Vancouver 2010: NBC Opts for Autoscript Teleprompter Systems at Olympics

Autoscript is currently facilitating NBC with studio and portable on-camera teleprompter systems with high-bright LED backlit monitors, as well as WinPlus-NX news-prompter software, during the network’s coverage of the Vancouver Winter Games.

A total of 16 on-camera teleprompter systems from Autoscript (a Vitec Group Brand) are being used in NBC’s broadcast center studios and facilities at several sport venues in the Vancouver area. In addition, NBC will be using 13 of Autoscript’s WinPlus-NX news-prompter software systems exclusively for the production of the Winter Games.

Autoscript’s exclusive new 17-inch and 15-inch high-bright LED backlit monitors will be deployed on 14 of the 16 teleprompter systems. These monitors, designated LED17TFT and LED15TFT, were introduced at NAB 2009. NBC will also be using two of Autoscript’s highly portable 8-inch systems known as the TFT8-HB, each of which feature a high-bright monitor for use both outside in the sunlight and in indoor locations.

“Live on-air presentations offer no ‘second-chances,’ which is why a high-pressure environment such as the Winter Games demands the best production-technology solutions,” says Chip Adams, VP of venue engineering, NBC Olympics. “We partner with Autoscript for our teleprompting needs because their hardware and software products are the best, and work flawlessly and effectively each and every time.”

Autoscript’s LED17TFT and LED15TFT high-bright LED backlit monitors represent the very latest in TFT (thin-film transistor) illumination technology. These high-bright LED backlit teleprompter monitors also feature virtually instant warm-up and “green” energy savings that use significantly less power than existing TFTs. Additional features provide camera-utility power-outlet convenience, visibility in dark studio conditions, and an HD-SDI input option.

Autoscript’s portable 8-inch TFT8-HB teleprompter displays are made for location shooting with ENG cameras, either hand-held, on a Steadicam, or a small jib. Powered by 12v DC, with a composite video input with loop-thru, the portable 8-inch TFT8-HB teleprompter is equipped with either a hand-held or tripod mount.

Autoscript also designs all of the different software packages that drive its teleprompter systems. Autoscript teleprompting software features multi-tasking functions, including the ability to simultaneously prompt and edit, run multiple scripts, change the run-order, mix fonts, and change the font size. Autoscript’s WinPlus-NX news-prompter software provides seamless integration to all major newsroom-computer systems.

WinPlus NX software can operate in a number of modes, depending on the design of the newsroom-computer system it’s being used with. Autoscript’s software also works with a variety of control devices, enabling prompter operators to control the system using a desktop control, foot control, wireless hand control, or Autoscript’s unique Voice-Plus voice-activated software to pace the script. WinPlus NX software can also send the prompted text to a Closed Caption encoder.

“We are happy and proud to be NBC’s teleprompter hardware and software vendor of choice for the Vancouver Winter Games” says Brian Larter, worldwide managing director of Autoscript. “Autoscript is continually integrating the latest technological advances into its teleprompter hardware and software systems to ensure that they provide mission-critical performance in terms of reliability, features, and convenience, whether used in outdoor venues or inside the studio.”

In addition, NBC has recently chosen Autoscript for teleprompter hardware and software upgrades at their network and owned-and-operated TV stations.

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