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  • Find out the latest broadcast equipment presented at the International Broadcasting Convention

    Four distinguishing audio environments full of broadcast equipment awaited visitors at the Sennheiser and Neumann booths at the International Broadcasting Convention in Wedemark, Germany. Guests can experience ‘ENG world’ where Sennheiser will showcase a brand new wireless product, a distinctive radio station environment, a TV broadcast studio and a devoted sports broadcasting set-up. All are displays that together provide a comprehensive overview of the two audio companies’ tailor-made answers to many peoples niggles with current equipment.

    Electronic News Gathering

    ENG world will show the full range of archetypal electronic newsgathering conditions, from high-end broadcasting teams to small and minor video crews.

    Broadcast Equipment For skilled broadcasting teams, wireless microphone equipment for camera use from Sennheiser’s 5000, 3000 and 2000 series will be on display too.

    Smaller production crews will find Sennheiser’s AVX digital wireless equipment a perfect choice. Launched previously this year at NAB, the new schemes have convinced users around the world with their outstandingly compact plug-in receiver, excellent ease of use and fast set-up.

    For mobile broadcasting and journalism, Sennheiser will platform its most convenient ENG audio equipment: the ClipMic digital and MKE 2 digital clip-on mics which join directly to almost all Apple devices, transforming them into an ENG device that is always at hand. The clip-on mics were established in cooperation with Apogee Electronics.

    Radio Station

    A typical radio station arrangement aids in demonstrating Neumann’s most effective microphones for this setting with the BCM 104, TLM 102 and the TLM 107. Sennheiser HD 26 Pro and HD 650 headphones and Neumann KH 120 monitor speakers as well as a Neumann KH 810 subwoofer complete the recreation of the studio.

    TV Broadcast Studio

    The classic TV talkshow ‘studio’ and control room serve to highlight the highest-quality Sennheiser and Neumann broadcast equipment, from Digital 9000, Sennheiser’s definitive digital wireless system, to Neumann KH 310 monitor loudspeakers. Also on show are wired mics for use in the studio, such as the table-top Sennheiser MKH 8050 and ME 36 models in addition to the Neumann KM 185, and Sennheiser broadcast headphones. For broadcasters, the studio environment features the classic MKE 40 clip-on mic and the new Headmic 1.

    Sports Broadcasting

    Sports broadcasting is an area that drives many innovations in the broadcasting segment, therefore it is given a special focus here. The highlight here was Esfera, which is Sennheiser’s surround sound system which generates a fully-fledged 5.1 sound from a two-channel signal. Attached onto a camera or wired into a stadium, the compact Esfera mic can be worked just like any tough stereo microphone, whose sound can then be transformed into 5.1 at any point in the workflow. The structure is very much analogous to the human ears and brain. It ‘hears’ via two microphones, and its separate handling unit turns the mic’s sound into a surround sound, in the same way the brain does with the sounds we hear.

  • Should you Hire or Buy your Broadcasting Equipment?

    If you need professional broadcasting equipment for your filming project then you have a few choices to make before filming can begin. Firstly, you need to decide what sort of broadcasting equipment you need to complete the job to the highest standard your budget will allow. So you need to consider the type of camera, sound equipment, lighting kits, mixers, batteries, microphones, camera supports and software that will be suitable. This will largely depend on the scale of the project and whether it is studio based or needs to be mobile.

    Once you have put together the right kit list of broadcasting equipment (and seek professional help with this step if you are unsure), you need to source the items. And the biggest decision at this stage will be whether you are going to buy the equipment or hire it. Most broadcasting equipment suppliers will offer the choice to buy or hire and there will also usually be the option to purchase second hand or reconditioned items at a fraction of their original price.

    Benefits of hiring broadcasting equipment

    If you only need the gear for a one off project, or this is your first time filming, then it may be more sensible to consider hiring. Maybe you have a promotional video to film for your company or are looking to strengthen your online presence with video content. In these cases, hiring can be a great way to get to grips with professional broadcasting equipment and deciding whether it would be a worthwhile investment to buy for future projects.

    It is worth noting, however, that many broadcasting equipment suppliers will only hire out cameras to companies or businesses. So if you are an individual freelancer, purchasing may be a more sensible option.

    Advantages of buying

    But if you are looking for a more long term investment, maybe for a media company that produces a lot of online content, a broadcasting organization or for a film and media department at a school or college, then it will usually make more financial sense to buy the majority of your broadcasting equipment. You could then always hire extra items that are only needed occasionally or add to your kit by purchasing more items over time and when budgets permit.

    When you buy your broadcasting equipment you are not subject to any rental time limits, late penalties, or the hassle of returning kit to the supplier.  You can use it how you like and when you like and suppliers can deliver quickly and directly to you. Finance options are also available to help spread out the costs.

    One word of advice though, especially if you are thinking of purchasing a lot of broadcasting equipment, is to ensure you have people who are trained to use the kit. This will ensure the very best results.

    But whether you decide to buy or rent your broadcasting equipment, if you are unsure what kit you need, always speak to an expert supplier for guidance first.

  • Why a Broadcast Camera is now an Essential Piece of Business Kit

    We’ve all heard about award winning movies being shot with no budget in someone’s bedroom, or internet video sensations being filmed on just a smart phone, but the truth is, to make a video fit for broadcasting, whether for television or the internet, you simply can’t beat recording with a broadcast camera.

    These days, it seems that every business is trying to imbed corporate videos into their website, or producing their own TV channel on You Tube or Vimeo. But the results can be a mixed bag. Whilst there is no denying that a great quality video can do wonders to shift a product, raise brand awareness or create a loyal customer base, this really only works if you produce high quality, well shot videos.

    So how can you ensure your video beats the competition?

    Well the most important thing you need to film a high quality, professional video is high quality, professional recording equipment. And that means investing in a broadcast camera. But remember that the key word here is investment. A broadcast camera will pay dividends in the long run and provide you with the glossy film quality product that your business needs.  You can choose to buy or rent a broadcast camera, but if your long term plan is to film many business videos and set up your own TV channel, then it is worth buying the equipment and making sure someone is trained to use it.

    An entry level broadcast camera really isn’t as expensive as you might think. And the great news is that the technology is now available to everyone, so the opportunity to make high quality, innovative videos is there for businesses to utilise. So what are you waiting for?

    In a previous blog entry we looked at some simple advice to help you film your own video and ensure that it stands out from the crowd. And really the first thing you need to do is investigate which broadcast camera is right for your business, taking into account budget and functionality. There are many different types of broadcast camera on the market, so decide what features are important to your work, such as connectivity options, outputs, weight and whether you will predominantly use your broadcast camera in the studio or out in the field. You’ll also need to consider professional sound equipment and editing software in order to get the most from your camera and make the most professional video possible.

    But a broadcast camera isn’t just essential kit for making corporate videos and promoting your business online, schools, colleges and all kinds of educational establishments also need to use broadcast cameras for teaching and extracurricular activities every day. And of course, in the booming creative media industries, filming and editing is of paramount importance, so you really can’t afford to be without a broadcast camera.

  • Making your own business TV show

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    With the rise of the internet, new media offers a whole, dizzying, range of new ways for businesses to make an impression online, from a simple website, to producing TV channels of your own on YouTube. For many businesses, a presence on the latter can be great, but how do you go about creating your own, professional looking video? Sadly, whilst everyone can access the technology to make a video, not everyone has the skills to do so. Grainy, badly filmed and poor sound quality videos abound online; however, yours doesn't need to be one of them! Here's the basic low-down on how to produce your own show.

    The essential kit

    Hire (or buy, if you're setting up a full-time channel) professional broadcast equipment. This includes cameras, sound equipment and professional editing software (buy, in the latter case). Quality here is key, as you'll stand out from the increasingly large crowd if your shots are well framed, your camera doesn't shake and the sound quality is top-notch. You can still take the DIY approach to filming and producing, but the results will look far from DIY.

    Lights, camera, action and, erm, script?

    Nobody is a natural in front of the camera (don't believe a word of it if you hear otherwise). A script is essential and that's not as in a script to read from rigidly, with no “stage” presence. Write your script, bullet your key messages and then go off and learn it by heart. Yes, by heart. Keep prompt cards at eye level, close to the camera while performing. Smooth and seamless delivery makes for a more convincing message.

    Take one, take two, take as long as you need

    If you've noticed that most film directors are grey haired and look like they don't get enough sleep, there's a reason for that. Quality rarely happens spontaneously and TV and film are as much about smoke and mirrors as they are about great acting performances. A rushed broadcast looks like a rushed broadcast, a professional one makes your audience sit up and take notice.

    Why go to all the trouble?

    Content gets richer as every day passes. The value in a strong, well-produced video on your site is immeasurable, yet the biggest problem with online selling and promotion is gaining trust. A site based purely on text and still images could be created by anyone, anywhere and mean very little. If you love your business and your industry, putting a face (or talking head) to your site creates trust and the sense of dealing with “real” people. It's the sort of thing that can't be bought!

  • Blackmagic Design Download Center

    All the very latest Blackmagic Design downloads can be downloaded from the Blackmagic Support Centre

    Welcome to the Blackmagic Design support center. Here you will find the latest software updates, support notes, instruction manuals and all kinds of helpful information. If you need extra help, then please go to our community forum and connect with the incredible experience of the television industry.

    Click here to access the site

  • Advances in Live Broadcast Equipment: Announcing the New XT2000 Video Switcher

    HVS XT2000 Video SwitcherWhen it comes to broadcast equipment, the XT2000 video switcher helps a studio engineer to select between a variety of video sources and mix them together, creating special effects. This is the simplistic explanation, but this video switcher has some ground breaking features using technology that has never been used in the past by operators. There are several features that are exclusive and can elevate a professional allowing them to do an incredible job on their production job. MELite is one such exclusive feature which enables the traditional AUX bus to transform, making it functional so it will mix, cut and wipe. Continue reading

  • Using Broadcast Lighting Equipment

    Tecpro Felloni KIT TP LONI D50 Daylight LED Head with soft case and standWhen it comes to Broadcast Lighting it is important to acknowledge that there are two primary goals. The first is to get enough light and the second is to use the light that you have to shape and define the objects in the scene.

    A lighting technician will consider a variety of different factors when deciding upon the best way in which to light the stage.

    The first question they will likely ask is how big the audience is. The answer that is generally provided is that it is both the number of people that are in the room itself plus the audience that will potentially be watching via the web-stream. Unless you have an unlimited budget though there will however need to be some compromises made and it will be your technician’s job to work out how to make the most of what they have available to them. Continue reading

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