BROADCAST SOLUTIONS INTEGRATES NEW SWITCHTV STUDIO
EQUIPMENT FROM SONY, ARRI, ROSS VIDEO, AVID, GV AND PLAYBOX
Broadcast Solutions implemented a new HD TVstudio facility for Switch TV, a brand new channel from Nairobi, Kenya. Broadcast Solutions with their Hungarian team acted as the main contracting partner for this unique project. The station is a new non-profit subsidiary of the Kenya Red Cross, with a variety of local productions, live shows and news programs, and is one of the most modern studios on the continent up to date.
Switch TV required a studio with four sets including a green box, with Sony studio and remotely operated cameras, ARRI LED lighting and a newsroom and post-production system. Apart from the broadcast equipment, Broadcast Solutions also delivered the IT infrastructure for the supporting office with 50 workplaces. All the systems were tested, configured and pre-installed in Budapest before sending them to Nairobi to enable faster and smoother on-site installation. The overall planning and implementation, from assignment to going live, took six months only.
The core of the studio and video system is a 12G-capable Ross Video Ultrix 72 x 72 hybrid router with integrated multiviewer. By using a hybrid router, the glue infrastructure was simplified, offering real agility in the sound department which is centred on an Allen & Heath D-live digital mixer. The studio runs with Sony HSC300RF and Sony BRC-H800/AC cameras whereas the video production is based on a Grass Valley Kula mixer and a Tricaster TC1, used for the green-box shots. Ingest and playback works with Avid Airspeed 5500 servers and Interplay Command. Switch TV’s news programs are created and orchestrated with the help of an Octopus Newsroom system which controls playback of clips, on-air graphics and Autoscript IP prompters.
An AEQ Crossnet Intercom system which uses Dante networked audio. Broadcast Solutions also designed and delivered custommade furniture for the studio control rooms.
Switch TV studios in Nairobi