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Autocue Showcases Affordable TV Workflow Live at BVE 2013

BVE South 2013 Release


Autocue Production Suite Powers Live Shows at BVE South


BVE South 2013, Stand K10 – Autocue will host two live broadcast technology shows on stand K10 at BVE South at 2pm each day, following the successful production of three live shows at BVE North. Powering the show and making its BVE South debut is the “Autocue Production Suite”, a unique end-to-end newsroom, live production system and automated channel-in-a-box, all contained within a single integrated system.


In addition to Autocue’s established end-to-end prompting, newsroom, automation, media management and video server workflow, Autocue Production Suite replaces the need for conventional studio devices such as vision and audio mixers, video players, picture-in-picture inserters, caption generators, still stores, chromakeyers, routers, output switchers and recorders. All of these functions are contained within a single, integrated system.


Autocue CTO Neil Hutchins said, “We can now offer the broadest, most flexible and most cost-effective end-to-end workflow or ‘studio-in-a-box’ and ‘channel-in-a-box’ solution on the market today. This sort of system is ideal for any of the Local TV stations currently being established in the UK.”

Autocue Production Suite is typically controlled from Autocue’s Automation Control Centre (ACC) application, which provides an integrated workflow control panel that produces a list of automation events from information entered into a newsroom system, either Autocue’s own newsroom software or another NRCS via a MOS interface. The process has been designed to be as easy to use as possible. For example, a video clip can be started and both audio and video switched to the relevant virtual player with just a single button push. By contrast, a system made up of separate broadcast devices requires the user to select the appropriate source on a vision mixer preview bus, push play, trigger a vision mixer transition and fade up the correct channels on an audio mixing desk, all in order to achieve the same result.

The ability of the ACC to prepare the next video clip, caption and still image is possible because it maintains a dynamic list of automation events for an entire show. Autocue’s Newsroom System enables multiple users to collaborate on preparing the running order, including writing scripts, which are fed automatically to the integrated prompter, as well as entering all automation events, i.e. the clips, captions and stills associated with each item.  

A major benefit of the Autocue Production Suite is that any user can change any item from anywhere across the network, and that change is immediately reflected in the list of automation events maintained by the ACC.


Hutchins continues, “Unlike other all-in-one solutions, our modular, software-based system allows us to include only the elements that are required for a particular workflow, and also to distribute the control functions across a number of workstations. This means we can cater for smaller TV and cable stations with a single operator, or spread the production out over many machines so that, for example, a classroom of students can all work together on a live show – with each taking control of an individual technical element.”


Production Suite supports a range of audio/video standards, including PAL/NTSC and SD/HD, and a large selection of different file and video formats. Three different types of input/output connections are supported - SDI with embedded audio only, HDMI/composite/component video with analogue audio and a full set of analogue and digital connections with analogue, AES and embedded audio.


The maximum number of input/output ports that can be supported depends on the types of connections required, and also the video standard/format to be used, but it would typically be possible to provide a full HD system with eight ports with the full connection option in a 9U rack system.


For those not attending the show, or unable to watch it live, all live and previous shows can be viewed at https://broadcastshow.com/live/.



For more information: https://www.autocue.com


Autocue and QTV (in the Americas) have been serving the broadcast industry since the 1950s. They are the only company to offer the television industry a single solution for newsroom, scripting, automation, media management, video servers, broadcast monitors and teleprompters. Autocue is known worldwide for its service and dependability, serving such prestigious clients as the BBC, Bloomberg, NBC and CNN.


Company details: Autocue Group, Unit 3, Puma Trade Park, 145 Morden Road, Mitcham, Surrey, CR4 4DG, UK


Press contact: Richard Satchell, Tel: + +44 (0)208 665 2992, Email: richard.satchell@autocue.com