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Imagine Communications Updates Core Truck Technology for NEP Belgium Posted: 06/11/2019
Imagine Communications Updates Core Truck Technology for NEP Belgium

Imagine Communications has delivered core technology for a major refresh of an outside broadcast truck for NEP Belgium. As well as providing state-of-the-art and future-proofed solutions, a key part of the challenge was the very tight timescale allocated to complete the refurbishment. Imagine Communications was able to deliver on the tough timetable with the support of its Belgian dealer and partner, VP Media Solutions.

“Our Unit 14 still had many kilometres in it, but with a technology platform that was life-expired,” said Geert Thoelen, transitions manager at NEP Belgium. “We wanted a solution that would fit into the existing space, would give us all the functionality we need today, and be ready for the future, including increasing use of IP connectivity. And we could really only take the truck off the road for little more than a month earlier this year, so our partner had to be capable of moving swiftly to install and commission.”

Imagine Communications was able to comfortably meet the requirements. The new infrastructure is built around the Platinum™ IP3 router. In a single 15RU chassis, this router provides very high-density switching of today’s SDI-HD signals. It is also capable of seamlessly integrating uncompressed video over IP, so is ready to form the basis of a migration to IP connectivity — for example, to introduce Ultra HD signals. In Unit 14, the Platinum IP3 router is also fitted with the Platinum SX Pro multiviewer cards, adding functionality while reducing rack occupancy and power consumption.

Imagine’s Magellan™ SDN Orchestrator provides overall system control in the truck. It is specifically designed to provide unified operational interfaces in a hybrid environment, easing the transition between traditional, SDI-connected technology and software-defined, IP-connected architectures.

Tags: Imagine Communications | NEP Belgium | OB truck | outside broadcast | truck refurbishment | core technology | state-of-the-art | future-proof | VP Media Solutions | Unit 14 | Geert Thoelen | IP connectivity | Mathias Eckert | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Directors Cut upgrades to Baselight for HDR and 4K Posted: 31/10/2019
Directors Cut upgrades to Baselight for HDR and 4K

Independent London post house Directors Cut Films – owned and operated by its creative staff – has invested in a Baselight TWO colour grading workstation with a Blackboard 2 control panel. Directors Cut works primarily in premium long-form television, as well as drama series, documentaries and feature films, with increasing interest in 4K and HDR.

“Being owned and run by ex-editors, we know what is required to meet and exceed expectations in post,” said Senior Colourist Andy Elliott. “We felt it was the right time to invest and embrace HDR and 4K workflows. HDR in particular produces much more of a positive visual impact, with real benefits in the immersive experience for the viewer.”

Leading broadcasters and production companies in the UK routinely turn to Directors Cut to finish major projects. While the work includes major dramas and some feature films, the company has a reputation for long form TV, especially documentaries. Recent projects graded by Elliott include biographies of Cher and Elton John, an investigation of the Bauhaus for BBC4, and Sir David Attenborough’s call to action Climate Change: The Facts.

Elliott pointed out that such programmes frequently bring together footage shot on multiple different cameras and formats, often in less than ideal circumstances. The task for the colourist is to integrate all of the footage as well as create a coherent look that reflects the story the director wishes to tell. That makes the speed and power of the upgraded Baselight suite an important asset.

Tags: FilmLight | Directors Cut Films | independent post house | Baselight TWO | colour grading | Blackboard control panel | Andy Elliott | HDR | 4K | grading suite | powerful system | asset | colourist | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Fifty Fifty adds second Baselight grading suite Posted: 21/10/2019
Fifty Fifty adds second Baselight grading suite

Leading London boutique post house Fifty Fifty has added a second Baselight grading suite as part of its expansion programme. With the growing interest in top end content for broadcast and streaming, both suites are equipped for 4K and HDR Ultra HD, and certified for Dolby Vision grading and delivery.

 
Originally a short-form house, Fifty Fifty is now best known for its broadcast work. As well as an ambitious expansion into a fourth building next to its original Soho base, to drive future creative and commercial growth, Fifty Fifty has recruited experienced long-form colourist Joe Stabb to run both the department and the new suite.
 
“Our boutique size enables us to offer agile, bespoke solutions,” said Cara Kotschy, managing director of Fifty Fifty. “The addition of beautifully styled and Dolby Vision accredited Baselight suites is a strategic move to put us at the forefront of technology and deliver our strategy within the high-end programming market. Baselight is a name that almost every single client will recognise and trust.”
 
Today, the majority of Fifty Fifty’s OTT deliverables are in HDR, so it is incredibly important that they have the confidence to deliver this new technology. The new suite matches the existing room technically, based on a Baselight TWO workstation with a Blackboard control surface. Fifty Fifty also use Baselight plug-ins in their editorial rooms and Flame VFX.
Tags: FilmLight | Fifty Fifty | Baselight | grading suite | colourist | Joe Stabb | 4K | HDR Ultra HD | Cara Kotschy | Dolby Vision | Blackboard control | Flame VFX | colour science | colour artist | interoperability | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Artjail raises the bar with Baselight colour grading Posted: 03/10/2019
Artjail raises the bar with Baselight colour grading
Independent VFX boutique Artjail has added a Baselight grading suite in each of its locations: one in its New York studio, and one in Toronto their newest studio that opened in January. Bringing grading and VFX together will strengthen the studio’s workflow for complex VFX projects. It will also further their reputation for short form advertising projects and long form work.
Tags: FilmLight | Clinton Homuth | colourist | Artjail | VFX boutique | Baselight | grading suite | Steve Mottershead | New York | Toronto | BLG | Flame | NUKE | Avid | VFX | feature set | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Argosy Strengthens Commitment to Middle East Market with Opening of New Stock Facility Posted: 03/10/2019
Argosy Strengthens Commitment to Middle East Market with Opening of New Stock Facility

Argosy, a leading international supplier of broadcast cables and infrastructure products, has announced that it has relocated its Dubai office to the city’s Oudmetha area in order to hold more stock and deliver faster and more efficient services to its Middle East customers. The larger facility enables Argosy to locally stock higher volumes of its expanding product portfolio, such as racking and mains distribution units, video audio and data cabling, connectors and patching, SMPTE and fibre assembly equipment, along with KVM and network switches.

Tags: Argosy | Middle East | new office | Dubai | infrastructure | specialist | broadcast cables | racking | mains distribution units | video audio and data cabling | network switches | Chris Smeeton | Raziullah Baig | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Imagine Communications Upgrades Playout at Australias Largest Managed Media Services Provider, NPC Media Posted: 13/09/2019
Imagine Communications Upgrades Playout at Australias Largest Managed Media Services Provider, NPC Media

Imagine Communications has been selected by NPC Media Pty Ltd, a venture formed between Australia’s largest commercial broadcasters, Seven (ASX:SWM) and Nine (ASX:NEC), to provide an extensive infrastructure upgrade of the National Playout Centre (NPC) in Sydney, Australia.

Tags: Imagine Communications | IBC2019 | NPC Media | Australia | Seven Network | Nine Network | National Playout Centre | Chris Howe | playout facility | content management | end-to-end | Versio | Joe Khodeir | Tom Cotney | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications | IBC 2019 | IBC 2019
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Imagine Offers Support for Legacy Equipment, Easing the Transition to the Software Future Posted: 13/09/2019
Imagine Offers Support for Legacy Equipment, Easing the Transition to the Software Future

As part of its commitment to provide continuing support for broadcasters and media companies at any point in the transition towards software-defined solutions, Imagine Communications is developing several new offerings.

Tags: Imagine Communications | legacy equipment | MyCare | IBC2019 | your path your pace | Health Check Program | Extended Care Program | Imagine Service Fortress | Fortress Solutions | Bell Media | Tod Madden | Chris Sjerven | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications | IBC 2019 | IBC 2019
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Imagine Communications Infrastructure Underpins New 4K HDR Truck for Videe Posted: 12/09/2019
Imagine Communications Infrastructure Underpins New 4K HDR Truck for Videe

Italian systems integration company Chromaline, which specializes in outside broadcast trucks, has built OBX, a flagship production unit for Videe. The revolutionary design, focused on creating a comfortable working environment for the biggest live events, depends upon core infrastructure products – including routing and multiviewers – from Imagine Communications.

Tags: Imagine Communications | IBC2019 | OBX | Chromaline | Videe | Ilario Urbanetto | 4K | HDR | pioneering | efficient | reliable | live broadcast | outside broadcast | Nicola Dall\'Asta | Mathias Eckert | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications | IBC 2019 | IBC 2019
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Fast-forward to creative results with FilmLight at IBC2019 Posted: 05/09/2019
Fast-forward to creative results with FilmLight at IBC2019

At this year’s IBC, FilmLight (Amsterdam, 13-17 September, stand #7.A45) is demonstrating new colour management tools and products designed to improve efficiency and flexibility for a wide range of workflows.

Tags: FilmLight | IBC2019 | Blackboard Classic | control panel | workflow improvements | colour management tool | Baselight | FLUX Store | VFX | Daylight | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications | IBC 2019 | IBC 2019
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Dejero Keeps IRONMAN Australia Connected in Challenging Conditions Posted: 13/08/2019
Dejero Keeps IRONMAN Australia Connected in Challenging Conditions
Dejero, an innovator in cloud-managed solutions that provide Emmy® award winning video transport and Internet connectivity while mobile or in remote locations, recently provided five HEVC capable EnGo mobile transmitters and a 4-channel WayPoint receiver to Next Up Digital, for the 8-camera remote coverage of the professional race at IRONMAN Australia, in Port Macquarie via IRONMAN’s global social media channels.
 
Tags: Dejero | IRONMAN | Australia | EnGo | mobile transmitter | challenging | Next Up Digital | flexible | reliable | mobile broadcasting | IRONMAN Oceania | Andrew Forster | Stephen Kane | Todd Schneider | Facebook Watch | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Creating movie star looks for HBO Big Little Lies Posted: 12/08/2019
Creating movie star looks for HBO and rsquo;s Big Little Lies
The second season of HBO’s runaway hit drama Big Little Lies was completed at Technicolor in Los Angeles. Finishing artist and Vice President of business development Pankaj Bajpai, famed for grading the HBO series Sex in the City, True Detective and Nat Geo’s Genius seasons for both Einstein and Picasso, used Baselight to enhance the distinctly Californian look of the show.
Tags: FilmLight | Big Little Lies | HBO | Technicolor | Pankaj Bajpai | Baselight | Base Grade | Film Grade | Flare control | BLG for Flame | Baselight for NUKE | VFX | color grading | colour grading | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Legendary colourist Yvan Lucas reunites with Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood Posted: 05/08/2019
Legendary colourist Yvan Lucas reunites with Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
The latest movie written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, took the 2019 Cannes Film Festival by storm. The film visits late 60’s Los Angeles with colour and vitality realised by cinematographer Robert Richardson.
Tags: FilmLight | colourist | Yvan Lucas | Quentin Tarantino | Oce Upon A Time... In Hollywood | Cannes Film Festival | Robert Richardson | Baselight | colour grading | Éclair | Matt Tomlinson | Elodie Ichter | Daylight | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Saudi Arabias first production facility incorporates Baselight Posted: 31/07/2019
Saudi Arabias first production facility incorporates Baselight
Following the lifting of a 35-year ban on cinema in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Nebras Films has established the first full facility production and post service, based in Riyadh. As part of a complete offering, the post house includes a Baselight TWO grading suite with the latest v5 software, equipped with a Blackboard 2 control panel from FilmLight.
Tags: FilmLight | Saudi Arabia | Nebras Films | Baselight | Baselight TWO grading suite | Cian Patrick McLysaght | Vision 2030 plan | 4K | HDR | ARRI Alexa | Jigsaw 24 | local content | international collaboration | post house | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Argosy Underlines Single Trusted Source Status at IBC2019 Posted: 29/07/2019
Argosy Underlines Single Trusted Source Status at IBC2019
Argosy, a leading international supplier of broadcast and AV cables and infrastructure products, is addressing the real issues of engineers and systems architects at IBC2019 (13 – 17 September, Amsterdam, stand 10.C51). In a time of rapid change and development, where more content is being created than ever before, Argosy is a one-stop source of all the underlying infrastructure which the new media landscape demands.
Tags: Argosy | IBC 2019 | IBC2019 | Single Trusted Surce | stability | broadcast cables | AV cables | broadcast infrastructure | Chris Smeeton | IP connectivity | solutions | understanding challenges | active hardware | clean room technology | cables | switches | MKM Marcomms | IBC 2019 | IBC 2019
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Megahertz to Showcase One-of-a-Kind, All-IP OB Truck at IBC 2019 Posted: 19/07/2019
Megahertz to Showcase One-of-a-Kind, All-IP OB Truck at IBC 2019

Megahertz Ltd, the trusted partner for systems integration with years of experience in delivering cost effective, imaginative designs and solutions for fixed and mobile applications, will be showcasing Spiritland Productions’ one-of-a-kind, large format, versatile sound and video outside broadcast (OB) truck at its IBC stand 12.F20, between 13-17 September, 2019 (Rai, Amsterdam, Netherlands).

Tags: Megahertz | Spiritland Productions | OB truck | one-of-a-kind | IBC 2019 | end-to-end IP infrastructure | Spiritland One | Gareth Iles | flexible working positions | collaboration | Jon Flay | outside broadcast | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications | IBC 2019 | IBC 2019
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