Brussels, Belgium (April 14, 2009)–RTBF, the national broadcaster for the French-speaking areas of Belgium (Brussels and Wallonia), has embarked on a two-year project to refit all of its audio mixing rooms with Fairlight workstations.
The re-fit is part of the broadcaster’s Numprod project that aims to build a tapeless production net on all of its production sites. Denis Derigent, managing director of Fairlight’s French business partner, EuroMedia Technologies, says, “The workflow for all of RTBF’s Fairlight stations is being designed by EuroMedia-Technologies using our own AV-Process 3.0 CCE (Crystal Core edition) software. This new media management software, which is supported by Fairlight, handles all audio and video files, including Avid and EVS input and outputs, so that facilities can automate their entire production workflow.”
The broadcaster’s chief engineer for TV production, Didier Vanzeune, and Sebastien Lange, post production engineer, are leading RTBF’s Numprod project.
Bernard Gabus, Audio Delegate for the Numprod project, says: “We are standardizing our production tools, not only to make file management easier, but also to rationalize maintenance services and user training. Until now we have had three different systems running in our various studios but the aim is to change and upgrade to Fairlight stations, along with EuroMedia Technologies servers. This will ensure that all of our studios are fully HD and 5.1 ready.”
RTBF’s television and radio production sites are spread over the French community of Belgium, in Brussels, Mons, Charleroi, Namur and LiËge. The broadcaster has already installed four Fairlight Constellation XCS consoles–two in Brussels and two in Charleroi. By the time the Numprod Project is completed, Fairlight technology will be installed in three more mixing rooms in Brussels and two in LiËge.