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NEWS Storage for Roehampton University U The new PlayBox Technology CG titling and TV playout system in use at RTI. Ivory Coast takes delivery of CIAB broadcast system R adiodiffusion-Télévision ivoirienne (RTI), state broadcaster for the Ivory Coast, has taken delivery of a new CG titling and television playout solution from PlayBox Technology, the world’s leading manufacturer of television channel-in-a-box systems. This was installed by Brussels- based systems integrator Periactes Broadcast Solutions at RTI’s production and transmission centre in Abidjan. “We have been using PlayBox Technology equipment very successfully for many years,” says Vénance Kouakou, Head of Operations – Digital Workflow and Maintenance, at RTI. “We transmit round the clock so reliability is obviously a major requirement. PlayBox Technology products integrate into a fully unified system which is highly stable and easy to control. This is naturally appreciated both by our production and our engineering staff. Switching between live and file- based feeds is seamless. Other very useful advantages include the system’s ability to manage incomplete clips and to automate the management of logos. This latest installation comprises three AirBox servers, each equipped with TitleBox Interactive on-air graphics, SafeBox automated content management software and Multi Backup Manager. We have also invested in a fourth AirBox and TitleBox which are being used for content preview and system testing.” niversity of Roehampton’s Digital Film and Media Department has streamlined its post production workflow with the addition of a Facilis TerraBlock 24D shared storage system. Connected via 1Gb Ethernet to 16 Mac workstations running Apple® Final Cut Pro® X and Adobe® Creative Suite 6™, the TerraBlock, which was installed by reseller Tyrell before the start of the Spring 2014 semester, now acts as a centralized hub for housing student AV criticism, AV dissertation and BA film projects. With TerraBlock at the core of the department, University of Roehampton Technical Manager Ian Shand is confi dent that he and his team will be able to better protect student assets and simplify project management. “Our program grows every year, and with TerraBlock, we now have one central location where we can put everything and know it’s secure,” he said. “Continuing to use individual hard drives for storage as we had in the past would be costly and ineffi cient. TerraBlock not only gives us a fail-safe, but also removes time-consuming management tasks; the less time I spend managing tasks, the more I can focus on the students.” Build your own Sochi trolley Y ou may have seen the famous Sochi Trolley as used by Clare Balding for the BBC at the Winter Games. Well, you can now buy that same super bright BON monitor as supplied for the trolley, here in the UK. This latest new product from Bon is the BSM- 183H, an 18.5” super bright monitor for outdoor shooting. Already attracting attention from rental companies it can also be married to a wireless receiver system. One of the first in the country, the monitor is now available from the UK Bon distributor Cache Media. Cache Media MD Stuart Cameron commented: This monitor is attracting a lot of interest thanks to both the Winter Games and its super bright screen which is easily watchable in strong sunlight from all angles. It’s a major advantage for directors shooting on location and particularly for commentators. Having a variety of inputs from 3G to composite and DVI + VGA makes it extremely fl exible 20 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 89 MAY 2014