The 31st ASEAN Summit was held at Manila, the Philippines in November last year, where Solid Video was tasked to equip the World Trade Centre into an International Media Centre (IMC) to support journalists’ coverage of the six-day event.

Sony supports Solid Video’s coverage of 31st ASEAN Summit

The Philippine broadcast equipment supplier installed a range of Sony solutions at the International Media Centre (IMC)

At the 31st Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit last November, Solid Video had to turn the World Trade Centre in Manila, the Philippines, into an International Media Centre (IMC) for the six-day event which featured more than 20 world leaders.

Established in 1984, the Philippines-based Solid Video is a part of the Solid Group, and has been managing broadcast equipment sales and rentals. Through the years, the company has transformed itself to providing project management and turnkey broadcast solutions to a wide range of clients including TV stations, production houses, churches and independent producers.

For this project, Solid Video transformed the World Trade Centre into a hub for local and international journalists covering the summit’s various events, which were held at the World Trade Centre as well as other venues across the city. The IMC comprised 100 broadcast booths, 60 media rooms, a master control room, a 2,000-seating capacity briefing room, three large LED walls, and booking centres for interviews and live video feeds.

Solid Video equipped the IMC with a full suite of Sony equipment ranging from HD system cameras to remote studio cameras, XDCAM camcorders, multi-format switchers, mobile recorders and three LCD projectors, among others.

Outlining the set-up at the IMC, Nestor Baloro, head of marketing and engineering at Solid Video, explained that the main briefing room was equipped with a four-camera set-up utilising the PXW-X400 in a system camera configuration with an MVS-3000A switcher. When capturing high-security meeting venues, Solid Video employed the BRC-H900 compact robotic camera.

Additionally, the HDC-1700 cameras were mounted to the fleet of outside broadcast (OB) vans to capture the arrival of heads of state.

Baloro concluded: “By equipping the IMC with Sony, many of the TV stations simply relied on our feeds provided directly to their booths. There was no need for them to deploy additional production crew.”

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