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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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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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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.
Tags: iss027 | finance | azule | recession | N/A
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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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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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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.
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Surround Sound For HD Broadcast
N/A There's a lot of talk about how to produce, edit and broadcast high-definition video, but what about the surround sound that should accompany it? And just what is 'six-channel surround' anyway?
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How to choose a Microphone
N/A The microphone is probably the most important tool we use when recording sound. Plugging it into the best pre-amplifier will optimise the quality of the signal but no amount of processing will fix the wrong sound coming from your microphone. The device for turning movements in the air into an electrical signal is a creative instrument and should be regarded as part of the performance.
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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.
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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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The future of Audio
N/A The future is NOT: Tape based - standard DEF - analogue-analogue radio mics - Film - chilli kebabs.
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Audio acquisition and production
N/A My remit here is to summarise some of the newest kit across the whole audio sector in a tight 1 kilowords. So without further ado...
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SOOM under the Senegal sun
N/A No power inconceivable for Europeans, but normal for the African village Ndelle. Situated six hours from Dakar, it is attainable only by dusty, sandy fields. However the approximate 800 village inhabitants have reason for joy: The company Solar 23 is building a solar plant in Ndelle.
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Everything you ever wanted to know about TV lighting Part 3
N/A So far in this series of articles, Ive tried to cover all the techy background to lighting a person/face but now its time to get down to the creative side of things. So what are the artistic requirements?
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The morality of meltdown
N/A Peter Savage argues against propping up failing businesses but offers suggestions for how to survive the current downturn.
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Choosing the right tripod
N/A Camera support equipment is constantly changing as technological advances influence what can be created in the viewfinder.
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Camera rigs and lighting
N/A The biggest single story at IBC this year, apart from the usual company-eats-company rumours, was the continuing progress of stereoscopy or '3D' as it is currently undersold
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Lighting and Grip.
N/A Lighting and Grip are often spoken as if they are one item, inseparable and complete. However the clue is in the phrase lighting AND grip. So lets start by separating them.
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New developments in mobile HD production
N/A When widescreen HDTV was first demonstrated back in the 1980s, the pictures were great but the size and price of the kit left much to be desired. Two decades on, broadcast-quality 1080i/720p HD cameras and recorders have reached levels of compactness and affordability that would have seemed impossible in those early days.
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How we lit Mick
N/A Lighting a living legend like Mick Jagger was a real honour and privilege. One things for sure - with time so tight, we had to get it right first time. So how did we do it? Read on to find out how we lit Mick¦.
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Why should people take holidays
N/A Whether times are smooth or rough, Peter Savage is in no doubt that holidays are good for business
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Behind the scenes at Big Brother 9
N/A Working 94 days with no day off is a hard task. Its even harder for the TV equipment that has to keep going round the clock, every day, to keep all the viewing addicts supplied with live footage and highlight editions.
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London to Capetown, by bike Part 3
N/A Continuing Franks journey through Africa¦.. Franks has travelled through Europe and into Africa on his journey and we pick it up in this final leg heading for the capital of Congo, Brazzaville.
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New editing essentials
N/A I like to think of myself as a bit of a pioneer at the frontier of the new age of HD Digital Cinematography. Investigating the best of the new technology available to our industry and evaluating its possible impact.
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Lights, Camera, Makohead Action
N/A Lights, Camera, Makohead Action How the Makohead stabiliser, only available from BPS UK Ltd, helps film makers keep a steady horizon
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Lightworks Editing
N/A It is said that Variety is the Spice of Life and the Lightworks Editing systems have been very spicey recently.
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How and where to do your Post Production.
N/A The world of professional editing and post production has changed dramatically in the last few years. The biggest of the barriers to entry (cost), has all but disappeared with the advent of desktop editing solutions.
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The largest fibre and Ethernet video SAN network in the world
N/A Out of the Ashes of the old Anglian TV studios EPIC has risen like a phoenix to become not only a major broadcasting hub in Norfolk but to rival traditional studios throughout Europe.
Tags: Video Rescue | norfolk county council | epic | tv studio | hd workflow | iss023 | san | fibre | ethernet | N/A
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IBC top visitor tips
N/A From flower bulbs to North Sea ferries, here are some top tips from the people in the know¦!
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Virtual Studios
N/A Traditionally virtual studios have been extremely expensive to equip due to the amount of technology required just to make the studio work.
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When trouble looms phoenix your company
N/A Peter Savage looks at what happens when a business runs into trouble and asks whether government rescue packages available only to some should be allowed
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Virtual sets come of age
N/A Virtual studios (VS) have experienced a roller coaster ride of popularity through their short life
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Marshall masters LCD
N/A Marshall Electronics has made huge strides in the LCD picture monitor market, with a practical package that fits with many of todays applications and circumstances.
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Virtual Sets
N/A When I first started approaching people in the UK with Brainstorms Virtual Studio software I was surprised to have them shake their heads vigorously and explain that virtual studio systems were far too expensive and too difficult to set up and run Coupled with that was the lack of realism and whos using them?
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Monitor Colour Calibration
N/A With the growing acceptance of LCD displays for high end picture monitoring it has become increasingly important that users can be assured that they are working to a known standard.
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London to Capetown, by bike Part 2
N/A Continuing Franks journey after leaving Nigeria¦..
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Screen and Music Travel
N/A Tv-bay caught up with Colin Doran from Screen and Music Travel to chat over the options in regard to travelling and staying at IBC.
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Back in the days before microprocessors
N/A Back in the days before microprocessors, Character Generators were members of the Graphics Department armed with sheets of Letraset and cardboard.
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Getting the best out of your LCD
N/A Many people who use CRT picture monitors have found the introduction of LCD displays disappointing.
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