M2 Television has invested in a batch of new Panasonic and Snell & Wilcox kit in order to set up a duplication arm. The kit, which is HD and HD cross-conversion equipment, includes two Panasonic VTRs - an HD D5 and a DVC Pro HD with variable frame rate converter.
Once the facility opens in October, M2 claims it will be the first UK company to be able to transfer 60fps DVC Pro HD to 1080i. An NTSC Digi-Beta machine has also been bought for the department, along with a Snell & Wilcox Alchemist Platinum standards converter with HD options.
M2 chairman Bill Cullen told Broadcast: "The market for HD is beginning to break. More people would shoot on HD if there wasn't such a high price attached, so we're pricing it as close to SD as possible to encourage more people."