Newsletter from 26/11/2019
28. November 2019: Broadcast Innovation Day
Important part of the Broadcast Innovation Days (28 November 2019) are the Panel Discussions. Industry specialists come together to talk about trending topics and to share their view on them with the crowd.
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For the 2019 Broadcast Innovation Day in Bingen we have developed three panel discussions on the following topics.
- Remote Production - Are there use cases for Remote Production?
- Hardware is dead.
Time schedule and participants:
13.00 - Talk Stop 2110
Jan Eveleens, Director Business Development Video Solutions, Riedel
Joachim Kuhnen, Strategic Solution Manager EMEA, Imagine Communications
Zoltan Matula, Regional Sales Manager Central Europe, Newtek
Phil Myers, Chief Technology Officer, Chair of the Advisory Board, Lawo
Claus Pfeifer, Head of Connected Content Acquisition – Media Solutions, Sony
14.30 - Are there use cases for Remote Production?
Larissa Görner, Director Advanced Live Solutions, Grass Valley
Svein H. Haugen, VP Business Partner Sales, Nevion
Geert Thoelen, Transition Manager, NEP Belgium
Carsten Higler, Hauptabteilungsleiter SWR, SWR Germany
16.00 - Hardware is dead!
Kuban Altan, Head of Research and Development, Zero Density
Pierre Mestrez, VP Pre-Sales and Channel Partners, Simplylive
Marcel Koutstaal, Vice-President & General Manager Cameras, Grass Valley
Laurent Petit, Vice President Products, EVS
Registration, Programme and information:
Phone: +49 6721 4008 0
Euro TV MPU-3
Euro-TV is a service-provider in the field of TV-outdoor productions. We transmit your event of any size and technical requirements, be it in sports, culture or entertainment. We air your video and audio material and send it around the world. Euro-TV has got the technical possibilities to do live-coverages or to record your event in the desired format. Our service includes everything from consulting to planning to the putting into practice of your project. And finally we also offer post-production services. We are your ideal and competent partner if you are willing to concentrate on the design of your event rather than on the technical realization. Euro-TV is a real pro for your production of any kind. – Be it as white as the snow of a worldcup-course, as green as the grass of a football ground or as red as the courtains of a theatre stage.
AKK TV, a German OB facility, has upgraded all of its EVS production servers.Upgrading to XT3 servers gives AKK TV the peace of mind to handle any current or future format or workflow without needing to overhaul its infrastructure. With bigger files and new file formats emerging daily, the ability to handle and store 4K images is paramount, and the XT3 boasts 20TB of storage space, 381 hours of HD recording space or 762 hours of SD recording capacity. Compared to the XT2, the XT3 comes with an extra two HD/SD video channels, meaning AKK TV can have two operators working on the same machine at the same time. It also gives AKK TV the option to configure up to eight SD/HD video channels or three 4K channels.
FAST AND EFFICIENT WORKFLOW - WITH SONY SHARE PLAY - The integrated VIDEE OBX system simplifies and makes the live workflow more efficient. It guarantees high quality and efficiency in all conditions, both in SDR and HDR, using the formats HLG, HLG_LIVE and S-Log3 in Wide Gamut, keeping current operations unchanged. The VIDEE OBX enables you to share multi-format files in real time, to record in continuous and multi-codec mode, with a quality Grade 1 monitor, and to use live the zoom and cut in/out functions. 2 PRODUCTION AREAS WITH LARGE MODULAR SPACES - The VIDEE OBX offers an impressive fully customised working space. It has two independent and perfectly interfaced production areas: a main one for Host Broadcasting services and a secondary one for unilateral production services. For high-level events, VIDEE OBX allows you to work within a single huge space, entirely at the customer’s disposal. It is engineered with automation management, indirect RGB LED lighting system and customisable air conditioning.
Videosys Broadcast Provides Cloudbass with 4K Digital Transmitter Systems
Cloudbass have been successfully using the systems on UHD, 3G and HD setups across a variety of live Outside Broadcasts, including both SKY Boxing and BT Speedway in UHD, on the British Touring Cars for ITV Sport, and The Lord Mayor’s Show for BBC Events. Michael Beaumont, Technical Director, Cloudbass Outside Broadcast says, “This forms part of our £5.5 million investment plan. When we saw the AEON-CC 4K we decided this would be the best system to meet Cloudbass’ customer needs. We’ve been using Videosys camera control systems for many years and have worked very closely with the company on bespoke projects including the provision of onboard systems for British Touring Cars. Selecting Videosys to provide us with a 4K system was an obvious choice.”
Building the OGN Super Arena: the technical challenges and lessons learned
ES Broadcast technical director Jonathan Lyth outlines how his company designed, specified and built the backend video and audio infrastructure for the OGN Super Arena in California, discussing the challenges faced and sharing the lessons learnt along the way. It’s hard to overestimate the impact that eSports is having on the video games market. Indeed, the impact is being felt across the entertainment sector with the scale of competitive playing, the level of sponsorship and the associated prize money impossible to ignore. Then there’s the plethora of Twitch TV and YouTube influencers. According to a recent report by DataReportal, almost one billion people around the world have watched eSports, with 22 per cent of internet users saying that they have watched an online tournament in recent months, with audiences growing by 50 per cent in the past year. ” There was a learning curve for ES Broadcast with this installation; you can’t simply impose broadcast workflows.”
TV Nova Upgrades with BroaMan MUX22 From Elvia-Pro
“The equipment was for a studio upgrade,” reports Tomáš. “They produce their live morning show from the roof of the news building, and now use a Mux22 as an easy 4SDI connection and Intercom connection between the roof and the main studio.” In addition, the studio is used for short commercial news and sports news. “TV Nova's engineers have the best technical knowledge I've ever seen,” the Elvia-Pro man continued. “They chose BroaMan themselves and simply asked me to sell the device. Although they were familiar with [associate company] Optocore, it was their first-time encounter with BroaMan.”
Pressure Cooker builds up steam with Genelec
From humble beginnings in the basement of a house 10 years ago to a 355 square metre studio space, the new facility is exactly how the Pressure Cooker team had envisioned it from the outset, and features two main control rooms which sandwich a main studio proper, a 7.1 post theatre with adjacent ADR booth, five writing rooms, an independent isolation booth, reception, lounge and common spaces. James Matthes, Co-Founder and CEO of Pressure Cooker Studios notes: “We wanted to make our space as comfortable, but also as technologically advanced as possible – we spend so much time here, so it definitely had to feel lived in, making it a homely but premium space.” Helping the Pressure Cooker team achieve this feat was Genelec’s GLM software.
Cutting-Edge Lawo Audio at Russia’s Premier TV Channel
The new Lawo system handles the audio part of Channel One’s news show, “Time”, Russia’s most-watched news programs, which is manned day and night and airs live content during the whole day. Additional applications for the massively spec’d mc²96 consoles include live coverage of high-profile events like the “9 May/Victory Day”, “Immortal Regiment”, etc., parades, which last up to five hours. “Pristine audio quality was clearly the most important consideration for selecting Lawo equipment,” explains Ravil Haerdinov, Channel One’s Main Sound Director of the Information Programs department. “But we also needed raw processing power in an intuitive, user-friendly format.”
Justine Dupont surfed "the greatest wave of her life" in Nazaré
Here is all you need to know about the wave of a lifetime: She explained: "We'd already been in the water for four hours. We were freezing and wanted to leave. Our mate Andre, who was on the cliff with the radio, told us a big set was coming. We saw it and decided to stay a bit longer. As soon as Fred [her boyfriend Fred David who was on a jet ski towing her] told me to go in the water, I saw the wave. It looked huge! When I let go of the rope I felt that I was going faster than usual. The GoPro flashed me at 66kph. I was flying. My board felt amazing. The feeling of having something so huge behind my back was so weird. The shadow of the lip was far in front of me. I wanted to make it down the wave and ride it until the end so bad. I'm so stoked I made it. A mad, intense wave. The greatest wave of my life"
Macking Domain Takes Malaysia Open Live on YouTube with AJA HELO
Given a straightforward set of video delivery requirements by its client, Macking Domain set out to establish a workflow built on AJA’s HELO. “We needed to deliver 1080/60p video with audio from each of the four courts and get live scoreboard content from each court integrated into the feed, which is why AJA’s HELO made so much sense,” shared Yoke Tee Tan, General Manager, Macking Domain. “It’s an affordable device that makes it incredibly easy to bring audiences a very high-quality viewing experience.” Four Sony cameras, one on each court, were connected to a Newtek VMC1 digital media production system and captured live match footage. Courtside laptops housing scoreboard feeds were then encoded to NDI, and audio was embedded from each court using AJA Mini-Converters.
Vans Showdown 2019 Gets Some Serious Air(time) with Matrox Monarch EDGE
What do veteran skateboarders and their fans have in common? No limits. At the skate park, athletes push the boundaries of what is physically possible all the time, performing gravity-defying tricks and making them look easy. Skateboarding fans are the same. They don’t want to tune into a live webcast that is anything less than cutting-edge, giving them the look and feel of being at the skate park following their favorite athletes. Thanks to the Matrox Monarch EDGE encoder’s ability to receive multiple HD feeds and composite them into a flawless quad-split stream, and B Live’s innovative user interface that allows for seamless switching between multiple camera views, fans of the Vans Showdown skateboarding competition got “star treatment” just like their favorite skaters.
Sennheiser Digital 6000 Delivers Ultra-Stable Wireless Performance, Unmatched Sound Quality During 53rd Annual CMA Awards
Early in the evening, Female Vocalist of the Year nominee Kelsea Ballerini took the stage to deliver a mesmerizing, stripped-down version of “Homecoming Queen”, the leading single off of her latest album. Every detail of her intimate vocal performance was captured through a Sennheiser SKM 6000 handheld transmitter, coupled with an MD 9235 capsule. Ballerini’s microphone, bedazzled with dozens of black Swarovski crystals, faithfully rendered the raw emotion of her performance. “She loves that microphone, and we love it too,” commented Chris Diener, Front of House engineer for Kelsea Ballerini. “It is not only a great sounding mic but it is part of her look as well. We take it to intimate acoustic performances, to large arenas and everything in between.”
Noot vir Noot it’s Robe
For this series, with all the changes, the producers wanted a complete revamp for the show that was recorded at the Urban Brew Studios in Randburg! Blond Productions’ owner and founder Christiaan Ballot and Ryan designed a new set concept, and with the new flavour came a new vitality and vibe, all beginning with the visuals! The whole series was shot in a week, so it was an intense process – and for that reason, Ryan wanted a lighting rig that was hugely flexible and very versatile, quick and easy to programme … and that looked amazing. Robe luminaires ticked all those boxes, so he integrated 72 Robes in the design … 24 x LEDWash 300s, 12 x miniPointes, 12 x CycFX 4s, 12 x MMX Spots and 12 x Robe 600E Beams.
Sing! China makes the most of its talent with L-Acoustics L-ISA technology
Sing! China follows the now familiar format, with blind auditions in front of a panel of four mentors, leading to a series of public votes with the winner receiving a record contract. Much of its impact comes from large, engaged audiences for its pre-recorded studio shows and the epic stadium-based live finals, so the influence and atmosphere generated by the live aspects of both are vital to its success. The sound, in particular, has to be remarkable. A combination of L-Acoustics L-ISA technology and DiGiCo consoles, supplied by L-Acoustics distributor Rightway Audio Consultants, have been used for the studio shows and live finals since the first season of The Voice of China in 2012, with the systems evolving in line with emerging technologies and improvements in power and quality.
Riot Games uses Nevion Virtuoso with JPEG XS in remote production of League of Legends World Championship Final
The League of Legends World Championship has been described as one of the biggest events in esports history, with the 2018 World Championship Final garnering an unprecedented 99.6 million unique viewers. This year’s event, which took place in Paris (France) on November 10, 2019, involved two remote (or at-home) production sites: the English language show was produced at Riot’s European headquarters facility in Berlin (over 1,000 km or 620 miles from Paris), while the world feed was produced in Los Angeles (around 9,000 km or 5,600 miles away). For the event, Nevion Virtuosos provided the reliable, low latency video transport needed between Paris and the production locations, using the media node’s JPEG 2000 and JPEG XS encoding media functions running in the same units. While the former encoding technology is well established, the latter is a brand-new standard.
NEXUS Upgrade at the Vienna Volksoper
The project included testing the NEXUS components from four Base Devices that had been in use for 17 years. After a factory overhaul and calibration, the majority of the components can still be used. In the new system a NEXUS STAR router was added in order to efficiently achieve the high number of fibre-optic connections required. By upgrading the NEXUS software, the Volksoper can now use newer modules such as the XDIP DANTE board or the XMIC 8-channel TrueMatch® microphone converter. "The collaboration worked very well and professionally. Only a few weeks were available for revision and expansion of the system. As with all theatre projects, the schedule had to be strictly adhered to so that the Volksoper season could begin on time after the summer break. Thanks to good preparation, delivery of the NEXUS components, installation and system commissioning were completed on time," sums up Paul Prager, project manager at SALZBRENNER media.
University of North Carolina chooses RTS intercoms for new ACC Network production facilities
With ESPN’s launch of the ACC Network, which covers all Atlantic Coast Conference college sports, the participant schools were required to step up their production game. In order to fulfill the needs of both live national broadcasts and its associated online platform, the University of North Carolina and its GoHeels Productions operation within the athletics department needed significant upgrades to their infrastructure. “This is a major undertaking, as we basically needed to provide the hardware and personnel that previously would have been done by a broadcast truck, plus we cover a lot more events now,” notes Kevin Tucker, Chief Broadcast Engineer for UNC Athletics. “It was the perfect opportunity to build a new facility from the ground up, implementing the latest technologies. Our RTS intercom system was a part of that.”
4K / 8K ARISING
Royal Opera House Prepares for 4K Live Broadcasts with Megahertz
The ROH has been streaming live ballet and opera performances to cinema audiences around the world since 2008. By making a move to ultra-high definition (UHD), initially for recordings and ultimately for live relays, ROH remains at the forefront of high quality 'live to cinema' performance. Equipped to meet current high-end production standards and emerging new broadcast standards, the newly fitted £800k Media Suite consists of a full UHD/HDR production gallery and engineering room, which now boasts a tapeless workflow, intelligent network control system, improved recording and playout facilities, 4K monitor wall, state-of-the-art vision mixer, bespoke production desks and enhanced camera talkback system.
The Latest 8K, HDR and openGear Product Releases and Updates from AJA
Designed for critical broadcast, OB truck and live event production environments, OG-12GDA-2x4 features dual-channel inputs for incoming 12G-SDI signals, with reclocking of the distributed signals to dual 4x 12G-SDI outputs. In an AJA OG-X-FR openGear frame, this allows for incredibly high density with up to 20x 12G-SDI inputs distributed to a total of 80x 12G-SDI outputs when fully loaded with ten cards. AJA Video Systems has introduced new upgrades for its Ki Pro Family of production-proven file-based recorders. A new v1.5 firmware update for Ki Pro GO adds timecode recording and playback, expanded primary and backup recording to all USB ports and new clip naming and segment recording. Ki Pro Ultra Plus v5.0 introduces a new Infinite Recording feature that allows the unit to act as an always running backup recorder. Both firmware updates will be available soon to customers as free downloads.
Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Shoots Rare Show Content for Mumford & Sons
With two weeks to go till the band were due to headline the festival, where the stage was almost entirely built from LEDs, a new approach was critical. “Other acts on the bill included Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys, Def Leppard and Chance the Rapper, so it was important to stand out visually and create a unique identity for the set given the diverse lineup,” begins Steve. “We decided to keep things simple with a classically beautiful ‘analogue’ aesthetic, with some slow motion, based around nature and people,” he reveals. “Time was tight as we were also in the midst of a US tour, and I needed to get back to the UK to pick up kit.