IBC2011 Innovation Award Winner - Content Creation
End user: RIA Novosti
YouReporter is a web portal which allows anyone to submit citizen journalism reports to RIA Novosti, the Russian state-owned news agency. With the rise in popularity of video-enabled phones and other devices, individuals who happen to be on the spot at the time can contribute pictures and reports of breaking news stories. It extends the team of professional journalists working for the agency, and it makes the news more provocative, immediate and unpretentious.
An important part of the system, which was developed in house by RIA Novosti, is the editorial process which ensures that all contributions are checked for accuracy and lack of bias. In a country which until very recently all news material was closely controlled, the ability for anyone to download an app from iTunes and start contributing to the newsgathering process is refreshing.
Replay media management for live MotoGP
End user: Dorna Sports
Supporting partner: Grass Valley
MotoGP, the fast-paced global motorcycle competition, is a television success. Dorna Sports covers each race with more than 120 cameras: around the track, in the pits, on the bikes and from a helicopter. All this coverage has to be highly mobile: often the race meetings are only a week apart.
To package the races, highlights, news stories and other programmes, the Dorna Sports team creates as many as 2000 clips a day, tagging each with the relevant metadata and making them available to researchers, editors and journalists. A network of Grass Valley K2 Summit production servers, with K2 Dyno and Production Assistant controllers, allows staff to use touch screens to create the clips and tag them on the fly, sorting content instantly for the team of more than 20 editors working on location as well as for instant replay.
CNBC 4D Interactive Motion Tracking
End user: CNBC
Supporting partners: UNREEL, Motion Analysis and Brainstorm Multimedia
The American financial news broadcaster created an enhanced viewer experience by allowing direct interaction between the presenter and the 3D graphics environment. The editorial requirement was for the presenter to be able to use data to tell a story, but at the natural pace of the presenter without the constraints of mechanical systems or pre-prepared sequences. Drawing on the movie Minority Report and its idea of a user bringing graphics on, interacting with them and clearing them using only hand gestures, CNBC wanted to do it for real.
The latest developments in motion tracking by Motion Analysis made it practical to track the hands of the presenter using tiny reflectors. Unreel integrated this awareness of the presenter’s gestures with camera tracking data and virtual graphics from Brainstorm. The result is that the presenter can call on graphics, and walk around them, in real time, in everyday news television broadcasts, a world first.
Post production Flying Monsters 3D
End user: ONSIGHT
Supporting partner: SGO Mistika
Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough is a remarkable new production, investigating how pterosaurs flew and perhaps why they died out. It puts Attenborough alongside the prehistoric reptiles: in the lab, in the forest and even in the air. It was created for Sky television and also shot especially for 3D IMAX cinematic release as well. The team had the challenge of producing not only, a Stereo 3D version for Sky TV, but also theatrical and IMAX versions of the show. The television version was first shown on the recently launched Sky 3D TV channel in the UK on Christmas Day 2010, and the stereoscopic 3D movie for both conventional cinemas and for 3D IMAX were released in May 2011.
To meet all these deliverables the project was shot in 4K using RED cameras, creating very large files indeed. To provide a realtime editing and colour grading environment in which the live action and computer generated models could be combined, and the effects of the stereoscopic 3D evaluated and corrected, post house Onsight used its two SGO Mistika suites, networked together to meet the workload. The realtime environment meant that the team from producers Atlantic Productions and commissioners Sky could readily see how the programme and movie were developing.