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OETA Purchases Omneon ConformTool

Oklahoma Educational Television Authority, a PBS affiliate based in Oklahoma City, has purchased the Omneon ConformTool, which expands its Omneon Spectrum SD/HD media server and enables full integration of Avid systems into the infrastructure.

The Omneon Spectrum server system runs under the control of Sundance Digital Titan automation, and the new implementation of ConformTool integrates OETA's storage and editing systems by streamlining the transfer of files between the Spectrum server and Avid systems.

The ConformTool enables drag-and-drop functionality so that files from its server system can be moved easily onto a workstation and then into an open bin within the Avid project. The Spectrum media server acts as shared storage for Avid editors, who use the Omneon ConformTool browser menu to view stored files. Clips are converted to Avid-compatible OMF or MXF files and transferred in the background faster than real-time, according to Omneon.

OETA first installed Omneon Spectrum server system at its Oklahoma City facilities in 2005, and in 2006 the company added HD capability, along with additional channels and storage. Today, OETA's Spectrum server configuration provides a total of 24 channels and 13 TB of storage. The system supports play-out of programming for six channels, on-air 24 hours a day, with both PBS national and locally produced programs geared to viewers across Oklahoma.