Melville, NY (February 7, 2008)–In Richmond, VA, Raycom Media-owned television station WTVR, which has a shared-services agreement with Southeastern Media’s CW affiliate WUPV, has installed a range of Pro-Bel automation, routing and master control technology that offers a migration path to HD operation.
WTVR provides CBS-6, a CBS affiliate that broadcasts in HD (pass through from CBS – upconverting local origination) as well as an SD 24-hour weather channel. WUPV, which uses a much higher percentage of server-based content, broadcasts in HD and analog.
The facility has selected and installed a two-channel Morpheus automation and playout system from Pro-Bel to handle all of the automation requirements. This includes Morpheus Acquisition ingest stations and Morpheus File Gateway Delivery technology to interface with Pathfire’s Digital Media Gateway (DMG) electronic content delivery platform.
“Pro-Bel technology is clearly central to our operation here and its routers now handle all of the station’s requirements. New Sirius routers manage the cross conversion between NTSC analog and digital with the two TX family switchers driving the line outputs to the NTSC and HD upconverters,” explains Donald Cox, Chief Engineer. The Pro-Bel switchers are located in master control and are connected to router sources and destinations driven by Morpheus automation. The Morpheus automation controls the switching on both HD channels between the upconverted NTSC lines and true HD sources and is used extensively for scheduled satellite recordings. Pro-Bel’s extensive software-based control and monitoring system is being used alongside the more traditional Aurora router control.
“The cross-conversion capabilities of the Sirius routers are an essential element in integrating the various analog and digital sources and destinations needed to service our multi-format plant. The TX switchers and their automation allow the delivery of a consistent look with a powerful set of tools to service our needs. The aforementioned Pathfire Gateway and the full Morpheus feature set provide massive strides in power and efficiency,” continues Cox.