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Wed 22 Jun 2011

A Spring Bank Holiday full of music

A Spring Bank Holiday full of music

The Spring Bank Holiday this year was anything but quiet for United Broadcast Facilities (UBF). 

As usual, it was a weekend filled with music festivals and concerts, and UBF had its hands full recording many of them.

First off was 'Girls First Concert', put on by Plan Nederland, an organization that works for equality for boys and girls.
UBF took care of the multi-camera facilities; in total there were nine cameras, including a Sam Dolly, a Towercam and a crane.
This was a special job for UBF since it also took care of the audio multi-track.
All 120 audio signals were brought separately into UBF's state-of-the-art OB truck where they were mixed and made into multi-track.

On Whit Sunday, the 15th edition of the TMF Awards were staged, with awards being handed out to the major talents from the Dutch and Flemish music scenes.
This spectacular event was recorded from UBF's OB2, using five cameras.

Pinkpop, an annual three-day music festival, was held on Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the holiday weekend.
UBF has been recording the event for some 20 yearsand was there each day with seven cameras and its OB8, which was located next to the main stage; on Monday two smaller stages were erected.
On Monday evening, the broadcast vehicle OB15 took care of the live broadcast.

In addition to all this, there was an assembly unit that stored all the recordings on an FTP server with two editing sets – earlier in the weekend, UBF broadcast an edited programme.
Finally, UBF went on the road to record one of the popular Music Festivals on the Square (Muziekfeesten op het Plein), from Dutch TV broadcaster TROS.
The formula is simple: a tent, the most popular Dutch artists and an enthusiastic public all gathered together on a large square in a Dutch town.
United Decorerected the enormous tent the day before and seven cameras recorded the event that was broadcast later in the week.