DP Alex Buono Takes Saturday Night Live to 4K with AJA Ki Pro Quad

Date: 30/05/2013
DP Alex Buono Takes Saturday Night Live to 4K with AJA Ki Pro Quad

AJA Video Systems, a leading manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion solutions, recently released the Ki Pro Quad file-based recording device for professional 4K and HD workflows. Alex Buono, Director of Photography for the Saturday Night Live Film Unit, recently used the AJA Ki Pro Quad together with a Canon C500 camera to capture "Kanish, a 1970s cop show spoof starring Zach Galifianakis and Bill Hader. Ki Pro Quad is the only tapeless recorder that supports live debayering of 4K Canon RAW camera data with simultaneous recording to Apple ProRes 422 or ProRes 444 files. 

 
Buono has been working on SNL since 1999, and has recently been experimenting with a variety of 4K workflows on the shows pre-produced segments. We love the look of the Canon C500 camera, but with our production turnaround schedule, we dont have time to deal with processing RAW camera files. We tried alternate 4K recording devices, but Ki Pro Quad is the only one that let us go straight from the camera to ProRes. Not only do we save a ton of processing time, but were also chewing up way less hard drive spaceuncompressed RAW ties up at least 1TB of storage per hour of footage; with Ki Pro Quad recording to ProRes, were down to less than 600GB per hour. 
 
Producing in 4K is important to NBC for production, post and archival purposes. Shooting in 4K today will make rebroadcasts to Ultra HD much simpler when that technology is widely adopted into the home. For NBC, shooting in 4K is a way to future-proof the show; for Buono and SNL Film Unit director/producer Rhys Thomas, the 4K resolution provides great options for reframing shots that today are still being delivered in 1080 and largely viewed at 720. Other 4K recorders that we tested required a more time-consuming post workflow. Weve used previous generations of Ki Pro recorders on other projects and theyve always been easy to use and super reliable. Ki Pro Quad easily mounted to the back rails of the camera and it just worked like clockwork.
 
Buono likes shooting with the Canon C500 for its image quality and color accuracy. One of the biggest compliments I can give the Ki Pro Quad is that the quality of the 444 ProRes files that came out of the unit looked exactly the same as the RAW Canon footage, and we had immediate access to them on set without having to go through hours of processing. To me, that alone makes using Ki Pro Quad a no brainer.
 
This summer, Buono is embarking on a two-month speaking tour, The Art of Visual Storytelling, starting on June 3, 2012. He will be leading attendees through a practical workshop of shooting and producing video content in fast turnaround environments using examples from his 14 seasons on SNL as well as his feature film and documentary work. The 31-stop tour across the United States will provide hands-on access to shooting with Buono's broadcast production set-up including a Canon C500 camera, AJA Ki Pro Quad, Movi stabilized camera gimbal and more. For more information visit www.visualstorytellingtour.com. To learn more about the Ki Pro Quad and its breakthrough 4K workflows, visit http://www.aja.com/en/products/ki-pro-quad/#overview.

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Tags: AJA | AJA Video | Ki Pro Quad | SNL | Saturday Night Live | Workflow | 4K | Canon C500 | Alex Buono | Recorder | Tapeless | Capture | Recording | Production | Post | Archival
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News
Holdan Reaches Distribution Agreement with Kramer Electronics Posted: 28/01/2022
Holdan Reaches Distribution Agreement with Kramer Electronics

As of January 2022, Kramer has partnered with Holdan in the UK and Republic of Ireland, to offer a limited range of 3G and 12G-SDI products on an exclusive basis, as well as access to supply other non-exclusive Kramer products.
In doing so, they aim to better serve the Broadcast and Professional Video Market and extend the reach into that market with partners that have the specialist technical and sales capabilities to best support that effort.

Tags: Holdan | Kramer | Kramer Electronics | Broadcast | Distributor | Distribution | DA | Switcher | Multiviewer | Scaler | 3G-SDI | 12G-SDI
Submitted by Holdan Limited.
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Clear-Com Brings New and Market-Proven Solutions to First Major Show of the Year - Prolight + Sound Guangzhou 2022 Posted: 28/01/2022
Clear-Com Brings New and Market-Proven Solutions to First Major Show of the Year - Prolight + Sound Guangzhou 2022

Clear-Com® will be attending Prolight + Sound Guangzhou (PLSG) this year, exhibiting in Hall 4.2 on Stand A05 from February 22 – 25. Recognized as the largest entertainment and ProAV tradeshow in China, PLSG has become a key driver of growth, collaboration and technical development in one of Clear-Com’s core market areas. As the market leader in intercom technology for all types of live performances, Clear-Com is excited to be bringing its latest innovations-- Arcadia™ Central Station and FreeSpeak Edge® Base Station—as well its trusted, market-proven solutions.

Tags: Clear-Com | Agent-IC® | FreeSpeak II® | HelixNet® | Encore® 
Submitted by Bubble Agency
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UKTV Has Renewed Its Managed service Contract with The Farm Group Posted: 27/01/2022
UKTV Has Renewed Its Managed service Contract with The Farm Group

The Farm Group, part of Streamland Media, has managed UKTV’s in-house post facilities in Hammersmith since 2015 and the contract has recently been renewed for a further five years. The new contract will include a refresh of the technology including a change to Adobe Premiere editing platforms and the implementation of a new asset management system. The facility will continue to be staffed by The Farm’s operational and creative teams, including online editors and dubbing mixers, working with the UKTV Creative team to produce short form content including on-air promos and brand campaigns. They will also continue to manage channel continuity announcements on site.

Tags: The Farm | Streamland Media | UKTV
Submitted by ignite strategic communications
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AVIWEST Leads DEEPTEC Project to Demonstrate Green Live-Event Coverage and Delivery Using 5G and Cloud Posted: 27/01/2022
AVIWEST Leads DEEPTEC Project to Demonstrate Green Live-Event Coverage and Delivery Using 5G and Cloud

AVIWEST, a leading provider of live video contribution solutions, today joins the DEEPTEC project consortium with TDF and IETR (Institut d'Electronique et des Technologies du numéRique) to develop a sustainable and fully virtualized live streaming workflow over 5G networks. Delivery over Energy-Efficient Processing and Transcoding in Edge Computing (DEEPTEC) is a two-year collaborative project supported by the Images & Réseaux team (the competitive cluster for digital innovation in the Pays de la Loire and Brittany regions), funded by the Brittany region and the Metropole of Rennes.

Tags: DEEPTEC | 5G networks | Live Production | 4K | UHD | Multi-Access Edge Computing | Environment
Submitted by 202 Communications
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Riedels MediorNet MicroN UHD Provides Decentralized Signal Routing in Studio Berlins New U10 Truck Posted: 27/01/2022
Riedels MediorNet MicroN UHD Provides Decentralized Signal Routing in Studio Berlins New and Uuml;10 Truck

Riedel Communications today announced that Studio Berlin, a German live TV production solutions provider, has deployed the company's MediorNet MicroN UHD media distribution and processing solution in its new Ü10 UHD/HDR OB van. Featuring a unique two-vehicle design that enables production crews to maintain social distancing, the Ü10 is outfitted with 38 Riedel MicroN UHD modules for decentralized signal routing.

Tags: Media Distribution | Outside Broadcast | Signal Routing | Signal Processing | Decentralized Routing | MicroN UHD
Submitted by Dundee Hills Group
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Increasing user-friendliness with multiple languages Posted: 27/01/2022
Increasing user-friendliness with multiple languages

New language variants in the configuration tool for KVM systems make operation easier

With the launch of the new firmware for the digital KVM matrix switches ControlCenter-Compact and ControlCenter-Digital and digital extender, G&D is once again emphasising user-friendliness. The configuration tool Config Panel 21 now also supports French, Chinese and Russian as language variants.

Tags: kvm | gdsys | switches | config panel21 | guntermann & drunck | configuration tool | matrix switches
Submitted by Guntermann & Drunck GmbH
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CGI partners with France Televisions in the successful modernization of its newsrooms with its CGI OpenMedia solution Posted: 27/01/2022
CGI partners with France T and eacute;l and eacute;visions in the successful modernization of its newsrooms with its CGI OpenMedia solution

CGI (TSX: GIB.A) (NYSE: GIB), the leading newsroom and radio system provider in Europe, has announced that it is supporting the editorial staff of France Télévisions, the leading French audiovisual group, which brings together six national channels, 24 regional branches and nine overseas branches, in the modernization and standardization of its editorial tool, through its OpenMedia solution. Planned for a period of four years, this contract is valued at more than 3.5 million euros.



 




Tags: CGI | CGI Media Solutions | OpenMedia | Newsroom | Media and Broadcast | Radio Production | dira!
Submitted by Bubble Agency
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Medialogy Broadcast Expands in South Asia and West Africa Posted: 26/01/2022
Medialogy Broadcast Expands in South Asia and West Africa

Medialogy Broadcast announces the opening of a newly-formed sales and support company in India plus an addition to the recently established Nigerian branch which serves the West African region.

Manoj Sharma joins the India office as senior manager, sales, with Dharamveer Grover as pre-sales support engineer. Both are based in New Delhi.

Tags: Medialogy Broadcast | IPTV solutions | OTT | cloud and multiscreen video systems | traffic management solutions | MAM systems | media asset management | storage | archiving | playout | terrestrial transmission | SNG flyaway systems | satellite uplinks | studio systems
Submitted by Stylus Media Communications
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NEW Fiilex Q10 - 900W Full-colour Water Resistant Fresnel Posted: 26/01/2022
NEW  Fiilex Q10 - 900W Full-colour Water Resistant Fresnel

The Q10 COLOR is a powerful 900W Color LED Fresnel that floods and spots from 70 to 11 degrees. Like all the other Fiilex Color Fresnels, this offers more than 50 different operating modes, including the Tunable CCT (2000K to 10000K) and RGBW modes to the more advanced Gels and Effects modes, for users to choose.

Tags: Fiilex | Q10 | Color | Colour | LED | Gels | dense Matrix | wireless | intergrated | VAC | VDC
Submitted by Cirro Lite (Europe) Ltd
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Beautiful Mix for Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga Posted: 26/01/2022
and lsquo;HEAR and rsquo; Creates Beautiful Mix for Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga and ldquo;One Last Time and rdquo; Concert Special

Renowned crooner Tony Bennett recently took to the stage for the “One Last Time” concerts at Radio City Music Hall alongside long-time friend and collaborator Lady Gaga, and the performances were nothing short of magical. As this is likely to be the last time audiences see Bennett perform live, the concerts were captured and aired as a CBS special on November 28, 2021. With sound at the forefront of considerations for this event, GRAMMY Award-winning Audio Engineers Jody Elff and John Harris of Harris-Elff Audio Resources (HEAR) selected a variety of DPA Microphones for the orchestral recording.

Tags: DPA Microphones | audio | live performance
Submitted by D. Pagan Communications
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Broadcast Solutions releases meshLINK to revolutionise wireless video transmissions Posted: 26/01/2022
Broadcast Solutions releases meshLINK to revolutionise wireless video transmissions

Broadcast Solutions, one of the leading systems integrators in media and content production, takes the next step in offering innovative product developments with the release of meshLINK.

Tags: wireless | meshLIINK | IP mesh | transmission | MANET
Submitted by Broadcast Solutions
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Pebble releases trading update for the year ending 31st December 2021 Posted: 26/01/2022
Pebble releases trading update for the year ending 31st December 2021

Pebble Beach Systems Group plc has released a trading update today, announcing that it expects to report 2021 results significantly ahead of market expectations. Revenue was approximately £10.6m up 26% on the 2020 result, whilst orders were up 75% at £13.7m (which includes £1.5m of orders delayed from 2020 due to Covid).

Tags: Pebble | Pebble Control | Automation | Integrated | IP | Virtualised Playout Technology | Content Management
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Pixellot and The National Travel Basketball Association Team Up to Bring New Level of Exposure and Access to Youth Tournaments Posted: 26/01/2022
Pixellot and The National Travel Basketball Association Team Up to Bring New Level of Exposure and Access to Youth Tournaments

Pixellot, the world’s leading provider of AI-Automated™ sports video and analytics solutions, has partnered with The National Travel Basketball Association (NTBA), the nation’s premier youth travel basketball tournament operator to provide software and hardware solutions for the capture, production and streaming of basketball games and tournaments across the United States.

Tags: Pixellot | NTBA | AI | basketball | NTBA games | National Travel Basketball Association
Submitted by Bubble Agency
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farmerswife announces global launch of Cirkus Posted: 26/01/2022
farmerswife announces global launch of Cirkus

farmerswife, which provides resource scheduling, project management, and team collaboration software for the demanding needs of today’s media industry, is delighted to announce the immediate availability of Cirkus, its powerful new SaaS task and project management solution. Designed to address the specific project needs of media organisations, the cloud-based Cirkus is available as both an integration for farmerswife, or as a standalone product, and has been built to reflect and adapt to the way teams work and collaborate in the real world.




 



Tags: farmerswife | Cirkus | SaaS | production software | post-production software | broadcasting software
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HPA Announces Tech Retreat Supersession Details: Beyond the Hype Posted: 25/01/2022
HPA Announces Tech Retreat Supersession Details: Beyond the Hype

The Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) has announced further details for the much-anticipated 2022 HPA Tech Retreat Supersession, this year focusing on virtual production. The Supersession will take place in person on Tuesday, February 22 during the four-day Tech Retreat. Programmed this year by respected industry experts Kari Grubin and Erik Weaver, the Supersession boasts an impressive lineup of speakers, demonstrations, and case studies from leaders in the adaptation and evolution of virtual production and in camera VFX. The program presents an unusual opportunity to see what happens when the major technology innovators and manufacturers collaborate in real time. Speakers are still being added and further updates will be available at hpaonline.com. 

Tags: HPA | HPA Tech Retreat | virtual production | Supersession | AOTO | Planar | Sony
Submitted by ignite strategic communications
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