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DAY IN THE LIFE ON THE ROAD WITH AMG Andy Glossop Established in 1994, AMG Television Productions started out as a video production company filming small club rallies on a local basis. The first TV contract came in 1995 when they were commissioned to film the Safety Devices Hillrally for a program on Sky Sports. The following year they filmed the complete Hillrally championship along with several rally championships. A few years later and AMG were now filming a wide variety of events including the Ford KA rally championship along with rounds of the BTRDA rally series. 2006 saw a busy year with work now extended to both circuit racing and rallying and included the new Ford Fiesta Sporting trophy-a championship run by the Ford world rally team M-Sport, as well as a whole host of racing series that included Scottish Mini Cooper Cup and the Ford Saloon Car Championship. In 2012, AMGTV were approached by Premier Sports to provide coverage of Short circuit racing that included the UK Mascar championship and the Formula One Brisca Stockcars. This proved to be a new challenge with the action being very close to camera positions and requiring a new style of editing. AMGTV have used the Grass Valley Edius package since its launch, and are still using it today, the multi format “anything in, anything out” format being perfect for fast turnaround of programmes, where quite often incar footage from various differing units can be supplied at the last minute and needed to be slotted into the edit. “We made the decision to go with the Panasonic P2 format as our main camera source, finding it really robust despite the cost of the P2 cards, and we are still using it today- although we now have several freelancers using Sony PMW500s etc too” says Manager and owner Andy Glossop. Initially the stockcars were filmed in camera and then all edited together back in the office, but in 2013 a decision was made to convert the company motorhome into a small live production facility, using predominantly Black magic Design kit and an Atem 1. “The Atem really changed the way we could film the stockcars, being able to see all the cameras and direct the operators allowed for quick decisions and the overall product really improved. 64 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 115 JULY 2016