1st Edition

Screens Producing & Media Operations
Advanced Practice for Media Server and Video Content Preparation

ISBN 9781138338074
Published November 1, 2019 by Focal Press
258 Pages 244 B/W Illustrations

USD $44.95

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Book Description

Media servers have established themselves as the dominant video playback tool for live events; however, the practice of delivering content to these systems and the structure of the media operations team is still evolving.

This book outlines a workflow for video content delivery and describes team communication that can be applied to any entertainment production including: television specials, concert touring, corporate events, theater, as well as special events, film, large audience marketing events, and multi-screen permanent installations. This workflow is hardware and software independent, designed to evolve with future technologies as they become established in the field of multi-screen production, and has been proven professionally by the author and her peers over a decade of productions.

The methodology presented will provide insights beneficial to students and current practitioners of media server technology, screens producers, and video content developers. Using real world examples of internationally recognized productions, a foundation is laid for best practices in Media Operations.

Additional content, including full-color versions of the images inside the book, is available online.

Table of Contents

  1. What Is A Screens Producer? What is Media Operations?
  2. Media Operations - Practice & Principles
  3. Screens Control History
  4. Follow the Pixels - Three Strategic Teams to Achieve Excellent Screens
  5. Content Creation for Scenic
  6. Operations and Programming for Screens Control
  7. Engineering for Servers - Feeding the Screens
  8. Understanding the Set - Documentation and Analysis
  9. Unwrapping the Set - Templates for Creatives
  10. The Media Operations Team
  11. Signal Delivery & Engineering
  12. Content Delivery Workflow
  13. Previz
  14. Advanced Technologies and the Future of Media Operations
  15. Practice
  16. Industry Voices

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Laura Frank, founder of Luminous FX, has worked in entertainment technology for over 20 years. Starting as a moving light technician, she established herself as a top lighting programmer with projects spanning rock tours with David Bowie and Madonna, Broadway shows like Spamalot, and television events like the Concert for NY. Laura made the shift to media servers and screens just as the market started to evolve. Now, after a decade of refining a media delivery workflow, she works as a Screens Producer for prominent events around the world.