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Sky Deutschland equips new sports studio with Vitec Videocom
Sky Deutschland has launched its new channel - Sky Sport News HD - and chose Vitec Videocom brands for its new automated production including Autoscript prompting, low-energy LED lighting from Litepanels and Vinten Radamec broadcast camera robotics.
Rather than isolate the channel presentation and programming in a separate studio, Sky Deutschland elected to build a 360-degree studio space in the center of the newsroom. The challenge for the designers was to maintain high production values in the confined space, not least the limited headroom of approximately 4m.
Central to this innovative design is the use of a sophisticated camera robotic system, featuring six Vinten Radamec Fusion FP-188 robotic pedestals with FH-100 heads. These, along with two Telemetrics cameras, are controlled by the Vinten Radamec HDVRC. A large number of pre-set positions are programmed into the controller in advance, and, during transmission, camera angles are selected by the Mosart production automation system. This means that, during normal programming, the studio needs no operator for cameras, with the floor manager providing any manual adjustments necessary to accommodate guests.
Sky channels in Europe are regular users of Autoscript prompting systems, making them a natural choice for the new studio. In this application, their seamless integration with the iNews network means scripts are automatically downloaded, updated and cued up for the presenters as required.
The Sky Sports News HD channel launched on the Sky Deutschland platform on Dec. 1, 2011.