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Big Announcements, Introductions at IBC

While some companies save their launches for NAB in April, at IBC in Amsterdam there have been many major news announcements and product offerings.

Avid (opens in new tab) waited for the European confab to announce its multimillion dollar broadcast deal with CBS to install digital newsroom environments at network's New York City headquarters and London news bureau. The digital makeover is expected to be complete by December 2006. CBS purchased Avid Professional Services for training alongside a mix of Avid systems including Avid Unity for News with up to 64 TB of storage, Avid NewsCutter Adrenaline news editing systems, Avid Workgroup logging and browsing system and a digital archive system with third-party partners SGL and StorageTek.

The Omneon ProBrowse, a complementary system to the Omneon Spectrum media server, was announced. The ProBrowse System is an integrated tool for content selection, previewing and management. Also, with the ProBrowse Desktop, user can view proxies on a standard PC, add or change metadata and mark in and out points on clips for playback on the Omneon Spectrum.

Proximity Corp. announced its Artbox MAM will now support Xsan, the Apple 64-bit cluster file system for Xserve RAID storage hardware. Artbox generates low-resolution proxies for all graphics and video files. Users can drag and drop the selected content from Artbox directly into Final Cut Pro for editing. Additionally, Artbox can either transfer the high-resolution content to Final Cut Pro or pass the file reference to Final Cut Pro for edit in place. The Artbox integration layer allows seamless transfer of content between the Apple platform and a variety of other platforms such as Adobe, AP, Avid, Discreet, Quantel, Pinnacle, PixelPower, Leitch, Thomson Grass Valley and Vizrt.

Nvision also introduced two new compact and mobile router lines. The NV8288 Digital Video Mobile Router is based on the NV6000 and NV8000 series super wideband routers. Using a 10 RU-by-12 inch card cage, the NV8288 can be configured for topologies ranging from 12 x 12 up to 288 x 576. The NV8288 offers SDI, HD-SDI and ASI. The new CR series supports SD, HD, and AES. Models include the 16 x 16 1 RU CR1616, and the 2 RU 32 x 32 CR3232. All models offer integrated or detachable front panel, Ethernet control, intuitive GUI, redundant power supplies and a chassis depth of less than 2 inches.