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An interview from the 2018 National Association of Broadcasting Convention in Las Vegas with Carl Cook of VER's Television & Cinema Division. VER is a leading, global provider of production equipment and engineering support. With the world’s largest inventory of rental equipment, VER supplies the most advanced technology to a broad array of clients in the TV, cinema, live events, broadcast and corporate markets. Clients rely on VER’s depth of experience in Broadcast, Audio, Video, Lighting, LED, Cameras, Rigging, Media Servers, Fiber and more. With 34 offices across North America and Europe, 24/7 support, and unparalleled expertise, VER can support any live or taped production anywhere in the world.

At NAB 2018, Carl talked with us about their Client Lounge and ‘Recharge Bar’, that allowed VER to spend quality one-on-one time with clients, vendors, friends, peers and, afforded a great opportunity to talk tech on their services. By way of recap, here are the four key items that were getting the most attention.

Edit-In-A-Box demonstrates how VER can provide Edit Stations (HPZ840 or MacPro NLE Suites) and Media Storage (Synology, Avid Nexis or Harmonic MediaGrid) in a very simple manner. The exibility of our Edit-In-A-Box system allows for completely seamless integration into EVS and Post Production Environments (with accessories like ENG Readers, 10Gig and 8TB-40TB RAID Packs included) to provide a compact, road- worthy, and fully functional ‘Post Production Facility in a Box'.

The Front Row Cam was co-developed by ESPN and VER with complete manufacturing accomplished at VER’s Glendale facility. After debuting midway through last season, it earned praise for capturing tight shots of the pitcher’s face looking in at the hitter and super-slo-mo shots of the pitches. This modern robotic camera brings back the beloved ‘old-time’ low-home camera angle that has gradually disappeared over the past two decades in favor of additional ballpark seating.

The Front Row Cam includes a Sony HDC-P43 (outfitted with a Fujinon HA42×13.5 lens) inside a small cylinder aimed upward and shooting off a mirror. The camera chain comprises a Sony BPU-4000 baseband processor unit (with high-frame-rate license), HDCU-2500 CCU, and, inside the truck, an RCP1500 remote-control panel. An EVS XT3 replay server facilitates the 6X slo-mo replays. It all runs on two fibers into a Sony HKCU-SM100 CCU extension adapter and also features a VER pan-and-tilt controller for the robo operator.

VER and Front Row Cam co-developer ESPN were nominated for The George Wensel Technical Achievement Award, one of the most prestigious accolades in sports broadcasting from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. VER innovators named on the nomination are Weston Beaumont, Chris Bryne, Patrick Campbell, Cody Miles, Shane Monsees and Vince Pace, ASC.

Ncam enables virtual production through real-time camera tracking, providing live pre-visualization of environments, set extensions and CGI elements directly in-camera while shooting. It’s a multi-sensor camera bar and a tethered server system. The camera bar attaches to any type of camera quickly and simply, whether handheld, Steadicam, dolly or crane mounted. Minimal alignment time and scalable to work simultaneously over multiple cameras - highly mobile, rapid deployment – indoors and outdoors.

The VERSA PAK setup is far more flexible than any other mobile control facility in the industry. Construction and tear-down is faster and more efficient and each individual modular unit can be reconfigured to personalize every system component to best meet the specific needs of the venue. As part of its multi-year contract to provide broadcast facilities to The French Open, VER was able to update the Roland Garros broadcast-cabin compound with new technologies and new approaches to furniture design, namely, a full installation of new VERSA PAK modular systems.

For more information please visit: www.VER.com

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