CEO of the International Broadcasting Convention, Michael Crimp, talks to us about the evolution of IBC and how it all got started in an exclusive interview.
Q What inspired IBC?
A IBC was created by the industry for the industry by our IBC Partners, six leading international bodies. Originally the International Broadcasting Convention, IBC has evolved from its technical broadcast roots and today it encompasses the whole breadth of media creation management and delivery, from online content to digital cinema, from automated workflows to high resolution capture and display. The conference is matched with a comprehensive exhibition which brings together close to 1,600 exhibitors, each showcasing the state of the art in technology. IBC is unrivalled as a place to meet and share knowledge, and its networking opportunities and value added events – from awards to movie screenings – really contribute to the worth of attending. IBC remains the principal event for the industry, and it continues to go from strength to strength. It now attracts more than 55,000 attendees, drawn from more than 170 countries, each September in Amsterdam.
Director of Sales and Marketing, Photo/Video Schneider Optics, Inc., Don Schafer, talks about the much anticipated 18mm Wide Angle lens, new MPTV filters and more at IBC.
Q What are you most excited to see at IBC 2016?
A Camera-makers have a habit of surprising IBC attendees with new 4K full-frame (36mm x 24mm) cameras. We can’t wait to pair these cameras with our Schneider-Kreuznach full-format family of Xenon FF-Prime lenses.
British LED lighting manufacturer Rotolight has taken the honours at motion picture trade show cinec as its Anova Pro picked up the Lighting Engineering award. The cinecAward is a prize that awards outstanding and market-ready achievements and innovations in motion picture and post-production technology.
Because they recognise the success of a collaborative project, the IBC Innovation Awards are highly prized. This year the winners used technical advances to increase engagement with their audiences. This time to collect the trophy for content delivery was UK broadcaster BT Sport. It launched an Ultra HD channel last year, and the audience atthe IBC Awards ceremony was treated to some stunning 4k sports footage on a state-of-the-art screen. BT Sport’s Ultra HD channel features the UEFA Champions’ League, and UEFA itself was a competitor for the award. Its highly commended entry focused on increasing engagement through add-on services and second screen apps. The other highly commended entry came from Swisscom, with its imaginative new look at content discovery across a large number of channels.
EditShare, a technology leader in intelligent shared storage and media management solutions, has won the prestigious IBC2016 Innovation Award for Content Management. The winning entry showcased the collaboration between EditShare and MoovIT Production Services on EndemolShine Germany reality TV show “Wild Island.” MoovIT utilised the EditShare XStream shared storage and Flow media asset management systems including AirFlow, the private cloud-based module, as the framework for their workflow to manage footage from the show across numerous remote locations in extreme conditions.
From a record attendance to the first standing ovation for an award winner, IBC2016 was a great success by any measure. In the opening keynote session Dominique Delport of Havas Media warned the audience that “the 50 year party is over”, but underlying IBC’s global theme of transformation, he – and every delegate and visitor – found much to be optimistic about.
At IBC 2016, Autodesk announced Flame 2017 family extension 1 release for professional 3D visual effects, compositing and finishing. The update includes new 3D scene navigation features and enhancements, collaborative workflow enhancements for working with Autodesk and third-party 3D animation tools, a new way of working with multichannel (EXR) render passes, render quality improvements, better color management and batch compositing enhancements including a new compass tool. “With this…