In July 2022 on the 2 days that temperatures reached 40 degrees (!), armed with portable air conditioning units, we did a 2 day live broadcast from College Green – also known as Abingdon Green – which is directly in front of Parliament. 

This live broadcast was amid the run up to the announcement of the next Prime Minister. We set up a multi-camera flyaway in a gazebo on the green, and we transmitted all signals back to the client’s MCR using a LiveU 800, complete with comms and presenter IEMs. 

 

In February 2022, Trickbox TV supported another Outside Broadcast company by providing multi-camera flyaway facilities for a live performance of an opera at Leeds Grand Theatre. 

This was a 6-camera HD production, which included PGM and ISO recordings, and video monitoring for all the production team. Our outside broadcast team was onsite for 6 days, including the rig and the de-rig. 

We were thrilled to be asked to be involved in such an amazing production, at such a beautiful and renowned location.

 

January 2022 saw the launch of the RB18 Oracle Red Bull Racing car, and we were very happy to have provided multi-camera facilities for a studio style show for the launch.

We provided Sony PMW-F55 cameras and Canon CN lenses, to give the show a glossy, cinematic look. The production also included a steadicam, a jib, teleprompters, and an LED video wall.

 

In December of 2021, one of our clients reached out to us to help them facilitate a Ted Talk style event in Saudi Arabia.

Considering the location, we sent a compact multi-camera flyaway system and a multi-skilled Technical Director to set up and operate the event. The setup included all the usual multi-camera facilities and we used three Panasonic AW-UE150 PTZ cameras, connected via NDI.

The threat of Omicron was a potential cause of disruption, but we got all of our crew there and back safely for Christmas! We hope to be back for more OBs in Saudi Arabia in the future! 

 

In September 2021, we provided outside broadcast facilities at the Business Design Centre, Islington, for a hybrid conference. 

It felt great to be back onsite post the coronavirus pandemic, armed with lots of systems in place in order to help us to operate safely and to protect our crew.

The conference had three separate stages, all with separate multi-camera setups, and live streamed straight to the clients platform. We used Panasonic AW-UE150 PTZ cameras. These cameras are great quality whilst being discreet in the venue, and helped to reduce our headcount onsite. The event, which was a one day rig and a 2 day event, was a huge success, and we look forward to many more events now the world is (hopefully!) returning to normal.

 

In June 2021, we provided full multi-camera facilities for a panel show about season 2 of Netflix show, The Witcher. This studio style show panel discussion was featured at WitcherCon, a global virtual celebration of The Witcher.

In order to produce a cinematic look, we used Sony PMW-F55 cameras and Canon CN lenses. We also used Telecast CopperHead systems to allow full multi-camera facilities. In addition, we provided a Riedel Artist comms systems and Clear-Com Freespeak II system.

Watch the show here.

 

Trickbox TV has applied its extensive outside broadcasting experience and high-spec arsenal of equipment to the recording of a new daytime quiz show for ITV.

Following several successful previous engagements with ITV, Trickbox was asked to assist in the recording of a new TV production. ‘The Switch’ is a fast-paced, high volume quiz show that required insight and adaptability from its crew. Trickbox was chosen for its renowned solution-based approach, broadcasting expertise and top-of-the-range equipment.

The production took place in a studio without its own equipment, so Trickbox installed temporary OB multi-camera facilities. With experienced professionals on the team, the set-up was designed and built to best suit the show’s fast-moving format. This service kept costs far lower than if hiring an OB truck or a fully kitted studio, so the production benefited from true value for money.

Trickbox’s Managing Director, Liam Laminman said ‘It was a pleasure working on ‘The Switch’ with ITV. At Trickbox we work towards continual innovation, calling in the best people and designing bespoke facilities to provide solutions for any production. We’re proud to have been chosen to work on another high-quality production for ITV.’

Earlier in the Autumn, Trickbox took to the runway to live stream three fashion shows in London, Milan and Paris for Oxford Fashion Studio. Putting independent designers on the map by showcasing their collections during the four major Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris, Oxford Fashion Studio is a dedicated team of pioneering fashion industry experts, committed to the nurture of raw, authentic design talent.

Tiffany Saunders, Runway Director, Oxford Fashion Studio says, “Colliding creators, industry leaders and influencers across the globe, we showcase originality where, when and how it counts. Builders of a new community of individuality, we disrupt fashion for the good of creativity: giving independent designers with integrity, substance and soul the international exposure they deserve.”

The shows take place every September/October and February/March time, correlating with New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks, since 2015. This season, Oxford Fashion Studio decided to have a live stream. Seats for designer’s personal guests are limited as Oxford Fashion Studio has to prioritise press/buyers/stockists and influencers on its guest lists to gain maximum exposure for its designers. Having the live stream enables designer’s nearest and dearest around the world to watch the show as well as media or stockists that are unable to attend.

For the three shows, Trickbox provided a multi-camera vision mix from the creative crew onsite, delivered to Facebook and YouTube via LiveU and cloud distribution. Tiffany adds, “As well as delivering to Facebook and YouTube, we were also able to embed our live stream link onto Fashion Week Online to reach a wider audience outside of our usual network. We were able to do this as Trickbox created the embed link a day prior to the show enabling us to upload it onto the Fashion Week schedule.”

Fashion Catwalk Multi-camera Live Stream

Banner Image Credit – Nasheli Juliana
Thumbnail Image Credit – Leonie Mergen

On the 4th October 2018, former Marine, Shane Maddison and PR Manager, Sarah Roustoby got married live on air, on ITV Daytime’s, This Morning. Broadcast live from the Royal Albert Hall in London the wedding marked the 30th anniversary of the popular show and was the highlight of a week of celebrations. It was also the first wedding ever held in the iconic venue’s 150-year history.

Trickbox TV supplied ITV with a multi-camera fly-away solution that included six HD fibre camera channels, and a fly-away control area with positions for the ITV Production team and Trickbox engineers. Trickbox also managed all the connectivity for the live broadcast, which included three independent circuits to ITV (a main and two backups). As well as the all-important nuptials, the wedding included a performance by The Kingdom Choir who also serenaded Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their big day in May.

“We’re delighted to have been asked to work on this project for the second year running,” said Liam Laminman, Trickbox TV’s Managing Director. “Our years of experience working in live television enables us to create a relaxed environment within a high pressure situation.”

This is the second consecutive year that Trickbox has supplied its OB flyaway solution to ITV for This Morning’s Live Wedding. Last year, Sonya Keating and Paul Brough said “I do” at Europe’s tallest building, The View from the Shard in London. The first wedding that The View from the Shard has ever hosted, the ceremony took place 800 feet high, on the 72nd floor. Trickbox TV supplied ITV with its multi-camera fly-away, with six HD fibre camera channels and a fly-away control area.

On Sunday 30th September, music legends Soft Cell reunited for the final time at London’s O2 Arena. Marc Almond and Dave Ball performed together for a one-off show, ‘Say Hello, Wave Goodbye’, to celebrate their 40th anniversary as a duo. Their first UK show since 2003, the band who have sold 21 million records worldwide, have had 13 UK chart singles (five of them Top 10) and two gold and one platinum-selling albums, said farewell to fans at this last ever gig. To satisfy the demand for tickets, the concert was also streamed live to over 200 cinemas across the UK.

Trickbox provided Toward Infinity, a multi-camera concert films and music documentaries specialist, with its state-of-the-art, bespoke 9-camera portable production unit (PPU) flyaway. The Trickbox PPU filmed content for the Blu-ray recording, which will be released through live music record Label/Production company, Live Here Now. The expanded Trickbox PPU flyaway is perfect for live OB music projects as it can be rigged and de-rigged in minutes, is built to the highest broadcast specification and delivers a cost-effective solution providing all the tools required for a full-scale production, without the need for an OB truck.

Trickbox has worked with Toward Infinity on a number of high-profile concerts including: Steps, Bananarama, Status Quo, Thunder, Bullet for my Valentine and Marillion. When Toward Infinity wins a project, it supplies Trickbox with the camera plan and production design and Trickbox manages the whole temporary installation, providing the technical equipment to record the show as well as the crew to rig and de-rig it, and an Engineering team as required. The multi-camera setup can be rigged in the morning and broken down and out of the venue by the end of the night, significantly reducing production time and costs.

The HD camera feeds are recorded to separate solid hard disk drives and the line cut is given to Toward Infinity straight after the show so it can transfer the footage before sending the drives back to Trickbox.

For the live cinema stream, Trickbox worked alongside the sound team to deliver a Dolby 5.1 audio mix. Cinema live streaming, which was also used earlier this year to stream a live Steps Q&A from the Everyman King’s Cross Cinema to other sites screening the premiere of their Wembley Arena concert film, opens up a range of possibilities allowing Live Here Now and Toward Infinity to stream from anywhere to cinemas across the UK.