Systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) recently completed the design, integration, and installation of a new HD production control room and studio upgrade for KTRV, the Fox affiliate in Boise, Idaho (DMA 112). Since the new control room went on-air, the station will also be shifting from an analog, tape-based environment to an all-digital, […]
Systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) recently completed the design, integration, and installation of a new HD production control room and studio upgrade for KTRV, the Fox affiliate in Boise, Idaho (DMA 112). Since the new control room went on-air, the station will also be shifting from an analog, tape-based environment to an all-digital, tapeless workflow.
“Our primary motivation was to reduce costs by lowering capital equipment expenses, and streamlining our workflow,” said Daniel Paixao, KTRV chief engineer, which is owned by Block Communications. “Despite these huge cost savings, we’re now delivering a fresher, more competitive on-air product.”
ABS advised the station to darken its existing control room, based around a Grass Valley 250 analog switcher, and build a brand new control room in another space within the facility.
According to Mark Siegel, president of ABS, the biggest challenge was the tight $250,000 budget, which needed to cover design and installation of new HD cameras, production switcher, multi-view monitoring, and digital audio mixer, as well as HVAC and electrical. The solution incorporated Panasonic AW-HE100 robotic HD cameras in the studio and a Broadcast Pix Slate 5016Ghh integrated production system in the control room. The Slate system includes a 2 M/E production switcher, DVE, Inscriber CG, still store, multi-view, robotic camera control, and router, consolidating many tools into a single piece of equipment.
Siegel said the integrated strategy compared favorably against the traditional approach of using separate components, which would have cost close to $1 million for a similar installation. “By choosing the Broadcast Pix system as the centerpiece of the control room, in addition to affordable Panasonic HD studio cameras, we not only hit the $250,000 mark, our solution dramatically reduces the station’s capital, and operating costs,” Siegel explained. “This cost efficiency is now promoting a rapid return on investment.”
The Slate’s integrated multi-view displays signals on four Samsung HD LCD monitors, with additional monitoring on two Panasonic monitors. The control room also features a new Yamaha DM-1000 digital audio console, as well as a Omneon NewsFactory production system and MediaDeck video server.
KTRV currently produces its hour-long newscast at 9 p.m. and its two-hour morning show at 8 a.m. in HD, but the programs continue to air in SD. A full transition to HD is part of the station’s future road map. Eventually, the old control room will house a new HD master control.