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While the majority of Mainstream Media's live streams are multi-camera configurations, there are numerous situations where only one camera is needed. Events such as online learning modules, press conferences, electronic news gathering, and internal corporate broadcasts can be really successful with a simple one-camera setup.
I was a bit skeptical when I saw Production Bot, the portable live broadcast studio, earlier this year at the NAB Show. I'll admit that I'm an old school Technical Director and set in my thoughts as to what a switcher was and what a switcher should be. But, I'm always looking for new and exciting gear to make live production easier. Assistant Technical Director and Production Bot guru Nick Walsh showed me the ins-and-outs of the Production Bot Switch 8 — and I must say I'm pleasantly surprised by what this little switcher can do.
ATEM Constellation 8K is an Ultra HD live production switcher with so many features, users can combine them all to make an incredibly powerful 8K switcher. The massive 4 M/E switcher features 40 12G-SDI inputs, 24 12G-SDI aux outputs, 4 DVEs, 16 ATEM Advanced Chroma Keyers, 4 media players, 4 independent Ultra HD multi viewers, 2 SuperSource processors and even standards conversion on all inputs. Users also get built-in talkback and a professional 156 channel Fairlight audio mixer with EQ and dynamics.
Well, that didn’t take long. Atomos dropped an early announcement prior to the show open. The calibrated Sumo 19” Recorder/Monitor/Switcher has all the potential to be a real game changer for maybe every segment of the production market today.
When I was first approached about doing a product review for SlingStudio (owned by DISH), I was pretty skeptical. What would a huge company known for delivery content know about creating content? But I digress. I come from the traditional sit behind the switcher in the truck produce and punch the show or game. You get it. Big setups, lots of presets and time. Then it dawned on me that multicamera (multi-source) is mostly the same however you approach it. It's really all about scaling your production plan to the scale of the production and what is it that you want your audience to see and experience.
With the popularity of live competition TV shows continuing to increase and attract bigger audiences, the production levels required to make them have never been higher. Consequently, it’s now common practice to employ a second technical director or “screens TD” along with the lighting department’s graphics server operator to create the look and feel of the extravagant LED video tile-intensive sets. For most live productions today, a “screens team” along with the LED tech is usually needed to manage the LED tiles, as many of the stages have millions of LED pixels and countless lighting rig configurations.
When I got the delivery of the Blackmagic Design Micro Studio Camera 4K, I was instantly very curious. I am thinking to myself, OK, a small 4K camera, not exactly a brand new idea. So how would it stack up? What would the image quality be? There are other cameras in the small 4K space that make really nice images. So what would set the Blackmagic Design 4K Micro apart from the rest? Get ready for an interesting twist on how Blackmagic delivered with really solid, exceptional picture quality.
In a nutshell, SlingStudio is a complete professional multi-camera solution in a backpack. All of the tools provided for our review fit neatly into one regular size backpack. Of course, if you are using full-size cameras and tripods that might make for a pretty big backpack.
Welcome to 2019! Now is the time to crank it up and get after that big project on the agenda. What are you waiting for? Maybe it’s time for you to go find that fresh perspective. Maybe it’s time to go get some of that gear that you have seen out there and that you have been looking and thinking about for a while. Yes, that gear, that will put you over the top. Let’s take a look at some production tools that are sure to help you take it to the next level.
It’s almost the Fourth of July and many of the production pros are loading up for the big outdoor production runs of the summer. But let’s face it — in reality, working outdoors can be a year-round challenge. From freezing rain and blistering heat too long days and nights, executing live multi-camera outdoor productions can be a daunting, yet exhilarating experience.