The BroadcastShow Tour: a visitors view


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by Derek Halls
Issue 86 - February 2014
It's that time of year again and BroadcastShow-the tour registration is now open and I shall certainly be attending.

In October last year my Production Assistant and I went to the London event held within the grounds of Pinewood Studios and wow, what a great time we had. Not only was there a great mix of products and suppliers with a wealth of appropriate knowledge and experience but the venue ¦ so famous and just great ¦ with free flowing tea and coffee as well.

The main purpose of our visit was to catch up with long-term business acquaintances Colin Sanders and Keith Truslove from True Lens Services of Barwell, Leicestershire. Some years ago we started buying from their wide range of matte boxes and accessories. As we are a small video production company it is essential that our equipment budget is spent wisely and, when it comes to grip and the like, True Lens Services help us achieve what we need at a price that is right. With their engineering know-how Keith and Colin accurately visualise what we need even when we're not sure!

After purchasing a 15mm bars-attaching lens support bracket we did the rounds of the other exhibitors. Sadly we missed the sessions with the world-renowned film maker Philip Bloom as the blithering M25 had made us too late to attend ¦ shall I scream again?

Great success was had, however, when we chatted at some length with representatives from Gearhouse Broadcast, PAG, Holdan, G-Technology, Atomos and H Preston. A number of other exhibitors were there but, as their particular services are beyond our current need, we didn't take up their valuable time. Plenty of others did though and they all looked suitably engaged by what they were being shown.
The event was well visited by all manner of attendees; small outfits like ours through to those with much grander needs but at no point were we made to feel unimportant. Sure, as a small independent production company we aim high whilst knowing our spend isn't vast but who knows what is around the corner and what services we may need as the year unfolds ¦ and that is how we felt treated on the day.

Once the business was done, new information gleaned and products of interest handled we went for a breath of late afternoon air outside. Here we were spoiled again by Gearhouse Broadcast. The patio area was home for the day to a couple of the Hitachi range of cameras fitted with Canon box lenses feeding a small but well appointed OB van. Hands-on one could see close-up details of the magnificent Heatherden Hall where the exhibition was winding down.

To be truthful, the venue within Pinewood Studios was reason enough to attend, add to that the chance to see, nearby, new product shown at IBC and the opportunity to meet new and old colleagues ¦ how could we not attend!

See you at BroadcastShow - the tour 2014 perhaps?


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Gary Rosen Communications today is a critical issueno matter if you are producing broadcast television, doing a live festival or rock concert outdoors, setting up a musical on the West End, or producing a local school play. Over the last few years, the proliferation of cell phones and other wireless devices has made it clear that most people prefer to communicate untethered.
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The importance of storage
Jonathan Smith In recent years, viewing habits have shifted dramatically; online video is becoming the preferred option for the younger generation. But its not just millennials who are cutting the cord with broadcasters and traditional platforms increasing numbers of people from all age groups are abandoning cable and instead enjoying TV online. In response to this growing trend, platforms such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer are rushing to invest in fresh digital content, in a bid to satisfy their ever-increasing audiences.
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Multi-camera fly-away for live music production
Aaron Dunleavy A specialist in multi-camera concert films and music documentaries, Toward Infinity began working with Trickbox TV around 18 months ago. Run by Producer, Director and Editor Tim Sidwell and Producer and DP Jeremy Mason, Toward Infinity is a creative collaboration that works with top flight venues including: Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Arena, the O2 Arena, Shepherd's Bush Empire and the London Forum, with artists in all genres.
Tags: iss127 | trickbox | multicamera | flyaway | Aaron Dunleavy
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State of the Nation - part 2
Dick Hobbs - new This is, of course, the IBC issue of this splendid magazine. Much of the rest of its pages are filled with what you will see there, or (in some cases) what vendors and their marketing communications agencies want you to see there.
Tags: iss127 | ibc | 5g | dejero | liveu | Dick Hobbs - new
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Plan to be smart at IBC
Peter Savage 2 While chatting with a good friend last week, he told me he was full of foreboding about the coming IBC. It needs no introduction: this conference/exhibition is the largest gathering of broadcast professionals in Europe, and the second largest in the world, and everyone in our world knows about it. Ill give you some statistics later but, for now, lets look at why my friend was dreading it.
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Supporting creativity and driving better workflows
Rod Aaron Gammons For decades videographers and filmmakers have been pushing the boundaries when it comes to creativity all with the aim of delivering a visually spectacular and engaging experience to viewers. For the most part they rely on artistic vision and innate skill, but over the last few years technology has been playing more of a role in enabling that creativity, like cameras, sound and lighting.
Tags: iss127 | rotolight | led lighting | aeos | Rod Aaron Gammons
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Power linking just got better
Yasushi Wada Sometimes batteries can be interesting and this year with IDX is one of those years with not only improvements in the V-Lock range there are significant changes within the 7.2volt area. Firstly and for the very first time in Europe the updated Power Link battery system the IPL range will be shown on the IDX stand at IBC
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Top Tips on becoming an IBC Jedi
Aaron Dunleavy IBC is upon us once more. The doors of the RAI will open for the European electronic media and entertainment industry to scrum together to gather inspiration, keep abreast of developments in tech, and generally take the temperature of the industry. 
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Lighting - the stuff you do not see
Tama Berkeljon Lighting is the stuff you don't see that makes a difference in what you do see. How the audience feels about a character and whether the scene is scary, tense or upbeat are communicated by the quality and placement of light. Lighting can take the drama to a whole new level - think about film noir with all those shadows on the wall.
Tags: iss126 | outsight | ghost in the shell | led lighting | Tama Berkeljon
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Implementing an IP workflow
John Smith -new The eventual move to incorporate IP into your infrastructures is an inevitability. However, with justified concerns about interoperability and uncertainty about which vendors are best placed to help organisations achieve their IP media networking and content delivery goals, is it any wonder there is hesitation about moving forward? Broadcasters very wisely, don't want the pain without the gain!
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Facebook Workplace - why it might just work
Jake Ward At the Facebook F8 Developer Conference last April, Facebook's Workplace, a collaborative platform for organisations, announced enhanced live video functionality. Being able to stream live into Workplace will fundamentally change the way companies communicate, from broadcasting weekly meetings and webinars to live streaming Q&As. The possibilities really are endless.
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Ad servers and switching solutions
Peter Blanchford Hardware-based ad servers and switching solutions have been around for a long time and, broadly speaking, do the job just fine.
Tags: iss126 | starfish technologies | ad server | ts splicer | ts switch | gop | Peter Blanchford
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IP Based Remote Production
Ed Calverley Over the last few years Suitcase TV has been getting involved in remote production at the software layer, and I want to talk about some of the ways we have been getting involved in remote production, including a specific trial that we did last year with BBC Sport for the Euro 2016 tournament in Paris.
Tags: iss126 | remote production | IP | jt-nm | smpte 2110 | suitcase | Ed Calverley
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Integrated and automating marketing campaign production
James Gilbert ITV, as an integrated producer broadcaster, creates, owns and distributes high-quality content on multiple platforms. It operates the largest commercial family of channels in the UK and delivers its content through traditional television broadcasting as well as on demand via the ITV Hub. ITV has the largest share of the UK television advertising market and its family of channels attracted a total share of viewing of 21.4% in 2016, the largest audience of any UK commercial broadcaster. ITV's main channel is the largest commercial channel in the UK, delivering 99% of all commercial audiences over five million.
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Mobile internet connectivity in the field
Bill Nardi Mobile Internet connectivity is critical to the success of remote news crews. Whether they're doing a reporting assignment for news, sports, or live events, they need a strong and reliable Internet connection. To have an edge over their competition and get content to air faster, crews need to be able to work just as if they were in the studio, but from the field.
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