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BVE’s free broadcast seminars set to inspire

The BVE 2012 free seminar programme is the largest of its kind in the UK, with 11 theatres presenting more than 250 seminars across the three-day event at Earls Court, London, 14-16 February.

The BVE 2012 free seminar programme is the largest of its kind in the UK, with 11 theatres presenting more than 250 seminars across the three-day event at Earls Court, London, 14-16 February 2012.

They will cover big picture issues such as the next steps for 3D, new developments in religious broadcasting, cloud computing and brands becoming broadcasters, to practical hands-on workshops.

The 3D Revolution discusses the latest developments and where 3D might go next, with keynotes from William Sargent, founder of leading Soho post house Framestore, and Dave Blackham, MD of Esprit Films (who will discuss shooting wildlife and caves in 3D). Panasonic’s Peter Van Hooke will present sessions on the recent Elbow concert shot live in 3D (pictured).

The Audio Room also gets in on the 3D action, with a panel discussion on immersive audio systems led by Pieter Schillbeeckx Head of R&D at Soundfield. There is a whole range of practical advice on audio recording, including Phil Coates on working in extreme locations, Graham Boswell from SADiE on how to eliminate pops and glitches, and Jo Tyler of Bournemouth University on the sonic potential for radio, while the contentious issue of loudness metering is addressed from several different angles.

The Post-Production Theatre welcomes back Larry Jordan to present practical overview of Final Cut Pro X and also offer advice about what creative people really need to know about storage. Visitors will also see the making of a Top Gear Live commercial, while in the wake of the recent DPP report, Televisual Magazine hosts a timely tapeless post-production debate.

Broadcast Meets IT also picks up the tapeless theme, with Mark Harrison, Controller of BBC North discussing the issues of file-based production and Shane Warden of IMG World presenting tapeless workflows at the Rugby World Cup. Other big highlights include Dr John Zubrzycki of BBC Research and Development discussing Super Hi-Vision for London 2012, and Phil Rutter of AndCubed hosting a debate on 4K production and delivery.

The Institute of Videography will bring its professional videography-based presentations to a dedicated theatre on Stand K1. The sessions are widely varied, including how professional videographers can get involved with local TV stations, what every videographer needs in their post-production toolkit, and how to shoot ‘marryoke’ wedding sequences that add another dimension to wedding videography.

The Content Delivery Theatre covers a wide range of topics, from TV and web coverage of recent events including the UK riots and the Arab Spring, while at the other end of the spectrum visitors will find out how Liverpool FC TV’s Pay-Per-View model works and how Chelsea FC’s digital media has moved to tapeless. The phenomenon of Social TV and the battle for the second screen is examined by James Neufeld of, while Neil Hollingum of Perpertual Solutions discusses the Connected Home.

There will also be some fascinating one-day sessions dedicated to exploring various aspects of a specific topic. Religious Broadcasting is discussed on Tuesday 14 February, followed by Demystifying the Cloud on Wednesday 15 and Brands Becoming Broadcasters on Thursday 16.

Added to these are practical sessions offered by Avid and Arri, plus Adobe and FCP X sessions run by Soho Editors.

There are also more than 50 seminars running in The Production Show, offering great practical information and advice to content producers, with topics covering the many facets of production.

The Production Theatre will start each day with Production on a budget, from, and will also feature sessions on Shooting sub £15k music videos by Den Lennie, budget feature film production, how to survive as a freelancer, underwater filming, shooting in the cold for Frozen Planet, and how to make the most of Blackmagic Design’s Atem switcher.

The Producers Theatre will include the 99 minute Film School, with Raindance Film Festival founder Elliot Grove, who will also do a session on Writing for low budget filmmaking, plus seminars on virtual production, how to win commissions and funding, and special effects make-up.

There is also an Arri Production Skills Centre, with a variety of sessions on lighting, as well as seminars on using the Alexa and colour grading.

Free registration is available at using Priority Code EBPR2. For more information on the free seminar programme, visit