Emmy Award winning video engineer Erik Utter, heads up team of brilliant designers and top notch engineers to create intelligent solutions on time and on budget.


Design Excellence is our core value


Utter Associates is a video engineering and consulting firm specializing in digital television facility design, integration, and project management. We operate independently of manufacturers to offer quality engineering solutions. 

As a boutique system integrator, we are able to provide a high level of personal attention to your projects, yet our turn-key design and integration services scale to every size. What really sets us apart is our commitment to your project beyond integration allowing the flexibility of changes and updates as you enter into production. Design excellence is our core value. 
 

We offer a creative approach to projects and strongly encourage the end-user to be involved in the design process from the beginning.  Our methods allow us the ability to see the "big picture" and have that view inform and enhance the decisions we make when it comes to the details of design and equipment selection.

Managing a wide variety of projects gives us an understanding of realistic budget constraints and allows us to offer creative solutions to difficult problems. We take pride in our ability to design facilities that exceed client expectations in function, ergonomics, and attention to industry standards and trends. 

Our clients trust us to see them through video engineering projects, large and small.

Utter Associates recently completed a two-year project providing consulting, design, project management, and construction administration services for the Student Experience Center project at Oregon State University.  

 

The new student-fee funded building has an entire floor designed around convergent media including TV, radio and print in large and highly flexible media spaces.  The converged media outlets are together known as the Orange Media Network.

Contracted through the architect, Utter Associates provided technical services for the media center starting with budgeting, scheduling, and space planning through design, commissioning and training.

Key features of the facility:

  • Two TV studios
  • Two TV control rooms
  • FM On-Air Studio
  • FM Production studio
  • Recording studio
  • Newsroom
  • Newsroom computer system (NRCS) automation
  • Master Control
  • Technical Core
  • Multi-use spaces supporting non-broadcast events
  • Campus-wide fiber connectivity
  • Remote production systems

Highly flexible systems allow for all resources to be available in any of the spaces at any time.  Connectivity throughout the building and campus allow for simple remote production.  File-based work-flows allow for shared media in both editorial and live production in addition to other campus users.  Proxy resolution media is available off campus and in mobile devices for both editorial and NRCS uses.  The Inception NRCS allows for the collapsed news room to generate, share and manage content across TV, Print, and on-line social media accounts.

Complete facility move and rebuild combining six television stations and a top rated FM radio station.

 
  • Two TV Studios
  • Two TV control rooms
  • 6 channel automated master control with local control or remote control from the Broadcast Operations Center in Colorado Springs.
  • Technical core
  • News automation and advanced proxy editing
  • ENG receive/Assignment desk
  • Transmission
  • FM radio station studios and production space

KNPN is the first new television station in St. Joseph since the 1950's.  It launched with four channels:  FOX, CW, Telemundo & 24hr local news.

 

News-room resources were combined with the historic St. Joseph News-Press offering the community news and entertainment across multiple media outlets.

Cutting-edge technology choices allow for a fully automated master control with MPEG transport stream satellite ingest, proxy media prep, automated transcoding, and IP streaming multiplexers and infrastructure.  STL/TSL and the live news van link via IP. The new station is combined with a secure data-center and connects to the new Broadcast Operations Center (BOC) in Colorado Springs.  The BOC can remotely control and monitor all functions of KNPN requiring far less staffing than is typically required to run a complex television station.

News-Press & Gazette (NPG) selected Utter & Associates to provide key consulting, design and integration services for the new station and automated master control across the entire group of ten properties and over 40 channels over the course of a single year.

A complete HD upgrade of King County's government channel.

 

Utter Associates has recently completed a HD upgrade for King County Television in Seattle, Wa.  This project presented multiple challenges typical to a broadcaster such as minimal downtime, scheduling around regular programming, logistics and access difficulties.  

Faced with an extremely compressed time-line, Utter Associates applied project management techniques that met every goal.  The upgrade moved King County TV from technology that was over 15 years old into modern file-based work-flows.  

Technology choices were driven by long-term manufacturer support, ease of use, and value.  Two production control rooms are nearly identical in order to provide redundancy and ease operator training. The project included a total replacement of all technical systems including:

 
  • HD Broadcast master control ingest and play-out with branding and CALM compliance
  • Multi-viewers with probing and automated alarms.
  • 3D Graphics systems
  • Council chambers AV automation - Touch-screen controls.
  • All new PTZ HD cameras and projection in studio and council chambers
  • Core video system - Routing, patching, networking, servers, ingest/play-out and processing.
  • Master control production room
  • Studio control production room
 

Studio / Control room upgrade 

 
  • SMPTE Fiber Studio Cameras
  • PTZ Studio Cameras
  • Production Switcher
  • Graphics
  • Ingest and Play-out
  • Routing & QC
  • Audio & Comms - Casework
  • Studio Projector & A/V

Master control for 10 broadcast properties with over 40 channels including a Broadcast Operations Center featuring centralized control and monitoring.

 

KRDO - Colorado Springs, CO

KJCT - Grand Junction, CO

KNPN - St. Joseph, MO

KIFI - Idaho Falls, ID

KTVZ - Bend, OR

KECY - Yuma, AZ

KESQ - Palm Desert, CA

KPSP - Palm Springs, CA

KVIA - El Paso, TX

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A complete HD upgrade of KEYT in Santa Barbara

 
 

When News-Press & Gazette acquired KEYT, it was very clear that a major technical upgrade was long over-due.  At the time of the acquisition, KEYT was operating in 4:3 SD utilizing an out-of-date Parker-Vision automation system.  There was a great desire to go HD as soon as possible, but extremely limited space presented major challenges.  Utter Associates was contracted to provide turn-key design and integration services to upgrade the production and news-room environments.

An existing audio room was identified as the only available option for a new control room.  This required very careful planning for the ergonomics required to make use of the space.  A custom console was designed after carful coordination with the local staff.

Key technical components include a Ross Carbonite switcher and OpenGear modular equipment, Chryron CG, Harris Broadcast news system with proxy editing, Wheatstone Wheatnet IP audio, ClearCom intercom, and Brocade networking.

The cut-over to the new production system was right on time and technically flawless.

 

The Center for Creative and Applied Media at The Evergreen State College is a state-of-the-art media hub.

 

The $2.5 million CCAM project completed in 2009 was designed to be the media hub of the campus allowing improved opportunities for media students to gain knowledge and skills as well as to increase media access for students and faculty and create a more accessible teleconferencing opportunities.

Utter Associates provided consulting, esign and project management for the CCAM project which included an all new HD facility with two studios and control rooms, master control, edit suites, audio lab and recording studio.

 

Utter Associates finished a complete technical re-design and re-build for post-production and color sweetening company Lightpress in Seattle, WA.

 

The Lightpress facility now consists of telecine, DaVinci 2k, Davinci Resolve, Avid Nitris DS, Final Cut Pro, and Quantel iQ Pablo suites tied to a central machine room.  The process also involved managing a physical remodel of the space including a high-end screening room with calibrated projection and calibrated multi-channel sound.

Erik Utter and Associates provided turn-key integration of the project from consulting through commissioning.  Each piece of equipment and every wire in the existing facility was removed to make way for the physical and technical infrastructure improvements.  A key element of the improvements included the ability to use any edit/color/effects system in any physical space allowing for improved efficiency and collaboration.  Suites range from small through large and include a screening room that is typically utilized as a Qunatel iQ Pablo suite.  Core video, IT, video/film optimized SAN and KVM routing was upgraded to allow for signal, file, and suite distribution

KIFI News group in Idaho Falls, Idaho has been upgraded with all-new master control, news editing, and production servers.

 

The facility consists of six channels in a Joint Operating Agreement with News-Press & Gazette and Fisher Communications. Services include ABC, CBS, FOX, Telemundo, CW and MyTV network affiliations plus a 24hr news channel.

The core of the new master control system is based on Harris ADC automation, Motion automated workflows, mCapture transport stream recorders for satellite feeds, Nexio servers, Elemental technologies encoders/transcoders, and Miranda routing, branding and monitoring.

All channels are produced in HD for cable and satellite carriage. Elemental technologies servers transcode some of the services to SD for ATSC transmission with is muxed through a RGB networks BNP.

A Fox network affiliation was added that required automated time-shifting for MyTV network programming. Time-shifting also occurs on the ABC and CBS affiliations to allow for extended local news programming.

Additional master control upgrades include automated monitoring and alarming, branding, calm compliance and proxy media prep.

The station has a strong focus on local news and produces back-to-back news programming branded for both the ABC and CBS affiliated channels. The new master control system allows for automated recording, segmenting and playback on a dedicated 24hr news channel. Upgraded news editing consists of Harris Velocity news editors, craft editors, and 20 seats of proxy editing. A Nexio SAN based server allows for proxy resolution access to all media in addition to full resolution files. Proxy editing can be completed in the field with automatic full-resolution conforms for on-air play-out. Proxy media can be viewed from any NPG property and full-resolution clips are automatically moved between facilities as needed allowing for simple shared access between news operations.

News-Press & Gazette selected Utter & Associates to provide key consulting, design and integration services for automated master control and news editing across the entire group of ten properties and over 40 channels over the course of a single year.

KTVZ in Bend, Oregon has launched all new master control under a centralized automation system. 

 
 

Utter Associates provided design and integration on this project that included NBC, FOX, CW and Telemundo affiliations under one system with both local and remote control. This new system represents a major upgrade for KTVZ.

The turn-key master control features include:

  • IP based MPEG stream ingest
  • Proxy media prep
  • On-line and near-line SAN storage
  • Automated workflows
  • HD routing, branding and signal processing on all channels
  • Surround audio with CALM compliance
  • Automated monitoring and alarming

 

 

KVIA in El Paso, TX has completed a much anticipated master control HD automation upgrade.

 
 

Utter Associates provided design and integration on this latest facility to be brought under News-Press & Gazette Broadcast Operations Center control in Colorado Springs as part of the centralized master control initiative.

Key features of the upgrade include:

  • IP based MPEG stream ingest
  • Proxy media prep
  • On-line and near-line SAN storage
  • Automated workflows
  • HD routing, branding and signal processing on all channels
  • Surround audio with CALM compliance
  • Automated monitoring and alarming

News-Press & Gazette selected Utter Associates to provide key consulting, design, and integration services for 10 properties with over 40 channels that will be centralized out of a Broadcast Operations Center in Colorado Springs.

 

Seattle Public Schools operates its own cable channel and airs a variety of educational and informational programs including school board meetings. 

Utter Associates provided consulting, design, and integration for this project which included a studio, production control room, master control and edit suites.