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CBC buys 100 loudness-metering systems

14 September 2012
CBC buys 100 loudness-metering systems

Production company Cologne Broadcasting Center (CBC) has purchased 100 RTW TouchMonitor TM3 units to help meet the German government’s upcoming loudness requirements for TV shows. Schmitronic, a Cologne-based provider of professional audio components, supplied the units, which CBC has already begun to install. Since the TM3 installation at CBC spans several stages, Jürgen Mölders, head of post production at CBC insisted on having the first shipment delivered late in May. “Internally, we already transitioned our production to the new loudness-metering systems in June,” he explained. “This means that our editing suites already comply with EBU R128, but for the time being, we’ve adapted the levels in Final Cut Pro to our previous standards, which are still applicable. Thus, we were well prepared for when German regulators began to enforce loudness regulations for all major TV stations at the IFA in Berlin on 31 August.” According to Mölders, in order to avoid operating errors, his team decided to use a single preset that the editor cannot change or modify at the workplace. “This ensures that the metering is based on the same specifications at all our editing suites,” he noted. “On the other hand, there are other workplaces such as post production suites or special-purpose systems where multiple presets are available to our creative team.”

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