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Will Strauss# TV-Bay Magazine
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Issue 93 - September 2014

Company mergers can be no fun. Staff panic about ‘efficiencies’ and therefore their jobs. The press speculates about ‘what really happened?’ And there are always lawyers involved. And no one likes that.

When DiGiCo revealed that it would merge with fellow audio console manufacturers Calrec and Allen & Heath, following a buy-out by Electra Partners, which now owns a majority stake in all three, there was no such furore. Well, not publically at least.

DiGiCo managing director James Gordon will become chief executive of the thus-far unnamed group, while the current chairman of Allen & Heath and Calrec, Malcolm Miller, takes on the role of chairman.

For now it is simply “business as usual” we are told and “imperative that each company maintains its own independence and style”. But Gordon is said to have “bold plans for the group” around sharing technology and resources across the group and allowing some interconnectivity across the product lines. It will certainly be an impressive R&D set-up if all three work together.

And that’s the key: work together. Hopefully this merger signals the beginning of a new era of interoperability between the brands. But like most mergers, the success of this marriage may have nothing to do with technological. The nuts and bolts can be made to work in harmony. But can the cultures of the companies? Like any change, big or small, people are likely to be the ones most affected.

Post Production

Quantel’s Genetic Engineering 2 (GE2) will make its European debut at IBC (7.A20). GE2 is Quantel’s shared storage solution for post that delivers improved flexibility, performance and productivity for the Pablo Rio colour and finishing system users. GE2 was used for 4k coverage of the 2014 football World Cup, producing 4K 60p highlights packages for Sony and FIFA. World Cup demos will be available on the stand.

www.quantel.com

Forbidden Technologies has integrated its cloud video platform Forscene with Timecode Systems Limited’s Timecode Buddy via the MovieSlateiOS application. Timecode Buddy system allows users to generate, sync, and share accurate timecodes and metadata wirelessly over RF or Wi-Fi networks. The integration brings the three technologies together to allow people to insert metadata notes and media into a logging and editing system. 

www.forbidden.co.uk

Post Production (cont)

Keyboard and recording equipment specialist Editors Keys has launched a portable a Bluetooth speaker called Xplorer. Made from aluminium and containing two 5W speakers that offering a 10W output, the Xplorer is said to be “fantastic for those with iPhones or iPads who want to experience a better sound.” The Xplorer is fully compatible with the majority of Bluetooth devices on the market, including LG and Samsung smartphones. PC, laptop, television or MP3 player connections are possible using an AUX input on the back of the speaker.

www.editorskeys.com

The Look has bought three DaVinci Resolve digital intermediate (DI) suites for a new remote grading service that it is offering to production companies and agencies that have their own post capabilities. Working from their own premises, an in-house post team can cut a project, conform it and then work with grading talent from The Look to grade it remotely, before handling all of the fi nal deliverables. Project settings are stored in both locations allowing the client to make changes to an edit without needing The Look to reapply a grade.

www.blackmagicdesign.com/uk/ products/davinciresolve

Dublin’s Windmill Lane has overhauled its colour grading department, upgrading its entire FilmLight infrastructure. The facility has replaced its existing FilmLight hardware and now has two Baselight TWO grading systems running on generation 5 hardware, with the latest software release. “With the new Baselight systems we can tackle any codec or camera format without workarounds,” said Dave Hughes, Windmill Lane head of grading and DI.”

www.filmlight.ltd.uk

Forbidden Technologies and Take 1 Transcription have formed a partnership that brings transcription capabilities to the cloud-based editing and logging platform Forscene, allowing users to access Take 1’s service directly from the Forscene interface. The integration eliminates the need to prepare and transport large fi les or other media manually for transcription, and could also help to create thorough transcripts that can accelerate the post-production process.

www.forscene.co.uk

Music

Audio Network will present its strategy to put music at the heart of a streamlined production workfl ow at IBC (7.H09). The production music company will showcase how it is partnering with technology companies to simplify the music insertion and video editing process.

www.audionetwork.com

Broadcast furniture

MW Video Systems will be demonstrating their range of latest products at IBC (2.A32)

An example of their custom designed desk will be available, demonstrated in the Nextel anti-refl ective fi nish, but also now offering a wide range of laminate fi nishes to coordinate with room dcor or company branding. MW Video custom desks are designed for MCRs and PCRs, lighting, ingest, newsroom, editing and post production facilities.

www.mw-video.com

Audio

At IBC (8.C58) Calrec will showcase its new Summa audio console. The Summa console is designed for broadcast professionals who need a straightforward solution for producing creative and engrossing broadcast audio, but not all of the resources offered by Calrec’s Apollo and Artemis consoles. Designed to ensure intuitive operation in live broadcast applications, Summa simplifi es complex workfl ow tasks, such as creating mix-minus feeds, with a highly intuitive GUI suitable for a broad range of operator levels.

calrec.com

DiGiCo is to be merged with Calrec and Allen & Heath following a buy-out by private equity fund manager Electra Partners, which now owns a majority stake in all three. DiGiCo’s James Gordon, who will become group chief executive, said: “The combined R&D teams are about to enter a new world of possibilities and we intend to take full advantage of their resources, passion, and experience. It’s an amazing opportunity for us, and just maybe the whole British Pro Audio industry.”

www.digico.biz

Junger Audio will unleash the Codec Edition of its D*AP8 Digital Audio Processor at IBC (10.A49). The device is said to be “the only combination of broadcast audio codec and processor on the market that can carry out realtime metadata emulation.” The D*AP8 Codec Edition features a built-in Dolby Metadata generator and Dolby decoder that allows users to decode Dolby-E, Dolby-D (AC-3) and Dolby Digital plus (E-AC-3).

www.jungeraudio.com

Audio Post

Prism Sound is giving European debuts to two new audio interfaces at IBC (8.E34). Titan and Atlas are multi-channel devices that offer analogue and digital I/O for Mac or Windows PC at sample rates of up to 192kHz via a USB interface. Both units also feature the new MDIO interface expansion slot that can be used, for example, to add a direct connection to an Avid Pro Tools HDX system. Titan has four microphone inputs, while Atlas has eight, and both are designed for multi-track recording, making use of Prism Sound’s CleverClox clocking technology.

www.prismsound.com

London-based system integrator Wire Broadcast has completed the technical installation of three Avid S6 consoles at VFX and post facility Smoke & Mirrors. The control surfaces, supplied by HHB/Scrub and fi tted in AKA Design furniture, form the centre piece of a newly-established three studio, two voice-over booth complex in Soho.

www.wirebroadcast.co.uk

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What are the challenges of AoIP
Craig Newbury At the setup of a recent Outside Broadcast (OB), I was privy to an attempt to pass a signal across two independent Audio over IP (AoIP) enabled trucks. In an SDI world, this bridge would have been as simple as coupling two BNC cables together, but here the engineers quipped about the additional and sometimes challenging processes of connecting one truck's IP router to the other's. What range, what subnet, what protocol? And so, I was introduced first-hand to some of the practicalities of transitioning from SDI to AoIP within a live production environment.
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Consumer of the shelf technology is coming
Bruce Devlin I had the privilege last week of sitting in a strategy session of the Digital Production Partnership where we were concerned with predicting the future. As Niels Bohr once famously said, "Predictions are really hard - especially when predicting the future". One of the attendees made a comment about camera technology and I instantly thought about the latest greatest and most expensive High Dynamic Range, Wide Colour Gamut, Low Noise, High Sensitivity wonder-device that are being talked about at the technological bleeding edge of the industry.
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Dick Hobbs is counting heads
Dick Hobbs. Now I am absolutely not going to get into politics in this column. But as I wrote last month, I am a bit concerned about truth and honesty. As I am sure we all are.
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Polecam user review
Phil Vinter When it comes to filming from above, drones have dominated in recent years. But restrictions on where and when they can be used means there is still a demand for traditional style jibs.
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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.
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How to illuminate a better shot
Chuck Edwards LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology built for the general lighting market is designed to meet very different criteria than the critical lighting requirements for image capture. While LEDs may be a suitable lighting option for some photography and videography, critical applications, such as feature film, production requires users to understand the limitations, capabilities and advantages of the many types of LED technologies and fixtures available on the market today.
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The Future of Bournemouth Air Festival
Georgia Tolley For the past two years I have had the opportunity to present live at the Bournemouth Air Festival (BAF), which, as a Television & Broadcasting student from the University of Portsmouth, was a fantastic way to see first-hand how an outside broadcast works...whilst getting paid!
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The Transistion in Audio Monitoring
Shane Toven As signal chains have become increasingly complex, the challenges involved in managing and monitoring these paths have multiplied exponentially. Over the past few decades, we've migrated from handling a single channel of content using composite video and analog audio pairs, to elaborate multi-channel facilities routing HD video with embedded audio over SDI or in many cases discrete AES pairs. These audio signals are often a mix of 5.1 and stereo programs and in many cases encoded to or decoded from Dolby at some point in the chain.
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Not all power is created equal
Jose Flores Battery companies are quickly coming to realize that as new technologies continue to emerge, power solutions cannot be a one-size-fits-all commodity. There is no single battery for every situation, but instead a myriad of choices to accommodate even the most complex requirements. Below are five common videographer or photographer scenarios with the corresponding power option that will best fit the situations' needs
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A transformation in aquisition technology
Malcolm Harland KitPlus spoke with Malcolm Harland of Garland Partners to find out how the requirements and capabilities of acquisition technologies have changed since the early 2000s and what the state of play now is.
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The now and how of LED Lighting
Tama Berkeljon LED lighting has come a long way from the days when companies like Outsight were ridiculed by major manufacturers at trade shows because, the manufacturers asserted, technology couldn't be entrusted with the requirements of our industry.
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Libec HFMP out of the box review
KitPlus Just before we all broke up for Christmas we took delivery of a new 'thing' at KitPlus HQ. Our first reaction was surprise and a little curious as to how it was going to make itself useful. What's the point?
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Dick finds the truth out there
Dick Hobbs. The Oxford English Dictionary has determined that its word of the year for 2016 was "post-truth". We'll skip over the fact that it is, clearly, two words.
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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.
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Outside the fixed curriculum
Emma Benson If you're wondering whether or not to do some extracurricular work outside of your timetabled course, the answer should always be yes. The more you further your experience and skills the brighter your future will look
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The secret to global Gogglebox success
Chris Cooper People all over the world love watching other people watch TV. What many of us thought was a ridiculous notion when Gogglebox first aired in the UK in 2013, has since become a worldwide phenomenon. 'Gogglebox is held up by the global industry and broadcast community as an example of excellence in audience engagement and production innovation, and is being produced in local versions around the world.
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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.
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6 Misapprehensions of MAM
Julian Wright Implementing a media management system is considered to be a risky business. The perceived complexity, upheaval and perception of failure can be so daunting that the risk may seem to outweigh the reward. But, like so many business technologies, MAM have been transformed in recent years and it's time to debunk some common MAM myths.
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