KitchenFish Counts On FOR-A For Daily Lottery Broadcast

KitchenFish, a video production company in South Carolina is responsible for the nightly broadcast coverage of the South Carolina Education Lottery and uses a FOR-A HANABI video switcher to do so.

“We aren’t the fanciest, most complicated show, but we must consistently deliver 365 days a year,” explained Hinde Garrison, owner of KitchenFish. “FOR-A’s quality, commitment, and service stand the test of time and performance.”

The new HVS-390HS video switcher was installed on April 14 and used for that evening’s production. It replaced an analog FOR-A HVS-350HS, which had been added almost a decade earlier as part of KitchenFish’s upgrade to HD production.

Located a few blocks from the state capitol, the KitchenFish studio hosts the nightly lottery drawings, and also supports live shots of state and local officials for national news outlets. The studio houses two robotic cameras and one manned camera. The wide shot from the manned camera shows the machine that randomizes the numbered balls as well as the person drawing the numbers. A close-up of the selected numbered ball from one of the robotic cameras is then keyed over the wide shot.

“They get two views simultaneously, so there’s no doubt,” explained Jim Simmons, chief engineer for KitchenFish. “You’ve got to be very forthright with the viewer, because everyone thinks they have the winning ticket. This is as straightforward as you can make it.”

Every lottery session can feature draws for up to four different games. During each draw, the CG operator types in the winning numbers, which are displayed on the screen. The broadcast also features a crawl at the bottom of the screen that shares lottery news and promotions.

“We need to show all these graphics and video inserts simultaneously, and the FOR‑A switcher gives us a lot of flexibility,” Simmons added. “Price made a difference, but reliability is the one thing that has to be foremost, because we don’t have a second chance. We have been on the money 365 days a year for 18 years. With that kind of track record, we want to be the ones that come through every time.”

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