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12/05/2009

WBAL-TV Maintains High-Quality HD Programming

Wohler Technologies has announced that WBAL-TV, the NBC affiliate in Baltimore, Md., has implemented Wohler equipment to enable monitoring of video and audio signals throughout the broadcaster's newly upgraded HD production facilities.
The Wohler monitoring systems meet a range of monitoring needs across WBAL-TV's HD operations, providing required functionality in compact, space-saving designs.
Jeff Halapin, Director of Engineering at WBAL-TV, said: "The impact of our new HD production centre and studio was immediately apparent to viewers and Wohler's monitoring products play a key role in enabling delivery of this high-quality programming from our studios.
"At stations around the facility, Wohler systems fit neatly into our consoles to provide straightforward monitoring appropriate to specific applications within the production workflow."
The HD upgrade at WBAL-TV expanded the broadcaster's existing facilities through the design and construction of a new HD video control room, audio control room, HD news production studio, a core equipment room, and a video control area. A Wohler RM-2440 LCD video monitor, which provides four 4-inch displays in just 2 RU, was installed in the camera control area to provide a view of robotic camera positions on the studio floor.
Two MON4-2W/HR high-resolution video monitors provide camera confidence monitoring over four 4.3-inch LCD screens in 2 RU. Mounted within a cylinder, both monitoring products allow operators to adjust the viewing angle as desired.
Installed at five director and producer positions, Wohler's VMDA-4 audio monitor supports selectable monitoring of analog or AES sources, with excellent full-range fidelity far exceeding that of an ordinary monitor in 1 RU. With this tool, each operator can independently monitor a signal on the monitor wall display.
Audio operators use two of Wohler's eight-channel AMP2-S8MDA audio monitors with Dolby E decoding to verify the validity and availability of Dolby processing. Two AMP2A units are being used by the WBAL audio staff as cue speakers.
Newingon, Va.-based Communications Engineering supplied and installed the Wohler gear for WBAL-TV. Herman Reynolds, Project Manager at CEI, said: "Wohler's monitoring products were a perfect fit for this project, thanks to their convenient combination of size and functionality. We have worked with Wohler equipment in many projects and have been very pleased with their performance. Because the company offers a complete range of monitoring solutions, we were able to go to one vendor to address a wide range of monitoring needs at WBAL-TV."
Further information is available at: www.wohler.com.
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