Custom Consoles EditOne Desks in Control for ‘Mars 1001’

November 21st, 2017

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The Hague, Netherlands, November 21, 2017 – Custom Consoles EditOne desks have been chosen for the mission control room set in Mirage3D’s virtual reality 360 degrees and fulldome film ‘Mars 1001’.

“We researched the available desks online and at IBC,” comments Mirage3D founder and CEO Robin Sip who has produced the new film for digital planetariums around the world. “EditOne has exactly the modern high-tech look we were seeking plus the practical advantage that it ships as an easily assembled flatpack. We purchased four desks and expanded this to 30 using our green-screen skills. We changed the actors and extras and props for every recording. You won’t see the joins!”

“We have supplied desks to a very large number of production studios, post houses, broadcasters and playout service providers over the years but this is the first time they have intentionally appeared on camera,” adds Custom Consoles Sales Manager Gary Fuller. “The effects achieved by Mirage3D are extremely impressive and demonstrate how far traditional television can be developed as virtual reality becomes increasingly popular.”

Scheduled for release in June 2018, ‘Mars 1001′ centres on space reporter Miles O’Brien guiding viewers through a 1,000 day mission to fly a crew to Mars and return them safely to Earth. The production will be available in fulldome, flat screen and VR formats.

EditOne was developed for use in video editing suites and broadcast graphics areas. It goes beyond traditional rectangular styling by using sculpted MDF support panels rather than metal legs. The curved theme is carried through to the desktop and a raised monitor shelf, both of which are optimised for a centrally seated operator. The EditOne desk incorporates three equipment pods with a collective nine units of rack space. These form the base of a monitor shelf. Full cable management is provided. Power distribution is optional. An auxiliary equipment pedestal with an additional nine units of rack space and an integral worktop is also available.

Front and rear corners of the desk and auxiliary pedestal are curved, eliminating any possibility of collision with sharp protrusions and contributing to the ultra-modern appearance. The worktop and monitor base also have hard-wearing and operator-friendly curved edges at front, sides and rear. Finish is in oak with contrasting black powder-coated MDF. All furniture in the EditOne range can be shipped in compact flat-pack form for onsite assembly by customers or systems integrators, saving space, cost and delivery time.

Mirage3D (www.mirage3d.eu) offers a wide range of chroma key effects at its green screen studio in The Hague. The Studio sets can occupy up to 15 x 15 metre floor area and faces a 4.8 metre high U-shaped green screen wall. Stage facilities include a 3 metre diameter turntable supporting weights of up to 1,250 kilograms, an overhead door large enough to accommodate a car, roller scaffolding, pulleys, and a wide range of props. Clients can work with Mirage3D production equipment or bring their own production tools. The facility also has its own 8K cameras, edit suite, 3D animation system, video effects facilities, render farm and dome theatre. The resultant recordings can be digitally superimposed into any conceivable background.

Custom Consoles Ltd (www.customconsoles.co.uk) is an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer of project-specific and modular broadcast, process-control and security furniture. The product range includes motorised, manually-adjustable and fixed-height units plus fan-cooled sound-insulated equipment housings. Custom Consoles operates from a 1,200 square metre UK-based production facility equipped with 3D computer-aided-design facilities, computer-controlled cutting machinery and a thermoform press. These resources provide the dual benefits of precise quality control and prompt delivery times, typically 21 days from receipt of order. Custom Consoles’ clients include broadcasters, production and post production studios, governmental and corporate organisations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia.

 

Contacts for further information

Newsmedia support: David Kirk, Stylus Media Consultants
Tel: +44 (0)1342 311 983 | Email: stylusmedia@gmail.com

Mirage3D: Robin Sip
Tel: +31 703 457 500 | Email: robinm3d@gmail.com

Custom Consoles: Gary Fuller
Tel: +44 (0)1525 379 909

Custom Consoles Ltd, Leedon House, Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 4TN, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1525 379 909 | Fax: +44(0)1525 370 237
Web: www.customconsoles.co.uk

Custom Consoles Technical Control Furniture Chosen for New Monitoring & Communications Centre

October 17th, 2017

800 CCL_SteelBase_control_suiteLeighton Buzzard, UK, October 17, 2017 – One of Europe’s leading courier service companies has invested in control desks and customised furniture from technical furniture specialist Custom Consoles. The new facility enables the company to react to changes such as road closures or bad weather, taking pre-emptive action, and informing clients in real time.

Good ergonomics, robust construction and the ability to match technical and dimensional specifications were key elements in the choice of Custom Consoles as the preferred supplier.

“We designed, supplied and installed furniture for the Monitoring & Communication Centre’s control room and two meeting rooms,” details Custom Consoles’ Sales Manager, Gary Fuller. “The control room is equipped with two six metre wide rectangular SteelBase desks facing a multiscreen monitor display. Each desk provides working space for five operators, each of whom has direct access two computer monitors within easy reach on user-adjustable Ergotron monitor mounts.

“Near the opposite wall is a custom-designed desk for eight planning team operators in a four facing four configuration. Each of these positions has a single computer monitor, again on a user-adjustable Ergotron support arm. Supplementary furniture provided for the control room includes storage facilities and a supervisor’s desk.

“For the larger of the two meeting rooms we have designed and produced a 4.2 metre long by 1.2 metre wide table with integral monitor feeds and power ports, for use by up to 14 people. For the second meeting room, adjacent to the supervisor’s desk, we has supplied a circular desk – also incorporating monitor connection ports.

“Finish throughout is in matching grey with highly durable Trespa pale grey work surfaces.”

Custom Consoles Ltd (www.customconsoles.co.uk) is an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer of project-specific and modular broadcast, process-control and security furniture. The product range includes motorised, manually-adjustable and fixed-height units plus fan-cooled sound-insulated equipment housings. Custom Consoles operates from a 1,200 square metre UK-based production facility equipped with 3D computer-aided-design facilities, computer-controlled cutting machinery and a thermoform press. These resources provide the dual benefits of precise quality control and prompt delivery times, typically 21 days from receipt of order. Custom Consoles’ clients include broadcasters, production and post production studios, governmental and corporate organisations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia.

 

Contacts for further information

Newsmedia support: David Kirk, Stylus Media Consultants
Tel: +44 (0)1342 311 983 | Email: stylusmedia@gmail.com

Custom Consoles: Gary Fuller
Tel: +44 (0)1525 379 909

Custom Consoles Ltd, Leedon House, Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 4TN, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1525 379 909 | Fax: +44(0)1525 370 237
Web: www.customconsoles.co.uk

Custom Consoles Celebrates 21 Years of Studio Desk Innovation

September 29th, 2017

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Accompanying image shows the recently introduced EditOne-Radio desk.

 

 

Leighton Buzzard, UK, September 27, 2017 – Custom Consoles this year marks 21 successful years as a world-leading innovator in the design and production of broadcast control room desks and studio furniture. The anniversary was celebrated informally during the mid September International Broadcasting Convention.

“When we commenced operations in February 1996, our aim was to reduce the need for expensive tailor-made desks which added significantly to the cost of many broadcast studio projects,” comments Custom Consoles’ Managing Director Neil Reed. “We knew from our own background in broadcast systems design that studio furniture must conform to a wide range of parameters. It has to be robust enough to last at least the lifetime of the studio suite itself, typically five to seven years before the next major upgrade. Other vital issues were easy access for equipment installation and cable management, good ventilation, and good ergonomics for users working long shifts. Desks and related furniture must also fit the available space and be visually attractive enough to impress visitors, especially facility-house clients.”

“We introduced our first standard design in 1998,” details Custom Consoles’ co-founder and Business Director Graham Buchanan. “That was the System One fixed-height graphics desk and side-table, followed in 2000 by the motorised height adjustable System Two. In 2004 we added M-Desk which allows the desktop height to be adjusted between 660 and 900 mm using a retractable handle. Module-R, which followed in 2005, proved to be the most successful development in the company’s history because it gives system integrators the freedom to specify complete furniture configurations. Module-R is still going strong, based on a nominally standard range of desk sections, worktops, rear tops, end-panel modules, extruded legs and equipment storage pods. Cable management is integrated into all desk sections. In 2006 we added the Media Wall range of video and loudspeaker display mounts, again modular to match any size and scale, for control rooms, presentation suites and studio backdrops.”

Other significant Custom Consoles innovations included the EditOne post-production suite desk. Introduced in 2013, this went beyond traditional rectangular styling by using using sculpted MDF support panels rather than metal legs. Two years later, in 2015, a sister product to Media Wall was introduced: the free-standing MediaPost. This is intended for applications such as supplementary monitors in a control room, studio floor monitors, off-camera talent prompts or part of an in-view studio background.

At IBC 2017 Custom Consoles introduced the EditOne-Radio desk for use in radio interview suites, presentation studios and voiceover booths. EditOne-Radio can be configured to match a wide range of audio production environments including live radio broadcasting.

“Demand for technical furniture in the broadcast and independent studio sectors remains very strong in our European home markets, the Middle East, Asia and APAC,” adds Sales Manager Gary Fuller. “One of the highlights of 2017 was being chosen by Broadcast Center Europe to provide over 50 desks for the new RTL City complex in Luxembourg. RTL City is one of Europe’s largest broadcast media centres.”

“BCE were keen to source all the desks from a single supplier, keeping the task of equipment installation and wiring as consistent as possible. It was also a logical decision in terms of efficiency, future maintenance and unified visual styling. BCE made a very careful study of the available furniture products was made before choosing Module-R and EditOne desks. Samples were sent for evaluation and we also provided constructive ideas based on the high degree of design flexibility made possible by combining elements within the Module-R product range.”

“In recent years we have expanded into heavy duty technical furniture for the power industry. Among high profile projects in that category was technical control furniture from our SteelBase range for the Large Hadron Collider beauty (LHCb) experiment at CERN’s experimental site on the Franco-Swiss border. The contract included the design and installation of desks for the LHCb main control room and the LHC cryogenics control room on site. It was followed early this year by a second technical control desk project for the CERN Heavy Magnet Testing control room.”

Custom Consoles Ltd (www.customconsoles.co.uk) is an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer of project-specific and modular broadcast, process-control and security furniture. The product range includes motorised, manually-adjustable and fixed-height units plus fan-cooled sound-insulated equipment housings. Custom Consoles operates from a 1,200 square metre UK-based production facility equipped with 3D computer-aided-design facilities, computer-controlled cutting machinery and a thermoform press. These resources provide the dual benefits of precise quality control and prompt delivery times, typically 21 days from receipt of order. Custom Consoles’ clients include broadcasters, production and post production studios, governmental and corporate organisations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia.
Contacts for further information

Newsmedia support: David Kirk, Stylus Media Consultants
Tel: +44 (0)1342 311 983 | Email: stylusmedia@gmail.com

Custom Consoles: Gary Fuller
Tel: +44 (0)1525 379 909

Custom Consoles Ltd, Leedon House, Billington Road, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 4TN, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1525 379 909 | Fax: +44(0)1525 370 237
Web: www.customconsoles.co.uk