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A COVID-Careful Kitten Bowl Gets Clear-Com

New York, NY (October 22, 2020)—It would be easy to overlook the intercoms necessary to capture the annual Kitten Bowl, a popular pet-adoption broadcast event that airs during Super Bowl weekend every year. After all, the stars of the show don’t need them and the sets are relatively small, right? In fact, they’re always necessary, and when it came to creating and capturing the show to be aired this winter, COVID precautions were in place, so production company 3 Ball Productions used Clear-Com Agent-IC Mobile App and LQ Series IP Interface technologies in a unique configuration to keep production moving.

Daniel Farmer, co-owner and DP of KatFarm Productions, has combined his cinematography skills and love of cats to handle the technical production for the last seven Kitten Bowls. Forced by COVID restrictions to shift to a remote workflow for this year’s event, he worked with Gotham Sound & Communications to deploy the Clear-Com gear.

Under normal circumstances, the production team builds up to five custom sets, including the main football field set, bars, locker room, parking lot for tailgaters and more. “Usually we use the existing comms system and tech structure in whatever studio we’re filming in that year,” Farmer said. “This year, we were using a raw, empty studio, and we had to build the show systems in flypacks.”

For 2020, the set was scaled back to only a main stage and a cat-scession stand with fewer crew members and kitten wranglers allowed on site. As an added challenge, the director and executive producers couldn’t travel to the New York location as planned, but still needed to view the set and communicate with the production teams.

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“The director needed to see the live feeds of multiple cameras remotely from his home,” Farmer said. “We had been testing other equipment that could do this prior to COVID, but nothing worked with a separate walkie system, three comms channels and a separate video channel, all seamlessly and within a limited budget. Plus, with our accelerated timeline, we couldn’t afford any mistakes.”

Peter Schneider, VP at Gotham Sound, recommended the Agent-IC and LQ Series interfaces. He suggested using Agent-IC as everyone’s virtual interface, working with the hardwired LQ on-set, with programmable buttons that could be hit to switch between camera views.

During the event, the on-site production team maintained social distancing in the control room and studio, with everyone else working remotely. “It was no different than all of us being in the same room,” Farmer said. “The system became invisible. Everyone wondered, ‘How is it working so well? There is no delay.’ Our communications were actually cleaner and crisper than anything we had used in prior years.”

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Original Resource is ProSoundNetwork.com

Seongnam Arts Center Completes State-of-the-Art Upgrade with Clear-Com

 

The Seongnam Arts Center is a cultural hub in South Korea that prides itself on being a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose performance facility. Ease of use, durability and reliability of equipment are what make one venue the preferred choice over another for visiting performers, and this mounting pressure for technological excellence in Korea was a major driving force behind the Arts Center’s decision for an audio overhaul. Having recently installed a new audio system, the 1,808-seat capacity focused on an intercom systems upgrade comprised of Clear-Com’s® HelixNet® Digital Network Partyline and FreeSpeak II® Digital Wireless Intercom. The new system would be implemented across three performance halls: the Concert Hall, the Ensemble Theatre, and the largest of the three, the Opera House.

 

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Seongnam Arts Center partnered with One-Up Solutions for the integration of the intercom upgrade, but there was some trepidation over transitioning from the existing analog system infrastructure, to a fully digital intercom system—a growing trend in Europe and other Western markets. One-Up referred them to Clear-Com’s work with the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, which had designated Clear-Com equipment as a standard by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), helping to put their minds at ease.

 

The venue had been using an analog intercom system that was already operating at max capacity, and demand for a bigger system, with more channels and more flexibility, was only continuing to grow. Andy Jae Hyung Ryu, Chief Technical Director of One-Up Solutions explained, “Based on the requirements of international and big performance teams we can predict that performance venues in Korea will need to provide larger systems which will mean that digital intercom systems will have higher demand…so they decided to upgrade.”

 

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In the Opera House, the digital intercom system includes a HelixNet system and a FreeSpeak II system. The design for the new digital IP system took into consideration the existing cable infrastructure, and they were able to upgrade their analogue system to a digital system with 12 channels (64 endpoints) while still using the traditional three-pin XLR cable infrastructure that was already in place. A HelixNet HMS-4X main station is installed on the Stage Manager desk, backstage, and the desk station unit and belt pack are configured in various channels like sound, lighting, video desk, and broadcasting.

 

A FreeSpeak II FSII-Base-II wireless base station, linked with HelixNet, is also installed on the Stage Manager’s desk backstage. The FreeSpeak II wireless intercom system connects 25 wireless belt packs via several 2.4GHz antennas distributed throughout the venue for seamless roaming.

 

Deputy Director of the Seongnam Art Center Stage Management Department, Lee Byung-kook, comments on the effectiveness of implementing high performance intercom into the venue’s overall technology upgrade. “When everyone can communicate clearly and in real-time, it comes through in the performance. FreeSpeak II and HelixNet allow us to synchronize all aspects that make up the performance — lighting, sound, video, talent and more.” Seongnam Arts Center is one of the first venues in Korea to upgrade to a fully digital intercom system, making it a truly superior multipurpose performance space.

Original Resource is ProSoundNetwork.com