Two new studios for HDTV


Home to 2,500 students in Dublin, the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology (IADT) is Ireland’s only institute of art, design and technology with a specific focus on the creative cultural and technological sectors. IADT offers students excellent technical facilities, including TV and radio studios, digital video editing and photographic studios.


Our Systems Integration team provided a full turnkey solution, handling everything from planning and project management to design, installation, commissioning, technical support and on-site training.

Having prefabricated a lot of the infrastructure our Watford headquarters, we then travelled to Dublin to complete the installation.

The larger of the two studios was equipped with five Hitachi SK-HD1200 multi-format 1080p/3G HDTV broadcast cameras channels, equipped with Fujinon HA23 x 7.3BERD HD studio lenses. These cameras are hot-swappable between the two studios as needed.

The second studio features a FOR-A VRCAM2 Sensor-less Virtual Studio System, including an HVS-390HS 2 M/E mixer with the option of accepting data from a Vinten 430i and Quattro SE encoded head and pedestal. We also supplied an ARRI ALEXA camera with ARRI Alura 35mm zoom lenses, and three Sony CineAlta 4K Prime lenses.

The production gallery consists of a Sony MVS 6520 2 ME Vision Mixer, a Grass Valley K2 Dyno Replay System, Harris routing and Glue, and multi-viewers. The audio control area houses a Studer Vista 1,32 channel audio mixer and an edit station utilising Avid Nitris DX. The audio workstation is handled by an Avid Pro Tools|HDX system.

Gravity Media – then branded Gearhouse Broadcast – unique relationship with Hitachi provides prime distribution rights to all Hitachi broadcast cameras in many international territories, including the SK-HD1200-S2 high-end, multi-format 1080p/3G HDTV production cameras used in this project.