Sonys Hawk-Eye technology captures Hackney Empires production of Yardbird in technology world-first

Date: 21/06/2017
Sonys Hawk-Eye technology captures Hackney Empires production of Yardbird in technology world-first
Sony Digital Cinema 4K and Hawk-Eye Innovations today announce the first full proof of concept of Hawk-Eyes globally-renowned technology outside the world of sports broadcasting. 
 
Hawk-Eyes SMART Production solution is being used to capture the Hackney Empires production of Charlie Parkers Yardbird chamber opera, with a view to demonstrating scalable, cost-effective remote production for arts establishments.
 
The jazz-infused theatre show is being recorded for cinemas using an innovative solution that includes five remote-operated Sony PXW-FS7 cameras and cutting-edge IT-based production technologies. By harnessing an intelligent production system and remote-controlled cameras, Sony and Hawk-Eye are able to produce original content for Hackney Empire at a far lower cost than was previously possible with typical outside broadcast (OB) production facilities.
 
Drawing on its background and expertise with the Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI), post-production for the recordings will be handled by Sony Digital Cinema 4K, in order to produce a final DCP that meets the rigorous standards set for the big screen.
 
The long-term aim of the project is to open up new revenue opportunities for smaller arts entertainment providers like the Empire, by providing them with the ability to produce original content for cinema distribution across the UK. Having pioneered modern sports broadcast technology, Hawk-Eyes adaptable, scalable system will help to bring traditional entertainment providers into the digital age. 
 
The production set-up uses four FS7s on remotely operated robotic heads, as well as one static FS7 and a micro-camera in the orchestra pit. Operating the cameras remotely from a 3m x 3m production area at the back of the auditorium, a four-man production crew is able to capture the show without taking up any revenue-generating seat-space in the auditorium, or disrupting the theatre audiences experience.
 
Two Hawk-Eye SMART Production servers help to co-ordinate the cameras, while a third is used for cutting and managing the recordings, which are stored on a separate recording deck. The small production team includes two robotic camera operators, a director, and a guarantee engineer who follows the script and helps to co-ordinate during the shows. A variety of microphones are placed in specific positions throughout the stage area and orchestra pit, to ensure the team records a rich, lifelike sound to accompany the Full HD footage.
 
The production at the Empire will serve as a proof of concept for Hawk-Eyes end-to-end workflow, with a view to developing a live-stream workflow for future projects using the same set-up.
 
Clarie Middleton, chief executive, Hackney Empire, commented: This new solution harks back to the Empires heyday in the 1950s, when it was used as a setting for TV shows. Now 115 years old, were proud that were still exploring the latest technologies to make the arts more accessible. By capturing a stage production like YardBird, Sony Digital Cinema and Hawk-Eye are helping us to provide people who wouldnt usually come to the theatre with an opportunity to enjoy the excitement of our shows. Thanks to their production and post-production expertise, we can make sure our shows look as good on the silver screen as they do in real life. Were excited to be laying the foundation for opening up our productions to audiences across the UK.
 
Ed Hawke, operations director at Hawk-Eye Innovations, commented: This project provided us with the perfect opportunity to showcase new ways in which Hawk-Eyes technology can be used. Thanks to our streamlined production workflow and remote cameras, were able to capture on-stage action without disrupting the audience or taking up paying seats vital factors for working theatres. Our scalable, streamlined solution has been tested across numerous sports, from ice hockey to handball, and at events from Wimbledon to the Olympics. Now were ready and excited to show how it can bring cost-effective production to the arts. 
 
John Bullen, content development manager at Sony Digital Cinema, commented: Other production set-ups require large crews and extensive equipment, and many theatres simply arent able to afford this scale of production. Theatres like the Hackney Empire are enthusiastic about making their content more accessible by extending it to cinema-goers, and Hawk-Eyes solution makes that possible. As well as promoting the theatres shows more broadly, it opens up new revenue streams that were previously inaccessible to any but the largest theatre organisations.
 
In December 2016, Sony and Hawk-Eye ran a successful initial trial of the production set-up using Sony PMW-500 cameras and the Hawk-Eye SMART Production technology, shooting Hackney Empires Christmas pantomime production, Sleeping Beauty.
 


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Today Autodesk announced the acquisition of Moxion, the New Zealand-based developer of a powerful, cloud-based platform for digital dailies used by leading filmmakers on some of the world's most complex and challenging productions, including “The Midnight Sky,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and “The Matrix Resurrections.” The acquisition of Moxion’s talent and technology will expand Autodesk's own cloud platform for Media and Entertainment upstream, moving beyond post-production into production, bringing new users to Autodesk while helping better integrate processes across the entire content production chain. 

Tags: Autodesk | Moxion | Dailies | Digital Dailies | Production
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Remote Recording Network Optimizes Quality, Efficiency With Remotely Produced Live Stream of Beethovens 10th, Newly Completed by AI Posted: 19/01/2022
Remote Recording Network Optimizes Quality, Efficiency With Remotely Produced Live Stream of Beethovens 10th, Newly Completed by AI

In yet another demonstration of the company's unique remote production capabilities, Remote Recording Network (RRN) delivered exceptional audio fidelity for a hybrid live and streaming performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 10 — newly completed 194 years after the composer's death — on Oct. 27, 2021, at Hamburg's renowned Elbphilharmonie.

Tags: Remote Recording Network | Remote Production | IP | Music Mixing
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LynTec Power Control Anchors the Lighting and Video of Alaskas News Source Posted: 19/01/2022
LynTec Power Control Anchors the Lighting and Video of Alaskas News Source

LynTec, a leading manufacturer of innovative electrical power control solutions for professional audio, video, and lighting (AVL) systems, is delivering proper lighting and video wall power control for Alaska's News Source broadcast studios. Installed by Alaska Universal Productions (AUP), two LynTec RPCR Automated Relay Panels provide 32 circuits of automated power control, enabling fast and efficient lighting presets to support the broadcaster's busy network schedule, reducing cable runs and ensuring the lighting and video walls operate as efficiently as possible.

Tags: LynTec | Alaska Universal Productions | Power Control | RPC Series | Alaska News Source | Lighting Control
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Pond5 Surpasses a Record 30 Million Licensable Videos Posted: 19/01/2022
Pond5 Surpasses a Record 30 Million Licensable Videos

Pond5, the world’s largest online marketplace for royalty-free video, has become the first stock media company to exceed 30 million licensable royalty-free video clips. With 100,000 artists around the globe uploading 15,000 new videos every day, Pond5 boasts millions more clips than any other stock media provider.

Tags: Pond5 | Royalty Free Video | Stock Media
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Medialease turns 20 Posted: 19/01/2022
Medialease turns 20

Medialease, specialist asset finance broker for the broadcast, post-production and live events industries recently celebrated 20 years in business, what a milestone! 

Tags: medialease | finance | technology | funding
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Visual Data Media Services Expands Leadership Team Posted: 19/01/2022
Visual Data Media Services Expands Leadership Team

Visual Data Media Services has expanded its team with the addition of three executives to key leadership roles:  Randy Tunila as CTO, Alina Tarkhanian as VP Client Services, and Derren Young as VP Human Resources. Tunila, Tarkhanian and Young join Visual Data to support the company’s vision of excellence in service and end-to-end solutions, each bringing a strategic and customer-centric vision to their new roles. Their collective expertise will drive further advancements around the company’s technology, workflow efficiencies, client relations and workplace culture initiatives.



Tags: Visual Data Media Services | Visual Data
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MRMC continues broadcast expansion with key new hires Posted: 19/01/2022
MRMC continues broadcast expansion with key new hires

Mark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC), a Nikon company, is pleased to announce that two key new executives are joining the company to help continue its track record of growth and expansion in the broadcast market into 2022 & beyond. Amanda Dixon joins as Broadcast Marketing Manager and Karl Hillcoat-Williams joins as Broadcast Customer Support Manager.

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