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by PID_Stop
Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Peaking a dish alone
Replies: 5
Views: 177

Re: Peaking a dish alone

The only service where this was an issue was Bounce, which has separate PIDs for legal ID, local ad avail, and program preroll. Escape, Grit, and Laff only generate a single PID for the IDs... so if you are taking one of the other feeds, you can let the receiver automatically set the PIDs based on t...
by PID_Stop
Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Peaking a dish alone
Replies: 5
Views: 177

Re: Peaking a dish alone

We normally use an Arris -- I want to say DSR-4460 but I'm out sick today & don't remember for sure. Initially on Escape, it wasn't picking up the audio PIDs. It was looking for audio on 0x1FFE and obviously not finding it. That problem solved itself while I was hacking on the dish. I'm assuming so...
by PID_Stop
Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Internet Streaming
Topic: Animated Graphics with Transparency and ATEM Switchers
Replies: 1
Views: 44

Re: Animated Graphics with Transparency and ATEM Switchers

There are several ways to accomplish this, but since you're familiar with ProPresenter, I would suggest using that with their alpha keyer module. My previous church ran exactly that, using a BlackMagic UltraStudio connected to the Mac's thunderbolt output; the key and fill outputs go to your switche...
by PID_Stop
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Peaking a dish alone
Replies: 5
Views: 177

Re: Peaking a dish alone

That's a clever solution -- I'll have to remember it. I switched our Bounce, Laff, and Escape feeds over to HD yesterday (the stations we run here don't carry Grit)... generally fairly painless, and the RF level is much higher now than it was on Friday, so our receivers are staying locked, except fo...
by PID_Stop
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: TV Engineering
Topic: Arris DSR-4460 won't authorize on unencrypted feed
Replies: 13
Views: 158

Re: Arris DSR-4460 won't authorize on unencrypted feed

We just deployed a Cobalt 9223 HD encoder and 9990 decoder for a link between our hub and a station in Alabama, where the last-mile circuit is rather flaky -- lots of dropped packets. The +RTP/ARQ option for the encoder lets the decoder request retransmission of lost packets, so unless the circuit r...
by PID_Stop
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: TV Engineering
Topic: Arris DSR-4460 won't authorize on unencrypted feed
Replies: 13
Views: 158

Re: Arris DSR-4460 won't authorize on unencrypted feed

So... while I was at it and since it's a nice day outside, it seemed like a good time to peak the satellite dish.

The current resident disagrees.

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Jeff
by PID_Stop
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: TV Engineering
Topic: Arris DSR-4460 won't authorize on unencrypted feed
Replies: 13
Views: 158

Re: Arris DSR-4460 won't authorize on unencrypted feed

Over the years I've found that different decoders are better for certain applications than others. We've used Tandberg / Ericsson for satellite downlinks and ASI decoders for years without too much fuss, but the 8200 is troublesome if you're trying to decode an IP stream. Upcoms (yeah, right!) have ...
by PID_Stop
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: TV Engineering
Topic: Arris DSR-4460 won't authorize on unencrypted feed
Replies: 13
Views: 158

Re: Arris DSR-4460 won't authorize on unencrypted feed

Well, just updated the firmware on the Sencores (they tended to disappear from Dashboard and become invisible to web browsers... nothing like having to pull and reseat cards to be able to see them). And just loaded the HD license keys... so now I have something to look forward to on Monday.

Jeff
by PID_Stop
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: TV Engineering
Topic: Arris DSR-4460 won't authorize on unencrypted feed
Replies: 13
Views: 158

Re: Arris DSR-4460 won't authorize on unencrypted feed

Yup, we have a bunch of Sencore OpenGear IRDs that need to get HD licenses. I'm not exactly loving the prospect of paying out money to receive feeds in HD that only make air in SD. At least we're a centralcasting hub, so we use the same receivers for a bunch of stations.

Sigh.
by PID_Stop
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: TV Engineering
Topic: Arris DSR-4460 won't authorize on unencrypted feed
Replies: 13
Views: 158

Re: Arris DSR-4460 won't authorize on unencrypted feed

Upgrading for the Katz HD transition? :)

Jeff
by PID_Stop
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: TV Studio Engineering
Topic: Weather Radar
Replies: 6
Views: 180

Re: Weather Radar

What would be the legality of directly broadcasting the NOAA feed off the Weather Service website? From NOAA's site : The information on National Weather Service (NWS) Web pages are in the public domain, unless specifically noted otherwise, and may be used without charge for any lawful purpose so l...
by PID_Stop
Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: TV Studio Engineering
Topic: Weather Radar
Replies: 6
Views: 180

Re: Weather Radar

From what I see of the WeatherTAP's license agreement, broadcasting their graphics directly would violate their terms of service in several respects. They might offer a version of their service for broadcast, but it's not obvious to me. As Gregg points out, most television stations contract with a c...
by PID_Stop
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:48 am
Forum: From the Trenches
Topic: Strange skills learned
Replies: 10
Views: 237

Re: Strange skills learned

That's why I almost exclusively use non-penetrating mounts these days... Cost is within a few hundred bucks of a pole, making 2 trips to the site, a backhoe and concrete truck... We can install a 3.7m dish in one long day on a ground level non-pen mount. There are tradeoffs for sure. I greatly appr...
by PID_Stop
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: From the Trenches
Topic: Strange skills learned
Replies: 10
Views: 237

Re: Strange skills learned

And if you have satellite dishes, you learn to build forms and pour concrete.

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Jeff
by PID_Stop
Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Ask the Engineers
Topic: Laser projector and taking photo of displayed picture
Replies: 4
Views: 107

Re: Laser projector and taking photo of displayed picture

In addition to using a tripod another consideration is any vibration that may be induced in the camera when snapping the shutter. The better digital cameras have image stabilization, but despite having that in my Pentax K-70 I often shoot on a tripod with wireless shutter release to get the best im...