Newsletter from 09/02/2012
Super Bowl with Grass Valley and London Prepares with Panasonic
Mobile TV Group 21HDXS
The Mobile TV Group operates one of the USA's largest fleets of mobile production HD units equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. With the highest percentage of high definition trucks, MTVG provides mobile units for over 4,000 sports and entertainment events each year. The Mobile TV Group adheres to the highest standards of maintenance and service with world-class engineers and support staff. Over the past seventeen years, Mobile TV Group and Colorado Studios (which builds MTVG’s trucks) have designed and built 24 HD mobile production trucks, which now cover both the home and away games of about half of the NBA, NHL, and MLB teams in the US.
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AMP VISUAL TV Group First to Install I-MOVIX X10 Streaming Ultra-Slow Motion System
The X10 system is a fully broadcast-integrated solution and includes the latest high-speed HD camera, a camera control unit, an operational control panel, and a slow-motion remote panel (for use in ultra-slow-motion replay mode). X10 is used with the industry-standard EVS XT3 production server and LSM remote-control recorder. The camera connects to the camera control unit (CCU) via a SMPTE hybrid fiber cable, enabling long-distance optical fiber transmission and control through a single connection. "The I-MOVIX X10 solution provides ultra-slow motion with the ease and flexibility of a traditional broadcast camera — which is essential in all shooting sessions," said François Valadoux, chief technical officer of the AMP VISUAL TV Group. "I-MOVIX has developed a product that is fully integrated with the OB van, with features that are fully compatible with our setup, and easy–to-use functionalities such as the new joystick-equipped control panel, the OLED viewfinder, and the return video inputs. The X10 system is also 3D-ready and equipped for other future developments."
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SSL's Broadcast Equipment Demonstration Vehicle Begins its Epic U.S. Tour
The SSL Broadcast Equipment Demonstration Vehicle will visit local U.S. broadcasters, houses of worship, systems integrators, key sports and entertainment events, as well as being showcased at trade exhibitions. The schedule for 2012 begins with demonstrations in Texas, moving on to locations in New Mexico, Arizona and California, stopping in Las Vegas for the NAB Show in April, on to Utah and then the Eastern Seaboard. The audio monitoring system inside the vehicle is a complete Genelec 8020.LSE Espresso 5.1 system, which consists of five Genelec 8020B two-way, bi-amplified active monitors matched with a Genelec 7050B LSE™ Series Active Subwoofer. A pair of 6010A Bi-Amplified Active Monitors for PFL (pre-fade listen) and a pair of 8030A Bi-Amplified Monitors for the outdoor display round out the audio system. A Miranda Kaleido-X16 multi-viewer offers high quality and space efficient monitoring with silent operation, and Miranda’s Densité processing offers simplified signal management using multi-functional modules. An RTS Adam-M system with two key panels is employed for intercom, while a Savant True Image interface handles the vehicle’s lighting and video switching.
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Presteigne Charter Purchases Kayenne for Rental Market
As one of the world’s leading broadcast equipment and systems rental specialists, Presteigne Charter has bought a fully-equipped Kayenne to offer its clients starting in January 2012. The Kayenne has already been booked for exclusive use at the 2012 Games in London. “This is the beginning of our upgrading from five Kalypso™ switchers to the Kayenne,” says Mike Ransome, CEO of Presteigne Charter. “The Kayenne is a very powerful, large mixer with multiple inputs and it is just what our customers want, particularly those based in the US. Grass Valley has created an excellent product that is well designed, has an intuitive and easy to use layout combined with very advanced technology. We are really excited about being able to supply this product to our customers.”
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MMC Studio 30/31
Since 1991, the independent media center MMC has offered the best possible production conditions for movies, TV, and events. In 1999, MMC has opened 19 TV studios and sound stages in Cologne-Ossendorf on a total area of more than 39.5 acres – making MMC one of Europe’s largest and most advanced TV and film studio operators. Equipped with cutting-edge technology – including two of Germany’s most powerful HD control rooms – the Coloneum studio lot in Cologne-Ossendorf is home to many popular TV entertainment shows and live TV events including the technically most complex shows on German television. In addition to LE shows, MMC’s sound stages are home to numerous daily soaps, sitcoms, television dramas and mini-series as well as feature films. MMC offers a full service, be it for any genre of television show or great movies: know-how, state-of-the art production and post-production facilities, an excellent art department, TV studios and stages of any size, and production offices for temporary and permanent use. This combination creates synergies, enabling MMC’s customers to complete their projects effectively and efficiently.
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BTV News Studio by Sony
SONY designed a concept for four HD studios at BeiJing City TV Station’s New Building and provided the products and integration. This project is the phase-II in HD Studio upgrade. 600m2 Studio-C is 6CH record studio, 600m2 Studio-D is 8CH live studio. The video routing and video monitoring is flexible. Studios are designed into group concept: the studio controls are linked and can backup each other; the production rooms and the equipment racks are located in different locartions. The HD News Studio system includes one 350m² Studio, one 150m² Studio, one News net control system and one broadcast delay system. The 350m² Studio and the 150m² Studio can be linked and can backup each other.
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Sky News Arabia Moves into its New State-of-the-Art Studio Complex
208 kms of cables and over 100 tonnes of advanced broadcast equipment installed: The channel will deliver breaking news in both HD and SD formats focusing on the Arab world via twelve dedicated bureaus across the region and globally, as well as access to Sky News’ international bureau network. Nart Bouran, Head of Sky News Arabia, said: “The move to the new site is a significant milestone in the Sky News Arabia launch plan, launch plan. We are already carrying out technical rehearsals and will start with full studio rehearsals later this month. Our investment in this high-tech studio complex affirms our commitment to provide fast, fresh live, evolving news across our multiple platforms - television, tablet, mobile and online.” Since April 2011 the technical integration process at the new studio complex, which is now located inside twofour54 the Abu Dhabi media hub , has been supported by Television Systems Limited (TSL), who have worked closely with Sky News Arabia’s engineering team on the design. Last month, TSL handed over the broadcast system including approximately 208 kilometres of cables into the facility, in addition to over 100 tonnes of state-of-the-art broadcast equipment.
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Olympic Games 2012: Equestrian Jumping and Eventing; Fencing
Out of the 39 Olympic Sports disciplines in 26 categories we meanhile feature 20 sports in our case study section. At the first Olympic Games, nine sports were contested. Since then, the number of sports contested at the Summer Olympic Games has gradually risen to twenty-eight on the program for 2000-2008. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, however, the number of sports will fall back to twenty-six following an IOC decision in 2005 to remove baseball and softball from the Olympic program. These sports retain their status as Olympic sports with the possibility of a return to the Olympic program in future games. At the 121st IOC Session in Copenhagen on 9 October 2009, the IOC voted to reinstate both golf and rugby to the Olympic program, meaning that the number of sports to be contested in 2016 will be back up to 28 again. The IOC has put a limit of 28 sports in the Summer Olympics, therefore no further sports may be added unless existing sports are removed. The IOC has also decided that in the future (starting from 2020), the program of the Summer Olympics will include 25 core sports and additional 3 sports that will be decided for each Summer Olympics.In order for a sport or discipline to be considered for inclusion in the list of Summer Olympics sports, it must be widely practiced in at least 75 countries, spread over four continents. Women's sports or disciplines may be considered if practiced in at least 50 countries.
Equestrian - Jumping Equestrian - Eventing Fencing
Watch Panasonic’s Technology in Action at the London Prepares Test Event Series
Panasonic has commissioned Tom Dunmore’s production company Mediablaze to create a series of ‘Inside Track’ videos detailing Panasonic’s involvement with the preparations for the Olympic Games. Inside Track will cover a wide range of sports, including beach volleyball, sailing and a behind-the-scenes training session with Heptathelete Louise Hazel. The short films will look at how Panasonic’s screen technology, broadcast equipment and CCTV products are used in the Olympic Games venues and by the athletes themselves in their quest for a gold medal. The Inside Track videos will be presented by Tom Dunmore, former Editor-in-Chief of the world’s best-selling gadget magazine Stuff. Tom is a journalist and broadcaster who has made regular TV appearances as a talking head for BBC Breakfast, BBC News, Sky News and as a presenter of Five’s The Gadget Show.
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Kyle Croxall steps up championship charge in Valkenburg
Kyle Croxall doubled up with a second successive victory in Valkenburg as the Canadian pushes his claims to be the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Champion for 2012. The 575-metre-long track was the longest and fastest in the history of the sport, with riders accelerating to over 70kph. The start ramp was a frightening seven-metre drop on a 50-degree angle. Another of the standout performers was Swiss athlete Derek Wedge, who qualified for the race after attending one of the Dutch qualifiers. The dreadlocked daredevil impressed the other athletes with his skating skill en route to a 16th-placed finish. Dutch racer Roby Haazen, meanwhile, scooped the MINI Rookie Award.
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Grass Valley Live Production Technologies Supports Super Bowl XLVI Broadcast
This year, NBC Sports broadcasted the game in the US, live from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, on 5 February, 2012. The broadcast was supported by NEP Broadcasting (Pittsburgh, Penn.) and Game Creek Video (Hudson, N.H.). Game Creek was also working with ESPN on a variety of related shows leading up to the big event. “Live sports production is a main focus of our company and we’ve supported high-profile productions like the Super Bowl for many years, because quality and reliability matters most,” said Jeff Rosica, Executive Vice President of Grass Valley. “Customers like Game Creek and NEP Broadcasting are at the top of their game and demand the absolute best that current technology has to offer. We’re proud to say that they continue to come to us for new equipment and we're happy to support them in any way we can.”
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Pyramedia is Using a Custom CG Builder Project for Millions' Poets TV Show
CG Builder is being used in Million's Poet, a reality television show broadcasted by United Arab Emirates television network 'Abu Dhabi TV'. The show, which presents a competition to find Middle East's most talented poet in Arabic poetry, has been compared to American Idol and is very popular in the Middle East. CG Builder was the chosen product due to its huge flexibility. Its plug-in architecture, with over 90 plug-ins, makes it possible to develop all kind of key features a TV Show project like this requires. Voting Systems, Virtual Graphics and Interactive Technologies such as ipad and touch screen were used to empower this famous and followed TV Show.
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Germany’s “Wetten, dass...?” TV Show Counts on HES for Entertainment Value
The Road Hog Full Boar is in control of up to 16 SHOWPIX pixilation luminaires and 12 SHOWGUN automated luminaires for its broadcasts on ZDF TV throughout Europe. For “Wetten, dass...?”, Winkler AG in Switzerland is supplying the Road Hog Full Boars, while Arcus Lighting in Germany is supplying the SHOWGUNs and SHOWPIX. The show travels to different European cities setting up in a variety of venues from open air amphitheaters to outdoor theme parks for live broadcasts. Celebrity guests, including musical groups, participate in the action, placing their bets on contestants who compete in crazy tasks such as: climbing a tower using toilet paper; flipping coins with a forklift; removing pins from mousetraps using one’s tongue, and the list goes on. It shares a similarity with the US show, “Minute to Win It.”
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A Great Start: Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festivals Votes for grandMA2
For the 2012 edition lighting designer, lighting director and programmer John Dacosta voted for two grandMA2 light consoles to control more than 140 Martin and Vari*Lite moving lights, two media servers and multiple LED-screens. “It was simply the best solution for the job because of the seamless integration of lighting and video”, stated Dacosta when asked why he choose the grandMA2. “When Celine Dion was added to the bill, I knew that the presentation would have to be larger than life, so I started on building the show with the biggest video surface that I could fit onstage. I worked with the grandMA2 which controlled our two Mbox media servers. It was a breeze!” The 2012 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival was the kick-off of 12 months of celebrations as Jamaica celebrates 50 years of Independence. The video panels, lighting consoles and Martin moving lights were delivered by Zenith Lighting and the rest of the lighting equipment by PRG Orlando.
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Ross Video Acquires FX-Motion Robotic Camera Systems
FX-Motion, founded 10 years ago by Stijn Vanorbeek and Roberto Gaziano, is best known for bringing film-style motion control technology to television remote control and robotics systems. The FX-Motion Furio system has been used to control cameras and provide compelling visuals on productions such as the Eurovision Song Contest, So You Think You Can Dance and in augmented reality productions like the VGA awards as well as in news studio production environments. “We are super excited about adding robotics to our product portfolio,” said David Ross, CEO Ross Video. “There is a very close link between the OverDrive Automated Production Control System, Production Switchers, XPression Graphics and now our Furio Robotic Camera Systems. We are able to offer some great integrated production solutions to our clients and really push the state of live production technology.”
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Mahuaa News Launches Another All-News Channel with Dalet
Mahuaa Media Private Limited is promoted by Mr. P. K. Tewari who has been associated with the media and entertainment industry for over two decades. Mr. Tewari has been the force behind the renowned feature film “New Delhi Times,” award-winning programs for various channels, and for the creation of Pixion, the largest post production facility in India. MMPL is entering the TV broadcasting space by launching several regional channels. Newsline UP has its own news team, nearly doubling the number of newsroom staffers who rely on 70 Dalet News Suite workstations for end-to-end production. Journalists have all their tools right on the Dalet desktop and have control of their content. They monitor incoming video, browse, log metadata, read newswires, prepare scripts and do rough cut video editing as well as manage assignments and rundowns. The tools are very intuitive and task-specific, making it quite easy for Newsline UP to adapt to the system. Both channels have dedicated Final Cut Pro edit suites for sophisticated editing and effects. Journalists have full editing capability of the video packages with Dalet Media Cutter. Additionally, the Dalet Xtend plug-in for FCP allows direct importing between the Dalet browser and FCP bins for seamless craft production. Each channel has a separate control room.
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The Brightest Family of LED Video Walls
To respond to the growing demand for cost-effective video walls with 3D-stereo capabilities, Barco has created the 3D-capable OLS(F) series. This brand-new product range builds upon the proven benefits of the OL family and adds vivid stereoscopy to the long list of differentiators. 3rd generation LEDs boost the brightness levels of Barco’s LED video walls with over 33%. In combination with the more effective liquid cooling technology, this results in the brightest LED video walls on the market today, without shortening the system’s lifetime. What’s more, operating at today’s standard brightness levels, Barco LED video walls consume 33% less power.
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The 3D Revolution Conference is back at BVE
The conference will welcome William Sargeant, Founder of award winning post production house Framestore to open the 3D programme this year. Other key highlights include a presentation from Ruth Sessions of Atlantic Productions sharing the experience of producing The Bachelor King 3D with David Attenborough where stunning 3D cinematography takes us into an extraordinary sub-Antarctic island, home to majestic albatrosses, brawling elephant seals - and six million penguins. The BBC’s Planet Dinosaur tells the stories of the biggest and deadliest creatures to walk the Earth. BBC Series Producer Nigel Paterson and Creative Director of Jellyfish Pictures, Phil Dobree, discussing how it was decided whether the programme was made a mono or stereo solution.
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"that's LIVE" #3 will be published in March
The new edition of "that's LIVE" will focus on support providers for rights-holding and non-rights-holding broadcasters in and around London during the Olympics in July and August. Other features are the Javanotti concert, the DR Byen production complex, the Swiss elections covered by SRG, Vangelis Live in Doha and the Mobile Studio of Woods TV.