Newsletter from 20/08/2019
IBC celebrates young talent in the industry
The media, entertainment and technology industry is changing. Attitudes are shifting, the next generation is consuming content differently to any before them and diverse and exciting content is being created to meet that demand in innovative formats. Driving this change is a new wave of industry talent, honoured at IBC with the first IBC Young Pioneer Award.
Recognising the brightest, newest talent in the industry, this award will go to someone who has made a real impact with their passion, ambition and commitment and is making an outstanding contribution to our industry.
“What we were looking for in the shortlist was, most importantly, real talent, a stand-out individual making a real difference in the industry,” said David Levine, VP, Programming - Kids, Europe & Africa/UK & Ireland, The Walt Disney Co. Ltd and Chair of the Judging Panel. “But we were also looking for a lasting legacy, for the Young Pioneer to be a leader today and a media guru of the future.”
IBC2019 opens in 3 weeks at the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam. As of today we feature 47 companies and their approach at the IBC2019 Show. This list is continuously updated.
Argosy - Allied Telesys - AVIWEST - Axon - BR Remote - Bridge Technologies - Calrec - ChyronHego - Clear-Com - Cobalt Digital - CyanView - dB Broadcast - Dejero - Densitron - Draka - DTC Broadcast - EVS - FOR-A - G&D - Globecast - Grass Valle - NecLiveU - Megahertz - MultiDyne - Nevion - Phabrix - Photonia - Quicklink - Rohde & Schwarz - Ross Video - Simplylive - SSL - Sonnet - Sony - Stage Tec - TAG VS - The Switch - TSL - TVU - Video Progetti - Videosys - Vionlabs - VITEC - Vizrt - VSN
The link "IBC2019" will always show you the featured companies and events in alphabetical order
Cloudbass has a range of Outside Broadcast vehicles to suit all productions with a full set of support vehicles including tenders and generator sets and supply a full range of HD and SD camera channels, lenses, EVS' and VT's for each Outside Broadcast. Vinten peds, tripods and heads as well as specialist custom mounts are also available. Cloudbass provides a range of solutions to the broadcast market, from crew to graphics to full HD Outside Broadcast facilities and anything in between. We are dedicated to working at the highest level, to the very best of the company's abilities, in all situations. With recent credits including Robot Wars, Goodwood Festival of Speed, Formula E, Euro 2016, Stargazing Live, British Touring Cars, Davis Cup Tennis with clients such as the BBC Events and Factual, Sky Sports, ITV, Mentorn, BT Sport, Eurosport, Manchester United, and suppliers like Telex, Sony, Evertz and EVS, Cloudbass provides and demands the very best.
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Global Production’s OB-Vans are distinguished for their production capability in terms of work space and on-board technology which is the most advanced on the European market.All our OB-Vans are approved and certified for the work safety requirements and have been designed and built in order to guarantee the whole process of airing with redundant equipment. Starting from our smallest unit, all the way up to our latest and bigger OB8 Van, all our trucks offer the best comfort and the highest-performing technology available, and are all well suited to cover any kind of production requirements. We also provide highly skilled crews, offering some of the most experienced supervisors from around the world, hand-picked for production requirements great and small.
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From studio ‘dry hire’ to end-to-end production, NEP Australia has the solution for every broadcast need: IP-based cloud production capabilities - Outside broadcast, remote production and mobile studio facilities - State-of-the-art TV studios in Sydney and Melbourne - 4K production expertise in all genres - Expert Systems Integration (SI) teams to service both in-house and external clients - World-renowned Host Broadcast expertise - Production services at any level project delivery requires
Live Media Group Holdings to Acquire Sure Shot Teleproductions & TL Mobile Television
Live Media Group Holdings announced that it has finalized definitive agreements to acquire Sure Shot Teleproductions and TL Mobile Television. Financial terms were not disclosed surrounding these acquisitions. Both transactions add over 20 employees and eleven HD Production and satellite trucks to Live Media Group Holding's existing operations and client base – firmly establishing Live Mobile Group as one of the top HD mobile unit providers servicing mid-level markets in the US. Live Mobile Group is the only mobile broadcast truck operator providing full production equipment support, production management and execution as well as a proprietary video player platform for all devices. "The broadcast industry has changed so rapidly in the past couple of years and we are filling the direct needs of our clients requests by not only providing specialized mobile units, but we have built the best-in-class production division as well as a technology that rivals any video platform in the world," said Brad Sexton, President and CEO of Live Media Group Holdings.
China’s CCTV Continues Rapid Advance of IP Broadcasting with Lawo
Begun in July 2018 with installation work starting in November, the project is now complete and marks the second of CCTV’s studios to be upgraded to 4K/UHD with IP technology. The mc²96 and two further Lawo mc² series consoles in No.8 Studio (aka the 800m² studio) follows three prior AoIP projects for China’s national state broadcaster undertaken by Lawo, perfectly demonstrating that the German technical pioneer’s AoIP solutions are proven, safe and stable on the most high-profile of international broadcasters’ stages. “The renovation of CCTV’s 800m² Studio audio system was handled by our long-term partner NDT, and finished mid-Jan 2019,” says Lawo System Engineer Sam Zhang. “As soon as it was finished, it was given a major mission – broadcasting the CCTV Spring Festival Gala, which is the largest live show on Chinese New Year’s Eve, with 1.3 billion watching. The 800m² Studio produced the 4K/UHD signal; the first time the Spring Festival Gala has been broadcast in 4K. The new system did the job perfectly.”
dock10 unleashes UHD/HDR production capabilities with major investment in Sony HDC-3500 4K system cameras
As part of its ongoing commitment to investing in the UK’s very best television studios and helping content creators optimise emerging technologies such as UHD and HDR, dock10 has selected the 4K Live Production system. The HDC-3500 - launched at IBC 2018 - supports HD, HDR and 4K, as well as IP capabilities, bringing new levels of image quality, portability and creative flexibility to production environments. With a 2/3-inch 4K CMOS sensor with global shutter technology, the cameras empower broadcast and production facilities to deliver image quality in 4K at low noise, high sensitivity and High Dynamic Range.
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AJA Gear Greases the Wheels at Janta TV
Janta chose to use AJA gear after carefully evaluating its options because of the solid performance and high-quality output it showed during tests. “Making AJA gear the backbone of our news channel has been one of our best decisions yet. It’s been so stable, easy to use and saves us a lot of time, especially because with LAN interfaces on most products, and built in webservers, you can easily configure and control your devices through a web browser on any platform from just about anywhere,” shared Deepak Sengupta, Group Technical Head, Janta TV. Both the satellite and social feeds are powered by a three-camera studio setup including chroma screens and a Real Set Recording Studio with fixed backgrounds. Camera signals are first fed through an AJA KUMO 3232 router in an on-site production control room (PCR).
The China Touring Car Championship (CTCC) trust in Silvus wireless communication technology for improved camera coverage
During the recent races of the CTCC, held in Shanghai, China, production company Top Cool Productions deployed technology for wireless mesh networks from Silvus, implemented and maintained by system integrator Broadcast Solutions. The German system integrator was on site with their Singapore entity and held responsible for the system’s design, implementation and service on-site to give the production company a broader and uninterrupted wireless camera coverage, specifically in the PIT area. Three sets of Silvus 4200 radios with Haivision Makito X encoders/decoders using HEVC (high-efficiency video coding) and SRT (secure reliable transport) were deployed. The solution from both companies provided a combination of a wireless IP MESH-network and a highly efficient low latency encoding/decoding system. The team-play of Silvus and Haivision solutions are the perfect combination to provide a low-latency wireless camera system for broadcast and live TV-production.
Belarus TV elevates European Games 2019 live production
With host broadcaster ISB looking to raise its production capabilities and deliver stunning live-footage, four new mobile production sets from public broadcaster Belarus TV were deployed at the recent European Games 2019 in Minsk. Broadcast Solutions recently delivered all production tools to Belarus TV. With 15 sports attracting more than 4,000 participating athletes, the European Games is one of world sports’ largest competitions. ISB was appointed the main contractor, producing the world feed from the Belarusian capital Minsk. SB’s mobile production called on Belarus TV’s mobile production resources to cover the opening and closing ceremonies and the event’s most important games, including OB Vans and support vans.
Elite Multimedia Productions jumps in the ring with Impact Wrestling
Featuring captivating characters and adrenaline-pumping action, Impact Wrestling is a 2-hour weekly television production touring to packed houses across North America. In an environment where the action takes place both in and out of the ring, the production team must be able to create an expansive design in a number of different performance venues. As the tour made its way to Tennessee, the designers at Atlas Productions needed to quickly adapt to the capabilities of the Sports Arena at The Fairgrounds Nashville, so they worked with Elite Multimedia Productions who provided a full audio, LED, video and lighting design.
Steve Stemac lights metal rockers Lamb of God with Elation
Stemac started with Lamb of God in May, 2018, as lighting director, inheriting a stage set-up designed by tour manager Brian Griffin. After earning the band’s, and Griffin’s, trust over the following legs of the tour, the designer began to evolve the show, a process that eventually led to fixture changes. For the latest leg, a 16-date trek across the southern U.S. states and up the east coast, Stemac chose to reinforce the band’s signature sound and stage presence using Elation DARTZ 360™ LED beam/spot fixtures and Elation ACL 360 Bars™.“Lamb of God likes a lot of backlighting with not too many revealing hues,” Stemac says of the type of lighting required for the Grammy-nominated veteran rockers. After respecting their parameters, he says he simply approached it as a fan, asking himself, “What do I think would look right for this song?”
Robe Supports Prague Quadrennial 2019
Robe is supplying moving lights and technical expertise for some of the event’s key installations at the Expo Grounds, including Blue Hour designed by artist Romain Tardy, Fragments curated by Klára Zieglerová, as well as for the Opening Ceremony (OC) on 5th June. The Czech based lighting manufacturer will additionally be hosting its own community evening on 13th June. PQ2019 will see over 800 artists from around the world participate in a lively, invigorating and thought-provoking programme of over 600 performances and installations plus workshops, lectures, debates and discussions … all offering perspectives on theatre and stage design and production.
WIcreations Launches New WImotion System for Rammstein Spectacle
WIcreations seized the opportunity of working with one of the highest profile live bands on the planet to launch its new integrated WImotion system … which gives precise control and synchronisation of individual and group moving chain hoists utilising SIL3 group position monitoring. WI, well known for their own industrial strength automation and engineering solutions, was asked to supply several custom staging and automation elements for the tour. All this is being co-ordinated for WI by Koen Peeters and Hans Willems, who were asked onboard by the tour’s technical consultant Jeremy Lloyd of UK based Wonder Works. They have worked closely with Rammstein’s own creative team, a collaboration between lighting designer Patrick Woodroffe from Woodroffe Basset Design (WBD), production designers Wieder Design Studio and Wonder Works. The band themselves are also very involved in their stage presentations.
Axon's Neuron Processor Makes Its Outside Broadcast Debut On Cloudbass' New IP Truck
Upgrading the 20 camera vehicle took just five weeks to complete and involved a total refurbishment of all working areas, as well as the installation of a full IP solution based around Axon’s recently launched Neuron Network Attached Processor (NAP). This gateway product, which was designed to address the needs of complex IP and hybrid-IP environments, supports the latest industry standards by handling uncompressed SD, HD, 3G and UHD signals based on the ST2022-6 and ST2110 specifications. Michael Beaumont, Cloudbass Technical Director outlined the reasons why the Axon Neuron/Cerebrum solution was chosen: “From the outset we were looking for a future proof scalable solution we could use to effectively “add” an IP layer into ANY of our existing or future fleet.
Leader Electronics acquires PHABRIX Ltd to create a global Test and Measurement force
PHABRIX has established itself as a worldwide leader of innovative, cost effective, test and measurement instruments since it was formed in 2005. PHABRIX employs a dedicated team of R&D, Sales, Manufacturing, Support, and Administration personnel, operating from its headquarters in the UK. The acquisition will see both companies continue with existing product lines and development plans, joining forces to expand sales presence worldwide.Phillip Adams, Managing Director, PHABRIX, said, “PHABRIX is delighted to join the growing Leader team. Both companies have much to gain from each other; both putting design and engineering expertise at the heart of development. With our combined talent and complementary product lines, together with a greater geographical reach, it’s going to be a very exciting future for staff, customers and our global distribution partners.”
Grass Valley Enables Open-Standards IP Production for IBC TV
Four GV LDX 86 Universe cameras, that combine both higher frame rates like 6X, and higher resolution for 4K UHD into one camera head, are being deployed, alongside Grass Valley's XCU Universe UXF base stations, that support the extended bandwidth requirements of LDX 86 Series high-speed cameras. IBC TV is also leveraging a three M/E GV Korona K-Frame V-Series system that combines mid-range broadcast and media applications. As part of the channel's bid to leverage IP technologies for flexible and agile operations, all of the Grass Valley kit is SMPTE ST2110 video over IP enabled and native SDI connected.
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Spin Digital 8K HEVC Media Player Leverages AJA KONA 5 and Corvid 88 for Fast, Flexible I/O
Now that 4K production has taken off in broadcast, live events, sports and beyond, 8K and 16K production loom large on the horizon, prompting a demand for higher resolution video decoding and playback tools. Media solutions provider Spin Digital addresses this growing need with the Spin Digital Media Player – a high-performance 8K HEVC media player. Comprising proprietary software and industry standard hardware, it facilitates real-time HEVC/H.265 decoding and playback of UltraHD video on PC systems and has been used to transmit 4K, 8K and 16K video for large-scale event productions, broadcasts, virtual reality (VR) experiences and more. For audio and video I/O, the system uses a KONA 5 card and a Corvid 88 multi-stream, multi-format card.