GERMANY: ZDF has purchased seven SADiE PCM-H8 studio workstations and an HHB UDP-89 Professional Universal DVD/CD player, writes David Davies. The SADiE units have been acquired for ZDF's in-house trailer production department in Mainz and replace existing PCM8 systems.
The PCM-H8 is based on the latest generation of DSP processing technology in the SADiE 5.5 software environment. It is designed for complex processing and post-production applications where high levels of DSP power are required, but without the need for large numbers of physical input and outputs.
"ZDF has chosen SADiE again as SADiE gives them the speed (fast bouncing, fast and easy networking) and all the functions they require," said Stefan Mayer from distributor For-Tune, which provided the new systems. "This includes video record/playback in AVI and QuickTime. It also integrates very well into their video editing environment with OMF and AAF file interchange."
The broadcaster has also purchased additional plug-ins for its PCM-H8s, including the Mastering Pack, Feature Pack 1 and the Interchange Pack.
Meanwhile, in a separate development, systems integrator Broadcast Solutions GmbH has equipped a new ZDF HD OB truck with an HHB UDP-89 Professional Universal DVD/CD player. Reliability and functionality were among the factors that informed specialist contractor Michael Lindermeir's selection of the HHB device.
"The client had initially requested a different player," noted Lindermeir, "but after some investigation I found that the HHB UDP-89 is the only DVD/CD player available with balanced multi-channel audio outputs. This means we can make a secure connection of a D-Sub without the need for an unbalanced-to-balanced converter, which would compromise the integrity and reliability of the cabling."
HHB international sales manager Matthew Fletcher - pictured here (right) with Broadcast Solutions' Armando Santos on the steps of the new HD OB truck at IBC 2009 - said that the company was "delighted that Broadcast Solutions has recognised the superior performance and connectivity of the UDP-89. The product is designed from the outset to be the ultimate, universal DVD/CD player for demanding professional applications."