Cablecast Community Media Platform Simplifies Workflows and Frees Staff from Mundane Tasks at MVCC

Date: 28/02/2019

Miami Valley Communications Council (MVCC) in Centerville, Ohio is a municipal communications and technology organization that represents eight member cities in the area, and holds affiliate agreements with 23 other Miami Valley cities. Upgrading its master control and playout infrastructure to high definition while replacing decade-old legacy equipment, the council selected the Cablecast Community Media Platform from Tightrope Media Systems as the foundation of its enhanced operations.

MVCC was formed in 1975 to oversee cable television franchise agreements, manage the operation of the council's cable access television channels, and lead intergovernmental projects designed to strengthen communications between member cities and their citizens. The council operates four PEG channels – two government channels, one educational access channel and one public access channel – while offering state-of-the-art production facilities, equipment and training to residents of its member cities.

While limited to broadcasting in SD for cable distribution, MVCC had higher ambitions for its online presence. “We wanted to upgrade to HD for our online VOD and eventually our live streams,” explained Nick Evert, MVCC’s chief engineer. “We also wanted a system that would simplify our file-based workflows and integrate better with our website offering.”

MVCC purchased the Cablecast Broadcast Automation software and two quad-channel Cablecast Flex 4 playout servers, configured to provide one recording input and one playout pathway for each of the council’s four cable channels. A Cablecast Pro VOD server automatically creates on-demand clips of the station’s programs, which are then delivered to viewers through the cloud-based Cablecast Reflect service. Four Tightrope Carousel systems drive independent bulletin boards on each channel. Supplied by systems integrator iVideo Technologies (known at the time as Industrial Video), the new installation went live at MVCC in September 2018.

In choosing the Cablecast platform, Tightrope’s expertise was as important to MVCC as the solution itself. “The number one thing for myself and our recently-retired programmer was the background of the company,” said Evert. “Tightrope staff all seem to have a good knowledge of the PEG channel world, with many of them coming from a PEG background. Their receptiveness to the particular challenges of a government-run media center was really appealing.”

Cablecast’s browser-based architecture was similarly attractive. “Unlike our previous system, people can now be working simultaneously on various machines over the network at the same or different times, without being tied to a specific workstation,” Evert explained. “Plus, I don’t need to keep updating software versions on multiple machines to stay current.”

Beyond its browser-based flexibility, the operational ease of Cablecast’s user interface itself has earned Evert’s praise. “With our previous system, a lot of functions were counter-intuitive and confusing,” he said. “The Cablecast interface is much more intuitive and modern, and you get a lot better feedback from the software when you’re working.”

Cablecast’s elegant media handling capabilities save MVCC staff valuable time that they can put to better use. “With our old system, we had to FTP files around a lot, moving them to and from a NAS,” recalled Evert. “With Cablecast, we have all of our media live on the server. Instead of spending time queuing things up and on routine operational tasks, employees are freed up to do things like developing better bulletin board graphics and polishing things up a little bit more.”

Cablecast’s tight bulletin board integration has brought similar gains. “The schedule integration benefits are huge,” said Evert. “With our old system, staff would get an email or printout of the schedule, and need to retype it into our bulletin board software. Now as soon as we’ve scheduled the show, it’s handled automatically, completely eliminating that work.”

In addition to the Cablecast platform itself, Evert has also been impressed with Tightrope personnel. “I can’t say enough about the receptiveness that they have to new ideas and features,” he praised. “You work with any system day in and day out, inevitably you’ll have ideas of something new you wish it could do. Not every manufacturer will truly listen to your requests and discuss them with their development team. I think that’s huge.”

MVCC’s future plans include adding Cablecast Live systems for HD live streaming, and updating the video content area of their website using Cablecast’s dynamic, turnkey “public site” web publishing tools. But in the meantime, the platform continues to deliver the benefits the council sought. “Cablecast has simplified our master control workflow, and allows our staff to allocate more of their time to refinement of our channels,” summarized Evert. “It is a solid, all-in-one kind of solution, which is exactly what is needed for a PEG facility like ours.”

About Cablecast

For over 20 years, the Cablecast Community Media platform from Tightrope Media Systems has enabled exceptional workflow efficiency, usability and versatility to help local cable channels, campus television and other community media providers engage their viewers in the evolving media landscape. The comprehensive Cablecast product line provides complete, tightly-integrated broadcast solutions including station automation, playout servers, Internet video on demand and live streaming. For more information, visit www.cablecast.tv or call (866) 866-4118.



Tags: cablecast | media | mvcc
Submitted by Brian Galante (Dimension PR)
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Ghost VFX artists received a 2021 Emmy® for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Single Episode for the Star Trek: Discovery installment “Su’Kal.” Led by Supervising Producer / Lead VFX Supervisor Jason Michael Zimmerman, the Emmy-winning Ghost team included VFX Supervisor Ivan Kondrup Jensen and VFX Producer Kristen Prahl. Also taking home Emmys were VFX Supervisor Ante Dekovic, VFX Producer Aleksandra Kochoska, Lead VFX Artist Charles Collyer, and On Set VFX Supervisor Alexander Wood.

Tags: ghost vfx | vfx | behind the scenes
Submitted by ignite strategic communications
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DoPchoice Intro Light Directing Tools for Aputure Nova P600c New Snapbags Snapgrid Rabbit Ear Mount Adapter Posted: 20/10/2021
DoPchoice Intro and rsquo;s Light Directing Tools for Aputure Nova P600c New Snapbags and reg;, Snapgrid and reg; and amp; Rabbit Ear Mount Adapter

DoPchoice now offers light directing Snapbag® soft boxes and Snapgrids® to make the most of Aputure’s new P600c LED fixture. To complement this panel light, DoPchoice has designed a dedicated new Snapbag® soft box and Rabbit Ears Mount Adapter, plus a host of other choice tools.

Tags: DoPchoice GmbH | Light Modifiers | ARRI Orbiter | Obiter | Lightbank | Snapbag | lighting | cinematography | Local 728 | Local 80 | gaffer | light control | cinema tools | LED | Rabbit Rounder | Snapgrid | TRP Worldwide | Snapbag | reflective fabric | internal 3D Baffle | IBC 2021
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HPA Young Entertainment Professionals Program Opens Call for Applications Posted: 20/10/2021
HPA Young Entertainment Professionals Program Opens Call for Applications

HPA (Hollywood Professional Association) has opened the call for applications for the 2022 Young Entertainment Professionals (YEP) program. Since its inception in 2015, the growing YEP program has supported the careers of talented creative, technical, project management and administrative professionals between the ages of 21 and 32 through mentorship, community building and educational offerings. Applications are due Monday, November 8 and applicants will be notified of their status in early December. The 2022 YEP class will begin in January 2022.

Tags: HPA | HPA YEP | professional development
Submitted by ignite strategic communications
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Lead Singer Billy Lunn Puts Neve Firmly At The Heart Of His Latest Recordings Posted: 20/10/2021
The Subways and rsquo; Lead Singer Billy Lunn Puts Neve Firmly At The Heart Of His Latest Recordings

Billy Lunn, lead singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer of the rock band The Subways, has made Neve outboard units the centrepiece of his new studio after recognising the positive impact Neve equipment had on the sound of the band’s second album, All or Nothing.

Released in 2008, All or Nothing was produced by Butch Vig and recorded on a Neve® 88R desk at Conway Studios in Los Angeles.

Tags: Billy Lunn | The Subways | AMS Neve | Neve 1073SPX | Neve Pre Amps | Butch Vig
Submitted by White Noise Public Relations Ltd
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TSL Products Hosts Virtual and Interactive Showcase to Spotlight New Products and Latest Advancements Posted: 20/10/2021
TSL Products Hosts Virtual and Interactive Showcase to Spotlight New Products and Latest R and amp;D Advancements

TSL Products will spotlight its latest product developments in audio monitoring, control systems and power solutions with a virtual and interactive showcase. The new digitalplatform will allow customers to visit a virtual representation of TSL’s tradeshow booth, with access to product demos and exclusive interviews, as well as the opportunity to speak live with product specialists via a custom-built set up based out of TSL’s Marlow office.

Tags: TSL Products | NAB 2021 | virtual tradeshow
Submitted by D. Pagan Communications
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Pebble continues 2021 expansion with new hires Posted: 20/10/2021
Pebble continues 2021 expansion with new hires

Pebble, the leading automation, content management, and integrated channel specialist, is pleased to announce a range of new hires across its business as it continues to build on its successes over the last year. The company announced an impressive set of figures for H1 2021 last month, buoyed by an up-tick in all key financial metrics over the Covid-impacted 2020, including revenue, pre-tax profits, and net cash.

Tags: Pebble | automation | content | channel | hires
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