Equipment hire company GearBox has added five Media Composer Nitris DX systems and a Unity Media Network to its Avid non-linear editing rental stock.

Sold by reseller Root6 the equipment was supplied in time to help with coverage of the O2 Wireless Festival in Hyde Park last weekend (3-6 July).

The Gearbox deal is reputed to be the first such sale to a hire company in the UK.

GearBox now has more than 40 Avid systems and four large Unity Storage Area Networks available to clients.

The new DX system, introduced at NAB, is an architecture that connects optimised nVidia Graphics, multiple computer processor cores, and new PCI Express based hardware into a single effects set-up. It is available as either Mojo DX or Nitris DX and can come bundled with Media Composer, News Cutter or Symphony.

Recent Avid-based projects for Gearbox include the film editing of the Danny Boyle feature film ‘Slumdog Millionaire' and live event coverage of ‘Ultimate Fighting Challenge' for NEP Visions.

Root6 is a reseller and systems integrator based in Soho, London. It has a technical customer support service and a product development arm, Root6 Technology.