Blackmagic Design has announced that PANDASTUDIO.TV Inc. is utilising a range of Blackmagic Design products for a new streaming workflow, including ATEM Television Studio HD8 ISO live production switcher and Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro G2, at PANDA STUDIO ODAIBA in Tokyo, which opened last year.
PANDASTUDIO.TV is engaged in various video-related businesses, including studio and video equipment rentals, live streaming, systems integration, and studio construction. The company operates six studios in Japan and has been using numerous Blackmagic Design products for many years. Last year, the company opened PANDA STUDIO ODAIBA, a large-scale video streaming studio covering approximately 9,257 square feet in the Aqua City Odaiba, a large shopping mall complex in Odaiba, Tokyo.
PANDA STUDIO ODAIBA consists of four studios, a versatile lobby with an impressive 300-inch LED screen, and waiting rooms. Studio 1 is designed for virtual production using green screen chroma key, Studio 2 is for virtual production using a large LED wall as a background, Studio 3 is used for interviews and product PR videos, and Studio 4 is used for seminars for large audiences.
Shoma Tezuka, from the company’s Solution Business Division, explained, “The concept of PANDA STUDIO ODAIBA is that the studio is so large that you can freely shoot anywhere. There are four, what we call ‘studios,’ but except for Studio 1, most of the equipment is rack-mounted and can be used anywhere, so even the waiting rooms can be used as a studio. For rack mounting, Blackmagic Design products are suitable as they are compact. You can come in empty-handed and start streaming or recording your content right away.”
Blackmagic Design products serve as the primary equipment in Studio 2 and Studio 4, with multiple Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K Pro G2s installed. Studio 2 has a choice of live production switchers, including the ATEM 2 M/E Constellation HD, ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K, and ATEM Mini Extreme ISO, depending on the application. Studio 4, on the other hand, uses an ATEM Television Studio HD8 ISO as its main switcher.
PANDA STUDIO ODAIBA also features Smart Videohub 12G 40×40 routers, ATEM Camera Control Panels, HyperDeck Studio 4K Pro and HyperDeck Studio HD Mini recorders, Blackmagic Studio Converters, ATEM Microphone Converters, Teranex AV standards converter, UltraStudio 4K Mini capture and playback devices, Blackmagic Web Presenter 4K streaming solutions, and ATEM Streaming Bridge converter.
“While our customers primarily use our studio for streaming, customers from production divisions of TV stations also come to our studio to shoot content for their stations’ YouTube channels. We have some options for switchers and cameras from a few manufacturers, depending on the studio, but we use Videohub routers, HyperDeck recorders, and Web Presenter 4K encoders in various parts of the entire studio,” said Tezuka.
Orio Nakamura of PANDASTUDIO.TV commented: “When you build your system entirely with Blackmagic products, you can control all the cameras and recorders. By mounting them in a rack, you have an all-in-one system for shooting, streaming, and recording, which is very cost-effective. The Studio Camera can be connected with just a single LAN cable when used with the Studio Converter. This makes it very easy to take the equipment to different locations, which suits this studio’s concept.”
Finally, Nakamura spoke about the ATEM Television Studio HD8 ISO: “This switcher is perfect for seminars. It has built-in network storage, so when the seminar is over, for example, we can immediately upload the ISO recording data to the cloud, such as Dropbox. Once the upload is complete, the footage can be edited with DaVinci Resolve by staff in our other studios. We also have Blackmagic Cloud Pods in our other studios, so we can sync them via Dropbox and use a local copy of the footage. And with Blackmagic Cloud, collaboration works between our studios, allowing us to be even more efficient.”