Specially designed for the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries by Sony, our television studio complex is a self-contained facility and provides an environment identical to most broadcast installations. It comprises of two television studios, three dedicated control rooms (production, sound and vision/lighting galleries),a VTR area and a central apparatus room.
Both studios have comprehensive lighting support and control systems commensurate with their size and likely productions.
Lighting systems are a mix of conventional tungsten fresnels, fluorescent soft lights and a variety of DMX intelligent lights.
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The two studios are supplied with 6 camera chains at present. They may be operated with a free mix of camera channels which are nominally shared as a maximum of 6 cameras in Studio A or 4 cameras in Studio B.
The studios and associated control rooms may be freely assigned so that combinations of facilities may be configured to allow for a variety of operational requirements.
|Studio A||Studio B|
|Double height and provides suitable facilities for a wide range of productions extending to multiple set, audience and music or LE shows.|
Studio B is expected to cover interview, news inject and generally smaller productions and offers a green screen infinity curve.
The production control room provides a comfortable working environment with main and rear operational desk positions for up to eight production staff including Producer, Director, PA, Vision Mixer, Graphics Operator, Server/VTR Operator, Technical Coordinator.
Full picture monitoring is provided via the main monitor stack offering comprehensive source and programme monitors with individual operator monitoring facilities where necessary.
Audio monitoring is similarly provided via the stereo programme monitoring system and individually where required.
The lighting and vision control room provides full facilities for the Lighting Director, Vision Control operator, Console operator and additional staff with a main monitor stack and individual preview picture and waveform monitoring as necessary. Stereo audio monitoring is provided.
The sound control room offers technical furniture to house separate digital and analogue mixers with operational positions for the desk operator and an assistant. Local equipment and signal distribution/patching facilities are conveniently located and a suitable range of source preview and programme picture monitors are provided. Main audio monitoring is stereo with additional prefade monitoring as expected.
The CAA and dimmer room houses all the shared central technical equipment and the lighting control gear for both studio spaces.
All lines to the studio wallboxes and other remote destinations terminate in the CAA and are patched for onward connection as necessary.
The Camera Control units, vision mixer mainframe, central video/audio router, talkback matrix and all other supporting equipment are housed in CAA.
Limited talkback and monitoring facilities are provided sufficient for line ident/checking for this generally unmanned area.
The VTR area provides a comprehensive tape and file based recording, transcoding and dubbing facility. It includes a bay of five 19" racks housing most equipment together with a two person operational desk with monitor stack and main audio monitoring.
Sufficient local monitoring is provided to allow comprehensive rack based recording, dubbing and transcoding functions without reference to the main desk and monitoring functions.
Comprehensive tape & file based recording, transcoding & dubbing facility
The VTR area also includes a range of tape, disc and file based HD machines and legacy formats and systems with dedicated firewire, video and audio routing provided between machines for maximum flexibility.
Conversion bridges are included to/from the CAA central router and an SD/DV ingest/playout system is provided with added DVD/Blu-Ray transport.
The main signal format for the complex is HD-SDI, 1080i at 1.5Gbps with embedded audio where applicable and conversions to/from other formats are included.
Facilities for embedding, de-embedding and conversion of audio signal formats are integral within the central routing system and allow for maximum versatility.