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Paying attention to IP technology

The move of IP technology into broadcast production continues with prompters, as IBC finds Portaprompt demonstrating IP Prompting workflow technology, in conjunction with the IPPG Consortium.

This is showing how SDI could be replaced by IP (including wireless links), so that the prompter operator can work remotely. However Portaprompt sales and marketing manager Jon Hilton admitted that this might not always be desirable for live productions if the link failed and the operator wasn’t on site.

Another technology demo is ICU2, a new Interrotron system (for displaying a presenter in the lens, in a virtual two-shot, for interviews). “It is a way of getting a more natural performance from someone who doesn’t do presentations for a living,” explained Hilton.

Portaprompt is also showing new conference-style prompters, including its latest Motorised Conference Poles designed to accommodate speakers of different heights, as used at the recent Republican Party Conference in the USA. They can be fully retracted and lost under the stage, if you need to clear the area. At 5.6kg, they are 30 per cent lighter than their predecessors and can be packed away into a standard transit case to save transport and storage costs.