Independent Danish facilities house Studios A/S has upgraded the control rooms of two of its main production studios with two new Grass Valley Kayak video production switchers – one HD and one SD, writes Fergal Ringrose.
The first installation (Kayak SD) was completed in the autumn of 2009 to meet a tight deadline for a new game show that is now on the air. Once production of the show was successfully completed, the company’s management decided to order a second Kayak switcher (an HD version) to support the upgrade of its largest studio to full digital operations.
“The Kayak is very competitively priced, is compact in size, and it comes standard with all the features we use most,” said Peter Seehausen, COO of Studios A/S. “Also, we know that our investment is future-proofed. Once we decide to move the first control room to high-definition production, the switcher can be easily upgraded.”
Studios A/S is a long-time Grass Valley user, having purchased several DD35, DD20, and DD10 switchers in the mid-1990s as well as a number of Turbo iDDR units for clip management and playback. For companies like Studios A/S, which rents its studio facilities for local game shows and all types of television programmes and commercial productions, the Kayak offers sophisticated video switching in an affordable package.