Production Control Room

This area is the heart of any television complex. It is here that the production is controlled, and the operations directed. In this room programme and technical staff watch a series of preview monitors and the output of the vision mixing desk, which appears on the ‘transmission’ monitor. This is the studio output, which now passes to the distribution system for recording or transmission. The programme sound is heard over a nearby loudspeaker. Desk ‘talkback microphones’ pass instruction and guidance to the studio crew.

The ideal layout is still a matter of debate; in some studio centres all technical and programme staff operate in one area. Other arrangements utilise three separate rooms for vision, sound and production ...

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