Newsletter from 22/02/2016
Tomorrow in London: BVE, LEW and Streaming Forum
BVE, the premier event for the UK broadcast, media and entertainment industries, opens its doors tomorrow at the Excel. As part of London Entertainment Week and in recognition of the increasing convergence between the broadcast and AV markets, the new theatre marks the show’s latest expansion in to the Pro Audio market and will be situated in the dedicated AV and Live Entertainment Zone. Visitors to the show will be treated to case studies, demos, panels, debates and master classes, highlighting different sectors and issues concerning the AV industry.
Together with the Streaming Media Forum BVE will present tomorrow at 11:30h a case study on the live broadcasting of the 2015 UK general election where Sky News partnered with LiveU to deliver 138 live IP Feeds.
We currently have BVE Previews online of the following companies:
Amagi - Antelope - Argosy - Artel - Avid - Aviwest - Axon - Bluebell - Calrec - Camera Corps - Clear-Com - Cloud Edits - Dynamic Perspective - Facilis - Guntermann & Drunck - Garland Partners - Grass Valley - Ikegami - Lemo - LiveU - Lynx Technik - Northwire - NTP - Pixel Power - Pixit - Polecam - Riedel - Ross Video - RTW - Sennheiser - Shure - Sonifex - Steadicam - Suitcase - Telestream - Tiffen - TSL Products - TVU - Video Devices - Vicon - Vizrt
The previews will be maintained on a daily basis and the link BVE2016 will always show the growing number of featured companies in alphabetical order.
Kitzbuehel "The Race" 2016
Once again LMC LiveMotionConcept supplied multiple Antelope UltraSlowMotion Cameras and Analysis tools at the most prestigious Alpine Skiing Event. ORF Austrian Television produced both the World Feed and the unilateral national feed of the 76. edition of the world famous Hahnenkamm Race in Kitzbuehel, Tyrolia. This year´s production exceeded previous production standards and UltraSlowMotion cameras played a major role during the TV production. TV Director Michael Koegler carefully selected the Antelope camera positions to get as many replays from many vantage points to show both action sequences and emotional shots from the athletes and the crowd.
TDC’s First Outside Broadcast Vehicle Set for the Future
In collaboration with TDC, the teams from Sony Professional Solutions Asia Pacific, Imagine Communications, Riedel, FUJINON, Miller, and Yamaha have assisted to produce TDC HD01, a fully customised rigid facility that has a focus on functionality and comfort. A full complement of HD multi-format production equipment includes a 256x256 Platinum™ router with in-built multiviewers from Imagine Communications. TDC HD01 uses Riedel communications equipment and the truck is wired to support both 8 and the latest 12 channel EVS systems. Utilising the power of DANTE audio networking and routing, main mixing is performed by the Yamaha CL5, with the Yamaha QL1 serving as sub-mix and backup.
MultiDyne Flies High over NFL's Big Game
The SkyCam "WildCat" system, used on many live NFL telecasts each weekend during the entire 2015 season – as well as the AFC and NFC Championship games on CBS and Fox, respectively – uses a Sony HDC- P1 box-style camera tethered via four steel cables (one with a fiber-optic cable attached) to a gyro-stabilized, weatherproof housing that includes an HD-3500 Multi-Rate High Definition Fiber-Optic Transport Link from MultiDyne Video & Fiber Optic Systems. In addition to the game itself, the WildCat system was used during the captivating halftime show. For this, the SkyCam crew had to work with a different NEP Broadcast truck, called "California", which is NEP’s new HD mobile unit designed to handle the unique needs of large entertainment shows, and a different CBS production crew onsite to change the frame rate of the came remotely to 24 Fps (instead of the normal 30). This was done to give the musical numbers a "filmic look," favored by entertainment shows.
VOGO SPORT to Enhance Spectator Enjoyment of 2016 Kandahar Men's Alpine Skiing World Cup
The 19th annual Kandahar Men's Alpine Skiing World Cup challenges the best male skiers in the world with both the Alpine Combined and Men's Downhill events. VOGO SPORT was offered to spectators in the finish corral throughout the competition, allowing them to watch the action live and in real time from several different camera views on their smartphones and tablets. When selecting any of the cameras positioned along the slope, spectators will enjoy watching the athletes and detailed action up close from the departure line to the finish, no matter where along the slope the skier might be at any given time. Fans will also be able to replay the action, watch their favorite athletes in slow motion, or zoom in to see the skiers up close.
XD motion at the Rugby Six Nations 2016
For the first time XD Motion was invited to install their 3axes gyro-stabilized Flight head MINI together with the X fly 3D multi-dimension cable system. The Flight head MINI is a new generation of the stabilized camera remote equipment which eliminates adverse motion artifacts from all three axis (pan,roll,tilt). It is one of the lightest and most compact stabilized heads on the market. The X fly 3D is based on 4 fiber ropes attachment points and allows the dolly to move left & right, up & down and forward & backward. Safety critical software ensures collision avoidance as well as repeatable flight paths.
Over 300 PR Lighting Fixtures Wow African Handball Nations Crowd
More than 300 LED and discharge fixtures from PR Lighting graced the Cairo Stadium Indoor Halls Complex for the inaugural opening of the 22nd 2016 African Handball Cup of Nations Championship, which took place over ten days at the end of January. They were deployed by the Chinese manufacturer’s Egyptian partner, Hi-Lights, to meet an inspired concept by Ahmed Arafa, considered the best designer / operator in Egypt. Hi-Lights themselves are the country’s largest service provider (and one of the biggest throughout the Middle East).
Clay Paky Mythos Help “Best Time Ever” Bring Variety Back to Network Television
Featuring live performances, mini game show segments, sing-a-longs and pre-recorded pranks, “Best Time Ever” scored with audiences eager for a different kind of entertainment. “It was incredibly important to have a rig that was extremely flexible because it was a live variety show,” Ford explains. “On most reality competition shows there is a lot more predictability, but ‘Best Time Ever’ had a lot of unknown variables that you had to adjust to on the fly. We had to react to whatever was thrown at us. Most of the acts were new, things were shot from many different angles and one time we had to reblock a couch segment, featuring celebrities and audience guests, during a commercial. We had to have the tools up in the air to react to a constantly evolving situation.”
Over 120 Powersoft K10 amplifiers drive audio for Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show
Elite audio services supplier, ATK Audiotek, provided system integration and audio services for the landmark event, creating an agile audio solution that consisted of 18 mobile speaker carts — each equipped with JBL VT4889 line array elements, JBL VT4880A subwoofers and Powersoft K10 amplifiers. The speaker carts were rolled onto the field for the pre-game, halftime and post-game portions of the event. Pre-game programming included performances of The Star-Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful and the Walter Payton award presentation; the much anticipated halftime segment included electrifying performances by Coldplay, Beyoncé and Bruno Mars; the post-game programming featured the presentation of the Vince Lombardi trophy and Most Valuable Player award.
Piksel Partners with American Eagle Foundation to Live Stream Bald Eagle Nest Cam
The American Eagle Foundation (AEF) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to care for and protect the USA’ s living symbol of freedom, the Bald Eagle, and other birds of prey through the four pillars of Education, Re-population, Conservation and Rehabilitation. It was one of the first organizations to use cams over a Bald Eagle nest more than a decade ago – albeit the technology was nothing like it is today. With the Bald Eagle being such an important icon in American life, symbolizing the pride of the nation, giving the public an up-close, real-time view of its behavior and activity is key for its future care and protection. Piksel will be providing its video live streaming services to the not-for-profit organization to transmit the unique behavior of a breeding pair of Bald Eagles from their nest in the United States National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.
Ready for the European football championship
The Romanian independent production company Studio Video Art has equipped its newest flagship outside broadcasting (OB) truck with RTS intercom systems. An ADAM intercom matrix, KP modular keypanels and a BTR wireless intercom system will secure communications for broadcasts such as the next European football championship. Studio Video Art is one of the first and biggest broadcast service providers in Romania. The Bucharest broadcast expert specializes in sport productions and has acted as host broadcaster for the qualifiers of the European football Championship 2016, the Romanian football league and the Romanian Football Cup and Super Cup finals.
Telestream Appoints Studiotech as Channel Partner in Poland & Ukraine
Warsaw-based Studiotech becomes Telestream’s fifth channel partner in the region: it will focus on IT-oriented broadcast technology markets in Poland and Ukraine. With over 20 years experience of the Poland’s broadcast industry and specialism in IT-centric workflows Studiotech has the right blend of knowledge and contacts to help Telestream grow its market standing in the country. In the Ukraine, Studiotech will help Telestream reach existing broadcast enterprise customers who need to migrate from baseband video to IT infrastructures such as Telestream’s Vantage media processing software.
4K / 8K ARISING
Cinegy joins ImmersiaTV project
The narrative possibilities of visual media have developed dramatically over the last 120 years, from the first flickering silent monochrome films to UHD video with multi-channel audio. It is only in the last 20 years that the possibility of immersive video has emerged, and only in the last few years has the technology for displaying immersive video emerged at viable consumer price points. However, the industry is still only beginning to explore paths to suitable technologies, devices, and content delivery.“The questions ImmersiaTV intends to answer are how, exactly, can immersive technologies contribute something substantive and enduring to entertainment? How can the technology be used to tell a story or help drive a narrative? And will consumers ultimately accept and embrace the new experiences being offered?”
Japan makes 4K commitment
Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs & Communications says the country is likely to have between 19 and 22 4K channels on air by 2018. Some Japanese broadcasters, notably JSAT’s SkyPerfecTV, are already transmitting UHD programming. The Ministry says that these 4K channels are a precursor to the even higher quality 8K ‘Super Hi Vision’ broadcasts already being tested, and with one 8K channel planned for 2018 ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. This year’s upcoming Rio Olympics will not be carrying 4K transmissions but there will be an 8K channel beamed to Tokyo on an experimental basis.
Ikegami Announces UHK-430 4K/HD Portable Camera System
Ikegami has chosen CABSAT 2016 as the launch venue for its new UHK-430 4K/HD portable camera system. First in Ikegami's next-generation Unicam XE series, the UHK-430 employs three newly-developed 4K-native 2/3 inch CMOS sensors which provide full 3840 x 2160 ultra-high definition resolution plus the depth of field required for studio and outdoor production. The camera is equipped with a B4 bayonet mount compatible with 2/3 inch HD lenses. An optional SE-U430 expander accommodates large studio or OB lenses. Two piece construction allows the UHK-430's sensor and lens head to be detached as a compact unit for easy deployment on a support devices such as long-reach manually-controlled camera poles. In this mode, the head can be operated up to 50 metres from the camera body.