Nicholas.C.Moore Audio Visual Design and Consultancy

Cert Mgmt (Open) CTS

About Me

I started in the 60's, whilst in my very late teens, lighting for night clubs to pay my way through college, in the days before university was available to every one. I qualified with a full tech in telecoms and went on to get a diploma in studio technical operations and engineering.

My break came by being accepted by the BBC as a junior cameraman, in those days a cameraman also had to be an engineer. After a couple of years I bent the system and was promoted to vision controller, the CCU end of up to 6 cameras, in those days nothing was auto and matching cameras was a full time job during live TXs.

In the early 80's video effects was in its infancy within TV. The BBC developed a system called CSO (colour separation overlay) which was developed further by ultimate and referred to as Chroma Key. I was lucky to be one of the pioneers and become a Video Effects Supervisor, we built our kit from boxes of tricks and programmed genlockable computers to perform bespoke effects for TV programmes. You may remember the Quantel 5000 and the Ampex ADO. I worked on a number of top BBC programmes including "Kenny Everet", "The Two Ronnies", "Kick up the Eighties", "Three of a Kind", "Dave Allen", "Rent-a-Ghost" and some of the original Dr Who, (this was normally Dave Chapman's show).

Eventually I was rewarded for all my work by being promoted to Technical Manager. In those days this was the top studio job, any higher was pure office based management. As technical manager, I had the chance to study for professional management qualifications, with the BBC sponsoring the cost. Whilst a Technical Manager I worked on shows including "Fools & Horses", "Just Good Friends", "East Ender’s", "Children’s BBC", "National Lottery Live", "Special Events for News and Current Affairs Dept.", "Going Live", "Budgets & General Elections".

In the latter years I was permanently working on Children's BBC and as such was also responsible for lighting the studio. I became a member of the Society of Television Lighting and Design (STLD) a registered British Professional Institution.

In 1996 I was made redundant from the BBC, the TV bubble had burst and golden days were over. TV jobs were hard to find so I worked for a time in IT.

In 1997 Quest Technical services approached me to work on the Covent Garden refit, from there I was poached by Marcom Systems, one of the UKs largest integrators. I worked on government broadcast and encrypted communication systems, including video conferencing. Marcom eventually merged with a large Norwegian company called Impact Europe and the name changed to Impact Marcom. In 2009 the group globally became Impact and all the separate divisional names also became Impact.

My role within Impact was as a "System Design Consultant", within the UK. I worked on secure communications, such as Broadcast and video conferencing. I was also  involved in secure content distribution and designed and commissioned two of the largest TV / media distribution systems using Cabletime Pro Hubs and Evolution IP products, the rest of the time I work on command and control centres.

In 2010 I was approached by the Electrosonic Group to join them and help build up its 'Command and Control Room Solutions' division within the UK. This was a challenge I accepted. I worked for the Electrosonic Group within the 'Command and Control Room Solutions' division designing and integrating Audio Visual, IT and communications systems.

In January of 2011 I was asked to join the Professional Education and Training Committee (PECT) of Infocomm, which I accepted.

Then in 2013 I decided to retire from full time work and to spend time preparing professional papers and working part time as freelance designer / consultant.

In addition to engineering and management qualifications I have certification from CESG for Tempest design and have held British MoD SDA/IDA (JSP480) status, and security clearance for most British and NATO departments. I have held technical partner status with Tandberg and have attended accredited designer courses with most of the major AV product manufacturer's. I am a member of several professional bodies including 'Infocomm', having passed the Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) exams (ANSI regulated and accredited), and a retired member of the 'Society of Television Lighting and Design' (STLD).

Whilst working for Impact and in conjunction with Sony I presented a number of seminars on HD design and integration for commercial audio visual  installations and  I regularly produce white papers for clients internal use, on Broadcast and AV.

I practice what I preach, my home is all IP. The phone system is SIP, using an IP04 asterisk PABX and registration server, with firmware I have modified to route cold callers to an IVR. I have a video on demand system, storing all my DVD's and videos on an 8 Terabyte (RAID 5) Media Server, then using HD hardware decoders in the cinema and living rooms with PC's in other rooms. All my audio is  stored on a Media Server (running i-tunes server and squezecentre), together with internet radio it is streamed to  Squeeze box decoders. Just for good measure my security cameras are  IP and can be viewed from any ware with an internet connection. I control the entire system with a Phillips i-pronto touch panel, a bespoke controller and a 2003 domain server with a registered FQDN internet domain for VPN access.

Photos of BBC shows I once worked on.

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