Australian sports broadcaster Premier Media Group (PMG) has upgraded its Quantel kit with a new Enterprise sQ system as it looks to take its Fox Sports News channel high def.
Fox Sports News has been produced using Quantel server-based production technology for a number of years. “While our existing Quantel system has served us well over the years, production imperatives have changed and we now need to be able to handle a range of formats including HD, in addition to speeding material to air, ” said Tony Scanlan, PMG Chief Technology Officer.
“We of course reviewed all the broadcast manufacturers’ systems very carefully before making our choice,” Scanlan continued. “In the end though, it was a very straightforward decision – Quantel has by far the fastest flight time from ingest to air, produces great looking pictures, and has comfortably the most versatile and easy to use editing tools. It also allows us to mix HD and SD material on the same server – or indeed, on the same timeline – without having even to think about it.”
The new system at PMG Fox Sports News will be built around four Quantel sQ servers, offering approximately 1000 hours of SD storage (or 280 hours of HD). This will support 18 sQ Cut desktop editors and four sQ Edit Plus craft editors; a Quantel sQ Load application will look after ingest operations.