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Introduction to SNG and ENG Microwave by Jonathan Higgins

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Automation

Automation has entered the broadcast process in all areas to varying degrees, and SNG is no exception. This may sound a little odd, considering the unpredictable way in which SNG systems are set up and used – after all, it is not like automating a process in a broadcast centre. But in these days of constant downward pressure of costs, combined with the element of multi-skilling that has increased in many areas, there is a natural attraction towards the use of automated processes if it saves money.

So some automation is possible, and there are two principal types of process which can be automated – acquisition of the satellite and remote operation of the system.

Automated acquisition of the satellite

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