KHSL, the CBS affiliate serving the Chico-Redding, Calif. market (DMA #132), has upgraded its HD-SDI infrastructure with 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 facility arrangement. The project was handled by Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS), a video and audio systems integrator based in SeaTac, Washington.
Mike Roberts, KHSL’s director of engineering, said the project provides a technological fresh start for the facility, which had previously transitioned from analog to digital SD and 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.
More than four racks of system routing equipment were replaced by a four RU 128 x 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 character generator, 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 18TB SAN system.
For field production, KHSL 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.
Rather than traditional studio cameras, five Panasonic AW-HE120 robotic PTZ HD cameras were installed, 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.