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NEWS MANAGE & MONITOR W hen NewTek introduced its TriCaster Mini last month (see page 26), there would have been rejoicing and disdain in equal measure. The hollering and whooping would have come from those media companies that saw it as a way of ‘broadcasting’ to the world that doesn’t required engineering or technical know-how in order to do so. The grumbles would have come from the people with those very skills. Newtek is only responding to market demand. You cannot blame them. But you can see why some might not like the idea of an “ultra-portable system that allows anyone who doesn’t speak or understand the technical language of video production or broadcasting to transform an ordinary presentation into engaging multimedia content that looks like network-style TV in a matter of minutes.“ Having spent many years learning the ropes, engineers in their traditional form are going the way of the Dodo it would seem. If they aren’t already, many will have to up-skill or multi-task to survive. Being able to change the heads on a Digibeta machine no-longer cuts it in TV. Cables are still crucial but they carry data packets. Software engineers have the power now. The change is apparent in all parts of the broadcast chain, not just within facilities, playout, OB, transmission and the other areas where traditional engineering skills have been invaluable. It’s even happening in acquisition. A camera hire company in London is currently looking for new staff after three of its engineers – all very experienced, all extremely knowledgeable – were unable or unwilling to add other weapons to their skills armoury. Business models in TV have to consider the client’s bottom line. To meet those demands, less people need to do more. A camera operator needs to also be a driver and a technical whizz. An engineer needs to be more than just that. Otherwise they are not cost-effi cient as a service. You don’t have to agree with it. And many don’t. But it is the reality of modern day broadcasting, where technology has become IT-based, commoditised and inclusive rather than engineering-based and exclusive. The smoke and mirrors has gone. The Tricaster Mini is a great example of that. File delivery Monitor control NTP Technology has launched new monitor control capabilities for its AX32 analogue, digital, analogue mic, line interface and its DX32 digital audio matrix. The new features allow full control directly from Avid Artist, S6, MC Pro and 5-MC control surfaces. Monitor control is made via NTP DADman software using the Avid EUCON protocol. Software can be preconfi gured by a user - or administrator - to permit a variety of input and output combinations. London post house The Ark has ordered a second File Finish (eFF) software application from Emotion Systems that will be used to automatically analyse and correct audio loudness violations in fi le-based media. The purchase follows the adoption by UK broadcasters of the fi le-based programme delivery specifi cations established by the Digital Production Partnership (DPP). The Ark will deliver to that spec using eFF and to other parts of the world where differing loudness standards must be adhered to, including the CALM Act (US) and OP59 (Australia). David Carstairs, technical consultant to The Ark, said: “The Ark already has a QC system for fi le- based media, but it still prefers to use the eFF software in parallel for fi le analysis and loudness correction. It’s easier to use, more fl exible and comprehensive in its analysis and corrections capabilities.“ 24 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 95 NOVEMBER 2014 TV-BAY095NOV14.indd 24 06/11/2014 13:05