Miranda Puts WHRO in the Cockpit

PBS affiliate WHRO has selected Miranda's Master Control Glass Cockpit multichannel switching, branding and monitoring system for broadcasting HD and standard definition digital programming from its new DTV broadcast facility in Norfolk, Va.

The focal point of the Master Control Glass Cockpit is the Kaleido-K2 high-res virtual monitor wall processor, which lets operators perform multi-step monitoring of multiple video and audio signals as they pass from master control to transmission. Master control and branding are handled by the Oxtel Series Presmaster Control switcher panel and the Imagestore 2 processor, which streamlines operations by integrating source switching, character generation, audio/over storage, and still/graphics storage into a single box. Miranda's networked iControl system provides remote infrastructure monitoring and control.

WHRO wanted the ability to "change the nature of ATSC transmission and channel mix to suit the time of day," said Keith Massie, former Digital Transition Director at WHRO. "[The Master Control Glass Cockpit] is integral in offering us the capability to provide high-quality HD television during prime time, and multiple SD and datacasting services for targeted audiences during the rest of the day."