MPTS Connect 2021 – tech highlights

StrictlyThe team behind the Media Production & Technology Show (MPTS) has launched MPTS Connect Virtual Festival, an opportunity to participate in a wide-ranging schedule of online events. 

Here we take a look at some of the tech-related highlights on offer over the three days. 


The festival takes place from 23-25 February and provides a mix of panel discussions, case studies and fireside chats from some of the biggest names and brands in the industry.  


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Is there an elephant in the room? Strictly Come Dancing: Motion Graphics case study. Taking place on 23 Feb from 12.00-12.30, this session will delve into the work of Potion Pictures. Founded in 2009, Potion Pictures has expanded its team of multi-disciplined designers and project managers to include an array of creative styles and technical knowledge. One of the company’s key television projects is Strictly Come Dancing, and in a strange year for the programme, Potion Pictures delivered their most extravagant motion graphics yet to really bring the series to screen. Topics under discussion will include the tight timelines involved and mixing in with the routines. Chaired by Bubble Agency MD Sadie Groom, the speakers will be: David Newton, managing director, Potion Pictures and Joe Phillips, lead designer, Potion Pictures. 


Exploring Virtual Production on 23 Feb from 13.15-13.45 will explore the state of the virtual production landscape. As many studios and broadcasters realise the benefits of Virtual Production using both traditional greenscreen and LED stages, the session will look at the new approaches required to plan and execute successful projects with these platforms, including the technologies and processes involved, the evolving ecosystem of supporting partners and the burgeoning lexicon evolving in this discipline. Speakers are: Asa Bailey, director/virtual production director/founder, OnSet Facilities; Jamie Allan, media, entertainment & broadcast lead, EMEA– NVIDIA. 


In conversation with Inga Ruehl, executive director, production services and operations, Sky, taking place 14.00-14.20 on 24 Feb. Inga Ruehl is at the helm of all production operations within Sky Sports and Sky Production Services. She manages around 400 people, 15 studios, 10 galleries, 70+ edit suites, two grading suites and nine audio suites. Her teams look after the planning and delivering all of Sky Sports home-produced content for 11 live sports channels. And, as the head of Sky Production Services, Ruehl is responsible for studios and post-production staff and facilities, as well as outside broadcast crewing to internal and external clients, including Sky Sports and Sky News. Ruehl will be in conversation with Broadcast Sport editor Jake Bickerton.


Broadcast Sport: Focus on Sports Production is all about the technology driving innovations in sports production. Held from 12.00-12.30 on 24 Feb, the panel will cover topics including: remote production; data-driven AR/graphics insights; the move to OTT/D2C; AI/automation of sports production; virtual studios enabling better in-studio insight; and so on, and how tech has come to the fore during Covid-19 lockdowns, to create virtual fans, accelerate remote/distributed production and enhance the insight provided to viewers at home. Jake Bickerton, editor, Broadcast Sport will be talking to a panel including Laurie Beamont, head of graphics – MOOV. 


So, you’re mixing from home? – How to set up and trust your speakers. In this session, which takes place from 12.40-12.55 on 23 Feb, Perry Swain, brand manager for Pro Audio - Source Distribution, will talk through mixing audio content at home, and why it is incredibly important to be able to trust your monitors in your space. Topics include: what makes a monitor a ‘reference monitor’, identifying the best listening area in a room, picking the right monitor for your listening distance, how to set up your monitors to get the best sound and the importance of having reference material.




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