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Greenville’s WYFF migrates with Utah Scientific technology

WYFF, the NBC affiliate in Greenville, SC, has installed a Utah Scientific UTAH-400 digital routing switcher, MC-2020 master control switcher and SqueezeMax effects unit to enable HDTV production and broadcast.

The new equipment is replacing a collection of aging technology, including a 23-year-old analog router from Utah Scientific.

WYFF broadcasts the region’s only live Doppler radar. The SqueezeMax effects unit, which replaces two outdated pieces of analog equipment, will allow the station to use its live Doppler radar more flexibly.

The UTAH-400 digital routing switcher family includes HD and SD digital video switchers and AES/EBU digital audio switchers in all matrix sizes. At WYFF, the UTAH-400 router, on the air since June, is a 144-frame, loaded 96 x 40 system. Specifically designed to address the growing requirement for large switching systems, it is based on a matrix architecture that greatly reduces system complexity, resulting in commensurate reductions in rack space and power requirements.

WYFF also purchased the new Utah MC-2020 digital master control switcher. The MC-2020 frame can hold two independent signal-processing channels, allowing WYFF to build a system in one frame that supports both SD and HD formats, as well as dual-channel configurations for either format.

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