Newsletter from 03/09/2019
Creativity Can be Augmented ... Not Artificial
Maybe you haven't heard it yet but AI is going to change/save the world. Sit back, relax and technology will make things good/great for you. Gimme a freakin break! AI can help film/show folks do a lot of things but it can't "feel" when a shot/scene/segment is right. It can formulize a show but it can't "know" when a project is going to touch an individual or entire audience to amplify emotions that make you cry, cheer, strain to help the folks on the screen or pull back when danger/disaster strikes. That takes a soul and hardware/software don't have a soul no matter how damn good AI makes itself. Of course, that won't stop folks at this year's IBC Future Zone telling us how their AI tools will improve – revolutionize - the M&E industry...even if they don't know what it is or even use the technology. The truth is...AI in the M&E industry sucks! Techies love it – artificial – meaning you can simply sit back, drink mojitos and the money rolls in.
However, we believe IBM's Ginni Rometty's has a better grasp of AI – augmented – it enhances what we do.
IBC2019 opens in one week at the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam. As of today we feature 60 companies and their approach at the IBC2019 Show. This list is continuously updated.
Apanta - Argosy - Allied Telesys - AVIWEST - Axon - BR Remote - Bridge Technologies - Broadcast Solutions - Calrec - ChyronHego - Clear-Com - Cobalt Digital - CyanView - dB Broadcast - Dejero - Densitron - Draka - DTC Broadcast - EVS - FOR-A - G&D - Globecast - Grass Valley - IHSE - LiveU - Megahertz - MultiDyne - Neumann - Nevion - Phabrix - Photonia - Pliant - Quicklink - Rohde & Schwarz - Ross Video - Sennheiser - Simplylive - SSL - Sonnet - Sony - Stage Tec - TAG VS - The Switch - TSL - TVU - Video Progetti - Videosys - Vionlabs - VITEC - Vizrt - VSN - Wheatstone
The link "IBC2019" will always show you the featured companies and events in alphabetical order
ATM UHD3 4K
A member of Poland’s large ATM Group, ATM System is one of the country’s leading TV production companies, with a large fleet of OB vans and broadcast equipment. The company recently commissioned a new top of the range UHD 4K OB van and 4vision, who have enjoyed a long-term relationship with the broadcaster, successfully responded to a competitive tender. Having built an OB van for ATM some years ago, they acted as consultants, on issues ranging from coach-building, through equipment proposal, interior and technical design, to cabling and setup. The OB has been built around 16 Sony HDC-4300 4K/HD cameras, and two LMP Cerberus 4000 miniature cameras, and is equipped to take an additional four wireless cameras.
Datong TV UHD OBVan
The Datrong TV UHD OBVan is based on Panasonic AK-UC3000 Cameras with Fujinon DigiPower lenses, an AV-HS7300 Vision MIxer from Panbasonic, Monitors from Panasonic, Konvision and Sony, Multiviewers from Axon, a videomatrix from Utah Scientific, Video Measurement from Leader, a Sopundmixer from Yamaha with audio Monitoring from Genelec and an Intercom System from Clear-Com.
This year’s EBU Technology & Innovation Award recognizes the development of Europe’s first all-IP UHD Outside Broadcast vehicle. The truck was commissioned by tpc, which is a subsidiary of the Swiss public service media organization SRG SSR. The EBU Award is now in its fourth year and is given in recognition of technology contributions that “make a difference and create value” in broadcasting. UHD1, as the new OB truck is known, has allowed tpc and its clients – including SRG SSR – to put IP-based production to the test. Importantly, the truck is designed to use equipment that complies to open standards like SMPTE ST 2110
NEP deploys multiple Calrec consoles and routing technology for premium audio at Wimbledon 2019
Jimmy Parkin, Sound Engineer, NEP Broadcast Services, said, “We have worked extensively with Calrec over the years. The networking flexibility and easy scalability of their technology were central to the success of this Wimbledon 2019 project. We needed audio operators to be able to easily access any source from any court without having to move anything or plug anything in; any console can “talk” with any other console on the network. We also needed to integrate IP networks with Calrec’s Hydra 2 networking technology and using their interfaces made this very easy. Pre-event offsite planning, using Calrec’s H2O GUI for the Hydra 2 network, meant that we could accurately name and label ports before any hardware was connected.”
BroaMan MUX22 automatic redundancy boosts TVP OB van upgrade
BroaMan has provided an elegant point-to-point fiber solution to TVP, the Polish national broadcaster, as part of an upgrade to an OB van. Critically, the Mux22 platform specified offers automatic redundancy. The DSNG satellite OB van, stationed in Wroclaw, was first modernised in 2015 and now functions as an 8-camera production truck and at the same time a satellite uplink. TR Broadcast, a trading partner of TVP for several years, successfully responded to the tender for the supply and integration of the new infrastructure. According to TVP’s Andrzej Wiszniewski, who is in charge of DSNG in Wroclaw, the main goal of the upgrade was to increase the range of devices such as monitors, controllers, intercom and large outdoor screens. “Our vehicle will be used by TVP throughout Poland and other parts of Europe (Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary). It will serve sporting events (football, volleyball, basketball, horse racing, handball, hockey, archery, judo, boxing), as well as concerts, conferences and more,” he said.
Colorado Studios utilize G&D KVM products within mobile Live TV production trailers
A number of years ago, G&D was chosen to provide KVM extension and switching systems for each new trailer design. G&D was chosen for its’ rugged, reliable and affordable products that provide 24/7 operational excellence within a challenging mobile environment. In addition, G&D’s ultra-low latency, extremely fast switching times and ease of configuration contributed to the decision for adoption of the G&D products within all of the mobile live TV system designs. Space and weight within the trailer design is valued at a premium. Since this mobile environment is limited in space, the G&D “Tradeswitch function” is utilized in the system design to provide desktop space savings of multi-computer operation via only one keyboard and mouse as well as offering “cross display switching” technology which allows for fast computer switching by simply moving the mouse pointer from one display to the next without the need for additional keystrokes or menu selection of targets. The G&D computer module units are also fanless and light weight for quiet operation and help in overall weight reduction in the system designs.
Video Progetti Announces Additional UHD HDR IP Outside Broadcast Truck Project with NVP
Italian broadcast distributor and systems integrator Video Progetti today announced that it’s working on a third project with leading outside broadcast facilities company NVP. Video Progetti had previously delivered two outside broadcast trucks to NVP, and has now been asked to consult on a third in response to the rapidly increasing demand for its services that NVP is experiencing. OB4 was delivered to NVP two years ago, with OB6 supplied in 2018. Concurrently, NVP commissioned Video Progetti to upgrade OB4 to the same specification as OB6 – and has now ordered a third OB truck with the same flexible functionality and high performance as the previous units.
TVBS Puts Trust in Clear-Com for Secure, Flexible IP-Based Communications
Having used Clear-Com Matrix Plus 3 system for over 10 years, TVBS’ existing combined wired and wireless system had reached the end of its useful life, though it has been retained as a back-up system. Andrew Chung, Engineering Department Manager, TVBS, said, “Our main criteria for upgrading to a new matrix system was security, stability and ease of maintenance. We compared various solutions from several intercom manufacturers and conducted POC and vendor planning and presentations. After comprehensive evaluation, Clear-Com was the clear choice.”
TMZ upgrades video production intercoms with RTS ROAMEO wireless
Fueled by breaking stories and celebrity news, TMZ has been a huge media success story over the past decade. In short order, TMZ expanded beyond its online roots into broadcast television, producing daily syndicated programs including TMZ on TV, TMZ Live and TMZ Sports. All are produced in TMZ’s production facility in the Playa Vista technology corridor of Los Angeles.ntercoms at TMZ studios have always been an RTS affair, based on an ADAM-M digital matrix system, KP-12 and KP-32 keypanels, and BTR partyline wireless beltpacks. With the need to vacate the UHF frequencies used by their BTR system due to FCC rule changes, the TMZ team recently upgraded the wireless portion of their RTS system. In consultation with Bexel, their broadcast integrator, they installed an RTS ROAMEO wireless system with 12 TR-1800 beltpacks. Four AP-1800 wireless access points spread throughout the facility enable users to move seamlessly between the studios, control rooms and post-production.
SDNsquare Helps Achieve TV Industry First
Media production service provider United produced Talpa Media’s ‘Koffietijd’ (‘Time for Coffee’) and ‘5 uur live’ (‘5 o'clock Live’) from United’s remote centre in the music pavilion at the Media Park in Hilversum. The recording of the shows took place in the studio of the National Postcode Lottery building in Amsterdam – 35 kilometres away. At the heart of the project was SDNSquare’s GRID software-defined network controller. “GRID is a technology and a methodology that enables guaranteed data flows with effectively-enforced QoS in any IP network,” explained Henry Alexander, CEO of SDNsquare. “GRID transforms the IP network and its data flows, making it fully predictable, non-blocking and 100% reliable. As a result, user networks are used much more cost-efficiently.”
Gravity Media further expands in Australia with Chief Entertainment acquisition
Gravity Media, a leading global provider of complex live broadcast facilities and production services, has agreed to acquire Chief Entertainment Pty Limited, a leading Sydney, Australia-based provider of live studio and production services, from Telstra Corporation Limited, Australia’s leading telecommunications and technology company. Gravity Media currently operates in Australia under the Gearhouse Broadcast, HyperActive Broadcast and Input Media brands and this acquisition will complement the existing Input Media production centres in the UK as well as its Melbourne production and Sydney post-production facilities. The transaction has not yet completed and is expected to complete by the end of August, subject to certain conditions being satisfied.
disguise Powers Longest Ever AR Centered Broadcast at Opening Ceremony of 2019 Pakistan Super League
The Pakistan Cricket Board started the 2019 season with something truly spectacular. Right before the first match, an awe-inspiring opening ceremony took place at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium - but this was unlike any event ever seen in the tournament’s history. Broadcast to over 50 million people around the world, the 60-minute Pakistan Super League opening ceremony combined mind-blowing augmented reality graphics with live performances from global acts, including iconic 70’s funk band Boney M, Pakistan’s Junoon and solo stars Fawad Khan, Young Desi, Aima Baig and Shuja Haider. Event management company ITW Trans Group collaborated with specialists in large scale opening ceremonies, concerts, and events, The Musketeers. Having coordinated the creative vision behind the last three Pakistan Super League opening ceremonies, Creative Director Samer Feghali wanted to push the envelope of live entertainment boundaries.
Stoyanovskiy becomes youngest world champion as the Russian and partner Krasilnikov end Germany fairytale
Russian machines Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Oleg Stoyanovskiy spoiled the Germany party by fighting back to win a dramatic World Championship final and seal a ticket to the Tokyo Olympics next year.The third seeds picked up a winners’ check of 60,000 US Dollars after they powered to a 19-21, 21-17, 15-11 comeback victory that silenced a capacity Red Bull Beach Arena crowd who had gathered to see if home favorites Julius Thole and Clemens Wickler could complete a Hamburg fairytale. The decibel level inside the iconic Rothenbaum Arena was deafening after the Germans took the first set but that setback only inspired the Russians to turn up the heat and Krasilnikov and Stoyanovskiy wasted no time in winning the second set 21-17. It set up a nail-biting final set where the lead exchanged hands several times, but the Russians upped the pressure in the final moments to take the set 15-11 win gold and make Stoyanovskiy, at 22, the youngest beach volleyball world champion.
EBU Members deliver huge European audiences for FIFA Women’s World Cup™
The total hours viewed of the Final of the Women’s World Cup amounted to 15.1million*** versus less than 1 million total in 2015. This represents more than a 15x increase and is a reflection of the huge increase in broadcasts hours for the tournament across the territories in Eurovision Sport’s contract (5x increase versus 2015). NOS (Netherlands) recorded a huge 88% market share supporting the national team in the Final. The match achieved a peak audience of 6.3m and average of 5.4m, shown on their flagship channel NPO1. The semi-final achieved a 78.5% market share, with a peak audience of 5.7m and average of 5.0m, again on NPO1.
Rock in the Budapest Park with Vad Fruttik
Hungarian alt-rock band Vad Fruttik (Wild Fruits) headlined a special concert to celebrate the 8th season opening of Budapest Park, one of the largest outdoor venues in Europe. Lighting designer Peter Pálocska from rental company Lajter Light – also based in the Hungarian capital – designed a production lighting scheme to ensure the band and their 8,500 fans rocking up for the show enjoyed a memorable night out. Part of his very distinctive luminescent styling for this show was a back wall of 72 x Robe Spiider LED wash beam fixtures, which added drama and excitement to the visual picture … and looked totally cool! Peter has worked for the band for eight years after initially introducing himself after a show he’d attended because he was into their music. Having the audacity to introduce himself as their “future lighting designer” which they found hilarious at the time … it proved to be a good prediction and the start of a fabulous friendship which then turned into a professional working relationship, as his wish to design their lights came true!
L-Acoustics Puts the Punch in Punchline for Adam Sandler’s 100% Fresher Tour
Las Vegas-based RRS Audio carries its K2 system out on The Sandman’s summer tour,plus keeps the rig constantly busy in the City of Lights when not out on the road. Lee Pepper has enjoyed years of success as the owner and operator of RRS Audio Productions Inc. in Las Vegas, Nevada, providing live sound production and recording services for some of the biggest names in the entertainment and corporate worlds at venues throughout the city. After re-evaluating his pro audio gear inventories last year, he chose to invest in an L-Acoustics K2 line source array system to deliver better audio fidelity for his clients and branch out more into the touring sound market.
4K / 8K ARISING
New World Symphony to WALLCAST 4K HDR Concerts Live with AJA 12G-SDI Solutions
“We live in a digital world, where the traditional concert hall model just doesn’t resonate with young modern audiences, so we knew that we had to make the symphony experience more dynamic and interactive or else we’d become ‘outdated.’ Moving to 4K HDR just made so much sense,” shared Dan Slentz, chief video engineer, NWS. “Having 4K WALLCASTs on top of the concert hall experience will allow us to better reach both traditional and modern patrons and donors.” Each 4K HDR simulcast will be projected via three Christie 35,000 lumen 4K projectors as a 100x60 ft video. For video capture, NWS will tap more than a dozen cameras and a range of mini-cameras located throughout the concert hall and on-stage – most on robotic heads, but a handful manually operated or on a jib. An AJA 12GM Mini-Converter attached to each camera will transform signals to single-link fiber 12G-SDI signals for the production control room. With the cameras wired via single-mode fiber, AJA FiDOs in the control room will receive the 12G-SDI signals. Six channels will be recorded to servers, with four additional recording channels powered by AJA’s Ki Pro Ultra Plus for ISO and backup records.
NEP Europe Strengthens its Market Position in 4K UHD and IP Live Production with 75 Grass Valley Cameras
NEP Europe has selected Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, to enhance its capability with 75 IP-enabled 4K UHD HDR cameras and accompanying base stations. Strengthening its position as one of the world's leading outsourced production partners, NEP has taken delivery of the new live production equipment for deployment across its fleet of OB trucks and studios. The new LDX 86N 4K cameras, along with XCU Universe UXF camera base stations, enable the delivery of unmatched picture quality with the flexibility to switch from native 4K UHD to HD, with 15 F-stop HDR operation. The added IP connectivity also allows NEP to seamlessly meet a range of live production needs, including remote production. Forty-five of the cameras will be upgrades of NEP's existing Grass Valley cameras in Germany and the remaining 30 will replace NEP's cameras from another manufacturer at the company's Italian operation. Each new camera is equipped with a DirectIP license to support uncompressed signal distribution. Using the DirectIP configuration, signals can be transmitted from the camera to the XCU base station via a standard IP network connection.