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TMZ upgrades video production intercoms with RTS ROAMEO wireless

19/07/2019

TMZ upgrades video production intercoms with RTS ROAMEO wireless posted: 19/07/2019

Fueled by breaking stories and celebrity news, TMZ has been a huge media success story over the past decade. In short order, TMZ expanded beyond its online roots into broadcast television, producing daily syndicated programs including TMZ on TV, TMZ Live and TMZ Sports. All are produced in TMZ's production facility in the Playa Vista technology corridor of Los Angeles.

DECT-based ROAMEO wireless intercom integrates smoothly with ADAM-M matrix frame

Four-channel wireless beltpacks bring full keypanel functionality to TMZ mobile production personnel

Burbank-based Bexel consulted on the purchase and integration

Intercoms at TMZ studios have always been an RTS affair, based on an ADAM-M digital matrix system, KP-12 and KP-32 keypanels, and BTR partyline wireless beltpacks. With the need to vacate the UHF frequencies used by their BTR system due to FCC rule changes, the TMZ team recently upgraded the wireless portion of their RTS system. In consultation with Bexel, their broadcast integrator, they installed an RTS ROAMEO wireless system with 12 TR-1800 beltpacks. Four AP-1800 wireless access points spread throughout the facility enable users to move seamlessly between the studios, control rooms and post-production.

Brett Kotheimer, TMZ Director of Broadcast Operations, first saw ROAMEO at the NAB show and saw how advanced the new system was. We needed a good, solid wireless system for our floor crew, and ROAMEO certainly is that, he says. But this system really takes things to another level. It puts a virtual keypanel on your hip. It can access basically any crosspoint on the matrix, so each pack can be personalized for the user. That customization was a huge feature for us.

ROAMEO uses a cellular wireless structure, allowing seamless roaming between access points, and operates in the future-proof, license-free DECT frequency band (1.92 GHz). In terms of infrastructure, it can be fully integrated into any digital matrix in the RTS family (ADAM, ADAM-M, ODIN), connecting via a single Ethernet cable from the wireless access point for both power and data transmission. The only infrastructure change TMZ had to make was the addition of an OMI (OMNEO Matrix Interface) card to their ADAM-M frame to add full OMNEO networking capability.

TMZ installed four AP-1800 access points across their production areas, including postproduction. Now we have clear reception everywhere in our facility with no dark spots, with the system smoothly handing off the beltpack from one access point to another, notes Justin Richardson, TMZ Broadcast Engineer. There are no clicks or pops, no audible changes as the user walks through.

This is really helping our entire workflow, notes Richardson. With the OMI card installed, mobile users can now access the matrix frame and access Dante sources and destinations, just like a desktop keypanel. Yet it's still compatible with the old two-wire IFB system we use on our interview stage, which really makes it an affordable upgrade.

With the beltpack's keypanel capability, wireless intercom routing options are now fully programmable. ROAMEO packs are just as easy to program as any KP-12 or KP-32, and our users are already familiar with RTS keypanels, notes Kotheimer. They love seeing the crosspoints showing up on their beltpack display so they can grab the sources they need. They picked it up really fast.

TMZ also appreciates ROAMEO engineering touches like the rechargeable battery system, 17-hour run time and upgraded codec for excellent sound quality. They also appreciate the system's ability to accept standard cellular headphones as an alternative to regular intercom headsets. When a headset breaks down, it can disable an entire production, notes Richardson. With ROAMEO, you can just plug in your cellular headphones and finish the show. So essentially, everyone has their own backup now. It's a simple yet very insightful feature - a sign of a really well-thought-out system.

Brett Kotheimer reports the TMZ engineering team and production staff are very pleased. ROAMEO is the perfect upgrade for us, he says. It addresses our present needs without changing our RTS matrix, and it opens up new capabilities in terms of workflow and we're ready for future expansion. We're extremely happy with our investment.
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