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NEWS 5 new HD television channels with PlayBox T hai state-owned television broadcaster MCOT has chosen a PlayBox Technology digital playout system as the core of a new five-channel high-definition service. The new system was designed, installed and commissioned at the MCOT’s Bangkok headquarters by PlanetComm, the Thai partner of PlayBox Technology. “MCOT were impressed by the stability and multiformat capabilities of the PlayBox Technology AirBox playout server as well as the system’s ease of use,” comments PlanetComm Technical Manager, Mr. Natthaphol. “MCOT needed to handle MOV files from Sony XDCAM422 sources as well as high definition MXF and standard definition DV25 MOV content. The solution we have provided exactly matches the requirements of the channel’s fully file-based workflow. “The system we have installed comprises ten AirBox high-definition servers configured as five main and five backup. We have also integrated five CaptureBox dual channel HD servers, five TitleBox character generators, a Multi Playout Manager and an AlarmBox. Reliable post- sale technical support and the potential for future system expansion are obviously key requirements for any modern broadcast playout system. We are able to meet all these requirements from our own Bangkok headquarters.” EditOne Audio desk announced C ustom Consoles has added to its EditOne range of studio furniture. The new EditOne Audio desk is designed to accommodate an Avid C24 control surface. It also incorporates desktop-level equipment bays at left and right. These can hold a total of six 1U chassis and provide platforms for flat-screen picture monitors, computer GUI displays or loudspeakers. “The desks were developed to augment the audio facilities at the Madrid studios of Discovery Channel,” comments Custom Consoles Sales Manager Gary Fuller. “Like the established EditOne desk, EditOne Audio incorporates sculpted MDF support panels rather than metal legs. The curved theme is carried through to the desktop which is optimised for a centrally seated operator.” Bolstering 4k post production capabilities S ince launching in Los Angeles five years ago, Light Iron has emerged as a post-production leader and technical innovator, lending its expertise to high-profile projects like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Amazing Spiderman. Whether producing digital cinema, episodic television or commercial content, the company embraces a progressive approach to DI, on-set dailies and finishing to deliver unparalleled service to its clients. In 2013, Light Iron expanded into New York, opening a new local post production facility in which it recently installed a Facilis TerraBlock shared storage system. The addition of TerraBlock to its workflow came as part of a larger effort to future proof the studio for the advent of 4k editorial. We’ve definitely seen a spike in 4k content over the last year and have already done several 4k finishes at Light Iron in Los Angeles. It’s really just a matter of time before we start seeing more 4k editorial requests, which is part of the reason we opted for TerraBlock, said Light Iron CTO Chris Peariso. TerraBlock’s bandwidth, along with the flexibility it gives us to have multiple connections Fibre Channel and Ethernet, will allow us to better handle post on any 4k project that comes through our doors. 20 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 91 JULY 2014