Newsletter from 06/11/2018
The Continued Rise of Global LIVE Streaming
Live streaming TV providers have been able to scale quickly and successfully to meet increased demand, and have delivered 42% less buffering, 34% less videos start failures, and 26% higher picture quality as compared to a year ago. It is particularly difficult to deliver high-quality streams for live TV, as many viewers tune in simultaneously to consume the programming. As a result, live streams take 10% longer for the video to start and see 72% more exits before the video starts. Althoug improved year-over-year, there is definitely still room for providers to improve their delivery infrastructure and quality.
While live streaming TV saw significant growth, especially with NFL streaming increasing and the major influence of the World Cup, which drove a 10% bump in traffic during the weeks the tournament was played in Q3, it is surprising that the comparative share of live streaming across all types of streaming remained relatively steady in Q3 year-over-year.
NEP Supershooters EN3
Every NEP launch pushes the technological envelope. The debut of EN3 for ESPN on March 30, however, was historic: it’s the first truck in North America built around a SMPTE ST 2110 IP routing core. After a long standardization process, SMPTE officially published the first standards within ST 2110 Professional Media Over Managed IP Networks in December, and EN3 is the first mobile unit to be designed and integrated specifically around the new standards suite. Of course, installing the first SMPTE 2110 core was about much more than bragging rights for NEP. Rather, the IP infrastructure in EN3 allowed NEP to create one of the most flexible mobile units ever. Although EN3 is fully capable of 4K and HDR production, there are no near-term plans to utilize these capabilities.
Mobile TV Group 43 Flex
2018 Mobile TV Group (MTVG) was celebrating its 28th anniversary with continued dedication to technological innovation, customer service, maintenance, and competitive pricing. In recent years MTVG has added an increasing number of national, college, and entertainment events, totaling over 4,000 events annually. With 30+ mobile units (plus “B” units, Audio trailers, etc.), MTVG is able to base its facilities, engineers, and drivers all over the U.S. This allows for the most effective local services to the regional networks and visiting national networks. In addition, MTVG’s event coordinators are assigned to our clients, giving them a consistent and one-stop service. The combination of engineers, event coordinators, and drivers create very cost effective and easy productions.
Telegenic T5 is a multi-purpose production vehicle. The double-expando 53' trailer is spacious with multiple rooms that can be configured to fit your broadcast needs. T5 can be used as a support vehicle with state of the art large green room, announce booth and multiple office rooms, negating the need for the use of mobile office trailers. It is also well suited for small technical productions with large space requirements. T5 offers the cutting edge technical equipment for the internal and external operations of the vehicle. Technical staff will be familiar with the RTS intercom and Calrec Brio audio equipment as well as Dante audio. Riedel MediorNet nodes can easily be deployed to connect to other mobile units via fiber.
NEP Andrews Hubs in Melbourne and Sydney - The Case Study
The Andrews Hubs are the world’s most advanced facilities of their kind, able to cover up to seven simultaneous live events from 29 connected venues around Australia. They’re also arguably the world’s most flexible: 100 per cent IP and also multi-format for any production requirement, including 4K, high dynamic range (HDR) and any framerate. NEP Australia’s director of technology, Marc Segar explains: “The Andrews Hubs allow for a totally distributed human resource, where the team working on a project no longer have to physically be together but can now work across many locations using modern communications tools to maintain a team approach.”
Celebro Makes Sure Broadcasters Have It All – Over IP With NDI®
Celebro’s unique business model was conceived by CEO and former BBC journalist Wesley Dodd in 2014 as a way to hire out mid-sized multi-camera facilities to broadcasters. When the company first entered the market, says Dodd, “We wanted to offer medium-sized studios where a client could run a daily news program, a current affairs show, or a talk show; something between the very small single-camera studios specialized in news, and at the other end of the scale, the enormous studios you could drive a car into.” That had been his original, if modest, vision. Then his career-long interest in emerging technologies led him down a different path: multi-location, international presence.
Calrec Artemis, Brio36 Bolster Performance Venue at Full Sail University
“The existing broadcast audio console in our performance venue was being maxed out, so an upgrade was in order,” says Scott Dansby, Director, Industry Relations, Full Sail University. “We had an existing relationship with Calrec and knew its consoles had the right tools, functionality, and features. Also, continuity was important to us as some of the students were already working with Calrec boards as part of their degree programs. By choosing Calrec’s Artemis and Brio36 consoles for the venue, we now have the ability to grow the system and scale it towards the events in that space. Calrec is providing us with a lot more room to grow in terms of the number of busses, channels, and networks.”
Grass Valley and Gearhouse Help Make History
Grass Valley anGrass Valley and Gearhouse Broadcast partnered to deliver Australia’s first 4K UHD live broadcast from Bathurst. All six hours of 4K UHD content from the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 for supercars – the country’s annual, premier touring car event – were broadcast live without any advertising breaks.d Gearhouse Help Make History. The 1,000-kilometer race was televised on Foxtel’s newly launched channel 444, with routing and monitoring completed via FOX SPORTS Australia, and the live outside broadcast (OB) production handled by Gearhouse. Grass Valley’s market leading solutions formed the heart of the live production infrastructure both at the venue and FOX SPORTS Australia’s facility.
US Open Displays Driven by Ross Video’s XPression Tessera
Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment (VWSE) produced the video screen content for the major stadium show courts and around the grounds at this Grand Slam event for the 6th consecutive year, using multiple control rooms and the shared resources of the in-house production crew and the broadcast networks. VWSE has also been responsible for producing the scoreboards shown on the ‘ribbon’ (or ‘facia’) boards, and other non-standard LED screens located inside and outside the venue’s tennis stadiums. The VWSE team had a wide range of sources available when producing the in-venue coverage, including cameras, replay servers and remote feeds. However, graphics are really the top layer of the screen presentation and what creates a big part of the branding for a video production
Robe Shines at 2018 Asian Games OC
The Opening Ceremony of Asia’s largest sporting event featured a general cast of around 4000, produced by Scott Givens and Libby Hyland working with Indonesian creative director Wishnutama Kusubandio. Staging direction was by Michael Pena working with Indonesian choreographers Denny Malik and Eko Supriyanto, and the breathtakingly visual extravaganza was produced by live event specialists FiveCurrents. They asked Montreal based lighting designer Yves Aucoin to deliver an impressive lighting design for both Opening and Closing Ceremonies, so Yves specified 270 x Robe BMFLs to be a major part of the lighting rig - a decision on which there was no compromise!
JAGUARA Comes to Life in Nevada Desert
JAGUARA is a collaborative project by an interdisciplinary collective of artists, designers, scientists, musicians, ancestral knowers, ecologists, communicators, teachers, technicians, and artisans from different areas of the American continent. Sonic Design’s director, Leo Vilar, works throughout the world on projects that bring focus to Colombia and led the team that created the Art Car vehicle that portrays a jaguar emerging from the Amazon River. “Through this artful celebration of the jaguar, we want to raise awareness about the vulnerability of the main refuge of the jaguar, the Amazon Rainforest,” Vilar explains. “JAGUARA is inspired by the symbolism and powerful spirit of the jaguar, which represents, for most ancestral American tribes, the connecting force between the world of gods and the world of men.
HARMAN Solutions Fuel Nine Stages of Electronic Dance Music at Emporium
Founded in 2005 by Dutch promoter Matrixx Events, Emporium Festival is an annual dance music festival held near the city of Wijchen in Berendonck Park. This year, 30,000 dance music fans came together to enjoy a robust lineup of DJs and performers across nine stages. To ensure a powerful and immersive live music experience for fans and performers alike, Emporium hired Story Event Engineering to design and deploy sound reinforcement systems for all nine stages. Story Event Engineering equipped the entire festival with end-to-end HARMAN live sound reinforcement systems, including JBL VTX Series line arrays, Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers and Soundcraft Vi Series consoles.
Bringing Elrow to Town
Elrow London’s 2018 main stage (The Town Square) was a big scenic multi-layered design – part of the brand’s highly theatrical touring system – which is alive with colour and detail right at the centre of Elrow Town’s dynamic theming, a look that is hugely popular throughout Europe. The projection platforms were built behind the FOH position, approximately 70 metres away from the stage … and the results were “completely stunning!” commented Mike. With 120,000 lumens of output, the animated images burst into action as soon as darkness fell, thrilling the crowds and ramping up the atmosphere to a visual peak ready for each night’s headlining sets. Town Square live performances were brought to a tumultuous close on Saturday night by German techno guru Paul Kalkbrenner and on Sunday night by the UK’s own rave party pioneer Fatboy Slim and special guests.
LMG Adds Riedel's Bolero and Artist to Rental Portfolio
"At LMG, we're committed to offering our clients the absolute state of the art in communications solutions. We know we can count on quality products from Riedel, so it was an easy decision to bring in Bolero and an additional Artist frame," said Shane Smith, Director of Audio Services, LMG. "Our testing at Nationwide Arena convinced us that Bolero is, hands-down, the best intercom solution on the market today. It worked flawlessly, and we had absolutely no issues with dropouts or poor audio quality." "Bolero is an invaluable tool in our arsenal, particularly when we're faced with RF challenges in large and complex venues. Plus, customers love the sound, look, and feel of Bolero," Smith added.
ChyronHego Releases Significant Upgrade of Coach Capture
Introduced earlier this year at the 2018 NAB Show, Coach Capture allows for both live and postgame video recording in HD 1080 format with tagging, logging, and telestration of game events. Designed to suit the everyday needs of video analysts and coaches, Coach Capture removes the restrictions that traditionally limit analysts' ability to quickly capture, log, and organize game clips. As the only logging tool available on Mac OS X, Windows (Versions 7 and 10), and Windows tablets, Coach Capture offers complete cross-platform compatibility with existing workflows.
Berlin Philharmonie now with 96 kHz thanks to Stage Tec
'Modern productions now require 96 kHz as the standard for processing and storing audio signals. We were already able to work with this high resolution but the number of AURUS channels, mix buses and DAW connections reached their limits time and again', explains Marco Buttgereit, Tonmeister at the Berlin Philharmonie. 'We now have a NEXUS system with 80 microphone inputs and a significantly enlarged channel and bus structure, which enables us to undertake very complex orchestral recordings. Upgrading the interfaces to include Dante and Ravenna has given us huge flexibility in connecting peripheral devices.'
4K / 8K ARISING
Turksat tests 8K broadcast
Türksat continues to pave the way with new broadcasting technologies. Ultra HD 8K (Super High-Vision) test broadcast, which is the highest level of broadcasting technology, started to be given through the Türksat 4B and Turksat 3A communication satellite located at the 50 degrees and 42 East orbital locations. Ultra HD 8K broadcast test was successfully carried out with the cooperation of Türksat, Kızıl Elektronik, Vestel and Socionext. During the process, the historical and natural beauties of Istanbul were taken with Ultra HD 8K, allowing for realistic high definition images to be obtained.
Creative Technology steps up to UHD with PPUs built by ES Broadcast
Built on some of the latest routing and switcher technology, the new flyaways will allow CT to expand and upgrade the specialist AV services it offers to clients in the sports, entertainment, exhibition and corporate sectors. The PPUs were designed to combine the cutting-edge technology which underpins the units’ UHD capabilities with simplified operability and a familiar system architecture that would allow engineers to easily transition between existing and new systems, said Chris Williams, Projects Director for ES Broadcast.
Czech TV selects PHABRIX’s Qx 12G Rasterizer in its 4K/UHD test
Martin Dostál, Head of Engineering - Post Production Technologies, Czech TV, said, “The Qx was an obvious choice for us within our 4K postproduction workflow. We investigated all potential competitive solutions but none of them were even close to the Qx, with its UHD feature set, test specifications and affordability.” The Qx 12G signal generation, analysis and monitoring solution is designed for next generation, hybrid IP/SDI environments using 4K/UHD (12G/6G/3G-SDI) and HD-SDI plus SMPTE 2110 and 2022-6. Qx offers the fastest 12G-SDI physical layer testing, with its RTE™ (Real-Time Eye) technology instantly highlighting any SMPTE compliance issues, including eye under/overshoot.