Abbey Road Studios’ new Dolby Atmos Mix Stage aided by Draco tera compact KVM switch
Abbey Road Studios is well known for producing the recordings of famous groups, including The Beatles and Pink Floyd. The legendary facility in central London has just completed construction of two new recording studios and a mix stage for film post production. The construction marks the biggest expansion to have taken place since it first opened its doors in 1931.
A Draco tera compact KVM switch is now an essential part of the system; helping to make the mix stage truly flexible; streamlining the operation of the studio and enabling operators to share and take control of a wide range of equipment, including a hybrid Neve DFC / Avid S6 console.
“Ahead of the build, a lot of film post production people described their ideal post facility to us. Some favoured the DFC, others the S6, so the idea of a hybrid console took hold. The IHSE KVM switch sits within the system making it a simple process to use either device and control the attached digital media devices.”
Simon Campbell, Head of Technical Services, Abbey Road Studios
NEP builds Australia’s first 4K OB supertrucks with Draco tera KVM system
From the Oscars to the Olympics, NEP provides the technology and know-how to produce the world’s biggest live and broadcast events. In Australia, NEP is the country’s largest and most experienced outside broadcast and studio facilities company, providing broadcast infrastructure for major sport and studio productions across the country and internationally.
NEP Australia is in the process of constructing four new 4K-HD capable OB trucks that are unmatched by any other broadcast facility in Australia. To build these enormous and highly capable vehicles, NEP needed an on-board KVM system to enable operators to access, manage and control the vast range of broadcast equipment carried by each truck. With instant switching, no visible video latency or artefacts and freedom to select any connected devices at will, the IHSE Draco tera KVM switch contributes greatly to the overall working efficiency of the vehicles.
“A centralized KVM system is essential to this design. The IHSE Draco switch is unsurpassed in quality and performance and makes this all possible.”
Milan Milenkovic, Project Director NEP Australia
Mediacorp - Flexibility in Video and Radio Broadcast at the enormous new Media Campus
Mediacorp, the Singapore-based media company pioneered the development of Singapore’s broadcasting industry, with the radio broadcast in 1936 and television broadcast in 1963. The curtain has just risen on the company’s next stage of development; a new creative epicentre on a 79,500 sq mtr campus within Mediapolis@one-north, Singapore’s first digital media hub.
The instant, delay-free operation of the Draco tera KVM switches and extenders allows vision mixers and editors, producers and playout controllers to manage their operations without any distractions or interruptions.
Chukyo TV - Draco tera KVM system streamlines Japanese broadcaster's worflows
Chukyo TV one of Japan’s foremost broadcast organizations, part-owned by the Nippon Television network, broadcasts TV channels to the whole of Japan from its main broadcast centre in Nagoya. Chukyo TV took the opportunity to upgrade the broadcast suites and establish more efficient and effective workflows when the organization moved to a new office headquarters.
The Draco tera’s simple and reliable operation enables producers, editors and other staff involved in the broadcast operation to work effectively and efficiently; to produce the highest possible quality broadcast output. They can freely access editing, caption, scheduling and other broadcast tools from their own workstation consoles, without having to move to another desk or location.
RTL broadcast facility uses Draco KVM system for total control and access of broadcast equipment
RTL, formed in 1987 is Europe’s largest free-to-air broadcaster. With interests in 60 TV channels, 31 radio stations and online video services it reaches audiences around the world with a ‘total video’ concept. The organisation is also a global leader in content creation, producing over 10,000 hours of programming each year for 31 countries, including leading prime-time shows for major broadcasters in almost every TV market in the world.
The RTL broadcast facility in Belgium recently underwent a major refurbishment, during which the decision was made to replace an old KVM system comprising two individual, unconnected, parts. The objective was to combine production and broadcast operations with one, larger, more responsive KVM system that would allow greater flexibility and enhanced operation and cover post production operations, playout and live and virtual studios.
The new KVM system, based on a Draco tera KVM matrix switch, provides a near-instantaneous switching time and allows the whole broadcast facility to operate as a single entity. Integral redundancy and back-up features within the Draco tera KVM switch provide total operational reliability and security in operation: factors that are essential in 24/7 broadcast operations.
Zhejiang Radio & TV Group – Draco tera KVM system takes Chinese broadcaster to the next level
The new Zhejiang International Film and Television Center building houses studios and production facilities and several departments responsible for online and new media operations. In order to give operational staff full access to broadcast equipment and systems, a method was required that would allow them to instantly connect to any device from their own workstation. Even though the source devices are located several tens, or hundreds of metres away in another part of the building.
The solution is based on a KVM switching network, with a large 160-port Draco tera enterprise KVM switch at the centre, connecting around 100 operators to over 70 source devices. Operators can instantly connect to each and every device that they need in order to undertake their daily tasks and responsibilities.
BT Sport studios achieve centralized, tapeless workflow with Draco tera enterprise KVM matrix switches
The International Broadcast Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London is the new home of BT Sport with state-of-the-art production facilities for BT’s new multi-channel broadcast operations. IHSE’s Draco tera KVM matrix switches ensure instant and reliable delivery of critical digital assets throughout the extensive production facility.BT Sport (Draco tera enterprise) (980.2 KB)
IHSE Draco tera compact KVM switch gives Game Creek’s Spirit new flexibility for replay operations
Game Creek Video is a privately owned company that works with the world’s largest television networks, production companies, and news organizations to provide comprehensive mobile production solutions. Game Creek has a presence at virtually every major televised sports and political event in the country.
After successful KVM matrix switch installations in FX HD and RiverHawk OB trucks, Game Creek Video were looking for something a little different for the next truck: Spirit, a new 53 foot Expando A/B truck. The idea was to create a lot of working space so all replay operations in the B unit could operate as virtual workstations anywhere there was a workstation available – no matter if it was in the A-unit or B-unit. It was clear that IHSE matrix switch solutions would be the perfect solution.
“We were so impressed by the IHSE system installed in FX HD and Riverhawk trucks that we chose it for the Spirit truck. Installation was achieved quickly and easily using IHSE flex-port technology which provided a huge time savings for pre-configuring ports to specific I/O requirements. Switching between sources is glitch-free and instantaneous thus reducing eye strain and annoying video tearing found with other systems.”
Jason Taubman, Game Creek Video vice president of design and new technology.
Enhancing sound studio flexibility and producer efficiency - combination of AVID S6 with IHSE Draco tera KVM Switch
The revolutionary Pro Tools | S6 control surface is the ultimate tool for audio professionals. Its modular and flexible architecture allows operators to design the perfect mixing surface for individual workflows. For even greater functionality and convenience, the Draco tera KVM switch has been integrated into the Pro Tools | S6 system. With this combined solution any Pro Tools workstation can be placed on any screen and instantly accessed by a simple button press.Deluxe (Draco tera | S6) | Live Production (676.2 KB)
Loudness Films reduces noise in editing suites with the Draco tera compact KVM matrix switch
Loudness Films provides a complete post-production service for TV and Film, supporting all aspects of sound design and editing, picture editing and composition, VFX, color grading, recording and mixing, Foley and ADR.
The studio sought a solution that would optimize the working environment, allowing them to deliver the highest quality output by reducing extraneous noise and maximizing operator efficiency. Loudness Films selected a Draco tera compact 8-port KVM switch that enables individual editors and mixers access to essential editing tools from their individual workstations. Using simple keystrokes, each workstation can be instantly connected to any source device.
KVM system helps to increase efficiency and communication in recent France Télévisions studio upgrades
Through a recent upgrade to the broadcast suites in two studios, France Télévisions greatly improved the facilities available to its production staff and engineers and to increase the overall efficiency of the organization. The gallery is built around a 16 x 32 port KVM switch, supplemented by a number of point-to-point extenders. The modularity and controllability of the system allows the studio to be reconfigured quickly and easily depending upon the type of program being broadcast.France Télévisions (Draco tera compact) (973.4 KB)
Videohouse’s new concept OB truck uses Draco tera compact KVM matrix switch
OB14 is the group’s latest 10-camera outside broadcast truck and was recently completed by Videohouse. The goal of this new thinking was to create an optimum working environment in terms of ergonomic design as well as operational efficiency; and incorporate maximum flexibility in order to meet the varied requirements of outside broadcast operations.
The KVM switch divorces operator workstations from source devices allowing greater individual access to systems. “It provides flexibility by allowing every operator to access any machine from their own workstation and enables the positions to be set up as they want. The Draco tera delivers instant switching of sources and do not cause any video or data latency; which is essential in live broadcast production.” Michiel Spaepen, ProjectBuilders
Sky Radio Group connects and manages three radio stations with Draco tera compact matrix switches
Sky Radio Group recently accomplished a complete refurbishment of the radio studios with a full upgrade of the existing technology. The aim was to create a fully-interactive studio design incorporating a KVM system to provide direct access to data and video sources from all station workstations. Key criteria included reducing the switching time compared to the old system and incorporating backup redundancy features to ensure continued access to computers in the event of system faults and during maintenance upgrades.
IHSE’s flexible KVM system provides highly reliable, near-instantaneous seamless switching. Allocation and access management is easily managed and the system can be programmed to meet any required configuration at the push of a button.
Pink Media Group controls images on large videowalls using Draco tera compact KVM matrix switch
The Pink Media Group (PMG) is the largest private broadcast media and entertainment group in Southeast Europe. Headquartered in Belgrade, PMG has operations in Serbia and in the neighboring countries Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Pink currently produces and broadcasts 30 channels of general entertainment programming created in the group’s state-of-the-art film studio complex, through three television stations to six territories with further distribution by satellite, cable and OTT platforms worldwide, reaching 20 million viewers daily.Pink Media Group controls images on large videowalls (Draco tera compact) (691.2 KB)
ZDF equips new studio with Draco tera enterprise for HD signal distribution and switching
A full refurbishment of a studio area in the ZDF headquarters was recently undertaken. This required the installation of a KVM matrix switch solution to manage all input and output devices in the broadcasting production workflow; including computers, video servers, video and audio editing devices and control systems. The decision was made to deploy IHSE’s Draco tera enterprise. The 288 port matrix switch supports all relevant computer signals and is equipped with multi-level redundancy features.
The system has been successfully integrated in the studio and is now in day-to-day operation to streamline the production routine. The production staff can instantly access any video source in order to manage and control broadcasts from their personal workstations. The Draco tera enterprise KVM solution is steadily functioning in the background providing the core data switching and distribution facility within the studio.
Interview with Jonathan Wales, CEO Sonic Magic Studios
Sonic Magic Studios, a premiere boutique post production facility located in Culver City, CA, specializes in delivering incredible soundtracks for major Hollywood movies with unparalleled quality.
“If we seem a little fanatical - that’s because we are”
To provide the very best and most flexible service to their clients, Sonic Magic maintains one of the most technologically advanced facilities of its kind. Sonic Magic was one of the pioneers of fully-centralized production networking in a small facility which provides advantages in efficiency and flexibility; translating directly to a better result. The studio currently maintains over 250 Terabytes of storage, all fully backed up and completely accessible from anywhere inside or outside the facility with full security.Sonic Magic currently operates four mixing stages ideal for a multitude of projects from small feature films, television series and commercials through to major Hollywood films; supplemented by two ADR (Additional Dialogue Recording) stages with sufficient space to comfortably cater for single actors and large groups. A Foley recording stage is staffed by dedicated and highly experienced sound magicians recording the highest quality of sound effects from a vast quantity of on-site props.
Read more:Sonic Magic Studios (2.2 MB)
ORF upgrades TV studios with Draco tera enterprise matrix switches
A recent refurbishment of two studios and galleries in the ORF headquarters in Vienna involved completely replacing the old analog systems with new, state-of-the-art digital KVM technology. The new KVM matrix switches provide controlled access throughout the studios to film and audio editing PCs, TV program scheduling and graphics playback servers and general management computers.
“Issuing access rights was very time-consuming on our former analog system. IHSE technology allowed us to adjust console-based access rights for the first time. This change simplifies access rights management allowing any user to access all relevant sources depending on the user’s pre-configured individual requirements.”
Siegfried Moser, Studio Operations Manager of ORF
tpc/SRF provides access and control of computers in busy studio complex using Draco tera enterprise KVM/video matrix switch
Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF) provides TV and radio services to viewers and listeners across Switzerland with a bouquet of 6 radio channels and 3 TV channels.
tpc (technology and production center switzerland ag), the production and technical service provider for SRF was recently tasked with the goal of providing a full computer switching system throughout a new building.
Technicolor builds new post production sound facility employing Draco tera enterprise KVM matrix switch for HD signal distribution and switching
Technicolor’s new 65,000 square foot post production sound facility was developed and constructed by collaboration between Technicolor and Paramount to handle a variety of post production activities. Located on the Paramount lot, the large facility handles sound mixing, ADR and foley for both theatrical and broadcast releases including television shows such as Glee, Dexter, Vampire Diaries, Castle, Army Wives, and True Blood.Technicolor (Draco tera enterprise) (458.8 KB)
Facility House Broadcast Group’s newest HD outside broadcast vehicle relies on Draco major
Facility House Broadcast Group is the Netherland’s newest full-service facility management company for the television industry and already one of the most highly respected providers in their home market. Facility House offers video, film and production services from news to documentaries, from pop to classical, from reality to drama and sports to education for all ENG recordings any video standard.Facility House (Draco major) (727.3 KB)
Shapeshifter Post employs Draco tera enterprise KVM matrix switch to manage post production workflow
Shapeshifter Post, founded in Hollywood 12 years ago offers custom-tailored edit solutions and workflows for any project; be it a commercial, promo, feature film, television show, or live event. Shapeshifter is a place of technical and creative excellence, with the goal of providing effective post production solutions in a relaxed, boutique environment; an objective that has been successful in forming a steady and loyal following of clients with a variety of project requirements: tapeless, HD, 3D, 2K and beyond.Shapeshifter (Draco tera enterprise) (467.4 KB)