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05.15.2005
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
AP offers enhancements to ENPS newsrooms

The Associated Press is now offering new features in the latest version of its Electronic News Production System (ENPS), including streamlined access to daily production material as well as archived clips. New capabilities, such as extended briefing of Content Management and Story Send to Archive, are designed to help stations distribute and retrieve clips from long-term databases and/or content management systems.

There’s also a new detachable plug-in window. This allows a user to run a nonlinear editor in a window separate from ENPS. This is important for newsrooms where editing is done in dual-monitor mode. Though separate, the plug-ins are linked to ENPS so users can still drag and drop MOS pointers into the ENPS script.

At the heart of the Object Oriented News workflow in ENPS is the focus on assignments and planning as the first step in creating a story for broadcast.

Microsoft Word and Adobe PDFs are combined into one multi-layered document. This extends the current drag and drop of background information, URLs, logistics information, staff assignments, and links to media.

SNAPfeed, the AP’s store-and-forward video application, has also been updated with a new version. The enhanced user interface of SNAPfeed 3.0 that guides journalists through a non-technical, four-step process to encode and transmit their video. Utilizing a Windows Media 9 codec and a wide variety of transmission options such as DSL, cable, cellular, satellite phone and dial-up, SNAPfeed is used for high-quality field transmissions.

Additionally, the AP continues its support for the Media Object Protocol (MOS). More than 50 products from 32 companies now integrate with ENPS via MOS.

For more information, visit www.apenps.com.

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