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Tektronix helps take Hollyoaks HD

20 March 2008

Lime Pictures, one of the UK’s largest independent television producers, has chosen to install 14 Tektronix WFM7020 and WFM7120 HD video and audio waveform monitors as an integral part of its new high definition production and post production environment.

Lime Pictures, formerly Mersey Television, is responsible for some of the best-known popular drama on British television including teen soap ‘Hollyoaks’ (Channel 4). Channel 4 recently commissioned ‘Hollyoaks’ to be produced in HD, to serve as a flagship show for its new HD channel on the Sky platform. In order to meet this requirement Lime Pictures needed to upgrade its production and post production workflow from SD to HD.

“Tektronix is the benchmark standard for television signal monitoring,” said Graham Deaves, technical consultant with Lime Pictures, who is overseeing the conversion to HD. “The Tektronix waveform monitors are very sophisticated and follow the Tektronix tradition for high quality and usability. We are required to produce programming to exacting standards and the Tektronix equipment will allow us to do this.”

“The global trend towards HD broadcasting means that content creators must be even more vigilant to ensure the quality of their output. Production companies can avoid expensive problems by building in accurate testing processes as an integral part of their workflow,” said Eben Jenkins, director, video product line, Tektronix. “The WFM7020 and WFM7120 provide the tools to verify and correct video and audio content quickly and accurately, allowing companies like Lime Pictures to make the transition to HD with confidence.”

The Tektronix waveform monitors will be used for signal monitoring in an HD SDI production and post production environment. When the ‘Hollyoaks’ installation is completed, virtually all of Lime Pictures’ projects will be produced in HD. Transmission of ‘Hollyoaks’ in HD is scheduled to start in June on Channel 4 HD.

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