WATERTOWN, N.Y.—As a small broadcaster,
we believe we have a special obligation to
be a good steward in our communities—to
do well by doing good. For this reason, we
decided that our CBS and Fox- affiliated television
operations needed a reliable master
control switcher that would provide peace
of mind for our operators, as well as a consistent
and reliable programming stream for
With the rapid evolution in television
broadcast industry standards, it was clear
that we needed to upgrade our station for
high-definition and this would involve the
installation of a new plant router and two
channels of master control switching gear.
We were aware that Ross Video had purchased
a routing switcher company, so we
contacted them to work out a complete plan for our migration to expanded HD.
Among the many benefits found in working
with Ross was that they really listened
to us and responded to our requirements.
We told Ross that we wanted to keep the
manual operation of master control facility
as simple as possible, and true to Ross form,
the company personnel listened and their
MC1 master control system was the result.
This has to be the easiest, simplest master
control system ever built.
The system’s touchscreen control panel
was truly built with operators in mind.
Working together, we tailored the system so
that the bottom third of the control surface
is dedicated to typical on-air operations and
the upper two-thirds for offline operations
such as monitoring, viewing character generator
output and logos, configuration—elements
that a master control operator seldom
has to use, but is important information
when he or she needs it. With the new system,
one operator can easily take anything
to air quickly, and then take it off just as fast.
The simplest way to explain how to use
the MC1 is that anything on the top row
goes to air and everything on the bottom row is for previewing. It’s that clear and easy,
and no more training is needed.
I would recommend this product to
any broadcaster, based on our experience
with its intuitive nature and simple learning
curve. I’ve worked with other master
control switchers in the past and knew that
they just didn’t fit the needs of our facility.
However, the MC1 was tailored by Ross to
meet our exact demands and, based on my
experience, will perform well in any television
Another benefit of incorporating the
MC1 system is that it’s an openGear cardbased
product which integrated seamlessly
with our Ross NK router. It also integrated
with our EAS system and Ross production
automation system. In addition, it gives us an extra three layers of keying and logo insertion.
Manual control is achieved via the
touchscreen through Ross’ DashBoard that
we use to integrate all of our other openGear
equipment and systems.
I sleep better at night knowing we have
a Ross system. It’s a great feeling to know
that you’ve installed a system that’s as solid
as a rock.
John Seymour is director of broadcast
operations at WWNY/WNYF and has
worked in broadcast television operations
since 1991.He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional information, contact
Ross Video at 613-652-4886 or visit www.rossvideo.com