Investment in tapeless recording system ensured seamless transmission for multi-site operation of It Takes Two

The 60 episodes of 2017’s It Takes Two was based out of our state-of-the-art Studio TC2 at Television Centre, boasting a 3,340 sq. ft. production space to support a multi-camera set up, the dazzling set and a 40-member audience which joined the hour-long Friday show.

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Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two presenter Zoe Ball on set in Studio TC2

During the Television Centre revamp, we upgraded to a complete tapeless and R128 compliant transmission chainwhich allows for seamless connectivity and workflow streams between Television Centre and our Elstree production hub.

It Takes Two was recorded via our new EVS XS4K tapeless recording system, which allowed the pre-recorded Tuesday night shows to be streamed in real time to a new 180TB Avid Nexis shared storage facility at our Elstree post production village. Posterity AS-11 recordings of live transmissions were processed through a Vidchecker AQC system before being delivered to the BBC Archive.

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Behind-the-scenes in Studio TC2 at Television Centre

VT content for It Takes Two was edited alongside material for Strictly Come Dancing at Elstree and was delivered to Studio TC2 at Television via diverse HD Baseband video line connectivity. Extra resilience was provided using ‘send to playback’ file transfer by which content is sent via network infrastructure to the studio EVS.

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