RT decided to expand broadcasting from its Washington, DC Bureau Studios and selected Azzurro Systems Integration to upgrade the technical aspects of their news facility. Services included engineering, design, equipment procurement, training, and project management for two studios, two control rooms, ENG equipment for six field crews, newsroom automation, ingest and digital playout, and five Final Cut Pro edit stations. The resulting system addresses broadcast elements throughout RT’s content workflow: from storage, editing and production through distribution, and includes the transmission of live and recorded program material to RT’s home base in Moscow.
The news workflow is managed by a Dalet News Production automation solution supported by an Omneon video server with four terabytes of local storage. The Dalet solution interfaces with a sister system in Moscow to facilitate content sharing between locations.
The two new control rooms are each centered around a Grass Valley Kayak HD300 video production switcher capable of both SD and HD operation, which allows RT to continue their current SD production without upgrade concerns when they eventually transition to full HD. Six channels of Vizrt news graphics are shared by both control rooms.
Two studios, each furnished with a 103” Panasonic Plasma panel, were built to accommodate production. Studio One’s display incorporates a U-Touch touch screen overlay allowing FingerWorks™ Telestrator to be used for instant access to all the tools needed for “on air” points. Studio One also has 12 modular 50” DLP displays arranged in a 4×3 video wall with a ICS VW processor. Vinten Osprey pedestals and Shotoku TG-18 robotic pan and tilt heads support each studios’ cameras.