FRANCE: Fairlight has announced a series of significant system purchases in France, writes David Davies. The Australian media production system manufacturer has also appointed Danish company SoundWorks to the role of distributor for the entire Scandinavian region, and released a software update for the DREAM II platform.
The roll-call of recent purchases begins with broadcaster France 3, which has moved on to the CC-1 platform at its regional production centres in Amiens and Orleans. Both complexes feature a Dream Constellation console and are now utilising AV Process 3.0 CCE (Crystal Core Edition), a workflow automation tool developed by EuroMedia Technologies and supported by Fairlight. France 3 has also upgraded to CC-1 at its two-studio HD/5.1 production centre in Strasbourg.
Paris-based Francaise des Jeux: Loterie Nationale has also undertaken an upgrade to CC-1 for its Constellation system. It has also installed MediaLink to enable it to hook up to its Avid system.
Meanwhile, Highway Television has reportedly become the first post-production facility in the world to invest in a new Constellation system with Xynergi Centre Section. The 230-channel Constellation has been fitted in Studio One to satisfy customers' increasing demand for HD video and 5.1 surround sound. Highway Television is currently revamping its second studio, in which it is due to install another Constellation during 2009.
Also in Paris, audio post-production house Virtuel Audio has acquired an Xynergi Media Production Centre with 12-fader sidecar for its Studio One. The company has been using Fairlight equipment for several years, but this latest move represents its first implementation of the CC-1 Crystal Core digital media engine.
"Xynergi offers a much faster editing and mixing interface, and its ability to handle all widely used surround formats means that we are in a much better position to deal with whatever file format our clients come in with," commented Virtuel Audio's sound engineer, Laurent Herniaux (pictured).
Fairlight has also registered major sales in Belgium - where RTBS has ordered a total of eleven Constellation II and III systems incorporating Xynergi centre sections - and Cyprus, where broadcaster Capital TV has acquired a Xynergi with 12-fader sidecar for its first dedicated audio post-production suite.
Regarding the new distribution arrangement in Scandinavia, Fairlight says that SoundWorks' experience in the broadcast, pro-audio and MI worlds means that it is well-placed to promote the manufacturer's media production systems range. SoundWorks has already invested in a range of demonstration equipment, including a Xynergi Media Production Centre.
Finally, Fairlight has announced the release of Version 2 software for its CC-1 accelerated DREAM II platform. The latest version incorporates enhancements to media management, mixing capabilities, plug-in support and video tools.
Ken Barnsley, Fairlight's head of European operations, tells PSN-e: "Despite the credit crunch, Fairlight is continuing to make strong inroads into the post-production, music and broadcast sectors right across Europe. UK, Germany, France and Belgium, in particular, have been very strong for us in recent months and we are delighted with the successes we have notched up in these countries. Our French business partner, EuroMedia Technologies, is very proactive and this has definitely contributed to his success.
"However, I believe the real reason why Fairlight is doing so well is because it offers highly desirable, cutting-edge products at very competitive rates. Fully integrated solutions within a tapeless workflow environment are exactly what the market wants right now - and this is exactly what Fairlight is offering."
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