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IP upgrade wins prompt attention

An efficient IP prompting workflow is now available for Portaprompt’s Premium and Quasar prompting monitor ranges, WinDigi software and controllers, based on the replacement of its standard SDI card in the monitor with a new IP card. Scrolling and control takes place in the PC/monitors, so there is no need for external scrolling boxes.

The wired and wireless hand and foot controls communicate via the IP prompting display on the camera, back to the prompter PC in the gallery over the network, and everything can interface to MOS-based newsroom systems.

Prompt and control signals are routed and assigned through the IP router using Portaprompt’s WinDigi Master PC Software, so any source can be assigned to any destination.

Jim Keating, technical director, Portaprompt, said: “We have been looking at the role that IP networks can play in delivering advanced prompting in broadcast TV since IBC2015, when we signed up and trialled IP workflows with the IPPG partnership led by Suitcase TV.

What we are able to do, as prompt signals are essentially a low data service, is use off-the-shelf IT technology and that is what we are launching today.

“We have a lot of flexibility in our system and can basically allocate any control device to any prompting display and this can provide some real benefits for customers,” continued Keating. “For example, it means that the prompt operator can be based in studio while feeding the prompt signal to the presenter on location, saving travel and location cost.”