DSG launches IP-based TV studio control room system

Danmon Systems Group (DSG) will launch a new IP-based television studio control system at IBC this year. “The system enables television broadcasters to establish highly efficient regional contribution studios without requiring local operational staff to supervise and operate them,” explains DSG Deputy Managing Director Peter Thomsen.

The result, he adds, is greater production flexibility without sending operating costs through the roof.

“Special attention has been made in the design to ensure completely foolproof local operation,” explains. “Based on integrated pan-tilt-zoom HD/SD cameras, the system can be driven from a network headquarters’ standard internet browser. Features include full camera and pedestal control, return monitoring and 60 inch height-adjustable background display screens.”

All control data is carried securely via Intranet or virtual private network. The video signals can be carried on black fibre or as JPEG2000 via IP. And the only local user-adjustable element of the entire regional studio is the earpiece volume level.

The company says Web-based control delivers maximum operational flexibility between different control rooms or galleries without requiring installation of additional hardware. High sound quality is achieved by using very high-grade microphones and ultra-low-noise pre-amplifiers plus an audio delay unit to maintain lip sync. The guest sees the host on a dedicated monitor just below the camera. The background monitor is driven via live video from the broadcaster or via an attached remote controlled clip-player.

The system has a very wide range of applications both in traditional news broadcasting and in the many programme genres that require live input from remote participants. The system is a natural progression in a world where broadcasters increasingly depend on IP solutions for file delivery, and remote playout control.

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