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ABS Installs Native HD Infrastructure for KHSL

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced it designed and installed a new HD-SDI infrastructure with embedded audio for KHSL, the CBS affiliate serving the Chico-Redding, Calif. market (DMA #132). The native HD upgrade included new master control and production control rooms, plus new studio and ENG cameras, NLE systems, and the adoption of a tapeless workflow.

Owned by GOCOM Media of Northern California, KHSL shares operations with KNVN, the local NBC affiliate owned by K4 Media, as part of a joint facilityOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA arrangement. Aaron “Mike” Roberts, director of engineering, said the ABS project provided a technological fresh start for the facility, which had previously transitioned from analog to digital SD, then to an HD/SD hybrid infrastructure. The facility had layers of cables that could not be organized or removed until after the new infrastructure was operational.

ABS completed the project in November 2013, and the facility began using its native HD system in January. The new HD-SDI infrastructure includes embedded audio, which significantly reduced cable runs. In fact, more than four racks of system routing equipment were replaced by a 4 RU 128×128 Utah Scientific router. Other master control upgrades include Harmonic Omneon video servers controlled through NVerizon automation.

Built around a Ross Carbonite production switcher, the new production control room features a Miranda Kaleido multi-viewer, Panasonic LCD monitors, Ross XPression CG, BlackStorm playout server, Yamaha LS9 audio board, Clear-Com intercom system and custom furniture from Martin & Ziegler. All newsroom edit systems were also upgraded to Adobe Premiere CS6 and are connected to an 18 TB SAN system.

For field production, ABS replaced an aging group of tape-based camcorders with eight JVC GY-HM600 ProHD handheld camcorders with built-in 23x Fujinon lenses. Part of KHSL’s new tapeless workflow, the cameras record HD footage to SDHC or SXHC media cards. Roberts said the new cameras were particularly effective shooting low-light footage, which was beneficial at the site of a local April 10 accident between a FedEx truck and school bus that gained national attention.

Rather than traditional studio cameras, ABS installed five Panasonic AW-HE120 robotic PTZ HD cameras, each with a custom 13-inch LCD prompter system mounted on top that maintains the eye line of the news anchors. According to Roberts, the system works very well and was “an innovative, inexpensive way” to update the studio.

During the project, ABS personnel utilized a vacant space on the second floor of the facility to relocate the analog news production. The space formally used by news production was then used to assemble new racks and equipment. Once the HD infrastructure was in place, ABS created the new master control for KHSL and KNVN, and its three multicast channels.

The facility’s original location for master control was designed to support a single station, so master control had been moved several years ago during an upgrade to accommodate multiple channels. However, technological innovations allowed ABS to return master control back in its original location. The new HD news production equipment was then installed in the space previously occupied by master control.

“KHSL was the biggest ‘little’ project we’ve ever done,” explained Mark Siegel, president of ABS. “Coordination was critical. We needed to build and install an HD-SDI with embedded audio infrastructure without interfering with existing operations. It was definitely a challenge, but the end result is a much cleaner and more consolidated operation with a lot less cable.”

“It was a logistical nightmare,” added Roberts. “They handled it like pros, but it was a very complicated move. We had three layers of build-out, and it all had to be worked around. We had to keep it running, yet build this new layer of digital, which ABS did beautifully. Overall, the project went great.”

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including GOCOM Media, Cowles California Media, Cisco Systems, Meredith, and Time Warner Communications. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

 

ABS to Address 4K Technology Questions During Free Open House

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced a free 4K Open House at its offices in SeaTac on July 17, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a number of vendors at the event, including Adobe, AJA Video Systems, Elemental Technologies, Four Winds Interactive, FUJINON, Infortrend, Quantum, Planar and Sony. Lunch will be provided for registered attendees.

4K and other large raster acquisition formats offer improved resolution and high dynamic range (HDR) that rival film, enough to already convince many episodic television producers to replace 35mm film with video. Plus, 4K or ultra-high definition (UHD) displays are also being considered for a variety of applications, including I-MAG (image magnification), live events and high-end retail. However, a number of questions remain regarding production, post-production and distribution workflows.

“There are many advantages to producing in 4K, but there are disadvantages as well,” explained Mark Siegel, president of ABS. “Just because you can produce in 4K, should you? There are a lot of questions with 4K, and our open house will offer an open and frank opportunity to discuss the technology and its workflows.”

For free registration and more information, please visit: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07e9gb0kw932803440&oseq=&c=&ch=.

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including GOCOM Media, Cowles California Media, Cisco Systems, Meredith, and Time Warner Communications. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

 

ABS to Open Systems Integration Company in Singapore

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced it will open Advanced Broadcast Solutions – Asia Pte. Ltd. in Singapore on June 17. The new company will provide consulting and design services, systems integration, and maintenance and support for professional video, audio, and IT solutions in the Asia-Pacific region.

Mark Siegel, president of ABS, said the new company will improve support and Dennis Breckenridge JPEGservice for its customers. “We’ve had great success in the region over the last several years, but we’ve been conducting business out of the U.S.,” he explained. “The strong demand from our customers in the Asia-Pacific region warrants a dedicated company with local resources in Singapore. With the new focused company, we will be able to provide even better service for our new and existing customers in the region.”

Industry veteran Dennis Breckenridge, who has been established in the region for years, will serve as managing director for Advanced Broadcast Solutions – Asia Pte. Ltd. Most recently, Breckenridge was based in Singapore for Grass Valley as systems sales manager. During that time, he designed and delivered major projects throughout the region including the International Broadcast Center for the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar, OB trucks and portable systems, and new broadcast and news production facilities. Previously, he spent more than four years as director of sales, Asia Pacific Region, for Broadcast Pix.

“Dennis is well respected in the professional video industry and is very familiar with the Asia Pacific markets,” said Siegel. “We are excited to welcome him to the ABS team and lead our efforts to become the premier systems integrator in Singapore.”

Breckenridge will be available for consultations at BroadcastAsia 2014, which runs June 17-20 at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Contact him at +65 8499 3337 or via e-mail at dbreck@advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including GOCOM Media, Cowles California Media, Cisco Systems, Meredith, and Time Warner Communications. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

ABS to Design, Integrate HD Upgrade of Television Production Facilities at San Jose State University

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced it has been contracted to provide a comprehensive HD upgrade of the video production facilities for the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (JMC) at San Jose State University in San Jose, Calif. ABS will design, procure, and install the systemABS Dwight Bentel Hall JPEG, which should be completed in April.

Since ABS won the bid process, Bob Rucker, director of the JMC School, has been impressed by the company’s expertise in classroom technology designed specifically for journalism education. “They understood what we were trying to do from day one,” he said. “ABS has done a fantastic job staying on budget, being creative with innovations in the technology and enabling new ideas throughout the process.”

Budgeted at more than $600,000, the project will include an overhaul of the television studio, control room and a separate newsroom “flashcam” location in the new converged newsroom in Dwight Bentel Hall. The upgrade is funded by the Jack and Emma Anderson Fund, an $8.7 million endowment from the couple who owned the print shop that published the school’s Spartan Daily newspaper for more than 40 years, and administered by the university’s Tower Foundation.

A 24-input Ross Video Carbonite 1-A M/E production switcher with built-in multi-view will anchor the control room. Other components will include a Yamaha LS9-32 digital audio console, Clear-Com intercom system and Panasonic 55-inch LED monitors. The new Ross XPression Studio CG will be configured to connect with the school’s convergence newsroom computer system for automatic loading of graphics through a MOS gateway.

Four new HD cameras will be housed in the updated studio, three Sony HXC-D70K cameras coupled with Autocue 17-inch prompters on Libec pedestals, plus one Sony BRC-Z330 PTZ camera mounted to the lighting grid for overhead shots. ABS will also install custom curtains, a Pro Cyc 3B-EZ System and a new lighting package.

Inside the newly renovated newsroom, where award-winning newspaper, television,  magazine and advertising students work together,  the “Breaking News Desk” will be used to produce live standups and other segments for Web-based news reports and Update News, the school’s television newscast. The area will feature a wall-mounted Sony PTZ camera that can be operated from the control room or locally via handheld remote.

“Educational institutions don’t often get a chance to upgrade their production facilities, especially not on a scale like this project for San Jose State,” said Mark Siegel, president of ABS. “We’ve designed an HD workflow that mirrors the file-based operations found in broadcast news environments across the country to prepare students for the real world. The new system will be a viable teaching environment for years to come, and it’s been specifically engineered for future expansion.”

While Rucker acknowledged the school’s last major video technology upgrade was in the mid-1990s, new equipment and a new strategic plan will help raise the school’s international profile. “We’ve got some very big plans for this new studio,” he said. “Our goal is to create a center for social media research in Silicon Valley. We’re going to create a global learning opportunity for our school that will excite and enable our diverse student body to test their creative new media ideas and technology approaches alongside the world class experts of Silicon Valley.”

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including GOCOM Media, Cowles California Media, Cisco Systems, Meredith and Time Warner Communications. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

AVL Expo 2014 Helps Northwest Worship Community See ‘Big Picture’ for Technology Integration

SEATAC, WA — Approximately 120 members of the Pacific Northwest’s worship community attended last month’s free Audio, Visual, Lighting Conference and Expo (AVL Expo), presented by professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS), in collaboration with ExperienceChurch.tv®.  Some of the expo’s most popular conference AVL Expo 2014 Session JPEGsessions focused on audio, but the program also included presentations on production switchers, cameras, cloud-based resources and more.

Dennis Cummins, pastor at Experience Church.tv, which hosted the event at its church in Puyallup, Wash., said this year’s expo attracted a large number of senior pastors. “I think it’s because the pastors of small to medium-sized churches are starting to understand that they need to be involved in the audio, video, and lighting at least in some part to really make it successful,” he said. “This doesn’t mean they have
to know all the nuts and bolts of making it work. Conceptually, they need to have the big picture in order to be a good steward of purchases and produce a great product.”

AVL Expo 2014 Cummins JPEGAVL Expo also featured an exhibit hall and networking opportunities specifically tailored for the worship community. “It’s encouraging to see so many churches investing the time to make sure their investment in AV technology is solid,” added Mark Siegel, president of ABS. “We also add new speakers, new sessions, and new exhibitors to keep AVL Expo fresh and current for attendees.”

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, Wash., ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including GOCOM Media, Cowles California Media, Cisco Systems, Meredith, and Time Warner Communications. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

 

ABS, Experience Church.tv Present AVL Expo 2014, Provide Free AV Training for Northwest Worship Community

ABS logoSEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS), in collaboration with ExperienceChurch.tv®,  will present the Audio, Video, Lighting Conference and Expo (AVL Expo) on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Experience Church in Puyallup, Wash. Designed for the worship community, the free, one-day event will include a full conference program that includes advanced sessions for returning attendees. Plus, the exhibit hall will feature several new exhibitors, including Sony Electronics, De Sisti Lighting, Tightrope Media Systems, QSC, and Williams Sound.

The expo opens at 9 a.m., with a general session beginning at 10 a.m. hosted by Dennis Cummins, Pastor at Experience Church.tv and well known advocate for AV technology in worship facilities. “Every session will be unique this year, and we have some very practical, hands-on instruction for audio applications,” he said.

Mark Siegel, president of ABS, will lead the “Live Production” breakout session at 1 p.m. “We have been working with Experience Church.tv since 2009 to produce AVL Expo, and the show continues to be an important resource for church pastors and their AV crews in the Northwest,” he said. “It’s not enough to invest in AV technology – church personnel also need to invest in training to create compelling content. My session will help our attendees learn how to mix a live show for broadcast on TV or the Web. ”

Other conference sessions include an audio production sessions from Sennheiser and Roland, as well as “Important Things to Know about In-Ear-Monitoring” by myMix. Plus, JVC Professional Products Company will lead a session on cameras, Sony will address production switchers, and Atomos will highlight capture, playback, and storage. Cloud-based resources for file sharing and storage, as well as lighting, will also be addressed. The program ends with a 4 p.m. Q &A general session.

Registration is free for the first two people registered from each church, and complimentary lunch will be provided, courtesy of ABS. Additional attendees will be permitted based on availability, but space is limited. For more information and registration information, please visit www.avlexpo.com.

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including GOCOM Media, Cowles California Media, Cisco Systems, Meredith, and Time Warner Communications. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

ABS Builds, Supports International Broadcasting Center for 27th SEA Games in Myanmar

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced it has been selected as the premier AV technology provider for the International Broadcasting Center (IBC) for the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, which start today and run through December 22nd in Myanmar. More than 1,000 media personnel are expected to cover the games, and ABS has been on location for more than three months preparing for the event.

Held every two years, the SEA Games include participants from 11 countries and serve as pre-qualifying contests for some track and field events for the Olympic SEA Games IBC JPEGGames. There are more than 4,000 athletes competing in more than 30 sports at this year’s event, which will be held in 29 venues across Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, Mandalay, and Ngwe Saung. This year is the first time Myanmar has hosted the SEA Games since 1969.

In conjunction with Asia Mega Link, a telecommunications company based in Yangon, ABS was tasked with designing, building, and supporting video and audio for the media in all venues. ABS will also produce HD coverage of all athletic events, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies. Each venue includes an area for stand-ups, a “mixed zone” for interviews with athletes, and predetermined ENG camera positions with wide views of the field of play.

ABS and Asia Mega Link have installed bi-directional fiber links between each venue and the IBC, which is based in the Maniyadana Jade Hall in Nay Pyi Taw. The IBC features a three-camera TV studio with control room. Other services available include SD and HD satellite uplink/downlink, equipment rental, and daily highlight video packages available for each sport and each day. Grass Valley is the premier provider of technology for the SEA Games, providing LDX Series cameras and GV STRATUS nonlinear media production tools. Broadcasters can also rent private offices, which include a network connection, router connectivity, and GV STRATUS.

“Myanmar is an emerging country, and the SEA Games will help introduce its people and culture to much of the rest of the world with brilliant HD imagery,” said Mark Siegel, president of ABS and director of technology for the SEA Games. “ABS is very pleased to be working with Asia Mega Link to help make this event a success for members of the media who will be on site.”

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including GOCOM Media, Cowles California Media, Cisco Systems, Meredith, and Time Warner Communications. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.