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Time Warner Cable’s NY1 to drive file-based news workflow

NY1 News, the flagship news channel for Time Warner Cable’s local news division, has selected the Dalet News Suite system as its newsroom and automation system partner and Omneon servers and storage for the 24-hour news station.

Based in New York City, NY1 covers New York’s five boroughs by relying on video journalists, NY1 reporters who shoot, edit and report their own stories. NY1 will use the Dalet News Suite, the Panasonic P2 format and Omneon Spectrum media servers and MediaGrid storage to support its news production workflow.

The Dalet-driven workflow will integrate the entire production, playout and archiving operations, providing a single digital platform and interface for logging and searching materials, editing packages and planning distribution for cable TV, Web and eventually mobile networks.

NY1 News’ primary format is the hour news wheel. The standard wheel begins with a NY1 Minute, followed by a brief weather forecast and the first group of news reports. NY1’s around-the-clock coverage is supplemented throughout the day with live news, sports and public affairs programs. The DaletPlus media asset management platform integrates and drives the entire workflow, facilitating the production and playout of the “NY1 Wheel” news format.

The new NY1 digital workflow will be based on the Panasonic P2 acquisition format and include Omneon ingest servers with Dalet’s logging tools, flexible metadata forms and search and browse engine. A fully featured Dalet newsroom system provides editorial tools for planning, rundowns, wires and scripts.

Desktop editing, shot selection and package assembly will be done using Dalet MediaCutter. Craft editing and effects work are being done in Apple Final Cut Pro edit suites using the Dalet Xtend feature for full workflow integration. Dalet InterWeb, a Web-based portal that brings Dalet News Suite production capabilities to the field, is being used to support remote, real-time collaboration.

At the heart of this workflow, Omneon MediaGrid provides shared production storage to all editors, fully integrated and managed by DaletPlus for easy data migration. Dalet OnAir controls video playout via Omneon Spectrum servers as well as character generators and teleprompters. Two Omneon MediaDeck integrated media servers will provide backup news playout under Dalet control.

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