WFAA-TV/DT produces HD newscast from remote studio

The station is relying on Fujinon studio lenses at its new 4000sq-ft remote studio and its existing facility next to ‘The Dallas Morning News.’
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WFAA-TV/DT is using Fujinon HA13X4.5BERD (shown) and HA18X5.5BERD HD lenses at its new remote and existing studios.

Belo-owned WFAA-TV/DT produces daily local newscasts in HD with Fujinon studio lenses from its new 4000sq-ft remote studio facility at Victory Park, adjacent to the American Airlines Center on the north end of downtown Dallas.

The new facility has no control room and is connected via fiber-optic cabling to the station’s facility located next door to “The Dallas Morning News” in downtown Dallas. The four Thomson Grass Valley LDK 4000 HD studio cameras at the Victory Park facility, as well as at WFAA’s existing studio, are each equipped with Fujinon’s HA18X5.5BERD and HA13X4.5BERD HD lenses.

The entire studio at Victory Park was conceived with HD production in mind; however, WFAA did not want to build another control room there. It’s a busy area and a popular place to live and work. WFAA wanted to be able to broadcast local news from this location but knew that building an HD control room on-site could consume significant time and resources. So, the station installed fiber optics at Victory Park connecting its headquarters and control room to the new studio.

Since January 2007, WFAA has been broadcasting morning, noon and evening newscasts in HD from its Victory Park location, as well as a variety of specials and weekly entertainment programming — both live and on tape.

A massive HD screen positioned above the south wall of the WFAA studio at Victory Park displays the WFAA news broadcasts to pedestrian traffic below.

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