TV-BAY August 13 issue 80

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High speed camera system technology - a discussion by Steve Cotterill, Editec MD H igh speed camera systems are now readily available, but all systems are not equal. Say you want to enhance your live TV coverage of a sporting event with slow motion. For some time now, the only alternative to standard 25fps based replays would have been replays from ‘supermotion’ 75fps cameras manufactured by Sony or Philips. However, a couple of years ago, high speed HD cameras originally designed for industry appeared, and with integration packages were quickly put to use providing so called ‘Ultra- Motion’ replay facilities. The majority of these cameras were based upon either Phantom (US) or Photron (Japanese) industrial single chip C-MOS cameras. Another manufacturer, NAC, produced 3 chip variants, although these were not capable of full 1080i resolution at the higher speeds. There have been some limitations with previous systems in this field, and these should be considered when looking at their potential use. Firstly, storage is inbuilt camera RAM. At 1000fps, this gives a record time of around 10 seconds (1080i resolution). Secondly, to get that ‘incredible’ replay, you need to be shooting at very high speeds. However, for inclusion in a replay sequence, say after a goal, this process is just too slow. Finally, at high speed you need a good light level. On a dull day or in the evening, you have to lower the shooting speed to get noise free images. So, you want to give your viewers ultra- motion replays, but have not got the time to get them in. You already have 75fps (1/3 speed replays) but you want a more detailed replay – have no fear – the revolutionary X10 has arrived. This is the latest cutting edge camera technology from R&D company I-MOVIX in Belgium. Based upon a modified Phantom 642 camera from Vision Research, shooting speed is a fixed 250 fps, replaying at 1/10 speed - significantly slower than standard super- motion, but not too slow for inclusion in your live broadcast. All limitations mentioned above are addressed as the X10 streams all images directly into the industry-standard XT3 server, using 10 record channels and giving some 16 hours of storage. This gives all the advantages of getting images instantly into the EVS workflow, and operation is from a standard EVS remote controller. As you are shooting at 250fps the camera is more sensitive than when shooting at higher speeds. To have the latest high speed wizardry in your show – look no further than I-MOVIX X10, available for rent or purchase from UK distributor Editec Ltd. www.editecuk.com Meet Steve Cotterill on the I-MOVIX stand at IBC 11.C55 An Integrated Business Management Platform for Foxtel Go Pilat Media’s IBMS: OnDemand serves as Foxtel Go backend management system, managing scheduling, rights, metadata, and workflow for VOD and catch-up service on iPhones and iPads by Scott Favelle A s one of Australia’s most progressive and dynamic media companies, Foxtel offers an outstanding entertainment experience every day to more than 2.3 million subscribing homes. Our pay-TV services are defined by exclusive and inspiring programming across all genres and the world’s most popular channel brands, and every year we invest in new and original Australian content. Foxtel is also known as a champion of innovation – having brought customers the iQ personal video recorder, Australia’s largest HD offering with 26 dedicated channels, and our latest 66 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 81 SEPTEMBER 2013 breakthrough, Foxtel Go. A portable companion for Foxtel subscribers, Foxtel Go enables them to choose from some of Australia’s most popular entertainment, documentaries, and drama channels and watch their favorite shows anywhere and anytime on both Wi-Fi and 3G. To help support back-end management for Foxtel Go, we chose IBMS:OnDemand – (an add-on module to Pilat Media’s IBMS) that enables the rapid creation of different VOD packages to suit different platforms and viewing audiences. This allows us to offer a rich viewer experience and helps us maximize the use of content rights by providing a rights-aware content catalog with rich metadata to support our nonlinear and catch-up offerings, including content availability and packaging. We launched Foxtel Go last November following the success of the Foxtel 2012 London Games app, which gave our subscribers access from tablets and smartphones to eight HD channels providing live coverage of the events. We have since been able to rapidly expand the service to more than 60 live channels, with many channels providing catch-up programming that can also be viewed on demand. For several years, IBMS has provided the business management infrastructure for a range of Foxtel linear and nonlinear service offerings, enabling us to manage critical areas such as content scheduling, and program rights in an automated and highly efficient manner. Foxtel Go is just one example where IBMS has been used to drive our multiplatform business and has helped to scale our operations while maintaining a competitive advantage. Scott Favelle is Senior Product Solution Architect at Foxtel