the installation and the commissioning itself, as a new system requires new cabling due to different standards and system topology.
Tags: iss101 | ip | intercom systems | cabling | broadcasting | tv station | Manuel Brico
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Digital media services need more than just standard protection
Simen Frostad Standards are conceived in abstract. They are set up and negotiated between interested parties in a process that can last several years, with each party to the negotiations pressing its own case, and the standard that emerges at the conclusion is usually compromised in some way. At worst it can simply be a lowest-common-denominator that reflects the political wrangling of the committee that spawned it. Wriggle room is usually left for different flavours of the standard, to allow for the features that one party favoured, but which conflicted with another party's interest.
Tags: iss101 | standards | ETR290 | gold ts reference | inter related systems | Simen Frostad
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Ride on time
Alistair Horne The highly competitive sport of track cycling emerged in Europe in the late 19th and early 20th century as a way to continue the sport year round, and velodromes soon became a common sight on the Continent. Whether indoors or out, track cycling is one of the world's most intriguing spectator sports and, as such, new ways of bringing its drama to multi-platform viewers are constantly being sought.
Tags: iss100 | videosys | camera systems | cycling | broadcast | minicams | Alistair Horne
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File-based QC systems for small and mid-sized media organisations
Vikas Singhal Challenges and benefits: Companies across the media value chain have departed the tape-based realm and migrated to file-based workflows. In making this transition, they left behind common, well-established technologies that had ensured the smooth flow of content from creation through to delivery.
Tags: iss095 | vikas singhal | venera technologies | QC systems | file based | media | Vikas Singhal
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KitPlus Must have or just a dream? With a mobile themethese 6 stoodout this month
Tags: iss095 | 6 | of the best | mobile | gadget | accessory | iphone | ipad | galileo | proprompter | ipro lens system | ik multimedia irig pre | photopro x kit from optrix | KitPlus
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Cooking Up A Creative Storm With Patrick And Kylie
KitPlus To help bring their artistic visions to life, both knew that they needed to be working with the best in camera support equipment.
Tags: iss094 | Miller Tripods | Kylie Flavell | Patrick Drake | The Dolce Vita Diary | When Patrick met Kylie | Millers Air Tripod System | KitPlus
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Trouble- Shooting Your Mac Editing System
Larry Jordan# Don't Despair: Troubleshooting your Mac with Larry Jordan
Tags: iss094 | Troubleshooting | Mac | Editing system | Larry Jordan#
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Digital Communications
Christian Bockskopf Q & A with Riedel's Christian Bockskopf
Tags: iss087 | Riedel | Communications | MediorNet 2.0 | DECT | AVB | Artist system | RockNet | MediorNet | Christian Bockskopf
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Cutting the cord
Will Strauss# Will Strauss cuts the cord on cameras
Tags: iss087 | Wireless | Nucomm CamPac2 | Sony RPS | Vislink Link L1700 | Boxx TV Meridian system | AJ-WM30 | XMPilot | 6G-SDI 4K | Nano HDTX | AJ-PX270 | Vitec | Will Strauss#
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Near-live production with Softrons multicam logger
Alastair Owen A software tool that dramatically streamlines the process of putting a multi-camera edit together.
Tags: iss085 | softron | multicam | logger | shows | software | tool | streamline | production | multi | camera | edit | system | logging | clips | guide | review | Alastair Owen
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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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Ask the experts with Shotoku
James Eddershaw Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products including manual and robotic pedestals as well as virtual reality camera tracking systems.
Tags: iss082 | shotoku | james eddershaw | ask the experts | broadcast | systems | camera support | explained | range | guide | tracking | camera | virtual reality | robotic | pedestals | James Eddershaw
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New Blueshape products
KitPlus Cache Media, exclusive distributor for the UK and Ireland for Blueshape Battery Systems, has announced the arrival in stock of two new product ranges.
Tags: iss082 | blueshape | products | cache media | batteries | range | stock | new | release | ibc | battery | systems | KitPlus
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Polecam delivers 500th rig
Mel Noonan Extreme sports cameraman Steffan Hewitt designed the lightweight jib for his own use, as a tool to get the shots he wanted. He kept refining it as he used it. Others saw it and wanted it. There are now hundreds in use worldwide.
Tags: iss081 | steffan hewitt | polecam | 500th rig | review | systems | jib | lightweight | Mel Noonan
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High speed camera system technology
Steve Cotterill Say you want to enhance your live TV coverage of a sporting event with slow motion. For some time now, the only alternative to standard 25fps based replays would have been replays from supermotion 75fps cameras manufactured by Sony or Philips.
Tags: iss081 | high speed | imovix | editec | x10 | ibc | sports | camera | system | technology | slow motion | super | Steve Cotterill
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Wireless cameras at live events
Scott Walker While wireless cameras have been used in high end broadcast for years, prices have dropped and there are now a variety of products on the market to suit lower cost broadcasts, and the technology is creeping into events with live outdoor screens and lower budgets.
Tags: iss081 | boxx tv | wireless camera system | live events | broadcast | streaming | box | wireless | transmitter | Scott Walker
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Ask the experts: your questions on wireless camera systems
Stuart Brown tv-bay talks to Stuart Brown, Broadcast Systems Director at Cobham Broadcast about your questions on wireless camera systems.
Tags: iss081 | wireless camera systems | cobham | stuart brown | broadcast systems | wireless | camera | transmitter | receiver | ask the experts | Stuart Brown
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Redefining the archive with Raj Patel
Raj Patel The entire broadcast workflow has changed dramatically in recent years. Predictably, its been a slow-process. The enormity of transitioning from an analogue to a digital workflow is huge for a variety of reasons - planning, testing, implementation and budget, can mean some installations taking up to two years to complete.
Tags: iss080 | sgl | product manager | redefining the archive | archive system | files | protection | data | workflow | Raj Patel
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Do you have the computing horsepower you need? XMac Mini Server expansion system
Greg LaPorte Sonnet Technologies has bridged the gap between the Mac Pros extensibility and the Mac minis portability with its xMac¢ mini Server, a Thunderbolt-to-PCIe 2.0 expansion system and 1U rackmount enclosure that securely holds the Mac mini in place.
Tags: iss080 | sonnet | mac mini | server | thunderbolt | expansion system | review | hugh healy | studio | tampa bay | Greg LaPorte
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Ask the experts with TMD looking at LTFS
Tony Taylor LTFS stands for Linear Tape File System. It is a file system for data archives, developed by IBM but published as an open standard and now widely adopted by all the leading vendors of large-scale data archiving.
Tags: iss080 | ltfs | guide | tape | backup | archive system | tmd | data archives | ibm | Tony Taylor
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Quantum StorNext plays a starring role for Framestore
Laurent Fanichet Even Oscar winners need to update tools to cope with the rapid transition from film to digital, for leading post production studio Framestore that meant choosing StorNext File System and Storage Manager to improve digital workflows and automate data management, resulting in a 30-60 percent saving.
Tags: iss080 | storage | role | framestore | quantum stornext | post production studio | case study | file system | Laurent Fanichet
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Solving more than just compliance challenges
Leandro Marquinez When Leandro Maquinez joined Record Europa Lisbon, the Portuguese-language broadcaster was struggling to meet the demands of compliance monitoring and verification with its existing systems.
Tags: iss079 | Leandro Maquinez | compliance | challenges | record europa lisbon | volicon | observer system | observer loudness monitoring module | Leandro Marquinez
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The future of the intercom industry
KitPlus At NAB 2013 RTS launched its first OMNEO interface cards, marking the first deployment of OMNEO in the broadcast intercom industry. In the future, users can transform their RTS ADAM matrix into a flexible, IP-based, AVB-compatible intercom network.
Tags: iss077 | Manuel Brico | RTS | intercom | OMNEO | media networking | cards | systems | KitPlus
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Learning to love IT with Dick Hobbs
[author] So what were people really interested in at NAB? There are a lot of answers to that question, but most of them come down to one thing: using commodity IT technology and techniques to help broadcasters do the basics more quickly and more efficiently, with perhaps some of it in the cloud.
Tags: iss077 | dick hobbs | IT | learning to love | cloud | storage systems | nab | review | avb | ieee standards | ethernet | sdi | it industry | [author]
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Live production for multi-platform delivery
Steve Burgess Live event television, whether it is sport or music and entertainment, has always made serious demands of production technology. At Megahertz Broadcast Systems we have been building outside broadcast trucks for some of the worlds most demanding customers, for more than 25 years, so we can perhaps help the conversation by talking about some of our experiences.
Tags: iss075 | live production | multi platform delivery | megahertz broadcast systems | multiple outputs | racetech | Steve Burgess
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Cue Systems, more important than ever in live OB production
Bob Head An effective cue system performs a crucial role in coordinating broadcast activity, keeping directors, production crew and camera operators informed and in control. Data gathered from vision mixers, routers and other production path components generates tally information that can be displayed on under-monitor displays (UMDs) and multi-screen viewers.
Tags: iss075 | cue system | rotronics | cue director | ob truck | umd | Bob Head
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Tally systems and Confidence Audio Monitoring for Sports Broadcasting
N/A This month we cover Tally systems and Confidence Audio Monitoring for Sports Broadcasting with Chris Exelby, TSL Professional Products
Tags: iss068 | tsl | tally systems | audio monitoring | N/A
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Say again? What is loudness?
N/A Loudness is making a lot of noise these days, but what does it really mean? There is certainly no shortage of gurus who are happy to posit answers, but are they addressing the right questions?
Tags: iss065 | emotion systems | eff | loudness | mam | calm act | loudness metering | ebu tech 3341 | N/A
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Eye to Eye: Video Post-production
N/A This columns previous excursion into video post-production was just before the 2011 NAB Spring Convention, always a dangerous time to talk about new hardware or software when a deluge of upgrades, lookalikes and lite-editions are about to hit the aisles of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Quite a lot has happened in this category over the past 12 months, notably in editing and content restoration.
Tags: iss061 | sony | avid | blackmagic | boris | contel | dft | dvs | eyeheight | image systems | media 100 | pixel farm | sony creative | N/A
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The Anatomy of a Good QC Solution
N/A As the media transitions from tape-based analog to file-based digital content, the existing workflows and operational methods of media companies will need to be updated
Tags: Interra Systems | iss059 | qc | N/A
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Back to Basics with Stereo 3D
N/A The demand for compelling content to meet the need is growing, and of course, stereo 3D work comes with challenges. Like everything else in production and post, creating good 3D is part art, part science. Going back to the basics of the science can inform artistic and equipment decisions and keep 3D headaches at bay.
Tags: AJA Video Systems | aja | 3d basics | stereo 3d | s3d | 3d editing tips | 3d shooting tips | kona | iss057 | N/A
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tv-bay questions
N/A TV Bay Questions Eugene McCrystal, owner of EMC Post Production in Dublin
Tags: iss053 | emc post production | davinci resolve | blackmagic | finishing | fcp | avid | adobe | DaVinci Control Surface investment | jigsaw systems | decklink | colourist | N/A
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Tape is dead. Long live Tape
N/A An area that has been a vital part of television defining much of how and what things are done is recording. At first film was the medium, then in 1956, Ampex invented the video tape recorder with the prime aim of providing delayed programmes across the USA..................
Tags: for-a | iss045 | tape | vtr | ampex | quadruplex | ltfs | linear tape file system | lts-100hs | lcd | N/A
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3D Diaries Part 3 Mastering 3D
Bob Pank# The 3D Masters conference was full of optimism, and caution, for the future of stereoscopic 3D. The one-day event was a near sell-out with about 250 attendees filling most of those sumptuous theatre seats at BAFTA.....
Tags: bafta | 3d masters | iss043 | chris johns. bskyb | sky 3d | 3ality systems | Bob Pank#
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What happened after NAB 2010.....
N/A On Wednesday the 14th April, evening time in Las Vegas, a text message came through from home reporting a Volcano in Iceland was affecting flights back to the UK, a wind up surely...did they not want us back.........?
Tags: nab2010 | tradeshow | Eyjafjallajkull | volcano | white noise pr | snell | sony | manor marketing | harris | square box systems | iss041 | N/A
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Eye to Eye: Distribution and Delivery 2010
N/A Distribution and Delivery are two elements of in the broadcast chainthat get taken pretty much for granted but both are highly important. My focus in this summary is on equipment and software introduced since IBC 2009 and in the run-up to NAB 2010.
Tags: nab | ibc | iss040 | distribution and delivery | evs | hiltron | ppm | sislive | telecast fibre | bts | broadcast traffic system | omnibus | pebble beach | pharos | playbox | publitronic | N/A
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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
Tags: ibc2009 | iss033 | eye to eye | post production | boris | cintel | delta solutions | doremi | digital film technology | eyeheight | digital vision | image systems | gee broadcast | liberovision | quantel | rt software | N/A
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Eye to eye on Broadcast content management 2009
N/A Content asset management is one of the fastest developing areas of the entire broadcast business. Its advantages over old-style film and videotape libraries are so widely recognised that they hardly need repeating. NAB provided an opportunity to look at new advances from some of the key players.
Tags: content management | iss031 | AP | blue order | cinegy | david systems | dalet | ibis | grass valley | omnibus | pebble beach | pharos | playbox | marquis | snell | video technics | N/A
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Broadcast management systems specialisation not generalisation
N/A Broadcast management systems is used here as a collective term to encapsulate all of the processes involved from capturing and creating content, to distribution and monetisation. There are so many points of decision making in a broadcast production chain that automating the processes can be mind boggling in complexity
Tags: iss031 | automation | on-air systems | management | quality control | playout | N/A
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New editing essentials
N/A I like to think of myself as a bit of a pioneer at the frontier of the new age of HD Digital Cinematography. Investigating the best of the new technology available to our industry and evaluating its possible impact.
Tags: Planet Video Systems | iss023 | xdcam | ex tapeless | hd camcorder | sony cinealta fw900 | sxs express card | pmw-ex1 | hd codec | final cut server | raid | N/A
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Virtual Sets
N/A When I first started approaching people in the UK with Brainstorms Virtual Studio software I was surprised to have them shake their heads vigorously and explain that virtual studio systems were far too expensive and too difficult to set up and run Coupled with that was the lack of realism and whos using them?
Tags: Brainstorm | 3D | Graphics | iss022 | virtual studio | software | rendering Hardware | Chromakey | Vision Mixer | camera tracking system | N/A
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