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Ensuring a Quick Recovery
Chris Steele While the thought of fire or flood strikes fear into the heart of those responsible for managing IT infrastructures, the fact is that simple equipment malfunction, like the failure of a disk drive, or even human error itself, are by far the most common causes of local outages. Having a robust major disaster recovery plan in place is of course an essential business process in todays digitally driven world, however, it is also important to understand how data will be retrieved in the event of more mundane issues too
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Preserving the Past is a Forlorn Task
Larry Jordan# This week I presented a webinar on how to protect your stuff using archiving. Why? Because hard disks are great for immediate storage, but inadequate for files that you want to keep for a long time.
Tags: iss109 | archiving | lto | m-tape | scsi | jaz | firewire | mdisc | Larry Jordan#
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Saving your laptop from spills
Beth Zarkhosh Whether you're a wedding videographer or a small production company, we all know the stress of the edit process, nothing adds to that stress more than the full destruction of your PC or Mac. So its the New Year and youre finishing off that last bit of mulled wine from over Christmas and ooops! You accidentally spill it all over your laptop! What do you do? Well here we explain some handy tips to take
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Media asset management: the key to business success
Kevin Usher In todays media environment enterprises are under intense pressure to improve content monetization and maximize operational efficiency. Theyre expected to do moreto create more content for more platforms and deliver it to more peopleso they have to find new ways to secure revenues, differentiate services to earn audience loyalty, and deliver all these services at a lower cost.
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Editing broadcast video in a mobile app a ridiculous notion or the next big thing
Jason Cowan A trend appears to be developing in broadcast technology development the more ridiculous an idea initially seems, the better the chances are that it will turn the whole industry on its head. Ten years ago editing over an internet connection was a pipe-dream, and the suggestion that broadcast equipment might be replaced with standard IT was considered preposterous as recently as five years ago. Yet working in the cloud, on standard IT equipment has revolutionised post-production and enabled workflows we never thought possible.
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Effective archive solutions for broadcast customers
Lee Sheppard The long-standing partnership between Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, and SGL is key to the effectiveness of the content archive solutions that SGL FlashNet provides for all Grass Valley users. Today, the product integration between the two companies extends not only to the K2 SAN and K2 Summit production and transmission servers but also to the GV STRATUS media workflow application framework and production suite. This provides transparent access to the archive directly from Grass Valleys toolset.
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Broadcast Playout Over IP and in The Cloud
Don Ash Don Ash (President of PlayBox Technology) talks to KitPlus
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Media Asset Data Models in MAM Systems An Evolutionary View
Kevin Savina As I was working on a presentation I gave on the data models MAM systems are built upon, I realized that looking at the evolution of these data models was a nice way of explaining them. It only made sense to share it with a wider audience. By illustrating how media assets are tracked and catalogued within a MAM system, and how that model has changed significantly over time, I hope to provide a deeper understanding of the changing needs in our industry and how we can not only continue to address these needs, but also begin to predict and plan for new ones.
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Ask The Expert- Post Production Supervisor at BBC Studios and Post Production
John Loughman We speak to John Loughman who is Post Production Supervisor at BBC Studios and Post Production and specifically his work with Stictly come Dancing
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Post Production Companies Protection
Leighton Chenery The UK Post and VFX industry has some of the most skilled and creative talent in the World attracting work from all over the globe including many of the biggest movies from the US.
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Taking aim
Dick Hobbs. We have a lot to look forward to this year. In Europe we are likely to find huge amusement in the American presidential election which this year seems to be throwing up an unprecedented set of clowns. In midsummer we have the Olympics in Rio, which should be quite a carnival.
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New Upmixing Challenges and Strategies for Audio Post-production Today and Tomorrow
Jon Schorah Following the successful introduction of Halo Upmix, NUGEN Audios new upmixing plugin, Creative Director and Co-Founder Jon Schorah reflects on the changing landscape and increasingly complex demands of the modern audio post-production environment.
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Media acquisition and Archive Workflow
Ryan Jenkins Hello, I am Ryan Jenkins, a third year student at the University of Portsmouth and as part of my final year on the BSc Television and Broadcasting course, I am the Post Production manager for all television teams making live programmes, something we specialise in. My role has thus far seen me design a workflow that involves archiving footage from our made VTs, and then storing them for future use for cutaways and other archival reasons. Here is a little of something that I have learnt in my attempt to create a fully operable archive system - I hope it will improve how we work.
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Juggling with Broadcast Graphics
KitPlus If it were just about designing stunning looking titles, life would be simple and Adobe After Effects would probably have the market sewn up. But todays broadcasters and even AV producers have so many factors to juggle with, that anything other than a professional graphics solution is unthinkable.
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Automated Quality Control
Thomas Dove Automated quality control for file-based media has been available to broadcasters for over a decade. The Vidcheck team designed and produced the very first product in this area. We have been working on this type of software since 2003 and are probably the most experienced team anywhere in the world. Many existing users of other products have since adopted our solutions.
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BVE and London Entertainment Week
KitPlus BVE, the premier event for the UK broadcast, media and entertainment industries, is thrilled to announce its schedule for 2016, a year that proves to be the most all-encompassing show yet.
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In out in out shake it all about
Peter Savage 2 It is said that, in polite company, one should never discuss politics, religion, sex or money. Well, dear reader, assuming we are in polite company (and Im sure we are), I am going to break two of those taboos right now. But dont worry I wont be discussing my bedroom antics or evolution versus creation. Not today anyway.
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The future of TV will be more lifelike and immersive - but will it be 4K
Mark Horton Ultra high definition television (UHDTV) offers more resolution (4K), high dynamic range (HDR), high frame rate (HFR) and wide color gamut (WCG) as tools to radically enhance the consumer viewing experience but they also pose some of the biggest questions about what the future of TV will look like.
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Diversification in Broadcast - Medical Punditry
Kash Achrarya What do sports pundits and surgeons have in common with regards to broadcast technology?Both have a need to inform their audience, in the case of sports punditry, interactive graphics and annotations help the presenter to engage the viewer by showing visually how certain plays and moves were made. So you may be asking how does this relate to surgeons?
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The 4K Conundrum
Eric Achtmann 2015 has confirmed once more that 4K remains the TV industrys Holy Grail. While 4K TV screens are becoming more affordable and Netflix, Amazon Prime and even YouTube are beginning to offer some 4K content, mass adoption is still sluggish as the increases in bandwidth required for distribution make 4K business models difficult to stack-up.
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How to Deliver Live and VOD UHD Content With Minimum Bandwidth
Thierry Fautier Consumers are lighting the path toward worldwide acceptance of Ultra HD (UHD). Recent research from Eutelsat Communications revealed that consumers are willing to pay up to 10 a month to benefit from the increased sharpness, immersion and vivid color that UHD content offers. Theyre also willing to invest in new UHD TV sets priced between 1,000 and 3,000 for screens within the 50-inch range.
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Record and Stream - Surgical Procedures
Dr Sarju Ralhan Dr. Sarju Ralhan is breaking new ground at the Hero DMC Heart Institute in Ludhiana, India. An internationally acclaimed surgeon with a focus in cardiovascular, thoracic and vascular surgery, he has a keen interest in the surgical management of patients afflicted with coronary artery disease and diseases of the aorta.
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Soho shaking all over Manchester
Alan Bradbury It was a busy time for my colleagues and I here at Soho Editors last month, but quite a telling one too. The relentless thrust northward of post-production, film, TV and broadcast services in the UK, saw us - and indeed many other companies - exhibiting at the Kitplus Tour, hosted at the MediaCityUK complex at Salford Quays.
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Law Enforcement - Live, Mobile Video Surveillance
Eric Chang Law enforcement, homeland security, surveillance, emergency response and military operations may span a range of operations, but they all share a crucial need for a detailed, real-time picture of rapidly changing events from various field locations.
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Lenses cant be that complicated can they? Part 1
Graham Reed Many people who use lenses have very little understanding in the complexity or the science that goes on behind them. I do not pretend to be an expert on optics but I have spent some time in trying to understand just how complex they are.
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The Evolution of Cloud
Micky Edwards Television was originally created to be a mass communication platform. Yet, over the last few years, it is becoming increasingly hyperlocal. There are several reasons the television industry is transitioning from a broadcast to narrowcast schematic
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Dear Santa
Dick Hobbs. My Christmas list this year is very modest. I really do hope that my naughty:nice ratio has been appropriate and you will be able to get at least some of these down my chimney.
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UHD HDR HFR WCG Made for each other, or too much too soon
Bruce Devlin The majority of LCD screens rolling out of the huge factories are now 4K-ready. They have a lot of pixels, and were not going to be chopping them up with a hacksaw to make small screens in a hurry. Even cheap mobile phones have more pixels than the big TV set that hangs on the wall of the front room in my house. Given there are almost no 4K consumer services out there, do we really need High Dynamic Range (HDR), High Frame Rate (HFR) and Wide Colour Gamut (WCG)? At the risk of being opinionated, I say yes!
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4k - is it really worth it
Beth Zarkhosh 4k; the holy grail of modern digital filmmaking. Weve all heard of it, but perhaps not all of us are ready for the change. Here we look at the perceptions versus the realities of shooting in 4k.
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EXIT PLAN - Creating an indi SCI-FI for less than 3000 dollars
exitplan The director behind new indie short "Exit Plan" reveals just what it took to write, crowd fund, shoot and grade his very own proof of concept for a science fiction feature with DaVinci Resolve, a Pocket Cinema Camera, and only four crew members on set
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How to solve a problem like 4k
Peter Savage 2 A lack of standards and content is holding back sales of 4k television sets and, until that situation changes, there is very little the consumer electronics business can do about it, writes Peter Savage
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Riding the TV Marketing and Social Media Wave
Portsmouth University Television is something that has always interested me. My name is Safiya Pomell and my journey into the industry started in 2012 when I joined a specialist school on the broadcasting strand at the age of 15. Being apart of Television and Broadcasting at the University of Portsmouth has really helped me improve on my skills, from my general work ethic to knowledge and professionalism.
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Virtually there - media monitoring goes beyond hardware
Simen Frostad Being a hardware manufacturer is a great thing. It allows you to design the totality of the product and the users experience of it, to create a plug-and-play appliance that is uniquely fitted to its task. And there are plenty of tasks that are best done with the help of a piece of dedicated hardware, for many reasons.
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How to grow your business
Den Lennie There are only 3 Ways To Grow Your Business. There is a science and an art to business, but you should be aware that there are only three ways to grow a business.
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Drones in the Broadcast Industry
Leighton Chenery There is little doubt that the emerging technology of Drones within the Broadcast industry is most likely to have insurance implications. As the market continues to expand and organisations enhance their activities through the use of Drones, adequate insurance coverage will be of particular importance to protect against the more complex and high value risks
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Still looking good
Dick Hobbs. The television industry is in crisis, as we all know. Experts everywhere are telling us that consumers want content on demand, wherever they are. Online and mobile platforms will mean the end of the broadcaster and the channel as a brand.
Tags: iss107 | television industry | content | on demand | stats | figures | audience | advertiser | Dick Hobbs.
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Authoring and Monitoring for the emerging 3D immersive Broadcast Audio formats
Anthony Wilkins The world of broadcast audio is on the verge of a major revolution. Numerous 3D Immersive formats are under development and will find their way into the mainstream of broadcast production and distribution in the near future. Unlike the world of relatively constrained channel based coding as we are accustomed to (most commonly Left / Right for Stereo and Left / Centre / Right / Surround Left / Surround Right + LFE or Low Frequency Effects for surround), these new codecs will support more channels and/or object based audio coding. For the end consumer, there will be two major benefits from this new approach, a greater sense of involvement or immersion, and a degree of personalisation.
Tags: iss107 | broadcast audio | 3d immersive formats | facilities | equipment | authoring | monitoring | Anthony Wilkins
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Sorry for any disruption caused: Netflix strikes again
Peter Savage Netflix helped to change the TV landscape with its OTT subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service and its Originals. Could it be about to change things again by making programmes in-house?
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Test & Measurement: Ask the expert
Alan Wheable There are basically two different approaches to capturing the Eye Diagram from an SDI signal. These are real-time capture (employed by Real Time oscilloscopes) and signal subsampling (employed by Sampling oscilloscopes such as the Omnitek Ultra 4k Tool Box). All broadcast T&M equipment will use one of these approaches to create the Eye Diagram using a variety of proprietary techniques.
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Taming the 12Gbs beast and how to T&M it with the Qx
Phillip Adams The one thing you can say about working in the broadcast industry is that there isnt time to get bored! Hesitant, perhaps even frightened these days might be more accurate but bored, certainly not. Such is the case with the planned UHDTV roll out and the need for customers to invest in technology which will adapt as the technologies, proposals and standards evolve. For a company like PHABRIX the hiatus created by customers deciding where to place their investment money has produced a significant opportunity but also a problem: How to meet the evolving requirements of an industry with a suitably forward looking adaptable product available now!
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Microphone Placement
Beth Zarkhosh Recording vocals on your microphone sounds like an easy job, but making sure you use the correct techniques and appropriate placement is essential. Today well take a look at some of the industry standard techniques as well as some more weird wonderful recording solutions along the way.
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The beat goes on... 4k, 8k and the continual need for T&M
Adam Schadle Just a few short years ago, 4k was the future, but now that 4k televisions and other screens are becoming more widely available, the format is careening toward the present. 4k is still an emerging delivery format, to be sure. After all, there are still places in the world that have yet to transition from SD to HD. But progress marches on. Even as were in the process of adopting and perfecting 4k production equipment, methods, and content delivery, were looking toward doing the same with 8k video, with certain large-audience events and special venue applications as a starting point.
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Why you might regret automating QC workflows
Bruce Devlin In todays electronic media environment, broadcasters and content owners live and die according to the quality and versatility of their media assets. Not only do consumers expect the best quality viewing experience, but they also expect that viewing experience to be possible on the widest range of devices, at any time and in any situation.
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In media monitoring, as in medicine, a quick fix is not a cure
Simen Frostad A man is rushed to hospital with a suspected heart attack. The priorities of the medical team that treats him are clear: keep the patient alive, contain the damage to the heart as far as possible, stabilise the situation until the patient is out of danger. They work under the pressure of these immediate priorities, and with little or no information about the patients medical history to date.
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Making remote production over IP a reality
John Smith Live sports broadcasting is one of the most technically challenging tasks for any production team. Multiple signals in multiple formats need to be transmitted around the sports facility. In addition, signals need to be integrated with feeds from other locations to create a complete broadcast stream. As a result, remote production over IP has recently become a much discussed topic! The possibility of simplifying networks by consolidating all media traffic onto a common platform, and taking advantage of the increasing availability of video devices that natively support IP could solve many challenges. However, recent advances which bring together both broadcast and telcos technology means we are now seeing the transportation of established broadcast signals over IP across established internal and external networks become a reality.
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Setting out your terms of business
Den Lennie Its one thing to win a client and work, but it can be a whole different thing getting paid. Setting out a simple one-page terms of agreement can protect you. Im not qualified to give legal advice so I encourage you to seek professional advice when setting up your own terms of business. In simple terms, you just need to write down clearly and concisely what you will and wont be responsible for when youre engaged with the client project.
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AERO.soft - Bringing audio monitoring and processing into AoIP
Martin Dyster In the past, audio processing and monitoring required the purchasing of multiple, specialized hardware to support each function in the air chain. But now, thanks to the increase in the speed of Ethernet connectivity, and IT-based processing power, many of these same processes can be condensed and supported over IP. Audio in particular is making a move to the IP realm with the recent AES67 standard bringing interoperability between manufacturers. Even with this standardization, Audio over IP (AoIP) is still not being used to its maximum potential in the broadcast space.
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Missing Parts Of The Spectrum
Graham Jaggers Since the phasing out of conventional filament light bulbs and their replacement with fluorescent and LED, many manufacturers indicate the colour accuracy of their lamps with a CRI (Colour Rendering Index) number.
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TVFutures:Student pitch
Alex Watson Studying at university is so much more these days than just turn up to lectures, hand in assignments and get a degree, and at the end of my first year studying for a BSc in Television and Broadcasting at the University of Portsmouth, I had the opportunity to attain my Avid Media Composer User Certification.
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Monitoring Q & A
KitPlus Some of the industry's best answer some burning Monitoring questions
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