Providence Health & Services Opens First Dedicated Production Studio

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SEATAC, Wash.- Providence Health & Services’ has improved the quality of its internal communications with the installation of a new production facility at its headquarters here.

It’s all thanks to the video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions, who designed and installed a 30x40 studio, control room, equipment room, two edit suites, and office space for Providence’s Creative Services department.

“When we started the process of designing a studio space, I wanted to have a versatile system, one that’s future proof and that can help us reach and connect with caregivers throughout our system,” said David Solheim, senior videographer.

Providence’s Creative Services department produces a live program every month in addition to videos used to convey messages from its executive team, as well as information about patient safety, financials, and strategic priorities to more than 80,000 employees. Solheim says in the future, he expects to add up to four live or live-to-tape programs a month.

The newly insulated sound-proof studio houses two JVC GY-HM890 ProHD cameras with prompters from Prompter People, plus two Panasonic AW-HE130 PTZ cameras that can be adjusted from the control room. The set is lit with energy efficient Brightline fluorescent and LUPO LUX LED fixtures and controlled by an Elation Scene Setter 24-channel DMX console.

ABS painted a 12x12 green screen wall for chromakey productions and a 360-degree curtain track with black and gray backgrounds, as the area is used frequently for still photography projects. A 70-inch InFocus Mondopad was installed for displaying graphics, charts, videos, etc.

A Broadcast Pix Granite 1000 1 M/E integrated production switcher, with a built-in multi-view that feeds two large Panasonic screens, allows for one-man-band productions all the way up to four-camera projects. The two Panasonic PTZ cameras can also be used in the conference center and connected directly to the switcher via fiber, using technology from Telemetrics.

The control room also includes a Roland M-300 compact digital mixing console for audio engineering and CG and prompter operations, with extra space for a producer behind the director’s area.

In the equipment room, ABS installed an AJA Kumo router with a Kumo CP control panel, plus two Ki Pro recorder/players and a 17-inch JVC reference monitor for shade monitoring and critical image analysis. Providence plans to soon handle streaming internally with a ViewCast Niagara GoStream streaming media appliance.

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