KITV has completed a station-wide migration to full high-definition newsgathering and production.
The Hawaiian station’s new HD control room went on air 5 December, and is based around a full complement of automated news content creation technology and systems from Vizrt.
Viz Opus, based on the Viz Mosart newsroom automation platform, replaces the video switcher and DVE with a real-time Vizrt graphics engine—providing graphics and two channels of video playout.
KITV was recently acquired by Lilly Broadcasting, owner of seven network affiliated television stations across the U.S.
“We were expecting to spend about $120,000 on a new HD production switcher”, said Kevin Lilly, president at Lilly Broadcasting LLC. “Plus we needed HD playout servers. With Viz Opus, we were able to get everything in one package—so we’re saving money on the equipment, as well as getting tremendous operational efficiencies from the included Viz Mosart newsroom automation.”
KITV also purchased a Vizrt newsroom package, which will work with the station’s newsroom computer system and includes a Viz One compact MAM server as well as a Viz World 3D maps package.
“Viz Opus was created for exactly the type of installation KITV was looking for in a comprehensive automation system, “ said Petter Ole Jakobsen, Vizrt CTO. “Local broadcasters need to improve their content creation workflows with affordable solutions in order to compete effectively with larger stations, or ones with bigger budgets.”