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Charlie Watts TV-Bay Magazine
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by Charlie Watts
Issue 103 - July 2015

RUN VT: This time last year the University of Portsmouth course team and students of BSc Television and Broadcasting were recovering from a mammoth charity fundraising 24 hour broadcast. In hindsight this event helped to convey what the course was capable of, and it created an unforgettable milestone moment.

It was also going to be a difficult event to top¦

Every year the Portsmouth Creative and Cultural Industries Faculty (CCI) stage a huge Final Year Graduate Show, and TV & Broadcasting use this event as an opportunity to build a notable broadcast around it. Perhaps understandably the students following in their predecessors footsteps were very nervous at the challenges that lay ahead, and planning began early in 2015 to review and choose the best ideas to throw weight behind.

Eventually it was decided to stage a multi-location outside broadcast on May 29th, beginning at 12 Noon, and finishing at 8pm the same day. The mission was simple - transmit via satellite (for the first time ever!) a live TV signal from HMS Warrior in Portsmouths Historic Dockyard, back to the main faculty Eldon building where two separate simultaneous OBs were already taking place what could possibly go wrong? Whilst our mission seemed simple on paper, which it would be for a broadcasting organisation, for a higher education institution, it wasnt simple at all!

So what could wrong? Well, our stress levels were a little low, so we decided to heavily advertise our first actual live MiniCaster satellite broadcast as far and wide as possible! It would either work, or a lot of people would know that wed fallen on our faces quite early on. Previous final year shows, the students were assessed on the output, and it guaranteed students would show up on the day and put in their best effort. But we changed that for this year and made it non-assessed and come along if youre interested; let the worrying begin! Add into the pot that the event would rely quite heavily on good weather, otherwise we would truly be looking at a washout. As it was, we had nothing to worry about, and all eight hours provided the experience we hoped for.

A healthy range of students from all year groups (never before had first year students been involved) committed to the event, turned up and gave it their best shot - indeed they even seemed to love every minute! Staff members provided the planning and basic foundation of the production and facilitated each OB, whilst the students made it happen. This is what they all had to say about our eight hour multi-location and multi-camera outside broadcast.

Katie Still, TVB lecturer, My task was to manage the five hours of live output from our Eldon Broadcast Hub in the foyer of our Faculty building. We had a script ready for the first item, but then it was by the seat of our pants; conducting live interviews and providing live links into VT's of student work...for FIVE hours! I was seriously relying on an excellent performance from the students that had shown up¦

Louise Lovesey, CCI Support Staff
, The end of year show for us is usually an opportunity to really challenge both ourselves and the students with the kit we own. The focus of this years show was Outside Broadcasting, and unlike our previous shows, we completely moved out of the main studio and only used the gallery to monitor the TX output and feed between the many different live inputs.

With feeds coming in from the CCI Hub studio, the Gearhouse OB lite and the miniCASTER HMS Warrior, it was imperative that the immense efforts being made were being successfully transmitted through the TriCaster in the studio at the right time. The role I took on was very important and due to the number of locations and specific timings we needed, someone had to be in charge of the command center orchestrating it all. It doesnt matter how much effort you put into a broadcast, if the signal isnt going where it should, a massive error has been made. Thankfully, all went as it should.

Alex Sermon, director/producer TVB 3rd Year, "The best part for me was how we coped on the fly. We were making decisions quickly not through haste but because we had to. We were laying out the road in front of us as we were moving 100 mph...anyone else would crumble but because we've been taught well and we've experienced these situations we came out the other side with an amazing 5 hour broadcast behind us."
Gemma Frith, presenter 2nd Year, "The final year broadcast was so much fun! For me, it was a fantastic opportunity to build my confidence and improve my skills in interviewing as we held countless interviews across the afternoon. Prior to this event, I had only ever held one interview and I was very nervous, but now I'm happy and confident that I will be able to interview guests again without a problem, all thanks to the final year broadcast."

Alex Watson, sound/camera operator 1st Year, "The day spent in the Eldon Broadcast Hub is one that I won't forget anytime soon...Working together with second and third-year students to bring our portion of the final year show to CCI TV and the Portsmouth Big Screen really helped to make our team such a pleasure to work with - everyone had different experiences and skill-sets, and rather than just sticking to our comfort zones, everyone played to their strengths whilst also not being afraid of stepping up to the plate and doing a role which they had never done before."

Alexandra Bate, production assistant 3rd Year, "I think my favourite part of the day was kind of how uncertain it was. It felt more real and we were more in control and able to change and adapt the show as we went. I felt like the whole 3 years led up to this and it was the most professional I felt whilst working on a show - I wasn't even stressed out whilst doing it, which made the day even better!"

Raechelle Jackson, producer/script writer/autocue operator 3rd Year, "It was fast-paced, it was chaotic and it was the best 5 hours of broadcasting I've partaken in. For someone whose passion lies in writing, editing the script on-the-go was exhilarating but it didn't come easy as half way through I did find myself forgetting how to type coherent sentences.

The most warming experience of the final year show for me was the support we offered each other. The day wasn't just about finding a way to broadcast 5 hours straight and linking elements together; it was about teaching and learning. The Eldon Broadcast Hub was alive with first, second and third years guiding each other and working together and this is what I will take away from that experience...the most important part was that it was fun. We became a united team and my favourite memory remains in the last 10 minutes when we all held wine glasses and raised a 'cheers' to our 5 hours of broadcasting and to each other... not only for pulling it all together but for being fun and creative as we did so. Congratulations #teameldonhub."

Oli Ing, Big Screen and HMS Warrior Producer, Im a graduate from TVB and I was employed last year to produce and manage the Big Screen Portsmouth. My job was to schedule in the 8 hour event and then produce and oversee the Live MiniCaster transmission. Charlie Watts, the course leader had trusted me to hire the transport, get the t-shirts printed, and deliver 40 minutes of broadcast content from the Worlds first steel ship. No pressure then, cheers Charlie, it was a blast!

Mike Parsons, Eldon Courtyard Outside Broadcast Producer, Gearhouse Broadcast provided unbelievable support this year in the shape of their OB Lite truck, and hands-on guidance from skilled engineers. We had full-on industry kit offering fibre optic delivery of 4 x HD cameras, whilst an EVS system was dutiable being operated by a TVB student who was compiling a highlights package to be transmitted at the end of the programme. Think kid, toyshop, happy and that was me!

Hannah Jary Eldon Courtyard Outside Broadcast EVS Operator
, Ive never used an EVS in my life, but after a few hours of great instruction from the Gearhouse engineer I felt ready to give it ago. I love EVS now and I feel Ive just added a really serious skill to my C.V!

Jake Ives Eldon Courtyard Outside Broadcast Vision Mixer/Director
, When my forehead started to sweat ice cold beads of water, I knew I was pretty nervous about what was going to happen. Some early rain had slowed up the day prep, and I only had about an hour to learn the desk, and get my head around how I wanted the 4 hours of courtyard broadcast to go. I felt sick just before things started, but then I settled down and really enjoyed it!

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  • Tiger Technology at BVE 2015

    Tiger Technology at BVE 2015

  • Guntermann and Drunck at BVE 2015

    Guntermann and Drunck at BVE 2015

  • PhotonBeard - LED Redhead - at BVE 2015

    PhotonBeard - LED Redhead - at BVE 2015

  • ERA - Adobe Anywhere - at BVE 2015

    ERA - Adobe Anywhere - at BVE 2015

  • BeyondHD - Exoskeleton - at BVE 2015

    BeyondHD - Exoskeleton - at BVE 2015

  • BeyondHD - Drones at BVE 2015

    BeyondHD - Drones at BVE 2015

  • LCA - Snapgrid lighting control - BVE 2015

    LCA - Snapgrid lighting control - BVE 2015

  • Sachtler Tripods at BVE 2015

    Sachtler Tripods at BVE 2015

  • BeyondHD - Letus Helix Gimbal System at BVE 2015

    BeyondHD - Letus Helix Gimbal System at BVE 2015

  • JVC at BVE 2015

    JVC at BVE 2015

  • EditShare at BVE 2015

    EditShare at BVE 2015

  • Grass Valley at BVE 2015

    Grass Valley at BVE 2015

  • Cavena Image Products at BVE 2015

    Cavena Image Products at BVE 2015

  • Autocue at BVE 2015

    Autocue at BVE 2015

  • NETIA at BVE 2015

    NETIA at BVE 2015

  • Movidiam at BVE 2015

    Movidiam at BVE 2015

  • AntonBauer at BVE 2015

    AntonBauer at BVE 2015

  • Rosco at BVE 2015

    Rosco at BVE 2015

  • Gearhouse Broadcast at BVE 2015

    Gearhouse Broadcast at BVE 2015

  • CameraCorps at BVE 2015

    CameraCorps at BVE 2015

  • PlayBox at BVE 2015

    PlayBox at BVE 2015

  • NUGEN Audio at BVE 2015

    NUGEN Audio at BVE 2015

  • Highlights of the November Tour 2014

    Highlights of the November Tour 2014

  • Winner of the LP54 Miller Classic

    Winner of the LP54 Miller Classic

  • Tour feedback from visitors

    Tour feedback from visitors

  • PAG talk about flying with batteries at IBC 2014

    PAG talk about flying with batteries at IBC 2014

  • Philip Blooms recommendations at IBC 2014

    Philip Blooms recommendations at IBC 2014

  • Polecam Antelope Pico at IBC 2014

    Polecam Antelope Pico at IBC 2014

  • BroadStream ARMADA at IBC 2014

    BroadStream ARMADA at IBC 2014

  • BroadStream OASYS at IBC 2014

    BroadStream OASYS at IBC 2014

  • BroadStream CURRENT at IBC 2014

    BroadStream CURRENT at IBC 2014

  • BroadStream HARBOR at IBC 2014

    BroadStream HARBOR at IBC 2014

  • Panasonic show VariCam at IBC 2014

    Panasonic show VariCam at IBC 2014

  • Thomson Broadcast at IBC 2014

    Thomson Broadcast at IBC 2014

  • Dalet at IBC 2014

    Dalet at IBC 2014

  • Glensound Dante at IBC 2014

    Glensound Dante at IBC 2014

  • Tedial at IBC 2014

    Tedial at IBC 2014

  • NOA Archive Solutions at IBC 2014

    NOA Archive Solutions at IBC 2014

  • Phabrix RX series at IBC 2014

    Phabrix RX series at IBC 2014

  • Forscene at IBC 2014

    Forscene at IBC 2014

  • RTW at IBC 2014

    RTW at IBC 2014

  • Tektronix at IBC 2014

    Tektronix at IBC 2014

  • Clear-Com LinQ at IBC 2014

    Clear-Com LinQ at IBC 2014

  • Clear-Com FreeSpeak II at IBC 2014

    Clear-Com FreeSpeak II at IBC 2014

  • Ross Video Acuity at IBC 2014

    Ross Video Acuity at IBC 2014

  • openTruck from Ross Video at IBC 2014

    openTruck from Ross Video at IBC 2014

  • WohlerGateway at IBC 2014

    WohlerGateway at IBC 2014

  • Wohler MPEG Monitoring Series at IBC 2014

    Wohler MPEG Monitoring Series at IBC 2014

  • Air Alloy Tripod System from Miller Fluid Heads at IBC 2014

    Air Alloy Tripod System from Miller Fluid Heads at IBC 2014

  • CueScript EMC prompter and control surface at IBC 2014

    CueScript EMC prompter and control surface at IBC 2014

  • Hive Lighting Wasp Plasma Par at IBC 2014

    Hive Lighting Wasp Plasma Par at IBC 2014

  • Cooke Optics technology at IBC 2014

    Cooke Optics technology at IBC 2014

  • Cooke Optics talk anamorphic at IBC 2014

    Cooke Optics talk anamorphic at IBC 2014

  • JVC GY-LS300 prototype at IBC 2014

    JVC GY-LS300 prototype at IBC 2014

  • Photon Beard Platinum Blonde at IBC 2014

    Photon Beard Platinum Blonde at IBC 2014

  • Photon Beard Photon Beam at IBC 2014

    Photon Beard Photon Beam at IBC 2014

  • MultiDyne SilverBACK at IBC 2014

    MultiDyne SilverBACK at IBC 2014

  • Dejeros products at IBC 2014

    Dejeros products at IBC 2014

  • Zylight Fresnel updates at IBC 2014

    Zylight Fresnel updates at IBC 2014

  • Pronology at IBC 2014

    Pronology at IBC 2014

  • TMD summarises their work this year at IBC 2014

    TMD summarises their work this year at IBC 2014

  • Thomson Video Networks at IBC 2014

    Thomson Video Networks at IBC 2014

  • BBright at IBC 2014

    BBright at IBC 2014

  • WORK Microwave at IBC 2014

    WORK Microwave at IBC 2014

  • EBS at IBC 2014

    EBS at IBC 2014

  • Visual Unity at IBC 2014

    Visual Unity at IBC 2014

  • Hitachi at IBC 2014

    Hitachi at IBC 2014

  • Gearhouse Broadcast OBLite at IBC 2014

    Gearhouse Broadcast OBLite at IBC 2014

  • Comigo at IBC 2014

    Comigo at IBC 2014

  • AVIWEST at IBC 2014

    AVIWEST at IBC 2014

  • Viaccess-Orca at IBC 2014

    Viaccess-Orca at IBC 2014

  • Harmonic at IBC 2014

    Harmonic at IBC 2014

  • Guntermann and Drunck DP-HR range at IBC 2014

    Guntermann and Drunck DP-HR range at IBC 2014

  • Ateme at IBC 2014

    Ateme at IBC 2014

  • SIS LIVE ManPak and LoStow at IBC 2014

    SIS LIVE ManPak and LoStow at IBC 2014

  • Cobham satellite EXPLORER products at IBC 2014

    Cobham satellite EXPLORER products at IBC 2014

  • Cobham new receiver at IBC 2014

    Cobham new receiver at IBC 2014

  • Fibrenetix with StorageDNA at IBC 2014

    Fibrenetix with StorageDNA at IBC 2014

  • Cinegy at IBC 2014

    Cinegy at IBC 2014

  • Quantel LiveTouch at IBC 2014

    Quantel LiveTouch at IBC 2014

  • Quantel deal with AFP at IBC 2014

    Quantel deal with AFP at IBC 2014

  • Front Porch Digital at IBC 2014

    Front Porch Digital at IBC 2014

  • TMD Mediaflex at IBC 2014

    TMD Mediaflex at IBC 2014

  • TMD at IBC 2014

    TMD at IBC 2014

  • Pixel Power Buzz at IBC 2014

    Pixel Power Buzz at IBC 2014

  • Matrox at IBC 2014

    Matrox at IBC 2014

  • Blackmagic MultiView at IBC 2014

    Blackmagic MultiView at IBC 2014

  • Snell Kahuna Production Switcher at IBC 2014

    Snell Kahuna Production Switcher at IBC 2014

  • Telestream Wirecast and Switch at IBC 2014

    Telestream Wirecast and Switch at IBC 2014

  • Telestream Vantage support for DPP at IBC 2014

    Telestream Vantage support for DPP at IBC 2014

  • Facilis at IBC 2014

    Facilis at IBC 2014

  • Fibrenetix with Quadrus at IBC 2014

    Fibrenetix with Quadrus at IBC 2014

  • Sonnet Technologies Thunderbolt Chassis at IBC 2014

    Sonnet Technologies Thunderbolt Chassis at IBC 2014

  • Volicon Products at IBC 2014

    Volicon Products at IBC 2014

  • Volicon at IBC 2014

    Volicon at IBC 2014

  • NewTek TalkShow at IBC 2014

    NewTek TalkShow at IBC 2014

  • Blackmagic and Fusion at IBC 2014

    Blackmagic and Fusion at IBC 2014

  • Metus at IBC 2014

    Metus at IBC 2014

  • ChyronHego Metacast at IBC 2014

    ChyronHego Metacast at IBC 2014

  • ChyronHego Lyric PRO at IBC 2014

    ChyronHego Lyric PRO at IBC 2014

  • Sonys new cameras at IBC 2014 - including the FS7

    Sonys new cameras at IBC 2014 - including the FS7

  • TNP and DSMB at BVE North 2011

    TNP and DSMB at BVE North 2011


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NEP Student Day
KitPlus The world of broadcasting is in constant flux, with undefined boundaries between broadcast, TV, film and interactive media. With a changing consumer demographic now a key influence on the industry, many companies no longer specialise in a single medium, but have had to become adaptable to deliver multiple services through a combination of media.
Tags: iss134 | students | tvfutures | NEP | KitPlus
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Keeping it remotely real
Reuben Such Everyone wants to do more with less. Always have, although it could be argued that doing more with more is something to aspire to, not many have that luxury. So let’s stick with the prevailing winds of doing more with less, and not just doing more, but doing it remotely, particularly in terms of production. Remote production, in particular, is getting a lot of attention in the field these days, but not so much in terms of the remote operation of fixed studios.
Tags: iss134 | remote control | IPE | IDS | Reuben Such
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Protecting the continuity of transmission
Lorna Garrett Your viewers love you. You consistently bring them their preferred channels 24/7. They’ve come to rely on you for their viewing pleasure. They never miss cheering on their beloved sports teams. They’re the envy of their friends as they watch live concerts of their favourite bands. They gather the family around and catch up on their must-see shows. They don’t have a bad word to say about you.
Tags: iss134 | garland | gpl | streaming | artel | disaster recovery | Lorna Garrett
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The Wireless Way to 4k
JP Delport DTC’s AEON group of products have been specifically designed for the 4K market. We encode with the more efficient HEVC algorithm, which means we are taking a 12G signal and compressing it to a bitrate that can be managed over an RF link. So what makes this a leading idea in the 4K revolution?
Tags: iss134 | wireless | 4k | transmission | JP Delport
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What content providers need to know about OTT
Hiren Hindocha As OTT (Over-The-Top) technology has gotten more mature and established robust standards over the years, the concept of OTT monitoring is gaining popularity. With customer expectations soaring, it’s vital for OTT providers to deliver superior quality content. To deliver Quality of Experience (QoE) on par with linear TV broadcast, the entire system, starting from ingest to multi-bitrate encoding to delivery to CDN must be monitored continuously.
Tags: iss134 | ott monitoring | qos | logging | compliance | dash | atsc | cloud | Hiren Hindocha
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