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Living LIVE at BVE with Ross Video
Jon Pratchett KitPlus’ Jon Pratchett chats to Stuart Russell, Ross Video, in the BVE studio. Covering customer partnerships and loyalty, pain points, growth, industry trends, pace of IP adoption, 12g SDI technologies, UHD / HDR, 8k, AI and we try to get a hint of new products on the horizon...
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State of the Nation - November 2018
Dick Hobbs - new There is an interesting seminar called Size Matters at the KitPlus Show – organised by the publishers of this fine magazine – at MediaCityUK in Salford on 6 November. It’s a talk by cinematographer Alistair Chapman on the way that camera technology is changing, and in particular the size of the electronic device which creates the image is growing.
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OB999 Accelerates Hill Climb Broadcast
Nick Collier Over the last century, The Shelsley Walsh Speed Hill Climb has been attempted by some of the world’s most accomplished racing drivers striving to be the fastest up the 1,000 yard, 1 in 6 gradient track.
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League of Legends European Masters
Sam Deans ESL, the world’s largest esports company, relied on a full Blackmagic Design live production workflow at the inaugural League of Legends European Masters tournament. The new league launched this Spring, with the first split taking place in the UK, specifically, at the historic Haymarket Theatre in Leicester.
Tags: iss132 | esports | blackmagic design | esl | videohub | decklink | pci | quadlink | atem 2 me | supersource | multiviewer | Sam Deans
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Understanding the process of video production
Joseph Adamson In this article I will focus on understanding the process of video production. The use of miniaturised video equipment and understanding the capability of the kit chosen for the job will be mentioned. The video production process is a road map, which not only helps the producer to minimise problems during production and achieve professional results, but also saves time.This process can be tricky to understand and many videographers are self taught, including myself.
Tags: iss126 | video production | wasd | ail | africans in london | Joseph Adamson
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Review: Transvideo Starlite RF
Marcus Brent-Smith

The Transvideo StarliteRF is a new lightweight wireless monitor system that ticks many boxes and satisfies new and developing monitor requirements.

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Scopes, a creative trilogy
Paul Issacs The purpose of color correction is to fix any problems with exposure and color, ensuring the final image looks right. Color grading is used to set the mood by adjusting the colors of the video imagery to achieve a certain look or feel.
Tags: iss119 | sound devices | video devices | scopes | monitoring | Paul Issacs
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5 Things I Saw At NAB
Peter Savage 2 ARRI Trinity stabilisation It may look like something that was dreamt up for a sci-fi film but the Trinity stabilisation system is a truly remarkable bit of kit that is most certainly real. Available as an upgrade to the Artemis or a third-party camera stabiliser, it consists of a compact and lightweight two-axis gimbal head, a monitor mount and joystick that attach to the gimbal handle, a battery hanger module and a pendulum that allows for perfect 'drop down' moves. As it works with a vest, it is essentially a cross between a steadicam and a small crane. The shots you can get with this are incredible. It was first s
Tags: iss113 | NAB 2016 | ARRI Trinity Stabilisation | Sony Media Backbone Hive | PVM-X550 | CAPEX | OPEX | OLED | Leyard & Planar 8k video wall | Atomos | Atomos Shogun Inferno | Shotover U1 | Peter Savage 2
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Our Time At NAB 2016
Beth Zarkosh We were lucky enough to visit this year's NAB Show in Las Vegas, and we must say there were some real treats on show! Here's just a few things that stood out for us and worth keeping your eye on.
Tags: iss113 | NAB 2016 | Virtual Reality & 360 Degree Videos | Black Magic | DaVinci Resolve 12.5 | EDIUS 8.2 | Colour Correction | Motion tracking | GoPro Omni | Canon | Sony | Panasonic | 4k | Beth Zarkosh
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Camera Operation and Training Part 1
Peter Leverick Whilst it might be argued that may be the only difference between LDs & DOPs, the same is not entirely true for Videographers & Broadcast Cameramen. That is not to say that Videographers are necessarily inferior to Broadcast Cameramen but certainly different.
Tags: iss110 | dop | videographer | lighting | skills | education | ittp | Peter Leverick
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THE EVOLVING DRONE CAPTURE MARKET
Bjorn Olin Although the use of drones to capture content for film and television productions may still seem new to some, Helifilm.com began using drones for photography way back in 2008.
Tags: iss110 | videodevices | drones | apple prores | pix-e5 | pix-e5h | sony a7s | Bjorn Olin
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The beat goes on... 4k, 8k and the continual need for T&M
Adam Schadle Just a few short years ago, 4k was the future, but now that 4k televisions and other screens are becoming more widely available, the format is careening toward the present. 4k is still an emerging delivery format, to be sure. After all, there are still places in the world that have yet to transition from SD to HD. But progress marches on. Even as were in the process of adopting and perfecting 4k production equipment, methods, and content delivery, were looking toward doing the same with 8k video, with certain large-audience events and special venue applications as a starting point.
Tags: iss107 | 4k | 8k | test and measurement | sd | hd | video | delivery networks | vod content | tv | voice | data | Adam Schadle
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An alternative power solution
KitPlus Chuck Walior, Aldis Systems VP & Chief Engineer, attends NAB each year in search of creative, forward-looking solutions to wrap around and support the custom systems he designs for each integration project. He wasnt really looking for an alternative power source when he was introduced to Video Ghost at NAB 2015, but he was quickly won over and has yet to exhaust the list of situations where the little game-changer could save his customers money and time, plus provide an element of safety, consistency and significantly increase flexibility.
Tags: iss106 | power solution | video ghost | remote | device | bhv broadcast | KitPlus
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The key to stability
Mark Scotton Moving shots dont just enhance video production, they bring it to life and allow the viewer to experience what they are watching. This isnt something new, but the options we now have available to bring productions to life are more varied and readily available than ever before. No longer do you need a Hollywood budget and a large crew of helpers to get some wonderful footage, you simply need your camera, a bit of decent equipment and some imagination.
Tags: iss106 | video production | camera operator | stabilizer | moving shots | floating shots | support | grip | Mark Scotton
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Take a peek at Periscope
Beth Zarkhosh If youre a Twitter user, you may have recently started to notice an increase in the use of the word Periscope. No, this is not a sudden surge of nautical fanatics - Periscope is the latest social media app to the take the web(/world) by storm and has duly been morphed into a verb - to Periscope.
Tags: iss106 | periscope | social media | video broadcast | terry white | adobe expert | interview | Beth Zarkhosh
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Talking Steadicam and Exovest
David Crute There were only about 10 UK Steadicam operators when I started, and very few that owned a rig. It was a massive investment for me as a young cameraman. The reason I did it was very simply that I found myself in this unusual position of doing both film and video work. I enjoyed working in both drama and in television.
Tags: iss105 | steadicam | exovest | camera | freelance | video camera | film | video | David Crute
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The evolution of vision mixers
Liam Laminman At the heart of any multi-camera production is a vision mixer or production switcher as some people call them. Its core role is the switching of different sources, primarily cameras, often VTs and sometimes incoming external sources such as remote feeds from broadcasters. Even for non-TV types, thats relatively simple enough to get your head round several different incoming video signals can be switched from one to the next. Vision mixers come into their own when you look at their secondary features of keying graphics, transitions and digital effects.
Tags: iss104 | vision mixer | multi camera production | switcher | camera | vt | video signal | Liam Laminman
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Dealing with clients
Den Lennie For many clients, the prospect of commissioning a video production leaves one key consideration in their minds and that is: how much is it all going to cost? Particularly for marketing departments or smaller businesses which may only spend a nominal amount of money on advertising. Video production by its very nature involves more personnel and more costs and will likely be inherently more expensive than some graphic design work or print advertising.
Tags: iss104 | video production | advice | tips | post production | business | Den Lennie
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The production desk finally gets innovative
Kieron Seth# The video switcher (aka vision mixer) is at the heart of all live television, all AV and many a live webcast. But despite its core role, its remained essentially the same concept for decades, consisting of a digital video effects processing unit, matrix switcher and control panel.
Tags: iss104 | video switcher | vision mixer | live television | live webcast | digital vidoe effects | processing | matrix | control panel | Kieron Seth#
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Dynamic display revolution!
KitPlus Projection mapping and dynamic video displays have transformed live events and performance art. Blended projection and massive video walls have given event directors the ability to deliver a whole new level of creativity to theatre, music and outdoor events.
Tags: iss104 | projection mapping | dynamic video display | live events | performance art | media server | KitPlus
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Selling yourself online
Beth Zarkhosh YouTube ; the video sharing website that was founded in San Bruno California in 2005 has quickly become one of if not the biggest, and most prominent websites of the decade.
Tags: iss103 | youtube | online | social media | selling yourself | tips | upload | content | video | Beth Zarkhosh
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The Tour June 2015 review
KitPlus The KitPlus Tour once again attracted record registrations and visitors at MediaCityUk and Shoreditch in June. The tour gives people the chance to see newly released kit from NAB (Las Vegas) for the first time but more importantly to spend quality time with manufacturers learning about new technologies.
Tags: iss103 | the tour | kitplus | kit | manchester | london | exhibition | seminar | workshop | industry | video | KitPlus
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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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How to go Over the Top with your video experience
Lorna Garrett Going over the top opens up boundless opportunities. As a viewer, you can watch content on any device you have connected to the Internet without going through an ISP (internet service provider). As a broadcaster you can use OTT to enhance what you already offer, like Channel 4s Box TV service.
Tags: iss103 | garland | over the top | video experience | workflow | ingest | ad recognition | stream | manage | Lorna Garrett
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Why fast production storage is just not enough
Martin Bennett UHD, 4k, 6k, 8k...the proliferation of high-resolution formats and files along with the growing number of skillsets that can collaborate on projects push storage bandwidth and capacities beyond their limits. If we just take a look at the potential storage requirements for a single 8K raw digital cinema format then we can kiss goodbye to 86,000 GB per hour! Then add to this the predicted increase in general video content IP video traffic is expected to be 79% of all consumer internet traffic in 2018 - this continual increase in media will test the storage strategies of all facilities, big and small.
Tags: iss102 | production | storage | ip video | traggic | media | Martin Bennett
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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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Moving voiceovers into the 21st century
Leigh Emmerson There was a time when the only way to get a voiceover for your production was by contacting a voiceover agent who would obligingly send over a CD or two full of voiceover sparkle and you and your client would choose one, schlep on down to a studio and pay a small fortune to sit on a swanky sofa and watch said sparkle record your script.
Tags: iss101 | audio | voiceover industry | video producer | studio | dat tape | Leigh Emmerson
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From newspaper to broadcaster: VG (Norway) and LiveU
Ronen Artman VG is a tabloid-format newspaper established in Oslo in 1945. Faced with the challenges that all newspapers face in the age of the video and the internet - fresh competition for readership and rapidly changing viewer expectations of what news is and how it's delivered - VG began using video online as early as 2001. Through the next decade it grew its use of video clips but there was always the desire to expand the use of live content to provide real value to readers and viewers.
Tags: iss100 | liveu | vg norway | news | video online | content | lu500 backpack | lu60 | Ronen Artman
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From VoD to Linear TV
Nikos Kyriopoulos Content owners, broadcasters, and operators worldwide typically provide a sizable library of VoD content and a limited offering of live/linear programming. This unbalanced ratio between VoD and linear TV offerings is historically shaped by two factors...
Tags: iss100 | media excel | delivery network | vod | linear tv | video streams | revenue | Nikos Kyriopoulos
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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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What a difference a decade makes
Dick Hobbs. If you have got to the back of this magazine, you cannot fail to have noticed that it is issue number 100. I asked Simon Tillyer and Matt Robbins, the dynamic duo behind the publication, how it all started.
Tags: iss100 | decade | look back | NAB | 2005 | modulus video | xdcam | broadcasting | leitch | dick hobbs | Dick Hobbs.
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Cloud Editing at BVE
KitPlus As Media Partners at BVE 2015 KitPlus was responsible for recording, editing and publishing 50+ hours of video content from the event seminars, roaming reporters and studio discussions over the course of the show. With material coming from different sources, crew and post-production staff consisting largely of students with varying levels of proficiency and tight timelines thrown into the mix we needed a post-production solution that was quick to set up, easy to learn and provided a creative and reliable solution. After chatting with Forbidden Technologies for a while we decided to use their Forscene platform.
Tags: iss099 | bve | forscene | forbidden | cloud editing | studio | video | workflow | KitPlus
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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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Why video codecs matter
Larry Jordan# Video codecs confuse a lot of people. But understanding codecs is critical to just about every element of video production, editing and distribution.
Tags: iss099 | codec | file size | video | image | sound quality | prores | Larry Jordan#
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E-mail marketing and building a list of subscribers
Den Lennie Email marketing is still by far the single most effective way to build long term prospective clients relationships with clients.
Tags: iss099 | e-mail marketing | subscribers | list | video industry | Den Lennie
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How to read Video Scopes
Larry Jordan# Understanding what video scopes tell us about our images is essential to creating great looking images; regardless of which video editing software you are using. In this article, I want to explain the basics of video scopes and how to read them.
Tags: iss098 | video scopes | waveform monitor | histogram | vectorscope | Larry Jordan#
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How to charge premium prices
Den Lennie How much should I charge? Is probably the most commonly asked question I receive here at F-Stop Academy. And the answer? As much as you can and your client is willing to pay. In business it is your duty to maximise your profit.
Tags: iss098 | project | video industry | f-stop academy | pricing | shooting | Den Lennie
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A stitch in time
Thomas Dove "A stitch in time saves nine" is an old saying: essentially it is saying fix a small problem now and it will save fixing a much bigger problem later. This applies in many areas - including broadcast. Kicking the error can down the road costs a lot more to fix the problem, particularly for audio and video files - but it doesn't have to.
Tags: iss098 | vidchecker | electronic engineering | problem | solution | content | video server | Thomas Dove
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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.
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3sixtymedia implements Universal Videohub 288 with ITV
Taig McNab Taig McNab joined ITV in the Spring of 2011 and was quickly thrown into project managing the move of 3sixtymedia, ITV's post facility, from Quay Street in Manchester to MediaCityUK. Brought onboard as technical manager, not only was Taig responsible for looking after all of the operational aspects of 3sixtymedia's existing facility, he also had to start planning for the move to Salford, which at that moment in time was a little under a year away.
Tags: iss097 | itv | 3sixtymedia | universal videohub 288 | post production | mediacityUK | Taig McNab
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Creating a plan for your video business
Den Lennie Lets not beat about the bush here. If you have set up a business then the number one priority should be to make money. If you are not seriously focussed on profit then you need to take a long hard look at yourself and ask why did you decide to set up a business at all? If you only want to shoot for art or fun then you are an amateur - it's that simple.
Tags: iss097 | den lennie | video | business | profit | camera | job | money | book | Den Lennie
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4k Streaming: a Key OTT Differentiator
Keith Wymbs OTT streaming providers are amongst the first to offer 4K UHD TV services. In fact, 4K UHD may be seen as a key differentiator for OTT services such as Netflix and M-GO as they compete with pay TV operators according to a recent report from ABI Research. Netflix has launched 4K video streaming of shows such as House of Cards and Breaking Bad. YouTube now also supports 4K playback resolutions, while 4K UHD video players are becoming available for PCs. The control and ownership of flexible software players differentiates this market's ability to roll out new technologies more quickly. OTT is evolving to include live 4K services, although the bulk of 4K content is currently only available on demand.
Tags: iss096 | keith wymbs | elemental | 4k | streaming | uhd | netflix | video | Keith Wymbs
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Top Five most viewed interviews at IBC 2014
KitPlus See who got the most views...
Tags: iss096 | kitplus | ibc 2014 | video | interview | jvc | blackmagic | telestream | sony | fs7 | KitPlus
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Training in the video industry
Bob Butler I have read quite a lot recently abouttraining in the Video industry. Whilstit is true that as a hire company we atBroadcast Services are often surprised at thelack of knowledge about equipment, we canunderstand it to a point, due to the ever changing digitalworld.
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Manage and Monitor
Will Strauss# News Analysis with Will Strauss
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Move and Deliver
Will Strauss# News Analysis from Will Strauss
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Capture and Produce
Will Strauss# News analysis from Will Strauss
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Manipulate and Edit
Will Strauss# News analysis from Will Strauss
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Centralised Video Solutions for 3M campus
Neil Hutchins# Providing the centralised video solution
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Giving Content Distributors an Edge in Quality and Compliance
Adam Schadle Todays media and entertainment ecosystem relies on interconnections between content originators, who produce programming and deliver it over broadcast networks (including terrestrial, satellite, cable, and IPTV), and secondary content distributors who take that programming and deliver it to the end viewer.
Tags: iss090 | Video Clarity | content distribution | RTM | Adam Schadle
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