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2017 RMIT University
4K Studio Build – Melbourne.
Design, supply, build, commission, support and provide training for 4 new 4K studios and control room. Almost complete, this facility incorporates bringing the temporary studio back into an expanded facility in the newly renovated building. The entire 4K-studio workflow is a state of the art installation and designed to allow for student training in industry standard equipment for many years to come. This project has been one of the largest projects in our industry in Australia over recent years and Videocraft was awarded this contract based on the comprehensive tender submitted, coupled with RMIT’s confidence in Videocraft’s ability to deliver high quality results for system projects, after their satisfaction with the temporary studio build in 2015 outlined below.
2015 RMIT University
Temporary Studio Build – Melbourne.
Design, supply, build, commission, support and provide training for a relocated temporary studio during reconstruction of their building to cater to both classes and facilities for RMITV for numerous live broadcasts, pre-records and teaching activities. The RMIT project was a comprehensive install of a state-of-the art digital television studio and master control including a fibre link to C31, live streaming capabilities and green lighting technologies. Videocraft supplied the equipment for two TV studios with all associated cabling, two control rooms, comms, master control, cameras, audio, vision switchers, routers, racks, patch bays, CCUs and graphics. Whilst also providing the acoustic treatment of ceiling, walls and windows, specialist acoustic doors, relocation of existing equipment and integration with a significant amount of new equipment.
Videocraft were able to maintain continuity of business whilst shutting down one facility and building and troubleshooting a new state-of-the-art studio by maintaining a comprehensive professional work environment to ensure that RMIT’s needs were met. Videocraft approached the challenging broadcast installation in our usual professional manner and completed the project on a very tight timeframe and within budget.
Outside broadcast live facility using Videocraft MPC – Sydney.
Videocraft team provided the live broadcast facilities for this live outdoor event in western Sydney early in 2017. The weather proved to be a massive challenge due to the unrelenting, scorching heat on the day creating the most difficult of circumstances. Regardless, Videocraft rose to the challenge and the outcome was particularly successful.
2016-2017 Red Bull Wings for Life World Run
Live streaming using Mobile Production Centre – Melbourne
Videocraft provided the outside broadcast of Red Bull Wings for Life World Run, held in Melbourne, in conjunction with Screencraft. The Australian leg commenced at 9.00 pm local time whilst the runners covered around 80km. Videocraft provided not only their fully loaded, state of the art OB truck for the event but also an ingenious and cost effective mobile broadcasting solution. Four wired OB cameras at the start line and four mobile cameras linked via 4G bonded streaming solutions, on motorbikes following runners and doing race interviews along the way. The streamed content from the mobile cameras were downlinked and decoded directly to the Videocraft MPC.
Screencraft’s Michael Fardell commented,“I can’t speak highly enough about Videocraft or the mobile OB solution they provided. There were no dropouts, blackouts or time lost for refueling. This was a brilliant, cost effective and efficient solution as we were able to broadcast the OB using 4G on the cameras and didn’t need to use helicopters, which would have been tricky at night and very expensive. Once the footage arrived in Videocraft’s truck they switched and dealt with it as they would any normal camera source”
2017 NHK Japan Australia Open Tennis
End to End Production Solution with FlyPack – Melbourne
Videocraft supplied NHK Japan with an end-to-end solution based around the company’s latest FlyPack and integrated a video and audio control room, a studio overlooking the Rod Laver Arena garden square and a smaller commentary booth and studio inside Rod Laver Arena. Videocraft also supplied the local engineering, technical and operational staff as a compliment to the NHK crew who came over from Tokyo. By integrating technology including Mediornet, Dante, Omneo and a Tallyman central control we were able to create an extremely powerful system within a small footprint, a benefit that was highly valued in the TV compound where space was a premium. Our entire Master Control Room consisted of 4 x 20RU racks, whereas if we worked on a traditional way it would have taken at least double the space and power requirements. NHK produced two matches per day and a twenty minute highlight show with Videocraft using an EVS solution for highlights editing, replays and archive. Although file-based archive was new to NHK, the Videocraft team were able to transition broadcaster to the new workflow smoothly.
Broadcast television studio build – Melbourne.
Videocraft were engaged by Croc Media to offer system consultancy, supply, configuration and training of a broadcast television studio for the production of various panel TV shows for the Nine Network, as well as various online programs. This studio was built to a very tight budget, and an extremely compressed timeline (under four weeks from sign-on to contract completion). Videocraft worked to achieve this with Croc Media by offering a mix of new and used broadcast equipment which enabled Croc Media to contain costs and deliver in an extremely tight deadline, which was all achieved. Key components of the system were Sony broadcast cameras and monitoring, Ross carbonite vision mixer and NK series Routing, Yamaha audio mixer and Dante stage boxes, RTS intercoms, Avid Nexis storage and Softron ingest and play out software. This is an ongoing project, with Videocraft continuing to provide Croc Media with support and training as their needs evolve.
2015-2017 C3 PRESENCE CONFERENCES
Live event production facilities – Sydney.
The most recent system for C3 Presence Conference was designed by Videocraft’s engineering team and built onsite across 3 key areas: Videocraft’s Mobile Production Centre was configured as the Camera Control Unit production space for four CCU positions and a site shed containing the system backbone including extensive EVS and Avid storage. The external master control room was built in the back dock of the QCU Arena, utilising the latest in IP technology to minimise connectivity between these locations. Also on site were six edit suites connected to an Avid ISIS 700 storage system being fed 20 streams in real time from the EVS server systems for onsite editing of replay packages and web content.
Conference broadcast director Simon Ashby said “Once again Videocraft proved that they are the only broadcast provider capable of delivering a turnkey solution to meet the requirements of the C3 conference. The system was ready to go well ahead of schedule and the Videocraft team graciously accommodated the inevitable last minute requests. To me that reinforced Videocraft’s deep understanding of our requirements based on 3 years of providing this tailored solution.”
2015 ARIA AWARDS
Turnkey OB and post-production facilities – Sydney
Videocraft provided the ARIAs entire turnkey OB and post-production facilities. The solution incorporated 26 large sensor and 4K cameras that included Videocraft’s Ross Furio robotic camera, Steadicam and jib, 2 control room areas, large Avid and EVS setups and an OB truck. Videocraft worked with Gigler Communications to design and construct a compact, purpose built facility. The Red Carpet Production area was re-purposed during the main show as a Profanity Edit Suite, Network Coord and QC facility for the outgoing programme segments and provided shared EVS and CCU resources between the main show and the red carpet and a separate edit facility for both sides of the production where the EVS was also utilised for the final play out to Network Ten. The Videocraft MPC OB truck acted as a stand-alone production facility for Telstra’s expanded second screen requirements designed for rapid turnaround using EVS systems for the base edits, then moving into AVID for finishing, export and upload.
Gigler’s Director and Creative, Vicki Gerrans added, “I am so very, very happy and proud of a significant technical achievement and aesthetic that has polished an Australian icon and brought it into a new technological environment. Every single member of the Videocraft team wore a smile – led from the top – a team of extraordinary professionals, and a much needed and refreshing experience at this level of outside broadcasting.”
2014 Network Tens Coverage of SOCHI WINTER OLYMPICS
End to end workflow design and equipment rental – Melbourne.
Videocraft built a complete end-to-end workflow for Network Ten that enabled them to record, log, edit and play out every frame of the Winter Olympics. Our engineering team, designed, built and tested the system back in our Melbourne HQ before it was deployed at Network Ten and then provided full onsite support throughout the entire games. We also added a master control room to correctly manage all incoming feeds and supplying additional cameras. Videocraft installed a very large EVS network, which included Australia’s first deployment of the EVS’s 10-gigabit capability as well as EVS IP Director and IP Browse stations to record thousands of hours of footage and create low-res proxies of all the frames. This enabled anyone from Network Ten to view, log and send the footage across to our Avid Media Composer system. The Media Composer was in turn linked to an Isis 7500 and Interplay Media Asset Management system allowing all the feeds from Russia to be seamlessly turned around for broadcast from Ten’s Melbourne studios.
2013 MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY
Production and editing training facilities – Sydney
Macquarie University project requirements for a new green screen studio, control room, digital newsroom and workstation classroom to be all linked to the Avid MediaCentral Platform with iNEWS and storage. The studio is very versatile and has been designed to be crewless and consists of three Sony BRC-H900 remote cameras, an autocue system and Sony LED monitoring.
2013 HILLSONG CHURCH
Alexandria Production Facility – Sydney
Videocraft helped design and build Hillsong Church’s full production facility in Alexandria. The system needed to be HD, facilitate four cameras, three projection screens and multiple external rooms. It revolved around dual Ross Carbonite switchers chosen predominantly due to their flexibility, functionality and cost effectiveness. It also had to enable linking to and from all other campuses and keying of song words had to be achieved on five different feeds with different backgrounds and different overlays with ease of use for one volunteer operator. There were also significant audio, comms, display, rigging and lighting components supplied by others that Videocraft worked with and integrated seamlessly. The system had to be cost effective but extremely reliable, easy for volunteers to use on a weekly basis and versatile enough to accommodate for future changes that will happen within the campus. Every source and destination needed to be easily monitored by the relevant volunteer operators and the system had to also be capable of a broadcast TV record for the television programme Hillsong Television.
Hillsong’s TV Technical Manager Luke Irvine commented, “The Videocraft team were extremely helpful and continually suggested ways of making the system better. They were willing to look at all options to give us the best outcome and price. They also gave us pros and cons of equipment and allowed us to make changes as we went along to take advantage of cost savings and usability of the system. Videocraft also worked very hard to fully understand our requirements and workflow – this was key to the success of the system especially in tricky areas like the integration between the keyer cards and switcher. They were always professional and impressively took total responsibility for the systems integration, equipment selection, system design and diagrams, installation and labelling all in-house. Videocraft’s willingness to work with us, take our ideas and make them work was a major plus. Also the fact that they could work with very tight budgets and be totally honest about the real cost of things from the very beginning was excellent. Listening, thinking outside the box and working with tight budgets is classic Videocraft.”
Live streaming broadcast for Southern Cross Austereo – Sydney
The Videocraft project for Coldplay and Southern Cross Austereo featured the live production FlyPack which included multi-camera coverage for the live web stream through SCA’s website plus a very quick turnaround into edit for news packages. The production had five streams of HD video from five Sony cameras plus a programme stream that was captured onto the EVS XS server, then pushed off via an EVS IP Director onto the on site Avid Media Composer system in record time. Videocraft also purpose built a TD station using Sony OLED monitoring and provided onsite technical assistance for the entire gig.
2012 AMBIENCE ENTERTAINMENT
Full studio build – Sydney
Videocraft provided the workflow design, installation and engineering support to provide Ambience Entertainment with a bespoke solution for their productions. Central to the system solution was a 6-channel EVS XT2 server and XDCAM workflow for record and playback. Videocraft’s system design also included four studio camera setup and fully optioned Control room with vision mixing, multi-view monitoring, graphics and comms, Engineering with full control of all router sources and destinations, its own grade one monitor and audio monitoring.
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