Salt Lake City’s KSL-TV Upgrades NVerzion Automation
Streamlines end-to-end news operations
SALT LAKE CITY: NVerzion announced that KSL-TV, the NBC affiliate
in Salt Lake City, upgraded its end-to-end NVerzion automation system to
realize a more streamlined, file-based operation and guaranteed redundancy of
its main, backup, and archive devices.
The new NVerzion automation platform manages short- and long-form
program playback for KSL’s main station, a separate Comcast feed, local
independent station KJZZ, and the Live Well Network, a digital subchannel. The
complete system includes NBase SQL media database manager, NView database
viewer, NControlMC Master Control transmission playlists, NConvert manual and
automated traffic interface, NCompass ingest manager, NGest professional
dubbing and recording software application, NTime event scheduling application,
NPoint video preparation software for segmenting and trimming, NVero on-air
verification and video logger, EMC-Router Ethernet machine control, and
TeraStore nearline storage archive.
NVerzion’s automation solution runs on off-the-shelf hardware and
manages Omneon Spectrum media servers, as well as Utah Scientific 400SD/HD
routers and MC-2020 SD/HD master control switchers. NVerzion’s NCompass ingest
manager automatically ingests content from around 10 different edge servers and
transfers it to the Omneon servers as needed. An NVerzion TeraStore
RAID-protected nearline/archive storage solution decreases the amount of
required video server online storage, reducing the station’s capital and
operating expenses dramatically.
NVerzion said that one of the enhancements KSL found particularly
useful was NVerzion’s new Join-in-Progress (JIP) functionality. The software
application performs complex timing calculations to cue into show segments at
the correct time, based on when the show should have started. This feature
eliminates the traditional dead-roll operation, enabling KSL to join a
scheduled program in the event of a live over-run.