C100 Digital Broadcast Console
Italy-based company Videotime, which belongs to the Mediaset group of companies, has three main production centers located in Milan and Rome, from which it provides a range of broadcast services and technical equipment to its three broadcast channels, Canale 5, Italia 1 and Rete 4. The various facilities employ over 200 people and incorporate 10 studios, two OB vans, six graphics studios and 24 editing rooms.
Videotime installed two C100 consoles in recently refurbished studios in its entertainment production center in Milan. The consoles will be working since August, and will be used for a variety of programming, including sports events, live shows, sitcoms, reality shows, talk shows and productions for satellite thematic channels. All of these are broadcast in either stereo or 5.1 formats.
Alfredo Trusiani, Videotime’s technical manager, says, “Over the last four years, Videotime has been developing plans to migrate its studios from analog to digital technology. We are introducing new digital editing standards, a digital newsroom, new automatic playout systems with facilities for insertion and a new digital archive system. As part of this process we have completely refurbished two studios in our main building in Milan and have chosen Solid State Logic C100 consoles for these control rooms.”
Trusiani continues: “We already have six SSL Aysis Air digital consoles and we are very happy with them, but for our new studios we wanted something even more flexible, so we conducted extensive research and demoed a number of different manufacturers’ products. The C100 came out ahead because it was the only product that had a very similar operational approach to our existing consoles. This meant that the transition from one desk to another was relatively straightforward for our operators.”
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