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have a soccer match in a pre-wired stadia then most likely triax will be used,” explains Weber. “If you want a flexible production solution you need to be able to work with both, or convert from one to the other and not lose a single db in signal performance.” Grass Valley’s flagship product is Stratus, a software platform integrated across the company’s product line and intended to ease collaborative working. It is now operable with the K2 Dyno replay system which means metadata created with the Dyno will be immediately available to other operators working on the same network. Flexibility is also the message from Snell whose Kahuna 360 switcher gives operators the ability to share video content across multiple studios and locations. In addition, says John Carter, Snell’s Switcher Product Manager: “Our Make M/E technology gives operators the flexibility to allocate resources across studios as needed for a specific production. The management of the production switcher within a studio can also be shared across multiple galleries or control rooms.” Live shows need to be produced faster than before but technology advances have reduced set-up times in most cases to a matter of hours. Quality smaller format HD cameras, switcher packs, and editing software mean mobile production has become very lean and can be very flexible at the same time. “Using fibre instead of copper for HD/SDI transmission, or for multiplexing gives the user far greater flexibility for moving multiple signals,” says Leah Saari of Telecast Fiber Systems. “Ultimately everything is driven by budget, the technology has advanced far enough that it has reduced the number of people needed and for the most part the deadlines are always met, and the budget reduced.” In larger studios with multiple cameras, the production crew needs to quickly manage and visualise all the feeds, and tight integration across signal management and monitoring is an obvious way to do this. “The introduction of hybrid routing, which integrates embedded audio processing within the video router, streamlines studio infrastructures and saves rack space,” says Micky Edwards, Miranda’s VP Sales citing an installation of the NVISION 8500 Hybrid router at IMG mediahouse to simplify the signal management for 3Gbps 1080-50P and 3D live sport production. “By closely integrating hybrid routing with the production switcher and monitoring wall, configurations can be instantly reconfigured for different events, and this greatly reduces turnaround times.” Other key business issues identified by Edwards are the increased use of remote production techniques, which allows broadcasters to avoid the use of more costly on-site production trucks at many events and the requirement for higher quality production with the move to 1080p, and increasing studio complexity with the growth of larger, live productions “This greater complexity is demanding new, simplified approaches to resource management to avoid on-air errors and lower operating costs,” he concludes. ■

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sq ft studios, Piers Read MD at Wimbledon TV and Films Studios, wants to acquire an even larger space to accommodate major live events. “We have back-to-back bookings running throughout 2012 but we feel we can’t compete for larger format shows,” he says. “For that we need 10,000sq ft.” Open for just a few months is Wimbledon’s second 8,000 sq ft space, built specifically for HDTV, and with an eye on the void in the market likely to be left by the sale of BBC TV Centre. Aimed at LE productions and capable of housing a seated audience of 425, the studio cost £200k in partnership with Roll to Record which provided technical infrastructure including a Calrec sound desk, EVS hard disc based recording and a Grass Valley 2 ME vision mixer. “HD remains important and some people are still wrestling with going tapeless but overall I would say that nothing has drastically changed,” says Mick Bass, Commercial Director, Roll To Record. “There is always a pressure on budget and people are always looking for the best value to achieve with their resources.” Live TV remains the jewel in the crown of broadcast TV, bolstered by social media which delivers new forms of audience participation to the event. “Those that can’t ‘be there’ can still participate, helping to motivate them to attend in the future,” says Taylor. “Those that are there want to share and enhance the experience. TV viewing companion apps like Zeebox are testament to this.” Klaus Weber, Director Product Marketing for Cameras at Grass Valley argues that flexibility is a key criteria for investment in live production facilities. “Where the industry once had OB

vans optimised for one application, today people want flexible kit whether for an OB van or flight case system or fixed install,” he says. “This is especially true of studios which have always had a fixed number of cameras. Now studios want a central equipment room where any hardware from cameras to switcher electronics can be allocated to any place. There is also demand to move kit out of the studio to perform productions out in the field but controlled from the studio.” Grass Valley’s 3G camera transmission system (introduced a year ago) is now augmented with the LDK 4427 fibre to triax converter, allowing users to produce in resolutions up to 1080p50/60 and to send signals across any type of cable infrastructure. “For a winter sport like downhill skiing you are filming 3-4km away from the OB and you will most likely use dark fibre, but if you

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Wohler Acquires RadiantGrid
NBC Olympics Chooses Avid Interplay Workflow
Argosy Launch Mini BNC Converter
intoPIX & AXON Collaborate on JPEG 2000
Sprayoff Celebrate New Generation
The Metadata Challenge
Miranda Unveil NV8140 Router
Sisvel Go 3D @ NAB 2012
New Developments in Asset Management – Grass Valley
Sound Devices Launch PIX-260
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In Broadcast - May 2012 - New Developments in Asset Management – Grass Valley
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