Plans for IBC 2018

In the lead up to IBC, Finepoint's Managing Director Giles Bendig talks about our company’s achievements and capabilities and plans for IBC. 

Please can you describe one or two of your sport production highlights since IBC2017.
Since IBC 2017 a lot of our HD and UHD broadcast equipment has been used at a variety of sport events. A lot of our rental kit was commissioned for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Sport events can be extremely demanding so our customers require reliable equipment of high grade.

Our aim at Finepoint is to supply our customers with the very best technology for their sport production needs. We continually invest in the latest cameras, lenses and related equipment to meet the evolving needs of our customers.

What have been your most important product developments, in relation to sport, since September last year?
Our investment plan for the 2018-19 financial year alone anticipates a £2 million spend on new equipment which will equip the hire fleet to the latest technical standards, including 4K/UHD and HDR. We have already taken a delivery of Sony HDC-4300 and HDC-4800 cameras and associated 4K Canon lenses. Other recent additions include EVS XT3 ChannelMax and XFile3 production servers. We are also investing in remotely controllable pan/tilt/zoom camera heads which can be steered by an operator from a distance of a few metres, half a kilometre or (via IP) half way round the world.

What technology trends do you feel are doing the most to shape sports production workflows?
Demand for high speed cameras to deliver slow-motion coverage of sports has accelerated significantly over the past couple of years. The Sony HDC-4800 can shoot full-resolution progressive UHD at up to 8x or HD at up to 16x. The EVS XT3 slow-motion server supports every super motion camera on the market and provides native options for up to 12 record channels with proxy encoding in SD and HD, eight channels of 1080p or three channels of UHD-4K in any in/out combination.

What are your plans for IBC? 
Our sales and marketing team find IBC one of the best networking events in the industry and a great opportunity for us to meet with key customers, colleagues and suppliers. This year, our main focus will be looking at the latest technology for the run-up to the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. That includes 4K UHD, HDR, 8K Hi-Vision and beyond. 4K has reached global acceptance as an acquisition and production format so the next frontier is 8K.