Since February 2013, Studio Hamburg Media Consult International (MCI) GmbH has been modernising 23 non-linear editing suites, two sound post-editing stations and seven speaker booths (which were upgraded for sound recording) in the television headquarters of the MDR channel in Leipzig.
MDR chose the Avid NewsCutter systems with Nitris DX Video-I/O hardware. The new editing systems replace the Avid “Media Composer” and “Symphony” as well as the Adrenaline systems, which were only suitable for editing SD materials.
The project also included connecting the editing suites and speaker booths to a shared infrastructure. The new 3G-enabled video crossbar allows the speaker booths to be connected to the editing suites at the press of a button. In addition, an audio and remote crossbar and a KVM matrix were also integrated. For network and video wiring across rooms, mostly fibre optics were used. A pool of video signal processors is available for signal adjustment and conversion. The entire infrastructure is based on audio-embedded technology.
A particular challenge was the conversion during ongoing operation without compromising the capacity of the editing suites. During the conversion of three workplaces and one speaker booth, three migration editing suites and one migration speaker booth were temporarily installed.
In addition, the rooms were completely renovated with new floor coverings and some structural modifications regarding layout and electrical installation, which required a tight schedule. The project was rounded off with custom-made editing suite furniture by MCI workshops; the height-adjustable tables are in line with the latest ergonomic findings. The noise-emitting technology was accommodated in the central equipment rooms.
By October 2013 all editing suites were HD-enabled, as planned, and the project was successfully completed in spring 2014.