Asia-Pacific Broadcasting (APB) September 2017 Volume 34, Issue 7 - Page 23

CREATION September 2017 23 SkyPanel lights up RTL City studios Following the move to its new headquarters in RTL City, Broadcasting Centre Europe (BCE) has installed ARRI’s SkyPanel LED soft lights across its three new studios housed in the new complex. As part of RTL Group, Luxemburg- based Broadcasting Centre Europe (BCE) provides media services, systems integration and software development for the media market, particularly in Europe. In April this year, BCE inau- gurated its new headquarters in RTL City, which comes with three state-of-the-art studios lighted up by ARRI LED fixtures. Studio 1, with a grid con- struction, is a multifunctional production studio, mainly used for magazine programming with live audiences. In this studio, ARRI deployed the first “real” Cyclorama application of its SkyPanels with the SkyBender. The SkyBender is an asymmetrical reflector that produces a uniform intensity light field over the length of any surface, transforming the beam by sliding into the front of the fixture. This accessory can be deployed for lighting a green screen, cyclorama, translight or backdrop while creat- ing colour wall washes. The second studio, or the news studio, also utilises a grid construc- tion and contains three sets for live shows, while the TV or virtual studio is the third studio at the new BCE headquarters. Combining a technical infra- structure to support the production of more than 30 TV channels and various radio stations, BCE also decided to minimise its carbon footprint by equipping the three new studios with LED lighting. This, according to BCE, reduces the cooling infrastructure and keep the background noise to a minimum during shows. Andreas Fleuter, manager spe- cial projects at BCE, added: “With LED fixtures, heat dissipation is low but the light output is good enough to handle most situations in the studios, even at greater distances. Another big advantage with LEDs is the possibil- ity to adjust colour tem- peratures via remote. With respect to these issues, LED lighting was mandatory, and we wanted to use them in all the studios.” As to why ARRI lights were chosen, he explained that they provided BCE with a large colour spectrum that covered the com- pany’s needs for various types of productions. “Standard production nowadays prefers daylight colour temperature,” Fleuter said. “How- ever, the flexible colour control we have for atmospheric lights, as well as show lights, is impressive. With ARRI lights, it is even possible to use a green key on a white curtain background.” RMG runs AoIP throughout its radio and TV facilities Headquartered in Moscow, me- dia conglomerate Russian Media Group (RMG) runs five radio sta- tions and two TV stations, includ- ing RUTV. For the past six years, RUTV has been adopting Livewire+ AES67 audio-over-IP (AoIP) infrastructure within its TV facility, having suc- cessfully utilised Livewire+ for its radio stations. At the heart of RUTV’s Livewire+ AES67 AoIP infrastructure is the Axia xNode console, which is cap­ able of connecting the TV studio to the master control mixer via a single CAT 5 network cable to de- liver up to eight audio pairs. Studio microphones, IFB (interruptible foldback) studio talk back and cue can also be managed using a single network cable. In addition, RUTV has installed an SDI de-embedder/re-embedder, which allows audio from a new clip server to be controlled on the mixer, as well as a six-line studio telephone system, talent micro- phones and feeds from outside broadcast (OB) trucks. Introduced as Livewire in 2003, the second-generation Livewire+ AES67 technology is able to carry uncompressed digital audio, device control messages, programme associated data, and routine network traffic, all via a single Ethernet cable. Livewire+ AES67 is the second- generation of Livewire, a technol­ ogy developed by the Telos Alliance, to convey audio over switched Ethernet. Prior to the im- plementation of Livewire+ AES67 in the TV facility, RMG has already been using Livewire in its radio stations for over a decade. Andrey Mamontov, CTO of RMG, explained: “Usage of Livewire offers great flexibility in manage- ment of audio signal delivery for any programme. In addition, it greatly speeds up audio workflow for the creative team.” The installation RMG’s radio stations comprises Axia AoIP con- soles, Telos phone systems and digital hybrids, and Axia xNodes, which are all used as the system core, as well as to extend the Livewire infrastructure to AES (Au- dio Engineering Society) digital audio and analogue audio. Livewire is designed to manage general purpose interface (GPI) in- formation; together with the physi- cal GPIs provided on Axia xNodes and Axia consoles, it extends the core infrastructure to support GPI on equipment that is not equipped with Livewire+ AES67 AoIP natively. Check us out on Facebook : f acebook. com/ RossVi deoAPAC Sal es Enqui r y: Sal es - APAC@r os s v i deo. com