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Cellular Network Congestion at the Royal Wedding
Rob Waters As with all major events, planning for the Royal Wedding and surveying potential broadcast locations and securing reliable connectivity for video over IP workflows was top of mind for Canada’s Global TV. For major live broadcasts, in particular, when the entire world is watching, an extremely high degree of confidence is crucial because the live feeds need to be transmitted without fail.
Tags: iss132 | dejero | wedding | global television | canada | bandwidth | cellular | cellsat | satellite | stremaing | broadcast | ob | Rob Waters
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Networking with the GTC
Duncan Payne The annual Guild Of Television Cameramen ( GTC ) Open Day and AGM was held recently in the Oxfordshire countryside on a sunny Sunday. It's a while since I've attended one, and the welcome was as warm and friendly as it always has been.
Tags: iss114 | guild of television camermen | gtc | country | awards | azule | finance | Duncan Payne
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Sorry for any disruption caused: Netflix strikes again
[author] Netflix helped to change the TV landscape with its OTT subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service and its Originals. Could it be about to change things again by making programmes in-house?
Tags: iss107 | netflix | tv | ott | svod | device | originals | hulu | amazon prime | television | [author]
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Still looking good
Dick Hobbs. The television industry is in crisis, as we all know. Experts everywhere are telling us that consumers want content on demand, wherever they are. Online and mobile platforms will mean the end of the broadcaster and the channel as a brand.
Tags: iss107 | television industry | content | on demand | stats | figures | audience | advertiser | dick hobbs | Dick Hobbs.
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A brief history of time
Dick Hobbs. And another IBC is written into the annals of history. Another week in Amsterdam, sharing knowledge and experience. Say what you like about IBC: it is a great chance to meet, talk and learn.
Tags: iss106 | ibc 2015 | television | time | delay | live | ip signal | dick hobbs | Dick Hobbs.
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Hold up the weather
Dick Hobbs. Its no go my honey love, its no go my poppet. Work your hands from day to day, the winds will blow the profit. The glass is falling hour by hour, the glass will fall for ever, But if you break the bloody glass, you wont hold up the weather.
Tags: iss105 | weather forecast | met office | bbc | television | Dick Hobbs.
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Lessons Learnt - Webcasting live to the web
Larry Jordan# When I first started in this industry, more than 40 years ago, live television broadcasts were plentiful and popular. In fact, I got my start as a director in live television. However, the only way to create a live broadcast was with lots of equipment, large crews and plenty of money.
Tags: iss105 | webcasting | live | web | television | equipment | streaming | Larry Jordan#
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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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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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Emphasising Television in streaming television
James Gilbert There have been all sorts of doom and gloom stories, over a decade or more, about how television is changing. Budgets are being slashed, workflows are becoming automated, and standard IT hardware is taking over from bespoke broadcast kit.
Tags: iss096 | james gilbert | pixel power | streaming | television | ott | James Gilbert
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Eye to Eye: Video Post-production
N/A Video post-production has long been one of the fastest developing subsets of the broadcast business. It was among the first to lead the shift from hardware into software, bringing huge advantages in terms of affordability and ease of use. I can still remember the high cost, heavy weight and low quality of the early analogue tape to tape video editing systems. The expression 'colour comes later' returns to mind. IBC will see the introduction of quite a lot of new video-post kit including a respectable amount designed to handle 3D content which I will start off with.
Tags: eye to eye | post production | 3d post | binocle | dashwood | editshare | for-a | miranda | 2d post | miranda | blackmagic design | deltacast | digital vision | eyeheight | matrox | panasonic | iphone | vericorder | N/A
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Africans in London TV
Joseph Ail Africans in London TV (AILTV) was first featured in TV-BAY magazine issue 029 in 2009. The article was about AILTV when it started, including the reason why it was created, the content and future plans. We catch up with them in 2014...
Tags: iss095 | joseph adamson | ail | tv | africans in london | blackmagic atem television studio | Joseph Ail
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On Set of Top Gear festival live
KitPlus The Top Gear festival is a live show staged to tens of thousands of visitors, to bring the spirt of the Tv show to a live audience
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The Evolution of TV to the Bus Train and Park Bench
John Mills A digital revolution Since the not-quite-fully-electric late nineteenth century, television has been evolving.
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Does lack of training produce inaudible sound
John Barlow

A personal view from John Barlow once Head of BBC Television Film Services

Tags: iss089 | ITTP | BBC | Television Training | John Barlow
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Will Strauss looks at 6 reasons why 4k is so special
Will Strauss# With 4k now more than just a trade show conference theme, Will Strauss offers up some pointers for anyone considering Ultra High Definition (UHD) acquisition.
Tags: iss086 | Will Strauss | 4k | Ultra High Definition | Red Digital Cinema | Red One | Canon EOS C500 | Canon EOS-1 D C | Blackmagic Production Camera 4k | For-A FT-One | JVC GY-HMQ10 | Red Scarlet | Red Epic | Red Epic Dragon | Sony NEX-FS700 | Sony F5 | Sony F55 | Sony F65 | Sony PXW-Z100 | Vision Research Phantom Flex4k | Will Strauss#
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Driving customer loyalty with OTT
Jakub Kabourek The multi-screen revolution is being driven by the consumer and is developing quickly. It offers huge potential and a bright future for operators adopting OTT across multiple devices.
Tags: iss084 | multi screen | over the top | OTT | potential | guide | television | operators | Jakub Kabourek
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Royal College of Art targets loudness with NUGEN Audio
Mike Wyeld The Royal College of Art stays at the top of its game technically out of necessity especially as film and television production becomes increasingly digital.
Tags: iss083 | nugen audio | rca | royal college of art | technical | production | film | television | lm correct | lm-correct | audio | Mike Wyeld
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Dreamhack - Summer 2013
KitPlus DreamHack is the worlds largest digital festival and holds the official world record as worlds largest LAN party in the Guinness Book of Records.
Tags: iss082 | blackmagic | design | dreamhack | summer 2013 | digital festival | live | atem | switcher | vision mixer | panel | behind the scenes | equipment | breakdown | broadcast | KitPlus
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Will Strauss rounds up IBC 2013
Will Strauss# From a handheld stabilized camera gimbal to an egg-shaped QC booth, IBC 2013 was awash with new, and often strangely shaped, innovations. Will Strauss picks his favourites.
Tags: iss082 | ibc | 2013 | amsterdam | broadcast | technology | round up | review | main kit | equipment | picks | quantel | calrec | vision research | tsl | egg | Will Strauss#
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Bob Pank looks at shooting 4K TV
Bob Pank# Not unexpectedly IBC was full of buzz and products for 4K the new image format for television.
Tags: iss082 | 4K | TV | IBC | HDTV | 1920 | 1080 | guide | explained | article | 2004 | format | television | Bob Pank#
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Peter Savage asks: Is the 1980s vision still relevant today?
[author] In the late 1980s, the whole of the broadcast world changed for what, I believe, was the better. The BBC introduced Producer Choice, which meant that commissioners of programmes were for the first time allowed to look outside the BBC to make programmes.
Tags: iss082 | azule finance | tv-bay | acquisition | 1980s | bbc | producer choice | vision | relevant | article | [author]
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Education: Live TV approaches to learning without a safety net
Jennie Rawling Live broadcasting is the core business of the University of Portsmouth course, BSc (Hons) Television and Broadcasting, and they are now entering into their fifth successive year of weekly television output.
Tags: iss081 | university of portsmouth | television and broadcasting | course | television output | learning | education | live | training | Jennie Rawling
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The international worship market: shoot, compress and deliver globally
Kieron Seth# The worship TV market in the U.S. is big business, with an output that rivals many international broadcasters, both in terms of quantity, production values, audience size and commercial success.
Tags: iss081 | worship tv | television | us | broadcast | america | united states | worship | prayer | deliver | global | audience | Kieron Seth#
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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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Dick Hobbs roasts television rare
Dick Hobbs. I was at a conference about workflows the other day. One of the presentations was by a very nice man called Eric Minoli, who is chief engineer at TFO, the French-language public broadcaster in the Canadian province of Ontario. He illustrated his presentation with a great story.
Tags: iss080 | television | roast | eric minoli | story | cutting ends | broadcast | importance | dick hobbs | Dick Hobbs.
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Preparing for the future in television and film
Kieron Seth# The Media Services team provides equipment to under- and postgraduate students and operates facilities that include TV and photographic studios, video editing rooms and media production suites. Content is created in a variety of formats using professional Panasonic and JVC camcorders, and DSLR systems. It is post produced using network-connected Apple and Adobe software suites, running on Mac hardware.
Tags: iss080 | future | television | film | media services | students | dslr | Kieron Seth#
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Televising Swan Lake in live 3D from St Petersburg
Tim Highmoor Stereoscopic television may still be in its infancy as a home entertainment medium but it is thriving in the cinema world. Freed from domestic distractions, cinema audiences are ideally placed to give their full attention to the images on the big screen.
Tags: iss079 | swan lake | live stream | 3d | television | tim highmoor | paris | cinema | live | 3d event | streaming | Tim Highmoor
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A runaway success at Graduate Fashion Week with Blackmagic
KitPlus Encouraging and nurturing raw young talent, Graduate Fashion Week (GFW) is one of the largest international platforms of its kind. Showcasing the future of fashion, over 1,000 aspiring designers descended on London during June for Graduate Fashion Week 2013.
Tags: iss079 | blackmagic design | atem | brightonart | mark scarratt | london fashion week | graduate | television studio | use | review | testemonial | media express | KitPlus
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Multiviewers come along for the ride with Matrox
Catherine Overbury JMTV is a full-service location video production company located in Arkansas, which serves a wide range of national sports, corporate, and entertainment clients. Recently they completed a $3 million conversion of their 15.5 meter digital expanding production trailer to HD.
Tags: iss078 | JMTV | sports | matrox | multiviewers | microquads | controls | jones mobile television | production truck | Catherine Overbury
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Making the second screen work
Mark Christie The majority of consumers watch television with a smartphone or a tablet in their hands. This is a genuine demand: consumers love the second screen. The key is for broadcasters to embrace it as an opportunity, and to ensure that the content and the portal for it, are under their control.
Tags: iss078 | smartphone | television viewing | tablet | content | live | buzz | feed | phone | second screen | hashtag tv | Mark Christie
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Dick Hobbs remembers the BBC Television Centre
[author] I am writing this column the day after the last news programme was transmitted from BBC Television Centre, and by the time you read it the place will be more or less moribund. Which is sad.
Tags: iss076 | bbc television centre | back of a napkin | origins | story | legacy | looking back | closure | closing | moving | [author]
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What you see is what you get? Doubtful!
Robin Palmer The colour you see is not necessarily the same colour experienced by someone else looking at the same thing. It all depends on the viewer and the viewing conditions as well as the actual colour of the thing. People involved in broadcast, video editing and movie colour grading are probably unlikely to have been subjected to a compulsory Ishihara colour vision test.
Tags: iss074 | color | colour | broadcast | ishihara | test | patterns | sight | vision problems | pixel-scope | cel-soft | Robin Palmer
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Take control with Helm
N/A Control and monitoring are two of the biggest issues faced in playout operations. Broadcasters and playout providers want to be able to select precisely the equipment that they need and probably more so than ever, are now able to very accurately do that. But this, combined with the fact that previously largely static devices are now empowered by the introduction of IT thinking glue technologies being a prime example creates an issue.
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A credit to whom?
N/A Just over 40 years ago I was involved in the formation of the Guild of Television Cameramen as an independent non-profit-making international organisation that cares about television camerawork and the people who make it their craft. The GTC today has over 1,000 members, in the UK, Europe, Australia, Russia, Singapore, South Africa and the USA. The majority work in aspects of television ranging from production through documentary and drama, news and current affairs, sports and light entertainment, to corporate video.
Tags: iss068 | Guild of Television Cameramen | gtc | credits | N/A
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STAYING AHEAD OF THE BBCS QUALITY CURVE
N/A As director and filmmaker for Poor Kids and Poor Kids USA, I faced some specific technical challenges. Both films were commissioned by the BBC, which only accepts high-definition footage shot in data rates of 50 mb/s or higher. Since we would be going into the childrens houses and other low-light situations, we wanted a small camera........
Tags: iss064 | fast forward video | ffv | sidekick | true vision tv | bbc | final cut pro | fcp | prores | N/A
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Eye to Eye: Video over IP
N/A Live video streaming via Internet Protocol is perhaps most familiar in the form of Skypes free-of-charge online videophone service. Skype is a very easy way for an on-location broadcaster to get a video contribution back to base. A safer and more conventional technique, as with a reporter-to-anchor interview, is to live-stream video via ones own IP encoder straight into the studio for immediate viewing over a terrestrial and/or satellite network. If time is not so critical, the story can simply be emailed as a file straight out of the reporters camcorder.
Tags: iss064 | streaming | ip | video over ip | ateme | blackmagic | atem | digital rapids | streamz | envivio | 4caster | haivision | kulabyte | harmonic | ncast | telepresenter | teracue | enc-300 | teradek cube | viewcast | N/A
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Commercial break
N/A The first commercial to be shown on British television was for Gibbs SR toothpaste, transmitted at 20.12 on 22 September, 1955. Back then, according to Lord Thomson, the founder of Scottish Television, commercial television was a licence to print money.
Tags: iss060 | commercial television | N/A
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Choosing a Mixer for 3D Events
N/A We all need equipment that is very capable and has plenty of possibilities for expansion all at a reasonable price.
Tags: videoforce | iss060 | vision mixer | for-a | fora | HVS-350HS | HVS-300HS | viasat | N/A
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So what is Digital Television. Part 2 - Back to Basics
N/A Last month Richard described the move from analogue to digital television production. This month he goes a little deeper¦
Tags: iss055 | tektronix | digital television | pal | ntsc | secam | N/A
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Eye to Eye on Delivery and Distribution
N/A A notable aspect of the 2010 IBC and 2011 NAB conference sessions was the rapidly increasing focus on IP streaming. Fibre-optic delivery to the home has yet to be turned into widespread reality but transport speeds over existing electrical infrastructure continue to accelerate.
Tags: iss055 | digital rapids | dveo | grass valley | haivision | sencore | telecast fibre | thomson video networks | viewcast | N/A
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North West 200
Kieron Seth# As the gates to the event open and the hordes roll in to watch the North West 200 motorcycle race, production company Greenlight TV is primed: production schedule ready, broadcast timetable planned meticulously. Then... torrential rain, a crash and a major oil spill... finally a credible bomb alert.
Tags: iss054 | northwest 200 | greenlight television | edius hd | non-linear workstation | gaztec | vistitle | Kieron Seth#
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So what is Digital Television - Part 1
N/A It is tempting to think of digital television as something very scientific and even complex. But when we view the end result, we find something very familiar; something television engineers have sought since the very beginning¦an experience that just keeps getting better and better¦quality video and audio conveying great entertainment, sport, movies, and news to the viewing audience. The only thing new in digital television is the way the message gets from here to there.
Tags: iss054 | tektronix | digital television | back to basics | digital video | signals | N/A
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AdVision TV: Editing... Live
Kieron Seth# Glastonbury - it's on TV. Premier League Football? On TV. Not subscribing to the right satellite channel? Worried about missing a big event? Try Googling it, try YouTube.
Tags: youtube | advision | holdan | iss052 | ob | Grass Valley Indigo | EDIUS | XDCAM HD | Digi-beta | QuickTime | WMV | DV | AVCHD | Kieron Seth#
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NFTS, the future of digital visionaries
N/A The Confession, a film from The National Film and Television School (NFTS), has recently been nominated for an Academy Award, in the Live Action Short Film category - the second nomination for an NFTS graduation film in this category in the last five years.
Tags: nfts | iss050 | national film and tv school | digital vision | Cinematography | composing for Film and Television | Digital Post Production | Directing Animation | Directing Documentary | Directing Fiction | editing | Games | Design and Development | Producing | Producing and Directing Television Entertainment | Production Design | Screenwriting ¢ SFX/VFX ¢ Sound Design for Film and Television | N/A
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Watching Television
N/A The pictures on this page give you a small insight into my life. The first is a picture of the television in my living room. At the time of taking the picture I was watching the English cricket team losing in high definition.
Tags: iss050 | cricket | television | ces | technicolor | N/A
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Television camera lenses
N/A This is a glass-to-glass report with a difference, starting at front-end of the video production chain and staying there. Given the speed of development in almost every other branch of television, it is easy to overlook the advances taking place in optics. Until, that is, you need a wider capture angle than your existing kit can deliver or you want to post-repair a barrel-distorted Nelson's Column to remove the hint of banana.
Tags: Television camera lenses | Eye to Eye | iss046 | abakus | bandpro | canon | hj15ex8.5b | fujinon | polecam | theia | schneider | thales angenieux | carl zeiss | sony | ces2011 | N/A
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Nucoda Film Master builds tension on Mistresses
N/A Fans of popular UK television drama Mistresses saw the third series air on BBC One and BBC HD in August. Shot in Bristol on RED, the four x 60 minute drama was edited and graded at Bristol-based post production facility Films@59, who also supplied the camera kit. Produced by Ecosse Films, Mistresses delves into the tangled lives of four female friends and their relationships.
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Does one size fits all
N/A One size fits all ¦¦. or does it? By Lan Merrill, Vice President of Engineering, Compix Media
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2020 television
N/A Guy Elliott, Managing Director, ATG Broadcast, considers likely developments in the television industry over the next 10 years
Tags: 2020 | iss039 | television developments | resolution. delivery platforms | content storage | archiving | N/A
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