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Fairlight hits the jackpot

test 17 February 2009

FRANCE: The company’s Crystal Core technology is being employed by the French national lottery operator, reports David Davies. Based in Paris, Fran_aise des Jeux (FDJ) – the French national lottery organisation that also handles Euro Millions – has upgraded the Fairlight Constellation console at its in-house AV production facility to run the Crystal Core CC-1 platform.

In addition, the company has also installed Fairlight MediaLink, enabling straightforward connection of its Constellation to an Avid video editing system. FDJ now plans to upgrade its Constellation console to include the new Xynergi Centre Panel, hopefully during the next few months.

“Fairlight has always offered exceptional technology and we were very happy working with the old QDC platform,” said FDJ’s post-production senior manager, Richard Perez. “However, it only took one demo of the new CC-1 technology to convince me that we needed to upgrade. We now have a much faster and more efficient system, and this has helped us increase workflow and dramatically reduce the amount of amount of time it takes to set up before a session.”

The French national lottery operator is one of many companies to have upgraded to CC-1 recently. Other facilities to have made the transition include France 3’s regional production centres in Amiens and Orleans, both of which are equipped with Dream Constellation consoles.

As these projects indicate, France has proven to be something of an early adopter when it comes to Fairlight technology. Ken Barnsley (pictured), the company’s European operations director, tells PSN-e: “The French market is at the forefront in Europe for switching to the CC-1 Crystal Core Technology, and with such a large Fairlight install base it’s a logical and very cost-effective solution, and an easy decision for companies like Fran_aise des Jeux to make.

“Few, if any, other manufacturers develop new technologies while maintaining a true upgrade path from their earlier ones, but this is a key philosophy of Fairlight and one all our existing customers appreciate and benefit from. The French market, in particular, has grasped this with both hands and we are seeing many customers upgrading to the Crystal Core technology and the Xynergi Centre Section in their existing Constellation consoles.”

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