US 9,812,170 B2
Method for automated television production
John R. Benson, Jacksonville, FL (US)
Assigned to GVBB HOLDINGS S.A.R.L., Luxembourg (LU)
Appl. No. 12/736,386
Filed by John R. Benson, Jacksonville, FL (US)
PCT Filed Dec. 22, 2008, PCT No. PCT/US2008/013969
§ 371(c)(1), (2), (4) Date Oct. 2, 2010,
PCT Pub. No. WO2009/126129, PCT Pub. Date Oct. 15, 2009.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/123,914, filed on Apr. 11, 2008.
Prior Publication US 2011/0029099 A1, Feb. 3, 2011
Int. Cl. H04N 7/18 (2006.01); G11B 27/034 (2006.01); G11B 27/34 (2006.01); H04H 60/07 (2008.01); H04N 5/222 (2006.01)
CPC G11B 27/034 (2013.01) [G11B 27/34 (2013.01); H04H 60/07 (2013.01); H04N 5/222 (2013.01)] 53 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
24. An automated television production apparatus for controlling a plurality of devices in an automated television production system, the apparatus comprising one or more processors in communication with one or more memories storing instructions that when executed provide:
a template manager configured to:
create a template for a macro event that includes a first set of parameters for controlling at least one of the plurality of devices during television production,
assign at least a first portion of the plurality of the first set of parameters as variable parameters with each variable parameter having a respective variable field, with each variable field being assigned a default source,
assign at least a second portion of the plurality of the first set of parameters as fixed parameters,
link at least one variable field of a first variable parameter of the variable parameters with another at least one variable field of a second variable parameter of the variable parameters,
assign one of the first variable parameter or the second variable parameter as a key variable that is linked to the other of the first and second variable parameter and also linked to at least one variable parameter associated with an additional macro event;
a rundown markup interface generator configured to:
receive newsroom computer system (NRCS) data,
generate a rundown markup interface by populating, using the NRCS data, an event timeline with a plurality of production commands that includes a plurality of macro events including the macro event that includes the first set of parameters having the variable parameters that are not static and configured to be modified during the television production and the additional macro event;
a display configured to display during television production the rundown markup interface that includes the event timeline with the plurality of production commands; and
an automated television production system configured to prevent source conflicts of the plurality of devices used for the television production by:
dynamically changing a source value of the key variable on the fly during the television production, and
in response to the change in the source value of the key variable, automatically modifying on the fly during the television production, the at least one of the linked variable fields of the first set of parameters and a variable field of at least one variable parameter associated with the additional macro event that are both linked to the key variable.