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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

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