Sports broadcasting and digital media agency PERFORM has installed DK Technologies PT0710M audio and video waveform monitors in the two new editing suites at its UK facilities, writes Kevin Hilton.
The rooms are used for the company's OMNISPORT news service, which is taken by broadcasters on a variety of distribution platforms.
This multi-media operation requires comprehensive monitoring of both sound and pictures. PERFORM's engineering project manager Mike Edwards had been looking for suitable products at IBC 2010 and came across the DK stand by chance.
Material for OMNISPORT is prepared in two post-production suites, Edit 11 and Edit 12. Both are based around Avid NewsCutter Nitris DX workstation connected to the Interplay media asset management system.
One PT0710M is now in service, while the other is being tested during February and March to check its remote control capabilities over a local area network. Edwards says the plan is to expand PERFORM's overseas operations this year. While there are no details on this yet the company wants the option of the DK units being controlled remotely from other facilities.
The PT0710Ms can also be used by PERFORM's clipping stations, which are equipped with Avid NewsCutters. "These don't usually require the use of a waveform monitor but we realised that at busy times, if the clipping stations had access to a waveform monitor, it would reduce time required for finishing in the Avid Composer suites," says Edwards. "We are a new media company and the DK unit is a new media product that suits our multi-platform operations. The fact that we can easily upgrade the software and hardware were major selling points and we hope to get the shared units in the near future."