I attended the Broadcast & Video Exhibition for the first time this year. The event is held in London and is the UK’s largest gathering of exhibiting and visiting, broadcast industry professionals. The exhibition caters for everyone involved in the broadcast industry, covering everything needed to take content from conception through to consumption.
Aside from being a fantastic opportunity to network and discuss industry hot topics BVE is also a fantastic opportunity to learn, absorb information on new technologies and the major players within the industry. I am going to cover a few things that ticked these boxes for me!
BVE has a fantastic seminar schedule with over 300 industry experts speaking on subject matters concerning TV, Film, Online, Advertising and Digital Media industries. I attended a seminar entitled Is the future of post-production in the cloud and how is it changing the post model? This was moderated by Steve Sharman, CTO of Mediasmiths and covered critical issues for cloud-based post-production; the cloud being an incrementally more important concept for the clients I represent. There was a mixed reaction from the panellists and whilst some positives were discussed, there were also some critical, problematic observations made.
Positive points raised included; a sense of blurred lines between pre-production/production/post-production in turn allowing for cost cutting, increased efficiency and speed; a more efficient manner of working internationally or across boundaries and a younger generation of junior creatives entering the world of post-production as inherently more IT/technically savvy individuals. Areas for concern focused on, above all else, connectivity and security; the concept of asset management in a cloud environment is at the mercy of connection speeds and internet accessibility that does not allow for the full process of post-production to be reliant on the cloud. Equally, the human interaction in creative, story-telling environments is fundamentally important and there is only so far that a virtual environment can support this creativity.
BVE this year was busy, lively and full of interesting and inspiring products, solutions and most importantly, people. There is far too much to put into one blog post, and the best conclusion I can make is to recommend BVE to anyone who works in, or has an interest in the broadcast industry.
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