The goal of any media process chain is to get the picture from origin – the output of the camera – to destination – the viewer’s screen – in as near perfect condition as possible. Whatever the content and genre, the technology’s service to the program-maker is to ensure the audience accurately sees what they created.
Here we look from the state of the art in microphones, to what the future may bring with the enticing theoretical potential of microphone arrays built using MEMS technology.
Using lessons learned from its bubble experience during the 2020 pandemic season, the National Basketball Association (NBA) continues to reimagine how it broadcasts games to its viewers while also carefully returning to traditional production workflows that have served its TV coverage well. However, there’s no doubt that various REMI methods are allowing teams to produce NBA content with fewer production personnel and fewer technical assets located onsite.
“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen,” U.S. president Harry S. Truman famously said. But when there’s a cooking show to produce, audio engineers have no alternative but to improvise.
The Olympic movement can always be relied on to push the broadcasting barrier. Most innovations in its history have been incremental such as the move to color or HD and latterly UHD. Its host broadcast division Olympic Broadcast Services (OBS) is arguably in the midst of the most sweeping set of changes ever in transitioning its entire production fabric to IP and cloud in order to meet the goals of sustainability, flexible production, huge content demands and new formats and immersive presentation. BroadcastBridge examines this including a virtualised OB van project being tested at the Winter Games.
“It’s great for all of us, the fact that we can have the two biggest events in all of sports in the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics really on top of each other. It’s a great opportunity. And as I said to the team and as you and I have talked, if we can’t get excited for that, we are probably in the wrong business, so I think it’s fantastic.” NBC Sports Chairman, Pete Bevacqua.
“We’ll start off in Beijing, we’ll have that great opening week of Beijing in the Winter Games, and then smack dab in the middle of the Winter Olympics we have the Super Bowl. And I think we’ll be able to talk about the Olympics during the Super Bowl, we’ll be able to talk about the Super Bowl and the lead up to it during the Olympics.” Pete Bevacqua, NBC Sports Chairman.
The NFL (National Football League) Super Bowl has been a show piece for TV technology since its inception in 1967 and more recently for the power of data analytics, both to improve performance on the field and increase engagement for viewers.