Making an event of it: Sony, NT Live and Vue International join hands for exclusive 4K screening at Vue Cinemas of Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Date: 13/04/2015

From next month, Vue International audiences around the UK will exclusively be able to watch the acclaimed National Theatre Live production Behind the Beautiful Forevers projected in Sony Digital Cinema 4K for the highest possible picture quality.

A landmark in event cinema, the 12th March performance of Behind the Beautiful Forevers was specially recorded in front of an audience at the NTs Olivier Theatre using six Sony F55 4K cameras. Mastered as a 4K DCP (Digital Cinema Package), the show will be screened as a series of exclusive 4K presentations across the whole of Vues 83-site estate. Fully exploiting the phenomenal detail, contrast and colour gamut captured by the F55, the 4K screenings will bring patrons in Vue cinemas closer than ever to the atmosphere of being in the best seats in the house at the actual performance.

Staged by the NTs incoming Artistic Director Rufus Norris and starring Meera Syal, Behind the Beautiful Forevers has attracted widespread critical acclaim since its opening in 2014. Bringing the performance from stage to screen in 4K has seen Sony, NT Live and Vue working closely with a tight-knit team of technical partners to ensure the highest possible picture quality for cinematic presentation.

Weve been broadcasting theatre productions into cinemas since 2009, and weve really learned how to create an absorbing experience for cinema audiences, says NT Live Producer Emma Keith. Behind the Beautiful Forevers was a natural choice to get the 4K treatment. Its a huge production, with lots of scene changes, complex on-stage action and colourful costumes. We immediately knew it would look great on camera.

NEP Visions added a 4K layer to its NEP 1 OB truck for the outside broadcast element, once more pushing the technology boundaries of 4K coverage that the company provided on the NTs pioneering War Horse broadcast in February 2014. Led by Tom Giles, the NEP Visions technical team has worked hard to ensure that the workflow has been maximised, improved and streamlined to make it as easy as HD.

Brian Clark, Commercial Director, NEP Visions said, We pride ourselves on pushing the boundaries of live broadcast coverage and the use of 4K technology. 4K is a major focus for the NEP Group, and combining this with working on such a prestigious project for the National Theatre culminates in the perfect balance of premium content and cutting edge technology.

To capture Behind the Beautiful Forevers with cinematic clarity, rental specialist Presteigne Broadcast Hire has supplied six Sony F55 Super 35mm 4K CMOS sensor camera chains, including the CA-4000 camera adaptor for 4K fibre transmission and BPU-4000 4K base band processor.

Weve always been at the forefront of technology, says David OCarroll, Presteignes Head of Technology. With the advent of 4K and the F55, NT Live now has the opportunity to capture stage productions with a cinematic aesthetic in the highest definition possible. The cameras are rigged for the production with PL mount lenses, providing a shallow depth of field thats ideal for the movie-like feel that NT Live and its production partners have taken pains to realise. In many ways the F55 offers us the best of both worlds, says David: Its large-format sensor gives us that movie look, but with operation thats just like an ordinary live TV camera.

One F55 right by the front of the stage is complemented by three further cameras near the middle of the stalls described by NT Lives Emma Keith as the best seats in the house. An additional pair of F55 cameras fitted with remotely-controlled Fuji lenses are jib-mounted, grabbing dynamic tracking shots right over the audiences heads and into the performance space itself. Wide-angle establishing shots help capture the mood as the audience files into the Olivier auditorium. But once the curtain rises, the half-dozen F55 cameras are focused entirely on the stage action.

Lighting is subtly adjusted for an optimum look on camera, while carefully maintaining the integrity of the original lighting design. Theatrical lighting can be a challenge for video cameras, with lots of sudden blackouts, changes and colour shifts, explains Emma Keith. We dont re-light the show for broadcast, but we do make small adjustments in technical rehearsals. We also fine-tune things like make-up and even the colour of the performers hair. Then during the performance were constantly tweaking things to make it work for a cinema audience were effectively colour grading in real time.

Were doing this as a totally end-to-end 4K production for the benefit of Vue audiences explains Technical Producer Chris Bretnall of Creative Broadcast Solutions, whos been intimately involved in the realisation of every NT Live project since 2009. Weve put in 4K cameras, and the whole infrastructure is native 4K, with simulcast in HD. Signals from each camera chain in the auditorium are routed via fibre to NEP Visions OB truck, where theyre recorded to a Sony PWS-4400 server. As Chris explains, the production workflow differs in one key aspect from traditional live TV broadcasting:

The enormous colour space were capturing with the Sony F55s is far in excess of the Rec.709 standard for HD TV. And by mastering in UHD (3840x2160 resolution) and then creating a 4K DCP for cinema projection (4096x2160, via the addition of horizontal blanking), were fully exploiting what this camera is capable of.

Every step of the production workflow ensures that Behind the Beautiful Forevers looks as good as technically possible. Projected natively in Sony 4K, it ensures that Vue audiences can experience the show with more colour, detail and contrast than theyd ever see on TV.

Our job is to accurately translate the National Theatres creative vision, exactly as its meant to be seen in terms of lighting and colour grading says David Margolis of Soho Digital Cinema (SDC), NT Lives preferred mastering lab for its cinematic productions.

We want to give cinemas a great-looking product and for Behind the Beautiful Forevers were working with the as-live signal coming straight from the OB truck, completely uncompromised notes David. Encoding for the 4K DCP takes places at 250Mbps, the upper limit of the DCI standard. This helps preserve as much as possible of the cameras extended gamut into the P3 colour space thats native to the Sony 4K projectors across Vues estate. The master is carefully QCd in SDCs viewing suite by the NT Live team, prior to its final transfer to a ruggedised 500GB hard drive thats replicated for distribution to cinemas. 

NT Live and its technical partners have set the benchmark for bringing world-class theatre into cinemas, comments David McIntosh, Vice President, Sony Digital Cinema 4K Solutions for Europe and the Americas.

When Vue audiences enjoy Behind the Beautiful Forevers projected in Sony 4K, they will experience the very best in contemporary drama on the big screen with the absolute finest picture quality theyll witness anywhere.

Sony is proud of its unmatched heritage in 4K live production adds Norbert Paquet, Strategic Marketing Manager Live Production, Sony Professional Solutions Europe. And now with simulcast production in HD and 4K a practical reality as were demonstrating with the National Theatre this opens up exciting new commercial opportunities for content creators everywhere.

Were delighted to be working alongside such a strong roster of artistic and technical talent on this unique project, adds Paquet: Its just the initial step of a journey that will be marked by even more significant firsts this year.

On April 2nd the acclaimed National Theatre Live production Behind the Beautiful Forevers can be seen exclusively by Vue International Audiences in Sony Digital Cinema 4K, screened across the whole of Vues 83-site estate. 



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    Taking the lead in the HEVC and 4k revolution

  • Innovation in cameras moving to 4k

    Innovation in cameras moving to 4k

  • A new AEON in Wireless 4k

    A new AEON in Wireless 4k

  • Looking back at IBC 2017

    Looking back at IBC 2017

  • Back to Basics with IP Video Production

    Back to Basics with IP Video Production

  • Multi-camera fly-away for live music production

    Multi-camera fly-away for live music production

  • Image processing with Ikegami

    Image processing with Ikegami

  • Production Communications in a Shrinking World

    Production Communications in a Shrinking World

  • IP Based Remote Production

    IP Based Remote Production

  • Live sports and event production

    Live sports and event production


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Brightline Promotes Erin Nath to Manager of AV Solutions, U.S. Posted: 15/01/2022
Brightline Promotes Erin Nath to Manager of  AV Solutions, U.S.

Brightline announced the promotion of Erin Nath to Manager of AV Solutions for U.S. This marks the latest promotion for Nath who was most recently the company’s Sales Operation Manager. Nath is responsible for AV sales for the company across the U.S. She’ll work closely on a daily basis with Brightline’s AV dealers and consultants to implement innovative video lighting solutions.  






Tags: Brightline | lighting | lighting design | LED
Submitted by Pipeline Communications
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Sound for Hungarian TV Music Show Posted: 14/01/2022
L and aacute;szl and oacute; and ldquo;Taki and rdquo; Tak and aacute;cs Captures Pristine Sound for Hungarian TV Music Show, Turn and eacute;busz

As one of Hungary’s leading veteran sound engineers, László “Taki” Takács prides himself on capturing and delivering crystal clear, pristine audio quaility for his clients’ various music projects. For the music-based television show, Turnébusz, Taki turned to a selection of microphones. This included 4099 CORE Instrument mics, 2011C Twin Diaphragm Cardioid micsand 2028 Vocal mics from DPA.

Tags: DPA Microphones
Submitted by D. Pagan Communications
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YouTube Creator Expands Web Broadcasting Capabilities with Blackmagic Design Posted: 14/01/2022
YouTube Creator Jigm and eacute; Expands Web Broadcasting Capabilities with Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design today announced that popular French content creator Jigmé is using the ATEM Mini Extreme ISO to produce live and prerecorded content for his channels, Chez Jigmé.

The multicamera production relies on a mixed package of camera hardware, including the Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Plus and Pocket Cinema Camera 4K.



Tags: Blackmagic Design | Announcement | Jigmé | YouTuber | ATEM Mini Extreme ISO | Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Plus | BMPCC4K
Submitted by Blackmagic Design
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Goldcrest Post Delivers The King’s Man Grade with DaVinci Resolve Studio Posted: 14/01/2022
Goldcrest Post Delivers The King and rsquo;s Man Grade with DaVinci Resolve Studio

Blackmagic Design has today announced that DaVinci Resolve was used throughout the digital intermediate (DI) pipeline on 20th Century Studios’ new action film, and third in the Kingsman spy series, The King’s Man.

Lensed by director of photography Ben Davis BSC, The King’s Man is produced by Marv Studios and directed by Matthew Vaughn.



Tags: Blackmagic Design | Announcement | The Kings Man | Goldcrest | DaVinci Resolve
Submitted by Blackmagic Design
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TSL Products Bridges the Gap Between Broadcast and Pro AV Posted: 13/01/2022
TSL Products Bridges the Gap Between Broadcast and Pro AV

TSL Products broadcast control solutions are designed to power audio-visual workflows by creating a unified overlay for any system infrastructure, whether SDI, NDI or ST-2110. This allows broadcast and pro AV customers to take control of production kits across a facility with a single interface, including presentation, cameras, multi-viewers, graphics and more. TSL’s control systems easily adapt to pre-existing infrastructures, providing flexibility to achieve specific project and application-led goals, saving valuable time and investment.

Tags: TSL Products | broadcast control system | AV workflows
Submitted by D. Pagan Communications
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Pliant Technologies Announces High Density Mode Update for CrewCom Posted: 13/01/2022
Pliant Technologies Announces High Density Mode Update for CrewCom

Building on its tried-and-trusted CrewCom professional wireless intercom solution, Pliant Technologies announces the CrewCom v1.10 Update. The latest CrewCom firmware and software update, version 1.10, adds two new major features as well as several enhancements to its already long list of capabilities.

Tags: Pliant Technologies | CrewCom | Software Updates
Submitted by D. Pagan Communications
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Mo-Sys Launches G30 Gyro-Stabilized Head Posted: 13/01/2022
Mo-Sys Launches G30 Gyro-Stabilized Head

Mo-Sys Engineering, a world leader in image robotics virtual production and remote production, has announced the availability of its ground-breaking G30 gyro-stabilized head. The unique design has been refined using extensive real-world experience resulting in a stabilized head that has the performance of much more expensive systems, but with the usability and ease of setup of much simpler gimbal devices. 

Tags: Mo-Sys | virtual production | remote production | G30 gyro-stabilized | cameras | broadcast | technology | cinematography
Submitted by Manor Marketing
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NCME Brings JSTV Playout Operations In-House with Rohde and Schwarz Gallium, StreamMaster and SpycerNode Posted: 13/01/2022
NCME Brings JSTV Playout Operations In-House with Rohde and amp; Schwarz Gallium, StreamMaster and SpycerNode

Pixel Power, the global leader in master controlplayout, automation, graphics & branding, has been contracted to deliver an end-to-end ingest, storage and playout solution to NHK CosmoMedia (Europe) Limited [NCME]. NCME’sJSTV services provide audiences in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa with premium television content in the Japanese language. The broadcaster is implementing a new workflow comprising Gallium automation, StreamMaster ingest and master control playout and SpycerNode intelligent media storage. The new playout operation replaces JSTV’s previously outsourced playout service and supports its two channels JSTV 1 HD and JSTV 2 HD via satellite and OTT distributions.  

Tags: Rohde & Schwarz | Rohde and Schwarz | Broadcast | R&S | Media Technology | Broadcast Media Technologies | Post Production | connectivity | media | Clipster | Pixel Power | JSTV | NCME | SpycerNode | Gallium | StreamMaster | Ingest | Storage | Playout
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Broadcast Pix Version 9.0 Software Now Available Posted: 13/01/2022
Broadcast Pix Version 9.0 Software Now Available

Broadcast Pix™ is announcing a major new feature rich software release for its entire range of powerful, yet easy-to-use integrated production systems.V9.0 software is now available on all new Broadcast Pix systems, and as a free download to all users with a current support contract.

Tags: Broadcast Pix | GuestPix | BPswitch | BPView | RadioPix | StreamingPix | ChurchPix | Live Streaming | Console | Broadcasters | Live Events
Submitted by Bubble Agency
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PHABRIX manufactures 8000th handheld unit Posted: 13/01/2022
PHABRIX manufactures 8000th handheld unit

PHABRIX is delighted to announce that the 8000th Sx handheld unit is about to roll off the company’s production line. This significant milestone helps highlight its position as the industry’s most popular test and measurement device.



Tags: PHABRIX | broadcast | test and measurement | IP
Submitted by Bubble Agency
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Clear-Com IP Solutions Assist Aerospace Company Intuitive Machines with Moon Landing Cis-Lunar Communications Testing and Training Posted: 13/01/2022
Clear-Com and rsquo;s IP Solutions Assist Aerospace Company Intuitive Machines with Moon Landing and and amp; Cis-Lunar Communications Testing and Training

Houston-based Intuitive Machines (IM)is a premiere provider and supplier of space products and services enabling sustainable exploration of the Moon, Mars and beyond. In 2021, IM completed construction of its Nova Control, a state-of-the-art mission control center in Houston that will track and support a series of three upcoming missions to the moon (IM-1, IM-2 and IM-3), beginning in early 2022. Since completing Nova Control, IM has been conducting successful lunar landing simulations and mission control testing, making its Lunar Telemetry and Tracking Network (LTN) the first ever validated commercial lunar distance communications network. Intuitive Machine’s LTN usesClear-Com®’sEclipse®HX Digital Matrix, V-Series Panels,Agent-IC®Mobile App and most recently,Station-IC™Virtual Desktop Client, to enable communications between ground teams responsible for tracking, telemetry and support for cis-lunar* space travel, landing and exploration.

Tags: Clear-Com | Agent-IC® Mobile intercom App | Eclipse HX | Digital Wireless Intercom | HX Digital Matrix System
Submitted by Bubble Agency
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Cobalt Iron Patents Analytics-Based Cloud Brokering of Data Protection Operations Posted: 12/01/2022
Cobalt Iron Patents Analytics-Based Cloud Brokering of Data Protection Operations

Cobalt Iron Inc., a leading provider of SaaS-based enterprise data protection, today announced that it has received a patent on its technology for analytics-based cloud brokering of data protection operations. U.S. Patent 11206306, issued on Dec. 21, 2021, describes new techniques that will be implemented in Cobalt Iron Compass®, an enterprise SaaS backup platform. These techniques enable Compass to optimize cloud and on-premises computing resources automatically, making IT operations more secure, more cost-effective, and better-performing.

Tags: Cobalt Iron | Data Protection | Cloud Brokering | Cobalt Iron Compass
Submitted by Wall Street Communications
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Florian Schleich Begins Term as SMPTE Standards Vice President Posted: 12/01/2022
Florian Schleich Begins Term as SMPTE Standards Vice President

SMPTE®, the home of media professionals, technologists, and engineers, today announced that Florian Schleich has been elected to serve as SMPTE standards vice president, effective Jan. 1, 2022. In this role, he will be directing and supervising the standards projects of the Society.

Tags: SMPTE Standards | Digital Cinema Packages | DCP | Material Exchange Format | MXF
Submitted by Wall Street Communications
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Broadpeak Multicast ABR Solution Optimizes Live Sports OTT Delivery in Italy Posted: 12/01/2022
Broadpeak Multicast ABR Solution Optimizes Live Sports OTT Delivery in Italy

Broadpeak®, a leading provider of content delivery network (CDN) and video streaming solutions for content providers and pay-TV operators worldwide, together with Italian telco operator TIM, is optimizing live sports OTT delivery with an advanced multicast ABR (mABR) solution from Broadpeak. Using Broadpeak's mABR solution, TIM is delivering live third-party sports content to subscribers with an improved quality of experience (QoE).

Tags: CDN | Live sports | OTT Delivery | Broadpeak | video streaming | Multicast ABR | quality of experience
Submitted by 202 Communications
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GlobalM demonstrates its SRT video cloud at CES 2022 in Las Vegas Posted: 12/01/2022
GlobalM demonstrates its SRT video cloud at CES 2022 in Las Vegas GlobalM ran a live demonstration of their new SRT video cloud at CES 2022 in Las Vegas. The demo was between Geneva and Las Vegas, at 21Mbps and with just over 500ms of end to end latency.  The demo ran continuously for 3 days without dropping a single packet.  Click to watch the video demonstration from the GlobalM stand at CES 2022.
Tags: globalm | satellite | broadcast | streaming | sports | news | SRT
Submitted by GlobalM SA
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