TV-BAY January 2013

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Kahuna 360 at Hong Kong Jockey Club upgrade S nell have announced that the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC), one of the world’s largest horse racing organizations, has chosen Snell Kahuna 360 multi-format SD/HD production switchers as part of a major, multi-phase upgrade of its broadcasting center to support HD operations. The HKJC, which produces a total of 9,600 hours of TV programming every year, selected the Kahuna 360 switchers to replace an array of aging vision mixers. The HKJC’s weekly programming line-up includes more than 36 hours of programming, including pre- and post-race program and infotainment content in addition to live coverage of twice-weekly race days. Carried by several Hong Kong SD and HD channels as well as pay TV and satellite services in seven other countries, the HKJC’s broadcasts reach more than 3 million viewers every week. New features to shared storage, archiving, video server and mam solutions E ditShare®, the technology leader in shared media storage and end-to-end tapeless workflow solutions, have announced the release of EditShare Shared Storage 6.3, Ark 2.3, Flow 2.3 and Geevs 5.3. The new versions include many enhancements and features that simplify workflows and improve the overall user experience. After a stringent evaluation and procurement process, Kahuna 360 scored highest in technology and price/performance, as well as its ability to provide multi-format inputs and outputs for both SD and HD. Another critical factor in the HKJC’s selection of Kahuna 360 was its resilience and ability to auto-fallback seamlessly with no visible interruption in service -- a major consideration for live racing coverage that is watched by millions of viewers. Also, the system’s ease of use and effortlessness customization are important in the HKJC’s compact production environment, which requires all of its producers to be multi-skilled and perform hands-on vision mixing without a dedicated operator. We continually look for ways to improve our products, and many of the new features in this release have evolved directly from ongoing dialogue with customers, says Andy Liebman, founder and CEO of EditShare. Whether they involve enhancements to user permissions, additional codec support, or new backup and archive features, they are all designed to increase productivity by making the workflow more efficient and seamless. www.snellgroup.com www.editshare.com Discovering your inner child…. Award-winning audio post production facility Hackenbacker completed the entire audio post for one of the BBC’s flagship Christmas programmes, a long-form 3D scripted adaptation of David Walliams children’s novel Mr Stink. We are absolutely thrilled to have had the opportunity to tackle this marvellous project, says Hackenbackers founder Nigel Heath. Working on children’s drama is always enjoyable as it allows us to get in touch with our inner child. This one, in particular, requires a suitably immersive soundtrack because it is being produced in 3D. It also has a fantastic story with plenty of scope to be adventurous with the audio. The 60-minute adaptation of Mr Stink was commissioned by former comedy controller Cheryl Taylor and BBC1 boss Danny Cohen, and is was produced by BBC In House Comedy Productions in association with David Walliams and his production company DEW Production. It was directed by Declan Lowney (Little Britain, Alan Partridge, Father Ted) www.hackenbacker.com 06 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE TV-BA073JAN13.indd 6 11/01/2013 14:16