PBS Ace goes live with OmniBus

WMHT Educational Telecommunications uses a Colossus network-based automation and content management system
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OmniBus Systems' Colossus network-based automation and content management solution has gone online at WMHT Educational Telecommunications. The installation of OmniBus Colossus automation is WMHT's new digital facility in New York State's Capital Region, and supports broadcast of four SD channels and one HD channel from ingest to playout.

The OmniBus system at WMHT manages the process of ingesting material from scheduled satellite feeds, automatically tuning to the correct satellite frequency, and routing and recording material directly onto the station's Omneon Spectrum server system. Colossus interfaces with a BroadView Software traffic and scheduling system to allow users to import duration and timing information along with individual programs, and also provides the tools required for quality control.

Once the playout schedule has been set, the OmniBus automation system imports a BroadView log file and, if necessary, issues a command to the facility's Masstech archive to move any required material to the on-air server. An interface between OmniBus' Colossus and Miranda Technologies' Presmaster and Imagestore systems facilitates automation of secondary events, such as logo and DVE insertion. After playout is complete, an as-run log is automatically sent back to traffic for reconciliation.

Colossus automation enables a single operator to manage all of WMHT's program channels via a timeline-based display, focus in on any single stream, confirm its data, and drive it in the traditional manner should the schedule require it.

WMHT is the first PBS station to use the ACE system. PBS Technology & Operations created the ACE system in conjunction with a consortium of vendors including OmniBus Systems, Accenture, Ascent Media, BroadView Software, Intel, Masstech, Microsoft, Miranda Technologies, Omneon Video Networks, and SES AMERICOM.

For more information, visit www.omnibus.tv and www.wmht.org.

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