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required a number of different pieces of equipment. “What’s really nice about the Videohub is its size and the fact that we didn’t have to spend a lot of rack space on it. I also like the choice of software and hardware control. We invested in some of Blackmagic’s Videohub Master Control and Videohub Smart Control panels, some of which have been installed in the machine room, others have been fi tted in specifi c suites. But the ability to not be tied into using a hardware panel, and needing the infrastructure for that router to be thought out before you decided where you wanted to route from was great and really helps with our future fl exibility.” Video and audio infrastructure hasn’t been piped to every room in the building, but there are tie lines across two fl oors. The fourth fl oor is 3sixtymedia’s main facility space, so it is heavily fl ooded with connectivity. Every room has SDI and, or, fi ber points underneath the fl oors. There are also tie lines up on to the fi fth fl oor where ITV production teams can view and ingest away from the main facility. It means that if they do have a need to put edit suite upstairs ITV can, or if a room needs to be converted for another purpose in the future, it doesn’t have to be re- designed, instead they just have to stick a different bit of kit in and pipe through the relevant systems. “That is the beauty of having core infrastructure racked up in a massive machine room. Staff simply punch up what systems they need via the KVM system and then tell the video and audio systems what they need, and where it needs to go, all at the touch of a button.” “In terms of the number of hours of television we output, it is broadly similar, however the amount of time it takes to generate that programming is less than it was. The workload for producing content can be shared far more effi ciently, some of which is down to the new infrastructure and some of which is the result of new and improved procedures. There are far fewer issues here, and certainly less head scratching as to how we are going to make things work. The phased migration of systems and personnel from Quay Street was completed in early 2014. All of that happened without us ever needing to reschedule work or cancel a TX.” “Ultimately, what the move has allowed us to do was to completely rethink the way we do things while also giving us a huge amount of fl exibility operationally. Not only that, but we are now in a better place to adapt to the future, and that is all down to the modular nature of the system we’ve built around Blackmagic’s Universal Videohub 288, as we can remove, and upgrade individual components, without needing to make wholesale changes.” Taig worked alongside Root6, who were heavily involved at the outset of this project in both designing and installing the new video and audio infrastructure at ITV’s MediaCityUK facility, McNab concludes, “The driving force behind this project was always the operational needs of staff and clients alike, and through that came a design and specifi cation that Root6 worked to. They came up with some very innovative solutions to many of the items on my wish list. The wiring job on the back of the Universal Videohub 288 is a true masterpiece!” KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 97 JANUARY 2015 | 59