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

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

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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Satellites: Those Heavenly Orbital Spheres

Not too many left who could vouch for 1945 being an eventful year – it saw the end of the most massive global conflict the world has ever known; the longest-running U.S. President ever Franklin Delano Roosevelt (our 32nd president) passed into eternity and was succeeded by his Vice President Harry S. Truman; the United Nations was proposed and established ...

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

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!

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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TransferSoft Announces General Availability of HyperTransfer for Windows

Native Windows version accelerates network transfers to full line speed on any local, wide and global area network TransferSoft® Inc., a provider of the most efficient enterprise data transfer software to OEMs and systems Integrators, today announced the general availability of HyperTransfer® for Windows. The native Windows compilation software suite accelerates block and file transfers to full line speed across ...

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Simply SMPTE – Happy 100 Years!

For those of you not in the media trade, SMPTE stands for the “Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers,” of which I am a proud member, being a post-production studio engineer. And they celebrated their Centennial Anniversary by having Barbara H. Lange, SMPTE Executive Director, ring the Closing Bell at the Nasdaq MarketSite – 4 Times Square – 43rd & Broadway ...

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Microsoft and Facebook to Lay 160Tbps Transatlantic Cable

In an effort to meet the growing demand for high speed, reliable connections for Cloud and online services locally and abroad, Microsoft and Facebook jointly announced their latest step in building a global cloud infrastructure with the laying of “MAREA” – a new, state-of-the art subsea cable across the Atlantic.  MAREA, Spanish for “tide” will stretch from Virginia, US, to Bilbao, ...

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Broadcast Asia 2016 Overview

So I’ll get to Singapore, literally, the day before I left (16 hour time difference, you know), a few days before the 2016 Broadcast Asia Show. The Garden City has a lot to offer the intrepid traveler and I wanted to allow some time to adjust to the jet lag and soak-in some of the local sights before showing-up bright ...

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RR Media and SES Platform Services to Merge

  New company to be formed, creating a world-leading provider of innovative global media services and solutions The overwhelming access to on-demand media via the internet, satellite, IPTV, cable, online and mobile platforms to handheld devices, desktops, live venues, radio and television, anytime and anywhere, has forever changed the time-to-market and monetization model for content owners, sports leagues and right ...

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#NABShow: Day Four at 2016 NAB Show

DAY FOUR and the last day of the 2016 NAB Show!!!  It’s been a wonderful ride!!!  Our Live Blog continues today…  Don’t forget – if you’re hungry, Ryan’s top places to eat in #Vegas during the show can be found here: www.broadcastbeat.com/nab-show-foodies/  -Afterward, our very last #NABShow Party is today, Thursday, April 21 @6:00pm – it’s the End of Show ...

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#NABShow: Day Three at 2016 NAB Show

DAY THREE and the last big full day of the 2016 NAB Show!!!  It’s GREAT to have you back – there’s SO MUCH MORE today!!!  Our Live Blog continues to post the information and many of the “stops” of our various crews out on the floor!  Don’t forget – you can catch #NABShow LIVE online at nabshow.com  or broadcastbeat.com  9am ...

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#NABShow: Day Two at 2016 NAB Show

Hey!  We made it to DAY TWO of the 2016 NAB Show!!!  Glad you’re sticking with us – there’s SO MUCH MORE today!!!  Our Live Blog continues to post the information and many of the “stops” of our various crews out on the floor!  Don’t forget – you can catch #NABShow LIVE online at nabshow.com  or broadcastbeat.com  9am PST / ...

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#NABShow: Day One at 2016 NAB Show

LIVE BLOG – UPDATED CONSTANTLY THROUGHOUT THE DAY AS THE SHOW PROGRESSES!!! Can anything be more exciting than the first day of the 2016 NAB Show?  I doubt it!!!  The Broadcast Beat Crews are up and rip – raring to go!!! First things first however – let’s fiddle with these knobs and switches and see what we can get to ...

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30,000 Feet Up & 2200 Miles to 2016 NAB Show

…And away we go! Our Fort Lauderdale crew is now thirty-thousand feet up in the air and we’re on our way to “Sin City” – Las Vegas, Nevada! NAB Show HERE WE COME! (Daniel – those are Nikki’s nachos!!!) As usual, my level of excitement won’t let me settle-down, so I’ve started blogging while on the plane! (This is DEFINITELY a bad ...

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Sony Professional Cameras Cover Sony Open in Hawaii PGA TOUR

The 2016 Sony Open in Hawaii PGA TOUR event will be shot and broadcast in HD on Golf Channel using Sony professional cameras, continuing Sony’s long-running tradition of providing HD production technology for major live entertainment and sports events.   The tournament is also the latest testing ground for 4K live production and broadcasting. In addition to multiple Sony HDC ...

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