Leading Broadcast Systems Integrator VSC Design has been very busy this year designing and installing the new post production facility for the Shed Media Group (Warner Bros. is the majority shareholder in the Shed Media Group Limited) in Grays Inn Road; now Shed’s flagship post production facility. The new complex is housed in the basement of the headquarters of Shed Media, one of the UK’s most successful television production companies, which owns Wall to Wall, Twenty Twenty, Watershed, Koco Drama and Ricochet.
Representing a centralisation of the company’s post production facilities in the UK, the new complex includes 24 offline suites, three online/grading suites and two dubbing suites of which one is fully Dolby 5.1 enabled. Apart from a smaller facility in Brighton, the new complex will now handle 90 percent of the various post production requirements for Shed Media. A small amount of drama post production is sourced externally.
Head of Post production Adam Downey is responsible for the post production work in the UK and also acts in an advisory capacity to the Shed Media television post facility in Los Angeles, USA. He explained: “I have now used VSC Design for three different build projects. I rate them very highly for their advice and more importantly for the quality of their work. On this, like any project, we had obstacles and problems to overcome and they provided well thought out solutions to every one of them. “
The complex is neatly laid out with suites designated alpha-numeric identities, in corridors which leading from a central control desk opposite which is the glass enclosed MCR Room, the hub of the facility, which handles play-out, mastering, transfers and encoding as well as routing and format conversion. A smaller, chilled, CMR or server room is hidden away where it deals with media storage, archiving and distribution etc.
Downey added: “This is the first time I have worked with John Hartz from VSC as the project manager and I must say it was a very pleasant and easy experience. I hope it was as easy for him.”