Nov 212016
 

The Edinburgh Festival takes over the Scottish capital for most of August (a month in which the occasional day of sunshine breaks the unremitting cloud and rain). Hundreds of venues, from large theatres to tiny rooms above pubs, as well as in public streets, host a wide variety of performers from comedians to musicians, ranging from famous household names to unknown artists trying to make the big break.

ICoSOLE’s presence at the festival took advantage of the BBC’s own venue as well as the multitude of street performers scattered all over the city centre. The BBC venue, based in the George Heriot school (called the Blue Tent) had a stage with seating for an audience of around 150 people.

BBC Blue Tent stage

BBC Blue Tent stage

Each day two or three shows were hosted there, many of them existing BBC Radio shows. These shows were also being broadcast on BBC Radio, so there was a full production setup there from BBC Scotland.

Several BBC R&D projects were doing trials at the Blue Tent (including the ICoSOLE field trial of course), who shared a portakabin amongst the others in the production area at the side of the tent.

Outside of the BBC venue, user-generated content was captured out and about in the streets, particularly the Royal Mile where all sorts of different street artists were performing.

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Aug 142015
 

jw7DxyIJOn 7-9 of August ICoSOLE performed its first field trial at the Dranouter “Festival of new Traditions” in Belgium. In collaboration with the festival organisers Flemish broadcaster VRT organised the test in which 60 visitors could test the latest developments of ICoSOLE.

The test users got a special app (Dranouter Moments) installed on their Android phones and were able to record and upload shorts sequences of video, the so-called Moments. These clips were displayed on the Wall of Moments, a video wall next to the central stageand were also provided via a web-page. This way content was captured which is usually not covered by professional camera teams on-site and it could also be shared with the friends at home.

The content of the Wall of Moments was curated by a system that automatically assessed the technical quality (exposure, blurriness etc.) of the uploaded clips.

In addition to the Wall of Moments there was also a live stream (via MPEG-DASH) available fed by conventional TV cameras and a panoramic camera system. We were also able to demonstrate BBC’s IP-based end-to-end broadcasting system.

The festival site with our Wall of Moments booth

The festival site with our Wall of Moments booth

Screenshot of the Wall of Moments

Screenshot of the Wall of Moments

Festival impressions

Festival impressions

We are very happy that the field trial was considered a huge success by visitors, festival organisers and participating ICoSOLE partners. The next opportunity to see our developments will be at IBC’s Future Zone (booth 8.F14) in Amsterdam on 11-15 September, 2015. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

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