Category Archives: Production

August 08

BBC Academy – Technology – Out with the old, in with the new

I’ve written an article for the BBC Academy looking at the dramatic changes we’re experience in broadcast technology. Check it out here: BBC Academy – Technology – Out with the old, in with the new.

October 11

To the Spoils Goes the Victor (now, the hard work begins)

In my last post, I only half-jokingly asked, “What do you do when you’ve won the revolution?” The answer to that is, “get working.” A revolution overturns the old order. Most revolutions fail because they’ve only focussed on the negative, with the only goal being the elimination of that negative. Once that’s accomplished, for most […]

October 10

The Future is Yesterday

This autumn, BBC Scotland, passed the fifth anniversary of the opening of our new  facility at Pacific Quay in Glasgow. When we opened our doors, we were the most advanced broadcasting facility in Europe, and arguably the world.  We had a full HD infrastructure, production was mostly file-based, and with the exception of live video, all our media […]

August 07

The Future of Event Broadcasts

One of the greatest challenges in any event broadcast is coverage. Apart from the standard budgetary and staffing constraints, productions have to deal with available camera positions that are often less than ideal, as well as having to second guess coverage needed for more dynamic events such as festivals, non-traditional sports, and wide-ranging events such […]

July 30

Beyond HD – Super Hi Vision, a new approach to live events

On Friday, I had the privilege of watching the opening ceremony of the Olympics in the BBC’s Pacific Quay Studio B over the first ever live transmission of an event using Super Hi Vision, the high resolution broadcast technology created by NHK, the national broadcaster of Japan. Super Hi Vision is the first entry in […]

Big data won’t save us

There’s a lot of focus on “big data” these days after the recent Facebook IPO. The term is becoming as ubiquitous at “the cloud.” There’s a great line in Michael Wolff’s article, “The Facebook Fallacy,” at the MIT Technical Review. “The company knows so much about so many people that its executives are sure that […]

June 11

Blurring of Lines

In the 121 years since the invention of the motion picture camera, the worlds of production and post production have operated as two connected, but completely discrete units. The production side, an optical/chemical/mechanical process, essentially unchanged from the Victorian era until the widespread adoption of the portable video camera (until recently, almost all feature films […]