WCSC-TV Taps Miranda’s Kaleido-X Multiviewer

WCSC-TV
has launched
Charleston
South Carolina’s first local, HD newscast,
using the Miranda Kaleido-X multi-image display system for monitoring.
Launched
at the end of September 2008, WCSC’s Channel 5 broadcasts from a newly
refurbished, control room in Charleston, following an HD
upgrade of its newsroom, facility infrastructure, visual asset ingest and
management, archiving and asset sharing systems. The Kaleido-X system currently
displays 48 inputs over eight 40 inch LCD screens, situated in the station’s
main control room, the producer cockpit, and the audio booth.
“We
customized the display walls using Miranda’s XEdit configuration software so
our control room operators, producers and technical directors would all be able
to view what’s most important to them for their different roles,” explains Mike
Gurthie, chief engineer at WCSC. “Kaleido-X
has made life much easier in terms of running our multi-news operations from
two studios. It can completely change the display layout across multiple areas,
from our primary CBS news to our local FOX-affiliate news programming, all at
the push of a button”.
“The
system’s image quality and flexibility also makes for an extremely impressive
control room, keeping in line with our reputation for leading the way in the
market place when it comes to local news operations,” added Gurthie.
WCSC’s
Kaleido-X system interfaces to a Snell & Wilcox Kahuna production switcher,
providing tally updates and source labels in the monitoring display.
The
station plans to expand its Kaleido-X system to allow monitoring on a fourth
multi-image display in the newsroom, which will act as a back-drop for shots of
newscaster talents in-front of camera.
The
Kaleido-X processor adds to a significant amount of Miranda infrastructure at
WCSC, including Densite signal processing and an iControl facility monitoring
system.
“We’ve
been very impressed so far, and therefore it made sense for us to go down the
same route with our multi-image monitoring”, said Gurthie.