Director’s Cut now creates international sporting events from two multipurpose control rooms.
Finnish production company Director’s Cut, based in Helsinki, has recently equipped part of its production facilities with new video production technology that helps improve existing workflows. Veteran systems integrator Broadcast Solutions and its Finnish subsidiary designed and built new facilities capable of simultaneously producing multiple sports programs.
One challenge of the project was that it had to be completed quickly and it had to be done without disrupting the facility’s ongoing operations—with only ten days available for the actual switch-over.
Within two renewed multipurpose control rooms, Director’s Cut now creates international sporting events (e.g. football Champions League, ice hockey or tennis) that are seen across the country. Director’s Cut's primary customer is MTV3, Finland's largest private television station.
The production company can produce up to six Finnish-language program feeds simultaneously from two multipurpose control rooms with only two producers. One Main feed and two Side feeds can be produced per control room. Audio processing takes place using a Lawo Powercore. Control is accomplished via Lawo VisTool user interfaces and an 8-fader Ruby console for the Main feed and via two 4-fader Ruby consoles for the two Side feeds.
Broadcast Solutions created the VisTool interfaces to meet the individual workflow needs of Director’s Cut staff.
The new facility also includes six commentator booths equipped with Lawo LCUs and 43-inch Sony monitors. One Grass Valley 1ME Kula vision mixer and two Grass Valley channel branding processors are available per control room for image processing.
As part of the facility upgrade, Broadcast Solutions also replaced the facility’s existing video matrix, which had become too small, with a 168 x 168 Grass Valley Sirius 830 router with an integrated 96 x 12 multiviewer. A Lawo VSM system controls the complete installation.
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