Articles
Truth Lies and LEDs
N/A As an emergent technology within film and broadcast over the last six years, LEDs have generated strong opinions for and against, adjudging their capabilities and relative merits, when compared to traditional light sources. Development has seen them grow from the small coloured pinpoints of light on your stereo or TV, to a level where they can produce a volume of usable white light.
Tags: Guild of British Camera Technicians | gbct | iss048 | led | lighting | dimming | life expectancy | hmi light sources | N/A
Submitted by N/A Read this article in the tv-bay digital magazine
Seeing 3D or 2D
Bob Pank# The press coverage of all angles of 3D continues unabated but the subjects are changing away from the technology and more towards the commercial aspects and how 3D should be shot.
Tags: iss048 | 3d diaries | 3d rig | 3d cinema | Bob Pank#
Submitted by Bob Pank# Read this article in the tv-bay digital magazine
TV Bay Questions
N/A TV Bay Questions: Darren Mostyn, Senior Editor & Colourist at Online Creative November 2010
Tags: online creative | colourist | blackmagic design | editor | multibridge eclipse | davinci | iss048 | N/A
Submitted by N/A Read this article in the tv-bay digital magazine
TSL snaps up Ravensbourne gig
N/A Ravensbourne College is one of the UKs leading educators in the field of broadcast production and technology. In October 2010 the college moved from its campus in Chislehurst to a brand-new purpose-built building in the Greenwich Peninsula.
Tags: ravensbourne | tsl | iss047 | N/A
Submitted by N/A
The 2010 spending review cutting into the future of our industry
N/A Our industry can survive the governments cuts provided we stand-up and speak for ourselves, says Peter Savage.
Tags: finance | spending | finance | cuts | iss047 | azule | N/A
Submitted by N/A
Eye to Eye at the Wildscreen International Film Festival
N/A Founded in 1982, the Wildscreen International Film Festival is claimed to be the world's largest event of its kind. It attracts several hundred delegates from more than 30 countries, all of whom (if they register early enough) get their contact details listed in the festival directory........
Tags: wildscreen | film festival | eye to eye | arri | gekko | lights camera action | panasonic | polecam | iss047 | N/A
Submitted by N/A
Meet Steadicam
N/A Ask the experts Meet Steadicam by Robin Thwaites, International Director of Sales, Tiffen International
Tags: Steadicam | Tiffen International | garrett brown | camera support | iss047 | N/A
Submitted by N/A
As a Videographer do I need a tripod and head
N/A With new equipment opening up new ways to film and encouraging film-makers, videographers and former photographers to cross over their outdated boundaries, comes a need for new supports to match these ambitions.
Tags: tripod | grip | suppotr | videographer | mafrotto | iss047 | N/A
Submitted by N/A
TV Bay Questions Editor and Technical Manager at Astley Baker Davies
N/A TV Bay Questions: Taig McNab, Editor & Technical Manager at Astley Baker Davies October 2010
Tags: iss047 | astley baker davies | peppa pig | blackmagic | N/A
Submitted by N/A
Ravensbourne 21st Century Broadcast Education
N/A Just over eighteen months ago, Adrian Scott of the Bakewell House Consultancy was commissioned to guide Ravensbourne through the EU Tendering process to appoint a Systems Integrator to transform the broadcast facilities of Ravensbourne as it moved into its new multi-million pound home at Greenwich Peninsula.
Tags: iss047 | ravensbourne | education | installation | adrian scott | tsl | N/A
Submitted by N/A
Expanding Arqiva into HD playout
N/A ATG Broadcast recently completed a major SD to HD upgrade for Arqiva broadcast transmission centre at Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire. The expanded system enables Arqiva to process and transmit four fully-operational 1080i HD channels as well as six new SD channels. It includes the installation and equipping of a server-based ingest suite, playout assembly facilities and four presentation desks.
Tags: Arqiva | HD playout | ATG Broadcast | iss047 | ingest | playout | monitoring | Miranda Imagestore | N/A
Submitted by N/A
Commonwealth Games Will Be All Right On The Night
N/A Fans of Bollywood films will be familiar with the classic Indian wedding storyline in which complete chaos usually engulfs the event right up to the moment when the groom arrives, at which point everything comes together and everyone has a whale of a time and puts behind them the dramas that preceded the ceremony. The XIX Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Delhi had all of these ingredients thrown in and more besides.
Tags: iss047 | cwg | commonwealth games | safety | risk assessment | delhi | sislive | doordarshan | N/A
Submitted by N/A
Does 2D to 3D really work?
Bob Pank# It is widely said that 3D has to be done well as, if its not, then it actually can hurt the viewer and give 3D a bad name. Certainly there have been big efforts to make good 3D, with Sky going to great lengths to ensure they set a high standard. Unlike the old 3D celluloid films, digital 3D can be a completely stable medium; it does not degrade with repeated showings and does have the tools available to make excellent results.
Tags: iss047 | 3d | 2d to 3d conversion | 2d-3d | Sony 3D MPE-200 | imec | Philippe Gerard | 3Dlized | 3D production | animation | Bob Pank#
Submitted by Bob Pank#
Deskilling or reskilling
N/A I recently went to a demonstration of some really terrific new technology. This is not a technology column so I do not propose to go into too much detail about why I was impressed. I mention it because it started me thinking about a more fundamental issue about our industry today.
Tags: iss047 | deskilling | technology skills | nrk | grass valley | final cut pro | N/A
Submitted by N/A
AF101 a first look
N/A IBC saw the first working prototypes of the AF100 being shown to the public. Barry Green (some of you will be familiar with Barry from the US Forum DVXUSER) had the pleasure of working with the pre-production AF101 while at IBC. Incidentally the AF100 & AF101 are the same basic camera for different markets, all of them are NTSC/PAL switchable.
Tags: ibc | af100 | barry green | dvxuser | af101 | iss046 | hpx170 | dslr | panasonic af101 | N/A
Submitted by N/A
TV Bay Questions
N/A TV Bay Questions series continues with an interview with Ben foakes from Sequence Post
Tags: sequence post | iss046 | post production | blackmagic | N/A
Submitted by N/A
Television on television
N/A Just at the moment I am receiving a steady, almost daily, stream of press releases from an American company called IVI. The service they offer is aimed at an American audience so I will not bore you with the details of their campaign. But it raised some thoughts in the back of my mind.
Tags: iss046 | ipad | iplayer | N/A
Submitted by N/A
Around the globe with Q-Ball
N/A The bicentenary of the birth of Charles Darwin was celebrated during 2009 by a variety of TV programmes studying the background to his 1859 book 'On the Origin of Species'. One of the most ambitious tributes was a 35-part series planned and produced by Dutch broadcaster VPRO. Rather than hire a studio, they commissioned the three-masted clipper Stad Amsterdam which looks every inch the part with its 256 foot long deck, 34 foot beam, 14 cabins and 2,200 square metres of sail. Unlike the original Beagle, it also has an engine capable of delivering a respectable amount of electrical power.
Tags: Camera Corps | iss046 | q-ball | charles darwin | vpro | mincams | beagle | N/A
Submitted by N/A
Rotolight Interview Kit Review
N/A This month we decide to surprise Jim in his cage and see if we could illuminate him with the new Rotolight Interview Kit.
Tags: kitroom monley | iss046 | rotolight review | interview kit | lighting | N/A
Submitted by N/A
Television camera lenses
N/A This is a glass-to-glass report with a difference, starting at front-end of the video production chain and staying there. Given the speed of development in almost every other branch of television, it is easy to overlook the advances taking place in optics. Until, that is, you need a wider capture angle than your existing kit can deliver or you want to post-repair a barrel-distorted Nelson's Column to remove the hint of banana.
Tags: Television camera lenses | Eye to Eye | iss046 | abakus | bandpro | canon | hj15ex8.5b | fujinon | polecam | theia | schneider | thales angenieux | carl zeiss | sony | ces2011 | N/A
Submitted by N/A
tv-bay IBC2010 double takes
N/A Acquisition, audio, grip, graphics and post, storage and archive, teat and measurement, 3d, monitoring...and much more from IBC2010
Tags: ibc | ibc2010 | iss046 | Acquisition | audio | grip | graphics and post | storage and archive | teat and measurement | 3d | monitoring | panasonic | sony | cinedeck | bluebell | p+s technik | canon | studer | rts telex | nhk | wohler | vario | autoscript | blackmagic | orad | brainstom | autodesk | maxell | glyph | mode-al | frontniche | convergent design | cel-soft | N/A
Submitted by N/A
Deja Vu
Bob Pank# In the cinema world, 3D has already proved to be a good moneymaker, but now a good number of people in the industry are seriously focussing on 3DTV.
Tags: 3d diaries | 3dtv | ibc | iss046 | mpe-200 | Bob Pank#
Submitted by Bob Pank#
Underwater DSLR Video Capture
N/A Needless to say, DSLRs and their newly found HD video capability are a hot topic nowadays but many of us used to traditional video/film cameras are finding the transition a little vexing.
Tags: dslr | underwater | cmaeras underwater | canon 5d | eos5d mkll | iss046 | N/A
Submitted by N/A
Am I a Martian at IBC2010
N/A Peter Savage gives his view of the recent IBC conference and challenges the industry to slip out of its cosy world to face reality.
Tags: iss046 | ibc2010 | finance | review | business | azule | N/A
Submitted by N/A
Redefining Mobile, High Definition Recording With Cinedeck EXTREME
N/A IBC 2010 saw the official European launch of Cinedeck EXTREME v2.0, an ultra-portable cinema grade integrated High Definition monitoring, recording and playback device that has already won numerous awards and accolades since making its first public appearance at this years NAB Convention in Las Vegas.
Tags: ibc | iss046 | cinedeck extreme | apple prores | avid dnxhd | cineform | oxygen dct | cinematographer | N/A
Submitted by N/A
Not so Good Vibrations
N/A When shooting with ordinary 2D, you can almost do what you like with camera dynamics. If you pan wildly from side to side or up and down, what you see through the viewfinder is what you will actually get. If there is going to be some camera shake or vibration, you can opt to switch in a stabiliser in the camera or the lens system. In 3D these are definitely not to be recommended.
Tags: 3d | iss046 | cel-soft | vibratrions | 3d camera shake | N/A
Submitted by N/A
Safekeeping for the Future
N/A A CIRENCESTER audio archival engineering company has just finished working on a set of African recordings that are more than a century old.
Tags: archive | iss045 | audio archive | Sirensound Digital | BWAV | Pyramix platform | N/A
Submitted by N/A
Archiving in a Multiplatform Environment
N/A There was a time when broadcasters and media companies worried only about one version of content, destined for one distribution platform. Now, however, the increasing volume, number of versions, and growing complexity of digital media assets has made the management and storage of content a much more challenging undertaking.
Tags: Archiving | netia | iss045 | digital media assets | storage | content | mam | media asset management | N/A
Submitted by N/A
Digital Archiving in Media Workflows
N/A Tv-Bay interviews Robert Overzee, Archiving Evangelist at Atempo, a leading provider of cross-platform data protection and archiving solutions, about the digital archives new leading role in media workflows.
Tags: atempo | iss045 | archiving | workflow | backup | storage | digital archiving | post production | N/A
Submitted by N/A
To buy or not to buy that is the question
N/A When it comes to buying or leasing your equipment, should your head be in the clouds or your hands in your pockets? Azules Peter Savage investigates...
Tags: azule | finance | iss045 | leasing | buying | outsourcing | insourcing | N/A
Submitted by N/A
The University of Sunderland
N/A The University of Sunderland School of Arts, Design and Media in Northeast England operates one of the countrys most vibrant and well-equipped media departments in the country. With a rating of excellence from the Quality Assurance Agency, the media and cultural studies department attracts a diverse group of students to its undergraduate and graduate programs in film, production, journalism, television, radio and public relations.
Tags: media college | iss045 | avid media composer | apple final cut | N/A
Submitted by N/A
Tape is dead. Long live Tape
N/A An area that has been a vital part of television defining much of how and what things are done is recording. At first film was the medium, then in 1956, Ampex invented the video tape recorder with the prime aim of providing delayed programmes across the USA..................
Tags: for-a | iss045 | tape | vtr | ampex | quadruplex | ltfs | linear tape file system | lts-100hs | lcd | N/A
Submitted by N/A
Content Control in a Complex Broadcast Environment
N/A Broadcasters and other media companies today acquire, generate and store an unprecedented volume of content to take advantage of new distribution outlets. Enabled by the transition to digital media and file-based workflows, this model presents new opportunities with respect to revenue generation as well as new challenges in terms of establishing effective control over content that is stored in-house or distributed via broadcast or the Internet.
Tags: ipharro | iss045 | video fingerprinting | secuirty | watermarking | usage rights | N/A
Submitted by N/A
Eye to Eye: Storage and archiving
N/A In 1986 or thereabouts, I visited the London headquarters of a stripling company named Lightworks which had developed an innovative and relatively low-cost video editor based around a 1 gigabyte hard-disk drive. The drive was the size of a standard British housebrick and, bought in at £1,000, was considered mightily good value..............
Tags: storage | archive | lightworks | iss045 | fujifilm | hitachi | iomega | sandisk | seagate | sony | toshiba | nec | N/A
Submitted by N/A
Polecam Production Profile
N/A I have been working in the film and television industry since 1989, starting as a news cameraman and editor at the Manitoba Television Network. MTN is a local independent television broadcaster in my home town of Winnipeg.................
Tags: Cameleon Film Video Services | polecam | iss045 | manitoba tv | rig | polecam review | N/A
Submitted by N/A
3D to see at IBC 2010
Bob Pank# IBC2010 marks the fourth year when the new wave of Stereoscopic 3D took hold at the show. Thats three years of time for development and implementation. While cinema is racing ahead, taking a good extra percentage of people at the door who pay a 3D premium price television in Europe is only just beginning. Sky is the pioneer for the UK, going on air in October soon after the show. This will, surely be a defining moment when 3D comes to TV not just for a special event but to stay.
Tags: ibc2010 | 3d | 3d diaries | s3d | s-3d | 3d4you | HDSDI | HDMI | DVI | iss045 | Bob Pank#
Submitted by Bob Pank#
Data storage or Media storage
N/A Now I am no techie geek, which in this business could be viewed as a disadvantage, but I do know that in all areas of life the design of the storage container is determined to a large extent by the nature of the thing you want to store.
Tags: Data storage | Media storage | suitcast tv | iss045 | media asset management | mediastor | terastor | N/A
Submitted by N/A
Those Who Forget the Past are Doomed to Delete It
N/A Hundreds of thousands of hours of film and video archives are slowly deteriorating in vaults and storage containers around the world. Although numerous projects are underway worldwide to restore, preserve and protect these vast repositories of cultural heritage, it does little good if the rescued material isnt catalogued, archived and managed. If it cant be found or identified, its as good as gone, forever.
Tags: tmd mediaflex | iss045 | archive | storage | nfsa | TransMedia Dynamics | N/A
Submitted by N/A
Hows that
N/A A few days ago I umpired a cricket match. It was a very pleasant afternoon, marred only slightly by the almost continual drizzle, but it was August in southern England.
Tags: iss045 | cricket match | umpire | quantel | quantel iq | sports | tennis | football | N/A
Submitted by N/A
Ensuring the longevity of an archive
N/A The role of the archive has changed dramatically over the last few years. Every broadcaster in the world, regardless of their size, has the tools at their disposal to unlock their assets, digitise and repurpose their content for renewed monetisation and, in some cases, for the benefit of historic value.
Tags: iss045 | sgl | archive | storage | revenue | roi | mam | media asset management | workflow | flashnet | N/A
Submitted by N/A
Shared Storage Comes of Age
N/A Increasingly stored in digital form, together with related metadata, digital media is in the process of transforming both the technology and process of production throughout the broadcast and post production industries.
Tags: avid | shared storage | films@59 | isis 5000 | media composer | final cut | iss045 | N/A
Submitted by N/A
More than meets the eye
N/A Synchronisation is not really a problem using two professional cameras. You just loop through your reference (black) to each and you are all done. In the old days, (well not that long ago), you had to worry about PAL SCH and accurate sync matching
Tags: 3d | syncronisation | GOP mPEG | cel-soft | iss045 | N/A
Submitted by N/A
Manfrotto 504HD tripod first hands on review
N/A Manfrotto 504HD tripod tv-bay gets a first hands on review.... By Oliver Hickey, Kitroom Monkey
Tags: Kitroom Monkey | Manfrotto 504HD tripod | iss044 | manfrotto | 504hd | tripod | support | 503 head | review | N/A
Submitted by N/A
Post Production Recipes
N/A Multi-camera editing adds zest to any video production. It captures an event - a moment - from different angles, conveying a comprehensive and nuanced message. Often underrated, sound is a key ingredient in the mix. For the highest quality sound, separately recorded (dual-system) audio is the preferred technique.
Tags: plural eyes | iss044 | post production | nonlinear editing | nle | timecode | pluraleyes | dualeyes | singular software | N/A
Submitted by N/A
Making the grade
N/A Making the grade: In-house vs out-of-house
Tags: grading | iss044 | the look | vfx artist | avid offline | nvidia | 3d | blackmagic design | macpro | N/A
Submitted by N/A
Making the content factory a reality
N/A The expression content factory has been around for a while and in a number of contexts. Is this a realistic concept? Can we producers, facilities, broadcasters embrace the idea of process in the manufacturing sense, or is making content for television and the new digital platforms too different to making biscuits or cars?
Tags: three media assosiates | iss044 | content | producers | facilities | broadcasters | TMA | fore tv | msa focus | N/A
Submitted by N/A
Modern Tools for Test and Measurement in Post Production
N/A Todays post-production facilities and practically the entire global multimedia industry, face a common issue: how to effectively eliminate the notorious problem of inconsistent loudness being pushed to the absolute limits.
Tags: rtw | iss044 | rtw | test and measurement | post production | ppm | audio | itu | ebu | loudness | touchmonitor | ebu r128 | bs 1770 | bs 1771 | N/A
Submitted by N/A
GSOH
N/A This will come as no surprise to anyone who has met me, but I like a laugh. After a hard day at the coal face of incisive insights into the technology of our industry, nothing chills me out quicker than a good comedy.
Tags: iss044 | carry on films | comedy | htv | John Humphreys | N/A
Submitted by N/A
Restoring The World At War
N/A Originally broadcast in 1973 by ITV, the sweeping documentary The World at War focuses on the events immediately before, during, and after World War II. The British-produced television series is presented in 26 hour-long episodes and provides one of the most penetrating views into the war ever put to film
Tags: the world at war | restoration | dubbs | iss044 | freemantlemedia enterprises | eyeframe | telecine | snell | archangel | N/A
Submitted by N/A
HD Post Production
N/A In a parallel universe all forms of electronic entertainment are produced and presented in identical formats that can be exchanged and retrieved by anyone with permission to access the product.
Tags: hd post production | post production | acoustics | munro | iss044 | shepperton studios | N/A
Submitted by N/A