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Hammerhead TV Facilities report for Broadcast Video Expo 2009

I recently attended the Broadcast Video Expo show on Wednesday 18th February with my colleague Angus Thompson (Bookings Coordinator).  This was my first visit at this exhibition and I was extremely satisfied with standard of equipment and the level of service provided from all the floor staff.

There were several stands that I wanted to visit upon my visit.  As a Technical Manager I was enthused by a variety of new equipment on display from HD tapeless Cameras, Mini-Cams, Monitors, Lighting and Grip equipment etc.  As this industry is rapidly progressing forward with new technical equipment constantly pushing the boundaries of what broadcasters can achieve it is crucial that I am fully aware of what equipment is available on the market.  In addition these events provide opportunities to find out what companies are using which equipment.  This in turn is beneficial, as we are a hire company and need to know what equipment would prove most beneficial and economical to our hire fleet.

Prior to this I already had several contacts with some of the major industry suppliers.  This event gave me the opportunity to converse with these individuals about new products and see the benefits of each item.  Usually one only reads about new products online or in articles, it is far more beneficial to see, test and try out the new equipment.  For yourself, this is the only true way to test if these items are the right choice for your company.

I would strongly recommend anyone who is in the Broadcast Industry to attend this event and I am definitely returning the following year.  It was very generous to be provided with financial support for travelling and accommodation for attending this event.

Darryl Hewat, Hammerhead TV Facilities.  February 2009

 

True TV report from BROADCAST Video Expo 2009

The Expo was held again in Earls Court this year and was as extensive as before with all major equipment and service suppliers represented.  I have bought a Panasonic DV Camera so was able to renew my relationship directly with the Reps there, and discuss the new developments in P2 cards, software and workflow, and other technical conundrums regarding the camera face to face.

There were more talks this year, apart form the advertised ‘conference sessions’ that had to be booked in advance, so it was good to be able to book up for these just as interesting sessions on the spot.  I attended workflow talks most of all, which were helpful to me not only for the info, but for getting access to the tutorials on the websites of the speakers and experts.

In general it was very good to catch up on new developments and new gizmos – it being a technical show.  It was also very good for business relationships to bump into colleagues and re new contacts informally.

All in all, it was a constructive visit, renewing business contacts and gain some know how.  A useful trip to build into business development plans.

Barbara Orton, True TV. February 2009

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