NRK goes live with 13-site OmniBus OPUS system

Norwegian national broadcaster NRK has successfully gone to air with an OmniBus OPUS media asset management system (MAM) as part of its Programme Bank project to provide MAM facilities for its 13 regional broadcasting centers and Oslo-based archive. The system provides access and direct control over programs in production, raw assets and archive material to 3000 users across NRK's 13 regional domains and Oslo production HQ.

Operators can add custom-indexed metadata to provide searching in OPUS PinPoint using synonym, phonetic and proximity search criteria, while OPUS Transfer Manager automates the transfer of hi-res and low-res browse versions of the material, together with all key frames and metadata, in a single transfer operation.

NRK's editors can browse available material in the OPUS system and make shot selections of key events before transferring them into Final Cut Pro for editing and eventual transfer to the playout servers or archive system.

An important component of the Programme Bank concept is provided by OPUS SmartClient, which allows any authorized user to access and browse NRK's assets from any computer via standard Web browser. SmartClient allows any number of NRK's staff to view material in the asset library, regardless of location and without requiring additional client software.

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