The 24 – 26 February saw the annual BVE (Broadcast Video Expo) take place at ExCeL London. The BVE is a great chance to celebrate the ever expanding world of broadcasting; from the obvious television and films, to theatre, social media and more, and the BVE brings together industry experts and free seminars to help visitors understand what is happening in the world of broadcasting.
Richard Ayoade (best known for the IT Crowd) and Catherine Hardwicke (Director of Twilight) provided two of the keynote speeches, using their very different experiences of the Broadcast industry to raise awareness of the energy that is within the British Creative Industry, and sharing what it is like to work in British production. The BBC also provided a keynote speech, showcasing how the broadcasting powerhouse implemented UHD over IP during the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. With a further 120 hours of free seminars, there was a host of other speakers (you can check them out here), but as always, what really got us excited was the info out there on cameras and post production!
Our top pick of the cameras was from Ikegami, who chose the BVE 2015 to present the first showing in Europe of their new docking camera, the HC-HD300. This comes with a great spec that also includes a internal converter from HD to UHD, meaning, of course, that you can deliver in 4k. Following on from a first show of a camera, came another first showing, this time from the cloud based tech firm Amagi. As you may know, we’re really interested in the cloud and how it can transform businesses, so we were pretty bowled over with their Storm Plus satellite and cloud receiver and decoder. Storm Plus basically works as a content store, and can add multiple audio tracks, subtitles and animated graphics into broadcast feed HD video, and we have to say, we thought this sounded pretty nifty. Post Production wise, we were particularly struck by the Geevs v7 video server from EditShare, which offers single client control of multi-server playback and recording.
The specialised Skills and Networking Zone provided a great space for any visitors who wanted to find out more about how to progress in the industry, and a selection of experts were on hand to help with any questions people may have about business concerns, or a career in the industry. All in all, we thought this was a great show! Well done to all involved!