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Lighting for Broadcast (aka “Lighting 101”) as seen at #NABShow

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Modern lighting for broadcasting really got going in 1938 with the appearance of color television. One fact that many people don’t consider is that stage and movie lighting are a bit different. Proper lighting is not nearly as simple as pointing a light and turning it on. All the fancy transmitters and cameras don’t mean a thing if you can’t ...

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NAB: How It All Got Started #NABShow

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Well, here we are, approaching NAB Show!  Once again, I will be present, representing Broadcast Beat Magazine, as I glide through the Show Floor, seeing what I can see of all the newest products and innovations in the studio (broadcast and post-production) industry. “It’s exciting to see how the National Association of Broadcasters and NAB Show has evolved in the ...

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The Truth about True Peak Limiting for Audio with Dr. Paul Tapper of @NugenAudio

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The True Peak measurement is now part of the delivery specification of legislation such as the CALM Act, which has brought audio front and center in the spotlight of the video world, but what does this actually mean? We’re all familiar with the idea of digital samples, digital audio, and digital peak level. But what is True-Peak? The smooth blue ...

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Shaping the Light – Rendering with @Silverdraft

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What do they grow on the render farm? Light and reflection, and images bright. What do they grow on the render farm? Shadows and darkness, shades of the night. Computer juggles the contrast and texture. Sparing the artist, a mechanized protector? The Render Wrangler tends this farm. Your data is safe! No cause for alarm.   Old time animation was ...

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The Next Big Thing for Broadcasters: Hybrid Vehicles?

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As the news industry evolves, local stations have to compete with online content, specialized apps, national media, and in some cases, larger stations in neighboring regions. In parallel, the costs of certain types of syndicated content have become less economic for stations to buy, while audiences look to local stations to provide content that they cannot find elsewhere. So, how ...

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The New IT Director Versus the Old #Broadcast Engineer

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Long ago, from the earliest days of media, it was recognized that there needed to be people who performed the technical workings of the studio. Aside from the inventors and photographers who tinkered with and were able to tweak cameras, the advent of radio brought the need for a true engineer who understood the inner-workings of electricity and the analog ...

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Semi-Studios: Mobile Production Vehicles or Magical Mystery Machines?

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You know you’ve seen’em – the super-large semis with full production studios inside them… And although they come in standard van sizes (that your local affiliates have), I’m talking about the ones you could practically live in – with all the bells and whistles that even some of the smaller studios and post-production houses just don’t have!  These are the ...

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PIXAR Talks Render Farms with Ryan Salazar

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Rendering Sucks….But It Doesn’t Have To…. When you hear the word “farm,” you either think of “Old MacDonald” or a bunch of cows or fields of wheat, etc. “Render farms” evoke the same type of vision — albeit one of many computers linked together with yards and yards of cabling, rather than animals grouped together in a barnyard. But the ...

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Camera-Ready by Rosco

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Modern cinematography is the descendant of theater. This visual and audible medium has moved beyond celluloid into a purely digital realm – even though many people still refer to movies as films. When most people think of movies and the fine art of making movies, they first think of actors (and perhaps the director and crew), cameras, and computers. Those ...

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JMR Announces General Availability of Mac Mini RAID Desktop and Rackmount Work Stations

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New Thunderbolt certified desktop and rackmount adds enhanced durability, RAID capacity expansion and I-O flexibility to Mac mini – Ideal for DI carts and studio workflows JMR Electronics, Inc. a leading provider of scalable storage solutions, announced this week the general availability of their latest ThunderboltTM certified desktop and rackmount workstation for the Apple Mac mini®. The innovative one-of-a-kind workstations will prove ...

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NewTek’s New Tech – A Groundbreaking Media Ecosystem (IP Series)

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THIS is a Broadcast Beat EXCLUSIVE RELEASE! Anyone who is in the industry knows that NewTek products integrate multiple functions into single hardware units for live multi-camera video production, providing many full and sometimes unobtainable features that are unavailable elsewhere.  What people may not be ready for is the ground-breaking technology that NewTek is about to unleash. Not all of the ...

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2016 Olympics: Sony/TVU Networks Go for the GOLD!

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Coverage for an Olympic event is always tricky.  Recording at just the perfect angle and clarity is critical in pulling-off an enjoyable and spine-tingling scene.  I wanted to focus on two very different companies and their parts in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio! Sony is at it AGAIN (or, more accurately, STILL)! As you know, never a company to ...

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