June 2010 Meeting

SMPTE Philadelphia Section Meeting Notice

June 8, 2010

WPVI-TV/DT  www.6abc.com
Philadelphia, PA

Hank Volpe – WPVI-TV

New WPVI Building

Theme: Computerized Production Systems

Presentation 1:  Virtual Control Rooms
One of the key design requirements of the new 6ABC building was to find ways to do more with the same size staff. 6ABC originates many signature programs and public affairs shows on a weekly basis and also produces shows for the Live Well Network (distributed nationally as a full HD, multiplexed signal).
To meet these additional demands for local and national distribution, 6ABC’s design team designed two, state-of-the-art virtual control rooms to support two studios. Using Grass Valley’s Ignite system, Grass Valley Summit Servers, and VizRT Graphics to drive production, each room is self-supporting/redundant and can be controlled by a single operator. It also offers seamless integration for air playout from the Grass Valley Digital News Production System. This system also allows simultaneous production and air events to take place between both studios. The integration of IT, traditional production needs, and on-air look will be covered in the presentation by Hank Volpe, Vice President/ Director of Engineering.

Presentation 2:  Content Production System Integration
Closing the loop on control rooms is the need to quickly share, create, and publish content in production, web and creative services. 6ABC’s solution utilizes XSAN architecture to support 10 edit rooms and up to 50 desktop editing clients that can edit and share video and graphics between Art, Creative Services, Programming and Public Affairs and then publish to the web, Master Control or FTP sites.  This topic will be presented by John Chybinski, Information Systems and Technology Manager.

Tour of the 6ABC technical facility
6ABC built a new, 110,000 sq foot facility in September 2009 that is a fully qualified “case hardened“ facility. The tour will include behind-the-scene looks at control rooms, equipment rooms, and power distribution systems.


Hank Volpe is the Vice President/ Director of Engineering for 6ABC/ WPVI. Since joining the station in 2007, Hank’s main responsibility has been the design, construction and on-air commissioning of the new 6ABC building. This is the third major facility construction Hank has managed. Specializing in workflow automation, he has designed and constructed/rehabbed broadcast transmitter and studio facilities at WKBW-TV Buffalo NY, WBAL-TV/WBAL-AM/WIYY-FM Baltimore MD before coming to 6ABC.

Hank has served on the NAB’s Digital Broadcasting Subcommittee, the Maximum Service Telecasters (MSTV) HDTV Studio and Transmission Committees, and HDTV Field Study Reception testing groups. He holds a degree from SUNY Oswego NY, a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer certificate and a First Class/General FCC License.

John Chybinski is the Information Systems and Technology Manager for 6ABC/WPVI.

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