Why satellite trumps cellular in an emergency October 9th 2014 - 12:16 PM

There is a rapid and profound technology shift in ENG. Wireless broadband service providers have become viable low-cost alternatives to conventional microwave in a large number of cases. BT Sport has launched what is claimed to be Europe’s first cellular newsgathering fleet with LiveU LU500 units and Xtender remote…

Drones Lift Off September 29th 2014 - 12:23 PM

Drones, UAVs, call them what you will, the impact of these remote controlled flying machines on the broadcast industry is growing steadily, with estimates being that around three quarters of the operators involved in the rapidly developing UAV sector in the UK are capturing images for marketing or broadcast purposes.…

4K Cameras in 2/3 format for UHD Production September 24th 2014 - 11:55 AM

Grass Valley and Hitachi both showed 4K cameras for the UHD production market at IBC 2014. Cameras with 2/3 in sensors are thought to deliver the ideal depth of field and sensitivity for general studio and sports production. Although the super 35 format is good for cinematography, accurate focusing can be challenging. Not…

Helping Slash OB Production Costs September 8th 2014 - 02:30 PM

TV 2 Norway airs the program Sommertid (Summer time)as a key part of the summer schedule. This live 1-hour program runs 4 days a week for 9 weeks during the summer months. Traditionally the TV 2 Sommertid program was shot on the roof of the TV 2 facility house. For 2014, TV 2 decided it would…

How To Work Without Batteries September 5th 2014 - 06:01 PM

Camera and monitor batteries - what’s not to like? They’re portable, rechargeable and easy to use. Well, actually, there are some drawbacks. Batteries can be heavy, expensive to replace and difficult and costly to travel with, as airline passengers know all too well. This last issue has become…

Boat Racing: broadcasting on a budget, Part 2 September 1st 2014 - 08:45 PM

The Lake of the Ozarks is at the center of powerboat racing action every year, on two separate weekends, each covered with two consecutive days of live outside broadcasting. One event is the Lake Race Invitational; the other is the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout. The broadcast coverage is literally…