Newsletter from 30/12/2015
IBC Preview #6 - Netflix and BT Sport Keynote IBC2015
There are only three days left before IBC2015 opens its doors but there is still time to register to take part in the electronic media and entertainment industry's show of the year. Be there as 'House of Cards' Creator and Executive Producer Lord Michael Dobbs keynotes on Friday evening. Sunday's keynote from Managing Director of BT TV and BT Sport, Delia Bushell, will discuss the changing model of broadcast and the future of communications technology.
To make this experience even more memorable IBC are offering you the chance to upgrade your conference pass for free! Purchase one of our Single Session Passes today to be entered into a prize draw to be upgraded to a Bronze Pass, or a Bronze Pass to be upgraded to a Silver Pass. Don't miss out!
We currently have IBC Previews online for the following companies:
Adder - AED Display - Antelope Camera Systems - Anton/Bauer - Apantac - Argosy - Artel - AVIWEST - AV Stumpfl - Axon - Bluebell - BMS - Bradley Engineering - Broadcast Pix - Broadcast Solutions - Calrec - Camerobot - ChyronHego - Cisco - Clear-Com - Cobham - Danmon Group - DirectOut - EBU - EVS - eyevis - FOR-A - Fujinon - Gearhouse Broadcast - Genelec - Grass Valley - Guntermann & Drunck - Hitachi - i-movix - IABM - IHSE - Ikegami - Imagine Communications - Intuitive Aerial - Jünger Audio - K-tec - L-S-B - Lawo - LiveXpert - LMC - Matrox - MHz - NCAM - NewTek - NTP - Quantel - RCS - Riedel - Rohde & Schwarz - Roland - Ross Video - rt1.tv - RTS - Sennheiser - Shotoku - Snell - Sommer Cable - Sony - Sound Devices - Telestream - Thomson - TICO Alliance - Tiffen - Timecode Systems - Trilogy - TSL - TVC - TVU - Vizrt - VRT
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.
A World's First: Ü8 of TV Skyline with Lawo IP Video and Audio Stageboxes
As the world’s first OB van to be based on fully IP-implemented audio and video stageboxes, TV Skyline’s pioneering technological design philosophy makes Ü8 a milestone in modern OB production – the truck’s crew have greater flexibility and space than offered by a conventional design, and its technical options provide increased working efficiency and flexibility, resulting in more creative freedom. The new concept was made possible through the use of V__Link4 IP-based stageboxes and RAVENNA DALLIS routing from Lawo. The Rastatt/Germany-based company was not only involved with Ü8 as manufacturer, but also a as development partner – TV Skyline and Lawo jointly developed the optimized network structure that underpins the mobile studio.
Broadcast Solutions delivers new HD OBVan to German public Broadcaster BR
German public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk has started the modernization of its infrastructure from SD to HD. As part of this conversion process, Broadcast Solutions GmbH has been commissioned to build the new BR FÜ2 OB Van. The OB truck specialist from Bingen delivered the 8-camera van to the customer at the end of 2014. The BR FÜ2 has since then been used in various productions, including the ski jumping World Cup in Lillehammer, the 4-Hills Tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the G7 Summit 2015 (at the press centre in Garmisch-Partenkirchen), the Queen's visit to Berlin, and productions for the famous Waldbühne in Berlin (in 5.1. Audio). The BR FÜ2 with its five comfortably sized areas provides enough space, to even manage large productions in a relaxed way.
TVC is Showcasing latest built 24x cam OB truck at IBC2015
On stand 0B02 in outside exhibition at IBC 2015, TVC in cooperation with GDS TV network will be showing newly built HD OB truck with dual expandable side built on 14m Krone Jumbo chassis including up to 24x Ikegami HDK-79GX, plus Ikegami Hi motion cam system. Mobile unit is designed for sports and TV show production and will be dedicated for the Ureki Summer Concert hall in Georgia, Caucasus region. The OB van is using Ross video Production Center Switcher Acuity 3ME, and second program switcher Carbonite 1ME, Imagine Communications Platinum 256 router, Grass Valley Slow Motion and multiviewers. A Lawo mc²56 MK II audio system permits multiple surround mixes, with the capability of producing a variety of signals.
ATEM packs a punch at amateur boxing’s biggest event
Three years ago Claire Wilkie spotted a gap in the sports market. Not only were many smaller sports struggling to produce professional quality coverage, either through a lack of budget or production skills, but they were also often prohibited by the physical dimensions of the venues staging the competitions. “Many sports want to grow their fanbase, and they know that one of the best ways of achieving that is by using the internet and television to broaden access to these sports that are otherwise inaccessible,” explains Claire. “However, if the production values are poor or the coverage lacks great looking match analysis, viewers will quickly switch off. Combine this with cramped and unglamorous venues and sporting associations often find themselves hamstrung.”
SIS LIVE deliver successful pre-World Cup game at Olympic Park on 29th August
Connectivity experts SIS LIVE, kicked off the Rugby World Cup by successfully delivering broadcast coverage of the Barbarians v Samoa match at London's Olympic Stadium using its dedicated media fibre and uplink systems. SIS LIVE’s media network provided high quality, low latency HD video coverage of the game.
SIS LIVE was able to demonstrate the resilient nature of their connectivity offering with satellite and fibre both used to deliver the live action. The feeds were distributed and managed by SIS LIVE’s main broadcast network operations centre (NOC) and teleport located at MediaCityUK in Manchester, with a disaster recovery NOC at SIS LIVE’s Milton Keynes headquarters.
Flying, Fire & Flames at the European Games
Audiences were left enthralled and entranced by two dazzling Opening and Closing Ceremonies staged in the National Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan, for the first European Games … which saw Belgian based engineering specialist WIcreations involved in making some key elements of these innovative and beautiful shows come alive. WIcreations was approached directly by California based production company FiveCurrents who produced the Ceremonies. WI’s team was led by Yves Vervloet and worked closely with FiveCurrents’ Senior Technical Director Nick Eltis.
The Heist-op-den-Berg based company was tasked with helping create some major visual moments, including the magic (flying) carpet during the Opening Ceremony, and design and construction of three performer stages for the Closing Ceremony, complete with a Temple of Fire rising up from beneath the largest one.
Riedel Solutions Support Communications for 50th National Day Parade
As Singapore celebrated the 50th anniversary of its first National Day, Riedel Communications equipment supported all communications for technical and production-oriented coordination of the National Day Parade (NDP). Supplied and deployed as a complete solution, the Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom system, Performer digital partyline intercom system, RockNet real-time audio network, and a variety of keypanels, beltpacks, and radios supported cueing of the cast members, as well as the light, sound, pyrotechnics, and other departments contributing to the Aug. 9 celebration.
China Staged a Massive Military Parade to Commemorate the End of World War II
In Beijing, China marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, and its role in defeating Japan, by holding an enormous military parade and declaring a new national holiday. The spectacle involved more than 12,000 troops, 500 pieces of military hardware, and 200 aircraft of various types, representing what military officials said were the Chinese military's most cutting-edge technology. While the entire event was a show of strength, Chinese officials insisted the message was about peace, with the logo displayed on posters featuring an image of a dove. To cover the event and to distribute the images across the world the host broadcaster CCTV had established a camera plan with 85 cameras on and around Tiananmen Place.
Robe for 2015 Schengenfest
Leading Slovenian lighting designer Crt Birsa was asked to create a dynamic production lighting scheme for the main stage at the 2015 Schengenfest event, Slovenia’s largest festival, staged at Vinica, Bela Krajina and attracting up to 10,000 music fans each day. They enjoyed a series of rousing performances from a selection of top international artists and local heroes including Rudimental (DJ set), Asian Dub Foundation, Magnifico, Siddharta Stahlzeit and Guano Apes. Crt chose to use close to 80 x Robe moving lights which were mostly supplied by rental company Intralite. This included 20 x Pointes, 16 x Robin 600E Beams, 20 x ColorSpot 1200E ATs, 20 x ColorWash 575E AT Zooms and three ColorSpot 700 E ATs all right at the centre of the design, which also utilised a number of other lights.
PURE LIVE Directory 2015 now available in our Online Shop
The 2015 Directory gives an overview on high end live productions from all around the world: The Volvo Ocean Race, the UEFA Champions League Final in Berlin, The Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, The SEA Games in Singapore, The European Games in Baku, The UK Golf Open in St. Andrews, or The Glastonbury Festival to only name a view out of the 22 case studies we present. In addition you find 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. Included in the 200 pages are also 17 company portraits like OB-Team Norway, Gearhouse Broadcast, _wige Group, Ostankino, or TopVision and finally a preview on NHK's 8K initiatives towards the Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo.
EVS to demonstrate “IP4Live” live remote production alongside Cisco at IBC2015
Using EVS’ new XiP gateway enabling in/out IP links to its live video server, EVS will demonstrate multi-feed live remote production – via SMPTE 2022 uncompressed video – over an IP network using Cisco’s standard IP switches and software defined networking (SDN). The demonstration will show how software defined networking (SDN) guarantees reliable, low-latency high-quality video flow between remote sites. Moreover, the configuration ensures the necessary bandwidth for production-critical video flows while dynamically allocating all remaining bandwidth to best-effort traffic such as file transfers. Cisco and EVS are collaborating to help broadcasters, content owners and rights holders worldwide apply IP technologies to live video production workflow.
Timecode Systems' B:LINK Network Enables Elegant Long-Range Sync and Control
Timecode Systems Ltd., a pioneer in wireless technologies for sharing timecode and metadata, announced the launch of B:LINK, a new RF network that augments the company's tools for wireless timecode-sharing. B:LINK is an elegant solution for reliable, long-range syncing, control, and status-monitoring of those tools across a set or a venue. At the same time, crews can use Wi-Fi or Ethernet as a short wireless hop into third-party applications such as MovieSlate 8 and the Timecode Buddy :app. Timecode Systems will demonstrate the B:LINK network at IBC2015 using its :wave and :mini trx+ units operating on the long-range B:LINK protocol from the B:LINK master device.
Intuitive Aerial Launches NEWTON Stabilized Remote Camera Head at IBC2015
Intuitive Aerial AB (publ), the makers of the AERIGON™ aerial remote camera platform, will introduce its NEWTON™ gyro-stabilized remote camera head for professional broadcasters and cinematographers at IBC2015. This lightweight stabilized head complements the AERIGON and allows steady shots from a wide range of cameras and lens control systems while in motion on a variety of devices. The rugged NEWTON is powered by Intuitive Aerial’s gyro-stabilization technology, has tool- and device-free handling, and is dust- and water-protected. The versatile 15 lbs. unit can be used on 1D/2D/3D wirecam systems, cranes, jib arms, dollies and shock absorber-equipped vehicles.
MotoGP in 4K
Dorna Sports, the commercial and television rights holder for Moto GP, collaborated with BT Sport, its UK broadcasting partner, to produce live coverage of the Octo British Grand Prix at Silverstone in Ultra High Definition. The event marked the first time a MotoGP World Championship event was covered live in Ultra HD, with viewers of the BT Sport UHD channel having the exclusive experience of watching Qualifying on Saturday and the Races on Sunday in the 4K Ultra High Definition format. With 19 UHD cameras covering the Silverstone circuit, including a High Speed, Super Slow Motion Camera and the world´s first live wireless 4K cameras, provided by Vislink, BT Sport Ultra HD viewers were able to immerse themselves fully in the latest development of MotoGP TV coverage.
TICO Alliance Moves Forward with SMPTE for Transporting UHD-4K over IP and SDI
The recently created TICO Alliance is working on an open and collaborative way with industry organizations, including SMPTE, VSF, and JT-NM (Joint Task Force on Networked Media) and want to guarantee an interoperable adoption. intoPIX TICO compression and its mapping over 3G-SDI and over SMPTE2022 5/6/7 are in the process of becoming a registered disclosure document (RDD) through SMPTE. The leading broadcast industry organizations want to create an easy path to move UHD over the existing SDI infrastructure and the IP Networks. TICO lightweight compression delivers unrivalled quality with an extremely low latency of few pixel lines running on low cost FPGA chips and being also fast in CPU for 4K or even 8K.
Sony’s IP Live Production System evolves with an expanded 4K-ready line-up
Sony has announced three new additions to its IP Live Production System, a value-added solution that increases operational efficiency while providing robust support for high-value modalities such as 4K and 8K. Designed with broadcasters in mind, Sony’s IP Live Production System streamlines and modernises live broadcast workflows, in addition to supporting next generation technologies emerging in content creation. To ensure interoperability, Sony proceeds cooperative links and makes the necessary technologies and development tools available to leading vendors. As of September 2015, 36 manufacturers support IP Live Production System.
Gearhouse and EVS partner to pioneer remote 4K production
In the first demonstration of its kind, Gearhouse Broadcast has announced that it will upgrade its live remote production demonstration from HD to 4K resolution. The solution uses EVS’ IT-based production switcher DYVI and will be on display on the Gearhouse booth at IBC2015. The demonstration will feature the transport of 4K footage from a Hitachi SK-UHD4000 4K camera in position on the Hitachi Kokusai Electric Europe GmbH booth (11.D39). Feeds from this and a HD camera will be sent via fibre to the Gearhouse booth (10.B39) where they will be cut together using Gearhouse’s DYVI production switcher which will simultaneously carry audio and comms signals.
Fashion One launches first global Ultra HD channel
DTH satellite households in Europa can receive Fashion 4K on Astra (19.2° East) on the frequency 11.112 GHz H (SR 22,000, FEC 2/3). In addition to the Ultra HD format, the channel is simulcast in HD resolution for viewers not yet owning an Ultra HD TV set. Both Fashion 4K and HD version Fashion 4K Preview are unencrypted. SES Platform Services, the technical services subsidiary of satellite operator SES, is providing a fully-managed 4k playout along with ground segment and distribution services for Fashion 4K. For the Asia-Pacific region, Fashion One 4K broadcasts on MEASAT 3A (91.5° East) on the frequency 4.120 GHz H (SR 30,000, FEC 5/6) while SES-3 (103° West) on 4.140 GHz V (SR 30,000, FEC 5/6) is used for North America and NSS-806 (47.5° West) on 4.178 GHz L (SR 30,000, FEC 2/3) serves Latin America.