Master control has an auspicious sound to it. When you hear the words master control, you think of a technology that keeps everything running perfect
There are few places in modern video technology where technical complexity is higher than in video encoders. First, the purpose is to wring out of a running
Capturing images has always started at the most elemental level in fact, all the way to elemental particles. For nearly 200 years, chemical photography
Wire is one thing every media facility has, and it usually has several different kinds. Fifty years ago, RG59 coax was all a broadcaster needed. Monochrome
It would be easy to assume that the least important technology in a broadcast facility is the piece that only serves to keep equipment from falling to
Notable advances shown at NAB were plentiful. Utah Scientific introduced the UTAH-400/XL series, which includes a massive 1056 1056 matrix in a single
Eons ago, when cameras had scanning electron beams and electronic recording of sound was in its infancy, television was essentially a live medium. The
Few things in our industry have changed as much as prompting. Until the 1970s, prompting was a mechanical, not electronic, process. Sometimes text was
It is interesting to note that video switchers are not sold as digital switchers anymore. Today, it's assumed that all switchers are digital, but of course
Bankers understand asset management. They have a legal and fiduciary duty to protect assets and be able to tell you at any moment just where they are
It is an interesting era for automation and equally challenging for master control. In the broadcast industry, dynamics are at play that converge on both
There are three types of communication that can convey complex information: written, visual (i.e. video) and spoken. In complex tasks, such as managing
Often, articles like this start by heralding new eras of technology in which paradigms shift and deliver a sea of change destined to alter the workflow
Many people in the broadcast industry speculated that HD news wouldn't be successful. Pundits predicted that HD might reach the news studio, but bandwidth
Today's technology spans generations of products used in systems with interconnections that vary from coax carrying analog video to high-speed networks
I am often struck by the similarity between control rooms of 40 years ago and those of today. Of course there have been changes, but the primary functions
On Aug. 31, Red Digital Cinema delivered its first 25 RED production digital cinema cameras. RED and other digital cinema-oriented products like ARRI's
All broadcasters are aware that the era of ringing the cash register several times an hour has largely ended.
Over time, most technologies evolve to support the changing needs of the marketplace they serve. Television, in all of its incarnations, is no different.
Complex market dynamics have dramatically changed the production landscape in the last few years. Since the late 80s, pundits have repeatedly painted
There are many reasons why a station should install automation. The most obvious is the apparent cost savings in labor. The math is simple. Theoretically,
Recently, I had a conversation with a friend about computer graphics and animation. Both of us are techies, so of course the discussion gravitated to
At NAB, routing switched to a new track in more ways than one. Many companies introduced new products, some of which are quite intriguing. Mixed environments
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