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Updated: January 12th, 2011 09:49 AM CDT

Community Access TV Station Installs New Production System

Broadcast Pix (Billerica, Mass.) announced that Melrose Massachusetts Television, Inc. (MMTV), the community access station for the City of Melrose, Mass., has installed a Slate 5000 integrated production system from Broadcast Pix (Billerica, Mass.) as part of a control room overhaul.
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Broadcast Pix (Billerica, Mass.) announced that Melrose Massachusetts Television, Inc. (MMTV), the community access station for the City of Melrose, Mass., has installed a Slate 5000 integrated production system as part of an overhaul of its control room.

According to Chip Potito, production engineer, MMTV was looking at a number of switchers in the same price range as the Slate 5000. However, since the new switcher was going to replace an aging Grass Valley 3000, the station wanted a traditional control panel, not a touch-screen interface. The integrated Fluent workflow tools, particularly multi-view and clip store, made the Broadcast Pix the choice. “This one box eliminates so much of our older equipment,” he explained, “and it’s easy to use and customize.”

With its upgrade to the Slate 5000, MMTV also made the move to an SDI workflow. “That has increased our quality immensely,” Potito said. “The shows look so much better. Now we have broadcast-level quality to match our content.”

MMTV has two studios at its main facility, each equipped with three JVC cameras. (An additional JVC camera is mounted on a jib and shared between the studios.) Programs are produced in SD and broadcast locally by Comcast and Verizon. Access A/V, based in Concord, N.H., was the integrator for the control room upgrade, which was completed during the summer and has been in use since September.

The Slate 5000’s built-in Fluent Multi-View helped MMTV save money and space in the control room. A bank of 17 CRT monitors was replaced with two 52-inch Samsung LCD screens. Two additional 21-inch LCDs were installed for the director and graphics stations. With the new monitor setup, Potito said the station has reduced power and A/C use, and he appreciates the ability to program different monitor wall layouts for different shows.

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