ITN has worked with systems integrator ATG Danmon to upgrade a studio control room at its headquarters in London.
The project included the integration of a latest-generation production switcher, control surface and production server. Transition to the new system was completed over a single weekend to ensure continuity of the facility’s daily transmission schedule.
“The ITN engineering and production teams decided to replace a legacy vision switcher and related equipment with a latest generation Ross Carbonite Black vision control platform, TouchDrive operating panel, Abekas Tria Express Duet server and Ultrix router,” said Jonathan Hughes, ATG Danmon head of systems integration. “A key challenge was the need to ensure that the upgrade could be completed without impacting the facility’s normal schedule which in this case included daily news presentations plus Monday through Friday magazine shows.
“As a Ross Diamond Elite partner, we were able to design, deliver, integrate and commission a complete system plus ancillary equipment,” added Hughes. “Production requirements included the ability for the switcher to interact with the control systems. Graphic cues and spot-on audio cues are controlled directly from the vision switcher which is linked to the sound desk. The vision switcher also interfaces to Avid iNews Command automation for clip replay, allowing the production team to set up and build the shows.”
ATG Danmon pre-installed and tested the complete system into an onsite development environment so that daily studio and control-room operations could proceed without interruption. The development area was also used for preliminary operator familiarisation.
“We were then able to perform a complete changeover on a Saturday followed by full testing and in-situ training on the Sunday prior to the new system going live on the Monday morning,” explained Hughes. “Everything went fully to plan. The new infrastructure is future proof and can be upgraded from HD to UHD and SDR to HDR if or when required.”