Congratulations to Live and Studio Sound graduate Kath Gray who has just been named Young Technologist of the Year by the Royal Television Society. Following her graduation in 2013 Kath has worked for NEP Visions as a guarantee engineer. She has guaranteed several major shows and is currently overseeing some of the contributions from Wimbledon. It’s great to see young engineers being recognised and of course we’re thrilled to see a Media Technology graduate go on to be so successful. Well done Kath!
Last month Media Technology students were on hand at Glastonbury festival to offer technical support for some of the media operations. A team of our students spent a sweltering week at Pilton’s Worthy Farm, guaranteeing the department’s outside broadcast production vehicle.
This is the thirteenth year that Media Technology undergraduates have been involved with the festival and they were joined by students from journalism and television production. The students worked collaboratively to produce a range of material for indoor and outdoor screens at the Sonic Stage as well as camera documentary content for the festival organisers and international agencies.
Seasoned professionals are always highly impressed with the quality of the content produced by Solent and the professionalism of our students – this year montages of content were even used for the BBC Worldwide service.
Students from the Media Technology programme presented their thoughts on ‘technologies to look out for at IBC‘ to representatives from the IABM today. Topics ranged from virtual reality and immersive formats, to LED lighting panels and cloud-based editing. Andrew Jones and Dr Martin Salter were impressed by the students’ preparation and passion for their topics. Congratulations to Marco and Nashpal, who were chosen to attend the International Broadcasters Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam with the International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers (IABM). Commiserations to those who were unsuccessful this year but the standard was very high and the staff were proud of your performance.
Marco and Nashpal will receive complimentary silver conference passes for the convention, access to networking events and social gatherings as well as registration for the IBC Rising Stars programme. This is all provided by the IBC. They will also have their accommodation and flights paid for and a generous daily allowance awarded by the IABM.
Southampton Solent University is the UK Higher Education partner for the IABM. Each year students from the Media Technology programme are eligible to apply for two places to the IBC conference via a two-stage application processing. Previous winners have benefited greatly from meeting professionals from across the globe and finding our about cutting edge technologies.
Yesterday saw the culmination of three years of hard work for our soon-to-be graduands. Final year Media Technology students presented their final year projects to the academic team and industry representatives during our annual technology exhibition “poster day”.
We had a new location this year based in the atrium of the new Spark Building; the exhibition benefited from a more spacious feel and was much more visible to passersby. The exhibition was well received by a number of professionals from a range of related industries. This gave the students excellent opportunities to network as well as practising their communication skills!
As usual there was an eclectic mix of sound, vision and acoustics based projects including design and build as well as research projects. It’s great to see what the students have achieved and to hear then talking so knowledgeably and passionately on a professional level.
Ben: Design and Build a Prototype Programmable Controller for a Swann PRO-650 PTZ Camera
Alex: Motion Detection within a Video Feed
Project Exhibition 2017
Phil: How does varying construction methods, and operation, change the characteristics of an effects pedal?
Matt: The Research and Development of a Personal In-Ear Audio Monitor Control System.
Jess: Reproduction of the auditory experience of a live music event.
This year we also held the second years’ ‘managing projects’ exhibition at the same time. The second years have spent the last six weeks intensively completing a group project having planned it earlier in the year. Each group produced a poster summarising their findings and was able to discuss their thoughts with our industry visitors. This was a great opportunity for the second years to get inspiration for their own final year projects and to discuss them with the third years and professionals.
Congratulations to all those involved for an excellent day. Special thanks have to be extended to the technicians and staff that worked tirelessly to prepare the venue and to issue all of the equipment.
Media Technology students were visited yesterday by founder and director of AKA Broadcast, Kris Whitely. Kris formed the company six years ago with the vision of creating a light-weight systems integration service that could bring the most appropriate equipment together to deliver cost-effective and timely projects. Since then AKA has worked with and for several big-name integrators such as Ericsson, Evertz, TSL, Gearhouse, SAM, Imagine Communications and VizRt to name a few. AKA Broadcast are also developing portable production kits and other out-of-the-box solutions to meet industry needs. Kris brought along one of the prototypes and showed students how a simple rig can be put together for small sports and music events.
The main purpose of Kris’ visit was to advertise some graduate positions within the company. AKA Broadcast have identified some niches in the market and are willing to invest in the next generation of broadcast engineers to help service those needs.
On the 27th April through to Monday 1st Teddy Rocks festival was in full swing. With multiple stages and tents it was a challenging technical brief but Media Technology student delivered for the charity event. Students provided technical support for their Production and Journalism cousins who were providing all the coverage and feeds for the event.
Nick Arbenz and Oliver Davies acted as technical lead and point of call respectively. Using the OB Truck as the centre of operations for main stage, feeds from 9 cameras and sound were fed in, vision mixed and distributed to the large screens next to the stage as well as screens in the VIP areas. A key technical challenge for this was the integration of a variety of formats including system cameras, Go Pro’s and laptop feeds.
The sound was mixed and recorded to accompany footage that would later be pieced together to use in advertising the event and as show reels for some of the bands involved. The event was a great opportunity for the students to demonstrate their ability to be self-sufficient and professional. Well done to all those involved.
Senior Lecturer in Media Technology Paul Bourne presented a lecture to the local network of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on Wednesday 10th May. Titled “How Legacy Broadcast Definitions of Colour Impact on Video Systems Today”, the talk discussed how divergent standards from the past bring challenges within the present converged world of computer graphics and broadcast technologies. It explored the concepts of valid and legal colours and the impact this has on production workflows. There was a good turnout from members and non-members including several from the broadcast sector as well as plenty who were new to the concepts. This stimulated a good amount of discussion and made for a thought-provoking evening. We hope to announce some further projects with the IET in the near future.