Today we had a crash coure on every thing in the sudio; from setting up the computers, to sound, to what we are and aren’t allow to do in the studio.
This lesson was for me, and Harriman wasn’t going to be here next week so wants me to control the adverts,as he taught me, but also for the rest of the team, so we could do everything he does between us.
Ally didn’t look over enthusiastic to be having this lesson, but it seemed because he thinks he knows it all already, but I have seen he doesn’t. I just focused on wht I was being taught, and appreciated Harriman taking time out of his day to teach us, rather than feeling patronised, as others seemed to.
- Check TriCaster is on.
- Check Capture Box is on.
- AirBox (computer) is always on.
- TriCaster –‘X Robot’ = our account.
- Turn Sony control on, back left.
- Tricaster – select ‘Sports Tonight CU’
- Sony camera controller – click “power” to reboot and see if all cameras in the studio are responding and working properly. It is good to always reboot the mat the beginning of the day to make sure they are all working.
- Check DDR1 (Digital Device Recorder) on computer.
- Compuer password – L0gm31n!
- Click CaptureBox programmes
- In programmes date area, check if correct.
- Make sure the “padlock” icon is RED, not black, as it syncs the changes made to the programme.
- Change title (caps) to BETRACINGNATION_P1 (part 1) – when you stop capture at each break it will automatically change the last number, which will correspond to the programme section )part 1, part 2, etc).
- We are responsible for sound- mixer ‘on’ switch at the back right.
- Mixer – yellow dials ‘floor speakers’, will already be turned on from the previous production, so need to turn them all OFF, to stop feedback for the panel when on air.
- TBU (Talk Back Unit) 1 and 2 to be turned on during phone calls so the panel can hear the caller.
- Mixer – far right dial to be turned on, it’s the final sound output. ‘Final’.
- Sennheiser true diversity receiver:
- Silver plugs our, black plugs belong to the Cricket team.
- All plugs are labelled, o plug into the matching port.
- Plugs 5 and 6 for us are BLACK
- Receiver – turn on, then check mics.
- Match the frequency on the mic to the number on the receiver box.
- Speaker floor cables go into ports 3 and 4.
- Talk back is the silver box (2nd down).
- Test sound no later than 45 minutes prior to start of live show.
- Mini converter SD1 to analogue. Connects TriCaster to the pre selected TV monitor.
- Wires – composite = sound
- HDMI = image and no sound
- Pick up, dial number
- When connected, say hello and say to put on hold
- Dial R, and the extension 263
- The red buttom below the output TV will flash red. When red becomes solid, you can put the phone down.
- They are now connected.
- Turn their sound up or down.
- When finished, turn red button off on the SonyFEX.
PatchPanel (micro video hub):
- Has 16 inputs and 16 outputs
- Inputs = orange = source
- Outputs = blue = display
- Don’t touch the AB (AirBox) button.
- VM out – shows the programme out.
- TV in studio= ST Wallbox.
- Button 7 should have the horse racing on (on xbox box in the View Sonic Screen).
- At The Racing – channel 415.
- Racing UK – channel …
- The horse racing channels should be o TX5 or TX6.
After this lesson, Jon told me he was leaving early today, and I would be producing the show. This honestly came as a shock, to say the least. I didn’t know if I was ready, and felt a bit overloaded from this morning’s lesson. I told them I would give it a go, but if I made any large mistakes, that I wasn’t to be held responsible. They knew this, and said they trusted me, and wanted to give me the chance.
I was supposed to be assisting Ally, with me just doing the talk back, but I thought I’d find it hard keeping tracks of the times.
During the show I started off as little nervous, but Jon hung around. He asked if I wanted him to start, then me take over when he left, but I asked if I could start, with him watching and helping, so I could get used to it.
He took me aside and said he trusted me, that I need to stay calm, that I need to be clear, and that if I make a mistake, don’t panic, just communicate with the team, and tell Pete (via talk back). He said if I messed up with times, not to worry, its better I be 10 seconds off, rather than getting stressed, as I’d make more mistakes.
As it turned out, I did the entire show, with Ally not helping at all. I asked him to control the AirBox and click the ads, but didn’t even know how tot do it, even though he said he could, meaning we had a slight delay on the ads, and also couldn’t keep up with telling me how long we had left during the breaks until the shows was back live. Ally also tried to tell me what to tell Pete, but wasn’t reading the running order correct, and the VT he warned me of wasn’t going to play until the next hour, which messed me up. Not wanting to rant, I found his presence unhelpful and unnecessary, and unprofessional, as after a while he started to watch the football and call out. The pint is; that even though when I first started there he acted like he knew everything, he didn’t, and I should watch and judge people first, and not just take their word
Craig (sound), also helped me with Twitter, as Tommy (twitter corner on the show) had to leave early. Craig and I would read though the tweets off on Petes phone, and I would then feed them into his ear when he was off air. I did this well, not interrupting when he was talking or needing to listen to the others, especially as we never had to do this on the show before.
Another issue we had to sort was the running order, as there hadn’t been an ad break slotted in in between part 5 and 6. This had to be sorted, as it meant the show would have run for 28 minutes, but by broadcast standards and section cant run longer than 20 minutes without a break; which Harriman told me. During the 4-5 ad break, I told Pete this, and that his next section would be shorter, then I rearranged the times, adding appropriate time for a break, then working out how much time would be in part 6. We sorted this issue well.
Things I found difficult and messed up on where the race cards – the selections each member makes that have been made into a graphic that is shown on screen when they discuss them. I made mistakes because I found it hard concentration on time, the ad breaks, what others were doing and the content of the show. Also, I am not overly familiar with horse racing, so am not entirely sure what they have to talk about, or if they are discussing something interesting or I need to prompt Pete to move on. But I should hopefully pick this up in time, and as I pay more attention to the show.
G helped a lot, as he knew when they were talking about what, so could cue the cards and races for the ones they were discussing.
I think I did pretty well, especially as I had no training and it was live for 2 hours, a very quick 2 hours!
During the breaks I would go and talk to Pete, let him know any changes, any issues, and ask what he needed of me to be clearer or to help him more, such as talk louder into the mics, when he wanted to bring a caller in earlier than planned, or if there was something he no longer wished to discuss.
I enjoyed the role, but need to learn to stay calm, and just become more aware of the content, and other peoples roles, so I could give them enough time to do it and not cut them off or rush them.