News 14 Carolina, North Carolina’s 24-hour cable news network, recently turned to FOR-A when looking for a new, networkable HD/SD chroma keyer solution, and FOR-A delivered with the FOR-A MBP-100CK.
The unique aspect of the MBP-100CK that was particularly appealing to Dawson Heath, broadcast engineer at News 14 Carolina, is its ability to operate the chroma keyers remotely. “We were able to network the FOR-A keyers,” he explained. “We have various newsrooms around the state, and we do much of our work out of the Raleigh facility, so the remote access to the FOR-A chroma keyer functions provides us with a big advantage over using other products.”
Before installing the FOR-A chroma keyers, engineers could only adjust the cameras remotely, but not the keyers. “Now, if something changes with the lighting and the key is off,” Heath said, “we have the ability to remotely adjust the key via a desktop application until we’re satisfied.”
The ability to save presets for different environments and talent, along with the general user-friendly functionality of creating a new key, also made a big difference. “It’s a very clean and forgiving signal,” said Heath. “Even hair wasn’t an issue for it. Initially, the keyer realizes it needs to key the green out, and the engineer tweaks it from there. In other units we’ve used, we had to tweak it manually, and it was much more time consuming.”
The compact, standalone MBP-100CK HD/SD is equipped with FOR-A’s unique algorithm for chroma key processing, and its Edge Color Replacement function and high-performance filtering ensure image quality. “News 14 Carolina is very happy with the FOR-A chroma keyers,” said Heath. “Our engineers are happy with them from a technical standpoint, and our meteorologists are very impressed with the end result.”
News 14 Carolina is a service of Time Warner Cable’s Local News Division. News 14 programs four customized local news and information channels to the Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro and Wilmington television markets.. With its network operations located in Raleigh, News 14 Carolina also has newsrooms throughout the state including Charlotte, Greensboro and Wilmington.