MCR Engineer - Flexible Working Available
The MCR Engineer is a pivotal team member involved in the day-to-day Master Control Room (MCR) operation, responsible for all MCR functions including satellite downlinking, management of IP contribution circuits and preparing contribution feed line-ups for TX, Production and Digital.
- Line up of incoming video, audio and communication circuits from both Discovery and third-party broadcast production facilities
- Packaging production resources together for ease of use across the company (video, audio, multi-language commentary, IFB, 4-wires, reverse video feeds)
- Satellite downlinking including dish positioning and decoding
- Management of incoming audio circuits and commentary facilities to ensure commentators are assigned to the correct feeds for transmission or production
- Routing and switching of feeds, based on the internal booking systems to Production Control Rooms, Multi-Function Rooms, Voice Over Booths and Live Transmission Suites
- Critical assessment of video and audio contribution feeds
- Proactive monitoring of incoming feeds with rapid action to restore service using pre-defined emergency procedures
- Management of IP contribution circuits, including WAN and LAN
- Liaising with third party contribution circuit suppliers, as well as with internal stakeholders
- Trouble-shooting technical issues and escalation of faults to relevant teams
- Managing the inbuilt system redundancy to ensure that minimum disruption to services is caused by equipment failures
- Manage bookings and resources utilising centralised systems
- Understand all technical and production workflows
- Undertake ad hoc ingest duties as required
- Contribute to detailed reports and metrics
- Other duties as required
- Operational knowledge of MCR technology and workflows including video and audio routing (traditional SDI and IP)
- Fundamental understanding of IT networking infrastructure
- Experience with Broadcast Control Systems, ideally BNCS (using Packaging and direct routing) and Nevion Video IPath
- Experience with a wide range of video standards including HD.
- Understanding of video and audio timing.
- Detailed operational knowledge of tools used to diagnose issues with video and audio feeds, including waveform monitors and audio monitoring units.
- Operational knowledge of professional satellite contribution equipment including dish position controllers, spectrum analysers, transport stream analysers, receivers and decoders.
- Familiarity of a wide range of contribution standards such as J2K and H264.
- An understanding of the requirements of other operational areas including Ingest, Playout and Production facilities
- A proactive approach, determination to achieve the goals of the team and department, able to identify and prioritise problems and offer alternate solutions
- The ability to work well under pressure in a live transmission and production environment
- Excellent attention to detail
- Strong team player and solid interpersonal skills
The MCR is operational 24/7/365 and as such, this role is shift work based on a 40 hour working