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ARD-Hauptstadtstudio Chooses Quantel and MCI

New editing and storage system based on Quantel's sQ technology for German Public Broadcaster (February 01, 2006)

Germanys public broadcaster ARD has chosen international broadcast house MCI and broadcast manufacturer Quantel to design and equip its new production installation for ARDs main Berlin studio ('ARD-Hauptstadtstudio'). MCI received the order from ARD-Hauptstadtstudio in December last year for the planning and installation of two sQ server systems. Six Quantel sQ Edit Plus craft editors, a Paintbox graphics system and 30 sQ View desktop browsing applications complete the package.

The sQ servers offer a total of 18 I/O ports and a storage capacity of 220 hours at 50Mbit/s. They are controlled by Quantels QRecord and QPlay ingest and playout automation. Browsing the material on the sQ server is done in low res at the sQ View stations. These are part of the general network at the ARD-Hauptstadtstudio and make browsing and shot selection an easy job, ready for refining on the sQ Edit Plus craft editors. The complete system environment is based on Quantels own database management system ISA (Integrated Server Architecture) which locks browse and broadcast material together under a single system-wide database.

According to Torsten Andresen, Project Leader at MCI, ?The decision to use Quantel was made easy because the technology perfectly fits our customers demands.

Installation starts at the end of February 2006. MCI plans to start the trial operation in mid May in order to have the new facility ready to go by the end of July 2006.

About ARD-Hauptstadtstudio

ARD Hauptstadtstudio produces political newsfeeds for the ARD network's nine national television companies and 55 radio stations. About 70 journalists located in the centre of Berlin produce daily news reports, background information and comments for radio and broadcast. The weekly TV magazine 'Bericht aus Berlin' and many political and special programs are also produced from here.

About MCI
MCI is an internationally active systems producer for consulting, planning, and implementation of projects in the broadcast and media sector. When it comes to the development of new ideas and concepts, we are the right partner. We provide sound solutions, starting with the consultation right up to construction of a turnkey system. Our expertise is based on over 25 years of experience in hundreds of projects. As one of the affiliated companies of the Studio Hamburg Group, we are also in a position to complete large projects as a general contractor from broadcasting studios to hotel television, from cruise ships to mobile broadcasting units.
Press Contact:  Nina Grimme +49 (0)40 66 88 36 38,

About Quantel
Quantel is dedicated to creating new tools for the new digital age, covering everything from terrestrial and satellite television to broadband internet, DVD and d-cinema. Quantel systems combine industry-leading performance with total scalability in both hardware and software across post production, graphics, digital intermediate, news and sports production for multiple resolution, team-working environments.


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