Over 350 guests arrived at the Royal Albert Hall on the evening of Sunday 16th September to a champagne reception, a three-course meal, beverages and a live auction all with one aim: to raise as much money for The Sunflower Jam as possible. After dinner, the iconic venue opened its doors to a further 2000 people and everyone settled in for what promised to be a once-in-a-lifetime rock music line up.
Trickbox were there to cover the whole event with our trusty PPU, The Trickbox® and 8 cameras.
The 6th Sunflower Jam, a rock & roll music event saw rock legends take to the Royal Albert Hall stage to perform. The evening, hosted by actor Jeremy Irons, consisted of many special performances from Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Ian Paice (Deep Purple), Mark King (Level 42), Alfie Boe, Brian May (Queen), Kerry Ellis, John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) and Alice Cooper. Jerry Brown, Margo Buchanan, Micky Moody, Murray Gould, Nick Fyffe, Sandi Thom, Steve Balsamo, The Temperance Movement, The Big C Choir, Uli Jon Roth and Wix Wickins made up an outstanding house band.
The show’s highlights included Brian May, John Paul Jones and Ian Paice teaming up for a rendition of Deep Purple’s ‘Black Night,’ and Brian May joining Alice Cooper for a version of the shock rocker’s classic ‘School’s Out.’ Just when the Royal Albert Hall thought it couldn’t get any better, the evening ended with each and every rock legend coming together on stage for a ‘Superjam’ cover of Deep Purple’s anthem ‘Smoke on the Water.’ The atmosphere was nothing short of electric – everyone was acutely aware that they were watching something special. Suffice to say, the Royal Albert Hall has never rocked like that!
We recently provided the multi-camera and video streaming facilities for a Conor Maynard music performance.
The live secret gig was in a small art gallery in London and the gig and interview with the star was streamed live into muzu.tv
We used our portable production unit (PPU), The Trickbox®, and 4 Panasonic HPX3000 series cameras.
Well it’s been an exciting NAB show so far! There’s been some great new broadcast product launches, notably from AJA, Blackmagic Design and Panasonic.
Here’s a few of the NAB 2012 product launches that got us talking.
The T-TAP (yes an odd name) is a fantastic little bit of kit. Thunderbolt to HD SDI / HDMI. That’s all you need to say. And it’s only £160. Fantastic.
The Ki Pro Quad – a chunkier looking Ki Pro Mini – ups the ante in the 2K and 4K world and comes complete with Thunderbolt connectivity.
Here’s the AJA Ki Pro Quad brochure
The Ki Pro Rack is also a nice addition to the Ki Pro family – it’s essentially the Ki Pro as we know it and love it – but it’s in a 1RU 19" rack-mount form factor. There’s some options already out there to rack-mount the Ki Pro but the Ki Pro Rack – with it’s dual storage docks – is perfect for flyaways, OBs and studio installs. The Ki Pro Rack also supports DNxHD as well as Pro Res.
Here’s the AJA Ki Pro Rack brochure
The HyperDeck Studio has been granted the all-important and long awaited Apple Pro Res codec. A sigh of relief from every HyperDeck owner out there!
Blackmagic have also released a new version of the HyperDeck Studio – the HyperDeck Studio Pro – a 4 channel version with Thunderbolt connectivity. Interesting stuff.
And last out of the Blackmagic Design press department – and no doubt a product that wil garner much publicity – the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera. Yes, Blackmagic Design now make cameras! We hear they’re also designing a new solar powered jet ski and a range of white goods – all with Thunderbolt connectivity. Ok that was a joke, but they really have launched a new camera!
I think the new Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera has to be seen to be believed but the specs read well and as usual, the Blackmagic price tag is extremely competitive.
Panasonic have announced some interesting upgrades and enhancements, including microP2 cards – a P2 card in an SD card form factor – and a new version of the HPX250, the HPX255 which can be controlled via Panasonic’s AG-EC4 RCP – good news for us multi-camera types.
Panasonic also announced the new HPX600 camera – a big brother to the HPX371. Panasonic say it’s future proof, so when AVC-Ultra is finally rolled out, the HPX600 will be one of the first cameras to support it.
So BVE & TPS 2012 is over for another year. Trickbox had a great time exhibiting – it was great to catch up with some old friends and clients, plus meeting some new ones too – thanks to everyone who stopped by our stand. Head to our faceboook page for some photos from the show
The buzz on the AJA stand was all about their new Io XT with all it’s thunderbolt goodness. Plus there was a timely release of the new software version 3.0 of the AJA Ki Pro. Version 3.0 includes – amongst other features – ExpressCard/34 support (slot 1) and data transfer via LAN.
Panasonic featured their new compact vision mixer, the HS410. An upgrade of the popular HS400 mixer, the HS410 features 8 SDI inputs as standard – upgradeable to 12 with optional boards. See this Panasonic HS410 brochure for more info.
It was interesting to see that this year at BVE saw a greater focus on media storage. The file-based and tapeless revolution has forced companies to rethink their data storage and archiving solutions.
On our stand, as well as demo’ing our multi-camera portable production unit (PPU), The Trickbox®, we were showing our multi record Blackmagic HyperDeck Studio flyaway unit, featuring 5 HyperDeck’s for multi-camera recording, plus our new dual AJA Ki Pro record station with built in monitoring and networking.
So BVE & TPS 2012 was a great show, however there was a slightly upsetting incident – for us at least – two mugs were ‘taken’ from our stand! Duh duh duh… Ok they may have looked like they were free promotional gifts to visitors but they were actually our mugs – we’d only just bought them too! On one side they look like normal company branded mugs but on the other, they were personalised with our names on! I think they may have even been dirty when they were taken!?
As soon as the ‘incident’ had been discovered, an immediate twitter campaign ensued to try and track down the little fellows but alas, no one knew of their whereabouts. The best we got was a cheeky twitter gag thrown back at us – "you’ve been mugged" by @rgale - thanks Rich…
So the case is still open – if anyone has any information on our missing mugs, please call this special ‘missing mug’ number – 0207 193 97 22 – as soon as possible. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All contact will be treated confidentially. Safe return of the mugs will see a reward to the mug returnee.
Forgot where we were going with all that – back to BVE… So who’s going to BVE & TPS 2013 next year at ExCeL??
Visit us at stand 320 in the Production Show area where we’ll be demonstrating our flyaway multi-camera portable production unit (PPU), The Trickbox® plus we’ll be demonstrating some of the best file-based and tapeless external recorders on the market including, the Atomos Samurai, the Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio and our new flyaway AJA Ki Pro multi record station.
We provided a 5 camera flyaway PPU setup for an all night music festival at ExCeL London recently. We used a mixture of Panasonic HPX371 and HPX500 cameras and recorded the live cut on an AJA Ki Pro whilst streaming live.
Here’s a few pics from the night:
Please see our Facebook page for more images from the night
We were called in to shoot The Stranglers Convention 2011 – The Weekend in Black for a DVD.
We used our multi-camera PPU, The Trickbox®, and 5 Panasonic P2 cameras – a mixture of HPX371‘s and HPX500′s. We were filming on and off all day and night so the file-based workflow and P2 card management was busy, plus we were encoding a H.264 live as we went for a quick turnaround for the web.
Here’s a few images from The Stranglers Convention 2011 but see the Trickbox FaceBook page for more.
See our FaceBook page for more images from The Stranglers Convention 2011