The Fountain Studios has spent£1.1m upgrading its facilities to high definition.

The studio has invested in Sony HDC1500 HD cameras, a Sony MVS 8000G video switcher, a Pro Bel router and Ikegami monitors.

Seventy-five per cent of the equipment throughout the studio is now HD, with the main studio being fully HD.

Chief engineer Chris Cooper said he opted for established technology for the gallery. “I wanted to get glass CRT monitors while I still can,” he said. “LCD technology is not quite there yet.”

Cooper, who has also added HD distribution and ancillary kit, believes SD productions will also benefit: “There are four channels for digital effects in the new vision mixer, there was one in the last one,” he said. “The pictures will be much better, too.”

The first projects to use the new equipment include BBC3 sitcom Clone for Roughcut TV and The Cesc Fabregas Show: Nike Live, produced by Remedy Productions for Sky.