WTLW, WOSN Improve Studio Production Quality with Hitachi Z-HD5500 Cameras

Broadcasting from Lima, Ohio, viewer-supported television station WTLW (Witness the Living Word) delivers Christian and family-centered programming to its viewers. When the station upgraded its production studio to HD this summer, they chose Hitachi Kokusai Z-HD5500 HDTV cameras to provide the features and long-lasting durability they wanted.

Owned by American Christian Television Services, WTLW operates two channels: WTLW-TV44, which has been broadcasting since 1982, and 24-hour all-sports network WOSN (West Ohio Sports Network), launched in 2010. The two channels share the same production studio, which had until recently employed standard-definition Hitachi cameras.

“We upgraded the infrastructure in our studio to HD a few years ago, but we were still using SD cameras and up-converting them to 1080i,” explained Jeff Klingler, chief engineer at WTLW. “Our usage of the studio is ramping up, so our goal this year was to bring our studio acquisition up to true HD. The new Z-HD5500 cameras were the last piece of the puzzle.”

WTLW purchased three Z-HD5500s through integrator AVI Systems and began using them in production in June of this year. Two of the cameras are operated on pedestals, with the third mounted on a newly-installed jib. Already using solutions from Ross Video for switching, graphics and news production, the station quickly took advantage of the cameras’ integration with the Ross Dashboard open control and monitoring platform for remote camera management. 

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