Newsletter from 02/02/2016
ISE2016 - More than an Exhibition
The Audio Forum conference will focus on ‘Theories, Technologies, Legends and Myths about Audio’, The Sports Venue Integration Summit will explore a day in the life of the contemporary connected stadium, the Dolby Atmos Immersive Theatre will demonstrate the breath-taking audio that can be delivered via the system for music, music videos and movies and Closing Keynote speaker Dr. Michio Kaku will focus on future trends in technology and commerce.
ATM Broadcast ATM 10 HD
One of ATM's principal activities, but not the only one, is the provision of broadcast services of different kind. ATM has last generation HD equipment, operated by highly qualified professionals with wide experience in this field. The experience along the years working with the main TV Channels from the 5 continents has made ATM a referent in the audiovisual market worldwide.
Broadcast Solutions delivers 31 camera OB Van to Al Kass Sports Channel in Qatar
Beginning of 2016 Broadcast Solutions GmbH has delivered a 31 camera OB Van plus supporting truck to sports channel Al Kass in Qatar. Winning an international tender the OB Van was designed , built and integrated at the Broadcast Solutions headquarter in Germany. The live production vehicle named OB-10 is the biggest addition to Al Kass’ OB Van fleet and will serve in major live events for the Al Kass sports channel as well as for further TV stations, when Al Kass acts as broadcast service provider. For Broadcast Solutions the Al Kass project marked a further highlight in building live production trucks. The company again proved to have all the knowledge and staff to design and build an OB Van for 31 cameras and 29 crew members with special coachbuilding, tailor-made interiors and technological solutions in time and budget and to the customer’s satisfaction.
Registration open for Wings For Life World Run 2016 as running booms worldwide
Combining two of the major trends in running today – charity runs and sport-for-all events – with its own signature innovations, the annual Wings for Life World Run is racing back into the international spotlight for its third year. Registration is open now for the May 8 run, which will be, globally, a highlight of the 2016 calendar for runners of all levels. All are welcome to sign up, from beginners to dedicated athletes and competitors using a regular, everyday wheelchair. And every participant makes a difference. The Wings for Life World Run was launched in 2014 to raise funds for the Wings for Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation. Pioneering the concept of a synchronised race where participants across the world run simultaneously, the event introduced the Catcher Car format, in which a celebrity-driven vehicle gives the runners a head start, chasing the field at a predetermined pace. While the individual man and woman last to be caught are declared Global Champions, all the participants have their own personal goals and motivations, which are as varied and unique as the runners themselves.
EBU/VRT: The world’s first full IP remote broadcast production
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is pleased to announce that on 15 January 2016, the Belgium public broadcaster, VRT, successfully accomplished the trial remote production of a live musical concert using IP and open standards across the whole production chain, thereby demonstrating the capabilities and benefits of IP in live broadcast production. The remote production set-up was an extension of the full IP local studio set up that was previously demonstrated by the LiveIP project group.
Robe for The Voice Angola
Three new African countries embraced the massively popular singing competition The Voice – South Africa, Angola & Nigeria – with all three series recorded at and broadcast from Stage One, Sasani Studios, Johannesburg - and all featuring over 100 Robe moving lights prominently on their respective lighting rigs. Johannesburg based production company Multi-Media is co-ordinating and supplying all technical elements – including lighting, sound, video, rigging and staging – for broadcaster AMPN (African Media & Productions Network) TV over an 11 month period which ends in July 2016.
The Open Space TV studio set, lit by Clay Paky
Lighting designer Francesco De Cave's enthusiasm was huge when he turned on the Mediaset TV studio lighting after equipping it with the Clay Paky Alpha Profile 800 STs he had requested. These small, powerful, high-performance beam shapers are ideal for the most demanding show lighting uses. The studio set is very big. It is an open space for discussing everything that makes the news. The new transmission, actually called OpenSpace, was organized by the editorial staff of Le Iene with this in mind. It is a 360° set surrounded by a 30 foot high (9 m) cyclorama which covers all four sides, along which the cameras are positioned.
Calrec Audio console on "TFI Friday"
U.K.-based rental company Presteigne Broadcast Hire has added a Calrec Artemis audio console to its rental line-up. The console's first customer, One-Ten Productions, rented studio and production facilities for the revived "TFI Friday" programme. One-Ten used the Artemis to manage audio for the most recent run of the lively and dynamic weekly show, which is anchored by live music and guest interviews. "I've mixed many live shows before, such as 'The Voice' and the BBC's 2014 Brazil World Cup coverage, but 'TFI Friday' is unlike any other show I've done to date," said Howard Nock, sound supervisor on the show.
Hitachi Z-HD5000 HD Cameras Ignite Live Sports Production for Syracuse University
Syracuse University—a private research university located in Syracuse, NY—is using two Hitachi Z-HD5000 HDTV broadcast cameras to produce select Syracuse Orange NCAA Division I athletics events for ESPN3, ESPN’s online streaming service. The events include men’s and women’s basketball and lacrosse games held at the Carrier Dome, the university’s 49,262-seat on-campus, domed sports stadium. “Having ESPN3 carry our games live is prestigious and provides greater visibility for our teams,” said John DeFrancisco, Manager of Technical Operations for Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome, which houses a video production control room in one of its private skybox suites.
First EVS Connected Sports Summit
On 26 January Muriel de Lathouwer, Managing Director and CEO of EVS welcomed more than 100 guests at the EVS Connected Sports Summit at the new EVS headquarter in Liege. Muriel set the scene by asking the question how to enrich Live Sports further. EVS technology is the backbone at international flagship events and has helped to bring emotions, analysis and excitement to TV screens. But what is next? The concept of a connected sports fan may be relatively new but there is little doubt that the ever-increasing power of smartphones and tablets mean that being connected is going to become the norm.
30,700 guests celebrate and cheer during the FIS World Cup weekend in Adelboden
The Chuenisbärgli (also Kuonisbergli) is a mountain in the Bernese Oberland. It lies above the village of Adelboden and is known as one of the venues of the FIS Alpine World Cup races. The first Adelboden ski days took place already in 1955, before they became part of the FIS Ski World Cup in 1967. The slope at Chuenisbärgli is considered as the most difficult giant slalom course of the World Cup for men. Both the starting piece and the final slope are extremely steep. This year tpc installed 16 TV cameras to cover the races including one Sony SuperSlomo camera and one Ikegami HyperSloMo camera. Beni Giger was composing the world feed in tpc's HD2. Also the German broadcaster ARD and the Austrian broadcaster ORF were on location with their own presenter platforms and some additional ISO cameras.
Kevin Hart’s ‘What Now’ World Tour Live Production Delivered with Blackmagic
Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K and ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K are delivering live video content for the UK dates for award winning comedian Kevin Hart’s ‘What Now’ world tour, taking place at major venues including London’s O2 and Wembley Arena. With video playing a major part in the tour’s overall aesthetic and influencing Kevin’s performance and interaction with arena audiences, the Blackmagic Design equipment forms an integral part of the live production workflow supplied by SXS Events, including LED screens, IMAG projectors, PPU and crew. “The Blackmagic Design equipment that we’ve selected gives us broadcast grade image quality as part of a turnkey live production set up,” explains Johnny Palmer, founder of SXS Events.
It’s 2pm on a cold and wet Saturday at Millennium Studios, and the unmistakable sound of ‘Comfortably Numb’ is gently wafting into the car park from an open door. Inside the cavernous ‘A’ Stage, the band in residence is The Australian Pink Floyd Show, the outfit that since the late ’80s has been steadily progressing and refining its sonic and visual recreation of the rock icons’ music to such a degree that even a die-hard fan of the originals could not fail to appreciate. What began as a tribute band has gradually become a ‘mega homage’, bearing all the production values and technical prowess of a major arena attraction. And in 48 hours from now, the ‘Aussie Floyd’ (or TAPFS) will load out of the Bedfordshire rehearsal complex and head over the Channel to the Zenith in Dijon, to play its first show of the year.
Ane Brun Completes Tour with dLive
Swedish PA company, Parashoot, has completed a European tour with Norwegian singer songwriter, Ane Brun, using Allen & Heath’s new dLive system to manage FOH and Monitors. “I have been using iLive endlessly over the last 5 years, and on the last two Ane Brun tours, culminating in over 200 shows. The timing of the dLive release couldn't have been better. The anticipation of more FX and more buses, made it the unchallenged winner for this tour. A&H makes the best digital live preamps, channel dynamics and onboard FX engines, so it was a no brainer,” comments Parashoot’s sound engineer and owner, Oscar Söderlund.
Skynet iMotion enlists SAM switcher technology for ‘Multi Live’ sports program
Skynet iMotion Activities (SiA), an entity of the Proximus Group, has deployed two Kahuna 9600 production switchers with accompanying Maverik control panels from SAM to support SiA’s Multi Live sports program. This delivers multiple live matches (up to eight) to viewers on one screen, including commentary and highlight analysis. The deal was overseen by VP Media Solutions. SiA, based in Belgium, produces more than 700 live programs annually, including Belgian football matches. All of its content is offered on Proximus TV and broadcast on its own channels, which are exclusive to the Proximus TV platform.
Enex upgrades its complete workflow to HD
In Q1 2015, Enex contracted BCE to create a new fully HD technical infrastructure, together with a customised Media Asset Management, Editorial and Playout platform that would meet the growing needs of the global news provider. The new system was launched officially on 14th January 2016 after a soft launch at the end of 2015. The heart of the new platform is an advanced News Media Asset Management (MAM). Completely developed by BCE, the MAM features library management tools and advanced automation and is combined with the editorial platform (NRCS) and the playout platform under one common user interface.
KSAT Boosts Broadcast Production with SSL C10 and Network I/O
The station broadcasts almost 40 hours of local news from its main facilities, along with the daily hour-long SA Live entertainment show from a remote studio. Jason Hernandez, KSAT's lead Broadcast Engineer for the C10 project, explains that the new console has replaced an older installation and was chosen to complement a rethink of the station's technical infrastructure: "We were able to cut down and consolidate a lot of the support cabling associated with discrete audio connections. We did this by going embedded with a lot of our sources - directly interfacing with our HD video infrastructure and connecting the SDI feeds directly into the C10 via SSL Network I/O. We do also have a mixture of AES and analogue discrete I/O, using SSL Alpha-Link Live-R units, plus the Alpha-Link 8RMP mic preamp."
UHD: HDR/WCG to become mainstream
A report in Display Daily from highly regarded industry analyst Chris Chinnock says that HDR and WCG displays will rapidly become mainstream. He states: “Nearly every UHD TV in 2016 will support the basic HDR-10 level of HDR. Most will have HDMI 2.0a connectors to be able to read static metadata, which is part of HDR-10.” Chinnock adds: “Other 4K TVs will support more advanced levels of HDR such as the approaches proposed by Dolby, Technicolor & Philips and the BBC/NKH. Dolby takes the early lead here with a number of TVs announced that will support Dolby Vision. But Technicolor and Philips are merging their approaches and our discussion with the System-on-Chip providers suggests that the merged approach will also be added to silicon quite quickly in 2016. These silicon solutions will go in TVs, set top boxes, Blu-ray players and more – all planned for 2016.”
Primes vs. Fujinon Zooms
Tokyo-based video production company, Ellroy Inc., decided to see for themselves if zoom lenses from Fujifilm, for all their undoubted functionality, fall short when compared to single-focus PL mount cine lenses in terms of image quality. To independently assess the lens performances, Ellroy crew conducted a hands-on investigation, pitting three FUJINON 4K Cabrios PL-mount lenses – the 85-300mm Cabrio, 19-90mm Cabrio, and 14-35mm Cabrio – against high-quality single focus primes on actual commercial shoots and performed a variety of quality checks. Led by veteran DP Kazumi Takahashi, the Ellroy team focused on resolution, distortion and how the lenses handled color.
Rogers Enters Age of 4K/UHD With NHL Coverage
Sportsnet will produce Saturday’s 4K show out of a separate mobile unit (Dome Productions’ Unite) from the HD production. However, this side-by-side production model is only temporary until Dome completes transformation of its Trillium mobile unit into a single truck (with a pair of B units) that can serve both the HD and 4K shows. “The one-truck solution is absolutely essential,” says Moore. “You couldn’t possibly justify this on a day-in/day-out basis if you were doing side-by-side productions all the time. The side-by-side for the first 10 or so hockey games is a necessity to [launch] in time for first quarter of this year, when we wanted to be in market. But you couldn’t possibly envision every Blue Jays game having two sets of trucks, producers, and commentators. There is just no way you could monetize that.”