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Pinewood TV Studios modernizes
T he UK’s Pinewood Studios has for decades been associated with the
biggest international blockbusters. Among current hits, one could name Les
Miserables, Skyfall, Snow White and the Huntsman and Prometheus all up for
Oscars this year and filmed at Pinewood.
The outstanding reputation of the Studios is based not only upon its
infrastructure but also its equipment, facilities and skill base. To ensure
Pinewood remains at the centre of the global film and television industry it is
constantly investing in its facilities. Part of a recent modernisation programme
at Pinewood included upgrading its TV galleries and as part of this, its
In the light of positive experiences with the company that go back several years,
Pinewood opted once again for equipment from RTS, with not only the firm’s
proven record of reliability but also the compatibility of the new RTS systems
with existing ones strongly influencing their decision.
Upgrading with the latest RTS products represented the optimal solution,
explains Paul Darbyshire, Pinewoods Broadcast Director. It allowed us to extend
and modify the existing installation selectively. A further point in RTSs favour was
that Pinewood technicians were already well versed in the use of its equipment.
That meant we could save time by installing and programming the update
ourselves, says Darbyshire.
The heart of the new system is an ADAM modular intercom matrix from RTS.
Armed with up to 464 interfaces and seven rack units in height, the new
matrix is capable of integrating up to 1,000 users into the intercom system. In
addition, redundant power supplies and controllers guarantee uninterrupted
communications under all circumstances. And furthermore, MCII master
controllers support additional Ethernet connections between the intercom matrix
and up to 32 PC clients via AZedit software. The ADAM matrix is accessed via
keypanels of the KP-12-CLD, DKP-16-CLD, KP-32 and KP-12 series.
T he Tiffen Company, a leading
manufacturer and distributor
of award-winning accessories for
the still imaging, video, motion
picture, and broadcast markets, is
now shipping the latest addition to
the Lowel® Prime series Lowel®
Prime LED 800. Ideal for studio
or EFP-style location productions,
the Lowel Prime Power LED Light
collection includes the 200, 400,
and now the 800 models, each
available in dedicated Daylight
or Tungsten color versions. With
a high CRI of 90+ for accurate
color, Lowel Prime Power LED
lights have both a brighter and
wider beam output than the LED
competition in their price class.
A trademark feature of the Prime
800 LED is its 50-degree beam
angle that allows considerable
light output to be spread across a
wider area, reducing the need for
additional fixtures to light a set.
New Messenger intercom
T rilogy has launched an entry level yet powerful matrix-based intercom
that includes the comprehensive features and functionality typically only
found in far more expensive systems.
Messenger bridges the gap between the constraints of low-end, two-wire
party line systems and the cost and complexity of larger broadcast intercom
systems. The Messenger package is easy to install, simple to use and cost
effective and is equally at home in either domain. www.trilogycomms.com
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