Kuwait Cable Vision builds studio

Kuwait Cable Vision recently invested US $1.2 million in building the country’s first commercial studio. Digital Studio takes a look at the equipment that has been installed at the studio.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  April 30, 2006

I|~|kuwaitbigg.jpg|~||~|Kuwait’s cable network operator, Kuwait Cable Vision, has recently put in place a complete 420 sq.ms four-camera studio that is expandable to six in Shuwaikh, an industrial area in Kuwait. The standalone studio has become available for rent from last month for clients who require such a facility in the country for producing talk shows, news, dramas and other such productions. The US $1.2 million project was undertaken by Sony Professional Solutions in Dubai along with its Kuwaiti distributor, Supplying Store. “This is the first commercial studio in Kuwait,” says Shabbir Hussain, system support engineer, Communication and Professional Solution Division, Supplying Store. “The others are either owned by Kuwait TV or Al Rai and are only used for their own productions. This studio, however, is the first that will be rented out. Production houses and broadcasters who come to Kuwait can rent this studio to make a drama series or to run stories and talk shows,” he adds. As this studio has specifically been developed to ensure that it can cater to different production requirements, Sony had to fulfill several specifications. “One of the briefs was that this should be general purpose and the equipment supplied should be well known in the industry so that people who come in can easily use it,” says Karl Hijazi, manager, Professional Services, Sony Professional Solutions Middle East & Africa. “Also, it was important to go with popular systems so that companies could easily integrate additional equipment that they brought along with them,” adds Hijazi. As a result, the client settled for four Sony BVP E-30 cameras, one DVW970P camcorder and two HDV cameras. The latter has been bought for small, low-end productions and for rental purposes. The cameras have been fitted with Canon lenses, and camera support systems including Vinten tripods and a Jimmy Jib crane from Stanton. Other equipment for the control room and central apparatus room include a Thomson Zodiac mixer, Pinnacle Thunder Studio server for providing additional DV and clip playback, Aston’s character generator, Quartz router, Evertz timecode system, Tektronix monitoring equipment, Autoscript teleprompters, SPG and talkback systems from Trilogy, as well as Sony’s VTRs, microphones, 28 14” and six 20” LMD monitors and other glue products. “This is the first time Sony’s LMD monitors have been used in Kuwait for such a big project,” says Hussain. The audio area at the studio includes a Yamaha audio mixer, a Sony DMX R100 audio console and the usual complements of audio sources. ||**||II|~||~||~|The studio includes a typical three-machine linear edit suite, and also has three separate non-linear editing systems. The non-linear editing systems include two Leitch Quatros and one Canopus edit suite. One important aspect of this studio is the lighting. As it has to cater to different kinds of production requirements, lighting needed to be planned carefully, says Hussain. “We have 1KW and 2KW strand lights as well as soft lights, Arturo lights and Iris 2 pole lights. We used Strand lighting throughout, including the vendor’s 520i console and SLD 96 dimmer racks,” he adds. The studio has been equipped with a complete floating floor to reduce ambient noise. The systems integrator has also put in place a wallbox outside the building. This enables an ENG system to be connected to the wall box and allows broadcasters to go on air straight from the studio with their SNG system. This project was not without its challenges, says Sony’s Hijazi. For one, the site was not ready when Sony moved in to carry out the installation. Secondly, there was a very tight delivery period of three months to carry out the entire systems supply and integration plus an additional month for installation and commissioning. Training was provided on the different systems to the five people who are taking care of the studio. “What makes this project significant is the fact that it is one of the first in Kuwait,” says Hijazi. “The requirements were different from the usual because it was meant for commercial purposes and, therefore, meant that we had to try and anticipate the requirements that most people who came to rent such a facility would have. This is also a major win for Sony Professional Solutions, Dubai because we did the entire planning and designing in conjunction with Supplying Store.” ||**||

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