Russian Public Broadcaster Builds Tapeless Workflow on Omneon Platforms

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Sept. 1, 2009 — Omneon Inc. today announced that All-Russia State Television and Radio Company (VGTRK), Russia's state-owned television and radio broadcaster, has installed multiple Omneon MediaDeck(TM) media server systems to support accurate, efficient playout at 11 regional television stations. Systems integrator I.S.P.A. Engineering installed the MediaDeck systems along with Omneon MediaControllers(TM) and PlayTool(TM) and ClipTool Pro(TM) software to enable a smooth transition to tapeless operations.

"Unlike low-end media servers that rely on PC-based platforms, the Omneon MediaDeck media server is engineered to provide mission critical reliability and performance tailored to the specific demands of broadcast operations," said Igor Orlov, first deputy head of the Department of Production and Technology at VGTRK. "In our transition from tape-based operations to a file-based workflow, the Omneon systems allowed our stations to accelerate and optimize content production, from ingest to media preparation to playout."

At each of 11 regional stations, the combination of a six-channel SD MediaDeck system with a MediaController panel and PlayTool and ClipTool Pro software maximizes VGTRK's workflow flexibility while supporting content verification and system redundancy. The MediaController panel enables real-time control of ingest and playout processes, controlling each server channel and simplifying the building and execution of up to 10 independent playlists.

ClipTool Pro offers a VTR-like graphical user interface for ingest, quality assurance, and playout operations, with standard features including jog/shuttle, crash/loop record, sub-clipping (trimming), and multiple playback modes. PlayTool allows users at VGTRK stations to assemble a list of clips and automatically schedule back-to-back playout on each Omneon MediaDeck system.

"Across the VGTRK network of regional television stations, the MediaDeck server system provides a straightforward, flexible, and cost-effective solution for program preparation and playout," said Geoff Stedman, senior vice president of marketing and business development at Omneon. "The reliability of this server platform, and its flexible support for different I/O modules, ensures that as VGTRK continues to refine its broadcast operations, its stations have a robust solution, both now and for the future."

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Founded in 1990, All-Russia State Television and Radio Company (VGTRK) is a state-owned television and radio broadcasting company. VGTRK currently owns and operates five national television stations, two international networks, five radio stations, and more than 80 regional TV and radio networks. The organization also operates the Russian Information agency, RIA Novosti. More information is available at

About Omneon Inc.

Omneon, Inc., is a leading provider of scalable media server and active storage systems that optimize workflow productivity and on-air reliability for the production, distribution, and management of digital media. Omneon is a pioneer in the use of advanced IT technologies and open systems for broadcast applications, producing a modular and expandable video server architecture in the Omneon Spectrum media server. The company's Omneon MediaGrid active storage system delivers centralized content storage that is scalable in capacity, bandwidth, and media-processing power. The company has an extensive global presence with customers in more than 50 countries on six continents. Omneon is on the Web at