Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Hollywood Center Studios Upgrades Television Control Rooms
Studio adds multiviewer monitor walls, camera pedestal upgrades and tapeless recorders to improve services for television productions.
HOLLYWOOD— In a major enhancement to its television production operations, Hollywood Center Studios has installed state-of-the-art monitor walls in two of its television control rooms. Each wall features six flat screen plasma monitors with multi-viewer capability. Control room technicians now have the ability to monitor dozens of video sources simultaneously and can adjust the size and position of images through a simple PC interface.
“The wall provides a simple, streamlined way to monitor everything that is happening on the set—or sets,” explains Hollywood Center Studios director of engineering David Maxwell. “It also takes up less space, uses less energy and produces less heat than conventional monitoring, making for a better working environment for control room staff.”
The monitor walls are installed in Hollywood Center Studios’ Control Rooms Two and Three, which serve stages where television series for Disney and Comedy Central are produced. Similar monitor walls will be installed in the studio’s two additional control rooms in the coming months.
Hollywood Center Studios is using Apantac Tahoma multiviewer technology and 50- and 60-inch HD plasma displays in each installation. Each display is capable of 1080i output or better. The Apantac technology results in signal processing delay of just a single frame.
Hollywood Center Studios has boosted its on-set HD production resources through the purchase of nine Vinten Quattro-L camera pedestals, giving it a total of 13. The pedestals will be paired with the studio’s existing stock Sony HDC-1500 high definition cameras. The studio has also purchased several Sony XDCAM tapeless recording decks. The camera systems and recording decks will be used to service the many multi-camera television series produced on the lot.
About Hollywood Center Studios
Hollywood Center Studios has a rich and colorful history that mirrors the development of Hollywood and the growth of the entertainment industry. The studio has played host to some of the most notable productions of the past century, including such iconic television shows as I Love Lucy, The Addams Family, Jeopardy and Mad TV, and classic film productions such as When Harry Met Sally and The Player. In recent years, Hollywood Center Studios has continued to grow and modernize to support its large television clientele which includes Disney (The Wizards of Waverly Place, Jessie, Lab Rats, Ant Farm, Kickin It and Austin and Ally ) and HBO (True Blood). Hollywood Center Studios remains a vital part of the Hollywood community and a place where entertainment history continues to be made every day.
Hollywood Center Studios is located at 1040 N. Las Palmas Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90038. For more information, call (323) 860-0000 or visit www.hollywoodcenter.com