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ATG Danmon has completed the latest in a series of technical upgrades for the London-based UK studios of Brazilian free-to-air commercial television broadcaster Record TV Network. The services provided include the redesign and wiring of the Record TV studio facility in addition to the installation of AJA and Blackmagic video routers, and signal converters. Also integrated into the Record TV production system was audio to PC interfacing, enabling high quality audio communication via Skype TX for Radio.

“We contribute a wide range of programme content supplementing the output from our parent channel in São Paulo,” says Record TV’s UK Administrative Coordinator, Rui Reis. “These include news, interviews, documentaries and entertainment. This latest update expands the versatility of our production infrastructure. ATG Danmon has proved a very good technology partner, able to work alongside our studio team without disturbing normal programme operations and to support us when needed. The systems installed have improved our operational efficiency and output quality.”

“Record TV was introduced to us by Vantec, our Portuguese partner within the Danmon Group,” adds ATG Danmon Managing Director Russell Peirson-Hagger. “We were very pleased to assist in upgrading and expanding their London facility.”

Blackmagic Design announced the all new ATEM 1 M/E Advanced Panel, a new elegantly designed compact hardware control panel designed to work with all ATEM switchers. The ATEM 1 M/E Advanced Panel features the latest broadcast technology, smooth professional buttons, knobs, T-Bar fader and joystick, a built in LCD and more. The ATEM 1 M/E Advanced Panel is available at a new low price at only US$2,995 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

The ATEM 1 M/E Advanced Panel is designed to give customers a new elegantly designed control panel that ensures precise control over their ATEM live production switcher when producing complex live television programs with multiple cameras and sources. The compact size fits in a standard equipment rack, making it perfect for use in fly away kits, outside broadcast trucks, and at live events with limited space.

The ATEM 1 M/E Advanced Panel features newly designed buttons and LCD based labels that help improve clarity and reduce incorrect key presses. The buttons have customisable colour backlighting to indicate status and activity. In addition, dynamic displays are placed above and below the buttons. These provide customisable text, multi language support, and the custom label colours. The combination of button colorisation and customisable text labels help customers quickly identify important keys while working on high pressure, fast paced live switched programs.

The layout of the panel has been designed with the help of professional broadcasters. The ATEM 1 M/E Advanced Panel has a new custom design T-Bar fader and buttons that are logically grouped in a familiar broadcast layout, so customers with experience using older panels can get up and running quickly. Dedicated groups of buttons are spaced apart so controls for things such as transitions, macros and keyers can be quickly located and used without the risk of accidentally hitting the wrong button. The ATEM 1 M/E Advanced Panel features a shift button that doubles the number of inputs that can be controlled from 10 to 20.

The new M/E selection buttons allow control of up to 4 independent M/Es on a single panel so customers quickly switch between and control up to 4 mix effect rows, effectively enabling total control of a 4 M/E switcher from a 1 M/E hardware panel. This makes it possible to use the ATEM 1 M/E Advanced Panel with the new ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K.

The upper section of the ATEM 1 M/E Advanced Panel features a large 5 inch LCD with 4 soft buttons and 4 soft knobs, along with a set of dedicated function buttons on the left, and a numeric keypad and professional joystick on the right. The colour screen gives customers large clear labels of what’s currently on the preview and program busses. Plus, the screen automatically changes based on the current function and provides controls for quickly adjusting things such as transition rates, effects, graphics and more.

The ATEM 1 M/E Advanced Panel is available now for US$2,995 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

Custom Consoles, working in partnership with UK based broadcast system integrator Megahertz Ltd, has completed a large-scale studio furniture project for global news network RT. Located in Paris, the new facility includes two master control rooms, engineering and audio control, audio post-production, two dubbing suites, an Avid ProTools suite, five edit suites, and a graphics suite.

“Key elements of this very high profile project included robust construction, ergonomic excellence, easy access to equipment for routine maintenance, and attractive styling,” comments Megahertz Ltd operations manager Nigel Smith. “Custom Consoles excels in all these respects. Its Module-R series formed a basis on which we could plan precise desk configurations needed to match each specific role, with Media Wall and MediaPost providing similar design flexibility for the various monitor screen displays. EditDesk also proved ideal for the post-production and graphics suites. Delivery timescale was a crucial factor as this was a new build completed on schedule to go on air in December 2017.”

MCR A is equipped with a five-seat Module-R production desk facing a 5 metre wide Media Wall. Additional desks at the rear are provided for sound director, news organiser and support engineer.

MCR B incorporates a similar production desk and Media Wall combination plus three-seat and two-seat auxiliary control desks positioned in a U formation. All six desks are equipped with supplementary equipment pods and monitor display mounts.

Engineering and audio control comprises three desks positioned in an L configuration. Largest of these is the chief engineer’s desk which faces two 42 inch displays on side-by-side MediaPosts. To its right is a single-bay sound engineering position. Facing the left-hand wall is a two-seat camera control Module-R desk with each operator facing a MediaPost-mounted 55 inch display screen. CCU panels are housed in two groups along the desktop.

“For the audio post facility we selected an EditDesk specially expanded to accommodate a ProTools control panel embedded in the work surface,” Nigel Smith adds. “The EditDesk is fitted with two 3U-high equipment pods which are positioned left and right of the ProTools panel. Three monitor displays on operator-adjustable arms are mounted on the left-hand pod, connected to incoming feeds and to a floor-level computer adjacent to the left-side support pillar.”

“Standard EditDesks proved ideal for the five edit suites, each including an 11U high side pod to house a computer and auxiliary equipment. These desks are fitted with three monitor displays and two powered near-field monitor loudspeakers, all on adjustable mounting arms. We also recommended EditDesks for the six graphics positions, positioned in three-wide back-to-back rows. These are fitted with a desk-mounted computer monitor and loudspeakers in various combinations, the sixth position currently being a non-assigned spare.”

“Single-person and dual-person desks with sound-absorbent work surfaces have been provided for the dubbing suites. Each of these incorporates a 6U equipment pod in 2 wide x 3 high configuration plus two adjustable arms supporting a monitor display and microphone respectively.”

Imagine Communications has implemented a robust playout system at Alrai TV, the premium family entertainment satellite service based in Kuwait. The system integrates with existing islands of operations, provided by Imagine Communications in the past, covering production, news and playout. The result is a tightly integrated, fully resilient end-to-end solution.

Imagine Communications has worked closely with Alrai since 2004. In the past 18 months, the two companies have been focused on upgrading the existing systems to the latest next-gen technology. The final stage of the project added a comprehensive broadcast playout and news production automation network based on Imagine’s market-proven ADC™ automation platform.

Content for both the newsroom and for channel playout is stored on a network of Nexio® servers. Management of that content, including ingest, quality control and transcoding, as well as redundancy and archiving, is handled by Nexio Motion™ asset management software. This transparent utility layer links directly to both the ADC automation for channel playout and the Nexio integrated news production playout applications. The deployment also includes multiple Selenio™ 6800+ processing systems and Imagine Storage.

“We recognised that technology is moving on, and we wanted a fully integrated architecture that supported all of our workflows,” said Tarek Majdalani, Director of Engineering and Operations at Alrai TV.

The new system was designed and implemented internally by Alrai’s engineering team and supported by Imagine Communications’ professional services team. The new production and channel playout automation systems are now installed in the Kuwait headquarters of Alrai TV. Imagine Communications is continuing to work with the broadcaster on further enhancements.