Newsletter from 24/09/2019
Just when you think you've seen it all …
Videe, a leading provider of audiovisual production services for high-profile international live events, has partnered with Sony to scope, build and equip its new Regia Mobile OB-X mobile production unit. Making its debut at IBC 2019 and representing one of Europe’s most technologically advanced OB vehicles, OB-X features integrated, end-to-end technologies from Sony. It is both 4K/HDR enabled and IP-ready to accelerate the workflows of the most ambitious productions. The OB-X unit allows Videe to offer a robust production platform that is format agnostic and capable of distributing content to multiple platforms and devices. It has been designed to be interoperable, and reliable and combines powerful technologies from Sony including the HDC-4800 slow motion 4K and HDC-4300
Global Production ob8
Euro Media Group S.A. (EMG) has announced the acquisition of Global Production, a major player in the Italian and European Outside broadcasting Market Based in Turin, Italy, Global Production operates a fleet of 3 Outside Broadcast trucks equipped with the most advanced technology available for HD and UHD HDR productions providing services to some of the world’s leading sports and entertainment clients.This acquisition is part of the EMG’s strategy to consolidate its business in the very fragmented Italian market, as well as to expand its range of production capacities and services thus enabling the Group to better cover major events at a global level. EMG will rely on the experience and expertise of the current Global Production management team to continue developing the business with the support of the Group.
MediaPro OB52 UHD
MEDIAPRO is a leading group in the European audiovisual sector, unique in content integration, production and audiovisual distribution. It provides the creativity and technical solutions necessary to design, produce and distribute any audiovisual or multi-channel project. With operations worldwide through its 58 offices distributed across 36 countries on 4 continents, MEDIAPRO provides the creativity and technical solutions necessary to design, produce and distribute any audiovisual or multi-channel project in any corner of the globe using state-of-the-art technology. Our human resources and MEDIAPRO's technical means are at the forefront of innovation in the international audiovisual field.
VAV OB21 UHD 4K
VAV GROUP is the result of more 20 years of proven experience inside the broadcast market. What started with VAV, supplying all kinds of television production services with specialized crew and technical equipment, was complemented with Uvetech and its wide range of broadcast engineering services. And in reference to its international growing, VAV GROUP is consolidated thanks to its subsidiary company VAV Middle East, located at the Media Zone of Abu Dhabi, that reaffirms, in this way, its aim of excellence and closeness across the Middle East.
Uppercut Group is a family-run group of companies that provides services ranging from marketing to advanced media throughout Austria and the surrounding countries. Events covered by Uppercut Broadcast include Golden League Volleyball, Champions League Volleyball, and Field Hockey tournaments, as well as Opera in Erl and ORF 3's Politics Live. The larger of the two OB trucks is a 12-ton vehicle that was launched in April of 2018. It has the capacity to handle productions with up to eight cameras. Its state-of-the-art communications equipment includes an Artist-32 node with 12 panels, a Performer digital partyline, and a RiFace radio interface.
Broadcast Solutions to presented new Streamline S12T (12G-SDI UHD) OB Van model at IBC2019
At IBC show Broadcast Solutions presented the new Streamline S12T model at their outdoor stand. With over 45 units built and on the road, the Streamline concept is the world’s most successful OB Van series. The new S12T model is based on a 26-ton self-driving truck with a single expansion box-body buildup. The S12T works with up to 12 4K/UHD cameras based on 12G-SDI UHD Single Link and offers sufficient 3G-SDI Quad Link gateways for monitoring purposes. Materializing the S12T the Broadcast Solutions team conceived an OB Van that offers the best of both worlds: a highly advanced yet compact coach building with sophisticated production and room concepts that incorporate the latest broadcast technology for live TV production. The resulting OB Van offers maximum flexibility in a future-proof production tool.
Broadcast Solutions proves flexible vehicle design with its new Concept Van at IBC2019
A further part of Broadcast Solutions‘ IBC presence is a newly designed Concept Van, that once again proves the systems integrator’s mastery in developing highly flexible and innovative mobile solutions. The Van on display at their outdoor stand (O.E02) is a perfect example of a platform that easily can be tailored for different mobile production purposes and is based on a Mercedes Sprinter.At the show, Broadcast Solutions showcases it primarily as a wireless transmission hub vehicle powered by Silvus Technologies IP Mesh radios. New to the outstanding wireless radios from Silvus is the new enhanced E-series of radios which were on display.
Virtual Production by You and Sony
Sony's new Virtual Production system relies on processing in Amazon’s AWS and on there being enough consistent bandwidth to get the streams from remote site to an operations hub, but it points the way forward. Since the only physical kit required are the cameras, it alters the business model for outside broadcasts too since a producer need pay on demand rather than invest in kit. For example, complex, powerful and often expensive hardware has been at the core of live multi-camera productions. Sony has gone about as far as anyone in placing this hardware-intensive process in the cloud and replacing it at the coal face with a browser-based user interface.
NEP Finland And EVS A Perfect Match For Love Island Suomi
Broadcast solutions provider NEP Finland has selected an end-to-end EVS live production workflow for Love Island Suomi, the Finnish version of ITV Studios’ hugely popular reality series. The eight-week long production for Bonnier’s MTV Finland takes place in a Spanish villa, offering contestants the holiday of a lifetime with the added possibility of meeting their soul mate. With 50 cameras capturing the action 24 hours a day, proven reliability is key as the kit will be running continuously to ensure producers can best showcase the developing storylines and keep fans engaged across TV, social media and through the show’s dedicated app.
Napa Valley TV Puts the Power of Television—and TriCaster®—into the Hands of Community Members
In describing Napa Valley Television—a public, education, and government (PEG) channel serving the Napa Valley, California region—Executive Director James Raymond proudly states, “We’re like YouTube for the community.” What Raymond is passionate about is empowering Napa Valley citizens to exercise their First Amendment Rights. “If you’re in public access, you’re not in it for the money. You’re in it for the love of free speech and giving people a media platform that they can use to communicate and express themselves,” he said. “Despite our nation’s media overload, there are many under-served communities, non-profits, and special interests that just want a chance to be heard.”
Portuguese broadcaster SIC completes Europe’s largest ST2110 facility with Lawo IP technology
Following a technical upgrade of its Lisbon broadcast center with Lawo IP solutions, including V__matrix and VSM, Portugal’s leading private broadcaster SIC (Sociedade Independente de Comunicação, an Impresa company) now boasts Europe’s largest ST2110 facility to date, with data streams traveling several kilometers. After only four months of installation, SIC’s production teams enjoy the major boost ST2110 and ST2022-7 have brought to their activities. Lawo supplied and installed 15 V__matrix software-defined IP core routing, processing & multiviewing devices, a total of 39 C100 core processing blades as well as vm_dmv multiviewer, vm_udx up/down/cross conversion as well as several other software modules for the V__matrix platform. The Lawo VSM Broadcast Control System (Virtual Studio Manager) was chosen to control both baseband and IP devices for lightning-fast patch and configuration changes via VSM user panels.
Samsung stages world’s first vertical gig with Universal Pixels
The official opening of Samsung KX, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s new ‘digital playground’ in London’s Kings Cross, featured the world's first vertical gig. The event has made history, revolutionising how gig-goers experience concerts. Responding to research that shows 79% of smartphone users prefer portrait videos - a trend driven by the upright configuration of 'Stories' on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat - Samsung staged the spectacular vertical gig with R&B artist Mabel performing tracks from her smash-hit back catalogue. The concept was devised by Iris Experience’s Creative Director Henry Scotland, and realised with support from award-winning video rental house, Universal Pixels.
CPL Ramps It Up for 2019 Camper Calling Festival
Celebrating its fourth very successful year, the UK’s Camper Calling music festival organizers Jazz Events upped the ante and invested in more production to ensure that loyal fans of this fun-filled, family-friendly event enjoyed a diversity of entertainment to the full, in the beautiful grounds of Ragley Hall estate in Warwickshire over the late summer bank holiday weekend. CPL was delighted to be back as video supplier to the main Lakeside Stage. CPL has been involved since the first one in 2016 and this time added LED IMAG side screens to their package for the first time. The line-up included Skunk Anansie, The Fratellis, Ash, The Feeling, Craig Charles, Sleeper, Tony Christie, Artful Dodger and many more.
Robe for Sziget 2019 Main Stage
“The power of our diversity unites us” screamed the headers emblazoning the Main Stage at Budapest’s fabulous Sziget Festival, which saw another amazing lineup including Martin Garrix, The 1975, Florence + The Machine, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran amongst many others thrilling up to 80,000 fans a day for 7 days … there and across the other performance stages and activities all over this beautiful island site. Hungary’s magnificent capital again hosted this most-chilled, friendly and dynamic European music festival where the infrastructure is skillfully and seamlessly blended into the natural environment.Robe moving lights on the Main Stage helped keep pace with the demands of an eclectic mix of music and creative presentations, each WOW’ing in their own ways.
All Proteus™ Moving Head Rig for Germany’s Nature One
Lighting designer Thomas Gerdon has been working on Nature One for over 15 years and has designed the lighting for the festival’s main Open Air Floor every year since its introduction in 2011. The designer stays on the cusp of innovation and after incorporating IP65-rated Proteus Hybrid luminaires in his notable 2018 pyramid truss and stage design, turned to more Proteus line fixtures for the 2019 festival. “Last year, I discovered how easy and cool it was to have an IP65 fixture with the Proteus Hybrid,” the designer states. “This year, I was sure I wanted to use as many IP65 fixtures as possible. Ninety percent of this year’s fixtures were IP65 rated and all the moving lights were Elation Proteus series.” Populating Gerdon’s newly designed overhead audience and stage rig were Proteus Hybrid™ moving heads, new Proteus Rayzor 760™ LED moving heads, and new 50,000-lumen Proteus Maximus™ LED moving heads.
AJA Ships Corvid 44 12G with 12G-SDI I/O at IBC2019
At IBC 2019, AJA Video Systems announced the release of Corvid 44 12G, an 8-lane PCIe 3.0 video and audio I/O platform supporting 12G-SDI I/O. Corvid 44 12G is available in ten different models, including passive or active cooling variants, for developer form factor flexibility. Corvid 44 12G models include high-density HD-BNC connectors and are available in low profile or full height form factors, while Corvid 44 12G BNC models include full-size BNC connectors. All Corvid 44 12G cards support 8K/UltraHD2/4K/UltraHD high frame rate, deep color, HDR workflows and can also provide multiple 4K streams of input or output.
Blackmagic Design Announces New UltraStudio 4K Mini
Blackmagic Design announced UltraStudio 4K Mini, a new capture and playback solution for Thunderbolt 3 computers with 12G-SDI, HDMI, analog video and audio connections that lets customers build solutions for editing, color grading, live broadcast graphics, archiving from traditional broadcast decks and live internet streaming. UltraStudio 4K Mini is available immediately from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for US$995. Now customers can connect Thunderbolt 3 computers to any kind of video equipment for building high performance edit workstations, archiving from old broadcast decks, outputting broadcast graphics and even live streaming. Simply connect to the Thunderbolt 3 port to get a wide range of video and audio connections that operate in all SD, HD, Ultra HD and 4K DCI formats up to 60 frames per second. UltraStudio is designed to work with popular video software on Mac, Windows and Linux such as DaVinci Resolve, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro and many more.
Slomo.tv Showcases World’s Most Versatile Production Server at IBC2019
At IBC 2019, slomo.tv, a leading manufacturer of slow motion replay servers and video refereeing solutions, demonstrated significant new functionality in its flagship 4K broadcast production server system, Dominator AT/12G. Slomo.tv has expanded the server’s capabilities when working with 3G/HD signals and introduced new features that make the server appropriate for both studio and OB VAN system integration. First introduced at IBC 2018, Dominator AT/12G represents the world's most powerful 4K replay server. The server is equipped with 12G SDI interfaces and supports 662 configuration for 4K resolution: 6 recording+6 search+2 playback channels + FX.
Point Source Precision meets Adaptive Woofer Technology in Genelec’s Newly Expanded ‘The Ones’ Family
Genelec, the world leader in professional audio monitoring, has expanded The Ones series of Ultimate Point Source Monitors to bring uncompromised precision listening to a much wider range of room sizes, listening distances and SPL requirements. The announcement of the new 8351B and 8361A coaxial three-way monitors alongside the complementary W371A Adaptive Woofer System means that The Ones family now delivers uniquely uncoloured and neutral reference monitoring performance - from ultra-nearfield through to mastering-calibre and main monitor applications. The Ones range was launched in 2014 with the introduction of the 8351A, whose extraordinary imaging, extended frequency response, controlled directivity and fatigue-free listening enabled professionals to work faster and make more informed, consistent decisions when recording and mixing. In 2017 the 8351A was joined by the 8331A and 8341A models, creating a trio of compact nearfield monitors that stunned users worldwide with their outstanding performance, garnering multiple industry awards along the way. By colouring neither direct sound nor reflections, The Ones rapidly gained a well-earned reputation for making a good room sound incredible.