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24 Kitchen makes it fresh with ToolsOnAir

2 April 2013
24 Kitchen makes it fresh with ToolsOnAir

With a good share of the station’s content generated in-house, 24Kitchen relies on a simple, streamlined MacOS-based workflow using ToolsOnAir‘s just: Broadcast Suite to handle multi-camera ingest. The system utilises a Blackmagic Design DeckLink card to ingest four simultaneous HD feeds to a single Mac Pro. ToolsOnAir’s just:in and LiveCut enables editors to do realtime editing within Final Cut, Premiere and other NLEs, without the need for proprietary black box hardware. “We decided from the beginning to go tapeless,” said digital content manager Barry Kroon. “We only had about six weeks to design and build our editing facility, so it was great to be able to work with MacOS-based hardware and Blackmagic I/O cards – it made the setup easy. “We’ve been using the ToolsOnAir system pretty much non-stop since August 2011, and we’ve produced more than 400 hours of material with no problems. That’s important to us – we record five days a week, twenty days a month, and everything needs to just work. "When we started using LiveCut and just:in we calculated that we might need a second Mac Pro with the same configuration, either to divide the ingest workload, or to have a standby machine in case of failure. But after a week of testing it was clear that only one Mac Pro would be sufficient, and our back up unit was used elsewhere. “On a couple of occasions we were implementing something new, and they’ve been great about helping us to configure graphics and other features. Going forward, we’re looking into implementing the social media interactivity that ToolsOnAir has been developing for just:live."  ToolsOnAir will showcase the newest versions of just:play and just:live at the NAB Show. Visit the company at booth SL 12810.

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