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NEWS Meanwhile, down in Portsmouth… Y ou may have read last months article by Andrew Morris in preparation for his charity kayak in May (probably happening as you are reading this now!). Tv-bay linked him up with Television and Broadcast students from the Creative Cultural Industries Faculty at Portsmouth University who have been busy compiling an accumulation of media generated by Andrew’s efforts in training and captured family video’s. Guided by tutor Charlie Watts and technical support staff member Mike Parsons, the students (Daniel Dimartino, Joseph Kay and Jordan Allen) have been busy putting theory into practice. Joseph elaborates - “my TV course has been about deadlines and rapid turnaround ever since the second year. Andrew’s kayaking adventure in support of Autism have been a great real world project to get our teeth into”. Jordan agrees and it keen to add, “at fi rst we were all a little daunted by the different media clips, but the teaching we have had has really paid off and helped alleviate any fears”. An additional member of this team is Oliver Nissel, who was tasked with creating a short 9 second animation to go onto the front of the video blogs. Oli has been right at the cutting edge of this rapid turnaround. Oli is keen to convey the excitement involved, “The surge of adrenaline from getting a descriptive brief, and knowing that it has to be realised within a day creates all sorts of mixed emotions! I cannot believe the amount of different versions this one 9 second animation has gone through, but it’s been a brilliant insight”. Mike Parsons is a graduate of the Television and Broadcasting course and his job was to oversee the entire operation. He has found the whole experience fascinating. Mike adds, “you often read that digital technology has changed the way we work, but this project in particular has really opened my eyes to see how actually true it is. It really doesn’t matter where everyone is based these days, and as long as there is some means to connect to the web and a cloud service, media production goes on. It’s really great to be attached to such a worthwhile project that offers both professional and emotional pride”. Switching Coronation Street W ith the move of ITV’s hugely popular Coronation Street production to a new home at MediaCityUK, the accompanying technical facilities included a new FOR-A MFR- 5000 as the master routing switcher. Although mostly furnished with new equipment, the new installation has retained the FOR-A vision mixers from the previous facility. The MFR-5000 master routing switcher, confi gured at Coronation Street with 96 inputs and 128 outputs, is responsible for all HDSDI video routing around the building. There is redundancy for the CPU and power supply and the router also includes GPI support. Control is available from many positions via the three MFR-39RU mnemonic panels and 21 MFR- 40RU panels. Support for the FOR-A equipment includes three MV-42HS quad-split multiviewers for in-vision audio confi dence monitoring, and two FA-9500 multipurpose signal processors used for the colour correction of on-set, in-shot TV screens. 18 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 89 MAY 2014 Heading towards the Silicon Roundabout P acific Television Center (PacTV), a Los Angeles-based independent global transmission and production company, is proud to announce that its London facility is moving to a new, larger building situated in the heart of London’s up-and-coming Tech City in EC1, also known as the Silicon Roundabout. Located near Farringdon Station and the new City Cross Rail, the broadcast services provider is commencing construction this spring, with plans to open the new facility in June 2015. Currently we have the ability to monitor up to 96 windows on three screens. With the expansion we will be able to increase that to as many as 480 windows on 15 monitors, says James Taylor, branch broadcast technician, PacTV London. The current installation has enabled London operators to view sources from around the world. A need that was evident as the team works daily with such global broadcasters as BSkyB, Network Ten Australia, and Al Jazeera, providing them with Live from NAB transmission support to ensure content reaches viewers consistently and on time.