Newsletter from 03/05/2016
NBC Olympics Selects Partners for its Coverage of the Games in Rio
A division of the NBC Sports Group, NBC Olympics is responsible for producing, programming and promoting NBCUniversal's Olympic coverage. It is renowned for its unsurpassed Olympic heritage, award-winning production, and ability to aggregate the largest audiences in U.S. television history. Prior to NAB NBC Olympics has announced the following companies with whom they will work for its production of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, which take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5 - August 21.
Audio-Technica - Avid - Calrec - ChyronHego - Cisco - EMC - Harmonic - Lawo - NEP Group - Tektronix
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Mobile TV Group Hits the Road with All 4K/HDR Live Sports Truck
Mobile TV Group (MTVG) has launched an end-to-end 4K and HDR mobile production unit, designated 39 FLEX, incorporating 12 Sony HDC-4300 live camera systems and using Sony’s BVM-X300 4K/HDR master monitor for critical viewing. Powered by Sony’s 4K/HDR broadcast production technology, 39 FLEX makes live sports production in 4K/HDR a practical reality. 39 FLEX is a 53′ double-expando and joins MTVG’s fleet of 30 mobile units. For Phil Garvin, President of MTVG, selecting Sony 4K was crucial since it fully embraced 4K imagers and HDR. The arrival of the 39 FLEX marks a new era in mobile production, much as Garvin’s pioneering HDNET truck ushered in the HD era at its launch in 2001. But there are significant differences today that will drive 4K adoption.
Arena Television Launches 4K UHD Trucks with All-IP Infrastructure
Arena Television is one of the UK’s leading outside broadcast service providers, supporting a prestigious range of sports and events clients with a fleet of more than 20 fully equipped OB trucks plus the associated services of Arena Aviation. The family-owned company, in business since 1989, is making the move to 4K UHD and embracing developments in IP-based video production with its three new trucks that will be rolling out over the next year. To realize this vision, Arena turned to Grass Valley, a Belden Brand. Arena is one of the first OB companies in Europe to embrace 4K UHD production based on a ground-breaking IP infrastructure in a broadcast truck.
Imagine Communications Provides Route to UHD for New NEP Fleet
Imagine Communications, empowering the media and entertainment industry through transformative innovation, is providing the core infrastructure for four new outside broadcast trucks being built for NEP UK. The new trucks will be capable of HD, 1080p HD and 4K/UHD production, easily switching between HD and UHD resolutions as assignments require. At the heart of each of the new trucks is the Platinum™ IP3 router from Imagine Communications. To provide complex signal management and accommodate multiple formats, the Platinum IP3 integrates signal distribution, audio multiplexing and de-multiplexing, flexible multiviewing and test and measurement, along with precision routing, in a compact space.
NextVR Unveils World's First Virtual Reality Production Truck at NAB Show
NextVR, a pioneer in immersive 3D virtual reality experiences, is introducing the first live virtual reality production truck for broadcast coverage of marquee events. The production truck made its first appearance at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas on April 18th. After that, NextVR will roll out the truck to cover live events – including sports and concerts – beginning in July. Custom-built from the ground up, the NextVR virtual reality production truck will allow for rapid deployment at an arena or stadium for the increasing demand for live virtual reality content. The truck is designed to be 'plug and play' by pulling up to any venue to immediately deliver a multi-camera, live stereoscopic VR experience complete with fully mixed 3D VR audio.
Levira to employ the most modern OB vehicle in the Baltics
Baltic’s leading Outside Broadcast service provider Levira has signed an agreement for construction of the largest and technically advanced outdoor broadcast vehicle in the Baltics. The double expanding 16-camera HD OB truck will enable Levira to further improve the technical quality and flexibility of its services. The truck is constructed by Lithuanian coachbuilder and system integrator company TVC, an experienced manufacturer of different types of production vehicles. Levira’s new double expanding OB vehicle has the operating capacity of up to 16 LDX80 cameras and up to four 8-channel SloMo servers.
DB Video Builds Innovative OBVan
Looking to design and build an OB van that would support an entirely new mobile broadcasting experience for productions of all sizes, Belgium's DB Video called on Riedel Communications and the company's MediorNet real-time media network. Working with Riedel and coach builder Moeyersons, DB Video used MediorNet systems to create a relatively small yet robust expandable truck — dubbed Unit 10 — that boasts future-proof broadcast technology and a unique cloud model for signal routing. To create a future-proof truck with a space-saving yet spacious-feeling environment, DB Video worked with Moeyersons to design from scratch a complete OB van measuring just 11.65 meters long by 2.293 meters wide when closed.
Major EVS server upgrade for HD Resources
In a deal struck at the 2016 NAB Show Swedish broadcast facilities company, HD Resources, has confirmed they have ordered XT3 live production servers in the new ChannelMAX configuration from EVS, the leader in live video technology for broadcast and new media productions. HD Resources (HDR) is a full solution mediahouse together with a large OB fleet. HDR works across many different types of programming including live sports, studio shows and entertainment recordings. Carefully selecting its partners and suppliers from the leading manufacturers in the TV production market, HDR will take delivery of the new XT3 ChannelMAX servers in time to deliver multilateral production services for a major sporting event this summer.
Yamaha TF3 Hits The Road With New Dutch Outside Broadcast Facility
Increasing demand for his services has seen renowned Dutch cameraman and video editor John Huijbregts build his own 4K outside broadcast truck. A Yamaha TF3 digital mixing console proved the ideal solution for the vehicle’s audio requirements. John has worked both nationally and internationally, covering a wide range of different events and productions. His company Dutch Multicam is located in the southern town of Sint Willebrord, with facilities that include edit rooms and full post-production facilities. John has been using Yamaha 01V96 digital mixers for many years and so, when the demand dictated the need to develop an OB facility, he naturally looked to Yamaha again.
EVS and HBS partner to develop first live sports production training program
A collaboration between leading live sports organizations, EVS and HBS will create the first ever Live Sports Production module which will become a part of HBS’ Broadcast Academy. Since 2007 the world renowned Host Broadcaster, HBS, has run its Broadcast Academy as a training service to improve not just individual TV professionals’ skills but the overall global standard of broadcasting. In its new role alongside HBS, EVS will offer its industry-leading technology and 20 years of experience in the field to the Live TV Simulator. This is a unique, itinerant live broadcast training tool that teaches broadcast professionals on the ground at the world’s biggest sporting events.
ChyronHego Sells 17 Tracking and Analysis Systems to Swedish Horse Racing Broadcaster
ChyronHego announced that Kanal 75, the media arm of Sweden's trotting and thoroughbred horse racing organization known as ATG, has purchased 17 ChyronHego systems that will add tracking, analysis, and virtual graphics to its broadcasts of Swedish Trotting Association races. Each system combines ChyronHego's ZXY sports analysis product, its Virtual Placement tool, and its GS2 graphics engine. The project is the first for ChyronHego's ZXY technology outside of soccer and one of the largest of its kind in the world of horse racing. ATG, the authorized betting company for trotting and thoroughbred racing in Sweden, exists to guarantee the long-term financial stability of the sport, in part by promoting responsible betting.
Mediatec Serves an Ace with Ross Video’s Ultrix at the Australian Open Tennis Tournament
Mediatec used Ultrix to distribute live feeds across the eight control rooms used during the tournament for stadium production and patron screens. They needed the ability to route video together with the audio that was being processed in their audio console to these remote areas – as well as monitor these feeds from their Master Control Room. The Ultrix platform provided Mediatec with the flexibility required to successfully cover the Australian Open. Because Ultrix’s features can be added via software, without requiring additional specialized hardware, Ultrix provides Mediatec the means to modify their frames as needed - based on the applications they are being deployed into.
Grand Gig Puts Its Hands Up for Robe
Dutch House DJ Fedde Le Grand recently played his GRAND 2016 event at Amsterdam’s 20,000 capacity Ziggo Dome, which was completely sold out and featured a spectacular lighting design by JJ Rotte from Dutch lighting and visual creative practice Light Image ... and over 200 Robe moving lights! JJ has been Fedde’s lighting designer since 2013. When the first GRAND live concept was staged in 2015 he came onboard to evolve the lighting, and asked Bas van der Poel and Jeroen van der Velden of Light Image – both of whom he’d known for some years - to assist in what was a complex design process. He joined the imaginative lighting design, programming and operating practice based in Utrecht full time at the end of last year.
BlackTrax flies high for Muse on its Drones worldwide arena concerts
The UK-based artistic design firm, Oli Metcalfe Design Ltd working with entertainment studio, Moment Factory applied an unprecedented combination of interactive technology for the worldwide arena tours of British rock trio, Muse and their new album Drones, their seventh studio record. Muse made history on Friday, 15 April 2016 when they played to a record-breaking 21,000 fans at The O2 Arena, London. The Drones tour combines tracking, lighting, videos, flying elements and a lot of creativity, to create visuals and spontaneous interactivity never seen before in a live rock concert like this one.
Jam Band moe. wraps Winter Tour with Support from Clay Paky Fixtures
A lighting designer with Nashville-based Pulse Lighting, Justin Casey has been working with the band since last July. Moe. tours year-round; their winter tour recently concluded in Manhattan. “The band celebrated its 25th anniversary year in 2015, and the winter tour wrapped in New York City on St. Patrick’s Day,” says Casey. “I’ll be redesigning the winter rig for Moe.’s summer festival tour.” Main Light Industries supplied the lights and consoles for the winter tour. Casey chose 12 Clay Paky A.leda B-EYE K20s and four Stormy CC RGBW LED Strobes for the rig. The B-EYEs were the “workhorses of the rig” delivering the primary lighting for the band as well as “eye candy in their pixel-mapping mode,” he explains.
We present 138 NABShow reports of the following companies:
3D Storm - Adder - Adobe - Aerigon - AIMS - AJA - Argon - ASPEN - Avid - AVIWEST - Axon - Bittree - Blackmagic Design - Brainstorm - Broadcast Pix - Broadcast Solutions - Calrec - ChyronHego - Clear-Com - Cobalt - Cobham/DTC - datavideo - Dejero - digigram - ETC - EVS - Fairlight - fileCAST - FOR-A - Fujifilm - Fusion - Guntermann & Drunck - Genelec - Grass Valley - Gravity Media - Harmonic - HD Resources - Hitachi - I-MOVIX - IABM - IDX - IHSE - Imagine Communications - IndieCam - intoPIX - Jünger Audio - Lawo - Leader - LiveU - Lynx - Matrox - Media Links - Mobile ViewPoint - MOG - Ncam - Neumann - NewTek - Nevion - NHK - Panasonic - Pliant - Riedel - Rohde&Schwarz - Ross - RTS - SAM - Sennheiser - Shotoku - slomo.tv - smallHD - Sony - Sphericam - SSL - StereoStitch - Streamstar - Suitcase TV - Switronix - Tektronix - Telestram - Teradek - Tightrope - Timecode Systems - TSL Products - TVU - Utah Scientific - Viaccess Orca - Vizrt - XFLY
The link NAB 2016 will show the 138 reports and the featured 89 companies in alphabetical order.
4K / 8K ARISING
Mediapro selects Panasonic for 4K el Clasico
One of the biggest club matches in world football, El Clasico is broadcast in 170 countries, with an estimated audience of 600 million viewers. MEDIAPRO deployed more than 300 professionals and seven OB trucks, one of them equipped with eight Panasonic 4K cameras, for the live 4K broadcast. In November 2015, in response to a commitment by LaLiga to offer the most spectacular football in the highest broadcast quality, MEDIAPRO trialled ten of the new AK-UC3000 studio cameras, at the first El Clasico match of the season at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, with outstanding results. For the return clash at Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium, the AK-UC3000 was again selected alongside a new ROP control panel, jointly developed with MEDIAPRO, which meant new functionality, higher quality and greater versatility.
ATEME Powers the First Live 4K-UHD Broadcast in France
ATEME announced that FRANSAT, the satellite TV bouquet of Eutelsat in France, broadcast the Vienna Opera ballet “Le Corsaire” live in Ultra High Definition (UHD) on April 2, in partnership with Arte channel. The show was available in France, as well as the rest of Europe, Mediterranean region and Middle East through the satellite HOT BIRD. In parallel the satellite signal was transcoded by IRT using TITAN to power a fine-tuned UHD DASH OTT real-time delivery on Arte’s HbbTV portal for smart TVs. DASH packetization was supported by an Anevia NEA LIVE Advanced Origin server that directly fed the Akamai content delivery network (CDN) worldwide.
Rai, Eutelsat team for Euro 2016 Ultra HD
The live broadcasts of European Championship matches constitute Italy’s most significant satellite broadcast of live sport in Ultra HD and prefigure the launch of regular channels. They begin on 30 June, with the first match of the quarter-finals, followed on 1, 2 and 3 July by the other quarter final matches. The semi-finals will be broadcast in Ultra HD on 6 and 7 July with the final scheduled for 10 July. Viewers equipped with an Ultra HD screen and a CAM certified by Tivùsat will be able to watch the matches by tuning to the number of the special channel to be activated by Tivùsat for the championship. Take-up of Ultra HD screens in Italy is accelerating, with ANITEC, the Italian association representing the ICT industry, forecasting that sales will surpass one million units by end 2016.