The largest of the two new facilities is an HD video edit suite based around a Quantel eQ workstation.
It will have external FC Dylan disc storage attached to the existing server system and will be integrated with a Sony 20 inch Trinitron colour monitor, Barco 42 inch 1080-native LCD screen, Tektronix test and measurement equipment, Harbeth 30 monitor loudspeakers, PMC surround speakers and Axon interface processors.
The new suite is located on the second floor of Red Bee Media's headquarters, the Broadcast Centre at London's White City, and scheduled for completion by the end of May.
The second installation is an audio post production facility centred on a Digidesign Pro-Tools HD2 system. This edit suite will have Focusrite and Waves plug-in effects software, a Samsung 32 inch LCD monitor, Sony DAT tape machine, Denon MiniDisc recorder, Fostex near-field loudspeakers, Dolby E encoder and decoder, and Axon interfaces. It is scheduled for completion by the third week of June.
An ingest area adjacent to the HD suite is also being enhanced to provide HD facilities for the edit suite, audio suite and existing graphics operation. This will see an additional Sony HDCamSR video tape machine, Kramer 4 x 1 HD-SDI and additional Axon processing modules added to the area.
"These two new edit suites form part of Red Bee Media's increasing commitment to high-definition at a time when sales of HD-capable flat-screen televisions are soaring in many countries," explained ATG Broadcast sales director Alan Pimm. "The European market for HD is now really flying and Red Bee Media looks set to become a major international player."
Red Bee Media specialises in the delivery and promotion of digital media and offers services required to promote, playout and provide access to video content.
ATG Broadcast is a member of the Dan Technologies Group based near London. The company provides systems installation and integration of both traditional broadcast equipment and computer-based media management systems.