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A Bluffer Guide to....CMOS
Mike Colyer I like to break my employers' cameras. For me, there is nothing more exciting than considering a daring location to install a micro camera system. It could be in a trackside breaking board at a motorsport event (culminating in slightly-too-extreme close up of, say, a Porsche bumper) - or a system installed a tad too high up a tree in a jungle (where a direct lightning strike can push the system somewhat over its 12 volt max). Thanks to modern CMOS camera design, however, not only can this be done safely (unless you are a camera) - but it can be done cheaply, often with impressive results.
Tags: iss125 | cmos | bluffers guide | ccd | Mike Colyer
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Outsourcing for maximum efficiency
Den Lennie We filmmakers are very adept at wearing many hats. Producer, director, editor, cameraman, sound... it's the nature of boutique production. It can mean that you can make more money by doing more of the jobs yourself, but equally it can thin your resources out a little finely.
Tags: iss100 | outsourcing | filmmaker | guide | jobs | task | broadcast | industry | Den Lennie
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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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Modern movie finishing
Alexa Maza Written and directed by Neill Blomkamp, Elysium is a new science fiction movie starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster.
Tags: iss085 | finishing | grade | vfx | output | hollywood | guide | how | Elysium | Neill Blomkamp | filmlight | imax | baselight | Alexa Maza
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Ask the experts: What is MAM?
Rino Petricola Media asset management: what exactly is it?
Tags: iss085 | media asset management | front porch digital | guide | article | mam | Rino Petricola
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Archive eXchange format (AXF) explained
S. Merrill Weiss The proprietary nature of archive storage long has made it challenging for content producers and owners to exchange archive files and media between systems.
Tags: iss085 | merrill weiss | axf | archive eXchange format | guide | explained | article | S. Merrill Weiss
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The impact on media workflows for multi site and cloud operations
Peter Gallen Many broadcasters are considering multi-site operating or even using the cloud to make their content more widely available.
Tags: iss085 | tedial | mam | cloud | workflow | media | impact | operations | files | media | storage | guide | Peter Gallen
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Near-live production with Softrons multicam logger
Alastair Owen A software tool that dramatically streamlines the process of putting a multi-camera edit together.
Tags: iss085 | softron | multicam | logger | shows | software | tool | streamline | production | multi | camera | edit | system | logging | clips | guide | review | Alastair Owen
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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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OTT: Back to basics
Lorna Garrett Going over the top opens up boundless opportunities. Just make sure you work with someone who can help you over the potential pitfalls.
Tags: iss084 | garland partners limited | ott | back to basics | guide | over the top | potential | Lorna Garrett
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Get the lowdown on HEVC compression
Keith Wymbs The high-efficiency video coding (HEVC/H.265) compression codec, which was standardized earlier this year, brings broadcasters and other content distributors multiple opportunities.
Tags: iss084 | HEVC | h265 | compression | codec | standardised | broadcast | opportunities | guide | Keith Wymbs
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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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Driving customer loyalty with OTT
Jakub Kabourek The multi-screen revolution is being driven by the consumer and is developing quickly. It offers huge potential and a bright future for operators adopting OTT across multiple devices.
Tags: iss084 | multi screen | over the top | OTT | potential | guide | television | operators | Jakub Kabourek
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Ooh ahh.. just a little DIT with Will Strauss
Will Strauss# When it comes to a file-based shoot, having a DIT on the crew is invaluable. Here, Will Strauss looks at their technology options.
Tags: iss084 | DIT | file based | crew | technology | options | guide | color | colour | 4k london | coach house studios | Will Strauss#
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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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BroadcastShow Tour - a visitors view
Connor Pearce Suitably set on the backdrop of Britains birthplace for iconic television, the last leg of the BroadcastShow Tour saw Philip Bloom host a day of seminars at Pinewood Studios.
Tags: iss083 | broadcastshow | tour | pinewood studios | seminar | philip bloom | exhibitors | equipment | visitors | view | guide | summary | Connor Pearce
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Will Strauss looks at automatic QC for the people
Will Strauss# The imminent move to file-based programme delivery offers up several advantages over tape - not least the ability to automate some broadcast quality control processes. Will Strauss outlines some auto QC options.
Tags: iss083 | automatic qc | programme delivery | options | qc | automatic | tape | broadcast control | broadcast | guide | delivery | content | Will Strauss#
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Remote control and monitoring
Alan Wheable You might wonder what remote control has to do with test and measurement. And you might be pleasantly surprised when you find out.
Tags: iss083 | remote control | phabrix | monitoring | test and measurement | equipment | explained | guide | Alan Wheable
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Ask the experts with Shotoku
James Eddershaw Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products including manual and robotic pedestals as well as virtual reality camera tracking systems.
Tags: iss082 | shotoku | james eddershaw | ask the experts | broadcast | systems | camera support | explained | range | guide | tracking | camera | virtual reality | robotic | pedestals | James Eddershaw
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Could you be powerless on arrival?
Steve Emmett How to avoid problems when flying with Li-Ion batteries.
Tags: iss082 | pag | batteries | li-ion | battery | power | flying | plane | hold | hand luggage | regulations | guide | problems | Steve Emmett
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Bob Pank looks at shooting 4K TV
Bob Pank# Not unexpectedly IBC was full of buzz and products for 4K the new image format for television.
Tags: iss082 | 4K | TV | IBC | HDTV | 1920 | 1080 | guide | explained | article | 2004 | format | television | Bob Pank#
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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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Making an advert with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera
Brandon Kahn When Mothers Basement came to us with an advert to put on UK cinema screens, I knew my trusty, but basic, XF 305 wasnt going to cut it. Sure, most ads you see in cinema are projected in regular HD and are often shot no higher than 1080, but I felt we needed some extra size.
Tags: iss080 | blackmagic cinema camera | advert | shooting | hire | review | hands on | use | guide | Brandon Kahn
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Ask the experts with TMD looking at LTFS
Tony Taylor LTFS stands for Linear Tape File System. It is a file system for data archives, developed by IBM but published as an open standard and now widely adopted by all the leading vendors of large-scale data archiving.
Tags: iss080 | ltfs | guide | tape | backup | archive system | tmd | data archives | ibm | Tony Taylor
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Why test and measurement is for real life, not just for engineers
Will Strauss# Thanks to its long-standing association with virtually incomprehensible acronyms, dark machine rooms and (lets face it) engineers with unruly beards, the subject of Test and Measurement (T&M) always gets a bit of bum rap.
Tags: iss079 | test and measurement | monitors | guide | review | leader lv5220 | tvlogic vfm-056w | swit s1070f | hd sdi | waveform | portable | hamlet | ikan | tektronix | marshall | Will Strauss#
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Monitoring Image and Signal Degradation
Mike Hodson OmniTeks latest waveform analysis software focussed on assessing the degradation in video and audio quality and timing suffered by images as they are transmitted or stored. What approach has OmniTek taken to measuring these effects?
Tags: iss079 | omnitek | monitoring image and signal degradation | signal | quality | how to | guide | mike hodson | founder and president | metrics | delay | lip sync | Mike Hodson
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Helping prevent photosensitive epilepsy
Mark Hodgetts Photosensitivity is sensitivity to flickering or intermittent light stimulation and visual patterns. It is a condition which affects approximately one in four thousand people. A number of young people have this sensitivity but have not yet had a seizure and therefore have not been diagnosed with the condition.
Tags: iss079 | photosensitivity | photosensitive epilepsy | prevention | guide | Mark Hodgetts
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Following the Ravensbourne 3: What a past few months!
Ruth Matos Here I am, at the end of my course BA Hons Production. For this final term I had to submit several projects including a portfolio showing a wide range of skills that I have developed and learnt.
Tags: iss079 | student | ravensbourne | guide | life | diary | projects | filming | course | Ruth Matos
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Demystifying the black art of digital audio
Alan Wheable At the pure analogue end of the audio world (which these days is very narrow with much of the audio content being captured digitally) it is quite straight forward to check that an audio channel is present, that it sounds right and has the right levels. Likewise if the audio channel has hum or a buzz on it is relatively easy to identify the problem and fix it.
Tags: iss079 | phabrix | dolby | formats | common media distribution | guide | sound | 5.1 | digital plus | Alan Wheable
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A guide to DTV transport stream monitoring
Ralph Bachofen Delivering a high quality of service (QoS) is critical in the broadcast world, as it greatly impacts viewer satisfaction and a broadcasters revenue streams. However, the television environment is becoming increasingly more complex, as stations transition to digital and add next-generation OTT or hybrid TV services that require maintaining compliance with industry standards.
Tags: iss079 | stream monitoring | quality of service | tutorial | guide | advice | audio loudness management | intelligent filtering | Ralph Bachofen
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Does size matter? with Polecam
KitPlus Polecam, although generic for a camera on a stick is a UK based Systems Company which prides itself with more than 15 years of direct experience in the Film and TV Industry. Polecam with its global sales is synonymous with the Design & Manufacture of its super lightweight, cost effective carbon fibre, highly portable, modular camera crane platform.
Tags: iss078 | polecam | remote locations | review | explained | steffan | john gillan | cameras | guide | KitPlus
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Generic vs. name brand: Portable power solutions
Martyn Sly-Jex Customers should consider the battery design and construction, its capacity and longevity. While generic batteries are usually significantly cheaper than name-brand ones, they often lack features and technology that will help your production run safely and reliably.
Tags: iss078 | portable power solutions | anton bauer | batteries | power | guide | review | IMPAC | Quad 2702 | LED | vmount | charging | care | Martyn Sly-Jex
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The Teradek Bolt reviewed
Jon Boast The end of last year saw Teradek step up the game even more in the HD wireless monitoring world, with its announcement of The Bolt, a wireless HD-SDI monitoring system. The first thing that struck many on its launch was the size of both the transmitter and the receiver.
Tags: iss078 | teradek | bolt | transmitter | review | use | location | guide | sdi monitoring | 3g output | cube | wific | zero latency | price | Jon Boast
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Do you have firmware deficiency syndrome?
KitPlus For 5 days in June 2013 we did a survey on Facebook and our own website and asked how often camera users had gone online to check for firmware updates.
Tags: iss078 | firmware | updates | camera | survey | guide | links | blackmagic cinema camera | gopro hero 3 | panasonic af101 | sony pmw200 | jvc hm650 | canon xf305 | arri alexa | KitPlus
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Continuous power in the field
Raymond Burns When on location whether in the depths of a jungle with reduced access to power or in a city centre with limited charging opportunities then good consideration to your kit bag is needed to remove those power hungry devices that could leave you running short for the final big shot of the day!
Tags: iss078 | atomos | power | field | continuous power | field recorders | connect converter | d-tap | ac | guide | powering | dc | battery | Raymond Burns
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The evolution of camera connectivity and the HPX600
Kieron Seth# Tape in, tape out. Cable in, video out. Card in, card out. Simpler times: productions orchestrated by an army of runners, tape ops and engineers, with transmission to TV, ingest via a VTR and a room dedicated to storing media.
Tags: iss078 | richard payne | holdan | memory cards | guide | review | connectivity | file transfer | live feed | HPX600 | Kieron Seth#
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How to choose the right broadcast microphone
Ralph Dunlop Traditionally the most popular microphone used in broadcast and film sound recording was the Boom mounted mic. The problem with older boom microphones was getting the mic close enough to the artist without it appearing in shot or casting a shadow over the performer.
Tags: iss077 | boom mic | broadcast microphone | guide | review | how to | choosing | for broadcast | ralph dunlop | sound network | dpa microphones | lavalier | dynamic | Ralph Dunlop
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Will Strauss captures some decent sound gear
Will Strauss# Capturing decent location sound requires skill, experience and, as Will Strauss discovered when compiling a list of recent audio acquisition innovations, piles of expensive kit.
Tags: iss077 | location sound | review | guide | Shure VP83F LensHopper | DR-60D | Tascam | Zoom H6 Handy Recorder | Zaxcom MAXX | Quickpole QS | Denecke and Timecode Buddy TS4 | Will Strauss#
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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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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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Ask the experts: What lens?
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When choosing the right lens for your project, there are a huge range of options to choose from that depend entirely on your individual project and your needs. You need to think about the quality of filming you require, where the content will be placed, what camera you will be using to shoot it and how you plan to store it before being able to make a sensible choice. And with the emergence of 4K technology and the possibility of publishing content online, the range of choices becomes even greater. Where on earth do you start?
Tags: iss074 | ask the experts | what lens | lens buying guide | general use | lens | value for money | 4k | digital | mount | procam | [author]
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Will Strauss gets a grip!
Will Strauss# Of all the many areas of television technology that tv-bay Magazine covers, you might think that camera support is the one that appears, on the surface at least, to move the slowest.
Tags: iss074 | will strauss | grip | camera | tripods | review | guide | buying | libec LX10 | Betz-tools universal shoulder support | vinten blue5 | spirit underwater dolly | dougmon | cartoni jibo | zip shooter | movietech scooter dolly | polecam starter pack | miller skyline 70 | lil mule | review | Will Strauss#
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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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Unconvincing conversion?
N/A There have appeared in the last year or two an amazing array of 2D to 3D conversion boxes and software processors. Also nearly every major manufacturer of high end 3D sets has its own proprietary built-in processor allowing the user to view any ordinary TV broadcast or DVD instantly as a 3D rendition.
Tags: iss062 | cel-soft | stereoscopic analyser | bskyb guidelines | 3d | N/A
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Loudness Whats All The Noise About
N/A Anyone involved in our industry cant have failed to notice the amount of noise broadcasters, manufacturers and legislators are making about audio loudness. As topics go, this one is currently red hot.
Tags: junger audio | iss053 | calm | atsc | itu-r | bs1770 | bs1771 | ebu r128 | dialnorm | guidelines | level magic | N/A
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The filming of Lands End to John OGroats
N/A Following Simon. The filming of Lands End to John OGroats A Cyclists Guide. By Graham Young
Tags: lejog | cyclists guide dvd | iss031 | hvr-z1e | sony ex1 | ex3 | hvr a1e | z7 | mafrotto 525 | 501 fluid head | sennheiser ew100 | radio mic | lowel dv materlighting kit | hd25 headphones | N/A
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