10.07.2005 08:00 AM
Sky Italia New goes tapeless with Avid Unity

Avid has announced a project with Sky Italia, an Italian digital broadcaster, involving the implementation of a tapeless workflow based around two Avid Unity for News MediaNetwork shared-storage systems. The two-phased project will ultimately allow Sky Italia’s 24-hour news channel, Sky TG 24, and Sky’s Sports Channels to share media across a wide-area network.

For the first phase of the project — which involved installing the first Avid Unity system in June — Sky Italia upgraded its Rome-based Sky TG 24 news operations that included components from various manufacturers controlled by an Avid iNEWS newsroom computer system. Sky Italia replaced the system with a new integrated, tapeless Avid Unity solution to improve workflow and efficiency within the news environment.

The second phase of the project is scheduled to be complete by the end of October. Sky Italia’s Milan-based Sports Channels will use the second Avid Unity system to link to Sky TG 24’s Avid Unity system via Transfer Manager and allow media sharing between the two facilities.

The new environment also required 20 channels of ingest, which are handled by AirSpeed digital recorders. Airspeed allows broadcasters to capture incoming media directly into Avid Unity workspaces, freeing Avid editing systems that have previously acted as ingest stations. With this new workflow, Sky Italia can use its Avid editing systems purely for editing.

For more information, visit www.avid.com.

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