WFMZ-TV News Studio Optimizes Space with Mountable Cameras, Video Wall

WFMZ-TV, a television station located in Allentown, PA, recently rolled out five mounted remote control Panasonic AW-HE130 pan/tilt/zoom cameras in its new downtown Allentown Studio and four other AW-HE130s used at its main studio for newsroom standups, weather and boardwalk shots. The new studio, located at the street-level entrance to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms’ new PPL Center arena, is part of a $1 billion redevelopment in downtown Allentown.

“When you find a location like this, you don’t necessarily get all the space you want. We needed to get creative with the design and equipment, including cameras and a video wall, that would provide not only exceptional video quality, but also fit in our limited space,” said Barry Fisher, WFMZ-TV General Manager. “The new studio is home to the 69News at Noon newscast. The daily use of this studio enables us to be a daily part of the community.”

The nine AW-HE130 cameras, which measure approximately 7″ x 9″ x 9″, were easily mounted into the space. The cameras incorporate high-sensitivity, low-noise ½.86” 3-MOS imagers that produce stunning pictures, even in low light conditions. They also include key broadcast features including Power over Ethernet+ (POE+) for easier integration, and multi-stream transmission of H.264 HD video and audio (up to 1080/60p at 24Mbps.). All equipment is mounted in the ceiling, including control and interface systems, creating a clean, pristine public space with windows on each side. The cameras are controlled remotely by producers in the station’s main studio in nearby Salisbury Township.

Additionally, WFMZ-TV needed a video wall solution to serve as a backdrop for its anchors. The team required a video wall with not only a small footprint and thin bezel, but also one that included integrated content management. The station selected Panasonic’s 55” TH-55LFV50 LCD video wall professional displays, installed in a 4×4 configuration. These direct LED backlit professional displays are ideal for installations in bright locations. The TH-LFV50 professional displays are built for 24-hour, seven days a week operation and include a built-in cooling fan which prevents overheating in the upper screens of a multi-screen installation. The displays also include integrated software to easily manage content on each screen, in virtually any configuration, eliminating the need for additional equipment.

The complete WFMZ-TV case study can be downloaded from the Panasonic website here.