Newsletter from 04/02/2020
601 HD/UHD OBVans - An Overview on the Installed Hardware
In our online catalogues we currently present 601 HD/UHD OBVans/Trucks. These 619 HD and 82 UHD OBVans are distributed accross all five continents and represent trucks with four camera channels up to trucks with more than 30 camera channels. In total these 601 OB Trucks have more than 9.000 camera channels on board. We have analysed the installed hardware and present following the market shares for 14 product groups.
Cameras - Camera Lenses - Vision Mixers - Displays - Multiviewer - Digital Glue - Video Routers - Intercom Systems - Video Tape Recorders - Video SloMo/SuperSloMo Systems - Audio Mixers - Audio Monitoring
Brand-new 8-Camera OB for Sale by Broadcast Solutions
In the ever changing world of broadcasting there will always be a balance between commercial and technical requirements. Whether you are looking to create a new business model or simply expand your ongoing operation we have solutions for you. Our extensive portfolio of carefully selected recycled equipment, from full used and brand-new OB systems to individual products may be the answer you are looking for. We recognise that some modifications may be required, and Broadcast Solutions are perfectly placed to work with you to modify and refresh existing builds. With over 15 years’ experience in developing and manufacturing OB trucks and being Europe’s largest OB manufacturer, we have all the know-how and expertise to provide your perfect solution. We also offer an enhanced full support agreement, tailored to protect both equipment and vehicle. With these continuity schemes, you can be confident that your new investment will be protected round the clock by engineers you can trust.
Atomos and Roland collaboration streamlines control of live, multicamera content capture
Atomos announced a new technical collaboration that makes recording and monitoring a HD live-switched multicamera shoot on Roland video switcher easier than ever. When recording a feed on an Atomos monitor-recorder from the new Roland V-8HD HD Video Switcher you can now trigger recording directly from the switcher. The Roland V-8HD is the smart 8-input, all HDMI video switcher designed to simplify HD live production. When combined with any current Atomos monitor-recorder, like the award winning Ninja V, you have all you need to monitor or record the V-8HD‘s output. With three HDMI outputs, you can even connect up to three Atomos devices to trigger, monitor and record. The combination creates an highly portable, easy to use HDMI switching solution that’s packed with features that take the stress out of multicamera, live video production.
GRAVITY MEDIA TAKES OVER STAGE 5 AT MELBOURNE’S DOCKLANDS STUDIOS
A key attraction with Stage 5 is its location, just five minutes from the centre of Melbourne, which is widely considered the screen and arts capital of Australia. The facility is ideal for all types of productions. It can hold an audience of up to 400 people and has many of the features of a traditional television studio with a sound attenuation of 50dB(a), motorised lighting hoists, silent air-conditioning and a super flat epoxy floor for camera pedestals. It also comes with eight dressing rooms, an audience holding area and production space. Gravity Media has also invested in technology to equip purpose-built control rooms to service the requirements of the productions within and remote from this facility. Stage 5 has previously been used to host productions including The Footy Show, Millionaire Hotseat, Talking about your Generation and Q&A.
CTV Vancouver Island Brings Sony’s HXC-FB80 HD Studio Cameras On Board
The true-to-life color reproduction was the first thing CTV staff noticed about the Sony cameras’ performance. “It just pops on screen. The difference was immediate. We even got a few phone calls from viewers congratulating us on our new HD changeover,” said Lancaster. “The color matching was excellent,” reported Kirk Duncan, multi-skilled journalist, CTV Vancouver. “There was barely any difference between the two camera settings and looks. Out of the box, they looked the same. That was my favorite thing about our new cameras – the ease with which they were set up and ready to go. We went through and adjusted what we needed to change without additional assistance. Everything really did look great right out of the box.”
Digital Video Installs Calrec Into WSLS New Broadcast Studio
“We typically spec Calrec for our high-end installations because the company offers great support as well as quality equipment,” says Alex Martin, CEO, Digital Video Group. “We went with the Calrec Brio 12 because we knew it would act as a bridge between the studio’s analog equipment and digital gear. Since the system and the production control room are automated, a large traditional audio mixer wasn’t required for this project.” While the focus was on automation, the Brio gives the studio a physical interface where users can manually operate it, if required. The fact that the Brio can use both MADI and Dante was also an important capability for the WSLS project. Installing the Calrec console, using multi-channel digital audio with a Ross router, expedited setup and required less than six cables, where it was once necessary to use dozens.
Electro-Voice and Dynacord audio upgrade for Wells Fargo Arena
When Spectra, the venue management and operator of the Iowa Events Center (Des Moines, Iowa), decided it was time to update the sound system in the Wells Fargo Arena, they opted to work with Daktronics on a design-build basis. The goal was to modernize the sound both within the arena – which serves as the region’s primary sports and entertainment venue – and for several ancillary areas outside the main space, including concourses, restaurant/bars, and interview rooms. The project was led by David Sturzenbecher, applications engineer in the Audio Systems division of Daktronics. The physical installation was managed by Daktronics Field Engineer Thijs Hammink.
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BBG Sports improve Bluefish444 Epoch I/O performance with v6 SDK upgrade
BBG Sports is a sports technology company based in Melbourne, Australia, and has been a broadcast service provider to tennis and cricket TV coverage since 1991. BBG focuses on creating and maintaining broadcast addons for sport coverage, the most well-known of which is their ‘Hot Spot’, which revolutionised both the broadcast and umpiring of test cricket. BBG adds value to live sport in a way that enhances the viewer’s experience, so it’s important that their custom-developed video technology works in real-time with minimal delay. Working with Channel 7, Channel 9 and Fox Sports, BBG has become ingrained in mainstream sports coverage, particularly with Hot Spot, Speed Gun and the Snickometer (or “Snicko”) technology for cricket. For the Summer of 2019/2020, BBG will be introducing their new “The Comet” suite of tools for tennis.
Chinese Television System Relies on Riedel Intercom Solution for Live 2020 Taipei New Year’s Eve Broadcast
Riedel Communications announced that Chinese Television System (CTS) relied on a Riedel intercom solution to support its live production of the 2020 Taipei New Year’s Eve Party, hosted at the Taipei City Hall Square. Broadcast live by CTS on its flagship channel and on its news channels, the seven-hour broadcast included multiple Taiwanese star performances, with an impressive New Year’s Eve countdown lighting up the iconic Taipei 101 skyscraper and a stunning five-minute fireworks display. The show at Taipei City Hall is growing bigger and more spectacular every year and recently ranked among CNN’s Top 10 places to spend New Year's Eve.
LarMac LIVE delivers Saudi Arabia’s biggest ever EDM festival
Spread over five stages – ranging from the 2,000-capacity Saudi Beast to the 45,000-capacity Big Beast – the festival was held on a piece of ‘blank canvas’ land just outside the capital city. The country has very limited technical entertainment resources, so LarMac LIVE coordinated the site-wide production and artist management effort with a streamlined pool of trusted suppliers. “We actually ended up simplifying our supply chain as much as possible in partnership with Sela, locally assisting with procurement,” revealed Greenway. “PRG very quickly became the go-to company for lights and video, with audio equipment coming out of their German office. This was a real no brainer, primarily because we were using a lot of very few fixtures - it’s EDM after all - and so sourcing the assets was a huge factor in this decision. PRG also comes with a support structure and a special projects team like no other.”
Powersoft DRIVES Les Dunes Electroniques
Famed for serving as Luke Skywalker's hometown of Mos Espa in the original Star Wars trilogy, Ong Jmal in Nefta, Tunisia, is a festival location like no other. Once a year, for the last three years, the area’s sand dunes and traditional domed houses become the temporary backdrop for a non-stop, 30-hour rave; this year featuring some 30 electronic artists including headliners Luciano and Apollonia, and a host of others such as Astrid, Ben & Lola, Mehmet Aslan and Fantastic Twins. The festival, known as Les Dunes Electroniques, is organised by the team behind Plages Electroniques in the French Riviera, and has been touted as the event to put Tunisia on the global festival map.
ALC NetworX wins Technology & Engineering Emmy Award
ALC NetworX, developer of the RAVENNA high performance AoIP transport technology and key player in the development of the AES67 standard for AoIP interoperability, has been honoured with a Technical & Engineering Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) for the “Development of synchronised multi-channel uncompressed audio transport over IP networks.” The 71st edition of the Emmy Awards for Engineering & Technology will be hosted at the Wynn Encore Hotel and Spa on Sunday April 19th during the forthcoming NAB Show in Las Vegas.
Genelec to showcase 4420 and 4430 Smart IP loudspeakers at ISE
Genelec - the global leader in professional audio monitoring – is proud to be showcasing two Smart IP loudspeaker models at the forthcoming ISE show in Amsterdam. The 4420 and 4430 loudspeakers combine both exceptional sound quality with single cable convenience, and their onboard Smart IP technology provides scalable power, audio and loudspeaker configuration, supervision and calibration features via a standard CAT cable. Smart IP therefore offers system designers, integrators
and installers an easy, powerful and cost-effective solution for guaranteeing enjoyable, high-quality audio across entire installations.
Stage Tec @ ISE: IP-based NEXUS Connections
The NEXUS audio network, manufactured by Stage Tec in Berlin, was previously designed exclusively for networking using a proprietary fibre optic cable protocol. At the ISE (booth 7-W194), Stage Tec will demonstrate that NEXUS can now also communicate with remote single or multiple Base Devices based on IP. Bidirectional AES67 streams are set up in which audio and control data are transmitted together. This feature is implemented via the NEXUS XFIP or RIF67 interfaces, both of which are equipped with the DirectOut AES67.IO module. Using an XFIP or RIF67 interface, up to eight IP links to other NEXUS Base Devices are possible.
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No Static AV Delivers Ultra HD Workflow for Annual Baby2Baby Fundraising Gala
Held at the 3Labs event space in Culver City, CA, the Baby2Baby gala brings together celebrities, entrepreneurs and philanthropists, and the evening hosts the top chefs in Los Angeles, an exclusive auction and inspiring program, all while honoring this year’s Giving Tree Award winner, Chrissy Teigen. Past honorees include Amy Adams, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Garner, Kerry Washington, Kate Hudson, Drew Barrymore and Jessica Alba. Blackmagic Design announced that LA based event production company No Static AV (NSAV) used an Ultra HD live production workflow featuring URSA Broadcast cameras and ATEM switchers to deliver in house AV and IMAG for the annual Baby2Baby fundraising gala, which raises millions of dollars for the nonprofit and the children living in poverty that it serves.
Sony launches next-generation 4K HDR picture monitors with TRIMASTER at BSC 2020
Sony launched a new set of high-grade picture monitors from its TRIMASTER range at this year’s BSC Expo in London. Both the 24’’ and 18.4’’ models will be showcased on stand 515, alongside other flagship solutions from Sony. The PVM-X2400 (24’’) and the PVM-X1800 (18.4’’) monitors provide high picture quality and accurate colour reproduction thanks to specified and dedicated panels from Sony, which offer ultra-high definition with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and an impressive brightness of all-white luminance of 1000 cd/m2. For optimum film production, their wide colour gamut matches the industry-leading BVM-HX310 TRIMASTER HX master monitor.
Insight TV Taps Amagi for OTT Distribution in the U.S., U.K., Spain and Indonesia
Amagi deployed CLOUDPORT, its award-winning cloud playout platform, to create the linear OTT channels and distribute them to Free Ad Supported platforms/Connected TVs such as STIRR and Samsung TV Plus. “Choosing Amagi as our back-end cloud technology provider has brought about a remarkable ease to our operations, reducing overall costs and effort,” said Rian Bester, CEO, Insight TV. “Their solutions are already pre-integrated with STIRR, Samsung TV Plus and other leading platforms. This has made the transition to Amagi quick and hassle-free”.