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WRAL-TV to build pair of chroma key news studios around Slate 5000 HD

WRAL-TV, the Capitol Broadcasting-owned CBS affiliate serving the Raleigh-Durham, NC, market, has purchased two Broadcast Pix Slate 5000 HD live production systems for WRAL NewsChannel, a 24-hour channel offering WRAL news, sports and weather.

The systems will be installed in new chroma key studios, which will go live in December, built specifically for preproduction of WRAL NewsChannel HD programming.

The station also will use the new Slate 5000 HD systems for preproduction of programming for WRAL News Over Wireless, a news, sports and live programming service transmitted to Sprint wireless customers using a platform developed by Capitol Broadcasting’s CBC New Media Group.

WRAL began using Broadcast Pix equipment in 2005 for WRAL NewsChannel SD programming. According to station chief engineer Pete Sockett, WRAL selected the Slate 5000 HD live production systems based on cost savings and their single-operator approach, which makes it easy for a single person to run the control room.

The new chroma key studios will drive WRAL’s focus to produce more local programming without impeding on the production workflow in the main control room, Sockett said. The compact, single-operator platform allowed Sockett and his team to build out mini studios for talking head interviews, Web programming, News Over Wireless updates and special green-screen projects. The Slate 5000 HD is the centerpiece of the new studios.

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