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Grading BBC Sounds
Simone Grattarola

The BBC has launched its new personalised music, radio and podcast app with a campaign that follows one listener’s journey from meeting Kylie Minogue in a lift to Idris Elba on a bus. 

BBC Sounds offers a single home for the BBC’s thousands of hours of audio content, including live and on-demand shows and special music mixes curated by artists.

BBC Creative, the broadcaster’s in-house creative division, took the brief to agency Riff Raff Films and Megaforce directing duo of Charles Brisgand and Raphaël Rodriguez who in turn brought on board regular collaborators Time Based Arts.

Tags: iss135 | bbc | grading | bbc sounds | davinici | resolve | blackmagic | editing | Simone Grattarola
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Cellular Network Congestion at the Royal Wedding
Rob Waters As with all major events, planning for the Royal Wedding and surveying potential broadcast locations and securing reliable connectivity for video over IP workflows was top of mind for Canada’s Global TV. For major live broadcasts, in particular, when the entire world is watching, an extremely high degree of confidence is crucial because the live feeds need to be transmitted without fail.
Tags: iss132 | dejero | wedding | global television | canada | bandwidth | cellular | cellsat | satellite | stremaing | broadcast | ob | Rob Waters
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Strays - Telling a dark tale
Aaron Dunleavy Independent filmmaker, Aaron Dunleavy, has used the backdrop of his hometown, Blackburn, to create a new short film as part of Channel 4 and Arts Council Englands Random Acts programme. The initiative - delivered by Tyneside Cinema (Newcastle), HOME (Manchester), and True North Productions (Leeds) - commissions bold, innovative expressions of creativity from young creative talent, and was a new and welcome challenge for Dunleavys third short film.
Tags: iss127 | strays | blackmagic design | vfx | ursa mini | grade | grading | Aaron Dunleavy
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What happened to audio networking
Brad Price It may seem hard to believe, but audio networking has now been with us for over 20 years. In 1996, Peak Audio released CobraNet, the first system that used computer networking of some sort to transport audio.
Tags: iss125 | audinate | networking | audio | dsp | Brad Price
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DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel from Blackmagic Design - Reviewed
Rebecca Goodeve - new Blackmagic's new, more affordable control surface for professionals is probably the most perfect panel I've ever used......
Tags: iss123 | blackmagic design | minipanel | davinci | grading | Rebecca Goodeve - new
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Smarter Branding
James Gilbert The past decade of multi-channel digital broadcasting has created a paradox. The addition of OTT, VoD and other online services only serves to add to it.
Tags: iss121 | branding | graphics | pixel power | James Gilbert
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Grading Quantum Break
Juan Ignacio Developed by Remedy Entertainment, published by Microsoft Studios and produced by Lifeboat Productions, the sci-fi game Quantum Break is an interactive and integrated live-action TV show that features actual characters chosen by the players game choices.
Tags: iss121 | grading | quantum vbreak | remedy entertainment | vfx | mistika | Juan Ignacio
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5 top tips to getting the grade you want
Tom Russell Generally speaking, a grade session can be broken down into two distinct parts - managing the people involved and managing the grade itself. As colourists, we know that unless both of these criteria are satisfied, it is likely that the client will walk away from the project unhappy and not return to us with the next job.
Tags: iss121 | grading | top tips | Tom Russell
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Sully - Grading a miracle
Maxine Gervais We all know the story. On 15 January 2009 an Airbus A320 took off from LaGuardia airport in New York, heading for Charlotte. Just a couple of minutes later the plane flew through a flock of Canada geese and blew out both engines. Knowing the risk of crashing into heavily populated areas, Captain Chesley Sullenberger - Sully - aimed for the only long flat surface he could see: the Hudson River.
Tags: iss121 | sully | grading | filmlight | Maxine Gervais
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Posting Rovers on DaVinci Resolve
Matt Brown Managing director at Core Post Matt Brown reveals how he used DaVinci Resolve's 3D tracker, key lighting, and color tools to complete the final grade for new Sky 1 football comedy drama series, "Rovers."
Tags: iss116 | blackmagic | davinci | resolve | rovers | grading | Matt Brown
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Grading Temple - Making the future look vintage
Simon Allard Cineground's Simon Allard and Nguyen Anh Nguyen reveal how they used Kowa lenses and an atypical approach to grading to give their new sci-fi cyberpunk thriller, "Temple" a unique vintage look.
Tags: iss111 | blackmagic | grading | temple | resolve | davinci | Simon Allard
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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
Tags: blackmagic | exitplan | grading | davinci | resolve | pocket cinema camera | iss108 | exitplan
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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.
Tags: iss107 | playback and analysis | digital media monitoring | data recording | archive server | engineers | medicine | technology | Simen Frostad
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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.
Tags: iss107 | recording | audio | microphone | subcardioid | shotgun | vocals | pickup patterns | Beth Zarkhosh
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Digital and analog in harmony at Pama Studios
KitPlus Pama Studios in south east Sweden is a leading example of a facility that fully embraces the power, flexibility and ease of use of digital technology, while also harnessing analog technology to bring something different to its recordings. Founded in 1988 by managing director Magnus Maxe Axelsson, Pama is a long-time Avid customer; it has used Avid Pro Tools from the Avid Artist Suite for nearly 25 years for recording and mixing, and recently installed a Pro Tools | S6 console in its refurbished Studio 3.
Tags: iss105 | pama studios | analog | digital | studio | technology | recording | avid | KitPlus
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Picking the right prompter
Jon Hilton# There is so much choice available today for prompting devices. From phones and tablets to full Broadcast Studios systems and with non-word prompting techniques like Interrotrons becoming popular choosing the best prompting system for your productions needs some serious consideration.
Tags: iss104 | prompter | production | tablet | pc | reading matrix | talent monitors | jibs | cranes | Jon Hilton#
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The business case for media asset management
Kevin Usher You could argue that, so far, there have been two stages of commercial justification for asset management systems in broadcasting. First, it was a necessary evil: if broadcasters, production companies and other media organizations wanted to store content as filesat least some of the timethey needed a means of finding it again. Once broadcasters had a comprehensive index to all of their content, and could find clips and programs again quickly, there existed the potential to earn new revenues from them, ushering in the second stage. Video and audio recordings are among the principal business assets of broadcasters and production companies, and making the best use of those assets, by re-using them whenever possible, is simply good commercial sense.
Tags: iss103 | media asset management | systems | broadcast | video | audio | recording | Kevin Usher
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On-camera monitors for today and tomorrow
Paul Issacs Image quality is a central concern for users of any video product, so monitoring should be one of the foremost considerations for cinematographers and videographers. Along similar lines, the ability of consumer televisions and a range of personal devices to display increasingly better imagery has led to higher expectations of quality.
Tags: iss102 | monitoring | image quality | cinematographers | recording | Paul Issacs
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Post Production gear guide - what new products to watch out for in 2015
Beth Zarkhosh With 2015 now upon us what better way to start by being in the know with all the latest gear for video editing? We all know the editing process can be a stressful one, so having the right equipment and being organised will help you to become more productive this year.
Tags: iss097 | post production | guide | 8k | ultra hd | monitor | thunderbolt | d2 | standing desk | backlit editing keyboard | panasonic | hxa500 | Beth Zarkhosh
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The Power of the Rebrand
[author] Peter Savage talks about the pros and cons of rebranding
Tags: iss093 | Azule | rebranding | [author]
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Manage and Monitor
Will Strauss# News analysis from Will Strauss
Tags: iss093 | news production | Broadstream | Quantel | MOG Technologies | media management | Digital Nirvana | transcoding | Telestream | storage | Disk Archive | test and management | Phabrix | conversion | Cobalt Digital | workflow | Sony | facility management | Xytech | audio | monitoring | quantum Leap Technology | MAM Cambridge Imaging | Suitcase TV | quality control | Venera | Archimedia | Will Strauss#
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Back to Basics with Media Transformation
Craig Newbury Understanding transcoding and its successor: media transformation
Tags: iss090 | Wohler | RaidiandGrid | transcoding | media transformation | Craig Newbury
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Made with love
Simon Marett# The choice of music is a crucial component to the overall feel of many TV programmes - as important as the grade, the edit, even the script - yet it is often an area where budgets can be scrimped or squeezed
Tags: iss089 | Audio Network | composition | recording | feedback and refinement | coding | mastering and final checks | album registration | final release | music | Simon Marett#
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Will Strauss looks at post production in 2014
Will Strauss# With ever-faster Internet speeds and the introduction of remote editing and grading software, doing post-production need not necessarily include a trip into Soho, writes Will Strauss.
Tags: iss085 | will strauss | review | editing | remote | grading | software | internet | storage | cloud | work from home | post production | guide | Will Strauss#
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Review: DaVinci Resolve 10
Toby Tomkins Colour grading for me is about the final sculpting of the image, in terms of colour, tone, texture and composition.
Tags: iss085 | davinci resolve 10 | blackmagic | design | colour grading | review | how to | Toby Tomkins
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The circle of life with Dick Hobbs
Dick Hobbs. Being a simple soul, I am endlessly fascinated by ideas which are the great new thing one day, rubbished the next, and resurface the day after as the next great thing.
Tags: iss084 | circle of life | ideas | new | dock 10 | mediacity | manchester | tour | explained | viewing | recording | shows | behind the scenes | dick hobbs | Dick Hobbs.
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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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To have and to hold... with Polecam!
KitPlus The meaning of "Darwinism" has changed over time, and varies depending on its context.
Tags: iss084 | polecam | steffan hewitt | National Asian Wedding Show | vip studios | testemonial | KitPlus
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Embracing the 4K future with next generation encoding technologies
Ludovic Pertuisel# Still in development, HEVC has already been demonstrated to offer a bit-rate reduction of up to 50 percent over H.264. For true visionaries, the new standard is paving the way to 8K UHD in resolutions up to 8192x4320.
Tags: iss083 | HEVC | technology | 3D | 4K | future | encoding | IPTV | OTT | article | Ludovic Pertuisel#
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Riding on the back of communication
KitPlus The Concours Hippique International Officiel (CHIO) in Aachen is the most prestigious riding tournament in Europe. This year, a communications system based on OMNEO network technology was used there for the first time.
Tags: iss083 | OMNEO | network | technology | CHIO | Concours Hippique International Officiel | broadcast | riding | tournament | rts | article | KitPlus
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Why broadcasters need to be aware of the advent of HEVC
Kanaan Jemili High-Efficiency Video Coding, or H.265, has been the talk of the industry since gaining international standards approval earlier this year.
Tags: iss082 | HEVC | High-Efficiency Video Coding | H.265 | international standards approval | broadcasting | Kanaan Jemili
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Cellular bonding now and going forward
Ronen Artman 2013 has seen the possibilities of LiveUs cellular bonding technology recognised more widely than ever before. LiveU backpacks and other portable devices have been a frequent sight in every major news, entertainment and sporting event.
Tags: iss081 | liveu | cellular bonding | backpack | news | eng | going forward | Ronen Artman
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Feeding a world hungry for instant news and entertainment
Lorna Garrett The news never sleeps. With a third of the year still left, 2013 has already seen a host of events that have captured the worlds attention. From the anticipation of a royal baby to the devastation of hurricanes, tornados and bombings, from encounters on the sports fields to clashes on the battlefields, whatever is happening, the world expects to see it as it plays out.
Tags: iss081 | live news | broadcast | feeding | world | ready | delivery | media | anticipation | feeding the beast | Lorna Garrett
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Ask the experts: Content readiness in time-deferred workflows
Sudeep Bose When focusing on the actual content itself, rather than the service, network or other components, the key is the readiness of content to be used. For instance, a piece of media must be syntactically correct in order to ensure that it causes no downstream issues in the workflow and that it will play and decode properly.
Tags: iss079 | content readiness | file based | workflow | time deferred | digital content | tektronix | quality | Sudeep Bose
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Capturing awesome audio
[author] If you look at the industry as a whole, the rapid evolution of camera technology is drifting away from audio, despite the importance of compatibility between the two. Meaning its becoming harder to plug straight into camera.
Tags: iss077 | procam | audio | broadcast industry | DWX | sony | radios | made in chelsea | sound recording | [author]
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Cameras, conversations and conversions at Camera Diner with Teranex
Paul Genge Every Thursday evening, around 500 viewers tune in online to Camera Diners live show getting a unique look at the latest in film and still camera technology, as well as exclusive interviews with some of the imaging worlds biggest names. The whole thing is streamed live from a basic set-up in Oxford, England.
Tags: iss076 | camera diner | teranex | ATEM 1 M/E Production Switcher | conversion | streaming | live | Blackmagic Design | 2D processor | Paul Genge
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Jon Pratchett reviews the Matrox VS4 Capture Card
Jon Pratchett This card features quad HD-SDI inputs on the back and is designed to work seamlessly with Wirecast. Installation is simple, slot it into your machine, load the drivers and off you go.
Tags: iss076 | matrox | vs4 capture card | hd-sdi inputs | iso recording | telestream | pc | Jon Pratchett
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Leading-edge cellular bonding technologies smooth the way for global news teams
Bogdan Frusina On February 11, Catholics all over the world were stunned when Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation an event that is unprecedented in modern history. In response, global news organizations went into scramble mode to secure budget and deploy resources to cover one of the highest-profile breaking news stories of 2013.
Tags: iss076 | catholic | pope | resignation | live broadcast | streaming | vatican | dejero | cellular bonding | global news | coverage | Bogdan Frusina
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A very useful tool: Atomos Samurai reviewed
Stephen J. Brand International cameraman Stephen J. Brands work takes him to some far-flung places. Stephen recently spent 6 weeks in the Middle East filming a wildlife commercial for Qatar TV using a Sony EX3 and an Atomos Samurai, which he describes as a very useful little tool. Here, he tells us exactly why.
Tags: iss075 | atomos | samurai | review | cameraman | recording | backup | Stephen J. Brand
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Is it time to review your colour grading toolset?
Mark Brindle

One important step for all budget levels of post-production is the colour correction or grading tools you use to match the colour of different shots in your edit, to give a consistent look and feel. How much time you can spend on grading will depend on your budget, but if you can perform more tasks in less time with better and cheaper tools, then perhaps you should be looking at your workflow?

Tags: iss073 | davinci resolve | colour grading | toolset | 9.0 | apple color | Mark Brindle
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Plan Bs Playing with Fire Gets the DaVinci Resolve Treatment
Dan Moran

London-born rapper, singer-songwriter, actor and film director Plan B first hit the hip hop scene with his critically acclaimed debut album Who Needs Actions When You Got Words in 2006. Since then Plan B has released a further two albums, made on-screen film appearances and picked up scores of industry accolades including Best Male Solo Artist at the 2011 BRIT Awards. Smoke & Mirrors colourist Dan Moran, graded the music video on Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve, working with Plan B and his producers to meet tight deadlines and achieving key looks for ‘Playing with Fire’.

Tags: iss073 | plan b | playing with fire | color grade | colour grade | davinci resolve | fire | editing | LOG grading toolset | Dan Moran
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Beaten by branding
N/A I should say right at the start that I very much like Pixel Powers James Gilbert. He is charming company, an excellent engineer and a good judge of wine. Yet, for all these admirable qualities, I hold him personally responsible for one of the greatest evils of modern society.
Tags: iss067 | pixel power | branding | james gilbert | squeezeback | advertising | miranda | michel proulx | N/A
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TV-BAY questions Jason R Moffat
N/A Who are you (about yourself and who you work for)? Im a film colourist living in London, I mainly work on independent fiction features, shorts and commercials from my Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve based studio, where I do most of my work.
Tags: iss064 | blackmagic | phone swap | colourist | davinci resolve | grading | N/A
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Crowd funding
N/A Peter Savage marvels at the power of the Internet to bring low cost documentary films to market and, inevitably, has an idea for one of his own
Tags: iss064 | finance | azule | crowd funding | N/A
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Closed Captioning Comes to IP and Mobile TV
N/A As mobile or IP-based TV becomes increasingly popular with viewers, so will the demand for closed captioning for the deaf or hard of hearing. Lawmakers are already flexing their muscles regarding this issue, with the U.S. federal government enacting regulations making it mandatory for broadcasters to supply closed captioning for IP and mobile programming. It will not be long before European legislators devise similar regulations. Broadcasters who arent prepared when these regulations become law may find themselves facing fines and other penalties. To avoid this, it helps to understand the basics of implementing closed captioning for mobile and IP-based television.
Tags: iss064 | ip | mobile tv | iptv | transcoding | closed captioning | N/A
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Grading across the Atlantic
N/A In the last five years, color correction has made leaps and bounds in terms of the way we grade, the performance capabilities of grading systems and even the locations where we grade. Only a few years ago, color correction suites were isolated rooms that were nearly impossible to connect to other offices or artists. But the color world has changed and geography no longer has to separate color artists from their clients.
Tags: iss061 | blackmagic design | grading | smoke and mirrors | mark wildig | davinci | N/A
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Monitoring in the file-based environment
N/A One of the major challenges facing broadcasters and content producers today is quality control. In the traditional model QC was performed by skilled viewers in real time, watching the content on a good monitor alongside a waveform monitor and audio meters to ensure the technical parameters were optimised.
Tags: tmd | iss059 | transcoding | monitoring | qc | N/A
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Colourist and Online Editor
N/A We interview Michael Stirling, Colourist & Online Editor, at East London Post
Tags: grading | adobe | sony vegas | final cut | fcp | blackmagic | davinci | iss057 | N/A
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The Space Race
Bob Pank# You would have thought that the Royal Wedding, with its forecast record global viewing, would be available in 3D. Reports in the Guardian newspaper say that Sky 3D was keen to provide a complete 3D service, and indeed they did have cameras to shoot the outside scenes but access inside the Abby was denied.
Tags: iss054 | 3d diaries | royal wedding | wimbledon | tennis | 3d | alfacam | can communicate | Bob Pank#
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Always expect the unexpected
N/A Peter Savage cautions against complacency particularly as none of us knows what will happen now the Royal Wedding is over and before the Olympic Games provide new business opportunities
Tags: iss053 | royal wedding | olympics | azule | finance | business | N/A
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