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The ITTP - A Review
Graham Reed Five years ago a group of practitioners who were concerned about the poor training provision and a lack of common skills standards in the broadcast industry formed the ITTP. Since then there have been many meetings with senior industry figures and representatives from training organisations and educational establishments.
Tags: iss127 | ittp | training | bbc | bskyb | soho editors | skills | cirrolite | bksts | skillset | Graham Reed
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The Benefits of LED Lighting in Broadcast
Rod Aaron Gammons The humble LED studio light has come a long way since its introduction. In the early days adoption was low, while scepticism that the quality and functionality of LEDs could rival traditional tungsten lighting was high. There has been a period of adjustment, challenges (particularly around light quality and manufacturing) overcome and the broadcast, media and entertainment industry has gradually grown more accepting of the technology and its benefits.
Tags: iss122 | rotolight | led lighting | celbro studio | bbc | mtv | trt | anova pro | Rod Aaron Gammons
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Health and Safety gone mad
Dick Hobbs. The first true broadcast television service started 80 years ago, on 2 November, 1936. Its home, famously, was Alexandra Palace, a vast and really rather run-down building on top of Muswell Hill in north London. Originally opened in 1873, and re-opened in 1875 after a catastrophic fire, it was built primarily as an entertainment venue. Indeed, it was built as "a palace of the people", a usage of that expression a century or more before most of us associate it.
Tags: iss120 | ally pally | bbc | alexandra palace | dick hobbs | Dick Hobbs.
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80 years of broadcast and how far we have come
Neil Maycock The BBC delivered its first continual public broadcast 80 years ago, that included coverage of the BBC Television Orchestra and famous musical comedy star Adle Dixon. This was a world first heralding the beginning of continuous broadcasting in the UK and kicking off the broadcast industry's constant search for new ways to improve the accessibility and quality of television content.
Tags: iss120 | sam | snell | bbc | Neil Maycock
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IBC with the BBC
Jon Page IBC is an exciting opportunity for us in BBC R&D to share with the world the work we've been doing on a range of technologies. Those attending the conference will be able see much of the work we are doing on new forms of content and workflows and get an understanding of the object based principles for broadcasting which we are working towards, enabled by Internet Protocol (IP).
Tags: iss117 | bbc | ibc | ip | Jon Page
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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
Tags: iss109 | BBC SPP | strictly come dancing | avid | symphony | workflow | John Loughman
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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.
Tags: iss107 | university of portsmouth | avid media composer | bbc | itv | work experience | placement | student | Alex Watson
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Hold up the weather
Dick Hobbs. Its no go my honey love, its no go my poppet. Work your hands from day to day, the winds will blow the profit. The glass is falling hour by hour, the glass will fall for ever, But if you break the bloody glass, you wont hold up the weather.
Tags: iss105 | weather forecast | met office | bbc | television | Dick Hobbs.
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Chasing ratings
Dick Hobbs. As everyone is no doubt aware, the BBCs core structures are being investigated at the moment as part of the renewal of its charter. The political bodies set up to do this are made up largely of anti-BBC people, so we are in for interesting times.
Tags: iss104 | bbc | programme | producer | audience | ratings | market research | dick hobbs | Dick Hobbs.
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An end-to-end solution
Kevin Shaw BBC Studios and Post Production (BBC S&PP), a commercial subsidiary of the BBC, provides an end-to-end solution for what we refer to as post-post-production. Our services include preservation of media in our Front Porch DIVArchive and an end to end service that includes digitization of film and tape, quality control, technical review, compliance editing, restoration and remastering, transcoding (including viewing copies and proxies), file delivery, and hosting.
Tags: iss102 | bbc | s&pp | post production | Front porch DIVarchive | Kevin Shaw
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Cautionary notes from GTC Member number 001
Dick Hibberd Recently I was invited to be on the panel of judges charged with selecting the winners of the 2014 'Bill Vinten GTC University Awards'. This was just the second year of this excellent scheme and, if the submissions from universities increase annually pro rata, then we will soon have a major logistics problem in simply viewing and judging all the entrants - but that will be a great problem to have.
Tags: iss101 | gtc | camera man | bbc | studio | golden age | history | equipment | skill | Dick Hibberd
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Is it my eyes, is it in focus?
Graham Reed Is it me or as I get older, and my eyes not as good as they were, are viewfinders getting smaller and less sharp?
Tags: iss100 | ittp | in focus | camera | viewfinder | bbc tv | Graham Reed
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Sealife - Shooting 4k
Kieron Seth# Since the days of Jacques Cousteau and his Undersea World, marine habitats have fascinated television audiences. From 1972 to 1975 the French explorer and filmmaker brought his excitement and passion for sea life to our screens and have inspired documentary makers since.
Tags: iss098 | sealife | shooting 4k | underwater | camera | lens | bbc world travel | Kieron Seth#
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Education meets industry...
Bernard Newnham Heatherden Hall - the most famous country house you've never heard of. Famous because it has appeared in large numbers of British films from Goldfinger to Carry on Camping. Why? Because it's the original building at the UK's premier film studio - Pinewood. A fitting place, then, to hold a conference on media industry training.
Tags: iss098 | ittp | heatherden hall | pinewood studios | conference | bbc | itv | sky | industry | standards | Bernard Newnham
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Archiving as a service at BBC Studios and Post Production
Kevin Shaw BBC Studios and Post Production (BBC S&PP) is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC that competes for work from both the BBC and the market at large. In the Digital Media Services (DMS) department, we provide an end-to-end solution for what we refer to as "post-post production." Our services include digitization of film and tape, quality control, technical review, compliance editing, restoration and remastering, transcoding (including viewing copies and proxies), file delivery, and hosting.
Tags: iss097 | kevin shaw | post production | bbc studios | digital media services | archive | Kevin Shaw
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Wild about Hovercam
N/A At the beginning of 2008, Hovercam were contacted by the BBC to work on a new series of programmes focusing on garden makeovers. The working title at the time for this project was Wild SOS to be headed up by Nick Knowles. As the project moved on the name soon changed to Wild about your garden.
Tags: hovercam | helicopter | wild about your garden | bbc | nick knowles | N/A
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Keeping it real
Will Strauss# Will Strauss keeps it real in a virtual reality world
Tags: iss092 | Sky | BBC | Virtual Reality | Will Strauss#
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Vision for the future of TV
KitPlus BBC R&D's vision for the future of TV
Tags: iss092 | BBC | R&D | KitPlus
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Does lack of training produce inaudible sound
John Barlow

A personal view from John Barlow once Head of BBC Television Film Services

Tags: iss089 | ITTP | BBC | Television Training | John Barlow
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Taming the Thames for Boat Race coverage
Presteigne Charter

Each April teams representing the two oldest universities in England, Oxford and Cambridge, meet on the Thames for one of the toughest challenges in rowing

Tags: iss089 | boat race | oxford | cambridge | thames | BBC Sport | Presteigne Charter
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Dick Hobbs reaches for the remote
Dick Hobbs. Dick talks about the BBC's remote production and coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics
Tags: iss087 | BBC | BBC Sport | Sochi | Winter Olympics | Trolley | Remote Production | Dick Hobbs.
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The Digital Production Partnership
Simon Pegg The Digital Production Partnership (DPP) was founded in January 2011 by the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4, with representation from Sky, Channel 5, S4/C, UKTV, and BT Sport, to help speed the transition to fully digital production and distribution in television. As part of its work, the group has established common delivery standards based on the AS-11 file format and the UKDPP shim intended to maximize the ease and efficiency of an all digital workflow by providing a tightly constrained medium for file-based content delivery.
Tags: iss086 | Wohler Technologies | The Digital Production Partnership | BBC | ITV | Channel 4 | Sky | Channel 5 | S4/C | UKTV | BT | Moitoring | Test measurement | RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform | Simon Pegg
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In the Flesh: On set with the BBC
Dale McCready Director of Photography, Dale McCready recently lit the second series of BBCs award nominated Zombie drama In the flesh with the Rotolight ANOVA Bi Colour V2 LED flood light.
Tags: iss086 | Dale McCready | Rotologht | BBC | In the Flesh | Zombies | Rotolight ANOVA Bi Colour V2 LED flood light | Dale McCready
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Estuary TV interview: Local TV launches in the UK
KitPlus The first of a new wave of local TV stations started broadcasting recently with Estuary TV launching from its base in Grimsby.
Tags: iss084 | grimsby | estuary tv | interview | launch | bbc | local tv | launches | spreading | grant | KitPlus
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Peter Savage asks: Is the 1980s vision still relevant today?
[author] In the late 1980s, the whole of the broadcast world changed for what, I believe, was the better. The BBC introduced Producer Choice, which meant that commissioners of programmes were for the first time allowed to look outside the BBC to make programmes.
Tags: iss082 | azule finance | tv-bay | acquisition | 1980s | bbc | producer choice | vision | relevant | article | [author]
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Changing the art of Chroma Key
Rod Aaron Gammons ReflecMedia a revolutionary ChromaKey technology, pioneered with the BBC, which provides a cost-effective, portable ChromaKey kit for broadcasters, videographers and photographers in the studio and on location.
Tags: iss077 | chroma key | rotolight | art | phillip bloom | reflecmedia | bbc | broadcasters | green screen | blue screen | appleworld distribution | Rod Aaron Gammons
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Dick Hobbs remembers the BBC Television Centre
[author] I am writing this column the day after the last news programme was transmitted from BBC Television Centre, and by the time you read it the place will be more or less moribund. Which is sad.
Tags: iss076 | bbc television centre | back of a napkin | origins | story | legacy | looking back | closure | closing | moving | [author]
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Sony cameras and Canon EF Lenses being used to great effect
Mike Tapa With the immanent introduction of the F5 and F55 from Sony, perhaps we should take look back on the fantastic work done by its predecessor the PMW-F3 in the past year.
Tags: iss074 | mike tapa | F5 | F55 | sony | lenses | canon ef | PL mount | FZ mount | privates | bbc1 | kangaroo dundee bbc2 | paul otter | andrew graham brown | Mike Tapa
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Strictly successful
N/A It has been hard not to spend most of my time thinking about the BBC recently. While it may be the very epitome of the public service broadcasting ethos, it is bizarre to watch one BBC programme unleash invective on another BBC programme, lashing people who probably buy each other coffee on a daily basis. How did John Humphreys feel going to work that Saturday morning, knowing that he was going to have to give the toughest of his tough interviews to a hapless bloke who was nonetheless his boss.
Tags: iss072 | bbc | strictly come dancing | newsnight | evs | N/A
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Gold all round
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In my ramblings in the January edition of TV-Bay, I offered some predictions for the year, which included the following:
“Television coverage of the Olympics and Paralympics will be extraordinary, capturing all the skill and dedication, elation and heartbreak of the world’s finest athletes. But somewhere in 29 days of intensive, multi-channel broadcasting there will be one tiny error, and that will be all that the popular press focuses on.”
I cannot speak for the Paralympics as I am writing this before they open, but I can say that I was more or less wrong in my prediction for the Olympics. Because there was virtually no criticism of the television coverage, certainly in Britain.
Tags: iss069 | dick hobbs | olympics | bbc | opening ceromony | N/A
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Revolutionary Rotolight Anova Shoot at BBC Studios
N/A BBC Studios: White City The Worlds Most Advanced LED Floodlight the Rotolight Anova(www.rotolight.com) was recently the light of choice for a shoot at the home of British Television, with Philip Nash, Multi-Award Winning Photographer and Videographer(www.nash.net) shooting both Video and stills with one of the worlds leading models.
Tags: iss069 | rotolight | annova | bbc studios | N/A
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Who wouldnt consider a career in Live sports?
N/A There are many diverse things in this industry which give me a buzz but I think that live sports coverage is probably pretty near the top of the pile. With a 17yr old son considering his career options I thought it time to introduce him to the world of live sports and SIS LIVE were kind enough to give us a quick tour behind the scenes on the second Monday of this years Wimbledon.
Tags: iss068 | sislive | wimbledon | oscar | bbc | N/A
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An Olympian Effort
Will Strauss# With London 2012 upon us, Will Strauss looks back at how the Olympics became synonymous with broadcasting innovation and details some of the key technological landmarks from the introduction of colour TV to this years Super Hi-Vision trials.
Tags: iss068 | olympics | bbc | hitler | berlin | london 2012 | Will Strauss#
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STAYING AHEAD OF THE BBCS QUALITY CURVE
N/A As director and filmmaker for Poor Kids and Poor Kids USA, I faced some specific technical challenges. Both films were commissioned by the BBC, which only accepts high-definition footage shot in data rates of 50 mb/s or higher. Since we would be going into the childrens houses and other low-light situations, we wanted a small camera........
Tags: iss064 | fast forward video | ffv | sidekick | true vision tv | bbc | final cut pro | fcp | prores | N/A
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ARE QUALIFICATIONS RECOGNISED?
N/A In a recent survey of 1,000 employers in various industries about whether job applicants possess the skills to thrive in the work place, more then half of employers said finding qualified applicants was difficult.
Tags: iss062 | lighting | training | bbc | channel 4 | talkback thames | shine | N/A
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Modular Studio Design for the BBC New Broadcasting House Project
N/A In an uncertain World with constantly changing demands and technical formats it is very difficult to plan and build a large facility that will be absolutely fit for purpose when it is finished. This was especially true of the BBC when it considered the needs of New Broadcasting House.
Tags: iss061 | acoustic | munro acoustics | bbc new broadcasting house | N/A
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Innovation, harmonisation, simplification
N/A You could reasonably argue that innovation, harmonisation and simplification is a good motto for designers of any product to bear in mind. It is certainly true for mission critical monitoring, and it is what TSL has tried to do with its range of rack-mounted professional digital audio monitors.
Tags: iss059 | tsl | salford quays | bbc sport | avm-tmix | touchmix | N/A
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Thanks for the memory
N/A If I need to impress on someone just how old I really am, I explain that my first computer had 32kB of Ram. Then we go through the you mean 32 meg no, I mean 32 k routine. It does seem implausible that, while I managed to write letters on my BBC Model B, today I need half a million times the memory to bash out columns for TV Bay.
Tags: first computer | iss054 | bbc model b | domesday project | iabm | data storage | N/A
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BBC Academy
N/A Todays broadcast industry depends on a mobile workforce of skilled professionals. And in the YouTube age where anyone can upload a film, what distinguishes the professional from the amateur? In short - great training!
Tags: iss050 | bbc academy | journalism | production | editorial | N/A
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Nucoda Film Master builds tension on Mistresses
N/A Fans of popular UK television drama Mistresses saw the third series air on BBC One and BBC HD in August. Shot in Bristol on RED, the four x 60 minute drama was edited and graded at Bristol-based post production facility Films@59, who also supplied the camera kit. Produced by Ecosse Films, Mistresses delves into the tangled lives of four female friends and their relationships.
Tags: digital vision | nucoda | mistrisses | red | bbc 1 | bbc hd | films@59 | tiffen | grading | iss044 | dop | film master | N/A
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Game, Set and Media Management
N/A A week into Wimbledon and my chances of getting there this year seemed to be dwindling fast. A late call on Friday afternoon though from Timeline TV rekindled my hopes of not only seeing a bit of tennis but getting an exclusive tour around the Wimbledon Broadcast Centre.
Tags: iss043 | wimbledon broadcast centre | timeline tv | evs xt2 | ipd | xt 2 server | metadata | logger | arri | bbc interactive | ip director | img | nearline storage | N/A
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Getting rid of the horn
N/A I have to start this column with a statement that may, to some readers, be profoundly shocking.
Tags: world cup | dick hobbs | column | vuvuzela | bbc | iss043 | N/A
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Supporting the RED
N/A James Cullen was working as a studio cameraman for the BBC when he was asked by television quiz show favourite CJ de Mooi to shoot a promo for him. The brief was to showcase CJs enthusiasm for the Porsche 911 Carrera, and Cullen knew that the production standards had to match the engineering excellence of the car.
Tags: bbc | red | red camera | iss034 | N/A
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Mixing with the wildlife on Big Cat Live
N/A A crew of 73 travelled out from the UK for 6 days of BBCs Big Cat Live programmes from Kenya early in October 08. Most of us were flown in on single engine cessnas which took us from Nairobi across the great Rift valley & down towards Tanzania. From the moment we touched down on the rough dirt & asphalt landing strip in the middle of the Masai Mara we knew it was going to be a totally different experience to any other programme we had worked on.
Tags: big cat live | iss026 | vision mixer | masai mara | nairobi | bbc | N/A
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Dont Drink from the Mainstream.
N/A Alternative news organisation, Undercurrents does like a challenge. Born out of frustration in 1993 at the mainstream medias lack of drive in reporting environmental issues, my colleagues and I searched for other outlets............
Tags: undercurrents | bushcraft | bbc2 | channel4 | visionon tv | iss019 | N/A
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A hidden beauty
N/A The lifestyle of the Wildlife cameraman (and woman) youd have thought, and I was hoping, was all exotic locations and beautiful scenery. Except for me the reality was a murky, water filled quarry during a very cold winter and early spring of 2006- 07.
Tags: pike | camerman | wildlife cameraman | stoney cove | iss018 | a1e | dvcam | bbc natural history unit | adobe premier | hdv | N/A
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A Cinematographers Companion, through hell and high water!
N/A Miller Camera Support has never been more thoroughly tested than by Australian Cinematographer Wade Fairley, through Antarctic winters and summers, floods in Tuvalu, swamps in the Solomon Islands and the outback deserts of Australia
Tags: Wade Fairley | BBC Natural History Unit | tripod | fluid head | jib | iss014 | N/A
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