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…

5.1 The Easy Way August 21st 2014 - 03:37 PM

The Sennheiser Esfera microphone provides 5.1 surround sound from just two channels, making complicated surround microphone installations a thing of the past. The system consists of a high-quality stereo microphone, and uses Sennheiser’s RF condenser technology. An associated 19 in rack-mount processing unit converts the stereo signal into a complete 5.1 signal – any…

Who Needs Lens Coatings? August 7th 2014 - 03:27 PM

Considering the compromises inherent to any complex lens we shouldn’t be surprised by the shortcomings in most low-cost optics. Chromatic aberrations, lack of sharpness, poor contrast to the corners, and inferior or nonexistent lens coatings, are significant drawbacks that can negatively impact our images, especially when viewed at high m…

Boat Racing: broadcasting on a budget, Part I July 30th 2014 - 09:36 AM

3-part Series: Live powerboat racing production. How digital delay became an invisible advantage. Most sanctioned offshore power boat races are held in the ocean, generally at some distance from most landlocked spectators. The multi-million dollar offshore powerboat racing circuit has recently learned it can attract people who can afford to…