By Yoana Gaydova
The fascinating world of technology is developing at an incredibly fast rate. Striving to stay on top the ever-changing trends and making consumers’ lives easier, is what makes companies extremely innovative and constantly coming up with new inventions. We have the chance to see and experience this at the annual International Broadcasting Convention.
Every year IBC brings together professionals from more than 1,400 companies, engaged in the creation, management and delivery of electronic media worldwide, showcasing their latest innovation, new trends, business ideas and technology solutions.
This year IBC2013 took place in RAI Amsterdam from 12th until 17thSeptember. The 14 halls were filled with the record number of 52,974 attendees – conference delegates, exhibition visitors, exhibitors and press, including the team of Amsterdam Spoke. There were 431 speakers in the conference, as well as the heads of some major broadcasters, including His Highness Prince Fahad al Saud; creator of ‘Borgen’ and ‘The Killing’ Morten Hesseldahl; and Indian superstar and veteran of 185 films Amitabh Bachchan. 140 CEOs and senior executives of the largest media businesses were also present at the IBC2013.
With its Rising Stars programme, IBC2013 gave young professionals, just entering the industry, the chance to attend the event. Some of the key points that triggered the most interest at IBC2013 were the 4k resolution and beyond, the cloud services, tailored services and LED screen technologies. The exhibitors focusing on camera technology gave their visitors a hands-on time with their latest products.The IBC Big Screen showed The Wolverine, ‘courtesy of 20th Century Fox’ and Top Gun 3D, ‘courtesy of Paramount Pictures’.
Once again a ceremony for the IBC Awards took place. Sir Peter Jackson was awarded the International Honour for Excellence; IBC Innovation Awards went to Park Road Post Production in New Zealand, national broadcaster RTÉ in Ireland, and the Japan Commercial Broadcasters’ Association. The Special Award was given to Vision Cloud.The IBC Best Conference Paper, for the most significant and stylish technical paper, went for the second time to Mike Knee of Snell for his presentation on scalable motion estimation. The IBC Exhibition Design Awards went to the stands of Limecraft for best use of Shell Scheme space, ActiveVideo for Best Small Free Design and Nikon Europe for Best Large Free Design. The IBC Judges’ Prize recognised 100 years of Indian cinema, looking all the way back to the release of ‘Raja Harishchandra’ in 1913. The leading superstar Amitabh Bachchan was there to receive the award on behalf of the industry.