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IBC2019 Keynote: Cinematic trailblazer Andy Serkis

2019-09-16T13:47:00+01:00

IBC2019: Actor and director Andy Serkis discusses his journey into performance capture and the ethics of capturing actors’ likenesses in his IBC2019 Keynote session.

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IBC2019 Panel Interview: Jorma Kivela, Rik Bauwens and Paolo Casagranda

2019-09-16T11:20:00+01:00

IBCTV casts an ear to advances in the radio market

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IBC2019 Preview: Monday

2019-09-15T14:24:00+01:00By

IBC2019: Highlights from across the conference and exhibition including the content everywhere hall and hub and the Monday mega movie showcasing Toy Story 4.

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IBC2019 Preview: Friday

2019-09-12T14:23:00+01:00By

IBC2019: Highlights and the must-see conference sessions, feature areas, Elton John’s Rocket Man on the Big Screen, and AWS 4K Charity run sign up.

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Five steps to take the challenge of expanded networks

2019-09-12T13:22:00+01:00Brought to you by

Over the last couple years, professional Audio-over-IP-(AoIP) distribution has established itself in the broadcast-universe and keeps evolving constantly. Certain requirements when covering daily program distribution or even live events, are increasing - the five essentials: Compatibility, high audio quality, flexibility, transmission robustness and simplicity.

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Interview: Nuno Fonseca, Sound Particles

2019-09-09T11:29:00+01:00By

Applying the techniques of 3D video animation to sound creation could take cinema audio to a new level of realism, Sound Particles’ Nuno Fonseca tells Paul Bray.

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Insight: Your guide to IBC2019

2019-08-16T09:58:00+01:00By

IBC preview magazine Insight contains interviews with keynote speakers, an overview of some of the technology trends that will dominate IBC2019 as well as guides to the show’s exciting and innovative features, from the Future Zone to the Esports Showcase.

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The state of spatial sound

2019-08-09T09:43:00+01:00By Kevin Hilton

Advances in technology and new media devices are bringing premium features like immersive audio to a wider audience. Kevin Hilton looks at how market leader Dolby Atmos got to this point and the current state of the spatial sound market.

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Audio industry moves to IP and virtualisation

2019-07-24T14:12:00+01:00By

The International Trade Association for Broadcast and Media Technology have released a new Audio Business report examining the current state of the industry which identifies key drivers of change.

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Small, mobile, intelligent: the evolution of broadcast microphones

2019-07-01T13:39:00+01:00By

Alongside audio quality and RF spectrum efficiency, the call for more discreet form factors is driving the design of broadcast microphones – especially in this era of increasingly high-resolution TV, writes David Davies.

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Behind the Scenes: Apollo 11

2019-06-26T08:00:00+01:00By

A new documentary film about the Apollo 11 Moon Landing features previously unseen 70mm footage that helps provide a whole new take on the mission and its legacy as it nears its 50th Anniversary.

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BBC completes groundbreaking ViLoR local radio project

2019-05-21T11:31:00+01:00By

Five years after the first few installations took place, the BBC has signed off on its new centralised virtual local radio infrastructure. David Davies finds out more from lead project manager Geoff Woolf.

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Netflix rolls out ‘studio quality’ audio

2019-05-02T13:33:00+01:00By

Netflix has boosted the quality of its Dolby Atmos audio in a bid to “bring viewers closer to the story.”

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Next-generation OBs: 4K, IP and immersive audio

2019-04-01T06:00:00+01:00By

4K, IP and immersive audio are among the technologies impacting dramatically on the design and build of new OB units, writes David Davies.

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SMPTE calls to students

2019-03-20T09:00:00+00:00By

Applications for the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) annual student paper award and scholarship have opened.

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Inside the Berlin Philharmonic’s Digital Concert Hall

2019-03-11T16:42:00+00:00By

The Berlin Philharmonic’s decision to stream its concerts in high-quality audio and video has seen it push both technical as well as creative boundaries, writes David Davies.

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Oscars 2019: The winners

2019-02-25T15:22:00+00:00By Joe Crimp

Bohemian Rhapsody, Black Panther and Roma were among the big winners at Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony.

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Broadcasting theatre on the big screen

2019-02-15T12:15:00+00:00By

The National Theatre is home to world-class productions and performances, but how are the plays broadcast to cinemas around the world?

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Immersive audio: A multitude of possibilities

2019-02-01T11:40:00+00:00By

For vendors, arguably the greatest challenge at this point resides in satisfying the continually evolving ways in which broadcasters and content creators wish to apply immersive audio techniques, writes David Davies.

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2019 Oscars: Inside the best cinematography and VFX categories

2019-01-30T13:10:00+00:00By

From shooting in black and white to creating in-camera effects, we take a look at the technology and technique behind Oscar nominated films.

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Behind the scenes: A Quiet Place

2019-01-22T10:22:00+00:00By

Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl, the supervising sound editors of Oscar-nominated A Quiet Place, on establishing the rules of silence and the shock of what happens if you break it.

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2018’s most-read Production articles

2018-12-24T06:00:00+00:00By

From the restoration of Peter Jackson’s WWI epic They Shall Not Grow Old to behind the scenes of Love Island and the impact of AI, holograms and Brexit on the media industry, we look at the most popular Production articles of 2018.

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BBC and C4 triumph at RTS Awards

2018-11-27T15:51:00+00:00By

The Royal Television Society (RTS) 2018 Craft and Design Awards have awarded the best in UK broadcast television from directing and effects to costume and make up.

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Amplifying the sound of silence

2018-11-01T16:33:00+00:00By

Audio is key to bringing natural history stories to life, say filmmakers who have used Dolby Atmos to enhance their films.

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Driving immersive audio forward at Sky

2018-10-31T13:39:00+00:00By

Sky is one of a handful of global broadcasters taking a prominent role in evolving the use of Dolby Atmos in live events, Andy Stout reports.

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Plazamedia blazes IP trail

2018-10-25T06:00:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

In consciously opting against a hybrid solution for its new broadcast centre, German sports producer Plazamedia has created a modern, future-proof system as SMPTE 2110 approaches.

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Immersive drives audio capture at IBC

2018-10-24T11:08:00+01:00By Mark Hallinger

There’s a huge amount of change taking place in the audio business, driven by the move towards immersive sound. Nowhere was this clearer than at this year’s IBC.

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On-demand webinar: Accelerating innovation across Media & Entertainment

2018-10-23T15:14:00+01:00

This IBC365 webinar outlines and explains the collaborative Media-Telecom Catalyst innovation programme and how you can get involved in designing solutions to current media & entertainment challenges.

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DABbling in in-car audio

2018-10-23T10:24:00+01:00By

In-car listening presents a huge opportunity for the DAB radio industry, believes Arqiva’s Simon Mason.

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Smart speakers and public service broadcasters

2018-10-22T14:53:00+01:00

If 2017 was the year that smart speaker hype reached its peak, 2018 may well prove to be the year they will have moved into the mainstream, writes EBU Project Manager Ben Poor.

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Satellite technology: Advances in connectivity

2018-10-09T11:55:00+01:00By

Over the past several months, it has become clear that, in many ways, far from being a distinct sector, the satellite industry is a microcosm of the larger broadcast industry in which it operates.

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SMPTE advances immersive audio standardisation

2018-10-05T08:35:00+01:00By

New immersive audio standards have been published by SMPTE for distribution and consistent playout of various immersive sound systems.

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IBC2018 Tech Talks: AI in production

2018-09-27T14:44:00+01:00

AI is here to stay, and in the area of production it is set to revolutionise working practice. Explore how in technical papers from BBC R&D, Media Distillery & NHK and watch their IBC2018 Tech Talks.

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Object-audio capture systems for sports broadcast

2018-09-27T09:09:00+01:00By Dr.-Ing. Renato S. Pellegrini and Dr.Ing. Alexander Krüger Véronique Larcher

The benefits to using audio as a primary method of delivering new experiences, particularly during a sports event, it is the audio that best engages consumers with the atmosphere of the stadium.

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Sound and fury: Bringing Dolby Atmos to the NHRA

2018-09-27T09:08:00+01:00By Michael Babbitt

The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) approached Dolby Laboratories in early 2017 to explore what value immersive audio might bring to the NHRA’s television broadcasts.

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Interview: Lisa Tobin, New York Times

2018-09-26T07:00:00+01:00By Lorcan Archer

Providing narrative perspective in a US news environment that’s in total overdrive is a daily challenge along with the changing audio consumption habits Lisa Tobin confronts, executive producer of audio and editor of The Daily podcast at the New York Times.

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Delivering next-gen audio for everyone

2018-09-17T13:12:00+01:00

The audio renderer has long been a bone of contention in the standardisation work on Next Generation Audio (NGA), writes EBU Senior Project Manager Roger Miles.

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Why AI may never match craft skills in production

2018-09-17T09:21:00+01:00By David Wood

IBC2018: The strongest case for the use of AI production tools is in lower cost genres of television, says BBC AI Research Engineer Craig White.

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Case study: Shifting from ISDN to IP

2018-09-10T12:03:00+01:00Brought to you by

Digigram’s IQOYA Call IP audio codec and IQOYA Cloud management system are helping Danish radio station DR make a controlled shift toward audio over IP, enabling the public broadcaster to address the gradual extinction of ISDN connections and making it easy for staff to realise the cost and quality benefits ...

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IP opportunities: German broadcasters' real world usage

2018-09-03T14:16:00+01:00Brought to you by

Transmitting via IP offers broadcasters the possibility of interconnecting radio, video and internet perfectly, writes 2wcom Chief Executive Werner Drews.

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Immersive technology: A unique opportunity for the industry

2018-08-30T14:22:00+01:00Brought to you by

The broadcast industry has been experiencing a tremendous transformation since the arrival of the Internet, and digital convergence has become a reality, writes Genelec R&D Director Aki Makivirta.

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What benefits can radio-as-a-service bring?

2018-08-21T06:00:00+01:00Brought to you by

The broadcast industry is adopting cloud solutions at an astounding rate. Thanks to data portability and standardisation of systems, we will soon have access to radio-as-a-service, explains Digigram Head of Marketing Pascal Malgouyard.

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Tuning radio for South Sudan

2018-07-04T07:32:00+01:00By

Most stories about new broadcast facilities are all about beautiful buildings designed by ‘starchitects’ featuring soaring atriums and state-of-the-art studios and production systems. This is not one of them. This is the story of tin-roofed, mudbrick buildings with no air-conditioning, and brand new, old-fashioned analogue production kit.

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Craft Leaders: Julian Slater, Sound Designer

2018-05-10T10:33:00+01:00By

Oscar-nominated sound designer Julian Slater speaks about new ways of editing sound and why the term ‘immersive’ can be a red herring.

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Spotlight on: Mobile journalists

2018-04-27T10:28:00+01:00By

Mobile video journalists (MoJo) from CBC, RTE and BBC offer insight into how technology has revolutionised reporting, the impact of mobile apps and the threat to traditional reporting.

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Audio leads IP, VR and AR transformation

2018-04-20T10:21:00+01:00By Kevin Hilton

NAB 2018: In the past few years there has been more parity between audio and video, and no longer is the cliche “audio is the poor relation to video” trotted out at exhibitions.

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On-demand webinar: Transforming live sports production with Artificial Intelligence

2018-04-18T12:27:00+01:00Sponsored by

Watch now to hear key players discuss real world experience of the role AI is taking in live sports.

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Capturing clean audio

2018-03-29T08:24:00+01:00By

With the quality of audio capture integral to the success of a production, IBC365 speaks with industry experts to examine the changing requirements production sound mixers and the response of manufacturers.

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On-demand webinar: NAB Show 2018 Deconstructed

2018-03-28T14:30:00+01:00

Not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas: IBC365 is joined by a panel of industry experts to review what went on, what was hot, and what happened at the NAB 2018 conference and show floor.

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Object-based audio: Slicing and dicing sound for broadcast

2018-02-26T07:00:00+00:00By Kevin Hilton

Object-based audio promises immersion, accessibility, personalisation and interactivity, but fears of a format war persist.

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Delivering the story: Newsroom technology

2018-02-14T16:59:00+00:00By

In the first of a two part series on newsroom technology, George Jarrett talks to the BBC and vendors about enabling journalists and delivering content to digital and broadcast platforms.

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Blog: Building a worse mousetrap

2018-02-01T16:20:00+00:00By

“Good enough,” is not a phrase usually heard in the corridors of broadcasters unless it’s following the words “that’s not”, writes John Maxwell Hobbs.

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The New Canvas: How emerging tech is changing storytelling

2018-01-26T09:34:00+00:00

Technicolor CTO Jon Walkenhorst and colleagues discuss how emerging technology is changing the way stories are told.

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Video: BBC R&D's work with object-based media

2018-01-26T09:27:00+00:00

Andrew Mason, Senior Technologist at BBC R&D, speaks about the Orpheus research project and explains how the BBC is experimenting with object-based audio.

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Hearing the future: The immersive sound revolution

2017-12-19T16:30:00+00:00By

New techniques for capturing and delivering audio will be part of even more immersive experiences, writes Amelia Kallman.

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IBC2017 technical papers: Audio

2017-11-03T10:27:00+00:00

Technical papers on audio presented at IBC2017 included UK startup Salsa Sound, which went on to win the IABM Annual Conference Dragons’ Den competiton earlier this month for its live sports broadcast system.

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Automatic generation of audio descriptions for sports programs

2017-11-03T09:57:07.397+00:00By K Kurihara and A Imai et al.

NHK has developed a means of automatically generating auxiliary audio descriptions from metadata for use in live TV sports programs.

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Experiments in immersion

2017-11-03T09:56:28.097+00:00By O. Spall G. Thomas Z. Watson and M. Glancy

Case study: The BBC has over forty VR, 360 video and immersive audio experiments, that teams across the corporation have developed, covering a broad range of topics.

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Automatic sound source localisation for object-based audio recording

2017-10-26T12:00:00+01:00By N. Epain and J. Daniel

The ORPHEUS research project aims to invent new workflows for producing, broadcasting and playing back object-oriented audio content.

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Enhanced next generation audio for live sports broadcast

2017-10-26T12:00:00+01:00By R. G. Oldfield and B. G. Shirley

Sports broadcasters benefit from a more adaptive scenebased audio capture and rendering, commonly referred to as Next Generation Audio (NGA).

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ORPHEUS audio project

2017-10-26T12:00:00+01:00By A Silzle and M Weitnauer et al.

Object-based media is a revolutionary approach for creating and deploying interactive, personalised, scalable and immersive content.

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The power of the podcast

2017-09-19T11:00:00+01:00By

IBC2017: The final instalment of the popular What Caught My Eye series of sessions concluded with producer and social media expert Muki Kulhan scouring the exhibition halls to come up with her best buys for web-broadcasters.

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The potential of object-based audio for broadcasters

2017-09-11T07:00:00+01:00

Object-based audio allows for greater personalisation of content but the underlying technology needs to be open to allow for interoperability, writes Roger Miles.

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Dolby honoured for 50 years of innovation

2017-09-06T10:14:00+01:00By

IBC2017: Dolby Laboratories recognised for its 50 years of audio innovation receiving the International Honour for Excellence at the IBC Awards Ceremony.

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Object-based audio for television

2017-04-26T09:00:00+01:00By Steven A. Silva 21st Century Fox USA

Since the beginning of TV production, channel based audio mixing has been the norm.

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Audio for television – how AES67 and uncompressed 2022/2110/TR03 video fit together

2017-04-04T14:10:00+01:00By Leigh Whitcomb Imagine Communications Canada

In today’s TV production environment, audio can take two forms: embedded audio and independent audio.

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EBU loudness specification changes

2017-04-03T10:00:00+01:00By Florian Camerer ORF

In 2016, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) updated all of its loudness specifications, except for the core, EBU R128 itself.

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The wall of moments: An immersive event experience at home

2017-03-27T16:13:00+01:00By R. Bauwens T. Deboosere M. Matton L. Overmeire Vlaamse Radio-en Televisieomroeporganisatie

Within the ICoSOLE project, different (cost-effective) ways of capturing spatially outspread events are being considered.

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A framework for a content-based hybrid content radio

2017-03-27T16:08:00+01:00By Paolo Casagranda Rai – Radiotelevisione Italiana Centre for Research and Technology Innovation It

This paper gives an overview of the recent experimental services proposed by a group of European Broadcasters exploring the potentialities of a hybrid approach for audio in radio.

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Making audio sound better one square wave at a time

2017-03-24T17:05:00+00:00By Leif Claesson Omnia Audio USA

For the past three decades, FM broadcasters have been engaged in what have become known as the “loudness wars”,

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How AES-67, the new audio-over-IP standard, will bring the convergence of telecommunications, studio audio, and intercom

2017-03-24T16:58:00+00:00By G.F. Shay and M.J. Dyster The Telos Alliance USA

At the present time, audio technology is leveraging audio over IP technology at the basic network transport level, but is not taking advantage of all the benefits that are possible.

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Reverse engineering emotions in an immersive audio mix format

2017-03-22T14:57:00+00:00By Sreejesh Nair Solutions Specialist Audio Avid Re-Recording Mixer

A lot has been written about the techniques and methods employed in creating a stereo mix or mix for music.

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Video translation: Weaving synthetic voices into the multilingual production workflow

2017-03-16T16:49:00+00:00By S.A.K. Weber and X. Bai BBC News Labs

The plethora of digital platforms makes information available in a great number of languages, and the expectation of audiences to be able to consume media in their own languages is growing.

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