Chinese Rental Goes AJA

FS-HDR, HDR Image Analyzer, KUMO, and Ki Pro Ultra Plus used for 4K production by Century Han Tang.

Based in the Chaoyang District of Beijing, China, Century Han Tang services the local broadcast community as a rental equipment provider and production company. On average, the production outfit creates and delivers more than 100 hours of content per month, a majority of which is programming for China Central Television (CCTV). It has now added a range of AJA kit including the FS-HDR real-time HDR/SDR frame sync and converter; an HDR Image Analyzer, histogram and vectorscope monitoring tool; KUMO 3232-12G and KUMO 6464 routers; and Ki Pro Ultra Plus digital video recorders.

“FS-HDR is our go-to for solving a range of bottlenecks that 4K HDR production introduces, and we love the incredibly low-latency it provides in the conversion process,” shared Nan Ma, CTO, Century Han Tang. “It’s a workhorse that we can depend on for everything, from color space conversion and stylized color adjustment to LUT import and submissions. The configurable embedded audio delay time for each channel is impressive and having four channels of independent processing in one unit proves a huge advantage.”

For greater image consistency across the production chain, Century Han Tang also opts to connect an AJA HDR Image Analyzer to the PGM from its Ki Pro Ultra Plus digital video recorders and output the signal to a 4K monitor. The setup allows its team to control the quality of the signal in real-time and easily configure the light ratio of the LED background and the foreground in the HDR environment.

“HDR Image Analyzer is one of the most important tools in our production toolbox. With an intuitive and user-friendly interface, it’s easy to deploy and maintain control over the picture quality we deliver,” added Ma. “With configurable layouts, a robust color and exposure toolset and so much other great functionality, it’s a versatile piece of gear that simplifies our day-to-day, which is a win, given the inherent complexity of 4K HDR production.” 

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