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Paul Clark2,857 posts since 30 Sep 2004
HTV West Points West
Left BBC FOUR on last night and noticed something strange.

Closedown went as normal - Swimming Pool ident followed by the silent downtime caption appearing. Then - 10 minutes after apparently shutting down, things appeared to go a bit odd over the course of a quarter of an hour.

Starts from the closing ident -- long pauses edited:



The fault caption stayed up for several minutes. Interesting one appears towards the end. No idea if this was a complete accident or otherwise - odd to see a breakdown after the channel has effectively closed... Bit intrigued as to what this was all about.
David
That Geevs Capture.Edit.Manage.Store.Playout screen used to appear on Avago occasionally when their automated roulette or dice games went belly up.
deejay2,925 posts since 5 Jan 2003
Central (South) Oxford
When some channels go off air, they're replaced by a MHEG encoded holding slide (and the channel's literally not broadcasting any more). However the presentation area for BBCs Three and Four remains live to air through the night, transmitting the holding slide until the switch to CBBC and CBeebies takes place. (The same area is, or at least certainly was, used for all four channels.)

To me, that looked like the GeeVS kit was having a bit of a meltdown and rebooted itself (or was rebooted by a friendly engineer!).

http://www.editshare.com/products/geevs
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Markymark7,074 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
When some channels go off air, they're replaced by a MHEG encoded holding slide (and the channel's literally not broadcasting any more). However the presentation area for BBCs Three and Four remains live to air through the night, transmitting the holding slide until the switch to CBBC and CBeebies takes place. (The same area is, or at least certainly was, used for all four channels.)

To me, that looked like the GeeVS kit was having a bit of a meltdown and rebooted itself (or was rebooted by a friendly engineer!).


Possibly returning to its initial set up state, did TSL build the play out suite ?
thegeek4,994 posts since 1 Jan 2002
London London
Must be very inconvenient to not be able to show your breakdown slide because the machine that generates it is rebooting Smile

CBBC and CBeebies are still the same playout chains as BBC Three and BBC Four respectively.

And yes, I believe TSL were involved in the build of the Broadcast Centre.
deejay2,925 posts since 5 Jan 2003
Central (South) Oxford
Yes I think so, it's been a while (!) but I think GeeVS was used for breakdown slides (moving and static), other holding slides like the weather one we saw a few weeks ago after the Ten. End credit squeezes, Menus and moving pointers where text is changed as required by the schedule were generated by Clarity.
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