Indian publisher launches news channel with file-based workflow

Kottayam, India-based publishing house Malayala Manorama is launching a 24-hour news channel with the Omneon Spectrum server system at the core of its broadcast operations.

The 16-channel Spectrum system will provide shared storage that supports the full workflow of ingest, production and playout, allowing Malayala Manorama to get its first channel to air.

In making this move into the broadcast market, the Indian publisher of multiple magazines is working with systems integrator Shaf Broadcast to create a scalable and reliable news playout solution for its new broadcast facility in Aroor.

The Omneon Spectrum media server is built on an open architecture that allows it to support a broad variety of third-party applications for control and transmission, media management, archiving, and collaborative production.

At Malayala Manorama, the Spectrum will be integrated with Final Cut Pro systems to allow edit-in-place capability on full resolution media. Journalists can also work with low-resolution or "browse" versions of media through their browse editor. Material can be conformed on the Omneon server system and, when complete, played out in the rolling wheel format typical of continuous news stations.

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