Systems integrator Dega Broadcast Systems has provided 317 Crystal Vision interface boards to The London Studios as part of an HD upgrade in studios 1 and 2.

The purchase comes as the ITV-owned facility adds more than £2m of Sony cameras, monitors, recorders and vision mixers so that they can produce shows in both SD and HD.

The Crystal Vision equipment is located in a new Central HD STAR (Studio Technical Apparatus Room) that serves both the 775 sqm Studio 1 and the 676 sqm Studio 2.

They are also in a new media management and Graphics area around the HD STAR.

  • 79 short-delay Q-Downs are being used for down converting the signals.
  • And 12 Up-and-down-A up/down/cross converters with embedded audio are available for ad hoc use.
  • For distributing the various HD, SDI and analogue signals around the area The London Studios is using 96 HDDA105N and HDDA111N, eight DDA108 and 20 VDA110M HD.

The HD upgrade should be completed this month (January).