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WORLD NEWS New fiber-optic connectors set new standard StudioLive comes to Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts S ince opening its doors in 1996, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) has become one of the leading performing arts schools in the UK, if not the world. Founded by Mark Featherstone-Witty and Sir Paul McCartney, the school emphasizes a multifaceted and holistic approach to training in the arts. “Our view is that every student should attain some knowledge of all the individual disciplines that make a performance possible,” explains Jon Thornton, Director of LIPA’s School of Sound Technology. “While they study their chosen major in depth, including management, stage design, lighting, and sound engineering, they also have to develop a working vocabulary in each of these areas.”  The school is well equipped with several tracking and mixdown rooms, and it recently added a StudioLive™ 24.4.2 digital console to its arsenal. “We’ve got a fair amount of studio equipment, and a fair amount of live sound equipment,” Thornton says. “But the StudioLive filled a perfect niche for us. First, it gave us something with a small footprint, which was great for lectures and events where a large desk is overkill. But more importantly, it blows away the boundary between a live desk and a recording console. The way you can quickly and easily plug in a laptop and capture multitrack audio for all kinds of gigs is great for us.” T he RapcoHorizon Company, a leading manufacturer of audio/video interfacing and cable equipment announces Pro Co Data’s SMPTE 304 Connectors. The new Fiber-Optic Tri-Loc camera connectors are compatible with all connectors in the field, making them ideal for high-end, live-broadcast productions. Extremely rugged and reliable, the connectors are comprised of the heaviest gauge stainless steel available on the market. They also feature a low-loss Telcordia® GR- 326 fiber-optic endface geometry core, perfect for today’s cinematic and broadcast productions. With industry-standard options such as a quick disconnect push/pull self- latching system and ARIB/EBU and ANSI/SMPTE compliancy, the SMPTE 304 Connectors are among the highest-performance options on the market. On-site shared storage solution F acilis TerraBlock has provided a shared storage solution for two ABC Studios series in Burbank, CA as part of a new workflow process that provides an integrated remote post set up that includes editorial, online, titling, color, dailies and VFX. Designed by post production, consulting and software development company DigitalFilm Tree (DFT), the pipeline was originally outfitted with TerraBlock because of the system’s small form factor, high-capacity and performance. First implemented in September 2012, TerraBlock has already proven successful in facilitating the workflow for DFT on the ABC series “Mistresses” and “Perception.” TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 78 JUNE 2013 | 19 TV-BAY078JUN13.indd 19 10/06/2013 15:15