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WAAPA Goes Wireless
With Riedel's Bolero
T

he Western Australian Academy
of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
has
migrated
its
production
communications infrastructure to
Riedel's Bolero wireless intercom
system.
Replacing an obsolete wired system,
Bolero provides crystal-clear, efficient,
and easy-to-manage communications
for WAAPA performance crews at both
on-campus and off-site venues.
Situated on the Mount Lawley
Campus of Edith Cowan University near
Perth, WAAPA is recognized nationally
and internationally for providing
Australia's most comprehensive range
of performing arts training. WAAPA's
world-class staff, working in stateof-the-art performance and teaching
facilities, provides rigorous and
specialized training.
"Over the course of our academic
year, we stage around 25 key
productions of musicals, plays, dance,
jazz, and classical concerts. With
such a busy production schedule,

a
dependable
communications
infrastructure is paramount in the
successful delivery of each show,"
said Cameron Malacari, Production
Manager at WAAPA. "When our
previous systems reached the end of
their useful life for supporting multiple
productions, we had two choices:
reduce our production capabilities
- which simply wasn't an option - or
invest in state-of-the-art technology.
Bolero is an outstanding choice,
giving us newfound flexibility and
reliably clear, concise, and portable
communications."
With the previous hard-wired
system for production communication
between technical crew, WAAPA
was experiencing around 50 hours
of downtime annually, hampering
the school's ability to stage
modern productions. The previous
communications setup was also costly,
supported by two discreet for-hire
systems that racked up substantial
annual equipment costs and additional

Australia's WAAPA training facility

fees for associated
support.
In contrast, the
new Bolero wireless
system provides a
streamlined
and
reliable communications infrastructure
that works equally well for both oncampus and off-campus productions.
The modular Bolero installation
is designed around a facility-wide
backbone, the system is already
in place to enable on-the-fly
communications between two venues
as needed.
"With Bolero, we've eliminated
several annual hire costs, and we
can receive convenient support from
Riedel in our own time zone. If we
need additional equipment, Riedel
can provide it on a rental basis to help
us keep our total cost of ownership
down," said Tim Landauer, Venue
Services Coordinator at WAAPA.
"Riedel's
experience
in
major
performing arts venues, theatres,

and universities across Australia was
invaluable in helping us optimize the
system design."
He added: "Going with Riedel
and Bolero has also boosted our
educational mission. Since Riedel
systems are the industry standard
in the broadcast and theatre
production/event workspace, our
production students receive training
on technology they will use in the
real world. Our instructors can
concentrate on the core work of
teaching production and performance
practice, rather than spending hours
troubleshooting faulty systems. In this
manner, Bolero supports our ultimate
goal of enabling performance and
storytelling on stage smoothly and
invisibly."

HDR Vision at Chinese Television System
D

espite the great strides made
by 4K TV sales in Taiwan, TV
stations, especially terrestrial stations,
have recognised the need to increase
production of original 4K content more
suited for local consumers.
One such station is free-to-air
Chinese Television System (CTS) which
is part of the Taiwan Broadcasting
System.
"In line with the nation's 'Forwardlooking Infrastructure Plan,' CTS has
identified 4K as a key component of
our goal to bring high-quality local
programmes to our viewers," said
Chao-I Lee, Manager Engineering
Department at CTS.
CTS assessed several 4K partners
and after a lengthy evaluation,
selected Sony. It was the first time that
CTS has acquired Sony equipment for
its studios.
"Sony impressed us with their
diversified 4K product line and aftersales service. To reduce the learning
curve, Sony also provided regular onsite training support," Lee added.
The Sony 4K equipment selected by
CTS include the BRC-X1000 - Sony's

first 4K remote camera. CTS identified
this compact and powerful robotic
camera for its uncompromising picture
quality as well as its versatility to
complement other broadcast cameras
for capturing images in hard-to-reach
positions.
The remote camera can be easily
deployed in TV newsrooms, remote
studios and sports stadiums. It's
also particularly suited for efficient
multicamera set-ups under the control
of a single operator.
Other equipment that impressed
Chao-I and his team was Sony's
PXW-Z450, the world's first 4K HDR
shoulder camcorder. "The BRCX1000's low-light sensitivity and silent

pan-tilt zoom functions were stand-out
features. Together with the PXW-Z450
shoulder camcorder, it will give the
CTS crew more creative options," Lee
continued.
To complement the two Sony
cameras, CTS also invested in the BVMHX310 TRIMASTER HX™ Professional
Master Monitor for its studio and
post-production suites. Selected for
its excellent High Dynamic Range
(HDR) capabilities and wide colour
gamut, the BVM-HX310 also offers easy
system integration with CTS' current
production workflows.
"We're very encouraged by the
seamless integration of the new Sony
equipment and we're confident that

CTS selected the Sony BVM-HX310 TRIMASTER HX™
Professional Master Monitor for its HDR capabilities

CTS will continue our collaboration
with Sony," Lee concluded.
Founded in 1971, CTS is renowned for
its wide range of quality programmes
including dramas, variety shows and
sports variety shows and sports.
CTS is well remembered for its
350-episode Chinese drama classic
Justice Bao which was launched in
1974. It was the longest running TV
series produced entirely by CTS and
aired in over 80 countries. The series
still enjoys a cult following.
Most recently, CTS was the exclusive
TV station to broadcast the 2017
Summer Universiade, an international
multisport event that was hosted by
Taiwan.

CTS has acquired three Sony PXW-Z450
HDR camcorders


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