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Automation in Uncertain Times
N/A In light of the unfavourable economic outlook broadcasters need to protect their investment in technology like never before. There is a high chance that some products designed to make the broadcast environment more efficient will become obsolete and this in turn will have a knock-on and negative effect on workflow in transmission suite
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Beating the Blu-ray coding blues
N/A Tommy Simonsson runs SitoCad in Stockholm, Sweden, a professional video production company specialising in industrial work, conferences and weddings. He shoots in high definition on a Sony PMW-EX3 camcorder, and finishes his projects using the Grass Valley EDIUS nonlinear editor.
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Polecam on Safari
N/A Safaricam...... "No, you cant get out of the car", the voice replied. "Why not? I asked. "Because you might get eaten by a lion."
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Longevity of media archives
N/A The role of the archive has evolved rapidly, delivering not only new revenue opportunities but crucial conservation possibilities for historical and cultural libraries that have lain dormant for many years
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Ask the Experts on the Topic of Distribution and Delivery
N/A Last time, we started this series with volume one of the most frequently asked questions on digital distribution and delivery. Herewith, we follow that with the cleverly titled: Volume Two.
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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
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Jargon Buster
N/A IPTV Jargon busting.....
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HD Camera Measurements. Getting the most out of your camera, Part 5
N/A Recap previous Parts: While the first parts covered the theory and actual measurements of white shading, setting up colorimetry, exposure, greyscale adjustments, alignment and matching of cameras using a waveform monitor, this final part is devoted to providing a better understanding of the displays used.
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A day in the life of a TV lecturer
N/A Trevor Hearing is Subject Leader for Television Production at Bournemouth University Media School.
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SRW-5800 Training
N/A Hi Dave, how was the course? This is the sort of greeting you come to expect from fellow engineers when you have recently attended a training course. Engineers are notorious for having no small talk, probably because our minds are usually concerned with things like volts, amps and ohms¦ and why that VTR always works on the bench, but fails as soon as it is put into service.
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IBC2009 set to be a successful show
N/A IBC COO Michael Crimp is "confident but not complacent" as he tells how IBC is building a vibrant and healthy IBC2009.
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NAB 2009 report
N/A By general consensus, this year's NAB Spring Convention, or 'NABshow' as it styles itself, was one of the best ever. Wider aisles and a respectable rather than manic level of attendance made the event, in the words of one exhibitor, 'Business Class'. NAB was always the prototype show where you could sense the directions in which manufacturers were trying to steer the broadcast business. Like it or not, this year's message was loud and clear: 3D HDTV.
Tags: iss030 | nab | nab review | nhk | jvc | camera corps | canon | fujinon | gekko | hitachi | panasonic | polecam | sony | calrec | junger audio | sonifex | tascam | eyeheight | snell | blackmagic | pixelmetrix | tektronix | N/A
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PHABRIX storming ahead at NAB with eye and jitter
N/A It is not often that a product is released that encapsulates so distinctly the essence of British ingenuity but the new SxE hand held test and measurement instrument with eye and jitter functionality from PHABRIX may just have set itself in that mould.
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Compliance and Punishment
N/A Glyn Powell-Evans of Ideas Unlimited.tv explains the benefits of compliance recording and how failing to adhere can land you in hot water
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Common Questions on the Topic of Distribution and Delivery
N/A As the Broadcast and Post industries continue to adopt file-based workflows, there has been an ever-increasing need for the implementation of technologies for the distribution of digital media
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Delivering Superior Quality of Service in IPTV Networks
N/A To maintain differentiation in a competitive triple play market, the key operational challenge for telecommunications operators is how to efficiently deliver superior quality of service (QoS) levels.
Tags: tektronix | iptv | distribution and delivery | network | iss029 | headend | vod | qos | kpi | monitoring | N/A
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Africans in London TV
N/A Is IPTV the future of television for all?
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Eye to Eye File-based content distribution 2009
N/A The rapidly divergent pattern of broadcast market development resembles the branches of a fast-growing tree. But there is one crucial aspect in which the industry is quite obviously converging: the transition from video and audio to file-based content distribution and delivery.
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HD Camera Measurements. Getting the most out of your camera Part 4
N/A The first parts covered the theory and actual measurements of white shading, setting up colorimetry and exposure as well as greyscale adjustments using a waveform monitor. The objective was to provide a thorough understanding of the functions and benefits of using a waveform monitor when addressing non-linear effects in the camera system to create reproducible conditions and to make full use of the dynamic range of the camera system while maintaining a valid signal for processing in a television environment.
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Holophone H2-PRO used on Slumdog Millionaire
N/A As far as independent films go, Slumdog Millionaire has certainly hit the jackpot, garnering eight Oscars including one for Best Sound Mixing. Contributing to the movies triumphant soundscape is Holophones H2-PRO surround microphone, which award-winning Sound Mixer Resul Pookutty used to capture ambient sounds for some of the films most essential scenes.
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Lighting. Back or rim light part 4
N/A In my last article, I discussed modelling of the talent by choice of lamp, and careful choice of the horizontal and vertical angle of the key light. Having made those choices my next priority would be to choose a back light. It is also sometimes known as a hair light which gives a pretty good clue as to its function.
Tags: lighting | expert | rim light | back light | iss028 | kicker light | fill light | contrast light | soft light | N/A
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HD Camera Measurements and getting the most out of your camera, Part 3
N/A Parts 1 and 2 covered the theory and actual measurement of white shading, making sure that the camera non-linearities introduced by various different lens systems on a particular camera are compensated. In this issue, Part 3 will investigate setting up colourimetry and exposure as well greyscale adjustments using a waveform monitor.
Tags: iss028 | tektronix | camera measurements | exposure | colourimetry | wfm7120 | wfm5000 | dsc | chromadumonde | grayscale | waveform monitor | N/A
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What to do about staff in a recession 2009
N/A In the second of a four part series, Peter Savage looks at the staffing minefield you encounter as you consider cutting staff costs to survive the recession
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Ask the Expert with Broadcast Service Centre
N/A This month we visited independent service company, Broadcast Service Centre Ltd (BSC), specialising in providing top quality technical support for a wide range of equipment within the Broadcast and Pro video industry.
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Edirol R-09HR records Obama inauguration
N/A When sound recordist Alan ODuffy was contracted to travel to the USA to record interviews and atmospheres for a feature documentary about Barack Obama becoming the 44th President of the USA, one of the first pieces of kit he packed was Edirols R-09HR digital recorder.
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Eye to Eye. Whats new in test and measurement 2009
N/A The transition from analogue to digital programme production, storage and delivery lulled some innocent folk into anticipating a world without need for test equipment. If required at all, so the thinking went, all signal analysis would be performed in software. Maybe someday. For now, the T&M sector remains alive and well.
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From little acorns....
N/A So what do we do? We have done little for television our market place is much more modest. Parafotos has its origins in the early sixties when I started filming free fall parachuting having to cope with a Bolex H16 strapped to the side of my helmet during the opening of the parachute was an interesting experience which no doubt accounted for an increase my shirt collar size.
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EPIC HD Upgrade
N/A EPIC-TV came into being in late 2006, after Norfolk County Council acquired the ITV Anglia Regional news and Network production studios at Magdalen Street Norwich. Since then its been re-developed as one of the technically most advanced production facilities in Europe, with three broadcast studies, two of the HD, one of them Virtual, linked directly to on-line HD post production facilities via server.
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Eye to Eye Video acquisition and production
N/A BVE2009 in London, February 17-19 offers UK-based programme-makers a useful opportunity to try out the latest video acquisition and production equipment ahead of NABshow2009 and its loud after-echo, IBC. The following outlines some of the new front-end kit likely to be on display at Earls Court.
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Ask the Experts with True Lens Services
N/A This month we visited Keith Truslove at True Lens Services, the experts in lens servicing and repair.
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How to market your business in a recession January 2009
N/A In the first of a four part series, Peter Savage offers tips that will help you get customers buying from you, even in this economic downturn.
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Red One Hit or Myth
N/A So after having arrived a year ago to these shores the Red is starting to settle into everyday living here in the UK.
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Filters for HD Cinematography
N/A The availability of low-cost HD camcorders with film-style tools, like 24 frame-per-second imaging and quality lenses, has put filmmaking capability in the hands of many.
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A brief history of Cooke, the UK pioneer of motion picture lenses.
N/A UK manufacturing has been dwindling for years now to the frustration of many with cheaper solutions in the Far East enabling more competitive products and so on.
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The SxS vs MxT Debate
N/A We are all probably already tired of hearing the phrase cutting costs but the reality is that ways have to be continuously found to reduce our production costs in order to stay competitive. The question is are some savings a false economy or are they really worth it?
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JVC introduces new Final Cut Pro 6
N/A JVC introduces new Final Cut Pro 6¢ready solid state camcorders Next generation ProHD camcorders natively record QuickTime for Apples Final Cut Pro directly to SDHC memory cards
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HD Camera Measurements Getting the most out of your camera, Part 2
N/A In part 1 of this knowledge series we discussed the requirements for making correct white shading measurements in terms of the equipment used. Part 2 now will focus on performing the actual measurements and making sure that we achieve optimum linearity and dynamic range.
Tags: tektronix | hd camera measurements | white shading | white balance | waveform monitor | colourimetry | exposure | grayscale | iss027 | N/A
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How lenses are made...in Leicester!
N/A A tour of the factory is a wonderful insight into the production of these instruments. We start with the raw material. With over 100 types of glass to choose from Cooke select a pre moulding depending on the lens model.
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Fine design for post.. The IKEA story as told by EDIUS
N/A There can be few companies in the world with greater brand awareness than Swedish-based IKEA, the business that has brought Scandinavian furniture design to the world. IKEA is now bringing its corporate history together in a series of videos and, as befits a highly design conscious company, it has chosen the Thomson Grass Valley EDIUS editing platform for the task.
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Mobile communications Eye to Eye
N/A Point to point communication via satellite is one of the most useful tools available to television and radio reporters in a world of fast news distribution. This short summary looks first at some of the newest SNG link kit and then at broadcast-related telecoms.
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What do Location Managers do all day?
N/A Its a question that is often asked by my family who fondly believe I spend my time in idle chit-chat and gossip with high-powered film and media executives sipping skinny-latte Mocachinos (whatever they are!) and eating sushi. But consider the following exciting James Bond style scenario.
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HD camera market
N/A With the low cost HD market taking an ever firmer grip on the industry, we asked for Hireacamera Managing Director Guy Thatchers opinion on the changes taking place.
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Fibre Optics......the past, present and future
N/A Although there were some discoveries in the late 19th century that were related to light and its propagation though a medium, it was not until the latter half of the 20th century when technological breakthroughs occurred which has led to modern day fibre optics.
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Mixing with the wildlife on Big Cat Live
N/A A crew of 73 travelled out from the UK for 6 days of BBCs Big Cat Live programmes from Kenya early in October 08. Most of us were flown in on single engine cessnas which took us from Nairobi across the great Rift valley & down towards Tanzania. From the moment we touched down on the rough dirt & asphalt landing strip in the middle of the Masai Mara we knew it was going to be a totally different experience to any other programme we had worked on.
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How The SADiE LRX2 Is Making Location Multitrack Recording A Doddle
N/A Nearly twenty years ago I saw one of the first SADiE Digital Audio Workstations, which were just starting to make their mark as the first cost effective computer sound editor. I was so impressed with the concept that I immediately wanted one, even though I had no professional use for it whatsoever
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HD Camera Measurements and getting the most out of your camera
N/A Image quality all starts with the correct alignment of the camera which is used to capture the scene either on location or in the studio. The conversion of light into electrical signals involves many processes which can affect the quality of the image. Understanding these various adjustments that are necessary, using a suitable camera chart and waveform monitor are critical in ensuring a high quality image and preventing mistakes from occurring mistakes that are costly to fix in the post production process.
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The Fairlight Time Machine
N/A Just over fifty years ago, the then Soviet Union launched the first satellite into orbit around our planet. At that time the USA and USSR were in the depths of the cold war and the launch of Sputnik 1 on the 4th October 1957 was the starting gun for the space race. The winner would be the country to successfully land the first human being on the Moon and return them safely to Earth.
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RF Condenser Microphones why they are so good in the wet
N/A Technical Applications Manager for Sennheiser UK, explains why RF Condenser technology, unique to Sennheiser, has such special properties.
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Good cop, bad cop
N/A Peter Savage looks at the tricky subject of asking customers to honour their commitments and, possibly, debts without ruining your customer-supplier relationship or losing what you are owed.
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Audio Technology Spotlight
N/A In the ever changing world of TV technology, formats, standards and delivery, its always been reassuring to think that audio equipment for sound gathering on location hasnt changed too much.
Tags: iss025 | audio | wifi audio link | ricsonix camlynx | sonosax | digital audio recorder | sound devices | N/A
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