The editing and finishing systems were installed last week and will replace some older Symphony set-ups
“Around 90% of our business comes from broadcast,” explained Sumners director of technology Brian Hardman.
“We are fully networked so projects may be shared around multiple suites. The new systems will extend this functionality into the world of HD which now accounts for about 30% of all production.”
The new systems will see immediate HD action on two new comedy series for BBC3.
The first, Trexx and Flipside (pictured), is a sitcom about two wannabe hip hop stars.
The second, Massive, stars Johnny Vegas and Ralph Little as bored council workers who set up their own record label.
Around the World in 80 Faiths, an 8 x 60' series for BBC Religion, will also make use of the new kit.
To accommodate the new DX systems, Sumners- which has 35 suites and is the largest single-site post-production facility outside the M25 - has also enlarged its Avid Unity media network and signed up with Root6 for technical support.
“It's not just about Avid support,” maintains Hardman. “It's also about establishing a broader relationship. Root6 has a holistic approach and understand our business which will be helpful in developing our workflow as new technologies become available.”
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, can come bundled with Media Composer, News Cutter or Symphony and runs on the latest Mac and Windows platforms.
Root6 is a reseller and systems integrator based in Soho, London. As well dealing in a wide range of technology from Avid and Apple to Isilon and Sony it also has a technical customer support service and a product development arm, Root6 Technology.