BBC’s Thatcher coverage highlights problems with non-digital archives
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Sunday 14 April 2013 at 10:55 by
BBC’s Thatcher coverage highlights problems with non-digital archives
Thursday 28 February 2013 at 17:22 by
Thanks to every-one who said “hello” and watched my presentation at BVE on Wednesday. Hopefully you’re all clued up on video codecs now? If not why not drop us an email and I’ll send you a copy of my presentation and a short paper all about current video codec theory, all for free! What excellent value. This is a link to the EBU R132 document I mentioned ‘Signal Quality in HDTV Production and Broadcast Services’. Enjoy!
Sunday 24 February 2013 at 21:10 by
Please come along and meet me! I’ll be at BVE this year catching up with the latest technology, products and working practices. I’ll also be giving a presentation in the Post Production Theatre on Wednesday 27th entitled – Understanding codec compatibility: Making the right choice for editing and delivery. Very snappy title eh?
Saturday 16 February 2013 at 23:21 by
Orange Coconut will be attending the BBC North Sustainable Production Trade Fair at Quay House, Media City, Salford. The fair starts at 12:00 on Wednesday 20th February. We will be bringing a selection of our evaluated tape stock and if you leave a contact address or business card with us we will enter you into our draw to win a box of 40 minute HDCam SR tapes worth £240. Please pop along to see us and have a chat about our process, we’d love to see you!
Monday 28 January 2013 at 17:27 by
Well 2012 ended as a very busy year and 2013 is looking to be the same! We worked on Strictly Come Dancing and the 3D version of the Queen’s Christmas broadcast. The new year has started with a winter Barker for BBC HD, and a cookery pilot for Goggle Box Entertainment. Nick has started work on BBC’s Eggheads, but as the lead editor for Editworks Scotland. He has stood down as a director of Orange Coconut to enable him to take on this exciting role in Glasgow. We all wish him the best of success and look forward to hearing his tales of adventure over a pint.
Wednesday 12 September 2012 at 12:08 by
We haven’t updated our blog recently due to a very busy work schedule.
As well as updating and expanding our ‘copy shop’ and editing facilities, which meant a trip to IBC was in order! We’ll post more on our findings there soon.
If you want to help with your programme or project drop us a note.
Sunday 8 July 2012 at 15:28 by
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Sunday 20 May 2012 at 09:42 by
Monday 16 April 2012 at 11:10 by
Sounds of the 70s series 2 begins tonight at 10pm. A complimentary programme to The 70s, Get It On, on before it at 9pm. I’m going to be glued to both.
Sounds of the 70s was edited by me, Gary Hewson and I must add that we will be inflicting our musical tastes on you!
Wednesday 14 March 2012 at 22:04 by
Do you have a moment? Why not read the item produced by Atomos on our use of their Samurai hard disk recorders.
Friday 2 March 2012 at 14:49 by
Wednesday 29 February 2012 at 10:31 by
Monday 30 January 2012 at 19:50 by
For those students who were asking for a start in the film industry, try this…
Friday 13 January 2012 at 22:34 by
Orange Coconut have had many more years in TV than we care to divulge and have a very soft spot for BBC Television Centre.
So we were over the moon to be able to share this with you – Cameraman the Movie.
Keep an eye out for a guest appearance from V.T. Tea….
Wednesday 4 January 2012 at 17:04 by
Orange Coconut has been busy putting the finishing touches to a few BBC programmes.
We have been finishing Top of the Pops: The Story of 1977. A real nostalgia fest for us Punk loving children of the 70s. It transmits this Friday 6th Jan at 9pm on BBC Four.
Also we have completed the HD onlines for The Ones.
Starting this Friday with Lenny Henry at 8.30pm on BBC 1, so time to watch that and then turn over to BBC Four.
Monday 12 December 2011 at 19:34 by
We have used these tiny HD cameras to great effect when filming concert footage. They are great for a bird’s eye view of the drummer.
We have been so impressed with them that we have become an agent. We are offering a celebratory promotional price on all the HD2 camera kits (HD HERO2 Outdoor, Motorsports, & Surf Editions) which are rrp £299.99 for only £269.99.
Drop us a message if you’re interested.
Saturday 19 November 2011 at 08:42 by
A busy night for Orange Coconut.
Please donate to Children in Need.
Whilst all that was happening we were recording Landing Party live in concert. We’ll post a report on our workflow for that one as we used some new technology that we’re rather impressed with.
Wednesday 16 November 2011 at 11:13 by
We understand that the Sony manufacturing plant is starting production of HDCAM SR stock, however all of the first batch is destined for North America and it is highly unlikely that supplies to Europe will be back to normal until February 2012.
We have a limited number of SR tapes including a small batch of new 33 minute tapes. We like most suppliers have no 64 minute tapes at the moment. You could however present your 60 minute programme in two parts. Or why not have your used SR tapes serviced by us for reuse? We can even archive (to file) material on the tapes freeing them up for reuse.
Contact Ben, Gary or Tony for more information.
Tuesday 8 November 2011 at 22:21 by
Wednesday 2 November 2011 at 10:31 by
Chris Graver our good friend and a very talented dubbing mixer has launched his own company and a new website
Chris does all our 5.1 audio mixing and the associated Dolby E encoding work.
What Chris doesn’t know about Dial Norm isn’t worth knowing!
Monday 3 October 2011 at 12:13 by
Our blog has been a little quiet of late.
It’s because we have all been very busy, we have even survived a trip to Amsterdam for IBC, although we did come back with the ‘IBC Cold’.
Tony has been unwell, but is back at the OC luxury premises in full health.
Talking of the BBC’s HD Channel we would like to wish Danielle Nagler (ex-head of BBC HD and 3D) all the best with her new career.
The one last project we have on the go is installing our new copyshop, archiving and digitising station.
Why not ask us to quote for your work?
Friday 15 July 2011 at 10:37 by
Orange Coconut have just finished the post production work on a short promotional film made for BBC HD.
It can be seen here:
Please note that all material is copyright of BBC.
You can only view this film by using this link, it cannot be found using a YouTube search.
Wednesday 8 June 2011 at 08:43 by
Orange Coconut have been lucky enough to see some of the Wimbledon test footage and can only say it looks fantastic.
We are excited about the new 3D transmissions and have been won over by ’3D in a small box’.
Read more about this on the BBC website.
Tuesday 10 May 2011 at 17:28 by
Orange Coconut were over the moon to be asked to provide editors and technical support for the BBC’s coverage of the Royal Wedding.
Have a quick peek at the best bits…
Wednesday 13 April 2011 at 11:52 by
It’s important broadcast videotape is properly evaluated before reuse, and for high definition stock it should be legally enforceable!
Bulk erasing tapes, or laying black and burst on used tape, will not detect physical problems with tapes.
These machines remove loose oxide and dirt by cleaning and polishing the tape surface and use a laser to test the tape for physical defects and damage.
This enables Orange Coconut to remove tapes from the system that fail the tests. This ensures customers only receive tapes that have passed these stringent tests.
Without such evaluation, editors could be in a position where problems with a reused tape do not become apparent until near the end of a tape.
This would mean the edit would have to be repeated for the entire tape – something much more expensive than evaluating the tape before reuse.
The Orange Coconut process also tests cassette shells for mechanical robustness, since all tapes are rewound using broadcast standard decks as well as in the RTI evaluators.
The recent HDCAM SR tape shortage has increased the reuse of this stock.
Since HDCAM SR uses the same width of tape as standard definition, technology has been pushed to its limits to accommodate the high definition signal, leading to the same issues that were applicable to D3 tapes, which, in their day, were also pushing the technology envelope.
This means that all elements in the editing system need to be as good as possible, from correctly lined up machines to the highest possible quality tape.
Using Oranges Coconut for tape evaluation also means that all fully evaluated videotapes are guaranteed to perform without failure on their first pass through video recording equipment.
In the unlikely event of any videotape supplied by Orange Coconut failing to meet this performance standard, it will be replaced like-for-like free of any charge, subject only to the customer’s commitment to return the defective tape for technical assessment.
Sunday 10 April 2011 at 09:05 by
Saturday 9 April 2011 at 10:25 by
Sony have stopped the manufacture of HD broadcast video cassettes due to the recent tsunami in Japan.
This has led to a worldwide shortage of HDCAM SR tapes, which are produced at Sony’s Sendai Technology Center – the factory is expected to be closed for months to come due to damage caused by the tsunami.
Orange Coconut currently have a limited stock of recycled HDCAM SR tape and only a few new tapes.
During this period of HDCAM SR tape shortage, Orange Coconut will be donating a percentage of the cost of each HD tape sent in for evaluation to the Japan Tsunami Appeal; please consider donating to this fund administered by the Red Cross.