Saturday, January 27, 2007

Digital Broadcasters | TVNZ | Helped By Omnibus in Newsroom Expansion

Digital Broadcasters Vendor News has received from Omnibus news of their latest software sale to Television New Zealand. This was not the usual 'who sold what to whom' release but how Omnibus products actually contribute to TVNZ's profit.

The actual announcement was how UK-based, OmniBus Systems is helping TVNZ to extend and upgrade its 'Digiknow' server-based newsroom system in Auckland, New Zealand, and extend it to its regional news- gathering bureaux in Wellington and Christchurch.

TVNZ is New Zealand's state-owned public-service broadcaster and is required under the terms of its charter to make a profit. 'Digiknow', an inspiration system combining Quantel servers and craft edit stations with OmniBus automation and media management, has been in operation since 2002.

The new system is based around OmniBus Systems' modular G3 automation technology and OPUS asset management system, integrated with the latest Quantel Q series video servers and edit stations to provide full file-sharing between all three sites. There are three separate Quantel server zones, with OmniBus MAM operating as a single domain.

The Digiknow system introduced a tapeless production system as a means of increasing the efficiency of TVNZ's news operation, the ratings driver for the broadcaster's TVONE channel.

Don Cunningham, head of news operations at TVNZ said that the Digiknow system has delivered the benefits TVNZ were looking for, making its operation much more productive.

OPUS MAM tools and G3 controls are integrated with, or replace, existing G2 devices. The new G3 Feed Manager provides enhanced recording control of live feeds for recurring, scheduled, and non- scheduled bookings. To assist efficient use and repurposing of archive material, OPUS Logging lets operators add custom-indexed metadata throughout the production process to provide powerful searching in OPUS PinPoint using synonym, phonetic, and proximity search criteria. OPUS and the OmniBus Desktop Control are integrated into the Quantel SQ View X client, allowing journalists to locate, view, and edit material rapidly.

Digital Broadcasters Vendor News recalls when Cunningham was successfully heading the technical operations of CNBC Asia in Singapore.

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