Newsletter from 30/12/2015
IBC Preview #4 - The Architecture for the Digital World
The International Honour for Excellence 2015, the highest honour IBC bestows, this year recognises a technology – and the company behind it – which has been a key enabler of the transformation of our industry. The award goes to ARM, the company behind the processors in virtually all of our smartphones and tablets.
It is sobering to realise that the iPhone is barely more than eight years old, yet it and the products that followed have transformed the way we view media. That we can drive realtime, high resolution graphics and videos on a device in the palm of our hand, with a day’s battery life is a remarkable technical achievement.
It is made possible by ARM’s specialisation, reduced instruction set computing (RISC). Today, around one-third of all intelligent electronic devices have ARM technology inside, thanks to its development and continuing research. In turn, the creative, commercial and technical future of the media industry depends upon these mobile devices.
We currently have IBC Previews online of the following companies.
Apantac - Argosy - Artel - AVIWEST - Axon - Bluebell - BMS - Bradley Engineering - Broadcast Solutions - Calrec - Camerobot - ChyronHego - Clear-Com - DirectOut - EBU - EVS - eyevis - FOR-A - Gearhouse Broadcast - Genelec - Grass Valley - Guntermann & Drunck - Hitachi - i-movix - IABM - IHSE - Ikegami - Imagine Communications - Jünger Audio - K-tec - L-S-B - MHz - NCAM - NewTek - NTP - Quantel - Riedel - Roland - rt1.tv - Sennheiser - Snell - Sommer Cable - Sony - Tiffen - TVU - Vizrt
The new entries from this week are displayed in bold. The previews will be maintained on a daily basis and the link IBC2015 will always show the growing number of featured companies in alphabetical order.
NEP Launches Australia's First Purpose-Built 4K Super Truck
To meet the increasing complexity and volume of client projects NEP Australia launched the newest addition to its outside broadcasting (OB) fleet: HD11. Surpassing the size, technical capabilities and work environment of every other mobile production facility in Australia, HD11 is the country’s first purpose-built 4K broadcast truck and the first equipped with Sony’s HDC-4300 4K and high-speed camera technology. HD11 is dedicated to Geoff Rudder – until early 2015 General Manager of Resources and Logistics – who throughout his career championed NEP Australia and Global Television's continual pursuit of technological excellence. NEP Australia President Soames Treffry says HD11 is a fitting tribute to a treasured colleague.
Live Media Group Holdings to Acquire Sure Shot Teleproductions & TL Mobile Television
Live Media Group Holdings 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.
rt1.tv Chooses Riedel's MediorNet and Artist for New OB Vans
For its new OB van and three DSNG vehicles, Germany's rt1.tv production GmbH has invested in Riedel Communications' MediorNet real-time media network and Artist digital matrix intercom system. Among Germany's leading media production companies in satellite-based live broadcasting, as well as film and video production, rt1.tv has integrated 13 MediorNet Compact Pro frames, one Artist 128 mainframe, and more than 30 panels into its mobile production and newsgathering units. "We want our production units to be ready for the future requirements of a live production, which is why we chose Riedel equipment," said Bernd Pohlmann, head of mobile production at rt1.tv.
Discovery Networks Denmark expands with EVS
Working with equipment supplier Danmon Denmark, EVS has installed new solutions to Discovery Network Denmark – the Danish branch of Discovery Networks International – to expand the EVS workflow already in place. Creating a more powerful and flexible live production workflow, the broadcaster has implemented a brand new XT3 live production server, Xedio CleanEdit and router control functionalities to the existing IPDirector PAM system. This has helped enhance the live studio production of the network’s various sports shows. With exclusive national broadcast rights to the Danish Super Liga and some of the biggest sporting properties in Europe, including the, English Premier League, Bundesliga, FA Cup football and content from Eurosport, Discovery Networks Denmark needs to have an easy to use, efficient and reliable solution to produce world-class content for its audiences.
German broadcasters turn to Nevion for media monitoring solutions
Nevion announced an agreement to supply its latest media monitoring probe, the TNS4200, to both Deutsche Welle, Germany's international broadcaster, which creates content aimed at audiences outside of Germany, and parent company ARD – the Association of Public Service Broadcasters of Germany, the world’s second-largest public sector broadcaster. The TNS4200 is designed to continuously monitor broadcast streams and signals, enabling fast fault detection and diagnostics, with an easy-to-use and intuitive user interface. The TNS4200 will be used by ARD’s Play-Out-Center in Potsdam, just outside of Berlin. The Play-Out-Center is responsible for digital video broadcasting multiplexing the three channels produced by Berlin-Brandenburg Broadcasting, the public broadcaster for the German states of Berlin and Brandenburg, namely, tagesschau24, EinsFestival and EinsPlus.
Hernando County Upgrades Studio, Remote Shoots with Broadcast Pix
Hernando County produces close to 300 shows per year, including coverage of more than 100 meetings, with two employees and a handful of volunteers. Many productions are handled by a one-person crew. The channel is available locally on Bright House Networks and streamed live and on-demand on the county’s Web site. Some shows, including series like Veterans Voice and Focus on Hernando, are produced in a converted office that serves as a small studio adjacent to the Board of County Commissioners chambers. Foti will often produce five-camera shoots using three wider locked shots and two PTZ cameras to get close-ups of the host and guests. Other programs like Loving Food as well as events like the local Christmas parade are shot on location with up to six cameras.
22 Riedel MediorNet frames for the Giro d’Italia 2015
As the 98th Giro d'Italia cycling race wound its way from the Italian Riviera to Milan May 9-31, Riedel Communications equipment provided Italian broadcaster RAI with a flexible decentralized fiber-based network supporting real-time distribution of audio, video, and communications signals. Host broadcaster RAI deployed Riedel MediorNet Compact Pro and RockNet systems to link the announce booth, finish line, helicopters, and other key production areas to enable thorough coverage of each race stage. The equipment was supplied by Riedel partner Broadcast Solutions Srl. RAI used its Riedel gear to create a distributed real-time network made up of four fiber rings, which together included 102 fiber links with 712 audio, video, and data connections. Key connection points included the international OB van and a second OB truck with replay; the commentator van, a graphics van, a radio van, and two vans providing links for helicopter and motorcycle signals; the Italian national feed; an edit truck; and the "mule," a compact mobile unit ideal for tight mountainside locations.
Al Rayyan's camel-racing broadcasts get a boost from Calrec
Doha, Qatar, broadcaster Al Rayyan TV has installed a Calrec Artemis console at the Al Shahaniya camel race track as part of an upgrade to its studio there. The Artemis, which replaces a basic analogue desk, will allow greater signal-processing possibilities, improved connectivity between the desk and communications systems, and the capability to produce multiple mixes simultaneously. "Camel racing is a major part of Qatar's cultural identity and a source of national pride, which is why it is so important to produce a high-quality broadcast — for our own people and for the viewers in neighbouring countries. We needed a console that provided seamless connectivity, smooth mixes, and far more outputs than we had with our old console," said Richard Whiston, head of sound at Al Rayyan TV.
Welsh Rugby Union Chooses ChyronHego Paint for Upcoming Global Tournament
Marking ChyronHego's first win for the sport of rugby, the company today announced that the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has purchased the ChyronHego Paint telestration/visualization tool for use in a major, global rugby tournament taking place in England Sept. 18 to Oct. 31. With the final match to be held in London's Twickenham Stadium, the tournament will draw 20 national rugby teams from around the world. As the governing body for 320 member rugby clubs in Wales, the WRU endorses Paint as a tool to help coaches visually analyze game-play. The WRU coaches will be able to use Paint's feature-rich telestration tools to enhance and highlight video graphically from practice and matches, adding a highly visual element to team and player training.
Robe Proves Bulletproof for Train Tour
San Francisco rockers Train continue their Bulletproof Picasso tour with the current two month US leg playing a selection of major arenas and sheds, for which LD Brock Hogan has specified 90 x CycFX 4s, 40 x Pointes and 15 x LEDBeam 1000s. The CycFX 4s and LEDBeam 100s were both new purchases for Orlando based lighting vendor, LMG. A prominent feature of the design are 10 lighting pods – that move into different positions during the show - providing an interesting, fluid and ever changing geometric element to the stage space. The LEDBeam 1000s are used as wash fixtures due to the excellent zoom. Their individual ring control also opens up a whole range of new effects, together with the smooth dimming and color mixing, explained Brock who positioned them all over the rig.
Han Show - a celebration of the essence of the Han culture in Wuhan, China
Wanda Group and Dragone present a stage performance that exceeds the level of any other in the world: The Han Show, a celebration of the essence of the Han culture in Wuhan, China. Presented in a purpose-built theatre, designed by Stufish Entertainment Architects and inspired by the “Red Lantern”, a magnificent building 60 meters high and 100 meters in diameter, it houses 2000 moving, variable geometry seats and a huge stage pool containing 10 million liters of water, equivalent to that of four standard Olympic swimming pools. Staging such a prestigious show requires a wide range of high speed video servers, video recorders, digital signage servers and other supporting devices. All equipment needs to be instantly accessible to operators and of the highest image and data quality.
Clay Paky on tour with Mario Biondi
Mario Biondi is one of the few Italian artists who can claim some sort of esteem and saleability outside Italy, perhaps on account of the characteristics of his kind of music, or perhaps because he sings in English. Before taking on a huge number of concerts in major European and Asian capitals, he embarked on a tour of theatres in Italy to mark the release of his latest work BEYOND. This album also features foreign artists and producers. Jo Campana, the Lighting Designer who has worked with Biondi for several years, briefly described how the tour lighting design came about: “After a discussion with Mario and after listening to his new album, I tried to steer my work so that it diverged from the Mario's past and supported his intention to seek out and discover new musical horizons.”
PURE LIVE 2015 will be ready for IBC
In addition to 22 case studies our 2015 PURE LIVE Directory will present 20 HD OBVans & HD Studios: _wige HD_one & _wige HD_two, Bayerischer Rundfunk FÜ2, CTV OB11, Gearhouse Broadcast OBPod, Gearhouse Broadcast Supertrucks 5 & 8, JSBC 4K OBVan, Nydalen Studios, OB-Team HD 2 & OB-Team HD 3, OB-Team SNG 9 HD, Oman TV HD1 Salalah & HD2 Muscat, Telerecord Unit 24, TopVision Ü2, TV Skyline Flight Pack, Videohouse HD one & HD two
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I-MOVIX and Polecam Deliver A New Way to Use Ultra Slow Motion
I-MOVIX and Polecam have collaborated on the development of a new product of the class-leading X10 ultra slow motion range. Already in use by Logo2 Producciones for behind-the-goal action at top Spanish football matches, the system is based on a lightweight configuration of the I-MOVIX X10 system optimised for use with Polecam cranes for portability, speed, and flexibility in situations where the camera needs to be closer to the action. Featuring an I-MOVIX X10 Spine with the compact Vision Research Phantom Miro 320S high-speed camera, the system operates at frame rates up to 1,500 FPS in 1920x1080 resolution (and up to 3,000 FPS in 1280x720) with instant replay, and offers the major operational advances provided by the X10 technology, while the Miro 320S camera itself can be used for additional non-broadcast shooting.
Genelec 8351s Get Off to a Flying Start in the UK with Danny Byrd!
Danny Byrd, the renowned DJ, producer and musician, has recently upgraded his creative space at home with a new monitoring set up that features Genelec 8351s. Launched to worldwide acclaim, the ground-breaking new monitors have met with Danny’s approval and delivered the high-end performance his work demands. In his fifteen years’ experience on the Drum + Bass scene, Danny has been responsible from some massive rave anthems which has gained him Radio One success and international recognition. He has previously used Genelec monitors having been the owner of a pair of much-loved 1030As and is pleased to return to the fold with a pair of the Finnish company’s flagship new model.
Axon Partners With EBU, VRT And Leading Vendors To Deliver IP-Based Live Production
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and Belgian public broadcasting company VRT have unveiled the LiveIP Project, a multi-vendor system integration to showcase IP-based live broadcast production. The collaboration between EBU, VRT and a group of innovative industry partners sees the implementation of a live TV production studio at VRT’s premises in Brussels. It uses state-of-the-art IT-centric hardware and software, including Axon’s Synapse based networked multiviewer technology, to enable broadcasters to produce programmes quickly, efficiently and cost effectively. A scaled down version of the LiveIP setup will be shown as a proof-of-concept demonstration on the EBU booth (10.F20) at the IBC2015 Show in Amsterdam from 11 to 15 September.
Axon Helps BT Sport And Timeline Deliver Europe’s First Ultra HD Live Sports Broadcast
OB provider Timeline Television relied on Axon’s 4K Synapse processing and Cerebrum advanced monitoring and control system to deliver UK sports broadcaster BT Sport’s first live 4K match-day production earlier this month. BT Sport and Timeline collaborated on the build of a bespoke OB vehicle with an innovative 4K production workflow featuring a number of technology firsts, including a new range of 4K signal processing and distribution tools from Axon. BT Sport launched Europe’s first live sports Ultra HD (4K) channel, BT Sport Ultra HD, in early August, with its first live broadcast being the FA Community Shield match at Wembley on August 2 between Chelsea and Arsenal.
Corporate Challenge Issued for 4K 4Charity Fun Run to Grow Charitable Giving
Elemental Technologies, a leading supplier of software-defined video solutions for multiscreen content delivery, together with co-founding sponsor Ericsson, announced the 4K 4Charity Corporate Challenge to expand the opportunity for participation in the 4K 4Charity Fun Run at IBC 2015 and increase charitable giving to CARE, a leading humanitarian organization that fights global poverty. Also sponsored by IBC Show, the 4K 4Charity Fun Run will be held at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, 12 September 2015 in Amsterdam. The 4K 4Charity Corporate Challenge provides the opportunity for participants to encourage registration and issue company-to-company challenges to sign up for the run. A leaderboard on the 4k4charity.com website will track the top five companies by number of registrations and amount of donations. The winners in each category will be recognized on race day and in post-event publicity.