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The Biggest Toy Shop in the World
Emma Morrison When Nigel Woodford started his career at BBC Wood Norton in 1962, television was black and white and BBC Two had not yet been launched. In 2018 Nigel will retire, and Richmond Film Services, the pro-audio equipment rental company set up by Nigel in 1973, can count numerous contributions to iconic moments in British cultural, sporting and film history over this time.
Tags: iss133 | richmond film services | audio rental | auction | liquidity | go-dove | Emma Morrison
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Mr Cloud, as much about cashflow balance as technology
Bruce Devlin - new It was an ordinary Tuesday, the last day of February 2017. It was getting late in the day and I was online doing my monthly management accounts and was just finishing the data entry for a very long Invoice when refreshing the expenses Tab on my browser showed this delightful picture.
Tags: iss123 | cloud | mrmxf | aws | amazon web services | Bruce Devlin - new
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Scopes, a creative trilogy
Paul Issacs The purpose of color correction is to fix any problems with exposure and color, ensuring the final image looks right. Color grading is used to set the mood by adjusting the colors of the video imagery to achieve a certain look or feel.
Tags: iss119 | sound devices | video devices | scopes | monitoring | Paul Issacs
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Sound Devices: My Choice For Everything Audio
Darren Brisker Ever since I can remember, I have had a passion and curiosity for sound and sound recording. For the past thirty years, I have had the good fortune of turning that desire into a career as a production sound mixer working on incredible projects, including three of The Twilight Saga films. During my three decades in the industry, I have always prided myself on using the best equipment available, in order to capture the best sound possible. Equipment selection is critical to success, and the game was forever changed when Sound Devices entered the mix.
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A virtual world but call it cloud if you must
Jan Weigner I prefer not to use the word "cloud". It's useful for eight points in Scrabble, but in broadcasting, if we can still call it that, what you're really describing is storing data on someone else's computer or, on an industrial scale, a whole lot of someone else's computers (data centres). Cloud is just a convenient way of saying "shedload of capacity".
Tags: iss111 | cloud | virtual | vrt | amazon web sevices | scrabble | Jan Weigner
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THE EVOLVING DRONE CAPTURE MARKET
Bjorn Olin Although the use of drones to capture content for film and television productions may still seem new to some, Helifilm.com began using drones for photography way back in 2008.
Tags: iss110 | videodevices | drones | apple prores | pix-e5 | pix-e5h | sony a7s | Bjorn Olin
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UHD HDR HFR WCG Made for each other, or too much too soon
Bruce Devlin The majority of LCD screens rolling out of the huge factories are now 4K-ready. They have a lot of pixels, and were not going to be chopping them up with a hacksaw to make small screens in a hurry. Even cheap mobile phones have more pixels than the big TV set that hangs on the wall of the front room in my house. Given there are almost no 4K consumer services out there, do we really need High Dynamic Range (HDR), High Frame Rate (HFR) and Wide Colour Gamut (WCG)? At the risk of being opinionated, I say yes!
Tags: iss108 | bruces shorts | dalet | uhd | hdr | hfr | wcg | Bruce Devlin
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AERO.soft - Bringing audio monitoring and processing into AoIP
Martin Dyster In the past, audio processing and monitoring required the purchasing of multiple, specialized hardware to support each function in the air chain. But now, thanks to the increase in the speed of Ethernet connectivity, and IT-based processing power, many of these same processes can be condensed and supported over IP. Audio in particular is making a move to the IP realm with the recent AES67 standard bringing interoperability between manufacturers. Even with this standardization, Audio over IP (AoIP) is still not being used to its maximum potential in the broadcast space.
Tags: iss107 | audio processing | monitoring | hardware | solutions | processing | aeromax | upmax | aero.soft | Martin Dyster
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CLASS - FIMS: A plug-and-play solution
Bruce Devlin No two broadcasters are alike. Meaning, that just about every broadcaster in the world uses its own, customized workflow comprised of any number of proprietary tools and solutions, specially designed to work together. With so many systems with proprietary interfaces in existence, IT-based media projects require a great deal of integrations. As the industry evolves and new technology becomes available, this makes solutions very complex and costly to deploy and maintain.
Tags: iss106 | dalet academy | fims | interfaces | systems | framework for interoperable services | Bruce Devlin
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The production desk finally gets innovative
Kieron Seth# The video switcher (aka vision mixer) is at the heart of all live television, all AV and many a live webcast. But despite its core role, its remained essentially the same concept for decades, consisting of a digital video effects processing unit, matrix switcher and control panel.
Tags: iss104 | video switcher | vision mixer | live television | live webcast | digital vidoe effects | processing | matrix | control panel | Kieron Seth#
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Fiber Transport for the future
Lars Hohmann What can handle fibertransport today, centralizedrouting tomorrow,decentralized routingthe day after, and signalprocessing all the time?
Tags: iss101 | fiber transport | centralised routing | signal processing | signal | audio | Lars Hohmann
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Sky takes sports to the limit
KitPlus Sky, Europe's leading entertainment company with more than 20 million customers across five countries, is renowned for being one of the world's top sports broadcasters. From the massively popular Premier League, to a raft of other sports rights including rugby, cricket and darts, Sky provides sports fans with an unrivalled offering.
Tags: iss099 | red giant | sky | sports | sky production services | editor | suite | KitPlus
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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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Training in the video industry
Bob Butler I have read quite a lot recently abouttraining in the Video industry. Whilstit is true that as a hire company we atBroadcast Services are often surprised at thelack of knowledge about equipment, we canunderstand it to a point, due to the ever changing digitalworld.
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KitPlus Must have or just a dream? With a mobile themethese 6 stoodout this month
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Manipulate and Edit
Will Strauss# News Analysis with Will Strauss
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How I shoot those Amazing Spaces
Chris Smith

Channel 4 has just finished showing series 3 of its popular ‘Amazing Spaces’, which is all about people building unusual living spaces.

Tags: iss093 | Amazing Spaces | Channel 4 | Canon C300 | Sony PMW F-55 | Polecam | Canon 5DMklll DSLR | Chris Smith
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Advanced security solutions
David Leporini Helping pay-TV operators Keep an eye on piracy
Tags: iss091 | Viaccess-Orca | Security Solutions | piracy | David Leporini
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When the going gets tough
Will Strauss# Will Strauss looks at kit for when the going gets tough
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Dick Hobbs is Counting Pixels
Dick Hobbs. At the start of each year you hear the sound and fury as the technology correspondents of broadcasters and the popular press head off to Las Vegas for CES, the annual exhibition of the Consumer Electronics Association.
Tags: iss086 | Dick Hobbs | Las Vegas | CES | Consumer Electronics Assiosiation | 4k | pixels | Dick Hobbs.
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Why is mediocrity such a powerful force?
Thomas Urbye Mediocrity has seen millions of films, commercials and TV shows end up on the scrap heap, yet when we look at just The Top 10 IMDB Movies, we see a list of strange choices.
Tags: iss085 | imdb | top 10 movies | choices | review | article | mediocrity | Thomas Urbye
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Three big questions on OTT
Simen Frostad Every media operator wants to deliver OTT services, or is already doing so. Growth over the past 18 months has been phenomenal, and a media operation without OTT is almost inconceivable now.
Tags: iss084 | ott | services | growth | guide | ask the experts | media | Simen Frostad
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Service providers should see OTT as a revenue opportunity
Haggai Barel Todays content service providers can use over-the-top (OTT) content to enhance the viewing experience for their subscribers and generate revenue for their service offerings.
Tags: iss084 | ott | over the top | content | revenue | opportunity | guide | Viaccess | Orca | Haggai Barel
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Taking legacy content into the 4K world
Josef Marc There are 780,000 UHDTVs already manufactured and poised to hit the marketplace, and the effects of those devices (and the factories that continue to make them) are unstoppable.
Tags: iss084 | UHDTV | tvs | 4k | 5k | shipping | tablets | devices | spread | technology | Josef Marc
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Leaping over the top
Bob Lamb New solutions for efficient, integrated, and profitable OTT services.
Tags: iss084 | pilat | media | ott | video | over the top | device | devices | broadcasters | internet | stream | Bob Lamb
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Revealing the real-lives behind 999 responses
Jonathan Bolton Jonathan Bolton, head of PROCAMS Manchester operation discusses the challenges of capturing real time footage when following emergency services on call.
Tags: iss082 | procam | manchester | 999 | emergency services | documentary | filming | behind the scenes | real lives | case study | Jonathan Bolton
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True neutrality with TRUE ND
Raymond Burns ND filters are an essential addition to any filmmakers kit, particularly when attempting to get a proper exposure or a shallow depth of field when shooting outside in bright conditions or with strong sunlight.
Tags: iss082 | nd | filters | sunlight | true nd | neutral density | review | range | product | prices | bright | filmmaking | Raymond Burns
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From archival master to usable video with Mark Gray
Mark Gray With about 4 million new video channels expected to hit the market in the next five years, its going to be more important than ever to make high-quality content readily available. We ask CEO of Archimedia Technology, Mark Gray, five very important questions.
Tags: iss080 | Archimedia Technology | mark gray | usable video | archiving | process | guide | ask the experts | Mark Gray
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Preparing for the future in television and film
Kieron Seth# The Media Services team provides equipment to under- and postgraduate students and operates facilities that include TV and photographic studios, video editing rooms and media production suites. Content is created in a variety of formats using professional Panasonic and JVC camcorders, and DSLR systems. It is post produced using network-connected Apple and Adobe software suites, running on Mac hardware.
Tags: iss080 | future | television | film | media services | students | dslr | Kieron Seth#
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Summer Time is Festival Time for Peter Savage
[author] Peter Savage reflects on past innovations, and changes to come, through two great British sporting events: Wimbledon and a game of Pooh sticks.
Tags: iss079 | summer | festivals | azule finance | cvp owner | investment | funds | glastonbury | supply chain success | [author]
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The Cloud, a big hit at NAB with Bob Pank
Bob Pank# NAB 2013 will go down in history as the event where the broadcast industry took to the Cloud in a big way. Perhaps it was the number of start-ups that have been successfully operating cloud services for a year, but more likely, these moves have been in the pipeline for a while.
Tags: iss077 | bob pank | cloud | nab | review | aframe | editflow | api | panasonic AVC codec | deluxe entertainment services | mediacloud | Bob Pank#
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Creating a feature-rich subscriber-based OTT entertainment service
Helge Hoibraaten TV Everywhere has become a way of life in the Nordic market, where every major broadcaster has succeeded in taking its services over the top and into the online video space. One of those broadcasters pan-Nordic pay-TV channel provider C More Entertainment has offered Web TV services for years through its online video portal.
Tags: iss076 | feature | ott | entertainment | service | C More | web tv | services | nordic | broadcast | online video portal | Helge Hoibraaten
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OTT Market trends and evolutions with Christine Jecko
Christine Jecko Over The Top (OTT) video revenue is set to double to $15.1 billion in 2016, up from $7.8 billion in 2012. The number of connectable devices is growing rapidly; in fact, according to Idate, the installed base of connectable TV devices will more than triple by 2016.
Tags: iss076 | ott | over the top | connectable devices | christine jecko | broadcast services | globecast | Christine Jecko
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Cost effective transport of video over long distances
John Golding The transportation of live video and audio feeds over the internet has become a widely accepted technique. Each technique has its own place in the market, as there can be no one size fits all as application requirements vary considerably.
Tags: iss076 | cache media | video and audio | feeds | video | audio | live | transmission | internet | streaming | long distances | cost effective | guide to | John Golding
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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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The key to the success of OTT services
Antonin Kral Smartphones and tablets have provided a major technological breakthrough in how we operate. Look around and youre likely to see someone using their device to search for content, watch content or interact either directly or via social media applications.
Tags: iss076 | ott | services | success | guide | key | tv | interaction | Antonin Kral
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Three legs good... better, best
Kieron Seth# Why do exhibitions and open days still exist in the social media mad world? Simple: no matter which celebrity DOP endorses a particular product, theres no way to log on to assess how any camera balances on the shoulder.
Tags: iss074 | fluid sticks | payload | legs | balls | heads | feet | braces | tripod | support | rig | buying guide | Kieron Seth#
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Ask the Experts: What Workstation?
Mike Leach
Investing in a new computer workstation or high end PC for use with digital video/or and media production can be a daunting task. With so many different manufacturers to choose from, and with a practically endless list of components to select from customers can be left with literally millions of possible choices.
Tags: iss073 | workstation specialists | high end pc | ask the experts | guide | buying | processor | Xeon | graphics card | NVIDIA Maximus | top tips | 64 bit | Mike Leach
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The evolution from audio to PIX
N/A Sound Devices has built a strong reputation throughout the world as a leading manufacturer of high-quality audio field recorders and mixers renowned for rugged reliability, operational flexibility and pristine audio quality. While our users are quite familiar with our folks in sales, marketing and technical support areas, they may not be aware of the experience and talent behind our design, engineering, testing and production teams, who played an enormous part in our expansion into video. This article provides a behind-the-scenes look at how we listened to our clients needs and transformed Sound Devices into an important equipment provider for both field-production audio products and high-performance, portable external video recorders, through the development of PIX.
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3D audio - a dimension worth adding
Will Strauss# Will Strauss looks at three technical innovations that could one day add even more realism to a TV or film soundscape
Tags: iss065 | doby atmos | Ambisonics | Transaural processing | binaural sound | roland CS-10EM | Will Strauss#
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Casual specs
N/A If you are a regular reader of this column, you probably know by now that I am a lover of technology that is useful, or at least very attractive. On the other hand I am quite scornful of stuff that engineers come up with because they can, without ever having an idea of what it is for.
Tags: iss063 | ces | 3d glasses | toshiba | william brinkman | N/A
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RECESSION LOOMS: DOES THAT MEAN DOOM AND GLOOM?
N/A Peter Savage argues that if you think creatively, there are opportunities out there to help your business survive the recession.
Tags: iss062 | finance | recession | N/A
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Raven from True Lens reviewed
N/A Review of.......Matte Box, designed for broadcast lenses; particularly for new super wide lenses with two independently rotating filter trays.
Tags: iss062 | matte box | hj11 | review | raven review | tls | true lens services | N/A
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Ten Top Tips For OB Operators Fuel Economy
N/A As fuel prices around the world hit a record high, every driver is looking for ways to squeeze as many miles as possible from every precious gallon or litre. If you are a broadcaster with a fleet of Outside Broadcast vehicles, how do you stop fuel overheads from rocketing and eating in to your hard earned profits?
Tags: iss060 | outside broadcast | ob truck | fuel prices | broadcast networks | bcnet | N/A
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3D is moving fast
N/A Helicopter Film Services (HFS) have been a specialist in aerial filming for 20 years, but recently, they have successfully added another element to their diverse services: Aerial 3D
Tags: iss060 | hfc | aerial 3d | helicopter film services | 3d rig | N/A
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TV Bay Questions
N/A I'm the guy that has the brilliant job of doing everything from lining up and visually matching shots to creatively stylising and achieving the Directors look for the film, promo, commercial or documentary.
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What are the most important opportunities and challenges facing the TV industry today
N/A TV-Bay ask the expert column with Richard Gianattasio, broadcast market solutions manager, Avid
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Watching Television
N/A The pictures on this page give you a small insight into my life. The first is a picture of the television in my living room. At the time of taking the picture I was watching the English cricket team losing in high definition.
Tags: iss050 | cricket | television | ces | technicolor | N/A
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3D in 2011
Bob Pank# Another year and its time for a fresh look at the S3D market. Each year the CES Show that occupies the Las Vegas Convention Center with, in 2011, an unexpectedly high number of attendees (140,000) keen to see whats new.
Tags: iss050 | 3d diaries | ces | nab | ibc | Bob Pank#
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Bridging the divide between production and post production
N/A Digital cameras have brought some wonderful benefits to the filming community, 3D included, but unfortunately it has also highlighted a number of potential workflow issues that need to be addressed by Productions today.
Tags: Pure Digital Services | iss049 | digital cameras | dit | 3d | pds | N/A
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