Artistic Licence

recently supplied Protocol-Converters for two large TV studio complexes in the UK, allowing the integration of DMX512 products with other control protocols.

The ITN studios in Gray’s Inn Road have a mixture of Strand lighting consoles including 530, 300, and Galaxy units. A variety of dimmers, some using D54 and others DMX512, were connected to these consoles. The addition of four Artistic Licence Protocol-Converters has allowed equipment to be used in any combination. Protocol-Converters offer conversion of a variety of lighting protocols to or from DMX512. A Cue-Patch unit was also used, allowing the various studios to be combined in the most flexible manner.

Paul Flook, Head of Broadcast Engineering, said, "The combination of the Protocol-Converters and the Cue-Patch has not only saved us money by allowing us to have a common control protocol but has allowed us to matrix the studios together. Any studio can be controlled from any gallery. This has allowed us to maintain our position as one of the leaders in broadcasting technology."

QVC UK is also using a Protocol-Converter at their Marco Polo House studios in Battersea. Broadcasting live for 17 hours a day means using products that are extremely reliable. As the leader in electronic retailing, QVC demands the best from its suppliers. Artistic Licence is pleased to have been able to meet these demanding standards, not only in the UK but also in QVC’s USA studios. The QVC studio in Philadelphia, PA, is a flagship installation for the Artistic Licence networking solution of Art-Net Ethernet.

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