Danmon Group announces the completion of a full broadcast-quality news studio facility for Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. The project coincides with a relocation to new city-centre premises situated next to BBC facilities. Cardiff Uni-versity will use the facility to train the next generation of television, radio, online and printed-media journalists.
"We were invited to propose a turnkey solution based on an outline specification provided by the university," explains ATG Danmon Managing Director Russell Peirson-Hagger. "The project comprised a large TV studio and dedicated gallery, a smaller TV studio with its as-sociated gallery, plus a broadcast newsroom. Both galleries connect via SDI to Vizrt me-dia, graphics and automation. Avid iNEWS is also integrated."
"The system also links to a news presentation suite where a remotely controlled camera and two-way video feed allow the newsreader to talk to a newsroom reporter. The sys-tems simulate the functionality and processes of a real broadcast environment, the out-put being used for academic review."
"We worked in collaboration in partnership with Cardiff University staff to design and inte-grate a complete solution that kept within the organisation's budget and met or exceed-ed the specified level of functionality. The project includes a full guarantee and the option of long-term support."
Systems designed for the large studio and gallery include studio lighting under control from a DMX console, gallery furniture, vision and audio monitoring with 55 inch displays, two-way gallery/studio communications, wireless presenter talkback and teleprompt.
The newly installed equipment was integrated with existing elements including dual light-ing rails, three studio cameras, Viz studio automation, a Ross vision mixer and Yamaha audio mixing desk.
The smaller of the two TV studios is a single-camera version of the large studio, with simi-lar infrastructure. ATG Danmon provided and integrated a single-rail light support with ca-bling, Viz Opus compact-control-room automation and a Yamaha audio mixing desk.
For the central apparatus room, ATG Danmon recommended and integrated a main and backup Ross Ultrix router mainframe including studio to central apparatus room cabling, Ross glue, Blackmagic OpenGear analog to SDI conversion and Blackmagic Teranex SD/HD/UHD standards conversion. Two-way camera and control system, broadcast-quality monitors and talkbacks were provided,
Among specific system components were Cirrolite lighting, a Blackmagic URSA Broadcast camera with Fuji lens, Libec tripod, Blackmagic multiview and studio floor monitors, Shure wireless microphones, Blackmagic HyperDeck video recording, NEC picture monitors, KRK control room loudspeakers, Sonifex intercoms, Autoscript WinPlus-IP teleprompting, plus Custom Consoles control desks and monitor mounts.
Training in the operation and maintenance of the systems installed was provided on completion of the project which also includes a full guarantee and the option of long-term technical support.