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NEWS CAPTURE & PRODUCE by Will Strauss “ With KitPlus rife with tales of new camera bags, new batteries and cheaper-than-ever vision mixers, it must be time once again for BVE (February 24-26, Excel). Straddled by the two giants of the broadcast equipment exhibition world, the London event has never sat entirely comfortably in the TV calendar. It takes place too near (or not near enough) to NAB for big manufacturers to show products and concepts, yet it doesn’t follow quickly enough after IBC to allow keen visitors to be amongst the first to see working models. Instead, it is UK product debuts that abound. Despite this unsolvable conundrum, I am quietly impressed with what they’re putting on this year. The line-up of exhibitors is good and the breadth of the seminars exceptional with sprinklings of Hollywood talent, a TV star and some genuinely interesting and relevant topics, covering everything from traditional ‘telly’ stuff to theatre, AV and corporate. And, of course, there is the ever-important show bar… To my mind, what BVE does better than the ‘big two’ is that it is very hands-on. There are lots of learning opportunities and the kit that is on show is real (and works!). It feels very practical. There isn’t too much ‘blue sky thinking’ or vapourware. This helps to give BVE a real purpose, which is important, as going to exhibitions costs a lot of time and money, for both visitors and exhibitors. With that cost issue in mind, however, it could be argued that the whole trade show model needs a re-think. At most events, innovative and exciting products struggle to be heard amongst the cacophony of big company technology updates, versions and integrations. And many meetings on noisy stands are simply with people that work down the road or are precursors to a proper, one-to-one meeting or phone call where the real business is conducted. They are fun, no doubt, but it does make you wonder if there isn’t a more time and cost efficient way of doing all this? Anyway, enjoy the show. “ Voice over booth Editors Keys is making 300 units of its portable Vocal Booth Home Edition available in bright orange to celebrate the launch of the new StudioSeries logo. The £99.99 limited edition booths, which are available on a first come first serve basis, are aimed at singers, voice over artists and podcasters that want to achieve a professional sound during home recording. The portable vocal booth, which attaches to a microphone stand, is built using acoustic foam to help record a dry vocal sound and prevent exterior noise. Editors Keys is also launching a version of the HP Zbook series workstation with a dedicated keyboard built in for Avid Media Composer. www.editorskeys.com BROADCAST FIBRE OPTIC SOLUTIONS OB and Field Deployable Applications Caddie-LB 4K Caddie-LB 3G BlueLite BC364 Wavelength Mapping ShaxX Power Insertion Infrastructure BC365 12G-SDI BC860 Gigabit A complete range of modular field proven interfaces. From compact stand alone units to complete optical networks. Broadcast Specialists 06 | KITPLUS - TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 98 FEBRUARY 2015 www.bluebell.tv