Newsletter from 18/05/2018
quattro media Gets Creative With Drone and Cineflex Cams at FISA WRCH 2017
When hurricane “Irma” hit the Florida west-coast just 10 days before the opening of the WRCH event, nobody really believed that the 2017 rowing world championships would really see the light of days. Luckily the damage in the Sarasota/Bradenton area kept within bounds and the green light could be given to finally invite more than 950 athletes, officials and media over to the Suncoast to witness medal competitions in 26 different rowing events. Local organizers together with hundreds of volunteers did an unbelievable job to organize and setup the Benderson Park into a high-class sport event arena that provided best conditions and especially calm and fair wind conditions, staging outstanding competitions that will be remembered for a long time. It was not an easy decision for FISA and their broadcast production partner quattro media to go with a new approach to update their rowing live coverage with the integration of production tools like a live drone camera that lately received a lot of critical feedback especially out of the sports event perspective.
These three OB units are the first large-scale implementation of a native IP work flow capable of multi-casting in UHD HDR, UHD SDR, HD and SD. Data is fully IP from the camera CCU through the vision mixer to transmission. This makes the truck considerable more capable than the existing baseband approach that uses 4 copper cables for each path. • IP maintains and enhances the high production standards of an HD workflow • No bottlenecks associated with legacy baseband Quad-HD designs • Supports both GV’s (and Sony’s) native UHD cameras • A base-band Quad-HD layer for legacy and back-up purposes • Scalable on-site and off-site remote production as standard • Multi-format HDR as standard; upgradeable to 4K high frame rates and 8K
Euro Media France is a full service company, leader in TV facilities and solutions for media and broadcast organisations. Offering a large range of mobile video units in France, EUROMEDIA has developed innovative and flexible services by mastering every stage of the production cycle, from pre-production to broadcasting solutions. EMF also provides additional and specialised high-tech services such as New media, RF, super slow-motion, graphics, 3D, content management, playout, engineering and integration. EMF is acknowledged for its expertise in the fields of sports, live or recorded shows as well as variety, games or entertainment shows.
Express OB 808
Express aims to become a truly flexible company to accommodate a client's needs by maximizing our ability to create a variety of video production that we have established for over 20 years in the areas including program production, news reporting technology, live broadcast of sports and concerts, commercial production, program offering, movie production, publishing, internet distribution, application development, hydroponics, etc. Format can shift between UHD + SDR | Super SloMo | 1080p | 1080i | 720p - Sound Area in separate Audio Truck
Mobile TV Group 41 HDX
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). It is privately owned. Mobile TV Group’s brand new 41HDX mobile production facility will feature EVS live production servers as well as a number of other tools. The integration of three XT3 servers in its ChannelMAX configuration means Mobile TV Group’s productions will benefit from more than 12 channels of configurable I/O in each server with Dual-LSM functionality allowing two operators to use a single server at once.
NEP Norway UHD9
OB-Team was established in 1985, and recently changed its name to NEP Norway. NEP Norway is one of the largest companies within television production, with long-term supply agreements with several of the largest players in media production. NEP Norway has 30 years experience in OB productions. With stringent, high quality deliveries we focus on good processes, logistics, technology and teamwork. We have employees with extensive experience in all key roles and a large resource pool of the country’s best freelancers. We exchange technical resources and personnel within the NEP Group. The group disposes of 150 mobile units, of which the largest are doing productions with over 40 cameras. The group’s large OB fleet and equipment stock makes NEP able, in a short time, to custom tailor productions in- and outside Norway.
NEP Switzerland UHD42
Premiere content producers across the broadcast and live events industries turn to NEP to help them bring entertainment to life. NEP provides the technology and know-how that enables clients to capture and display productions on any platform around the world. For more than 30 years, NEP has been delivering solutions for remote production, studio production, video display, host broadcasting, post production, and creative technology/IP services that set the global industry standard. With operations around globe, NEP is everywhere you need to be, with the experience and resources to make your broadcast or event a success. UHD 42 Shifts between 4K/UHD+HDR | Super SloMo | 1080p | 1080i | 720p and is operating on a 10Gb, 3Gbs SDTI, and GigE Network
Point2Point HD OBVan
As a company, Point2Point’s range of event production is extremely varied; from medical conferences and conventions through to live demonstrations at exhibitions and trade shows, and recently expanded to cover major international events including the Tel Aviv Marathon and President Trump’s visit to Israel, where the OB van was stationed at the international press center. Point2Point’s OB van is five meters long and has been designed to house up to eight crew members comfortably, including a live director, CCU, audio, graphics and director roles. When the team planned out the truck, Erez Kuriel, Point2Point’s owner envisioned it as one large working space, rather than divided into sections. This gives us a very flexible and spacious environment which can be adapted to our very varied calendar of OB jobs.
SBS UHD 4K OBVan
Being the first OB Van worldwide, the SBS OB Van works with 12G-SDI UHD Single Link format, using Ikegami cameras and vision mixers. For video-routing and multiviewers SBS relies on Evertz equipment. The customer’s requirements for a compact yet high-powerful vehicle were realized by Broadcast Solutions’ vast experience in building OB Vans. Because of the OB’s compact dimensions the German System Integrator even more pushes the boundaries in developing up-to-date OB Van designs and solutions. In close cooperation with various manufacturers Broadcast Solutions 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 incorporates the latest broadcast technology for live TV production.
Televizia Markiza HD OB Truck
In May 2017 Slovakian television network Televízia Markíza commissioned its new HD OB Van, which marks the completion of their transition to HD. The OB Van is based on Broadcast Solutions GmbH’s Alphaline A12 model and can work in productions with up to 16 cameras. Alphaline is a variant of the company’s successful family of Streamline OB Vans of which more than 40 units are already built by the German system integrator working all over the world. With Alphaline, Broadcast Solutions offers the customers additional possibilities in terms of individual coachbuilding, workplace design and technical equipment. Teaming with Slovakian system integrator ELEKTONIKA both companies provided a universal OB Van with the latest technical solutions enabling Televízia Markíza to handle a large variety of productions.
Timeline’s state-of-the-art IP 4K HDR outside broadcast truck is one of the most advanced in the world. With an Arista 100G switch at its heart and SAM IP infrastructure UHD2 delivers large scale complex OBs simultaneously in uncompressed 4K UHD HDR and 4K UHD SDR. IP technology removes traditional SDI matrix limits enabling production teams to fully harness the power of UHD 4K. UHD2 is based around the SMPTE 2110 standard enabling both audio and video to be processed in the IP stream. Formats/standards include 4K/UHD+HDR + SDR | Super SloMo | 1080p | 1080i | 720p - SMPTE 2110 and SMPTE 2022 Standards Supported - Arista 7504R Switch, 144x 100G ports, Effective Matrix Size 4,608 x 4,608 – Switching Capacity of 14,5 Tbps
With more than 50 years of instantly recognisable classics to choose from and a reputation for never resting on their laurels when it comes to show design, the Stones arguably offer the most reliable guarantee of entertainment satisfaction on the planet. Straight out of the starting gate, the hypnotic red wash of ‘Sympathy For The Devil’ sets the pace for a performance that delivers raw excitement, song after song. There is still nothing quite like a Rolling Stones concert. No Filter marks another stunning victory for Rolling Stones production manager Dale ‘Opie’ Skjerseth who engaged what he referred to as “my A team” – creative director Patrick Woodroffe and set designer Ray Winkler from Stufish Entertainment Architects, with Jeremy Lloyd of Wonder Works co-ordinating the technical design elements and working with Stageco’s project manager Hedwig De Meyer and R&D engineers Tom Frederickx, Patrick Martens and Kai Eppinger, to create two complete steel, tower and roof systems.
Blackmagic Design Live Solution Used on the 2017 OneRepublic Honda Civic Tour
Live director and company owner Stuart Merser of Vis-a-Vis Media designed and specified the video rack along with Jeff Nolte of OCD Labs around switching, routing and monitoring hardware from Blackmagic Design, enabling him to create unique live video manipulation of the band’s performances, including touring, festival appearances and corporate commitments. “The rack is designed to be powerful but portable; it’s a very modular system, with everything we might need for a show. However we can easily connect to additional hardware components or integrate our system into a venue’s existing infrastructure,” explains Stuart. “That means we can fly into a venue or festival, connect the cameras there into the rack over BNC, giving me instant control over the show.”
Krystof Celebrate 25
Czech pop rock band Kryštof celebrated their 25 year anniversary in style with a sold out arena tour and a massive two night concert at the Stadion Evžena Rošického in Prague, where they played two tumultuous shows to over 70,000 fans marking this incredible career achievement. They also released a special new album this year - ‘25’ - to coincide with an extensive live performance schedule. Full production – including around 100 Robe moving lights – for the tour and the stadium shows was supplied by ZL Production who have a long association with Kryštof. The band’s lighting designer Jiří Rouček is also a long serving crew member, and since 2010 he has also been working as head of lighting for ZL Production based in Plzen and Prague.
Canon enhances 2/3” broadcast portable zoom lens range
The new CJ45ex9.7B and CJ45ex13.6B comprise the high performance required for use with 4K broadcast cameras, thanks to Canon’s proprietary optical design technology. Fluorite and Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) glass achieve high-quality 4K optics from the centre of the imaging field to the periphery across the entire zoom range, whilst innovations in the lens ensure high sharpness and best in class aberration control. As a result, these lenses are ideal for 4K HDR image capture in virtually any environment from close-ups to panoramic views of sports stadiums or concert venues. Both lenses are capable of achieving a 45x zoom ratio and focal length ranges of 9.7 mm to 437 mm and 13.6 mm to 612 mm, respectively.
Backstreet Boys: Live and Directly from their tour
The US boy band that saw international success during the 1990s is currently in residency in Las Vegas – supported audio company and DirectOut audio vendor Sound Image – with a live show based wholly on a “virtual band” playout of 64 separate and unequalised digitally recorded tracks. Garnier explains: “We chose DirectOut products because they are extremely reliable and offer great flexibility. They’re also compact and robust which makes them perfect for the road.” The playback rig for Larger Than Life includes a redundant pair of MacBook Pro computers running concurrently throughout the show. Tracks are played out via Digital Performer at 24-bit/96kHz, with the signal converted from SoundGrid to MADI for further distribution and conversion.
Bundesliga the world’s first league to use automated audio mixing
Bundesliga TV viewers are able to enjoy a new sound experience in their living rooms. For this purpose, DFL subsidiary Sportcast, which produces all Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 matches, has launched a new audio production system. Live tracking data on the players is used to set the correct input levels for the microphones used to record what is going on in the field. This creates an entirely new and realistic audio experience for the viewer. DFL subsidiary Sportcast coordinated the activities of the two service providers Lawo and ChyronHego and helped to ready the technology for the market in a two-year development and testing phase.
FIFA at the forefront of broadcast technology
In an effort to remain at the forefront of the industry, all sixty-four matches will be produced in Ultra High Definition with High Dynamic Range for the first time ever. Thanks to a hybrid UHD/HDR/1080p setup multiple choice of video formats will be available (1080i, 1080p or UHD HDR) at the back of one single production chain. The use of progressive scanning as a baseline production format and HDR will guarantee improved image quality for all Media Rights Licensees, regardless of their delivery format. Thirty-seven cameras, of which eight with UHD/HDR and 1080p/SDR dual output, and another eight with 1080p/HDR and 1080p/SDR dual output, will cover every match. Further eight Super-slow-motion and two Ultra-motion cameras, a cable-cam and a cineflex heli-cam, will ensure high-class pictures will be available from every angle in each stadium.
INSIGHT TV Announces First U.S. 4K UHD Launch on Layer3 TV
INSIGHT TV, the world’s largest UHD broadcaster and producer of native UHD HDR content covering action sports, entertainment, and lifestyle, has today revealed a major distribution deal with next-generation U.S. cable company Layer3 TV. This is the first 4K UHD distribution deal that INSIGHT TV has signed in the United States. The agreement means that INSIGHT TV is now available to Layer3 TV subscribers on channel 115 in Denver, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Dallas in 4K UHD, launching with high-profile shows such as King of the Hammers, Life of Cards and Secrets of the Brain. “Layer3 TV is proud to be INSIGHT TV’s charter launch partner in the United States,” said Lindsay Gardner, Layer3 TV’s Chief Content Officer. “Insight TV is a trailblazer in the 4K space, and Layer3 TV subscribers will enjoy the compelling 24/7 linear channel and accompanying 4K On Demand library. Layer3 TV is dedicated to bringing our subscribers the most robust content line up including 4K programing live and On Demand.”
Image Matters and 8K SVIP Bypass 4K to Provide HD to 8K Migration
European collaborative group 8K SVIP is a body of four academic and industrial partners: intoPIX, Cesnet, Image Matters and AV Media. 2018 being considered the year of 8K, 8K SVIP gives broadcasters the tools to migrate from HD and 4K, and develops advanced transport technologies to manage 8K signals over SDI and IP. “The European project, 8K SVIP, is the easy bridge to the future 8K broadcast studio. It will help broadcasters leapfrog directly from HD and 4K to 8K. We see this collaboration between Belgium and Czech Republic manufacturers and researchers as an essential step to propelling 8K broadcasting to the home. And we look forward to demonstrating our solutions at InterBee to migrate easily from HD and 4K to 8K” - Jean-François Nivart, Image Matters CEO.