Freedom Broadcasting unleashes the Harris NewsForce

Sister stations have deployed a Harris NewsForce platform to increase productivity and streamline the handling of content
The AFN Broadcast Center is using NEXIO AMP servers to prepare up to 12 SD programs daily for air and playout.

WRGB-DT and WCWN-DT, the CBS and CW network affiliates the Capital Region of upstate New York, have implemented a shared storage digital news production system from Harris to improve productivity and reduce operational expenses. The NewsForce solution was chosen because it interfaces seamlessly with the stations’ existing NEXIO on-air storage area network, which is made up of five NEXIO transmission servers.

Based at the same Schenectady, NY, facility, the sister stations have selected a NewsForce platform that includes five Velocity ESX HD/SD editing systems and the new NEXIO Browse system to enable desktop browsing and editing of low-resolution proxy clips throughout the news department. The WRGB/WCWN browse network incorporates a NEXIO Browse Server storage array, 12 Velocity PRX low-res proxy editors and the NEXIO InstantOnline III conforming engine, so that journalists and editors can easily conform their low-resolution edits to high resolution.

The entire newsroom workflow is supported by a 7.8TB SAN (storage area network) comprising two NEXIO AMP HD/SD servers equipped with two NEXIO PRX transcoder servers for on-the-fly format conversion to low resolution. NEXIO Ingest Control Manager is used to acquire real-time footage and add metadata to the video.

The platform has also been integrated with an existing Avid iNEWS newsroom computer system and Ross Video OverDrive newsroom automation system.