PREVIOUS EDITING FACILITIES RESTORED AND RECONFIGURED
Following the completion earlier this month of our digital HD
edit suite Edit2, we are happy to announce that our previous
standard definition Liquid Silver non-linear edit suite and our
previous SD/HD Liquid Chrome HD suite have been reconfigured
into a smaller and simple editing system which allows continued
access to pre-existing production media data.
In the 15 years since we built our first digital editing
system, we have completed over 100 productions and the media
data and mastering files for most these are still on our
servers, allowing quick access to earlier productions for
clients who require new masters, language versions or the use of
legacy SD media footage in new productions. Due to the
incompatibility of data formats between the Liquid series
systems and our new Avid HD system, we have chosen to maintain
the capability to access, and if required, to re-edit or
language version, on our earlier systems.
Whilst not intended for the post-production of new projects, the
reconfiguration of these systems will allow us continued access
to this data in the years to come, as well as allowing simpler
SD assignments to be handled if the need arises.
CHANNEL 6 TELEVISION COMMISSIONS DIGITAL HD EDIT SUITE
Following our technical shutdown in December, we are proud to
announce the completion of our new HD digital edit suite, Edit2.
The suite combines the best of the HD digital post-production
world, with Avid Media Composer (with Symphony option) as the
core non-linear editing application, along with access to both
digital and analogue audio and video tape formats and a new
server and storage solution which is optimized for real-time HD
With HDCAM as the company's primary HD acquisition format, Edit2
is equipped with a Sony HDW-M2000P/20 HDCAM VTR which offers
both playback of HDCAM in all HD formats as well as exceptional
upconversion from Digital Betacam, Betacam SX, MPEG IMX, Betacam
SP and standard Betacam within the same tape deck.
Edit2 is also equipped with VTR's for DVCAM HDV, Digital Betacam,
U-Matic SP, VHS/S-VHS and 1" C-format and has access to
many other legacy digital and analogue formats in our
The new suite has comprehensive routing and patching for all
analogue video, digital video, analogue audio, digital AES and
SPDIF audio, timecode and serial control, with the capability of
the speedy temporary integration of other formats.
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The Avid Media Composer NLE
system is augmented with the Avid Artist series control panels
for transport control, colour grading and audio mixing. All
digital media allows for ingest of signals with embedded or
separate digital audio, as well as analogue and digital ingest
pre-mixing via the Yamaha 03D mixer. The suite also includes
support for most common analogue and digital audio formats,
including 1/4", cassette, DAT, Minidisk, CD, and digital
hard-disk recorders. Besides the extensive audio processing
features of the Avid software, the suite also includes Adobe
Audition as the primary wave audio recording and editing
application - a must for voiceover work.
Whilst the focus for the rebuild has been on the HD technology,
the suite offers full support for legacy analogue and digital SD
formats, including SD-HD up-conversion, and aspect ratio
conversion. The result is an edit suite that offers all the
features of modern HD editing as well as the engineering
functionality and flexibility of a traditional broadcast edit
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The NLE platform
is a HP Z820 12-core HT workstation running Windows 7
Professional. The workstation has access to the company's IT
infrastructure via two megabit ethernet networks and to the HD
Media server via a dedicated teamed 2 Gigabit ethernet network.
A separate network is also provided for the Eucon communications
between the workstation and the Avid Artist control surfaces.
Located in an adjacent technical area, the HD Medianet servers
and storage comprise eight 64 bit Dell servers which host eight
Dell Powervault storage arrays, all configured for RAID5+0
offering redundancy for all media data. The system currently has
a storage capacity of over 30 terabytes.
The Avid hardware and software for Edit2 has been supplied by
InSite A/S, with system integration handled in-house at Channel
When not required, the VTR's and analogue processing equipment
is powered down, and with servers located remotely, we have achieved
a cool and quiet editing environment, enabling the production
team to focus on the production sound without the tiresome
distraction of equipment noise. The edit suite is so quiet that
voiceover and simple music recordings may be undertaken in the
same room - greatly enhancing the creative working process.
For productions which require access to media data from
productions previously edited and mastered on our SD digital
editing systems, we will be rebuilding our Liquid Silver and
Liquid Chrome HD edit suites in an adjacent area.
The first project scheduled for post-production in the new Edit
2 suite is "The New Horizon" - our documentary film
from Alaska scheduled for release in 2017.
Besides being the post-production hub for all Channel 6
Television productions, Edit2 is also available for hire - with
or without an editor - by other clients. Call us for further
"THE NEXT HORIZON" IS PUBLISHED
Between 2011 and 2015 Channel 6 Television was
commissioned by ConocoPhillips Alaska to research and
write a socio-cultural study about the impact of oil
development on the Native community of Nuiqsut,
This project involved some 24
weeks of field work in Alaska and over two months of
editing and writing.
was conducted as a parallel project to the production of a
documentary film on the same subject commissioned by Kuukpik
Corporation - the village ANCSA corporation for the community of
Nuiqsut. The end result, released this month, is a 200 page
document with many illustrations covering a wide range of
aspects of life in the community and the nearby Alpine oilfield.
Both the research study and the documentary film are the result
of the company's longstanding activities in the Arctic including
our work in Nuiqsut since 1997.
and view the entire report in pdf format, click