Newsletter from 23/10/2018
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The 2018 Directory presents 20 new HD/UHD trucks in quite detail. The presentations include trucks from AMP VISUAL TV, Antenna Hungaria, Cinevideo, ERR, Infinity, Liaoning TV, LRT, Mediacam, Mediapro, Mobile TV Group, NEP Australia, NEP Belgium, NEP Sweden, NEP USA, Reckord, Studio Berlin, Shanghai Media Group, Sky Perfect Broadcast, Telegenic and Professional Show. In addition, we highlight IP Live Production in Australia. To overcome the obstacles of distance and location in remote production, NEP created centralized Internet Protocol (IP) production centers in Sydney, NSW, and Melbourne, VIC, which are named in memory of NEP Australia’s late and much-loved CEO, Keith Andrews, who championed the initiative. Another highlight is the production of the international signal of the FIFA World Cup in Russia. In addition, we had a look to the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, "The World of Hans Zimmer", which was touring Germany's largest sports halls, and we visited Italian superstar Vasco Rossi at the Stadio San Nicola in Bari together with 50,000 adoring fans.
Antenna Hungaria OB 11
Antenna Hungária service is provided with HD and 4K ready production trucks of 100% Hungarian design and manufacture. New vehicles are added to our fleet in accordance with market requirements. Due to decades of experience in outside broadcasting, comfortable and ergonomic workstations inside our production trucks have been designed by our engineers taking the highest technical requirements into consideration. Our equipment is continuously improved and state-of-the-art television equipment and technologies are employed in order to deliver high-quality outside broadcasts ordered by clients. Our vehicle fleet is flexible and mobile. Each OB van can be easily adjusted to client requirements.
Infinity 4K OBVan
Taiwan’s first and only fully 4K (UHD) HDR OB van, officially launched in 2016— with a Calrec Artemis Light digital audio console. Followed by a second 4K HDR OB van completed this year, with a Calrec Summa console installed. Taiwan’s leading broadcast and media production company for more than thirty years… Infinity was also Taiwan’s first-ever HD OB van in 2006. In addition to upgrades for each 4K HDR OB van—to align itself with ever-changing international industry standards and provide high-quality format options or industry-leading technology to local or visiting production customers, Infinity has evolved over the years into a one stop shop. With a complete 4K production to post-production workflow, live event operations to post-concert films for DVD, the current lineup has been customized to meet the broadcast recording and delivery requirements of international or milestone concerts, sports, and live events in 4K UHD HDR in Taiwan.
NEP Australien IP21
On March 10 NEP made history as the Sydney Andrews Hub produced its first trans-continental live uncompressed broadcast: the FFA A-League match between Perth Glory and the Central Coast Mariners held at NIB Stadium in Perth: 4,000 km (2400 miles) apart. “This was significant, as it was the first time that SMPTE 2110 had been used across that distance with a latency of just 48ms round trip: just over one frame of video,” says Segar. “It also reinforced that the hubs integrate seamlessly in a ‘regular’ weekend in which we deliver multiple events around the country from different sporting codes.” Based in Perth was NEP’s IP 21, a 13-metre all-IP production truck, housing the only onsite staff: camera operators, audio technicians and commentators; the remaining production team members were in Sydney. Uncompressed video and audio were delivered via the Telstra DPN to produce the show, which was then sent over IP to Fox Sports for live broadcast.
Streamteam Nordic and Broadcast Solutions Open Remote Production Hub
The new facility contains eight production rooms, an audio control room, five off-tube rooms and an MCR connected to seven remote sets. All venues are connected to the Helsinki hub via Telia´s DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) network. The virtual studio, which produces pre- and post-game live discussions, is linked to the hub by four dark fibre lines. Streamteam’s production facility also includes a centralised video referee room with up to four video referees overseeing the matches in all venues. The overall system design takes a hybrid approach, leveraging IP-workflows for interconnecting the venues and hub, while production within the hub and the studio uses 3G baseband format. Transport between the hub and the venues is based on Nevion’s Virtuoso platform, with JPEG2000 over 10 Gbit fibre connections.
ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K and DeckLink 8K Power Red Bull's Gaming Sphere
The multipurpose esports studio has been created to hone the skills of players and those working behind the scenes at all levels to host tournaments, educational events and workshops. Systems integrator Dreamtek has designed and implemented the ultra flexible, low latency live production workflow to deliver high quality gaming content for big screens or streamed live to Twitch, YouTube or Facebook. “Our principal consideration was the ability to record gameplay from anywhere in the space, and deliver that at the high frame rates that gaming fans expect, anything less just wouldn’t be acceptable. We conceived an IP and SDI infrastructure from which any camera, PC or console could be captured, recorded and played out,” explains Kashaan Butt, Dreamtek’s chief engineer.
Radio Télévision Suisse teams up with Stage Tec for sports reporting
In the 25 years since Stage Tec was founded, many customers have given the impetus for new products or features, with Stage Tec commissioned to implement them in the audio equipment. RTS (Radio Télévision Suisse) had the idea for a simple and automated workstation for the most common workflow in sports broadcasts: The 5.1 international audio mix of atmosphere from the sports event and the commentary from the booth. A task for which typical sound control rooms are usually oversized in terms of equipment and manpower. Instead of occupying four control rooms and employing four audio engineers, RTS wanted to design a workstation in such a way that one sound engineer could operate four workflows in parallel.
Copa do Brasil Playoffs Enhanced with XEEBRA-Powered VAR Workflow
The VAR workflow features four Xeebra systems from EVS, each of which allows an operator to review up to 16 HD cameras at once using a simple user interface. BroadTV will be responsible for the VAR infrastructure throughout the playoffs alongside a team of professional referees. It was BroadTV’s previous experience with the Brazilian confederation and its extensive knowledge of the live production environment that saw it rewarded the prestigious contract. Over the last two years BroadTV and the Brazilian Confederation have worked together to iron out the expectations of a VAR service technology provider and to implement the right system for the confederation’s needs within professional soccer tournaments.
Custom-Engineered Bolero S Ensures Referee Communications for Bundesliga
With the Bolero wireless intercom system, introduced in 2017, Riedel has a reliable intercom platform with outstanding audio quality that is perfectly suited for sports broadcasts. The challenge was to deliver a solution that would provide crystal-clear communications between Bundesliga referees and their assistants on the sidelines, and with the Video-Assist-Center (VAC) located in Cologne. In addition, the beltpack itself had to be acceptable to the referees and suitable for live-game environments. For this joint effort, DFL experts and Riedel's team of engineers and product managers took on the task of designing a smaller version of the Bolero system that offered unlimited freedom of movement on the pitch.
Lawo V__matrix IP Core Routing & Processing Platform Used at Asian Games
Held concurrently in Jakarta and Palembang for the first time in their history, the 18th Asian Games ended in September with a closing ceremony in the Indonesia state capital of Jakarta where their opening ceremony had been staged 15 days earlier. The 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang 2018 – widely called the "Olympic Games of Asia" – includes disciplines practiced only in Asia. In addition to the well-known Olympic sports, dragon boating and the Chinese martial art of Wushu were among those contested. The tournament was broadcast throughout Asia and beyond, watched by 112 million spectators, with the Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee (INASGOC) appointed International Games Broadcast Services (IGBS) as host broadcaster.
CP Communications Powers Triathlon Coverage with IP Streaming
Located in the Canadian province of Quebec, Mont-Tremblant is a tiny village that welcomes athletes every summer to compete in a 2.4-mile swim in Lac Tremblant, a 112-mile bike course through forests and low-lying mountains, and a 26.2-mile run through LeP’tit Train du Nord, the longest linear park in Canada. Athletes also competed for 40 qualifying slots at the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship, which takes place this Saturday, October 13 in Hawaii. CP Communications leased the systems to Carr-Hughes, the production company in charge of the event. CP also provided the specialized motorcycles, which are used for TV, media and live events.
Hammer Series launch indoor virtual cycling challenge with Kinomap
Kinomap, the app that turns your bike trainer into a fitness device, and Hammer Series have unveiled “Hammer Series on Kinomap”, which allows fans to compete at each race through simulated outdoor footage.The new partnership will help expand the cycling season and introduce a new audience to the Hammer Series' unique format. Kinomap is cycling's largest geo-located video sharing platform in the world and offers cyclists, runners and rowers the opportunity to train and compete at outdoor venues through simulations. The new agreement means that by 16 October 2018 fans equipped with a home-trainer will be able to practise and experience the Hammer Series in the comfort of their home.
Canal Blau, La Xarxa and TV3 at unique Catalan Castellers events
A castell is a human tower built traditionally at festivals throughout Catalonia and the region of Valencia. Castells were first documented in 1712 and originated within Valls, Catalonia, near the city of Tarragona. Interest in castells grew in the 1960s and 1970s and in 2010, castells were declared a masterpiece of human heritage by UNESCO. In 2015 a festival hosted 99 groups of castellers, at which the tallest human tower was erected and safely dismantled, having 10 levels with four people in each level. This important Catalonian cultural event was to be filmed almost every week-end along the season from April to September by the regional TV companies belonging to la Xarxa group, like Canal Blau from Vilanova i la Geltrú. The footage was to be shared with fellow regional broadcasters La Xarxa (other 25 local TV stations) and TV3.
Kraftklub Conquers 17,000-Capacity Parkbühne With MLA
When German band Kraftklub performed before a sell-out 17,000 crowd at the Parkbühne open air venue in Berlin’s Wuhlheide, they did so once again through local PA company, Complete Audio’s Martin Audio MLA loudspeaker array. The show formed part of the band’s festival tour, where they carry only FOH and monitor control in the truck, tasking local companies, such as Complete Audio, with providing the PA and lighting. At the Parkbühne, Complete Audio rigged 12 x MLA elements and an MLD Downfill enclosure per side as the main PA, with two sidefill hangs, each comprising eight MLA Compact. Low frequency extension was provided by 20 x MLX subwoofers, set two wide and three high, stacked on stage underneath the main PA, and a further four stacks of two alongside the stage at floor level.
NRG takes on the Adventure of a Lifetime
At the recent PLASA entertainment technology trade show in London, Robe once more offered high energy, high profile roles to half a dozen NRG crew members. For three non-stop, high octane days, students and young technicians from every corner of the British Isles supported the international Robe sales team in the jungle adventure that was the Robe stand. Hailing from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, six students from six different colleges and universities came together to work as a close-knit team to provide a frontline ‘welcome’ to all the trade visitors coming onto the Robe stand and offering them product demonstrations whilst acting as ambassadors for the NRG programme run by Robe UK.
Tomorrowland gets Hyperreal with L-ISA
Tomorrowland is one of the world’s foremost music festivals. Its organisers, We Are One World are always on the hunt for imaginative ways to unite hundreds of thousands of fans from around the globe at this unique event. This year, Tomorrowland revealed the brand-new Atmosphere Stage, a futuristic tent where L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound delivered deeply vibrant beats as festival goers bathed in stunning visuals for a completely unprecedented musical experience. L-Acoustics has a rich history with Tomorrowland, and has collaborated with the festival alongside Noizboyz, designers of Tomorrowland audio systems, since 2011. This year was no different, with over 600 L-Acoustics cabinets supplied by Phlippo Productions deployed on six stages, including the massive 115m wide Story of Planaxis Main Stage, across the vast festival site.
Claypaky Mythos2 Beam Up Gian Marco's Colourful Shows
Latin pop-rock royalty Gian Marco performed three sell-out shows at Lima's Gran Teatro Nacional del Perú in October, backed by an array of Claypaky Mythos2. The colourful and dynamic lighting was designed and operated by Gianfranco Di Vitto, who specified 35 Mythos2 rigged in a seven-line array behind Gian Marco and his band. At the core of Di Vitto's design were powerful beams of striking colours, creating fast-moving shapes and patterns on the stage. "I needed a versatile fixture that would allow me to create a different look for each song - one that would really wow the audience," says Di Vitto. "The Mythos2 offers a high intensity output with incredible beam quality."