Alleroed, Denmark, May 16th, 2013: As every football fan knows, the roar of the crowd at a major game is just as important as the action on the pitch when it comes to truly experiencing the excitement of the event. With this in mind, Outside Broadcast specialist United chose DPA Microphones’ 5100 Mobile Surround Microphone to capture the ambience of the Amsterdam Arena when SL Benfica played Chelsea in the 2013 UEFA Europa League Final.
Huub Lelieveld, Senior Sound Supervisor for United Outside Broadcast and Studios, says: “UEFA was adamant that the broadcast quality had to be top class as this was a huge 35 camera production that was going out to broadcasters all over the world. We wanted to make sure the audio quality would be as high as possible and that we captured the ambience of the stadium in phase coherent surround so that it sounded huge in surround, but also still sounded great in stereo and even mono.”
Widely regarded as a surround ambience adder, DPA’s 5100 Mobile Surround Microphone was perfect for the task because its compact size and ease of use comes at no sacrifice to stunning sound quality. Ideal for bringing truly engaging surround ambience to sport events, documentaries and other ambience applications, especially for HDTV production, these microphones require no external signal processing and are versatile enough to be mounted on a camera or microphone stand, suspended, or simply handheld via a hand grip.
Lelieveld, in conjunction with his colleague Mischa Kortleve, tested the DPA 5100 microphone during one of the UEFA preliminary rounds in the Amsterdam Arena to ensure they were the right choice for the important Cup Final event on May 15th. The microphone was supplied by DPA’s Dutch distributor Amptec.
“We recorded all our microphones to multitrack and decided, after extensive listening tests, that the 5100 was perfect for the Cup Final,” he says. “The DPA 5100 was rigged in the catwalk of the stadium where it was able to capture the whole arena in surround. We complemented this system with four DPA 4006A Omni Microphones, which were hung from the catwalk in each of the four corners of the stadium, and we also used two DPA 4017B Shotgun Microphones positioned on our two Steadicams as these were smaller and lighter than the microphones we usually use.”
Based in Hilversum, Holland, United is part of the huge Euro Media Group that has production and post-production facilities in Belgium, France, England, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. United operates nine state of the art Outside Broadcast vehicles and mobile control rooms and provides broadcast facilities to capture major sporting events and live music concerts all over Europe.
“We were really delighted with the performance of all of our DPA microphones, but in particular the 5100 Mobile Surround Microphone, which sounded fantastic,” Lelieveld says. “It was incredibly easy to rig and protect from bad weather and was significantly less expensive than other microphone systems. Thanks to the DPA 5100 Mobile Surround Microphone, we achieved a rich, smooth and fully enveloping sound that was great in its coherence, channel separation and localization accuracy.”
For the UEFA Europa League Final, United provided the live broadcast feed to Infostrada Sports, which distributed it around the world. And for anyone who didn’t see the game, the final score was 2-1 to Chelsea.
MILFORD, Conn., May 16, 2013 – Thinklogical LLC, a global manufacturer of secure fiber optic video and KVM routing and extension systems, today announced that respected audio-visual system expert Randy Pagnan and veteran post-production authority Gary Thompson will be featured presenters at the Thinklogical Technology Summit, May 22 at the Sheraton Cerritos Hotel in Cerritos, Calif.
Pagnan is president of RP Visual Solutions of Anaheim, Calif. With thirty years in the AV display industry, Pagnan’s experience includes both the dealer/integration and manufacturing sides of the industry. Pagnan is an adjunct faculty instructor for InfoComm and is recognized as one of the premier educators on command and control design criteria and leading-edge display technologies. Pagnan will present on the current trends in command and control, network operations centers and security centers.
Thompson has over 25 years of engineering experience and is currently Chief Technology Officer and a consultant engineer with his company Blendo, Inc. He began his career at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Sydney and subsequently worked at high-end video post-production facilities in Melbourne, London and Los Angeles. Previously, Thompson held the position of VP of Engineering position at EFILM Hollywood. Thompson will present a case study on remoting a post-production facility over a distance using dark fiber and discuss the impact 4K will have on post-production workflows.
“Randy and Gary have seen first-hand how high-bandwidth, fiber-based video and KVM extension and routing solutions can increase efficiencies and enhance the performance of command and control and post-production facilities,” said Joe Pajer, president and CEO of Thinklogical. “We are pleased that they have agreed to share their experience and insights with our Technology Summit audience.”
Also presenting at the Cerritos event will be former U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, who will discuss the role of remotely-operated aviation systems in the U.S. defense arsenal.
About the Thinklogical Technology Summit
The Thinklogical Technology Summit is a complimentary, day-long event that features audio-visual and KVM product demonstrations and training, and market insights from Thinklogical and its partners. Contact Thinklogical at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-291-3211 for more information or to register.
Thinklogical is the leading manufacturer and provider of fiber optic KVM, video, audio, and peripheral extension and routing solutions. Thinklogical offers the only fiber optic KVM routers in the world that are accredited to The Common Criteria, EAL4 and TEMPEST. Government, entertainment, scientific and industrial customers worldwide rely on Thinklogical’s products and solutions for security, high performance, continuous operation and ease of integration. Thinklogical products are designed and manufactured in the USA.
Thinklogical is headquartered in Milford, Connecticut and is privately held by Riverside Partners, LLC, Boston, MA (http://www.riversidepartners.com). For more information about Thinklogical products and services, please visit www.thinklogical.com. Follow Thinklogical on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/thinklogical and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ThinklogicalUSA
NILES, Ill., May 15, 2013 — Shure Incorporated today announced the introduction of the SE846 Sound Isolating™ Earphone, featuring a Quad High-Definition MicroDriver with a three-way system configuration for dedicated low, mid, and high frequency distribution. The SE846 patent-pending design includes a groundbreaking low-pass filter, a true subwoofer that enables deep low-end performance without sacrificing clarity or detail.
Designed for professionals and audiophiles, the SE846 extends the legendary heritage and performance of Shure’s widely-adopted SE215, SE315, SE425, and SE535 Sound Isolating Earphone models. The SE846 delivers strong, impactful bass, enabling the midrange and high frequencies to shine individually. The natural roll-off of the subwoofer provides the tweeter and midrange drivers the acoustic space they need to be heard clearly and accurately.
“Audio quality and durability are signatures of Shure products, and these innovative earphones are no exception. The SE846’s unprecedented low-pass filter is a combination of simplicity and effectiveness that ensures an unequalled, perfectly tailored listening experience,” said Matt Engstrom, Category Director for Monitoring Products at Shure. “The SE846 achieves subwoofer sound quality with clarity and detail in less than half of a square inch.”
The SE846 provides a combination of sound quality, noise isolation, and durability, in a comfortable, sophisticated design. Lightweight with a low profile shape, the SE846 has a detachable cable for easy replacement, and an optimized nozzle angle that’s designed to rest comfortably in the ear. A first for Shure, the earphone features a customizable frequency response allowing adjustable sound signatures — balanced, warm, and bright options are included. A premium accessories package includes sleeves in multiple shapes and sizes, an additional detachable cable, and two carrying cases.
The SE846 Earphones carry a two-year limited warranty and will begin shipping in June with an MSRP of $1250. For a complete list of where Shure products are sold, please visit www.shure.com
About Shure Incorporated
Founded in 1925, Shure Incorporated (www.shure.com) is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading manufacturer of microphones and audio electronics. Over the years, the Company has designed and produced many high-quality professional and consumer audio products that have become legendary for performance, reliability, and value. Shure’s diverse product line includes world-class wired microphones and wireless microphone systems for performers and presenters, award-winning earphones and headsets for MP3 players and smartphones, and top-rated phonograph cartridges for professional DJs. Today, Shure products are the first choice whenever audio performance is a top priority.
Shure Incorporated corporate headquarters is located in Niles, Illinois, in the United States. The Company has additional manufacturing facilities and regional sales offices in China, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, The United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Singapore, and the United States.
Fremont, CA – May 15, 2013 – Blackmagic Design today announced that award winning design and digital production company Thornberg & Forester (T&F) used Blackmagic Cinema Camera to shoot the new Friendly’s “Build Your Own Burger” campaign, which is now airing on www.Friendlys.com and the brand’s social media channels. The four spots were also colored using Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve, the world’s most advanced color correction tool.
Each of the spots features a talking head explaining what goes into building their favorite Friendly’s burger. As a founding partner of T&F and director on the shoot, Justin Meredith was tasked with realizing independent ad agency Allen & Gerritsen’s (a&g) vision for the campaign within a tight deadline and on budget.
“While the storylines were pretty simple, we only had two days to get through 87 shots, which is where the Blackmagic Cinema Camera proved extremely useful,” said Justin. “The intuitiveness, functionality and no nonsense approach to acquiring the image was huge for me. The Blackmagic Cinema Camera focuses on what’s really important, the image.
“It was my job to get the best images possible, and I couldn’t believe what the camera delivered in such an affordable and easy workflow,” he continued. “We turned it on, popped in an SSD and were recording. The camera was connected to a laptop running Blackmagic’s UltraScope software so we could monitor the image to ensure nothing was clipping. Then using Resolve’s delivery tools, I took the RAW files, exported out to ProRes for the edit, brought back the EDL and was color grading in no time. It was such a seamless workflow.”
Using DaVinci Resolve 9, Justin was also responsible for color correcting the project and cited Resolve’s motion tracker as an essential tool. Because the spots mainly feature talking heads, Justin needed to make the actors’ eyes pop to create a connection with the viewers. Resolve’s 3D tracker locks Power Windows to objects and reduces the need for key generation, allowing users to track any object in a frame, creating the exact grades needed. According to Justin, Resolve’s tracker simplified what could have been a complex and time consuming process while delivering exactly what the client wanted.
“The client was blown away with the quality of both the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Resolve,” said Justin. “In today’s industry, T&F has to be a Swiss Army Knife, owning and providing all the necessary tools for a project. Because of the ease of use and affordability, Blackmagic Design allows us to tackle all the moving parts of each project while being completely self contained, which saves time and money.”
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About Thornberg & Forester
Thornberg & Forester (T&F) is an award-winning design and digital production company that exists to bring quality, integrity and innovation to the media landscape. Our team does this by crafting stories and conveying brand messages through the most relevant mediums possible. We challenge ourselves to leverage both creativity and technology, and above all we genuinely listen to the needs of our client partners and respond with the best solutions for you. With conceptual design as our backbone, our headquarters in Manhattan and a posh Culver City studio, we offer a complete turnkey solution for brilliant end-to-end production through delivery. Many of our clients worldwide refer to us as their secret weapon and it’s time we let you in on the secret: www.thornbergandforester.com.
About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check www.blackmagicdesign.com.
Shelton, Connecticut, May 15, 2013 – DP Tom Guilmette took on an assignment at the top of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire, nicknamed “Home of the World’s Worst Weather.” He packed his trusted Vinten Vision 100 support system and ascended by Snow Cat to the summit buildings. Shooting conditions were extreme. Guilmette dealt with high winds and temperatures below -20°F (-29°C).
Guilmette was hired to capture video of meteorologists and observers working during the brutal Mt. Washington winter. The footage will be used in the Mt. Washington Observatory Museum that’s due to open summer 2014.
His 35 lb. (16kg) camera package included a Sony PDW F800 XDCAM with a Fujinon 23x lens and Anton/Bauer HyTRON battery, all supported by a Vinten Vision 100 pan and tilt head.
The world’s highest wind speed observed by man of nearly 231 mph, was recorded on the Mt. Washington summit in 1934. “With the rock-solid Vision 100,” Guilmette said, “I could put the tripod into a snow drift and shoot beauty shots and B-roll in insane wind that can rip ski goggles right off your face.”
“Using the Vinten Vision 100, I was able to dial in perfect balance and heavy friction to maintain control of my F800 in the artic winds. The resulting shots are smooth and steady showing off the frozen landscape that looks like another planet.”
Guilmette said the high wind element of his extreme weather shooting not only tests the ability of a tripod and head to steady the camera, but also challenges the cold temperature performance of the head. “I didn’t do much to keep the head warm while outside, and I was extremely happy with the buttery-smooth action of the Vision 100, even as the internal friction fluid chilled.”
But with the Vision 100’s wide operating temperature range, from -40°F to 140°F (-40°C to 60°C), he was able to shoot the observatory’s staff working outside and chipping ice off instruments
For further information, please go to www.vinten.com or contact: Vinten at 16 Progress Drive, Shelton CT 06484, Phone: 1 203-929-1100, Fax: 203-925-2684, Email: email@example.com
Vinten® is a global market leader in camera support technology for broadcast professionals and videographers The company’s wide range of equipment enables camera operators to work the way they choose without compromise and includes pan and tilt heads, tripods and pedestals suitable for ENG, EFP, OB and studio environments.
Vinten provides the most innovative, intuitive camera support products available by working closely with today’s professionals and understanding their changing needs.
Along with other leading brands in the broadcast and videographer industry, Vinten is part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company. For more information on Vinten, visit www.vinten.com