KBS installs three Iris suites

Korea’s major broadcaster KBS has answered a workflow challenge with the Merging Iris networked post-production system.

KBS was very familiar with Merging products with as much as 70% of the total music, drama, and documentary output being handled by Pyramix.

Final delivery requirement for the servers was XDCAM MXF, which was requiring the final audio file to be sent back to the video editing and computer graphics teams and this was creating something of a logjam. Equipping the audio suites with Pyramix, VCube, Final Cut Pro, and a CG computer means that the whole process can be done in the audio suite. This has major advantages if the producer requested last minute changes. With such a large system, a suitable and efficient audio controller would be necessary and the Tango 2 was chosen. In consultation with the Merging team, a feature addition to V5.0 VCube will ultimately allow the Final Cut Pro stations to be removed with a further saving of time.

In addition to the obvious advantage of completing the process in one location, it also has the effect of breaking down the traditional barriers between the video and audio teams. The KBS TV Technical Operations team led by Choi Myung Gyu and Insu Hwang of Merging’s distributor Syncfish planned the system carefully and the three rooms are identically equipped except for the number of faders on the Tango surfaces. Room A is 44 channels and the other two are 32, directly controlling the Pyramix 256 MassCore Post Pack, which is in turn connected to Horus units with the redundant power option. VCube completes the system with the HD-SDI Dual Card Option with maximum video codec support.