Best in CLASS: WJRT-TV optimises workflow with Nverzion

Nverzion has announced that ABC affiliate WJRT-TV, based in Flint, Michigan, has optimised its file-based workflow relying on Nverzion’s Component Level Automation System Solutions (CLASS). It is reported that the station has been able to increase operational efficiencies dramatically, reduce costs, and deliver a higher quality on-air presentation to viewers located in Flint and the surrounding Tri-Cities of Saginaw, Bay City, and Midland.

WJRT operates three channels: the main HD channel which delivers ABC and local programming, and two SD subchannels offering the Live Well Network and weather programming, respectively. The station recently optimized its file-based workflow by adding new NVerzion automation capabilities, including an NCompass ingest management application that automatically transfers files from Pathfire and PitchBlue content delivery systems directly to the on-air server in addition to controlling automatic scheduling of secondary and tertiary events, such as snipes and other graphics originating from a new WideOrbit traffic system.

CLASS is based on a highly modular architecture designed to ensure the integrity of WJRT’s on-air presentation by eliminating any single point of failure within the station’s file-based workflow. Engineers can bypass any piece of equipment that is not functioning properly and deliver a seamless on-air broadcast. While the NVerzion automation system currently controls WJRT’s main HD channel and the Live Well Network subchannel, harnessing the scalability of CLASS, the station can control its weather subchannel as well as any additional channels in the future without employing more workstations.

Reed Haslam, director, sales and marketing at Nverzion, comments: “WJRT has been a satisfied customer of NVerzion automation for more than a decade, the reason being that our company is dedicated to developing the most reliable, flexible and cost-effective solutions that can be customised to any specification. NVerzion CLASS introduces efficiencies to the broadcast workflow that are measurable in terms of cost- and time-savings, while offering WJRT the freedom to choose the best equipment — including video server, master control, graphics, and traffic systems — to meet their needs.”

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