|Caption: WOIO is using the JVC ProHD Studio 4000 to produce live breaking news coverage for its OTT media platforms.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WOIO IMPROVES COVERAGE OF
BREAKING NEWS FOR WEB
VIEWERS WITH JVC PROHD STUDIO
4000 PRODUCTION STUDIO
- WAYNE, NJ (Jan. 3,
Live streaming of breaking news is nothing new in the
Cleveland-Akron market (DMA #19), but WOIO wanted to provide its
viewers with more than just a video feed. In December, the Raycom
Media-owned CBS affiliate began using its new ProHD Studio 4000 live
production and streaming
studio from JVC
Video, a division of JVCKENWOOD USA
Corporation, to provide a scaled-down,
cost-effective version of its full control room for its
OTT media platforms.
- “We saw it as a way to drive our OTT with a
control room-type look that would not require a control room to do,”
explained Bob Maupin, director of technology for WOIO and WUAB, a CW
and MyNetworkTV affiliate also owned by Raycom. “We hope to drive
all our digital platforms with this.”
- On Dec. 18, WOIO began using the system by
offering live coverage of two events in one day, a press conference
in Akron and the sentencing of a murderer in a Cleveland courtroom.
The production, which was shared on the station’s website, mobile
app, and Facebook Live, included double boxes, graphics, phone
commentary from a reporter, and other production elements viewers
expect during a newscast.
- “All of this we can do with one person
running this production system using touchscreens,” Maupin added.
“We’ve developed some workflows to make it rather
- The self-contained ProHD Studio 4000 is
housed in WOIO’s newsroom. With a dedicated JVC KY-PZ100 robotic
network video production camera hanging from the ceiling in front of
the production workspace, the system operator can also serve as
on-camera talent. A 70-inch LCD monitor behind the operator serves
as a video backdrop, and retractable ropes on either side of the
workspace prevents personnel from walking in front of the camera
during a live webcast.
- Two of the ProHD Studio 4000’s four inputs
are dedicated to the PTZ camera and an NDI source, while the other
two are used for content accessed through the station’s router.
During a webcast, the system operator can add graphics, bugs,
relevant archival footage, live Skype feeds, and web pages, as well
as adjust audio levels.
- According to Brian Sinclair, WOIO assistant
news director, training on the new system was very easy, and
operators adapted quickly to the touchscreen interface. There is no
traditional control panel, and a keyboard and mouse are used only
for typing CG content or searching for content in the station’s
ENPS system. WOIO added a second touchscreen so operators could
conveniently access the station’s virtual router control panel and
ENPS through a separate computer.
- The new production system also provides WOIO
with new flexibility. As Sinclair noted, during the live coverage on
Dec. 18, the main studio and control room were used to produce an
on-air update and a recorded tease for an upcoming newscast. In the
past, the station would have had to break from its live coverage to
produce the two segments.
- WOIO plans to use the ProHD Studio 4000
extensively. “We want our digital platforms to have as much live
breaking coverage as we can provide,” Sinclair said. “We’re
hoping the JVC system can make a difference in the market with
obvious viewer benefit. We’re really happy so far.”
- ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL VIDEO
in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Video is a division of
JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD
Corporation. The company is a leading manufacturer and distributor
of broadcast and professional video equipment, as well as D-ILA
front projection systems. For more information, visit JVC’s
website at http://pro.jvc.com
or call (800) 582 5825.
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- Caption: WOIO is using the JVC ProHD Studio
4000 to produce live breaking news
coverage for its OTT media platforms.