altWith over 30 years of experience, Luis Silva has witnessed many of the great landmarks of television in Chile and has adapted them to become recognized as one of the top professionals in their country.

By Alejandra Garcia Velez

Luis Silva, professional Month this year, is currently the manager of network technology television Chilevisión SA, but its first steps in this industry gave when he was still a young student of electronic engineering at the Catholic University of Valparaiso .

In college, I not only had the academic contribution, he also opened the possibility to start adding experience, learn about the processes and learn from more experienced than he technicians.

According tells the guest, as a student he began working in television at the university, UCV Television, known for being at the time of creation channel, year 1957, a proposal pioneer in the middle being the first channel with regular broadcasts the country.

It is also curious that the Professional of the month was born just four years before the arrival of this channel, the 16 November 1953, so you could say that has grown hand in hand with the development of television in their country, witnessing its technological advances as a spectator and then as a protagonist.

Experience
Silva says that the beginning of his career he 31 years ago when he joined UCV Television, there came into contact with the technical staff of the transmission plant and also had the opportunity to know in detail the operation of the equipment available and as the technical documentation of the equipment at a time when you could only access the material on paper.

Later, he entered the channel of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (Channel 13TV - Santiago) to perform their professional practice. Finally, a year after practice and once finished his last year of college, Silva joined the technical area of ​​the channel.

Of his time in the company especially reminiscent considering its great guide for the development of his career, the renowned engineer of the medium, and former director of technical area of ​​Canal 13 TV, Rafael Richard Mercado, who today already withdrawn from the industry.

In addition, Silva notes that during his work at Canal Chilevisión 13 and now, witnessed the evolution of television in Chile. For example, remember the color over black and white.

"I did not hit attend this stage but if the first teams operate. I especially remember those years as being an engineer but worked as an assistant technical supervision to operate the controls of the Marconi Mark VII colored cameras that amount of knobs fine adjustment is required to move, a real matrix knobs, "said Silva .

In this regard, it also highlights the progress that has occurred as the sensitivity and resolution of the cameras. "Often touches me see counts showing old pictures of programs that I participated in the engineering staff and what in your opportunity many years ago seemed to us a high quality, today turns out to be poor compared to the current state of technology," he says.

In this regard, he recalls that in its 31 years of work have been many experiences that has lived, but among the biggest are in his memory made covering the Pope's visit to Chile in 1987 is.

"There was a great display at a time when the amount of technical resources of television and telecommunications networks were few. They managed to do a job transmission of Chile many places far from the capital and very successfully, "says Silva.

Finally, another breakthrough that stands out is the transition from tape to tapeless, which although in theory is simple really was a big step, especially since the tapeless is a great facilitator for technical and production stages. Also, the guest mentioned the passage of SD to HD and stage of tests and discussions for choosing the digital TV standard.


Evolution
Because of these changes listed above, Silva believes that the greatest challenge for any industry professional is updating technical partners. "The rapid advancement of technology and changing complex platforms makes the upgrade process, but is mandatory professional update existing staff in the channel, as well as incorporate new staff with appropriate academic background."

In other work areas such as production, for example, he noted the importance of interpreting the needs quickly and make the corresponding technical evaluation to respond to them.

Moreover, as technology he said that, considering that the engineering associated with the field undergoes constant renewal of platforms, a deep analysis is required in order to select those that are the best solution considering the immediate and long term future.

All of the above in order to achieve the overall objective must have a business in this industry "to recognize that is what requires the viewer and how, if possible, produce and generate the corresponding content. Success is almost always in the audience of a program. Technical areas fulfill the role of facilitating the production function is a service area ".

Similarly, no doubt highlight the importance of technical work as the basis for television production, as well as changes at the level of technology that are becoming increasingly evident.

"In Chile, decades ago there were great technical support centers within a station occupied much of daily activity, while currently roles focus primarily on the operation systems uptime much higher than the past," he explains .

One point that can not be overlooked, of course, the implementation of digital television. In that sense, Silva believes that the forecasts point to increased opportunities for new television channels are not as high as people think.

"The truth is that the market autoregula the number of participants in the industry. The same was said in due course UHF TV in Chile and the result is that while the UHF TV exists today for content, marketing and technical quality, really has no market penetration, "he says.

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