Newsletter from 15/10/2019
5G Means More Challenges, More Opportunities for M&E
While it's true that 5G is only available in a few isolated spots around the globe. From the attention the technology got at IBC, it's already won the content production/delivery race and is totally reshaping the M&E industry.Everyone else can go home. The truth is no one in the ecosystem (content creators, pipe folks/suppliers) left the global broadcast, media technology event to enjoy the fruits of their labor because there's way too much work to be done to get great content from the creator to the viewer.
The one thing we were reminded of was a throw-away question Cisco's CTO Dave Ward asked at the Entertainment Technology 2019 (ET19) conference a few months ago, "If you can't do it on the internet, is it worth doing?"
The event marked the first time SMPTE (Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers) and AIS (Advanced Imaging Society) had joined forces. The combination was good for filmmakers and content owners/distributors to make sense out of what is going on and where we're going to be in a few years ... maybe.
The only "facts" even after IBC are:
- Netflix is still the world's first – and largest – global TV channel.
- In the US, there are more than 200 streaming services and probably 10X that are available worldwide.
- There will be more than 777M global SVOD subscribers by 2023 (Deloitte).
- 5G service will be available to about 45 percent of the global population by 2024 (Ericsson).
- There will be more than 600M homes worldwide with UHDTV by 2023 (ABI).
- 61 percent of 18-29-year olds in the US watch streaming content, 47 percent of folks 22-45 have abandoned traditional TV, even boomers have found the convenience of streaming (Pew Research).
Mediapro OB33 UHD
Mediapro is a multimedia communications group in Spain. Founded in 1994 in Barcelona, the company is involved in movie and television production, as well as media. Mediapro is based in Barcelona, with branch offices in Madrid, Seville, Girona, Lisbon, Madeira, Budapest, Miami, Porto, Qatar, Amsterdam and Tenerife. With operations worldwide through its 58 offices distributed across 36 countries on 4 continents, MEDIAPRO provides the creativity and technical solutions necessary to design, produce and distribute any audiovisual or multi-channel project in any corner of the globe using state-of-the-art technology. Our human resources and MEDIAPRO's technical means are at the forefront of innovation in the international audiovisual field.
NEP Norway UHD 9
Whether it’s right in your backyard or halfway around the world, we’re ready to roll. With more than 160 HD OB trucks/mobile units worldwide, a full line of support and specialty units, and an in-house integration team that specializes in building custom solutions, we’re ready for coverage of any event, large or small. With NEP, clients tap into unmatched, innovative, dedicated talent. We provide complete support through our seasoned, global team of engineering and technical experts, including: Broadcast Engineers, Communications Specialists, Fiber Specialists & Fabricators, Mechanical Engineers, Systems Design Engineers, Integration Specialists and more.
NEP Switzerland UHD42
NEP Switzerland has doubled its 4K production resources in readiness for broadcast production work on the 2017/2018 season of the Swiss Raiffeisen Super League (RSL). Contracted to produce all of the Premier Swiss Football League’s games in 4K/UHD, the TV service provider has commissioned the 4K/UHD UHD 42 OB Vehicle – constructed by German system integrator Broadcast Solutions GmbH as part of its Streamline series, with two production areas supporting up to 10 cameras. EP Switzerland now operates two large-scale 4K/UHD OB Vans, and produces more than 140 league games in 4K during the season. Broadcast though the Teleclub Sport Pay-TV channel, RSL ranks among the world’s sharpest sports broadcasting.
When Failure is not an Option
National days and major sporting events are often driven by Merging products, but when China celebrates the 70th Anniversary of the Peoples’ Republic, you can be sure that it will be on a grand scale. Add a cast of more than 100,000, a TV broadcast to a significant proportion of the 1.4 billion Chinese and the presence of President Xi Jinping, some past Presidents and all the government officials and the stakes become higher. The consequences of any interruption to the military precision of the parade would be daunting indeed. The fact that it not only worked perfectly live, but has also been hailed as the best sound ever produced for a live broadcast, has much to do with the top team of audio experts assembled to manage the event and the quantity and quality of the Merging equipment used in this remarkable production.
Panasonic & Zero Density Launch a Cost Effective Virtual Studio Production Solution For TV Stations
Regional Belgium tv station Notélé, which provides French language content to its 300,000 audience, is the first to implement the combined solution. A Notélé spokesperson said: “Quality is our main ambition, which is why we are using this equipment. The bundled system is a good choice for a TV station like ours because the tracking system with the FreeD protocol is integrated into the camera, so it is a cost-effective solution, without the need for a separate tracking system. For local tv channels I advise investing in this system as soon as possible. Compared to other systems, this solution has a good payback on quality and price and is very easy to implement.”
DPG Media creates next-generation IP Live production studio with Sony
Sony Professional Solutions Europe has helped DPG Media, a Belgian media production company, to create a next-generation mobile IP Live production studio and control room based on SMPTE ST2110. Using the most advanced Sony solutions currently available, including a number of high-end Sony Studio cameras, Reference monitors, BRAVIA professional displays and a native IP multi-format switcher, DPG Media’s new studio can be deployed anywhere, at any time, to create engaging content for its TV channels, as well as its online newspapers, magazines and radio stations. The new studio has been designed to leverage IP Live technology and, in conjunction with a complementary service offering, enables DPG Media to scale and adapt its production capabilities to meet future industry requirements, such as 4K production or new IP protocols.
Portugal’s first private television station moves to all-IP solution with RTS intercoms
The move to a new state-of-the-art home gave SIC, Portugal’s first private television station, the opportunity to review its operations and invest in a range of new technology. While the broadcaster made many changes to its workflow, it decided to remain with the market-leading intercom brand that it has been using since the station’s launch, RTS. SIC began broadcasting from its historic studios in Carnaxide in October 1992. After nearly three decades at the same site, the decision was made to move SIC to a modern production centre located at the Impressa Group headquarters in Paco de Arcos on the outskirts of Lisbon. The move allowed the broadcaster to review its operations, modernise its technology and step up to IP.
Lillehammer Ice Hockey Club Invests in Match Day Experience with Ross Video
The sport of ice hockey in Norway may not be quite as popular today as it was during the heady days of 1994 when the city of Lillehammer hosted the Winter Olympics, but new interest from sponsors and local businesses has brought increased investment in the sport, and Lillehammer Ishockeyklubb (IK) has enjoyed a revival as a result. Lillehammer IK was founded in 1956, and the club has experienced many ups and downs over the last 60 years, from winning the Norwegian Championship in 1994 to difficult economic conditions in the early 2000s that threatened the club’s survival.Today, however, the club is known for an excellent youth development scheme that has exported several players to the prestigious Elite Leagues across Scandinavia and Europe. With positive league results and rising attendances, Lillehammer IK recently approached Danmon Group Norway (Ross Video Diamond Elite partners) to help improve the quality of the match-day experience for fans by upgrading the club’s Eidsiva Arena to include video production and driving more creative content from six new cameras to a large LED cube positioned above the ice rink.
Adlib Supplies Full Technical Production for 2019 Netball World Cup
Adlib’s rental departments implemented a fully integrated video, lighting and audio package linking in with broadcast elements for BBC and Sky. The spectacle took place over 10 glorious days of top sporting action which delivered world class netball to an international TV audience and many thousands packing into the court-side seats which were sold out for the duration.This quadrennial event featured two distinctive criteria. Firstly, a spectacular Opening Ceremony which wowed the crowds and got everyone in the mood for the great sports to follow. Adlib’s technical team worked closely with curators of the ceremony ‘Culture Liverpool’ and ‘Iluminos’. Adlib provided six Panasonic RZ21K 20,000 lumen laser projectors mounted vertically to project the visuals created by Iluminos onto the courts below. Lighting and video effects combined to produce the spectacle enjoyed by the live audience and TV viewers alike.
Robycam flies indoors with the International Swimming League
The Robycam 4-point cable camera system with stabilization and tracking capability has been wowing audiences in Europe and Asia for many years, providing dynamic and innovative camera angles to directors and producers of live events. Robycam now brings its unique technology to the United States. The system will be in place for four ISL competitions over the next several months in the USA, including the grand finale at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas on December 20th and 21st. The Robycam's compact design and small footprint makes it ideal for indoor and small-venue operations. Compact winches can be installed vertically even in very confined spaces, still providing enough pulling force to maximize working height for the camera and achieve an extremely small drop angle of 4.5º. Providing three-dimensional camera movement in areas that would not normally accommodate cable camera systems makes this system unequaled in adding production value to events in smaller spaces.
Rammstein on the Road with Robe
Roland Greil from Woodroffe Basset Design (WBD) created the lighting design together with Patrick Woodroffe and specified 56 x Robe BMFL WashBeams, 12 x BMFL Follow Spot LTs (long throws) and six LEDBeam 150 moving lights – among many others – for this much-anticipated tour. WBD was contracted to produce and coordinate the tour’s production design including lighting, set and video design plus technical integration.
The lighting was a collaboration between Roland and Patrick Woodroffe who is also the show designer. Florian Wieder and Cuno von Hahn looked after the set design, and Jeremy Lloyd from Wonder Works directed the technical aspects of the design and integration.
Beast Coast Delivers Electrifying Concert Lighting with Martin By HARMAN Lighting Fixtures
Mandylights recently deployed Martin by HARMAN Sceptron and Axiom lighting fixtures on Beast Coast’s Escape From New York tour to illuminate the stage design and scenery with scintillating lighting effects. Beast Coast is a hip-hop supergroup from Brooklyn, New York formed in 2012 by members of Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies and the Underachievers. After the release of their debut album, Escape From New York, in 2019, Beast Coast began a nationwide US tour. In order to compliment an elaborate stage design featuring a massive dome structure and a 30-foot Statue of Liberty head, Beast Coast hired lighting designer Tom Edwards of Mandylights, a premier lighting and visual design firm, to design a cutting-edge lighting rig. Edwards selected Martin by HARMAN Sceptron and Axiom lighting fixtures for their class-leading brightness, flexibility and reliability.
Absen Steals the Show at Fête des Vignerons with the World’s Largest LED Floor
As two decades have passed since the last Fête took place, the 200-strong technical team had to ensure that the 2019 edition lived up to expectations, as well as demonstrating the best of the last 20 years in live event technology.
With this in mind, a temporary 20,000-person arena was constructed in the Swiss town of Vevey to house more than 5,500 volunteer performers and 900 singers and musicians from the area.After the installation of the first technical elements in May 2019, the project evolved for budgetary reasons as well as from a creative perspective to guarantee it was in line with the vision of artistic director, Daniele Finzi Pasca - the designer behind the Olympic Games opening and closing ceremonies in Turin and Sochi as well as some Cirque du Soleil productions. To allow the technical team to understand the key themes and narrative, workshops were carried out alongside event organiser, Confrérie des Vignerons.
Gearhouse Broadcast expands Event Comms capabilities with major Riedel Bolero investment
In total, Gearhouse has bought 7x AES67 cards, 50x Bolero beltpacks, 10x Bolero Active Antennas plus switches and the associated accessories, instantly making it a major player for the rental of this product at scale for medium and large events. The popular solution offers a matrix panel on the user’s hip, Bluetooth integration and can become a handheld radio. It delivers exceptional coverage, even in congested RF environments, as well as superior audio quality and clarity. “Our industry leading event communications expertise is now supported by being able to offer a choice of the latest technology that our customers are demanding,” said Mitchell Lockyer-Lane, Business Development Manager at Gearhouse Broadcast (Australia). “Riedel’s Bolero solution was the obvious choice for us and with it we can continue to expand beyond the traditional broadcast market to service other sectors such as live production, entertainment and theatre.”
Genelec opens Berlin Experience Centre
Located in Alexanderplatz, in the heart of central Berlin’s creative district, the Experience Centreis the result of a close collaboration between Genelecand kost.design, a company jointly owned byarchitect and studio designer BenjaminKoziczinski and acoustic designerKarlheinz Stegmaier. Kost.designwasresponsible for overseeing the extensive refurbishment and acoustic treatment of the entire building, resulting in premium qualitylistening spaces designed specifically around Genelec loudspeakersystems. The Experience Centre will be overseen by Berlin-based Eric Horstmann, Genelec’s Regional Business Development Manager, who explained the thinking behind the new facility.
Instant Breakthrough for Optocore's Revolutionary Festival Box
What makes Festival Box so special? In essence, it allows any audio protocol as well as video and data to tunnel over the same fiber, making it a hugely efficient solution for multi-act scenarios. Migrating the technology from sister company BroaMan’s Repeat48WDM media converter, which uses Repeat48-2Fiber modules at its source, it offers countless conversion options, supporting all fiber protocols as well as Cat5 Ethernet-based standards or even HDMI, since the standard SFP optical module transceivers are hot swappable.“With each sound engineer bringing different consoles to festivals, running different protocols to the stage box, everything can now be transported down Festival Box using just a single duplex fiber, thereby saving a tremendous amount of cabling between FOH and Stage,” continued Janiszewski.
4K / 8K ARISING
ES Broadcast Hire adds EVS XT-VIA UHD HDR production server to fleet
“Demand for UHD-capable production servers is only increasing as more broadcasters begin to move into UHD,” said Warren Taggart, Managing Director of ES Broadcast Hire. “We always strive to offer clients state-of-the-art technology, and the XT-VIA certainly ticks that box. With its HDR capabilities and increased number of UHD channels, the XT-VIA is sure to become an essential piece of equipment as the UHD market continues to expand.” Perfectly suited to live sports production, the EVS XT-VIA offers users six UHD HDR or 12 HD channels, and can be software-configured in either 3G- or 12G-SDI mode. The server can also deliver two 8K channels, making it compatible with recently announced cameras that can be used for UHD crops from wider 8K shots, to get ultra-close to the action.
Sennheiser, Neumann and Igloo Vision cooperate on Shared VR
Stunning entertainment, fully realistic training or inspirational video- and soundscapes – the new spatial audio solutions created by Shared VR company Igloo Vision and audio experts Sennheiser and Neumann are set to turn the individual VR experience into a new form of collective enjoyment. The solution lets museums, artists, education facilities, event spaces, architects and corporations offer attractive immersive experiences that can be fully tailored to their needs. Igloo Vision has partnered with Sennheiser and Neumann to create the ultimate in immersive sound and vision: an Igloo Shared VR space equipped with an AMBEO 9.1 sound system created from compact Neumann KH 80 DSP studio monitors.