- Thursday, Jun. 19, 2014
Sinclair Broadcast Group, which operates the country’s largest group of independent television stations, is relying on camera stabilization technology from Cartoni as part of an ongoing program to modernize production facilities at stations in its group.
A number of television stations recently acquired by Sinclair are older broadcast operations whose production facilities were based on outdated standard definition or analog video technologies. Those facilities are being upgraded with new state-of-the-art HD control rooms, cameras systems and support gear, including lightweight, portable Cartoni P 050 camera pedestals.
“We looked at a number of options and upon discovering what Cartoni had to offer in terms of quality and service, the decision was obvious,” says Mark Nadeau, Director of Television Production. “After we bought the first set and tried them out, they became a standard part of our studio package.”
Sinclair uses the Cartoni P 050 in tandem with Panasonic and JVC HD studio cameras, Telemetrics robotic heads and Tekskil prompters in its new studio operations. It began using this combination a little over four years ago and now has more than 50 Cartoni pedestals deployed nationwide. The company plans to upgrade five or six additional stations with HD production technology and Cartoni pedestals this year. Its most recent studio upgrade at Oklahoma station KOKH features five Cartoni pedestals.
“From a cost perspective, it’s a perfect fit,” says Nadeau. “And Cartoni provides an exceptional value for the dollar. The P 050 has a very solid core, it’s very smooth and it has a small footprint. We are able to operate as many as five units in our larger studio operations without space issues.”
The Cartoni P 050s are part of a solution that is helping Sinclair stations “from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon” streamline production with improving quality and containing costs. “It is now cheaper to install five pedestals than it used to be to do three large robotic systems,” Nadeau says. “The Cartoni pedestal has been a great fit.”
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