BVE (Broadcast Video Expo) in London is effectively the start of the TV technology and production show season.  The well-established broadcast exhibition hosted almost 350 exhibitors and 15,000 visitors giving UK professionals and other international visitors an opportunity to catch-up after IBC and a look ahead to NAB.

The show attracts a mixture of visitors, from production personnel to senior technicians to students. BVE 2017 was typical in that, although some exhibitors thought the first day was slower and quieter than previous years, the pace picked up on Wednesday and several manufacturers reported busy stands almost all the time. Among them was Canford, promoting its fibre termination service. This reflects both the influence of IT technologies on broadcasting and the growth in networking.

IP is increasingly the choice for audio and video networks and new products for both areas were difficult to miss. Lawo, once solely known for its sound mixing consoles, added to its growing video range with the V_matrix IP router-processor.

Loudspeaker developer Genelec introduced its 8430A audio over IP studio monitor last year and showed it at BVE on HHB’s stand, together with the new Smart Active Monitors. Argosy gave a first showing to ATEN’s DVI KVM (keyboard video mouse) over IP KE Extender Slim series of interfaces, designed to give greater access to devices over a network.

There were several other new product launches at this year’s BVE. Intercom company RTS premiered its wireless comms system, ROAMEO, which is based on the DECT telecoms standard.

As at other recent shows 4k/UHD, HDR (high dynamic range) and virtual reality (VR) were highly conspicuous. With cameras and displays for 4k and HDR now established, the next step is monitoring picture quality. Rohde & Schwarz and Leader, exhibiting on Boxer’s stand, were among test specialists with new products for this. VR headsets were numerous; on the delivery side Focal Point VR demonstrated Ubiety, a 360-degree live stream software platform.

The seminar programme was strong, with subjects including hybrid TV, editing mobile phone footage and sound quality. Speakers included writer/director Amma Asante and documentary maker Louis Theroux. Actor Jason Flemying, currently in the contentious SS-GB, gave a keynote interview and found time to go round the exhibition. As you might expect, he was apparently very taken with the products on show from Technocrane!

All in all, BVE 2017 closed its 20th year a success. Next year is likely to be even better especially as the Customs House DLR station will be open again by then.

Below, you can view the interview with Richard at the 2017 show.