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by Joseph Adamson
A fricans in London TV (AILTV) was first
featured in TV-BAY magazine issue
029 in 2009. The article was about
AILTV when it started, including the reason
why it was created, the content and future
plans. The emphasis was on the gear that I was using at
that time which was a Canon HV20, Sony VX1000, Sony
PD100, Data video vision mixer SE500 [analogue], Yamaha
ProMix 01 mixing desk, Rode NTG2. In this list is a very
important missing item and that is a hardware live encoder.
Five years ago live encoders were very expensive and some
still are.The set up suggests that the out put was strictly SD
[Standard Definition]. Content was encoded using Windows
Media on a PC and delivered to GDBTV [GLOBAL DIGITAL
BROADCAST], for internet distribution. GDBTV is an IPTV
company based in Brighton.
AILTV had a contract with GDBTV in 2008 to distribute
and stream the content worldwide. When the contract
ended in in 2011,I had to continue making videos but
the most important area I concentrated on was research,
which included reading articles from magazines, forums on
software and hardware encoders, and is still going on. I do
my research in my small room which I call the RESEARCH
BOX (measuring 8’ x 6’ where all the equipment is and
where I record, edit and do all my work). While doing my
research I had to ask myself several questions:
During my research not only did I read all information
available on live and streaming production gear but I also
attended conventions such as BVE, and the TV-BAY tour to
see and talk to resellers and manufactures such as NewTek
[Tricaster] Blackmagic Design [ATEM Switchers] and many
others. Fast forward to 2014, After doing extensive research I
ended up buying Blackmagic ATEM Television Studio,
ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4k, Blackmagic Hyper
Deck Shuttle, Beheringer Utramatch Pro, Tera Dek VidiU.
In addition to this kit, I still use my trusted Yamaha Pro
01 Mix sound mixer, Yamaha MSP3 monitor,speakers,
Samsung 19” TV/Monitor, Data video TLM-700HD monitor.
MacPro Quad-Core Intel Xeone 8GB of memory, Mac OS
10.8 Loaded with Blackmagic DeckLink SDI 4k,FCP7/X,
Blackmagic Media Express, Blackmagic Control software
for ATEM Switchers, and a MacBookPro with similar
software. Cameras: Panasonic HPX171, Panasonic GH2, Canon
HV20. Canon FX305 x 2
Sound: Senheiser Radio microphones, Rode NTG2,Sony
ECM-77B Chroma Key: Reflec media Light Ring, Cromatte cloth.
Lighting: Red heads x3, 3 on camera LED lights
1. What do I want to get out of the kit?
2. Can I afford it?
3. How long will it take to set up?
4. Is it easy to use?
5. How long can the kit last before becoming obsolete?
6. Is the kit upgradable?
7. Can the kit handle multiple formats?
8. How easy will it be to transport?
9. Will it fit into my small space.
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