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Pappas Reno stations rely on XL H1 HD cameras for studio, field use

December 12, 2006

The future of TV broadcasting is visible today behind a 120ft glass window at a Reno, NV, shopping mall where the new purpose-built studio complex for Pappas Telecasting’s KREN-TV 27 and co-located sister station KAZR-TV 46 resides.

The stations have been engineered to integrate the latest digital, computer-based technologies to maximize production workflow efficiencies and bring viewers HDTV picture quality.

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Central to this design is Pappas Telecasting’s choice of Canon’s XL H1 HD cameras for all of the stations’ video-acquisition needs. Three XL H1’s have been configured for studio camera operation, with another three used in the field to gather news. A seventh serves as a hand-held camcorder for impromptu interviews at the mall, where the stations’ glass window lets the public watch live newscasts.

KREN is a CW affiliate, and KAZR carries Azteca America programming. Both stations went live from the new facility in early September and are currently delivering a 1080i HD signal via local cable providers to about 50 percent of their DMA (Designated Market Area). Pappas Telecasting is preparing for daily production of two separate one-hour HD newscasts for both KREN and KAZR seven days a week. All video capture, field and studio, will be done exclusively with the Canon XL H1 HD camcorder.

The HD-SDI output of the KREN/KAZR XL H1 studio cameras is fed directly into the stations’ HD production switcher. The stations are also using Canon Console software that can run on a desktop or laptop computer to serve as a camera control unit (CCU) for the XL H1 HD camcorder.

The backbone of KREN’s advanced digital architecture is a gigabit Ethernet network, which links all production equipment, including a shared storage system that enables anyone to access video footage from any location in the station. The system is administered by a broadcast information technologist, a new job title combining IT and broadcast-engineering skills. The technology implemented at the stations will serve as a beta test site for Pappas Telecasting’s other stations.

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