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Services Sound & Vision Installs Miranda Solutions

Enhances British Forces Television Broadcasts With Miranda Master Control and Channel Branding (June 14, 2005)

Miranda today announced that the U.K. broadcaster Services Sound & Vision Corporation (SSVC) is installing, through systems integrator ATG Broadcast, three Presmaster 2 master control switching and channel-branding panels and three Imagestore master control switching and channel-branding processors, as part of a complete digitization of the company's entire production and transmission services.

ATG Broadcast is integrating the Miranda systems with IBIS automation for control of two channels, British Forces Broadcasting Services 1 and 2 (BFBS 1 and BFBS 2), which are broadcast via satellite to U.K. forces around the world.

"The BFBS television service brings the best of British television to our armed forces and their families serving outside the U.K.," explained SSVC Director of Technology Simon Shute. "We ingest programs from all of the main U.K. networks, and it's important that we transmit this material -- especially time-sensitive and topical programs -- very promptly. Some of these shows go out live, simultaneous with their U.K. airing, so a significant part of the branding effort we require is rapid 're-branding.' Miranda's template-based approach to channel-branding graphics allows us to store unbranded clips on our servers, and then use the IBIS automation to drive appropriate channel branding, rather than using conventional video editing to produce multiple versions."

The upgraded production and transmission system at SSVC is due to go live in June 2005. IBIS automation will control the whole operation and fire pre-programmed templates as part of playout automation. The time saved by Miranda's template-based branding system will allow SSVC to get programs to air more quickly, and will also enable the company to dedicate more time to the look of broadcasts through improved program junctions.

"Miranda systems were selected for the SSVC upgrade because they integrate well with IBIS automation and they feature the ability to recall templates for use in channel branding," said Alan Pimm at ATG Broadcast. "The use of these templates with the Imagestore's Easytext automated character generator option enables rapid production of high-quality graphics for branding and promotional messages, resulting in a sharper overall presentation for BFBS television broadcasts."

Miranda's Imagestore processor features integrated video/audio clip playout for interstitials, moving CG backgrounds and promotional clip overlays. Multiple options across the Imagestore range include video and multi-group audio mixing, an agile DVE, and a multi-level, automated character generator. All of these mixing and branding features can be controlled by the Presmaster 2 master control switcher panel.

About SSVC
The Services Sound & Vision Corporation (SSVC) is a registered charity set up to entertain and inform Britain's Armed Forces around the world. SSVC's work makes a considerable contribution to the maintenance of the efficiency and morale of the three Services, and its activities are carried out directly for the Ministry of Defence. Any profits are donated towards Forces' welfare.

BFBS Television broadcasts the best of U.K. television around the clock to Germany, Cyprus, the Middle East, and bases in Canada, the Balkans, Belize, Ascension Island, and the Falkland Islands. Two 24-hour channels are broadcast via satellite to personnel in 17 countries, with Navy TV being broadcast to HM ships.

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About Miranda
Miranda Technologies is a world-leading manufacturer of video and audio equipment for the broadcast, production, and post-production markets, with a range spanning interfacing and distribution, routing, master control switching and channel branding, multi-image display processors, and monitoring over IP systems. Headquartered in Montreal, Miranda also has major offices in Springfield (N.J., U.S.), Wallingford (Oxon, U.K.), Paris, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo. The company's products are also represented worldwide by a network of professional distributors and dealers.

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