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NFL Films Upgrades SSL

NFL Films recently upgraded its shooting stage for HD production, changing out an analog console for an SSL C100 HDS digital broadcast console in the process.
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(l-r) Fran Camardella, Ernie Fortunato, Dave Casuscelli and (seated) Ron Schreier.
Mount Laurel, NJ (June 7, 2013)NFL Films recently upgraded its shooting stage for HD production, changing out an analog console for an SSL C100 HDS digital broadcast console in the process.

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"Our large format consoles have always been analogue SSL, so we were very happy to continue our long and positive relationship into the digital realm," says Rich Markowitz, director of audio engineering for NFL Films. The HD stage is used to produce "Inside the NFL" on Showtime, "NFL Matchup" on ESPN and "Playbook" and "First on the Field" on NFL Network.

"We did an extensive evaluation of the major players in the digital console market and, while it's easy to write features on a cut sheet, it's something else altogether to make them usable on a console surface. SSL takes all of those features and makes them very functional, and that's really important."

With weekly changes in promos and sponsors for each show, the studio engineers use the C-Play audio playout option to drag and drop an audio file directly into the console. This allows them to have a file ready for playback quickly.

"It's really a powerful production tool and it's obvious that a lot of thought went into building this console," says Ron Schreier, senior mix engineer for NFL Films.

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