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CBC Cologne Broadcasting Center builds ingest, playout on Omneon Spectrum HD server
2/17/2011

Germany's CBC Cologne Broadcasting Center has installed an Omneon Spectrum HD media server system to support ingest and playout for its RTL HD and VOX HD channels from a new broadcast center in Cologne.

The new Omneon Spectrum SD/HD media server system operates under the control of Abit Showit for ingest and Abit Presentit playout automation.

Material is ingested through CBC's media management systems, a Sony cart machine, and either DigiBeta VTRs or HDCAM SR VTRs controlled by Abit automation. Up to eight channels are ingested (50Mb/s IMX or 50Mb/s XDCAM HD422) with concurrent QC in parallel to the Spectrum system.

The Spectrum system's MXF format support facilitated integration with CBC's IT-based IBM archive system. As a result, once recorded material is confirmed on the Omneon media server, it is transferred to the archive and a low-resolution browse copy of the media is created to give staff fast, easy access via VPMS/Smart MAM system.

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