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Altered Images

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Welcome to Altered Images We are one of the UK’s major resellers of technology for the television production and corporate communications industry. Because we understand the production business, we consult with you to deliver the best solutions. Our skill in providing the best service is based around pre sales consultancy, and post-sales service and support. This approach is essential and we are one of the few companies in the UK to be able to deliver this kind of service. Altered Images is 15 years old. Its comforting to know that from consultation and design, through build and installation, you’ll only be dealing with experts in post technology. Altered Images has a highly skilled team of people with a deep understanding of the way visual communications technology works and how production professionals can get the best out of it.

Acquisition: Lights, cameras and everything you need to record the best action. Studio cameras, vision mixers, switchers, graphics and everything you need for TV studio’s. Disk recorders and monitoring. Equipment from Panasonic, JVC, Ross Video, Canon, Blackmagic, AJA, Atomos and many more. Ingest: The very latest in file based ingest and workflow automation tools. Editshare Geevs, Autocue broadcast servers, MOG mxfSPEEDRAIL and Avid AirSpeed.

With unparalleled support and maintenance expertise, it’s easy to see why Altered Images is one of the most popular technology suppliers in the UK.

Storage: Shared storage to local storage, 4K to SD , cloud to spinning discs. We get a clear picture of what you need. Talk to us, the leading suppliers of Editshare & Avid shared storage and many other solutions.

So whatever you need, advice on systems and installations, hire of equipment or purchase of the most up to date production technology; hi-definition, acquisition, graphics, non-linear editing, presentation & communication products, then talk to us we can help, you are sure to get the very best advice available...

Edit: For over 15 years we’ve been leading suppliers of Avid editing systems. From a simple laptop, newsroom systems, collaborative workgroups through to grading and finishing systems. Fully integrated, fully supported, we’ve got you fully covered.

Nationwide Service and Support Altered Images can provide a complete solution from consultancy to design and installation, with full maintenance support, from one of our nationwide offices.

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Manage: Your media, your metadata, your assets, you get the best out of them by talking to us. Asset management to archive, from leading suppliers including Avid, Editshare, Cache-A and Object Matrix. Deliver: Playout servers, QC products, Telestream transcoding , multi platform delivery, and file based delivery from Signiant Media Shuttle. Our products can deliver for you.

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If you haven’t spoken to us, are you really seeing the whole picture?

Avid ISIS 5000 The benchmark for Affordable Storage

Avid Technology From powerful and creative video capture and offline editing tools, to high-performance online finishing and graphics systems, Avid offers a range of comprehensive multi-format solutions for demanding professionals to fulfil film and video needs and budgets.

Avid ISIS 5000 shared storage sets a new value benchmark for reliable, flexible, high performance media access enabling new workflow efficiencies that directly impact your bottom line. With up to 90 client connections, 144 TB useable capacity, and the reliable linear performance of ISIS, the power to boost your productivity and competitiveness has never been more affordable. Based on the leading storage software for real time media production - the ISIS File System - ISIS 5000 provides the same real time media access, intelligent selfbalancing data architecture, and predictable, linear scalability as the enterprise ISIS 7000.

Altered Images are the leading Avid Elite Reseller, with over 15 years experience providing the entire range of Avid Solutions. We can offer consultation, supply, installation and support contracts from single Media Composer systems through to Avid ISIS shared storage with Interplay.

Avid Media Composer Software Edit projects faster and in ways you never thought possible. Media Composer is now more open and interactive than ever, so you can work with practically any media format and expand your capabilities with options from Avid and third-party manufacturers. Edit the way you want-in real time-using full-featured, ACE-certified editorial and creative tools. Experience the fastest file-based workflows on Earth. Collaborate easily with video and audio editors. Get dependable, industry-proven media management. Save time-and money-with unique workflows and options. And more!

Avid Media Composer Nitris DX When you edit high-profile films, TV shows, or commercials for a living, you need a system that gives you the speed, flexibility, and confidence to take on anything. With Media Composer Nitris DX, you can capture, edit, monitor, and output digital and analog material faster and easier than anything else available. Nitris DX video hardware with your host computer’s CPU and GPU, gives you a single high-bandwidth effects engine that delivers without compromise - no matter what formats and codecs you use. And with onboard 10-bit Avid DNxHD encoding and decoding, you can edit HD projects with incredible beauty and speed.

Avid ISIS 7000 Enterprise Class Real Time Media Network Avid ISIS 7000 uniquely combines highest performance, availability, scalability, and an open architecture with powerful yet simple to use management tools. Avid ISIS 7000 Engine delivers up to 400 MB/s of useable bandwidth, sustaining linear performance even as editor client counts increase, up to 9.6 GB/s easily meeting the challenge of large scale, high resolution production. No active single point of failure ISIS Mirroring or RAID 6 media protection mirrored system, metadata; redundant switching, system connectivity and cooling. Up to 1.53 PB storage Scale from 16 TB to 1.53 PB raw capacity. 1.15 PB with ISIS RAID 6 protection, and 768 TB with high performance ISIS Mirroring protection.

Avid ISIS 2000 Cost-effective nearline storage to access and manage media beyond active production With Avid ISIS 2000, you can more economically extend your library of accessible media with a cost-effective, disk-based nearline solution that augments your active real-time production storage and provides ready access to more of your media assets. ISIS 2000 lets you enhance your workflows and optimize your overall storage investment with a solution: Specially tailored for Avid workflows Purpose-built for large-scale media storage. Able to multiply the number of assets readily accessible for reuse and monetization. Backed by Avid support and professional services.

Avid Interplay Production Asset Management Solution For broadcast and media producers seeking to raise efficiency, increase output, make better use of their resources and address new opportunity, Interplay offers the leading production asset management solution. Since 2006, it has helped post-production and broadcast organisations at more than 700 sites worldwide break through workflow boundaries. Avid Interplay Production lets you get more value from your media. By accelerating processes, extending media access to more contributors, and linking media to business operations, Interplay media and production asset management saves time, reduces cost, and provides the power to realize new opportunities. More contributors add value to production workflow, Assistants, Loggers, Journalists, Producers, Archivists, Administrators, all have access to intuitive role-supporting tools.

Altered Images designs and installs next-generation tapeless workflow for AETN UK The beginnings of a tape-free future. Altered Images supplied and installed an Avid Interplay asset management system, over 20 Interplay Assist stations, Avid ISIS 7000 storage solution, Telestream Agility system and both new and upgraded Avid Media Composer and Symphony edit suites. AETN UK broadcast operations manager, Tony Gill. “I was very confident that the system Altered Images and Avid proposed at the heart of our new tapeless environment would bring us the productivity and efficiency benefits the business needed.” A new workflow, a new way of thinking. Altered Images consulted a wide cross section of the AETN staff, ensuring that the system met everyone’s needs, this process also helped garner advance buy-in from the staff - crucial in the implementation of a whole new working practice. “Completely changing a workflow is dramatic,” says Gill. “It’s scary for people to think about their daily work life being turned upside down. Gaining user

acceptance was vital to the success of the project and contributed to an easy transition.” Tangible benefits - from day one. Once the system was in place efficiency gains were immediate. Gill put it simply: “We essentially cut nine and a half hours of traffic down to two hours.” Big picture savings. What does this mean for AETN? The greatly streamlined and more productive end-to-end system has resulted in 25% more editing time. The final word goes to Gill: “From project conception to final implementation and support, Altered Images really understood what we were looking to achieve every step of the way. They helped make our move to a tapeless workflow environment as seamless as possible, and we’re already seeing the cost savings and operational benefits of the new solution”.

Editshare - Award Winning Shared Storage for Collaborative Editing EditShare is an award-winning system for storing audio and video media files in a central networked location. EditShare allows all connected workstations to capture, access and share a common pool of media files, while guaranteeing a fast and efficient workflow as well as the safety of your media files. EditShare is the first affordable solution for true collaborative editing -- designed for the industry’s leading NLE products like Avid Media Composer, Avid Symphony, Apple Final Cut Pro, Canopus Edius, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Sony Vegas. Altered Images has been recognised by EditShare as the UK’s Leading Value Added Reseller for 2007, and most recently for Europe in 2009-10 and 2011-12.

Editshare Energy Series Storage

Editshare Xstream Series Storage

EditShare’s customers include television networks, universities, reality show and feature film producers, and production companies of all sizes. What attracts them all to EditShare? Unique Project Sharing for Avid and Final Cut Pro, outstanding performance and stream counts, standard Gigabit and 10-Gigabit connectivity, rock-solid Linux-based reliability, RAID5 and RAID-6 redundancy, powerful but simple administration and management features for even the largest operations, and tremendous scalability.

Engineered with the highest performance storage technology available, EditShare XStream supports any workflow with almost limitless scalability for both user numbers and storage size. XStream is designed for all creative workgroups, from digital intermediate, news, sports, reality TV and education, to any high-resolution media sharing workflow where a large number of simultaneous users require real-time edit-in-place or true collaborative access to high-resolution video files and data.

Extreme scalability - Expanding your storage up to 100 or 200 Terabytes or beyond is no more complicated than purchasing additional expansion servers and plugging them into the network. Outstanding reliability – All EditShare storage solutions use the industry’s most reliable RAID-5 and RAID-6 hardware. Gigabit & 10 Gigabit Ethernet provides exceptional connectivity and cost savings.

Extreme performance with industry leading stream counts supporting hundreds of simultaneous users. High bandwidth DI workflows include optimisations for multiuser 2K and HD DPX media.

Editshare Flow EditShare’s Flow products are all about adding efficiency and increasing productivity in your workflow, thanks to the powerful Flow database that allows you to track your media assets throughout the production process from ingest all the way through to archiving on Ark Disk or Tape. With Flow Ingest, you can capture multiple channels of SDI/HD-SDI simultaneously and encode each channel in up to three codecs in realtime, including lowresolution proxies. Flow Ingest captures directly to EditShare storage and supports Avid, QuickTime and AVI codecs, including DNxHD, XDCAM-HD and AVC-intra. With Flow Browse, you can monitor, log and create subclips during or after ingest, manage file-based transfers from XDCAM and P2 sources, search through the media on your EditShare storage -- including offline archived clips located on Ark Tape and Ark Disk systems. – Flow Browse offers tremendous production capabilities for organizing media before you hit the edit bay. Flow Logger is a versatile application for logging live feeds or existing media designed for sports and reality productions and allows fast entry of pre-defined metadata through customisable fields and templates.

Editshare Ark


Integrated Archives and Backups for Media Production.

Broadcast Video Servers for HD/SD Ingest and Playout

Whether you need to keep a backup copy of your media and project files, or you want to permanently archive onto lower-cost and more energy efficient storage, there is an Ark solution for you.

Geevs Broadcast Servers for Ingest and Playout suit a wide range of demanding workflows, such as simple ingest, complex newsroom integration, live sports with instant replay, multi-camera studio ingest, or 24/7 scheduled playout. With over 1,000 channels on air, Geevs servers offer broadcasters real benefits and return on investment with a full feature set, including unmatched codec support for Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHD, AVC-Intra 100, and DVCPRO HD. Geevs also has a free API for integration with Third Party solutions, making it one of the most flexible Broadcast Servers available.

Ark Disk Similar to your EditShare Storage server, the EditShare Ark disk-based storage has hard disks that are spinning all the time, offering the advantage of high-speed performance for backup, archiving, and restoration tasks.

Ark Tape Provides an integrated solution for customers who want to have a safety copy of their media that can be easily transported off-site, or for those who want an easy and energy-efficient solution for archiving media and projects from their EditShare storage systems.

Chelsea TV upgrade to EditShare’s fast, tapeless end-to-end production and playout workflow. Chelsea TV, the London-based Premier League Football Club broadcaster, has upgraded their Stamford Bridge production facility with end-to-end EditShare tapeless production and playout technology: Geevs for managing multichannel ingest; EditShare Flow for asset management and live sports logging, fully integrated with the company’s tiered storage solutions; XStream shared storage and Ark nearline and offline archiving.

card, a red card, scoring a goal or giving an interview. With Flow templates, producers and operators log information in a standardized manner; ensuring that other staff can quickly and easily locate content. Editors have a much more streamlined workflow with dragging clips from the point of ingest – already indexed – into their Avid. It is an incredibly fast turnaround,” Richard Bignell, Executive Producer, Chelsea TV.

Altered Images, EditShare’s premiere system integrator, oversaw the modern design and extensive implementation.

The integrated workflow removes the need for VTRs and centralizes Chelsea TV media on the EditShare XStream shared storage platform. Advanced EditShare project sharing capabilities ensure Avid editors can access content in real-time, freely sharing media and collaborating on projects and programs. Finished programs and complete matches are migrated to the EditShare Ark tape-based solution for long-term archiving.

The new workflow features Geevs direct capture of Chelsea ‘s content to the EditShare XStream shared storage system fully integrated with Ark. The EditShare Flow live-logging templates and comprehensive metadata tracking make managing content, whether it is a live game or player interview, much more manageable. “What makes the new EditShare installation really shine is the ease of logging player actions using Flow. The customized logging templates contain just about every event/action we could think of; a player receiving a yellow

Media Sharing, Archiving, Asset Management and Delivery File based cameras, end to end file based workflows, or digital delivery; whichever part, or all of the process you are involved with, the same questions arise:- how do you protect your media assets, how to store them, manipulate them, archive, retrieve and deliver them. The tapeless future is already with us, and Altered Images have a range of services and solutions to suit many different budgets and requirements. Give us a call to find out more !



Object Matrix

Archion Technologies, based in Burbank, CA, is a leading provider of intelligent networked storage solutions specifically designed for post production and graphic professionals. Founded in 1999 by a team of post production, storage technology and entertainment industry professionals, Archion set out to create a new standard of data protection and performance for those creating video, audio and graphical content. Since then, Archion’s high-performance storage technology has been critical to the success of hundreds of television and feature film projects.

Cache-A Corporation provides archive appliances serving the digital video industry. Their products are targeted at the idea of archiving made easy, serving workflows for production, postproduction and broadcast applications. They deliver solutions that keep track of your assets with a built-in searchable database of all your tapes as well as allowing you to interchange your content by making every tape with its own table of contents.

Established in 2003, Object Matrix is a software company based in Caerphilly (Wales, UK). Its acclaimed product MatrixStore has been used in production since 2006 by broadcast and creative agency customers.

Synergy XTR - Storage for Unity

Cache-A’s LTO based archive appliances provide networked storage systems to professional video customers that are simple to deploy and allow users a way to easily transfer their content to secure, portable, exchangeable LTO tape cartridges.

Archion’s Synergy XTR is the result of a decade of experience in providing Avid Unity MediaNetwork based solutions. Archion engineers developed the award winning Vdisk™ storage technology to enable the plug and play integration of hardware parity RAID into Unity MediaNetworks without changing the standard workflow. Synergy XTR eliminates the need to mirror your storage or compromise your media. Unity MediaNetwork owners can now add storage at a fraction of the cost while improving their protection, scalability, performance, and investment protection. Highlights include:

LTO Archive Appliances for Media Professionals

The Cache-A LTO-5 drive based archive appliances will hold 1500GB per cartridge, equivalent to more than 110 hours of 25 Mb/s Standard Definition or more than 29 hours of 100 Mb/s High Definition (HD) content. All Cache-A appliances can provide archiving via fast file transfers over Gigabit Ethernet at data rates up to 75MB/s and even faster using other transfer technologies such as direct attached storage.

Seamless Integration.

Easily archive tapeless media.

Complete Protection with Hardware RAID.

Easily archive projects.

Award Winning Vdisk™ Technology.

Built-in catalogue for easy recovery.

Available in 8TB, 16TB and 32TB Capacities. Highest Throughput Available.

LTFS support.

The MatrixStore The MatrixStore is a highly secure disk-based repository designed to protect your digital assets in an automated, repeatable and regulated manner. It is the safe place to protect the assets you are currently working on and the secure platform for all your completed work. The MatrixStore is easy to use. It sits transparently behind your workflow (Avid, Apple) protecting your digital assets with the minimum of effort. Access is as straightforward as a keyword search. MatrixStore is designed to be used in the following 3 ways: Pre-Production Rushes Archive Guaranteed ingest providing a secure, searchable rushes repository. Nearline Archive Take the strain off the ISIS or XSAN. Move content that needs to be accessed onto a more appropriate solution. Library Archive Keep your content alive forever. In MatrixStore content is available 24/7 for re-use, re-purposing and enabling revenue generation.

Atempo Digital Archive (ADA)



Atempo Digital Archive (ADA) addresses the growing challenges of storage management and long-term data preservation by offering scalability, flexibility and performance in an open architecture to Broadcast, Post Production and Creative organisations. Atempo Digital Archive allows organisations to cost effectively manage the growth of their file-based data.

The unique mxfSPEEDRAIL technology can be seamlessly integrated with the most popular broadcast technology and formats, offering high traffic performance, great interoperability between platforms and efficient metadata sharing.

Signiant’s secure, enterprise file transfer software is trusted by the world’s top Media & Entertainment brands to automate, accelerate and manage the intelligent movement of digital media across global networks.

With access to a full range of automated solutions for File-Based Ingest, SD-HD/SDI Capture, Digital Delivery and Real Time Playback, the mxfSPEEDRAIL customers will be able to achieve the highest performance in the most diverse file-based workflows.

Media Shuttle

The solution to overstuffed volumes? Migrate rarely used, fixed data stored on expensive disks to more economical secondary storage media, such as tape, low-cost disk, and cloud storage. Based on administrator determined parameters – such as file age, last accessed date, and file type – Atempo Digital Archive automatically identifies files for archiving and then moves them to the designated lower-cost platform. Atempo Digital Archive protects and preserves content throughout digital media workflows, and optimises capacity as storage demands increase. From newly ingested footage to completed projects, Atempo Digital Archive ensures digital content can be easily searched and retrieved for re-distribution or re-use in new productions. Atempo Digital Archive supports tight and seamless integration with popular asset management systems including Apple Final Cut Server, Building4Media FORK, CatDV and Avid Interplay. Atempo Digital Archive also enables users of software such as Final Cut Pro and Media Composer to directly archive content from within their NLE interface. With cross-platform support across Mac, Windows, Linux and UNIX and an industry leading array of tools and feature set, Atempo Digital Archive offers the most comprehensive solution to any content-rich organisation’s data storage management requirements.

Reduced Costs With Fast Turnaround Of Content

Media Shuttle is subscription-based file transfer software that’s as easy to set up as it is to use – providing the simplicity of a do-ityourself application with enough scalability and control to keep your IT staff happy.

No file size limits. No kidding. The mxfSPEEDRAIL is the ideal file-based solution for post-production, playback and file archiving as it integrates the essential components of the creation process into a single and unified platform.

Modular Architecture The modular architecture of mxfSPEEDRAIL means that it can either be purchased as a whole centralized system or as individual products to suit your requirements. Each system has also available a wide range of models, that can be customized from the most complex to the most simple workflow.

Multi-Format, Multi-Resolution And Multi-Channel The mxfSPEEDRAIL is a perfect fit for multi-channel workflows as it allows multiple simultaneous transfers with generation of hi-res and proxy versions. Its multi-format capabilities also enable the user to encode its media content in all professional broadcast formats.

Media Shuttle can transfer any size files, from a 30-second TV spot to a 3-hour documentary - simply, quickly and securely.

Convenient monthly subscriptions. Ideal for production projects, Media Shuttle’s affordable monthly user subscription model lets you scale your file transfer portal as needed. Just pay for what you need, when you need it.

Your media, your branding. Signiant knows the power of branding. With Media Shuttle you can customize your file sharing portals in just minutes. Add logos, graphics, emails and custom URLs to create your own branded user experience.

Fast delivery and rock-solid reliability. Your business moves fast. Your media needs to move faster. Media Shuttle’s firewall-friendly acceleration technology can move your media up to 200x faster than FTP.

Digital Vision Digital Vision’s Nucoda software provides a suite of colour grading and finishing solutions used in film and television post production, whilst the Phoenix range of software products provides the ultimate in image restoration tools for film archives and content owners. These award-winning products are a standard of the media and entertainment industry and are deployed at top facilities around the world. Nucoda HD Nucoda HD offers comprehensive mastering and grading for broadcast, Blu-ray disc and all high definition applications including stereoscopic 3D. A unique plug and play approach to codecs and servers means that you can integrate with Avid ISIS, Avid Unity, Apple XSAN and many other shared storage solutions for immediate access to edited program material.

Nucoda The Nucoda range of grading and mastering solutions have been used on many of the best known films, commercials, documentaries, music videos and television programs across the globe. Image Systems understand that customers need more than just leading toolsets to create sophisticated look enhancements, but more importantly solutions need to work with multiple camera and file formats, allow collaborative workflow, and deliver finished content for different viewing platforms including stereoscopic 3D. That’s why the Nucoda range of solutions offer more than just colour grading...

The new Precision control panel represents the next generation of integrated work surfaces for Nucoda grading and finishing solutions. As a comprehensive colour correction system for file-based image processing, the new panel offers unprecedented flexibility and dramatically improves the performance and productivity of colourists.

Nucoda Film Master Nucoda Film Master is the Industry Standard Colour Grading and Finishing for 2k/4k for feature films and commercials. Add to this over 20 years of image science culminating in the Digital Vision Optics (DVO) suite of enhancement tools, Nucoda Film Master ensures the highest quality imagery available. Nucoda Fuse The new Entry Level Grading and Finishing Solution providing facilities with a comprehensive toolset for film, video and digital projects, creating unique looks and visual styles in SD/HD, 2k/4k and stereoscopic 3D.

The restoration of film and tape-based content is a balance of quality versus return on investment (ROI), whether delivering media for DVD/Blu-ray, HDTV, Digital Cinema, or simply archiving. The Phoenix range of products with the inclusion of awarding winning DVO image processing software tools mean you never have to compromise on image quality.

With automated and semi-automated file-based restoration features for greater operator efficiency, the only decision is which product provides the right level of functionality for the task in hand. From simple ‘dust busting’ and image fixing, to complete repurposing and re-mastering up to 4k, the Phoenix range of solutions deliver pristine image quality suited to your budget.

Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA) Altered Images supply a complete technical solution for a New Midlands Academy.

System Design and Integration

Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA) is being hailed as the Midlands version of the “Brits School”, specialising in Digital Media. Altered Images were brought on board as specialist consultants to advise & supply Broadcast TV & Sound Production facilities.

Project management , System design, Workflow design

The Independent state supported school for 14 to 18 year-olds offers alongside courses in creative and performing arts, instruction in rapidly developing digital arts. Using modern digital technology students are being schooled in all aspects of TV, film and radio production.

Because we understand the production business we consult with you to deliver the best solutions. We can provide everything from a full studio to a turnkey editing solution. Our service is based around pre sales consultancy, workflow analysis, and system design. With in-house expertise on Networking, Broadcast Machine Rooms, Specialist routing and switching, Lighting, Audio and Technical furniture. We are one of the few companies in the UK to be able to deliver this comprehensive kind of service.

The Installation consisted of a 3 camera HD TV Studio complete with a studio lighting grid, JVC Studio Cameras, Ross Vision Mixing & Graphics , Autocue 4 channel playout server & prompting products, two radio studios based on a Sonifex solution, Custom Console furniture and Post Production workflows using Editshare, Avid & Apple.

Altered Images can provide a complete solution from consultancy to design and installation, with full maintenance support, from one of our nationwide offices.

A central technical area (CTA) and fibre connection points around the building allow for camera connectivity to the HD TV studio via the CTA further developing student creativity by recreating an outside broadcast environment as well as enabling special events to be aired live to students throughout the Academy.

The Studio gallery provides different operator positions, enabling students to experience every aspect of live production, with talkback communication to the adjacent TV Studio. There are 20 Avid Editing systems in a Classroom environment plus 3 x Individual Avid Editing Systems for Craft Editing. All of which are on either 27” iMacs or Apple Mac Pro Workstations connected to an Editshare Media server for Centralised Media Storage. Altered Images worked alongside other specialist contractors including RTS who supplied Audio equipment for the Radio and main Audio Studios. The audio post production facility is integrated in to the post production workflow. This allows an end-to-end video and audio file-based solution.

Including: •

Ethernet and Fibre Networking

Broadcast and Acoustic Racks

Machine Rooms

Specialist Routing and Switching

Monitoring Solutions

Camera Studios

Lighting and Audio

Technical Furniture

Altered Images were also asked to supply a Digital Signage Solution, so they could use video & graphics to promote events that were happening around the Academy. 18 x 42” Screens were installed around the Academy each with the ability to display different message if needed via an inbuilt media player. New messages can be transferred to the internal storage of the Media Player in each screen, via 1Gige Ethernet Network & scheduled to play as required.

Ross Video Ross Video designs, manufactures and supports a wide range of innovative products for use in live production applications. Ross’ award winning product line includes Vision, Vision Octane and CrossOver Video Production Switchers; openGear, RossGear and GearLite Terminal Equipment; SoftMetalVideo Servers; OverDrive Production Control Systems, NK Routing Systems and XPression Character Generators. Ross products are installed in over 100 countries around the world, where they are used daily by top broadcasters, production companies, sports stadiums and government agencies.

Live Production Switchers At Ross, production switchers are a passion. They have been making them since 1974 and they are the core of their business. Production switchers are designed with the input of customers - demanding customers like you that push their products to the limit and push Ross to make things better. Their goal is to provide the tools you need to get your creative vision on the air. The result is ground breaking production switchers with the live production power that you trust from Ross.

Carbonite Highly powerful and efficiently designed, Carbonite delivers unprecedented performance in a remarkably cost-effective package.

Compact and Powerful Featuring space conscious control panels with 1 or 2 MLE’s and a super compact 2 RU production engine, Carbonite may be tiny but it is packed with high value features essential to the delivery of broadcast quality productions. Carbonite is a small switcher with a big switcher feel and functionality.

Tough, Durable and Reliable

Budget Sensitive The affordable price of Carbonite means that you don’t need to compromise on production quality to get the features, size, ruggedness and durability that you demand.

Dynamic Production Capabilities Carbonite delivers a professional grade feature set with DVE functions, media stores, auxiliary buses, advanced chroma keying, I/O capacity and more.

Ease of Use Carbonite features intuitive panel ergonomics and production efficiencies consistent with that of much larger switchers. This not only results in short learning curves but also in fewer production errors.

XPression XPression is a high quality 3D character generator and broadcast production graphics platform incorporating over 20 years of live broadcast graphics experience. It offers a very powerful tool set - yet with an intuitive user interface. XPression generates beautiful 2D & 3D text in any language, but that’s only part of XPression’s true power. Riding the wave of today’s fastest gaming technology, XPression offers cutting edge real-time 3D rendering with instant recall for the most demanding LIVE productions. Import 3D models, then add animation, lighting, texture mapping, reflection mapping and more.

Strong all-metal body, high end buttons, the Legendary Ross Fader and professional grade joystick positioner make Carbonite quite rugged. Add to the reliability of Carbonite by choosing the redundant power option that provides dual power supplies for both the control panel and the production engine.

BlackStorm Playout Server The BlackStorm Playout Server offers a powerful video server engine, driving a comprehensive production workflow within a compact 1 RU 24 inch deep chassis. Designed from the ground up using next generation parallel processing technology on a 64 bit O/S, the BlackStorm server may be small, but has all the power of a larger system.

Altered Images Supplies State-of-the-Art Studio Facility & Avid Newsroom Support to IBC Television. Overdrive OverDrive, the most advanced automated production control system on the planet. OverDrive takes the complex and simplifies it, putting your entire production on an easy to use touch screen interface.

Altered Images, completed an installation at Hammersmith based IBC TV’s Alsharqiya TV Channel. The systems selected and installed by Altered Images have been provided by key manufacturers to deliver a fully-equipped SD/HD TV studio, with SD/ HD mixer, Graphics and Playout facilities Alsharqiya is Iraq's first privately owned satellite channel providing a mixture of popular current affairs, satire and Iraq's first reality TV programs. Since 2004 the channel has gained a reputation for its humanitarian assistance and charity work which has been aimed at cities all over Iraq. Altered Images was appointed as a specialist consultant to advise and supply broadcast television and studio production facilities for their new Alsharqiya Today Studio, as well as support their existing Production and Avid News installation in London and Dubai. Chris Whittock – Altered Images Project Manager for the new studio build, comments, “Although the system is quite simple there were a few unique challenges with the installation. The studio is on the top floor of the building and there was very limited operating space, so we had to come up with a very clever design to make best use of the space.

Inception Social media has changed the world, offering new ways to connect with your most important asset - your audience. Inception answers the challenge of managing these connections by enabling the efficient and controlled delivery of your stories, promotions, messages and announcements through social media. It provides a professional suite of tools to create and manage media content in your newsroom and promotions departments, transform it into formats required for the web and then automatically publish it at the time of your choosing.

Furio - Robotic Camera Systems Ross Robotics develops technologies that enable producers and directors to deliver more compelling productions. The goal of Furio is to give your camera operators superior tools to make your shows look better. By providing more precise and dynamic control over your camera systems, Furio allows you to bring more movement and more dramatic visuals – really making your productions come to life.

“There was no computer flooring so all the cabling had to be run in custom made trunking, also we had to work around the builders who were making changes almost daily and complete the new installation in a very tight timescale” Altered Images oversaw the complete supply, installation, support and user training on the new facility. The installation consists of: •

Ross Video Crossover Switcher

Ross Video MultiViewer

Ross Video Xpression Graphics

Ross Video Multi Definition routing system

Sony BRC -300 Remote control camera systems

Autocue SSP-17 Teleprompters

Autocue VS02 Two-port video server

In addition Altered Images supplied and installed; Allen & Heath Audio Mixers, a Tecpro talkback system, Lynx Technik conversion and distribution products as well as monitoring screens from Samsung and JVC. Previously Altered Images had deployed a sophisticated live HD backdrop to support multipurpose content creation in a seperate studio facility. Pre configured shows are deployed rapidly enabling change of the look and feel of the wall for each show. The wall was supplied in partnership with Barco. The whole installation was project managed by Altered Images. Russell Butcher - Altered Images Business development manager says, “We have a great deal of experience and recent success in supplying custom studio builds. The range of products we specialise in, particularly from Ross Video, Avid and Autocue, position us perfectly to offer a great range of scalable studio solutions, from manual, to fully automated, file based and live environments.”

Acquisition, Ingest and HD monitoring We can provide everything from a single product to a complete turnkey solution, from leading manufacturers such as Panasonic, JVC, Barco, Canon, AJA , BlackMagic and Matrox but see our web site at for many more. Whatever you need: Hi Definition, acquisition, graphics, post, non-linear editing, presentation & communication products, or service & maintenance then talk to us at Altered Images and you are sure to get the very best advice available.

Blackmagic Design

AJA Video


Blackmagic has grown rapidly to become one of the world’s leading innovators and manufacturers of creative video technology.

AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of high-quality and cost-effective digital video interface, conversion and desktop solutions for professional broadcast and post-production. Based in Grass Valley, CA, the company has always had a vision and passion for leveraging its engineering expertise to set the pace for innovation in digital video technology.

Matrox Video Products Group is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/ output, DVD/Blu-ray authoring, scan conversion, capture/playout servers, clip/still stores, and CGs.

Disc recorders HyperDeck Shuttle - Portable battery powered SSD recorder with SDI and HDMI and HyperDeck Studio a Rack mount SSD based deck with dual slots for infinite recording. PCIe Capture and Playback

Acquire with AJA Ki-Pro

Affordable cards for SDI, HDMI and analog in SD and HD , 4K and 3D. Look at decklink.

AJA Ki Pro models are tapeless video recording devices that record high-quality files onto computer-friendly media. With SD/HD-SDI, HDMI, and analog inputs, you can interface with virtually any type of camera.

Thunderbolt Capture and Playback Intensity Shuttle for Thunderbolt™ - 10 bit HDMI and analog video editing for Thunderbolt™. UltraStudio 3D for advanced 2K and 3D capture and playback . Teranex 2D and 3D Processors The worlds most advanced standards converters with up, down, cross, standards conversion, noise reduction and more! Thunderbolt included! Blackmagic Cinema Camera 2.5K digital film camera with super wide 13 stops of dynamic range for a true look! Includes DaVinci Resolve! And DaVinci Colour Correction and Restoration, Switchers, Routing and Distribution and more.


Eliminating the cost and inconvenience of logging and capturing footage, Ki Pro models produce files that are ready to use right away in most popular NLEs. Edit with AJA Io and Kona For post production and editing professionals, AJA provides powerful video/audio capture, editing and video production tools - optimised for your platform. KONA and Io products are all designed with features to meet the demands of even the most advanced workflows, while delivering the quality and reliability AJA is renowned for.

Matrox’s technology powers a full range of content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, post-production facilities, project studios, corporate communicators, and videographers worldwide.

Atomos The Samurai The Samurai is a portable, professional 10-bit HD Recorder, Monitor, Playback and Playout touchscreen device that captures pristine video and audio direct from any camera with HD/SD-SDI output. The Ninja The Ninja is a portable, professional 10-bit HD Recorder, Monitor, & Playback touchscreen device that captures pristine video and audio direct from any camera with a clean HDMI output.

JVC Professional JVC Professional Europe – a wholly owned subsidiary of JVC KENWOOD Corporation – is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of a wide range of sophisticated and high quality video and data products, aimed at professional users. Cameras With an innovative modular design and a full complement of accessories, the GY-HM790CHE supports multicore or fibre-based studio production. The GY-HM750 is a Full HD Broadcast Camcorder with 1080p Dynamic Digital Signal Processor. The NEW GY-HM600 and GY-HM650 set a new standard for HD ENG camcorder s with F12 low light sensitivity at 2000 lux and special features for news, sports and independent production including Wi-Fi and FTP connectivity and ability to record in HD and smaller web-friendly files simultaneously. Not fogetting the GY-HMQ10E - The world’s first 4K2K HD handheld camcorder from JVC.

Monitors and 3D The GY-HMZ1E Full HD Camcorder 3D sits along side a range of 3D monitors and the IF-2D3D1 image processor. Offersing real-time 2D-to-3D conversion to repurpose archived content and also serves as a 3D L/R mixer for monitoring 3D footage on location. JVC’s Professional standard, high performance HD LCD and LED monitors all offer convinient userfriendly functions, user-oriented design, and unbeatable price and performance.

Canon Canon handheld professional HD video cameras. Setting new benchmarks in image quality and versatility, these camcorders provide the ultimate in picture quality, thanks to precision engineering and knowledge built up through more than 50 years at the leading edge of professional imaging. HD Camcorders The XF305, one of Canon’s first file-based professional camcorders, combines an MPEG-2, 50Mbps, 4:2:2 codec with a Canon L-series lens and 3 Full HD CMOS sensors for superb HD video stored on CF card. The unique XF105 is Canon’s smallest camcorder to include an MPEG-2, 50Mbps, 4:2:2 Full HD codec. Studio connectivity, professional audio and extensive customisation provides exceptional versatility.

Cinema EOS Cameras Canon’s range of Cinema EOS cameras including the ground breaking EOS-C300 offer unparalleled creative options. Featuring different mounts for compatibility with the widest possible range of lenses, and large Canon Super 35mm CMOS sensors for amazing image quality, these cameras provide the freedom to leave no story untold.

Lynx Technik



Lynx Technik specialize in the design and manufacture of high quality terminal equipment or “glueware” for use in the Television Broadcast and Pro Audio Video marketplace. An extensive range of solutions to address almost any interfacing need, from a simple low cost throw down yellobrik right up to fully integrated Series 5000 studio installations encompassing multiple frames of modules located in different locations all networked into a centralized APPolo Control system.

Telestream® specializes in products that make it possible to get video content to any audience regardless of how it is created, distributed or viewed. Throughout the entire digital media life cycle, from capture to viewing, for consumers through high-end professionals, Telestream products range from desktop components and crossplatform applications to fully-automated, enterprise-class digital media transcoding and workflow systems. Telestream enables users in a broad range of business environments to leverage the value of their video content.

Barco’s portfolio for the broadcast industry perfectly matches companies’ monitoring and studio needs. For TV shows or news studio backdrops, broadcast or distribution monitoring rooms, screening, training or post-production environments, Barco technology is a trusted and reliable choice.

Series 3000 MiniModules are the smallest and most extensive line of “brick” style interfaces available. A complete range of converters, embedders and de-embedders, distribution amplifiers, frame synchronizers and also test signal generators.

Series 5000 Rack based terminal equipment solution which is user configured with any mixture of CardModules from our extensive range of available solutions. This includes audio distribution, conversion and processing as well as video distribution, conversion, embedding and de-embedding, frame synchronization, test generators, down converters and video processors. This spans the gamut of analog video through 270Mbit, 1.5Gbit and 3Gbit digital video processing with fibre I/O.

Vantage Telestream Vantage® provides a complete range of world-class video transcoding and workflow solutions – from single-server installations for automating transcoding, to very large, multi-server systems that produce and assemble millions of finished media packages. Vantage transcoding workflows make content production, multi-screen delivery, and device interoperability a hands-off process. Add automated decision making and enterprise-class system management to take your workflow to the next level.

Pipeline Network-accessible video capture from tape or live sources into filebased workflows.


Agility 2G & Avalon

Yellobrik’s are low cost utility products. Reliability and technical performance are key to the functionality of these modules. Yellobrik’s are the most stable and technically proficient bricks available and are backed up with excellent after sales service and support.

Produce & publish from any video source to any outlet.

FlipFactory Automatically transcode and deliver media and metadata between all leading formats and systems.

Reference monitors Barco’s Grade-1 reference monitors bring LCD technology of the highest professional standards for broadcast, film and post-production environments. Anyone who is highly demanding about colors will value Barco’s RHDM series’ excellent performance.

Large format displays Barco’s LED backlights have been specifically designed for use in a wide variety of professional applications. The LCD displays present crisp, clear and color-accurate images and provide an alternative or complementary visualization solution for modern control rooms.

LCD Video walls As a complement to Barco’s rear-projection video walls, Barco has developed the NSL series. These professional-grade, highresolution LCD displays are the perfect solution for tiled video wall applications in small to medium-sized control rooms.

From operations in Afghanistan to climbing Kilimanjaro: The British Army News Team relies on Panasonic Broadcast equipment to film effortlessly

Panasonic Panasonic products are known for their reliable, state of the art technology and across the world thousands of television stations, networks, post production companies and studios have chosen to base their businesses on Panasonic equipment. Cameras, VTR’s, monitors, displays and plasmas are all available in the Panasonic range. P2 HD meets emerging HD needs for tomorrow’s broadcasting and video production. This popular HD production system is based on a high-speed, large-capacity, solid-state memory device, the latest HD imaging technology.

Based in the British Army HQ in Hampshire, the British Army News Team, headed by senior cameraman Kevin Capon MBE, has the prime role to gather and provide broadcast quality material to International, National and Regional News stations. The team’s core activity is to support operations such as Afghanistan and Iraq, where it provides material that for security reasons, operational necessity or general sensitivity would not normally be available to the public media. When deployed on operations it covers anything from underwater shoot to following wounded soldiers climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. They also supply some of the materials that they have produced to a number of sources such as the national network, regional televisions and all hosts of social networks – the Army webpage, Defence intranet and Army Facebook and Twitter. BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Services) is the Army ‘s own television station which is also served by the Army News Team in order to inform and entertain the military forces. The material also forms the basis of the National archive held at the Imperial War Museum.

With years of experience in working at various missions, the need for delivering quicker and more efficient workflow was growing and a tapeless workflow was required. Operations, due to the hostile environment, provide real challenges for both people and equipment and on many occasions power is unavailable, therefore the entire workflow is based around working on battery power throughout the whole process, from acquisition through post production to transmission. Panasonic supplied the film crew with robust cameras with long battery life, giving them the opportunity to shoot for hours without using a power supply. Extensive testing was carried out prior to choosing the right manufacturer and format to achieve this, but since adopting Panasonic P2 as its chosen format it has not looked back. Few key driving factors established that Panasonic’s equipment was the most reliable one to suit the needs of the Army News Team. Size and weight is a critical factor when working and filming in hostile environments. “Often we may get one seat on a helicopter (or the back of an armoured personnel carrier) and this will govern what can be carried and how we work. The seamless P2 workflow allows us to carry the minimum amount of equipment, a camera, a laptop and a small satellite system,” says Kevin Capon. “In that I can shoot, take my card out of the camera, place it into my laptop and edit with no need to ingest - simply put the material directly onto the timeline, edit and transmit, without carrying any additional peripherals. The beauty of the Panasonic equipment is the simplicity of the work with P2,” concludes Kevin. To achieve continues success despite the challenge their harsh working environment presents, the crew normally carries two P2 cameras to capture all the extreme moments. With AG-HPX3100 being the ‘large’ and the AG-HPX250 - the ‘small’ P2 camera, the team films every detail with amazing quality, excellent portability and durability. With its lightweight design and low power consumption, the HPX3100 provides incredible high-end performance for its compact body, where the handheld HPX250 proves that mobility and stunning pictures can work together. Altered Images have supported the P2 and Avid workflow used by the team in the field. For many years we have supplied the HP laptop field editing equipment with Avid Media Composer Software. Additionally Altered Images recently completed a major refurbishment of editing and studio equipment at Army HQ in Andover. P2 media from the field is transferred back to Editshare Storage for further Avid editing, Archiving and transferring to the IWM national archive. The refurbishment also included an updated radio studio and Ross Routing equipment to integrate all the edit suites, radio studio and TV studio.


AKA Design

Autocue has been serving the broadcast industry since 1955. Their broadcast product range includes newsroom, scripting, automation, media management, video servers, broadcast monitors and teleprompters. Autocue is famous worldwide for its product quality and aftersales service, with prestigious clients including NBC, CNN, Rogers Media Group, BBC, Bloomberg, TF1 and MBC.

AKA Design has drawn on its long-standing expertise of studio interior and furniture design to develop the AKAPRODUCT modular range of technical furniture, offering a cost efficient and stylish solution for the audio, editing and broadcast industries.

Broadcast Monitors Autocue are the experts in display technology and have created a range of Broadcast Monitors of unbeatable quality and value for money.

The AKAPRODUCT range comprises audio desks to house most leading audio brands, offline and on-line editing desks and voice over tables. AKA can supply a full technical furniture package including control room furniture, composing furniture, radio desks, editing and voice over desks.

Autocue Video Servers


Autocue Video Servers are the most cost-effective ingest, storage and playout video servers, per channel and per format on the market today.

The PROMEDIA offers a cost and space effective solution for most desktop editing systems. This product has been used for QC, monitoring and graphics desks often in situations where space is a premium.

Autocue’s Linux-based video servers feature two or four bidirectional HD/SD channels, each of which can be switched instantly between playback and record mode. Servers can also be linked together, allowing additional channels to be controlled from a single user interface or increasing the overal storage capacity. The in-built storage can be used for editing in quick turn around applications and the GigE (or other network) ports can be used to move or stream files to third party SAN or NAS devices. Professional Series Teleprompters Autocue Master and Professional Series Teleprompters are the best teleprompters in the world. Autocue have led the teleprompting industry for over 55 years, and have clear distinction in their hardware and software design. Autocue’s newsroom system Autocue’s newsroom system is designed for full-scale news production, including automation for news operations. They also offer transmission/ station automation and media management functionality, either as an addon or as a standalone system. Autocue Starter Series Telepromter, Lighting and Camera Support Packages. The widest range of entry-level teleprompters from the prompting experts, including 7”,10”,17”, iPhone, iPad & Tablet PC solutions.

PROEDIT The PRO EDITdesk is designed specifically for offline and online editing environments. It is part of the PRO WAVEmodular desking system, which offers the user opportunities to create a desk suitable to their specific requirements incorporating the possibility of more racks and work surfaces as required.

Bespoke support contracts are available for; Avid, Editshare, Telestream, Archion, Signiant, Ross Video , MOG, Cache-A , Object Matrix and many other solutions that we provide.

Technical Support Altered Images was founded on the principles of providing a high level of technical support and we continually strive to maintain and improve upon that principle. We recognise that the equipment you have invested in is an important business tool and when it doesn’t work, neither can you. At Altered Images we offer a range of support packages designed to suit a variety of budgets and levels of priority. These agreements are supported by fully qualified technicians with many years of broadcast and professional television experience. Support is implemented on a UK wide basis from our 3 strategically located offices. We believe that our approach to service and support to our clients has significantly contributed to our dynamic growth over the past 15 years.

With every contract from Altered Images you also benefit from these features: •

UK wide coverage from our 3 offices.

Direct to engineer support lines (no call centres).

CRM system management for every support case.

Reduced on-site engineering rates.

Count on us to keep you ahead of the game. From the largest corporate enterprise to the casual home hobbyist, Avid Advantage Support Services have a plan that fits with your needs and your budget.

Trouble shooting for standard peripherals such as VCR’s and monitors.

The Avid Advantage support plans include:

Discounted hire rates whilst equipment is being repaired or serviced *subject to product availability.

Avid Support Contracts Keeping your technology running smoothly calls for information and expertise that’s there whenever and wherever you need it. Avid Support from Altered Images enhances and extends your product support with a network of software and hardware assurance resources.

Expert Features 24/7 web support with 24-hour response, critical phone support, and optional hardware coverage.

Optional remote support and dial in services.

ExpertPlus Features 24/7 web support with 4-hour response, priority critical phone support, optional hardware coverage and new software releases.

Optional extended hours support services.

Elite Features 24/7 web support with 1-hour response time, highest priority critical phone support, hardware coverage included, new software releases, and the most proactive support you can get with system monitoring and Health Checks.

“ They have experienced staff - good technical guys who give us an honest opinion. I feel they give us the best answer to a problem rather than the one that best suits them” Nick Barrett - North One Tv.

Altered Images Ltd Unit 4 Shepperton Business Park, Govett Avenue Altered Images Ltd - Midlands Tel: 024 7638 7094

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Altered Images Ltd - Manchester Tel: 0161 278 2429

Altered Images Company Brochure 2013-2014  

We are one of the UK’s major resellers of technology for television production and Broadcast.