4/10/2009 3:42 PM
SAN DIEGO — April 6, 2009 — Broadcast systems integrator TV Magic has completed the HD upgrade of TV production and broadcast facilities in Dallas, Texas, for Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), the world's largest Christian television network. As part of TBN's larger initiative to transition all of its production centers to HD, the Dallas project included the comprehensive upgrade of TBN's International Production Center (IPC) and four connected sites from analog to state-of-the-art HD operations.
"The upgrade of our Dallas production facilities represents a dramatic improvement in our production capabilities, enables more streamlined and efficient operations, and ultimately has allowed us to incorporate better show elements into our programming," said Paul F. Crouch Jr., chief of staff at TBN. "We have worked closely with TV Magic to make the migration to HD, and the company's thoughtful approach to each project has helped us to implement advanced technologies and workflows without disrupting regular production and broadcasts to viewers worldwide."
Once a completely analog facility, the IPC was stripped down to bare walls and rebuilt with new racks that use space more efficiently while providing the same digital infrastructure supporting other TBN facilities. The IPC is the heart of TBN's Dallas production operations, and its machine and control rooms serve as the nerve center for three connected buildings: local TV station KDTX-TV, an area gymnasium that has been converted into a large studio space, and a 3,500-seat church equipped with 11 camera positions. These studios are located as much as a quarter-mile from one another. The IPC also is linked to a two-acre outdoor production venue. Multiple triax runs and a wireless mic system connect all of these sites, which are used in combination to produce TBN network programming and a public affairs show for KDTX-TV.
Supporting HD production at the IPC are Thomson Grass Valley™ LDK 4000 mk II HD triax cameras with Canon lenses, a Kalypso™ HD production switcher and Jupiter and Concerto routers from Thomson Grass Valley, an Evertz MVP® multi-image display, a monitor wall with Sony LCD screens, an Avid® Deko® 3000 HD CG, and a Solid State Logic C200 audio board. Unique to the Dallas project is the use of Sennheiser wireless systems to bridge the distance between the IPC and remote stages. One remote antenna serves all four sites, enabling real-time monitoring and remote control without requiring the transfer of receivers among studios.
TBN focused on bringing the state-of-the-art facility online as quickly as possible, thus enabling continued production even as each building and stage was being finished. Duplicate control rooms located at the IPC and TV station ensured that production continued uninterrupted.
More about TV Magic and the company's services is available at www.tvmagic.tv.
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About Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN)
TBN is the world's largest Christian network and America's most-watched faith channel. Each day TBN offers 24 hours of commercial-free inspirational programming that appeals to a wide variety of denominations. TBN now reaches every major continent via 70 satellites and more than 12,000 television and cable affiliates worldwide. In the United States, TBN is available to 96 percent of total households. Its Web site receives more than 25 million visitors monthly. In addition to TBN, the network owns and operates The Church Channel, JCTV, TBN Enlace USA, Smile of a Child TV, The Healing Channel, and TV Nejat. More information about TBN is available at www.tbn.org.
About TV Magic
TV Magic is a broadcast and A/V systems integrator and engineering company committed to providing its customers with the highest-quality service in the industry. Regardless of the size, scope, or sophistication of the project, TV Magic has the experience, the knowledge, and the talent to define and meet its technical requirements. The company leverages today's technology to deliver end-to-end solutions for a variety of applications from broadcast facilities to HD production, to installed A/V solutions, and many more. TV Magic prides itself in developing partnerships with customers and vendors that lead to successful long-term relationships. The company has offices in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Latin America. Additional information is available at www.TVMagic.tv.