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18/12/2008

Princeton University Broadcast Centre Graduates To Echolab Overture1 MD Switcher

Echolab, a leading provider of professional video switchers and broadcast tools, has announced that the Princeton University Broadcast Centre has deployed the company's Overture1 MD (multi-definition) production switcher in a new 1,600 square-foot HD facility located in the Frank Gehry-designed science library that opened this fall.
David Hopkins, Director of the Broadcast Centre, said: "A lot of things about the Overture switcher impressed me, but the major selling point was its ability to perform upconversion and crossconversion internally.
"Many people I work with on campus asked how, in our new HD environment, we were going to support all the SD sources we inevitably deal with.
"It was great to be able to tell them we have a piece of equipment that makes that easy. Another challenge for us was limited space in the control room, but because the Echolab switcher is so company, it fits perfectly. For something its size, it is amazing what it can do."
The Princeton Broadcast Centre relies on a professional staff of five, supported by freelancers and students, to create programming including public lectures and commencement, as well as faculty and student projects. A typical faculty-initiatied project was the studio's inaugural production, shot in December.
The project consisted of a series of three interviews focused on how engineers can help repair and develop the economy. Student projects, often more production-intensive, will take full advantage of the Overture1 switcher's arsenal of transitions and effects. The Overture series was designed to be easy to use, which makes it particularly well-suited to a facility like Princeton's where some operators will be rookies.
Nigel Spratling, Echolab President, said: "With its reputation for excellence, Princeton University naturally wanted top-quality and state-of-the-art features, but like all responsible educational institutions, this one had to consider the bottom line. Innovative technology enables our Overture1 to offer versatility and functionality at the right price."
Further information is available at: www.echolab.com.
(KMcA)
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