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WWAY-TV virtual news studio.

Virtual Sets Make Comeback at Cost-Cutting Television Broadcasters November 22nd 2014 - 03:09 PM

Virtual set technology arrived ahead of its time. When the first systems for broadcasters came on the scene about 15 years ago, they got a very bad rap. So bad, the name was virtually erased from the broadcast vocabulary for over a decade.

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What is a video server and why do I need one? November 20th 2014 - 11:16 AM

Let’s start with two interesting and, maybe, surprising facts: “TV advertising remains the most effective form of advertising and creates the most profit for businesses…. Television commercials have yielded an average profit return of £1.79 for every £1 invested during 2011-14.”

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NEP’s “The Wall” Simplifies Monitor Wall Configuration In Control Rooms November 18th 2014 - 08:15 PM

Apple iPad app significantly reduces set up time for multi-view control rooms.

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Multiviewers, are a required tool in today

Taking a Multi-View Approach to Video Monitoring November 18th 2014 - 05:35 PM

There’s now a myriad of ways to monitor multiple video signals on a single screen, both for the large broadcast facility and the single camera operator. All have their benefits. Image courtesy Ross Video.

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Human retina. Courtesy Rowland Hall.

How we see November 11th 2014 - 08:35 PM

It may be obvious, but sometimes the obvious needs stating, which is that television pictures can only be assessed by the viewer through the human visual system. It is equally obvious, that moving picture reproduction systems developed without an understanding of human vision will be sub-optimal. That’s where we are at the moment: today’s TV and cinema standards were specified before much of what we know about sight was well understood. With our now expanded and newer understanding, we should apply the science to future television systems.

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Fraunhofer IIS has been demonstrating its real-time MPEG-H Audio Encoder System at industry trade shows for the past year.

MPEG-H Broadcasts Bring Viewers Unprecedented Control November 10th 2014 - 01:45 PM

With consumers viewing (and listening to) content on more devices and in more places than ever before, broadcasters are being challenged to meet demands for new and better audio experiences in the most cost-effective way. This means upping the ante on multichannel audio from the existing 5.1 surround sound systems found in homes across the world. Consequently, broadcasters are assessing the capabilities of existing infrastructures and determining how new developments in audio and video technology will affect their ability to deliver enhanced services to a broad array of end-user technologies—from high-end home theaters, to tablets and smart phones.

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The wireless microphone is an essential part of the videographer

Broadcasters, Telcos Clash Over Spectrum November 10th 2014 - 11:50 AM

Broadcasting and telecoms have had a long relationship, one that in recent years has become closer and more symbiotic. But there is one area where the two clash head on: radio spectrum. This is a vital resource for not just television and radio transmission but also the production of entertainment shows and outside broadcasts today, which relies heavily on wireless microphones and cameras, in-ear monitors (IEMs) and mobile communications. Parallel to this is the ever-growing demand from mobile phone companies for frequencies to support video streaming and wireless telephony as well as telephony.

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The PiqlBox and film storage package is rated to last 500 years.

Film preservation for 500 years on film November 10th 2014 - 11:37 AM

Stone, papyrus, paper.. the history of recorded information suggests that a physical medium has the best chance of long term survival. It’s a problem that Hollywood studios continues to grapple with by retaining archival film prints of movies in the knowledge that, contrary to digital, optical or cloud-based formats, it will safely last a century. The BFI’s Master Film Store in Warwickshire is a giant fridge capable of housing 450,00 film canisters – the sum of UK film heritage. Most film releases also receive a digital back-up, usually on LTO, from which the data requires periodical migration to new tapes. While LTO could feasibly last several decades, work is afoot to find a longer lasting format which doesn’t require human intervention, potential technical read/write obsolescence or run the risk of data decay.

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