Newsletter from 30/10/2019
SPLNTR – An Immersive Projection Installation Showcasing Cutting Edge Technology
Tucked away in the Arts District of Las Vegas, a unique installation is taking shape. Ed Shaw of NEICO and Brett Bolton are working tirelessly to create the first of its kind audio visual art installation in Las Vegas. With the support of Avolites, Group One Ltd, AG Light and Sound, X-Laser, GLP and Notch, NEICO presents SPLNTR.
Shaw has had a love for projection since working with 1024 Architecture on the BOOMBOX, one of the first world-wide touring productions of its kind. The spark for SPLNTR came earlier this year when he saw a projection project named ‘POETIC AI' by Ouchhh in Paris and decided that having never seen anything like this in Las Vegas before, now was the time to develop his own idea for an installation. After speaking to a few people, the vision became a reality and he had the go ahead with some help from Avolites. “We were looking for an alternative to a trade show that was more appealing to our clients and designers” Stephen Baird-Smith sales manager of Avolites says “At the same time Ed had the idea for an interactive installation. We’d worked with him and NEICO before on the OMNIA and JEWEL projects so we knew we would work well together. It was the perfect opportunity to bring it together”
From here, Shaw created SPLNTR – a totally immersive experience where the visuals and audio are completely controlled by the individual as they move through the building. Working alongside Brett Bolton, his team of artists at NEICO, Tom and Satako Wall of Blinkin Lab, Spencer Heron of Rebel Overlay and combined artists from Notch; his vision started to take shape. The visuals were inspired by Shaw’s personal taste but also with the aim to show the audience something different. “It’s content and a style I don’t get to produce very often in the dance music industry” explains Shaw “A lot of visuals you see nowadays are very polished, glossy 3D environments and I wanted to bring it back to a more artistic interpretation of my ideal visuals”.
Grass Valley Response to Belden Inc. Divestment Announcement
Belden Inc. announced today its intention to divest the Grass Valley media technology business. Please see a copy of the press release here: "The move is a positive one for Grass Valley, its employees and customers. Grass Valley is a market leader in the media technology business and a profitable operation with top quartile EBITDA performance. Grass Valley is the world’s leading media technology supplier with uniquely strong customer and partner relationships. This makes Grass Valley an attractive investment to those interested in the media tech space and Belden has been actively discussing options with interested parties during 2019."
Global Production ob8
Global Production is an Italian company born from the extensive experience of an innovative team, who wanted to deliver industry leading quality to broadcasters and producers throughout Europe. For almost 20 years, Global Production has been an outsourced production partner supporting premier content producers of international sports events, live events, entertainment, TV and fiction programs, music and shows.
We use the latest generation of broadcast technologies to offer solutions to meet single or multi-service requirements, for large or small events.
Croatel UHD OB5
CROATEL offers services for the professional outside broadcast and satellite communication, company has been active on the market for over 20 years and currently has 60 employees. CROATEL owns three HD OB vans for HD production of UEFA Champions League and Europa Football League and is also responsible for realization of all Croatian Football League games. CROATEL‘s main business activity is HDTV production, as well as ownership, realization and 24/7 service of HDTV playout system (facility) that broadcasts 4 sports . OB5 is designed to host up to 20 HD cameras and is fully equipped with Miranda router system and Densite 3 frame units, including all cross-converter boards, multiviewer, references, embedders/deembedders. OB van is using Grass Valley Karrera Video Production Center Switcher with K-Frame, Studer Vista 5 M3 Digital Mixing System including Meterbridge and Vista Compact Remote, as well as Riedel Artist – digital matrix intercom system.
Datong TV UHD OBVan
The Truck is based on Paanasonic Vision switcher, up to 12 Panasonic cameras, digital glue products from Axon, a Yamaha mixing console, Genelec speakers and a Clear-Com intercom system.
Brazil’s R3 Estudio Movel equips OB van with Calrec Artemis for live music
Isaías Rosa, R3’s recording/mixing engineer and multi-Latin Grammy nominee, says that when assessing the audio console market, “the Artemis met all the requirements of our truck,” highlighting its versatility as a key quality that drew him to the console. “The truck is set up for mixing and recording music. The Artemis Ray has excellent sound quality; we use it in a 72-fader configuration, which is great for live music mixing as we have the faders set up on one layer,” he continued. R3 Estudio Movel uses two WAVES cards, one Dante card and six MADI cards in the truck. The on-stage setup includes 128 mic pre-amps and two MADI cards. The company creates about 40 music DVDs a year – including one recently for Sony Music’s Brazilian funk artist Nego do Borel - plus its work on live broadcasts and streaming.
Video Progetti Completes Integration of New Outside Broadcast Van for Soul Movie
Zero6 has already been put to use for the production of Mediaset’s Eurogames 2019 (the new name for Giochi Senza Frontiere/Games Without Frontiers/Jeux Sans Frontiers) - amusing games between European nations, with 300 competitors and 30 teams - which began to air in September. With 70 square metres of floor space – enough to accommodate 36 crew and guests in comfort - Zero6 was architected and designed by Soul Movie to its usual standards of leading edge technology, elegance and comfort. It includes two video studios and two sound studios, and can be used simultaneously for the same event by two different broadcasters. The machine room includes a separate area for technical maintenance for the chief engineer.
London-based Bild Studios invest in the latest disguise flagship hardware
Bild is a London-based visual engineering studio and well renowned in the industry for helping to create spectacular live experiences, such as The Opening Ceremony for the Pakistan Super League, where 50 minutes of AR graphics replaced traditional pre-rendered content that usually is mapped onto projection surfaces or LED screens inside the venue.Founders David Bajt and Rowan Pitts have been working with disguise for over 10 years, delivering hundreds of software training sessions globally, while also using the technology on some of their most ambitious projects.Originally part of United Visual Artists, David and Rowan have been among some of the earliest adopters of the disguise technology, having worked together on projects such as the Red Hot Chilli Peppers Tour in 2011, Coachella 2011, Coldplay’s ‘Sky Full of Stars’ music video, before finally opening their own consulting studios in 2014.
MMC Studios Group appoints new managing directors
MMC location ‘Coloneum’ to become hotspot for innovative production technologies. With effect from October 11th, 2019, Hacik Kölcü and Jens Wolf have been appointed to the management team of MMC Holding GmbH in order to jointly manage the group of companies and its subsidiaries. The business operations of Crosscast GmbH and the MMC Group will be merged. Following the successful restructuring of MMC, the former managing director, Philip Borbély, is now leaving the company as planned.In addition to expanding its MMC services – studio rental and production, post-production and stage and set construction – the MMC Group intends to expand its international presence in the areas of live broadcasting, feature film and series production. MMC Movies Köln GmbH, the film production arm of MMC, is jointly managed by Jens Wolf and Bastie Griese. In the future, the production company will also use new attractive financing models to realize co-productions.
Radio Television of Serbia Enhances Workflow With NOA
AV digitizing and archiving specialist NOA GmbH has won a major contract with Radio Televizija Srbije (RTS), the national radio and television broadcaster of Serbia. The media house has purchased a mediARC archive asset management solution to streamline its central archiving workflow process. The order comprises the core elements of the mediARC, which are a mediARC GUI, mediARC ProcessorHost, NOA A began the multi-phase project in collaboration with systems integrator Kompany, 3 years ago and has completed a major part of the installation at RTS headquarters in Belgrade. RTS is the first broadcaster in the region to implement this NOA technology. MediaButler, NOA Storage Connector, NOA DB Scripter and a four-channel NOA Record.
Going the extra mile: The Switch’s extensive network reach in China delivers Hengshui Lake International Marathon to global audience
The Switch, the platform for the production and global transmission of live video, was pivotal in delivering uninterrupted live linear TV broadcasts and online streaming of the ninth Hengshui Lake International Marathon in September, leveraging its extensive network in China to bring the event to audiences around the globe. Working in partnership with Chinese media production and content packaging company New Force Media, The Switch utilized its established experience and the global reach of its transmission network to deliver flawless coverage to international broadcasters – as well reaching marathon fans worldwide via live streaming websites.
Sportel Monaco Golden Podium Awards 2019
Under the High Patronage of H.S.H Prince Albert II and the Patronage of the International Olympic Committee, the SPORTEL Awards are held every year as part of the SPORTELMonaco convention, the world leader in the field of sport business. This event is first and foremost an international competition that rewards the most outstanding sports footages of the year, during a Ceremony open and free to the public. Each year numerous Olympic champions and outstanding athletes participate in the event by presenting the different awards to each winner. The audience is assured of rich moments in sporting emotion! The SPORTEL Awards is also an opportunity for sports fans to experience unique moments with renowned elite sporting champions. Many public events are organized in the Principality with free access by booking: conferences and exclusive meetings, signing sessions… A way to showcase the sport, its champions and the values they convey.
Esports Stadium Arlington Integrates TSL Products’ Advanced Control System Into Workflow for Seamless Interoperability
The stadium uses TSL Products’ advanced control to significantly improve its workflow, especially with the multitude of camera angles required in esports productions. In addition to the sheer volume of inputs and potential places that the technical director needs to locate and select for preview/program, the fast-paced and ever-changing “action movie” nature of the environment also lends itself to a dedicated advanced control system. Additionally, many Esports workflows require interfacing a bevy of both traditional broadcast as well as IT and COTS equipment to run properly. Using Virtual Panel Interfaces, the stadium can create an easily configurable process to customize these operations with intuitive, drag-and-drop controls. “TSL helped solve our biggest challenge: integrating the many different types of equipment and technology we have at the facility,” said Dunn. “The system provided us with the opportunity to put on smooth shows on a consistent basis. Our integrator helped us make the best possible selection for the facility, and TSL continues to deliver.”
disguise solutions power innovative video for Ariana Grande’s Sweetener World Tour
“The tour was designed to highlight the range and femininity of Ariana and create an ever-transforming space for her to perform her latest albums and give the audience an immersive experience to dive into as they witness Ariana's journey through her music,” says Loren Barton, Media Department Director with Lumentech. He has overseen the projection and media departments in support of many recent projects by Production and Lighting Designer LeRoy Bennett. Possible Productions produced the motion graphics for the show, which sees the stage brought to life with visuals of space during the song ‘NASA’, the visuals then turn the stage into a planet, a moon and a galaxy. From conversations with Ariana herself, Michael Figge and his team at Possible created a stage theme for each song that reinforced the choreography and lighting.
Robe Adds to Muse Simulation Theory Tour Lighting
Lighting designer Sooner Routhier of Nashville, USA-based SRae Productions designed lighting for Muse’s just completed “Simulation Theory” world tour that started in February this year, following the English band’s highly acclaimed eighth album release in November 2018. It was Sooner’s first lighting design for the band and she was delighted to be one of artistic director Jesse Lee Stout’s creative collaborators for the tour. Their large, distinctive ‘alt-rock’ sound and esoteric brain-twisting lyrics have enthralled a generation of music fans since they burst on the scene in 1994.
Alluring Proteus™ Draws a Crowd at Life is Beautiful Festival
Life is Beautiful Festival organizers posed a challenge to lighting designer Rob Ross in the run up to the 2019 event in Las Vegas – get more attendees to use an alleyway corridor to travel between stages instead of the over-packed main street thoroughfare. Ross succeeded with a 450-ft long, immersive environment that featured alluring lighting effects from Elation Professional Proteus series luminaires. Getting festivalgoers to use an alternate path however was no small task as the main street between the festival’s main stage and ancillary stages was lined with vendors and art installations, which naturally attracts people, and besides, the alleyway was a longer route, uninteresting and somewhat dimly lit.
Movicom launches US Branch, landing in Hollywood
The company's headline product, the Robycam modular cable camera system with integrated positional tracking, is already busy on the first season of the International Swimming League in the US and Europe, and recently came off a spectacular showing at the Women's World Cup in France. The Robycam's ease of setup and seamless integration with Augmented Reality live visual graphics has made it the go-to cable camera system for many producers looking to go beyond flat on-screen graphics. Robycam system integrates the RC Compass tracking system, which uses the broadly accepted FreeD (UDP or Serial) tracking protocol and combines seamlessly with AR systems like Vizrt, ZeroDensity, Brainstorm and many others. This on-the-fly tracking data allows the camera to move through generated visual elements as if they were physical objects in any live scene. The tracking data includes lens information and control, which makes the system ideal for set-extension, virtual studio, and previsualization (previz) applications.
Slim Fit HDMI® cables from Sommer cable
Just the size of the HDMI contact surface: the super compact all-metal connectors made by HICON of the new HDMI® Ultraslim HI-HDSL series. The 100 % shielded cable with 3.6 mm (0.14 in.) in diameter has also undergone a slimming diet. In the lengths of 0.35 m / 0.75 m / 1.25 m and 2.0 m (13.75 / 29.5 / 49.25 and 78.75 in.) the feather-weight offers a performance of 18 Gb/s @ 60Hz and is thus the ideal solution for UHD camera applications.
Draka Cable for Live Production: Easy to bend
The Multimedia Solutions division of the Prysmian Group has developed its SMPTE 311M hybrid camera cable further. The broadcast cables for live production are now available with two Draka BendBright-XS single mode fibres and a highly flexible jacket. These properties make the SMPTE 311M Hybrid High Flex cables even more resistant to bending, very robust and durable. The Hybrid HD Camera Cables 2SM 9/125 + 4 x AWG20 + 2 x AWG24 according to SMPTE 311M standard are now equipped with two BendBright-XS single mode optical fibres of type G.652.D2 or G.657.A2/B2 as well as auxiliary and signal conductors. They are used for simultaneous transmission of energy, video, audio and control signals and connect the camera to the base station.
AJA FS-HDR Powers First-Ever Simultaneous UltraHD HDR / HD SDR Broadcast for South Korean Audiences
Exploration into the endangered habitats of bears and the global crises that threaten the species recently aired in a landmark broadcast event for South Korean audiences. In January 2019, leading domestic television network MBC broadcast “Bear,” an episodic nature documentary series exploring the impact of climate change and urbanization on pandas, grizzlies, polar bears and beyond. This marked the first simultaneous broadcast of HDR and SDR programming in South Korea, providing audiences with UltraHD HDR displays the opportunity to view the engaging wildlife documentary in more vibrant and vivid hues in a wider dynamic range.