In todays world of tightening broadcast facility budgets, planners need to keep a keen eye on the bottom line to ensure operational efficiency. An integral part of this process is getting a green handle on power management, an increasing necessity around the globe.
The final term of a degree is going to be challenging, but what an amazing learning curve I have been on. I have had the opportunity to work with some great people on various projects and have been able to further develop my skills as a Director.
Once in a while you get the chance to review a camera that brings back memories of years gone by - Sony's NEX-EA50 camera is one of those cameras. Some may say I am stretching things a bit too far, but as I looked at it I felt at home with it.
In my TV-Bay April 2013 article I mused over the familiar BNC connector and was it at the end of its line as far as broadcast interconnections were concerned. Its been around a long time, the BNC was invented in the late 1940s primarily for military radio frequency and microwave interconnections but then became the standard for baseband video connection. However since digital video became commonplace its role has constantly evolved with the technologies needs.
Swit Electronics is a high-tech enterprise that manufacture power solutions and accessories for the professional broadcast and video industry. Products include batteries and chargers, on-camera lights, monitors and more.
Polecam, although generic for a camera on a stick is a UK based Systems Company which prides itself with more than 15 years of direct experience in the Film and TV Industry. Polecam with its global sales is synonymous with the Design & Manufacture of its super lightweight, cost effective carbon fibre, highly portable, modular camera crane platform.
Steve Emmett talks to us about linked PAGlink batteries. There are many advantages to be had from linking batteries for discharge. It is more useful to have a spare battery that can be linked, combining capacities to extend camera run-time, without interrupting the provision of power.
Up until recently I always thought that a battery was, well just a battery. After all its just a load of cells
strung together and put in some kind of case right? Well apparently not, it seems that there is a bit more to it than that, and the folks at PAG were keen to prove this by providing me with a set of their PL96e V-Mount Batteries to test.
JMTV is a full-service location video production company located in Arkansas, which serves a wide range of national sports, corporate, and entertainment clients. Recently they completed a $3 million conversion of their 15.5 meter digital expanding production trailer to HD.
The majority of consumers watch television with a smartphone or a tablet in their hands. This is a genuine demand: consumers love the second screen. The key is for broadcasters to embrace it as an opportunity, and to ensure that the content and the portal for it, are under their control.
Tape in, tape out. Cable in, video out. Card in, card out. Simpler times: productions orchestrated by an army of runners, tape ops and engineers, with transmission to TV, ingest via a VTR and a room dedicated to storing media.
The end of last year saw Teradek step up the game even more in the HD wireless monitoring world, with its announcement of The Bolt, a wireless HD-SDI monitoring system. The first thing that struck many on its launch was the size of both the transmitter and the receiver.
The shooting season has started and, with it, the weather looks (well, this week at least) as if we could at last see some summer. The light is better, the days are longer, and the summer sports programme has kicked off with the French Open, the Derby and the cricket tests.
DSM has been manufacturing batteries for the TV and Film industry for over 35 years and have always been at the forefront of new technologies, the new 84Wh direct fit BPU-60 replacement batteries are no exception.
The Q-Ball system provides content producers with a high-quality remote-controlled video camera that is small and unobtrusive enough to place in locations that are inconvenient or impossible for a standard camera/operator team.
Its like trying to get to Heathrow in time for your flight. Many of us have to go there by road and the journey will involve travelling on the UKs busiest motorways. Even outside rush hour the journey may be quick, or not so quick or a real nightmare. This is a bit like live streaming video on the Internet.
With the announcement of Blackmagic Cinema Camera at NAB 2012, Mark Linnhoff, a France based cinematographer, began to see the future of filmmaking in a new light. Finally, an affordable acquisition tool that doesnt compromise on image quality, he recalled.
When on location whether in the depths of a jungle with reduced access to power or in a city centre with limited charging opportunities then good consideration to your kit bag is needed to remove those power hungry devices that could leave you running short for the final big shot of the day!
Customers should consider the battery design and construction, its capacity and longevity. While generic batteries are usually significantly cheaper than name-brand ones, they often lack features and technology that will help your production run safely and reliably.
With respect to monitoring, particularly for multiplatform content delivery, how can our facility straddle the divide between baseband and file-based signals? The media industry as a whole is moving toward multiplatform content delivery.
Since its acquisition of SoundField, TSL Professional Products Ltd, a leading manufacturer of surround microphones, audio monitoring, tally and power management solutions for the broadcast industry, routinely field a growing number of questions from the industry regarding the successful capture and final dissemination of 5.1 audio.
Never one for New Year's resolutions, I made the 2013 Virgin London Marathon one to finally commit to. So once I'd put in the training and mentally prepared for the greatest marathon on Earth, I started to explore new ways in which I could share my experience with friends, family and the public in a different way.
Its all well and good having a beautifully lit and well framed and focused shot, but if the sound is rubbish then you might as well throw the footage in the bin. Sound is as important as the quality of the video image. This is especially true when interviewing someone or recording a corporate presentation.
Phase meters and audio vectorscopes are to be found on most test kit involved with audio monitoring. This is important because left/right audio correlation problems between the channels will distort the stereo image and could degrade mono compatibility.
At NAB 2013 RTS launched its first OMNEO interface cards, marking the first deployment of OMNEO in the broadcast intercom industry. In the future, users can transform their RTS ADAM matrix into a flexible, IP-based, AVB-compatible intercom network.
If you look at the industry as a whole, the rapid evolution of camera technology is drifting away from audio, despite the importance of compatibility between the two. Meaning its becoming harder to plug straight into camera.
The industry is buzzing about loudness control. EBU R128 and other such legislation around the world attempts to provide some level of consistency in perceived loudness between a program and its interstitials, hence the concept of loudness control.
The annual trip to the Mecca of American partying is over for another year and tired and emotional UK broadcast workers have wearily made their ways back to base. As I keep explaining to my staff, it is a tough trip that requires enormous amounts of stamina.
StudioSeries (an Editors Keys company) have just launched a brand new pair of noise cancellation headphones, which will simply blow you away. If youre looking to enjoy a plane journey for the first time, then these could be the answer you have been looking for.
Traditionally the most popular microphone used in broadcast and film sound recording was the Boom mounted mic. The problem with older boom microphones was getting the mic close enough to the artist without it appearing in shot or casting a shadow over the performer.
So what were people really interested in at NAB? There are a lot of answers to that question, but most of them come down to one thing: using commodity IT technology and techniques to help broadcasters do the basics more quickly and more efficiently, with perhaps some of it in the cloud.
NAB 2013 will go down in history as the event where the broadcast industry took to the Cloud in a big way. Perhaps it was the number of start-ups that have been successfully operating cloud services for a year, but more likely, these moves have been in the pipeline for a while.
ReflecMedia a revolutionary ChromaKey technology, pioneered with the BBC, which provides a cost-effective, portable ChromaKey kit for broadcasters, videographers and photographers in the studio and on location.
Often viewed as the ugly sister when compared to its more glamorous rival video, audio is finally receiving some much deserved attention in broadcast circles. The trigger for this realisation is that viewers are now interested in not just the pictures they are seeing, but equally the sound they are hearing.
This part of the term in final year at Ravensbourne is quite difficult. My peers and I are all having to either Direct and/or Produce two films (of any type) and work in minor/ supporting roles for at least two other films.
With Sky-live.tv, its possible for anyone from students and researchers, to armchair astronomers to experience astronomical expeditions on their screens. Expedition members analyze the data and contribute to live broadcasts, and then the media content and results are distributed free under a public-domain license.
Whats Cooking? is the new daily daytime TV show beamed from a temporary studio in the car park of a supermarket. As chefs prepare dishes live on air, a roving camera crew relays pictures from the aisles of the shop while Channel 4 viewers interact with the presenters and cooks via social media.
TV Everywhere has become a way of life in the Nordic market, where every major broadcaster has succeeded in taking its services over the top and into the online video space. One of those broadcasters pan-Nordic pay-TV channel provider C More Entertainment has offered Web TV services for years through its online video portal.
At Frankfurt Airport, dreams of the future already come as standard: television and radio programmes are distributed all over the airport grounds site using IPTV. The existing network infrastructure is used as a basis here. The operating company, Fraport AG uses the IPTV hardware and software of manufacturer Teracue for its distribution.
Autumn in the Czech Republic is damp and foggy, and the higher the altitude, the more piercing and rainy the climate becomes. At an old, remote mill 40 km (25 miles) away from Prague, sludge and mud are everywhere while moisture penetrates the bones. These are the filming conditions on the main set of the psychological thriller Cold Sunday.
Outside broadcast, satellite uplink and product design specialist SIS LIVE has deployed its new 1.8m vehicle mounted antenna DriveForce. DriveForce delivering high bandwidth transmissions with the ability to transmit at any location including those where exceptionally windy conditions prevail.
During the past three months at university I was extremely busy with my projects, and unfortunately had to give up a lot of outside opportunities that came along. As I am in the third year of my course I had to give priority to my university projects. Nevertheless I had a hectic schedule and had to be good at managing my time.
The BNC was probably widely accepted into the broadcast television industry because of its locking feature made possible by the bayonet lugs on the female connector. Also the connectors relatively small size.
Smartphones and tablets have provided a major technological breakthrough in how we operate. Look around and youre likely to see someone using their device to search for content, watch content or interact either directly or via social media applications.
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