Kansas City station moves to tapeless with Sundance

KSMO-TV, a Warner Brothers (WB) affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcasting Group, made the move to tapeless operation at its Kansas City, Kan., facility with the help of Sundance Digital's FastBreak Automation. The Sinclair Broadcast Group has already installed FastBreak Automation systems at three locations.

Sundance Digital's FastBreak Automation integrates SQL-based database management with frame-accurate server, tape transport and switcher/router control for complete command of the broadcast process.

KSMO worked with systems integrator Professional Video Supply and Sundance Digital to configure and install a FastBreak Automation system capable of managing on-air operations, including local and network programs and commercials. The undertaking represents a leap to digital media management from a legacy analog playback system.

KSMO-TV's FastBreak Automation system controls a Grass Valley MC21 switcher and drives a Leitch server, as well as associated master control equipment. Also included in the KSMO-TV FastBreak setup is Sundance Digital's Time-Liner, a flexible and expandable event sequencing solution to facilitate the recording of satellite feeds.

KSMO-TV is also maximizing efficiency by integrating Encoda's Columbine "Closed Loop" Traffic and Billing system into FastBreak. Sundance provided a custom software interface for accurate traffic log imports and "as-run" file reconciliation. Together, FastBreak and Columbine function as a "check and balance" system to monitor traffic requests, interpret actual playlist results, and furnish the station with essential documentation.

For more information visit www.sundancedigital.com.

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