Education comes first at ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium
MALAYSIA: The Digitise, Digitalise and Dominate theme of the 13th edition of the ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium (DBS) drew a large crowd of Malaysian TV and radio broadcasters to its conference and workshop in order to gain a better understanding of the benefits associated with the latest digital technologies and solutions. Recognising the growing gap between advanced and smaller, developing broadcasters, some of the classes attempted to address these issues and share various experiences.
The four-day composite event with its international conference, industry exhibition and focused workshops showcases and presents technologies, content strategies and effective business ideas to address current and future challenges within the industry. In addition to highlighting the digital transition and IP-based workflow solutions, this year’s symposium also raised the issue of cyber security.
As in recent years, the ABU DBS attracted top international broadcasters from NHK-Japan, Commercial Radio Australia, BBC World and others to participate in the workshop programme. Jünger Audio’s Peter Poers flew in from Berlin to lead a discussion on smart audio being the way forward for live audio production and postproduction in all fields of professional audio content creation. Meanwhile, Solid State Logic’s Anthony Gofton was asked to share his ideas on pro audio-over-IP, whilst an adjacent Dolby workshop drew delegates keen to learn more on digital 5.1 content.
Outside the four-day symposium, a small two-day exhibition was staged for those Malaysian suppliers and international manufacturers wishing to promote relevant products and technologies to this highly targeted group. ‘This is the third time that Ikegami has participated here at ABU,’ confirmed Akira Hakida. Simply promoting the HDK-97A projector on its booth, the team from Japan and Singapore explained the appeal of the format. ‘It’s not like Broadcast Asia where you have to promote all your relevant products – you’re here to network with the real broadcasters. In addition to the many relevant technicians from Astro and RTM, we have met a Palestinian film crew together with broadcasters from the Maldives, Thailand and Madagascar.’
For the second year in succession, JAA.S was exhibiting its portfolio of internationally renowned products from Jünger Audio, Klotz Digital and Orban in addition to the Calrec Brio 36 and Summa consoles. ‘We’ve met many Malaysians from the working technicians and engineers to the real top executives here at ABU this year,’ confirmed MD David Chan. ‘However, I’ve seen less overseas visitors than before. The Calrec brand is relatively new to our portfolio and we are aiming to promote the many price performance features of Brio36 and Summa to our South East Asian broadcast clients.’
Having made the journey north from Singapore with his colleague Mr Gofton, SSL Asia’s Malcolm Chan was promoting System T on a bijou booth. ‘It’s always worthwhile coming to these events,’ shared Mr Chan. ‘We want to share the direction we’re heading with the broadcasting community and we best communicate this through the workshops. Interested delegates come to chat afterwards and take a look at the console interface. I feel that we have a responsibility to share our knowledge and experience with the wider broadcasting community and ultimately give something back. ABU has a very different reach compared to traditional trade shows as it addresses a more specific group. In fact, I feel that audio is paving the way for all the other technologies with audio-over-IP. We’ve been kept busy explaining the interoperability features inherent in System T together with the advantages of Dante networking.’
In addition to showcasing the On Air 24 console and a Nexus router, Stagetec Asia was also exhibiting a number of other products from its portfolio of brands. These included an A-Z of brands from ADAM Audio F5 monitors to Zenon Media solutions including a DHD S2-SX Dante desk, RTW TM3 Primus touch monitor loudness meter, Linear Acoustics Aero 2000 loudness manager and Mobile Viewpoint Flex Agile. ‘It’s important that we demonstrate and explain some of the products that provide full turnkey solutions for broadcasters here in Malaysia,’ explained managing director Advon Tan.
Avid meanwhile was demonstrating a sample of working technologies and solutions specifically aimed at sports broadcasters and news reporters such as Spark, Playmaker and the Avid iNews Newsroom solution. ‘The delegates that attend ABU are eager to learn what specific solutions will not only simplify their working lives but enhance them,’ confirmed Avid solutions specialist video, Walter Tan. ‘This isn’t a trade show and it can be quiet whilst classes and workshops are going on, but we get a lot out of coming here.’
With its ability to attract the industry's leading solution providers and experts, ABU provides a platform that allows broadcasters to share expertise, learn from experiences and network with like-minded colleagues.
The ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium continues at The Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur until March 9th.