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Newest Star at Great American Country
TV Technology User Report Issue:
Great American Country, Scripps Networks

By: Mike Nichols
Broadcast Engineer, Great American Country
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Nashville, TN is known the world over as the home of country music and the Grand Ole Opry. It is also the home of Great American Country (GAC), which broadcasts a wide variety of country music to the cable, satellite and radio communities and is available in more than 54 million households. In addition to country music videos, GAC features original programming, special musical performances and live concerts and is the exclusive television home of the Grand Ole Opry. GAC is a property of Scripps Networks, a leading developer of lifestyle-oriented content for television and the Internet, including HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network and FINE LIVING Network.


In February of 2008, two new GAC studios, located in the middle of Nashville’s Music Row, were completed and commissioned. Our studios are equipped with a total of seven cameras, three of which are remotely controlled by a Telemetrics camera control system. The GAC studios feature a variety of capabilities, including server-based recordings of studio productions which are then immediately available to the three fully equipped edit bays, as well as a complement of switchers, audio boards and graphics equipment.


The design concept was to build a studio that would be flexible and simple to use. Telemetrics was a perfect fit for this model, given the products’ versatility, affordability and expandability, in addition to their solid operational performance and reliability. I have seen Telemetrics products in operation in several facilities and have been impressed with the overall operational quality. In addition, our system integrator and design firm, TI Broadcast Solutions Group, was on board with the decision based on their experience with Telemetrics.


Our system includes three Televator® elevating pedestals, outfitted with the Telemetrics PT-LP-S4 servo pan/tilt heads. Each studio control room is equipped with the Telemetrics CP-D-3A robotic pan/tilt desktop control panel. The three motorized elevating pedestals provide fluid vertical camera positioning from different perspectives, while the pan/tilt mechanisms mounted on the Televators are sturdy enough to accommodate a wide weight range in cameras. And because our freelance personnel have varying degrees of experience, the system’s features, such as preset/motion control and smooth slow/high speed “camera operator-like” movements with programmable timed presets, help to ensure a consistent and professional look to our shoots.


What I appreciate most about the Telemetrics system is having a scalable and affordable product that can grow with us. For instance, the Device Server interface can integrate all the Telemetrics control panels and robotic devices onto an Ethernet network. Any control panel on the network can control any device that is attached to the Device Server and this means we can more readily add or relocate devices as our needs change.


Since its commissioning, the Telemetrics system has lived up to its reputation for performance and reliability. Even the buttons on the rugged control panels appear to be holding up. The system has also met our needs for operational simplicity. For example, a tilt limit came loose on a camera and I was able to reset the limit correctly in about two minutes because the limit switches are conveniently located on the outside of the housing. In another example, I was able to reprogram buttons on the remote control panel with just the help of printed instructions sent by the Telemetrics customer support desk.


Since this was a new build, we were not trying to specifically solve any past problems – just ensure that we didn’t create any new ones. The Telemetrics camera control systems are the perfect solution for a problem-free system.