Newsletter from 18/05/2018
Oldchella will be Remembered for Decades to Come
“Desert Trip”, aka “Oldchella” is a three day experience in Indio, California on the same grounds where Coachella takes place. Transcending the ages with music that speaks to both generations, with a line-up of Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones on Friday night, Neil Young and Paul McCartney on Saturday, and a grande finale on Sunday with The Who and Roger Waters. This was a chance to see something special that might never happen again. Making sure everyone experienced the iconic event with as much multi-media splendor as technology could provide necessitated 4K imaging. HD video and webcast production company Springboard Productions, led by music industry vet Hank Neuberger, tasked renowned mobile truck provider NEP with video acquisition and display duties. NEP’s Cobalt served as Desert Trip’s mobile production truck, and NEP’s Screenworks supplied three of the large, audience display screens. The event was shot and ISO recorded in 4K, while the screens received a 1080i signal. The full concert will edited together in postproduction. All the content was recorded onto 34 Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio Pro 2 disk recorders.
Dome Productions Trillium 4K
Dome Productions is owned by Bell Media and Rogers Media Inc. As one of North America’s leading production facilities providers, Dome Productions offers mobile production facilities, transmission services, studio facilities and full turnkey host broadcast services. Dome Productions offers a fleet of 18 multi-format production mobiles (2 of which are UHD capable (Pioneer and Trillium)), 7 support units, 1 production/uplink mobile and 3 uplink tractors. The downtown Toronto production facility offers the most current video equipment, multiple studio facilities, and a team of video production experts. Dome Productions is 27 Years in Business.
Mobile TV Group 40 HDX / VMU
Established in 1994, Mobile TV Group is celebrating its 22nd anniversary with continued dedication to technological innovation, customer service, maintenance, and competitive pricing. The company was initially launched as Mountain Mobile TV (in Colorado), then added Lone Star mobile (in Texas), Western Mobile TV, and eventually combined operations into Mobile TV Group (MTVG). In 2016 MTVG released 40 HDX, its second all 4K production unit. MTVG It is privately owned.
NEP Australia adopts Lawo audio and control for new OB Vans
As part of an extensive upgrade of its OB fleet, NEP Australia has placed its trust in Lawo audio and video solutions. With the commissioning of four identical live production units (HD11, HD12, HD13 and HD 14), NEP Australia is consolidating its position as the leading broadcasting provider on the Australian continent, offering 4K OB Vans with a capacity, unmatched by any other outside production company to date. System integration of the new OBs was managed by NEP Australia’s own System Integration team with supply of various equipment from Lawo’s exclusive partner, Professional Audio & Television (PAT). NEP Australia has adopted the Sony solutions across its OB fleet, implementing Sony HDC-4300 cameras and Sony MVS/XVS-8000X Vision Mixers. Each unit can operate with up to 28 cameras and provides enough space to accommodate 34 staff.
King Faisal University Outfits New OB Van with Solutions from Grass Valley
With more than 90,000 students and four main colleges in Saudi Arabia, King Faisal University (KFU) has been serving the educational needs of the region for more than 40 years. The university maintains modern broadcasting capabilities and recently added a second, fully equipped OB van to its collection of resources. The new OB van includes six LDX 80 WorldCam camera systems for full 1080p production, a Kayenne K-Frame Video Production Center switcher, a K2 Summit 3G Production Client and other infrastructure components. The van is being used for all educational events in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and is also available for third-party rental to cover conferences, sporting events and entertainment programs.
Gearhouse Broadcast Places Largest Ever Order for 4K Fujinon Lenses
Gearhouse has purchased a significant number of Fujinon UA107x8.4BESM, UA80x9BESM, UA22x8BERD and UA13x4.5BERD 4K lenses and HA23x7.6BERD and HA14x4.5BERD HD lenses. These additions mean all of Gearhouse’s OB supertrucks and a substantial amount of its Australian OB fleet will be entirely Fujinon 4K lens-enabled. Gearhouse Broadcast CEO John Newton said, “our core philosophy has always been to deliver the latest and highest quality technology, workflows and services to our customers. Recently we did a comprehensive evaluation of 4K lenses across the globe and it was very clear that Fujinon are leading the world in 4K lens quality and technology. So this multi-million dollar investment in Fujinon 4K lenses is another great example of this philosophy in action.”
Digital Video Sud and BLT: Superloupe 4K / Superzoom
The SUPERLOUPE™ 4K exclusive system allows the live broadcasting in 4K ultra-motion contents, thanks to the instant 4K replay! Recognizing the growing demand for 4K coverage, DVS has developed the first-ever 4K ultra-motion system with Superloupe™ 4K . Associated with Superzoom 4K, Superloupe 4K enables to zoom on a specific detail in picture with equivalent of a 150x lens, while keeping an excellent resolution for a 4K production but also in HD.
Riedel MicroN for TNDV
To maximize its ability to respond quickly and accurately to its customers' requirements, TNDV Television has integrated Riedel Communications' MediorNet MicroN high-density media distribution network device within its flagship mobile production truck, Exclamation. Deployed as a stand-alone unit, the MicroN device enables flexible, efficient processing of uncompressed HD signals in the remote-production environment. Riedel MicroN Enables US Mobile Production Provider TNDV to Increase Signal Processing Flexibility, Efficiency in Its Flagship Mobile Production Unit.
Busch Stadium Scores New Game Day and Broadcast Production Capabilities with EVS
At the heart of the Busch Stadium control room, which underwent a state-of-the-art overhaul earlier this year, are eight-channel and six-channel XT3 production servers that feature flexible SD/HD, 1080p or 4K configuration. Operators use the IPDirector content management suite to import and export clips and build highlights, which are delivered to an Avid system through all-fiber connections. The XTAccess transcode and transfer engine is also central to the new workflow.
Based on Success With ChyronHego's Channel Box, WISH-TV Migrates to New PRIME Ecosystem
WISH-TV, a 24-hour news channel and CW affiliate based in Indianapolis, Indiana, has adopted ChyronHego's all-new PRIME Ecosystem for channel branding. A long-time user of ChyronHego's industry-leading Channel Box system, WISH-TV has begun upgrading its deployment to PRIME in order to leverage its enhanced performance and all-new rendering capabilities. WISH-TV has long been using Channel Box as a way to send non-newscast information — such as weather crawls, severe weather alerts, breaking news crawls, and school closings — to air automatically during its newscasts and other programming. WISH-TV has deployed several Channel Box units in its operation.
Airstar Wipes Out Darkness for the Surf de Nuit in Anglet
Listed in the official World Surf League (WSF) calendar, this competition sees twelve of the best professional surfers duke it out by night under the light of gigantic Airstar balloons. Equipped with LED-lined surfboards (lumiboard), the riders compete for this coveted League trophy and put on a real show with daring tricks. This exceptional event is made possible thanks to the Anglet city hall which organises this event in cooperation with regular partners and service providers, without the help of a specialist company. Both the logistics and power supply are handled by the technical team from the city.
Longines pushes the limits of timekeeping in alpine skiing
Sölden, the first stage in the FIS World Cup, is always the occasion for those involved in the world of alpine skiing to announce exciting news that will mark the season. This year, Longines is leading the way as it gets ready to unveil a major advance in timekeeping technology and data handling for alpine skiing. This great stride will be officially inaugurated during the 2017 Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz. Longines has been involved in alpine ski racing since 1933 and has always taken up challenges in the field of timekeeping, pushing its expertise to the highest levels to measure the exploits of skiers. This year once again, the watch brand is preparing to push the limits of timekeeping by making new performance data available to enhance the spectator experience and improve the understanding of all alpine skiing enthusiasts.
IGBS Appointed Rugby World Cup 2019 Host Broadcaster
World Rugby has announced the appointment of International Games Broadcast Services (IGBS) as host broadcaster for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan, the first Rugby World Cup in Asia. Rugby World Cup 2015 in England set new standards in production innovation and coverage, delivering record broadcast figures in what was the most-watched and best-engaged rugby event ever and the most-spoken about sporting event of the year. And with Japan set to break new ground as the host of the first Rugby World Cup in Asia, excitement is already building in a nation where 59 million viewers tuned into last year’s showcase tournament and where rugby participation has increased by 5,000 and rugby interest increased by 40 per cent since 2015.
Armin Embraces Only Robe in Jerusalem
Three hundred Robe moving lights helped the one, the only … and the totally awesome Armin van Buuren rock Jerusalem with his amazing "Armin Only Embrace" show, a four-hour trance extravaganza that delighted 10,000 fans packing the Pais Arena to catch the banging vibes and spectacular visuals. The lighting for the world tour was created by LD Marc Heinz and Andre Beekmans from design practice The Art of Light, and is being directed on the road by Michael Seeverens, who’s just celebrated his fifth year of working with the award-winning Dutch superstar, DJ and music producer.
RAVENNA Networking joins Ravenna Festival with Lawo
Staged across the Italian city that bears its name, the Ravenna Festival ranks high among Europe’s most prestigious events. Adding another edge to its character, the 2016 event relied heavily on the use of RAVENNA IP networking for its audio operation. The Ravenna Festival hosts performing arts in venues including the Pala de Andrè indoor sports arena and Dante Alighieri theater – where a Lawo mc²36 mixing console, Compact I/O Stagebox and RAVENNA formed the heart of a powerful and flexible network.
Entering the House of Horror
Belgium-based show design practice Painting with Light has created innovative and highly effective lighting and video content for the current tour by Hans Klok, the world’s Fastest Illusionist, who is presenting his grisly ‘House of Horror’ show! The spectacle, produced by Stardust Circus International, which combines the drama and theatrical gruesomeness of Gothic horror with quick witted and fantastic illusion art, was launched at the Royal Theatre Carré in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where it enjoyed a hugely successful seven-week run before going on the road. The action includes mind-boggling special effects that help transport audiences into a strange world where nothing is as it seems, as Hans Klok’s House of Horror tests and exceeds the limits of the genre of ‘illusion.’
Ikegami and ES Broadcast Collaborate to Provide Premium Solutions
Ikegami, a leading manufacturer of specialised cameras and image processing equipment in the broadcast and medical industries, announced today that it has appointed ES Broadcast, a leading supplier of live production equipment, as a value added reseller. ES Broadcast, suppliers of professional filming and broadcasting equipment, deliver a variety of solutions to meet the constant change and flux in technology faced by today’s live production professionals. With the addition of Ikegami to ES Broadcast’s roster of products, customers now have access to a range of advanced professional broadcast products including system cameras and monitors, providing customers with a solution honed to their specific needs.
Legends of Gaming: Fonix bring online gamers to Alexandra Palace
With almost a million subscribers, YouTube channel Legends of Gaming pits some of the best online gamers in the world against each other in the ultimate e-Sports tournament. For the second year running, channel owner Endemol brought together the greatest players at London’s Alexandra Palace to give fans a chance to get up close and personal with their online heroes. Event specialist Fonix took responsibility for all live production, and technical director, Colin Parnell explains that a relatively simple staging set masked a cutting edge, multilayered video composition that was distributed and displayed on big screens throughout the venue.
AED Group Upgrades Inventory with 20 AJA Ki Pro Ultras
AV industry solutions provider and equipment rental house AED recently upgraded its inventory with the purchase of 20 AJA Ki Pro Ultra video recorder and playback devices. With offices located in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, France and the UK, AED is committed to providing its customers in professional AV with affordable solutions tailored to meet every budget. “We’ve been offering AJA products to our customers for many years,” said Joeri De Clerck, Technical & Operations Director at AED Display, “AJA’s products are compact, easy-to-use and reliable, and our customers feel comfortable depending on AJA gear for their shows and events.”
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TV Entertainment Reality Network and United Focus on Ultra HD HDR
INsight TV, the Ultra HD channel, from TV Entertainment Reality Network (TERN), has added High Dynamic Range (HDR) to its broadcast specifications. United, a leading strategic partner of TERN, has raised the technical bar to a new level by adding HDR to the post production process. As part of this on-going partnership to pioneer and deliver a premium UHD experience, TERN and United are extending the length of their collaboration agreement. “This marks the next phase in innovative technology” says Rian Bester, CEO of TERN International. “In addition to our high standards in Ultra HD and the high frame rate, we are now taking the next logical step: HDR. This new technology allows us to include, edit and distribute more contrast, dynamic range and color. The end product is much more realistic to the human eye and therefore has a major impact on consumers.”