Systems Integration 2016-10-29T08:54:33+00:00

Systems Integration

Our systems integration division specifies designs, project-manages and commissions technical installations of all sizes so nothing is left to chance. Together, we will ensure that your system meets every operational requirement and, if desired, may be expanded as your business grows.

Combining traditional video engineering and IT-style infrastructures, root6 has the knowledge and experience you need to stay ahead and gain commercial advantage. Our clients include many of the best known names in UK broadcast and post including ITV, MTV, Sky, five, Red Bee, MPC, Technicolor and The Farm.

Recent Projects

The Team

Phil Crawley

The root6 Systems Integration department is a small team of qualified and experienced practitioners led by our Senior Engineer, Phil Crawley. Originally BBC trained, Phil has over 20 years experience as a broadcast engineer, experienced in both outside broadcast and studios. Starting out with the BBC, Phil has previously worked at Resolution, designing the OB truck and non-linear editing workflow for first three series of Big Brother. For the last eight years Phil has overseen the design, comission and certification of SI projects for root6.

Other members of the SI team carry Prince2 Practitioner, Avid and AutoCAD broadcast qualifications and all are trained in Tyco cabling systems, IEE 17th Edition regulations, and fibre installations.


We do all sizes of projects from boutique edit suites all the way to large broadcaster facilities. We build camera studios, audio suites, editing, machine rooms and data centres and focus on providing optimal builds.

We have particular experience in bespoke fibre, data (we got into ten gigs early) and currently we seem to be spending a lot of time doing KVM and SDi –over-IP networks as well as CWDM fibre multiplexing.

root6 has supplied many thousands of terabytes of fibre-channel storage over the last decade and has much experience in the area of bespoke optical cabling.

As with mains safety we routinely provide test result sheets so the customer can be assured that their cabling will achieve the performance that the next generation of equipment will require.

“Good, Fast, Cheap – choose only two” – this is the warning PMs often give and it’s regarded as customers as a prohibition rather than a good principle to run a project by. The tension of having to hold those three ideas and adjust the sliders realistically means you don’t try and push them all to the max and expect the best outcome.
We find that those larger jobs where the customer understands time and workload-disruption as well as value in equipment purchase drives them to full-service SIs. Recent examples include ITV’s move from Quay Street in Manchester to Media City Salford and Technicolor’s move from Perivale to Pinewood.
The DPP file-based delivery specs have been a big driver for peoples’ training requirements. Various TV department have taken advantage of our PSE and DPP courses and have us in for weekday or weekend sessions training in fundamentals’ as well as colour and compression.
In addition to bespoke training we also run a series of “101” courses:

  • Video 101
  • Audio 101
  • Digital Formats 101
  • TV Colourimetry 101
  • Electrical Safety 101
  • Intro to Crypto
  • TCP/IP
  • TVQC

Please see our Training page for more details

In large builds the project management company do a good job of managing safety on the site but the installation as delivered must conform to the requirements of the 17th Edition.

We provide test sheets for every single electrically powered piece of equipment in a root6-build. It’s what runs your facility and it can kill people! Make sure a well-thumbed copy of the 17th Edition is on your SI’s bookshelf.

There are still systems that don’t play nicely together; do you need to remotely control GPIs with only the network or Internet as a conduit? Or maybe a requirement was for RF-controlled “mic live” and “on-air” lights in the audio department?

Call us, as bespoke engineering and electronics is second nature.

Using an SI that has an awareness of film and TV colourimetry has allowed customers to specify and set-up a consistent colour environment between their graphics, editorial and editing departments. We can only offer these services because we have experience and have invested in the right test-equipment.

Root6 have upgraded their colourimetry offering. Acquiring new licenses for LightspaceCMS and Fujitsu patch generator along with existing colour probes (including the Klein KT10A) allows us to not only calibrate all display types from the venerable BVM-D24 CRT monitors (still considered the gold-standard by colourists) to the newest OLED type grade-1 monitors, but we are able to profile suitable domestic displays and produce LUTs (“Look Up Tables”) to ‘tame’ non-Rec.709/broadcast televisions to be usable in film and TV grading environments.

ColourimetrySince Panasonic Viera plasma TVs (traditionally the “big client monitor” in grading rooms and are entirely rec.709 capable) have been discontinued, the LG OLEDs  seem to have taken their place BUT these have much less tweakability. A LUT is the only way to get those TVs close enough to the broadcast display.

We can visit your facility to calibrate a single monitor or do them all in one hit and, if you’re finishing for television or film, we can make it a regular part of your maintenance schedule.

Recent Broadcast Engineering Blog Posts

February 2018 Tech Breakfast – 12G cabling standards for SDi

February 20th, 2018|0 Comments Phil goes over some of the history of SDi and how we got to the current standard for 4k/UHD TV that is 12G SDi. You can snag the slides here. Keep an eye [...]

Fibre for breakfast – keeps you regular…

February 20th, 2018|0 Comments

I’ve have been a terrible blogger over the last couple of months; just super-busy at work, but I have done a couple of presentations in Jigsaw24’s ongoing series of Tech Breakfasts. […]

The 18th Edition is almost upon us…

February 20th, 2018|0 Comments

It’s been nearly a decade since the 17th Edition came into force. Currently at the committee-stage the 18th Edition will come into force at the end of 2018. The request for comments runs through until [...]