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Pinewood TV Studios modernizes T he UK’s Pinewood Studios has for decades been associated with the biggest international blockbusters. Among current hits, one could name Les Miserables, Skyfall, Snow White and the Huntsman and Prometheus   all up for Oscars this year and filmed at Pinewood. The outstanding reputation of the Studios is based not only upon its infrastructure but also its equipment, facilities and skill base. To ensure Pinewood remains at the centre of the global film and television industry it is constantly investing in its facilities. Part of a recent modernisation programme at Pinewood included upgrading its TV galleries and as part of this, its communications system. In the light of positive experiences with the company that go back several years, Pinewood opted once again for equipment from RTS, with not only the firm’s proven record of reliability but also the compatibility of the new RTS systems with existing ones strongly influencing their decision. Upgrading with the latest RTS products represented the optimal solution, explains Paul Darbyshire, Pinewoods Broadcast Director. It allowed us to extend and modify the existing installation selectively. A further point in RTSs favour was that Pinewood technicians were already well versed in the use of its equipment. That meant we could save time by installing and programming the update ourselves, says Darbyshire. The heart of the new system is an ADAM modular intercom matrix from RTS. Armed with up to 464 interfaces and seven rack units in height, the new matrix is capable of integrating up to 1,000 users into the intercom system. In addition, redundant power supplies and controllers guarantee uninterrupted communications under all circumstances. And furthermore, MCII master controllers support additional Ethernet connections between the intercom matrix and up to 32 PC clients via AZedit software. The ADAM matrix is accessed via keypanels of the KP-12-CLD, DKP-16-CLD, KP-32 and KP-12 series. New Lowel Prime Power studio light T he Tiffen Company, a leading manufacturer and distributor of award-winning accessories for the still imaging, video, motion picture, and broadcast markets, is now shipping the latest addition to the Lowel® Prime series Lowel® Prime LED 800. Ideal for studio or EFP-style location productions, the Lowel Prime Power LED Light collection includes the 200, 400, and now the 800 models, each available in dedicated Daylight or Tungsten color versions. With a high CRI of 90+ for accurate color, Lowel Prime Power LED lights have both a brighter and wider beam output than the LED competition in their price class. A trademark feature of the Prime 800 LED is its 50-degree beam angle that allows considerable light output to be spread across a wider area, reducing the need for additional fixtures to light a set. New Messenger intercom T rilogy has launched an entry level yet powerful matrix-based intercom that includes the comprehensive features and functionality typically only found in far more expensive systems. Messenger bridges the gap between the constraints of low-end, two-wire party line systems and the cost and complexity of larger broadcast intercom systems. The Messenger package is easy to install, simple to use and cost effective and is equally at home in either domain. 26 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE TV-BAY076APR13.indd 26 26/03/2013 16:47