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3D home viewing
Bob Pank# It seems the whole world is excited about the return of 3D to cinemas. Older sceptics said it wouldnt last as it used to give them a headache. Sure, the old celluloid-based 3D delivery system had real problems and the production chain was slow and very expensive.
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Eye to Eye: Whats even newer in test and measurement 2010
N/A A year is a long time in broadcast test & measurement, which is just as well because that is when this column previously focused on it. Given the current push to establish 3D as a permanent feature of the broadcast landscape, one might reasonably expect T&M kit designers to be heading along the same road.
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Business lessons from tennis
N/A Peter Savage, finance expert and tennis coach, sees important parallels with sport when creating winning businesses
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AVCHD and NXCAM
N/A Ill be honest up until recently I had not been a big fan of AVCHD. It promised great things but, having hired out consumer AVCHD cameras for the last few years, we knew there were still a few hurdles for it jump over. For corporate customers, to just plug and play in terms of simple playback was impossible some form of software was always required.
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Stereoscopic production and transmission
N/A If ever there was a technology that has taken its time to mature, it is that of stereoscopic (3D) production and transmission. It is well documented that the mechanics behind the technology has been around almost since the inception of the moving picture itself and in fact stereoscopic stills technology was developed in the 1840s.
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Looking back, and forward to the next decade of media production
N/A The year 2000 doesnt seem that long ago and whats for certain is that as you get older ten years is a very short space of time. A decade is a long time in technology though.
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POV cameras explained
N/A Minicams, also referred to as POV cameras, are becoming increasingly popular as they get smaller, cheaper and easier to use. The POV camera is now a firm favourite in reality TV, sports coverage and fly-on-the wall documentaries. So how do you choose the best one for your application?
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Frame Rates and HD
Bob Pank# Much has changed since the 25 Hz and 30 Hz frame rates for television were defined over 60 years ago. In Part 1, last month we noted how the USA (followed by others) adopted the 1000/1001 frequency offset to produce the 29.97 Hz rate and the resulting drop-frame timecode.
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Eye to Eye: Acquisition and Production
N/A Back in the days of the Audio Fair which annually graced London's Russell Hotel, my co-hack Frank Jones of Hi-Fi News put his head into the KEF Electronics demonstration room and bellowed the time-honoured question "What's new?"
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Accessorising DLSR video
N/A Some DSLR stills camera manufacturers now include HD video capabilities within their top-of-the-range products. This raises the prospect of lower cost stills cameras shooting good quality HD video.
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Filming Underwater
N/A Filming underwater remains one of the toughest assignments for any professional production, whether documentary or drama.
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Note Perfect
N/A Live music events are big business. Major artists can expect millions of pounds to be poured into full scale productions where the ticket prices are as high as audience expectations.
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A day in the like of a location manager
N/A One of the most dramatic moments I have witnessed whilst filming a series called Dempsey and Makepeace was in Limehouse Basin, not looking at all like it does today.....
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Location Sound Recording And Post-production with Chris Watson
N/A Ask The Experts Sound is often regarded as playing a subordinate role to visuals in film, TV and video production, but the finest directors and producers have insisted on taking as much care over the sonics of a production as the visuals. Of course, on smaller-scale productions, it's still often the case that the soundtrack is whatever you capture while youre busy recording the visuals, plus any incidental music you can afford to put over the top.
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Location test equipment
N/A A number of years ago Hamlet gave itself the impossible task of developing the worlds first 3G, HD and SD capable, video and audio measurement and monitoring instrument that would provide, particularly location users, a wealth of functionality and be held and operated in one hand.
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Im a celebrity get me out of here
N/A Gearhouse Broadcast was awarded the contract to supply broadcast equipment and some crew for Granada Productions I Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in 2008. Since that time we have been involved in two UK shows and one German show in Australia plus a USA show in Costa Rica.
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Business conditions of Nigeria v UK
N/A Peter Savage continues his series of articles on maximising business opportunities with a sideways look at opportunities in with emerging markets
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Robotic cameras on location
N/A Robotic cameras on location by Laurie Frost, Camera Corps
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The best job in the Met
N/A If you have ever wondered How did they do that? when you watch the car chase in Spooks or the gun fight in Ashes to Ashes or even the thrilling gun shot scene at Waterloo Station in Bourne Ultimatum, then you may want to talk to the Metropolitan Police Service Film Unit (MPS FU).
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Musical matches for your production
N/A The best production you've ever created is in the can. It's time to match your masterpiece with an equally impressive musical soundtrack. But where to start? It's time to dispel the myth that music licensing is complex or expensive and to understand what options are available to you.
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The Loudness Issue in Todays Audio Systems
N/A Complaints regarding audio being too loud have always existed. For example, the change from a television drama with little or no music or sound effects and quiet dialogue to a loud commercial can be quite jarring and will likely cause the viewer to reach for the volume control. This can happen when listening in mono, stereo or surround sound.
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Two Decades of Development With DK-Technologies
N/A For more than 20 years, DK-Technologies has been developing audio and video test and measurement products that have become industry standards thanks to their adoption by many of the worlds top music, broadcast and post production facilities.
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Surround technologies
N/A Throughout the world, in a wide range of broadcasts, surround sound has become a vital tool for easily and effectively capturing real-life recordings. Playing an equally important role in developing advanced surround sound microphones is Holophone®, with its patented audio recording devices designed specifically to address the challenges audio professionals face in capturing, recording and broadcasting multichannel surround sound.
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The Prism Sound Effect
N/A When Prism Sound took over the SADiE brand last year, it embarked on a fact-finding mission to discover why the brand had such a huge and extremely dedicated international user base. This process has been extremely enlightening and has enabled Prism Sound to respond with SADiE 6 - a new product for professional sound editors that is sure to enhance the brands already strong reputation.
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Double dip 2009
N/A Peter Savage looks back at the hopes he had for our industry in 2009.
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Pushing Air- the art of acoustic design
N/A Acoustics is usually regarded (or often disregarded) as a black art that is practiced with no discernable science involved, with a great reliance on ears for measurement and blind faith as a method statement. Nothing could be further from the truth in the professional study of sound, with many practitioners furnished with several degrees and a wealth of experience.
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Junger Audio Helps Broadcasters Get To Grips With 5.1 Upmixing
N/A Television viewers who have invested in home cinema systems will already know how dreadful mono and stereo audio can sound when played through 5.1 surround sound speakers. Instead of being enveloped by carefully mixed 5.1 surround sound, viewers are, instead, subjected to unbalanced audio coming at them from unpredictable directions
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Top Tips Audio Monitoring Systems for On-Location Monitoring
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Broadcasting Audio in 5.1 Format
N/A One of the positive consequences of digital television transmission is the ability to include fully embedded multi channel audio with suitable metadata to control both channel displacement and even sound levels within the domestic environment.
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De Wolfe Celebrates Centenary
N/A De Wolfe Music Publishers, the longest-running independent film and television music library resource in the world, is celebrating its remarkable centenary this year.
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Film Affect
N/A As shooting on film for TV applications is increasingly being replaced with HD, there is a growing tendency for people to wish to apply film tools and methods to origination when using the electronic medium.
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Eye to Eye: Whats new in audio 2009
N/A Part of my day at SATIS recently was sent discussing with Neutrik the dodgy issue of sexual compatibility, a subject not mentioned in my report from the show for TV-Bay last month.......
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12 Frequently Asked Questions About On-Camera Lighting
N/A Everything you really wanted to know about lighting!!
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NEW CAMERA INNOVATIONS FOR WORLD GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2009
N/A SIS LIVE provided the production facilities for BBC Sport at the O2 Arena during the four day event and were on the floor introducing a number of innovative new camera positions for the coverage of the finals.
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Eye to Eye: Lighting and lighting control
N/A Please enjoy the following update of new video lighting and lighting-control kit. There is a lot of ground to cover in a tight space:
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LED lighting for image creators
N/A Somehow I ended up on a growing number of LED Lighting equipment manufacturers e-mail mailing lists. Most of them were from China, some from the States and elsewhere. They must have thought that, as we supply broadcast, film and video lighting, that we would be interested in LED lighting. They were right.
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DFX filter software
N/A Tiffen has been manufacturing photographic filters and lens accessories for consumer and professional imaging for over 70 years. Now the company has developed Tiffen DFX, software that offers a range of filters for use with digital images.
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New Light in the Forbidden City
N/A IBC 2009s Production Village was the venue for the launch of a revolutionary new lighting product, the Rotolight Stealth Edition RL48 ring-light. Although the show had more than 48,000 visitors and over 1200 exhibitors, Rotolight was listed in the TV-Bay lighting category, featured in the IBC News and the Eye Catcher technology report on Amsterdams TV Channel AT5.
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SATIS in a day
N/A David Kirk reports from SIEL & SATIS 2009
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Lighting the X Factor
N/A Its Friday morning at a television studio in the shadow of Wembley Stadiums iconic arch and already there are fans and paparazzi outside waiting to catch a glimpse of their favourite contestants and judges arriving for rehearsals. Now three weeks into the live final shows, nine contestants have reached Rock Week, once again singing for their lives in front of a still growing audience of 14 million, a 48% viewer share, on ITV 1.
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A Guide to Testing IPTV: Technologies and Challenges Part 5
N/A Throughout this article series we have seen that IPTV network operators face many challenges and explained that effective test and measurement is key to overcoming these challenges. The majority of IPTV networks are still in the early stages of development and operators are therefore primarily concerned with optimising QoS parameters in order to get their IPTV systems working.
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Tv-bay industry recruitment special
N/A The last 12 months have proved to be challenging times for businesses in our industry and there has been mixed reactions on the best way to tackle the issues facing companies.
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Implications of a Tapeless workflow
N/A The rise of Tapeless Workflows is dramatically changing the way broadcasters and post-production facilities protect the content they are working on or own.
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A Guide to Testing IPTV: Technologies and Challenges Part 4
N/A In Parts 1-3 we introduced IPTV as an emerging broadcast technology, and discussed some of the technical challenges involved in successful delivery of IPTV services. We saw how the complexity of IPTV networks and the trade-offs in technology types can provide further challenges in delivering high QoS and QoE in IPTV delivery. In this part we will begin to explore how to test IPTV systems
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Eye to Eye: Content Protection 2009
N/A I took some time out during my IBC peregrination to see what the show had to offer in terms of content protection technology.
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Selling your business in a downturn
N/A TAKE THE NEXT EXIT Peter Savage offers pointers on the trials and tribulations of exiting a business in a down turn.
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Five Best Practices for Securing Your Content during Collaboration
N/A A study by AT&T researchers concluded that for 77% of movies being traded on the internet, leaks originated by insiders. Screeners are a prime source but throughout the production and distribution cycle there are opportunities for security holes and unscrupulous profiteers.
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3D Movie Making: Stereoscopic Digital Cinema from Script to Screen
N/A Bernard Mendiburu's book came to my attention during a phone conversation following Hamlet's 3D test-and-measurement demonstration at IBC.
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Supporting the RED
N/A James Cullen was working as a studio cameraman for the BBC when he was asked by television quiz show favourite CJ de Mooi to shoot a promo for him. The brief was to showcase CJs enthusiasm for the Porsche 911 Carrera, and Cullen knew that the production standards had to match the engineering excellence of the car.
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CADLOCK - securing the future of broadcast.
N/A When absolute CAD, the Soho based broadcast installation experts released their range of rackmount products in 2007, it was to improve the way equipment was installed within a facility.
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