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Five goes HD with audio and video prep by itfc

UK commercial broadcaster Five launched its high definition service on 13th July, with programmes prepared for transmission at content management facility itfc, writes Kevin Hilton.
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UK commercial broadcaster Five launched its high definition service on 13th July, with programmes prepared for transmission at content management facility itfc, writes Kevin Hilton. The work includes the preparation of eight audio tracks, including stereo and 5.1 surround sound, as well as video editing and quality control. In the run-up to the launch of Five HD, which is a simulcast of Five's main service and is available on the Freeview terrestrial digital service, satellite and cable, itfc worked on 15 to 20 hours of programming a week. Programmes now available in HD include talent show Don't Stop Believing (pictured), Australian soap operas Neighbours and Home and Away, US shows such as the Law and Order franchise and The Mentalist and sport, including cricket and live Europa League football. Material is loaded into itfc's digital system as data, which can be viewed by Five's compliance department. Programmes are then edited to suit their time slots and assessed to check that material is suitable for broadcast. The 5.1 surround sound channels, which are part of the eight audio tracks prepared for each programme, are edited according to requirements but are not re-mixed. The surround content is retained but Five is not currently broadcasting in 5.1. The production chain used by itfc for the Five contract is based on Apple Final Cut Pro, a system itfc already uses to prepare programming for ITV HD, which the facility has been working on since 2007. "To make sure we could handle the large volume of material we're expanded our storage capacity and added a third Final Cut pro HD suite," comments Lesley Marr, senior operations director at itfc. "We're very excited about the launch of our HD channel," says David Burge, controller of operations and technology at Five. "We have a long-standing relationship with itfc and they were the logical partner to help us process this high quality content." http://www.itfc.com/

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