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This set up does almost everything I want to do. It is
capable of producing amazing results. But there are always
challenges. Let me first talk about what I do with it.
Shoot, Edit, Stream
Not only can I shoot, edit and stream with the gear listed
above, but I can also:
• Record and store the files in any format
• Encode files in real time for social media
• I can stream either 1080P or 720P
Blackmagic gear does exactly what it says in the manual -
all of the above. I have a mixture of professional cameras
and prosumer cameras, I use them both and they work
perfectly with Blackmagic.
Here at my RESEARCH BOX the ATEM Television studio
and the ATEM 1M/E Studio 4k are housed in a flight case
- when a job comes up, all I have to do is to grab the flight
case and go.
Now let us look at how I use the gear at the RESEARCH
BOX Depending on the programme being produced on the day,
I can choose any of the ATEM boxes to use, but what I
use most is the ATEM Television studio, which is capable
of producing the same results as ATEM 1 M/E Production
Studio 4k. I choose to use ATEM Television Studio because
it is silent when turned on, which is perfect for my small
room. ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4k is more advanced
and has more features, but I cannot use it in my room
because it is noisy. When filming on location or in a bigger
space I use both units.
When recording a talking head I use one camera,
sometimes two cameras to alternate angles or for display
shorts. When recording two people, for example a business
talk show, I use three cameras: Panasonic HPX171,
Panasonic GH2 and a Canon HV20. The first is SDI and
last two are HDMI. For sound I use a Yamaha 01Pro Mix.
Graphics can be either loaded directly into a media pool
in Blackmagic Design software or can be accessed from
another programme. The Graphics include lower thirds,
bugs, and channel idents. Video inserts, like stings and
fillers, can be played from a Hyper shuttle deck and/
or a MacPro with a DeckLink SDI 4k card can be used.
Photoshop and After effects can also be used for creating
graphics. Some programmes are recorded using Chroma
Key, and for this type of programme I can either use Reflec
media Light Ring [Blue/Green] with Chromatte cloth or a
conventional green/blue chroma key cloth.
When recording a programme MacbookPro controls the
ATEM Television studio via ATEM Software Control while the
streaming is taken care of with Tera Dek VidiU. This set up
works both ways - in the Studio at the RESEARCH BOX or
on location. Here’s an example of a live streaming gig I did
in July for Charlton Housing Association [http://youtu.be/
Until now I have not mentioned storage which is an integral
part of the set up. At present I have several assorted hard
drives, Lacie Fire Wire 800/400s, G drives, and plenty
of USB3/2 which are in need of replacing. The reason
for replacing these drives is that I have moved on from
producing HDV to proper HD video mainly ProRes 422HQ.
Most readers are familiar with this CODEC which requires
massive storage. I am looking at G-Tech Raid with Thunder
Bolt, with at least 8TB.
Lighting is a bit of a challenge especially in the summer. It
really gets hot when using lights such as red heads (and
sets off all our fire alarms!). Fortunately I have similar lights
with a dimmer switch to regulate the amount of light and
heat, made by a Chinese company. As you can see, The
RESEARCH BOX is very small, but I came up with an idea
of rigging up the cameras without the use of tripods - see
AILTV’s ultimate goal is to create a proper online TV
channel, not just video clips on the internet. To achieve
this a play out system is needed and this is our main
challenge. My colleague Joseph Enugbu and I have been
experimenting with Blackmagic Media Express. This
software can play clips in any order; what is missing are
simple commands or instructions which tell the computer
to play a piece of video at any specific time and the
ability to ingest, capture video or to change the order
of the schedule while playing out. My wish is that those
clever guys from Blackmagic Design should consider
implementing these features in Media Express software.
AILTV will be streaming live from December. Joseph and I
are preparing a two hour live streaming schedule, starting
with weekends. In the mean time please visit www.ailtv.com
and have a look .
There are many challenges ahead but I am
determined to continue busting them.
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