The all-digital, HD production facility will be fully operational in September with Grass Valley technology and systems.
ABC O&O WPVI Philadelphia (DMA 4), is now equipping a brand new digital news production facility — including system infrastructure, digital news production, live production, master control, and signal routing — with a full complement of Grass Valley high-definition technologies and systems. The all-digital, HD facility will be fully operational in September.
WPVI began broadcasting its local news in HD in 2006. The new Grass Valley systems now being put in place will support a comprehensive file-based production workflow for the station’s local newscasts and other programs broadcast in the 720p HD format.
“The focus for WPVI, from day one, has been all about workflow and implementing the right systems that would bring flexibility to their news, production, and product distribution systems,” said Jeff Rosica, senior vice president of Grass Valley. “These systems and technologies provide WPVI-TV with the cost effective, multi-platform content distribution solutions needed to remain competitive in the tough Philadelphia market. Grass Valley has enjoyed a good working relationship with WPVI-TV through the years and we are happy to continue that relationship.”
For daily news production, the significant order features a Grass Valley storage area network (SAN) featuring mirrored K2 Summit servers and 1,000 hours of mirrored HD storage. The news production department will implement the full Grass Valley Aurora news production platform, including Aurora Ingest, 75 seats of Aurora Browse and Aurora Play software modules. HD editing will be completed with nine Grass Valley Aurora Edit and a dozen EDIUS nonlinear editing workstations.
To handle all of its daily newscasts, the station is installing a fully redundant Grass Valley Ignite HD integrated production system — complete with a 4 M/E Kayak HD production switcher. Commercial insertion will be accomplished with a Grass Valley K2 master control server system with 1,000 hours of storage and a Grass Valley BaseCamp browse system (tightly integrated with a PathFire Digital Media Gateway system to ingest news feeds, syndicated programs, and other content).
In-house HD signal distribution will be based around a newly installed Grass Valley Trinix 352×256 HD router, complete with embedded audio on all video paths.