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Great Drama – But Can You Hear What They’re Saying Now?

25/03/2011 |

Louise Willcox MIBS, Executive Committee Member and volunteer to the Listener and Viewer’s TV Audibility Group, reports on her experiences in a major recent exercise to assess the difficulties of dialogue audibility across a range of programmes and broadcasters. The Voice of the Listener and Viewer’s TV Audibility Group (TVAG), formed in 2007, has been…

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UK's first common TV Programme delivery standards

16/03/2011 |

Post production departments will be glad to hear that the Digital Production Partnership (DPP) has today unveiled common technical standards for tape delivery of HD and SD TV programmes to all major UK broadcasters. Producers will now have just one set of guidelines that cover Technical Specifications, Picture and Sound Quality for Delivery to the…

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VLV’s Audibility of Speech on Television Project

15/03/2011 |

PRESS RELEASE People with hearing difficulties could soon benefit from adjustments to be made to the sound quality on TV programmes, thanks to research undertaken by Voice of the Listener & Viewer (VLV), the BBC and RNID in 2010. The survey results have shown that with greater awareness and subsequent relatively minor changes in production…

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Helicopters, Private Jets, Super Yachts and Fast Cars

29/10/2010 |

Paul Keyworth MIBS describe his experiences working on making the TV interview series ‘Piers Morgan on…’ It all began, rather conventionally as a three half-hour ITV1 documentary series on Sandbanks in Dorset –  apparently the most expensive real estate area of the UK – involving a fairly straightforward look at the characters that made this…

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Sound with Vision

01/09/2010 |

Article reprinted with permission from www.broadcastnow.co.uk Fixing poor-quality audio in post can be a difficult and costly business. So what can be done to reduce the problem before it gets to that stage? Adrian Pennington asks the experts. Poor-quality audio is often reason enough for viewers to change channel, yet cheap-sounding soundtracks are commonly caused…

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Mentoring – What’s That All About Then?

24/03/2010 |

Over the last few years many ideas have been bandied around the EC, Line Up, IBSnet and the pub, and one that lots of people mention is the need for the IBS to introduce a mentoring scheme. In an employment environment where there are many more “one man operations”, where were the sound engineers of…

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IBS Loudness meeting 18 March 2010

23/03/2010 |

The meeting was very well attended by a cross section of IBS members from industry gurus to student members. This report only scratches the surface of the information provided on the night. The proceedings were recorded as a webcast video by IPS member Ian Sands which IPS members can download when logged in to the Members’…

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Great drama – but can you hear what they’re saying?

20/02/2010 |

Report by Louise Willcox, IBS Executive member My Mother sent me a cutting from The Independent newspaper dated 1st June 2009, headline: “Great drama – but can you hear a single word they are saying?” It reported that Jay Hunt, Controller BBC 1 had agreed to co-operate with a major independent study. Being a nosey…

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Laptops on Location

05/02/2010 |

For drama location recordings, the hard disk recorder is king…or is it? Grant Bridgeman AMIBS investigates the practical uses of a laptop on location. The thought of using a laptop as a multichannel location recorder for drama usually results in pained expressions from production sound mixers for a whole host of reasons that tend to be…

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Dancing on Ice

21/11/2009 |

“It’s Sunday night, it’s live, and it’s …” Rob Ashard MIBS tells us about how he produces the sound for ITV’s Dancing on Ice. When I hear the words in the headline above I know we’re just past the opening titles and about an hour and a half of live telly is coming our way.…

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