KABC transitions to HD for local news

KABC in Los Angeles has begun producing its local news content for high-definition television viewers with Thomson Grass Valley multi-format HD equipment.

The technology includes the Ignite HD Integrated Production System (IPS) and several pieces of the company’s Digital News Production (DNP) equipment, featuring the NewsEdit news editing system and Kalypso HD Video Production Center.

A single operator efficiently runs KABC’s local newscasts using the Ignite HD system to produce weekend programs, while the Kalypso HD switcher is used during the station’s weekday newscasts. Supporting its move to local HD news, the station also plans to use a Grass Valley K2 HD media server.

For the past six months, the station has used a standard-definition version of the Grass Valley Ignite system — under the control of one operator with full video, audio and camera controls — for its morning and mid-day weekend newscasts. The station’s news department subsequently made the move to full HD production, airing its first HD content on Feb. 18.

KABC’s news department also uses a multi-seat DNP system with NewsEdit nonlinear editing workstations. This system will be upgraded to HD capability in the near future.

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