RT_ buys Panasonic projectors10 September 2009
Tyrell CCT has supplied RT_, Ireland’s public service broadcaster, with specialist Panasonic projectors and related audio-visual equipment for use in key programmes.
Panasonic’s powerful PT-DW100 Projector was commissioned for RT_’s unique needs as a result of in-depth discussions between Panasonic’s special project team, Tyrell CCT and the broadcaster. Seamlessly integrated into RT_’s studio sets, the projectors provide remarkable brightness and reliability, enabling the broadcaster to find new ways to engage audiences and deliver high-impact programming.
RT_ required a sophisticated solution that was cost-effective, reliable and flexible, allowing the broadcaster to captivate the viewers and make the station stand out as a leader in an increasingly competitive media environment. To achieve RT_’s challenging goals, critical criteria needed to be met in the selection of the system – the projectors had to be bright enough to stand up against studio lights and they could not fail during live shows. RT_ also required a solution that was portable, quiet and capable of managing both front and rear projection.
Tyrell CCT engaged Panasonic’s special project team to identify the optimum solution for this application. Panasonic’s PT-DW100 Projector, was selected for its outstanding reliability, brightness and flexibility. The functionality provided by this projector has become so sought-after that it has recently been added to Panasonic’s main projector catalogue.
Panasonic’s PT-DW100 Projector has an innovative 4-lamp optical system which uses newly developed 300-watt AC lamps to deliver 10,000-lumen brightness. The 4-lamp system is critical for RT_ and ensures superb reliability as the projector keeps working even if one lamp goes out during a live broadcast. Panasonic’s System Daylight View circuit compensates for the brighter studio environment, so that images are crisp, clear and easy to see even when all of the studio lights are fully lit.
The projector also supports Dual Link HD-SDI signals, using two cables to achieve twice the colour resolution of the conventional single link system. A 3-chip widescreen DLP projector with 10-bit processing and 3D colour management, the PT-DW100 helps to make complexions and flesh tones appear natural and true-to-life. Despite its 10,000-lumen power, the projector is compact, weighs only 35kg, and has a special noise reduction facility and an efficient liquid cooling system, making it the ideal choice for RT_’s dynamic broadcast environment. Furthermore, the PT-DW100 also has Panasonic’s unique Auto Cleaning Robot which automatically cleans the air filter to help keep the projector running smoothly and reduce maintenance.
RT_ also invested in a number of short-throw and long-throw lenses for their system, including fixed focal lenses for rear projection use. These lenses make it easy to adapt the projector to the installation site. In addition, Tyrell CCT provided RT_ with Dalite’s Fast-Fold Deluxe Screen System, a compact and portable screen which can be used with both front and rear projection applications.
The projectors and screens are now integrated into RT_’s studio sets, enabling the broadcaster to display very bright and clear video clips in studio. The solution is already successfully used on a number of high profile shows including Prime Time, The Big Money Game, The Sunday Game, Saturday Night with Miriam, T.O.A.S.T. And The View. Tyrell CCT had responsibility for the installation and commissioning of the equipment, as well as product training.
“We needed a cost-effective and flexible solution that would allow us to integrate the technology into the studio sets, providing viewers with sharp, clear images” commented Paul Hennessy, project manager, RT_. “Panasonic’s PT-DW100 Projector delivers superior image quality, withstands intense studio lighting and most importantly maintains failsafe projections for live broadcasts. The solution has exceeded our expectations, which were very high.” Paul concluded, “We were very impressed with the pre and post sales support provided by Panasonic and Tyrell CCT. Every effort was made to find the best solution and on-site training helped us to really understand the solution and get up and running quickly.”
“RT_ is consistently at the forefront of broadcast technology, and we are delighted that they have invested in Panasonic’s PT-DW100 projector system,” commented Bryan Malone, managing director, Tyrell CCT. “Our close relationship with Panasonic gave RT_ access to the supplier’s special projects team, which proved invaluable in the selection of the solution. The projectors give RT_ the perfect combination of superior widescreen, high definition digital projection, rock-solid reliability and low total cost of ownership.”