Denmark’s TV 2 Fyn expands its on-air production with Viz Mosart
TV 2 Fyn's Viz Mosart installation shows how broadcasters of all sizes benefit from control room automation.
For many years a lot of large broadcasters and content distributors have used automation as a way to reduce operational costs and launch new channels with minimal investment. For smaller stations, however, the cost and workflow efficiencies can be just as significant in order to look like larger broadcasters on air. This includes moving robotic cameras, and using a large number of graphics and live sources.
TV 2 Fyn is a publicly owned television station in Denmark based in Odense, the country’s third largest city, which began broadcasting on 1 October 1988. Until recently, the channel was rebroadcasting syndicated programming as well as news and talk shows in SD as it did not have the resources to compete with larger broadcasters.
“We always want to improve our workflow, and the whole idea is to bring more material in and use as few [staff] as possible in the production,” says Jensen, adding that they installed a Viz Mosart system from Vizrt in two studios at the end of 2014 and were on air in January of this year. There are two robotically driven high-definition cameras in one studio, and six in the other; all under the control of the Viz Mosart system. There’s also a Studer stereo mixing console to handle incoming and outgoing audio feeds for both studios, and an aging broadcast graphics system that will soon be replaced with a Vizrt template-based production solution.
The Viz Mosart system is so intuitive that once installed, Jensen says the staff were trained within a matter of days, with much of the automation processes picked up within a few hours. It’s made the channel more productive which, according to Jensen, means a tremendous return on investment (ROI) for the broadcaster.
“What we are producing today couldn’t be done without Viz Mosart,” he said. “Before we produced 4-5 news shows every day. Now we produce the same, plus a six-hour news channel as well. It’s easy to learn, with even non-technical people understanding how to use the automation system very quickly.”
In addition to helping them reduce technical errors and streamline workflows to get news stories to air faster, the automation system has also led to “more editorial thinking instead of technical thinking,” says Jensen.
The automation system's technology is a perfect complement to Vizrt’s other production solutions (such as the Viz Engine video and graphics compositing engine and Viz Pilot, template-based graphics tool) and it has been optimized to exert direct control over each individual piece to make them all work together as a cohesive whole.
Producers now have the ability to edit video, create graphics and essentially build an entire broadcast all from within their newsroom control system (NRCS) or from rundown creation systems like Vizrt’s Showmaker. In the control room, a fully automated Viz Mosart production environment enables control of all these devices from a pre-defined rundown that can be recalled manually or under full automation—while operated by a single person.
When many of the traditional production processes are automated, all the tasks involved with producing and presenting a live broadcast can be centralized. In addition, all devices (e.g., robotic cameras, audio mixing) can be operated manually as well, if required, so complete control is never lost.
A system built for today
The platform was designed by a team of broadcast industry professionals, consisting of producers, directors and editors, who all brought a deep understanding of the operational and financial requirements of live news, sports, weather, talk show and bulletin production. The system significantly reduces production costs, resulting in a fast ROI; both key issues when addressing the economic realities that call for continuous improvement of workflow processes.
“While many newscasts today are striving to add more graphics, titles, unique camera moves and effects into a broadcast to set them apart from the competition, Viz Mosart does all of the heavy lifting for them. It requires just a few keystrokes to make complex things happen on screen,” says Jensen.
As more and more stations compete for fewer and fewer sets of eyes and as they try to outdo each other with more graphics, maps, etc., an automation system like Viz Mosart is ideally suited to help broadcasters like TV 2 Fyn meet the demands of today’s multiplatform distribution landscape.
“For us, installing the Viz Mosart system is about having the ability to be more creative with our shows, and looking good on air. It’s really helped us in both areas,” concludes Jensen.
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