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Visual Unity Helps Czech TV Move In To Full HD Outside Broadcast Production

Leading systems integrator and multiscreen platform provider Visual Unity has enabled Czech TV to enhance its production capabilities by delivering the broadcaster’s fully High Definition-equipped Outside Broadcast vehicle
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Designed to capture mainly sporting and cultural events, the new vehicle is based on a 26 ton MAN chassis with a single expanding side. At 12 meters long and nearly four meters high, it is the second completely HD equipped vehicle in Czech TV’s fleet and provides the entire technical infrastructure needed to deliver Outside Broadcast content in full HD.

Visual Unity was commissioned to handle this prestigious project on the basis of its extensive experience of designing, delivering and integrating turnkey TV systems, broadcast-IT convergent and multiscreen solutions. Borne out of respected international SI Visual Connection (latterly KIT digital Czech), Visual Unity offers an in depth understanding of the complexities of the broadcast chain coupled with extensive in-house software expertise.

Jakub Kabourek, CEO of Visual Unity, says: “As the Czech Republic’s state broadcaster, Czech TV is committed to delivering a premium viewing experience for its audience and constantly strives to deploy the latest technology to optimize its operations. This philosophy was the driving force behind its decision to invest in a new vehicle that could deliver High Definition content from major outside broadcast events.”

Visual Unity’s brief was to ensure that the new vehicle was compatible with Czech TV’s existing systems and interfaces, while also providing the high standard and effective design needed to tackle demanding video and audio productions. As one of the region’s most respected and successful broadcasters, Visual Unity was conscious of the importance Czech TV placed on this project and was fully committed to delivering a state-of-the-art solution that fulfilled all of the design criteria.

Jiri Jires, Head of Czech TV’s Outside Broadcast department, says: “Our main aim was to build a truck that could easily be used for the daily production of material from smaller sports venues and theatres, and from places within cities where we can’t use larger trailers. We intend to gradually expand and upgrade our OB fleet and we believe that our next truck will follow the design of this latest vehicle. I was very impressed with the way in which Visual Unity incorporated all our special requirements into this project.”

Under the direction of project leader Tomas Vesely, the new vehicle was coachbuilt in the UK by Spectra Engineering and engineered together with Megahertz. Once this part of the project was completed, the truck was driven to Visual Unity so that the engineering team could finish the custom installation. In total the project took just 10 months to complete.

Tomas Vesely says: “The most demanding stage of the project was the initial layout design, which we worked on very closely with the customer. We needed to install a lot of equipment, while at the same time provide an efficient, ergonomic operational space for the crew, including a comfortable 5.1 surround sound suite for audio mixing. Achieving this required some thought, given the fixed size of the 12 meter chassis. Another issue we had to resolve was incorporating several different heating systems, which are needed because Czech TV plans to use the truck extensively for winter sports events. The final systems integration challenge was integrating LSB’s VSM control system, which is used to control the majority of the systems on board the truck.”

The vehicle is equipped with eight cameras – six LDK 8000 Elite series HD cameras (all Triax based), plus one radio camera and one SuperMotion camera. It also has two EVS XT-3 servers, IP Director, XF2 storage with removable drives for data exchange with post production facilities, a Snell Kahuna 3ME vision mixer, a Miranda NVISION NV8280 matrix router, an LSB VSM control system, a Studer Vista 8 audio console, Genelec and Fostex audio monitoring, Dolby E encoders-decoders, Clear-Com Eclipse intercom and Harris G5 graphics.

Czech TV took delivery of its new OB truck in October and has already put it through its paces. Its first successful live production was the Euro Floorball Tour 2011, which took place in Bmo, Czech Republic, at the beginning of November.

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About Visual Unity
Visual Unity is an international Systems Integrator bridging the gap between broadcast and software-based media systems, to help clients reach and engage audiences – wherever they are. The team has been designing and delivering turnkey TV systems, broadcast-IT convergent and multiscreen solutions worldwide since 1991 – from HD Outside Broadcast vehicles and major playout facilities to automated Direct-to-Web platforms.

Visual Unity’s award-nominated vuMediaTM platform helps broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetised in the multiscreen environment. Through four highly scalable and flexible modules, the vuMediaTM platform delivers a cutting-edge web-based and mobile viewing experience, comprehensive VOD services and a secure robust Content Delivery Network – all of which can be seamlessly deployed into existing workflows.

Visual Unity is based in Prague, London, Dubai and Belgrade.

For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com

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Oxygen DCT Launches a Website For Cinedeck Hire & Rental


Following continued market demand Oxygen DCT has launched a new website that helps production companies, film makers, facilities and broadcasters to gain access to Cinedeck production equipment.

Cinedeck film and TV production recorders are dramatically changing the production scene and leading the way to full tapeless production for film and television projects around the world.

Steve Hathaway, Managing Director of Oxygen DCT which distributes Cinedeck in UK and parts of mainland Europe, says: “The cost savings over more traditional production kit are enormous, especially for drama, series and film work but it is the tapeless work flow and instantaneous editing that really score with post houses, allowing faster turnaround. Directors, producers and crews all over Europe are realising the benefits of Cinedeck and there is an enormous and growing demand for hire and rental.”

Oxygen DCT delivered the first Cinedeck systems to European customers in July 2010 and has seen a dramatic acceleration in take up this year. It expects this demand to accelerate particularly in 2012 when many international broadcasters will have a UK base to cover the Olympic summer games. The company holds stock of both the EX and RX models to support its customers and, as a high service orientated organisation, is addressing hire demand by creating a forum for hire companies and production companies with the Cinedeck hire and rental website, www.cinedeckhire.com or www.cinedeckrental.com.

Whether users are looking to hire, rent, buy or just to advice on CineDeck EX and RX models, www.cinedeckhire.com is their first port of call. It puts production users in control, enabling them to competitively source exactly what they need, when they need it. The website also acts as a central portal for information where by users can easily find out about production stories, how to get the best out of their systems, interfacing to various types of cameras, technical information and even software updates.

Oxygen DCT is encouraging all of its Cinedeck clients to list themselves on the new site so they can maximise their investment in this technology by making their kit available for hire/rental.

“Any rental company in Europe that owns a Cinedeck should be on this site, so that production companies can find them and rent from them when they are working in their country,” Hathaway adds. “Getting on board is easy – all the rental company has to do is complete a short form online and we’ll do the rest.”

One company that has already taken advantage of the new site is Bestlight, whose director Steve Eveleigh says: “This is a great idea and a marvellous addition to the support you usually get from Oxygen DCT. Making it easier for film makers to hire Cinedeck will also help spread the word about these products and how good they are. It gives them the opportunity to try before they buy.”

The site also includes a section with new and used equipment for sale and Oxygen DCT will continue to develop the site over coming months with additional features such as ‘Pimp My Cinedeck’, a one-stop shop where Cinedeck owners and rental customers can access add-ons such as batteries, SSD drives, hoods and other production equipment.

For more information about the Cinedeck range or to organise a demo, please contact Oxygen DCT either direct or via the new Cinedeck website.

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About Oxygen DCT:
Oxygen DCT is a broadcasts systems solutions provider with a deep knowledge and understanding of the broadcast and professional media markets. This dynamic organisation has amassed in just over five years, a very extensive and comprehensive products portfolio of over 3000 carefully designed broadcast and production products that represent the pinnacle of engineering excellence. Oxygen DCT was the first company in the broadcast industry to fully implement online facilities for its customers and its unique, comprehensive online ordering facility automatically configures equipment systems for customers, saving time and provides industry professionals with the convenience of immediate online pricing. The ‘one-stop-shop’ website caters for the smallest requirements whilst also allowing users to prepare their own quotes and place orders online with immediate order confirmation. Oxygen DCT also provides advice, support and expertise as part of its ‘life cycle’ care scheme, ensuring that customers are fully serviced throughout their career life cycles. www.oxygendct.com

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Red TX Brings Stunning Broadcast Audio Quality To Coldplay’s Madrid Album Launch

Broadcast sound specialist Red TX has once again helped a mega band reach out to its fans around the world by capturing the broadcast audio for Coldplay’s recent album launch at the Plaza de Toros Stadium in Madrid.

17,000 fans in the stadium were joined by 44 million other fans around the world to watch the spectacular show on You Tube. Coldplay’s set included hits such as Yellow, God Put A Smile Upon Your Face, Fix You, Clocks and Viva La Vida as well as the singles Paradise and Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall from their new album Mylo Xyloto.

The concert was mixed on board Red TX’s new truck, Red II, by renowned live sound engineer and Red TX director Tim Summerhayes. He provided a live stereo audio feed to the Visions mobile, which was capturing the video in High Definition and providing onward broadcast to You Tube.

Summerhayes also recorded the concert in 5.1 surround sound for subsequent DVD release.

Commenting on the project Tim Summerhayes says: “It was a challenge because we had very limited rehearsal time, but we worked closely with Coldplay’s production team of Dan Green and Rick Simpson and between us we kept everyone smiling.”

Red TX was commissioned to handle the broadcast audio for the Amex sponsored concert by Live Nation.

Mylo Xyloto is Coldplay’s fifth studio album and it was released worldwide on October 24th by EMI. The album has subsequently charted at No. 1 in 17 countries and sold more than 200,000 units in the UK alone in its first week.

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About Red TX:
Red TX provides a comprehensive concert recording and broadcast service to the music and television industries. The company has state-of-the-art mobile recording facilities and can handle projects of any size or complexity. As well as recording audio for broadcast, the company also records live music events for subsequent release on CD or DVD. It is headed by Ian Dyckhoff and Tim Summerhayes, both of whom have extensive experience in delivering high-quality audio for broadcast. www.red-tx.com

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Kaufman Ltd Names Red TX As Its Preferred Broadcast Audio Supplier


Broadcast sound specialist Red TX has been named as the preferred audio supplier for all broadcast projects undertaken by production company, Kaufman Ltd.

Founded in 2009, Kaufman Ltd is headed by Mike Kaufman and provides executive production and supervisory services to a range of companies including Live Nation, Smooth Operations, Universal Music and O2.

Mike Kaufman says: “I have worked with Red TX on numerous high profile music festivals and events and have come to appreciate the quality of their work and their dedication to getting the best possible broadcast sound. When you are dealing with a live event, it is really important to have the support of a team you trust because it must be right first time – there are no second chances.”

In recent months Red TX has been called in to handle the broadcast audio for various projects on which Mike Kaufman has been Executive Producer. These include Hard Rock Calling and the Download festival, both of which were produced by Live Nation and broadcast on Sky Arts and Vh1 USA; Sainsbury’s Super Saturday, which was broadcast on Channel 4, and Kings of Leon – Live In Hyde Park, which was recorded for future release.

“One of the main reasons I have named Red TX as my preferred audio supplier is because they show such enormous pride in their work,” Kaufman adds. “It also helps that they have recorded so many artists and bands over the years. It is very reassuring for a band undertaking a live event to know the sound team and to trust them on the basis of past good experiences. This was certainly the case with Linkin Park and Bon Jovi, both of which had Red TX driving the audio controls.”

Red TX director Ian Dyckhoff says: “We are really pleased that Kaufman Ltd has consolidated its relationship with Red TX and we take it as a huge compliment that a producer of Mike’s experience recognises the quality of the service we offer. We look forward to working with him on many more groundbreaking music events in the future.”

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About Red TX:
Red TX provides a comprehensive concert recording and broadcast service to the music and television industries. The company has state-of-the-art mobile recording facilities and can handle projects of any size or complexity. As well as recording audio for broadcast, the company also records live music events for subsequent release on CD or DVD. It is headed by Ian Dyckhoff and Tim Summerhayes, both of whom have extensive experience in delivering high-quality audio for broadcast. www.red-tx.com

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Oxygen DCT Introduces An Innovative Range Of SMART Fibre

Oxygen DCT has introduced a range of fibre optic cable that is breaking new ground in terms of reliability, practicality and performance.

Know as SMART Fibre, this new cable range is the only system in the world that features a Multimedia Interface (MMI), which gives signal and cable status and diagnostic information that is beneficial in terms of checking the fibre links for integrity and warning of potential errors.
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Visual Unity and UNITY Mobile join leading broadcast industry

Visual Unity, a leading systems integrator and multiscreen platform provider, and sister company UNITY Mobile, a cloud-based mobile services provider, will play a leading part in Marketforce’s Inaugural Conference, Broadcasting and Digital Entertainment, which takes place in London on November 29th, 2011.
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White Mark Makes Space For More Clients At Wave

Studio and technical design consultancy White Mark Ltd has designed and installed two new audio suites at the Soho-based facility of Award-winning post production company Wave.
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Red TX Records Michael Forever For Live TV Broadcast

More than 40,000 fans took their seats at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff this month to enjoy Michael Forever, a star-studded tribute to Michael Jackson.
The concert featured performances from a variety of artists including Christina Aguilera, Leona Lewis Smokey Robinson, JLS, Ne-Yo, JLS, Pixie Lott and Cee Lo Green. The fans, many of whom were dressed in Michael Jackson attire, were treated to spectacular performances on a huge stage, which was billed as the largest event rig ever used at a European stadium.
Behind the scenes, broadcast sound specialists Red TX were on hand to record the live audio for subsequent broadcast on Sky Arts and various other television channels around the world. The company employed its new Red II truck, which was manned by Red TX director Tim Summerhayes with assistance from Ollie Nesham and Ben Summerhayes.
Tim Summerhayes says: “This was a complex show to record because there were so many artists involved and many of them were working to such tight schedules that they were not able to be in Cardiff for the pre-show dress rehearsal. Despite that, the event was fantastic and there were some magnificent performances that went down incredibly well with the fans.
“We recorded the whole show as live and then spent some time tidying up the sound in post production. No re-mixing was involved and the only real issue we had to contend with was a radio microphone failure during Alexandra Burke’s performance. This was fixed after the event when she re-recorded the song at Sarm Studios in London and we were able to drop the new recording into our mix.”
Red TX was commissioned to handle the audio recording by Iambic Productions. Producer Dawn Davis says: “I’ve worked with Tim for over 25 years and the recording is always excellent, the in and out seamless, and the dedication tremendous. Red TX have really pulled out all the stops on this one, because despite schedules being impossibly tight and some of the artists under rehearsed, Tim and his team were able to cope with everything and deliver some fantastic audio.”
Although the run up to the event was beset with difficulties, the Michael Jackson Tribute concert delivered everything that was promised on the night. The world’s media was there in force and many of the artists who later took to the stage were happy to oblige them with soundbites and interviews. The show itself was explosive – literally, as it involved a vast array of pyrotechnics during Ne-Yo’s opening performance.
The event came to an end with the Jackson family and the show’s stars packing the stage for a run through of Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough, which had the entire crowd up on their feet and dancing along in tribute to Michael Jackson, one of pop’s greatest performers.
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About Red TX:
Red TX provides a comprehensive concert recording and broadcast service to the music and television industries. The company has state-of-the-art mobile recording facilities and can handle projects of any size or complexity. As well as recording audio for broadcast, the company also records live music events for subsequent release on CD or DVD. It is headed by Ian Dyckhoff and Tim Summerhayes, both of whom have extensive experience in delivering high-quality audio for broadcast. www.red-tx.com

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Warwick Audio Uses Prism Sound dScope Series III Audio Analyzer To Test Its New Loudspeaker Range

UK-based Warwick Audio has invested in a Prism Sound dScope Series III audio analyzer in order to test the performance of a new amplifier that it has designed to drive its revolutionary Flat Flexible Loudspeaker systems.

The instrument was supplied by Prism Sound’s UK distributor, Thurlby Thandar Instrument Distribution (TTid).

Based in Coventry, Warwick Audio was founded in 2001 as a spin out company from the University of Warwick. The company’s technology is based on successful loudspeaker research that was carried out at the University’s School of Engineering by Dr. Duncan Billson and Prof. David Hutchins.

Using Dr. Billson and Prof. Hutchins research as its starting point, Warwick Audio has re-engineered Electrostatic Loudspeaker [ESL] technology to create a flat, flexible loudspeaker laminate that provides linear performance at low cost. Warwick Audio works as a design partner with manufacturers that are using its laminate fabrication to developing audio products for public or multiple listener spaces. As well as its base in Coventry, the company also has a specialist technical engineering and development operation in Ebbw Vale, South Wales.

In recent months Warwick Audio has been working on a new range of loudspeaker and amplifier products that it needed to test in order to measure distortion characteristics. Senior Electronics Engineer Brian Atkins, who is in charge of researching speaker technology and enhancing the speaker’s performance, was responsible for choosing the dScope Series III measurement platform.

He says: “We began investigating a solution for amplifier measurements, and looked at a number of audio test instruments, including the Prism Sound dScope Series III Audio Analzyer. This seemed the best because it was small, cost effective and UK-designed, and contained all the tools we needed for amplifier measurements, and hence we invested in the Prism Sound solution.”

Atkins began a dialogue with Prism Sound, during which he discovered that the company had already solved his problem by creating a software module that enabled him to measure distortion in flat speakers without needing an anechoic chamber.

Simon Woollard, Applications Engineer for Prism Sound, says: “A growing number of our clients are involved in the fields of both audio electronics and electroacoustics. We had an instrumentation architecture that could potentially support both electronic and electroacoustic measurements, so it made perfect sense for us to develop a loudspeaker testing module for our dScope Series III instrument. This module allows customers like Warwick Audio to measure their loudspeakers in a non-anechoic environment, providing frequency response, harmonic distortion, impedance and phase response using a gated impulse response technique.”

Warwick Audio is now using its dScope Series III to test both speaker distortion and general electronic testing.

“We especially like the instrument’s small footprint,” Atkins says. “It is very easy to use and to move around the lab, and is providing very accurate results when it comes to measuring our loudspeaker and amplifier products.”

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987 in Cambridge, UK, Prism Sound manufactures a range of high quality professional test equipment for audio applications. The company is organized in three divisions and in addition to audio test equipment, Prism Sound also manufactures equipment for high-quality recording and production for music and sound applications and for voice-logging recorders used in law enforcement, legislative and business applications. Prism Sound audio test equipment is used by many major consumer electronics brands in automotive, home entertainment, personal mobile, communications and other market sectors as well as most of the world’s leading broadcasters including the BBC. Prism Sound’s music recording products are widely used by leading professionals in music and film sound such as the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

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Oxygen DCT’s New Evolution P3 Camera Monitor Goes In For Extreme Action

Oxygen DCT’s award-winning Evolution P3 camera monitor is currently enjoying some hair-raising rides on-board a specially modified camera car belonging to Pursuit Europe, the tracking vehicle division of UK-based Helicopter Filming Services.

Pursuit Europe operates three camera cars and a quad bike, all of which are used to capture film and broadcast projects. The cars include a mighty VW Touareg V10, a 400bhp Mitsubishi Evo for track and fast work and a Smart Brabus for tight places. The Evolution P3 monitor is currently being used onboard the VW Touareg, where it is mounted into the dashboard.

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Jeremy Braben, owner and director of Helicopter Film Services and Pursuit Europe, says the monitor was chosen because it is so compact. Available in 7″ and 17″ sizes, the Evolution P3 boasts an onboard HD recorder that allows recording from the main camera and more

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