When designing the broadcast and production infrastructure for Trinity Broadcasting Network's WHLV-TV and the Holy Land Experience (HLE) theme park in Orlando, FL, Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) hired TV Magic to build a broadcast facility that could act both as a local broadcast affiliate of TBN and as a live high-definition television production center for originating HLE presentations for the rest of the TV network. The design goal of this new facility was to be able to create live or edited network-quality productions using lights and cameras within the attached studio or at multiple locations throughout the adjacent HLE interconnected by a network of fiber-optic cables. A minimal master control system with automation playout assists the attached TV station, WHLV, with its five satellite-fed subchannels.
To keep costs down, TV Magic and TBN chose the Evertz EQX 288 × 288 router frame that can input both fiber from the park and coaxial sources from production control and satellite directly, and contains display processors for multiviewers in production control. Up to eight HD Ikegami cameras perform indoors or out and connect from the park to the production control room from strategically located interconnect panels using buried fiber-optic cables. This was a critical part of design planning since production within HLE literally needed function "behind the scenes."
The WHLV-TV facilities feature an innovative audio production room with a Studer Vista 9 audio mixer that serves as the station's central digital audio router, controlled by Evertz EQX video router control panels. This modern approach of embedding audio wherever possible and running fiber directly into the router cards greatly reduced the cable count and overall cost of the design. A second operator position in the rear of the room houses an Avid Pro Tools digital audio workstation for editing and sweetening recorded audio productions. TBN management chose the Grass Valley Kayenne production switcher for its versatility, operator-assist features and the fact that independent technical directors would know their way around a switcher built on a long legacy. The switcher received a rigorous trial of telethon productions in its first week on the job, requiring various feeds both clean and with graphics, as well as complex switching during the five-day telethon. Had the Kayenne not been market-ready at the time of design, a second switcher would have been required. The facilities use custom-built Laguna Designs furniture in the production control rooms and in video control.