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02.13.2004
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
KMPH-TV gets automated with Digital Broadcast Newsbank

KMPH-TV, the Fox affiliate in Fresno, Calif., has transitioned its newsroom to a tapeless environment with a new NewsBank Automated Newsroom System from Digital Broadcasting.

The system is comprised of a multichannel NewsBank Playout Server, a multichannel NewsBank Ingest Station that acts as a redundant playout server and a MediaVault, which provides over 600 hours of RAID storage for archiving. Also included are five NewsEdit nonlinear editing workstations, a NewsEditFX workstation and a NewsEdit Portable system for field editing.

Due to a joint development between Digital Broadcast and Pathfire, KMPH is able to transfer Pathfire DMG MPEG-2 files over a network directly to Digital Broadcast’s servers and edit stations without requiring any format transcoding. Once transferred to the servers, the files may be edited in their native MPEG-2 format and sent directly to air.

With Digital Broadcast’s NewsEdit editing software, the user can perform I, P or B frame-accurate, long or short GOP MPEG-2 edits as well as frame-accurate native DV edits. Additionally, MPEG-2 material and DV material can be edited together and stored as MPEG-2, DV, or any of several other formats.

The NewsBank system at KMPH also enables the automatic recording of Fox News feeds directly from satellite onto servers where they are available for editing in their native MPEG-2 format at any of the NewsEdit workstations.

KMPH’s system also includes an interface to Comprompter’s NewsKing Electronic Newsroom for automated control of the production process, from rundown to playout.

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