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X-Link and VIP-X technology from Evertz is used for multiviewer-based monitoring in the control room of ABC’s new syndicated show, “The Katie Show.”
Because it is a syndicated show rather than a network show, “Katie” does not use any of the ABC Network program origination, graphics or post-production facilities. For other than incoming remotes and outbound feeds to DATG’s uplink provider, the new stand-alone facility incorporates production, post, commercial integration and show playout.
These requirements drove the design of critical areas in the production process, including the development of the media center in one of the support spaces and the pre/post-production facility at the Columbus Avenue facility.
Broadcast Operations and Engineering (BO&E) executives had a general guideline that informed every decision made in designing the studio. The plan was to use the best, proven technologies to build a facility that would allow the “Katie” team to implement its vision for the show and would allow it to change and adapt easily to meet evolving show requirements.
In order to achieve this goal, a working group consisting of representatives from the BO&E, DATG and show staff was formed to develop the requirements for the new facility. The BO&E staff was tasked with implementation of these requirements.
The TV-7 control room complex, including production control, audio and transmission, was originally built in 1995 as an SD facility. In preparation for the upgrade to HD, all equipment and cabling was removed. Only racks and power were left in place.
The technical core of the facility is built around a 288 x 288 Evertz EQX router. Based on the concepts developed for ABC’s HD central switching, the router interface between sources and destinations that are not local to the main TV-7 control room complex is implemented via fiber-based I/O. Fiber interfaces are provided for the connectivity to the ABC’s Central Core for incoming remotes and outbound programming, for connectivity to the Media Center and the Columbus Avenue pre/post facility.
Evertz X-Link and VIP-X technology, integral to the routing system, is used for multiviewer-based monitoring in the control room, audio room and the media center.