Newsletter from 10/03/2021
Most visited OBVans/Trucks in November: The TOP 20
For the Ranking in July visit the TOP12 most visited OBVans/Trucks in July
For the Ranking in September visit the TOP16 most visited OBVans/Trucks in September
Videosystem Production Unita 10
A compct production trucj for up to 10 cameras wizth a Ross Video Ultra Vision Mixer, Utrix Multiviewer for TV Logic Displays, Blackmagic Hyperdeck 4K recording devices, SloMo recorders from BLT, two audio mixers from Yamaha and a Zeus Intercom Matrix.
Game Creek Video Columbia
Game Creek Video serves the world’s largest television networks, production companies, and news organizations with state of the art mobile television production units. We combine an advanced, modern fleet of mobile production units with an accomplished, reliable team of experts to ensure that the largest events in the world are televised flawlessly, including events such as NFL Super Bowl, MLB World Series, NASCAR, The U.S. Open Golf, and FIS World Ski Championships. For clients requiring dependable technology, exceptional response time, and consistent quality results in high-pressure environments, Game Creek Video delivers award-winning productions of sporting events, concerts, awards ceremonies, corporate events, and more.
The Crew OBV2
A compact OBVan for up to 10 cameras based in The Netherlands, cameras are from sony and the vision mixer is from Grass Valley, the monitor wall is based on Kroma displays, with an Video matrix from SAM and a Cerebrom video controller from Axon, the SloMo devices are from EVS, audio desk is from Stage Tec and the Intercom is an Eclipse from Clear-Com.
Spiritland Productions Livestreams Dynamic Sonic Concerts with AWS and Dolby Technology
Looking to add new value for its growing roster of clients, the Spiritland Productions team began investigating how it might harness immersive audio to improve the overall live stream concert experience for music fans. Having considered Dolby Atmos for some time and demoed the technology at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC), the company opted to integrate Dolby audio solutions into its live streams. “As soon as we started playing around with the demo, we were sold,” shared Antony Shaw, Director, Spiritland Productions. “We were surprised by just how enjoyable the mixing experience can be in Dolby Atmos, not to mention all the tools and flexibility that it also gives you to shape spaces. We’ve come a long way since then and continue to develop new techniques to capture audio in the space we’re working in but keep everything aligned to avoid timing issues. Doing this makes the stereo fold down a lot easier.”
4K Garden Taps AJA Gear to Keep 4K HDR Production Blooming
“For 4K and 8K production, 12G-SDI can decrease a lot of time, work and complexity when building out your workflow, and using only one cable of 12G-SDI for 4K/UltraHD compared to 4x 3G-SDI cables is more secure and easier to troubleshoot for checking signals compared to 3G-SDI, especially 2SI mode,” said Lu Yu, CTO, 4K Garden. “The 12G-SDI capabilities of Ki Pro Ultra 12G were a key factor in our decision to use it, as the single cable decreases the chances for mistakes. Also, we can record continuously for a long time because it includes two slots for long recordings with Ki Protect support, the connections are reliable, and we can alternatively record four HD channels simultaneously on a single unit. Since it also records to an SSD drive, getting material to the DIT is a lot more convenient and efficient.”
Videe finds VT to be an easy and efficient way to transport video over IP
Videe, established in 1988 and headquartered in Pordenone, Italy, is a leading provider of video production services for live events, reality shows, sports, TV shows, cultural and entertainment events – both in Europe and worldwide. The company operates a branch in Palermo, Sicily, and an entirely controlled Spanish company, Videoidea Videe, providing clients also with a complete post-production centre in Madrid, Spain. Paola Montanari: "We rely on cutting-edge equipment and have long-standing partnerships with the world’s leading broadcast technology providers. Our team has always been attentive to innovation and to developing and engineering ad hoc solutions to fit each production’s needs and requirements. Then, in the 1990s, thanks to the support of our R&D internal department, we began to engineer and set up our own OB trucks, which opened the doors to the TV broadcast market. In early 2000s we entered the world of live reality shows, which was a totally new adventure both for us and for the TV broadcast market of the time, and started to significantly increase our business. We as Videe are one of the few companies worldwide in charge of live reality shows from remote locations.
STUDIO / REMOTE PRODUCTION
Mo-sys Creates Spectacle for Live Music Extravaganza
Under the lead of Creative Director Paul Caslin and Production Designer Julio Himede from Yellow Studio, Bild created an enormous 360 virtual stadium cladded with LED screens all around – a design that wouldn’t have been achievable in the real world but more than possible in a virtual environment. Bild’s unique content workflows allowed the show content applied to the virtual LED screens to be operated live, on a cue per cue basis – just like in a physical environment. Hosts Little Mix were shot in a large green screen studio, which thanks to Mo-Sys VP Pro virtual studio software combined with Unreal Engine graphics, became filled with cheering music fans. The links were shot with three Arri cameras: one on a crane, one on a rail and one on a tripod.
SMT's "Most Special" Chinese Football Association Super League Broadcast
A team of more than 20 people, 56 games, 9 4K productions, 16 pre-match investigation, 6 press conference live broadcasts, virtual audiences, VR live broadcasting, 8K test live broadcasts, AI experimental cameras, benchmark white coloring test. All of these data came from a strictly implemented anti-epidemic measure, an overall production that guarantees quality and quantity, and a technological innovation that is brave to undertake. Since 2016, SMT has become a PQC partner of the CSL. At the beginning of 2018, "technology center" has been introduced into the production of the CSL. Through the on-site optical fiber, the change from baseband transmission to IP transmission is gradually realized; the contents of PGM, stand-alone camera, data signal, call signal are gradually increased, and the multi-version production of HD and 4K and all-media transmission of short videos and live events have been fulfilled.
Dorna thrills MotoGP viewing audience with Viz Arena virtual and augmented reality graphics
Viz Arena employs unparalleled and robust image-based camera tracking and image processing to deliver value to clients. This technology enables tracking of cameras in real-time, based on the video feed only and makes it possible to apply virtual graphics from the studio. Without the need of mechanical tracking heads, Viz Arena delivers striking results saving costs and resources but, more importantly, reducing the stadium or venue footprint. The value of deploying pure software and image-based solutions increases during the on-going pandemic as it allows customers to produce content remotely without needing people or gear on-site.
Act As a Pro, SMT Takes You to Witness the Bicycle “Riding Track"
The road track of the 2020 Giro d’Italia is 19 kilometers longer than last year. The added 19 kilometers is not just a simple number, it will help the entire race route run through the Eco-Green Integrated Development Demonstration Zone of Yangtze River Delta, passing Qingpu, Wujiang, and Jiashan, and become the first large-scale sports event in this area. In addition, nearly a hundred top riders, including more than ten world-class and national-level champions, competed on the spot. Teenagers, middle-aged, and elderly people have the opportunity to enjoy the fun of riding... Shanghai Media Tech (SMT), as a high-quality technical team that has undertaken the Tour of Taihu Lake, Tour de France Shanghai, and Ring of quanzhou bay international road cycling racehas rich experience in broadcasting of cycling events. After receiving the task of Giro d’Italia SMT teamed up with the event organizer IMG and the domestic senior sports program production team Great Sports, so that the majority of domestic cycling enthusiasts can participate in the world's top events in Shanghai without going abroad.
Brown Note turns to Elation IP-rated luminaires for Red Rocks shows
With its open-air amphitheater built into the surrounding sandstone, Red Rocks is one of live music’s more iconic venues. From September 24-27, the fabled venue west of Denver was the scene of four glorious nights of in-person and live-streaming music experiences. Red Rocks partnered with video streaming service Nugs.net to cap the summer off in style with local Colorado production house Brown Note Productions providing a full Elation IP-rated rig for the limited capacity 4-night run. Tiësto, Fitz and the Tantrums, Billy Strings and Lotus headlined the four nights respectively with all but Billy Strings performing before a live audience limited to 175 fans per Colorado’s COVID-19 guidelines. As a guarantee against any weather issues, notably Colorado’s notorious cloudburst rain showers, Brown Note dipped into its inventory of Elation all-weather IP65 luminaires to light the four shows with the venue’s spectacular rock formations also lit up for Tiësto’s performance.
Robe for Berlin ‘Back to Live’ Waldbühne shows
Germany has been noticeably proactive in its quest to stage Covid-compliant live shows and events to attempt to get some of the industry moving again and people used to going out and about. One of these was the Berlin Waldbühne “Back to Live” Concerts, a socially distanced event concept running throughout September at the city’s famous open-air venue organised by promoter Semmel Concerts Entertainment GmbH. Berlin-based full production service specialist TSE was asked by the venue management team, CTS Eventim AG, to supply a flexible festival-style production lighting and video rig complete with visual design that would work for a wide range of performing artists. Lighting for this was specified by TSE’s Ronny Rud Reinhold and included Robe BMFL WashBeams, MegaPointes and Spiider moving lights among other luminaires.
LaVerdi Orchestra streamed live to open Milano Design Week 2020
Although many of the 2020 Milan Fuorisalone (Design Week) events had to move to a virtual platform, the organisers wanted to make sure this year’s theme of ‘green’ ran strongly throughout the program. The opening event did just this: a live performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and ‘Quattro stagioni’ by Astor Piazolla, performed by the La Barocca ensemble of Milan’s Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra, from the leafy setting of UpTown Park. Tickets were available for a smaller, socially distanced audience, but in order to bring the event to as many people as possible, the concert was also livestreamed through Fuorisalone TV, the Design Week’s online channel. Live event specialist, Franco Palumbo, owner-operator of Videofreelance, was enlisted to help translate the event to a digital video platform.
L-Acoustics Rig Rolls With The American Drive-In Tour
Along with retro-tech like vinyl turntables and instant film cameras, which have enjoyed a popularity resurgence in recent years, the drive-in movie theaters of old are also experiencing a revival in 2020. But that boom hasn’t always been sparked by patrons flocking to catch the latest Hollywood blockbuster. Case in point, Sully Erna and Aaron Lewis, frontmen for the hard rock bands Godsmack and Staind, very recently wrapped up “The American Drive-In Tour,” a 13-date, coast-to-coast run of “unplugged” concerts, many of which were staged in classic ’50s-era outdoor cinemas. To best reinforce every acoustic musical nuance and every word of intimate banter between these “old friends” of 25 years, Denver-based concert sound company Brown Note Productions (BNP) chose to carry an L-Acoustics K2 system for the tour.
Mission Impossible for Robe and Liteup Live at the Warehouse
Popular UK rockers Nothing But Thieves recently played a sizzling hot series of ‘Live from The Warehouse’ pay-per-view live stream concerts, designed by Warren Hutchison and directed by Tim Perrett, that traversed three time zones – USA, UK and Australia / Asia Pacific – having just dropped new single ‘Impossible’ and announcing a major UK, Ireland and European tour for autumn 2021. Warren – who specified Robe fixtures as the majority of the lighting rig and is also a regular freelance LD and technician for Liteup – pitched a production design to the band for the streams which showcased hits, plus new music from their forthcoming album, Moral Panic. His design was based on their idea for an in-the-round setup, to which tour and production manager Andy Sweeny added a B-stage area for acoustic numbers and the more intimate moments of the set.
Riedel’s New Bolero 2.2 Raises the Bar for Wireless Intercom in Japan
A new DECT Region Japan (JDECT) setting in Bolero 2.2 supports up to 100 antennas and 60 beltpacks (over six DECT bands) in a non-interfered environment. Improved PHS detection helps to prevent interference from mobile phone signals, which share a frequency spectrum with the JDECT band. The 2.2 release of Bolero also features new RF monitoring capabilities that allow users to leverage both antennas and beltpacks to scan or monitor the radio spectrum used by DECT devices. Built into antennas, a radio scanner enables period measurement of time-slot usage and identification of DECT systems in the RF space, in turn serving as an additional capacity monitor while making it easier to diagnose radio issues and plan for system expansion. Up to five Bolero beltpacks in a network space can be set to periodically monitor the radio spectrum at their locations while still operating normally.
Daily live TV news with NEWTON stabilized head moving on a Spidercam
Since 21 September 2020, HRT, the Croatian national public broadcaster, is using a Spidercam Light cable cam system at the daily production of TV news. This permanent installation is provided by the production company Croatel, and with it they are producing moving shots with Augmented Reality several times a day. The TV studio contains two news desks and with the Spidercam, the camera is flying between them at live broadcast. Another dynamic effect is the AR for both set extensions and the display of infographics near the talking heads and in the middle of the studio. The Spidercam is used for three news broadcasts (12, 7 & 11 PM), one standup news (5 PM) and two weather reports per day. A few shots are standardized with Spidercam’s motion record features but most operation is made live by Croatel operators in cooperation with the cameramen at HRT.
CCTV Pioneer Media & Entertainment Deploys HelixNet, LQ and Agent-IC for Social Media Live Broadcasts
With the assistance of Paul Wu, Clear-Com’s Beijing -based Applications Engineer, and Haoran Zhai, Technical Engineer for Beijing CRT Technology, CPEC’s New Media Department was able to use the new system for a remote production at the Beijing World Art Museum about an art exhibition entitled, “Dunhuang Mogao Cave,” about the historic Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, China. Some team members were located at the Museum, while others remained onsite at the CPEC Media Center, but the two locations needed to communicate as if they were in the same room in order to produce a successful live broadcast across their social media platforms. “During the live production, the communication between production members was stable, clear and crisp,” said Zhai.