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NEWS CAPTURE & PRODUCE As 2016 includes both a European Championships and an Olympic Games it won’t come as much of a surprise to learn that this month’s edition of Kit Plus features many acquisition-related news stories relevant to sport production. Years with an even number are the busiest for sport, and the ones that generally see the most innovation. There is good chance we will see more 4k (Ultra HD) channels launch this year, and sport will lead. We might even see HDR and higher frame rates. Again, it is likely that sport will be at the forefront. Where innovation is most concentrated, perhaps, is in the development of in-stadia services to both mobile devices and fixed screens. This is a growth area and, while it is essentially narrowcasting rather than broadcasting, it links intrinsically with the broadcast output. Bringing spectators closer to the action – and monetising that experience – is becoming big business. You only have to look at the interest shown in LTE Broadcast. Will Strauss At last year’s FA Cup final EE worked with the BBC to trial 4G-powered mobile broadcasts, putting viewers in control of multiple camera angles and replays. The response was positive. Similarly, and as you can see later in this issue, rugby fans in the posh seats attending matches at the Stade du Hameau in Pau, France, can watch the game from several different video camera views live and to view slow-motion replays via the Vogo Sport app. Manufacturers and services providers alike are of the opinion that the fans in the stands want the same kind of user experience as the people at home, with replays and the ability to review certain situations. They also want exclusive content only made available to people in the stadium. If that is the case, and there is little to suggest that it isn’t, we can expect some big things this year. Live Production 4k live production requirements will be one of the key topics of discussion for EVS at BVE 2016 (Stand J05). On show will be LSM Connect, the tablet-based offering for clip and playlist management with the XT3 server and LSM remote configuration. At the same time the MultiReview tool will be on display. This product enables directors and operators to see 12 different camera angles on one screen. For graphic overlay insertions in real-time or for instant replays, EVS will demonstrating its Epsio live graphics suite which includes Epsio FX, Epsio Live, Epsio Paint and Epsio Zoom. The Dyvi IT-based production switcher will also be on show. Studio graphics Vizrt plans to split its BVE presence (Stand P10) into four areas: entertainment, news, sports and multiscreen control. The entertainment zone will feature the Viz Virtual Studio for 3D virtual studio production while the news zone will include Viz One, Vizrt’s MAM system for journalists, and its newsroom automation and control tools Viz Mosart and Viz Opus. Viz Multiplay will be on show in the multiscreen control zone along with Viz Trio, Vizrt’s character generator. In the sports area, Vizrt will exhibit Viz Libero for analytical graphics and the Viz Arena virtual 3D graphics offering. On show for the first time in the UK will be Viz Eclipse, Vizrt’s new tool for virtual side-line advertisement replacement 6 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 109 JANUARY 2016