Systems Integrator, Megahertz, re-builds media suite at prestigious opera and ballet theatre venue to facilitate UHD/4K live broadcasts to cinemas worldwide and HDR capture for post production
London, UK, 13 November 2019: Megahertz Ltd., the trusted partner for systems integration with years of experience in delivering cost effective, imaginative designs and solutions for fixed and mobile applications, has completed a UHD/HDR production facility upgrade at one of the most prestigious performance and arts venues in the world; The Royal Opera House (ROH) in London’s Covent Garden.
The ROH has been streaming live ballet and opera performances to cinema audiences around the world since 2008. By making a move to ultra-high definition (UHD), initially for recordings and ultimately for live relays, ROH remains at the forefront of high quality ‘live to cinema’ performance.
Equipped to meet current high-end production standards and emerging new broadcast standards, the newly fitted £800k Media Suite consists of a full UHD/HDR production gallery and engineering room, which now boasts a tapeless workflow, intelligent network control system, improved recording and playout facilities, 4K monitor wall, state-of-the-art vision mixer, bespoke production desks and enhanced camera talkback system.
Following a rigorous tender process, ROH selected Megahertz to supply the turn-key solution not only to future-proof the facility, but also simplify operations for the varying production crews that use it. Megahertz worked collaboratively with ROH, providing a range of services from consultancy to design, construction/interior design liaison, sourcing of equipment, integration, and installation. Steve Zissler, ROH Sound & Broadcast manager and Peter Byram, Broadcast Consultant canvassed opinions from the freelance broadcast staff, ensuring the design met the users’ requirements.
“We chose Megahertz for a few reasons. But, significantly, they considered more angles when it came to risk management than other the systems integrators we’d invited to bid,” explains Steve Zissler. “Their intricate planning and attention to detail, as well as their knowledge of manufacturer roadmaps and current solutions in the market, gave us every confidence that they would deliver to spec, on budget and crucially, on time.”
Working to a tight window between opera and ballet seasons over the summer, Megahertz had less than 10 weeks to complete installation in time for the live relay of the ROH’s production of Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni on 8th October.
As ROH produces live and recorded events throughout the season, having the ability to switch to a different set up quickly was a key requirement. ROH installed TSL Products’ TallyMan control system, which can save and recall studio configurations including tally and name settings, router configurations and crosspoint settings.
Other key equipment supplied was the EVS XS-Via live production server which integrates HD to 8K, SDR to HDR, and SDI to IP formats and protocols. A Ross Carbonite Ultra UHD Vision Mixer and a Ross Ultrix UHD Router; Plus, a Trilogy Mentor master sync/test generator and Trilogy Gemini talkback systems were also installed. Bespoke control desk furniture was supplied by Custom Consoles.
New 55” LCD 4K monitors replace 24” CRTs, which means that directors no longer rely on taking rehearsal recordings to a local cinema to visualise shots for the big screen, saving on time and process.
“Ultimately Megahertz understood where we were and where we needed to get to – and what time we needed to get there for. That’s all you can ask for. They delivered,” concluded Zissler.
“To be involved in a project that ultimately gets ballet and opera to a wider audience through cinema, and being able to supply such a prestigious venue with 4K/HDR capabilities to further engage that worldwide audience, is fantastic,” said Jon Flay, managing director, Megahertz.
Megahertz is trusted by the world’s leading broadcasters, content owners and media service providers to design, engineer and consistently deliver high quality fixed and mobile turnkey systems. As a leading systems integrator in an industry that is in the midst of transitioning to multiple new formats, including 4K, 8K, UHD, Cloud and IP-based workflows; its expert team of skilled engineers and solutions architects, are drawn from both broadcast and IT backgrounds and are dedicated to ensuring that an imaginative, forward-thinking and highly efficient approach is taken to both traditional and cutting edge projects.
Pushing the boundaries to find the right solutions for its customers with a focus on quality and cost-certainty, Megahertz provides dynamic and resilient bespoke systems that balance the individual technical and commercial challenges faced by the proprietors and operators of such facilities as news and sport production sites, state-of-the-art studios, network operation centres, educational facilities, and mobile outside broadcast/newsgathering vehicles.
Serving its clients from a 2000 square metre engineering facility in Cambridgeshire, UK and a Singapore office, Megahertz is able to pre-fabricate even the largest of systems and carry out its own coachwork for vehicles.
With a reputation for excellence since 1982, Megahertz is an independent global leader in systems integration with solid financial backing and one of the longest standing histories in the industry and constantly winning repeat business from high profile customers such as BBC, BT Media & Broadcast, Globecast, RaceTech, Vive TV, RT, and e.tv. For more information, please visit: www.megahertz.co.uk .
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