News Installation

German broadcaster selects Fairlight

test 29 July 2008

GERMANY/US: Runfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) has purchased two Fairlight Constellation systems, writes David Davies. The digital recording and editing mixing systems will be used at the German public radio and television broadcaster’s post-production studios in Potsdam and Berlin for news, magazine and feature programming production. In other news, Fairlight says that its Crystal Core processing technology is enjoying “significant momentum” in the US.

The Constellation systems both feature Pyxis Track video, MFX options and Crystal Core (CC-1) engines, and have been specified primarily to assist with RBB’s new tapeless workflow for news production.

The integration of an SD/HD compliant non-linear video solution with a comprehensive audio recording, editing and mixing system enables the support of a “seamless interplay” of both SD/HD video and audio, and a wide range of file exchange possibilities.

Installation is now underway, with both systems expected to be fully operational by the end of the summer.

“RBB was particularly interested in our ability to offer the best workflow tools for their requirements,” commented Mario Schmitz, Fairlight’s head of European operations. “Fairlight’s CC-1 platform can be seamlessly integrated into any network environment or topology. It can import/export, read/write and stream media to and from any local or shared drive that is seen by the operating system. This converged approach offers the convenience of ‘drag and drop’ file selection whereby wrapped audio/video essence and audio or video files are immediately available to any project. In addition, file export from the Fairlight system ensures complete integrity of the tapeless workflow environment.”

In other news, Fairlight reports that the Crystal Core technology is now enjoying “significant momentum” in the US amongst broadcast and post-production companies. The last few months have seen a number of key Fairlight customers upgrading their facilities to incorporate CC-1, among them California’s Westlake Village Studios and New York’s Penny Lane Studios (pictured). The latter is a full-service post-production facility comprising four audio studios and two Avid suites, providing recording, mixing to picture, sound design and original music composition.

“The CC-1 was a logical upgrade for us because we already had Fairlight Constellation in four rooms and all of our old jobs are in Fairlight format,” commented Joseph Miuccio, Penny Lane Studios’ chief mixer and sound designer. “The CC-1 technology enables us to have higher track counts, as well as allowing us to play back uncompressed standard def video and 720p Hi Def video (422). Installing the CC-1 was a necessary step as it has made it much easier for us to adapt to an increasingly digital workflow. More and more clients are providing QuickTime [files] instead of tapes and are working in high definition instead of standard definition formats. The CC-1 allows us to integrate and work efficiently with all those files.”

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