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• Shared storage for recorded content, for fi nished pieces ready to be played out and for use as a working area, with access from any networked workstation. • Production capability for the studio, handling both live and pre-recorded shows. This should include video and audio mixing, CG graphics (i.e. lower-third captions), still-store handling, internal clip playback and recording, all using material on the shared Store. • Video Server functionality, providing conventional clip recording and playback (also to/from the shared Store), primarily for transmission play-out purposes – i.e. playing sequences of recorded content. • Branding graphics handling, allowing station logo, clock, ticker and sidebar to be inserted, managed and controlled on the fi nal video output. Elements such as the logo and clock should be controlled as part of the transmission schedule, whilst other elements, such as the content of a ticker, would be managed by a producer. • Down-conversion of the fi nal video output signal to Standard Defi nition suitable for connection to the transmission encoder. • Newsroom scripting and rundown handling to allow news and other programs to be prepared and produced by the editorial team, including integrated prompting. This varied functionality involves a number of different technologies and we are probably the only British company able to offer our own range of software and hardware components as a single solution for this type of environment. Although we have already worked with a number of other LTV stations, this launch is the fi rst where we have provided elements from across our whole product range to fulfi l all of the technical requirements – i.e. where no other equipment is involved. The pre-confi gured rack that we delivered contained an aVS (our Video Server, providing 5 TB of shared storage), a primary aPS (our Production Suite, supporting all live production and transmission playout), a backup aPS (for additional resilience and fl exibility) and a QSeries Database Server, supporting both QNews (our newsroom computer system including news automation) and QTx (our transmission automation software). We also provided a complete gallery solution, consisting primarily of three standard PC workstations – one for production control and monitoring, one for news automation control and one shared for use by the prompt operator or producer and for monitoring the transmission schedule. Whilst it obviously took some time beforehand to install and confi gure the various servers within the rack, once on-site it was simply a case of plugging in mains power, networking, video from the cameras • Production Automation, providing studio automation for live production, including scheduling and control of video clip, CG and stills playout, based on automation event information entered into the current running order. • Transmission Automation for the main program output, including the ability to switch between automatic, sequenced playback and live studio production. KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 104 AUGUST 2015 | 51