Broadcast Video Expo North 2012

Manchester Central hosted another well attended show for this year’s BVE North. With less of an emphasis on technology in favour of seminars based around regional programming, freelancing in the north of the UK and skills needed for new careers in media, it all made for a warm and friendly show appealing to a wide audience.

Seminars and stand talks

Notable seminars full of great information were to be found at the Sony stand from both Neil Thompson (Trainer and Advisor) – talking about the Sony F65 and David Young (Sony XDCAM Product Manager) giving not only and great run down of the new Sony F5 and F55 cameras, but an unexpected chance to get a hold of one of the cameras itself, which was not expected to be on display at the show at all. Much attention has been placed on the new F range of cameras announced by Sony recently since their launch event last month which Shooting Partners attended in Central London. Smart money is on second week of February 2013 for a release date.

 New format from Sony for next year

There were also great indications of future development from Sony with the exciting news of Sony’s XAVC format, which employs MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 level 5.2, a high picture resolution and frame rate video compression codec based on industry standards. XAVC enables a very wide range of operational possibilities for content production, notably: from Proxy to 4K pixel resolutions, intra frame and long GOP schemes, and 1080 50P/60P infrastructure capability.

There will be a new SxS card available early next year called SxS Pro+ with a capacity of up to 128GB. This should provide recording times in full HD of up to 4 hours. Great news for longer form shooting on SxS or productions use to shooting on long DVCAM tapes in the past. Sony are also releasing a new SxS card reader with a USB3 powered connection as to combat the issue of only having a mains powered unit which is tricky to plug in when you are shooting in the middle of a field.

The seminar and panel discussion areas, such as the Production and the Broadcast Theatre, were well attended this year with key speakers from BBC, Radio and educational establishments from not only the north, but from around the UK and Europe.

The 4K war continues!

The buzz around 4K acquisition is still growing and Sony’s new F range could be the biggest game changer on the cards. With much ground gained by Canon in the camera world (who also had a great presence at the show with 4K ready C500 from the Emmy Award winning EOS range) it’s no wonder Sony are now stepping the game up. If this was a movie it would be ‘The Empire Strikes Back’!

Many members of production teams may find BVE North a good event to attend in the future especially if they are sometimes intimidated by technology and the way it can be presented at larger shows. For those visitors wanting more in terms of technology, seminars and screenings then we would certainly book now for IBC 2013 next September in Amsterdam. Both conventions feature project management and technical services provided by Shooting Partners.


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