BBC Broadcast, the fourth commercial spin-off from the licence-fee funded corporation, has asked Quantel to implement a major new production system based on its generationQ technology, writes Dominic Timms
The new system will sit at the heart of a new production village that BBC Broadcast is building inside its multi-million pound new headquarters in White City, due to open officially in October.
Based around the phase one installation of Quantel's sQServer, two QEdit Pro editing workstations and over 20 Qcut desktop editors, the system will enable BBC Broadcast creatives to ingest then access and edit all media at any time, making the production of on-screen promotions, titles and stings more time and cost efficient.
The system will be integrated with the rest of BBC Broadcast's technical infrastructure, which will support a range of services including interactive television and channel play-out.
Quantel executive chairman Richard Taylor said it was the first time the company's new technology would be used to create promotions.
?Today every aspect of the production process has to be highly efficient and must put the creative people as close to their material as possible without the delays and restrictions of tape-based production.'
A second phase of the installation will see the number of sQServers increased to five in a system that will support 12 QEdits and over 40 QCut desktop editors.