NEP Sweden runs a large studio facility on the outskirts of Stockholm that houses three studios, of which studio 1 is the largest in Sweden. To handle the many productions better and efficiently, it decided to integrate fixed control rooms in the studio facility and assigned Broadcast Solutions GmbH with the project. Previously, all productions were realised with OB vans added to the building. In a close cooperation, German system integrator Broadcast Solutions GmbH joined forces with NEP Sweden for planning and implementation of the HD/UHD control rooms.
The Stockholm studio facility is Sweden’s top location for productions of large programs with up to 1,600 spectators, including nationwide hits such as ‘Idol’ or ‘Stjärnornas stjärna’. Within two months, from the start of detailed planning to commissioning, Broadcast Solutions implemented the ambitious project with a total of 200 space meters with two large production desks and 8×55″ multiviewers, one 5.1 audio room, one engineering room and CAR. The first show broadcasted with the new rooms was the production of ‘Stjärnornas stjärna’ show on 17 March, which went off without a hitch.
Jens Envall, technical director at NEP Sweden, said, “We decided to integrate fixed installed control rooms in our large studios to be more flexible and to work more efficiently at large productions. The time-schedule to implement the whole system was very demanding. But the Broadcast Solutions team delivered on time, and the result is just perfect. The new approach allows many different opportunities our customers demand from NEP Sweden.”
Commenting on the challenges of the project, Hans Huber, business unit manager at Broadcast Solutions, stated, “The extremely short time-period for implementation required a very in-depth and forward-looking planning of all processes and trades on-site and a lot of flexibility of all involved to react quickly to unforeseeable challenges. Thanks to our collaborative working team, project handover to the customer took place in time.”
In the field of video, NEP Sweden relies on cameras, video mixers, video routers and multiviewer systems from Grass Valley. The audio management, with 5.1 setup, is equipped with a Lawo mc256 audio console, including audio router. The intercom system is a Riedel Artist, and a VSM system is used as the overall control software. Video servers are from EVS XT4 K (two) plus Grass Valley K2 Solo.