SEACREST STUDIOS’ RADIO AND TV PROGRAMMING AT U.S. PEDIATRIC HOSPITALS

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The project: Ryan Seacrest Foundation’s (RSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring today’s youth through entertainment and education-focused initiatives. RSF’s primary initiative is to build broadcast media centers — Seacrest Studios — within pediatric hospitals for patients to explore the creative realms of radio, television and new media. Most recently, the foundation opened a brand new Seacrest Studio at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, complete with state-of-the-art video and audio equipment. The studio helps the foundation fulfill its mission of contributing positively to the healing process of children and their families through radio and TV programming. 

This marks the 11th studio provided by radio and television host Ryan Seacrest and his family, through their mission to help patients explore the creative realms of radio, television and new media. Similar to the other Seacrest Studios at children’s hospitals around the country, the Orlando location is used to provide a variety of programming to patients, whether they are physically in the studio or watching through a closed-circuit network from their in-room TV screen. Some patients also have the opportunity to host their own radio and TV shows, watch live musical performances, play games and even interview celebrity guests who visit. 

Additionally, all patients have the ability to call down to the studio to engage in events they are watching in their rooms. The studio is located on the first floor of the hospital, adjacent to the main atrium, and is encased in glass, allowing patients and visitors to view the daily programming happening inside.

The solution: The gear installed at the Orlando Seacrest Studio includes JVC Professional Video’s KY-PZ100U PTZ cameras, with an RM-LP100U IP PTZ Controller and a KM-IP Switcher. The first PTZ camera to feature JVC’s unique IP communications engine for network connection via WiFi, 4G-LTE or cabled LAN, the KY-PZ100U PTZ cameras can be used alone or as part of a multi-camera system in both studios and field environments. In addition to its 3G-SDI and HDMI outputs with full broadcast video quality, minimal latency and forward error correction, the cameras can be controlled from a web browser or with the dedicated RM-LP100 remote control panel.

The studio also has a GY-HC500 CONNECTED CAM camcorder, which is not only used in the studio, but also provides them with the ability to be mobile to broadcast or capture footage from around the hospital, including live spots from patient rooms. The camera is connected to the hospital WiFi and allows the team to stream back to the studio using the integrated SRT streaming protocol. 

The result: “The new JVC and KM-IP Switcher system could not have become available at a better time,” said Brian Clark, Director of Engineering for the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. “With the recent COVID-19 restrictions, all visits with special guests became virtual, and with the easy PoE camera connections allowing simple NDI integration, it has opened up many more video inputs to the KM-IP Switcher system. The low-light white balance responsiveness of these new PTZ cameras, has made color correcting unnecessary.”

Anthony Grier, Broadcast Media Coordinator for the Orlando studio, works with the equipment daily. He said: “having JVC PTZ cameras and the JVC RM-LP100 in Seacrest Studios makes my job easy and fun. I can control all five of our cameras seamlessly while on the air. Our patients love to visit the studio and use the controller to move the cameras around – it makes them feel like they’re sitting in the director’s chair.” 

Following the Orlando project, JVC equipment was also installed at existing Seacrest Studio locations in Dallas, Denver and Washington D.C.

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