Broadcast I.T. Specialist (2 Years, 6 Months)
Execute, configure, and optimize multiple satellite feeds/receive links for audio and video quality. Monitor and adjust on-air signals, co-ordinate incoming video/audio signals with multiple clients/customers to ensure on air and recording quality. Dub, cache, and verify the quality of commercial, promotions, interstitials, public service announcements, and program or related material in order to prepare it for broadcast on all networks. Develop an understanding of the broadcast systems, facility, workflow and processes. Display a high level of understanding in cabling, connectivity and equipment installation and repair. Exhibit the initiative to properly complete tasks in a timely and professional manner with minimal oversight.
X75 Removal & Replacement: Completed the removal of old Leitch X75 processing amplifiers that were used to broadcast incoming signals into CNN Center. Replaced the equipment with new Harris Selenio frames to consolidate the amount of physical footprint, upgrade the technology to synchronize remote feeds, and switch any older SD inbound lines to HD paths.
Dev, Ref, QA Environments for CNN DRE: In complex technical systems, such as CNN's Digital Record and Edit systems which are comprised of multiple components and integration points, it is beneficial to have additional systems that are identical or similar to those that are used in production. Having the proper environments available provides teams with a means to perform their work efficiently, minimizing resource conflicts and the time-consuming and risky process of reconfiguring hardware and software for various scenarios. Because these systems can be costly, this project will initially seek to design, install, configure, and implement one new environment designated for QA.
CNN International HD Master Control Upgrade: Ran and terminated HD-SDI, Ethernet, serial, and audio cables throughout CNN's Atlanta facility to connect three new Master Control pods (Asia, Latin America, and Europe) for HD quality broadcast. Created a temporary workspace for International longform SD content ingest and review, which consisted of several Sony Betacam tape decks and Harris routers. Assisted in other preparations for additional related projects, including CNNI HD commercial ingest and control rooms.
BEST Command Center Web Portal: Designed and implemented an intranet portal that provided our engineering group with resources for accessing our reference documents and procedures, links to video trainings and enterprise software for managing video feeds, and keeping an updated contact list for our support clients. In addition to the designing the web portal, procedure documents for Quality Control and Commercial Ingest were re-written and updated.