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CBC/Radio-Canada Consolidates With Miranda

Consolidates automation, master control, and branding for its 10 regional stations (May 23, 2005)

Miranda Technologies today announced that its channel branding and monitoring systems are a key part of a centralized and consolidated TV presentation solution implemented by la Télévision de Radio-Canada, the French-language broadcast network of CBC/Radio-Canada. The network has brought together automation, playout, master control, and channel branding for all of its 10 regional stations and one specialty channel at its Montreal headquarters.

"Centralizing operations in Montreal has brought greater control to our playout operations and greater consistency to individual channel broadcasts," said Daniel Guévin, CBC/Radio-Canada's manager, Broadcast Engineering, Montreal. "With the introduction of this new branding solution, we are making dramatic changes to la Télévision de Radio-Canada's on-air presentation, with improvements including more sophisticated graphics in program junctions and more engaging channel branding."

The network's centralized presentation operations integrate Encoda station automation with Miranda's Imagestore branding processor and VertigoXmedia's CG, which together enable just three operators to control as many as 10 channels. The Imagestore branding processor features capabilities including video and multi-group audio mixing, dual 3D-DVE effects, and the integration of multiple layers of graphics from the CG.

Another major challenge for the network was effective monitoring of the 11 independent channels generated from Montreal, as well as the off-air signals from all of the network's remote facilities. Miranda Kaleido-K2 multi-image display processors perform local video and audio monitoring in the Montreal playout center. Close integration between these processors, the automation, and the Omneon Spectrum media servers allows the operators to monitor the current and next clips via UMDs, along with associated clip timing information. The advanced monitoring wall also provides monitoring of closed captioning, and extensive video and audio alarm reporting.

Advanced remote monitoring of the outgoing and off-air feeds from all of Radio-Canada's French TV stations -- from Moncton to Vancouver -- is provided by Miranda's iControl system. Each regional transmitter output off-air signal is probed, and a thumbnail image is streamed back. A higher-quality full-frame-rate streaming signal can be brought back, on demand, to centralized operations in Montreal via the network's existing WAN infrastructure. The iControl desktop monitoring environment provides a "geographic" graphical view of the system, with thumbnail, status, and streaming video presented on demand from each of the regional transmission sites.

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. CBC/Radio-Canada reaches Canadians through eight national radio and television networks, its full-service Web sites, local/regional stations and affiliates, as well as the digital television channel Country Canada, and the continuous music network Galaxie. In addition, CBC/Radio-Canada has forged partnerships with other broadcasters and is a partner in the specialty television services ARTV and The Documentary Channel. Through this array of activities, CBC/Radio-Canada brings diverse regional and cultural perspectives into the daily lives of Canadians in English, French, and eight aboriginal languages. CBC/Radio-Canada was included again this year in Canada's Top 100 Employers.

About Miranda
Miranda Technologies is a world-leading manufacturer of video and audio equipment for the broadcast, production, and post-production markets, with a range spanning interfacing and distribution, routing, master control switching and channel branding, multi-image display processors, and monitoring over IP systems. Headquartered in Montreal, Miranda also has major offices in Springfield (N.J., U.S.), Wallingford (Oxon, U.K.), Paris, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo. The company's products are also represented worldwide by a network of professional distributors and dealers.

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Related Keywords:Miranda, CBC/Radio-Canada, master control, Miranda Technologies, playout, channel branding, Encoda, Imagestore, VertigoXmedia, CG, 3D-DVE, Kaleido-K2, Omneon Spectrum, iControl,

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