KPTS-TV goes tapeless with Omneon Spectrum server

PBS affiliate KPTS-TV in Wichita, KS, is using an Omneon Spectrum media server system to support program playout as it transitions toward server-based storage, editing and transmission operations. The Spectrum server system, in service since May, already has streamlined KPTS-TV's playout workflow by reducing the station's reliance on tape and improving access to stored media.

The Omneon Spectrum media server provides KPTS-TV with a scaleable infrastructure for playout and storage. It has made KPTS-TV master control operations more efficient because the staff handles fewer tapes and can play out material instantly rather than retrieving programming from a tape library. As KPTS-TV grows and its operations become more complex, the server system is expected to support all program and spot playout, and to interface with the station's Final Cut Pro editing systems to improve the production workflow.

KPTS-TV installed the Omneon Spectrum server along with a new MicroFirst Digital Automation System (DAS). Under automation control, the server currently stores programs off satellite feeds and plays them out according to schedule.

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