AudioMedia - February 2012 - (Page 14)
The Broadcast Video Expo is about to take place in London. AUDIO MEDIA takes a look at what makes it a show worth visiting.
The Broadcast Video Expo (BVE) takes place from February 14-16 at Earls Court in London. It bills itself as the essential exhibition for broadcast, video, and audio professionals, and with a comprehensive mix of products and services for broadcast technology and creative content, there should be something for everyone. It is the only UK event to showcase products and services from animation and asset management to AV, cloud computing, DVD duplication, finance, IPTV, meta data, mobile TV, monitors, recordable media, and a lot more. So most of the movers and shakers involved in broadcast content creation and delivery in the UK (and beyond) will be there. Emma Crossley, Sales Manager for BVE, addresses the suggestion that the tough economic climate will put people off. “An economic downturn is the ideal time for people to visit BVE! We offer over 300 high quality seminars and workshops, giving visitors the invaluable opportunity to learn for free whilst also being able to source new products and services, network with peers, and hear about new job opportunities and projects.” She also highlights one of the key advantages to UK-based broadcast professionals: “All this can be done for the price of a train ticket – no over inflated hotel costs or flights to worry about.” BVE brings together the leading manufacturers and suppliers in the broadcast industry, and gives visitors a chance to get hands on with all sorts of kit. There are a lot of companies bringing a lot of kit this year, according to Crossley. “2012 is a record year in terms of exhibitors, with over 300 stands representing thousands of products.” And it’s not just the same old faces either, she points out. “New companies this year include DiGiCo, POLARaudio, Unity Audio, Shure Distribution, Synthax, Rycote, CLD Distribution, 4Hm, Raycom, Audio Engineering – alongside show regulars such as SSL, Sennheiser, HHB, Calrec, Dolby, Riedel, Preco, Audio Technical, Cedar, Sonifex, Studer, Telex, Emerging, Canford, Westcountry Broadcast, plus many more.” Of enormous interest to those in the business is the comprehensive Audio Room seminar programme. First introduced in 2012, the programme has gone from strength to strength; the seminars, workshops, and masterclasses are renowned for their breadth, quality, and relevance to today’s market. They help industry professionals establish what’s really going on in the industry, what trends are emerging for the future, and how to make the most of the new opportunities in media. Crossley pointed out some highlights from the programme. “Tuesday will see the return of the Radio Day, featuring seven sessions dedicated to all things radio. Wednesday and Thursday are thrown open to the wider world of audio, with highlights including Phil Coates discussing the difficulties of recording sound in extreme locations, and an exciting panel discussion on sound for 3D with representatives from Dolby, BBC, BskyB, and Soundfield. We will also be tackling the ever-contentious issues of loudness and the future of spectrum.” There are thirteen theatres, each with a different focus: 3D Revolution, Broadcast Meets I.T., the Post Production Theatre, Content Delivery Theatre, Demystifying The Cloud, Religious Broadcasting, the ARRI Production Skills Centre, Brands Become Broadcasters, The Audio Room, FCP X: Professional Solutions, IOV Theatre, the Avid Hands On Training Theatre, and the Adobe Theatre. All sessions are free of charge but some require tickets for entry. Tickets are available from the Seminar Registration desk located inside the hall from 9.30am on each day for sessions before 1pm, and after 12.30pm for sessions in the afternoon. There is a maximum of two morning and two afternoon tickets per person per day. BVE will be an excellent opportunity to network, share ideas and keep up to date with the industry, and learn what 2012 has in store for broadcasting.
Here’s a handy round-up of some of the products launching at BVE . Trinnov will be demonstrating an expanded integrated monitoring solution that not only includes the Optimiser and Smart Meter options, but now a set top box silmulation (DRC), and comprehensive downmix engine. Smart Meter V includes True Peak reading, True peak meters, PPM, QPPM, Timeline monitoring, correlation meters, Surround Analyzer and Vectorscope. The UK launch of the AETA MinX location mixer and multichannel recorder is taking place on the Aspen Media stand. AETA is also launching its audio codec Scoopy+ HD. NTP Technology’s Penta IP audio router is making its UK exhibition debut. The Penta IP allows a high quality audio routing network to be operated using low-cost Gigabit IP based Ethernet lines. The HHB stand will feature new Portable Recorders from Olympus and Roland. The new Studer OnAir console will also be shown as well as the new Yamaha Vi. Sonifex is showing several new products, including the Redbox RB-VHDDD, a Dolby E and Dolby Digital Decoder and De-Embedder; the Redbox RB-VHEDD, a Dolby E Encoder and Embedder; and the new range of Pro Audio Streamers.
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