LISTEN: Tessa Potter, President of WABE (Western Association of Broadcast Engineers) – the first woman to lead the volunteer organization – joins us on this episode of Broadcast Dialogue – The Podcast to talk about the state of broadcast engineering, the challenges of training the next generation, the importance of industry connection, and plans for WABE’s upcoming conference in Vancouver this fall. Listen on your favourite podcast app or here:
Number 9 Audio Group in Toronto is recovering from a fire in December. Owned by George Rondina, the recording studio has been operating since 1981, working with numerous Canadian artists including David Clayton-Thomas, Amanda Marshall, Natalie MacMaster, Lawrence Gowan, Sarah Polley (“The Sweet Hereafter” soundtrack), and Rufus Wainwright, among others, in addition to acting as a vital source of rental gear to producers and other studios. A GoFundMe has been set up to help Rondina rebuild.
Dejero has made rally car racing broadcast history, in partnership with Professional AV, transmitting live in-vehicle camera feeds from multiple rally cars racing through rural locations to a national TV broadcaster. Jännerrallye, also known as the Internationale Jänner Rallye, took place Jan. 5-7. Winding through the forests and mountains of Freistadt in Northern Austria, organizers found the terrain challenging to find a stable enough signal to be able to broadcast high quality video. Three rally cars were equipped with Dejero EnGo 265 mobile video transmitters for the three-day event; two EnGos were placed at various start and finish lines, and an additional EnGo was connected to a drone. The live camera feeds were transmitted by the Dejero devices over bonded cellular, back to a production hub equipped by Professional AV in Messehalle Freistadt. Two Dejero WayPoint receivers reconstructed the feeds, decoded the HEVC and then outputted them for broadcast to television and streaming channels.
NAB Show, taking place in Las Vegas April 15-19, will feature three new conferences aimed at production and post-production specialists, in addition to Post|Production World (P|PW). They include the Visual Storytelling Conference (April 14-15): a two-day conference for photographers and creators of online video who wish to maximize their creativity and technical skills in storytelling; Remote Production Conference (April 16-17): a two-day, multi-track training event focused on best practices for remote connectivity in media production and entertainment; and Director of Photography Creative Conference (April 18-19): a two-day training event focused on cutting-edge techniques and best practices for cinematographers, camera operators, owner-operators, digital imaging technicians and other camera and sound crew members. Post|Production World, now in its 19th year, is a leading training conference for content creators, designers, producers, and editors of TV, film and video, featuring 150+ live and interactive training sessions.