Ely, Cambs., UK (April 10, 2008)-UK systems integrator Megahertz Broadcast Systems designed and installed new facilities for independent Cardiff, Wales-based TV production company Boomerang, who won a valuable contract to supply daily children’s TV programming to Welsh channel S4C early last year.
Following several weeks of design work, construction took place in Autumn 2007 of a three-camera television studio and an associated pre-record studio (sharing the same cameras) plus a live control room at Boomerang’s new-build facility. Megahertz not only supplied and installed most of the equipment, but also handled the design and construction of the custom wooden furniture in the control room.
The control room itself is equipped with a Grass Valley Kayak DD1 Video Switcher and can record to Sony Betacam VTRs or tapelessly to a Grass Valley Turbo IDDR; an Avid system takes care of editing and video effects for pre-recorded segments. Audio can be played into the system from a large rack featuring Sony MiniDisk and DAT players and a 360 Systems DigiCart II, while audio editing is handled by a 360 Systems Shortcut and mixing by a Yamaha DM1000 compact digital mixer. Flatscreen JVC video monitors and a pair of two-way Genelec 8040A active audio monitors complete the production process. The whole facility is connected to S4C’s broadcast center via a dark-fiber link.
The completed six-man studio features three Sony DXC-D55WSPL cameras with Fujinon Zoom lenses (one of which is designed to be manned, while the others are remotely operated from the control room) and an extensive lighting rig with dimmable spotlights and floodlights connected to an ETC SmartFade lighting controller in the control room.
Megahertz Broadcast Systems