Czech Republic (January 4, 2006)–Czech National TV has recently bought 17 of Merging Technology’s VCube hard disk video player/recorders for its post-production department. The machines, supplied by Merging’s SI Dealer Interlab, are all connected using a 1GB Ethernet network to a central multi-terabyte central storage via two RAID servers.
The whole audio post-production facility currently uses 12 Fairlights and has a Dolby-equipped dubbing theatre with custom-built ADR rooms for dubbing, which use the VCubes for synching pictures. Czech TV currently broadcasts on two terrestrial channels and several satellite channels.
David Stein, sales manager of Interlab said, “This sale came about in the end because Merging are listening to customers and are prepared to work towards providing the right solution.”
As a result of a year of testing and working closely with Czech TV by Interlab and Merging Technologies, the VCubes have been customized to the particular requirements of the national TV station. The main requirement was that they are easily operated by staff which often change almost daily and had features which would stand those changes; the VCubes needed to be ‘idiot proof’ with simple controls easily adapted to a variety of tasks.
Merging adapted the controls to suit these requirements. For example: for an operator who is synching a film there is no need for many of the other features where he might get lost. Another operator may only do recording. Merging adapted the machines to have preset controls for each eventuality. Importantly, the 12 Fairlights also needed to be catered for, especially as there is no chance of support from the Fairlight side.
For Czech TV, engineer Peukert Otakar said, “Everything is running fine. Our engineering staff were surprised at how quickly end users got used to the Vcube. VTRs are forgotten forever and a return back to them would probably not be accepted.”