DVS VENICE Enhances File-Based Production at Pinewood Studios


At NAB 2012, DVS announces that the internationally renowned Pinewood Studios Group has enhanced its equipment offering with 8-channels of DVS VENICE broadcast server. This will form an essential part of Pinewood Television's upgraded TV Studio facilities. Alongside VENICE, Pinewood Television has also decided to implement additional DVS storage solution, SpycerBox Ultra. With this DVS equipment, Pinewood sets the customer framework for fast content provision.

Hanover (Germany)/Buckinghamshire (UK). The Pinewood Studios Group, a leading provider of studio and related services to the film and television industry with numerous global facilities, has opted for broadcast servers from DVS for its television studios. VENICE, as presented at this year's NAB, comes with numerous improvements, supporting various new file formats and codecs.

One of the most important features for Pinewood Television's new file-based workflow is the potential to easily run through the process of repurposing material. Thanks to VENICE and Pinewood's newly built data center, its experienced television team can react quickly to its customers' needs and their changing requirements. This state-of-the-art workflow allows for comfortable and reliable content provision.

Equipped with new interfaces, VENICE meets revolutionary standards. The VENICE systems provide 8 video channels to be utilized for recording and playback on shows recording in Pinewood's television studios, plus providing ingest and near instant editing. The DVS broadcast server manages native capturing and play-out of all common broadcast formats such as Apple ProRes 422, Panasonic DVCPRO®, AVC-Ultra, Avid DNxHD® and Sony XDCAM® HD, simultaneously scaling the different formats and creating proxy files. VENICE is especially strong when it comes to changing projects with different formats for different clients and productions. The broadcast server allows for a quick and comfortable configuration and adapts to different scenarios with ease, providing the users with the right content quickly.

Moreover, Pinewood Television's production chain was upgraded with a SpycerBox Ultra that will be implemented as a metadata and file server. The high-performance bridge between different networks will enable Pinewood to connect its real-time and non-real-time workflows with each other so it can profit from the additional protection with multiple RAID-5 systems.

Paul Darbyshire, Pinewood's Director of Television Operations commented: "We are delighted to announce our decision to commit to DVS for our television production workflow here at NAB, and are pleased to let the International Broadcast industry know how the television team at Pinewood Studios are looking forward to working with DVS technology. The new VENICE systems will allow us to respond more quickly and flexibly to our production clients needs, and will provide them with an enhanced production workflow saving considerable time - and ideally budget."

Darren Woolfson, Pinewood's Group Director of Technology commented: "The Group's further investment in DVS technology alongside the existing CLIPSTER® and SpycerBox Ultra will not only optimize our TV studio offering, but will also create huge efficiencies when delivering true file-based workflows into Post Production and Digital Content Services. Working effectively within a file-based environment can deliver a real difference to productions working at Pinewood and our experiences of working with both DVS and root6 as our technology partners in this area fills us and our customers with enormous confidence."

Oliver Gappa, Sales and Marketing Director at DVS: "The Pinewood Studios Group is an important client in the UK and has now set a standard for its worldwide facilities. We feel confident that many other broadcasters and post production companies will follow Pinewood with the decision to switch from tape- to file-based workflows. Pinewood will profit from VENICE's latest enhancements and dynamic features."

Dil Dhillon, Sales Manager of DVS' UK reseller root6 commented, "The migration from legacy video formats to emerging file-based workflows was a clincher for Pinewood. From SD to 2K native operation, VENICE was by far the most attractive option to provide a flexible, deliverable and future-proof solution."

About The Pinewood Studios Group: The Pinewood Studios Group is a leading provider of studio and related services to the global film and television industry. Synonymous with world class British and international productions, the impressive heritage of its UK-based Pinewood, Shepperton and Teddington Studios date back to the early 20th Century and are home to some of the most successful feature films and TV shows ever made.

The facilities comprise the best quality sound stages, a globally unique underwater filming stage, a wealth of specialist production resources, state of the art TV studios, post production and digital content services. The studios also offer easy access to the world's most experienced crews as well as the expertise of hundreds of complimentary media companies based at its Pinewood and Shepperton Media Parks.
Pinewood and Teddington has between them five dedicated television studios with dedicated HD lines and five broadcast studios, with full production galleries, offices, accommodation and edit suites. For larger light entertainment formats, Pinewood and Shepperton can offer up to 60,000 sq ft of space accommodating large sets and capacity for audiences of over 1,500.

Pinewood is also able to offer complete picture and sound post production solutions for television, delivering our services in a FACT accredited environment through bespoke digital storage systems, workflow management and tracking tools. The Studios can also provide links to Pinewood's onsite Data Centre which offers secure, controlled, versatile storage with streaming and meta-tagging capabilities.
Recent TV productions that have used the Studios' facilities include: Would I Lie To You; The Rob Brydon Show; Don't Stop Me Now; Love Machine; The Magicians; and Got to Dance. Visit www.pinewoodgroup.com for more info.

About DVS: DVS, a Rohde & Schwarz company, is a leading manufacturer of high-quality hardware and software for broadcast, digital film and video post production, presentation and event markets. DVS applications cover the production of popular TV series and Hollywood blockbusters, and enable 4K films for Digital Cinema. With over 25 years of experience in the professional video industry, DVS has cultivated a "passion for perfection," and continues to develop revolutionary systems for customized, flexible, high-performance workflows. With CLIPSTER®, DVS was the first company in the world to make real-time 4K processing possible. Its future-proof broadcast server VENICE offers a flexible solution for modern, file-based workflows in broadcast environments. Headquartered in Hanover (Germany) and Los Angeles (USA), DVS also has branch offices in New York (USA), Miami (USA), Paris (France), and Singapore. www.dvs.de

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