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InStudio

Bolero Sets the Bar for Wireless
Intercom Usability
C

raig Kief, a Los Angeles-based Bolero has changed all of that, first by
Director of Photography, is using eliminating walkie-talkies completely,
Riedel's Bolero Standalone wireless and next by allowing a more natural
intercom for crew communications on way of speaking: giving multiple users
his TV shows and commercials.
full duplex communications instead
The system allows him to keep of forcing them to wait for a walkie
all of his camera operators, focus channel to be clear before speaking.
pullers, and department heads in In addition, audio quality is superb close communication so everyone can resulting in far less ear fatigue - and
focus on the same goals in the middle the system's multiple party lines
of a busy and noisy set. With its long give each crew member the ability to
list of advanced features
and capabilities, Bolero now
enables clear communications
for every production, whether
it's shot on studio sets or at
remote locations.
Craig's previous comms
solution comprised walkietalkies and a legacy wireless
system that operated in the
crowded 2.4 GHz range,
delivering
less-than-ideal
audio quality and suffering
from interference, short
range, and poor battery life. Bolero antenna powered from a 12V battery

choose and change who they need to
monitor throughout the day.
"Bolero has been a fantastic addition
to my team. Interestingly, now that
we've gotten out of the 2.4 range,
all of my other 2.4 gear is working
better," said Craig. "Wireless lighting
control, focus control, and other gear
is functioning much better now, and
the main difference is that we're no
longer using the 2.4 GHz system."
Craig added: "One big advantage
of Bolero is that everyone leverages
the intercom's Bluetooth capabilities
by using wireless earpieces.
The freedom of no wires
results in far fewer tangles
as crews move around with
cameras. With tools and
gear hanging all over them
and long days standing and
moving around, having even
one less cable dangling really
means something. It's purely
a quality-of-life thing, but
it's made my crew so much
happier after a long day."
Another unique aspect
of Craig's workflow is that

Brainstorm and Spidercam
Boost Augmented Reality
B

rainstorm, a leading manufacturer
of real-time 3D graphics and
virtual studio solutions, has announced
its collaboration with Spidercam to
further develop augmented reality (AR)
content for Sports and other events in
large spaces.
The real-time 3D graphics company
and the manufacturer of cable camera
systems and cable robotic projects
provide a winning combination for any
live production project that requires
large scenarios and accurate graphics
insertion.
InfinitySet, Brainstorm's awardwinning virtual set and augmented
reality solution, performs at its best
by using the camera view plus the
tracking data provided by the different
Spidercam systems. Such systems not
only provide creative camera angles,
but by using InfinitySet for adding
advanced, real-time 3D AR content,
allows for new and impressive ways to
deliver Sports and other live events'
content to a worldwide audience.

Brainstorm graphics

"Brainstorm seems the perfect
combination for Spidercam," says
Jan Peters, CEO of Spidercam. "The
camera angles and flies Spidercam
provide can also be enhanced with
the real-time 3D augmented reality
graphics by InfinitySet, providing an
enhanced storytelling to impress an
increasingly demanding audience."
Brainstorm and Spidercam enjoy a
considerable track record of mutual
co-operation and have successfully

Craig Kief, Director of Photography

he powers his Bolero antenna from
a 12VDC battery. The antenna is
mounted in a cart that is moved often
over the course of a shoot. On battery
power, there is no interruption of
Bolero's comms while the cart is
repositioned, and just two small Anton
Bauer Dionic batteries will run the
system through the longest of days.
"For moving shots in vehicles, no
problem. We just throw the antenna
into the trunk and go," Craig said.

According to Miguel Churruca,
Marketing
&
Communications
Director of Brainstorm, "Working
with
Spidercam
has always been a
pleasure because of
the way they track
big spaces allows
for our augmented
reality elements to
stand out thanks
to the wide camera
movements
they
Spidercam set-up
at Royal Rumble
can provide. The
willingness and vast experience of
their staff makes the collaboration
seamless on a human level. At
Brainstorm we are always pushing the
envelope when it comes to technology,
and integrating with Spidercam
deployed installations in events such seems only natural since they're on
as the coverage of the WWE season, the cutting-edge of robotics camera
including Royal Rumble and other technology".
events. With the advanced
rendering
capabilities
of
Brainstorm's
InfinitySet,
including the Combined Render
Engine with Unreal Engine,
real-time ray tracing or PBR
materials, the photorealistic
results provided can be as real
as reality itself.
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