ATG Danmon Oversees News Studio For Cardiff University’s School Of Journalism

Veteran systems integrator/engineering firm ATG Danmon has completed a new news studio facility for Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, in Cardiff, Wales.

An ATG Danmon team worked with Cardiff University staff to design and integrate a complete solution that kept within the budget and provided the specified level of functionality that is required by the teaching staff. This was successfully achieved before students returned after the summer recess.

The project coincides with a recent move to new premises located next to BBC facilities. Cardiff University will use the facility to train the next generation of television, radio, online and printed-media journalists. Herefordshire, UK-based CJP Broadcast Service Solutions provided the installation services for the project, based on ATG Damon’s system design.

Russell Peirson-Hagger, Managing Director at ATG Danmon, said that his company was invited to propose a turnkey solution based on an outline specification provided by the university. The project comprised a large TV studio and dedicated gallery, a smaller TV studio with its associated gallery, plus a broadcast newsroom. Both galleries are connected via SDI to Vizrt media, graphics and automation.  Avid iNews is also integrated.

An Avid iNews system links to a news presentation suite where a remotely controlled camera and two-way video feed allow the newsreader to talk to a newsroom reporter.

An Avid iNews system links to a news presentation suite where a remotely controlled camera and two-way video feed allow the newsreader to talk to a newsroom reporter.

"The system links to a news presentation suite where a remotely controlled camera and two-way video feed allow the newsreader to talk to a newsroom reporter,” Peirson-Hagger said. “The systems simulate the functionality and processes of a real broadcast environment, the output being used for academic review."

Systems designed and installed for the large studio and gallery include studio lighting under control from a DMX console, gallery furniture, vision and audio monitoring with 55-inch displays, two-way gallery/studio communications, wireless presenter talkback and teleprompt.

The new equipment was integrated with existing elements including dual lighting rails, three studio cameras, Vizrt Mosart studio automation, a Ross Video vision mixer (previously supplied by ATG Danmon) and a Yamaha audio mixing desk.

The smaller of the two TV studios is a single-camera version of the large studio, with similar infrastructure. ATG Danmon provided and integrated a single-rail light support with cabling, Vizrt Opus compact-control-room automation and a Yamaha audio mixing desk.

For the central apparatus room, ATG Danmon recommended and integrated a Ross Video Ultrix router mainframe, Ross signal processing, Blackmagic Design OpenGear analog to SDI conversion and Blackmagic Teranex SD/HD/UHD standards conversion. Two-way camera and control system, broadcast quality monitors and talkbacks were provided, along with all studio to central apparatus room infrastructure cabling.

Among other specific system components is a Blackmagic URSA Broadcast camera with Fujinon lens, Blackmagic multiviewer and studio floor monitors, Shure wireless microphones, Blackmagic HyperDeck video recording, Autoscript WinPlus-IP teleprompting, plus Custom Consoles control desks and monitor mounts.

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