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SSM allows Fuji TV to scale greater heights

SSM allows Fuji TV to scale greater heights

SSM allows Fuji TV to scale greater heights


Based in the Minato district of Tokyo, Fuji Television Network broadcasts three channels (One, Two and Next) in HD to its Japanese viewers. Having celebrated its 60th anniversary this year, the network creates many drama and reality programmes in house from its four production studios at the Odaiba headquarters. Following the recent television spectrum conversion in Japan, Fuji TV’s audio engineers were acutely aware that their inventory of wireless receivers and transmitters had become redundant.

‘This enforced change provided us with an opportunity to discover what new technology was available in the market,’ explained technical engineer Takeo Karato. Following a full investigation, Mr Karato and his team was made aware of the capabilities and specifications of a system demonstrated by Tech Trust Japan Co. Ltd. ‘I was introduced to a Lectrosonics model called the SSM Digital Hybrid Wireless, whose wireless transmitter weighs just 65g. With 3,072 available frequencies available across three standard frequency blocks across a maximum tuning range of 76.7 MHz, this was more than enough for our requirements.’

In addition to operating within the new spectrum, the actors and actresses using the SSM transmitters were all quick to praise Mr Karato on his selection. ‘The SSM is ideal for use in all our productions, but particularly where concealment in costuming is required. The performers can act in full confidence as we have never encountered any drops outs to date. In spite of its tiny size, the discrete transmitter performs on par with other wireless systems and crucially it is simple to use.’

Each of the four studios is now equipped with six SSM/E02-C2 wireless channels together with CHS12 charging stations for the LB-50 lithium ion batteries which provide six hours continuous use. Additionally, ALP620 skeletal remote antennas were ordered to decrease wind loading, whilst providing directional pattern over a broad frequency bandwidth. For location recording, six channels of Venue 2 receivers were chosen in combination with SDMa series transmitters, whose water-resistant control panel with LCD and multi-colour LEDs allows adjustments and selections without having to view the receiver.

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