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10/6/2006 5:34 PM
station automation  (United States)


  I am a Volunteer for  the Mount Vernon community television station. My primary purpose is to keep the technical side of the station running, along with filming and editing any local events that occur within a 10 mile radius of our town. In other words, I am responsible for everything that happens with the station. Needless to say, my time is somewhat limited. I do it because because I like doing but would like to produce a half way decent service.

What I need is some direction on automating the various dvds and films I get so that they can run at specifice times during the day. I know there is software and hardware out there but, being somewhat green in this area, I haven't a clue as to what exactly I need and where i can get it.

 I currently use Pinnical editing software to create a DVD "movie" of local information and who's whos in the town. This movie loops on a dvd player throughout the day. I play music from local musicians that I load into windows media player and repeat throughout the day.

I'd like to be able to schedule other dvds to play at specifice times. We work on a small budget with only about $2500 a year to spend on supplies and equipment.

If anyone can give me some good advice and direction I'd appreciate it.very much.


 Mark Gilbert

(MTTV) Mount Vernon ,Maine.



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10/30/2006 5:23 PM
Re: station automation  (United States)

With that small a budget, there really isn't much you will be able to accomplish in the way of hard- or software.  A high speed computer alone would eat up at least half of that budget, and you haven't loaded any software yet!!!
There may be some equipment out there that will automate some DVD decks and some tape players via infra-red control, but you will have to go looking for it.
To give you an example, I use a Tightrope Cablecast/Carousel (  Without a video server, DVD carousel, or any other hardware to play the programming, just the automation system computer and software (Cablecast), you're already around $10K.  It's the automation system that will get you!!!!  A Synergy system would cost even more!!!  A small video server would cost at least $4K.
If you would like to talk about this, please feel free to give me a call.

John Goran, NCE
Cable TV Coordinator
Brunswick TV3
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6/5/2009 1:48 PM
Re: station automation  (United States)

Just for reference, I know this is out of your immediate budget, but for the Station I setup at Southern Connecticut State University we went with a Leightronix Nexus setup that has been doing the job since September.  The unit with a terrabyte of storage cost us right around 9k.  With this we can upload any mpeg2 footage and schedule it to run on a 24 hour weekly schedule.  It comes with the management software that will run on any pc and therefore does not require the purchase of any extra vtr's or dvd players, although that is an option.

From my experience with it I would recommend it to a small station with only two drawbacks; it will only take mpeg2 video and the pc interface can be a bit clumsy at times.

If you could raise the funds for this it would fit your purpose.  One of the ways we were able to afford it was to split the cost with the campus police as it has a built-in emergency notification system that can be remotely accessed via the network.  By appealing to the local fire and police maybe you could get them to agree to assume some of the cost of the unit.

Best of Luck,

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