The Television Show was held at Business Design Centre, Islington, London, UK on 14 March 1997 it is a main annual event for producers in the TV industry, with approximately 250 stands and is staged over three days. Most of the major facilities companies, suppliers and associated service companies were represented.
The types of products and services cover all areas of pre-production, production, post-production, finance and insurance. Filming and editing equipment suppliers have a particularly strong presence, because producers are generally keen to keep up-to-date with all of the latest developments and the associated cost implications.
The following were some of the companies exhibiting:
There was an increased presence from Avid non-linear editing systems with a large, live demonstration of TV post-production, including multi-layered editing and video FX in real time, together with Avid's new audio non-linear editing system and 'bespoke' LAN file compression/transfer system which is about 3 times faster than a standard Ethernet link. This enables operators in editing, graphics and audio post-production departments to pass a project around with ease. Avid were also running a series of 'hands on' non-linear workshops, which were in high demand. Media 100, a lower-budget form of non-linear video editing system, were also strongly represented, demonstrating Media 100's new product range.
Demonstrations of Sony's latest two Betacam video formats and equipment (BetaSX and Digital Betacam), including a lecture on digital cinematography.
Amongst the many other companies represented were The Royal Television Society and the BBC (training and resources).
Michael A. Ozanne