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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.
Tags: iss136 | bsc | cinematography | canon | c700 | c200 | cartoni | holdan | blackmagic | peli | panasonic | sennheiser | sony | fs5 | teradek | viten | flowtech | Paul MacKenzie
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G-Teching Storage to another level
Phil Vinter That heart-dropping, cold-sweat evoking moment your external hard drive fails to connect to the computer and you realise the precious project you’ve been working on for weeks is lost for good (unless you want to spank hundreds on a recovery service that may or may not retrieve some of the mangled data!)
Tags: iss132 | gtechnology | western digital | san disk | speed shuttle ssd | mobile pro ssd | g-drive pro ssd | Phil Vinter
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Epictech makes headway: A case study
Daniel Harker Barnes Founded in January 2014, EpicTech Media have been providing high end video production to companies and musicians across the U.K. for over three and a half years. When approached earlier this year by the band Bodkin Lane, we relished the challenge of producing a video of their charity concert, in aid of Headway (www.headway.org.uk), despite the challenging size of the venue. 
Tags: iss129 | polecam | epictech media | ptz | povcam | Daniel Harker Barnes
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Ad servers and switching solutions
Peter Blanchford Hardware-based ad servers and switching solutions have been around for a long time and, broadly speaking, do the job just fine.
Tags: iss126 | starfish technologies | ad server | ts splicer | ts switch | gop | Peter Blanchford
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How to illuminate a better shot
Chuck Edwards LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology built for the general lighting market is designed to meet very different criteria than the critical lighting requirements for image capture. While LEDs may be a suitable lighting option for some photography and videography, critical applications, such as feature film, production requires users to understand the limitations, capabilities and advantages of the many types of LED technologies and fixtures available on the market today.
Tags: iss122 | led | lighting | cct | rpt | remote phosor technology | Chuck Edwards
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Highlighting YouTube Space
Peter Daffarn

Video, by definition, requires space and light.

However, the right space, with the right light, can make or break a production.

YouTube parent company Google's new London HQ in Pancras Square at King's Cross is certainly the right space. In fact, it's so right they've called it YouTube Space London, a 20,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility for collaboration, learning and production.

Tags: iss118 | youtube space | lighting | photon beard | highlight led | remote phosphor technology | Peter Daffarn
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High throughput satellite meets the challenge of IP media
Simen Frostad For some time, many people in the media industry have been wondering how much longer satellite could remain a major player now that the era of 4K is upon us and there is such a rapid proliferation of channels. There just isn't the throughput for these new services on the current generation of satellites, so the argument goes, and the costs per gigabit for a 4K channel would have been prohibitive.
Tags: iss115 | ip | satellite | bridge technoloiges | hts | ka-sat | Simen Frostad
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Soutions for Portable Storage
Beth Zarkosh We all know how frustrating it can be to keep losing data because your hard drive keeps packing in, right? So, I 've done my research to help you choose the best portable hard drives with a focus for the 'on the go ' editor of today!
Tags: iss114 | storage | gtech | seagate | g-drive | transcend | western digital | toshiba canvio | seagate seven | istorage | lacie mirror | Beth Zarkosh
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Top 10 Tips for Saving Time in Post
Max McGonigal Whether you're working on a shoestring or with feature film budgets, every production is under pressure to save money. And while cutting back on crew and downgrading your gearlist are effective ways of reducing costs, they invariably also reduce production value.
Tags: iss114 | forscene | post production | editing | forbidden technology | Max McGonigal
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Females In The Broadcasting Industry
Emma Clifford You're hiring. You're reviewing CVs.You're not bothered about names are you? What matters are skills, experience and the competencies of the candidates, right? Wrong! You probably have unconscious bias.
Tags: iss113 | FBI | Females | STEM | Science | Technology | Enginreering | Maths | CV | STEMNET | Girls in Tech UK | Future Tech Girls | Emma Clifford
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Virtually there - media monitoring goes beyond hardware
Simen Frostad Being a hardware manufacturer is a great thing. It allows you to design the totality of the product and the users experience of it, to create a plug-and-play appliance that is uniquely fitted to its task. And there are plenty of tasks that are best done with the help of a piece of dedicated hardware, for many reasons.
Tags: iss108 | bridge technologies | virtualisation | vb330 | Simen Frostad
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In media monitoring, as in medicine, a quick fix is not a cure
Simen Frostad A man is rushed to hospital with a suspected heart attack. The priorities of the medical team that treats him are clear: keep the patient alive, contain the damage to the heart as far as possible, stabilise the situation until the patient is out of danger. They work under the pressure of these immediate priorities, and with little or no information about the patients medical history to date.
Tags: iss107 | playback and analysis | digital media monitoring | data recording | archive server | engineers | medicine | technology | Simen Frostad
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Digital and analog in harmony at Pama Studios
KitPlus Pama Studios in south east Sweden is a leading example of a facility that fully embraces the power, flexibility and ease of use of digital technology, while also harnessing analog technology to bring something different to its recordings. Founded in 1988 by managing director Magnus Maxe Axelsson, Pama is a long-time Avid customer; it has used Avid Pro Tools from the Avid Artist Suite for nearly 25 years for recording and mixing, and recently installed a Pro Tools | S6 console in its refurbished Studio 3.
Tags: iss105 | pama studios | analog | digital | studio | technology | recording | avid | KitPlus
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Back to the future
Dick Hobbs. I was recently talking to the estimable James Gilbert, who runs the equally estimable graphics and automation specialist Pixel Power. He said something that made me think. We were talking about scalability, and he said that it works in two directions. There is the sort of scalability that we all readily understand, and which is so beloved of marketing copywriters.
Tags: iss103 | iwatch | apple | technology | ultra hd | las vegas | Dick Hobbs.
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Distribution in the UHD Era
Paul Briscoe Once upon a time, there were few broadcast TV standards. Each used its own regional image formats, color encoding scheme and sound and vision modulation standards. High-power over-the-air (OTA) transmitters broadcast the signal on internationally coordinated and regionally allocated radio frequency (RF) channels, making it easy for viewers to tune in programs. It was a robust model that forever shifted the entertainment paradigm. The upstream technologies quietly evolved from analog to digital, and home TV sets reached the performance limits the standards allowed. This was a simple, stable ecosystem, based on a daily programming schedule of shows and monetized by interstitial soap commercials. Life was simple, and people were happy.
Tags: iss103 | distribution | delivery | uhd era | tv standards | image formats | hdtv | technology | Paul Briscoe
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Tapeless Workflows, MAM and Archive: Back to Basics
Michael Shore The broadcast industrys appetite for file-based workflows existed long before the technology required to implement them was available. With the emergence of cheap capture hardware, the continually decreasing cost of storage and the ever-increasing capabilities of inexpensive computing power, the transition from tape-based to tapeless workflows has finally become a reality. The primary impetus for this shift comes from a long proven economic motivator: its cheaper.
Tags: iss103 | tapeless | workflow | mam | archive | broadcast | technology | Michael Shore
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The IP revolution in television is only the beginning
Simen Frostad The fundamental change brought about by the delivery of video content via IP is perhaps the most significant development in the history of televised entertainment because it allows the viewer for the first time to shape the viewing experience. Time, in the sense of the linear delivery of channels, is dissolved, and possibly the concept of channels themselves will also dissolve. Viewers can store, cache and play back video when they want, and experience it at various grades of quality. In a sense the viewer can also be the curator of the service at the point of delivery.
Tags: iss103 | bridge technlogies | ip televsion | broadcast | 4k | production | Simen Frostad
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How HEVC technology is revolutionizing field-based broadcasting
Eli Garten High-Efficiency Video Encoding (HEVC), also known as H.265, is the subsequent generation of H.264 and tapped to be the next widely adopted standard for video compression. As with any MPEG evolution, the new standards goal is to make compression more efficient and allow for reducing OPEX and CAPEX in various video delivery applications. With the introduction of the last major compression innovation, H.264, video applications experienced roughly half the data rates of the predecessor MPEG-2. With HEVC, the industry is predicting a similar ambitious result: achieving half the data rates of H.264. In only its first generation of development, HEVC is already providing data efficiencies of up to 40-percent while retaining the same image quality. As the codec continues to evolve and the broadcast market approaches more widespread adoption of 4K resolutions, there will be a strong push to achieve the 50-percent efficiency mark.
Tags: iss103 | hevc | h.265 | broadcasting | offsite | broadcasting | technology | field based | Eli Garten
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CALM - A crucial act to follow
Martin Moore Sudden jumps in sound level between television programmes and commercials first came to the notice of legislators after a loud commercial interrupted a family dinner at the home of US House of Representatives member Anna Eshoo. The technical parameters adopted in the draft were based on an existing recommended practice document issued in November 2009 by the US Advanced Television Systems Committee.
Tags: iss101 | audio | sound level | technical parameter | perceptual loudness | Martin Moore
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Back in the day
Larry Jordan# A cut is still a cut with Larry Jordan
Tags: iss100 | editing | final cut pro | mac | technology | 2005 | Larry Jordan#
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The changing face of film and TV
George Olver With the convergence of technologies and blurring of lines between broadcast and other forms of media, the industry has undergone a seismic shift over recent years. In 2015 half of all UK ad spend will be spent on digital, in what has been described as a "seminal moment in the history of the ad industry". Client budgets are being spread across multiple platforms, and expectations and quantity of content are dramatically increasing. How does the industry supply this demand whilst successfully adapting to the changes?
Tags: iss099 | movidiam | broadcast | technologies | creative network | George Olver
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Visualising the future of digital media business
Simen Frostad More and more, successful delivery of digital media services is all about data management. Data about how well the services are performing can come from many sources - from market research and customer satisfaction responses, from analysis of customer support and maintenance activity, and from monitoring systems.
Tags: iss099 | bridge technologies | digital media | business | market research | video wall | Simen Frostad
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Fuelling productivity at BP
Angus Mackay As one of the world's leading oil and gas companies, BP has a long history of producing a variety of film, video, and multimedia, and currently has an archive of over fifteen thousand films dating back over a century.
Tags: iss099 | tiger technology | BP | fuel | tiger box | Angus Mackay
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The fast-moving business of providing pop-up editing suites
Danny Carri Video editing is moving at a fast pace, with video, software and server specifications all changing with the seasons. For production companies who know what they want, hiring an editing system for the duration of a production is an efficient alternative to hiring the services of a post production facility. We have been working with Xstratek, which supplies Post Production Equipment for rental, including specialist Avid editing suites.
Tags: iss097 | danny carri | la micro | video editing | pop up | editing suite | business | tech | Danny Carri
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Making It Easy To Be In Two Places At Once
N/A In these economically straitened times, all broadcast facilities are seeking ways to reduce cost without compromising quality. Equally, those equipment manufacturers that want to stay ahead of the game are responding by looking at how customers work and then seeing if there is a way to deliver the same results more simply and cost effectively.
Tags: dk-technologies | outside boradcast | ob | pt0760m | pt0700r | dvi | ethernet | fibre link | jellyfish | starfish | N/A
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Data visualisation: discovering and inventing new oppurtunities
Simen Frostad People who like to find names for these things have dubbed this 'the information age' - the age in which the most significant and transformative feature of human existence is the widespread and instant access to information.
Tags: iss095 | simen frostad | bridge technologies | data visualisation | information age | technology | Simen Frostad
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Keeping up standards
Dick Hobbs. Keeping up standards with Dick Hobbs
Tags: iss095 | dick hobbs | digital | technical | standards | DPP | Dick Hobbs.
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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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A quick guide to: Considerations for building monitor galleries
Steve Hathaway There has been a trend in recent times towards using large screen systems in production galleries and monitor walls. This has been enabled by the wide-scale availability of affordable multi-viewer systems but has this trend really been of benefit to broadcasters?
Tags: iss095 | steve hathaway | high performance media technology | monitor wall | production gallery | broadcast | Steve Hathaway
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Professional Media Card Readers
Greg LaPorte Meeting today's demanding production requirements
Tags: iss094 | sonnettech | Media Card Readers | Greg LaPorte
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Manage and Monitor
Will Strauss# News Analysis with Will Strauss
Tags: iss094 | Manage | Monitor | TMD | Ikegami | Sony | Cameracorps | BT | TSL | Dalet | Ross Video | Front Porch Digital | Sonnet Tech | StorNext | EditShare | Imagine Comms | T&M | Phabrix | Facillis | Vidcheck | Will Strauss#
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Manage and Monitor
Will Strauss# News analysis from Will Strauss
Tags: iss093 | news production | Broadstream | Quantel | MOG Technologies | media management | Digital Nirvana | transcoding | Telestream | storage | Disk Archive | test and management | Phabrix | conversion | Cobalt Digital | workflow | Sony | facility management | Xytech | audio | monitoring | quantum Leap Technology | MAM Cambridge Imaging | Suitcase TV | quality control | Venera | Archimedia | Will Strauss#
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Satellite adapts again to find new roles
Simen Frostad

After a period in which it appeared to be falling behind the innovation curve, Satellite is fighting back.

Tags: iss093 | Bridge Techologies | Satellite | Simen Frostad
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Decentralising infrastructure for efficiency
Simen Frostad Satellite operators decentralise infrastructure
Tags: iss091 | Bridge Technologies | Decentralising infrastructure | Simen Frostad
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Simplifying On Site Workflows
Greg LaPorte On and off-set highend post-production demands a new level in processing capability, storage speed, and general computing horsepower to handle the ever increasing standards for digital workflow. Utilizing PCI Express® (PCIe) performance and 20Gbps of throughput, Thunderbolt 2 technology offers the fastest way to transfer data between Thunderbolt equipped peripherals such as high-speed storage devices, video capture cards, and desktop or notebook computers.
Tags: iss090 | Sonnet Technologies | on site workflows | Greg LaPorte
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The Importance of Storage
Nino Leitner For content creators, our profession is our livelihood. Any production relies on a host of technologies, all of which must provide quality outputs and perform at an optimum level, and the same demands should be made of storage devices.
Tags: iss090 | G-Technology | storage | Nino Leitner
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Audio monitoring: critical to visual media services
Simen Frostad Its a fact of TV broadcasting that audiences will tolerate reduced visual quality much more readily than any impairment to the audio.
Tags: iss089 | bridge technologies | audio monitoring | Simen Frostad
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Ask the Experts with IABM
Peter White Peter White answers questions on the technology of 2014
Tags: iss087 | IABM | Ask the Experts | Technology | 2014 | 4K | Peter White
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Covering the Winter Games for Broadcast
Mel Noonan This was written a few days before the opening ceremony so news arriving from the front line is of last minute angst for some of the tech teams who go out and perform daily miracles in such unuser-friendly locations year after year. Camera platforms erected in the wrong place, cables lost under a recent snowfall, cables eventually found but now destroyed by an avalanche...you know the kind of thing. All this and more just in the last few days. There needs to be medals for the tech teams.
Tags: iss086 | Mel Noonan | Polecam | Steffan Hewitt | Camera Corps | Technology and Production Centre | ANO Sports Broafcasting | Winter Olympics | Winter Paralympics | NAB 2014 | Polecam mounted LMC Antelope Pico high speed camera | RED | Mel Noonan
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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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The BroadcastShow Tour: a visitors view
Derek Halls It's that time of year again and BroadcastShow-the tour registration is now open and I shall certainly be attending.
Tags: iss086 | broadcastshow | Derek Halls | DHP Digital Video | Pinewood Studios | Phillip Bloom | Gearhouse Broadcast | PAG | Holdan | G-Technology | Atomos | H Preston | IBC | Hitachi | Canon | Derek Halls
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Broadcasting predictions for 2014
David Hochner The top industry trends that we see for the forthcoming 12 months.
Tags: iss085 | broadcasting | article | predictions | 2014 | year | nab | bve | technology | David Hochner
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How the cloud is changing the post production landscape
Stephen Streater Nowhere is this notion more apparent than in post-production. Every calculation or data fetch in post-production that is currently carried out on a local PC could be carried out in the cloud.
Tags: iss085 | forbidden technologies | forbidden | cloud | editing | storage | post production | changes | new | software | forscene | Stephen Streater
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A new 4k year with Bob Pank
Bob Pank# Throughout 2013 manufacturers were popping up with solutions for 4K which together could take the format all the way from scene to screen.
Tags: iss085 | 4k | technology | broadcast | 2013 | review | article | develop | format | Bob Pank#
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Peter Savage writes his Christmas wishlist
[author] This year has been a funny one, with a lot being promised and not a lot happening in the TV world.
Tags: iss084 | azule finance | wishlist | technology | christmas | list | [author]
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Taking legacy content into the 4K world
Josef Marc There are 780,000 UHDTVs already manufactured and poised to hit the marketplace, and the effects of those devices (and the factories that continue to make them) are unstoppable.
Tags: iss084 | UHDTV | tvs | 4k | 5k | shipping | tablets | devices | spread | technology | Josef Marc
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Bob is up in the air with 4K
Bob Pank# The closer you look at 4K UHD the more you see what needs to be done to make it work from scene to screen.
Tags: iss084 | 4K | UHD | TV | flow | cloud | satellite | streaming | new | technology | review | explained | Bob Pank#
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Supporting the transition to 4K
David Ackroyd Plasma, LCD and LED screen technologies brought broadcasters HD audiences that justified their investment in HDTV.
Tags: iss084 | 4K | transition | TV | LED | Plasma | LCD | technologies | broadcasters | HD audience | HDTV | David Ackroyd
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Ooh ahh.. just a little DIT with Will Strauss
Will Strauss# When it comes to a file-based shoot, having a DIT on the crew is invaluable. Here, Will Strauss looks at their technology options.
Tags: iss084 | DIT | file based | crew | technology | options | guide | color | colour | 4k london | coach house studios | Will Strauss#
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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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