TV-BAY June 2013

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WORLD NEWS NEW TRAINING INITIATIVE Have you ever been annoyed by bad production standards on TV, shouted at the TV because of badly framed shots or bad sound? Have you ever thought that training in the TV industry these days might have slipped or corners been cut? A group of experienced TV professionals are so concerned about production standards they have got together and formed the Institute for Training in Television Production (ITTP). The ITTP feels that training in the Television industry can be very patchy – acknowledging there are a few good institutions but others that are not so and above all organisations that issue course accreditations but do not talk to each other, indeed many seeing others as competitors. One of the primary aims of the ITTP is to bring all these institutions together and to plan collective action that will further improve the standard of training of TV production personnel. Given the billions spent on producing content by both terrestrial and non-terrestrial TV and subsequent incoming revenue the amount of money spent on training key production personnel is so small it is impossible to calculate. British TV is considered a benchmark of production standards around the World but without investment in training this will could become a thing of the past. The ITTP is supported by the Indie Training Fund, The British Kinematograph, Sound and Television Society (BKSTS), the Guild of Television Cameraman (GTC) and is working directly with tv-bay in organising a UK conference in the not too distant future. You can keep posted on all the news and updates here... Multiviewers come along for the ride J ones Mobile Television (JMTV) is a full-service location video production company located in Arkansas, USA, which serves a wide range of national sports, corporate, and entertainment clients. Recently they completed a $3 million USD conversion of their 51’ (15.5 meter) digital expanding production trailer to high definition (HD). All standard definition equipment, including monitoring, was removed from the mobile unit and replaced with state-of- the-art HD gear. Before the upgrade, more than 150 CRT monitors were on board. All were replaced with LED monitors. 18 Matrox MicroQuad multiviewers now feed 80% of these new LED monitors in areas such as audio, video shading, the server/tape room, and half of production. “We chose the Matrox MicroQuads for their quality, ease of use, and very attractive price,” explains Bob Derryberry, President and Co-owner of Jones Mobile Television. “There are a lot of quad multiviewers on the market but since we had experience with other Matrox products in the past, we knew that we could rely on the MicroQuads for our new application.” Although all controls are on the individual units, JMTV’s MicroQuads are mounted in the racks so the truck engineer-in-charge (EIC), John Matthews, found it convenient to use the Windows-based MicroQuad Remote application to control each unit from the QC/video control area of the mobile production truck. “Since every show requires a different monitor layout, it is imperative that we can quickly and easily change these layouts from show to show. The MicroQuads let us do all this with an easy-to-use, no charge application included with the units,” explains Matthews. Jones Mobile Television also added a Matrox Convert DVI as part of the truck’s upgrade to HD. The Chyron Duet desktop computer that feeds their broadcast system has a DVI out, which needs to be converted to HD SDI or Component Video for monitoring. “The converter also works great in getting our online voting polls to air,” adds Derryberry. Even though most of the shows that Jones Mobile Television produces are sporting events for clients like ESPN, CBS Sports Network, NBC Sports Network, FOX Sports Net, and Time Warner Cable to name a few, they also have a lot of large corporate shows that require extensive use of multiviewer set-ups outside the confines of the mobile unit. At these shows, JMTV often has to run fiber optic cables through a large convention center hall to the event’s location and set up multiviewer feeds for the director outside. The quads are labeled depending on the original sources being fed. Before they upgraded to the Matrox MicroQuads, JMTV had to stack monitors on a table, which took up a lot of space. “Not only do we save space because the MicroQuads are so compact but we also benefit from cost savings. And, most importantly, we’re able to provide our customers with a better quality viewing experience than we could previously.” 30 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 78 JUNE 2013 TV-BAY078JUN13.indd 30 10/06/2013 16:57