DNF Controls unveiled its “Production Control Application” for broadcasters built on the “Flex Control Network,” the company’s modular platform of professional IP-based machine controllers.
The Production Control Application is a semi-automated solution that works with existing control room equipment to simplify production control, expand production capabilities, enhance production look and branding, and minimize production errors, DFN says.
Broadcasters can control up to 24 channels of VTRs, DDRs, video servers, and graphic devices for on-air and on-set playout from highly reliable, easy-to-use, tactile control panels and on production switcher, DNF says.
Because the Production Control Application can automatically control multiple machines synchronously with the touch of a button, the technical director is free to concentrate on the production rather than the technology, the company syas. In addition, the Production Control Application streamlines pre-production setup and last-minute on-air changes for late-breaking and unscripted events, the company says.
The Production Control Application consists of dual DC20 device controllers that control up to four devices each, along with two types of control panels,a CP20 event-based, cue-marking, VTR-style control panel, and a ST420 shotbox for instantaneous access to trigger complex events, DFN says. By adding device controllers, the application expands to control up to 24 channels.
The control panels communicate over Ethernet to the device controllers, which contain the correct control protocols. By separating the control panels and device controllers, broadcasters can create centralized systems in an equipment or control room, or distributed systems that allows users to control playout devices with frame accuracy via Ethernet from anywhere in the world, DNF says.